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EDITORS' Note Hard to believe that autumn is on the way, and that May and Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Talking about mothers, Juliane, one of Verve’s talented designers, is about to become one herself, so naturally there has been much talk in the office about what being a mum really means.

For those of us who have lost their mums it’s always a day to reflect on how amazing they were. Mine was incredibly awesome. My relationship with her was how I wanted my relationship to be with my daughter and sons. My mum laughed a lot. When things were

Being a mum means so many things. It begins with the physical changes, and that extraordinary feeling of love for someone you have yet to meet. Then, when you do meet them, there's the realisation that this blessing is the start of a relationship that never ends, and that to this little person — you will forever be 'mum'.

bad or good she always saw the light side

To celebrate mothers everywhere as well as Juliane’s impending motherhood, we put together a beautiful Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed feature shoot, with Juliane modelling. Thanks for being such a good sport Juliane; you looked absolutely stunning and we know you are going to be the best mum ever.

when I was about 12! These are the things

Entrepeneurship is another theme that threads its way through Verve April with inspiring pieces on passionate people who are following their dreams and achieving something special. Be sure not to miss the interviews with Cosentino, Else Torp and Dean Hall. The story on Girl Undiscovered focuses on three fearless Kiwi entrepreneurs and their quest to formulate a truly ethical beauty brand. Then there is the charming piece on octogenarian Clyth McCleod, who compares selling businesses to selling dreams, and how he plans to retire in 2033 when he is 100!

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»Being a mum taught me how to love unconditionally and what that was all about. It also gave me the ability to appreciate my own darling mother so much more. It has meant being a part of many proud, happy, humorous and just plain nice feel-good

So as per usual, heaps to inspire and energise. We hope that you enjoy this issue of Verve, and wish you a wonderful Easter break.

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“There are seven fundamentals of magic,” says Australia’s most revered illusionist, Cosentino. “They include levitation, making things appear, making them disappear, and transporting objects from one place to another — which, if you break it down is really the same as making something disappear and re-appear again. Our job is to reinvent these things over and over, to reconfigure them.” The internet has forced magicians to up their game, making secrets harder to keep while forcing them to “burn through much more material”. “But it has also made magic much easier to learn,” says the illusionist. “There was no Google, Instagram or Facebook when I was growing up — I had to learn magic through books.” Studying magic helped the young Cosentino with his learning difficulties and his shyness. “I was very introverted,” he admits. “If a teacher asked me to read out loud at school I would burst into tears. But it was there that I found an encyclopaedia of magic, which my mother helped me read. The very first trick I performed was for my father, who was a structural engineer, a genius who would make bridges stand up using mathematics. I made a coin disappear and he asked, ‘How did you do that?’ It felt like there was this transferal or power, that I could do something that he couldn’t and it kick-started an obsession.” Cosentino’s folks helped nurture his newfound passion. His mother, a school principal, would come home to find him getting up to all sorts of tricks such as “eating fire on the carpet”. “I got away with murder!” he says. “I also have two older brothers who I’d saw in half.” Presumably the ‘murder’ and sawed brothers weren’t linked. Though Houdini is Cosentino’s greatest idol (he struggles to answer who he’d choose to make disappear, “I don’t like to hold grudges”; but when asked who he’d bring back he replies "Houdini" in an instant), the illusionist

says of all the tricks in the history the one he wished he’d created is the sawing someone in half one. It was Cosentino’s 2011 trickery on Australia’s Got Talent that propelled him to mainstream popularity. “I had been grinding away for 15 years before that,” he says. “I did an underwater escape on the show and I remember leaving the stage knowing that I had given everything I had got, and if they don’t like me, so be it. It was a satisfying place to get to.” It was an experience of “self-validation” that ranked among his proudest moments, but there was — and still is — much more to come. He was the first Australian magician to have his own TV show, with an audience of two million, and will soon release a range of children’s books for reluctant readers called called The Mysterious World of Cosentino(to be released in September). Cosentino also bagged a role in Jackie Chan’s latest film Bleeding Steel, out next year, playing the part of Oracle. His ultimate dream is to “reach Broadway”. There’s plenty of magic outside Cosentino’s professional life too. He beams when discussing his partner, Priscilla, who is a dancer currently touring with The Bodyguard musical back in Australia. It’s strange, he says, being in New Zealand without her: “She was previously in my show so it was wonderful to be afforded the opportunity to travel the world and share all those experiences with her. She’s the only one who knows all my secrets.” Cosentino’s magical memoir, Anything Is Possible, is out now.

__ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces


“Singing is the most natural thing in the world,” says soprano Else Torp. “We sing to our babies. They make singing noises before they speak. All children in the street chant their mocking songs in a minor third, all around the globe!” Making a career out of performing is a whole different ball game, and I’m surprised to learn that Else didn’t realise she could sing, or “that it could matter” until she was well into her teens. “I was an exchange student in Maryland — just north of Baltimore, and my host mother brought me along to assist in the church choir,” says the Danish songstress. “That's how it all started. I had hopes and dreams, but didn't dare do anything about it until I was 30.” It then took just six months for Else to begin earning a crust from her craft. “I started out with a business degree, and ended up a singer — that has taken a bit of luck and help from people willing to take a chance on me despite my lack of credentials. I was singing everything that came my way — dinner entertainment, lieder, church services, backing choruses, and debuting in anything that resembled professional groups.” Else continues to tackle music from a range of genres, but is most revered for her classical work. She believes classical is certainly gaining ground in popular culture. “It’s becoming more accessible, and popular without people even realising they are listening to it,” says the soprano. “Thanks to film scores and the use of both existing works and those written by contemporary composers, a lot of ears are being opened up to the world of orchestral and vocal music once deemed boring. The computer gaming industry too is doing a great deal for the

genre — a real symphony orchestra sounds better than a computer-generated soundtrack, and the best games have real orchestral sound. Ultimately, good music is good music, we may all like different things, but the borders between genres are becoming less and less important, which is a great thing.” One such group looking to blur the lines is Grammy Award-winning musical group Theatre of Voices, an “ensemble of actor-singers” whose director is more akin to a “theatre director”. “We do ‘straight’ concerts too,” says Else, “but always with a sense of narrative, and always at the highest possible level.” The group was established in the US in 1990 by British conductor Paul Hillier, and has worked with contemporary greats such as Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and Kaija Saariaho. Last month they toured with Oscar-nominated Jóhann Jóhannsson, and this month will present film music by Pärt, Jóhannsson and David Lang in Denmark and France. The group has also recently released a CD in collaboration with Kronos Quartet, with music by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen. It was through the Theatre of Voices that Nick Cave sounded out Else about performing on ‘Distant Sky’, a track for his 2016 album, Skelton Tree. “I received some preliminary soundtracks so I could get an idea about what they had in mind, and then I talked to Nick on the phone from the studio in Paris,” says Else. “I think we were both rather unsure if this could work, but decided to try it out as a sort of workshop day with no attachments or commitments from either side. I was pretty nervous about it, because even though this was definitely a text and a piece that I related to, I wasn't sure that I could deliver what he had in mind. The work day in Paris was great. The film

Having performed with Nick Cave, who else — dead or alive — would be on your dream duet list? “Now that is difficult, now that I have sung with Nick Cave, the choice stands between Bach and Tom Waits, doesn't it? Not that Bach did that much singing I'm sure, but I would sing any time if he sat at the keys!” Can anyone be taught to sing, or must there be a natural talent? “It is both I am sure. Making a career of it is a different matter — there’s much work, determination

Else lists singing teachers Sten Høgel (“breath control and sustaining technique”), Bodil Øland (“bigger sound and stamina”) and Emma Kirkby (“confidence and baroque style”) as among her major influences (“I am eternally grateful!”). As for work, “Kristian Olesen in Roskilde Cathedral has trusted me with endless little jobs that have helped me build a career as a young-ish singer,” but it is for Paul Hillier Else reserves the most praise. “He has cast me for many important concerts and recordings over time. Without him, Nick Cave would never have heard of me.” He’s also her husband. “Paul is an amazing artist,” beams Else, “and has given me two lovely daughters. Those three are the most important influence on my life.” I finish by asking Else if age and experience has brought about a different approach to her art, and she tells me that it is the still the same love, the same passion, but that it has deepened and broadened “like real love should”. “I still get equally exited to encounter new works as when I first started singing and let the music bloom in performance, or a recording session — my favourite work,” she says. “More always wants more, but I am calmer because I also start to realise how much I have achieved and have been fortunate enough to do.” __ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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I ask if Else is she must always feel a connection to a piece of music, as with ‘Distant Sky’, before agreeing to perform. Some ‘click’ instantly, she tells me, others burn more slow. “I always find a way to relate, and certainly, if I perform a piece, I will always be completely loyal to it.” Though she has always lacked the patience to read poems, the instant they’re set to music, she “dives in wholeheartedly”. “One of the most heart-breaking poems I have encountered is Robert Palmer's poem How long, O Lord. It was written during World War One, where Palmer was killed at the Battle of Umm-A-Hamal in Mesopotamia. British composer Gabriel Jackson set it in 2000, and I did it in Copenhagen in 2011.” [That performance will be part of the CD First Drop, out next month, on New York's Cantaloupe Records]

and luck involved in that. Mostly you can be taught to have the confidence to sing, however well or not. But everyone can and should sing. It is healthy. It is a beautiful form of communication. And there would be less conflict in the world if we spent more time singing together.”


was more complicated because we had to re-enact the whole thing again. During all of that, Nick was very focused on my well-being and 'us as singers'. I was very impressed by his calm and consideration.”








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How did you come to head the Mossgreen-Webb’s art department? Growing up, I regularly attended exhibitions and gallery openings. Webb’s was started in the 70s by my stepfather, Peter. Sales from the mid-70s to around 1980 were real milestones for the market — it was the first time contemporary practice was presented at auction. He represented a whole swag of contemporary artists in that early period and started Auckland’s first dealer gallery: Artists who we now regard today as modern masters, such as Colin McCahon, Tony Fomison, Philip Clairmont, Pat Hanley and Michael Illingworth. The business always focused on contemporary practice. Peter was my mentor for 25 years, but in 2014 our family sold the business and I left a short time after. Then in 2015 it was sold to Mossgreen and Paul Sumner, the owner whom I knew, approached me to run the art business. So I’ve come full circle. Tell us about your team? I am surrounded by a great team of women. My manager, Briar, comes from an auction background in Australia and totally understands the auction business — it’s in her DNA. Kate has a great knowledge of the modernist period in particular, while Jennifer previously ran Auckland Art Fair for a decade. What collections are coming up for auction? There are two sales on the horizon. Three time a year we hold our standard sale of important paintings and contemporary art and the next one is 11 April. It includes a fantastic range of works from Charles Frederick Goldie — a major historical painting that has an estimate in excess of $500,000 — through to absolutely cutting edge contemporary practice at modest price points. Then, 17-18 May we have the sale of Warwick and Kitty Brown’s single collection that was put together over five decades. It’s extraordinary. Two hundred works will be represented over two days showcasing modern masters, a fabulous Don Binny bird painting, McCahon, Dick Frizzell, and a fantastic Fomison. It’s not all big-ticket items. There are modest scaled works, works on paper and graphic editions. There really is something for everyone. Estimates go all the way through from $300 to $500,000 in value. It’s going to be amazing!

What makes them special? The collection is special because there is a backstory to so many works. Big collections have come on the market before, but the collectors have been deceased. Warwick will be there to tell those stories on the auction night. Once, when he was a lawyer, his phone rang during a meeting with a client. An art dealer told him: “You’ve got to come right now to buy this Fomison painting. He needs to pay his mortgage.” Warwick excused himself from the meeting, ran from his office to the nearby dealership, bought the painting and dashed back to conclude the meeting with his client. The collection is full of a wealth of such-like stories. Sadly, Kitty passed away last year and now Warwick feels it’s time to release himself from the responsibility of owning such a significant collection. He won’t stop buying and kept the works he’s bought in the last few years. They will form the nucleus of his new collection. The responsibility of 300400 works is enormous. Tell us some top buying tips? Seek artists that have excellent dealer representation and proven work selected by leading curators. If it’s been included in institutional shows — the curators believe in it. Once you’ve identified an artist’s work that interests you, understand their practice. Learn what the most representative or strongest works are. Seek to buy that work even if it’s smaller or on paper rather than a substantial piece. Talk to the auction house about the work if you’re buying through auction. Ask if it’s ever been on the market before, whether it has a good provenance, if the condition is sound. Understand the value and prices paid for comparable works. Know how the auction house arrived at the estimated level and always ask if the estimate is conservative or ambitious. It pays to talk to the specialists on hand. __ Words: Sarah Sparks IMAGE | Sophie Coupland. Painting: Andrew McLeod Painter Silhouette, oil stretched on diptych 2008. Tree: Michael Parekowhai, The Moment of Cubism, unique hand-finished bronze, 2009. MOSSGREEN-WEBBS.CO.NZ



EMMA CHAMBERS Emma Chambers is curator of modern British art at London's Tate. Verve caught up with her while she was in town to promote The Body Laid Bare at Auckland Art Gallery, an exhibiton of more than 100 artworks from Tate that recounts the story of artists' fascination with the human form.

What makes you tick? What are your passions? My passions are 20th-century art and architecture, cycling, Italian cities, food and culture. You have the coolest job. How did you end up working at the Tate? I’ve worked in museums since I left university, starting as a volunteer and then with smaller institutions like the Ashmolean Museum and Slade Collections. When the job at Tate came up it was a fantastic opportunity to work with the best collection of modern British art in the world. Especially in New Zealand, curatorial jobs are scarce. What advice would you give to aspiring curators? Build a strong CV by working in a variety of institutions and on independent projects, develop a specialist area and make sure you publish your writing in a range of different forms from journalism to academic papers. What aspects of your job do you love best? The research and selection of the works for exhibitions and seeing this all come together in the gallery space. Is there anything about your job that you do not enjoy? Like any job there is a certain amount of tedious administrative work, but it’s necessary to make the interesting stuff happen. The Body Laid Bare: Masterpieces from Tate, currently showing at Auckland Art Gallery, is a beautiful exhibition of remarkable pieces. How did the idea for it come about? In fact, how are any exhibitions born? Tate and the Art Gallery of New South Wales have a long relationship of sharing artworks, but this project is the largest partnership between the two institutions thus

far. The idea of an exhibition around the topic of the Nude was first discussed in 2014 and head curator of international art at AGNSW, Justin Paton, and I worked together to develop the themes of the show and select the artworks. The thematic sections in the exhibition highlight different approaches to the nude from privacy, eroticism, and vulnerability to the tension with abstract art and the role of images of the body in gender politics. We chose works that were both strong visually and would speak to some of these themes and shifts in the portrayal of the nude over time. It was also important that the works covered a range of viewpoints from more traditional nudes in which men look at women, to men portraying male bodies, women looking at women, and women looking at men. How long does the exhibition stay alive before it is dismantled, and to how many countries does it travel? After The Body Laid Bare closes at Auckland Art Gallery it travels to South Korea and Japan, closing in June 2018. Is there any artwork in this exhibition that you feel stands heads and shoulders ahead of the rest? Rodin’s 'The Kiss' is the heart of the exhibition and a starting point for many of the thematic issues that are explored in other sections of the show. There are several works by female artists are on display. Amongst these, which is your favourite? Sylvia Sleigh’s 'Paul Rosano Reclining' is one of my favourite works in the show because of the way it challenged all the expectations of looking at the nude when it was painted in the 1970s. It is simultaneously a very intimate portrait that captures the personality of the model and a trailblazing piece of feminist art.

Keeping these works safe is a huge responsibility. How do you? We have an amazing team of registrars, conservators and art handlers who pack the works and travel with them. For instance Rodin’s 'The Kiss' has a special case and travels with its own display plinth to minimise movement of the work. What tools do you believe are most effective for marketing your exhibitions? Social media allows us to reach a wide and diverse audience, but although the instant availability of images and information has transformed the ways that we can find out about art for the better, it is still important to have longer print pieces which allow a deeper engagement with artworks. What do you think is the primary challenge facing museums today? Building their collections and programmes to reflect the diversity of audiences in a global museum environment. Besides the Tate, which in the world, is your favourite art museum? A very small museum in Cambridge, Kettles Yard, which was the home of the collector Jim Ede. He formed an amazing collection of modern British art and the house is preserved just as he lived in it. The rooms are beautiful and I really like to see how art works in a domestic space as well as in a museum environment. THE BODY LAID BARE: MASTERPIECES FROM TATE IS ON AT AUCKLAND ART GALLERY UNTIL 16 JULY. __ AUCKLANDARTGALLERY.COM

»The idea of an exhibition around the topic of the nude was first discussed in 2014 and Justin Paton and I worked together to develop the themes of the show and select the artworks.« Emma Chambers

CIRCLE | Curator of Modern British Art at Tate, London. LEFT | Pablo Picasso, Nude Woman in a Red Armchair, 1932. ©Tate, London 2017. RIGHT | Auguste Rodin, The Kiss, 1901–4. ©Tate, London 2017.


Vanished Delft: Handmade Material Culture at The Pah Homestead is an exhibition of contemporary objectmaking within rooms that were once home to one of New Zealand’s most extravagant collections of furniture and fittings, the palatial residence known as Williamson’s Castle. Today, this late 19th century Italianate mansion is again home to a collection: the Wallace Trust’s extensive holdings of contemporary New Zealand art. For the period of the exhibition, the finely carved marble mantelpieces of the Ballroom and Drawing Room will be populated with domestic accouterments. The Wallace Arts Trust’s Collection of arts and crafts furniture will be pressed into service to plinth an extensive display of handmade material culture of a contemporary kind, exhibiting a renewed interest in applied arts, usefulness, and in some cases, uselessness. Curator Anna Miles says, “In addition to championing the importance of design and craftsmanship in the face of increasing industrialisation, the arts and crafts movement pursued a social programme. I am interested in contemplating the contemporary role of object making and its social consequences.” The exhibition encompasses embroidery, carpets, ceramics, curtains, cocktail chairs, cabinets, doorstops, plastic mats, teapots, tea towels and an eiderdown. This exhibition will be presented as part of the Auckland Arts Festival 2017.




ART & ABOUT // Apr 2017

Beyond The Known World




MAY 4 - 27

When 19-year-old Eva fails to return home to New Zealand from India, her estranged parents, Carl and Julie, must reunite to find her. Their journey takes them from coastal Auckland, to the chaos of New Delhi, and on to idyllic Himalayan villages, where hash-smoking ex-pats are tight-lipped and local police offer little help. Desperate to find Eva, Carl’s misreading of the local culture leads to a young woman being imprisoned. Old wounds and betrayals between husband, wife and daughter are exposed, and Carl begins to realise that he may be responsible for driving Eva away. Believing Eva has died in the mountains, Carl despairs, but Julie’s refusal to stop searching eventually proves that sometimes blind faith is better than having none at all, and that to find their daughter these two people must first rediscover each other.

Legendary New Zealand band Head Like A Hole will embark on national tour in to mark the 25th anniversary and the re-release of their debut album 13.

Directed by Pan Nalin and starring David Wenham, Sia Trokenheim, Emmanuelle Beart, Chelsie Preston Crayford and introducing Emily McKenzie.


The tour will see the band playing this landmark Kiwi rock album in it’s entirety across the country throughout NZ Music Month. Tickets and more information:

A DOG'S PURPOSE MAY 4 Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, John Ortiz, Juilet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Peggy Lipton and Pooch Hall.

In 1947, Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs. Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) and starring Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon and Hugh Bonneville.

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RICHARD MCWHANNELL TOP | Lullaby, 2015-17, oil. BOTTOM | Out-fall, 2015-17, oil.


Take Me to the River is a body of work that proceeds 2015 the series Springs and Falls. The compositional devices continue to emanate from Breughel and Bosch. These recent paintings are equally busy and more deliberate in initial design. While one group of work develops, another seeds. The compositional base for each sub series is the same; all paintings are based on a diagonal cross from the corners and a diamond drawn from the centres of the horizontal and vertical edges. On one hand the works are a nod to pastoral landscape, figured with foibled yet grand characters who have colonised a yet to be seriously at risk world. On the other, they are surrealist, backof-the-brainscape works that include figurative biological and mechanistic references in a world more obviously disturbed. From the purity at 'The Source' to the mutations and acidic bilge of 'Out-Fall', McWhannell’s 'river of life' has issues. “It needs be said; there’s a lot that is comic here and plenty of graffiti. I wish not to disturb or depress utterly. [As Brett Whiteley says,] painting is a ‘difficult pleasure’. I love it. I have fun in the moment, and the thoughts and musings along the way are manifold and far from endlessly bleak. Every day is a day in paradise but you have to be concerned as you walk the banks, from source to sea.” – Richard McWhannell, March 2017.


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Brooklyn based producer Ezra Rubin is better known as Kingdom, initially breaking out in 2013 as an executive producer on alternative R&B musician Kelela's debut mixtape Cut 4 Me. His own debut album Tears in the Club is a space for any which being who is sensitive and in tune with their emotions, but alas, still out here living. Tears in the Club is broadly pensive and deeply introspective, but on the other hand — EVERY song is a banger. Kingdom refuses to limit fervent, intense emotion to slow dreary sounds and instead chooses to make it a party.


On first of three SZA collabs 'What is Love' (there's a sneaky hidden one on 'Into the Fold' btw), SZA dreamily contemplates endearment while various repetitive 'back it up' and triumphant hollering samples sound off in the back of the otherwise minimalistic beat. Kingdom constructs a contrast that makes you forget all about SZA's goose bump inducing words until her emotive "break it down, f*** it up, now I see what is love" hook ensures a slap right in the feelings. Kingdom is an enigma switching erratically between contemporary hip hop/R&B club bedazzlers and his own subgenre of brooding, sinister electronic texturing. His collaborations almost always lie with the R&B background though, and on this album he's accompanied by R&B blossomers Syd and SZA, as well as rising rapper Shacar on features. Tears in the Club is honest and profound without being pretentious; production that wears it's heart on it's sleeve... Crying in the club never looked so lit. — Words: Laura McInnes PRINCESSLOZ.WORDPRESS.COM


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Breakfast in Bed With Mother’s Day only a month away, time to think about what to do for mum. Breakfast in bed is always a good way to go: think aromatic warm coffee, melt-in–your mouth pastries, fresh berry preserve, and easy eggs — a good book, a phone call, and time to appreciate how wonderful life can be. Juliane, Verve designer and mum-to-be, agreed to play model, and put in some practice for Mother’s Day 2018!



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Having spent five years in Australia, Emma now lives back in Raglan where she was raised (“it was and always will be home”). Her parents grew much of what they ate using organic methods, and in that household, “seasonal eating was a given not just a fancy catch-phrase”. Meals, she tells me, were prepared each day by her mum from scratch and such an upbringing has shaped her outlook on both life and work. Now, Emma’s kids love to be in the kitchen (“but my husband just enjoys the results!”), on occasion even without her assistance: “My most memorable Mother’s Day was when my kids made me breakfast in bed for the first time — I think they were about four and six at the time — and my husband was away so they really did make everything themselves. It was really cute.” It’s nearly seven years since Emma began her phenomenally successful food blog, My Darling Lemon Thyme. She gave up her work as a chef to raise her family, and discovered that she, along with her children were gluten and lactose intolerant, so started the blog as a way of sharing ideas. “I had no idea where it would lead me or my work,” says Emma. “All I wanted to do was share recipes and stories. It was a few years later when my site won best original recipe blog in US-based Saveur Magazine’s annual food blog awards that I really started to realise people enjoyed what I was doing.” Did you feel like a food blogging pioneer? “I don’t remember thinking it at the time, but there were only about four or five New Zealand food bloggers when I started. Nowadays, every second person writes a food blog.” In 2014, Emma published a bestselling cookbook under the same title as her multi-award-winning site, and last year she followed that up with another tome, A Year In My Real Food Kitchen. The self-taught writer, stylist and photographer is also followed by tens of thousands across Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, and Emma admits to having a “love-hate” relationship with social media. “I enjoy sharing snippets of my day and photos are definitely my thing as I’m a very visual person,” she says. “It’s a necessity for me and my work and some really amazing opportunities have come out of it all, but there are also weeks where I’d rather be offline. It takes a huge amount of time and energy to be on your game all the time, across all social media channels. I’ve just learnt everything along the way — just like most things I do!” __ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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There is, she laments, too much style and not enough substance, with too many celebrities endorsing “all manner of restrictive diets” and little “sharing of knowledge so people can make balanced, educated choices that suit their individual bodies”.


However, Emma feels there’s still too much confusion around food choices. “Instead of a balanced whole food approach, many are obsessing over everything they eat,” she continues, “and many — especially younger girls — are at risk of developing really unhealthy relationships around food, all in the quest to becoming healthy.”


“More people are eating more healthy than ever before,” says food blogger turned cookbook author Emma Galloway. “The magazines are sharing clean eating recipes and a little look in the cookbook section of your local bookstore proves there’s never been more healthy-eating options available.”



MAKE IT: 1. Combine grated sweet potato, egg, chives, garlic, spices, salt, chilli and coriander in a large bowl. Use your hands to evenly mix the lot. 2. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat and add a good few knobs of ghee or glugs of olive oil. Add little handfuls (approx 1/4 cup) of mixture to the pan. I tend to squeeze them together as much as I can before placing them into the pan and then flatten them with a metal fish slice, but they don’t need to be perfect circles. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden on the underside, before flipping over and cooking for a further minute or two. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate while you cook the rest. When all the sweet potato cakes are cooked, wipe out the pan with a paper towel (roughly) and return to the heat, add another knob of ghee or glug of olive oil and fry your eggs to your liking. 3. To serve, place three sweet potato cakes in each plate, top with a little handful of rocket (arugula) or spinach and then your egg/s. Serve immediately, with chutney if desired. // Serves 2 (can be easily doubled) // Recipe: Emma Galloway, My Darling Lemon Thyme

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INGREDIENTS: • 1 large (300g) sweet potato (kumara), peeled and grated • 1 large free-range egg • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped • 1 teaspoon ground coriander • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt • pinch chilli flakes, optional • handful coriander (cilantro) leaves + tender stems, roughly chopped • Ghee or extra virgin olive oil, to shallow-fry • 2-4 large free-range eggs (one or two eggs per person) • handful rocket (arugula) or spinach leaves, to serve • chutney, to serve, if desired


If you don’t have chives at hand, use spring onions or finely diced red onion instead. This makes enough for six sweet potato cakes, so you could easily cook six eggs and stretch it to feed three people (two cakes each, instead of three). I use orange (Beauregard) sweet potato/kumara, but any kind will do.






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It is huge and packed with 650 recipes and even though there can't be a cook or kitchen without a copy of an Annabel Langbein cookbook close to hand, this new book is an absolute must. Variations on favourites, new ways of cooking, plus lots and lots of kitchen tips and hints make this the perfect book for those starting out or for the seasoned cook who needs some inspiration to try something a little different. All my Annabel Langbein books are very well used and I am sure Essential will become the new go-to for everything delicious.

Whether you live in a drought-prone part of the country or not, The Bold Dry Garden will make you want to swot up on a very different sort of gardening. The Ruth Bancroft Garden in California which has taken Ruth more than 40 years in the planting and landscaping is a wonder to behold. From pale silvers to black cacti and everything in between, it embraces the plants shrubs and trees that are hardy and can live with little or no irrigation. Agarves, succulents and trees form magical plantings. On your marks, get set, straight to the garden centre now!



I fell for this book as soon as I saw it and spent quite a few evenings with my nose buried in my copy. It takes a very new look at quilting, not so much dainty stitching and pretty patterns as strong vibrant fabrics, ripped and distressed and reassembled into practical pieces of artwork for beds or wall hangings. Denim, wool, canvas and cotton are the fabrics of choice and the information on aging and distressing the fabric is fascinating. Comes with paper patterns and is fully illustrated, the whole production just zings.

Wondering if what you are using for your beauty routine is the right thing? Or are you concerned about the effects of harsh living and want to change the way you live? Then this ultimate beauty guide will help you rethink your attitude to clean living. Advice on non-toxic products to tutorials on natural makeups and hair care combined with exercise advice and a collection of healthy eating make this your personal retreat spa at home. Gwyneth Paltrow has written the forward and explains how she follows the Goop philosophy in her life. It is an entire beauty system from the inside out.


If you had to suggest to someone a place with one of the best views of Auckland — where would you recommend? Sky Tower perhaps, One Tree Hill maybe, or even Achilles Point? They are all strong favourites, but say you were after a view that offers something a little different. One that comes with all the comforts of the finest bistros and cafés in town. Where would you choose? Without a doubt — you should be head to The Junction Eatery. Located in Birkenhead’s main shopping precinct — it is an easy commute straight up Onewa Road, then left at the lights into Birkenhead Ave. Parking is plentiful and easy, either in the street outside or in the shopping mall opposite. Custom-built and designed, and superbly positioned on the split-level ‘Wai Manawa’ viewing platform, The Junction Eatery opened about two months ago, under the auspices of the affable Chris Jones, who also owns the local Bungalo Café. Chris, a hospitality guru is a dab-hand at setting up and running eateries that far exceed expectations, and The Junction Eatery is no exception. Décor is urban and tasteful, in a sophisticated organic sort of way. The split level interior sees Atomic coffee and cabinet food readily available in the downstairs area, while the upstairs part of the restaurant is for those wanting something a little more substantial, accompanied by a drink maybe from the well-stocked bar. From here panoramic views across Hauraki Gulf are breathtaking, especially so on a fair weather day.

If you value good food prepared on the premises, by food professionals passionate about their craft, then The Junction Eatery will not disappoint: serving modern New Zealand food made from best quality local produce, menus are exciting and some of the dishes, deliciously unique. A wine list created by the awesome Master of Wine, Rebecca Gibb, offers a concise and tantalising selection that is easy on the pocket, but ensures a fine dining experience.

»From here panoramic views across Hauraki Gulf are breath-taking, especially so on a fair weather day.« Service is swift and courteous, Wi-Fi is freely available, and The Junction Eatery is open seven days from early till late. Read more about The Junction Eatery or take a look at their delicious menus at, or better still, visit this fabulous new eatery in person. Oh, and if you are thinking of treating someone special on Mother’s Day — be sure to book. (You have been warned!) __ Photos: Mona Fei 39 BIRKENHEAD AVE, BIRKENHEAD, AUCKLAND MON-FRI: 7AM-9PM, SAT-SUN: 8AM-10PM 09 480 8111 | THEJUNCTIONEATERY.CO.NZ


Auckland’s latest achingly fashionable boutique bar, eatery and retail hub has opened in the eastern suburbs, and it’s called Orakei Bay Village. Among the cool collection of iconic Kiwi brands are Brothers Beer, Plant Barn and Farro Fresh Food. “Over the past few months we’ve seen a growing number of locals discovering what’s taking shape here and enjoying the open plan and minimalist, industrial retail environment on offer,” says Elliot Knight of Equinox Group, the firm behind the development. “With the arrival of Farro, we have a further drawcard with their superb range of artisan foods and the fantastic service that Farro stores are known for.” It’s a fitting homecoming of sorts for the good folks of Farro who initially sought to open their very first store on the site—eleven years and five stores later, they finally have their wish. “We’re so excited about such a fantastic location,” says Janene Draper who co-founded Farro with her husband James in 2006. “We hope Farro Orakei will quickly become a neighbourhood favourite – a place to stop for a coffee and to pick up Farro delights, for those of all ages, or as a stop for those commuters on their way

home around the bays or stepping off the train to then head home with a bag full or deliciousness.” Freddie Hassan, who has been working for Farro for nearly seven years, was tasked with managing the new store. “It was an honour to be asked,” beams the 35-year-old Dubliner who was previously based at the Lunn Avenue branch. “Many of the Lunn Avenue customers live around the area, so it feels like I already know every second customer who walks through the door. I love being out on the floor and talking to people—it’s just my personality.” Freddie started out as a barista, but his work ethic and vibrant personality ensured he soon worked his way through the ranks. “It was still a very small company when I started, so I got to know the owners really well,” he says. “There’s a real family-feel to the business, and it’s an environment that encourages staff suggestions— your voice is always heard. I’ve seen Janene and James go through some hardships, they’ve put everything on the line for this business and a lot of trust in us all, and with that has come opportunities. Seeing what they have done with the company has been inspirational and I’ve learnt so much from them.”

»There’s a real family-feel to the business, and it’s an environment that encourages staff suggestions — your voice is always heard.«

Farro started out over a decade ago with just 12 members of staff—there are now 450 across five stores. “As the business has grown, we’re proud that our family of small artisan producers has grown with us,” says Janene. Farro is famed for giving shelf-space to smallerscale, passionate producers: “It’s the cornerstone of what makes Farro unique.” The latest store further adds to the brand’s uniqueness. The stunning space is a former gin distillery in a fully restored warehouse adjacent to Orakei Train Station. Beneath the high ceilings sits all the Farro favourites— fresh produce, cheeses, and breads, a deli, and butchery selling only New Zealand-raised free range meats. The store is awash with colour and character and flooded with natural light. “It’s such a beautiful spot, especially when the sun is out as my office overlooks the bay,” says Freddie. Brothers Beer weren’t even intending on opening a new bar, but owner Anthony Browne admits that when “we saw the incredible warehouse style with the view through the pohutukawa over Hobson Bay” they knew it was the perfect spot to established their third location. What sets

- Freddie Hassan

this one apart from their others is the barrel wall, made from old wine barrels, to age a range of sumptuous ales. Further companies that make up the 29-business capacity include design store Father Rabbit, free range rotisserie chicken eatery Bird On A Wire, and The Botanist florists. Elliot believes the “stunning site” with “unrivalled views over Judges and Mechanics Bay to the CBD and Auckland Harbour” showcases the city’s new potential under the Unitary Plan. “Orakei Bay Village is the first step to unleash this potential and I’m confident anyone that visits will see first-hand what makes it so great,” he says, proudly. “Orakei Bay Village brings a fresh take on open plan shopping environments, and with the brands and eateries now present there, it’s destined to be exactly the sort of thriving, lively space that the area has long been waiting for.” __ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces Photos: Mona Fei L-R: Entrance to Farro, Freddie and The Senior Team at Farro, Brothers Beer, The Botanist, Father Rabbit


SERVING UP HER PAST In the early 1900s, Barbara Unković’s paternal grandmother was sent from Gradac in Croatia to New Zealand to marry a gum-digging compatriot, “sight unseen”. Mr Unkovich died unexpectedly, leaving his wife with a farm and eight children to raise — the eldest being Barbara’s father. “My grandmother’s attitude was very unusual for a Croat — or what was back then, a Dalmatian,” says Barbara. “She was fixated on leaving the ‘old country’ behind, including the language, it was a very forward-thinking attitude, but it meant that the only Croatian her children learnt was the swear words!” Barbara, a multi-award-winning writer, tells me she’d always been curious about her heritage, but it wasn’t until the death of her father that she was compelled to dig deeper, moving to her grandfather’s village on the island of Korčula in 2005. “I wanted to know more about my ancestry on both sides of the family [her English mother was a cousin of DH Lawrence],” she says. “I found myself in the small fishing village of Račišcé. I’ve always been quite forthright, and my first husband used to tell me I was strange because I spoke my mind so much. When I discovered this whole community of similar souls, I became more comfortable about who I am.” The village she describes as “uncomplicated” but with a complex grapevine that ensured everyone knew each other’s business. “Sometimes that was nice, sometimes not so. To some degree it reminded me of my childhood in its simplicity,” says the writer, who grew up on the family dairy farm in Mata, just outside Whangarei. Until now, most of her books have been works of fiction, often with a Croatian slant. Now Barbara, who “was a chef in another life”, has infused her European flair into a “rustic kitchen notebook and memoir” called The Adriatic Kitchen, an affordable collection of recipes with accessible ingredients that are, contrary to the title’s implications, an international affair. Beautifully presented instructions are delivered from deliberately worn-out pages besmirched with fingerprints and butter drips.

“I conceived the idea around five years ago while still living in Croatia,” says the author. “I purposely sought to shy away from the big, glossy cookbooks with a shudder-inducing price tag.” She was partly inspired by the iconic, no-nonsense approach of the Edmonds cookery books: “My book is just $15, and there are more than 70 recipes, it’s incredible value.” Points of difference include imperial and metric measurements, ingredient translations (“Americans call rocket salad ‘arugula’, for example”), and recipes organised by season to ensure readers can make the most use of local produce. “Each recipe has its own short tale,” says Barbara. “Some relate to where the recipe came from, some are humorous. They’re all quite different. A few of the recipes belong to my grandmother. You don’t know when you turn the page what kind of story you’ll find.” Illustrations come courtesy of Barbara’s well-regarded artist brother, Colin Unkovich. “He’s a stunning artist — he created all of my other book covers as well,” she beams. “These drawings are simple ones, sketches of fruit, a pasta machine, a loaf of bread on a board.” There are also some quirky offerings like the doodling of a pig beneath the Slavonian pork recipe. But did he contribute any cookery tips? “No, however there is a double chocolate truffle recipe that he particularly likes!”

The Adriatic Kitchen, published by Exile, is out now. Verve has two copies to give away. Head to and be in to win a copy. __ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces Photo: The Northern Advocate

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As wine drinkers we are spoilt for choice yet some of us are found wanting when it comes to looking after wine. Like our valuables and investments, a bottle of wine is precious and needs to be nurtured and cared for. In some parts of New Zealand, low humidity is an issue as the moistureless air can dry out the cork allowing oxygen to penetrate or cause the wine to evaporate or leach out around the cork resulting in ullage. The greater the ullage the greater the chance of the wine becoming oxidised. We dine out regularly and one of my great annoyances when ordering a bottle or a glass of white wine is that all too often it arrives either over chilled or not chilled enough — usually the former. Serving temperatures are important with most restauranteurs acknowledging this by installing commercial wine coolers. But what about wine stored in the home? Having a Micasa wine cooler in my cellar means that I can store my wine at a fixed temperature of 15 degrees for reds and 10 degrees for whites. Not only has this been one of my best investments but probably the single most important influence on wine quality that I have the power to control. The cost of the cooler was not much more than the cost of a meal at a restaurant. When considering the value of the wine you are protecting, well worth it. With a storage capacity of 21 bottles the Micasa wine cooler is compact in size and can be easily installed into any home, garage or basement. It comes with soft interior lighting, a full glass door and an LED display with a dual cooling system from 11-18 degrees upper zone and 7-18 degrees lower zone.


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Te Motu’s tasting menu in the cellar door setting is sure to tantalise your taste buds, currently offering chicken liver parfait with sour cherry mostarda, pickled shallots. The star of the show cured ora king salmon with linseed crackers, beetroot relish and dill sauce. A cheese plate featuring Mahoe Farm blue, Mahoe Farm edam, honey walnuts, oat biscuits, fig, apple. Complete with locally made Franco’s potato sourdough and Matiatia Grove olive oil and mixed marinated olives. Coupled beautifully with a tasting of three wines or a glass of Dunleavy Rose 2016 for $39 pp. Producing only 2,000 cases on average per vintage with a specialty for cellaring, Te Motu produces premium Bordeaux- style wines under the Dunleavy and Te Motu labels. Nestled amongst the working vineyard, The Shed is Te Motu’s award-winning restaurant. Chef Bronwen Laight, originally from Canada and with ten years’ international experience, calls Waiheke Island home. Bronwen’s philosophy for food is to keep it simple, keep it healthy, make it full of flavour and most importantly, make it with LOVE. She uses high quality local ingredients, much of which is grown on the property, creating innovative and flavoursome cuisine that matches perfectly with the world–class Te Motu wines.

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The saying goes: “God created the world in six days, the seventh day he devoted to Rio”. Chances are he/she spent at least half of the remaining days on the rest of South America! From the beaches of Copacabana to Condors soaring over the high Andes, this is one spectacular continent. If you want to see ‘everything’ in a once-in-a-lifetime journey you’re best to take a small group journey on a well-planned itinerary (distances are vast!). Having a tour escort with you to ‘smooth the way’ also helps; this is South America after all. Others may prefer to explore a few spots more in-depth or focus on some of the incredible natural wonders. You won’t miss out on history and culture — it is everywhere you go!


THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS About 1,000km off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos islands and their unique wildlife were Charles Darwin’s inspiration for his theory of evolution. Today you can still encounter creatures found nowhere else on Earth, and thanks to a lack of predators you can get up close without disturbing them. The islands range from volcanic black rock to white sandy beaches, and it’s all best explored on a cruise with onshore excursions accompanied by expert naturalist guides. THE ATACAMA DESERT This remote high-altitude desert lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Chilean Andes, with vast salt pans, colourful rock formations and steaming geysers. The little town of San Pedro de Atacama is picture perfect, but we love the eco-lodges — our favourites are Alto Atacama and Tierra Atacama. Take guided explorations by 4WD, on foot, mountain-bike or even horse-back, with all the comforts awaiting you back at your lodge! THE AMAZON Size does matter! The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest, its river the largest by volume, and its species the most diverse of any ecosystem on Earth. Take a cruise from Iquitos (Peru) or Manaus (Brazil), or stay in an eco-lodge deep in the Peruvian, Brazilian or Ecuadorian Amazon. The biodiversity is stunning, from pink dolphins to colourful parrots and vociferous howler monkeys, and the local guides are passionate about preserving this pristine environment. THE PANTANAL While a lot of the Amazon’s wildlife is elusive, the wildlife of the Pantanal (mostly in Brazil) is much more on view. The seasonally flooded grasslands and tropical forests of the Pantanal are home to myriad wildlife from jaguars to caiman and capybaras to name a few. The fabulous Araras Ecolodge is set in its own private reserve and is the ideal base from which to explore.



Here are our five top natural wonders:

PATAGONIA At the most southerly and sparsely populated end of South America lies Patagonia. Shared between Argentina and Chile, this stunning region encompasses the end of the Andes, the wild archipelago of Tierra del Fuego and the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. Cruise the Chilean fjords and glaciers or base yourself in a luxury eco-lodge. You can’t fail to be inspired be South America, this is nature on a very grand scale. IMAGE TOP: Laguna de los Tres and Mount Fitzroy at sunrise, Patagonia. BOTTOM: Poolside, Tierra Atacama in the Atacama Desert, Chile.

34 DAY SMALL GROUP HOSTED TOUR Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Stay in an eco-lodge in the Amazon and cruise the Galapagos. See Cuzco & Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Iguassu Falls, plus Quito, Lima, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro. All in comfort and style! DEPARTS 27th August or 10th September 2017

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JOURNEYS // Apr 2017

Stained in wonderful shades of blue and tucked high into Morocco’s earthy brown and green Rif Mountains, sits the once secret town of Chefchaouen — or ‘Chaouen’ to its friends. At its heart, a 500-year-old fortress bears testament to the town’s founding as a site of protection, initially from the Portuguese, then as a shelter for Muslim and Jewish refugees escaping persecution during the Spanish Inquisition. The town, found after a snaking four-hour bus journey from the nearest major hub at Fez (or six from Casablanca), remained so insulated over the following centuries that when missionaries and journalists arrived in the late 1800s they discovered Jewish citizens speaking a 400-year-old version of Spanish. Only a handful of visitors made it past Chaouen’s walls — most foreigners were forbidden from entry, some were threatened or even killed on arrival — until it fell to the Spanish in the early 20th century and then opened up for the rest of the world. Even today, it’s still said that this once almost forgotten town still appears like a mirage at the end of those winding mountain routes. Following the arrival of backpackers in the 1960s, word soon spread through travelling circles of this iridescent hillside gem at the northern tip of the African nation. Still a relatively unexplored city by today’s standards, it has become a mecca for those looking for a destination with a difference — its vibrant blue buildings an Instagrammer’s dream. Come nightfall, the skies above the city offer an equally shimmering, star-filled display (there is little pollution above this photogenic mountain town). Six years ago, it was the setting for a Giorgio Armani TV commercial. Chaouen’s swathes of blue walls, doorways and rooftops originate from Jewish settlers, painted to mirror the heavens as a permanent reminder of God — some say it also helps keeps flies and mosquitos at bay. After the majority of Jews left, the bright, beautiful tradition remained (there is still a small Jewish population, who live alongside Muslims, Berber tribespeople, and some descendants of Moorish exiles from Spain — the towns first inhabitants). Sprawling marijuana plantations carpet the mountainous surrounds of Chaouen (it rests between two peaks, and Chefchaouen translates as ‘watch the horns’), and it’s estimated that up to half of the word’s hashish is grown in Morocco, employing nearly a million of its citizens. The drug is illegal in the country, but as James Tennent writes for Vice: “If you smoke weed and you can’t score in Chefchaouen, then you’re probably smoking far too much weed.” The steep, meandering streets of the old town are car-free and smattered with local artisans and craftspeople flogging colourful creations such as rugs, pottery, gems, silverware and brass goods (Moroccans are notorious for their pushiness with tourists, but they are far more laid back here). Sometimes while browsing, you will be offered sweet mint tea, and always after food. The town’s signature dish, tajine, comprises spiced fish and vegetables plated on a bed of couscous. While outside the sacred city walls more secrets await — a trekker’s paradise, with spectacular mountain and Mediterranean views.





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The last members of imperial Vietnam’s mandarin class receded from the stage with Bao Dai’s abdication to Ho Chi Minh in 1945, but the spirit of this cultivated class and its dedication to the preservation of monuments and mores, endures still in the timeless city of Hue.

Between 1978 and 2004, he worked at the Hue Monuments Conservation Center and helped chart a course for the preservation of one of Southeast Asia’s urban wonders. Who better to steer visitors toward an itinerary for how best to spend 24 hours in Hue?



No one, perhaps, embodies the prerogatives of the old mandarin class as profoundly as Phan Thuan An, a 77-year-old scholar who is married to the granddaughter of a Vietnamese princess and who earned his credentials with a master’s degree in history, conferred in Saigon in 1972.

3PM — CHECK IN Check into La Residence Hotel & Spa, a 1930-built art deco palace that was built as the royal governor’s guest house. Completely refurbished in 2005, and complemented by two annexes that look as if they’ve been there from the beginning, the hotel’s sublime setting on the banks of the Perfume River evokes the laid-back appeal of Old Hue. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Le Parfum, is the finest dining venue in the city, and its spa is one of the country’s best. But onward after check-in... 3:30PM — IMPERIAL CITY Begin your exploration of Hue’s Imperial City at Ngo Mon (South) Gate, a massive U-shaped brick and stone edifice topped by the airy Five Phoenix Pavilion above. Through this august entrance, an East Asian wonderland of palaces, pavilions and temples beckons. The Nguyen Emperors ruled from a throne in the Palace of Supreme Harmony. They worshiped their predecessor kings in The Mieu Temple. And they celebrated the beauty of their country on nine dynastic urns set before Hien Lam Pavilion. Much of the Imperial City was destroyed by fire in 1947 and by battle in 1968, but much was spared and much has been restored. 5:30PM — HEAVENLY VIEWS Before dinner, ride upstream along the north bank of the Perfume River, or Huong (Fragrance) River as it’s known by locals, to Thien Mu (Heavenly Lady) Pagoda, perhaps the most illustrious pagoda in all Vietnam. The pagoda was founded some time before the Nguyens arrived in the 1500s, but embraced by them and exalted. It commands a high ground above the river, with wondrous views upstream to the mountains and setting sun. Its grounds feature a seven-story stupa, a 2,000kg bell, a temple populated by dazzling Buddha statues, and one robin’s egg blue Austin sedan that carried one of the 20th century’s most iconic Buddhist monks to his fiery death on a Saigon Street in 1963.

L-R: Ngo Mon. Bun Bo Hue. Huong River. Tu Hieu Zen Monastery. All photos by Huong Lan.

7PM — ART AT DINNER For dinner, eat in Hue where Anthony Bourdain eats in Hue: Boi Tran’s Garden. This lovely setting outside town is anchored by a nha vuon, traditional garden house, and another traditional dwelling that Ms. Boi Tran discovered in the northern highlands, dismantled and assembled in her garden. The menu is long on tradition with five spice shrimp, beef soup with green pepper and Boi Tran’s own twist on egg rolls. One of Hue’s most renowned artists, Boi Tran’s Gallery makes for some nice pre- or post-dinner browsing. 7:30AM — ETERNALLY YOURS Make an early start to the day with a stop at one of Hue’s most exquisite landscapes, the funereal city of Emperor Tu Duc. Born in 1829, Tu Duc ruled from 1848 until his death in 1883, albeit with an unwelcome guiding French hand from 1858 on. Like his predecessors, he designed for himself and constructed a landscaped eternal city that looks as picturesque as a scene from a Chinese ink painting. The grounds, its buildings, the ponds and the trees are park-like and inspiring. Indeed, so compelling is the space that scenes from the great French film epic, Indochine, were filmed here. 9AM —THICH NHAT HANH’S STOMPING GROUNDS Not far from Tu Duc’s Tomb is Tu Hieu Pagoda, one of the most delightful pagodas in Vietnam. Founded in the mid-1800s and funded by eunuchs who worked for the Nguyen Dynasty, the pagoda features a temple, a meditation hall, a cemetery and paths for contemplative walking. Look over your shoulder into the near-distant past, and you’ll see Thich Nhat Hanh, who lived in the pagoda as a boy in the 1940s. 10:30AM — KHAI DINH TOMB If Tu Duc’s Tomb evokes the grand traditions of East Asia, Khai Dinh’s Tomb is something else altogether. After the penultimate Nguyen Emperor journeyed to France, he returned to Vietnam with an enthusiasm for Western architecture that manifests itself in his eternal city. Long on concrete and wrought iron, Kha Dinh’s tomb is the most imposing in the Nguyen portfolio. Aficionados of dragons will be thrilled, and there is one very good likeness of Khai Dinh, forged in Marseille during a 1922 visit. 12:30PM — GARDEN DISTRICT NOODLES Journey back to the north side of the river where the garden district of Kim Long offers up several especially good local eateries, including Huyen Anh where the bun thit nuong, is as renowned in Hue’s culinary circles as Thien Mu is among the devout. Hue is perhaps more renowned for its bun bo Hue, but the grilled pork served over cold rice noodles with fresh mint and basil and a peanut sauce is exactly the deep cut to celebrate.


EASY AIRBNB How to make some extra money when you go on holiday.

As you may already know Airbnb has opened the doors to short term rental opportunities for regular homeowners. There’s no question that, like Uber has done for transportation, Airbnb has fundamentally changed the long-standing and traditional approach to short term accommodation, all to the benefit of homeowners (who get extra income) and their guests (who get to stay in larger and often better equipped digs). You may have already enjoyed renting through Airbnb for a holiday or even rented your own property out. As a homeowner there is good money to be made, but renting your home out when you’re not using it can either be a fantastic or a terrible experience. How do you go about attracting the right guests? How do you know how much to charge? What do you need to provide guests with? And what happens if something goes wrong? Although a simple concept, to get the most out of Airbnb as a home owner you need careful planning, organisation and on the ground management so you can just get on with enjoying your own holiday. For many people taking it on themselves is just not worth the hassle or the worry. That’s where Easy Airbnb comes in. Representing the interests of homeowners, Easy Airbnb effectively property manage your home for short term rentals — be it a long weekend, a week or even a month. Maria Eichmann started the business after she and her family rented a mixed bag of Airbnb properties all over the world. She was quick to see how the little things became big hassles for guests and hosts simply because the host wasn’t in the same location to quickly sort out a broken appliance, lost keys or just provide some handy local advice.

After talking with friends she realised this was also a big barrier for homeowners — no one wants to be worrying about what’s happening back home or feeling they have to check their phone when they’re supposed to be relaxing on holiday. Plus many are daunted by where to start and not knowing what to do. Easy Airbnb provide flexible services depending on how much or how little you want help with. Maria can take you through all the steps from getting up and going to ensuring everything is covered and under control before, during and after a guest has stayed. Services include: • • • • •

Listing your property on Airbnb including rental appraisal Screening potential guests and managing incoming enquiries Co-coordinating laundry, cleaning and gardening services Guest meet and greet and key handover 24/7 on call assistance for the unexpected

If you've always been curious about renting your home on Airbnb, nows’s the time. Accommodation is in demand with events like the World Masters Games and the Lions Tour hitting our shores in 2017. Give Maria at Easy Airbnb a call if you’d like to find out more. __ Words: Maria Eichmann MARIA EICHMANN 021 665 848 | MARIAEICHMANN@ICLOUD.COM

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While many Brits migrate south in search of warmer climes in which to retire, their counterparts in Finland have every reason to stay put, despite temperatures reaching well below zero in the colder months. While the cost of living in Finland can be expensive and tax rates are high, many Finns choose to stay put once they stop working, enjoying beneďŹ ts unparalleled by many other countries. In 2013 the Financial Post ranked Finland ninth in its list of the 21 best places in the world to retire, rating it above countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands in terms of quality of life. An article released by Statistics Finland this month supports this claim, highlighting a raft of surveys where Finland has been ranked highest, or close to it, in the world in areas such as health and security. As well as being the most stable and safe country, Finland is the most socially-just EU country after Sweden and rates highest for wellbeing, with the third lowest mortality from cancer in OECD countries. Finland also has the best record for protecting human rights after Denmark, and Finns' trust in other people is the second highest in Europe. Which makes it unsurprising that many Finns choose to stay put upon retirement, despite long winters where the sun only rises for a few hours per day. In fact, Finns are rated the ďŹ fth happiest people in the world and the second most satisďŹ ed with their life among Europeans, despite the winter gloom. Part of this may be attributed to a guaranteed pension, with workers and employers making compulsory contributions towards retirement and the state topping up those on a low income to reach the minimum level required for living. Finns are also supported in daily life with people encouraged to live at home for as long as possible. Renovation work is made available to support this where necessary and each municipality provides services to support independent living, such as cleaning, gardening and personal help.

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Municipalities also organise daytime activities at service centres for pensioners, with the aim to reduce social exclusion and loneliness. As well as access to computers and internet, the centres are often equipped with a gym, laundry room and café offering discounted meals. They also come with a well-stocked library, which is not surprising given that Finland is the most literate country in the world and Finns are the second biggest library users in Europe. On-site staff provide case management and counselling and visiting specialists can assist with physiotherapy, heart and blood pressure monitoring and other health services. In terms of social activities there are pool tables, dance classes and field trips to be enjoyed. For those who prefer to live a quiet life however, Finland has the most forests in Europe and the third most space per person. Interestingly Finns also drink the most coffee in the world, hinting at more time to relax and ponder life as winter approaches. __ Words: Melanie Dower


»Since both my husband and I have grey hair, we thought it would be fun to match our fashion.« Pon

With a cool, classy collectedness that Kim and Kanye could only dream of, a silver-haired Instagram couple are taking the internet by storm, amassing an astonishing 400,000 followers in just a few months (at the current rate, that number will be at half-a-million by the time you are reading this). The account is called bonpon511, and the stars are a retired fashion conscious pair from Japan who pose daily in synchronised attire, as their bio succinctly states: couple/over60/grayhair/fashion/coordinate.


“Since both my husband and I have grey hair, we thought it would be fun to match our fashion,” says Pon. “Our daughter suggested that we make a couple’s Instagram account.” Pon, 60, and Bon, 61 — whose real names are Tomi and Tsuyoshi Seki — have been married for 37 years, having met in Tokyo in their early 20s. Their Instagram name stems from the nickname of their two children, and ‘511’ represents their wedding anniversary. They now live in Akita. Clearly cultural cats, we see them standing in museums, galleries and enjoying glasses of wine, with Bon obviously making the most of his recent retirement. One shot sees them posing in the subway wearing matching scarves gifted to them by their daughter, while others include matching checkered shirt and skirt, and another in front of their cars while wearing tartan coat and trousers (alas, their cars don’t match) — though most of their choices are of a decidedly minimalist bent. Pon says she often shops UNIQLO, but heads to Yahoo! Auction for “brand clothes”. Many of their photos have each collected tens of thousands of ‘likes’, awash with comments of admiration. Many say the couple are an inspiration. “It suddenly became a topic in the world and I am quite surprised,” Pon tells me of their new internet fame. “I’m very happy to receive such comments as when people say that they would like to ‘be such a couple’.” So what, I ask, is the secret to the couple’s clear contentment? “Respect,” says Pon. “Respect for each other.” A sharp eye for style clearly doesn't go amiss either. __ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

As the nights start to lengthen, make sure that you enjoy the last of the warm weather and celebrate the glorious colours of autumn. And along with the traditional autumnal shades of brown, red and bronze that appear dotted across the landscape, is the potential to add some bright bursts of colour to your autumn and winter garden by planting some of these stunning plants.


CAMELLIAS Along with the many white camellias available (once the proud symbol of the NZ suffragette movement) are a whole host of red and pink flowering camellias coming in a range of attractive shapes and sizes. AZALEAS A member of the rhododendron family, azaleas produce a stunning display of flowers, with many varieties flowering from autumn to winter, and at times even into spring. CYCLAMEN Perfect for brightening up those shady or partially shady spots, cyclamen come in pinks, whites and reds, and can last for years. The plants themselves grow from a small bulb and flower from autumn through to spring, later they die back, only to reappear the following year. For best results, plant in fertile, free-draining soil. PANSIES AND VIOLAS (PICTURED) Available in array of bright and cheerful colours, these easyto-grow annual plants thrive during the colder months. And if you’re ever feeling peckish, their flowers make a delicious addition to salads. Grow in full sun to light shade in fertile, free-draining soil.


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A LIFE ALOFT A handbuilt studio-like space tucked into a tree-filled mountain proved to be the perfect home for fashion designer Jenni Button to rediscover her passion for painting. IMAGE: While the bottom floor is essentially one large, open space, surprise features such as this fireplace — that can be found in the middle of the room — separate it into different living zones. Words: Lori Cohen — Photographs: Warren Heath

The reclaimed factory windows that front the home accentuate the volume of the space inside and infuse the home with beautiful natural light.

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(01) "A friend of mine bought these iron and rope chandeliers and then realised her ceilings were too low for them. She gave them to me and I think they work wonderfully here,” says Jenni. (02) A sober canvas of stone, brick and wood is brought to life with Jenni’s treasure trove of furniture she has purchased over the years. (03) The copper bowl and taps in Jenni’s bathroom rest on a thick plank of natural wood. Set against the neutral studio-like space of the home, elements like these add texture and interest. (04) With a home surrounded by trees, every window offers up a different glimpse of nature.





(01) From the steel lattice headboard, to the embroidered French bed throw, and the Dutch daybed with its textured fabric – Jenni’s bedroom has a feminine feel. (02) "I bought the map that lies above my bed in Venice. I love how elongated and distorted it is," says Jenni. Her bedroom features some of Jenni’s other favourite items including carved tables she had made in Indonesia, a Chinese screen and an antique Dutch daybed. (03) Jenni’s dressing table overlooks the living area, and the tree-filled garden beyond it.



A mother-and-daughter partnership looks to continue the proud heritage of one of Auckland’s top kitchen design studios – Kitchens By Design. Having nurtured and mentored many of the finest practitioners of kitchen and bathroom design in New Zealand, the team at Kitchens By Design have always considered themselves a family when it comes to their designers, past and present. How fitting then that 17 years after joining Kitchens By Design, the matriarch of this design institution, Sue Gillbanks, now has her daughter Michelle by her side, and is passing on all that experience and knowledge to the next generation. “When I was younger, I didn’t actually want to be a designer,” admits, Michelle. “Back then, I wanted to get into sales and business development.” That career path took Michelle over to Perth, where she made a career in project-managing large, luxury homes. Three years ago, however, Sue planted the idea in Michelle’s head that she should think about coming back home, to join her at Kitchens By Design. And it worked. “Although I loved the challenge of project management, it was at the end of the process, where, amongst

other things, you have to deal with the decisions and sometimes the mistakes that other people have made,” says Michelle. “I wanted to be at the beginning of the design process, where I could influence the outcome, and mum’s idea of becoming a kitchen designer allowed me to do that, so I said 'yes'.” When Michelle first came back, Sue took her under her wing, as she had done with many trainee designers before her. “Initially, I just got Michelle to come into the office for the odd hour here and there, then the odd day, to get a feel for what it’s like,” says Sue. “She then shadowed me on a few jobs, from the first consultation, right through to handing over a finished kitchen. And so it went from there.” It’s now coming up to Michelle’s first anniversary at Kitchens By Design, and Sue says she is gradually pulling back on her day-to-day involvement with her latest protégée. “I think we have a very similar tastes in design,” smiles Sue. “In fact, I was looking at one of Michelle’s designs the other day, and I thought 'that’s the kind of design I’d do'. She’s a bit of a chip off the old block.” Sue says that it's only natural at this stage of Michelle’s journey. As she gets more experience, so her own style will evolve and develop.


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Interestingly, one of Michelle’s observations is that a lot of clients appear to be scared off by designers, because they think they’ll get a kitchen that the designer wants, rather than what they want. And that’s something that she’s keen to avoid. “For me, it has always been about the client and making sure they get the result they want, and to be around at the beginning of the design process allows me to do that,” she says. “And because of my background as a project manager, I’m very thorough right from the initial brief.”

Michelle says she is loving their time together, both professionally and personally: “It’s working out really well, because if I have to go and see a client in the evening, or work late, mum can look after my boys.” “And as I step back from designing, I’m looking forward to taking on more of that role,” says Sue. “I’ll always be there for advice, though.”

— Photographer: Mona Fei

Both mother and daughter agree that designing is a twoway process, and that they get inspired by new clients, their briefs and their ideas and enthusiasm as well as from the other designers who they work alongside at Kitchens By Design. “The beauty of being in a team, or a family, is that we all bounce ideas off each other, and help out with any problems,” says, Sue. “We have regular group design sessions where we talk about what we’re currently working on. We are all different, and we all have slightly different skillsets.” Sue’s strength and experience is in concepts and visualisation, whilst Michelle’s is project management and understanding and translating a client’s brief.



Seeing an architect to discuss your project is only one option. Equally you could approach a design and build company like Jalcon to help you analyse your needs, design a house that suits your specific requirements and then manage the whole process for you. That way you’re dealing with one company from start to finish.


Jalcon manages all the processes of building a new home. Our architectural designers design the home that best suits your needs, our draughting team completes the working drawings and manages the building consent process, and our construction team then manage the construction of the home. We also help you choose the colours and fittings. What this means is that you don’t have to get involved in any areas of dispute say between what the drawings say and what the builders can build. It’s all looked after. And your contract with Jalcon is at a fixed price. Less stress and more sleep.


Jalcon have a team of new build consultants who assist owners through the process of deciding whether they can cost effectively sub divide or not.


The time to talk to Jalcon is when you are first considering whether to sub divide or not. Our team can help you with your assessment and walk you through all the processes. Managing the subdivision process, the resource consents and making sure the council development contributions are taken into consideration, completing the working drawings and building consents, undertaking the




Jalcon focusses on designing and building a house to meet each individual client’s requirements. Unlike many other companies Jalcon doesn’t have standard plans which we adapt to meet your needs. We design each home specifically to the owners needs and then during the building process our colour consultants work closely with each client to make all the colour and fittings choices so that they end up with the home they always wanted.


Once you have decided on your floor plan and design scheme then depending on the size and complexity of the house you should allow in the order of 12 months from signing the build contract to taking possession of your new home.


Jalcon has a team of specialists who help you at various stages of your project but you will always have one person who is your primary contact.


Jalcon has show homes at Long Bay, Hobsonville, Huapai, Pine Harbour and Karaka Lakes. You are welcome to visit any of these homes to get ideas or talk to our new build consultants.

HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT NEWLY BUILT HOMES ARE AS HEALTHY AND ECO-FRIENDLY AS POSSIBLE? There are a range of options available to new house builders. Jalcon designs every home to optimise the sunlight and heating effects of the sun. Each house


We aim to make every house Jalcon builds just the right house — tailored to that client’s specific needs. Every client should want to tell all their friends that if they want to build, they should contact Jalcon.


When you are dealing with Jalcon you are dealing with one company that manages every step from design through to completion of your home. Jalcon has built more than 1,600 homes for Aucklanders over the last 20+ years and many of these homeowners advertise their homes as a Jalcon home when they sell them. That’s the best reference you can get.





There are always new trends in living styles and new products as they appear. But in Auckland the biggest trend is towards more intensive living brought about by the high price of land and the need to intensify the city. Through Jalcon’s involvement in developments like Hobsonville Point and Pine Harbour, Jalcon has acquired significant experience and expertise at designing and building more intensive dwellings, like multi-level terraces and small footprint stand-alone homes. These types of dwellings will become more predominant as Auckland embraces the Unitary Plan.



When you deal with Jalcon you are not dealing with a franchise or with a multitude of different companies to design and build your home. You are dealing with the one company which remains family owned and where the family stands behind every project we undertake from start to finish.


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is properly insulated and has double glazing. On top of this Jalcon provides clients with a range of ecofriendly options at their discretion, like water re-use systems, heat pump hot water cylinders and solar heating options.


drainage and storm water connections and then finally building the new house can all take 18 months to two years. It can be a long and involved process.


If anyone had told me I would be giving up everything; house, lifestyle, security, to move into the homes of much loved pets and take care of them while their owners were on vacation, I’d have said they were stark raving mad! Yet here I am, doing just that.

With most Aucklanders back at work and happy to enjoy summer in our own backyard the early part of the year found us potentially homeless.

It’s my husband’s fault of course! Approaching the big five-oh and already disillusioned with the work/mortgage treadmill he suggested we sold up, down-sized and stepped into the abyss. Given he’s never let me down in the past and unable to think of any good reason why things shouldn’t work out as he said, I thought why not? And so, holding hands and crossing fingers we applied for our first house and petting sitting assignment. Three-anda-half months on a remote island in Tonga caretaking a beach-side resort out of season and supplying TLC to the resident dog and three cats. If it sounds like heaven, believe me it was! Even Tropical Cyclone Winston passing through only to turn around and batter us a second time couldn’t spoil the delight of being somewhere extraordinary. Since then the demand for our services hasn’t stopped, and last year we spent some 330 days living in and enjoying some wonderful properties while caring for some equally gorgeous moggies — pet-wise our preference, though we have looked after guinea-pigs and fish too. Of course, this lifestyle does come at a price, quite literally as airfares and travel to outof-the way locations aren’t cheap. Nor is having to support yourself while away. So, for six months of the year we stay home, house and pet-sitting here in Auckland and while Jason calls on his network of contacts in the construction industry for work, I write to earn a crust and keep an eye on all the new assignments posted on the various house-sitting websites. So, has it all been plain sailing? Not exactly! With most Aucklanders back at work and happy to enjoy summer in our own backyard the early part of the year found us potentially homeless. Our loaned pets have had their moments too. Who could forget the intrepid feline who decided to go walkabout for two days without telling a soul. Or the otherwise adorable hunter-killer who delighted in leaving half-eaten, still-warm mouse intestines for me to find? Even so, we’re loving every moment. As temporary guardians of fur-babies we take the role very seriously, respecting the owners home and the fact we’re living rent-free, paying no utilities and often have a car at our disposal — or a small boat in the case of Tonga. Even better, we’re able to explore new locations as locals rather than tourists. And as for next year, or the one after? I have no idea! We could end up anywhere in the world. Six months in a French chateau? Three in an English manor-house? Costa Rica or Greece? A villa or a ranch. Yes, and yes! Give me a moment, I’ll just get out the diary. — Words: Hilary Murray HILARYMURRAY_AUTHOR@HOTMAIL.COM HILARYMURRAY.CO.NZ

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Built in 1926, McLaren's was part of the development that occurred around the Upland Road intersection after the tram line extended there from its former termination at St Vincent’s Avenue and prior to its 1930 extension to Meadowbank. A purpose-built service station, it reflected the growing popularity of the motorcar at that time. The business was acquired in 1936 by Les McLaren, whose family occupied the larger first floor middle flat of three above the garage itself. Les McLaren’s son, Bruce, went on to become a national and international celebrity motor racing driver and this association led to the building’s heritage recognised by both Auckland Council and Heritage New Zealand. Currently the former McLaren flat houses the Bruce McLaren Museum. In recent years the building has presented a somewhat utilitarian face to the street, but now an adaptive reuse of the building, designed by heritage specialists, Salmond Reed Architects, heralds a fresh chapter in its history. New commercial uses at ground floor level with residential retained above, will preserve the historic precedent, but promote increased street edge interest and activity. A new canopy, reminiscent of the original slender forecourt canopy, will extend across the footpath, providing additional shelter and alignment with the adjacent shops. Extensive glazing will create the idea of an open area below a floating roof and where solid walls are required, metal claddings will be used to reference the industrial origins of the mechanical workshops that once occupied this space. At the same time, the introduction of an additional floor of apartments constructed under a new roof, will increase available accommodation — and the whole building will be seismically strengthened, increasing its safety and usability now and for generations to come. A welcome facelift to anticipate — and one designed to enhance the modern streetscape, while also recognising the significance of the site’s former function.

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When it comes to adding an edge this season, it's all about the uniform—right down to the details. Think felted wools, double-breasted buttons, and patch pockets. This traditionally masculine look can be styled to embrace a tomboy aura or tailored garments and softer fabrics will add something distinctly feminine to this trend. Words: Paris Mitchell














Forty-eight years on, Issey Miyake is still at the cutting edge, still relevant, still one of the greats — still a survivor both personally and professionally.


He survived Hiroshima when the bomb hit his hometown. He survived heartache three years later when his beloved mother died of radiation exposure. “I remember it all,” he said in an open letter to Barack Obama on Universal Peace Day.

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Memories of the destruction aside, what has survived the test of time has been Miyake’s eye for beauty framed in a creative format that is both modern and optimistic. Admired as a true innovator in the fashion industry by many peers, Miyake is a true paradox. He’s mastered combining tradition with technical technique backed by modern research and development. Steve Jobs was so enamoured after meeting Miyake that he commissioned a working uniform from the designer. Miyake responded with hundreds of black turtlenecks forming the foundation of Jobs’s signature style of simplicity that he’d wear for the rest of his life. Miyake’s clothes are light, washable, and don’t crease. Yet the star of the show must to be the quintessential pleat. Fashion critics even today decades later, are still praising the pleat as relevant. “Words that come to mind when I think of Issey Miyake pleats are sculptural, elegant and timeless,” says Marilyn Sainty, retired fashion designer herself and owner of Scotties Boutique. “I’ve got a dress that I’ve had for well over 20 years and it’s still wonderful!” True to his graphic design roots, Miyake’s fashion design philosophy has deep spacial awareness, especially when you look at the intersection of simplicity with function. He cleverly explores the relationship between the body, the clothing and the space in between. His micro pleats, first unveiled in the 80s, have come full circle nearly thirty years later, appearing on the Paris Fashion Week runway and in the current international spring collections shown by designers like Jil Sander, Marni and Loewe. Ultra-fine plissé pleats the fashionistas are saying are “cutting edge” and “classic”. Sainty agrees saying “they have certainly stood the test of time. Issey Miyake has had a rebirth, possibly because fashion comes and goes”. She believes his style is so striking due to being “more technically innovative than anyone else I can think of”.

For 20 years Scotties has stocked the mainline of Miyake and now for the first time, his less expensive eponymous range, Pleats Please, first launched in 1993. What’s the difference between the two? One uses more expensive and changing fabrics, explains Sainty, whereas the other is a mass made collection that does not alter a great deal in the styling or textiles. If you want comfort with splendorous simplicity that’s easy to care for and lightweight, particularly if you’re a frequent traveller, this collection is for you. Pleats Please is a “ground breaking and revolutionary method” according to Miyake’s website. The garment is designed first, and then the pleats are applied after the fabric is cut and sewn. “It’s more versatile and affordable” adds Sainty. What Miyake does “superbly” she goes on to explain, is a beautiful horizontal shaped pleated dress, “but it’s not necessarily something you’d wear during the day". Looking at Scotties website, the pricing for a Miyake’s mainline skirt costs more than $1,000, a Pleats Please skirt is half the price. “It’s often available at Scotties Recycle online too,” Sainty says, where you can pick up mainline pieces at Pleats Please prices. Looking at the work of Miyake referenced by many designers either in a deconstructed manner, or streamlined, it’s evident that pleats do serve a purpose as they both offer a solution to the wearer with a busy lifestyle in a way that truly pleases. __ Words: Sarah Sparks



The cornerstones to being stylish are threefold: you need to know what your shape is and how best to dress it; which colours work for your colouring; and what current trends are best for you and your lifestyle. Easy, right? Sadly it seems that no, it's not that easy. Many of us do not know our shape — we might be an hourglass but have decided we’re a pear, we may be a rectangle but think we’re an hourglass. Having spent time with literally thousands of Kiwi women over the past 16 years as a stylist, I have learnt that knowing your shape is a mystery to many of us. As for colour, too many of us are dismissing the theory as being irrelevant, and in doing so are looking tired, older than we need to, or sickly. The right shade works magic for you, and yes — you can ALWAYS find the colour that works for you in the shops, no matter what fashion is dictating. Which brings me rather neatly to the final puzzle piece – being aware of fashion trends and interpreting these for your shape and lifestyle. Too many women are stuck in old looks that make them look dated. I’m truly surprised at the number of women still wearing tunics and leggings, jeans tucked into knee high boots, or the ultimate in dull: a coloured top with a pair of black pants. Knowing what to try when you hit the shops makes shopping easier and more fruitful. Constantly repeating what you currently own is a recipe for boredom and looking flat.

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Girl Undiscovered wishes to make the world a little more interesting, a little more beautiful and a lot more thoughtful. The above words sum up the essence of Girl Undiscovered, 100% WILD skincare. The brainchild of Sara Orme, sociologist and photographer; Charlotte Devereaux, formerly EGG Maternity; and Philly Gebbie who has 33 years international business experience, Girl Undiscovered is more about your personal energy than what you see in the mirror. “We want to challenge the idea of beauty and what it means,” says Sara. “Beauty is not about how you look, it’s about how you feel. It’s about freedom. Vitality. Girl power!” The seed for Girl Undiscovered was sewn when Charlotte was researching natural skincare for her daughter, Jasmin. She focused on ancient traditions and came across one of the brands key ingredients — thanaka. With that discovery the three women combined their mutual passion and skills to create an ethical, natural, intrinsically beautiful line of skin cherishers. The ideology of beauty has always been at the heart of Sara’s work. Girl Undiscovered is an extension of it and grew from Real Girl, an initiative speaking

with women aged 16-93-years-old about what real beauty is. As a feminist thinker from the 90s, and with a degree in sociology majoring in women’s studies, Sara was constantly questioning beauty ideals during her 22-year photographic career. Charlotte is the formulator for Girl Undiscovered. The daughter of Colyn Devereux Kay, the creator of the iconic Kiwi brand Les Floralies (now Matakana Botanicals), Charlotte grew up around strong women and beautiful products. It’s this combination, in conjunction with Sara’s photography prowess and Philly’s strategic nous that led to Girl Undiscovered being beautiful to look at and serious skincare with a strong message at its core. “For us, it’s all about the story. With our ingredients locals are able to earn money and support their communities,” she adds. “People ask us if we’re organic and we say yes and we’re 100% WILD, but we’re not organically certified because it’s very difficult for third world countries to get certified.” Sara, Charlotte and Philly have worked hard to create an ethical brand right down to the packaging. “The factory we work with in China for our packaging has a social responsibility policy,” says Sara. “And we have a tiny supply chain. For example, our thanaka only

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goes through seven hands to get here to our base in Parnell. Our ultimate goal is to set up a foundation supporting girls' education.” Girl Undiscovered is an experience, from the luxurious Stars Aligning Elixir Oil to the Under The Waterfall Crystal Cleansing Water, infused with real rose quartz and citrine crystals for positive energy. Girl Undiscovered is about finding the fearlessness and freedom you had as a child and stopping trying to reach ridiculous beauty standards. “If you focus only on what you look like you’re in trouble,” says Sara. __ Words: Jenna Moore

WHO IS GIRL UNDISCOVERED? • She’s the girl within us all whether you’re 13 or 103. • The girl on the go who doesn’t spend hours getting ready. • The girl who doesn’t get too hung up on her flaws.

HERO INGREDIENTS • Thanaka grows wild in Myanmar -- the country formerly known as Burma. The name changed 29 years ago but most of us still relate to it as Burma. “Thanaka is probably the key product of the country, every woman wears a thanaka paste on their face,” says Sara. “It has natural SPF and phenomenal skincare properties. Burmese women are often talked about as having the best skin in the world.” • Kanuka honey from Kawau Island which is, arguably, better than manuka honey with higher antibacterial and antioxidant profiles. “And the bees on Kawau Island are all very wild and happy,” adds Sara. • Coconut oil from Bali helping to sustain a country that was Philly’s home of many years and is the heritage of her four adopted Balinese children. “Coconuts grow wildly in everyone’s backyards so they can take their coconuts to our centre and get paid for it,” says Sara.


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REALLY DOES BEGIN FROM WITHIN Take it from me that when it comes to healthy skin, what you put inside your body is just as important as what you apply topically. Throughout my professional career both as a registered nurse and as a skincare therapist, I have seen how internal nutrition directly affects what you see on the surface. I have witnessed first-hand how optimal nutritional support can stabilise myriad skin conditions especially when it comes to an acnic skin. Introducing Accumax, a skin supplement packed full of vital vitamins and plant nutrients that can help promote healthy, clear skin. Formulated to support problematic skin without any drying effects. Did you know that around 95% of people are vitamin A deficient? And if you experience breakouts and skin problems, you might be one of them. The good news is that Accumax doesn’t just contain your so-called recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, it contains the optimum amount required to really benefit your body and give your skin a boost.

“To get beautiful skin on the outside, you need to feed it from the inside with the right nutrients. Our supplements are the first step in a results-driven skincare regime, they maximise the benefits of in-salon treatment and topical creams by nourishing from within.” Louise Gray, Louise Gray Skin Care “I began my course of treatment with Hannah at Louise Gray Skin Care about two weeks ago and I have noticed a massive improvement in my skin. I began taking skin Accumax and having LED light therapy treatments. Hannah is so cool, and is always so helpful with any questions I have. I have no more sore and nasty spots. I would highly recommend visiting Louise Gray Skin Care if you’re having any problems with your skin.” Tom, Remuera “OMG love this brand — used in London. Amazing results — 'for real!” Rachel, makeup artist, Auckland — Words: Louise Gray

But that’s not all — whilst vitamin A is essential for overall skin health, it’s the special phytonutrients in Accumax that make it unique, and mean it can help with many people’s acne problems. Taking two Accumax a day can deliver as many skin boosting nutrients as you’d get from eating eight whole heads of broccoli. With Accumax you can realistically expect to notice the results in a few months — we recommend initially taking Accumax for at least 14 weeks.



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“Sports culture is a fascinating thing,” says Professor David Cameron-Smith of the Liggins Institute, Auckland University’s pioneering health research centre. “We expect so much of athletes, and place them under such extreme pressures in terms of their need to perform that they’re really on that fine edge. We put their bodies under enormous stress with such enormous expectations around the most minute reaction time. It’s why you see them sometimes falling off the bandwagon and behaving in unusual ways. It’s a very tough career.” In an industry where a split second or centimetre can mean the difference between sporting glory or catastrophe — not to mention millions of dollars in prize money or sponsorship deals — the science behind the human body has become ever more significant. One of sports most embraced postperformance rituals — ice baths — has just had its plug pulled thanks to an international study in which the institute was involved, published in The Journal of Physiology. “We were very interested in what happens in muscles during the recovery process,” says the professor. The Auckland research team, in collaboration with Danish and Australian scientists, was tasked with studying how muscles respond to different types of exercise and the most effective recovery strategies. The team took small tissue samples from thigh muscles, the analysis of which “categorically demonstrated ice therapy impairs the ability of the muscle to recover, grow and regenerate”. Neither is there any “effect on the supposed key actions of ice-baths to reduce inflammation”. “One of the amazing things about New Zealand and Scandinavian countries is that they have some of the

highest participation rates in clinical trials,” says the professor. “So we really have to thank the people who are prepared to put their bodies through some tough tasks.” The application of ice to injuries — known as cryotherapy — has been conducted for millennia (doctors also use it in the form of liquid nitrogen, to varying levels of success, to destroy warts, lesions and even some cancer cells). According to Medgadget, the cryotherapy market in North America and Europe “is fuelled by increasing demand from athletes and film actors to recover from injury faster and prevent aging”, with the market expected to surpass US$4.9 billion by 2024. There are at least 400 cryotherapy spas in the States, even though the Food and Drug Administration has also previously concluded it is a “trend that lacks evidence and poses risks”. (In 2015 in Nevada, a woman became trapped in a chamber and asphyxiated through lack of oxygen. They are now generally designed to ensure the customers head is protruding from the tops at all times.) Cameron-Smith says ice packs are still beneficial for such things as sprains, “to help reduce pain and swelling”, but that the injury should then be presented to a medical practitioner or physiotherapist. But is there any benefit at all to an ice bath? The professor says although there is no direct muscular benefit, once you’ve “got over the initial shock” it is a “fantastic way to relax”. Elite athletes, he adds, will often struggle to wind down after a big game, and so anything that aids sleep — vital to muscle repair — can be of use.



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“The results are being actively reviewed in Norway who have a very large winter sport project program,” the professor tells me. “They’re looking at crosscountry skiers who are some of the fittest athletes in the world. The Queensland Institute of Sport, who were engaged in this research also, are looking at ways in which different types of recovery strategies can be applied, including an opposing method — what happens if you put someone in a hot bath.” I ask what positives were taken from study. “There is no downside to strength exercise training. We strongly advocate any form of strength exercise training through resistance or weights as beneficial for all ages. There is still that inflammation and pain, but that pain and inflammation is an important part of the recovery process.” During that recovery process, the most important things are hydration (“even if you don’t think you’ve sweated much, you must drink a lot of water”); ingestion of high-protein foods; and sleep. “You must also keep moving, there is something about moving muscles that helps them repair more efficiently,” says the professor.

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Octogenarian Clyth MacLeod has been in the business of selling businesses for more than 55 years. His love of the art of real estate sees him behind his desk bright and early every morning. Clyth (pronounced Cl-ii-th) found his way to the industry which was to fuel his career passion for life by accident. “I started out selling food markets and supermarkets,” he remembers. “In doing that I was dealing with real estate agents and I noticed some of them were doing very well. I was married with a young family so I switched careers. It was pragmatism really.” Clyth says business sales are very different from residential real estate. “It’s not rooted in land and buildings, rather it’s the expectation of future profits and earnings. We’re selling a dream,” he says. “It’s very rewarding. Not just from the financial point of view but from the relationship aspect. I’ve sold businesses to people who have gone on to make their fortunes and that’s very satisfying.”

actually a huge revolution going on with it and the variety of foods out there is great. It’s getting to be an art form. It’s exciting doing the R&D, which involves eating and drinking coffee. I went to Winona Forever [100 Parnell Road] the other day and the food was an artistic display. It’s exciting. I love it.” Clyth says he’ll retire in 2033 when he’s 100. “I still enjoy what I’m doing — what would I do if I retired?” he says. “I like golf, but I wouldn’t enjoy it if I played five days a week. For me this isn’t work. I’m the first or second one in to the office most mornings and I still get a kick out a doing a deal.” That said, most of his time these days is spent on supporting his team and on marketing, but he still sells a few businesses each year himself. “It shows the sales team I’m not just blowing smoke,” he smiles.

TRAITS OF A GREAT BUSINESS SALESPERSON: Clyth started out as a one-man band. “Then one agent approached me, then a second. Now we have 25 people working in the company,” he says. “We’ve got 50% male and 50% female staff, which is great. We’re also 50% native Kiwis and 50% other nationalities. We’re nicely balanced.” Nowadays the 83-year-old also has a business partner — Glorianne Campbell. “She’s entrepreneurial and methodical and we complement each other,” he says. “Glorianne’s owned her own hospitality businesses. She also believes with me in sharing knowledge with other brokers and putting back into the community.” The business has a large focus on the hospitality industry as well as manufacturing, IT, service and wholesale. “Restaurants and cafes account for 70-80% of our sales growth,” says Clyth. “There’s a balance between service, manufacturing and retail in hospitality which makes for an interesting mix. There’s not a lot of stock involved, it’s generally a cash business, doesn’t require any technical expertise or qualifications and it’s colourful. There’s

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There is (almost) nothing more exciting, creative, and at times down right terrifying, than starting up your own business. Taking inspiration from experienced entrepreneurs certainly helps, as does huge dollops of determination and stickability. "Ultimately, there’s only one way to start your career, and that’s by starting a business. If you find yourself hesitating, remember my motto: Screw it, just do it," explained Richard Branson in a recent Trinidad Guardian blog which reads as follows.


When you’re considering which idea to turn into a business, think about the subjects and problems that interest you most. Is there an industry you love? A talent you have? A cause that you are 110 per cent behind? Don’t start a business just because you think it’ll turn a profit; if you’re not in love with the idea, you won’t move mountains to make it happen. 2. START AT YOUR DOORSTEP Now that you have decided on the area you’d like to focus on, look around yourself. What is the market missing that it desperately needs? Which services do you and your friends use that are lackluster and could be hugely improved? Think about how your business could help your street, your neighbourhood and your city. From there, you might someday expand to bigger markets. 3. SHAKE THINGS UP As you design your product or service, remember your resolve to serve the public; business is about improving other people’s lives. Hopefully, once you’ve done that, more money comes in than goes out. From Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic to Virgin Money and Virgin Active, our team has always launched businesses out of a genuine desire to disrupt the status quo and improve things for customers.

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4. LISTEN TO ADVICE, NOT TO NAYSAYERS When you’re just starting out, you should ask those with experience in your field for advice, especially your parents. But be careful not to confuse discouraging comments for good advice. Lots of people will tell you that your idea won’t work, or that it has been done before. When I started out, I lost count of the people who told me that I wouldn’t succeed. 5. STAY FOCUSED — AND MOTIVATED You need to dream big and have lofty goals - but in your first year, concentrate on establishing your business and surviving. Keep your eyes on the prize and on day-to-day operations, setting small targets for each day, then each week, each month, each quarter and each year. Write them down and then tick them off. You will be amazed at how much satisfaction you get from this. 6. LOVE WHAT YOU DO Whatever you’re doing in business, it should be fun. That has always been a priority at Virgin, and it’s a vital component of our success. I love what we do, our employees love what we do, and so our customers love what we do, too.” __ CREDIT: VIRGIN.COM/ENTREPRENEUR/RICHARD-BRANSON-MY-SIXTIPS-FOR-EVERY-YOUNG-ENTREPRENEUR


Earlier this year, Dunedin-based gaming company RocketWerkz made global headlines announcing their expansion, with potential employees offered unlimited paid holidays, profit shares and the ability to choose their own hours. People experiencing personal problems such as the break-up of a relationship or death of a pet are encouraged to take time away, there are group exercise sessions for the staff and CEO Dean Hall even caps his own salary. “The approach of such things as unlimited leave is something that has been done in the US, though not coupled with the minimum amount of annual leave which we have here by law,” says the 35-year-old boss over the phone as he also asks me to excuse the meowing — it’s ‘kitten day’ in the office. “Much of it is just common sense which is why so many people are interested. Our business runs on creativity, not productivity.” I ask Dean if he believes it’s an approach that could work outside creative industries and he cites his military service as a major influence on how business is done. “The idea is that the people who are in your unit must be looked after,” he says. “People have problems and you need to arrange things to help them solve those problems. It’s a little bit of Kiwi culture too — we treat people as people. It’s not rocket science.” It was Dean’s time in the military that also inspired his work on DayZ, the video game that made his name. He must, I ask, feel a strong sense of gratitude to the forces. He doesn’t hesitate: “It was very formative. There is a lot of problem solving needed, and, as I was an officer, they encouraged a certain amount of creative thinking — which I may have taken a little too far sometimes! But

there is definitely room for that, especially in the New Zealand military.” Why did you sign up in the first place? “Watching Top Gun! How does anyone really know what they want to do when they are 16? I could have done a lot worse. I would never have gone to university otherwise. I think around a third of my senior high school applied for the armed forces. I’m certainly glad I did it, but the path has ultimately been quite different since then.” Dean tells me he suffered from “middle child syndrome”, always an adventurous soul, he learnt to ride a motorbike and even fly a plane before he learnt to drive a car. His military training also stood him in good stead for challenge of a different kind in 2013: climbing Mount Everest (he still keeps in excellent shape with daily 9am visits to the gym, “no matter what”, and encourages his staff do likewise, "while it’s quiet"). “I don’t know why everyone is so obsessed with buying houses — I still don’t own one — I want experiences.” Next on the list is a skydive from the edge of space. I ask him how scaling the world’s highest peak compares with setting up a multi-million-dollar firm. “It required a lot less paperwork! Everest was certainly harder than I imagined, but in many, respects physical challenges are generally easier as you don’t have the responsibilities of others if something goes wrong. In business, you must not only learn from your mistakes, but not be scared to make them.”

Having flirted with the idea of setting up RocketWerkz in London, Los Angeles and even Auckland, Dean finally settled on Dunedin. “I lived in Auckland for a number of years when I was in the military and absolutely loved it,” says the gaming chief. “But when I ran the numbers, I actually found it would be cheaper — and easier — to set up in Los Angeles. But Dunedin is an easy city to live in, plus I went to university here and have family here. It takes me four minutes to drive to work, and if it takes eight, then I’m livid! There was maybe also a little bit of ego in starting up in Dunedin also — if you’re going to build something, then why not build it where there is nothing? Because then you can say it wasn’t there before I came along.” While the likes of Sir Peter Jackson and Lorde have done wonders to promote Kiwi entertainment talent, Dean says most New Zealanders have no idea just how profitable gaming can be. In February, Labour leader Andrew little announced their plan, should they get into power, is to invest $10 million into the sector — specifically Dunedin — propelling the nation’s gaming industry from a $90 million-a-year industry to a $1 billion one within a decade. “Gaming is bigger than film, television and music combined,” says Dean. “People get excited about a blockbuster movie that does 10 or 20 million dollars in its first weekend, but something like Grand Theft Auto does billions.” We need to, he adds “dial it up another notch” and invest more in the young, creative talent coming through: “I think New Zealand is uniquely positioned to be a leader in industries like gaming because we are so small and agile, and a very attractive destination. Now we have

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fantastic infrastructure and a history of making great creative products. There is a lot of cool stuff going on.” Auckland’s Grinding Gear Games, Dean continues, are a silent success company doing "wonderful things", as are the “fantastic guys” at Sidhe in Wellington where he “worked in a previous life”. As for RocketWerkz, the plan is to have 150 on the payroll by the end of the year. There are four exciting projects in the pipeline “including a multiplayer shooter that has huge scope” all PC- and console-focussed, and this month Dean is flying to London for EGX Rezzed to unveil their latest release. “It’s a great gaming expo, and the place I first announced the standalone version of DayZ,” says the boss, “so it will be cool to return there.” __ Jamie Christian Desplaces


B OX™ RESHAPING ARCHITECTURE It started with a quartet of bloody-minded entrepreneurs determined to reshape the design and build game. Dan Heyworth, who had previously founded an eco-building company born out of the leaky homes crisis, his brother-inlaw Nat Holloway, a construction manager, and architect Tim Dorrington first bonded over modernist design. When builder Nat Jakich came on board, they had the roots of a company which balanced innovative ideas with practical reality.

a similar clean-lined look, with open plan layouts and floor-to ceiling glass that suits the relaxed Kiwi style,” says Dan.

Box™ launched in 2008 and is now an SME (small medium enterprise) that employs 40. The idea to “reshape architecture” in order to make good design more attainable remains a driving force.

Designing to modular sizes (increments of standard building materials) is another cornerstone philosophy although not one that has been welcomed by all with open arms. Kiwis love bespoke buildings, so a re-education as to the possibilities is needed.

The Box™ aesthetic is inspired by modernists such as Richard Neutra and Craig Ellwood whose Case Study houses in California re-defined the floor-plan of the modern home. “Our houses have

Having designed some 250 houses, the company continues to invest in R&D, looking internationally to investigate emerging methods of prefabrication that can slot into the New Zealand landscape. “When elements are manufactured under controlled conditions, it means improvements in the quality and speed of the build,” explains Dan.



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I am in the business of helping families old and young, some with their furrie babies, to find rental properties. Many have just arrived in New Zealand from other countries and are desperate to find accommodation. It gives me immense satisfation when I can hand over the keys for their new rental home and see how happy they are. Just Rentals Ltd is in our 18th year this month and what fun I have had and what stories I could tell! It has been an amazing journey. JUST RENTALS LTD MREINZ 40 ST JOHNS ROAD, MEADOWBANK JUSTRENTALS.CO.NZ 09 528 4817 | 09 528 4818


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21 May – 20 June

22 December – 19 January

Your energy can be calmer, more focused, and while it takes you longer to get things started, you don't stop once you do. Instead of getting distracted easily, you keep with it until you get it done. If single, you want someone who will support you and be sensitive of your feelings. This can be a good time to improve your living space, especially superficially.

You’re more open to ideas that are unusual and different, and are willing to try innovative solutions to problems that you’d normally think were too radical. You are likely to take a logical approach to love, and don't feel much like committing too much just yet. Spontaneity is key to meeting like-minded people and making new connections. The familiarity will seem uncanny.



21 June – 22 July

20 January – 18 February

This is a good month for ideas, though that may not feel like the case during the first half of the month. You have to eliminate some of the ideas you have first, and then you can focus on the good ones later in the month. You have to work on getting your head on straight, improving your outlook and mood, and having a solid life before you can deal with your relationships.

Leo 23 July – 22 August

You can feel most like yourself when you’re pursuing the dreams that you have for your future.. You can benefit from your friends or from the groups that you belong to. You can connect with others mentally, and you say the right things and win people over with your words. A heaping dose of indulgence, coming right up! And this can also mark the end of some relationships as well, perhaps rather abruptly.

Taurus 20 April – 20 May You can have difficulty dealing with issues in your friendships, with the groups you belong to, or with the dreams for your future. You're a little hazy on what exactly has to be dealt with. Your love life may hit a few snags at the beginning of the month. After the 21st, you can get back on the right track, focus on your goals, and feel like your old self again.

You can come up with big ideas, but you may not see any of them through, and just talk about everything that you want to do instead of acting on them. You might feel that love has been zapped from your life or inspiration has been hard to find. You would have lessons to learn about what friendship is to you, what you want to dedicate yourself to, and how to choose realistic dreams.

Pisces 19 February – 20 March

You can find opportunities for pursuing your dreams, making new friends, joining new groups, or taking up new causes. There is a feeling of filling every minute with activity — just be sure to balance work with play. Major changes in your career demand an innovative approach. You can begin to see rewards for all of the hard, smart work you’ve been doing and how responsible you’ve been.




23 August – 22 September

23 October – 21 November

21 March – 19 April

You can also settle a dispute with a business partner, finalise a dealing with other people's money (debts, taxes, loans, inheritances, joint finances), or finish up the transformation of something. This month helps you to form stronger bonds with loved ones, and improve the intimacy in your life. You're compromising and fair, but have a hard time with people who want to make a mess.

Letting out your creative side helps, and not taking things too seriously. Have a little fun with life and work, and you can open yourself up to new opportunities. You may come across as more vulnerable, understanding, or compassionate. You have the opportunity to improve your level of intimacy within a close partnership, or to begin a new one altogether.


Creativity is your friend, and brainstorming comes easy when you assert yourself. Delegation will get you further than micromanagement. Networking will bring the results you seek, and accelerate profound changes to your schedule. Being a resource will grow your inspiration. Everyone admires your originality and progressive stance. It’s time to shine. You can put yourself in a better position financially and emerge more confident, grounded, and secure.

23 September – 22 October

You want to feel more comfortable, and not push yourself too far outside of your comfort zone. You enjoy spending time at home or in the places you know well, or with family or the people you think of as family. If in a relationship, you notice the little things with your partner, and show how you care that way. If single, you want someone responsible and reliable.

Sagittarius 22 November - 21 December

This can be seen as a high point for you, and a period of great success if you’re realistic. You may come across as more mature, grounded, or responsible. You can pursue new opportunities, or create opportunities for yourself, and feel better about the work that you do. If in a relationship, you want to be closer to your partner, and if single, you want someone who will take the relationship seriously.


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Since 2008/09, student numbers have increased by 3.6%, but this has been met and exceeded under the National-led government with education funding increased by 35%. This, in the context of tight government spending and a return to a budget surplus.




The facts are these: no previous government has made bigger investments in educating Kiwi kids and no other OECD country spends a higher proportion of its public spending on education than New Zealand does. However, to get the best result possible, schools not only require the right funding but also the right infrastructure. More than $5 billion has been invested since 2008/09, resulting in around 50 new schools or school expansions, more than 30 major redevelopments and hundreds of additional classrooms. These projects are allowing schools across the country to accommodate roll growth and to make sure kids are learning with updated and modern resources in a warm and safe environment.

With more than 765,000 Kiwi kids well into the first term, it’s important parents and caregivers know how much this government is prioritising their success. A high-quality education is one of the most important investments we can make as a government and as a community, to ensure our young people have the best possible start to their lives. In 2017, this investment will be at $11 billion (without counting tertiary education), the highest ever.

Locally, we are very fortunate to have school board members and PTA members who so generously give their time and money to help guide that investment and demand the best from their principals and teachers. I want to take the opportunity, once again, to thank them for their efforts. From the government's perspective, a return on the $11 billion investment means young people are succeeding and New Zealand is benefitting from a new generation of high-achieving young Kiwis.

Public schools in this part of Auckland, or indeed anywhere in Auckland, are undergoing large scale investment. Locally, we’ve seen state of the art new classrooms built at Mt Eden Normal School, Auckland Normal, Auckland Normal Intermediate and Parnell District School, fully equipped with ultra-fast broadband and modern equipment. More recently I think of the work at Remuera School for new classrooms and the $8.7 million project at Newmarket School. The list continues for many other schools, often with government funds supported by generous contributions from the local community.

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Why are we so out of step with other countries?

Almost every new client who comes to us after having managed their own property has been leaving money on the table, often for years. The reasons are many, and we’ll discuss them in future articles.

More to the point, what is it costing us? One reason we’re out of step is because we’re a nation of DIYers. Who doesn’t love the Mitre 10 ad with the kids discussing putting up a retaining wall. “Nah, do it yourself, mate,” says the down-to-earth one, talking his mate out of “getting some bloke in”. Awesome stuff. But a dangerous attitude when applied to business investment. And here’s where New Zealanders are, relatively speaking, naïve. We continue bringing a DIY attitude to not only property investment, but to all kinds of business enterprises. It’s why so many owners started out with big ambitions but now find themselves stuck in a rut — working hard for little return, and seeing no way forward other than to work harder.


Ambitious business owners aim high. New Zealand has plenty of them: witness Rocket Labs, software company Vista, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and others. World beaters who got there by not only working hard, but thinking smart and surrounding themselves with great people. We’d like to see property investors flourish in this country, achieving the returns and long term wealth that’s really possible. So until our next article, here’s something to ponder: regardless of how you are growing your wealth, how much more could you create with the support of committed experts who are out to have you win?



Here’s a sobering statistic. About 25% of New Zealand residential landlords use a property management company. In Australia, that figure is around 80% and it’s even higher in the UK.







We at Rudy’s are always happy to provide a comprehensive service to our customers. If this means an onsite visit to rectify connection issues, or you physically can’t get the computer to us, we will come to you. We have many elderly clients, many whom we have met through various Senior Net groups or similar institutions. A number of our customers have some level of visual impairment. We can remedy that or at least make things easier by adjusting the screen to display high contrast or just adjusting the display to a better fit for your eyesight.

It’s a rhyme we use to sing as children, and did the rain come down recently! We had a week of it. Then the phones started ringing. Water dripping from ceilings, carpets wet and drains overflowing. Fortunately for us not any major problems from our rentals, but a timely reminder that autumn is here and winter is on its way. Landlords get prepared for this – check drains, gutters, downpipes and roofs. Our rental stock is low and the rents will keep on moving up – it is the two and three bedrooms that are increasing more in price. Auckland rents are rising and will continue to do so as stated by Crockers (one of the largest property management offices) in their March report. Two bedrooms, on average, increased from $466 per week to $472 in December, and then to $474 in January. Everybody wants to live in Auckland! To do so, they must pay the high rents. We have been pleasantly surprised that we have had more pet friendly landlords on our rental lists this month. At Just Rentals we always do our best to place tenants with their much-loved pets in our rental management properties, and we get great pleasure in achieving this. Of course, our offices are very pet friendly – two cats reign here and one lays claim to the top of the photo-copying machine which has sun streaming onto it for most of the day, while the other one has the best office chair. So, don’t forget, landlords get those roofs checked, and gutters and drains cleaned. You will be doing yourself a favour in the long term.

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Verve. April 2017. Issue 132.  

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