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Editors’ Note

FRESH INTENT It feels as if the new year has just started but here we are tumbling headlong into February, with the first issue of Verve 2017, almost ready to go to press. How we enjoyed the summer break. Stretched out, carefree days, an energising celebration of life. We returned to Verve HQ with heads full of sunny memories, happy times and revitalised motivation. With no promises to ourselves to meditate or exercise more, or to eat and drink less, we decided instead to begin the year with new resolve and fresh intent. As business partners publishing a monthly magazine together, there are two words that hold special meaning for us: resilience and laughter. Great qualities — each a sincere reflection of the intent with which we wish to fill the year ahead. Resilience is strong, that ability to withstand knockbacks, challenges and disappointments. Laugher is fun, it lightens a moment, flooding our bodies with natural feel-good chemicals and an overall sense of wellbeing. Verve February is infused with both intentions, and we really hope you enjoy the first issue of what is set to be a momentous year. Be sure to take a look at the piece on Sky Ladder, about a Chinese pyrotechnic artist who creates breathtaking images in the sky with fireworks, now captured on film for the whole world to see. ‘Kaikoura: A Whale of a Time’ is a fascinating tale of resilience and hope, and well worth a read. No February issue would be complete without a touch of romance. The charming story of Wendy and John Cooper whose good humour and devotion towards each other has seen their love last a lifetime, is both heart-warming and inspiring. We are intrinsically aware of the importance good imagery, so are proud to share with you two brilliant photographic features, The Language of Flowers, and our stunning six-page spread on a summer home, that gently flows from indoors to outdoors. Like a ying and a yang they are different from each other, but together form the perfect whole. We could continue waxing lyrical about the February edition, but far better to leave you to flick the pages and soak up yet another brilliant issue for yourself. And if the print magazine is simply not enough, be sure to subscribe to the free electronic edition (visit and check us out on Instagram and Facebook. We wish you a wonderful and Vervacious year. Fran & Jude.



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Workout Because You Want To Love Your Body, Not Because You Hate It ______

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AN ODE TO AUCKLAND My Dearest City, As an adopted Aucklander for the past half-decade, I’m used to hearing quips about ‘dorkland’ and ‘jafas’ (which means something entirely different in British slang, by the way), bandied around by the other twothirds of the nation, but I’d always presumed they were made somewhat in jest. However, Auckland, having spent the past six months or so exploring more of this wonderful nation in greater depth, I’ve discovered the animosity to be somewhat more deep-seated than that. Maybe my lack of Kiwi accent subconsciously encouraged more folk to be more forthcoming with their opinions, but I was surprised and somewhat infuriated by the scale of the cynical sentiments towards you, further compounded by the fact that some who sought to assassinate your character had never even set foot on your streets.

we thought something major had happened before discovering you must be the only hub of significance on Earth that essentially closes down over Christmas. Auckland, it’s all part of your charm.

You’re not always easy to live with, Auckland. You rain too much, you’re overpriced and often bad value — but it’s not your fault you were poorly planned, and now, it seems, you’re a victim of your own success. Each year, across the board, you’re voted as one of the most liveable hubs on Earth thanks to the likes of your eateries, city beaches, stunning harbours and verdant, volcanic land. Revered by so much of the outside world — whose residents you embrace with open arms — yet sneered at by so much of your own nation, you’ve become burdened with a paradoxical image problem, Auckland, and that makes me sad.

I love the black sands and wildness of your Waitakeres, Auckland. I’m awed by your Hauraki Gulf islands, and the heavenly white sands of your Pohutakawa Coast. Your suburban social scene is stunning, while come nightfall, that jungle of masts protruding from the shadows of the shimmering city skyline that creeps into view crossing the Harbour Bridge still sends a shiver down my spine.

It amuses me, and others too, having lived in places such as London and Hong Kong, to hear non-Auckland Kiwis criticise you for your cultural coldness, congestion and crampedness, when to me — and many overseas visitors — you have the vibe of a welcoming, laid back big town. I smile when I think back to that sunny early January day five years ago when Heather and I first met you, you were so quiet,

It’s been more than nine years since I left the UK, during which time I’ve also lived and travelled around a couple of other continents, but you were the first place that really felt like home. By that, I don’t mean you remind me of home, Auckland, rather the place I’m meant to be — for now, at least, anyway. Heather feels the same, too. The year before last we spent some time in Asia, then Heather went back to Scotland to visit her family. She told me that she felt homesick for you, Auckland, while my excitement to see you again even took me by surprise.

Sure you have your faults — who doesn’t? — but you are beautiful, Auckland, so don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise, and take it from an outsider, you’re a city of which the rest of your country should be proud. I don’t know if I’ll stay with you forever Auckland, but I do know you’ll stay forever in my heart. Your friend, Jamie Christian Desplaces

Valentine Special: An Enduring Story of Love “We’ve never had a serious argument.”

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Wendy and John Cooper have been happily married for 41 years. We asked them what they think is the secret to wedded bliss. John and Wendy are a Kiwi couple who met and fell in love in Fiji. Interestingly, both had an island background as John had spent a substantial amount of his childhood in Fiji where his father was a squadron leader at Laucala Bay Air Force base, and Wendy in the Cook Islands — she speaks fluent Rarotongan — where her parents were teachers. As they grew older, they returned with their families to New Zealand. Fast-forward to adulthood and John had fallen deeply in love with the game of golf, and begun his working life at the BNZ in Wellington before embarking on an entrepreneurial journey. Wendy had become an accountant. When an opportunity came up for 19-year-old John to join the Suva Fiji office he jumped at spending the next eight years back in Fiji immersed in golf and banking. Returning to New Zealand in 1962 to work at the BNZ Queen Street, he then branched out and bought a dairy on Hurstmere Road in Takapuna where GPK now sits. When a couple offered to buy the business in 1971 John found himself cashed up wondering what to do next. Golf was still his passion and due to his strong knowledge of golfing in Fiji he identified a gap in the market and put together the Fiji Open Golf Championship. It was (and still is) an enormous success. Eventually his golfing expertise led him to creating a travel company specialising in golfing events, which brings us rather neatly to the point of when John met Wendy. It was 1975, and Wendy was in Fiji where she was taking part in a golf tournament John was managing. “I was lazy so I didn’t go into the office to book and pay, my girlfriends did that for me,” remembers Wendy. Turning up to the event she met John, and it was love at first sight. “We met in 1975 and were married in 1977,” says John. Forty-one years on the couple have four children from their first marriages, and four grandchildren. Joanne, 55, lives in Auckland, Bru, 54, is a landscaper in Bali, Craig 54, is a successful entrepreneur in California (, and Brent, 56, is on the board of the Auckland Racing Club. Craig’s daughters Montana, 21, and Lauren, 20, are both at university in Sydney. Brent has two daughters Lisa, 26, and Shelby, 24, who are both in business in Auckland.

During their marriage Wendy and John have travelled extensively due to their travel company. They’ve been in business in Fiji and Hawaii — John is still a Kyo-ya golfing ambassador there — and they travelled the world hosting golfing holidays and tournaments. So perhaps it’s no surprise that the children have ended up in different parts of the world. So what’s the secret to their long-lived happiness? “We’ve never had a serious argument,” says John. “The only time we get close is over the children.” “That’s because we’re protective of each other,” adds Wendy. “That’s true,” says John. “And we move on quickly. Say one of us wants to go out to dinner and the other one doesn’t we quickly decide and go forward. Wendy says ‘you know we’re going to make up soon so why don’t we make up now?’ I think that’s the secret. Not stewing over things for days.” He also puts part of their success down to good financial planning. “With Wendy’s accountancy background and my banking experience we’ve always had a strong financial back bone,” he says. “And we’ve always focused on not having a mortgage or debt.” “I encourage everybody to not be a tenant and to get into a business where you get paid before you deliver to help eradicate financial stress in the long-term. Our travel business was a perfect example,” adds John. John and Wendy’s lives have been successful, busy and full of ‘doing’. They’ve been immersed in the golfing world, owned travel companies and through that known interesting people and travelled the globe. They’ve owned the National Golfing Magazine of New Zealand (now The Cut), and stayed true to their island roots by buying a holiday home in Rarotonga. “We’re retired now, and we’ve pretty much passed Rarotonga onto the family,” says John. “Most of the people Wendy knew from school have passed on.” “They don’t live so long there,” adds Wendy. “It might be the food. Weight issues and diabetes is a big problem.” These days happiness is time at home together at Narrow Neck Beach, Devonport. “We were in business in for 30 years, but we like being here,” says John. “We have a place we rent in Burleigh Heads in the winter but mostly we like being at home.” “Yes,” adds Wendy. “We’re very happy. Very content.” —

Words: Jenna Moore

Rose & Pistachio Love Tarts INGREDIENTS BASE

1/2 cup pistachios 1/2 cup almond meal (or ground activated almonds) 1/4 cup shredded coconut 1/2 tsp vanilla powder 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil 1 tbsp coconut nectar


1/2 cup cashews 1 1/2 tbsp rose water 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted 2 tbsp coconut nectar 1/4 cup coconut yoghurt pinch of saffron

METHOD STEP 1: Add half the pistachios (1/4 cup) to the blender and process until you have a fine powder. Then add the rest of the base ingredients and process until it all comes together. The mixture should stick when pressed with your fingers. If too dry you can add a little extra coconut nectar or coconut oil (depending on taste). STEP 2: Divide the mixture in half and press firmly and evenly into two mini tart tins. Freeze for 30 minutes or until quite firm. STEP 3: Soak the cashews overnight, then rinse well before using. STEP 4: Prepare the filling by adding all the filling ingredients to a high powered blender or food processor and blend until silky smooth. STEP 5: Remove the bases from the freezer and divide the mixture into each and place back into the freezer for one hour. STEP 6: In a mortar and pestle, crush up 1 tbsp pistachios and sprinkle over the tarts to decorate. You can store these in the freezer, just remove 20 minutes before serving. Recipe & Photographer: Emily Williamson from Loving Earth.

The Language of Flowers

Think big and introduce dramatic oral elements that will elevate special gatherings around the table to an extraordinary feast for the eyes and senses. Ice Age See the beauty of owers from a different perspective by freezing edible petals in ice cubes. What better way to perk up drinks that with the vibrant colours of rose petals, nasturtium, borage, marigold and pansies?

Words: Mandy Allen | Photography: Warren Heathw

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Nature Study Never mind oral prints on linen. Here the owers have become the tablecloth, displayed en masse under a raised glass top. The end result is nothing less than breathtaking. Take a modern approach with mix-and-match tableware such as vintage with minimalist and in contrasting colours. Extend the sense of drama with owers that spill out from underneath the glass display top.

13 Growth Spurt As if having been sprinkled with seeds and left to sprout, this dramatic feature chair is pure romantic whimsy and makes for a far more delightful oral display than a vase.

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Frame of Reference The hobby of flower pressing gets a modern update. This installation on a plywood-clad wall was created by pressing flowers and leaves, spray-painting them a uniform colour (in this instance, white), sticking onto artist’s quality white paper and displaying in simple, contemporary frames – some overlapping for an informal effect. These are juxtaposed with a vintage painting in an unusual mahogany frame. A real posy of

white flowers in a ceramic wall-mounted vase creates a sense of layering while a vase, typically designated to a table top, is displayed playfully on the floor. A velvet-upholstered French sofa and scatter cushions bring the opulence, a floral-bedecked rug the colour. And for modernity, a footstool upholstered in chunky tweed and two contemporary side tables in glossy black and natural wood echo the wall.

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Meet Performance Artist:


It’s a sunny Friday Auckland afternoon when we meet the fabulous Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala. This performance artist, dancer, and poet, not only has the extravagant looks of a gypsy goddess, but an effortless presence that fills a space with ease. Her approach to her chosen artform, in fact life in general, is forthright, energetic, and passionate. Jahra speaks her mind. She hates bullshit. A powerful force within our local and international performanace art scene, Jahra is going places with a determined single mindedness that she carries deep within her soul. There are eight-plus at the photo-shoot, including designers, editors, stylist, and hair and makeup. The dance moves flow, as does the conversation. Some of it is captured here.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO MAKE WORK? The idea of the world as a woman’s body and how that is connected. The never-ending burning of the earth that we bear witness to everyday. The way the world gnaws at its own limbs yet still proclaims it is starving. The joy of my sisters. The legacy of my mother. My instinctual desire to protect people of colour. My own internal conflict. The human need to heal. WHAT HAVE YOU FOUND CHALLENGING IN YOUR CREATIVE PRACTICE? What I am finding challenging at the moment in New Zealand is the general public attitude towards the arts, toxic communities surrounding the arts and and the processes we use to fund projects. Ask any artist and they could go on and on about it. People don’t realise how much they need the arts, for real. This is the way we document our people. This is how we communicate our experiences. The arts develop empathy. Empathy develops understanding. Understanding eliminates ignorance. A decrease in ignorance is an increase in openness and acceptance. And I’m sure we can all agree that we need that now more than ever.

WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PRACTICE? At the moment my creative practice is falling more into the realm of performance art. That’s the only title that seems to come close to fitting me at the moment. I make multi-disciplinary work and I specialise in the genres of contemporary dance and poetry. WHAT ARE ONGOING THEMES IN YOUR WORK? Ongoing themes in the general body of my performance and written work are that of the complex experiences surrounding womanhood, internalised and externally motivated racial conflict and Pacific identity within the diaspora. In my solo work ‘bloo/d/runk’, I draw on all of these themes but specifically speak to the global physical epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women, as well as their symbolic annihilation from our media.

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WHAT DOES TRAINING IN YOUR PRACTICE LOOK LIKE? Training depends on the individual. I think that for me it is a life work. I am constantly refining what training means to my creative practice. It’s becoming more holistic. It’s becoming more about ritual and how much I engage and invest in an act when I am doing it, rather than how many times in a week I can do it. I have to craft my training to what the work I am involved with at the time needs. From the gym and physical conditioning, to dance technique training, to visuals I am consuming, to media I saturate myself with, to the way I let the world influence me, to my cultural connection, to the books I read, to collaborations I work on, to the food I eat, to the people I am spending energy on, to the way I talk and what I talk about, to the practice I give to my writing, to yearly shows versus regular gigs, to the personal experiences that broaden my vocabulary as a human being — it’s all relevant, changing and necessary.

IS ANYONE ELSE IN YOUR FAMILY IN THE ARTS? I proudly come from a clan of artists. My mother heals people, in every way you could imagine. My first younger sister Shaki is a performer and film director. My second younger sister is a theatre artist and a writer. My younger brother is a musician of a ridiculous amount of instruments. One day we will join forces and make something truly surreal! WHAT WAS A HIGHLIGHT FOR YOUR CAREER IN 2016? Last year was a truly incredible year for me creatively. One of the highlights was being able to tour my solo work ‘bloo/d/ runk’ to multiple places at opposite ends of the spectrum. This included representing my country as part of the Aotearoa Pacific Artist delegation for the 12th Festival of the Pacific Arts held in Guahan/Guam. That was unbelievable. I look back at that experience as my ‘homecoming’ back into my Pacific identity.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO WITHIN YOUR CREATIVE WORK IN 2017? I’m looking forward to a lot of things this year, but I think the overall goal is for me to use my creativity to connect communities that may not otherwise connect. I hope to achieve this in my travels and create some sort of solidarity and sisterhood between women of colour in Aotearoa and overseas. This is the time we artists need to be doing this kind of work. WHAT DO YOU WANT OTHER ASPIRING ARTISTS TO KNOW? What are you waiting for? This is the time to galvanise, regroup, generate, create and shift the narrative. We have the power. We have the resources. Don’t wait for anyone else to do it. Believe in your own work. Find your clan that believes in you and trust them. Refine your taste. Dedicate yourself to practice. Elevate your execution. Never settle. There is a lot of work to do, and as artists we are going to become more important, and more dangerous. Challenge everything you know. Be hungry for more. Heal yourself. Go beyond the damn reef. And always return home.

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PERFECTLY SUITED The Crane Brothers flagship store on High Street epitomises elegant heritage with a contemporary twist. Fresh white lilies scent the air. Studded twin leather arm chairs are positioned perfectly by polished wooden cabinetry full of curated accessories from around the globe. Coffee is presented in fine bone china. Row upon row of meticulously merchandised garments frame the walls. Welcome to the world of the artisan contemporary tailor. Only one standard exists here — and it’s excellence. Every client is treated as a VIP. Founder, Murray Crane and his newly appointed general manager, George Bowler share their thoughts about how they consistently deliver quality and why made-to-measure tailoring is the ultimate luxury for men. “It’s a logistical challenge every single day. We’re manufacturing over different time-zones, different currencies, and different languages so there’s definitely a lot of pieces that go into the puzzle,” says Crane, with operations both in Italy and New Zealand.

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men’s tailoring: “There’s an intricacy and niche quality to both — it’s not something that can be churned out — there’s a level of understanding and care that doesn’t exist in mass-market offerings.” Suiting in 2017 is still strong and on the return again in the current menswear shows they say. “Our silhouette is softer, relaxed, going back to wider lapel and less corporate with blazers and trousers. We use the term a ‘black collar worker’ — someone in between a white and blue collar. He wears tailored out of choice, not necessity.” It’s a choice that anyone can make too — it’s not just for the wealthy. Crane Brothers have many customers that save up to invest in a suit. “They’re the customers we value the most,” says Crane. “They have a high interest in what they want — it’s about permanent style rather than throwaway fashion.” It’s common for fathers to bring in their sons to the store for their first suit: “Make sure you find one that is classic, multipurpose and serves you well across many occasions.”

“For me Italy has always represented the pinnacle of men’s fashion — in terms of quality, artisanal approach yet high spec in terms of production.”

George adds: “A classic two-button suit in navy or charcoal will always be in style, and is one of the most versatile pieces a man can own. Many of our clients both young and mature, favour a slim, clean silhouette which when properly tailored (which is what we do best), is immensely flattering to all body types.”

It’s common that one individual order may have up to six individual garments needing separate components such as cloth, lining and buttons sourced from suppliers in England, Italy or New Zealand — and that’s before dealing with freight, customs, duty or the first client fitting!

Murray is quick to respond to the quintessential question about every man needing a tailored suit: “Men should dress properly. Everyone has a requirement for one in their lifetime — a special event, a wedding, an interview. It should be a cornerstone in every man’s wardrobe.”

The five key pillars that underpin Crane Brothers tailoring are cut, cloth, construction, good quality, and uncompromising quality control.

If Crane Brothers was a signature scent, what would it smell like? George, trained at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in France imagines it having a refined masculinity.

Cloth is a key tailoring component. Murray explains that Italian weavers have a signature complexity to their designs by using secondary colours, marl or a secondary check or over check. The English are opting for tradition in the finish: “They’re techniques that cannot be emulated by mass production which is where tailoring is going as a whole.”

“The fragrance would open with bright piquant notes of elemi and cumin followed by woody and green facets of vetiver, violet leaf and galbanum.” he says. “Animalic undertones of leather and oakmoss would add strength and longevity.”

George, a graduate of the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in France sees a big correlation between bespoke fragrance and

— Words: Sarah Sparks


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China: Through the Looking Glass

Chinese Fashion Reclaiming History From the moment Rihanna stepped onto the red carpet at the 2015 Met Gala, the fashion world was transfixed. Her extraordinary gown lit up the event in its imperial yellow, the furtrimmed circle train, embroidered with elaborate floral detailing, filling every space with its grandeur. The masterpiece, designed and made by Chinese designer Guo Pei, took a breathtaking 20 months to create, and weighed around 25kg, meaning Rihanna had to have a team of handlers to allow her to actually walk. But despite this showstopper encompassing and perhaps even transcending the essence of the Met Gala theme, ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’, it was sadly one of the few outfits worn at the event made by a Chinese designer. The 2015 Gala was celebrating the opening of the ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ Metropolitan Museum exhibition, which was centred around the impact of Chinese design on Western fashion over the centuries. It seems ironic that an exhibition which was attempting to invert the idea of orientalism, by portraying the East as the authentic inspiration for Western designs, attracted so many designs that did not celebrate genuine Chinese designers. With the reaction that Guo Pei’s gown received, this isn’t hard to believe. References to omelettes, pizza and even Big Bird were tossed around the internet, proving once again the West’s inability to embrace the diverse beauty of other cultures. We are comfortable adapting elements of their tradition to be congruent with our own style, but transparently shy away when it comes to cultural authenticity. There has been a complex approach to fashion in China in recent history, with a reluctance to honour Chinese tradition in any design. Guo Pei, interviewed in The First Monday in May, a 2016 documentary about the creation of the ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ exhibition, discussed this reality, saying that they went through a period where “many Chinese destroyed their own tradition”. A likely factor in this was Said’s concept of orientalism, the Western depiction of Asian culture in a highly

stereotyped way. With Western designers appropriating Chinese tradition for their own benefit, there’s no wonder that Chinese would feel disentitled to what has always been theirs. However, Pei believes that today the trend is changing. More and more Chinese designers are turning back to ancestral tradition for inspiration, and Chinese fashion is reclaiming its history. Pei personally aspires to “integrate traditional Chinese culture with modern aesthetics” in her design, creating an intricate fashion hybrid which allows its wearers to both celebrate the past and move ahead with time.

“Chinese designers are turning back to ancestral tradition for inspiration, and Chinese fashion is reclaiming its history.” Huishan Zhang, Christopher Bu and Zhang Da are other designers who, like Pei, subtly incorporate aspects of their Chinese heritage into their collections. Be it through the detailing, shape or creation of their designs. Chinese culture and traditions is shining through the seams brighter than any recent time. With the damaging perception that ‘Made in China’ means something cheap and poor-quality, it is only right that the true beauty and wonder of Chinese fashion is coming into its own on a global scale. In 2016, Guo Pei became the first born-and-raised Asian designer to be invited to become a guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, and in the same year was listed as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Watch this space; Chinese fashion is on the rise. — Words: Harriet Keown

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As I write this month’s column it’s still January, so 2017 can still be referred to as a New Year. Typically for this time of year my social media feeds have been full of ideas and products for losing weight, re-booting my fitness, mastering my business and generally exhorting me to change who I am. Funnily enough, I’ve got to a stage in my life where I have no great desire to be anything but me. I don’t need a new year to create a new me — I’m happy to grow and evolve, to improve in areas of my life where I want to, when I feel I need to and I don’t need external cheer teams to do that. Which got me thinking that I’m not sure I’m alone in that. As much as I love working with those women who want to totally re-create themselves, when I listen to my clients explain why they are seeking my advice I understand that often they just want to be the best they can be. They’re bored with what they see in their wardrobe, they feel a bit ‘stuck’ with their garment choices. Perhaps they’re starting a new role at work (or in life) and they want a wardrobe to reflect their new duties (be that a senior management position or something for the school run). With that in mind, I often find that doing an audit of my clients wardrobe is not so much of a “throw it all away and start again” exercise, it’s more about finding what’s working, what can we re-invent to work for who you are now, and what needs to be moved on. I think that it’s important to know that all of us have a few gems hanging in the wardrobe that can be transferred from one part of life to another. It’s a very rare thing to see a wardrobe where everything really should go and we need to start wholly fresh. Of course, I do get clients who want just that — everything new (and, I’m not going to lie — what fun that is!). With all of that in mind, I encourage you to re-visit what you have before buying new, to see what you can re-work, dress up or dress down. To make your wardrobe WORK for who you are now. Trust me, it can be done! If you’d like a little help to spot the gems in your existing wardrobe, I’d LOVE to help! Why not get in touch and let’s see if we can create a little magic for 2017 together.

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What is the difference between a fitness studio and a gym? Verve chats to Wendy, owner of Eastside Transformation Studio in Parnell. Eastside is a unique personal fitness gym. What makes your gym different? It’s small and intimate gym with a caring and safe environment. I can work with my clients individually or in couples or groups. There’s none of the intimidation of a big gym and it is important for me to focus on my clients’ needs. I want them to finish their programme with Eastside feeling stronger, fitter, healthier. Health to me is a priority. They can sit down after a session, have a herbal tea, a shower or indulge in an infrared treatment. Can you ensure a desired result? Everyone is different and everyone’s needs are personal. Your body requires its own unique formula to get you the results you desire. It’s a combined effort, my clients tell me their goals then we achieve them together. Can you accommodate all ages? Absolutely. It makes no difference if you are a man or women core strength is important as we age. Muscle loss, bone density, hormonal balance and pelvic floor are all important issues for women.

Many women like to exercise with someone they know, do you encourage this? Definitely, because it is an effective and fun way of working out. Some might become competitive while others enjoy the exercise for what it is. I have small group classes which are popular too, and can arrange a partner to work with clients. How many times a week should a person work out? Three times to kick start and then 2-3 times a week. If you do this you feel better, healthier and much more confident in yourself. How flexible are you with time? Our studio times Monday to Thursday are 6am-7pm; 6am-3pm on Fridays, and on Saturday, 7am-1pm. If these don’t suit, I can be flexible. How are payments made? My signature starter programme is for three months. Payments are made on a monthly basis, and we also have a credit card facility. The first consultation is complementary.


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SIP YOUR WAY TO GLOWING SKIN It’s that time of the year — we’re all kind of getting back into the swing of work, but we are also kind of still on holiday. And with the holidays, come socialising, and with socialising, usually comes drinking. And drinking wreaks havoc on your skin and overall wellness. As much as it may loosen you up, the after-effects of a few vinos also leaves much to be desired. So what’s the solution? The latest wellness craze to come out of New York City (the ultimate home of wellness trends), which I’m very partial to myself, is the rise of kombucha cocktails. And these little bad boys are completely sans alcohol, but still have the ability to leave you feeling open and relaxed and in the mood to mingle. Not only that, but kombucha is one of my absolute go-tos for healthy, radiant and glowing skin. It works by aiding your liver in its detox processes, to help rid your body of excess hormones and toxins. Kombucha also populates your gut with a ton of ‘good-guy’ bacteria — and the key to healthy skin is a healthy gut. So often, to combat ageing and look

better, we place a huge importance on what we put on to our skin topically, and, especially this time of year, can forget that what we are feeding our skin with from the inside has such a huge impact on our outer glow. Kombucha is an easy to find product these days, you’ll find it in health shops, cafes, supermarkets — some super on-trend bars even offer it on tap! It’s also super easy to make yourself, which I find leaves me feeling quite accomplished and like I’m doing something very good for myself. For a healthy and skin-loving tipple, try mixing your kombucha with a big splash of soda water, add some fresh berries and cucumber and a stick of cinnamon, or ginger and fresh lime! Sip away to your hearts content and then enjoy not only waking up fresh the morning after, but also the healthy (non-alcohol induced) glow your skin is guaranteed to get! Words: Romy Burgess


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Life in the 21st century gives us many hand-ups on the skin health front and in my view one of the most fascinating and great-to-have-this-knowledge options is the Skin DNA test. I’ve been involved in the beauty industry for most of my career, and I’ve written about beauty for approximately 20 years (but really, who’s counting?!) so I’ve seen some great advances in innovation and technology. As a science buff and good skin advocate I was excited to try this test courtesy of my tried and trusted skin care therapists, Louise Gray Skin Care. WHAT IS A SKIN DNA TEST? It’s a test that takes a swab from the inside of your cheek to analyse your skin under various categories including Firmness + Elasticity, Glycation (AGE)*, Sun Damage + Pigmentation, Free Radical Damage and Sensitivity + Inflammation.* The swab is sent off to an independent lab for confidential analysis and you’ll receive the results in about three weeks. Based on said results you’ll get an in-depth look into how your skin is performing and how it’s likely to age. In addition, armed with this know-how, your therapist can create a skincare regime and customised facial specifically tailored to you and your skin. WHAT HAPPENS AT THE APPOINTMENT? First off, you’ll need to fill out a comprehensive questionnaire relating to your skin. After that comes the swab - a longish tool with an absorbent pad on the end. If you’re a CSI buff you’ll know exactly what I mean. Don’t worry, it’s painless! MY RESULTS As promised my report came back about three weeks after testing. I can measure my skin on how it feels and I get a guage on its health through what I’m using on it topically and what I’m ingesting. But I can’t get the scientific data the Skin DNA test delivers. HERE’S WHERE I STAND: Firmness + Elasticity: 50%. Population average 66%. The higher the number the more prone to collagen breakdown you are. What this tells me is more collagen is breaking down and less is being produced. Louise goes over my product ingredients with me as I now know that I am genetically predisposed to early collagen breakdown.

Under Glycation: 50%. Population average 70% I have partial ability to efficiently metabolise glucose. So if glucose isn’t completely metabolized the excess can cause glygation. Louise reminds me to be aware of the sugar content in my diet and to continue using products with anti-glycation ingredients Sun Damage + Pigmentation: 58%. Population average 68%. I have a higher risk of irregular pigmentation and sun damage, which doesn’t surprise me as I have red hair and Celtic origins. Sunblock is my best friend and I need to keep up my topical vitamins A, C and E. Free Radical Damage: 67%. Population average 69%. I have a partially reduced ability to produce essential antioxidants and may experience sensitivity to environmental pollutants., such as city smog. I now have a list of internal supplements and topical ingredients to help keep things balanced. Sensitivity + Inflammation. 81%. Population average 78%. Genetically my body is producing normal levels of inflammatory proteins, which is interesting as because of my colouring I am often misdiagnosed with sensitive skin but I know better! VERDICT If you want a tool that will get right down to the nitty gritty of your skin health and how you’ll age I’d recommend having a Skin DNA test. I loved it. It tells me overall I’m doing OK for my age, and it has showed me what I need to work on to up the ante. COST: $299. Give the girls a call at Louise Gray Skin Care to book your appointment on 09 528 9010 .

*Advanced Glycation End Products (A.G.Es) are the end result of a glucose-driven process known as Glycation. Glycation is heavily implicated in accelerated skin ageing, leading way to wrinkling, dryness and looseness.

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Yuri Guaii is a Drag Queen from Auckland, creating a new definition of beauty and taking the drag world by storm. Reigning, ‘Queen of Queens 2016’, She’s a self taught makeup artist and seamstress, who is always pushing the boundaries of drag with her unconventional and innovative looks. Whether it’s glamorous, punk or just plain filth this queen is forever changing making her one to watch.





Beauty blogger Cass Thompson started her blog, CassandraMyee, almost four years ago after realising that her makeup collection was growing at an alarming rate. To justify it she started a blog to review, feature and share her passion for beauty. Her feed is an extension of her blog and is a beauty feast for the eyes with carefully curated flatlays to show off her latest beauty buys and products she loves.

Apela Bell is a Samoan-born fashion photographer. Using Instagram as an online portfolio, at only 22-years-old he has shot lookbooks for New Zealand designers, his work can be seen in publications such as Nylon, Remix Magazine, Sickymag, Fashion Journal, Teeth Mag and most recently worked with Parris Goebel for her music debut cover art single ‘Friday’.

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You’re back in the office and your colleague looks vibrant, relaxed, revitalised — like she’s spent a month in Bora Bora. When you ask, she says she just went to Lake Rotoiti for a few days. Chances are, she’s taken advantage of the break to have a few very subtle tweaks made to her face, with the judicious application of Botox® and dermal filler like Restylane® and Juvederm®. Skin Institute’s Dr Sarah Hart is a world-recognised appearance medicine expert, who has been a Botox® and Juvederm® International Advisory Board member since 2007, and is renowned for creating natural results for her patients. She says that increasing numbers of clients are asking to look like they’ve had an incredible holiday. “People want to look like themselves, just well-rested, rejuvenated and good for their age. In summer, we see an increase in people keen to recreate that refreshed holiday appearance.” “Botox® (Botulinum Type A Toxin) has been used to ease the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines for more than 20 years. It’s injected into the muscles underlying wrinkles, relaxing the muscles and smoothing the appearance of the overlying skin.

Botox® takes effect in 3-4 days, and takes 10-14 days to achieve its full effect. Results should last approximately 3-4 months,” says Dr Sarah Hart. “In the UK, the use of fillers has caught up with the previously more popular Botox®, and at Skin Institute we’re seeing rapid growth. Our experienced team can advise about injectable treatments like Botox® and dermal fillers, and how they can be used in tandem to achieve a beautifully rejuvenated, natural, refreshed looking you.” Dermal fillers used at Skin Institute are made from hyaluranon gel, a natural component of skin, and stimulate the skin’s natural collagen. In the early days, overuse of fillers resulted in the infamous ‘pillow face’ look on celebrities, but fillers are now more refined and are used to treat the loss of facial volume while subtly lifting and contouring. As well as being injected into wrinkles, they can be put into the top layer of the skin to improve hydration and elasticity, or at deeper levels to provide contour and structuring. The lips and cheeks are the most popular areas to inject dermal fillers, with advanced techniques allowing other areas to be treated, such as the temples, jawline, and under eye hollows. Hyaluranon fillers last approximately 6–18 months, and can also be removed immediately with a special enzyme, making them the safest filler option available. “Rather than looking at a single area as a problem, there’s a much bigger focus on the frame and the canvas, in a holistic approach to treatments. The frame is the shape and contours of the face. The approach now is to enhance the attractiveness of the face, through improving symmetry and creating a more feminine facial shape. At the same time, the health and beauty of the canvas — your skin — is also part of the overall treatment.”

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MOZAMBIQUE MODERN With a nod to the Modernists and an eye toward thecontemporary, couple Casper van der Merwe and Hein Visser design, and build, an elegant oasis in tropical Mozambique. IMAGE | The L-shaped built-in patio area provides the perfect spot to while away evening under the starry African sky. Words: Alma Viviers, Photos: Greg Cox


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Casper also designed the timber furniture units and had them custom-made to fit with the rustic chic aesthetic of the house.


Hein installed the suspended wooden shelving in the kitchen. Fittings and finishes are kept simple and neutral to blend in with the surroundings.


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The rustic chic dĂŠcor approach continues throughout the house into the en-suite bathroom where clean lines and minimalist ďŹ ttings create a tranquil scene.


The headboard, which Casper custom-designed and made, in the master suite is also the dividing wall to the en-suite bathroom.

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LEFT | Outdoor dining is king in the tropics. According to Hein, evenings start in the kitchen, move to the dining table on the stoep and end in the poolside patio. RIGHT | (1) In the private courtyard is an outdoor bathroom with twin showers and a sunken bath ideal for romantic evenings under the starry sky. (2) The house was designed around the existing mature trees. Here an ancient cashew tree shades the entrance courtyard.


(3) After a day surďŹ ng the clear waves of ToďŹ nho, or diving, wash the sea and sand out of your hair in the outdoor shower.


Porters Paints has news! They’ve teamed up with Guthrie Bowron and have a new home at 47 The Strand in Parnell. This is great news for Porters fans because our choices just got broader with a one-stop-shop for an extensive range of exquisite wallpaper, flooring, upholstery fabrics, curtains, blinds and, of course, the beautiful paints and finishes Porters is known for along with well-known brand, Dulux. A love for colour saw Dani Pike and Grant Gibbs start the New Zealand branch of Porters Paints 17 years ago. Known for its low VOC and range of finishes Porters Paints has built up a loyal following. “The actual base is excellent quality, and they’re not smelly so you can be in the same room as them as they’re drying,” says Dani. “They also have a very good depth of colour — not too primary looking. Sometimes when you get paint on the wall it can look harsh but Porters Paints don’t, as they’re quite flat. The flatter the sheen the more natural it looks. We have wonderful finishes too. Metallics like rust, copper, gold and chalk, milk and concrete paints for metal finishes, distempers, lime washing and aged looks. Created by Peter Lewis in Sydney, Porters Paints point of difference is that it’s artistic. It’s fun. It’s not just about colour; it’s about texture too. Plus it’s all hand mixed and tinted.” When Peter sold the brand to Dulux, Dani and Grant felt it made sense for them to team up with Dulux and Guthrie Bowron. They’re excited about the new partnership although Dani says it’s been a big learning curve going from a boutique business to being part of a big name. “It’s a bit like going from a dairy to a supermarket — Guthrie Bowron have been amazingly supportive,” she says. The marriage is — to coin a cliché — made in heaven. Porters has its boutique range of paints, wallpaper and engineered flooring, and Guthrie Bowron has Dulux paints and huge ranges of wallpaper, carpet and curtains which means the new store holds a plethora of choices for trade, individuals and designers alike.

“We have a large collection of beautiful quality wallpapers,” says Dani. From $30-1,000 per roll, there’s something for all budgets and tastes including the stunning designs of Anna Spiro and Greg Natale. A multitude of colours, patterns and textures are on offer including glass beaded, woven, glittered and embossed. “A lot of people are using wallpaper now,” says Dani. “People may use them just as a feature wall or all over. One lady came in and bought a brick-like pattern to cover the bad walls of her bach. Wallpaper can hide a lot of sins.” Take Porters Paints, add the dependability of the quality and volume of Dulux paints and Guthrie Bowron and mix them with Dani and Grant’s knowledge, expertise and experience and you’ve got a world of resources under one roof. “Custom colour is a lot of our work; we also do colour consultancy,” says Dani. “I notice people are liking a lot of darker colours right now. Black walls are amazing, they can make things pop. A dark blue charcoal’s quite popular at the moment too.” And it’s not just walls; people paint their concrete floors and tiles as well. “With the paints we have available anything’s paintable these days,” says Dani. Dani and Grant are looking forward to welcoming you to their new venture. We suggest putting aside a few hours if you can.

Words: Jenna Moore L-R: Grant Gibbs and Dani Pike

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This is a store that you need to enter — it is a maze of beautiful gifts. It’s a must to visit with Valentine’s Day looming on 14 February to buy something special for someone you care about. Dove Cote opened in Kepa Road, Mission Bay 10 years ago (or thereabouts), and now for the first time since opening is under new ownership.

As technology evolves and we move to IP connections instead of traditional copper, education is critical as we are bombarded on what we can now see and do for ourselves.

The new owner will specialise in men’s and women’s gifts. A specialty at Dove Cote will be silk and cotton kaftans. Cashmere will feature in the store with cashmere ponchos, blankets and throws in beautiful neutral colours. Dove Cote will have an emphasis on beautiful silver jewellery and gem stones.

It is not until there is a situation that we think about who is able and prepared to attend at a moments notice. The Health and Safety at Work Act provides legal guidelines as to the employer’s responsibility ensuring worker safety but what about at home, is it really any different? Do we want our family, friends, neighbours or even ourselves to attend in the off chance it may not be an intruder?

Interior designers and decorators are welcome.

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It is so handy to be able to set and unset your alarm remotely, be notified of an intruder activation and even see what is happening through camera sensor technology.

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Damba Gregory is an Auckland based commercial furniture manufacturer specialising in ergonomic task chairs, visitor chairs and soft seating. Damba Gregory has built on more than 40 years of experience in manufacturing and marketing, in consultation with ergonomists, standard authorities, occupational safety and health professionals, physiotherapists, osteopaths, our staff and clients, to offer the ultimate experience and solutions. This experience has enabled us to develop a loyal customer base consisting of architects, designers, project managers and government departments. Working directly with the manufacturer gives you the opportunity to bring your ideas to life as we have the capability to take your idea from concept to reality with our team of highly skilled professionals. Our people are a major asset with a strong commitment to the Damba Gregory experience and passion for ergonomics.

We challenge the belief that one size fits all and as such have developed a broad range of solutions to suit multiple users. We have incorporated ergonomic principles, comfort, feel and chair detail that comes from the heart of Damba Gregory. Damba Gregory is committed to providing a superior product, while minimising adverse impacts to the environment. We care about the environment and believe it is our obligation to consider all aspects of our products’ impact on the environment throughout their lifecycle: from raw material selection through to sustainable production processes, all aspects are considered at Damba Gregory.


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Turn your passion for cars into a challenging and rewarding career! Introducing Auckland’s newest and most exciting opportunity for young school leavers with a passion for everything automotive! Auto Super Shoppes Automotive Academy. June 2017 will see the first intake of this exciting new educational opportunity — with a difference. Successful graduates from the academy will be guaranteed a job with one of the 83 Auto Super Shoppes around New Zealand, or one of their associated automotive parts suppliers. General manger of Auto Super Shoppes, Kellie Tremayne, explains the main point of difference in this new venture: “Unlike other automotive pre-trade courses that take up the best part of a full school year, the academy will be an accelerated learning opportunity that will take place over 12 weeks of automotive workshop and classroom education. The students will be expected to turn up on time, with the right attitude, prepared and ready to learn. They will be taught automotive skills that will see them join the workforce as a valuable and contributing staff member from day one, but more importantly, they will also be taught good work ethic and what their future employer will expect of an Auto Super Shoppe Academy graduate. They will be learning alongside other students who are just as passionate with a high level of motivation to succeed.” Each intake into the academy has only 15 placements, meaning the learning environment is far more personal, and they will be learning from one of the best and most experienced automotive tutors in New Zealand. The Auto Super Shoppe Automotive Academy aligns its teachings to the MITO apprenticeship curriculum. The demand for qualified technicians is higher than ever. Auto Super Shoppes chain of premium automotive repairers have recognised that to develop and grow this essential skillset they need to attract the eager school leaver and train them to the high standard expected of an Auto Super Shoppe technician. If you know of someone who lives and breathes everything automotive and you strongly suspect if they cut themselves they would bleed engine oil, then this is the pre-trade course for them. To find out more go to

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Landmark Ferrari Showroom Launches in Auckland Auckland, New Zealand - Ferrari officially launched its new landmark showroom in Auckland on Wednesday, 14 December, 2016. Strategically positioned at the high profile site on the corner of Great South Road and Manukau Road, the all-new 450-square-metre state-of-the art showroom, Continental Cars Ferrari, will showcase a number of Ferrari vehicles including the all-new 488 Spider, California T ‘Handling Speciale’ and F12berlinetta on the day of the opening. Dieter Knechtel, the managing director of Ferrari Far East and Middle East said, “It is with great pleasure that we launch this stunning new showroom. In the heart of Auckland, this new showroom will not only be the landmark of the area, but also an important pillar in the Ferrari dealer network globally. The significant investment made by Continental Cars Ferrari proves the strength and confidence of our partner in the Ferrari brand and the future. We are excited to see that level of growth in one of the most dynamic cities in the region.” Herbert Appleroth, CEO of Ferrari Australasia added, “Ferrari’s New Zealand customers have a long and significant affinity with Ferrari. Some of our clients here are among the most respected collectors in the world, with many of our special limited editions making their way here. In addition, we have already noted that 50% of our New Zealand clients are new to the Ferrari brand. We expect that this new stateof-the art facility will only continue to strengthen Ferrari’s position with our New Zealand customers.”

This impressive dealership will reflect Ferrari’s global position as an established luxury leader and feature an exclusive customer personalisation area for clients to enjoy when ordering their unique and exclusive Ferrari. The heart of the exclusive Ferrari craftsmanship experience, this beautiful customer lounge and Ferrari atelier complements the state of the art showroom facility and optimises the experience for Ferrari owners to ensure perfect service and attention in all respects. Working with a specialist Ferrari team member, clients will be able to create their dream car, selecting every last detail from their choice of chair fabric to wheels, paint colour and steering wheel. The showroom will provide new ways for customers to interact and experience the very latest Ferrari product. Continental Cars has a respected and longstanding relationship with Ferrari, having been the exclusive official dealer for New Zealand since 1973. “We are proud to be the sole official representative of Ferrari in New Zealand since 1973 and excited to unveil both the all new Continental Cars Ferrari showroom in Auckland,” said Tony Elsmore, dealer principal, Continental Cars Ferrari. “This is a world class automotive facility with additions such as the Ferrari Atelier which will allow us to provide our customers with an exceptional level of service and the ability to welcome prospective buyers with the most up to date technology and equipment available.”


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AN ISLAND AFFAIR For most of us Rarotonga is a relaxing holiday, but for Kristine Barraud and her husband Greg Stanaway, it’s home. They invite us into their tropical paradise.



We love it here, it’s warm in winter, very peaceful, and we’re surrounded by beautiful people, culture and nature.« - Kristine Barraud -

Kristine (aka Krick) and Greg have been based on the island for 14 years. Greg is the CEO of the Pacific Resort Hotel Group and Krick initially commuted for eight years after completing a BA in spatial design and working in costume and design in the film industry in Auckland. She then returned to the island full-time to complete her masters degree in art and design through a distance learning programme from AUT in Auckland. “We love it here, it’s warm in winter, very peaceful, and we’re surrounded by beautiful people, culture and nature. It takes just 40 minutes to drive around the entire island,” says Krick. “In the old days visitors used to bring chilly bins of food, but that’s not necessary now as you can get everything here. There are a lot of local vegetables and fresh fish every day. On a good day a loin of yellow fin tuna for fresh sashimi will cost $10-20. Chilli bushes, limes and avocados grow everywhere, and fresh gardenias and hibiscus abound.” Four years ago Krick and Greg built a home on the east coast of the island, which is also known as the wild coast with the seasonal trade winds. As the reef is close they added a 15-metre lap pool by the sheltered back wall of the house. The engineering was completed in New Zealand and the pair used local materials and builders to construct a solid house to withstand the coastal environment. All of the land in Rarotonga is leasehold, and as Greg and Krick’s home sits right above the Pacific Ocean it was mandatory to get an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) on the build. As a result they needed to excavate a 60-metre trench in the front to create a berm. This was then lined with a geotech cloth and filled with a mix of coral and sand which was being dredged from the Avatiu harbour at the time. The cloth was then folded and stitched to create a huge sock and buried to ensure the stability of the land.


Six or seven months later the three-bedroom, threebathroom home was complete. One of the bedrooms and bathroom was once Krick’s studio but is now a guest

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room. It’s available through Airbnb and welcomes guests or their three ex-pat children if time and distance permit. “Our oldest son Toby lives in New York with his wife and two children, our daughter Jordan lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children and our youngest, Tex, ‘lives in the world on super yachts’,” smiles Krick. Krick used her artistic skills and eclectic style to embellish the interiors with collections of Constance Spry vases inherited from her mother, Temuka pots and Crown Lynn vases and hanging alongside her own work are local, Pacific Island and New Zealand artists’ prints, lithographs and paintings. The result is a beautiful, restful sanctuary. This much-admired print was a gift from fashion designer Adrian Hailwood. “I used to flat with him when I came back to Auckland and fell in love with it,” says Krick. One of their two dogs Betty takes centre stage. “The story goes that in the late ‘60s an imported dachshund and basset hound came to the island and the mixes of the two with the local dogs are very common. They are like big dogs with a lovely gentle nature and very short Queen Anne cabriolet legs, comical but very lovable.” The gardens and landscape are a work in progress. The iron wood box hedges, which now define the boundaries started out from saplings found growing in the sand during the cyclone season. Their strong root system and ability to thrive in the environment make them ideal for this coastal property with their strong straight lines assimilating the solid lines of the house. Rarotonga is a sophisticated South Pacific destination, where its people and tourism industry live and breathe warmth and authentic hospitality based on the spirit of its universal greeting ‘kia orana’ . __ Words: Jenna Moore IMAGES | PREVIOUS PAGE: Marion McQuire lithograph ‘Cook bringing antiquities to the islands’ krickmBarraud ‘Au Ei’. | THIS PAGE: L-R: Looking out to the Pacific Ocean | Betty, with Adrian Hailwood print | View of kitchen, living and dining areas.

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I’m told the fine dusting of snow across the towering mountaintops over Kaikoura is an unusual phenomenon for January. Briefly batting away the environmental implications of our ever erratic weather, I take the sprinkling as a good omen for the morning’s ocean-going excursion, as the frosted peaks giving way to endless blue skies above those jade seas provide a picture-perfect backdrop to go spot some cetaceans. Whales are aloof initially, but the plethora of birdlife and a curious giant fish whose name escapes me keeps us well entertained in the meantime. I’d never seen a whale in the flesh—or blubber— before, and it’s certainly well worth the wait. A large male sperm whale is spotted basking on the surface, and the boat edges towards him, the passengers awed into a silence. He exhales a few lungfuls of salty plumes over the following ten minutes or so, and at one point an albatross flies just a few metres above the spray. Then comes the iconic tail shot as he slinks with grace and silence beneath the waves. Half-an-hour later we meet again and he obliges us with a repeat performance. Sperm whales residing permanently off this coastline are one of many species which, Lisa Bond, Whale Watch Kaikoura marketing manager, later tells me, makes the destination a “marine mecca”. Just a few kilometres from the coastline, the sea bed plunges from 50- to 1,000 metres in an instant. “This is due to the continental shelf that runs along the Kaikoura Canyon,” Lisa says. “The canyon is up to 5km wide and 1,600m deep, with two major currents that funnel into it. One comes up from the cold, nutrient-rich Antarctic waters, while the warm current reaches us from the tropics. When they collide, it creates an upwelling that brings all the rich nutrients to the surface and so begins the food chain.” It is this continuous food source that creates Kaikoura’s enduring sea safari. According to Maori legend, Kaikoura’s peninsula was the spot where Maui sat in his canoe and first fished up the North Island. The sought after setting housed at least 14 pas, while the largest ever moa egg was also discovered there. When Cook first sailed into the surrounding seas in 1770, he mistook the region for an island, but didn’t land. Established in 1842, the former whaling station of Fyffe House is the town’s oldest surviving building (and still standing following the recent quake). At the end of 1964, the last whale to be harpooned in New Zealand waters was just off the Kaikoura coast and so it rather fitting that the former whaling hub is now revered for a whale industry of a different kind. “Aside from having sperm whales all year round, the amazing thing about Kaikoura is that we are on the main migratory path of so many other species,” says Lisa. “We never know what we are going to see from one tour to the next. We may come across the largest creature in the world today—the blue whale, or we might see a pod of dozens of orca passing through. Previously, we have witnessed adult female orcas teaching their young to hunt—it’s an amazing sight, definitely nature at its best.” Other visitors and residents include humpback whales, pilot whales, southern right whales, dolphins, and penguins. Last year’s quake has had a devastating effect on Kaikoura’s tourism, but the vast majority of the town is open for business. And, the aquatic animals appear generally unfazed. “Five days

after the earthquake we were able to take one of our vessels out to sea to see if what marine life was out there,” says Lisa. “We had no idea about the impact of the quake and really did not know what to expect. Words cannot even begin to express the emotion that was felt by all who were on the boat that morning when we placed the hydrophone [an underwater microphone that listens in to the whale’s echolocation] into the water and heard that all too familiar clicking sound of the male sperm whale. It didn’t take long before that whale came to the surface and we were able to see for ourselves that the sperm whales are a resilient creature and that all was well. We also saw plenty of marine birds, some dolphins and seals on the trip. As you could imagine we came home full of smiles and renewed hope.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

WHALES BY NAME The most commonly sighted sperm whales have all been named, and are identified by their different shaped dorsal fins, tails and any marks or scars. Tutu, short for tutumairekurai—or ‘special ocean dweller’— is the Maori name given to Hector’s dolphins. His dorsal fin resembles those of the dolphins. Manu, also known as Birdie, has been spotted in the seas for more than a quarter of a century. “If you use your imagination,” says Lisa, “when he lifts up his beautiful high tail you can see the silhouette of a bird diving down into the ocean.” Tiaki is one of the most dominant local sperm whales, easily spotted due to the indent on the left hand side of his tail. His name means ‘guardian’.

PROTECTING THE SEAS Lisa is keen to stress the dangers of plastic for all marine life. Plastic supermarket bags are often mistaken for jellyfish— and therefore dinner—by whales and dolphins, while the plastic strapping from cardboard boxes and beer packs often gets wrapped around marine animals’ bodies causing them great discomfort and preventing growth. “Best thing we can do is reduce the amount of plastic we use, there are many alternatives out there now that we can use instead,” says Lisa. “Remember: reduce, reuse, recycle.”

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24 Hours in New Plymouth If you haven’t booked your trip to Taranaki you better get in quick. Lonely Planet recently judged Taranaki the worlds number two region to visit in its Best in Travel 2017 yearbook. At the heart is the picture-perfect Mount Taranaki offering 300km of walking and tramping opportunities. Taranaki has some of the best surf spots in New Zealand, a world-renowned coastal walkway and not to mention the newly branded West End Precinct, a vibrant hub of boutique businesses sitting alongside the architecturally recognised Len Lye Centre.

9:30AM: LEN LYE CENTRE After breakfast walk next door to the famous Len Lye Centre. Part of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, it is a must visit for anyone coming to the region. An international destination for experimental film and kinetic art the contemporary museum houses the archive collection of Len Lye a pioneer filmmaker, sculptor, painter and poet. Potentially one of the most photographed buildings in NZ, with the reflective curved steel exterior, it is a must see.

ACCOMMODATION: KING AND QUEEN HOTEL Situated in the arts and cultural hub of Taranaki are the King and Queen Boutique Hotel Suites. With a strong Moroccan and European influence this luxury accommodation has received top ratings across all review sites and it is easy to see why. Exquisitely designed rooms, friendly and welcoming staff, sea views and private balconies. Within walking distance of some of the top bars, restaurants and the Coastal Walkway, why stay anywhere else?

10:30AM: SHOPPING Take a walk through a quality selection of boutique shops. From exquisite design and homewares to nationally exclusive fashion brands.

8:30AM: MONICA’S EATERY Monica’s Eatery is the place to go for breakfast. A wonderful, light filled space inspired by the life and spirit of Monica Brewster. Start your day with a freshly squeezed juice or dairy-free smoothie. With a fantastic hot or cold menu there is something for everyone from a delicious fruit platter or bircher muesli to one of the best eggs benedict in town. A warm and buzzing atmosphere and directly across from the King and Queen Hotel it is the place to relax and start your day.

� Ozone Coffee Roasters: Grab a coffee from the Bean Store. Starting out in 1998 this specialty coffee roastery is now global with a successful operation in London. � Plantation: An all-encompassing design firm specialising in landscape, house and interior design with an inspiring interiors concept store where you can browse the plants and furnishings. � Et Vous: Boutique women’s fashion store that has a selection of NZ and international designers sourced from buying trips twice a year to Paris. � Kina: NZ design store and art gallery showcasing objects of inspiration by established and emerging artisans of New Zealand. � Tempt: A concept store showcasing the best in furniture, homewares, art, accessories, fashion and footwear.

L-R: Mount Taranaki and Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, Monica’s Eatery, Len Lye Centre

� Art Haus: A collaboration of modern homeware and design. � Bijou Eliot: Combines art and design in a sophisticated response to contemporary living. 1:00PM: LUNCH AT PUBLIC CATERING COMPANY OR MS WHITE For lunch stop in at the West End Precinct within the refurbished White Hart Hotel establishment, built in 1886, there is something here for everyone. The Public Catering Company is an artisan provider of catering, bakery goods, breads and award winning gelato, not to mention the most delicious donuts. Right next door in the courtyard is Ms White who serves some of the countries top craft beers and woodfire pizzas. 2:00PM: COASTAL WALKWAY Put on your walking shoes and take a stroll along the Coastal Walkway, just a block away from the King and Queen Hotel and West End Precinct, it runs 10km along the coastline. This award-winning sea promenade is a must visit on a trip to New Plymouth. At the central point is the iconic Len Lye Wind Wand and most recently they have added the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge that frames Mount Taranaki. On your way back, stop in at Frederic’s bar to enjoy a craft beer or frosé with a coastal fresh fish taco. 6:00PM: DINNER AT SOCIAL KITCHEN Social Kitchen will more than satisfy you for dinner, situated in the former Salvation Army Citadel. Chosen by Viva as one of the Top 5 Destination Restaurants, here you will enjoy

an outstanding meal in seriously cool surroundings. “Meat Dreams are Made of These”, the plates are designed for sharing and include options such as a whole fresh gurnard, the most tender lamb shoulder and Taranaki rugby fields free range pork belly. Team it with blue cheese gnocchi and duck fat potatoes. 8:30PM: DESSERT COCKTAIL AT SNUG LOUNGE The Snug Bar, a Japanese inspired cocktail lounge is your nest stop for your after-dinner drink. The Wakaba Fizz with gin, mango and cucumber is a fresh summer treat or the Double Stuffed with Baileys, Oreos and creme de menthe will satisfy those sweet, dessert cravings. Enjoy them in the comfort of the Red Room on a chilly evening or outside under the fairy lights of the West End Precinct courtyard. 9:30PM: FESTIVAL OF THE LIGHTS AT PUKEKURA PARK Each summer the TSB Bank Festival of Lights transforms Pukekura Park, one of New Zealand’s premier botanical gardens, into a magical, illuminated nighttime wonderland of multi-coloured lights gleaming among the trees. They have live nighttime entertainment, twilight movies, lighting features and a mix of day time activities for children and families. — Words: Greer Garner

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Much is made of Chinese immigration, but the influx is by no means a recent phenomenon. In fact, there’s likely a number of Chinese Kiwis with greater historical ties to New Zealand than many European ones. Appo Hocton. who arrived on these shores in 1842, is widely accepted to be the first Chinese man to do so. He became a naturalised New Zealander a decade later. A book launch and exhibition was held in Nelson — Hocton’s hometown — in 2010 in celebration of his life, and in attendance was his great-granddaughter, Diana Clark, and Pansy Wong, ethnic affairs minister and New Zealand’s first Asian member of parliament. Hocton, who is thought to have around 1,600 descendants around the country, is renowned for his contribution to the development of the region, running a number of businesses, building a number of houses, and, like many back then, searching for gold. Unlike the majority of his fellow immigrant countrymen, Hocton could read and speak English, and Clark commented how her “very astute” great-grandfather was “well accepted by his English and Irish counterparts”.

But this was not usually the case. The 1860s brought the first major wave of Chinese migrant workers to New Zealand — mostly to the goldfields of Otago — and by the close of the decade more than 2,000 had settled. The men worked largely abandoned mines whose easier-to-reach spoils had already been plundered by Europeans, most of whom had since moved on. Few of the Chinese men struck luck, becoming economically locked in the small communities they built in the South Island and, denied a pension, most died poor. The Chinese Immigrants Act of 1881 further compounded their misfortune, introducing a series of taxes effectively seeking to halt further immigration (Australia and Canada introduced similar measures). Every Chinese person was forced to hand over a £10 fee to enter the country, and before the turn of the century, it was raised tenfold — the equivalent of 10 years’ pay. By 1901, less than 20 women had joined the approximately 3,000 Chinese men living here. Racism was rife. Derogatory stories were regularly printed in newspapers warning of “yellow peril”, and even the

A collection of some historic and some recreated settlements of 19th century Chinese in Arrowtown.

prime minister, Richard Seddon, commented “there is about as much distinction between a European and a Chinaman as that between a Chinaman and a monkey”.

1944, and in 2002 the New Zealand government issued an official apology to the Chinese for the suffering it caused) on humanitarian grounds due to the Japanese bombing of China during the second world war. This not only allowed families to be reunited, but also brought in a new wave of Chinese migrants.

And so the Chinese lived on the fringes of the European societies. One of the most well-known spots is Arrowtown, where today still stands the fascinating Chinese Settlement, a partially restored, partially recreated collection of historical dwellings that made up part of the 19th century gold mining town. Around 60 Chinese would have squeezed into the dozen or so huts built from mud brick, stone, wood and corrugated iron. One Asian Arrowtown man by the name of Ah Lum became a local hero when he saved a European man from drowning in the Shotover River in the early 1900s. Lum owned the local store, which also served as a bank and well-known meeting place for the Chinese settlers. Lum died in 1927, his store now registered as an historic place. It’s unlikely any Chinese women ever made it to the village.

Ken Chan was one of the first such settlers to sail into Auckland in 1939. Aged just seven, his journey began with a week-long walk from his Guangdong village to Hong Kong. He went on to become Avondale College’s first Chinese pupil, and later produced the first kiwifruit liqueur through the family’s Totara vineyard near Thames. Chan spoke good English, telling the Herald he encountered few problems integrating into New Zealand society and forming “great friendships”. From a “refugee’s point of view” Chan believes he’s repaid his debt and is proud to be a Kiwi: “I’m so pleased that I was able to do something for our country.”

It was not until the late 1930s that the tax on Chinese immigrants was lifted (it was not officially repealed until

Words and photos: Jamie Christian Desplaces

IMAGES CLOCKWISE: Mount Falcon Estate. Streets of Dublin. Horses in the Irish countryside.



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DRIVING WITH AOIFE As a Kiwi visiting Ireland a couple of weeks after an historic All Blacks’ defeat, I was prepared for a bit of ribbing. That happened. A lot. I was also prepared for generous, gregarious, funny locals, plenty to talk about and too much to drink. That happened a lot as well. However, arriving at the end of November, I was not prepared for glorious, bright, clear skies, the soft golden glow of the late autumn sun bouncing off weathered stone and quiet, crisp, still, frosty mornings turning the countryside into a sparkling wonderland. I was travelling with my dearest friend, Fiona (she hates the term ‘oldest’), and after a couple of days exploring Dublin on foot we headed across country in a small rental car guided by a somewhat temperamental GPS we affectionately named ‘Aoife’. Aoife was regularly on the receiving end of some earthy swear words as we turned down yet another overgrown one way track requiring careful manoeuvring and quiet curses as we met a vehicle coming the other way, but in hindsight, she also took us to breathtakingly beautiful parts of the country we really would not have seen otherwise, so thank you lass. Staying in the Manor Houses of Ireland, our accommodation throughout was charming, luxurious, cosy and authentic. At this time of year, deep leather armchairs can be pulled up close to roaring open fires, Christmas trees glitter while endless cups of tea, or pints of Guinness(!), supplement the lively chat from both residents and locals. Mount Falcon near Ballina in County Mayo has been lovingly restored by the owner, Shane, who also tells a grand tale of love


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and loss around the estate. An up close and personal encounter with the falcons, owls and ferrets was a special highlight. Gloriously named Ballynahinch and Ballyseede Castles are an impressive sight, both set in beautiful estates looking over tree studded fields, manicured gardens and even a winding river where you can try to hook a trout. We roughly followed a section of the Wild Atlantic Way, a network of roads, walking and cycle paths that stretche 2,500km along the west coast. Magnificent sea and landscapes, captivating villages, inviting pubs and restaurants, legends and stories pepper the route; stopping to explore often resulted in long conversations and a lot of laughter with a local or two. A bright but freezing afternoon in the coastal fishing town of Dingle had us reaching for our thick jackets and scarves while a young man in shorts and gumboots laughed at us saying ‘you’ll get used to it!’. I think not. This delightful little place was bursting with Christmas lights and happy crowds wandering the bright array of shops so in no time we were swept away with the festive atmosphere and pretty location. We reached Cork and our departing flight far too soon. I will admit the only thing I was ready to farewell, was Aoife. Sláinte — you gorgeous place and you gorgeous people. I’ll be back soon.

Words: Kate Gohar, World Journeys

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- Chris Sayegh -

You’ve all heard of space cakes, and some of our more devilish dear readers may even have tried them. But with the plant becoming evermore accepted (California, Nevada and Massachusetts all voted in favour of legalisation late last year, bringing the total number of pot-friendly US states to seven, on top of the dozen or so countries where it can be consumed, legally or through decriminalisation, for medicinal or recreational purposes, or both), a growing number of chefs are experimenting with weed.

The Cannabist. “There is still a lot to be learnt about how to properly administer a dose to someone before we can all fully proceed.” Yang, a “pop-up restaurateur and cannabis entrepreneur”, has organised more than 50 pop-up eateries in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, now going under the name Pop Cultivate. The events are usually held in warehouse-type settings, welcoming up to 40 guests at a time.

Chris Sayegh is a former medical student who has worked in some of the top eateries of the USA’s east and west coasts. Now known as The Herbal Chef, he has made a name for himself in the world of cannabis cuisine, and claims munching on marijuana to be a “cerebral experience”. “You’re eating with a different perception with each bite, with each course,” says Sayegh in a video presentation from his Hollywood home. “You’re literally changing your brain chemistry.”

The word ‘cannabis’ stems from the Greek for hemp — κάνναβις, pronounced “kánnabis”. It was recognised by some of the earliest civilisations the world over for its versatility, its fibres used for such things as rope and fabric; its seeds used to extract oil to be burnt. Weed-infused drink bhang — concocted by grinding the buds and leaves then mixing the green paste with milk, butter and spices — originated in 10th-century India. Published in Italy in 1474, De Honesta Voluptate et Valetudine — ‘On Honourable Pleasure and Health’ — was the first ever cookbook and contained a cannabis cocktail. Contemporary cookbook The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine, offers all sorts of tasty tips on getting the most out of the drug, with the basic theme being that marijuana should just be treated as any other culinary herb. In 2014, Vice launched Bong Appetit, a show about marijuana cooking. Among its stars was a 91-year-old grandmother who prepares classic Italian dishes using butter infused with hash.

Ingesting pot infuses the body with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. While smoking forces THC into the body faster, and in more potent concentrations, eating it will mean it will remain in the system for a greater length of time. “In a nutshell, eaten cannabis gets metabolised by the liver, so delta-9-THC becomes 11-hydroxy-THC, which passes the blood-brain barrier more rapidly and has more of a psychedelic effect than standard THC,” Mitch Earleywine, a professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Albany and author of Understanding Marijuana, tells the Daily Beast. “Smoked or vaporised cannabis bypasses the liver and doesn’t create the same 11-hydroxy-THC.” Amanda Reiman, policy manager of the California Drug Policy Alliance, adds that medicinal marijuana users usually opt to eat the drug because of the longer lasting effects: “However, marijuana ingested orally is more difficult to properly titrate dosage due to the increased time of effect onset.” Dosage is something chefs too are still trying to perfect. Chris Yang boasts an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Southern California University, but rather than pursue a career in science, he taught himself how to cook, learning many of his tricks from watching Gordon Ramsay videos on YouTube. He says his science background has enabled him to understand cooking techniques at a molecular level and how different food interacts with the cannabis plant. “Legalisation does relieve a lot of stress from the stigma of cannabis, but it still comes down to the dosing mechanism,” he tells

Sayegh’s high-end, high-inducing dishes include such treats as carrot confit gnocchi with cannabis-infused pea emulsion; New York strip steak with parsnip puree and ‘medicated’ red wine reduction; and sticky toffee pudding with toasted coconut and pot-infused chocolate. But, the chef says that rarely will anyone taste the weed in his wares, unless he specifically wants them too, as it’s “not a pleasant taste” and can “throw off the whole flavour of the dish”. Sayegh currently cooks his cannabis menus in private homes or pop-up events around Los Angeles. (But diners must show their medical marijuana cards. Though the state has voted to legalise the drug, it won’t be legal to sell or buy for recreation until 2018. Until then, it can be legally gifted, but only purchased for medicinal purposes.) “We’re moving beyond marijuana as something frightening,” notes David Bienenstock, co-producer of Bong Appetit. “A lot of people are curious, and food is a great way for people to access the culture. Once they can access it, they start to understand it’s something we shouldn’t be suppressing and should be celebrating.” Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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3 peaches 6 tsp honey 6 tsp butter 2 handfuls of Mediterranean rocket 60gr blue cheese 30g walnut pieces 1/4C Balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp sugar

WHAT TO DO: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Prepare the balsamic glaze by bringing the balsamic vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan. Once boiling reduce to a simmer and add the sugar. Let simmer for 15 minutes, pour in a jar and let cool. Preheat the oven to 240°C. Peel the peaches, cut them in half and remove the stones. Place a teaspoon of butter and a teaspoon of honey in each peach and top with a piece of blue cheese. Roast in the oven 15 minutes. Place the mediteranean rocket in a serving dish, sprinkle the walnut pieces and the crumbed blue cheese. Garnish with the roasted peaches and drizzle some balsamic glaze on.

// Serves 4 // Prep time 30 minutes

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8 small peaches 3 eggs 100g caster sugar & extra to coat the tin 150g all purpose flour 300ml full fat milk butter for greasing

WHAT TO DO: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, caster sugar, flour and milk until combined. Butter a 25cm round tin and coat with caster sugar. Peel, halve and pit the peaches, then cut them into slices. Scatter the peaches in a single layer at the bottom of the tin and slowly pour the batter over. Place in the oven for 45-55 minutes, the edges should be brown and the centre set. Serve warm with icing sugar.

// Serves 8

GORGEOUS PIZZA BAR: A Slice of the Big Apple

For nearly seven years, an authentic slice of the Big Apple has been arousing the senses on Dominion Road, and its name is Gorgeous. The homely Mount Eden eatery was founded by Wayne Hull, the name coming to him while wandering New York’s vibrant Midtown streets and hearing someone call out, “That’s gorgeous!” Inspired by the word’s onomatopoeic qualities, Wayne borrowed it to name his pizza bar and everything about the joint backs up the claim. “Many of the best spots in New York are hole-in-the-wall type places,” says the pizzeria proprietor. “That’s the environment I sought to recreate here.” The Dominion Road setting too was important. “It’s a character street, bohemian, like much of New York,” Wayne goes on. “So I felt it was a good match. Our pizzas are gourmet, our attitude and atmosphere most definitely New York.” You’ll likely notice the enticing aromas long before you step foot inside thanks to the handmade dough baking in the giant pizza oven at the front-end of the kitchen-cum-bar — the eatery’s focal point and a favourite among the locals — backed by simmering sauces, melted mozzarella cheese and a generous serving of passion. Everything is made from scratch, using fresh, local produce. The pizza sauce, comprising ten ingredients, is “good enough to drink”, and only the best cheese considered. But, the initial sprinkling of magic materialises with the massaging of that soft, bouncy dough. “It’s just like the song goes,” so says Wayne, “I’m all about that bass!” The preparation, he adds, is a satisfying and therapeutic process.

Just like the first ever pizza, the Margherita (named in Naples after an Italian Queen), Gorgeous’s pizzas are christened — somewhat mischievously — after beautiful women (examples include the spicy meatballs, chorizo and sun-dried tomatoes of the ‘Naomi’; the chargrilled chicken, roasted potato and garlic butter infused ‘Eva’; and ‘Lucy’s’ spring onion, cashews and Peking duck). But with a maximum of three star ingredients per pizza, the taste is never overcrowded, and you’ll discover pasta and other Italian classics on the menu too. It’s a locals’ hangout where everyone is welcomed like an extended family, in true Italian style. Once a month Wayne books out the back for up to 20-odd guests and cooks up a surprise, freestyle feast. Steaming bowls are placed in the middle of the table and food and stories are shared, “just like in the movies”. It’s the sharing aspect of pizza that Wayne also finds so appealing. “You can do so much with it, it’s just so versatile,” he says. “And everyone loves it.” It is, he adds, “soulfood”, so get on down there and feed yours.



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» Initially, communal dining was a very odd idea for people, and it was very challenging to get people to pay to come and eat a meal outside on a farm.« - Jim Denevan -

Outstanding in the Field is a fantastic foodie concept that sees guests flock to the great outdoors for an open-air, shared dining experience in order to re-connect them to “the land and the origins of their food”, while raising awareness of the local growers and makers who produce it. Founded by Californian artist Jim Denevan in 1999, events have since spread to 14 countries worldwide, with spectacular settings including mountain tops and sea caves. Jim plans to host one of the legendary long table events here next year, probably in Central Otago. I ask if he ever expected the concept to be so warmly embraced when he threw his first outdoor soiree. “To use a culinary term, I never wanted it to be flash in the pan,” he says. “From the beginning, my intention was for it to last a couple of decades, rather than a couple of seasons, for it to be really appreciated on a cultural level. Initially, communal dining was a very odd idea for people, and it was very challenging to get people to pay to come and eat a meal outside on a farm. But it has become consistent, and we have regular guests who travel to each event.” He admits that, logistically, it’s a very tough gig: “The sheer number of details is absurd. Plus it’s such an unusual environment, and each one is different. It’s not just a case of setting up the same restaurant every day.” The nomadic project mainly takes place across the USA and serves around 12,000 guests per year. At any given sitting, at least half of the attendees will be locals, with travelling guests — who are often regulars — accounting for anything up to 40%. During 2016, one particular couple attended 12 dinners, while another lady has been to 80 in total. “I thought that people would be interested in it as a bucket list-type thing,” says Jim. “But they get hooked. Everyone responds very powerfully.” Some even make their own plates especially for the dinners: “It becomes a big part of their lives.” Are responses different from country to country? “Some cultures are more naturally embracing than others. The two extremes I always mention are Brazil and England. In Brazil, everyone is always very pleased to be in a social environment, and they’re immediately comfortable with strangers, whereas

the English are the opposite. There, people sit and try to suss out each other’s social standing. But, in a sense, the ones that are more challenging are often the most fun. Ultimately, the events always work wherever they go.” The events commence with the host farmer introducing the backstory of the food before some of the producers such as the cheese- and winemakers take to the tables to talk with the guests and answer any questions. “We just had an event in Chile with a spear fisherman,” says Jim. “He talked of the speed of the fish and how difficult they were to catch. How he saw them as his equals. He was very poetic.” The guest chef is only presented to the audience at the close — part of the reason for establishing Outstanding in the Field was to promote the producers whom Jim felt were forgotten with the rise of celebrity chefs (Jim’s brother is a well-regarded organic farmer). “They’re the missing part of the picture,” Jim says. “People are genuinely interested in the culture and story behind their food, I realised this with the rising popularity of farmers’ markets. This is the next step, to go and visit the farmer and enjoy a dinner on his land.” Why do you thing that curiosity has developed? “The emergence of this kind of experimental dining has come about because people yearn to be more connected to those around them, where they live, and especially with nature. Food is an avenue to nature. When food and farming are considered thoughtfully, they offer a fascinating insight into our culture and the world in which we live.” Jim measures the success of Outstanding in the Field by such connections. “One thing that is very powerful for people, and that means a lot to us, is our guests’ eagerness to share their experiences with others and to encourage others to take part. People want other people to feel what they feel, which is ultimately to come away with a greater sense of place and a greater connection with humanity, all served outside with good food, and good wine.” Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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Restaurant Review

Eden Noodles Café

You’d be a fool to miss out on the dumplings.


Through the rest of the menu, things are less clear cut. With any authentic cuisine, tastes and textures are not what you’re used to, so unless you are looking for a gastronomical adventure, be wary with your choices. For those of you like me, relatively habitual when it comes to food but partial to a fantastic noodle bowl, the noodles with shredded chicken in soup are a safe but superb choice. The chicken broth is delightful, and hints of coriander infuse the bowl with a fresh and tangy flavour.

When there are queues of people outside the door, you know you’re onto a winner. Eden Noodles Café is one of these winners, and there was no mistaking why everyone was waiting so patiently for a table on this particular Friday evening, with such an allure of authentic Chinese flavours seeping through the open doors and along Dominion Road. Once inside the setting is fresh, white, and pristine, the service first-class. The warm front-of-house manager was patient and obliging amidst our bumbling through various menu selections, and gently offered her opinions to make sure we were in line to receive the best and most suitable meal possible. You’d be a fool to miss out on the dumplings (pork with chives, of course), whether you’re brave enough to make things more exciting with spicy or chilli sauce, or going conservatively sauceless. These little parcels are packed with a delectable punch of flavours, and melt delicately in your mouth just as any good dumpling should.

For the thrill-seekers, the menu extends to options from noodles with ox tripe in soup, to braised pork intestines on rice and Chinese pita bread with mixed turnip. Highly acquired tastes perhaps, but cooked with the passion and local expertise you should expect. There are several vegetarian options, which do not seem to be there simply as token dishes to increase the restaurant’s target market, rather as genuine additions to a well-rounded menu. So don’t find yourself lost along the wild and confusing depths of Dominion Road the next time you are looking for a mouthwatering and affordable meal, Eden Noodles Café is a vivacious gem just waiting to be savoured. — Words: Harriet Keown



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RAISE YOUR GLASS TO GIBBSTON Away from the crowds of Queenstown, Gibbston’s Kinross Cottages is the perfect base to explore the world’s most southern wine region. “The best one night stay of my life,” is how one recent guest describes their stay at Kinross Cottages. Backed up by a near perfect Guest Experience rating on, we’re sure you’ll agree. Spacious, beautifully appointed self-contained cottages lie nestled within pinot noir, pinot gris and gurwurtztraminer vines. Here every small detail has been carefully thought through. From luxurious King size beds to kitchens equipped to please the most discerning cook. Perhaps the best spot are the cottages front porch - the perfect position to sit back at the end of the day to star gaze or drink in the view of the spectacular Pisa ranges. Seven days a week, Kinross operates as the exclusive cellar door for a stellar group of five local winemakers. The stories of wine labels Hawkshead, Valli, Domaine Thomson, Wild Irishman and Coal Pit are entwined in the history of New Zealand wine making, and Kinross is the perfect hub to be drawn into their world.

With a winning location in the heart of Gibbston’s Wine Loop cycle trail, neighbouring properties include many award-winning wineries. You can easily cycle to these wineries from Kinross, or if you prefer a more relaxed approach the awesome team at Kinross can book guests a guided tour. Add in an excellent café and cellar door (open to the public year round) and its obvious why Kinross has quickly become the local hub to enjoy the best hospitality Central Otago offers. And don’t forget to pack your sense of adventure! AJ Hackett Bungy and River jet boating along with the country’s best ski fields are all close by. And with the high octane thrills of Cromwell’s Highlands Motorsport Park adventure lovers are well catered for throughout the year. If you’re curious to discover what makes this area such a unique and diverse grape-growing region, it’s time to get to Gibbston.

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Growing fruit trees can be a delicious, nutritious and juicy experience. But to ensure you make the most of your trees (and to avoid things going pearshaped) it’s important that you plan ahead. Thankfully the first task is incredibly enjoyable and this needs doing now! Go forth and eat, so that when deciduous fruit trees become available (around June/July) you know what varieties you like. Though before you gorge yourself too much it is worth narrowing your choice down by considering a few other factors. WHAT TO CONSIDER: • POLLINATION If you only have space for one tree it’s worth choosing a selffertile variety. Or if you have space for multiple trees make sure you choose varieties that pollinate each other. Note all full size peaches and nectarines are self-fertile. Self-ferile varieties of plums include billington, santa rosa and damson. • WHERE YOU WILL PLANT Most fruit trees prefer fertile, free-draining rich soil and will need at least six hours of sun everyday. For healthy peaches or nectarines, choose a spot with good airflow (though shelter from high winds is needed). Apples and plums aren’t as particular, but they still need fairly free-draining soil. Pears will deal with significantly damper spots than most other fruit trees.

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

• SPACING For best results trees need enough space to grow. • Dwarf peaches and nectarines — 1.5m • Dwarf varieties of apples — 1.5m • Apples on dwarf (M9) rootstock — 2.5m • Apples on MM106 rootstock — 3+m • Peaches, plums, nectarines — 3.5+m • FRUIT TO LOOK OUT FOR (AND TASTE IF YOU CAN FIND THEM) • Plums — billington, santa rosa, damson, fortune • Peaches (all varieties are self-fertile) - golden queen, pixzee, flatto, blackboy, Scarlet O’Hara • Apples — peasgood nonsuch, initial, oratea beauty/ gravenstein For more advice on planning an orchard visit our website or ask instore. — Words: Billy Aiken, Kings Plant Barn


Filmstill Sky Ladder: The Art Of Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang at work for Heritage, photo by Cai Canhuang, courtesy Cai Studio


A STAIRWAY TO THE STARS “There is no success or failure in art.” - Cai Guo-Qiang -

Directed by Kevin Macdonald, Sky Ladder is a Netflix feature length documentary that tells the extraordinary story of Cai Guo-Qiang’s quest to “connect the Earth to the universe” by building a halfkilometre-high ladder constructed from flames. It is an endeavour that takes him more than 20 years to realise, and the film weaves much his life and work through those two decades’ seams. In one especially poignant moment, Cai breaks down when discussing how as a child in his home town of Quanzhou, China, he watched his father, an acclaimed calligrapher, be forced to burn his beloved books because of Mao’s cultural revolution. In oft-repeated acts of gorgeous defiance, Cai grew up to use fire to make his own art. “Playing with gunpowder,” he says, “set me free.” Cai Guo-Qiang may well be the most famous artist you’ve never heard of. His awards include the International Golden Prize of the Venice Biennale, the Praemium Imperiale and the Alpert Award in the Arts. He has been exhibited by the likes of the Guggenheim in New York (the city where he mainly lives), London’s Tate Modern, and the National Art Museum of China, in Beijing. Stunning visual installations include suspended cars adorned in neon and a pack of flying, fighting wolves. But it is for his pyrotechnic performances that Cai is most revered. Cai’s high altitude bombardments are nothing short of magical as he quite literally dyes even the day-lit skies. Numerous projectiles explode into colourful, powdered clouds, within which more traditional fireworks may then explode. We witness the artist transform the heavens into his own personal ethereal canvas, and, for a fleeting moment, sear his soul across his clouds. Then, in a puff of smoke, it is finished. There is profound sadness in witnessing such beauty evaporate before our eyes; in witnessing the creating, and ultimately immediate destruction, of such wonder in a series of symbolic cracks. It is a fleetingness that compels a certain introspection. Such visionary does not go unnoticed. Cai is hired for a handful of government events, such as the opening and closing of the Beijing Olympics. It makes for somewhat uncomfortable viewing when such a mind is ordered to bend its artistic integrity for such stagnant and myopic bureaucrats. As an audience we are asked what it means to be successful. We are asked to consider the effects of, not just politics, but wealth and acclaim upon creativity. And so, as a poetic counterweight, comes the climax — the building of the Sky Ladder, in secret, using dozens of volunteers in Cai’s home province of Fujian. The ladder, laden with explosives, is raised by a giant balloon under the shadow of night 500 metres into the inky abyss. Cai watches on nervously. His wife, Hong Hong, laments the project has been “like burning money”. The fuse ignites, and from top to bottom, wrung by wrung, the ladder lights up and stretches to break the black with flame. Cai allows himself a smile. Twenty-one years it has been in the making. And then, it is gone. — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces


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Mercury Bay Art Escape Celebrates 10 Years! The Mercury Bay Art Escape Artists’ Open Studios is an iconic event on the Coromandel Peninsula calendar and definitely worth a visit. Held on 4-5 and 11-12 March, 2017, it is an opportunity to meet the artists in their creative space, soak up coastal scenery and enjoy the cafes, galleries, breweries and wineries in the area. The line-up of 39 artists, including six new artists and two art groups, features a range of media, including drawing, woodwork, harakeke weaving, hand forged knives, jewellery, lamp worked glasswork, mixed media, mosaics, painting, photography, pottery and prints. A pop-up gallery specifically for guests and emerging artists will also be open in the Ray White Auction Rooms, Whitianga. The gala opening of the Open Studios and Showcase Exhibition will be held on 3 March, 7.30pm, at Hot Waves Café, Hot Water Beach. This is a chance to mingle with the artists while enjoying bubbles and dessert nibbles. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the trust has challenged members to interpret the theme ‘Growth’ in their chosen media. The Showcase Exhibition continues until Easter Monday – tickets available on the website.

To further mark the anniversary of the Open Studios, the trust has a new art guide and website. The free guide features member details, an image of their artistic style and easy to follow maps. Collect your copy from selected Auckland galleries and various galleries, cafes and i-Sites around the peninsula. Postal options are available on the new website which includes a downloadable version and Google ‘My map’, so visitors can simply scan the QR code and use it to navigate to the studios of your choice. Member artists are working consistently to produce new work and look forward to welcoming you to their studios. —

L-R Gary Nevin Attack of the Killer Fantails, : Trevor Bayly Iceberg Encounter, Sally Samins Morning Swim


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Jason Kerrison’s — GOLDEN RATIO

The rise of Opshop in the 2000s inflicted NZ-wide household name-type status for Christchurch’s Jason Kerrison, but since their hiatus in 2013 the frontman’s presence has laid comfortably back. Currently based in Auckland, in 2017 Jason’s solo musical exploration is allowing him a chance to pave his own way in a self propelled career, unrelenting with unorthodox philosophies he holds close in arithmetic ‘golden ratio’ centred latest EP JKEP2. In March Jason returns to his hometown to headline the debut year of Christchurch’s Selwyn Sounds festival, an event spotlighting some of the most classic Kiwi artists over the generations they defined for a one day spectacular. I talked to Jason about his first headlining gig, and how life is different solo dolo. Hi Jason! Selwyn Sounds’ first year is set to be big, and it’s a long awaited chance to bring a festival to a place that doesn’t see many significant events. How are you feeling ahead of the March 27 festival? I’m nervous now you’ve said that! (Laughs) What does it mean to you to be headlining such a homegrown, Kiwi oriented event in your hometown Christchurch? We just cant wait to hang out, we can’t wait for rehearsals man, we just wanna play! And I’m looking forward to all the bands we’re playing with, I think it’ll be quite a mix. The duration of each track on your latest release JKEP2 is proportioned to build from shortest to longest creating a sort of climatic feel, what effect were you hoping listeners would take with them from this approach? The length of each song is based on what’s called the golden ratio, which is largely built around the universal harmonic structure. So the aim was more of an experiment to see what the result was, so my question should really be: how did it feel? For me it gave the EP quite a dramatic build-up experience, especially on the last and longest track ‘All Your Senses’. Yeah, cool! So I did a TED talk about it right, and one of the examples I used is: if you hold your hand out in front of you,

the distance from the tip of your finger to the first joint, you call that song one. Then you take the second joint to the third joint, and you call that song two. That joint to the next joint, you call that song three. And so on and so on. That’s the golden ratio pattern. So I wanted to see what that would sound like as a musical experiment. Can we expect to see you showcasing some older discography classics as well as your new material at Selwyn Sounds? Oh yeah man, I’m just gonna have fun. I’m gonna bring all the joints. What do you think they want me to play? I reckon the crowd will be after a balance between the old and the new. What about any JKEP3 material in store, is that a thing? Yeah I actually have been doing some 3 stuff, so I think that could be a good call! You’ve always been a very passionate ecologist and activist for your own views. Does your solo musical platform grant you a more personal chance at expressing yourself and enlightening others? I don’t really think it’s up to me to enlighten others, but I think it’s up to me to sing about what I feel and believe and come to a further understanding, so that’s kinda where I find myself. Like on the last EP, just exploring those notions of what’s possible in music. I think for me I just have to feel like I’m respecting me and what I’m experiencing; right or wrong. When I go back to check over my music I’m looking back over my work and thinking, “Well whom is this character? What was he up to?” I know that I’ve been honest with myself, and that music acts as a diary. You can purchase tickets to see Jason Kerrison play at Selwyn Sounds on 4 March, 2017 on ticketek now. Words: Laura McInnes


PERCEPTION Glass by Evelyn Dunstan OREXART 9 Feb – 4 March, 2017

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Auckland artist Evelyn Dunstan’s work has always been a stunning showcase for both the mysterious and the luminous properties of cast glass. Her pieces are in significant collections in the United States, England, France, Australia and New Zealand. She is a past winner of the prestigious Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia. Her current works have introduced a new delicacy of making and ideas; the pieces seem to reflect the conflicts inherent in the historical ebb and flow of human life, its fragility, ferocity and beauty. They are organic in nature, themes and structures that one could relate to the art nouveau movement, but also to Italian glass of the late 19th century. Flowers and leaves, vines, chalices, hanging amphora, masks and crowns, the glass is both extravagantly technical, Venetian in its mystery and mastery, but undeniably contemporary.

Artist statement: As artists our singular concerns are to express the influences that compel us to create, but as humans we must look for common concerns, connections to our fellow beings, our shared spaces, our environment, our humanity. The cast glass I first envisioned was soon subdued by the influence of existing styles and techniques, the preconceived limitations of what was possible with the medium, but conceptually my influences came from art history, metal, glass, ceramics, even my immediate environment. Lifestyle and passions combined with the interaction of connections and relationships seemed important, looking back, as much as moving forward, held sway. The form of a vessel, an amphora, a challis seemed to speak of a containment of ideas, a method of moving ideas from one place to another, the vines and leaves are a crossing over, life supporting life, being supported, a progression of cycles through the seasons of time, common concerns that connect us all, woven, transparent, fragile, in need of protecting.

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9 February - 4 March 2017 | Opening Thursday 9 February 5 - 7pm 15 putiki street, arch hill, auckland 1021 +64 9 3780588

It’s that time of year when our already vibrant city bursts further into the colours of the rainbow. With the Auckland Pride Festival about to merrily march over the horizon Verve caught up with a handful of its iridescent, eccentric and green-fingered charitable characters,

including a real-life princess. So meet Princess Richard, makeup artist and queen of fashion, Matt Pryor, founding member of Brass Bandits who’ll be taking part in the parade; and gardeners Joanna Mason and Kay Anderson, who are suckers for a good cause.


Five minutes with Richard Symons As the Auckland Pride Festival fast approaches, Verve sits down with makeup artist and queen of fashion, Princess Richard. Words: Lauren Sanderson

Are you looking forward to the Auckland Pride Festival this month? Definitely! I don’t have any involvement with the festival but I do enjoy attending some of the low key events. In 2015 you set up your own online magazine called Shuttle. As the editor, what does the magazine mean to you? It’s about breaking away from what’s traditionally known as beautiful. It started out as a platform for my work as I was getting frustrated of doing work for people and it never getting released due it being seen as ‘weird’. I think Shuttle has become something that showcases people that don’t necessarily have a voice in mainstream media. It’s not about money as I don’t earn anything from it, it’s about giving people the space to express themselves. You’re also a makeup artist, how did you get into that? I studied art, photography and graphic design for a year and I hated it. So, in 2010 I studied makeup for the year and it was a great experience. I love it! It’s my favourite thing to do. Have you always been into fashion and beauty? Not really. I had always been the run-of-the-mill until I discovered the emo style in my teen years. It was great finding a style that liked to experiment with makeup. Who are your fashion icons? Alexander McQueen was a big inspiration when I first started out. Also the New York Club Kids like Sussi are very inspiring and a lot of inspiration comes from my friends. I’m also obsessed with make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench.

You’re known as Princess Richard, what’s the story behind the name? It’s a little cheesy but in 2012 I was living in a hostel while studying photography and I was looking at people on tumblr who had fabricated themselves a sense of confidence. So, I thought why be a dumpy 22-year old when I can be a princess? How would you describe your style? I would have to say two-dollar shop. I’d say K-Mart is a good description of how I dress. It’s funny because even though I’m a lover of fashion I don’t actually own any fashion pieces. What are your three makeup necessities? Moisturiser, highlighter and eye-shadow. What’s your definition of beauty? I don’t think there is a definition of beauty. It is anything that you want it to be. How often do you perform as Princess Richard? Not very often. I’ve performed three time in total. The first time I was dressed as a nun performing ‘I will follow him’ from the film Sister Act. The second time I was Britney Spears doing a piece on celebrity break-downs. I had a variety of outfits that showcased the chronicle of her downfall. My last performance was with Drag Queens Yuri Guaii and Busty Springfield and we were covered head to toe in fake blood. That was fun! What was the last performance you watched? It was Priscilla Queen of the Desert, it was amazing!

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Q&A WITH MATT PRYOR Matt Pryor recently made the move from Hamilton to Auckland and now resides in Parnell. He is one of the founding members of Brass Bandits, who will be marching in the Auckland Pride Parade on Saturday 25 February along Ponsonby Road. Who are the Brass Bandits, how was the group created?

The Brass Bandits are a group of musicians from across the country who come together to be the ‘rainbow face’ of the Brass Band and Concert Band movement. It was created by a few members of the LGBT community who are also active members of Brass Bands in the Waikato and Auckland who want to show that modern banding isn’t just stuffy old guys, but a thriving and diverse mix of passionate musicians.

wanted to do it again in 2014. I teamed up with players from Waitakere Auckland Brass in 2015 to help form a dedicated marching band for the 2015 Pride Parade. What will you bring to the Auckland Pride Parade? Do you have a theme? We don’t have a specific theme — we just want to entertain the crowd, show the diversity within the banding movement in New Zealand, show our support for the LGBT community... and have fun!

What is unique about the Brass Bandits? The Brass Bandits have arranged their own versions of pop music songs to form a medley of music that everyone will be familiar with – this is music that you won’t often get to hear played by a marching band so spectators will be in for a real treat.

What message do you want to send to Aucklanders about Pride? We’re so lucky to live in a city that supports the LGBT community with an event like Pride. The LGBT community adds a unique flavour to the peoplescape of Auckland, but it is a community that has had to fight for their recognition of equality. By attending an event like the Pride Parade, you’re showing your support – so come out, have fun, and cheer really loudly when the Brass Bandits march past!

How did you get involved in the Auckland Pride Parade? I was originally asked to form a marching band for the 2013 parade to help out First Scene costume hire – I was then playing with Te Awamutu Brass and grabbed a whole bunch of players from that band. We enjoyed it so much we

Can anyone join in with the Brass Bandits as they march in the Auckland Pride Parade? Absolutely – we welcome all musicians to join. If you’d like to come and play, find the Brass Bandits on Facebook and flick us your details, or email

Heroic Gardens When passionate One Tree Hill gardeners, Joanna Mason and Kay Anderson, were approached by organisers of the Heroic Garden Festival, they were pleased to open their garden for a worthy cause. Originally showcasing gay- and lesbian-owned gardens, the festival has grown to include the gardens of many other supporters of Mercy Hospice Auckland as well. Now in its 21st year, proceeds from every ticket sold will support the hospice’s on-going work providing essential services free-of-charge to patients facing life-limiting illness, as well as their loved ones. “We have both had friends that needed the services of hospice and seeing how much good they do for them and their families when they go through such a difficult time, we are happy to open our garden to support them,” Joanna says. Both Joanna and Kay share a passion for plants. With only a 320-square-metre section they have utilised the space well and made it into a well functioning organic garden. Their steep front garden has been terraced and planted with an interesting mix of shrubs and perennials in a

semi-formal style while the back is an organic productive garden with a worm farm and a small greenhouse. “We have a lot of fruit trees and we preserve as much as we can which carries us through winter. There is nothing better than walking out a night after a days work and being able to pick all your own vegies and make them into dinner,” says Joanna. There are 22 gardens to be inspired from in the festival, opening 18-19 February, 2017, from 10am-5pm with entry $50, or for individual garden entry it’s $10 for adults and $5 for children (children under-12, where permitted). Mercy Hospice Auckland fundraising events coordinator Kahu Burns says festival goers have the unique opportunity to experience both urban and country gardens and meet the gardeners themselves. “There is something for both keen gardeners and those looking for inspiration.” For more information, visit

REIGNITING PASSION FOR INDIGENOUS ARTS Indigenous art forms are seeing an international resurgenc and many see New Zealand as a world leader following the revival of many Māori arts and crafts. Raranga (weaving) is one of the many art forms used to affirm Māori culture and identity; however, in the late 1960s, weaving was at risk of being lost. Acknowledged internationally as one of the most gifted weavers of her generation, Emily Rangitiaria Schuster (1927-1977), a descendent of Te Arawa and Ngāti Tūwharetoa tribes, played a significant role in ensuring the survival of this craft. Instilling a legacy that is still prominent today, in 1969, Emily helped establish the original National Weaving School, Te Whare Raranga, at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) at Te Puia in Rotorua, holding the position of tumu raranga (head weaver) until the mid-1990s.

She travelled the world, representing NZMACI and Toi Māori Aotearoa, to promote and nurture Māori weaving. She visited Māori collections kept in museums and interacted with other indigenous tribes to learn and find similarities; work which continues through NZMACI today. In 1983, Emily was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal, and a year later, the Newman’s Tourism Award for her work in the tourism industry. In 1994, Emily was again honoured by Queen Elizabeth II when she received an Order of the British Empire. She sadly passed away in 1997, however her knowledge and love of weaving was passed down to her twin daughters, Dawn and Edna, two of seven children. Dawn was head of Te Rito until she passed away in 2002. Today, Te Rito is led by Emily’s daughter, Edna Pahewa, ensuring the time-honoured art form lives on for the next generation.

“Weaving is a strong link with my past... I feel I am caretaker of the art form for the next generation,” she once said.

Edna says weaving has been an integral part of her upbringing, crediting her grandmother, mother and twin sister as her teachers.

Born into a realm steeped in Māori history; her world was guiding and weaving. Emily’s aunt was famed Whakarewarewa guide, Rangitiaria Dennan (Guide Rangi), who guided guests such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Queen Elizabeth II.

“Over time, weaving has turned from a necessity, to a love, to a passion.”

In 1988, the National Weaving School was renamed Te Rito by Emily, after the baby shoot at the heart of the flax bush.

In 2016, the art of weaving came to life through Tiki Āhua, an annual fashion, design, music and dance extravaganza. This contemporary show dedicated a section to the ‘Weavers of the Valley’ with special tribute made in Emily’s honour.

Māori from throughout New Zealand travelled to Te Rito to learn the art of weaving but Emily also travelled the country, visiting tribes where the art form was at risk, teaching the basics and encouraging students to find out more about their own tribes’ tikanga (customs).

The perpetuation and teaching of Māori material culture has also been given a boost from the New Zealand government and this year, Te Rito, along with the national schools of wood, stone, bone and pounamu (greenstone) carving, will see a significant transformation as the new Wānanga Precinct unveils.

In 1996, Emily along with five founding artists, established Toi Māori Aotearoa (Māori Arts Network), set up to preserve, develop, promote and encourage participation in Māori arts.

Next time you stop in, you’ll likely see Edna teaching or working, in this wonderful new gallery space which is taking Emily’s original work to new heights. Words: Julie Fiddes



Audiences are invited to sit amongst the action at Hot Brown Honey, on the stage in cabaret seating where six sexy, sassy, stylish women will boldly shatter preconceptions in an explosion of colour, culture and controversy. Opening on Valentine’s Day, it’s the perfect night out for the girls or couples, complete with a bar on stage and tasty themed cocktails, and a different NZ female DJ each night adding to the pre and post show party vibe.

Artist, actor and painter Carl Bland’s beautiful new play Spirit House premieres this month at the Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre. Working with his long-time collaborator Ben Crowder these two theatre geniuses have wowed audiences with their incredible work: Te Po was the sell-out hit of the 2016 Auckland Arts Festival and 360: Theatre Of Recollections won the 2014 Auckland Theatre Award for Excellence.

Hot Brown Honey comes to the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre from 14-18 February as part of the Auckland Pride Festival. This highly entertaining, comedic cabaret and burlesque style show incorporates circus, dance, poetry, striptease and comedy with a generous helping of hip hop. Hot Brown Honey is set in a dazzling beehive with lighting, music and costume to rival Beyoncé at Madison Square Garden.

NZ icon of stage and screen Ian Mune returns to tread the boards alongside theatrical heavyweights Mia Blake (The Book of Everything, Angels in America) and Tim Carlsen (Tartuffe, Dirty Laundry).

Hot Brown Honey comes to Auckland on the back of sell out seasons across Australia including the Opera house, and after a hit season at Edinburgh Fringe.


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THE RIVIE RA S E T — Mary S Lo v el l

AUDR EY: T H E 50s — David Wills

Mary Lovell is renowned for her Mitford and Churchill biographies and she has another absolute bestseller on her hands in The Riviera Set. Chateau de l’Horizon, a house built by actress Maxine Elliot in the south of France with funds garnered from her stage work and a quiet divorce, becomes the backdrop for entertaining on a grand scale and Mary Lovell can almost tell you what the rich and famous had for breakfast, lunch and supper and who was round the table as she describes the legendary hospitality Maxine Elliot provided for her famous and infamous house guests. The Riviera Set is about indulgence and privacy, secrecy and scandal and very very readable account of how high society used to behave. ____ $39

A little time-slip into mid-century via a collection of stunning photographs, many of them seen here for the first time, of style icon and Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn. The classic images are accompanied by introductions and quotes from her co-stars, directors and designers. From the gamine haircut to the innate sense of fashion that is as fresh today as it was all those years ago, Audrey: The 50s is a book to wallow in and rediscover real style. ____ $70

I N T I MATE : A PRIVATE WORLD O F I N TE RIORS — David H ic ks If you are restyling, renovating or rebuilding then you need a copy of Intimate: A Private World of Interiors by multi-award winning designer David Hicks to add to your research pile (one book is never enough when you are decorating). Hicks takes you into some of the most glamourous Australian homes he has worked on and he shows how to plan and execute superb spaces for modern living. The book looks at the whole project, design, incorporating art and your bijoux bits and layout of rooms. All in all a sumptuous, inspiring but ultimately very useful book. ____ $95

BO O K S FO R L IV ING — Wil l S c h wa l b e Few can forget the impact of reading Will Schwalbe’s End of Your Life Bookclub where he and his terminally ill mother choose books to read while she is receiving treatment. In his latest, Books for Living, he once more invigorates the reader with his descriptions of how books can shape our lives in all sorts of ways and how and what we read enriches our lives in so many ways. This is an excellent ‘dip into’ book, a perfect companion to keep on the bedside table or tucked away close to your comfy chair. It is also that perfect trophy, a book you know all your friends will appreciate being introduced to or given their own copy. Watch Books for Living go to the top of the Bookclubs reading list. ____ $38

Words: Doris Mousdale


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Phil Price (detail) Forbidden Tree, 2016 4,300 (ext to 5,300) x 3,700 (diameter) mm Photography: Peter Rees

27 Jan – 19 Feb Waiheke Island New Zealand’s premier exhibition of sculpture in the landscape Entry $10, Families $20*, Children under 15 free Without your donation this amazing sculpture event would not be possible DEAD BOYS ARE BLUE by Dido St. Claire Presented as part of Auckland Fringe Festival Silo 6 21-23; 25; 27-28 FEB 1-2 MARCH 2017 9PM Tickets $10

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16 FEBRUARY SILENCE Starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson (pictured) and Adam Driver, Silence is an upcoming historical drama by Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese. Written by Jay Cooks and Scorsese, Silence is an adaptation based on the 1966 novel of the same name, by Shusaku Endo, about 17th century Jesuits who risk their lives to bring Christianity to Japan. Rating: R16 Violence & cruelty

16 FEBRUARY TONI ERDMANN Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his old dog. It’s an awkward move because serious career woman Ines is working on an important project as a corporate strategist in Bucharest. The geographical change doesn’t help the two to see more eye-to-eye. Practical joker Winfried loves to annoy his daughter with corny pranks. What’s worse are his little jabs at her routine lifestyle of long meetings, hotel bars and performance reports. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to return home to Germany. Enter flashy Toni Erdmann, Winfried’s smooth-talking alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and even weirder fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’s professional life, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn’t hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all. Rating: R16 Sex scenes, nudity, drug use & offensive language

16 MARCH LOVING Based on true events, Loving tells the story of a couple whose love would come to define a key moment in American civil rights’ history. Defying the state of Virginia’s law against interracial marriage, Richard Loving marries Mildred in 1958. The state seeks to end their union by first jailing and then banishing the couple from Virginia. Richard and Mildred spend the next nine years fighting to get home, taking their civil rights case all the way to the Supreme Court. Loving is written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Mud, Midnight Special) and stars Australian actor Joel Edgerton and talented newcomer Ruth Negga, whose standout performances were praised by critics following the film’s premiere at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Celebrating the courage and determination of the real Lovings, this beautiful film stands as a testament to the power of love and an inspiration in the on-going battle for equal rights.

23 MARCH ONE THOUSAND ROPES From the writer and director of The Orator, O Le Tulafale, One Thousand Ropes is a story of a father reconnecting with his youngest daughter and together putting to rest the ghosts that haunt them. She arrives vulnerable: badly beaten and heavily pregnant. He struggles with the inner temptation and the encouragement from the men in his life, to take revenge in the way he knows best on one hand and on the other, to build the new family and companionship so desperately missing from his life. One Thousand Ropes is a deeply moving film about connections, redemption and new beginnings.

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I knew early on after going blind that it was was silly to cling on to a sense that barely worked in favour of four others that did.«

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Celebrity cook, author, radio host, fundraising marathoner, traveller to dozens of countries (including the seven wonders of the world), life coach, raconteur, and referee for blind touch naked rugby, Julie Woods’ list of accomplishments is impressive by anyone’s standards, but what makes it even more remarkable is the that she ticked it off while blind. “I knew early on after going blind that it was was silly to cling on to a sense that barely worked in favour of four others that did,” says Julie. “So I began focussing on what I could do, not what I couldn’t. Thanks to the Blind Foundation, I learnt to use my other senses more. Our vision is so dominant, it’s very hard to give it up, but when you do, you start to operate in a way that takes advantage of your other senses. It felt odd to start with, but the more I did it, the more ordinary it became.” Learning braille, Julie admits, was one of the biggest challenges she faced, but overcoming it was also among the most rewarding: “I couldn’t believe I could read again, not with my eyes, but with my fingers!” Born and bred in Dunedin, Julie was declared legally blind in 1997, aged just 31. Four years later her husband left, leaving Julie as a single mother of two boys, Zachary and Sebastian, then aged seven and five. “When I went blind, I thought my life had ended,” she says. “Little did I realise t had only just begun.” I tell Julie she outdoes most people without a disability. “You have to be open to opportunities,” she says. “It all stems from the ‘why not?’, but I don’t mean to show you sighted buggers up!” Have you always had such a positive attitude to life? “When I was seven-years-old, I fell over in the company of my mother and my grandmother. At that moment, my grandmother turned to my mother and said ‘whatever happens to Julie, she’ll come up smiling!’ She must have seen something in me that I was going to need later in life. Complaining wasn’t tolerated in our house, my mother was action oriented and my father accepted what came his way. Both of those things I have inherited which I think have really been an asset when it comes to going blind and simply getting on with it — whatever ‘it’ is.” What are you most proud of so far? “Travelling to 50 countries by the time I was 50 was a big accomplishment for me, but I guess top would be embracing blindness. I’ve been open to do things in different ways and welcoming people into my life. It has enabled me to be the best blind person I can possibly be.” One of the most significant people to have entered her life is second husband Ron, whom she married in 2011. I ask Julie how they met and she lets out a giggle before revealing that he

was her case worker at an organisation which supports people with disabilities. Surely, I ask in mock-horror, that’s crossing some sort of doctor-patient-type boundary? “It was completely inappropriate!” What are the biggest lessons you’ve learnt about yourself and others since becoming blind? “I’ve learnt that I am very open minded. In fact it’s the biggest thing I’ve brought to change. I don’t see this in others — most don’t like to get out of their own comfort. When you have to however, and you are open to new possibilities, then the world becomes your oyster. I said ‘no’ once to going cross-country skiing. It was the best thing I did because it made me go home, sit on the couch and reflect on what a stupid woman I was. From that moment on I said ‘why not!’ to all the opportunities that came my way.” Julie tells me people queried her reasons for travelling when she couldn’t sightsee. “Last year Ron and I visited 20 countries in 107 days during which time I smelled fermenting barley at a whiskey distillery in the highlands of Scotland; I heard Big Ben chime ‘12’ as I stood on London Bridge; I ate the freshest German pretzel at the oldest cloister brewery in the world; and I touched the Liberty Bell in the United States of America!” She has, she adds, learnt to interpret the world in a different way — not just the things in it, but the people too: “No tourist brochure mentions those you’ll meet along the way. Most people are magnificent and through their eyes I get to see their world. It’s a beautiful thing.” Julie’s life mission is inspiration. She wants to be the person we think of if we, or someone we love, loses their sight, “so that you know it’s not the end of life, but a new beginning.” Being such an inspiration to so many others, I finish by asking Julie what, or who, inspires her. “Other blind people inspire me. I’ve watched blind people do the things I thought I couldn’t and they have helped me shift my thinking. Louis Braille, the 15-year-old French boy who invented braille inspires me. To think, after an accident in his father’s workshop that caused him to go blind, he then went on to invent a system of reading and writing that blind people all around the world would use to access the written word. And there’s Helen Keller too. She was the first deaf-blind person in the world to gain a degree, she inspired the world. All of these people have thrived amongst adversity and I find that totally inspiring.”



SMART THINKING Jumping For Fitness & Fun: There’s An App For That

Innovative Kiwi brand, Springfree Trampoline, built a global reputation designing the world’s safest trampolines. Now they’re taking things to a whole new level by producing not only the safest, but the smartest, trampolines in the world. In a world-first development, Springfree have incorporated technology to make trampolines smart, in a determined effort to get kids off the couch, outside and active. “The goal is to shift kids’ behavior from indoor sedentary time to outdoor active play,” says Springfree’s Grace Zampach. Sensors in the trampoline mat send jump activity data to software designed to encourage families to be more active.

NASA researchers found that 10-minutes of jumping equates to a 30-minute run. “Your body movement controls games and apps,” says Ms Zampach. “Mat sensors detect the jumper’s location, the height of their jump, and even how many calories they’re burning.” That information then interacts with software designed to get kids being more active. Using their own devices, jumpers can participate in worldwide competitions and compare their high scores with friends, family, and participants all over the world. Springfree have created apps and games, from educational apps for kids, to fitness apps for adults. There are also goal-setting and activity-tracking features. A fitness training app was developed with the coach of the New Zealand Olympic Trampoline Team

specifically to encourage adults to utilise the backyard trampoline as a serious fitness tool. And serious fitness it is. According to NASA, 10-minutes on the trampoline delivers the same aerobic benefit as a 30-minute run. “For fitness to stick it needs to be fun. If we can leverage technology to provide an engaging physical activity that makes people want to be outside and active, then there are huge wellness benefits to be gained.” This Kiwi innovation is already a global hit, with jumpers worldwide having already jumped more than 10 million times, burning over 700,000 calories, using Springfree’s smart technology. So if you’re on a mission to encourage your family to get outside and be more active, then Springfree could be the solution for you. To find out more visit

Who knew Dr Keith Alexander of Canterbury University would change the world of trampolines when his wife didn’t want him buy one for their children, as ‘they were too unsafe’? Always up for a challenge, Professor Alexander thought he might be able to do something about that. Decades later, Dr Alexander’s design has won numerous awards all over the world. His Springfree design eliminates the impact areas responsible for 90% of trampoline injuries. Rigorously tested and respected globally as the best trampoline money can buy, Springfree Trampolines are a wellloved Kiwi success story.

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The decorations are away for another year and the Christmas puddings, pies and cakes have all been eaten. The tree has gone but the pine smell still lingers in the lounge —what a lovely reminder of Christmas. There were no holidays for us as we opened over the Christmas and New Year period. We do this as we know it’s so important to be in contact with our landlords and tenants if they need assistance, and of course to rent a few properties. Last year was unusual, we had many owners taking back their properties to sell and reap the rewards on this high selling market to cash up and retire and I am sure other offices have had the same thing happen to them also. Apartments are rising up everywhere and not only in the city, the suburbs will be having this extra accommodation available to rent or buy. New Zealanders will have to get used to living in apartment blocks, not like when I grew up in a free standing house with a big yard and lots of lawn and fruit trees. I remember mum’s flowers and dad’s large veggie garden. We also had around 100 chickens in the back of our quarter-acre section. How lucky were we! Those days are well and truly gone and will never return. Not in Auckland anyhow.

Our population is growing and we have many newcomers calling on our office which also puts pressure on the rental stock. Immigration numbers were very strong last year, but current forecasts state that there will be still higher numbers of migrants in 2017. Plus, students, families and Americans moving here post Trump. Even the university is building more student accommodation to house its future students. The imbalance in supply and demand of housing looks to continue for some time. It will be an interesting year. Off for the long weekend for a well earned break, and hopefully a bit of sun. Good Renting, Sylvia Lund AREINZ, Director


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I never would have thought that as a 50-something man, along with my slightly older wife and three children, we would have embarked on a martial arts journey together. Taekwon-do is life changing. Our three children first started TKD about five years ago. As teenagers they found it challenging and exciting. The club we joined is very family focused and run by two sisters who are passionate about the art and its benefits for mind, body and lifestyle. After a couple of years watching my children grow through the physical and mental challenges they encountered – plus a major health scare, I decided to have a go to lose some weight and get fitter. Well I’ve lost weight, gained flexibility and am definitely fitter! What started as a way to spend more time with my kids transformed into a life changing mental gear shift. The benefits I experienced in terms of my mental clarity and physical improvements were such that my wife joined me only one term later. I would have to say that the closeness and camaraderie of the club and the whole TKD family has had a flow on effect into making my whole family closer and geared more to helping each other. I have even competed in the national competitions, receiving a gold medal in my weight class for my efforts. Not bad for a podgy 50-something who hadn’t played any sport in nearly 30 years. I’m setting my goal now for black belt in December 2018. So if you are looking for something fresh to do this year, to get fit, lose weight healthily, or just for fun and companionship, take a look at taekwon-do. You may like the challenge and become a national or world champion yourself!


We have kids’ classes, youth classes and an adults’ class. Our oldest current member is mid-70’s and my wife has arthritis so you can’t use age or physical limitations as an excuse! You train at your own pace. There are no demands to grade until the instructors feel you are ready but our friendly club culture will see you wanting to extend your ability and achieve. Our club is friendly, family focused and our head instructors are very experienced world champions of 5th and 4th Dan black belt grade. If you would like to learn more about taekwon-do, please give Rosemary a call on 0272666172 (Rudy’s PC Services). She can give you more information about our club and offer two free training lessons for you to get an idea of what TKD is about. She can also give you contact details for other clubs closer to your area. Our classes kick off on 7 February this year, come and join us for an experience and lifestyle you won’t forget. — Words: Rudy Lang



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Happy New year to all Verve readers! I hope you’ve had a relaxing summer break, and had a chance to recharge the batteries, ready for 2017.

As the MP for the Epsom electorate, I wish you a happy start to the working and school year. In the last two years, more than 2,000 of you have contacted my office, with a very interesting range of problems.

As we launch into what will be another busy year, we are in capable hands with Bill English and Paula Bennett as leaders, and an energetic team of ministers and MPs behind them.

When aspiring muggers started targeting kids walking to and from school I organised a public meeting with police to set up community patrols around the Greenlane interchange.

I am excited and honoured to be part of Bill English’s new cabinet, with the science and innovation, tertiary education, skills and employment, and regulatory reform portfolios.

I have worked with the minister of transport to reduce engine breaking noise on SH1 through Newmarket by the installation of a engine braking noise camera to control the problems caused to residents in that area.

I’ll be working hard to further drive innovation in the economy, continue the good work this government has done in tertiary education, and further enhance our regulatory systems.

I particularly enjoyed assisting residents to successfully lobby Auckland Transport to install a bus shelter on Ranfurly Road.

The government is gearing up for the challenges of election year with a busy agenda and a clear plan for our country’s future — building on the strong momentum we have achieved over the past eight years.

In my role as ACT leader, my approach to national issues is influenced by the conversations I have with residents of Epsom, Mount Eden, Newmarket, Parnell, and Remuera, whether on doorsteps, at community events, or in my office.

It’s no accident that New Zealand is well positioned compared to most countries. It’s the result of New Zealanders’ hard work, backed by the National-led government’s clear plan for our country’s future.

An obvious example is around assisted dying: strong support from local constituents helped spur me to submit my End of Life Choice bill into parliament’s ballot to legalise voluntary euthanasia with adequate safeguards. If or when it is drawn, residents of the Epsom electorate will deserve some credit.

Our economy remains one of the strongest in the developed world. And Kiwi families are seeing the benefits. Around 250,000 extra jobs have been created over the past three years and unemployment is falling. The average annual wage is now $58,400 — up $12,000 since 2008 and more than double the rate of inflation, while interest rates are at 50-year lows. The country is back in surplus and we’re getting better results from important public services like hospitals, schools and social programmes. We are seeing strong growth in sectors such as tourism, ICT, construction, and high-tech manufacturing. New Zealand is also experiencing our biggest building boom — in the past five years, annual residential building consents have more than doubled. In Auckland, they have almost tripled.

As we approach the 2017 election, I’ll be promoting ACT’s longstanding goals of cutting tax, increasing the supply of housing, and reducing criminal reoffending. Ultimately, ACT needs to elect more MPs at the next election to turn its goals into realities, while also providing National the numbers to maintain stable centre-right government. I have several political roles but being an excellent MP for Epsom is my first and largest priority. My office remains open to any resident of the Epsom electorate who requires my assistance. You can contact or 09 522 7464.


National is committed to ensuring this stability and progress continues as we head into the New Year.

As we approach the 2017 election, I’ll be promoting ACT’s long-standing goals of cutting tax, increasing the supply of housing, and reducing criminal reoffending.«





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21 March – 19 April BUSINESS/ EDUCATION You can be presented with the opportunity & SOCIETY to make a dream of yours come true and it’s an exciting prospect. You can focus on Feb something intensely and learn as much as 2017 you can about it to become somewhat of an expert and people can look to you for your expertise. This could be an excellent time to do some work on your home that increases its value.

23 October – 21 November This month can bring your finances to the forefront, and you decide what you need to do differently. Give yourself plenty of time to get your work done, and don’t take on too much or you’ll drain yourself. This is a good month for dealing with your loved ones, expressing your love for others, and spending time with those you’re close to.


20 April – 20 May You can achieve many smaller goals or a big goal because you’re so dedicated and hard-working, and have enough energy to keep working until you’re done. You’re charming and can attract many suitors, though you can keep them at a distance emotionally. You need a certain amount of freedom in love, otherwise you’ll run away when you feel stifled. You’ll need patience, or you’ll rip out your hair.


21 May – 20 June You have plenty of drive and stamina to get work done, and you can cross a lot off of your list. If you’re in a relationship, you can grow closer to your partner, you’re both a lot happier, and your bond together deepens. You can improve the relationships you have with your family, move into a better home and feel like you’re on solid ground.


21 June – 22 July Your career and work life gets a boost as the month goes on and you continue to experience rapid changes in your career, feel restless and want to try new things, and be attracted to work that’ll push you out of your comfort zone. You can date unusual people, have unusual relationships, start relationships fast and end them just as quickly, and be attracted to original people.


23 July – 22 August You have energy and drive to accomplish your goals and achieve success, and these could lead to powerful changes. You have more confidence, you can think more clearly, and you come up with new ideas. Just watch for being overly ruthless or dominating. You want to spend time with loved ones, have one-on-one attention with them, commit yourself to them and forge better intimacy.



20 January – 18 February You’ll be able to understand your feelings and allow yourself to emote more freely. Being in tune with your feelings could even prove to be beneficial to you. You can strengthen your inner foundation, and become even more stable and secure. This can also be a good time to look for a new job. You also feel you have more energy when you have a partner to express your emotions.


23 August – 22 September You can be creative, but you have to force yourself to focus, otherwise the creative energy goes nowhere. You may want to focus on your hobbies too much, forgoing any work and just wanting to indulge in play. You can be a little too theatrical in love, be a little too jealous, or have too much pride. Listen to your gut and pay attention to any signs the universe has for you.

22 November - 21 December You can have the opportunity to pursue one of your dreams, be more focused on your future, pursue something outside of the box that could lead to great new things, start a new friendship or join a new group. You can focus on the direction your life is taking, and see if you need to shift course at all. You’re also more authoritative and want to give orders, not take them.


20 January – 18 February You’ll likely feel more enthusiastic and open to starting something new. This is a great time if you’re an artistic type, and you can channel this energy into your creations. You take on more projects, you expand your todo list and you don’t want to put things off any longer. You feel good about trying new ideas that are unusual and innovative, and like being around with original people.


19 February – 20 March You can make great strides with your work. You can take on a big work project that gets you noticed. You can be offered a fantastic new job, or get several new job opportunities. Some of you may feel like you’re being held back and stifled where you’re currently working, and decide it’s time to move on to something else. You’re driven to have love, be affectionate, and fall in love.


23 September – 22 October You’re calmer and more steady and in touch with your senses. Your beliefs are more important to you, and you feel more emotionally connected to them. If you’ve made good decisions and worked hard, you can see good things happen. If you’ve been lazy and irresponsible, you can experience setbacks. Make sure you have plenty of time for rest and relaxation or you’ll be mighty grumpy.



Excelling By Name And Reputation The real estate power couple from Barfoot & Thompson chats to Verve about selling houses, the value of experience and what keeps them ahead of the game. If you live anywhere around Auckland’s central suburbs, chances are you’ve probably seen or heard about Ketiesha Elliott and Frank Excell, a highly successful duo from Barfoot & Thompson, Mt Eden. Theirs is no overnight success story, however. “Real estate has been a part of our lives since 1994, when Frank started in the industry. I joined him a year after and it’s been a constant in our lives through two children, home and career moves, and other milestones,” says Ketiesha. The couple met in the UK on a blind date when Frank was working as a civil engineer, and when he returned to New Zealand six months later, Ketiesha came with him. Residents of Mt Eden for over 21 years, the duo works primarily in that area and in neighbouring suburbs such as Epsom, Newmarket, Parnell and Ponsonby. “Mt Eden is an incredible place and we love the community vibe. We have a deep understanding of the area and can state with confidence that we are experts in the suburb and its surroundings,” says Frank. Known for selling beautifully-restored character properties, the couple recently completed a painstaking 18-month refurbishment on their own 1919 arts and crafts home in Mt Eden, glimpses of which can be seen in their video on the Barfoot & Thompson website ( “For me, it’s about selling the essence of a home — whatever era it may be from,” says Ketiesha. The personality of the owners and the property itself is a great consideration, something that Ketiesha aims to convey in the creative naming of her listings. “I often use song titles of music that I feel gets to the heart of the property, and I keep

a playlist of all the songs I use!” she laughs. “People have told me that they can tell which listings are ours, purely from the headline.” Frank explains: “Adding value through our experience is key for us. With more than 20 years in the industry, we have the knowledge to advise on everything from interiors, landscaping to marketing in order to achieve the best possible outcome.” The couple strives to constantly be tweaking, innovating and improving their strategy to stay ahead of the competition. It’s this commitment to excellence that has them consistently ranking among the top salespeople at Barfoot & Thompson. Ketiesha and Frank are very active in the digital marketing space, particularly on social media and through property videos, where their energy and sense of humour really shines through. “I see our role as creators of connections, making the connection with the vendor, with the house itself, and connecting the right buyers to the right property. Both Facebook and videos are a great way to spark that emotional connection,” says Ketiesha. A huge amount of their business comes from referrals and repeat clients, something they really value. “Through real estate, we’ve met a lot of amazing people and made some really good friends,” says Frank. “I truly love what I do, and I can’t imagine doing anything else,” adds Ketiesha. Real estate at this level can be an all consuming business, so what does the couple do to keep a balance? “I love ocean swimming and although I wouldn’t call myself a beekeeper, I do tend to a hive in the backyard,’ says Frank. Ketiesha likes to unwind with the “three w’s”- wine with girlfriends, walks with her “walking family”, and writing poetry. “It’s good practise for writing property descriptions,” she laughs.







Feb 2017

Have you ever wondered about the psychology of auctions? Have you heard of ‘social proof’? If you understand it you can use it to your advantage.

Welcome to Rudy’s Tips ‘n Tricks first column for 2017. I hope you are relaxed, invigorated and ready for the New Year. I need to inform you of a malicious software scam that has been catching a few of my customers this January. Typically referred to scareware. Your computer may suddenly display a screen showing information that it has infected files and is supposedly causing problems for “The network” or the internet. There are quite a few variations but they all want you to call a phone number for tech support. This is a scam. Do not call the number they provide. Call us and we will quickly find out if you have a legitimate issue or not. They try to scare you by saying that you will lose your data if you don’t comply. There is often a voice over telling you what to do. Again, call us first so we can help you. Not some mythical tech support that will only take your money and not fix the problem. I can’t stress enough that legitimate sources like banks, Microsoft or other companies are most unlikely to phone or email you to update passwords and banking details The summer weather is causing havoc with computers that haven’t been dusted out for a while. Give us a call and we can clean up your noisy laptop or PC so it won’t die of heat stroke. If you are considering buying new hardware this year please call and discuss your needs with us. We are happy to advise you on the type of product that would suit you. Desktop type all-in-one PC’s are great space savers but low end Rudy's 1 27/09/13over 10:13 AM models may not lastVerve wellMagoradvert.pdf give good value time. Please call with any questions. Our advice is free. Rudy and Rosemary.



If you attend any auction across Auckland there’s a good chance you’ll see the following scenario play out: Auctioneer: “Who wants to open the bidding?” Crowd: Silence. Auctioneer: “Who wants to start it off!” Crowd: Silence. Auctioneer: “Surely you haven’t all come just to see me!” Finally someone calls out a bid, or the auctioneer makes a vendor bid, and all of a sudden there’s a flurry of hands in the air. Auctions are a great example of ‘social proof’ — a psychological phenomenon whereby other people’s actions reinforce one’s own decisions. Imagine you’re heading out for breakfast and there’s two café’s side by side — one is empty, and the one next door is full. You are more likely to choose the busy one, because the assumption is made that something must be wrong with the empty cafe. It’s the same at an auction — if nobody is bidding, it can sometimes (often subconsciously) make people question their own judgement. As soon as someone else has put their hand up, it provides validation that ‘no, there’s nothing wrong with the property’, and ‘yes, other people do see value at that price’, thereby triggering the other potential buyers in the crowd to join in. Social proof can go both ways. If there’s active bidding it can signal to others that the property must be desirable and it’s worth fighting for, often encouraging people to stretch beyond their original budget. But if there’s no bidding, it can sometimes result in a property being passed in, even though there are people in the crowd who have every intention of buying it. Without the social proof of competition they freeze up, second guess themselves and begin to have doubts. We’ve seen many properties pass in on a vendors bid, only to have multiple parties then go inside to negotiate against each other. The moral of the story is don’t let other people’s lack of interest in a property put you off. If you like the property, you can afford it and you’ve done your due diligence, then go ahead and buy it! Questions? We have lots of information on our website at thestones. Or if you would like a complimentary copy of our book “SOLD!” email us at



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Verve. February 2017. Issue 130  

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

Verve. February 2017. Issue 130  

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