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FROM HORSE POWER TO HORSEPOWER:

THE EVOLUTION OF TRAVEL

The recent footage of Elon Musk’s personal Tesla Roadster floating through space, piloted by a dummy astronaut listening to David Bowie’s 'Space Oddity' as Earth disappeared in its rear-view mirror oozed joy, hope and possibility. It also promises to be among the most iconic imagery of our time. “It’s kind of silly and fun,” mused Musk to the BBC following the February launch, “but silly and fun things are important.”

Boy, how we’ve moved as a nation — and a world — quite literally. Imagine how rockets and rock ‘n’ roll 1950s rides running on electricity would look to those pioneering Polynesian navigators and their waka. Our limbs aside, canoes were, in fact, the very first mode of transport, though the early incarnations were far more rudimentary than those that first sailed into Aotearoa.

Following a handful of false starts, a couple of weeks earlier, our very own Rocket Lab finally launched its first successful rocket (called Still Testing) into orbit saying that it was “a significant milestone... to better understand our planet and improve life on Earth”. Richard Easther, a professor of physics at Auckland University hailed the launch a “red letter day for New Zealand”, telling Stuff that it was “just the first chapter” of a “fascinating story for the country”. Our little island nation has now joined an elite league of countries to have successfully built rockets that can launch satellites into orbit.

The oldest known vessel is called the Pesse canoe, discovered in the Netherlands in 1955 and, through carbon dating, estimated to be 10,000 years old (though humans are thought to have taken to the seas up to 50,000 years before that). Stretching for three metres, with a width of just 44cm, the prehistoric paddler was dug from a scotch pine log. Other early cultures known to have fashioned canoes include the indigenous peoples of North America, Australia (likely the first to have done so), and several Amazonian tribes. The first sailing boats were crafted by the Egyptians around 3100 BC, a few centuries after the first wheel was whittled in Mesopotamia, around 3500 BC. This led to the development of wheeled carts and river boats, but it may come as a surprise to learn that before the wheel, was the humble ski. Fragments of 8,000-yearold skiing equipment have been found in northern Russia, though cave drawings show man attached sticks to his feet to tackle snowy conditions some 22,000 years ago.

And last month, a Kiwi transport revolution of a more down-to-earth nature was revealed by energy company Mercury with the announcement that they’ve created a “poster child for electric vehicles” by converting an iconic, previously gas-guzzling, 1957 Ford Fairline into an eco-friendly plug-in ride called Evie. “This car is the true embodiment of energy freedom,” says Fraser Whinery, Mercury’s chief executive, “and a symbol of our escape from fossil fuel reliance.”

It’s been 5,500 years since the Botai people of northern Kazakhstan first figured out how to domesticate the horse,


using it not just for riding, but for its milk, too. Chariots and wagons soon followed, later aided by the extensive networks of roads built by the Roman Empire. And the horse continued to dominate for millennia. Major transport developments were sporadic during the Middle Ages when sailing technologies became ever more sophisticated, but it was from the pre-Industrial Revolution onwards, that things — excuse the pun — sure gathered steam, beginning in 1672 with the first steam-powered car. A century later came the steam-driven tractor, in 1783 the first hot air and hydrogen balloons, and the year after that the first steam carriage. Between the turn of the 19th century and 1840, steam powered locomotives were widespread, backed by boats and cars powered by hydrogen combustion engines, along with transatlantic steamships, and the bicycle. Elevators, aircraft gliders, petrol combustion engines, electric bicycles and motorbikes all arrived before the 1900s did. The Wright Brothers made the first selfpropelled flight in 1903. The DC-3 transport aircraft was developed in 1935, jet-powered aircraft four years later and supersonic planes less than a decade after that (1947). The 1950s saw nuclear powered-submarines dive below the seas and man-made satellites puncture their way into space for the very first time. In 1969, Neil Armstrong and his crew made the ultimate journey, taking that small-stepcum-giant-leap onto the moon.

It was around this time that air travel really, ahem, took off in New Zealand — even though there had been a regular air service from West Coast since 1934. By the 1970s, wide-bodied jets were ever more common over Kiwi skies, boosting tourist numbers from 70,000 in 1960 to 1.65 million by the turn of the millennium. Now, of course, it’s our biggest earner. And so with our permanent and visiting populations booming — as with the rest of the world’s — all electric vehicles promise to mark the next revolution on our roads (and likely, eventually in our skies). According to the New Zealand Transport Agency, there were 3,645 light EVs, including plug-in hybrids, registered last year — a promising 140% increase on 2016. “We have all the key ingredients needed to electrify transport,” adds Fraser Whinery, “one of the best renewable electricity systems on the planet and a raft of already-consented renewable projects in the pipeline.” Any renewable electricity target in New Zealand, he believes is not bold enough, “even at 100%”: “Only 40% of our overall energy consumption is currently from renewable sources. That’s what we need to work on, and by doing so we can leave the rest of the world in the rear view mirror.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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MORTIMER HIRST EYECARE & EYEWEAR

Mortimer Hirst has an esteemed history in optometry specialising in contact lenses with the founders manufacturing and fitting contact lenses since the early 1940s. The tradition continues today with the clinical team of industry leading optometrists and contact lens specialists; that comprises business partner Grant Watters (grantwatters.co.nz), Kerry Atkinson (kerryatkinson.co.nz), Varny Ganesalingam (varnyganesalingam.co.nz), Emilie Langley (emilielangley.co.nz), Dr Aki Gokul (akigokul. co.nz) and Oliver Munro (olivermunro.co.nz). The clinical team continue Mortimer Hirst’s specialised contact lens business whilst expanding their own areas of interest and expertise. The clinical team are often involved with pre-market evaluations and clinical trials for leading international contact lens manufacturers. They lecture nationally and internationally, teach and examine at the Auckland University of Optometry and are involved in a number of industry studies at any one time. The clinical team continue to pursue and further their own qualifications and experience such as post doctorate, master of optometry, contact lens extension courses, Police, Pilot and Seafarers certification and are all therapeutically qualified to prescribe for and manage infections and inflammatory conditions of the eye. As well as providing general optometric services such as eye examinations, visual screening and children’s vision (paediatrics) the clinical team specialise in post-surgery care, dry eye treatment, ophthalmology co-management and complex contact lens fitting, management and troubleshooting. This includes specialised contact lens designs for keratoconus, post-graft care, topography driven custom designs, rigid lens (RGP) fitting, polishing and adjusting, cosmetic contact lenses for irregular or post-traumatic injuries, multifocal, hybrid, astigmatic lenses and Orthokeratology (orthok.co.nz). Mortimer Hirst is equipped with advanced imaging technology including topographical corneal mapping to help perfect contact lens designs, enabling vision enhancement without compromising corneal integrity. The clinical team are some of the few remaining practitioners who are able to modify, re-power and polish rigid gas permeable contact lenses in-house, often in the course of an annual contact lens consultation.

Mortimer Hirst is also renowned for its unique eyewear and sunglasses collections, whether it’s a traditional look or a fashion statement the expert team of dispensing opticians will find eyewear to suit and compliment your image. The buying team are constantly sourcing the most innovative and exciting new collections to work with, often from obscure and little known fashion houses as well as established internationally renowned brands, some of which are exclusive to Mortimer Hirst. Selecting eyewear is similar to bespoke tailoring; it incorporates a great deal of detail such as shape, colour, size, fit, style and material, ensuring it compliments hair and skin tones and most importantly, represents your personality and the look you are after. Mortimer Hirst’s team of dispensing opticians pay special attention to these details as well as your personal, visual and lifestyle requirements. Mortimer Hirst established its St Heliers practice in 1980 and has gained a solid reputation for its expertise and service. The clinical team is led by local resident Grant Watters (grantwatters.co.nz) who is one of the highest qualified and experienced optometrists in the industry. The entire team at St Heliers are local residents whom are committed to the local community and to providing the community with the best eyecare and eyewear. Service is paramount at Mortimer Hirst, hence they do not charge for eyewear repairs and servicing. New nose pads, screws, temple tips and complex adjustments are all complimentary and part of the service whether the eyewear was purchased from Mortimer Hirst or not. A fee is only charged if the eyewear has to be sent off site for specialist repairs where they incur a charge. Mortimer Hirst is giving away three pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses ending 31 May 2018. To enter either like their Facebook page or visit them in person and have your eyewear cleaned, polished, tightened and refitted and at the same time collect your complimentary goodie bag which includes a large microfibre cleaning cloth and spray cleaner. For further information about Mortimer Hirst please visit mortimerhirst.co.nz. Mortimer Hirst will be sharing its expertise monthly in the Verve and look forward to being of service to you.

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For many of us, wellness is a daily and active pursuit. Millennials especially, are exercising more, eating smarter and smoking less than previous generations. They are using apps to track training data, and using online information to source healthy foods. They are spending more on branded fitness goods too (think Lululemon, Nike and Fitbit). Starting on page 50, we take a look at a selection of local fitness and health offerings, and tell a few stories of the people involved. We have been enthralled by the ongoing saga of tens of millions of Facebook profiles being harvested so that those users could be influenced on what and whom to vote for. And while we love social media, and all that is good about ‘being online,’ we feel proud to be able to offer readers and advertisers like yourselves, a medium free of ‘sneaky shenanigans,’ one that is tried, tested and true. We think the magazine you are holding proves that there is still a lot of good to be said about real pages to flip, and fabulously tactile print. Enjoy, Fran & Jude.

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COMING UP IN MAY: GENTLEMEN@WORK; DIVERSE AUCKLAND; TRAVEL, REAL ESTATE

APR 2018

It is with the sentiment of ‘carpe diem’ that we have put together this stunning issue of Verve in which we have heroed woman in business. Turn to page 14 for the start of a feature in which we interview a group of inspiring New Zealand women, many of whom are top achievers in their fields. All are hard working, warm people, blessed with liberal doses of determination, drive and energy. We love them all, and love the fact that not one of them is timid about generously sharing their story. As workers, mothers, partners and so on, women are shapers of society, and we hope you feel both motivated and impassioned by these stories.

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March has come and gone, and what a month it was for our tiny team. So much going on: a wedding, a couple of funerals, and some travel thrown into the mix — all prompting feelings of gratitude for our health, family and friends, and fresh realisation that we should seize the day and grab the opportunities that come our way with both hands.

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As part of this month’s women in business series, Verve talks to cosmetic tattoo specialist Melissa Carr.

WOMEN IN BUSINESS

INKING BEAUTY

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“I was raised by a solo mum in Otara,” says Melissa. “We didn’t even have a car. I think that shaped me into being an entrepreneur. I had to figure out from an early age how to get things done and create. I learnt that if you want something then you have to figure out how to make it happen.” Such is Melissa’s “strong mindset” that she reveals that there’s nothing she now wishes she knew when she first started out in the beauty industry. “I’m actually quite happy with the way I’ve done things,” says the businesswoman. “I set out with certain goals and slowly but surely I’ve achieved them all. Perhaps there were times I could have believed in myself more, but I’m methodical, and always researched fully before I’ve undertaken anything.” Research, she believes is the ultimate key to success, and is the first piece of advice that she gives to anyone starting out in business. “In today’s world, everyone wants a quick fix,” laments Melissa. “But it just doesn’t work like that. It takes practice, training and passion. You must have integrity, too.” And the best advice you were given? “The best advice given to me was, ‘Instead worrying about what could go wrong, imagine it could all go right.’ I love this. It puts things into perspective for me. Worrying about the worst case scenario will only ever hold you back. Dreaming my dream outcome has worked perfectly. It certainly hasn’t come without the hard yards, but it’s been advice I live by.” Melissa has been in the beauty industry for 24 years, but six years ago made the move to cosmetic tattooing. “It’s so very rewarding, I love doing the medical work,” beams Melissa, whose days involves not just inking eyebrows, eyeliner and lips, but medical tattooing that simulates areola after women have had breast reconstruction following breast cancer. “I also do scalp micropigmentation which is for hair loss — both male and female.” Melissa adds that while many associate brow work with vanity, her clients often require it due to alopecia, cancer treatment or thyroid issues. I ask what inspired her to make the move from beauty therapy to cosmetic tattooing.

“I just wanted to be able to offer more than I could as a beauty therapist,” she says. “The brows are the pillars of the face, they frame the face. While a bad brow can age someone, beautiful brows that suit the shape of a face will soften it and take years off.” Melissa tells me that clients will often cry, both tears of joy and relief: “What I do changes people’s lives in such a positive way. People can feel an immediate change when they finally have the eyebrows, breastwork or scalp that they want. It makes them feel so much better, and I feel lucky doing what I do, having that effect on people’s lives.” Throughout her career, Melissa admits that the biggest challenge has been balancing her work and family life. “As a mum, I want to be the best mum I can to our kids — and a great wife too,” she says. “But I also have an incredible drive as a business person, that can’t be denied.” Melissa says that while there is no “exact method” to achieving that balance, key is letting go of “unnecessary perfectionism and believing in myself”: “There needs to be a good mix, whether it be a stay at home mum, or dad, or both parents working, children will learn valuable lessons and ethics. There is no ‘right or wrong’.” Do you believe women bring something different to business? “I think a lot of it comes down to personality types. I’m very organised, but I certainly wouldn’t say that about my husband! But women are also natural givers and networkers. We seek to give to others as wells as our communities which builds strong lasting relationships. We bring qualities like empathy, intuition and optimism, all of these qualities are necessary to create harmony and trust. We thrive at creating, sustaining and growing. Women are excellent at seeing the whole picture, planning it and seeing things through to completion. We’re master facilitators.” ‘I am the creator of my own destiny’ is the philosophy that Melissa lives by, and it’s certainly stood her in good stead. “It makes me fully responsible for myself and I like that,” she continues. “It gives me the power I need to achieve in life. Life’s not just going to jump out at me and be excellent just because I wish it to be. I have to make it excellent.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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As a child it was apparent that Melissa was destined for a career that involved nurturing others as she spent her days “pampering my mum and my sister in the lounge room”. Though, she jokes, now the mother of three sons aged 7 to 15, that pampering sure isn’t getting repaid!


INTRODUCING PAPER PLANE STORE An oasis of all things purposefully stylish, paperplanestore. com and its bricks and mortar design studio and store in Mount Maunganui, is a hub for the owners’ creative outlets as well as a carefully curated selection of wares from skilled artisans. We spoke with Canadian-born Krista Plews, who founded Paper Plane with her Kiwi husband, Timothy John. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME PAPER PLANE?

After being forced to change our original name a few weeks before opening, we had an 'aha moment' with the name Paper Plane. When making a paper plane, you take a humble, simple material, and apply the building blocks of design (such as balance, shape and size) to it. The end result is an object that’s functional, beautiful, and fun. We thought this reflected our appreciation for design and playful attitude perfectly.

ARE INTERIORS IN YOUR BACKGROUND?

I did a degree in interior architectural design. Working with a few firms over the years, I project managed a range of commercial and residential designs. The process starts with creating a strong overall design concept, then we move into space planning development, through to drafting up the technical plans and tie it all together with interior finishes and furnishings. The last project I worked on before moving to New Zealand in 2007 was to create a finishing package for a client’s private Learjet. That’s what I love about design — every project is unique!


YOU OWN PAPER PLANE WITH YOUR HUSBAND? Yes, I met Tim in Canada while he was cycling across the country training for New Zealand Ironman. One of our first conversations was about how amazing it would be to live in a New York style loft, so we clearly shared a passion for design from the beginning. As a design duo, we launched the Timothy John product range in 2010 with Tim being the creative mind behind the collection, and me running the business and marketing side. We soon found we wanted to work more closely with the New Zealand public and chatted a lot about opening up a design store. It has been an interest of mine since a teenager, but honestly, I never dreamt it would actually happen. Having a strong partner in Tim made it possible, and in 2013 we opened Paper Plane in Mount Maunganui and online.

SO YOU MAKE SOME OF YOUR OWN WARES? AND CURATE THE REST? We design and manufacture a small furniture range locally, including our custom Splay tables designed to fit the customer’s space to perfection. We love collaborating with crafters and makers on exclusive products which includes our Mist ceramic collection designed with JS Ceramics, handmade locally. Most of our offerings are curated from New Zealand and afar. I love hunting out new ideas, creatives and products, and never tire of it. Born to shop, I guess!

WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY?

Our ultimate goal is to connect design with the market and to encourage our customers to be thoughtful consumers; to invest in pieces they interact with on a daily basis. We strive to curate goods that are beautiful, functional, and built to last. We love exploring tradition and technique from around the world, bringing it all together at Paper Plane. Charcoal goods from Japan, slick design from Denmark, and leather slippers from Morocco, mixed with the bounty of New Zealand creatives makes for quite the global feast. Paper Plane (paperplanestore.com) has quickly turned into a lifestyle general store. We sell quality goods with a clear function and a point of difference. We love traditional techniques blended with modern form. Our botanical bath and body care, linen goods,

and handcrafted ceramics, to name a few, showcase this viewpoint beautifully. We also recognise that we have a significant impact on our local and online communities, so are striving for greater sustainability behind the scenes while encouraging our customers to do the same by offering them a more mindful range of goods.

WHAT IS YOUR OWN DESIGN AESTHETIC?

Casual, minimal and impactful. We recently moved into a new house and took nothing but a few existing pieces of art with us. It’s so liberating to start fresh and slowly add pieces that have a story, designed by creatives we admire. @paperplanestore

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BUILDING BRAND HEART AN ASSET ON YOUR BALANCE SHEET

Visit Dow Design to see a brand philosophy lived congruently in action. Dow not only talks the walk, it walks the talk. This award-winning design practice is all about building brand heart and you sense it literally beating within the walls of the business from the get-go. The funky interior after a recent refit oozes creative spark. At reception the purple and lime Moooi designer rug says “open your mind”. Boldly emblazoned on a nearby wall is “bust some balls”. The energy is palpable, reflecting a thriving creative and congruent culture. At the helm running it all is a doyenne of design, not that she wants to be known as that, yet after 25 years in the business, managing director Annie Dow deserves the mantle given she’s seen many cycles come and go, learning invaluable strategic lessons from the experience. “I did have a big powerful industry leader say to me once, 'Out of sight, out of mind' — that is something I live by,” she says. “Believe in yourself and back yourself” is another one of her mantras. So now Dow is on a bit of a personal “mission” advocating for her industry. Get your brand right. Invest in it. Don’t be a scrimp. Only use brand experts to nail the brief really quickly to get the best result. Why? The brand is your “silent sales person”. Get it right and build brand asset wealth on your balance sheet. Get it wrong and it can cost you, she warns. “I am seeing an era of disposable design that is not strategically led and a burgeoning rise of ‘faux experts’. Clients are spending good money badly and perhaps not getting the uplift they should get by engaging with a skilled professional to get that craft and clarity.” Building advocacy for a brand takes “time, trust and love” she says: "That's what a brand is all about.” Aside from a host of industry awards, continuity of expertise is another asset held tight within the business. Dow’s creative director, Donna has been with her for 23 years. “We’re a real duo — I think we’re the only two female designers in New Zealand that have been together the longest leading a business.”

Aligning with the theme of legacy is the way Dow Design impacts long-held mature family businesses all over the country. It is a flourishing niche Dow is “really loving at the moment”. Those at a tipping point in their industry that she says are “looking to take that leap forward knowing they need to invest in their brand correctly and build a long term partnership". Hellers is a prime example: “We did a rebrand in 2004 which was the first step — then a radical rebrand in 2011. Since then their business has grown eight times and we remain their partner on all things to do with brand.” Doubling client growth is a sign of the value Dow offers. So are the loyal, long term sustainable partnerships. “I think for nearly every brand we work on we have created value — where we may not have created value is where there is an issue with the product or the price and we can’t change that,” she says. Purchasing new acquisition ‘Goodfolk’ to infuse website design and marketing blood into the business has further boosted the digital arsenal of the self-confessed “brand custodians”. Fostering future female creatives given only three percent are women is another passion for Dow. She wants to give back to the next generation. Taking action, she reached out to one of her design favourites, Sagmeister & Walsh. It led to the New York founder Jessica Walsh inviting Dow to hold Ladies Wine, Design joining 160 chapters around the world. “We call them courtyard conversations,” says Dow. The next one is on creativity and tech. Nano Girl is on her radar as a target speaker. Summing it all up in a nutshell, when looking back — Dow says the “aha moment” of brand building is “the power of the beautiful crossover of creative magic and pure strategic logic". — Words: Sarah Sparks DOWDESIGN.CO.NZ / ANNIE@DOWDESIGN.CO.NZ


Verve catches up with prominent Auckland businesswoman and art world extraordinaire Fran Davies, director of Parnell’s International Art Centre. “For as long as I can remember, art has been a focal point of my life,” reveals Fran. “I just find it so enriching, so enjoyable. It fascinates me. I’m a lifelong student of art history.” As a young girl, Fran “always dreamt of travelling". “My grandfather was half-Italian and I always imagined spending time there,” she says. “Thinking about it now, all those childhood wishes have been granted, and more.” Having first trained as a journalist, Fran made the move to London in her early twenties where she lived for many years before returning to Auckland and eventually joining the International Art Centre, a “family business” established by her parents Joan and Grahame Chote, a serendipitous aligning of the stars. “At every stage of my life, I’ve received a great deal of kindness and positive encouragement, often from expected sources,” Fran says. “It has been a great foundation to build upon.”

CURATING CREATIVITY

She “truly has no regrets in life”, believing looking back to be pointless as “that’s not the direction you’re heading in”, and feels fortunate to have had an abundance of female role models. “My mum was a fabulous person, generous with a great sense of style and humour,” Fran goes on. “The late Mary Brett, who ran the gallery working alongside my father for many years, I still find myself using some of her phrases when selling a painting. She was a gentle, gracious woman and an exceptional sales person who taught me a great deal.” Fran also mentions Rosie Horton “for her valuable advice when I was in need of a little guidance” and Trish Young, a 20-year International Art Centre


” stalwart who “plays a key role in the ongoing evolution of our gallery”: “All of these women have contributed not only to the success of our business, but to the precious quality of my life in general.” When it comes to the battle of the sexes in business, Fran doesn’t see things in terms of gender. “From my experience, when there is creative business collaboration, teamwork, between men and women, then everyone benefits,” she says. “Though of course, I love to see women doing well in business and life in general.” ‘Doing unto others, as you would have them do unto you’, Fran believes to be a solid mantra for life and business in general. She cites “clinking glasses with my business partner Richard Thomson” many years ago when they both became directors of International Art Centre as a standout memory, and “clinking glasses again when International Art Centre achieved the record auction price for a work by Charles Frederick Goldie”. “There have just been so many great moments,” continues Fran. “We were thrilled to welcome President Clinton to the gallery, and send a Simon Williams painting to the White House, as well as doing business in Italy for the past 20 years and seeing those paintings be so well received by both our New Zealand and international clients. Most recently of course we opened the door to our fabulous new premises at 202 Parnell Road.” Fran’s journalism background still comes in handy also. “I often write about specific art works sold or auctioned by International Art Centre,” she says. “It’s a bit like painting a picture with words.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces INTERNATIONALARTCENTRE.CO.NZ 202 PARNELL RD, PARNELL / 09 379 4010

Luke Davies, Fran Davies and Richard Thomson

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS

SANDRA AUGHTON OF ATMOSFAR.CO.NZ

BRINGING NORDIC DESIGN TO NEW ZEALAND

A recent import to Kiwi-land (which she calls "the best country in the world") Sandra Aughton hails from Sweden, but has lived — working and/or studying — in London, Germany, Australia and the United States as well. She met her Kiwi husband in Sydney, and the couple moved to Auckland with their two young children in July 2017. Missing her work as a marketer, Sandra turned an entrepreneurial corner and created atmosfar.co.nz.

SIMPLICITY & QUALITY

“In Sydney they have an amazing selection of high-end pieces, as well as lots more disposable designs. The majority of it is based on Scandinavian design,” says Sandra. “We Swedes worship older items and pass them down from generation to generation. The secret lies in the simplicity and the quality of the materials. The clean lines and superior craftsmanship means they still look great years later. I wanted to bring that beauty to Kiwis.”

CLEAN LINES & FUNCTIONALITY

It’s well known to design aficionados that the hallmark of Scandinavian design is chic minimalism and stylish functionality. “Nordic design is clean and simple and never dates. We don’t need to throw things away because we buy quality which helps create a sustainable environment,” says Sandra.

HOMEWARES & JEWELLERY

Sandra launched Atmosfär in September 2017. “I’ve chosen the highest quality and the brands that sell very well in Scandinavia,” she says. The homewares and jewellery lines include Stelton, Menu, Skultuna, KumKum, Linum, Magisso, FUSS and Smaelta. “They’ll bring joy and luxury to your home,” says Sandra.

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When it comes to design, the Scandinavian aesthetic will always be ‘having a moment’. Swedish-born Sandra Aughton of Atmosfär has made it her mission to bring the best of Nordic style to our shores.

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THE SWEDISH STYLISTA FORM VERSUS FUNCTION

Magisso’s incredible ceramic cooling technology serves up glasses, carafes and salad bowls that have the ability to keep your food and drinks chilled for hours. Bonus? You can label the items with chalk to let your guests know what lies within. The range even offers pet bowls so your fur-babies' food stays cool.

Did you know the terms Scandinavian and Nordic refer to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden? KING KARL IX OF SWEDEN

Then there are delicious rings by KumKum, glorious cushions (we love the cotton velvet), leather oven mitts and the incredible quality and style of Skultuna — an uber-cool accessories range, which was originally a brass foundry created by King Karl IX of Sweden in 1607. And that’s just a snapshot of what you’ll discover at Atmosfär.

IT’S RAINING, IT’S POURING

“When I arrived in New Zealand it rained for four months solid,” says Sandra. “And that’s given me the idea of introducing stunning raincoats that double as winter coats and the most beautiful gumboots. I’m working on that right now.”

GENERATIONS OF STYLE

Sandra takes the utmost care to choose pieces that take the environment into consideration and use only the best materials. “Many of the items can be viewed as art objects while also providing a function,” says Sandra. “The core idea behind Atmosfär is based around timeless products that last. I invite you to come and visit us at atmosfar.co.nz.” — Words: Jenna Moore

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FIVE MINUTES WITH

DEBBIE CAVIT OF CAVIT&CO

Nestled in Parnell’s Foundation for the Blind building, Cavit&Co. is a much-loved home design icon for those seeking sophisticated luxury that stands the test of time. We spoke with Debbie Cavit about all things Cavit&Co. Inside the doors of Cavit&Co. sit some of the finest brands in the world, and the feeling of walking amongst them is akin to being swathed in the finest cashmere. Debbie Cavit’s passion is luxuriant design coupled with a warm, friendly ambience, which flows seamlessly throughout the business.

A MASTERFUL EYE

“I believe good design must include a high level of comfort or it just isn't luxury. I’ve always loved the beautiful quality and finish of the high-end international brands we represent, they’re superbly designed, extremely well made and very stylish,” says Debbie. “This is what led us to work with outstanding brands like Baker, McGuire, Kelly Wearstler, Ralph Lauren and Verellen. I also have a passion for handcrafted Italian furniture and bedding and we currently carry Frette bedlinen and two beautiful Italian furniture lines: Baxter and Promemoria.”

THE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME

Cavit&Co also works with leading manufacturers in other parts of the world including Mexico, France, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, England and Japan. "We shop the world for what we feel is the best," says Debbie. "Our main aim is to find the perfect pieces for our clients. We work with highly acclaimed companies, which has made us popular with clients who appreciate the best. This means we’re lucky enough to work with exceptional suppliers and the nicest of clients — amazing at both ends."

SUPERLATIVE WORKMANSHIP

"Our American sofas are made with eight-way hand tied springs, which is proven over centuries to give the most support and durability for the frames,” says Debbie. “A lot of manufacturers use elastic webbing or zig zag springs which are tied together with rubber bands — this

type of structure doesn't spread the weight load along the frame and merely stops you from falling through. This also means the frames don't last as long or provide the same comfort. Our suppliers constantly ask themselves, 'How can I make this better?' rather than, 'How can I make this cheaper?'“

UNDERSTANDING VALUE

Debbie's discerning eye creates a seamless experience for choosing furniture, art, lighting, rugs and accessories for the interior and exterior of your home. "There needs to be a deeper understanding of what people should anticipate spending on their interiors in New Zealand," says Debbie. "If you’re furnishing a modest home, a budget of 10% of the value of your home is appropriate, for luxury living this increases to 15-18% for furniture and furnishings, excluding art. It’s a formula often referred to in the USA, Canada, England, and throughout Europe.”

THE NEW IN-STUDIO SERVICE

From the middle of this year, Cavit&Co will also be offering their full CavitStudio service. "We will be bringing in exquisite brands that are only available in a dozen countries around the world as a personal procurement service,” says Debbie. “We’re finding more and more luxury home buyers want furniture not seen on anyone’s showroom floor — something exclusive — finished and scaled to their needs by some of the finest ateliers from around the world."

CREATING JOY

“We’re not copyists, we love to create unique original homes that give people a sense of joy," says Debbie. "We design for individuals and create a unique and personalised interior for each of our clients — interiors that suit their architecture, family and lifestyle. We firmly believe that when this is achieved a home doesn't date. It becomes a classic and essential part of the family living there."

CAVITCO.COM / 09 358 3771 / 547 PARNELL RD, PARNELL

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Creating timeless homes has been our mantra for 27 years — warm, sophisticated, functional, friendly homes. I read a phrase recently that speaks to this: ‘Unbuttoned elegance such as wearing a taffeta dress with bare feet’. ” - Cavit timeless luxury by Debbie Cavit -


“I spend my days juggling home and my very busy business. Life is busy, but great,” says Rebecca Jones, Village Kitchen’s founder. Verve caught up with Rebecca a few weeks ago, and chatted about her business, good food, and life in general. WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS? A few things. Years of ill health and

managing autoimmune conditions in my twenties brought a focus on what I was putting into my body. After struggling for a long time, I came to understand that what really contributed to my feeling well was the type of food I was eating. All of us are made up very differently. What works for me will probably not work for you, so I am very wary about any sort of preaching, but certainly for me, the awareness has been life changing in terms of just feeling normal again.

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE KITCHEN

Secondly, I went from working and freedom to having three children in relatively quick succession. It’s hard on a body, physically and mentally. Life was demanding; a constant stream of nappies and washing and my diet suffered hugely. Consequently so did my health. I had no time or energy to prepare real meals, so I snacked on easy foods which caused one of my conditions to flare badly. I used to fantasise about someone arriving at our door with our ready-cooked dinner; fresh, nourishing, seasonal, simple; nourishing for body and soul. Of course, that never happened! I started thinking about creating Village Kitchen when our baby boy was a newborn, and the girls were just three and four. I became interested in people who had made something out of nothing, and started reading motivational business books. A couple stand out: Heart to Start by Derek Handley, and Daring and Disruptive by Lisa Messenger. When our second daughter turned five something flicked in me. What was I waiting for? So I found a commercial kitchen space to rent, convinced my mother to help me cook, bought some meal containers, chose a couple of favourite recipes and on 13 July 2015, Village Kitchen began.


TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR PHILOSOPHY AROUND FOOD AND THE FAMILY MEAL. Fresh,

seasonal, free range — good simple food to nourish our bodies. It is certainly not pretentious. Perfectly placed bits and pieces are not really my thing when it comes to our everyday dinner. I just love beautiful accessible ingredients to create incredible flavours. My (and so many others’) issue is that during the week, I simply do not have the time or energy to do this myself (which is where Village Kitchen has been our life-saver). Village Kitchen solves the planning, sourcing, cooking and cleaning part. It sorts out dinner and gives people back that commodity we all want: time. Some of my best food memories are around sharing together with friends and family. Talking and laughing, learning table manners and telling jokes. Food represents so much more than just something that goes into your body. It’s all the rituals and memories that are created alongside. These days, life has become incredible busy, so Village Kitchen fresh, daily, delivered meals are not only about amazing food, but also about allowing us to still have these dinnertime rituals. We can still sit around the table each evening, we just don’t have to come home from work tired and stressed, help the kids with their homework, and then have to start cooking something from scratch. There are more important things to focus on during the week!

DO YOU CATER FOR ALL TYPES OF DIETS?

At the moment, we cook one fresh meal each day. The meal is available in three types: regular, vegetarian, and paleo/gluten-free. All of our sauces and pastes are made from scratch in the kitchen, and we do not use any refined sugars in our cooking. I believe that all that added artificial sweetness is just not necessary. We’re about real, wholesome foods and flavours.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR MENUS. For the first

six months, we cooked the type of food that I love to eat — that I used to crave in the early days of babies: real, seasonal, whole, fresh, simple, flavoursome. We’ve been cooking for nearly three years now, and we know the kind of food that our people love. There is such a wide range in palates, appetites, preferences, but we have very satisfied, loyal customers, so we must be doing something right! There are definitely customer favourites, and meals generally reappear in some form or other every 6-8 weeks.

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR DELIVERIES.

Our delivery window is between 3-7pm, Monday to Friday. Ninety percent of our customers are regulars, and see that after their first delivery, their dinner will

arrive around about the same time each day. Barring major traffic or weather events of course — but we’re quick to keep you informed of any delays. Every day we deliver to our wonderful customers in the CBD and surrounding central suburbs (generally busy corporate workers), and also on the Shore, between Milford and the Devonport peninsula and out to Stanley Point.

TO DATE, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST POPULAR PRODUCT? People adore our fish tacos! Slow-cooked

meals are always very popular – we have a Moroccan lamb tagine, which is a universal favourite, and of our frozen meal range you can’t go past our beef lasagne, which is always in hot demand. We can barely make them fast enough!

DESCRIBE SOME OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT WORKING FOR YOURSELF? Flexibility. Shaping

the business as I see fit. Being able to take my kids to school and pick them up again at 3pm. I really don’t think I could work for someone again! This ownbusiness thing is tough, and non-stop, but incredibly rewarding. And now I’m addicted so couldn’t change it even if I wanted to!

HAVING A BUSINESS OF ONE’S OWN IS MORE OFTEN THAN NOT TANTAMOUNT TO ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF HARD KNOCKS. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE LESSONS YOU HAVE LEARNT?

Don’t give up! If you truly believe in what you are creating, you won’t ever want to anyway. (Well, mostly not!) Be authentic and available. Talk to your customers, find out what is important to them. Know who likes extra attention and who doesn’t need to you check in regularly. Stay true to your vision, but don’t be afraid for it to evolve. Things are always changing. As long as I’m true to my vision and values, I find it easy to stay on track with the business. Last one: don’t listen to naysayers. Nod and smile if you really have to. Then go out and prove them wrong.

AND FINALLY, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? Yes! Have a look at

villagekitchen.co.nz and follow us on Facebook (@ villagekitchennz) to see what we’re having for dinner next week! We can give you your weeknights back, I promise! VILLAGEKITCHEN.CO.NZ FACEBOOK.COM/VILLAGEKITCHENNZ


Did you know that two in four people

NO.1 BRAND

THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP

Sleep is crucial to good health. Often underrated, if you go without it you’ll soon begin to worship it. Indeed, if you’re feeling irritable or unmotivated look at your sleep patterns. Sleep equates to quality of life as well as your ongoing health and happiness. It’s that serious.

Entering the retail pharmacy market in 2012, SleepDrops rocketed to the number one brand in less than a year. “I didn’t even know because I couldn’t afford to buy the data,” says Kirsten. “We’ve now been number one for the past five years, and obviously I’m no longer capable of hand pouring the 90,000 products a year sold in New Zealand.” And that’s only the half of it. Amazon.com and Amazon.jp are stocking SleepDrops and other markets are desperately seeking effective natural products to meet the insomnia epidemic every country is experiencing.

THE SLEEP SPECIALIST

LANDING ON NZ SUPERMARKET SHELVES

In 2009, naturopathic sleep specialist Kirsten Taylor was making sleep formulas to help her clients. She hadn’t tried them herself, but then the GFC hit. “I was a single mother who’d just been ripped off by a business partner so I was broke, anxious, and unable to sleep,” she says. “I tried one of my formulas, and I woke up eight hours later feeling more alive than I had in months.”

Currently rolling out onto ALL supermarket shelves, SleepDrops will now also cater to the 120,000 people who visit a supermarket twice a week. “Supermarkets know the modern customer who has a crying baby at 11 o’clock at night is going to send her husband to wherever is open for something to help," she says. "They’re not going to wait until the next day.

LIGHTBULB MOMENT

“Also reflecting on where we’re at the in the world right now, our nervous systems are over firing, sleep deprivation and burn out is becoming an epidemic, help should be available in supermarkets. If someone has had a hard day they can pick up some Daytime Revive and take it right there in the supermarket aisle. People should be able to get what they need when they need it. That’s the world I want us to live in.”

While walking her son to school a lightbulb went on. “I’m not the only one not sleeping. I could make something everyone needs,” says Kirsten. “So I put an ad in The Aucklander.” Referencing some old marketing notes she added customer centric guarantees, testimonials and a ‘limited time’ offer and put the chosen formula in large bottles with a healthy price tag. “It had to have all the components because it had to work,” she says. “The phone rang 16 times and proved I wasn’t the only one lying awake worried.” She filled the orders by making handmade labels and hand pouring the bottles at night.

CREATIVITY FROM DESPERATION

“Out of desperation came creativity,” says Kirsten. “I was totally under-resourced. There was no seed funding and I was up against big multinationals, but I kept my message clear -- I genuinely cared about everyone getting to sleep. Sleep is the foundation for all health and wellbeing. It can restore joy, laughter, libido, even marriages and friendships.”

WHAT IS SLEEPDROPS?

SleepDrops is the only professionally formulated range of sleep and stress remedies that caters to individual sleep challenges, and addresses going to sleep, staying asleep, going back to sleep and waking up feeling great. There are products for all ages and lifestyle stages and a unique flexibility that enables people to customise their own sleep/stress programme. One formula has grown into a range for adults, women, men, babies, kids and menopause and includes liquids and nutritionals to feed the nervous system.

HELP FOR ALL

Kirsten’s passion is helping people sleep so she’s excited to see her products widely available in both pharmacy and supermarkets nationwide. “Our supermarket range is our family value 25ml spray version for only $25,” she says. “I wanted it to be accessible to everybody regardless of income if that’s what they need.” As always, our full premium range will be available in pharmacy where people can get that extra level of care if they need it.

SLEEP DEPRIVATION MAY CAUSE: · Alzheimer’s · Obesity · Diabetes · High blood pressure · Cardiovascular disease · Cancer · Depression

· Brain fog · Memory loss · Ageing · Suicidal thoughts · Accidents · Loss of libido — Words: Jenna Moore 0800 345 999 SLEEPDROPS.CO.NZ SUPPORT@SLEEPDROPS.CO.NZ

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Our fast-paced, always-on lifestyles are leading to more sleep disorders. Thanks to Kirsten Taylor – medical herbalist, nutritionist, naturopath and founder of SleepDrops — a range of professional solutions is at hand.

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THIS CIRCUS IS ALWAYS IN TOWN

Photography: Garth Badger of Thievery Studios


An interview with Eve Gordon, founder of New Zealand’s pre-eminent circus theatre company, THE DUST PALACE.

much about business on the fly. I’ve come to realise that to be an arts organisation, there are so many times you can’t comply to the normal business rules. I think it's because the circus business is such a people orientated body. In order to get creative and really tell a story, people have to be comfortable and want to challenge themselves both physically and emotionally. My focus is always trying to give people what they need in order to shine the brightest they can. You definitely couldn’t be profit-driven. It just wouldn't work.”

DOES THIS BUSINESS MODEL HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH BEING A PERFORMER YOURSELF? “There is no better

feeling than performing and having the audience understand your message. You can feel the palpable connection between you and the audience. Ultimately that’s the goal. As a business woman I get immense satisfaction from helping my friends and students feel that feeling. The feeling of mutual understanding between the audience and yourself, of truly telling a story that’s valid and engaging.”

DO YOU THINK THAT CIRCUS IS THE BEST WAY TO COMMUNICATE THESE MESSAGES? “Circus is a great way

to tell stories. I think it’s the danger associated with so many of these tricks. It gives the audience a rush of adrenaline. They feel the emotions viscerally; it’s the difference between reading the poem and seeing it performed acrobatically. After one of our shows, a couple told me that the show had inspired them to try again for a child. That’s how powerful the effect of circus theatre can really be on people.”

SO IS THAT HOW YOU APPROACH MAKING AN ORIGINAL SHOW? TO HAVE PEOPLE COME AWAY WITH WITH A CHANGED PERSPECTIVE? “Someone once said to me you’ve

got to talk about ‘what’s hot in you’. I aim to bring that into every project I go into. I’ll interview people, I’ll look into history if necessary, any topic that we want to explore and convey to the audience. I think that circus has that way of being able to be interpreted in so many different ways. We aim to give people an experience.”

BUSINESS OWNERS HAVE TO BE DOWN THE LINE SOMETIMES, IS IT EASY TO STAY CREATIVE? “Haha.

To be honest I have 20 shows in my head right now that I could do, if only I had the money to do it all! I never have a problem with staying creative. It’s my life blood. There is just so potential in the world. There is so much to talk about and there is so much joy and empathy to be created for people.”

WHAT’S IT LIKE MENTORING ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO COME INTO THE CIRCUS SCHOOL? “Its so rewarding to see so many of our pupils come in and gain the confidence they can to change their lives. We have a lot of women in their twenties who gain that sense of empowerment. That sense of, 'Yeah I can dangle from a rope with one arm.' I feel like sometimes physical bravery can be hard to find. It feels great to give people that sense of achievement and higher purpose drive towards finding themselves and helping others too. And they’re cool people too.”

ON THAT, CIRCUSES SEEM TO BE FULL OF THE ‘WEIRD AND WONDERFUL’ IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN… WHAT ARE THE PEOPLE ACTUALLY LIKE WITHIN THE CIRCUS ENVIRONMENT? “Well it does take a certain amount

of crazy to throw yourself into a trick and fail at least 100 times before you can do it! But that feeling, that exhilaration that you get after doing it is something fantastic. I also think that Cirque de Solei has been great in bringing circus into the mainstream. I think that circus theatre will continue to grow into over the coming years. It just has such a wide story-telling capacity and its a taste of something different. Like I said, its the visceral nature of it that really grips people in their feelings.”

SO WHERE DOES THE REST OF THE YEAR SIT? “Our

warehouse is getting too small! We need to move! Moving is going to be crazy expensive though and could be the death of the business…eek! So we’re looking to sell some shares in the Dust Palace, in order to move into bigger premises and give the whole circus community a really decent facility to come and train in! This will lead onto launching our shows throughout the rest of the world. We’ve already had some great reception internationally in Vancouver and Montreal, so it’s definitely a goal to keep up the work and tour globally.” Make sure you check out what Dust Palace has to offer with their productions in Palmerston North at the end of July, and their work with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2019.

THEDUSTPALACE.CO.NZ / 739 GREAT SOUTH RD, PENROSE / 021 822 236

— Words: Reid Edmond

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WHAT’S IT LIKE TO RUN A CIRCUS? “Fun! I’ve learnt so

together. I couldn’t even imagine a world without empathy. I think that’s the gravitas of art’s power on people. It gives us that fresh perspective on the world and allows us to see what other people are feeling and change our own lives through it.”

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It all started when Eve was 12 and had the desire to become an actor. After coming out of Unitec with a degree in acting and an introduction to circus theatre, Eve started to work on her own projects. The first two shows she created under the umbrella name 'The Dust Palace' played in the fringe festival in 2009 and one was instantly asked back for another sell out season. With her partner Mike Edward she made the company a legal entity in 2010 and by 2012 they had opened a training facility and school, with classes and productions being offered to the rest of the Auckland public. Here’s the rest of her story…

SO HOW VITAL IS THAT ‘ARTS EXPERIENCE’ IN OUR LIVES? “Its why we live. Empathy is what holds our world

WOMEN IN BUSINESS

Eve Gordon is paving the way for the Auckland circus industry. Since its beginning in 2009, Dust Palace has been creating spectacular shows that have the capability to change lives. I sat down with Eve in order to grasp some of the passion behind the vision.

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SWARBRICK

KELK

Spokesperson on education (including tertiary), internal affairs, local government, arts culture and heritage, small business, broadcasting and youth. Member of Education & Workforce, and Transport & Infrastructure Select Committees.

Her expressive, colourful and abstract paintings are often the starting point for other design projects. Her approach is fluid and intuitive, filling a canvas with layers of both colour and texture. Based in Melbourne but grew up in the South Island.

@chloe.swarbrick

@sarah_kelk

DE ANNA

ZOI

YANG

SADOWSKI-SYNNOT T

Deanna Yang founded Moustache Milk and Cookie Bar at the age of 22 but faced a 40% spike in rent at her CBD store. Yang crowdfunded $91,000 to save her business and now owns a store on K-Road. Her blog shares the ups and downs of her success story.

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott finished with a bronze medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics. Sadowski-Synnott became New Zealand’s first Olympic Winter Games medal winner in 26 years. Such an achievement at the age of 16.

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LEDA DANIEL When Leda Daniel decided to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts at university in her home country of Argentina, she never actually thought about what would she do after finishing her degree. "In those days, the perception was you had to study something in university but the focus wasn’t so much on what you would do after you finished!" she says. It has taken her almost 30 years to finally develop a mindset where her career is taking a priority in her life. Nowadays, Leda and her Kiwi husband and three children live in a farm on the outskirts of Helensville. "The children are growing up, so I felt the time was right to seriously think of the next step of my personal development," she says. "Although I have been painting all these years, I feel the last three years are where my biggest growth has taken place. I let go of all the barriers I had set myself and really started to enjoy my art. The first change was moving into the world of abstract art and researching new techniques."

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Last year she sold more than 20 paintings, a record for her: "I think it has been mainly due to developing new knowledge of different media, specifically resin art. Since I started painting with resin I can barely keep up with the demand." She participated in The Year of the Dog exhibition and charity auction in Parnell earlier this year with her dog, Loyal, one of the top selling artworks of the event, aimed at fundraising for Starship Foundation. Leda recently launched her new website ledadaniel.com and within a week had her first sale to the US, much to her delight: "This fantastic new platform is something I would have never dreamed of a few years ago." Her paintings have an alluring quality, colourful and vivacious, much like her. "I feel the next step of my career is to be represented by an art gallery in the city while also building a bigger studio that will allow me to get into more sizeable paintings," she adds.

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Megan Sanders is founder of earth, wind & indigo, a range of stunning wearable and highly collectable crystals for contemporary living. Verve caught up with her to chat about women and business. “The path to earth, wind & indigo came from my own belief in the life-altering potential of crystals to help centre, revitalise and realign an individual’s everyday living,” says Megan. “From ancient Eastern medicine to Cleopatra using crushed lapis luzuli crystals for eyeliner to help focus her third eye, today crystals are used in our modern everyday world of technology.” For a long time, Megan reveals that she has surrounded herself with crystals — as have many of us also, probably without even realising so. “Think of things you use every day such as your computer and car,” she continues. “Your watch uses quartz crystals to help regulate its movement. Crystals are so precise that even our scientists use them for space exploration.”

I ask what important values she has learnt along the way.

Before earth, wind & indigo took shape, Megan spent more than two decades as an advertising executive “posted all over the world”. “I loved the creativity and pace of the industry,” she says, “but when I had a son my priorities changed.”

And now, fittingly, to work with crystals too.

Her son, “one cool seven-year-old called Jimmy”, inspired Megan to create a natural hair and bath range that “went on to be incredibly successful and was sold to a competitor in 2017”. He also, she adds, inspires in her much awe — especially watching his fearlessness when surfing some waves. “There are so many important values you want to teach your children,” says Megan, “but for me, responsibility for oneself and compassion for others is pretty key.”

“One of my mentors used to say, ‘Pressure makes diamonds’,” recounts Megan. “Luckily for me we met pretty early on in my career so that was something I could apply daily in the world of advertising.”

She has two sisters, but it was also growing up with a couple of older brothers that Megan thinks most shaped her. “They were in to skateboarding and doing awesome stunts on their bikes,” she recalls. “I totally believed that I had the ability to do anything they could do which saw me in the hospital often, getting stitches or casts made for my limbs to mend broken bones — dolls just weren’t really my thing!” She dreamt of owning a pet monkey, finding a huge treasure chest brimming with gold coins, and possessing the ability to travel to every part of the world — like the hero of her favourite books, Pippy Longstockings. “Aside from Pippy Longstockings for her fearless adventuring, my role model was seriously Wonder Woman,” says Megan. “I would watch her and think, ‘This is awesome, this chick is totally badass, and a superhero! Girls can do anything.’ Later, I sadly lost two of my life mentors to cancer but I am still lucky enough to have an incredible group of kickass women who inspire me daily.” And as for Megan inspiring others? “People have asked me for advice on whether or not that should chuck in the job and follow their dreams,” she says. “And my answer is always the same: ‘Life is short, make it count’.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces EARTHWINDANDINDIGO.CO.NZ


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In this era of throwaway culture, how refreshing it is to hear a business bragging that their products are being built to last a lifetime. Launched last month, 1800 Shoemakers, founded by father and son team Grant and Richard Lloyd, seeks to start a sartorial revolution Down Under from the feet up.

and I have much knowledge of footwear from the years I’ve spent in the business. So we could stipulate, very clearly, the styling and the profile that we wanted, and what we believed would be ideal for the New Zealand foot — as that can be quite an issue, too.”

“I have a keen interest in fashion, particularly footwear, and I realised there was nothing for young professional guys who need high quality footwear that won’t completely break the bank,” says Richard, who has a background in science and marketing medical devices. “There are few options under the $600 to $1000 price tags of the master shoemakers from the UK.”

Richard reveals that key to their shoe’s quality is a process called Goodyear welting. “It’s the gold standard of shoemaking, nothing compares to it,” he says. “All of the higher-end shoemakers use it because it’s so durable and means that so long as you take care of the upper, the shoe will last for many, many years, as they can be re-soled.”

Grant, who has been involved in the shoe industry for much of his working life, admits to listening to his son’s pitch with a “dose of scepticism”. “But I soon realised that he was right,” continues Lloyd senior. “I have a tradition in footwear, and this project really excites me. It’s funny, but once footwear is in your blood, it seems to stay there.” The pair is proud that their skills “complement each other” and that they “even support the same football team!” (Arsenal, if you’re wondering.) “We both have a healthy respect for what the other can bring to the business,” says Grant. “And that’s important.” The pioneering shoe company has initially launched online. “We provide much input into the styling of the shoe,” continues Grant. “Richard is very useful there as he has a great sense of contemporary dress, but with a classic look,

The shoes comprise timeless designs such as the brogue and the Oxford, available in black, tan or oxblood. “We all know that fashion is temporary, but class is forever,” Richard says. “We wanted to refresh that, while still remaining true to the roots of those styles.” “Footwear is something that needs a good eye for detail, which Richard has,” adds Grant. “You can get it right — or miss the mark — by the slightest of things. These shoes are not going to be for everyone, but that was our intention.” Richard says that they wish to sell to those who share their passion for classic, well-crafted, high-quality products: “We’ve worked closely with the manufacturing team to really fine tune our shoes for the New Zealand market. Many of the bloke’s here tend to be a bit more flat-footed, with broader feet than the European and Asian markets, so we really wanted to design something that worked for them.”


The shoes are handmade in India, at a factory handpicked by the father and son team.

that traditionally haven’t been available to our historically rough and ready culture.”

“I’ve been to many factories and tanneries in my lifetime, and I was keen to ensure that it was of a certain standard,” states Grant. “This one certainly ticks all of the boxes. It has been running for 20 years and has a lot of local and international input, including from Europe — it’s a real united nations! The quality of the leathers is exceptional.”

Serving up some sartorial suggestions, via a blog, will be another fundamental philosophy of the firm.

What makes this project even more fulfilling for Grant and Richard — and increases their appeal as a brand — is their family’s impressive, international shoemaking heritage. In 1840, Richard Lloyd sailed into Nelson from England and established a shoemaking business, having learnt the craft from his father, David. Richard’s son also worked in the family business. Grant’s father worked in the footwear industry for 40 years and now Grant and his son Richard are re-establishing that legacy. “I’m thrilled that we’re carrying it on,” beams Grant. “I love history, and I love family, and now here we are, with the same passion.” “I’m someone who takes care of things,” Richard says. “It was instilled into me back in my football days, through my dad and my granddad, that I would always polish and waterproof my shoes. We want to attract customers who will take a similar pride in their footwear. I really do believe there is a massive gap in New Zealand for this. There is a burgeoning class of professionals with spare cash who are calling out for such products — quality items

“Versatility is vital,” Richard says. “This is where we have much to do with our marketing message and it is something that I am really focussed on — about how to wear these classic styles. So many of these points of fashion have been lost. For instance, not many people know that an Oxford is more formal than a brogue; or the fact that a brogue looks good with no socks and bare ankles. You can really dress down what people would assume are more formal items. So that will also be a big part of what we do — educating Kiwi males on the finer points of classic styling!” Check out 1800 Shoemakers at: 1800shoemakers.com — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces 1800SHOEMAKERS.COM


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7 ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR WARDROBE There are some tools you need in your wardrobe arsenal that really do make a difference to how well you are dressed each day and as with so many things in life, it's all about the details. DECENT HANGERS: Get wooden hangers for shirts and dresses, clip hangers to hang your pants and skirts and hangers with 'shoulders' for your jackets and coats. All of these ensure that your garments keep their shape and you’ll get more life from them. A STEAM IRON: Next time you buy an iron consider upgrading

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THE PRINCESS OF PONSONBY Inside the ring, wrestler Ashlee Spencer may be a formidable “bad girl”, but outside of it, she’s funny, self-deprecating and endearingly honest.

a live crowd took three weeks planning! It was typed out like a movie script.”

“My character is the ‘Ponsonby Princess’,” she chuckles. “I used to work in a couple of bars in Ponsonby, so I kind of based her around some of the customers — a little bit rich, fabulous and snobby.” I ask if any them have seen the wrestling matches, and she reveals that some of them are dating the male wrestlers, though, she’s not sure if they’ve “realised I’m channelling them!”

Ashlee estimates that up to a third of the average 300-strong audience to be families with children, 20% to be women (“we drag all our friends along!”), and the rest comprising 20- to 50-year-old men. I ask what her family thinks of her pugilistic exploits.

I soon learn that Ashlee has some interesting dating anecdotes of her own. She was exposed to wrestling at an early age, her grandmother being a huge fan of WWE (the US-based professional wrestling group World Wrestling Entertainment, formerly WWF), while her dad competed at grappling. “In my early twenties,, I began dating someone who was obsessed with it,” Ashlee goes on, “so I started watching Total Divas, which is a women’s wrestling show.” Some years later, single and on Tinder, Ashlee came across a wrestler with his championship belt in the photo: “It was the funniest profile I’ve ever seen. We ended up matching and he told me that they were looking for female trainees, so after psyching myself up for about three months, I went for a tryout.” Ashlee, who mainly competes through Impact Pro Wrestling, made her debut 18 months ago, but began training another 18 months prior. “I arrived at the first training session and did 500 squats, which I wasn’t expecting,” says the wrestler. “I’d never done more than 100 before. I was certainly pushed hard. I thought it would be a breeze, that we’d do some submissions and wrist locks, but it took a month before that happened. They had to ensure I was skilled and strong enough that I wouldn’t injure myself, or others.” But there’s still plenty of pain: “I am often bruised and very sore. I have been knocked out during a live show and suffered concussion.” This led to “the most cringe worthy thing” she’s ever done. “I became quite confused,” Ashlee tells me. “My brain was going a mile a minute, but I couldn’t get my body to the do the things I needed it to do, so I just ended up hugging someone’s leg in the middle of the ring. Just going in for a cuddle, no menace, nothing! I’ve watched it back and it’s so humiliating.” Though the outcome is, of course, decided before the competitors step through the ropes, Ashlee says that few, if any, of the matches are choreographed: “We have a booking team and they’ll tell us who they want to win the match, and they might say that they’d like you to win with a certain move, but other than that, it’s pretty much up to us. I’ve worked with the girls in Auckland for three years and we can get into the ring with five minutes’ warning and bust out a 10-minute match. However, my very first match in front of

“My mum rolled her eyes when she found and said, ‘You’re just like your grandmother!’” says Ashlee. “She was nervous to begin with. I also wrestle for another company called PWE in Whangarei who I actually won the championship for and my mum was there to see that. It was her first time and she had no idea that I was going to be winning, so she was very excited — even though she knows it doesn’t mean anything in the great scheme of things. But she plastered photos all over Facebook, telling everyone how proud she was of me, so that was really cool.” Wrestling is relatively small in New Zealand, so hard to make a career out of. To do that, Ashlee says you must head to the UK, Japan, Australia or, for the holy grail, WWE in the USA. Some of Ashlee’s former colleagues have secured contracts overseas. I ask if that’s her aim. “Yes and no,” she says, after mulling it over for a second or two. “It would be amazing to wrestle for the WWE, but I’m also, how do I put this... I hate being hurt! I love wrestling, and when you’re in the moment and the adrenalin is pumping, you don’t notice the pain, but then I cry about it for a week after. Doing that, being in a ring in front a live audience five times a week scares the crap out of me.” Owing to the Ponsonby Princess’s controversial reputation, Ashlee says that she has built up an “opposition fan base”: “I have a few loyal people that love me because they think it’s cool that I’m a bitch, but as a ‘bad character’ that’s not what you’re really looking for. The audience need to see me getting beaten up.” I close by asking Ashlee if considers herself a role model. She doesn’t think that she’s a role model for any “specific thing” but hopes that by promoting wrestling, fitness and veganism (she hasn’t eaten meat since her teens, and has been a fully fledged vegan for two years) she can inspire others to adopt a healthy lifestyle and generally be more confident. “I’ve been communicating with a girl from the US through Instagram recently,” says Ashlee. “She’s 15 and waiting until she turns 16 before she can begin training with her local wrestling school and she’s always asking me for advice about fitness and eating. I find that really rewarding.” − Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces Photography: Winston Gee


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For years 'they' have been telling the overweight and inactive to 'get off the couch, move more, be healthier!' So, like a lot of others I’ve driven to the mall in the hope of finding something that made me feel fabulous and like I ‘belong’ when moving more. Only, I’d walk out not feeling fabulous, not feeling like I fit in and asking my husband through tears of frustration, “How is anyone supposed to be more active when you can’t find anything that fits other than running shoes?” Then 12 months ago an advert popped up on my Facebook: an overseas activewear company that specialises in ‘plus size’. Their range was gorgeous, colourful, high quality and went right up to an NZ size 32! My mind starting racing. Surely I wasn’t the only one who walked out of the sports stores disheartened and into the arms of a comforting chocolate bar? Every woman deserves to feel good no matter what they are doing, to embrace what they have and flaunt it if they want to — we are incredible! Every woman should be positive about themselves, be supportive of each other and feel like they fit in. So, before I knew it, Active Curves was born! Within a couple of weeks I was meeting the CEO of the company who's advert appeared on my Facebook page. The meeting was a huge success, he loved my enthusiasm and more importantly, my goals and my passion for helping women feel confident about themselves.

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SMALL SNIPPETS OF WELLBEING Have you ever bought a gym membership with strong intentions of gaining health and losing kilos only to discover that the only thing you are losing is the money out of your account? There is so much variety these days with how to exercise in a fun and effective way including short easy to achieve workouts, but with so many people claiming poverty when it comes to time, achieving our wellbeing goals is often easier in theory than it is in practice.

time or it’s too difficult, or it’s not that important after all, remember that if it was important when you set the goal, it is equally as important when you hit the first hurdle. Don’t let hurdles be the end of the road.

Wellbeing starts with an idea and is continued when we set small achievable goals and continue to pick up where we left off on the days that we fall behind. Recently I did my own beginner yoga programme as a way to support my clients and experience exactly what I expect of them. The results surprised me. I had made the programme as accessible and as easy as I could because I have seen people come to me time and time again who begin yoga but can’t keep it up. The first week required 14 minutes one day and five minutes another day and could be done wherever (no need to drive to a gym or studio). Each week after that the requirements increased by small amounts. By week two I had already fallen behind. I managed to stay on track, but I learned a lot along the way.

As soon as you hit the first or second hurdle and that negative talk kicks in, take the opportunity to remove something from your life that is leaching your time or energy. When the beginner programme became too much for me to fit into a very busy week, I decided to get up earlier. When the alarm sounded however, I was hitting the snooze button in need of more sleep. I realised it wasn’t time that I needed, it was energy. I needed to remove negative effects on my sleep and I needed to add more nutritious food to my diet. From there I gained the energy levels to do what I had set my mind to do — complete a five week beginner yoga programme.

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This is huge, and a great way ensure your new goals become a part of life, just like brushing your teeth every morning. Exercising for 20 minutes regularly is much better than 60 minutes once in a while. Cutting out one unhealthy food choice and including one new one is better than clearing all of your beloved food out of the cupboards. If you do choose larger goals, or longer workouts that’s fine too, but sustain the effort every week for at least six weeks. Rather than overload your nervous system and body with a gigantic change, be gentle as you make these changes and they’ll be more likely to stick.

If it is important enough for you to begin a new health goal — it is important enough to complete it So often on a Sunday night we say we are going to be healthier the following week only to put our health goals in the ‘too hard basket’ by Tuesday. Usually this is because our lives are so full that there is no room to add a new goal. When we finally get time to rest or play, we don’t want to strive for something new. At the outset of setting your health goal, know that it is common to fall back into old habits. This is fine if we are prepared. Every time you hear that negative mental chatter that says you don’t have

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THE YOGA CONNECTION We speak to Jane Lowe, the bubbly yogi and writer behind the The Yoga Connection. TYC is NZ’s beautiful yoga community forum, blog and host to all the yoga happenings around NZ. To start Jane can you tell us a little about yourself and how The Yoga Connection started. My background is in writing and I’d been freelancing for many years before I started TYC about three years ago. I’m not a teacher and had overheard some teachers in a studio changing room talk about a workshop. They suggested I come along too and I mentioned that we (as in students) never knew when things like this were happening. Had a little light bulb moment but was sure that someone would already have something like TYC up and running. Surely! But I googled the google out of it and couldn’t find anything and that’s how the website was born. Your website and social media platforms are a great success. What do you believe the essence of these successes to be? Thank you! Honestly, I think once I trusted myself to use my own voice that’s when it sort of took off. I find social media fun only when I’m totally being myself. My outlet on the website is the Blog which is mine to write whatever is on my mind — yoga, wellness along with turning fifty, making changes in my life etc.

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Many small business owners struggle to find time for social media. In your experience, what is the most effective way to use social media for your business? I understand that. It took me a while to realise just how much time social media demanded and that it is a big part of TYC, not just a little side thing I do along with running the website. It drives people to the website and that’s what makes it so important to me. Over the past few years there have been some huge leaps and bounds in social media analytics. Do you use such tools to improve your marketing reach at all? I wish I could say I do but actually I barely look into it. I’m in the midst of talking to someone about understanding it better and therefore using it more effectively. Better late than never… Your opinion on how to build an authentic voice and add value when there is so much noise out there? Be yourself. Don’t fall down the rabbit hole of comparing yourself to anyone else or copying someone else’s voice.

Over the past decade yoga — it seems — has grown hugely in popularity…. Any comments as to why? I think with more social awareness and interest in wellbeing that yoga naturally became more prevalent as a choice over hard-out physical activity. People want to check in with themselves more, they want to slow down in this busy world and breathe. Even if they don’t realise this initially! Do you have a regular practise Jane? What does yoga do for you? For over three years I practiced Bikram yoga every morning at 6.30am, once for 62 days in a row! Since then I’ve calmed down a bit and practice a variety of styles and also at different times of the days. At the moment I’m really enjoying some early evening classes to put a fullstop to my working day. What it does for me is everything. Along with age (I’m fifty), yoga has brought a self-confidence to my life that I’ve never had before. I’ve finally accepted my body, myself (faults and all) as fine just as I am. Every day I get on my mat I am so incredibly grateful to have it in my life. I’m a tad passionate about sharing that with everyone else. Who should do yoga? What should one look for when starting at a new studio? Everybody should practice yoga! Start with a beginner’s course if possible and don’t be scared to shop around. You don’t need fancy clothing or an expensive mat. Find a studio that you feel comfortable at and teachers that you enjoy. It’s not a cheap activity so make sure you get what makes you happy. Please don’t be worried about your size or age or flexibility. That’s what the yoga is for. Anything else you would like to add? I adore sharing my love of yoga and TYC is where I gather as much information as possible and highlight what NZ has to offer. It’s a blast meeting people within the community and beyond inspiring meeting other bloggers and influencers who are incredibly generous with their advice and support. I’ve come across some amazing small businesses along the way that are making products that align with how I choose to live — ethical clothing, beauty products and other brands. I feel very fortunate. THEYOGACONNECTION.CO.NZ FACEBOOK.COM/THEYOGACONNECTION.CO.NZ INSTAGRAM.COM/THEYOGACONNECTION


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Why come to Servilles? Because we know your hair best! If you are wanting an experienced and skilled approach on your hair, look no further.

suit each client. We are also having fun playing with coppers, deep, rich browns adding gloss and shine for the autumn season.

Do you encourage clients to bring a photo of a haircut they love? Yes, it gives our stylists a chance to visualise and personalise a haircut just for you.

Hairdressers seem to have very good people skills. This must be something that is very important when employing hairdressers to work at Servilles? Here at Newmarket Servilles we believe in going on a journey with our clients, so it doesn’t just end up being a service but an experience that our clients enjoy going on.

Each time I come can I request the same hairdresser? Can I request a senior stylist? Yes. Most of our clients have built a relationship with their preferred stylist. You can absolutely request a senior stylist. Do you have a special blow dry rate? We offer an express service menu which includes a blow wave at a discounted price. I have definite ideas on my hair colour. Do Servilles hairdressers mind if their clients let them know this? Our stylists at our Newmarket salon appreciate a client who knows what they want, our aim is to help you get the colour and look you desire. Does Servilles offer a consultation to new clients? Every service we offer comes with a complimentary consultation. Please feel free to call us today to book in your consultation. What products do Serville’s use? The beautiful Italian brand, Davines. Can you let our readers know of the latest trend happening in hair colouring? Our stylists are enjoying customising hair contouring colours to

The team at Verve have all expressed that they adore a head massage at the hairdresser. Do you think Servilles would consider offering “another five-minute” head massage? Would you charge the client for this? We do offer deluxe treatments that include a longer head massage and are catered to your specific hair type. These treatments range from $10-45. One of our team at Verve had a blow dry at Servilles, Newmarket two weeks ago and the service was impeccable with coffee, tea, and cold drink offered. The hairdresser consulted with her about the style she wished him to pursue — he understood and did an amazing blow dry. I am sure it is encouraged for all clients to tell hairdressers exactly what they wish them to achieve? Not necessarily, If you have an idea of what you would like, our stylist will work with you to achieve a look that best suits, the occasion, face shape and your personal style.

SERVILLES.COM/SALON/NEWMARKET 1 SHORT ST, NEWMARKET / 09 522 2544 / @SERVILLESHAIR

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WHY IT WORKS AND WHAT’S DIFFERENT WITH PICO GENESIS?

You have probably heard the term PICO when referring to laser treatments; it’s the newest and fastest laser energy available for cosmetic treatments and offers some real benefits to a wide range of skin types that really couldn’t be treated before. The unique feature of the PICO Genesis is its ability to provide ultra-short laser pulses, which are 100 times shorter than the nano laser you have probably been treated with before. These ultra-short laser pulses deliver a photo-mechanical shockwave, not thermal energy, that not only shatters the pigment but stimulates remodelling in the upper layers of the skin to safely achieve dramatic improvements with fewer treatments. This means results in few treatments and treatment possibility for darker skins.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A PICO GENESIS TREATMENT • Treatments take roughly 20 minutes from start to finish • No preparation, no down-time • Pain-free

WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?

Patients have reported dramatic improvements in skin clarity and reduction in pigmentation in 2-3 treatments.

AUCKLAND DERMATOLOGY

Dr Nick Birchall is a highly experienced dermatologist and founder of Auckland Dermatology, the first clinic to introduce a pico nano laser to NZ. Dr Birchall lectures on the use of this new treatment to other doctors throughout Australasia. Dr Birchall completed his dermatology training at Yale University and has a special interest is the treatment of paediatric and adolescent skin problems. The laser practitioner at the practice is Susan Smith. She has been achieving great results with PICO Genesis and says ‘this technology is our new go-to laser for pigmentation and skin revitalisation. Our patients are seeing great improvements in their skin quality and, as a result, an improvement in self confidence.’ dermatology.co.nz / 524 9915

NAKED LASER STUDIO

You can also find PICO Genesis at Naked Laser Studio, which was established in Auckland late in 2017. Naked Laser Studio only employs Registered Nurses who are experienced in laser therapy and have a combined history of 20 years experience of cosmetic laser treatments. Kelly the founder says ‘This technology allows us to treat darker skins for pigmentation issues for the first time. It uses photo acoustic energy as opposed to photo thermal energy which in the past caused more issues for darker skin types. As this system is more powerful and diverse than anything else currently on the market it has a far superior rate of success with removal of pigmentation as well as colour tattoos in fewer treatments.’ nakedlaserstudio.co.nz / 217 3695

WHO CAN BE TREATED WITH PICO GENESIS?

The good news is, PICO Genesis is designed for ALL skin types — even darker and Asian skin tones which have proven hard to treat with other lasers due to higher risk of post inflammatory responses including hyper-pigmentation, hypo-pigmentation, or rebound pigmentation post-treatment. PICO Genesis is highly recommended for those who are just starting to show the signs of ageing or pigmentation as well as those who suffer from significant pigmentation. This new technology has been designed to give clients who have experienced negative or unsatisfactory results from inferior lasers, the results they truly desire.

THE LOCAL EXPERTS IN PICO GENESIS

In New Zealand a couple of forward–thinking practices have invested in this new cosmetic technology.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: AUCKLAND DERMATOLOGY / DERMATOLOGY.CO.NZ / 524 9915 NAKED LASER STUDIO / NAKEDLASERSTUDIO.CO.NZ / 217 3695 CUTERA / CUTERA.COM.AU / 0800 451 337

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Pico Genesis is a new breakthrough cosmetic treatment by pioneering laser company CUTERA, 2-in-1 laser procedure that targets pigmentation providing a dramatic reduction in facial pigmentation and an increase in uniformity in skin tone. And as many studies have shown, unwanted pigmentation really stacks on the years in terms of perceived age.

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Dark circles and uneven skin tone – in your lunch break!

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SAY GOODBYE TO PIGMENTATION


FRASER GRUT’S

10,000 DREAMS

The name’s Grut. Fraser Grut. Cue rip-off 007 theme.

Take it away, Peatrie.

DUN DUN DUN.

Hello my friends. Fraser met this kid (he was 22) at a fish place (long john silver). He filmed his dream on his eyephone. This was the dream of his…

I’m a twenty-three-year-old filmmaker and have been since the age of seven. I have a dream. (Don’t sue me, Dr. King!) A BIG dream. I want to change the world through film. How? By helping the world to dream again. I run a little project called 10,000 Dreams where every single day for 10,000 days (27.37907 years) I’m filming a different person answering the question, "What’s your dream?" I’m not crazy, my mother had me tested. Currently, as I write this column, I’m on day 462. Nearly there… Cough. Cough. Cough. Yes, I’m sick in bed the couch, in front of the old gogglebox. Hmm... I might assign my five-year-old writing apprentice, Peatrie, to cover this month’s column. Please excuse his careless grammar, he’s not what you call... real (quality banter).

TOM INGLES: DAY 87

“My dream is to become a famous music producer, and produce for a bunch of different rappers and make beats with them, and blow up, and become the next Yeezy (Kanye West). That’d be sick, bro.” So Fraser hooked him up with famous Kiwi rapper ‘Kings’ (2x vnzma winner). Together they produced a real rapper song at kings studio!!! Tom lived out his dream for free hours. Cough. Cough. Cough. Tom has a SICK dream, bro. Tom deserves the right to dream, bro. Why, bro? Because it’s his dream, bro. It’s his gift to the world, bro. Tom, if you’re reading this… I believe in you, bro. So dream, bro. FOLLOW FROG PRODUCTIONS SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS ON: FACEBOOK.COM/FROGPRODUCTIONSFILMS INSTAGRAM.COM/FRASERGRUT

Every woman wants to wake up feeling her best self. Your confidence should carry you through your entire day.

Wake up radiant… Introducing PICO Genesis™ , a 2-in-1 aesthetic laser treatment that revitalises skin, helping you look your very best — naturally.

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DOES DEATH BEGIN IN THE COLON? If you want to have a long and healthy life make sure you have a clean and healthy colon. Only with proper elimination can we be healthy, fit and vital. We shower and bathe every day but most of us fail to make sure our colon is clean until we develop symptoms or disease. The colon is the sewer system of our body and requires constant cleaning, being perhaps, the body’s most important organ of elimination. In addition, the large intestine is an important organ of assimilation and digestion. Its membrane absorbs the energy and nutrients that build up the bones, and the deeper tissues of the marrow, nerve and reproductive tissues. In Ayurveda the large intestine relates to the vata dosha, which governs vitality and prana as a whole. In any disease condition we look at the functioning of the large intestine and initiate treatment to normalise. It is important to be aware of your pattern of elimination and state of appetite when assessing your own health. If you have frequent brain fog, headaches, bloating, allergies, bad breath, cellulite, low energy, skin rashes, or chronic ill health with no diagnosed cause, it is almost certain that you will have an unclean and toxic colon. According to ayurveda, a healthy colon is indicated by a lack of tongue coating at the back of the tongue. One should have an easy bowel movement first thing in the morning and the stool should float. If they are sticky and sink it indicates the presence of ama (toxins).

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WHY IS A CLEAN COLON SO IMPORTANT FOR A LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE?

We are all exposed to thousands of toxins daily in our food and water, the air we breathe and medications we consume. Undertaking an autopsy of an average New Zealander would reveal over 3kg of crusted waste material stuck to the colon wall. These encrusted faeces seep toxic poisons and waste, which are then reabsorbed into the bloodstream. When the bowel wall becomes impacted and hardened with this dry toxic matter, not only does bowel function become disrupted, but the bowel wall itself can become damaged, leading to prolapse and ballooning (diverticulitis). These impurities create malabsorption plus a slow transit time resulting in the waste putrefying, providing a breeding ground for parasites and pathogens. This needs to be addressed to have good health. Note: A good test for transit time is to eat beetroot, look at your poop and notice when it is excreted. If eaten for dinner ideally you should see the red colour in your stool the following morning.

WHAT CAN BE DONE?

This depends on the severity of the problem, and if in any doubt, a health practitioner should be consulted. There is various detoxification or panchakarnma therapies that can be employed dependant on the current state of health and age of the person. There are many products that offer a gentle daily detoxification. Some of the best know are triphala, aloe vera, amalaki, Bowelcare, Hingvastaka and chorella. When talking about digestive health, probiotics need to be mentioned. Taking probiotics is now much more of an exact science where they are formulated for specific conditions such as IBS, after antibiotic use, yeast infection, dsybiosis, to increase or decrease immunity and even for weight management. It does pay to get advice on the right one for you. Please ask!

AYURVEDA USES PHARMACOLOGY See your poop as your daily report card for your health. Smooth banana shape (type4) is the holy grail of poop. The colour should be brown (not too yellow or too dark).

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They are used to aide digestion and for strengthening absorption in the colon. Some of the most common include ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander, asotofida, nutmeg and black pepper.

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In perhaps the most unsurprising survey result of all time, another study, of nearly half-a-million people around the world, found Parisians to have the most sex, while closer to home, according to a 2017 poll of 1,500 Kiwis by Adult Toy Mega Store, Hamilton is the horniest hub in Aotearoa with three-plus sex sessions on average, per week.

Making love just once a week can fight depression, and leads to increased happiness as well as enhancing couples’ intimacy (not just during the moments of pillow talk, but outside the bedroom too). Interestingly, most only benefit emotionally and mentally when the sex is with a long-term partner, with thousands of students reporting levels of anxiety and low self-esteem to increase as their number of sexual partners does, and perhaps more interesting still that the men were no more immune to negative feelings following casual sex than the women.

The above participants are likely glowing inside as well as out, as reams of research has revealed plenty of nooky strengthens not just our relationships, but our lungs, hearts, minds and muscles too. A University of Quebec study of heterosexual couples whose average age was 22 found that women burned an average of 69 calories during a 25-minute sex session, climbing even higher the more ambitious the position and with the occurrence of orgasm. Even gentle lovemaking can offer a full body workout, at times using just about more muscles that any other exercise. “In the bedroom, every muscle matters,” physiotherapist and anatomy expert Mike Aunger tells The Telegraph. “All your skeletal muscles are essential for movement, no matter how vigorous; all your autonomous smooth muscles play a ceaseless role in digestion, respiration, circulation and bodily function...” And, most pertinently, our cardiac muscles are essential for “pumping blood into all the right places”. For men, frequent ejaculation has been linked to reduced risk of prostate cancer with those in their 40s who climaxed at least 21 times per month being 22% less likely to develop the disease than their counterparts who ejaculated just 4-7 times (though, admittedly this can be achieved without a sexual partner!) A 17year study of 1,000 men aged 40-70 concluded having sex at least twice a week reduced their risk of developing heart disease by nearly a half compared to those who indulged once a month or less.

Fittingly, the relationship between sex and exercise is also a two-way street, with those with active lifestyles also likely to enjoy greater stamina between the sheets. Men who regularly cycle, swim, run or hit the gym are less likely to suffer erectile problems, and women who get a sweat on outside the bedroom experience greater sexual desire when in it (note, however, that overtraining will likely have a detrimental effect on your libido), in part due to our bodies getting flushed with hormones. So as sex can count as part of our exercise routine, it’s a winwin situation. “Sexual satisfaction is a major contributor to quality of life,” Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s former head of old age psychology, Dr David Weeks, says in a speech to the British Psychological Society. His research has shown that men and women with active sex lives look on average six years younger than their actual age, and concludes that sex ranks “at least as high as spiritual or religious commitment”.

— Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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Other studies have shown sex to reduce ageing by lengthening the telomeres (the protective caps at the end of our chromosomes that wear with age), as well as causing cells to increase antibody production to ward off illness. British research discovered that sexually active men aged 50-89 had better allround cognitive function, while women benefitted especially in terms of cognitive recall.

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A 2017 study of 2,200 souls across 21 countries found Norway to be the ‘naughtiest’ of nations with more than a third of its respondents (35%) reportedly having at least one orgasm a day (a separate UN-backed 2017 study also concluded Norway to be the happiest nation on Earth — coincidence?). Some of its Scandinavian neighbours fared almost as well, with 41% of Swedes claiming to climax at least 2-3 times per week — and Sweden, incidentally, placed ninth on the happiness scale.

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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT COOLBODY FAT-FREEZING?

Before treatment

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Six weeks after treatment

Fat-freezing specialist Yvonne Marvin answers questions about noninvasive body shaping. WHAT IS COOLBODY FAT-FREEZING? The cryolipolysis

Eyebrows have become a topic of much discussion recently. But for me, it is my passion and I genuinely believe that having beautiful eyebrows can be life changing.

technology used by Coolbody is at the cutting edge of body contouring. It effectively freezes fat cells without damaging surrounding tissue. After treatment, the frozen fat cells gradually break down and are eliminated.

Having my own eyebrows sabotaged over the years I quickly realised the true impact of what the eyebrow does for the face, and ones self esteem — so began my journey of becoming a brow specialist.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WORK? It varies from person

I also know what it is like to feel like I am not being heard when putting my eyebrows in someone else’s hands. And so it has been my mission to create beautiful brows for my clients but also let them know that I hear them and their viewpoint is appreciated.

IS IT SAFE? The equipment used at CoolBody is a clinicallyproven way to reduce localised pockets of fat. It has been used for more than one million successful treatments worldwide.

A great set of eyebrows can make you feel more confident, complete and take your daily makeup routine down to minutes, and that isn’t just for those who may have over plucked over the years.

to person, but results may be visible as soon as 16 days after treatment. Optimum results can be seen after eight weeks. Fat cells eliminated by Coolbody are gone forever.

WHICH AREAS CAN BE TREATED WITH COOLBODY?

CoolBody can be used to re-sculpt the body virtually anywhere you can grab fat. It works for arms, midriff, lower tummy, inner and outer thighs, calves, knees (inner outer and top) and back areas. It also works for the under-chin area. CoolBody treatments are a great way to fine-tune your shape for a wedding or holiday.

Whether a serial over plucker, just wanting a little more fullness, never having had a full brow or losing them through stress or illness, I strive to achieve a result for my client that they are proud to have. My goal is not just give the client their service, but create an experience in which they feel safe and understood.

WHAT MAKES COOLBODY BETTER THAN OTHER FATFREEZING CLINICS? CoolBody has headpieces in many

There are various methods starting from temporary and very low commitment to cosmetic tattoo, which I apply not based on trends, but on measuring the bones of the face, considering muscles as well as the over all health of the client. It is a collaborative process between myself and client, and very much tailored to the individual. We are all unique and so the same must be for the approach taken to our eyebrows.

HOW LONG DOES A TREATMENT TAKE? The entire treatment process takes one hour and 45 minutes. During this time, the machine will be connected to you for 70 minutes.

Eyes are said to be the windows to your soul, so its only right to frame them accordingly

different shapes and sizes. This helps to ensure a better result, because the headpiece can be matched precisely to the treatment area. Also, with CoolBody up to four areas can be treated at once. For no extra charge, you can request advice on food and exercise to assist your body improvement plan.

DOES IT HURT? Sometimes there is a little discomfort at the start of treatment, but the freezing process numbs the area. Any discomfort generally goes away after a few minutes.

GET A FREE COOLBODY CONSULTATION Find out if CoolBody is right for you with a free personal consultation. Call Yvonne on 021 923 430 or email yvonnefmarvin@gmail.com. Read more about Yvonne at yvonnemarvin.com 021 923 430 / YVONNEFMARVIN@GMAIL.COM / YVONNEMARVIN.COM

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Is that niggle becoming a daily problem? Do you want a carefree smile? Haven’t found a dentist you trust? We know the dentist is nobody’s favourite place, but after visiting Bays Dental, you might just change your mind.

A love for transforming smiles runs through the blood with Dr Young Kim founding Bays Dental in 2001 with his daughter, Dr Inah Mundy (née Kim). It’s now a real family affair with Dr Inah’s husband, Dr Lance Mundy also joining the team. The dental family trio are backed up by an A-team of support staff (who feel more like family) that brings about smiles and keeps the clinic ticking like clock-work.

HOW WE’RE DIFFERENT

This North Shore family business brings a sense of personalised care tailored for you and your family. Not only do they value their patients’ time and commitment with them, but they treat them like family.

Dr Inah personally suffered a decade of clenching and jaw stiffness until she discovered muscle relaxant injections: “For me, nightguards weren’t working as I clenched during the day, causing tenderness in my jaw and ears, resulting in headaches.” Once she felt the amazing relief brought on by a round of treatments, undergoing training with AADFA (Australasian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics) was a no-brainer. Fully certified, Dr Inah is passionate about providing cosmetic antiwrinkle injections and beautiful, pain-free lip fillers in a sterilised clinical environment. Currently Bays Dental is offering Botox, filler and orthodontic consultations COMPLIMENTARY for a limited time for Verve readers. — Words: Dr Inah Mundy

"LET OUR FAMILY HELP YOURS"

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WHO WE ARE

SOMETHING UNIQUE: JAW CLENCHING + BOTOX

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Countless testimonials recount Bays Dental to be warm, friendly and honest. Word of mouth is ever so powerful and they’re proud to bring the majority of new patients to their clinic based on referrals from happy, existing patients.

Alongside all routine dental procedures, each dentist has a unique interest in particular fields of dentistry such as dental implant surgery, orthodontics, braces and Invisalign, full mouth makeovers, Botox and lip fillers. This allows a tailored team approach to address a wide range of concerns a particular person may have.

HEALTH & BEAUTY

DO YOU CLENCH YOUR TEETH? COULD BOTOX BE THE SOLUTION? LET OUR FAMILY HELP YOURS.


TRANSPARENT MOTIVES A family weekend retreat in the Cradle of Humankind, home of mankind's earliest origins, reprises the glass box motif to reinvent the country cabin. Words: Graham Wood / Photography: Greg Cox


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KING'S CENTENNIAL BUILDING OPENS The Dawn of a New Teaching World There’s a new future showing its face on Portland and Remuera Roads at prestigious King’s School — it’s called the Centennial Building. The brand new 5,000-square-metre Warren and Mahoney designed multipurpose learning environment is now officially open and an inspiring space that goes beyond pure function. Over two years the state-of-the art structure has quietly risen up from an envelope of scaffolding. Today it connects the boys, the school, the staff and the local community to a new teaching world. Enter from Remuera Road to jaw-dropping floor-to-ceiling panoramic views framing Rangitoto — a line of sight from the classroom that previously never existed. Welcome to best practice pedagogy in action. “The boys are lucky to be here so we have a responsibility to create what the future will look like,” says the principal, Tony Sissons. He takes the responsibility of being “in the business of creating boys’ futures” very seriously.

Evidential research from Melbourne University underpins his strong view supporting the benefits of flexible spacial design around education processes and how it positively impacts on relationships. “There is a lot of research now indicating that boys learn their teacher before they ever learn a subject.” Gone are the days of the “factory regurgitation of facts” the principal says, today “thinking, better questioning and better pedagogy” are the rule. He believes cultivating a strong relationship creates “deeper learning”. It’s achieved by the correct homeroom environment that offers flexibility between formal and informal spaces and the ability to accommodate varying modes of learning. This is what the Centennial Building excels at — it’s in the building design, landscaping, materials, ergonomic furniture and even in the acoustics.

Sissons praises Warren and Mahoney for their willingness to completely understand “the educational end” and how boys relate to their teachers well before any design process took place.

Lead Architect Sarah Hewlett-Diprose, who is a passionate committee member of Learning Environments New Zealand as well, has masterminded with her colleagues, a unified educational ecosystem.

He says the collaboration removed the “architectural pressure” to build a big barn known in the industry as a “modern learning environment” which Sissons is adamant is not “actually the way to go”.

She zeroes in on the fact that the workplace has evolved so consequently architects need to create learning environments that support soft skills these days — skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.


Looking at the complexity of the cross axis of the floor plan that connects four existing buildings, the building achieves the best of both worlds for the boys.

was integrated with the new, where bridges and voids link horizontally and vertically to cleverly create a sense of “cohesiveness and legibility” with the wider campus.

Generously sized classrooms can be set up whatever way a teacher chooses to teach to create different learning environments tailored to the child.

No bigger than an apartment block to sensitively merge in with the local neighbourhood, Centennial “invites the community in” — which is a key shift “especially in terms of private education due to a move away from the fences that would normally screen off the campus” Sarah says.

There are break out spaces with varying degrees of enclosure using acoustically separated stackable glass doors or simple recycled timber fins made from the Kauri rafters of the former Hanna building on site. Teachers here do not fall into the trap of standing and delivering as there is no definitive front of class. They interact with students in any part of the room using teacher ‘nooks’ not desks and mobile learning stations with writable whiteboard surfaces. “Engagement is how the teachers build relationships as opposed to the traditional concept of the teacher is the master and the boy sits there and does what he’s told.” This ethos is echoed repeatedly throughout the design. By all accounts, it’s hit the mark too with industry peers by being shortlisted for both the Institute of Architects Education Award and Property Council of New Zealand national awards to be announced later this year in June. Sarah points out the “connection points” — how the existing

Seeing the building come to life with students enjoying themselves “using the spaces in ways you hadn’t imagined” — relaxed, feet up reading their book on a lounger has been the lead architect’s reward. Tony Sissons says he too gets a “buzz” from watching the impact of the new build on his teachers which flows on to the boys. “We don’t know yet what the future looks like but the skills these boys can develop now to meet it, are vast. We need to build that capacity within them so they can apply them in the future. We must not lose the art of good teaching practice and our Centennial building complements and extends what we offer,” says Sissons. — Words: Sarah Sparks 258 REMUERA RD, REMUERA KINGS.SCHOOL.NZ / 09 520 7770 OFFICE@KINGS.SCHOOL.NZ


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CHANGE MUST HAPPEN Auckland’s housing crisis. Nothing new here. The phrase has become meaningless. Flogged to death for political mileage and to get a reaction. I’m guilty of it here right now, aren’t I?

There is nothing to be gained from burying our heads in the sand. Change is coming. Everyone wants change. However, in some quarters, people want change as long as it’s not them!

What does it really mean? For most, it means house prices and rents rising at an uncomfortable rate as residents battle for a place to call home, at least until the situation is sorted.

Isn’t that just basic human nature and psychology 101?

Anyone who’s sat through economics at school, knows when supply equals demand, an equilibrium is reached. We currently don’t have that.

I agree with housing strategist Leonie Freeman — we all need to work together. We can’t just point the finger at government (yes they do have a big responsibility) and other big players with big influence. But I like to think we can all play a positive role.

And so what’s the solution?

The shortage, driven by the city’s population growth, also means being stuck in traffic, stormwater and wastewater on the brink, shoddy building work by unregulated builders, frustration at the slow pace of change. It means, heaven forbid, having to live closer together.

Imagine a scenario where we all think of ourselves as being part of the solution, being adaptive and figuring out how we can each make a positive contribution to one another no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.

Auckland is growing at an unprecedented rate. Most forecasts predict a population of around two million by 2033 and according to the RBNZ we were 54,000 houses short back in 2016. Who knows what it is now?

Increasingly, residents want low maintenance, well designed, high quality homes, close to public transport within walking distance to schools that don’t necessitate endless weekends of maintenance and upkeep.

Where are the additional 600,000 people going to live? Especially if we’re only building around 10,000 a year. We lack infrastructure, we don’t have enough people to deliver what’s required based on current processes, and so on.

Above is a development in central Auckland we’re working on that will eventually cater to five families, delivering all the above benefits. Hard to believe it currently has just one run down, poorly insulated house on it.

Again... boring! Figures and stats, eyes glaze over. It’s all been flogged before.

We might not be as big as the larger players out there, but we’re still dedicated to making a positive contribution to this city, our city of Auckland.

Auckland has NIMBYs, the world has NIMBYs. This group represents those resistant to change. Those who want to hang on to the quarter-acre section pavlova dream within a five-minute commute into the city. I’m sorry, but that ship has sailed, the curtains are down, the show’s over.

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RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNERS NEED PROTECTING TOO The new government has clearly signalled we are about to see changes in residential tenancy legislation which are designed to improve the lives of those who rent residential properties. This includes banning the letting fees that are paid by tenants, but there is still very little legislative protection for those people who actually own rental properties. This lack of protection was evident recently when the NZ Herald reported that the company owned and run by Auckland property manager David Sharma, operating under the branding of Ray White Henderson, owed 67 landlords more than $350,000 in unpaid rents. The number of landlords owed money by Sharma has since increased and is now confirmed as being 72 and growing. The liquidators report that most of the rental payments owed to rental property owners dated to January and February of this year, and there were no company assets available for immediate recovery. The company’s bank accounts were also overdrawn, making the chances of any of these owners seeing their overdue rental monies anytime soon, pretty much nonexistent. So how was this allowed to happen? Aren’t there legislation and rules to prevent these sorts of things from occurring? Unfortunately, the answer is 'no'. Up until 2008, property management was an activity for which a real estate licence was required, and the industry was overseen by the Real Estate Institute, however, when the Real Estates Agents Act came into effect, there was no longer a mandatory

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Auckland architect Ken Crosson who won the prestigious 2018 German Design Award for the design on a red corrugated iron house in Titirangi is back in New Zealand with his next project set for a new residential development at Snells Beach.

Ken Crosson says Boathouse Bay is set to challenge the way that Kiwis think about coastal living.

Boathouse Bay will offer residents the quintessential Kiwi bach lifestyle right on the coastline of Auckland’s Mahurangi Peninsula, with premium design, luxury finishes, a community park and prime coastal amenities.

“Rather than carving the site into a few large sections featuring mansions accessible only to the super-elite, we decided to create a purposeful development that, whilst still of the highest quality, allows a greater number of New Zealanders to live more affordably on their coastline,” he says. “The vision for this coastal development was to find another way of looking at this site, to get more people to be a part of this special coastal community and bring price points down. It’s a contemporary take on the traditional Kiwi bach, so more people can achieve this kind of living.”

Crosson’s vision was to create a diverse range of two- and three-bedroom houses, from single-level to double-level and tower buildings, set amongst landscaped sand dunes and tranquil native bush.

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The Japanese have a saying, ichi-go ichi-e, 'one time one meeting, cherish every moment as each is always once-in-a-lifetime'. From the moment you enter the doors of the immaculately decorated lobby of the Palace Hotel Tokyo, you begin to start collecting moments that are so delicate they will be cherished throughout your lifetime. The sight of the floor-toceiling windows opening to bewitching garden vistas take your breath away and the masterpieces of art donning the walls make you wonder, "Am I in a hotel or an art gallery?" The story of this grand hotel begins more than halfa-century ago with the birth of Hotel Teito that was once the Forestry Office of the Imperial Household. Owned and operated under the orders of the general headquarters of the Allied forces, it was created to meet the rising demand for accommodation in postwar Tokyo. In 1959, Hotel Teito was razed to make way for the Palace Hotel, 'a modern hotel for the modern era'. However, that too did not last long as the hotel closed in 2009 to prepare for a total rebuild from the ground up. Three years later, the Palace Hotel Tokyo was declared open and has been, to this day, one of the most iconic hotels in the city that perfectly harmonises its strongly rooted history and rich heritage with the best in modern luxury. Some of the remnants of the past have been restored to their former glory including the stunning Shigaraki tiles, the traditional ink wash painting in the Chiyoda Suite and the original bar counter from Royal Bar designed by longtime bartender ‘Mr. Martini’. >>

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Nestled within the heart of the glamorous Marunouchi District just across the Imperial Palace Gardens, the Palace Hotel Tokyo is the ultimate tribute to omotenashi (Japanese hospitality): 290 luxurious rooms, 10 chic restaurants and bars, an evian SPA and over 1,000 pieces of exquisite art...


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A HAVEN OF MODERN ELEGANCE & JAPANESE TRADITION Imagine soaking in a soothing bath in the comfort of your opulent suite, a glass of warm sake in your hand while the views of the city skyline, the Tokyo Tower, and the Imperial Palace Gardens are spread out before you like a feast for the eyes. Such is the grandeur that awaits you at the 290 rooms at the Palace Hotel Tokyo, which includes six executive suites and six one-of-a-kind suites. Each abode comes with king sized beds, a fully stocked minibar, 24-hour in-room dining and the finest Imabari bath linens, to name just a few of the amenities.

are a delight to your eyes as well as the tongue where they melt and explode with a burst of exquisite flavour. If you’re not pressed for time do visit the rest of the hotel’s dining options ranging from Wadakura with its authentic Japanese cuisine; refined Chinese at Amber Palace; scrumptious seafood tempura at Tatsumi; Sushi Kanesaka featuring Michelin-starred Chef Shinji Kanesaka; the elaborately restored 1961 Royal Bar; The Palace Lounge; The Lounge Bar Privé with its stunning open-air terrace views and the Grand Kitchen where an eclectic array of French, American, Spanish and Italian cuisine is presented with a delectable Japanese twist.

Explore the tantalising flavours of Japan and cuisine from around the world at the hotel’s 10 elegant restaurants and bars. It might be a challenge trying out all the options, especially if you’re not staying for long, but we highly recommend sampling the teppanyaki at GO where each dish is presented as a beautiful a work of art; the sophisticated French cuisine at Crown and the heavenly treats at the Sweets & Deli pastry shop where each piece, whether it’s their signature Sake Cake or homemade chocolate,

The pleasures of the magnificent Palace Hotel Tokyo extend further with its ultra-luxurious evian SPA TOKYO. Using natural mineral water from the alps, in some of its treatments, they are focused on mineral enrichment, rejuvenation and the renewing of vitality. The ambience of the 1,200-square-metre spa is designed in such a way that you feel like you’re among the cool alpines yet views of the neon-lighted skyline and Mount Fuji in the distance reminds you that you are indeed in the very heart of Tokyo.


The enchantments of the Tokyo Palace Hotel have spread far and wide across the globe and have earned it many accolades and awards. For three years consecutively since 2016, the Palace Hotel Tokyo has been awarded the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Five Stars while being described as a “modern classic in Tokyo”. Elite Traveler World's 'Top 100 Hotels', Travel+Leisure USA World's Best Award are just a few of the many titles that the spectacular hotel has won within just six years’ of being relaunched.

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According to the great Roman poet, Horace, a picture is a poem without words. Here in the majestic Tokyo Palace Hotel, you are presented with more than a thousand 'wordless poems’ as you wander through the lobby, restaurants, corridors and even the guestrooms. The hotel’s breathtaking art collection encompasses more than 1,000 individual pieces and is one of the many reasons that set it apart from the rest. Each piece had been specially commissioned or chosen by the Palace Hotel from a wide number of renowned artists including Japan’s finest such as Masahito Katayama and Takeharu Nakabayashi. Katayama’s SUNFLOWER — 2012 brightens the lobby while Nakabayashi’s LANDSCAPE OF THE PALACE graces the main lobby as a surreal composite of the various landscapes to be found near Palace Hotel Tokyo.

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I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

According to Maori legend, demigod Tu-te-raki-Whanoa worked his way up South Island’s southwest corner carving Fiordland’s brooding landscape of towering granite cliffs and plunging valleys, culminating in the creation of Piopiotahi—or Milford Sound—once he had truly mastered his craft. Hine-nui-te-po, goddess of the underworld, was so astonished by the perfection of Mitre Peak and its surrounds that she released swarms of namu—sandflies—to keep settlers away. When Rudyard Kipling visited New Zealand in the late 19th century, he declared the region a world wonder — an opinion backed by Unesco who bestowed it world heritage status around a century later. Such is the sheer scale of Fiordland that it could swallow all other mainland New Zealand national parks, or, alternatively, fit the legendary US parks of Yosemite and Yellowstone — the world’s oldest national park — and still have room for more. New Zealand’s oldest national park is Tongariro. Its legend goes that after the revered navigator Ngatoroiangi arrived in the ancestral waka Arawa, he nearly perished on the alpine peaks so prayed to his family in his homeland of Hawaiki who sent fire demons to free him from the frigidness as they left a geothermal trail stretching from White Island to North Island’s volcanic heart in their wake. The land was gifted to the Crown in 1887 by Horonuku Te Henheu Tukino IV, leader of the Ngati Tuwharetoa, to maintain its tapu and prevent the land being “passed through the court” to be “cut up and sold”. An act was passed by parliament in 1894 to officially recognise Tongariro National Park which at the time covered 2,360 hectares, but has since blossomed to cover nearly 80,000

hectares of protected land. In 1993, the mighty Tongariro became the world’s first dual Unesco World Heritage Site, recognised for both its beauty and cultural significance. We can thank the US for the notion of a national park—even if the concept was born out of practicality rather than a romantic ideal of preservation. Yellowstone Park was originally marked to become a state park, but as it encroached upon three territories (mainly Wyoming, but Montana and Idaho, too), there was dispute over who would claim it and so, according to Yellowstone historian Lee Whittlesey, “congress made it a federal park” (on 1 March 1872). It would be another 44 years before the formation of the National Parks Service — the federal agency that manages the parks — which was declared by US writer and historian Wallace Stegner to be “the best idea” his country ever had: “Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst”. The poignancy of this refection is further compounded given the sitting US government’s wicked assault on their wilderness. Last year Trump reversed a six-year ban on the sale of plastic water bottles across 23 national parks, and announced plans to slash the size of Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national parks by 85% and 50% respectively, an area totalling two million acres, to allow for commercial development. Never in the United States’ history has there been such a butchering of their backcountry, and, to twist the knife of spite a little further, in March right-wing lawmakers proposed renaming Utah’s National Parks Highway after their current commander-in-chief. But enough ugliness, here’s a rundown of some of Mother Nature’s finest natural feats... >>


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YELLOWSTONE PARK, USA

The world’s oldest national park is probably also its most famous. Its almost million-hectare landscape, patrolled by bison, moose, elk, bears and wolves, is home to around 70 mammal species, more than 300 types of bird and more than 1,100 species of native plant. The park, sitting above one of the planet’s mightiest calderas, is famed for its abundance of volcanic features, most notably the geyser Old Faithfull that erupts, like clockwork, every hour or two.

LOS GLACIARES, ARGENTINA

The staggering ice face of the Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park’s most revered feature, towers over the milky waters of the 160-km-long Lake Argentino like a cliff — and it’s not uncommon for visitors to witness rugby field-sized chunks of ice collapse into the water. One of more than 200 glaciers in the region, what makes these enormous frozen tongues so fascinating is that while most others around the world occur at altitudes of at least 2,500 meters, here, near the nation’s southwest border with Chile, they appear at just 1,500 meters and curl their way down as low as 200 meters in a similar fashion to our very own iconic glaciers, Franz Josef and Fox.

YOSEMITE PARK, USA

Also one of the world’s earliest national parks, established in California in 1890, Yosemite remains a leading American natural attraction owing to its network of incredible hiking trails that snake past features like an 11km-wide canyon, 3,000-year-old giant sequoia trees, and North America’s largest waterfall, Yosemite Falls. Its majestic vertical granite rock formation, El Captain, is the largest of its kind on Earth, luring a regular steady stream of climbers and base jumpers from around the globe. If that’s not enough awesomeness, this Unesco World Heritage Site is surrounded by a number of wondrous vineyards.

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA

Africa’s legendary wildlife reserve, Kruger National Park, stretches for more than 18,000-squarekilometers, and boasts more species of big

beasts than any other on the continent. The world’s premier safari destination allows guest to marvel at the Big Five — lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo and elephant — along with more than 100 other mammal types like the cheetah, zebra and giraffe, and more than 500 species of bird.

JOSTEDALSBREEN NATIONAL PARK, NORWAY

The exhilarating Jostedalsbreen National Park in Norway is named after the largest glacier in mainland Europe. Covering 487 square meters, the sprawling ice mass is up to half-a-kilometre thick and stretches for 80km, containing around three billion baths of water — enough to supply the entire country for a century.

GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK, AUSTRALIA

Those yet to witness this underwater wonderland across the Ditch had unfortunately better get there fast—a report last year concluded that climate change-induced bleaching has already affected 95% of the Great Barrier Reef, and it’s only going to get worse. That’s not to imply there still isn’t plenty to marvel at what is one of the ocean’s finest spectacles. Running for 2,000km, the reef comprises 400 types of coral that harbours 1,500 types of fish and 4,000 species of mollusc. If you don’t fancy scuba diving or snorkelling its crystal cobalt waters, there’s much to admire from aboard a glass-bottomed boat or even a scenic flight. Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing visible from space?

SAGARMATHA NATIONAL PARK, NEPAL

From the world’s largest reef to its highest mountain, Sagarmatha National Park is home to the 8,848-meter Mount Everest (Sagarmarhta is the Nepali name for Mount Everest, meaning “forehead in the sky”) as well as seven more peaks that climb over 7,000 meters. A Unesco Heritage Site since 1979, the national park shelters 6,000 Sherpa (the name for the region’s ethnic group that lives at high altitude, not just the legendary mountain guides) and a handful of exceptionally rare animal species such as the red panda and that most mystical and elusive of beasts, the snow leopard. _ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces


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NAMIBIA Namibia was an absolute surprise! From the vast wilderness and geological attractions millions of years old to Etosha National Park and surrounding private reserves abundant in wildlife, Namibia was unforgettable. My experiences here rate at the top of all travel opportunities I have ever had. From the first moment here I felt very welcomed in Namibia. I was on my own and the night before my safari I was staying at a little boutique hotel in Windhoek, when my appointed safari guide phoned to see if I would come down to “Joe’s” (I learnt quickly that Joe’s is the mainstay for pre- and post-safari drinks!). After a couple of meet and greets with the other guests in my group we got off to a great start. Our first safari destination was Damaraland — an enormous region of expansive and beautifully wild landscapes. After arriving at the little airstrip, we had a 4×4 transfer – with game viewing en route — to our camp quickly realising we are in a very remote region on Earth. Two days into the safari and I learnt more about the geology and history of the Earth’s continents here than ever taught (or took in) at school. How fascinating! Whilst here we participated in tracking rare desert-adapted black rhino on foot with Save the Rhino Trust. This rated as a major highlight of the whole trip! Departing Desert Rhino Camp, we fly over the incredible Skeleton Coast — renowned for its large number of shipwrecks over the last century — and to the extreme north of the country.

We arrive in Serra Cafema, just a sand airstrip with little else but why not? If I thought Damaraland was remote, this is like being on the moon! An hour-and-a-half later we arrive at Serra Cafema Camp, a little oasis situated on the banks of the Kunene River. Our stunning rooms are dark wood, floating curtains, and veranda complete with hammock and views to the river. Sublime! Our days here are spent visiting remote Himba people, who are still nomadic and very authentic to their traditional way of life. We also have a couple of blitzes up and down massive sand dunes on the quad bikes which is another highlight of the trip! Our last stop on this trip is the world-famous Etosha National Park. We stayed in Ongava Private Game Reserve at Little Ongava — a six-star experience in the wild. With only six spacious suites at the whole property it ensures a very personalised experience and we enjoyed excellent game drives and surprise bush dinners during our stay. The focal point of Etosha is the enormous salt pan whose fringes are edged with productive waterholes that are frequented by a great number of mammals including elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra, gemsbok and others. Namibia is a hidden gem and a perfect introduction to Africa for those dreaming of going but don’t know where to go first. — Words: Ange Pirie, Director, World Journeys

TAILOR-MADE TRAVEL See the best of Namibia and enjoy its dramatic scenery, from the majestic dunes of Sossusvlei to the abundant wildlife of Etosha National Park and more! You will be transferred by air seamlessly between camps, all set within private concessions.

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THE ECZEMA DETOX

Makes 8–10 pancakes Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes

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INGREDIENTS 1 cup buckwheat flour 1 cup rice flour (or brown rice flour) 2 teaspoons baking powder (gluten-free) ¾ cup raw cashews (preferably soaked for 4+ hours) 2 cups rice milk or gluten-free soy milk 2 small to medium bananas, peeled (one for decoration) Real maple syrup (and extra for serving) Rice bran oil or refined sunflower oil — Recipe: Karen Fischer from The Eczema Detox Recipe Book

METHOD 1. Place the buckwheat and rice flours and baking powder into a food processor and briefly mix. 2. Then add the soaked raw cashews, milk, 1 chopped banana, and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and blend until smooth. 3. Finely slice the other banana. Oil a small frying pan and heat to a medium– high heat. Using a measuring cup (¼ cup is ideal), pour in a thin layer of batter. Then, while the batter is still runny, decorate the pancake with banana slices. Cook lightly on each side, turning when the mixture begins to bubble on top or brown underneath. Repeat the process for each pancake. 4. Top each pancake with real maple syrup and Banana Nice Cream (Visit the Verve website for the recipe), or eczemafriendly fruit to suit your program.

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Art enthusiasts will want to be part of the Celebrate Art! with Kauri Cliffs Weekend on April 26-29, 2018, with special highlights including a private tour of the incomparable Gibbs Farm sculpture property, exclusive backroom visits to two of Auckland’s best commercial galleries, and a relaxing weekend of food, fun and Greystone Wines at Kauri Cliffs with inspiring art talks from guest speakers.

Among all the Indian eateries in Auckland stands a lone outpost. If you’re attracted to authentic Asian cuisine and into serious flavours this little gem plays by its own rules.

For full details of the Celebrate Art! Weekend, visit the Kauri Cliffs website at robertsonlodges.com

Don’t let the understated décor of this quiet city 12-seater fool you. A discreet shopfront located in unfashionable upper Hobson Street, this starkly minimalist city eatery is not an upmarket dining experience nor is it designed to appeal to an upmarket crowd. It’s a simple café bringing cooking refinement to the table with dishes punching well above their weight. And there is plenty of love in the food. Apart from the customary poppadums ($1.50), roti and naan breads ($1.50 to $5.50), entrees of samosa ($5), onion bhajia ($5.90), spicy chicken wings ($10.90), peri-peri chicken tikka ($11.90), malai kebab ($11.90), and prawn tikka ($13.90) all score highly, but the real attractions are mains. They say simple is best and it’s certainly what Namaste Infusion Kitchen does best with its clever fusion of spices. The chicken tikka masala ($12.90) and rojan josh ($14.90) are smooth and clean-balanced with a distinct freshness as the other mains, chicken vindaloo ($14.90), mango chicken ($13.90), butter chicken ($12.90), chicken mughlai ($12.90), lamb gosht ($14.90), lamb vindaloo ($14.90), lamb korma ($14.90). fish makhanwala ($16.90) and prawn Malabari ($16.50). And if you have a liking for biryani to share at the table select from chicken ($44.80), lamb ($48.80) or vegetarian ($41.80). And the verdict? This is pure Indian cuisine at its best. As small and modest as it may be, chef and owner Vishal Kumar has set his sights to achieve high standards with dishes not vaguely westernised, underscored with down-to-earth prices and generous servings that will keep your taste buds in the clouds. Service is confident.

TOUR DE CHEF MAY 25-27, 2018 THE FARM AT CAPE KIDNAPPERS

Food, wine and healthy living unite in New Zealand at the inaugural Tour de Chef weekend. Bringing together Michelin star chef Josh Emett (of Rata, Madam Woo and Claridges fame), Hawke’s Bay foodie and cheese expert extraordinaire Juliet Harbutt and Craggy Range Wines.

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INSPIRATION ON LOAN: ART FOR ALL Otahuhu College (Left to Right): Daniel Maclaren, Untitled, oil and shellac on canvas, 1800 x 1300mm | Kyle Yao, Figure with Colour Composition, charcoal and oils on canvas, 1340 x 1250mm | Kenneth Merrick, Foible, mixed media on canvas, 1700 x 2300mm | Sam Foley, Intersection, Canongate and Maori Rd, oil on canvas with digital projection, 1120 x 1600mm Government House: Gregor Kregar, Shelter Sculpture, acrylic sheet and aluminium, 2440 x 2440 x 1830mm

Since 1992, the James Wallace Arts Trust — based out of the Pah Homestead — has been operating a Loans Programme that has seen over 1,500 of its more than 8,000-strong collection lent out of to more than 90 institutions such as schools, hospitals and theatres. For the past 18 months, Aleksandra Petrovic has been at the helm of the Wallace Arts Trust Loans Programme. “The programme was born from two driving forces,” she says. “Firstly, the collection had grown to such a size that housing it under one roof was becoming increasingly difficult, and secondly by Sir James’s desire that the works are seen and appreciated by the public.” Since its inception, the project has “grown organically”. “The earliest loan site that we had was the Auckland Philharmonia,” Aleksandra adds. “And they’re still a loan site all these years later. They do get a rotation of works, but given the size and scope of the programme, there are limitations.” Any kind of institution may be eligible to loan works from the Trust, and it works closely with the client in assigning the most appropriate pieces for the site. “We lend out all sorts of media: photography, prints, sculpture, paintings, and video,” says Aleksandra. “We never dictate to the loan site, it’s a collaborative process.” It’s also, occasionally, a learning process, too. “With hospitals, you must be mindful about the works that go there — they must be pleasant, offering a sense of calm, and possibly even escape,” Aleksandra tells me. “Something that you deem innocuous may act as a trigger for someone going through a tragic time in their


life. A recent example that none of us picked up on was when a ward nurse said that the brush strokes in a particular work looked like crosses. That was a legitimate concern — sometimes things slip through.” Through “deference and respect”, Aleksandra says that she always discusses any new loans with Sir James, and shows him photos of the instillations as well as feedback from the sites: “It brings him a lot of joy.” All artists in the collection are affiliated with New Zealand — either through birth or residence — while Sir James has endeavoured to support artists through the early stages of their career. Aleksandra, who studied fine arts at Elam, also has some drawings in the collection. “When I took the role here, I already knew about my pieces that had been acquired a few years ago,” she says. “It was like a little reunion. It was great to see them again.” Did it bring back the moment of their creation? “Yes it did. I try to not over think them because if you’re someone of the creative persuasion you can totally start being too tough on yourself. Your ideas and perceptions change over time and what you did five or 10 years ago can seem less mature, so you can become quite self-critical, which I try not to be.” Aleksandra still draws “at night and at the weekends”, and as for her day job, one of the most rewarding perks is the feedback,

especially from those who may not otherwise have believed they would be particularly moved by art. “We’ve had some wonderful feedback from teachers about how the works have inspired their students to think outside the box, to reassess what art is,” says Aleksandra. “And we’ll get other visitors at the Pah who have seen our works in a foyer somewhere and compliment us on the selection.” It’s common for those who have not studied art, or do not move in those circles, to be intimidated by it, so the programme also offers the layperson a way into that world. “I enjoy helping others understand and approach art,” says Aleksandra. “It’s one of the things that I learnt very early on — that it was important that many of the loan sites were not traditional art spaces, and those who inhabit those sites are not usually familiar with art.” Aleksandra makes a point of providing “vibrant details” such as biographies and upcoming exhibitions of shows of the artists to accompany the works being lent out. “It’s been thrilling to hear about people who follow up, Googling information and seeking out shows,” she says. “And what makes it even more satisfying, in that it is often the very first time that they stepped foot in a gallery.”

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AUCKLAND ART FAIR 2018 PLAN YOUR TRIP 23 May – 27 May 2018 The Cloud on Auckland’s Queens Wharf artfair.co.nz

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Representing some of New Zealand’s best-known artists, Wellington based Peter McLeavey Gallery will exhibit work by Richard Killeen and Peter Robinson at the 2018 Auckland Art Fair. Robinson's work has been exhibited extensively in New Zealand and internationally, including at Venice, Istanbul and Sydney Biennales. Peter Robinson, Installation view at Peter McLeavey Gallery, sculptural installation of 88 objects made from felt, image courtesy of the artist and Peter McLeavey Gallery

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NEON PARC

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Established in 2006 Neon Parc represents 23 emerging and established Australasian artists from their Melbourne gallery. At the Auckland Art Fair, Neon Parc will be showing a solo of work by Dale Frank. Frank is known for his large-scale reflective paintings and assemblages, which he describes as both seducing and repelling the viewer in-order to evoke sensation. Dale

Milford Galleries represents New Zealand artists of international and national influence across a diverse range of media. Their booth at the 2018 Fair will showcase important works by many of the artists they represent, including Mike Crawford, Neil Dawson, Terry Stringer and Lisa Reihana. Reihana represented New Zealand at the 2017 Venice Biennale with her work ‘Emissaries’. Lisa

Frank, Moscow, 2016, Human hair on Perspex, 200 x 200 cm, image courtesy of the artist and Neon Parc

Reihana, Flogging, 2017, pigment print on paper, mounted on aluminium Dibond behind acrylic glass, ed of 9 + 2 ap, panel: 762 x 1000 x 6 mm, image courtesy of the artist and Milford Galleries

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ARTSPACE, DANE MITCHELL

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Representing New Zealand for the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in 2019, Dane Mitchell is one to watch. Mitchell is interested in how different forms of knowledge can intersect across the visible and the invisible and together with Artspace has created a print edition and a sculptural edition. The sculptural edition is made of perfume, photographic paper, perspex, and G-clamps. This is an edition of 10 and will be a highly sought-after item at the Ngātahi Editions stand. Dane Mitchell, Untitled, 2011, 295 x 360 x 90 mm, edition of 10, Perfume, photographic paper, perspex, g-clamps, image courtesy of the artist and Artspace 09 303 4965 / ARTSPACE.ORG.NZ / AUCKLAND

Sullivan + Strumpf exhibits the work of established and emerging artists at the forefront of contemporary art in the Asia-Pacific region. Sullivan + Strumpf will be showing the work of artists Glenn Barkley, Richard Lewer, and Sanné Mestrom. Mestrom’s practice draws on 20th century modernist works to explore their social, cultural, art historical, and ideological value as objects. Sanné Mestrom, Untitled (Self Portrait, Underground), 2017, bronze, concrete and steel, 156 x 100 x 83 cm, image courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf

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Interlude Gallery opened to the public in 2015 and has since been running as a Sydney based non-for-profit organisation. With a dynamic group of Australian and Mexican collaborators and contributors, they are set to shake things up at 2018’s Fair as part of the new section Piki Mai: Up Here^^. Their booth will include Davis Birks, Mevna and Mónica Escutia. Davis Birks, US_MX, 2012,

Bowerbank Ninow is a gallery and auction house based in Auckland that specialises in both contemporary art and significant work from the modern period. They will exhibit work by Andrew Beck and Carl Sydow at the 2018 Auckland Art Fair. Sydow is considered a pioneer of his generation of New Zealand Sculptors. His ideas were also realised in a prolific drawing practice. Carl

Intervention with 1994 Ford Pickup doors, 130 x 122 x 50 cm, image courtesy of the artist and Interlude Gallery

Sydow, Untitled, 1974, Letrafilm, 435 x 715mm, image courtesy of the artist and Bowerbank Ninow

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Sweet Country is the latest film from Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah). Inspired by real events and starring our very own NZ talent Sam Neill, Sweet Country is set in the 1920s on the Northern Territory frontier — where justice itself is put on trial.

Last Flag Flying, stars an incredible cast; Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne, and is directed by Richard Linklater.

Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period western set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory, Australia. When Aboriginal stockman Sam (Hamilton Morris) kills white station owner Harry March (Ewen Leslie) in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) leads the posse with the help of Aboriginal tracker Archie (Gibson John) and local landowners Fred Smith (Sam Neill) and Mick Kennedy (Thomas M. Wright). Fletcher is desperate to capture Sam and put him on trial for murder – but Sam is an expert bushman and he has little difficulty outlasting them. Eventually, for the health of his pregnant wife, Sam decides to give himself up. He is put on trial in the courtroom of Judge Taylor (Matt Day). But will justice be served? R16 Violence, sexual violence, offensive language & content that may disturb.

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I FEEL PRETTY In the new romantic comedy I Feel Pretty, Amy Schumer stars as Renee who desperately wants to be one of the 'pretty' girls. After a freak accident during spin class, her dream comes true when she wakes up to a completely new reflection, believing she is now the most beautiful woman on the planet. With a newfound confidence, she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, climbing the ranks at the cosmetics company she works for, earning the respect of her boss Avery LeClair (Michelle Williams), and bagging a cute boyfriend in Ethan. The catch? To everyone around her, Renee looks exactly the same. TBC

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In 2003, 30 years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former navy corps medic Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with ex-marine Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young marine killed in the Iraq War. Doc decides to forgo burial at Arlington Cemetery and, with the help of his old buddies, takes the casket on a bittersweet trip up the East Coast to his home in suburban New Hampshire. Along the way, Doc, Sal and Mueller reminisce and come to terms with shared memories of the war that continues to shape their lives. This film is based on a book of the same name, which is the follow up story to Darryl Ponicsan’s The Last Detail, which was also made into a film in 1973 starring Jack Nicholson. M Offensive language & sexual references.


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Euan Macleod: Painter - Until 20 May

Recent Acquisitions - Until 22 April

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The exhibition will feature portraits of two of Mexico’s most famous 20th century artists, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, providing an intimate window into a passionate relationship that led to the creation of unique and enduring pieces of art that have fascinated patrons of art for generations.

The Life Story of Anne Frank explores what life for Anne Frank and her family, and looks at the events surrounding the Holocaust and the rise of the Nazi Party. This exhibition focuses on discrimination in the modern world, asking visitors to consider prejudice and intolerance.

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DEAR ANNIE REJJIE SNOW Born 27 June 1993, Rejjie Snow is a Cancer, but he isn’t quite certain exactly what the nature of being a cancerian entails. In an interview with Nylon magazine earlier this year he confessed: “I only know about being a Cancer in bits. Like, I know that we’re emotional and stuff.” And he’s not wrong: crab signs are empaths at heart, who feel everything at a heightened degree of emotional depth as opposed to astrology’s other 11 signs. Which while can be a blessing is more often than not a curse, one which Snow articulates with utmost sincerity through heartspoken rhymes. Little to his own awareness, the Irish rapper embodies all that encompasses a male cancer on his debut album Dear Annie. Throughout his discography Rejjie has held an obvious keen fascination with Cancer's ruling planet, our mother moon (The Moon and You mixtape including “every night in my room and my head still tilts to the moon”, “flirting with the moon” on ‘Lost in Empathy’). But only on Dear Annie does Rejjie manage to unwittingly capture the entire emotional spectrum of a Cancer male with a masculine outer shell facade, but a strong emotive sense of soul baring sentimentality at his core. His wonderful world of Dear Annie reads as a love letter. A declaration of endearment past and present addressed to the many lovers over the course of his life; all rolled into one as character Annie. The rapper's Cancer-leaning tendencies lead to a specialty in slow jams with silky, lullaby-esque hooks surrounding wistfully reflective verses.

‘23’ reminisces a mean spirited lover, Amine and Dana Williams featuring lead single ‘Egyptian Luvr’ ponders a past love affair and ‘OH NO!’ captures the raw emotion of a relationships looming downfall. It’s not all heartbreak and sensitivity, though. When he’s not engulfed by his own hopeless romanticism, he’s creating his own space for isolated Irish rap. Where his identity was once lost between the saturated whiteness and lack of representation in his home country, Snow now thrives in the face of adversity knowing his narrative is unlike anyone else’s. Standout track ‘The Ends’ sees Rejjie trade verses with English rapper and frequent collaborator Jesse James Soloman, setting a scene of seedy, alleyway loitering local rap. On ‘Bye Polar’ he triumphs, “I’m Black, I’m weird and I’m proud.” After building anticipation surrounding his debut album ever since his mixtape debut Rejovich in 2013, on Dear Annie Rejjie Snow officially retreats from his shell. Tenderly and at his own pace, he sheds a shield of masculinity and breaks free. You can get tickets to Rejjie Snow’s upcoming Australia/NZ tour in June at justtheticketnz.com. — Words: Laura McInnes PRINCESSLOZ.WORDPRESS.COM / SNIFFERS.CO.NZ


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Look What You Made Me Do, Helen Walmsley-Johnson: $38 Helen was listening to The Archers on radio and realised that the controversial storyline that was making headlines in the press was a reflection of her own abusive relationship. She managed to extricate herself and start life anew only to find herself in a similar abusive situation. Look What You Made Me Do is her story of how a clever professional woman in a high powered job fell into the downward spiral that is coercive abuse. It is a brave, gruelling but ultimately uplifting read.

We are all told that your privacy and data security is important to these companies when we sign up to Facebook, other programs and phone apps. The reality is it’s true. But not important for us; it is important for them! They can use the data for their own gain. A Kiwi has discovered that not just his personal details are being kept by Facebook but also his all his text messages and call history has been kept as well. Is this what we signed up for when we clicked allow? What can we do? Many people are closing their Facebook accounts but in reality Facebook is only the tip of the iceberg. Mobile phones use many apps and these are all likely to be harvesting our data to some degree. To keep our personal data personal, I think we need to be looking to governments to put in place legislation that would have serious consequences for those companies that abuse the data collected. Talk to your MP. So, I would say at this point, yes keep your Facebook account but also use all the privacy and security options carefully. Before clicking yes to that fun looking game app on your phone, ask yourself who are they and why do they need all your personal data before agreeing to their terms and conditions.

12 Rules For Life, Jordan B Peterson: $55 Number one around the world, Jordan Peterson's practical principles for how to live a more meaningful life have certainly struck a chord with those who feel modern life has become a mire of wrong choices. Using case histories from his clinical practice and personal life, Peterson explains and leads you on an intellectual journey and helps you restore order and definition in your life. Thoughtprovoking and a valuable read. Educated, Tara Westover: $38 Educated is a personal memoir of growing up in a large Mormon family in Idaho. Tara tells how she never went to school, but helped on the farm doing hard, dangerous manual work from a very early age. She explains how her strong minded father ruled the family. Never attending school Tara grows up and gets a place at Brigham Young University and goes on to Cambridge to further her studies. It is NOT a misery memoir. It is about a different way of living and how you don't realise you are different until you mix in the wider circles of civilisation. Well written and engrossing reading Tara Westover will be at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival in May. Book your ticket as soon as you can.

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Tangerine, Christine Mangan: $35 (pictured)I knew I would like this book the moment I picked it up. It oozes style, suspense, time and place. Set in Morocco in the mid-1950s Alice and her husband meet up with Lucy who used to be close to Alice. Lucy and Alice have been estranged for a year or more after an accident back home in America. As Alice begins again to fall under the control of her supposed friend, darker memories resurface. Edge of the seat reading and could make for a very lively bookclub meeting as you discuss false and controlling friendship. Read with a large long glass of Aperol and the last of the summer sun.

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In recent years, our city has been dynamic. With that progress the twin frustrations of traffic congestion and rising housing costs have followed.

That’s why it’s so frustrating to see public confidence in the system being undermined by industrial action. In the past five months there have been four sets of train strikes in Auckland and Wellington. During the previous nine years under National governments there were zero. This is not coincidental. The new Labour government, heavily supported by the unions, has given the green light to industrial chaos. It has built up expectations of big pay increases for everyone. One of the new government’s stated goals is to ‘strengthen the role of collective bargaining in the workplace’. They have new legislation in the House specifically designed to strengthen the role of unions.

"LETTING FEES ARE BEING ABOLISHED!" IF TENANTS DO NOT PAY THEM! WHO IS GOING TO PAY?

The bill to ban letting fees for tenants has been introduced by Housing Minister Phil Twyford confirming Labour’s election promise. If this bill goes through it, will commence at the end of the year. What does this mean for property managers? It means a cut in revenue. It is our fee for finding a tenant, advertising, credit checks, writing up agreements, collecting the bond, sending it off to the bond centre, and so on. It is, and always has been, one week rent plus GST. There has always been a letting fee. I have been in the business nearly 20 years and it was a long time before that. We cannot carry out this work without this fee, whether it be called something else like an administrative fee, but whatever we call it, the tenant does not pay. But someone has to pay it.

Under this legislation, unions can require businesses to start bargaining at any time they like and they can force businesses to take part in multi-employer discussions. And once bargaining starts, businesses may not leave the table until a deal is done. It’s a very strange idea. A bit like saying, "I'm going to buy your house, and guess what? You have to keep negotiating with me until I'm happy with the price.”

Australia has had this for years, and only has fixed terms no periodic tenancies. But with the abolishing of this fee, new regulations appear. Landlords will require a fixed term for a year, or maybe longer. Rents will go up and rental properties could be scarce as investors chose to get out of the rental market as changes in their tax rates and insurance rise and they may have to pay the letting fee to us.

So, my concern is, that we risk making this colossal investment in public transport, which we desperately need to keep a growing and thriving city moving, but having the benefits undermined by industrial uncertainty.

What a conundrum. There will be lots of discussions and meetings and I am sure there will be lots of suggestions as to how we are to cover this cost, but it certainly throws the industry into a spin. This will affect all our incomes and the smaller property management offices could struggle.

Our industrial relations framework had been working very well — the economy was producing jobs aplenty and rising incomes; the new government needs to think carefully before taking us back to earlier periods of industrial relations discord. We’ll be trying to moderate their proposals, so hopefully we can rely on the trains to turn up. HON PAUL GOLDSMITH, NATIONAL LIST MP BASED IN EPSOM PAULGOLDSMITH.CO.NZ / 09 524 4930 PAUL.GOLDSMITH@PARLIAMENT.GOVT.NZ Authorised by Hon. Paul Goldsmith, 107 Great South Rd, Greenlane

I am off to the gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games on 4 April so I shall put the letting fee scenario aside and enjoy the atmosphere and the excitement of the games and deal with whatever I need to when I come back. Sylvia Lund AREINZ Director — Property Manager 40 ST JOHNS RD, MEADOWBANK JUSTRENTALS.CO.NZ 09 528 4817 — 09 528 4818

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Newmarket is now very well served by public transport. Aucklanders are getting the message, using the trains, as well as the buses, and we’re making great progress.

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ARIES 21 MARCH — 19 APRIL It’s a time when inspiration comes suddenly, and you could pick up new, and possibly radically different interests or goals. Unexpected meetings, disruptions, or changes that point you in a new direction can occur now. Love requires emotional space and acceptance, and some of you could find love through or with friends and groups. This is a time for feeling personally hopeful, emotionally satisfied and socially popular.

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Career opportunities come knocking at your door this month and you are looked upon more favourably from those in higher positions. You are also coming across as an authority, and being your own boss is something some of you are leaning towards. Relationships begun now are: emotionally charged, domestic, potentially long-lasting, somewhat private–they run deep. A very easygoing and easy energy is with you now.

This is a time when you invest in yourself and in the people around you that you respect. Benefits may not be immediate, but they will surely arrive down the road. You are especially companionable and open to new experiences, although perhaps starry-eyed at times. A romance begun now might be characterised by sensitivity, concern, and care on the positive side, but it could also be a moody, clinging one.

Surprises are in store, and they’re pointing you in new directions. There could also be surprising turns of events surrounding creative projects, romance, friends, and children at this time. Invitations to go out and have some fun should be grabbed, but try to keep one foot on the ground, particularly when it comes to money. Small risks, however, could very well pay off. You would show a stronger desire to define your relationships.

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20 JANUARY – 18 FEBRUARY

You are looking to the future, not to the past, and the desire to leap forward into new and unexplored territory is powerful. Career goals, professional interests, or social standing could be catalysts for this process. Sharing long-term goals, hopes, dreams and wishes; treating your partner as a friend as well as a lover; showing tolerance and acceptance would help in bond getting more powerful.

Your energy levels run high and your pioneering instincts are strong. This is a fabulous period for charm and attractiveness. You are having some big plans for the future and are devoted completely to them. People in sports, media and performing arts will be benefited. Relationships begun now are: ego-gratifying, dramatic, dynamic. Because you are open to love and friendly gestures, you will attract loving people into your experience.

You are beginning a period best used for emotional renewal, tying up loose ends, and laying low. Your mood and attitude is conciliatory, and your need for love and approval heightened. You gain what you want through diplomacy or charm and by enlisting the support of your friends, rather than by being forthright and bold. You are willing to make concessions in order to maintain harmony in your environment.

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You could feel as if you are moving out of the dark and into the light, and you’re likely to find the spirit and motivation to embark on unusual or simply different adventures. There are some wonderful and perhaps surprising opportunities that have to do with, travel, or education this month You are radiating energy that makes you more attractive, and, as a result, opportunities are that much stronger for romantic attention.

This month is strong for networking, friendships, and new approaches in your career. You’re inclined to use charm, gentle coaxing, and loving persuasion rather than more direct, forceful methods to get what you want. You will benefit from working on clearing up any problems that have cropped up with friends and lovers. Friendships and love might be renewed or revitalised. The relationship is likely to be sentimental, and perhaps somewhat insular.

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22 NOVEMBER -21 DECEMBER

Your powers of attraction skyrocket, and outstanding creative opportunities arise. You could be the go-to person for information and know-how. A pleasant, affectionate, relaxed, or courteous attitude eases your interactions now, and may open doors or help lighten troubled situations that you’ve been working with lately. New interests and possibly love opportunities can be part of the picture in the last week of the month.

You would be open to new ideas and stimulation, but experiment wisely and creatively. Don’t allow someone else steamroll over your personal plans. A neglected matter from the past can re-emerge, or there can be a strong temptation to impulsively act on a secret desire. Sharing and comparing your spiritual, religious, or philosophical interests with a loved one may open up a whole new dimension of your relationship.

This is a time for incorporating imaginative, creative, and alternative methods into what you do. A humble approach does wonders for your professional life and reputation. This is not a time to push yourself or to be involved in activities that require intense competition or a great expenditure of energy. Cooperative, harmonious personal and professional relationships are more important to you at this time.

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