Verve. August 2022. Issue 189.

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An uplifting monthly eclection of life, style and happenings.


August is all about appreciation of art and beauty as we explore galleries and salons and treatments and get the lowdown on the wool from grumpy high-country merino sheep. 1

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Perfect Day Recliner Sofa (crystal white)

Traditionally founded in outdoor luxury furniture, Design Warehouse has sought to expand outside its current outdoor collections, broadening its expertise and sense of design artistry to introduce luxury furnishings for the interior spaces. Featuring world-class designs that bring innovative aesthetic elements along with colourful rich fabrics, textures, materials, and silhouettes which work in harmony to deliver excellence in craftsmanship and quality, expressing an artful interpretation of luxury indoor furniture that endures.

Aspettami Sectional Sofa (black)

Bellagio Relaxing Swivel Chair (mustard)

Siena Armchair (bronze/blue)

Venezia Luxury Swivel Chair with Chrome Base (black)

Roma Relaxing Swivel Armchair (grey) Viceversa Chaise Lounge (moderna 998)


What’s Inside 28


Home & Design 12

Fitness Through the Ages

Open Season


Beating Burnout


Japanese Influence Food & Wine 100

Art 28

Housing Tea

Art Collecting 101 39

Spotlight on Peter Hackett 42

The Grumpy Merino

Q&A with Hannah Valentine


Beauty & Health 47

Getting the Silent Treatment 49


Best in Beauty 70

Glowing From the Inside Out

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Fashion 112


Colour Conflict Fur Friends 138

Purrfect Match


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Riva Sofa

Riva Sideboard

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Beauty Editor’s Note Ashlee Lala When presented with opportunities in life, one often meets them with a mixture of excitement, anticipation, eagerness, and a little dose of anxiety. And so it is for me, having been handed the opportunity to write this month’s editor’s note. With this combination of feelings swirling around inside of me, I find I'm staring at a blank Word document trying to come up with something spectacular to say, wishing I’d taken part in some kind of thrilling, reckless adventure recently, something crazy and wild that I could draw from to impart some life-changing wisdom to our Verve readers. The truth is that over the last few weeks, life for me has been ordinary – and I’ve loved it. There is so much joy for me in the simple, everyday routine of going to yoga, drinking my tea, covering my knees with a blanket, and quietly beavering away creating content for Verve. And perhaps that’s why I love our Best in Beauty issue so much, because it’s a celebration of these daily self-care rituals, these little moments at the start and end of the day as we apply a favourite serum or night cream. Perhaps a sense of groundedness can be found in your day as you pause, take a breath, and gently moisturise your hands. Taking in these little moments as we move through our everyday can elevate the status of ordinary to extraordinary. Of course, there is a place for the sublime and the spectacular, too, and I’m sure there will be times where I’m overcome by the beauty in the wild chaos that life sometimes presents. But right now, I’m enjoying the beauty of simplicity. So perhaps here is the wisdom I have to leave with you this month: embrace these sacred moments of ordinariness. Apply your favourite beauty product. Water the plants. Go for a walk around your neighbourhood. Pause to watch the steam rising from your cup of tea or coffee. Listen to the sound of the rain and the wind outside. When simplicity becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see beauty in small things.

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Editors-in-Chief Fran Ninow and Jude Mitchell Sub-editor/Senior Writer Jamie Christian Desplaces Head Graphic Designer Arna Martin Junior Graphic Designer Yamin Cook Social Media Yamin Cook The 0.5% increase in the OCR arrived on Wednesday with little fanfare. It seems the marketplace had already factored it in. If anything we observe an increase in overall activity including bidding at most auctions and a selling rate that is defying industry sales numbers - which are down 43% across Auckland. It’s in times like these our mantra that ‘less is more’ really does work for those homeowners looking to sell. Our operation is low volume, by design, in order to bring attention to the detail necessary to manage and optimise the sale process in a tight market. This is not a market for skimming. The UP approach provides the total focus required to build buyer confidence and seller peace of mind.


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Cover Photo The Honeymooners' Bed, Peter Hackett. An extraordinary painting by Peter Hackett – a sublime vision of nature’s incomparable beauty through exquisite texture and sculptural colour. Read more on page 39. Verve is published monthly (except in January) and has an estimated readership of 60,000. It is a free lifestyle magazine delivered to selected homes, cafés and businesses in Devonport, Epsom, Ellerslie, Herne Bay, Kohimarama, Meadowbank, Mission Bay, Newmarket, Parnell, Remuera, St Mary’s Bay and Takapuna. Verve is placed in magazine stands for free collection from locations in Auckland City, Devonport, Epsom, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay, Mairangi Bay, Milford, Mission Bay, Newmarket, Parnell, Ponsonby, Remuera, St. Heliers, Stonefields and Takapuna. Visit for exact locations these magazine stands. Verve is also available from all popular cafés in its main distribution areas as well as in ebook format. Visit to sign up for your free monthly ebook. Verve is printed by Blue Star, 8 Collard Place, Henderson, Auckland. It is distributed by Verve, Admail and Mailchimp. The entire content of this publication is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without prior permission in writing of the copyright owner. Any material submitted for publication is at the owner’s risk. Neither Verve Magazine Ltd nor its agents accept any responsibility for loss or damage. Although every e ort has been LICENSED AGENT REAA 2008

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Open Season Built over three cleverly stepped levels, this holiday home on South Africa’s pristine Garden Route combines sculptural architecture with simple, pared-back interiors. WORDS — ROBYN ALEXANDER PHOTOGRAPHS — GREG COX

The typical building style here is a version of American clapboard. This new home, however, does something very different – and genuinely contextsensitive. Both client and architect Guillaume Pienaar know the area intimately. The client had “spent many holidays in the original house over many years and knew exactly what they wanted” from their new home, Guillaume explains. As for himself, he's “spent time at this beach surfing since childhood – and I love this street”.

The built-in kitchen in a rich caramel hue contrasts beautifully with the concrete walls and floors. It features plenty of much-needed storage, and is situated adjacent to the central dining space, and main entrance to the house.

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The dining table (pictured above) was designed “to suit the space and be able to accommodate all 10 of the occupants of the house”. The entire dining suite can easily be moved, so can be used in a number of places around the home including the interior courtyard and verandas. 15

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Simplicity and clarity of line characterise the house as well as all of its furnishings and decor.

Due to the very linear nature of the indoor living space, built-in lounge seating (pictured above) was the obvious choice, “to allow for afternoon naps and reading” while on holiday. The round table was designed “especially for card games, puzzle building and so on”.

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Designated as Guillaume’s own favourite space in the house is the bay window area (pictured right) on the facade, which he describes as “an intimate space for summer and winter use”. Perfect for rainy days, drinking morning coffee, quiet time and reading, it is furnished with locally manufactured timber lounge chairs.


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This protected outdoor space is also much-used on windy days during the summer months.

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At the centre of the house is a courtyard atrium, which allows light and air into its internal spaces, and allows its occupants to keep all the interior doors open, day and night. This protected outdoor space is also much-used on windy days during the summer months.

“I love that you can ‘sculpt’ with wood by using timber frames and panels of various thicknesses,” says Guillaume. The minimalist interiors of the home make the architectural use of wood throughout a form of subtle decoration as well as being resolutely functional. An especially lovely decorative element made in wood is the custom-designed screen at the rear of the house, which filters natural light into the wide passageway between the en suite bedrooms on either side of the house.


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“I love that you can ‘sculpt’ with wood by using timber frames and panels of various thicknesses,” says Guillaume. The top-floor bedroom (pictured left) may be a study on holiday simplicity, but it also has spectacular views and leads out onto a spacious roof deck.

The bathrooms are also a study in elegant minimalism, with mosaic tiles covering walls and floors combined with paredback tapware and accessories.


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Japanese Influence

A lovely old villa in Devonport receives an extraordinary kitchen makeover, influenced by a family’s previous life in Japan.

It’s hard to know what you want if you don’t know where to start. This is the exact situation these homeowners found themselves in when looking for inspiration for their new kitchen. Then, through a friend, they were recommended to speak to local designers, Kitchens By Design. In-house designer, Marianne Gailer, says the couple had never planned a new kitchen and were looking for guidance. “It’s not an unusual situation. That’s why we are here,” says the designer. “Once I met them and learnt about their family connections to Japan, I decided to draw on a Japanese theme by taking in their surrounding furniture and art.” With the theme set in her mind, Marianne then had to address the size and functionality of the existing kitchen, which literally looked like a makeshift kitchen in the corner of the open-plan kitchen-dining-living space, she says. “It was about a quarter of the size of the new kitchen, which was way too small in Home & Design

terms of scale and functionality for the room and the family.” The key to the design's success was Marianne’s inspirational choice of natural materials – a wonderfully grained Titanium Granite in a tactile, leathered finish for the kitchen island, paired with solid Tasmanian Blackwood cabinetry, crown cut and mismatched, to give a natural, organic feel. The combination is an explosion of grain, colour and texture and gives the kitchen its unique character. “The colours of the leathered Titanium Granite were the starting point for my scheme,” she says. “The mitred island ‘block’ anchors the kitchen in the openplan living space and also provides the required bench space.” Centring the cooker within the cabinetry along the back wall balanced the fridge and bi-fold pantry/appliance garage nicely. Two additional space towers, one on each side, give ample food storage. “A jet-black leathered splashback and black cooker help balance the central feature. Above, timber battens add to the texture and the Japanese feel. The 24

inspiration for this slatted look came to me one evening when we were sitting in a Japanese restaurant – from the partitions between the seating.” Apart from the cooker, all the appliances are integrated – a notion the owners weren’t initially on board with, says the designer. “But after I showed them a 3D walk-through of their new kitchen, with and without hidden appliances, they changed their minds.“ “Beyond our wildest dreams” was the client’s reaction to their new Zen aesthetic kitchen. Mum cooks, the daughter preps, and dad makes tea, all in their designated zones. This kitchen was named Runner-Up in the Auckland Chapter category at the prestigious NKBA Excellence in Design Awards 2022.

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The art world is an incredibly dynamic and enriching place but can also be daunting to the uninitiated. For those interested in visual culture and willing to put in a little time, the rewards are phenomenal. 29

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Follow contemporary dealer galleries to discover new artists and get a feel for what you like, then follow those artists and their peers also.

If you’re interested in starting to build a collection and you’re spending money on art, it’s a good idea to know some basics and put in a little groundwork before you buy.

places or exhibiting at public galleries. See if there are any articles about the artist in print or online, curatorial interest is a good indicator.

Collecting art gets under your skin and supporting artists by buying their work is a great way to nurture the wider art scene. Your first ports of call should be to visit, look, read, and research. Alongside doing the rounds of respected dealer galleries check out the Aotearoa Art Fair which returns to Auckland in November to bring together many artists under one roof. ArtNow and other websites are useful sources of information, and also consider a subscription to an art magazine. Art News NZ has recently relaunched and is a great resource for developments in our contemporary art scene. Don’t forget the smaller artist-run spaces and community galleries – there is a wealth of talent there – and get on the mailing list for art school graduate shows. Instagram is becoming an increasingly important platform for the artworld. Follow contemporary dealer galleries to discover new artists and get a feel for what you like, then follow those artists and their peers also. With enough exposure to and conversations about art your taste will change. You’ll shift from the more obvious and towards the more challenging artists and artworks that are far more interesting and likely to stand the test of time.

For more established artists, check if they are represented in the auction market and, if so, does their work hold its value? Spending serious money on a large work you’ve fallen in love with may be good for the soul, but should you or your family seek to resell it eventually and discover the work has no critical or financial value you may have bought the equivalent of expensive decor. Avoid pitfalls and deceptive temptations. Ask if the artist and artwork reflect something about this time and place we’re living in. Is the work engaged in contemporary culture? Does it have something to say?

Here’s possibly one of the most important things: begin thinking of yourself as an art collector and not simply the buyer of random things that take your fancy. Consider selecting a particular style to collect – emerging female painters, or graphic prints for example – and buy the best. A strong original work by an emerging artist at an affordable price is better than a not-so-interesting work by a well-known artist. Do your research, check if the artist is showing in other


What about NFTs? Non-fungible tokens are the new kids on the wildly unregulated block. Although nothing can replace being in the same space as an artwork, it is undeniable that NFTs are gaining traction and credible and highly soughtafter artists are entering the arena. Possibly too early to call, but think carefully about how and where you will show this unique unit of data. Ultimately, be discerning but buy with your heart. Choose your shortlist carefully, but when looking at an artwork also ask, “Can I imagine living with it?” If you find yourself responding that you’re not sure you can live without it, then bingo. That’s the one.

Kelly Carmichael is director of Starkwhite Queenstown, and a nominator and researcher for the International Award for Public Art.


15.08.22 Works of Art Upcoming Auction

Charles Frederick Goldie “The Whitening Snows of Venerable Eld” Kamaka, A Chief of the Ngatimahuta Tribe Te Kawaka, Ngāti Maniapoto 1916 oil on canvas 260 × 190mm est $700,000 – $1,200,000

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Webb’s are delighted to present a magnificent portrait by Charles Frederick Goldie in our flagship Works of Art auction. Titled, “The Whitening Snows of Venerable Eld” Kamaka, A Chief of the Ngatimahuta Tribe the painting displays Te Kamaka of Ngāti Maniapoto, King country. The work is painted with Goldie’s signature sophistication. The artist has intricately described the skin, hair, moko and dress of the venerable chief. The subject is lost in contemplation – a common feature of Goldie’s depictions of Māori elders. This work will be sold alongside works by distinguished New Zealand artists such as Gretchen Albrecht, Robert Ellis, Colin McCahon, Louise Henderson, and many others. The auction will take place on Monday 15 August at 6.30pm at our Mount Eden premises and will be streamed live on our website with in-person, online, absentee and telephone bidding available. For online, absentee and telephone bidding assistance please contact our team on 09 529 5600 or email us at Auctions Private Sales Valuations

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Top tip for your August social activities – choose an exhibition from my selection below and pair it with a meal and a friend you’re getting to know. Perfect first date material, bound to impress. Art


Bergman Gallery Tongpop Cornucopia

For his exhibition Tongpop Cornucopia, artist Telly Tuita presents a suite of new work, amping up his trademark and unabashed use of colour, genre mutation and found materials.

Fresh Gallery Ōtara

The artist relishes the challenge and power found materials give him. He identifies with objects that have been thrown away, consequentially, in Tuita’s story, nothing is discarded – preloved, rescued and collected objects/materials are treated with reverence, giving his compositions a luxe finish.

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Telly Tuita 23 July – 20 August

My Dream called Sike

6 August – 17 September

A Dream called Sike is a collaborative exhibition supported by Unfold, a collective that unlocks the creative brilliance of the rangatahi (youth) in South Auckland and shares their untold stories. This exhibition is curated by the UCB (Unfold Creative Block), a subgroup of Unfold and is an exploration of the mutually influential relationship between us and our dreams. Shop 5, 46 Fair Mall, Ōtara. Facebook: @FreshGalleryOtara

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Two Rooms Gallery Unknown Affinities Dane Mitchell 12 August – 10 September

Objects, in particular those stored in the vaults of museums, are in constant movement – initially away from their points of origin. All things are migratory and transitory, conversely, mounts are momentarily arresting, freezing things in space and time for optimum gaze. Unknown Affinities proposes a museum without artefacts – a museum of museums – a museum presenting itself to us, clearly. Unknown Affinities is the first wing of the Museum of Museums; the ornithological gallery of extinct birds of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Studio One Toi Tū I’ve Made Up My Mind Group show curated by Philip Tse. 28 July – 25 August, Opening Event Wed 27 July, 5pm

“Artists not only make things, they are thinkers too. When making art, their thoughts and beliefs, passion and emotions, loves and inclinations reflect their inner world ” – Curator Philip Tse

I’ve Made Up My Mind is an exhibition showcasing a group of 15 artists from a range of backgrounds. Through painting, photography, sculpture, music and poetry, viewers can experience different approaches and techniques in contemporary artmaking. 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

Also exhibiting within Two Rooms this month is Anne Noble. 16 Putiki Street, Newton

Sanderson Contemporary Unfolding Stephen Ellis 2 August – 28 August

The Unfolding project is a continuation of Ellis’ explored themes of environmental degradation and climate change, and our quest to find security and certainty amongst this. Previously the artist made three dimensional models in his studio, which he used as a starting point for his drawings. This recent body of work shows an exciting shift in the artist's process where he has now begun using a text-to-image AI collaborator as part of his modelling process.

Trish Clark Gallery Drawn In Phil Dadson 17 August – 24 September

Drawn In is a solo exhibition of Auckland artist Phil Dadson’s expressive drawings spanning five decades. Dadson foregrounds sound as a primary impetus for a diverse practice in which drawing has played a pivotal role. Rendering visible the connection between rhythm, body, time and space, the exhibition provokes an invitation for a nuanced understanding of the importance and coherence of Dadson’s drawings throughout his oeuvre.

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Glen Armstrong takes a piece of Axminster Summer Bouquet carpet with its distinctive symmetrical floral patterning as a reference point for this body of work. Armstrong sees the carpet as a metaphor for the prominence of pattern and repetition in the things and actions that make up our daily lives. During

Covid 19 lockdown August 2021 in Auckland the daily patterns and his movement around the house inspired an intense and ongoing period of introspective mark making, embroidery and exploration. The exhibition reveals some of this conversation.


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Their second gallery in Howick was created two years ago to fill a need for east Auckland and the wider community to view and purchase fine quality art. Galleries proudly represent a carefully selected group of emerging and established artists with unique styles that stand out and move viewers. Their exclusive events and regular exhibitions aim to inspire, encourage, educate, and entertain while recognising excellence in visual arts. TAURANGA: 117 Willow Street, Downtown Tauranga AUCKLAND: 39 Picton Street, Howick

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Spotlight on

Peter Hackett


Working in thick impasto oils, contemporary painter Peter Hackett creates captivating and immersive landscapes, presenting to the viewer’s eye his sublime vision of nature’s incomparable beauty.

Hackett’s studio is situated at his home in Auckland's northern countryside, the lush surroundings providing the artist with an abundance of colour and form to observe and interpret inside the studio. A living, breathing entity, the studio is a work of art in itself, full of evidence of the performative nature of painting. On entry, the senses are flooded with thick oils campaigning to take over the walls, an extension of the artist's palette. Alongside the usual needs of a painter; an area to clean laden brushes and mix paints, Hackett has reserved a corner for objects that spark fond and poignant recollections such as a photograph of a conquered mountain and other thoughtfully curated personal and meaningful mementos.

Flowers have long held the role of muse, their aesthetic, olfactory, and tactile qualities inspiring artists throughout history. Hackett invests in this tradition while engaging with a contemporary framework; observing and presenting flora in a magnetic commingling of abstract and figurative representation that invokes an intoxicating and enchanting sense of passion, scent, texture, colour, and presence. In this latest body of work, Hackett continues to be inspired by the swathes of colour that fill the fields and frame bodies of water during spring and summer, his alluring paintings reflecting and embodying the headiness of the season’s imminent arrival. Recent Paintings is on view at Parnell Gallery 2 - 16 August. View all exhibition works at


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A wonderful collection of wall to wall New Zealand art and objects displayed in a stylish new home.

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Situated in the heart of Newmarket, Ngaire delights in finding artwork for her loyal clients with a new exhibition each month. Many longstanding and new buyers, who have a wide range of artistic styles to choose from, love to see the amazing works of art that the talented creators associated with our gallery produce. From oil, watercolours, acrylic, drawings, mixed media on various substrates, limited print editions and incredible bronze sculptures can be viewed and purchased. Within the Auckland boundary, we also take artwork out to peoples homes to view with no obligation to buy, to see the work in situ before making their decision. Visit our web site to see the range of available work and also please follow us on Social Media to see regular updates.

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Q&A with Hannah Valentine


Hannah Valentine lives and works across Tāmaki Makaurau and Tauranga. Her practice follows two distinct threads. The first is an interest in the body and tactile sensibilities. Art


My work often references things that have a relationship to the body such as exercise equipment, jewellery or tools.

If we’re being conditioned away from sensibility, towards consumerism, she questions how we might reinvigorate feeling and its importance in the way we interact with the world and each other. The second thread concerns our environment and impending climate crisis. Valentine’s wide-ranging practice takes form primarily in object and installation. Her work is pervaded by the human body and its various appendages and gestures. The artist brings together hand-moulded aspects with sourced materials like utilitarian climbing rope, the simplicity and precision of her careful compositions resulting in a tactile tension. Valentine was the recipient of the Miles Supreme Award at Tauranga Art Gallery earlier this year. She has collaborated with luxury brand Deadly Ponies and shown her work as part of the Aotearoa Art Fair, as well as holding multiple private and public gallery exhibitions including exhibitions at Brick Bay Sculpture Trail. Her solo exhibition Your body often knows more than you do opens 8 September at Page Galleries in Pōneke Wellington. Visit . You have an interest in the body and tactile sensibilities, how does this express itself through your art?

My work often references things that have a relationship to the body such as exercise equipment, jewellery or tools. I tend to work with soft malleable materials which are then cast, so my fingerprints and traces of my own body are often very evident in the work.

An element of your work deals with how people interact with the world. What do you consider the differences between sensibility and consumerism?

Thinking of sensibility as the way we interact with the world through touch, sight, smell, and so on, I’m interested in the way we’re conditioned to act according to impulses of economic

forces. Our choice of cereal in the morning, the jacket we choose to put on or the soundtrack we listen to may be influenced by marketing strategies that condition us to want a certain thing, or to feel a certain way. I think this happens much more than we may like to let on or take account of. The French philosopher Bernard Stiegler claims that aesthetic conditioning can make people lose the ability to ‘feel’, and potentially, lose the ability to love themselves, leading to catastrophic events. How do you personally tackle these dualities?

I tend not to think of them as a duality, but I’m very interested in the idea of ‘how much of yourself is for sale’. In the past I have used ‘marketing strategies’, bright set backdrops, or references to marketing via titles as an undercurrent, but the work itself is always very tactile. I like the idea that people would want to hold, wear, or use my work in some way. That feeling is at the forefront. How do you think your background has informed your practice?

I grew up playing sports, mostly soccer, later moving into Muay Thai, rockclimbing and surfing. Sports and generally being active have always been a big part of my world, which has undoubtedly influenced my interest in the body and physical interactions in space. Climate change is upon us, what do you do as an artist to tackle this?

I try to be aware of it in all the decisions I make. There are lots of small things individuals can do, and I am by no means perfect, but trying to make good, informed decisions is always on my mind. How are your environmental concerns expressed through your work?

In 2020, a lot of the reading and thinking I’d been doing revolved around climate change. I got really interested in some of the potential solutions or innovations people were making, 43

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particularly in relation to seaweed and marine permaculture, which offered some relief from the almost paralysing nature of the news. It resulted in an exhibition called Interference I held at Visions Gallery in Tāmaki Makaurau.

What other contemporary artists do you most identify with both here and abroad?

More recently, and perhaps because of Covid and the way it has made us reassess physical interactions and boundaries, my research has gone back to the body. I’m currently working towards an exhibition titled Your body often knows more than you do at Page Galleries, Pōneke, coming up in September. What role do you think an artist has in society?

I think artists have an ability to highlight aspects of society, and make people feel or understand them in a different way. I’ve always liked the idea that artists can expand people's understanding of what’s possible – thinking here in relation to artists I admire such as Katharina Grosse or Camille Henrot.

I love the work of Alicia Frankovich. Isa Genzken, Camille Henrot and Katharina Grosse as mentioned earlier, Franz Erhard Walther. I have lots of artists I admire, though my work is nothing alike. I recently watched a fantastic lecture series by Laurie Anderson I would highly recommend. What other jobs have you done/do you do, other than being an artist to sustain yourself and how do you think that impacts – positively or negatively – your practice?

I work remotely a couple of days a week for Gow Langsford Gallery, who are wonderful. It’s rewarding to work with other artists and stay connected to the artworld in multiple ways. Beyond that my time is mostly spent running around after our 18-month-old son, and making art. Professionally, what’s your goal?

What has been a seminal experience that has informed your practice?

To create large public work that becomes part of people’s everyday consciousness. To be respected by my peers. To exhibit at La Biennale di Venezia.



In my second year at art school, I went on a road trip to Pōneke with a group of friends and we saw an exhibition by Francis Upritchard, Karl Fritsch, and Martino Gamper at Hamish McKay Gallery. The space had a great feeling, and I remember thinking for the first time in that moment that I wanted to be an artist.

“Popstar Junk Yard” by Hugo van Dorsser Acrylic, Aerosol, Collage on Stretched Canvas, 130 cm x 170 cm


John Wills: Proven In All Markets. The team at Bayleys in Ponsonby would like to take the opportunity to welcome John Wills back to the local area he knows so well. John brings two decades worth of experience and an absolutely proven track record of success on the Western City Fringe. Experience, work ethic and communication skills are what is required out in the marketplace at present, and John brings all of these to the table for his clients. John is back, and ready to serve. Please feel free to get in touch in confidence. John Wills 021 333 053 BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE LTD, PONSONBY, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008

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Getting the Silent Treatment Could silence be the new small talk at the hairdressers?

From holiday plans to relationship problems, conversations with a hair stylist are considered as much an integral part of the salon experience as a shampoo and a blow dry, so much so that hairdressers have come to be nicknamed ‘hairapists’. A British survey found 55% of hairdresser chats to be about holidays, 30% to be about family life, 26% to be about work stress, and 21% about medical issues. Though generally not part of hairdressing courses, programmes aimed at helping salon workers talk about more delicate issues with clients are on the rise. The Hairdressers Journal compares the hairdresser chair to a “confessional booth”. However, a new trend is emerging in salons around the world. And that trend is one of blissful silence. Speaking to the Guardian, hairdresser Ash Boughton who runs AB Colour in Sydney’s Surrey Hills, says that the constant talk of the pandemic had a negative effect on the ambiance of the salon, and now “the need for calmer experiences has become essential”.


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“...a safe place for you to get some peace and quiet, reflect and take time for silent self-care”.

“To think we can go from lockdown to how were before the pandemic just isn’t rational thinking,” Rosie Fraser, owner of That Rosie Glow in the UK, tells Professional Beauty. “This option makes it obvious to the professional whether the client wants to engage in conversation or not.” However, she has noticed that around half of those who book silent treatments end up initiating conversation anyway, feeling “comfortable knowing the pressure is taken away”. KG Salon launched its Quiet Time initiative in 2021 to coincide with mental Health Awareness Week and continued as it was so popular with a 10% increase in clients choosing it. Instagram polls by London-based mobile beauty business Go Star revealed that 87% of its clients would have been reluctant to ask for a silent treatment before they knew it was available; then 62% were keen. Owner Xhanan Goleshi says silent treatments now account for 10% of her business. Here in Auckland, Craig Gullet, co-owner of Salon 1925 introduced silent treatments just after the first lockdown “to give people anxious because of Covid or just worn out the assurance that their time would be relaxing”. Wellington’s Miss Fox website promises staff can “zip it up while you get some well-deserved Zen”, while the capital’s Powder Room offers “a safe place for you to get some peace and quiet, reflect and take time for silent self-care”.

Another Salon, in London, told the Independent that she was introducing silent appointment options to help out with mental health. “I knew that to truly be inclusive we needed to stop clients feeling embarrassed about their individual needs,” she said. “Because of our no judgment policy we also get a lot of people with mental health issues who might not feel that they want to talk about themselves.” She added that it helped the staff just as much as it did the clients because although her team “love a chat… they also love calm time too”. In Cardiff, the Bauhaus salons may have been the first – in Britain at least – to provide a “quiet chair”, back in 2015, but the treatment goes back even further than that. Philogelos, dated around the fourth century AD and written in Ancient Greek, is the oldest known collection of jokes. One, entry, attributed to Plutarch, tells of how a “garrulous barber” once asked the King of Macedonia, Archelaus I, how he’d like to be trimmed. The king answered, “In silence.”

Though the pandemic may have accelerated it, the practice was gaining ground way before ‘masks’ and ‘covid’ entered our everyday lexicon. In 2019, Sophie Hilton, owner of Not


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2022 We’re so excited to introduce this bumper beauty feature that brims with the best in skin treatments, hair products, tanning salons, and more. You’ll feel brighter just reading it!

Best Anti-ageing

AVENE DermAbsolu Night Balm

ESSANO Visible Repair Facial Elixir

An anti-ageing balm with a luxurious finish which rejuvenates and intensely nourishes the skin. Upon waking in the morning, features appear rested, and the skin is luminous and glowing with vitality. Thanks to a unique blend of anti-ageing actives and the melt-on-contact balm texture, this is a genuinely versatile (and affordable) night care option.

Essano™ Visible Repair Facial Elixir contains powerful, natural ingredients to reduce visible signs of ageing and leave skin with a luminous glow. This non-greasy, oil-based elixir is specifically formulated to deliver maximum benefit for mature skin having been independently tested on the skin of women aged 50-plus.

GLOW LAB Pro-Collagen Range


Developed to help hydrate, smooth and plump skin, Glow Lab’s new Pro-Collagen range consists of three powerhouse natural skincare products: Pro-Collagen Plumping Moisturiser; ProCollagen Plumping Night Cream; and Pro-Collagen Plumping Face Mask.

Bring out your authentic beauty with Profhilo at Luxe Appearance. Profhilo spreads like honey to provide the ultimate hydration and rejuvenation for your skin, around the neck, decolletage, face, and hands. Book two treatment areas and get the second area half price. Conditions apply.

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MANUKARX Pro-Aging Mist Toner

MANUKARX Pro-Aging Ritual

Ultra-hydrating and lightly scented with rose and geranium, this mist toner has been scientifically formulated with East Cape mānuka oil and rosehip oil to instantly nourish your skin. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, this must-have mist toner is made with aloe vera to help cool and relax the skin whilst helping to reduce skin redness.

Scientifically proven to boost collagen and elasticity and minimise fine lines. This Pro-Aging Ritual skincare set uses East Cape mānuka oil in combo with synergistic actives to nourish, restore and rejuvenate your skin for your healthiest skin ever.

SKIN INSTITUTE Cosmetic Injectables

DERMAVIDUALS Ultimate Glow Facial Treatment

Cosmetic injectables like anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, and Profhilo® – and sometimes a combination of these – deliver visible results within a few days to a couple of weeks. A combination of treatments may be recommended to achieve a more comprehensive result, whilst retaining a natural yet rejuvenated appearance.

Dermaviduals’s approach to skincare is very much like ours at Bare Beauty studio, designed to treat individual skin types and conditions. This deluxe treatment aims to illuminate the skin by strengthening its natural support system. After consultation comes a double cleanse, treatment tonic, skin restoring exfoliation, enzyme mask, extractions, and scalp, face, and shoulder massage. Lastly, a bespoke mask, completed with eye care, bespoke serums, moisturiser, and SPF. Profhilo®, containing low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, is a Class III medical device for the treatment of the face and body for contours redefinition and laxity remodelling where skin laxity is a problem. Profhilo® has risks and benefits. Do not use with treatments such a laser resurfacing or medium deep skin-peeling. Caution in people on blood thinning medicines. Do not inject into inflamed areas or intravenously or intramuscularly. Possible side effects: pain and swelling at injection site. Accelagen Pty. Ltd. Whanganui

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Best Facial Oils


GLOW LAB Rosehip Oil Plus+

LINDEN LEAVES Miraculous Facial Oil

A powerhouse that contains vitamin C for a brighter, more radiant complexion. With the key ingredient of Beracare BBATM, this oil boasts an impressive clinical claim of increasing the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels by up to 82% after nine days so you can improve your skin from the safety of your home.

Natural and instant skin improvement your skin will fall in love with. This certified organic blend of rosehip oil and evening primrose oil lives up to it’s ‘miraculous’ moniker, thanks to the antioxidant and anti-ageing skin benefits of organic white tea. Experience healthy, blemish-free, beautiful skin with improved skin tone and visibly reduced dryness, wrinkles and fine lines. Effective on its own or added to day or night moisturiser for a creamier boost.

MANUKARX Blemish Oil

MANUKARX Pro-Aging Skin Oil

Bye bye blemishes. Made with East Cape mānuka oil, this efficacious Blemish Oil helps to naturally reduce the appearance of blemishes and has been scientifically developed to balance and restore the skin barrier, for optimal skin health.

Achieve healthy and ageless skin with the Pro-Aging Skin Oil. This face oil is magic in a bottle and features the powerful essential oil blend of East Cape mānuka oil and rosehip oil. Packed with antioxidants, the Pro-Aging Skin Oil has been developed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, naturally.


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AVENE A-Oxitive Day Cream


This lightweight water cream melts into the skin and instantly leaves a pearly copper-coloured shimmer. The blend of pure and potent provitamin C and provitamin E gradually absorbs, leaving an invisible antioxidant shield on the skin. Rest assured that this illuminating cream will have you looking Insta-ready all day. Use two pumps for the face and neck each morning over the serum.

BELLA VI Rejuvenating Crème

Bella Vi's natural Rejuvenation Crème is an award-winning, innovative, antiageing formula of multi-proven bioactive ingredients that rapidly absorbs into the skin. They’re immediately available for revitalising, regenerating and supporting your skin for a more youthful appearance. Shop discount code VERVE20


DERMALOGICA Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream


Next-generation moisturiser with Active HydraMesh Technology™. It infuses skin with 48 hours of continuous hydration and helps protect against environmental stress. This best-selling moisturiser features a state-of-the-art complex that works at a molecular level to help reduce trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL) and infuse skin with 48 hours of vital moisture.

LINDEN LEAVES Regenerating Night Cream

The stuff dreams are made of and perfect for all skin types – especially sensitive skin. This ultra-rich cream leaves skin soft and supple each morning. With dreamy marshmallow to hydrate and plump, goji berry to firm and tone, meadowfoam to moisturise and soften, and anti-ageing organic white tea. Certified Natural by NATRUE.

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AVENE Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum


BELLAVI Collagen Boosting Serum

Fortify skin's protective barrier by restoring natural hydration with a high dose of soothing Avène Thermal Spring Water. Lightweight, oil-free serum provides 24-hour hydration and antioxidant protection. The blend of hydration-boosting microspheres, Cohederm derived from the Thermale spring water helps protect your skin’s barrier and prevents water loss.

An award-winning intensive treatment serum that stimulates the skin’s synthesis at a cellular level with the inclusion of effective antioxidants to improve collagen production and plump skin, helping smooth out fine lines. Scientifically proven to stimulate collagen up to 33% and scientifically proven to stimulate elastin. Shop discount code VERVE20



Collagen Boost Serum

Essano Collagen Boost Serum contains plant peptides and rosehip oil to deliver soothing hydration. Use regularly to improve the look of skin’s texture and wrinkles, for a youthful looking complexion. Scientifically formulated to help, soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles, improve the skin’s suppleness, support its moisture barrier, and improve the look of pores and texture.

LINDEN LEAVES Regenerating Elixir

An elixir of youth with kiwifruit seed oil, organic white tea, and organic rosehip oil to rejuvenate your skin, naturally. Addictively effective and award winning, this serum is a powerhouse of natural antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins C and E to boost the antiageing benefits of your daily skincare routine. Use as a serum layer or blend with their Essential Facial Moisturiser and Miraculous Facial Oil for beautiful, healthy, radiant skin.


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SKINTOPIA Yumi Lash Lift

Triple the volume. Two easy steps. One must-have product: Double-Ended Volume Set from RevitaLash Cosmetics. A double-duty conditioning primer and volumising mascara that delivers dramatic length and volume to natural lashes.

Who doesn’t want their natural lashes to appear longer and thicker without the hassle of false lashes or extensions? The Yumi Lash Lift is a keratin infusion that curves the natural lashes upward with a realistic curl. One-hour treatment with results lasting on average eight weeks.



The Refinery has the expertise to revive your colour and restore your sparkle with bespoke microblading, ombre, powder or hybrid brow enhancements. Face Confidence with The Refinery. Get $50 credit when you book online, use code - VERVE

Voted Auckland’s most trusted high-end beauty services provider, UP® Clinical Cosmetics is the industry leader in lashes, brows, microblading and semipermanent makeup. Now residing in their stunning new flagship location in Wynyard / Victoria Quarter, the team offers impeccable service alongside a relaxing experience that is second to none.


August 2022

Best Hair Products

DUST & GLOW Powder Based Shampoo

ESSANO Scalp Refresh Concentrated Serum

Bye-bye plastic and water waste! This premium shampoo is reimagined in a powder form, turning into a creamy lather when activated with water. Formulated with soy protein, coconut, and a pre- and probiotic complex to gently cleanse, condition and hydrate your hair. Clean, vegan and made in NZ. Happy hair, happy planet!

Developed with powerful natural ingredients, for beautiful, healthy hair. This multi-action concentrated serum spray is developed with natural, high-strength active ingredients to help remove dandruff flakes and deliver optimal scalp health. Enriched with a combination of eight natural botanical extracts to further detox, clarify and calm the scalp, resulting in strong, healthy-looking, flake-free hair.

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EVERBLUE natural Shampoo & Conditioner - Volume & Shine

HOLISTIC HAIR Quinoa Pro NPNF™ Colour Protect Shampoo & Conditioner

Climate-positive and NZ made everblue has vitamin-rich formulas to get proven results, naturally. Their EMPOWER Shampoo & Conditioner brings back body and a silkier shine to dull or flat hair with powerhouse ingredients of aloe vera, wheat protein, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, Keracyn and more. The abundance of minerals and extracts support fuller, healthier hair for a longer lasting fresh glow - naturally.

Made in New Zealand from natural ingredients, this premium plant-based shampoo and conditioner is designed to cleanse, condition, and protect coloured and chemically treated hair for lasting vibrancy. Lock in and protect colour, while strengthening hair from the inside out. Soft scents of lemongrass, lavender, geranium, orange, petitgrain and bergamot.


SERVILLES Davines Oi Oil

This volume enhancing hair foam by RevitaLash Cosmetics features their proprietary BioPeptin Complex® technology, designed to boost vitality and intensify natural volume. A clean, lightweight and oil-free breakthrough formulation adds shine and body to help combat breakage and aids in the conditioning of the scalp.

This best-selling multi-function oil adds shine and softness to hair, while de-tangling and fighting frizz. Perfect for coarse or dry hair, this beautiful oil also protects hair from heat styling without weighing it down. Founded on the principle of sustainable beauty, Davines's products favour natural ingredients and are processed using the most advanced cosmetic technologies.

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Best Tanning



After 14 years in business, boutique tanning salon Epsom Spray Tan knows every client is important and every ‘body’ is beautiful. Only using natural ingredients, and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free solutions, they “don’t do orange.” By appointment only.

Happy Mama face and body scrubs are the first step in preparing your skin for your self tan application or spray tan experience. The microfibre sponge is a fantastic tool for quick effortless application without the mess. Whether you are holidaying abroad or enjoying a local winter - having a winter tan is always a great idea. For more info follow Happy Mama on Instagram @happy_mamaclub

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Tan in the City is a beautiful boutique spray tan salon with 2 Auckland locations (Remuera and Ponsonby) and has been operating for over 10 years, empowering people In their own skin. Offering a full skin tone consult to ensure they find the best tan for you, their promise is NO bad tan stories. Exclusively using Black Magic Tan.

The Tanning Boutique specialises in natural and organic, completely customised spray tans. Located just two minutes from the Harbour Bridge, The Tanning Boutique team pride themselves on their welcoming, sanctuary vibes. They love to take care of you and get you feeling like the best version of yourself. Photo Credit: Nicky wears the Stella Royal Dress by Augustine.

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Best Hair Salons


In one of Auckland’s coolest suburbs, Kingsland, where locals include those from the film, music, and creative arts industries, sits one of Auckland’s coolest hair salons, Laboratories. Its point of difference is a commitment to continuous education and the development of their team, ensuring cutting-edge and contemporary – yet wearable – looks for every one of their clients, every time.

Best Lipsticks


Renowned in the industry as one of Auckland's leading hair salons, Servilles offers clients world-class customer service and the best in hairdressing. From exceptional cuts to customised colours, Servilles' team of experienced stylists is dedicated to helping clients achieve their best hair. Committed to sustainability, Servilles use Davines in salon – the pioneer of sustainable hair care – with all products favouring natural ingredients and processed using the most advanced cosmetic technologies. With three convenient Auckland locations: Newmarket, City Works, and Takapuna.

KESTER BLACK Woke Up Like This


This rose pink matte liquid lipstick is the perfect pink for everyday wear. It’s non-sticky, super-pigmented, non-bleed and super-lasting – basically everything you thought couldn’t co-exist in a lipcolour. Packed with ultra nourishing oils like organic olus, camelina, olive, prickly pear and passionfruit oil, for anti-ageing, skin-regenerating thrills.

With Henné, the vision is simple: highly-effective, organic, natural beauty without sacrificing aesthetics. Henné luxury moisturising tints provide the perfect buildable hue for lips (and cheeks!) to complement every skin tone. Formulated with organic coconut and avocado oil, these eight irresistible shades are a must-have in your vanity. All Henné Lip Tints are scentfree, flavour-free, and essential oil-free.


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Best Skin Treatments

DURING 8 days post Cosmelan peel treatment

ABOUT FACE Laser Genesis Skin Rejuvenation

LOVELY BY SKIN INSTITUTE Cosmelan Peel for pigmentation

A laser treatment in 30 minutes with no downtime? Say hello to Laser Genesis at About Face. This top-of-the-line laser improves tone and texture, reduces redness, diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and gives the skin a filtered appearance. The perfect skin reset just in time for summer.

Cosmelan is the world’s leading and most effective treatment for pigmentation caused by melanin. Up to 95% reduction of pigmentation, this powerful skin lightening therapy treats all types of hyperpigmentation such as melasma, postinflammatory, hyperpigmentation, sun induced pigmentation and genetic types of hyper-pigmentation. The treatment process showcases dramatically shinier, healthy glowing skin.

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LUXE APPEARANCE Transformational Package

Revolutionise your skin with the Transformational Package, the ultimate combination of treatments to rejuvenate your complexion. This package includes: 3x Advanced Needling Treatments, 3x Advanced 6% Retinol Peels, plus a FREE Iconic A and Repair Serum ($195 value). With a retail value of $1,650, book now and save $295.


OxyGlow. A fan-favourite 60-minute treatment for immediate hydration and glow which doesn’t disappear shortly after. This treatment combines hydration, rejuvenation, healing, calming, increasing circulation, detoxing and stimulating healthy cell functioning. It incorporates the intraceuticals oxygen machine, and also the LED light

SKIN BOUTIQUE Melasma, sun damage, post inflammatory pigment

SKIN BOUTIQUE Hormonal breakout, acne, mascne

The results of these treatments speak for themselves. Treating pigmentation takes skill and patience, and the master therapists at Skin Boutique are talented at both. They have several different medical grade options to help treat your pigment concerns. Pop in for a chat with their team who will help to determine the best option for you.

Acne can affect all ages, whether you are young and suffering breakout or acne, or older and suffering hormonal changes and stubborn spots. Skin Boutique has amazing treatments to help improve the quality, strength and appearance of your skin without the use of harmful drugs. Treating acne requires a multi-faceted approach, so book in a consultation with the team at Skin Boutique to find the best path forward to achieving beautiful, healthy skin.


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Christmas Party Preparation Yes, you’re reading that correctly. With today’s busy lifestyle, the party season can sneak up faster than you think.

While we encourage all our patients to start planning and booking their pre-Christmas treatments, there are also things that can be done at home to ensure your skin is looking its very best come late November when the invitations start hitting the inbox. If you’ve celebrated more than 25 new year’s eves your body has already slowed in its production of collagen and elastin. While dermal fillers and botulinum toxin can be used to address volume loss and help prevent wrinkles, the tone and texture of your skin can very quickly let the side down. At Clinic 42, our doctors cherry pick from a range of medical skincare including ZO Skin Health, Synergie Skin and Environ. Every product we stock has been tried by Dr Joanna, Dr Lynn and Dr Ellen, who all have varying skin types and concerns. During the selection process, the doctors are looking for products that target specific concerns, deliver tangible results, and remain stable for their period of use. There are millions of skincare products on the market, all at varying price points. But not all are equal, even if they appear to contain very similar active ingredients. With most of us moving between airconditioned offices, heated homes, and freezing cold sports fields or dog walks, skin can be very dry, dull and sensitive this time of year. Don’t leave it till October to breathe life back into your skin; start addressing the issues right now.

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Don’t be shy to ask our doctors about your skincare regime at your next appointment. Changes in season, age and hormones can throw up new challenges to our body’s largest organ, the skin, and they are happy to advise you. Likewise, be open to trying new products, especially those with active ingredients such as vitamins A, B and C, along with growth factors and antioxidants. While the products you currently use may have a feelgood factor, it’s often from silicones which coat the skin and create slip while not giving any long-term benefits. Smell is another huge factor which many patients miss as they’re used to heavily fragranced products. Highly active skincare typically smells quite benign. A little bit of time spent each day now should see you glowing as the spring flowers bloom. We recommend that you speak to our doctors about changing your skincare regime but if you’d like to order products you can email us on . Our team can also look up your purchase history to see which products you’ve found effective in the past. If you’d like to get organised and book your pre-Christmas treatments with our team, head to our website and book online or give our reception team a call on 09 638 4242.


Smoother & More Confident You! Finesse Face and Body Clinic is proud to be the first truSculpt iD provider in New Zealand, as part of an exclusive partnership with Cutera. TruSculpt iD is the latest technology available to permanently and non-invasively remove body fat. “We have been leaders in non-invasive cellulite and body contouring treatments in Auckland for 20 years,” says Sue Crake, owner of the Remuera Salon. How does truSculpt iD work? truSculpt iD uses a unique form of monopolar radio frequency energy that penetrates evenly and deeply and is able to treat deep into the entire fat pad - from skin to muscle. Once the applicators have been placed on target fatty areas, heat is dispersed evenly, causing irreparable damage to the fat cell walls which the body metabolises and removes permanently over the next 12 weeks. Real-time temperature control and monitoring sensors ensure a constant and therapeutic temperature is maintained for 10 minutes ensuring maximum fat disruption, resulting in 24% fat reduction with every treatment. Patient comfort is ensured through the highly engineered skin adhesives and temperature control which keeps the skin cooler than the underlying fat. How is truSculpt iD treatment performed? The initial consultation is performed to assess and discuss your concerns and desired aesthetic goals, then a tailored and customised treatment plan will be created. A total of six handpieces can be used per 15-minute treatment, and multiple areas can be treated on the same day. Once medical consent is completed skin adhesives are attached to the skin overlying the fat pocket followed by the handsfree applicators. The treatment area is wrapped in a cummerbund to minimise movement of handpieces during treatment. After 15 minutes of warmth is distributed into the tissue, the adhesives, handpieces and cummerbund are removed and the patient can return to normal activities. How do I know if I am a candidate? truSculpt iD is the latest in non-invasive fat removal procedures in minimising treatment time, maximising results and comfort whilst reducing downtime (there is none!). truSculpt iD is a great treatment for targeting stubborn fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise, or for a more global debulking option. truSculpt iD is not restricted by BMI or skin laxity concerns, making it a great alternative to cryotherapies. To learn more about if you’re a suitable candidate, book a free consultation with Sue at Finesse. How many treatments will I need? Your initial assessment and personal goals will determine the best course of treatment tailored to you, however patients will only require one treatment. Whether one or two treatments are required, all patients will see an effect at 12 weeks.

TruSculpt ID Benefits

NZ MedSafe approved for permanent reduction of up to 24% fat (*shown through ultrasound clinical trials) 15-minute treatment (half the time, and twice the treatment area vs cryotherapies largest applicator) No discomfort & No Downtime – resume normal activities immediately after Customisable and flexible treatment opportunities depending your body and goals No BMI restrictions Male & Female suited Skin tightening – post partum suitability Treatment areas: abdomen (upper, mid and lower), flanks (love handles), upper back fat, lower back fat, inner thighs, outer thighs, arms and under the chin.


12 weeks after one treatment

Is the treatment painful? No! Patients report the treatment feels like getting into a hot bath. The heat at first can be a little intense, but just like a bath you become accustomed to the feeling and adjust to the treatment. There is no pain, no downtime and no massage required. Patients can return to normal activities immediately after with most patients only experiences some mild redness on the treatment zone which subsides in a couple of hours.


How long before I see my results? Clients will begin to see a change in their silhouette from 6 – 8 weeks post treatment, but maximum results are achieved at week 12. Changes in skin quality, tone and texture are usually seen earlier. Each area can be treated once per 12-weeks but other areas can be treated before then.

12 weeks after one treatment


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Six Ways to Look and Feel Younger With something for everyone let’s take a look.

1. Lengthen Your Telomeres As time passes the telomeres at the ends of our chromosomes get shorter. This shortening is what causes ageing. But there is an enzyme within our genes that can undo the ageing process, all we have to do is activate it. One Truth 818 was created from Nobel Prize-winning breakthroughs, $33 million in research, and 11 years of investigation. Only TAM818, the active ingredient in One Truth 818 can switch on the telomerase gene to reverse the ageing process. 2. Ensure Your Skincare Isn’t Ageing You Are your skincare products actually ageing you faster? Are you using products that promises to increase your cell turnover and bring fresh cells to the surface? Are you creating damage and inflammation in order to repair your skin and hopefully look younger? Are you an exfoliation junkie? If you’ve you answered yes to any of these questions, then your answer is ‘yes’! You’re speeding up the ageing process of your skin. 3. Lasers Are Not the Answer Promotional materials about laser treatments talk about encouraging the growth of collagen and repairing scar tissue and sun damage. They talk of light and heat 'energy'. What they don't like to make obvious, is how they do this and the long-term aftereffects. The issue with these aggressive treatments is they’re only focused on the immediate look and feel of the

skin, not how the person will look in consequent years. The surface of your skin will look younger through forced repair. However, forcing repair accelerates telomere shortening, so your younger-looking skin is actually made of older cells. Your youthful appearance will be shorter-lived. You’ve aged yourself faster. 4. Get Rid of Senolytic Cells What happens when telomeres are beyond 'critically short'? When telomeres get too short the cell can no longer divide and the cell dies. Sometimes it self-destructs (which is preferable, actually) and other times it hangs around unable to function properly, aptly nicknamed a 'zombie cell'. New research into senolytic cells teaches us some alarming facts about the impact of these zombie cells. Not only can they get in the way of normal processes, but they can also encourage healthy cells to malfunction as if recruiting an army of zombies. Sadly, even a small fraction of zombie cells can hinder healing, immunity and health. That's why One Truth 818’s, 'Eliminate', our senolytic therapy, is designed to clear these senescent cells as quickly as possible to avoid the damage they can inflict.

several things we can do to make ourselves younger, there is also a range of activities that we can (and sometimes all too often do!) that very effectively age our cells faster than normal including excessive alcohol intake, smoking, vaping, being overweight and inactive, and high-stress levels. What may surprise you is that we’re better off simply avoiding these things than seeking out things we think are good for us while continuing to indulge in things that are bad. And finally, always remember that… 6. Happiness is a major key to overall health, looking and feeling great! Louise Gray Skin Care, Shop 2/224 Kepa Rd, Mission Bay 09 528 9010

5. Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle The most obvious, it would actually be better stated as ‘avoid an unhealthy lifestyle’ because while there are


August 2022

Retreat to Paradise Chosen by Condé Nast as one of the world’s top rainforest experiences, Maruia River Retreat is sustainable, luxury accommodation situated on its eponymous river overlooked by mountains from the east and west in gorgeous Nelson Tasman.

Maruia, which means ‘sheltered’ or ‘shaded’ in te reo Māori, sits surrounded by a sprawling nature estate of predominantly beech forest that reaches for 500 acres and cradles wild deer,

goats, and a wealth of native birds. Up to 12 guests may be housed across seven pristine villas to enjoy luxury spa treatments, gourmet cuisine, forest bathing, guided walks and more. Little wonder that this slice of South Island paradise has been ranked a place of ecological significance with 59 indigenous flora and fauna like the piwakawaka and the kākā, praised for its sustainable and preservation tourism.

Feel-good holidays for adventurous nature lovers Looking for a luxurious wellness holiday in one of the world's best nature resorts? Listed in Condé Nast Traveler's recommended rainforest experiences and places to stay, Maruia River Retreat awaits at the top of South Island. Expect lashings of gourmet food alongside luxury treatments, forest bathing, guided walks, and restorative spa treatments to help guests kick back. Escape for a luxurious feel-good holiday like no other. Maruia River Retreat is now accepting reservations for its new season starting in September. Photo Credit: Bare Kiwi

For direct bookings and for designing special celebrations, you can contact: Cristina Holopainen General Manager +64275633143 l 2314 Shenandoah Highway, State Highway 65, Tasman 7077, South Island, NZ

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Cool Body Guarantees Results

August Special

Cool tech machines are proven to be the number one machines in the world for reducing body fat with a treatment time of only 70 minutes.

Exclusive Deal For this month only, share with a friend and get 6 areas for $2,200. Book your free consultation!







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Glowing From the Inside Out Carla Oates created The Beauty Chef in 2009 after healing her family's skin issues and discovering that beautiful, glowing skin begins with a healthy gut.

Carla spent the first 10 years of her career as a fashion stylist before turning her attention to beauty writing. It was as a beauty writer that she became aware of a lot of hidden nasty ingredients in beauty products, giving her the desire to create a range that was free of these. The Beauty Chef has pioneered the inner beauty category with its bio-fermented, probiotic-rich wholefood supplements and organic topical skincare products. The range is sold internationally and loved by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Kourtney Kardashian, Megan Markle and Naomi Watts. The range is now widely available in New Zealand at and many authorised stockists. We spoke to Carla Oates about how it all began, how she balances her busy schedule, and her new product that she’s just launched into the expansive range. You healed both your daughter’s and your own eczema through a gut-healing protocol, and so learned about the connection between a healthy gut (or microbiome) and glowing skin. Tell us how this led you to found The Beauty Chef, and how the brand has evolved? That’s true! Both my daughter and I have experienced eczema and it was by implementing this gut-healing protocol – both limiting foods that put stress on the digestive system and introducing an abundance of fermented foods into our diet – that I noticed not only the profound effect it had on our skin, but our overall wellbeing as well. Essentially, this is how The Beauty Chef came into being when I first began to lacto-

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ferment foods in my Bondi kitchen, creating the first iteration of GLOW Inner Beauty Essential. While GLOW remains our bestseller, today the brand has evolved and we now work with a leading team of microbiologists, naturopaths and nutritionists to create our bio-fermented wholefood powders and elixirs in our very own state-of-the-art fermentation plant here in Sydney. This allows us to control every step of the process and ensure that every formula is as bioactive and potent as possible. We even have our very own fermentation process called Flora Culture™ and our own exclusive probiotic strain, GUT5Y™ which is proven to support digestive and skin health. What are some visual factors that might symbolise gut microbiome might not be healthy and need healing? The skin is a great indicator for what’s going on within our gut, and skin and gut health issues also share similar symptoms. So, for many, a gut imbalance can manifest as congestion, rashes, sensitivity, irritation, or inflammatory skin issues such as eczema, rosacea, or psoriasis. While it can be tricky to determine the underlying cause of these skin issues, gut health almost always plays a part which is why it’s essential to learn to read the signs and symptoms on our skin and pay attention to how we are nourishing ourselves from within if we want our skin to glow! What is your overall approach to food and diet? I’ve always maintained a holistic approach to my health and nutrition, understanding that my environment, diet


The skin is a great indicator for what’s going on within our gut—and skin and gut health issues also share similar symptoms.

and lifestyle practices all impact and influence how I feel and function. But I’ve also learnt to read my body and my skin extremely well and so prefer to nourish myself with a wholefoods-based diet, rich in antioxidants and polyphenolrich plants, fermented foods, and plenty of water! What’s your go-to breakfast for glowing skin? My Get Glowing Smoothie Bowl! This health-giving bowl is fibre-rich, vitamin-rich, antioxidant-rich, lipid-rich, and full of skin-protective and glow-giving minerals selenium, copper and zinc, plus it has the added boost of GLOW Inner Beauty Powder with pre- and probiotics to keep your gut happy and skin radiant. Tell us how the brand’s first skincare oil, Glow FACE, a natural multitasking natural rejuvenating oil, fits into your skincare routine. Longtime fans of The Beauty Chef will remember we used to create a product called Dream Repair Serum – which became a bestseller! So, GLOW F.A.C.E has actually been in the works for a long time as it’s something we knew our customers would love. But we’re even more thrilled with the results! Designed to be a multitasking facial oil, it can be used as part of your existing skincare routine, applied after cleansing, toning and any serums you choose to use. It contains an abundance of plant-based lipids and antioxidants to nourish the skin as well as a unique prebiotic and postbiotic extract to feed and strengthen the skin’s microbiome and protect its natural

barrier. It’s also super lightweight and non-comedogenic which makes it great for all skin types, and with ingredients like Bakuchiol – which is a natural plant-based alternative to retinol – it delivers incredible, age-defying results too! You’re approaching 50 and absolutely glowing. Have you changed any foods or supplements in your late 40s to suit your changing needs? I’m always reassessing my topical skincare and inner beauty routine based on how I’m feeling and the seasons as I find my skin needs different nutrients at different times of the year. But one non-negotiable has always been my daily dose of GLOW. While GLOW is well-known for its abundance of wholefood ingredients, the truth is, it’s so much more than that! Yes, it contains 18 Certified Organic and bio-fermented wholefoods and herbal extracts, but it boasts some pretty impressive stats in terms of its vitamin, mineral, and ‘biotic’ benefits, too. In fact, I often get asked why GLOW is in powder form rather than capsule and put simply, it’s because the potency of its ingredients and the levels of nutrients it contains would mean that one teaspoon of GLOW was equal to 15 vitamin capsules! Containing 200% of your RDI of vitamin C, 50% of your RDI of zinc, provitamin A, broadspectrum B vitamins (including 25% of both biotin and niacinamide) as well as prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics, GLOW truly is the complete inner beauty solution. And it’s definitely my skin secret.


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Fitness Through the Ages

According to a 2019 study by Pew Research, more than one in five Americans use smart watches or fitness trackers, rising to three in 10 for higher income households.

Things sure have come a long way since the Ancient Greeks fashioned rudimentary weightlifting equipment from semi-circular rocks in which they made holes to create handles – precursors to dumbbells and kettledrums known as halteres.

But much of the more high-tech gear we recognise today can be traced to 19thcentury Swedish physician Dr Gustav Zander, a pioneer of mechanotherapy, which concerns the improvement of wellbeing through the use of exercise apparatus. Zander’s contraptions included the leg adduction and arm rotation machines that incorporated benches, weights, and pulleys – like steampunk versions of today’s gym apparatus – which saw him awarded the gold medal at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. By the time his book Dr G Zander’s medicomechanise Gymnastik was published in 1892, the doctor had eponymous institutes being set up around the world. And so, the (medicine) ball of gym and fitness culture began rolling first though Europe and then the USA. “A large portion of the population never use half their faculties,” noted Dudley Sargant in his 1906 book, Physical Education, “and if they pursue the same employment for a term of years they are apt to acquire defects of structure, if not of constitution and character, that are transmitted to the next generation.”

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Exercise routines during the Edwardian age were surprisingly similar to today, incorporating plenty of stretching (which back then was viewed as a form of fitness rather than warm-ups) and weightlifting. Gyms of the day boasted early exercise bikes and resistance machines. Fun fact: there was even a gym on the Titanic.

complemented by the teachings of the world’s first fitness guru, Mary Bagot Stack whose philosophy was “movement is life”. Bagot Stack founded the Women’s League of Health and Beauty whose group exercise classes included the likes of leg lifts, star jumps, and toe touching, and soon spread from the UK to around the world. In just seven years, the league had 166,000 members.


The arrival of the roaring twenties meant looking good was never so important – even while working out. Dumbbell exercises and stretching were still a thing (for the ladies that meant often in full makeup and fashionable everyday clothing) along with wooden treadmills (sans safety rails – unlikely to pass today’s safety standards!) and vibrating belts said to destroy fat. While such higher-end fitness equipment was only found in gyms that were the preserve of the wealthy, dancing the Charleston helped keep everyone on their toes. 1930s

A period when cosmetics pioneers Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Ardern encouraged women to believe “their physical appearance was in their control”



There was the ongoing misconception way back when that women couldn’t build muscle and stay slim, so fitness was still all about low-impact exercises. But now it was all slim waists and curvy figures in contrast to the svelteness of the previous jazz age, believed to be achievable via routines like rotating the arms propeller-like. 1950s

The decade where yoga entered the public consciousness along with fun-filled activities like the hula hoop (toymaker Wham-O sold its first 25 million hula hoops in four months), and the Bongo Board that incorporates a balance board positioned around a plastic ball – a craze that soon went global. Not so fun was the

It took just four months for toymaker Wham-O to sell its first 25 million hula hoops.

‘slimming suit’, a plastic exercise outfit that caused excess perspiration and supposed weight loss.

a fitness movement that merged music, dance, and strength training in group environments still practised around the world today.


Thin was once again in vogue during the swinging sixties, a decade that gave us not only the twist dance but the Trim Twist – a simple floor exercise machine that riffed on the iconic dance move to encourage the user to twist from side to side. Vibrating belts promised to shake excess fat from the thighs and exercise physiologist Dr Kenneth H Cooper devised a workout to prevent coronary artery sickness, a type of exercise system he called ‘aerobics’. 1970s

At the time, the most fitness-conscious decade to date, there was a body building boom thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger and a steep rise in yoga and tai chi practitioners driven by the New Age movement. Trampolining was embraced by adults and kids alike and traditional gym equipment such as the parallel rings and balance bars could be found in many public parks. As the 1960s rolled into the ‘70s, former Broadway star Judi Shepperd Missett established Jazzercize,


Women finally became more open to gaining some obvious muscle in the gym and Jane Fonda went from Hollywood superstar to wellness guru with her now-iconic aerobics videos. Fonda’s first effort, Jane Fonda’s Workout, released in 1982, became the highest-selling VHS of the 20th century. She went on to release a further 22 videos, totalling more than 17 million sales. And let’s not forget the decades’ big hair, and bright fashion of leopard-skin leotards, leg warmers and fluorescent leggings.


Fitness found its groove at the turn of the 21st century with the arrival of Zumba, a Latin dance-inspired workout class that conquered the world (available in 180 countries). CrossFit, developed by former gymnast Greg Glassman, mixed gymnastics, weightlifting, and calisthenics (exercises that rely on bodyweight), while high-intensity interval training, or HIIT classes, relied on short bursts of intensive exercises which found a new popularity when the gyms closed down due to the pandemic.


Things went up a level – literally – with the birth of step aerobics in the 90s while the must-have at-home equipment were the tummy-toning Abdomenizer and the thigh-toning Thighmaster. Fitness guru Billy Blanks created the Tae Bo craze that combined boxing and taekwondo, there were 8-minute ab workouts, the Spin class was invented in California in 1994, and Spandex was all the rage.


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Flip the Switch


The power of the subconscious has long been credited with the ability to influence our health and wellbeing.

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To harness that incredible power, Flip the Switch Live is hosting a transformational weekend. Focused on reprogramming the mind for perfect health, the retreat will be hosted over a luxury weekend at the Milk Station in Otaki, from 2-4 September.

was distraught. Her mother sought an alternative and they decided to try Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT). After just one session, the autoimmune disease disappeared. Now Sarah lives a normal, pain-free, healthy life. Such is the power of the subconscious mind.

Sarah (not her real name) had an autoimmune disease. Aged 14, she'd been on drug induced remission for two years but was suffering badly from a reaction to the medication which caused constant nausea and vomiting. Her doctor advised her to drop the drugs to see if she’d outgrown the disease. Within weeks, she developed painful swollen joints. As a result, the doctor said she needed to go back on even stronger medication. Sarah

It may sound too good to be true, but Margôt deCotesworth, trained RTT advocate and coach, says it’s absolutely believable. She has collected many testimonials from people who have used RTT attesting to its success both in New Zealand and around the world. Margôt discovered RTT after she’d been writing for years about personal transformation and the power of positive words.


With RTT, people learn how to influence their own health. The key is their mind.

She has a background in food and design but when she found this therapy, initiated by hypnotherapy coach and bestselling author Marisa Peer, she knew she had to train as an RTT therapist. Margôt explains: “Everything I heard resonated with my approach to life. It was the missing link; a watershed moment. RTT takes people straight to their own subconscious programming. It uncovers the reason why they have the issues they struggle with. That understanding is the portal for change which then allows them to establish a new blueprint for their lives. “The tiniest events in childhood can have a profound effect on how a child’s mind sees things. We can’t change the past, which often leaves us feeling not enough, but we can change the way we interpret those events. “This retreat will be life-changing, physically, mentally and emotionally. Not only is it about relaxing and recharging but it will change what participants don’t want in their lives and unblock what has held them back from living the lives they deserve. This retreat is about becoming physically well, healed and whole.”

As part of a small group capped at 25 people, participants will be guided through these sessions and presentations to establish their own personal blueprint for perfect health. They will have access to highly trained therapists throughout the weekend. This retreat will be the first of its kind in New Zealand. “RTT is the most consistently powerful thing I’ve seen. At Flip The Switch we understand how the mind works and we have the tools to help every individual’s need. I like to say that we don’t do ‘talk therapy’, we do change-your-life therapy,” explains Margôt. After the retreat, participants will receive follow-up support and encouragement. Book through the Flip the Switch Live website fliptheswitchlive. com. Note, those who book early will receive a complimentary upgrade to a suite at The Milk Station plus a one-to-one therapy session with Margôt. If you can't make the retreat go to and Flip the Switch to see what other options there are for you to reset your health. Find out more at

Think of it as a fully indulgent luxury break away from home with glorious food, champagne, dinners designed by Michelinstar chef Adam Newell, a fun cocktail evening, and meditation sessions along with life-changing therapies renowned for their rapid results and efficacy.

WIN a luxury weekend away worth $3,997.

“The retreat starts by looking at people’s opinion of themselves; self-esteem is central to everything people do and feel. We don’t have great expectations of our health – we’re very fatalistic. Even thinking people just accept and allow ill health in their lives. With RTT, people learn how to influence their own health. The key is their mind.

Flip The Switch Live is offering a place at their upcoming luxury retreat to the winner of this competition. You’ll not only win a 3-day/2-night stay at the fabulous Milk Station in Otaki, with Michelin Star quality food and gorgeous wines, but also have an invaluable opportunity to regain your perfect health.

"The programme reframes and transforms how people see themselves and addresses the exact issue that’s blocking their life. "While in hypnosis, we reframe and upgrade the subconscious programming. During the weekend, participants will be given a transformational recording to listen to over the next three weeks to redress the issue that holds them back.”

Entering is simple. Visit VERVEMAGAZINE.CO.NZ and click WIN then follow the directions.


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Meet Peptest Introducing the world’s first non-invasive saliva test for reflux. “Doctor, I think I have reflux.” “Okay, I’ll prescribe some PPIs. See if it helps relieve your reflux symptoms. We can review on your next visit.” Statistics show up to 20% of the NZ population suffers from reflux either intermittently or continually, meaning as many as one in five readers may find the author’s above conversation his GP familiar. Despite general awareness of reflux as a common problem, little evidence is available from the medical world to show or confirm it. You either have the above conversation with your GP and are given medication or will be advised to go for invasive tests such as an endoscopy, or pH monitoring whereby a tube is inserted through the nose and passed into the oesophagus for 24 or 48 hours. All expensive, time consuming and unpleasant tests for such a common problem. But a group of scientists and clinicians in the UK decided there must be an easier way to diagnose reflux objectively. After 20 years of research and development efforts, the world’s

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first non-invasive reflux test known as Peptest™ is born. The idea of Peptest™ is simple: it measures the presence of a stomach enzyme called pepsin in a sample of your saliva. Because pepsin is only produced in the stomach, if it is found in the mouth, then we know it has been refluxed. The test is being brought to New Zealand by MAAB, a family business who specialise in the international trade of innovative healthcare products. “We’re always fascinated by science that makes a difference in patient’s life. It’s a bonus that they’re easy to understand, use and access,” says Alex Lou, founder and managing director of MAAB. “I have reflux myself. It’s just a different level of confidence of knowing your own health when you recognise the symptoms and when you can see the evidence presented by Peptest. This is especially important for the reflux associated conditions that are more difficult to diagnose, such as chronic cough and ENT problems.”


COMMON SYMPTOMS OF REFLUX: Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is associated with: • Difficulty swallowing • Sore throat • Chronic cough • A feeling of a lump in the throat • Post nasal drip • Persistent throat clearing • Voice change • Hoarseness • Asthma • Loss of dental enamel Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) is associated with: • Heartburn • Difficult with swallowing • Nausea • Inflammation of the oesophagus • Regurgitation • Occasional vomiting

MAAB is working with specialist clinics and GP clinics to offer Peptest onsite. But patients can also place an order from our website where all they need to do is to produce saliva samples and send them back for us to analyse.

Blue Fitness Home is where the workout is.

At-home workouts have advanced a long way since fitness DVDs first became available. In a busy world, working out from home saves time as you remove having to pack your gym bag, getting into the car, driving to the gym, parking, and getting changed.

Most importantly, it offers you flexibility. Working out at home is based on your time and your rules. Once you set a routine, you’re on the right track to success. Blue Fitness, New Zealand’s premium supplier of consumer fitness equipment, explain the benefits of different types of workout gear. What is Blue Fitness’s biggest selling piece of fitness equipment and why do you think this is?

Our Total Re-invention set from Les Mills. This comprehensive set is effectively your own private gym. With all the equipment needed for BODYPUMP classes, yoga, core, and strength training, it ticks all the boxes and is the perfect set-up. What do YBells offer?

A YBell is a compact type of weight shaped like a triangular prism. Featuring four handles on the outside and one in the centre, it's more versatile than a dumbbell or kettlebell since you can hold it in various ways. You can use YBells for any exercise you'd use dumbbells, kettlebells, a dual-grip medicine ball, or a push-up stand for. Changing how you're holding the YBell, saves you investing in multiple different pieces of equipment while also only taking up a fraction of space in your home.

intuitive, and convenient. A gym that anyone, regardless of their background, can use. Since your muscles must constantly work together, you’re getting a high-intensity workout from the getgo. As you move quickly from one exercise to the next, not only do you build great muscle strength, balance, and endurance, but with TRX you can enhance yoga poses and stretch effectively leaving you feeling long, lean, and relaxed. In just 10-15 minutes, you can cover all the major muscle groups while revving up your metabolism for the rest of the day! What does the Les Mills BODYPUMP PLUS Bundle include and who is this for?

Our newest Les Mills bundle has the addition of the SMARTBAND™ which helps you train in the ‘impact zone’ to tone your abs, butt and legs! The BODYPUMP PLUS set features the SMARTBAR™, Generation 2 weights system, SMARTBAND and SMART STEP™ SYSTEM. The great thing about this kit is it’s designed for everyone, whether you’re a Les Mills+ member or not. The state-of-the-art ergonomic design allows a more efficient workout whether following an online class or training independently. Nationwide delivery takes between 1-3 days. Pick up is also available at 45A Normanby Road, Mount Eden, Auckland 1024.

What is a TRX and how can it improve your balance, flexibility and strength?

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Beating Burnout

What is the first thing you do you in the morning? Or the last thing you think about before falling asleep?

For too many of us, our day begins by checking emails before we’ve even hopped out of bed, and end struggling to drift off because we feel overwhelmed by our workloads and neverending to-do lists. Life feels like a constant hustle. These initial habits and feelings can sometimes be the beginning of a domino effect to other areas of our health –and a fast track to burnout. Verve sat down with Joelene Ranby to talk more about her latest offering and becoming more aware of burnout. Joelene is the founder of Resolution Retreats, New Zealand’s largest women’s exclusive weight loss, health and wellness retreat. Alongside her team, over the past 10 years she has welcomed and taken care of hundreds of women from all walks of life. It was the evident shift in the mental and physical exhaustion of her guests that would be the catalyst for her newest retreat offering: Resilience Retreats. “More and more women were turning up to our retreats burnt out or on the brink of burn-out. I saw first-hand how employees needed to be better supported in their health and wellbeing, and most importantly in an environment that allowed and supported them to really do that. Put simply, that’s how Resilience Retreats was born”. The professional and personal health retreat focuses on equipping both women and men with the practical tools and resources to reduce burnout in the first place, while improving quality of life and enhancing job performance through fundamental health and education workshops delivered by leading industry professionals over three days. With verifiable CPD hours, the growth of professional and personal health benefits both the individual and the organisation, covering essential workshops on mental health and resilience, stress management, habits, motivation and productivity, sleep and energy, teamwork, and confident communication. Guests can also book a one-on-one consultation with various practitioners on retreat to dive deeper into specific areas of their health they want to improve and understand better.

Spread across 26 hectares on the peaceful borders of Lake Karāpiro, guests are encouraged to fully immerse themselves and relax at the purpose built health resort while everything is taken care of. Luxurious and spacious private chalet accommodation, nutritionist planned meals, optional daily yoga classes, private bush walks, and tennis courts offer the ultimate health holiday. The wellness centre’s five-star facilities include an indoor heated pool, steam rooms, weights room, and Jacuzzis, while the luxury in house spa encourages guests to relax and be pampered with the extensive ‘unwind’ beauty menu. There is something for everyone; from hot stone massages, reflexology or indulgent facials to teeth whitening or flowpresso – a lymphatic drainage treatment to enhance physical and mental wellbeing. There’s not much Joelene hasn’t thought of or delivered. Post retreat, guests receive 12 weeks of follow-up support to ensure they continue to feel supported and confident with the tools they’re now armed with to live healthier, work more productively, and understand their risks of burnout. The signs of burnout are different for everyone, the Resilience Retreats team recommends reducing your pressure and the following three tips:

1. Be honest with those around you, particularly those who rely on you. This will make them aware they need to back off a bit. 2. Remove yourself from the environment(s) that are contributing to pressure for at least three days - stay with a friend, go camping, or go to a retreat. While away, switch off from any connections to the pressure (e.g. log out of your work email app). 3. Find someone impartial to talk to. Counsellors have relevant training and can help you compartmentalise overwhelming problems or feelings so you can see a path forward. Take the complete burnout quiz visit 81

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What a Way to Make a Living

In 2018, Kiwi estate planning firm Perpetual Guardian grabbed global headlines by trialling a four-day working week for its 240 staff while keeping them on the same pay. Company founder Andrew Barnes said that it wasn’t about having an extra day off, but “delivering productivity” while “meeting personal and team business goals”.

for 745,000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease in 2016, a 29% increase since 2000.

And his instinct was right. The trial was monitored by academics at the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology who found that there was an increase in scores given about leadership, stimulation, empowerment, and commitment. Stress levels tumbled as productivity rose by 20%, with Barnes saying it was an idea “whose time has come”.

FOUR DAYS, FOUR CORNERS Between 2015 and 2019, Iceland conducted multiple four-day week trials that involved around 1% of the nation’s working population. Such was its success that 86% of its workforce has now moved – or is in the process of moving – to reduced hours for the same pay. In 2019, Microsoft Japan moved its 2,300-strong workforce to a fourday day week for five weeks and saw productivity rise by an astonishing 40%.

According to the World Health Organisation, working long hours can severely impact health, blamed

Earlier this year, the Belgian government announced a series of reforms to allow its workers to be able



to ignore their bosses (well, any workrelated messages sent outside office hours) without fear of reprisal, while also choosing to work four-day weeks if they so wished (though with five days’ worth of hours). “With this agreement, we set a beacon for an economy that is more innovative, sustainable and digital,” Belgian prime minister, Alexander de Croo, told a press conference upon announcing the reforms. “The aim is to be able to make people and businesses stronger." Pushes to shorten working hours reach back more than a century to a time when six-day weeks were standard. Carmaker Henry Ford is often credited for reducing this to five days in the US in 1926 which was further normalised with the global spread of the trade union movement. As early as the 1950s, labour groups were advocating for a reduction of the working week to four days. According to research by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, fourday weeks became three times more common in the USA from 1973 to 2018, benefiting an extra eight million workers. Now, the pandemic has catalysed another rethink for industry leaders around the world. FOUR DAYS ON TRIAL In June in the UK began the biggest ever four-day working week trial, organised by non-profit 4 Day Week Global,

established by business advocate, investor and philanthropist Charlotte Lockhart and Andrew Barnes of Perpetual Guardian fame. “As we emerge from the pandemic, more and more companies are recognising that the new frontier for competition is quality of life,” says Joe O’Conner, 4 Day Week Global’s CEO. “The impact of the 'great resignation' is now proving that workers from a diverse range of industries can produce better outcomes while working shorter and smarter.” Companies in North America, Australia, and here in New Zealand are about to follow the 70 British firms that have signed up for the six-month pilot that sees 3,300 workers employ the 100:80:100™ model: 100% of the pay for 80% of the time, in exchange for a commitment to maintain at least 100% productivity. Further government-backed trials will also take place, all monitored by researchers at Cambridge University, Oxford University and Boston College who will track effects on everything from productivity to workers’ wellbeing. The project, in partnership with the thinktank Autonomy, is the biggest ever of its kind. A previous study by Autonomy found that a four-day week in the public sector would even create up to half a million new jobs.


Down under, the pilot will be monitored by researchers at the Universities of Sydney and Queensland, and the Auckland University of Technology. “In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Australia pioneered reductions in the length of the working day and working week,” says Professor John Buchanan of the University of Sydney. “It is really exciting that we could be re-discovering a spirit of genuine innovation and social progress in this part of the world.” FOUR DAYS FOR LESS CARBON Advocates argue that the four-day week will help fight the climate crisis. A 2019 British study estimated four-day weeks would reduce carbon emissions by almost 20% (127 million tonnes) by the year 2025 – the equivalent of removing all private cars from UK roads. A similar US study in the state of Utah projected a yearly decrease of 6,000 metric tonnes. “We recognised well before the pandemic that the five-day week is no longer fit for purpose, and as we trialled and studied the four-day week it became clear that this is a necessary part of the solution to restore climate balance, among many other documented benefits,” says Barnes. “We simply cannot go on as we have been.”

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Chicken, Pineapple and ’nduja Bake Serves: 4

I love the combination of sweet and savoury (as you’ll probably have deduced if you’ve flicked through this book a few times), and there is no greater union than that of pork and pineapple. The pork here comes in the form of ’nduja, a spreadable chilli-

spiked sausage from Calabria. Add chicken, pineapple, chipotle and tangerine to the mix and you’ve got yourself a party.



4 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs, at room temperature 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed with the side of a knife 1 medium onion, halved and very thinly sliced on a mandolin ½ large, extra-ripe pineapple, peeled (300g) 4 sweet tangerines (or 2 oranges), squeezed to get 100g juice (see notes) 100g chicken bone broth, stock or water 2 tablespoons double cream 5g fresh coriander 1 lime, cut into wedges

Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/200°C.

’Nduja and chipotle paste

50g ’nduja paste/spread 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons tomato purée/paste ½ teaspoon chipotle flakes ½ teaspoon paprika ¾ teaspoon fine salt about 20 twists of freshly ground black pepper Get ahead

Marinate the chicken in the ’nduja and chipotle paste up to 2 days ahead, but don’t mix in the onion and garlic until you’re ready to bake.

Put all the ingredients for the paste into a large bowl and mix together. Add the chicken, garlic and three-quarters of the sliced onion and mix well so everything is coated evenly. Tip the onions and garlic into a 28cm ovenproof cast-iron skillet or similar-sized baking dish and spread out. Place the chicken thighs on top, skin side up and spaced apart. Cut the pineapple into 4 rounds, then cut each round into quarters, removing the hard core (you should have about 300g). Add the pineapple to the bowl with the remnants of the paste, mix to coat with whatever's left there, then arrange the pineapple around the chicken. Pour the tangerine juice around the chicken (don’t get the skin wet), then bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and pour the stock or water into the pan around the chicken (again, don’t get the skin wet). Return to the oven for another 20–25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is browned and crispy. If you have a blowtorch, use it to char the pineapple a little. Drizzle the cream into the sauce. Toss the coriander and the remaining sliced onions together with a tiny bit of oil and salt and arrange on top. Serve from the pan, with the lime wedges alongside. Notes

Recipe extracted from MEZCLA, Recipes to Excite by Ixta Belfrage RRP $65, Ebury Press Food & Wine

I use tangerines over oranges as they have a more complex, floral flavour, but feel free to use oranges if that’s easier (use fresh fruit, though, not juice from a bottle or carton). If your tangerines/oranges aren’t particularly sweet, you may want to add some maple syrup or honey – do this when you add the stock or water.


Roasted Cabbage with Mango and Harissa Sauce Serves: 4 as a side

The mango and harissa sauce is the star here and couldn’t be easier to put together. It works well in so many contexts: try it with roast chicken, marinated tofu or grilled fish or prawns, or let it come to room temperature and use it as the base for a fish

or prawn crudo dish. For a quick midweek dinner, serve the cabbage with fried eggs.



1 medium Savoy cabbage 1 teaspoon flaked salt 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced into rounds (optional) 5g fresh herbs (preferably a mix of dill and coriander) Greek-style yoghurt, to serve (optional) lemon wedges, to serve

Preheat the oven to 220°C fan/240°C.

Mango and harissa sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil 4 large cloves of garlic, very finely chopped 1 mild red chilli, deseeded and very finely chopped ⅛ teaspoon fine salt 2 tablespoons rose harissa 2 teaspoons tomato purée/paste 100g very ripe, sweet mango flesh, peeled and chopped into 1cm cubes 2 teaspoons lemon juice Get ahead

The mango and harissa sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, after which the mango might start to get a little fizzy and funky (which actually tastes quite nice).

Separate the cabbage leaves to get 400g of the brightest green leaves (save the rest for another recipe). Cut the leaves in half along the ribs, then cut in half again. Put them into a large bowl with the flaked salt and oil and massage together. Transfer to a large, flat tray and spread out as much as possible – it’s fine if some leaves overlap, as they’ll shrink. Roast for 12 minutes, tossing the leaves halfway, until the edges are beginning to brown and crisp up. To make the sauce, put the oil, garlic, chilli and fine salt into a large sauté pan and place on a medium-low heat. Gently fry for 6–7 minutes, stirring often, until the garlic is very soft. You don’t want the garlic to brown, so turn the heat down if necessary. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the harissa and tomato purée/paste until combined, then stir in the mango and lemon juice. Spoon the sauce on to a platter and top with the roasted cabbage leaves. Squeeze over some lemon juice, then top with the jalapeño and herbs. Serve warm with yoghurt on the side, if you like.

Recipe extracted from MEZCLA, Recipes to Excite by Ixta Belfrage RRP $65, Ebury Press Food & Wine


Brown Butter Curried Cornbread Serves: 6

Cornbread is usually a supporting act, but this version is good enough to take centre stage at the dinner table and will probably end up being the dish around which you plan the meal. The corn that bejewels the surface is best just out of the oven when it’s a little crispy from the butter, and a little sticky from the maple

syrup. That’s not to say you need to eat it all in one go; it will still be delicious the next day, heated up. To heat, either pan-fry, or place the slices on a tray in a cold oven, turn the temperature up to 150°C fan/170°C and warm for about 10 minutes. Serve with plenty of butter on the side.



140g unsalted butter, plus extra to serve 500g frozen corn kernels, defrosted and patted dry 150g Greek-style yoghurt 2 large eggs 1 Scotch bonnet chilli, finely chopped (optional, see notes) 1 spring onion, finely chopped 5g fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated 1½ teaspoons medium curry powder 1½ teaspoons finely grated lime zest 100g quick-cook polenta 80g plain flour ½ teaspoon fine salt 6 tablespoons maple syrup, plus extra to serve ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda flaked salt, to serve

Preheat the oven to 200°C fan/220°C. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over a medium heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring often until the butter foams and then turns a deep golden-brown. Add the corn and bubble away for 4 minutes, stirring every so often. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 10 minutes. While the corn and butter mixture is cooling, put the yoghurt, eggs, Scotch bonnet, spring onion, ginger, curry powder, lime zest, polenta, flour, salt and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup into a food processor, but don’t blitz yet. Once cool, set aside 140g of the corn and butter mixture in a small bowl to use later. Add the remaining corn and butter to the food processor, then add the baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Pulse about 3-5 times, just until the mixture comes together. Don’t overmix, you want a textured batter with small chunks of corn, not a smooth batter. Transfer the batter into the prepared tin, then spoon the reserved corn and butter evenly over the surface. Bake for 20 minutes, then evenly drizzle over the remaining 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown on top. Leave to cool for 15 minutes. If you have a blowtorch, use it to char the corn in places. Drizzle over some more maple syrup (I like a lot!), sprinkle with flaked salt and serve with a slab of butter alongside. Notes

Recipe extracted from MEZCLA, Recipes to Excite by Ixta Belfrage RRP $65, Ebury Press Food & Wine

I use a whole Scotch bonnet, and its flavour and heat are quite dominant. I love that, but you can of course add less, removing the pith and seeds, or just add a pinch of regular chilli flakes for milder heat.


Heirloom Tomato Salad with Torn Burrata, Tapenade, and Pine Nuts Serves: 6

The less you do to cook or manipulate ingredients, the more critical it becomes to use them when they are at their peak of flavour, so make this salad only with vine-ripened tomatoes. At no other time will they achieve the mystical union of sweetness and acid that makes them irresistible. Roughly torn burrata with

a nice soft chew in parts and overall luscious creaminess plays off the robust flavour of the tapenade, the crunch of pine nuts and breadcrumbs, and the full, rich flavour of the tomatoes.



For the tapenade

First, make the tapenade. Combine the olives, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice, and thyme in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the olive oil and season to taste with pepper.

1 cup (155g) pitted kalamata olives, chopped 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed, dried, and chopped 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves ½ cup (118ml) extra-virgin olive oil freshly ground black pepper For the salad

6 ripe heirloom tomatoes, one kind or a variety 1¼ pounds (600g) burrata cheese, at room temperature crunchy breadcrumbs ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted extra-virgin olive oil

To make the salad, slice the tomatoes into thick rounds and arrange them on a serving platter. Spoon about ¼ cup of the tapenade over the tomatoes. With two hands, tear the burrata apart over the centre of the platter and set the pieces down, torn side up. Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and pine nuts, drizzle with olive oil, and serve.


Chopping the olives by hand for the tapenade makes for a coarse and interesting texture. Extra tapenade can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Recipe extracted from Green Fire by Francis Mallmann RRP $99.99, Artisan Books, Distributed by Food & Wine


Young Carrots A La Plancha with Charred Mint and Green Garlic Salsa Serves: 4 to 6

Young carrots cook up relatively quickly on the plancha – sweet yet crisp. At the same time of year that one harvests these carrot infants, green garlic and garlic scapes make their appearance as well. When carrots are tossed with a charred herb salsa, the effect is bracingly fresh, crunchy. Mint, though not sweet, has a

way of encouraging the sweetness of other ingredients to come out for a visit on your palate. If you can’t find green garlic or it’s not in season, use scallions.



1-1.5kg young carrots, assorted colours if you can find them 2 ⁄3 cup (160 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper a handful of mint sprigs, tied together with kitchen twine

Prepare a fire for medium heat and warm the plancha. (Or pull out a large cast-iron griddle if cooking indoors.)

a handful of tender green garlic shoots, garlic scapes, garlic chives, or scallions juice of 1 large lemon 1 bunch parsley, chopped good-quality red wine vinegar a small pinch of crushed red pepper flakes Notes

If your young carrots come with their tender greens attached, by all means grill them as well. Young carrots are long and slim. So-called baby carrots – which have become popular for dipping in hummus or salsa – are not babies at all. They are made from mature carrots that are cut into sections and turned on a lathe-like machine. I don’t use them.

Recipe extracted from Green Fire by Francis Mallmann RRP $99.99, Artisan Books, Distributed by Food & Wine

Trim the tops of the carrots, scrub them well, and slice them lengthwise in half. Brush them with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Set aside on a sheet pan with the bundle of mint. If the green garlic is on the thick side, slice it lengthwise. If using garlic scapes, cut crosswise into 15cm lengths. If using garlic chives, pat them dry and tie them lightly together with kitchen twine. Whichever you are using, add them to the sheet pan and drizzle everything with olive oil. Brush the hot plancha with olive oil (if cooking indoors, heat the griddle over medium heat, then brush with oil). When the oil shimmers, add the mint and the green garlic and cook until partially charred on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Baste the uncooked side of the herbs with olive oil and turn them over with tongs; cook for another minute or so to lightly brown the other side. The green garlic or garlic scapes should be somewhat softened. As they are done, transfer them to a large cutting board, then cut and discard the twine. Trim off and discard any tough stems and chop the garlic together with the mint. Scrape into a bowl and drizzle with the lemon juice. Mix in the parsley and drizzle generously with olive oil and splashes of vinegar to taste. Season this salsa carefully with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Wipe off the plancha or griddle and brush with olive oil. Spread out the carrots on the hot surface and cook for several minutes on both sides, until tender. To serve, transfer them to a serving dish and spoon the salsa over them.


Burnt Cherries and Ice Cream Serves: 6

This is part performance art and part dessert. I enjoy making this, eating it, and most of all beholding the looks of astonishment from guests as I place a hot cast-iron skillet on a bowl full of ice cream topped with sugar-dusted cherries. Everyone holds their breath as I wield the hot iron. Trepidation

gives way to smiles, as the sweet clouds of burnt sugar, singed ripe cherries, and vanilla notes of the ice cream meet. Few things are certain in this life – the impact of this dessert is one of them. Use pot holders!



945ml vanilla ice cream 280g cherries, halved and pitted 4 tablespoons sugar, plus more if needed a handful of fresh mint leaves, for garnish

At least 8 hours before serving, pack the ice cream into a 5-cup (1L) heatproof and freezer-safe serving bowl or other container, cover, and place in the freezer. Half an hour before serving, take the bowl of ice cream out of the freezer so the ice cream softens a little. Combine the cherries and 2 tablespoons of the sugar in a bowl to macerate. Prepare a fire for medium-high heat, set a grate over it, and heat a cast-iron skillet on the grate. If cooking indoors, heat it on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Arrange the cherries in a layer on top of the ice cream and sprinkle them evenly with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Using a heavy-duty pot holder, position the hot skillet over the cherries and lower it onto them for about 10 seconds, or until the sugar melts and caramelises the cherries. Set the hot pan aside. The caramelized cherries will melt into the ice cream and soften it enough to scoop it into individual serving bowls. Garnish with the mint.

Recipe extracted from Green Fire by Francis Mallmann RRP $99.99, Artisan Books, Distributed by Food & Wine




Housing Tea “While there is tea, there is hope,” so wrote the English playwright Sir Arthur Wing Pinero. There’s also likely a teahouse.


Legend has it that tea as a drink was discovered by the first emperor of ancient China, Shen Nung, around 5,000 years ago when a gust of wind blew a tealeaf into a pot of boiling water. A Chinese document dated from 59 BC was thought to be the first proven reference to the consumption of what is now the world’s most popular beverage (aside from water) until the recent discovery of the remnants of loose-leaf green tea in the tomb of the Jing Emperor Liu Qi, who died in 141 BC. However, scientists are unsure whether the tea was used as a drink or for medicinal purposes. Certainly, by the 8th century – around the middle period of the Tang dynasty – tea culture in China was flourishing, catalysed greatly by the publication of The Classic of Tea by Buddhist monk, Lu Yu. Rather than viewed as a medicinal tonic, tea took on great cultural significance as the focal point of social events and celebratory rituals. The teahouse became a place where business was done, artists gathered, poets performed, and stories told – in some parts of China, the teahouse even replaced lawcourts as a venue to settle legal disputes. Guangdong teahouses in the southern reaches of China became renowned for serving tea accompanied by dim sum (small plates of snack foods like dumplings), a trend that is now among the most popular around the world.

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Tea culture was similarly embraced in Japan. Ochaya teahouses were used for entertainment, including the employment of geisha, while the more traditional chashitsu were a place of contemplation, used for tea ceremonies known as chado (‘the way of tea’), and often built in restful, rural settings surrounded by gardens. Traditional Japanese teahouses are intimate, lowceilinged, paper-walled affairs, incorporating the country’s iconic minimalist design and comprising two rooms. The first space serves as a tea storage and food preparation area, the second being the main area with tatami mats and a charcoal pit to boil the water. Understated decoration usually takes the form of a wall-mounted calligraphy scroll or a simple arrangement of flowers. Thomas Twining opened what was London’s – and likely Britain’s – first tearoom, on The Strand in 1706, the foundations of what was to become the legendary Twinings Tea brand. The tearoom still stands today – albeit a highly modernised version – and serves as an attraction for tea enthusiasts to learn of its history, sample some leaves, take masterclasses, and create some blends. Verve visits some more fascinating tearooms from around the world.



Vancouver Tea House, Canada

Positioned on a rooftop terrace on the 19th floor of a commercial tower in downtown Vancouver is a 12sqm pavilion designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Built to serve for ceremonial purposes, it’s a contemporary take on the traditional teahouse that swaps out imported Japanese cedar for local Douglas fir within the glass and steel frame. Shoji screens are covered with Japanese washi paper, there are sliding doors, and a low ceiling above a central hydraulic table that can be raised and lowered. Pebbles and moss sprinkle the surrounds, and the view of Coal Harbour is mesmeric. Pin Von Tea House, China

Suzhou to the west of Shanghai is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East’ owing to its historic building-lined canals, but unlike Venice it’s a city rich in tea, rather than coffee, culture. The Pin Von Tea House is a 130-year-old icon popular with both tourists and oarspeople who work the canals that it overlooks. Inside the character-rich classic architecture awaits traditional Chinese music, and a menu that brims with house special dumplings and a massive selection of Chinese teas.

Takasugi-an, Japan

In the city of Chino, in the Nagano Prefecture, is an iconic teahouse by architectural historian-turned architect Terunobu Fujimori who didn’t even get his first commission until the ripe old age of 44. Famed for his use of raw and natural materials, Takasugia-an (which translates as ‘a teahouse built too high’) has room for just four guests and sits perched atop two six-metre chestnut trees with accessed via a ladder. Echoing the tradition that a tea master must have total control over the building of their teahouses, Fujimori believes the teahouse to be “the ultimate personal architecture”. Tea House, Czech Republic

A collaboration between David Maštálka of A1 Architects and sculptor Vojtech Bilisic, Tea House springs from a garden dotted with apple and cherry trees at the foot of a hill in Prague. Based on traditional Japanese minimalist design, built from oak, and standing on stones sourced from a local pond, the intimate tea house is a place of contemplation that Maštálka says is a world where “time flows at its own pace”.


Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse, China

Designed by architect Sun Wei of HWCD Associates, the Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse floats restfully on a lake in the stunning Shiqiao garden in historic Yangzhou. Bamboo lattices rise from the sides of overlaying rectangular square grids to form screen walls and shelters that create inward and outward facing spaces, connected by corridors, that look towards the lake or a central void. Illuminated at night the teahouse resembles a massive floating Chinese lantern. Kou-an Glass Teahouse, Japan

As if being built pretty much entirely of glass – including the ceiling and raised floor – isn’t special enough, a prism on the roof of the Kou-an Glass Teahouse directs the sun to create a rainbow underfoot. Built by Japanese artist and designer Tokujin Yoshioka, next to the ancient Buddhist Shoren-in Temple in Kyoto, the transparent walls also afford jaw-dropping views of the city and surrounding Higashiyama Mountains. A glittered pattern across the floor was incorporated by the designer to “remind of ripples on the surface of water”.

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traditional winemaking techniques, producing some of our most highly acclaimed, award-winning wines Among the several label tiers from the wineries stable is the new Gwen series, named in honour of Tom’s wife Florence Gwendolyn Brown. Chris Scott, chief winemaker, using his expertise and passion has overseen the introduction of many new varietals, collecting some major trophies along the way ’20 Gwen chardonnay RRP $25

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It’s impossible to escape South Island’s Southern Alps. Driving north of Christchurch, the mountains bear down from the west, squeezing the Canterbury Plains into a bear hug between the coast and their steep rocky faces before snuffing them out of existence at the base of the Kaikōura Ranges.

Here in North Canterbury, in the foothills near Culverden, life can be extreme: freezing, howling winds bring snow and ice off the peaks throughout winter, while in the summer the land bakes underneath the hazy, high-country heat.

one thing they have an abundance of – wool. In May 2020 they launched The Grumpy Merino, a line of natural merino knitting yarn and luxurious blankets made right here in New Zealand and solely with the wool from their farm.

Despite the conditions, people here make a living as they have done for more than a century, farming and grazing – first on the giant stations that made this area famous and, in recent decades, on the smaller family farms that splintered from them. The Grampians is one such farm and on it live Sarah and Jono Reed, the third — and with their children, fourth – generation of Reeds to steward this land.

When I speak to Sarah Reed over Zoom, she tells me how The Grumpy Merino came to be. As is the case for so many farmers, the Reeds were selling their prized merino to big fashion brands overseas – a valuable client base but one that never allowed them to tell the true story of their product and the place from where it came.

In many ways, the Reeds are typical high-country farmers on a typical high-country farm. On their land, which ranges from irrigated flats and rolling hills to rugged mountain faces, they run an old-school combination of sheep and beef: hardy merinos and sturdy, black-coated Angus cattle. Like farmers throughout South Island, the raw materials they produce are sent off overseas, destined for clothing racks and restaurant tables the world over.

They wanted to produce something that could be made here in Aotearoa and that customers could buy knowing exactly where it had come from. Traceability and transparency are the top priorities for The Grumpy Merino, as well as their customers, and this was something that Sarah knew they had to have from the outset. From the farm near Culverden, the Reeds’ wool weaves its way around New Zealand as part of a complex domestic production line, a cross-country journey that customers can follow on their website.

But the Reeds also do something that is not typical on a highcountry farm. While others have attempted to diversify by transforming themselves into luxury lodges or guided hunting retreats, the Reeds’ approach is simple and rests on the back of

It is time-consuming and more costly than sending their materials overseas, but Sarah wouldn’t have it any other way.



Of the 30 tonnes of wool they produce each year, only one tonne of the finest, most premium merino fleeces are selected to be turned into The Grumpy Merino blankets and yarns.

“It is supporting New Zealand business, which is what we really wanted to do, and it's part of that whole circular economy. I think there’s something quite special about using other businesses because you’re keeping them up as well as yourself.” Keeping things close to home is something the Reeds do well. Their farm, The Grampians, has been in the family since 1973 and in addition to Sarah, Jono and their three kids, Jono’s parents, Graham and Ann, also live and work on the farm they helped build. The rams from which The Grumpy Merino flock is bred come from Glenallen merinos just down the road in Waikari – a stud that just so happens to be owned by Jono’s sister and her husband. Of course, there are benefits to such an operation that goes beyond the feel-good aspects of running a family business. From the genetics that form the backbone of the flock to the way the sheep are cared for throughout the season, every input and aspect of production is overseen by Sarah and Jono. Of the 30 tonnes of wool they produce each year, only one tonne of the finest, most premium merino fleeces are selected to be turned into The Grumpy Merino blankets and yarns. The result is a product that few are able to match – pure, handpicked luxury from the heart of New Zealand.

Despite being only a little over two years old, The Grumpy Merino has already managed to attract overseas customers in Australia and Japan, sales that have been secured through a strong social media presence, close customer relationships, and good old-fashioned word-of-mouth. The product is beautiful, limited, and made from a material, merino wool, that has long been associated with luxury – a winning combination for any young brand. But Sarah believes that what people ultimately connect with is the story of The Grumpy Merino: of a family from the high country putting their heart and soul into something that celebrates the land and the animals that produced it, a little piece of New Zealand that customers can pass down to their children and grandchildren.


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August 2022

Colour Conflict? Get the look with Resene Resene Dancing Girl Resene Wham Resene Sakura

Look great in greys Sustainability has been a massive theme on the runways for a good few years now, yet the colours on show have often gone against a mood of caution and care. That’s why the adoption of grey shades is an interesting shift in 2022, with designers intimating the colour represents a change of pace, where thought and intelligence in grey knocks back the buoyant, acidic tones that patterned the shop windows in previous years. Black to basics While, in the past, black has found itself mixed with bright shades to provide

contrast, for the latter months of 2022 the message is to embrace the very darkest, deepest and shiniest elements of this moody colour. Ink blacks are the perfect exemplar of this image according to the fashion houses, with a typically neutral colour being encouraged to take centre stage. Keeping in with pinks and purples Once considered the choice of the very old, the very young or the reckless, pinks and purples are very much in. From dusky and elegant pinks at Marc Jacobs, to more violent blue and peach shades at Matty Bovan, the beautifully coloured tones have spread right the way through to hair colour.

Nature’s nod Any kind of green or blue shade generally feels more outrageous when it comes to our clothes colours, but these can still retain a feminine edge, particularly when you choose a lighter tint. And don’t forget about… white While other colours and tones may be tipped to dominate, the old favourite white will always be cleaning up in the background. Famously versatile, endlessly expressive and with more shades and variations than any other colour, the only downside to white is the washing powder bill!

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August 2022



Though there’s technically absolutely nothing wrong with writing ‘okay’ as ‘OK’ it’s an abbreviation that grinds many a folk’s grammatical gears – including this writer’s (though not as much as BBQ).

Not only does OK look uglier, lazier and shoutier than its elegant elongation, if you need to verb things up – okays, okayed, okaying – then that abbreviation gets really messy. However, OK isn’t an even an abbreviation (of okay, at least), as OK actually came first. Considering okay is a relative newcomer to the English language and one of its most widely used and versatile words (as well as probably the world’s most recognisable word in any language), there has been considerable debate as to its origins over the years. Among the most common (mis)conceptions was that it was born on the US Civil War battlefields as a military term meaning zero killed. Others have argued that it comes from the Latin omnes korrecta or the Greek olla kalla, both of which mean ‘all good’. Some said it could be traced back to the Scots (och aye) or the phrase okeh used by Choctaw, a group of Native American people from the southeast USA. Okay’s conception has even been attributed to a baker’s biscuit stamp, to shipbuilders branding wood with ‘outer keel’, and a Puerto Rican rum called ‘Aux Quais’. However, risibly, the truth is that okay was born from a “lame joke” that went viral before viral was a thing. The widely accepted book OK: The Improbable Story of America’s Greatest Word, by Allan Metcalf, credits Boston Morning Post editor Charles Gordon Greene with coining the expression in 1839. It was common in newsrooms at the time to create slang through abbreviated misspelt words like KG for ‘know go’ (instead of ‘no go’), or OW for ‘oll write’ (instead of ‘all right’) similar to our textspeak (like ‘OMG’) of today. And so, on Saturday, 23 March, 1839, in a tongue-in-cheek article about a satirical organisation called the ‘Anti-Bell Ringing Society’, OK appeared as an abbreviation of ‘oll korrect’, a deliberate misspelling of ‘all correct’, for the very first time.

OK showed up in another Boston Morning Post article a few days later and by the end of the year had appeared in the Boston Evening Transcript, New York Evening Tattler, and the Philadelphia Gazette. And so, it had already begun to sneak into American vernacular when the presidential campaign rolled around in 1840. The team for Democratic incumbent Martin van Buren came up with his nickname OK in reference to his hometown of Old Kinderhook and OK Clubs began springing up around the country. “OK now could have a double meaning,” writes Metcalf. “Old Kinderhook was all correct.” Soon rumours were also spreading that van Buren's predecessor, Andrew Jackson, couldn’t spell and would sign his presidential papers with an OK believing it meant ‘all correct’. Within a decade, marking OK on business documents had become standard practice and telegraph operators were soon using it as way of acknowledging receiving a transmission. But ironically, though OK was invented by an editor, its use was widely resisted by the period’s leading writers like Mark Twain. Acceptance finally came when it was used by Woodrow Wilson who served as the US president from 1913-21, but by then OK’s backstory had been lost and he believed it to have stemmed from the Choctaw word okeh so spelt it in the same way. “With the source of OK forgotten,” writes Metcalf, “each ethnic group and tribe could claim the honor of having ushered it into being from an expression in their native language." OMG, Charles Gordon Greene must be LOL-ing in his grave.


August 2022



So much to watch, so little time... This month, Verve’s star teen streaming reviewer Lucy Kennedy gets stuck into Stranger Things.


COULD PARANOIA DRIVE YOU TO MURDER The genius of Shakespeare and Verdi meet in total theatre. An exciting world premiere production by Netia Jones, conducted by Brad Cohen, featuring Phillip Rhodes, Amanda Echalaz and a stellar cast of Kiwi talent.

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Stranger Things - Season 4 Rated - 14+

Two years of filming, nine scripts, thousands of visual effects shots, and a near-13-hour runtime. The wait is over, and Stranger Things season four is out! If you haven’t heard of the show (nearly impossible, considering the extensive media coverage it’s gathered), Stranger Things follows a group of kids in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, as they battle Dungeons and Dragons-inspired monsters. It’s been streaming on Netflix since 2016. Season four brings new characters and friendships to the show while sharing the backstories of some prominent villains. I feel that this season attempts to tie in loose ends from previous seasons, and while it’s an admirable effort, it sometimes feels a bit of a stretch. Show creators the Duffer brothers have recently announced that they’ve gone back and changed previous episodes to make things make sense, but despite this, the new season has been widely well-received. The new season is definitely not my favourite, but by no means poor. Some parts are extremely sad (I cried A LOT) but seeing my favourite characters back together and getting some new content balanced it out for me. The ending leaves a lot of room for season five, when, hopefully, they allow Will a new haircut – the poor guy has had that bowl cut for years now! Season four is also definitely the darkest yet, with more disturbing imagery and more serious consequences for the kids. 4/5 stars Available now on Netflix. Instagram @lucykennedyreviews


Wes Fieldhouse A Matter Of Time From 13 August – 3 September

As a painter, Wes Fieldhouse creates his own meanings and understandings of his work through direct engagement in the process – in the standing back, analysing, and questioning. This painting speaks of climate change, the Pacific, and rising sea levels. A Matter of Time is the way he understands the work and feels it is not something that can be easily written about. But as John Berger said, “All genuine art approaches something which is eloquent but which we cannot altogether understand. Eloquent because it touches something fundamental. How do we know? We do not. We simply recognise.”


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What's On in August


DAWN RAIDS 16 August – 3 September ASB Waterfront Theatre

One of the most anticipated contemporary productions of 2022, Dawn Raids by Oscar Kightley, will take to the main stage this August. With Pasifika warmth and wit, this powerful, large-scale co-production will enlighten and educate by bringing Pacific Underground’s deep and generous knowledge of the past, to centre stage.

RHYS DARBY: 25 YEARS 5 August Kiri Te Kawana Theatre

Rhys Darby is celebrating his quarter of a century of comedic work, performing all his favourite material for this silver jubilee show. Performing just one show in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch each, these comedic gems are a love letter to the beginnings of his incredible career.

CINDERELLA 10-13 August Aotea Centre

This modern take on Cinderella provides a sparkly and stylish twist on the classic tale. The dazzling ballet showcases a heroine who knows her own mind and a hero who follows his heart. Feisty, funny and fabulous with a stunning lighting and set design that will immerse you in a kaleidoscope of colour.

CHRIS PARKER: GENTLE MAN 18-19 August Q Theatre

Award-winning comedian Chris Parker returns to the stage with a collection of his greatest hits. His unique style of fun, wise, and sensitive-yet-witty comedy is always a fan favourite.

RESTAURANT MONTH 1-31 August Auckland City Centre

Explore over 100 special menus and dining events spread across Auckland throughout the month. Each menu is crafted to showcase the culinary creativity and essence of the venue. There are also exciting event evenings like the MASU x Wētā Workshop collaboration or the Chef’s Table series to check out.


Over 230 of the world's most beloved writers and thinkers come together to celebrate literature, ideas and imagination. Hear from authors, musicians, comedians, filmmakers, screen writers, actors, academics, and more. Spanning six days, this 200-event festival has something for everyone.


Join Oscar-winning director Dame Jane Campion for an insightful discussion focussing on artistic inheritances, guiding principles and preoccupations. Hosted by Noelle McCarthy.


August 2022



4 August

Ladybug (Pitt) is an unlucky assassin determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs have gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans. Ladybug's latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the globe – all with connected, yet conflicting, objectives – on the world's fastest train, and he must figure out how to get off. The end of the line is only the beginning in a wild, non-stop thrill ride through modern-day Japan.


18 August

Directed by David Leitch and starring Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock.

Based on the bestselling novel, Where the Crawdads Sing tells of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumours of the ‘Marsh Girl’ haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world, but when one of them is found dead, she becomes the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.

Directed by Olivia Newman and starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Taylor John Smith.


4 August

The Princess tells the story of Princess Diana exclusively through contemporaneous archival footage creating a bold and immersive narrative of her life and death. Turning the camera back on ourselves, the film illuminates the profound impact she had and how the public’s attitude to the monarchy was, and still is, shaped by these events.


4 August

Directed by Academy-Award nominated Ed Perkins (Tell Me Who I Am) and from the Academy-Award winning producer of Searching for Sugar Man and Man on Wire.


Starring two-time Golden Globe-winner Jane Seymour OBE, Ruby’s Choice is a poignant tale about three generations of strong women. Bonded by shared moments of wisdom and joy, past secrets are revealed, and as Ruby's illness threatens to push them apart, the family must make a big decision. It’s a story that will resonate with audiences touched by dementia, while offering hope and inspiration to live life to the fullest. Ruby’s Choice will support dementia care with a portion of profits.

Directed by Michael Budd.


On the Bookshelf There’s almost nothing better than curling up with a good book in front of the fireplace with a warm cup of cacao. This month we bring you a brilliant selection of titles whose remarkable authors are all presenting at this year’s Auckland Writers Festival.

THE OTHER WAY David Trubridge


This book, a “love letter to the land and sea”, moves from the blinding white light of Antarctica to the fecund darkness of Aotearoa's fiords and beyond, drawn from Trubridge’s journals and photographs. In a world changed radically by the two traumas of Covid and the climate crisis, the author shows how he has listened to life more simply: in an Italian village café, a Baltic archipelago or, crucially, near his Aotearoa home. It tells of how he has entered into a deeper connection with nature through an immersion of all the senses, beginning with feet on soil, body in the ocean, and breath on a mountaintop.

From the New York Times bestselling author David Duchovny, an epic adventure that asks how we make sense of right and wrong in a world of extremes. David Duchovny’s fourth novel is a heartbreaking meditation on family, religion, sex, greed, human nature, and the vanishing environment of an ancient desert.

HOW TO BE A BAD MUSLIM Mohammed Hassan


David Trubridge, Mohammed Hassan, Masha Gessen and David Duchovny (via livestream in venue) will be appearing at the Auckland Writers Festival 23-28 August. For more information and tickets visit . Art


The breakout non-fiction book from award-winning New Zealand writer Mohamed Hassan. From Cairo to Takapuna, Athens to Istanbul, How To Be A Bad Muslim maps the personal and public experience of being Muslim through essays on identity, Islamophobia, surveillance, migration, and language. Traversing storytelling, memoir, journalism and humour, Hassan speaks authentically and piercingly on mental health, grief, and loss, while weaving memories of an Egyptian immigrant fighting childhood bullies, listening to lifesaving 90s grunge, and auditioning for vaguely ethnic roles in a certain pirate movie franchise. Funny, chilling, elegiac and eye-opening, this is a must-read from a powerfully talented writer.

The Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a low-level, smallminded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress, making his country a threat to his own people and to the world once more. As a journalist living in Moscow, Masha Gessen experienced this history first-hand, and for The Man Without a Face has drawn on information and sources no other writer has tapped. This account of how a “faceless” man manoeuvred his way into absolute – and absolutely corrupt – power is the definitive biography of Vladimir Putin.

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with Delma and Jonathan Harrison the proud owners of Palmers Remuera

almers Remuera has retained all the qualities that go hand in hand with its status as one of the oldest established garden centres in New Zealand. They have kept pace with every new development to ensure they remain at the forefront of horticultural developments.

Delma and Jonathan provide the following tips on the best way to achieve maximum protection for the next 6 months by following a spray programme with the help of Grosafe’s Insecticide Range. Grosafe’s GroVentive® Garden is a new, two way systemic insecticide, with a high level of safety to bees. Using GroVentive® Garden will control and prevent re-infestation of chewing and sucking insects, protecting your plants for up to 4 - 6 weeks. Grosafe’s BioNeem® is an organic certified insecticide registered for use on all fruit and vegetable crops and ornamentals to control chewing and sucking insects. BioNeem® has antifeeding and repellent properties. Grosafe’s EnSpray 99® Spraying Oil, is another certified organic insecticide for controlling chewing and sucking insects on your edible crops and ornamentals. EnSpray 99® inhibits eggs, nymphs and adult insects and mites breathing resulting in suffocation, as well as affecting feeding and egg laying.

Our Suggested Spray Programme GroVentive® Garden is the foundation spray and we recommend using this for the initial treatment early in the season to protect against insect infestation. Monitor pest pressure and repeat again 3-4 weeks later and up to 3 to 4 sprays during the growing season if insect pressure is persistent. For enhanced performance and efficacy we strongly encourage using it with Grosafe EcoSpread®. For all edible crops and ornamentals, apply BioNeem® when the pests are first seen and reapply 1-2 weeks later if necessary. Apply EnSpray 99® every 3-4 weeks to protect your edible crops and ornamentals. Both BioNeem® and EnSpray 99® are contact sprays so good coverage is essential. EcoSpread® enhances the performance of these insecticides, as well as having a 30 minute rainfastness after spraying. For further advice, pop into our store and let one of our friendly garden experts help you.

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Preparing Your Garden for Spring The days are slowly getting longer as spring creeps into the garden, and seedlings begin to take off again as mid to late August comes around. There is much to do to prepare your garden for spring!


Now is the perfect time to prepare your garden beds for spring and summer. Dig in green crops and start weeding beds to ensure you’re ready to plant this spring. Start sowing spring seeds into seed-raising mix, including peas, beans, lettuce, celery and broccoli. From midAugust, start feeding your established veggies with Kings Organic Vegetable Fertiliser. Flowers and Perennials

Early spring bulbs should be flowering

soon. Bring spring to your family and friends by gifting them cut flowers from your blooming garden! Plant summer bulbs now and enjoy a beautiful splash of colour in your garden once summer arrives. Deadhead old flowers as they fade to encourage growth of new buds. Indoor Plants

If your indoor plants have been stretching towards the light, turn them slightly each week to correct the lean. Start repotting indoor plants later in the month. Most indoor plants do not

see much growth in the colder months, so repotting when it’s warmer ensures your plants have a more comfortable environment to get settled into their new pot. We recommend repotting into Kings House Plant Mix as new soil provides new nutrients and new opportunities for your plant to grow well. For more gardening tips, pop into your local Kings, or visit .

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On the Up With a couple of decades’ industry experience, few know real estate like John Wills of Bayleys Ponsonby. Verve sat down with him to find out more.

How has the pandemic affected business?

The lockdowns and alert levels were extremely uneasy times. I thought that there was no way people would consider going out and spending upwards of $2 million on a new home. But, as we started moving down the levels the phone just kept ringing. It was unbelievable. Buyers were out in force like never before. How do you feel about the market quietening down?

I am actually okay with it. The 2020-21 unicorn market was not sustainable, or healthy. Now, I do feel for vendors who simply want to sell for ‘real reasons’. Many are finding the process long and arduous. The residential market rolls on because people’s housing needs change through the likes of job transfers, kids leaving for university, or wanting a dedicated home office. The general ‘days on market’ stat is frustrating many sellers at present. But properties are still selling, and there’s a group of buyers definitely prepared to act.

For my own sales business, I’m making sure I continue to offer ‘service with a smile’, no matter what’s going on in the market. I also want to make sure my name and personal brand is highly visible out there. Personal thoughts on the market?

There’s no question the market changed in December 2021. Buyer demand has dropped away, and people are a lot more cautious and considered at present. Having said that, my personal view is that there is still a very strong underlying demand for property and there are a lot of people sitting on the sidelines waiting to make their next move. Yes, the general cost of living and increased interest rates have played a part, but in my opinion, it’s the access to money and intensive mortgage application process and criteria that are slowing things down the most. When this changes, I think we’ll see the market run very strongly again. There are definitely buyers out there, and there will be a heck of a lot more if and when lending criteria frees up just a little bit.

How are you preparing for a quieter market?

I think that service, proactivity, quality conversations, and attention to detail are what matters most in a market like this. Salespeople need to proactively find the buyer for clients. It’s not the time to sit back and hope something good will happen. We need to use our networks, experience, databases, and targeted marketing.

Please feel free to get in touch in confidence: John Wills 021 333 053

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August 2022

Purrfect Match Travel, study or relocating can be the most exciting decisions you ever make. But for animal lovers and pet parents, a lack of canine companionship can leave a hole in the heart. What happens when your best furry friend can't come along? Head to Share My Pet.

Home is where the muddy footprints are, right?

Missing your pet when you’re away travelling or studying is heartbreaking. No waggy tail to greet you after a long day. Do you miss those puppy kisses that simply make everything better? Many people miss their pets for a multitude of reasons. Travel, living in rental property, study or a beloved pet passing on may mean you are pet-less and pining. If you’re missing your pet or not yet ready to commit to fulltime pet ownership but crave canine companionship, Share My Pet can help! Canine Companionship, a simple solution through pet sharing. Share My Pet member and pet borrower Alix left the UK a few years ago to travel to NZ. She has always loved canine companionship and misses her family dog back home. With uncertainties surrounding travel and how long her stay in NZ will be, Alix made the wise decision that pet ownership will have to wait. Luckily for Alix, and many other animal lovers in NZ, Share My Pet can help. Via the website, Alix has been able to connect to a lovely local dog for weekly hangouts and play dates. Alix and Ziggy the Labradoodle meet up weekly for doggie dates to the local parks, beaches, or reserves. What Alix loves most about pet sharing is how easy it’s been to meet lovely pet owners and make new furry friends.

commitment and time. Honest conversations help to best fulfil everyone's expectations and needs. Once connections have been established though, they can last for years! Now, a few pet sharing dates later, when Alix goes to pick Ziggy up from his home, his tail does the happy dance! He’s always super excited to see her and go on an adventure. "For me pet sharing has filled a doggy-shaped void. I miss my family dog in the UK and through Share My Pet I have been able to connect with a wonderful local dog. His owners are just lovely too! It's easy to arrange pup dates via txt message or on the phone too. I love the canine companionship and cuddles!" Pet sharing fills that (pet-shaped) void

For those of you who are not quite ready for full time pet ownership, pet sharing is an excellent option. This includes students, those living in non-pet friendly rental or frequent travellers. As we know responsible pet ownership requires a lot of time, money, and commitment. Check out this link to read more about the cost and requirements for owning a dog in NZ. Perfect solution for busy pet parents

Share My Pet is nationwide. It’s perfect for busy pet parents who have energetic, social dogs that love extra attention. Pet borrowers like Alix who crave a canine companionship can enjoy a part time relationship with a new furry friend.

On her first pup date with Ziggy, he was a bit shy and reserved. Ziggy, his pet parents, and Alix all took the time to get to know each other. Through open conversation and time spent together a relationship of trust developed. Pet sharing requires

Take a sniff around! To view all the lovely pets and pet borrowers in your local area simply create a FREE profile. Once you see a pet or pet borrower you think is a great match upgrade to paid membership. The messenger system is then unlocked and you have 365 days to connect to other members and arrange pup dates. Ready, set, date!

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Horoscopes LEO 23 July – 22 August

VIRGO 23 August – 22 September

LIBRA 23 September – 22 October


You can be more optimistic about the direction your life is taking, and feel good about your goals. You are more sensitive than usual, with everything impacting you at a deeper level, but you try to hide it from everyone and retreat when you feel upset. This is a good time to get a lot of work done, and to deal with your health and daily life. You can come across as more logical, judgmental, and quiet.

You are more inspired, creative, and artistic, and want to create something special. You may also seem more like your true self. Your dreams can be a focus, and you can get closer to achieving your dreams if you’ve been working hard and smart or encounter more roadblocks if you haven’t. Love is complicated, private, and intense this month. You may also be more emotional if you feel things are out of place.


Your creative self may become more dominant, and a creative outlet can be good for you now. You may get a chance to expand your business and this expansion will increase your earning and ultimately you will also be able to save a lot of money. You have the chance to improve your financial position, either by stabilising cash flow or finding new ways to make money altogether.


23 October – 21 November

22 November – 21 December


You are especially magnetic and persuasive this month. You are willing to work especially hard for security and are also quick to defend your values. You can be more organised, try to bring more structure into your life, and demand perfection of yourself. You’re driven to have better financial security, and the more money you have, the more secure you feel.

You need more balance in your life so you feel mentally at ease or it becomes difficult for you to process anything intellectually. You’re willing to make compromises with anyone and are good at negotiating deals and being a mediator. You can pay attention to the details, do work in your community, or see a sibling or neighbour in the spotlight. You may find that you’re on the go more than usual.

CAPRICORN 22 December – 19 January

AQUARIUS 20 January – 18 February

PISCES 19 February – 20 March

ARIES 21 March – 19 April


You can get further along your life path, or feel that you need to change your direction completely. You have energy to deal with your spirituality and are driven to explore your spiritual self. You may become interested in the metaphysical and explore spiritual topics. You love conversation and want to be around other people. You may also expect your love relationship to be deeper this month.


You feel most like yourself when you’re taking time to do the things you love to do most, and allowing yourself to embrace your inner child. You want to be playful and have fun and need breaks from work regularly or you get grumpy. If you’re in a relationship, you can be more emotional with your partner, or vice versa. If you’re single, you will meet someone you feel a karmic link to.


You feel more confident and secure, and can do more to increase your sense of security and safety in life. Love matters are mostly easy and amiable. You need to be nurtured and encouraged, and you’ll do the same for those you’re close to. You’re more open to other cultures and ways of living and want to learn more about them. You may come across as more emotional, moody, and sympathetic.


20 April – 20 May

21 May – 20 June

21 June – 22 July

You want to expand your life and your world. The more boxed in you feel, the more you want to blow through the walls around your life and run free. You have more mental energy and can do a lot of investigating into subjects and ideas before pursuing any of them. You see how much the world has to offer and want to have new experiences and see new parts of the world for yourself.

You can pursue new money-making opportunities, take on a second job, or start a side gig for extra money. Your confidence may be higher than usual. You’re compromising and fair and strive to bring balance and harmony into your life. If you’re in a relationship, you can commit more fully to your partner. If you’re single, you crave more commitment in your life. You can commit to a project, idea, or person in some way.

You can begin a transformation of some part of yourself or your life. You can research anything, and you do so thoroughly. You’re interested in the darker side of life, things that are taboo, and take a serious approach to everything. You will be informed of some secrets and are more secretive yourself. You may bring more intimacy into your life, or start an intimate relationship.

You begin the month with broad vision and enthusiasm. This is a good month for travel and exploration, but career or reputation matters can get tricky at times. Some of you are up for a promotion or raise. You derive less pleasure from being with those you’re closest to and may opt to spend more time alone. You come across as more scattered, social, and intellectual.


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