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When Fran and Jude, the owners of Verve magazine, invited me to be the guest editor for this issue I was touched. We first met when we were seated together at a media event for the launch of Eight restaurant at the Langham (now Cordis) hotel many years ago — none of us can remember how many! A quick recce to the internet (what did we do before Google?) tells me Eight launched in early 2011 so said lunch would have been the end of 2010/early 2011. Wow! Nine years. A year or so later I became a contributor at Verve and it’s been a pleasurable and (obviously) enduring undertaking ever since. Jude and Fran have created a great publication at a time when studies show we value local community stories. What makes the pages so special are the people and businesses whose stories fill them. It’s always gratifying to write a piece about someone for Verve because I know they will have an interesting story to tell or inspiring business to share. The bonus is they’re usually delightful to work with. In this issue, we visit the over-50s and look at retirement — crucial issues relevant to a large percentage of the population. My mother passed away just after Christmas following a struggle with pancreatic cancer. She lived in a lifestyle village for retirees on the North Shore and I was there pretty much 24/7 during her final months. There was a real sense of care and community among the people, not to mention a great chef in the restaurant. The villas, as they call them, are modern, attractive and well designed which is important to most of us today. Who doesn’t love a stylish home? If you’re as passionate about that as I am you’ll enjoy reading this issue’s feature on kitchens and bathrooms, home design, and renovations. I was fortunate to interview David Baker of Bakers-Builds, Heather Walker at Cocohills and interior designer Celia Visser this month. When I’m going for a new look I can assure you their talents will be on my wishlist. Enjoy.

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Richard Cripps, the owner of award-winning kitchen design studio, Kitchens By Design, strongly believes in the need for good design in our lives, particularly in a complex, multifunctional space such as the kitchen, and that the essential component of any successful kitchen is design itself. Design, he says, should be seen as the most important ingredient in any successful kitchen. “Good design need not be expensive,” says Richard. Indeed, in the long run it can offer considerable savings, he adds. “The cost of the basic materials and products—the appliances, cabinetry, plumbing, benchtops, lighting and so on—are exactly the same whether they go into a poorly designed kitchen or a well-designed one, so it makes perfect sense to ensure you engage a good designer from the outset.” And he has testimonials from satisfied customers whose custom-designed kitchens are still serving them well decades later. Richard strongly believes that good design helps us change the way we think about things. “Great design is not just restricted to what’s on the surface and how it looks. It solves everyday problems,” he says. “At Kitchens By Design, we design drawers to make items easily accessible. We incorporate good lighting design to help you undertake tasks. We use design to shorten the distances to complete tasks. For design to be successful a designer cannot be just artistic in their approach; they must always have a focus on the customer or user of the product.”

In short, good design is a wonderful mix of imagination and pragmatism, specifically tailored to each situation. “Our designers creatively bring great decorative surfaces, hardware and known planning principles together to create not only beautiful one-off kitchens, but deliver unique spaces that help bring friends and families together, fuel a passion for cooking, or just simply enhance entertaining and socialising.” Kitchens By Design offers the expertise of six designers, four of whom are acknowledged with awards as among the best in New Zealand and Australia. “All our designers are professionally qualified and regularly attend industry events to keep up to date with the latest in materials, appliances, style and ideas,” says Richard, with some pride. He is also keen to point out that while you may only deal with one designer as your kitchen design concepts are developed, they are not working in isolation. “We are a team, and there is often cross pollination of ideas around a project as the designer works to meet your brief,” he says. “Design is also about relationships. A good designer works on building a relationship to find out what motivates and excites each client. Are you a baker? Do you buy in bulk or shop every day? Do the kids help prepare the meals?” If you're thinking about putting in a new kitchen, give Richard or one of his team a call, or pop into one of their two Aucklandbased showrooms.

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DESIGN STAR, CELIA VISSER WORDS — JENNA MOORE Interior designer Celia Visser’s skills are exceptional, her specialty in kitchen and bathroom design recognised the world over.

One glance at Celia Visser’s portfolio and you understand you’re witnessing greatness. No surprises then that she took home the 2018 KBB award in the SBID International Design Excellence Awards. Remarkable Design Her winning design is a stunning contemporary kitchen and adjacent bar. The impact of its geometric structure, sharp, clean lines and all-white colour palette is offset by exposed concrete walls and beautiful timber flooring. “The overall impression of this remarkable kitchen is an eye-catching modern piece of art,” noted SBID. She’s A Winner “To win was pretty incredible,” says Celia. “I’ve won lots of New Zealand awards, but this is recognised as the biggest interior design award globally. There are 14 categories and you either win or you don’t, there are no second or third places.” The SBID International Design Excellence Awards Celia flew to London for the three-day event, which was held at the Dorchester Hotel where she stood side by side with the industry’s best. “Julian Clary was the MC, and the judges were very high powered and included the heads of Google, Bentley Design, and the BBC as well as the director of the Natural History Museum of London, and folk from Taylist Media, Charles Louboutin, Walpole, and Boeing.” As a winner, Celia was whisked into the media spotlight to be photographed and interviewed for leading magazines. “It was like the Oscars, the paparazzi asking me to look here and look there, it was a very exciting day really.” R.E.S.P.E.C.T. After 27 years in the industry it was definitely a career highlight. “I’m 61, and to be recognised internationally by my peers at this stage is pretty exciting.”

Celia Visser with her 2018 KBB award in the SBID International Design Excellence Awards.

Design DNA Her journey up to this point has had its highs and lows. She didn’t begin her career until she was in her 30s. A busy mother of four sons (now in their 30s and parents themselves), it wasn’t until they grew a little older that she took her passion for art and design and trained with the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association in the United States. “I’m a great believer in good training but I also think design is just a part of who I am.” Auckland In the early days she worked out of New Plymouth where the family were based. When her husband Frank brought an Auckland-based business they relocated. “It was a challenge at the time because I basically had to start again, but in retrospect I’m very glad we moved,” says Celia. Major Crises It was a decade ago that Celia’s health went downhill and she required a kidney transplant. Her close family rallied and Celia’s third son Brayden donated his kidney. Around the same time the second large-scale adversity occurred when the Global Financial Crisis hit. “Those were tough times both business wise and personally,” says Celia. “I had four or five staff and we had to decide whether to carry on. A lot of our clients are business people so they were greatly affected by the GFC. We had a lot of major jobs fall over.”

Coming Out On Top She managed to make it through both health and business wise to become one of our most respected interior designers. Her wealth of experience and broad knowledge of the technical aspects of her craft along with materials and products is the upshot of decades of crafting beautiful spaces. “I’ve got 10 grandchildren now and I’ve lived through all phases of life so I understand designing for couples, for families with young children, for grandchildren. We’ve redone a lot of houses for some of our clients as they go through the different stages.” Celia Visser Design Celia describes her business as a boutique company, and while their specialty is bespoke kitchens and bathrooms they are adept at all interiors. “We do it all, from the initial plans to project coordinating the trades to ensure everything is done properly, to bringing it all together aesthetically. There is a lot of spatial planning and technical aspects involved so we work with space, light, functionality and harmonious form. We’re interior architects.” Celia’s passionate about what she does. “To create something completely individual for each client is very satisfying,” she says. “Our style is unique because it’s whatever our client’s style is. I love achieving something very special for someone and watching their face light up when they see the end result. It’s so rewarding.” The team works nationwide and overseas. “We go where we’re asked to go,” says Celia. “We may be working on a contemporary home for one project and then a very old villa the next. “I guess my signature is attention to detail. I'm a perfectionist myself and I seek perfection for my clients. I strive for excellence in everything I do.” V I S S E R D E S I G N. C O M | 54 C O L L E G E H I L L, P O N S O N BY | 09 9 17 17 9 4



TIPS FOR A NEW KITCHEN with Nick Simeonides Sales associate at Kouzina Appliances Is there a kitchen appliance or brand that is on trend at the moment?


Integrated refrigeration is still very popular. Lately we have seen quite a lot of under-bench beverage drawers being incorporated into designs. Sub-Zero as a brand has certainly remained on trend. It is a premium American refrigeration brand that is regularly chosen for use in the most celebrated architectural projects due to its advanced technology and outstanding quality. The iconic SubZero refrigerator grille is always identifiable in any kitchen. Have kitchen designs inuenced any new design changes in the appliance industry?

Popular at the moment are downdrafts built into cooktops. These are great for kitchen designs that require clean lines or homes that have views or open plan living that would be interrupted by rangehoods that hang down. The BORA cooktop ranges are perfect for blending in seamlessly and offer great functionality. The extraction is also highly effective at drawing vapours down directly from where they arise. When designing a new kitchen can the appliances also have custom options?

Yes, you can have your rangehood custom-made. We have had clients who have both unique kitchen designs and cooking requirements. Qasair specialises in manufacturing custom designed residential rangehoods. They possess the unique ability to create hoods to almost any design or interior requirement while also boasting both power and quiet functionality.

Top-Bottom: Sub-Zero Refrigerator, Qasair Custom Rangehood, BORA Cooktop

These sleek custom rangehoods are available in a large variety of metallic finishes, including aged brass and copper, along with an extensive range of powdercoat colours. The various finishes can be seen at the Kouzina Showroom.


This kitchen blends modern sophisticated features – Corian basins and worktops, telescopic roller drawers – clad in thinly sliced railway sleepers, combining a recycled local historical material, but modernised and made sophisticated and elegant rather than rustic. The butcher’s block is made from a leadwood tree trunk.

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The scullery... Lies behind the exposed brick wall and bamboo cupboards, its window frame painted yellow is a reaction to the farm’s yellow-flowering plants seen through it in winter. "It’s like an art window," says Steyn. The top clay artwork on the brick wall is from a Moroccan souk, while the painting below is one of the 'Seven Deadly Sins' by Shany van den Berg (Harry owns all seven). The stools by Konstantin Grcic for Magis allow for casual seating around the kitchen counter, where Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina’s Tolomeo Lamp for Artemide presides. Donut the cat, named for the rolled-up shape in which he sleeps. Photo: Greg Cox


A sort of ‘friends’ gallery’, on display above the kitchen hob are ceramic platters, all handmade gifts from late friends such as ceramic artist Geoffrey Bullen-Smith.

Photo: Greg Cox

The kitchen is simple and functional... And, of course, used to display art. To the left of the doorway is a Carter Mull work, while on the right a piece by Raffi Kalenderian can be seen beneath a framed drawing by Thomas Scheibitz and Lars Karlmark. The area through the doorway is the study and library: the works over the bookshelf here are by Italian artist Mimmo Paladino. Kitchen essentials: bright yellow lemons, fresh herbs and copper pots and pans.

Photo: Greg Cox

The kitchen is a clean-lined and functional space with an adjacent galley-style scullery that conceals the practical side of cooking and cleaning. Kate chose to keep the raw concrete posts unadorned as she liked the honesty and sturdiness of the look. The kitchen was installed by Space Solutions, and the countertops are in Caesarstone.

Photo: Warren Heath



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Photo: Greg Cox



The couple’s modernist farmhouse celebrates being social and cooking and much of their life happens here. “We love entertaining and drinks often ends up being dinner for ten people”, says Clare. The oak kitchen island features an impressive tempered steel top while a pop of baby blue from the Smeg fridge is a nod to Clare’s love of the vintage farmhouse feel.

Photo: Greg Cox

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The kitchen is black... With a permeable design and slim, refined lines and materials. It is also part of the living and dining area (the dining table is an extension of the kitchen unit). The counter top is blackened brass, heat treated to attain a specific level of blackness. “It weathers and oxidises over time, so it develops more and more of a patina, almost as a character and story of its own,” says Greg, “but underpins that industrial aesthetic that we were working with.” The strip pendant light is Spazio. The pendant lights above the dining table are by Foscarini/Diesel Home. The dining chairs are James Mudge. The 'Spin' candelabra is by Tom Dixon.

Photo: Warren Heath


Counter stools by Meyer von Wielligh bring a sculptural, organic element to the defined lines of the kitchen.

A marble... Breakfast bar blurs the boundaries between the kitchen behind and the living room. A galley kitchen and scullery tucked away to the side make it possible for food preparation and social interaction to take place at once, while the scullery keeps the visible areas tidy. Brass counter tops and splash-backs create a metallic glint that is picked up in various elements throughout the house.

Kitchen cabinetry is clad with mild-steel plates which were treated by Concreative Creative Concepts in such a way as to not lose the material’s raw edge. JesseJames helped design the custom light fitting, made from plumber’s piping, and interior designer Adri Clery contrasted this with rope-textured stools from Cape Town design company Dark Horse. "This kitchen get put to very good use. I cook more than most people in Cape Town," says Nicholas in reference to the city's residents' inclination to dine out.

Photo: Greg Cox



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Cocohills Creates Beautiful Spaces WORDS —JENNA MOORE

Lovers of quality furnishings and homewares can rejoice, Cocohills, purveyor of elegant interiors, has come of age. Verve visits. 26

Since its inception four years ago Cocohills has been a precious gem for those in the know. A valued treasure trove of home styling essentials tastefully wrapped up in an ever-so-charming olde worlde store on Remuera Road. The Go To Girl Heather Walker is the entrepreneurial force behind the brand, and it’s her enduring love of good design and discerning eye that gives it its je ne sais quois. Heather started out selling top of the line pieces on behalf of customers, which led to a demand for her engaging personality, inherent good taste and eye for detail that hasn’t stopped since. Bricks & Mortar Heather set up Cocohills and filled it with exceptional pieces including everything from the latest well-stuffed linen couches and jeweltoned velvet armchairs through to finer detail pieces such as cushions, rugs and artworks. She likens the world of interiors to fashion, “As so often happens with designer fashion many high end designs are now available to everyone at affordable prices and the quality gets better year after year,” she says. The Online Store Complementing what’s on display at 488 Remuera Road, the online store is Heather’s newest project and showcases a diverse range of items. “People anywhere in the country are able to buy from me,” she says. “They can browse at their leisure from the comfort of their own home, choose what they like and I’ll ship it to their door.”

Win-Win Surprisingly, most of the Cocohills price tags aren’t too far out of reach — a nod to Heather’s strong alliances with some of the country’s leading suppliers. “I care a lot about my customers and my business partnerships so as well as being a stockist some of these companies have invited me to sell their end of lines, seconds and samples,” she says. “It’s a win-win for us all as the suppliers have containers coming in regularly so they need to make room for their next shipment and it means I can offer my customers great discounts.” Design Advice While Cocohills is Heather’s flagship display area, she’s all about making it easy for her customers. She’ll arrange to meet people at her suppliers' showrooms to show them everything that’s available and help them find what they’re looking for. “Anything that anyone wants I can source it, all they have to do is ask,” she says. And she understands that fitting out a home can be daunting for many, and for those for whom the very idea of doing so is overwhelming Heather makes home visits and offers design advice free of charge. “It’s all part of the service. I want to make things easy for my customers, if they’re happy then I’m happy.” COCOHILLS 488 REMUERA ROAD 09 529 0079 WWW.COCOHILLS.CO.NZ

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“I love people, I love good design and I love being able to help create beautiful spaces with quality pieces at good prices.�

HOME & DESIGN Filigrana Pendant Established and Sons Harnessing a technique that dates back to the 16th century, the Filigrana range of lights are handmade from Venetian glass. Using a method that originated on the island of Murano, it has been passed down through generations, coloured stripes of glass rolled into the surface of each shade, creating a candy-cane pattern.

Quindici Lounge Chair Mattiazzi The chair comes in two styles: a simple upright lounge chair, and the more luxurious longue version with an extra leg rest. With its smooth surfaces of delicate, bright ash, both versions are stylistic statement pieces. The balanced angles of the wooden planes create a minimal, compact design.

Puddle Table Massproductions Massproduction's Puddle Table is a beautifully shaped coffee table with softly bevelled edges. An organic form that is inviting to use. The table provides plenty of space without the coffee table becoming bulky or crowded to get past. Despite its robust character, it is still experienced relatively easily, its expression providing both table edge and legs with a soft shape.


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The Bloom Table Light's super-elliptical form is inspired by the gentle dynamic flow of paper lanterns. Its glorious lit-effect is the result of light passing through a finely perforated mesh core and onto the inside of the frosted blown glass shade, thus creating a distinctive pattern. Sitting proudly atop a plated stainless steel base, the Bloom Table Light projects a warm consistent hue upwards into a space.

Elegant kitchen sinks for the exclusive outdoor kitchen. Aspiring to create the ultimate barbecue experience, presented in the outdoor kitchen products. Practicality and elegance are our lead motives when designing furniture to complement your grill. For extra practicality, there is potential for a built-in drainage solution or a direct drainage into a container. The frame is anti-corrosion protected.

Arcade Daybed Simon James A modular system that allows you to build and create the ideal configuration for your home, each piece is sold individually and joined together by a custom locking system. Its multi-density foam and feather seat are designed to give a relaxed look. V ERV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z


Tribeca Franklin Chandelier Menu The Tribeca Franklin Chandelier is inspired by New York City glamour in the late 1930s. An elegant yet minimal chandelier that would complement any dining table, or interior setting. The shapes and designs resulted from an inspiring creative process where Søren Rose Studio travelled the States searching for beautiful old lamps and reusable parts. All the parts were separated, rated and arranged, and then gathered again, mix and match style, until these new and much bolder designs appeared. Fabric covered cord up to three metres.

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The Mauro Chair is a stackable timber chair with plenty of character. Created by Italian designer Mauro Pasquinelli in the 1970s, it has been rediscovered by Established & Sons and given a sculptural 21st-century makeover.

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David Baker is on a mission. To deliver house builds and renovations that offer top-quality workmanship and outstanding value. Ch-Ch-Changes Like so many industries the building business has gone through a myriad of changes in recent years, not all of them good according to David Baker owner of Bakers-Builds. “There are some great builders out there, but there are also a lot of cheap, less than quality jobs being done,” he says. He wants to see that change, and he’s working to do just that by leading teams through his renovation and construction company Bakers-Builds—an enterprise dedicated to delivering a high level of craftsmanship at reasonable prices. From Queenstown… A skilled tennis player and builder, Wanganui-born David had been playing in Germany for three months when he met someone on the plane home who introduced him to Queenstown’s building industry. “I took on a project management role there and later formed a partnership in a construction company,” says David. “One of our first projects was overseeing Queenstown’s new K Mart development. It’s the first time I’ve worked in commercial and it was tough, but it was a great learning curve.” His partner didn’t take to the commercial side of things so David formed Bakers-Builds and Team Baker undertook a series of other projects including government houses in Wanaka.

…To Auckland When he saw a gap in the building market in Auckland and the opportunity to get involved in tennis coaching again he made the move North and based himself in Auckland. Bakers-Builds “I care about what we do and my vision for the long-term is of delivering consistent value,” he says. It’s a driving force that’s seen a steady increase in demand with Bakers-Builds now securing contracts for 300 government houses in Auckland, Wanaka, Hamilton, and Northland. Affordable & Funky Renovations High on David’s wishlist is the opportunity to get his teeth into is creating some ‘funky’ renovations. “I’m keen to help people add the wow factor to their properties,” he says. And - crucially for many of us - he wants to do this at an affordable price. “I want to be able to provide people with transparent costings,” he says. “Building is expensive in New Zealand. For example, in Australia, it costs $5 for a sheet of gib, in New Zealand that same sheet costs $28.”




Alternative Solutions There are, he says, great looking alternatives to the standard gib and paint solution so many of us choose. “As an option, I’m a fan of the effect of V Groove MDF panels and they’re a fraction of the cost,” says David. “We recently used this for a ceiling renovation in Queenstown which normally would have a material cost of $190 but we did it with V Groove for $54. It’s not everyone’s aesthetic but when you use gib a lot of the process is subcontracted out so there will be a gib layer, a plasterer and a painter all charging for labour and materials. That’s why this choice can work out so much more cost effective.” To Be The Best David’s got big goals for Bakers-Builds and with enthusiastic teams of craftsmen behind him along with his twin brother Michael—a plumber and gasfitter—returning from London to join him, making his dream of founding a company that stands for excellence a reality.

WELCOME TO THE ‘SUITE’ WORLD OF ROLF BENZ Rolf Benz, a household name in the international luxury furniture market, is settling into its new home in Auckland.

in the process of how we’ll personally customise exclusive pieces of furniture to create spaces that people long to be in.”

Frobisher Auckland, New Zealand’s exclusive stockist of the European, handcrafted line, has opened its first North Island showroom in Parnell.

The Parnell showroom on the corner of Bath and Earle Streets, is an expertly curated space where works by emerging artist Polly Gilroy, communicate how Rolf Benz furniture can be complemented by fine art to create a unique living space. Select pieces from celebrity designer Kelly Hoppen, who has worked with clients such as David and Victoria Beckham, are also being stocked in store.

Showroom manager Beks Sorrell says that Rolf Benz furniture will appeal to clients wanting to explore European trends, as well as enjoy its fully customisable design.

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“The showroom is an immersive place where people have the opportunity to pause and explore how Rolf Benz challenges traditional living arrangements and notions of space, whilst providing both comfort and luxury. Rolf Benz is where European design, innovation, fashion and art meet,” she says. “Each piece is created to complement your space and lifestyle. Our clients aren’t just interested in good looks, they want to explore bespoke design and construction and how Rolf Benz invests in sustainable production principles. They’re interested



“The chance to share insights with Auckland-based interior designers and architects about the latest international trends and how they can be incorporated into their upcoming projects is exciting,” says Markus Acker, Rolf Benz sales manager. “New Zealand tastes merge well with Rolf Benz design principles and aesthetics.” Frobisher Auckland is located at 7-9 Earle Street in the former Icon showroom, and will be open weekdays from 8.30am-5pm.


REMUERA GARDENERS Design-Planting-Maintenance

Living only two streets from each other in Remuera, John, Alexandra and Jo have all been juggling primary school aged children, and their respective garden businesses. They have joined skills and experience to focus on high quality amenity horticulture in private residences in the suburb they know so well. John brings Auckland-wide experience of managing body corporate complexes and large-scale grounds maintenance such as the gardening contract at St Kentigern’s Boys’ School. Alexandra spent many years in manufacturing management and international export.

John Mckenzie, Jo Hazard and Alexandra McKenzie, John McKenzie and Jo Hazard together.

Jo brings her landscape designer qualification with extensive plant knowledge and is passionate about beautiful, classic gardens. Jo sees the art of landscape design as taking the science

of maintaining healthy plants and combining it with the art of shape, colour and texture to create visually appealing, aesthetically welcoming, and creatively stunning gardens. Jo aims to create gardens that reflect the property and owner with style and sophistication, and that exceeds the expectations of her clients. You will end up with a garden that you will want to spend time in, be thrilled and proud to share with family and friends, and that adds value to your property. Your personal space in the garden, be it a large pot on a deck or a garden of many acres, brings pleasure to us all. We are willing to help with all the sizes and variety of gardens.

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1. ELEMENTS Natives by Splosh new floral range featuring stonewash cushions, ceramic coasters, framed canvases and more. 2. STEVENS The ‘Nova’ range from Fine 2 Dine will bring a pop of colour and an on trend rustic feel to your dinner table. The stunning reactive glaze gives each piece its own unique look. Made form durable porcelain making the Fine 2 Dine range extremely strong, it is suitable for both domestic and commercial use. 3. BED BATH & BEYOND Liv Wall Shelves 50% off now from $54.90. Remy Plants on stands 50% off now from $49.90.

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5.BRISCOES Give your bedroom a vintage look with the Toulouse range of duvet cover sets. With a special stone wash finish, these 100% cotton duvets have a soft and relaxed look. 6. THE WAREHOUSE Oxford. Thick, luxurious and spectacularly soft. Our best quality towel is 100% cotton, 700gsm and only $14. Now available in a range of colours.




WINTER VEGGIE GARDEN While we sometimes moan about the weather, Auckland’s climate is perfect for growing veggies all year round. But to get the most out of your winter veggie garden, and to ensure you have a ready supply of delicious, fresh veggies, it’s important to start planting now! GETTING STARTED Prepare beds by removing weeds, lightly forking and mixing compost and sheep pellets in with your top soil. Any empty beds? Growing a compost crop (such as lupins) helps to improve your soil and leave less space for weeds to grow. Alternatively, you could grow your veggies in large pots. Plants in pots will need more food, but it’s easier to keep an eye out for pests and weeds, and is great if you’re short of space. Or, another alternative is a Vegepod. These selfcontained raised garden beds are moveable, self-watering, and can be fitted with protective covers.


AT ORAKEI BAY Get in the garden with Kings, and grow with confidence! Shop a huge range of top quality plants and all the gardening essentials, all with expert advice from our team of garden specialists and instore Plant Doctor.




WHAT TO PLANT (AND SPACING) Make sure your plants have time to get established before cooler weather sets in by planting seedlings rather than seeds. TOP PLANTS TO GROW AT THIS TIME OF YEAR INCLUDES: • beetroot (12-15cm) • brassicas including broccoli, kale, cauliflower and pak choi (35-45cm) • broad beans (15 -20cm) • rocket, lettuce (15-20cm) • leeks and onions (10cm) • spinach, silverbeet and chard (30cm) • coriander and parsley (20-30cm) PLANTING • When planting out seedlings, gently tease plants and their soil out of their pot or seedling punnet. • When separating seedlings, don’t hold them by the stem, instead hold them by a leaf (a damaged leaf isn’t a major issue but they often die if you crush the stem). • Plant with as much of the root ball as you can. • It’s generally best to plant to the same depth as your seedlings were in their pot or punnet. • Make sure you protect newly planted seedlings from slugs and snails.

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MAORI KUPU Keith Brymer Jones, a born and bred Londoner, and potter by trade, was so moved by our Maori culture when he visited these shores last year that he added four Maori kupu to his bucket mug collection. His designs have sold in the likes of Conran, Habitat, Barneys of New York, Laura Ashley and Heals and has led onto him becoming a judge in the hugely popular BBC series The Great British Pottery Throw Down and more recently The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts. His range has now grown to include over 80 words, some a little bit naughty but others taping into current pop culture, and the fast changing patter of youth lingo. His working life now revolves around his studio in Whitstable, Kent which is housed inside an old bakery. There he hand-designs every Keith Brymer Jones item (yes, it’s all very hands on!). He also throws shapes on his pottery wheel for other designers in his job as Head of Design at MAKE International, a leading retailer of designer ceramics. His design philosophy is a simple one; he likes to create stylish yet simple products that are pleasing to the eye and above all, are practical in the modern home and make people happy. For him, less is definitely more! So back to the Maori kupu range – aroha, kia ora, morena and whanau. We think aroha certainly conveys the mood of our nation right now, and let’s hope for many months and years to come. Check out his signature bucket mugs and other useful pieces at www.dayandage.co.nz 41



THE ART OF Love WORDS Jamie Christian Desplaces

Abstract painter Max Gimblett is widely touted as one of Aotearoa’s greatest living artists, exhibited all over the world and lauded for his embrace of eclectic practices and philosophies that also span the globe—and millennia. In February, he arrived with his academic and author wife, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, for a nationwide series of exhibitions, lectures and events, and to receive an honorary doctorate from the Auckland University of Technology for ‘his advancement of the arts in New Zealand’. Max never finished high school, let alone university, so an honorary doctorate (his second), he says, is especially poignant. I meet up with the couple a couple of weeks before their return to the US.

Auckland-born Max has lived in New York since 1972, but remains a fiercely proud Kiwi. He greets me in the lobby and we shoot the breeze as we make our way up to the twentysecond floor rented apartment where Barbara awaits. He tells me that their trip has been a roaring success and something of a “victory tour”. “I’m at 83 now,” he says over his shoulder as he strides purposefully through the corridor. He looks good for it. And I tell him so. Barbara welcomes me warmly into their apartment overlooking Waitemata Harbour. The bruised sky appears to be hanging lower than usual. And it’s drizzly. Just a few V ERV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z

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days since the attacks in Christchurch, it feels as though it’s been raining non-stop since. The country’s still in a state of raw shock, a daze. Later Max’s eyes will moisten as he recounts his adoration for Aotearoa, for his home; but first, he and Barbara will speak of their adoration for each other. All 56 years of it. We pull up our pews and I press record and drink in the story of these two wise souls. The couple met in Toronto, Barbara’s birthplace, in 1963 where Max was an apprentice with master potter, Roman Bartkiw. Barbara’s mother was taking classes at the studio, and commented to her daughter about an unusual man (whom she mistook for an Aussie!), with a big red beard. “The first time I met Max, the very, very first time, I told him that I had no intention of getting married,” teases Barbara. “I was 19 years old—seven years younger than Max—and I thought that marriage was a bourgeois institution. He said something about us always supporting each other. Along the lines of how we would always be there for each other. He’s very convincing. A year later we were married.” The pair put their love’s longevity not just down to the usual—“commitment, loyalty, trust and respect”—but mutual admiration, support and genuinely getting a kick out of each other’s success. Max tells ms that each believes the other to be the leader of their union. Well ahead of the #MeToo era, Barbara says she was lured by her beau’s talent, and drawn to his emancipated ways, partly the result of being raised by “two very strong and wonderful women”, his mother and an aunt. Having completed her PhD at Indiana University (she previously attended the universities of Toronto and California, Berkeley), Barbara held positions at some of the USA’s most prestigious universities, including Columbia and New York. She is an award-winning author and a recipient




of the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland—where she is the chief curator of the core exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw. She serves on advisory boards for the Council of American Jewish Museum, Jewish Museum Vienna, Jewish Museum Berlin, and Moscow’s Jewish Museum of Tolerance Center, and advises on exhibitions internationally. Max proudly beams that Barbara’s one of the most sought after museum authorities in the world. She describes her work as “enabling a space for reflection and debate”. I ask Barbara how concerned she is about reports of rising anti-Semitism. “Anti-Semitism is the oldest hate,” she says. “But my concern is with xenophobia more generally, the massacre in Christchurch was an important indicator of that. People of colour are more likely to suffer. I see xenophobia as the critical issue.”


Barbara was the main breadwinner during their early years together with “little income” living in “bad neighbourhoods”. For all his talent and potential, I wonder if she ever gave Max an ultimatum, some sort of time limit before he had to find a ‘proper job’. “Short of my being incapacitated, and Max having zero income, I mean, that’s a worst case scenario of a kind that I’ve never even let myself imagine, but otherwise, no. I would never ever put Max in that position. He will paint until he can’t stand up.” It possible to remain as creative into older age? “I believe in the human capacity to remain creative until the end of one’s days,” says Barbara. “So long as you have your health and your wits about you, and others are encouraging. My father began painting when he was 73 and continued for the last 20 years of his life. [Barbara co-authored a book, They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust, with her father, Mayer Kirshenblatt, a collection of his paintings and reminiscences.]” Mayer Kirshenblatt’s paintings were also exhibited at Jewish museums around the world. Max describes himself as an “extroverted intuitive” that paints by instinct: “I believe in painting without thinking. I get things from the unconscious, colours come to me, but they don’t come in any orderly, linear fashion. They just arrive. A little bit like how you arrived today.” The artist says that he sees his paintings as “sitting above an altar” providing nourishment for all who approach. A Zen Buddhist, spirituality is vital to him. “I believe in karma. I believe that I’ve had many lives, and this is a result of those. This life is an accumulation.”

And what an accumulation it has been. Max is honoured in permanent collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the National Gallery of Art of Australia, Melbourne; the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; the Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; and in New Zealand in Te Papa and the major art galleries in Auckland, Christchurch, and Dunedin, among others. In 2015, he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to art, and two years later he received his first honorary doctorate, from the University of Waikato. In 2016, Max led New Zealand’s largest ever art fundraiser, donating thousands of brass quatrefoils that raised $1 million to save his boyhood church, St David’s in Khyber Pass, from demolition. Now, he says, it’s all about his legacy. “It’s New Zealand that has always supported my career,” he continues. “I’ve had a lot of shows in America, placed work and done well, but the core of my support has always been New Zealand, ever since I started painting. I have painted some really difficult paintings and thought, ‘This is a Eucharist that no one is going to swallow,’ but I’ve brought them here and they’ve been placed immediately. I get so much respect here, so much love, so much support. It’s magnificent.” Interview over, we embrace and bid our farewells and Max escorts me back down to the lobby. As I step outside, I notice that it's stopped raining.








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Words – Sarah Boughtwood

Want The Most Out Of Your Body?


Becoming a backpacker in your golden years is becoming fairly common. Explore New Zealand or travel further afield. Make the most of your retirement and able body by travelling to all those places you have always wanted to visit. You are never too old to go backpacking and backpacking is a great way to see the world. As along as you are prepared, you will be fine.

With the increased exercise, add in some stretching to keep your muscles flexible and well adjusted to your new exercise regime. A stretch should always feel like ‘good pain’, not pushing your flexibility too far into the ‘bad pain’ zone. Hold each stretch for 30-90 seconds and slowly increase your stretch as the muscles loosen.

Here are some tips to help you on your travels

As an osteopath, we commonly treat aches and pains related to ageing, exercise and injuries. You do not want pain ruining your holiday. Osteopaths can also guide you on your training and add in tailored advice to suit your needs and goals. Osteopathic treatment is a hands-on form of physical therapy, treating the whole body, rather than just the symptoms.

Plan Ahead

Know where you want to go and the climate, terrain and so on. Ask friends who may have been there before what to expect. Know where the local places to stay are. Hostel’s are not just for young people and often are a cheap alternative to motels and hotels. Buy Some Supportive Footwear

Invest in some decent footwear that have good support for your feet. If you trip is going to include a lot of walking, nothing will be more valuable than a decent pair of walking shoes. When buying new shoes, trial them inside at home. Are they comfortable, do they feel supportive, could you spend the entire day walking in them? Often shoes can feel comfortable in store but after wearing them at home you can realise they are not quite the right fit. Train

Planning to walk the Tongariro Crossing but have not done much walking before? In the lead up to your trip, train for the walk. Go for a walk a few times a week. Slowly build up the duration of your walk. You can also slowly increase the pace of the walk and the intensity. Add in hills as your exercise ability increases. Try different types of terrain, for example: road, bush walk, beach and hills.

Get Those Aches & Pains Sorted

Invest In A Good Backpack

Both packing lightly and having a decent backpack will save your back from unnecessary aches and pains. In buying a backpack I advise you try them on in store. Make sure it isn’t too heavy, it has padded straps and sits evenly on your shoulders and back. Pack lightly and only take the things you actually need. Train with your backpack on your back. This will really help you prepare for your trip. Have Rest Days

If you are training for a big walking holiday, it is important you have rest days too. Your body needs to rest and recover. As an osteopath I would recommend you train up to five times a week, allowing for rest days in between. Sarah Boughtwood Milford Osteopath, ACC Registered sarahboughtwoodosteopath.co.nz




Integrity and respect are the cornerstone of Kate Fitzpatrick’s company, Moving On. It doesn’t simply help to pack things and move houses, but also support and cheer people up in process.

Family Loss Sparks Business Idea...


Known for her ability to organise things others have either no time for or are too challenging to sort out, Kate Fitzpatrick started Lifestyle Management in 2010: “I did whatever needed to be done, from stocking up the pantry to decorating the Christmas tree to preparing a home for sale to organising a fabulous soiree!” She is also a selfproclaimed champ in turning store-bought lasagna into a homemade-looking dish! Kate received a phone call from a friend, Fiona. Her mother had passed away. Fiona’s three siblings lived overseas and although they would return briefly for the funeral, she was faced with the task of clearing the property primarily on her own. It was not only too emotional but too big a job. Kate suggested that after the funeral Fiona and her siblings go through the property and remove any important papers, precious jewellery and so on, then decide what they each wanted to take and what they wanted to sell or give away.

It was the support from her sisters that made Kate realise how important the clearing and packing up of a life is. “I remembered stopping and thinking, ‘Imagine if you didn’t have anyone to do this?’ Often there is no one to assist and support people during this very vulnerable and emotional process. No matter how big or small a life is, it is still an important one. It needs consideration and your clients are putting all their trust in you to do it with respect and honesty. That was really when I recognised that there was an opportunity in the marketplace to bring more to the table.” Whether it's moving to a more supported living environment or moving somewhere permanently, it is a very difficult time.

“I came in with my team and we took over. Everything was sorted fairly quickly without any stress to anyone and the goods distributed to overseas and various dealers,” says Kate. “Everyone was happy and stress-free and I really felt I had made such a big difference. It was more than a physical and logistical job—it often required emotional support which is totally understandable as it was a fragile time.”

“These people might have just lost a member of a family, or their children live overseas, or they have no children, or their children work full-time and are busy with their own families. Maybe they want to downsize. Either way, they are leaving the life they knew behind, they are saying goodbye to a place and pieces they feel emotionally attached to and where everything is familiar. It’s a moment in life when you need someone respectful and mindful next to you. It is a time where you are at your most vulnerable, dependant on assistance.”

In 2013, Kate found herself in the same situation when her mother died.

So, Kate rebranded her company as 'Moving On', and focused solely on assisting people to move.

“My mother was very lucky, she had six adoring daughters,” Kate recalls. “She was well-loved and when we had the job of packing up her life it was a privilege.”



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Moving People with Integrity... Moving On is not one of those companies that pack your stuff and simply relocate the boxes. Kate’s team prioritises and acknowledges emotions and memories. They take care of the whole process from the free introductory visit to selling items or organising antique dealers’ assessments. “We don’t have any financial gain from organising all the independent service providers. We just want to make sure our clients connect with the right people. The auctioneers we work with were the third we tried and they are fantastic! The same with the transport – our contractors have great service and understand the level of service we expect. Everyone involved must be as respectful as we are. We take the greatest care and responsibility with our clients memories and belongings and are mindful they are precious no matter what their value.” Kate’s current team of eight is her main pride. Prior to joining Moving On, they all worked in hospitality or as nurses and caregivers, so they know how to take care of people, not only things.

“Often we will need to declutter before the property goes on the market and then style the property for selling. If the property is sold, often there is no one to assist and support people during the very vulnerable and emotional period. It normally takes them two to three days to pack and relocate everything—way less than it would take a family without any experience. We’re all geared up, we’re used to doing this, we can move mountains in a short amount of time just because we know how to do that.” The final stage of their work is to unpack and set their clients up in their home and that’s where Kate’s previous job as interior designer comes in really handy. Not surprisingly, Kate often becomes friends with the people she moves. “I enjoy visiting my former clients and seeing how much they are enjoying their new environment. They remain grateful that I’ve helped them in a tricky situation and I am grateful for them putting their trust in me.”





Retirement Village Challenges... Moving On deals a lot with young couples but most of their clients are people relocating to retirement villages. Needless to say, over the years they have become true experts in organising stress-free moving for the elderly!


“We now know all the traps and pitfalls,” says Kate. “For example, a couple of years ago we were moving a very lovely couple. They had several large pieces of antique furniture that wouldn’t fit in the lift, so the boys had to carry them up four flights of stairs only to realise they couldn’t get them down the hallway and into the doorway. We had to dismantle and then put everything together again. With every job we do, we learn what didn’t work so as to eliminate such challenges next time.” Kate is a huge promoter of retirement villages. She believes them to be a brilliant concept that has rescued a whole population from loneliness. In a village you can have as much or as little as you want. Kate is happy to see how the retirement villages evolve and improve in functionality as well. Some of them, for example, used to have very narrow cupboards in a bathroom. “If you really think about it, the older you get—the more drugs and skincare products you use. Obviously, you need more storage space in the bathroom. The same with the kitchen—previously retirement villages used to have those slide out pantries that get extremely heavy when loaded. Not the best solution for an elderly person! “As each new village is planned, they tweak problems and improve. It is an ever-evolving cycle. It’s truly a pleasure, the work we do, and we always have a lot of laughs with our clients. It’s like real estate agents, it’s all about the fit. When we meet a new client you know straight away if you’re both on the same page. I always say, ‘Don’t worry, you can relax now. We’ll take it from here.’”

Three Important Tips from Kate Fitzpatrick

PAPERS FIRST! Always start by packing important documents and photographs. If something goes wrong, at least they are sorted and won’t get misplaced. USE STICKERS I always give three sets of stickers to my clients. This is for items of furniture or larger items. Green is for things to take; red for things to sell or auction; and yellow is for things that go to family or charity. Place stickers on everything! It makes identifying when packing so much easier. LOVE YOUR BELONGINGS! This is the piece of advice I love to practise. When packing up, we often find grandma’s long-forgotten silver cutlery or dinner set tucked away in the dining room alongside the crystal glasses. Stop saving them for a special day or event and start using them everyday! Love them! They are so much nicer to use and enjoy rather than passing them on to a relative who also puts them at the back of the cupboard because they’re precious.




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The Mature Side of Instagram Who says you're too old for Instagram? From models, businessmen to everyday people just enjoying themselves, Instagram showcases the fun in everyday life and that age does not matter! Jeff Goldblum @jeffgoldblum

Our designers' favourite fly, Jeff Goldblum. He always puts a smile on our faces with his memes and lavish lifestyle. An undisputed fashion god, you can't help but love Jeff Goldblum. Jan de Villeneuve @jandevilleneuve

Veteran model, Jan de Villeneuve started modelling in the 1970s. Still going strong, Jan states that older women love fashion too, which is why she is still a strong presence in fashion, showing it has no age. Ron Jack Foley @to_ron_to

Model and actor, Ron Jack Foley has the hair of a Norse god. With his luscious locks garnering him a role in American Gods, it's not that long until you will see him more on the silver screen. Grece Ghanem @greceghanem

Grece Ghanem went from a personal trainer with over 25 years experience to a fashion influencer in her fifties. It's not that hard to see why, as her style is so sophisticated and chic. Moon Lin @moonlin0106

Moon Lin is the coolest 91-year-old women we've ever seen. Hailing from Taiwan, Lin mixes streetwear into her everyday wardrobe. By mixing bright colours and colour-coordinating her outfits, Lin's photos are always a delight to see. Nick Wooster @nickwooster

Labelled "the alpha male of American street style� by GQ, Nick Wooster is the self-proclaimed free agent. The style icon/ creative is a street-style idol to many and is one of the main figures behind heaps of your favourite brands, consulting for fashion and style. Pauline & Geoffrey Walker @geoffreywalk

Pauline and Geoffery Walker have been married for over 68 years. They share their everyday lives, with Geoffery often posting sweet comments about his love for Pauline. Franco Mazzetti @franz_1955

A menswear consultant from Italy, Franco is always so stylish and effortless. Always on the cusp of menswear, he makes us wish we could always look so dapper.



“A Very Happy Place” say The Poynton Retirement Village residents.

Celebrating their fifth year at Metlifecare’s The Poynton Retirement Village, Terry and Phyllis Huckle say the best part about life at The Poynton is the people they have met.


Making The Move The couple previously lived in Unsworth Heights for two years, which is now just six kilometres from their twobedroom apartment at The Poynton, where they moved in on 7 August 2014. The location appealed to the couple because of its proximity to the bus station, hospital, and local shops and cafés nearby. The Huckles have lived all over New Zealand, and have moved 23 times, including a six-year stint in Australia, but still say Auckland is their favourite place. Terry, 77, and Phyllis, 74, enjoy having their own independence but love being in an environment that offers plenty of opportunities to socialise with the other residents. “It’s very hard to tell you what my best experience of living here is because I think there are so many good experiences you have when you live in a retirement village. I think meeting new friends is very important,” says Terry.

“We’ve got people with such diverse backgrounds, it’s good to be able to mix with all kinds of people whereas, in your own private home, you wouldn’t have that opportunity,” Terry says. Phyllis on the other hand, keeps herself busy reading. “I don’t mix as much as Terry because I’m a bookworm, and I always have a pile of library books, but I find people very nice to meet and chat with. You can have your independence if you want to, you can mix with people if you want to, and that’s great,” she says. A standout memory for the couple is the The Poynton Cocktail Party, where Phyllis helped host and Terry was on duty as bar manager, inventing the popular ‘Poynton Cocktail’—a hit with all the residents. “The whole atmosphere was just lovely. Everybody just enjoyed it so much. It would have to be one of the best events we’ve ever had” says Phyllis.

“We’ve made some lifelong friends with our neighbours and friends from groups,” adds Phyllis.

A Thriving Community Phyllis and Terry describe The Poynton as a lovely place to live, where they are able to take advantage of the abundance of activities and be part of a tight knit community of residents and staff.

The couple say their daughter is thrilled that they are happy and safe at the village.

“It’s a very happy place. I think it’s like one big happy family,” says Phyllis.

Keeping Busy The couple enjoy a number of activities at the village including indoor bowls, outdoor bowls, croquet, rummikub and bridge, among many others.

The couple explained the staff at The Poynton always go the extra mile: “The staff really make this place. You’ll find they are very genuine people,” says Terry.

Terry served on the residents’ committee for two years, as assistant chairperson, which he says was really interesting. He was able to go to the Metlifecare Chairpersons’ Conference, an experience that he says he would not have had living in his own private property.

No More Worries No more worrying about who’s going to mow the lawns, is the guttering blocked, or does the house need painting? All those worries have gone. Somebody else has them when you live here.”

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On 10 and 11 June 1967, on the south face of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California, more than 36,000 revellers gathered for a two-day rock concert called the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival, featuring bands such as The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane and The Doors. Far less-known than the Monterey Pop Festival that took place the following week, and a full two years before the legendary Woodstock, it was arguably the real beginning of the Summer of Love. It was also the world’s first ever rock festival. Many of the party-goers from that era no doubt now desire their festivals a little easier on the ears, feet, and liver, so, with that in mind, Verve brings you a carefully curated international selection of the most interesting.

Ancient Greek Drama Festival

Tamworth Country Music Festival Australia Running since 1972, this laid-back celebration of folk and country tunes is said to be second in size only to the iconic Nashville Country Music Festival—though this one across the ditch actually lasts longer. Running for 10 days each January in its eponymous New South Wales town, the Tamworth Country Music Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to witness hundreds of artists perform, with events totalling more that 2,500. The internationally-acclaimed gathering is also backed by art exhibitions, craft stalls and markets. There’s even talent contests for the kids.

Words — Jamie Christian Desplaces

Ancient Greek Drama Festival Cyprus Every July and August in Cyprus, three amphitheatres— two of which were built by the Romans in the second and third centuries—host open-air plays under starlit skies. The stages of this award-winning event are graced by productions by leading theatre companies from across the globe, promoting the majesty of classical Ancient Greek drama along with more contemporary interpretations. Women Over 50 Film Festival UK Running only since 2015, the Women Over 50 Film Festival is an ever-blossoming project that operates workshops and screens films that celebrate older women and their contributions to the industry. To be eligible for the volunteer-run festival, films must have been written, produced or directed by a woman aged at least 50, or have one starring in a central role. Film screenings kick off in February. Rainforest World Music Festival Malaysia For a weekend in July on the beautiful island of Borneo, the Rainforest World Music Festival offers a sprawling collection of musical genres from across the globe, with a decidedly acoustic slant. The jungle-themed event is noted for its super relaxed vibe, with the melodic performances accompanied by plays, workshops and craft stalls. This one’s won heaps of international awards since its 1998 inception.





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Wilderness UK Billed as Britain’s poshest festival, Wilderness is hosted in the fittingly fashionable Cotswolds, where guests may partake in banquets on long tables or dance the boards of a ballroom. Other activities include meditation, yoga, long bow archery, wellness workshops and philosophy walks, while accommodation comes in the form of cosy timber cabins. This happening’s spread over a long weekend in August. Festival Number 6 UK Positioned in the sleepy south Wales town of Portmeirion that overlooks Cardigan Bay, Festival Number 6 is “unlike any other”, an eclectic and intimate celebration of music, arts and crafts over a September weekend. Think Mediterranean-inspired stages, a dance floor that floats on a lake, paddle boarding, wood-fired hot tubs and yoga sessions as the sun rises—or sets—over the surrounding mountainous landscape. There’s plenty of charming accommodation options in town, or rent a luxury bell tent replete with Asian rugs and tea light chandeliers.


Festival of Music and Art Australia Also known as the Museum of Old and New Art: Festival of Music and Art, or Mona Foma, or Fomo, this Tasmanian treat of a festival is a real mixed bag of marvellous music that incorporates everything from post-punk to avant-garde orchestra. The three-day event hosts an array of other art forms also, including visual art, dance and theatre. It runs each January. A Day on the Green Australia & New Zealand Nicknamed ‘The Big Day Out for grown-ups’, A Day on the Green is a festival of fine dining and exquisite wines that’s been gracing Antipodean vineyards since 2001. This summer celebration has attracted superstar performers such as Elton John, Bryan Ferry and Crowded House. Don’t forget your comfortable camping chair and a picnic blanket. Loulé International Jazz Festival Portugal Each July in Portugal’s magical Algarve region on its southern coast, the Loulé International Jazz Festival hosts some of the world’s leading jazz musicians along with a sprinkling of blues, funk and pop-rock. The outdoor festival runs well into the night making for some terrifically atmospheric experiences under the stars. The historic market town of Loulé brims with charming eateries in its medieval alleyways and tree-lined plazas. >>

Loulé International Jazz Festival




Woodford Folk Festival Australia One of Australia’s largest gatherings, and one of the world’s coolest, the Woodford Folk Festival sees more than 120,000 souls descend for a sprawling celebration of music, dance, theatre, film comedy, debate and more. Set in the semi-rural town of Woodford, around an hour north of Brisbane, it hosts more than 2,000 performers across hundreds of events encompassed within a stunning bushland setting. Lasting for six days beginning toward the end of December, it’s the ultimate feel-good way to see in the new year.

Woodford Folk Festival


Outside Lands USA Set to the backdrop of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands is weekend-long festival that takes place each August that’s sold as a treat for all the senses owing to its mash up of music, art, food, wine and workshops, while it attempts to offset its carbon footprint through systems such as solar power stages. Such is the reverence for this event, Paul Simon is coming out of retirement to headline in 2019.

Festival of the Steel Phallus Japan In Verve March we brought you the story of a museum in Iceland dedicated to penises, and in this issue we bring you a festival dedicated to them! Each spring in the Japanese city of Kawasaki, Kanamara Matsuri (Festival of the Steel Phallus) celebrates the male member with street processions and parties with revellers parading sizeable penis sculptures and sucking on sexually-shaped candy. The event, born from a legend of a sharp-toothed jealous demon that lived inside a woman’s vagina and attacked the genitals of her lovers, has become quite the tourist attraction. The festival also raises money for research into HIV, centring around a shrine that sex workers pray at for protection against sexually transmitted diseases.

Opera in the Vineyard Australia Mingle with some high-society at this premier south Queensland cultural happening that also raises money for charity. Opera in the Vineyard draws the world’s finest tenors, sopranos and their ilk to take to the stage in the scenic setting of the Ballandean Estate in the Granite Belt. Enjoy top quality dining, and, of course, wining, at this relatively intimate festival (it holds around 200 souls) that takes place the first weekend in May. Palma International Boat Show Spain Palma, the historic port and capital of the gorgeous island of Majorca, plays the perfect host for the world’s largest exhibition of sailing yachts. The Palma International Boat Show lures the best of the globe’s boat builders, with opportunities to board and maybe even go for a sail on some seriously impressive multimillion dollar vessels—whether you can afford to buy one or not! The event runs for five days, usually from the end of April.


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DOWNSIZE with ELDERLY ASSIST Most people find moving house stressful. It is particularly daunting for those who have built up a lifetime of memories and possessions in their current home. Decisions need to be made on downsizing collections and possessions—where do you start? Call the trusted Elderly Assist and Moving Assist team. For seven years Janice Willis and her team have helped Auckland residents move house with ease. The team at Elderly Assist have specialist experience in all aspects of downsizing, decluttering and moving to make your journey to your new home the best it can be. Their caring team work with you with confidentiality and respect, including helping with difficult decisions. Founder and owner Janice Willis has gathered a team of people around her of whom she is very proud. She has

handpicked them for their ethical and compassionate approach to their work. “Empathy and ethics are values you can’t teach,” she says. “It’s more about their temperament and morality that decides if I recruit someone onto my team." They are then police and credit checked before they join this trusted team of professionals. Janice can also provide add-on services such as liaising with real estate agents, lawyers (and assisting with deceased estates), builders, gardeners, charities and collectors. These valued relationships help make the whole process so much easier. The team at Elderly Assist will work closely with you, listening to your needs and meeting your expectations. Just call them for a chat and they will soon get you sorted.


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Silver and Solo Surfers


The ‘silver dollar’ is worth big bucks. Studies have shown that seniors’ spending on travel far exceeds that of millennials, while recent research by the Australian Seniors Insurance Agency discovered a fifth of over-50s have even blown some of their kids’ inheritance on globetrotting— with 85 percent of them admitting to not worrying about it! Late last year UK travel agency Pettitts released their Silver Years Travel Index that revealed the best holiday destinations for travellers aged over 50. Top of the list was Japan due to its “incredible blend of modern and traditional, futuristic cities and snow-capped mountains, ancient temples, palaces and museums”. Best for Female Solo Travellers Japan also came out on top in a 2018 study (cleverly called the Wander Women Index) by British tour firm, Ampersand, to find out the best places for solo women travellers in terms of safety and gender equality, along with the likes of scenery, adventure, culture, and even Instagramabilty! According to George Washington University School of Business, women actually make up a staggering nearly two-thirds of travellers, while Google searches of ‘solo female travel’ hit an alltime record of 100 million in 2017. Pinterest has noted a three-and-a-half fold increase in women pinning independent travel ideas since 2014. Verve takes a look at some leading destinations sure to tempt a few older folk into dipping into some more of that inheritance... Vietnam This writer’s favourite Southeast Asian destination, Vietnam truly ticks all boxes, beginning with the region’s best food from street offerings to high-end eateries (prioritise pho, rolls and seafood). A gastronomical paradise and a cultural cauldron of a country where each region boasts its own unique flavour, beer and character, from the majestic north through to the rainforest-clad Central Highlands to the more chaotic south—though Saigon’s scooter-filled streets are offset by easily accessible sleepy villages of the nearby Mekong Delta. Oh, and Vietnamese coffee will blow your mind. Words – Jamie Christian Desplaces

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Panama One of the world’s happiest nations, Panama’s feel-good vibe is backed up by—and no doubt partly due to—features like the Panama Canal; the Old Town of Panama City (Central America’s “most cosmopolitan capital”, according to Lonely Planet) replete with spectacular colonial and contemporary architecture, and the coolest of cafe cultures; and Monkey Island, at the edge of the city, where you may mix with the cheeky furry residents. The country’s coconut palm-lined Caribbean archipelago of the San Blas Islands is a tropical paradise. China Cultural events such as the Chinese New Year coupled with bucket list locations like the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors makes China one of the world’s most wondrous destinations—and it’s one of the safest with super friendly people often wanting to snag a photo with you or practise their English. Beijing is especially reassuring owing to heavy security at many tourist sites and public transport hubs, and often very, very large crowds.

Japan Like New Zealand, Japan packs a helluva varied punch for its relatively modest landmass, its more than 30 national parks home to volcanoes, whispering forests and spectacular beaches, and laced with world class hiking trails. There are Unesco World Heritage sites and temples galore (the two often overlap), along with superstar cities like Tokyo and Kyoto and lesser known locations like the city of Nara where sika deer ‘bow’ to tourists in return for treats.

Iceland Officially the world’s safest country for several years in a row according to the Global Peace Index, Iceland has long since sealed its place in the lofty pantheon of the world’s most beautiful, also. An outdoor enthusiasts Eden, it brims with volcanoes and glaciers and caves and caverns and geothermal spas. Hike it, bike it, or horseride it, Iceland is also one of the top spots to catch a glimpse of those legendary northern lights. Scotland Whether it be the splendour and the solitude of the Highlands or the breathtaking beauty of Edinburgh, one of Europe’s most magical—and walkable—capitals with a fairytale-like castle and thriving cultural and social scenes, Scotland has it all. Savour some whisky tours, walking tours, and the most humorous of hosts. Just make sure to wrap up warm. France France places second on that Wander Women Index thanks in part to its significant advances in closing the gender gap (catcalling here is illegal, and street harassment results in heavy, on-thespot fines), beautiful scenery, exquisite museums and galleries, and unbeatable wining and dining. France was also named by Ampersand as Europe’s best country for travel for those aged over 50.

Botswana Considered one of Africa’s safest nations, Botswana brims with wildlife housed within easily accessible and well-run national parks noted for their attitudes to conservation. Safari tours here are often less crowded, with plenty of luxury options and don’t miss the Unesco World Heritage Site of Tsodilo Hills, home to thousands of cave paintings sketched over the last two thousand years. Botswana also boasts some of the globe’s most spectacular sunsets.

Chile Proudly one of South America’s safest destinations, Chileans are famed for their friendliest of welcomes. Hugging the continent’s entire southeast coastline, few countries boast such a diverse landscape, home to historic vineyards, the world’s driest desert, active—and scalable—volcanoes, and Patagonia’s iconic San Rafael Glacier. The capital city of Santiago brims with cultural offerings and the country also serves as a launchpad to the Galapagos and Easter Islands.

Spain From galleries to iconic architecture to museums and the entire city of Barcelona, Spain bulges with many lifetimes’ worth of cultural highlights, while offering jawdropping tramping trails like the fabled Camino de Santiago, and spilling on to some of the best beaches in Europe. In fact, make that the world. Also, ‘manspreading’ is so seriously frowned upon in Madrid that pubic transport is awash with signs warning men of such antisocial, leg-parting behaviour.


Where community shapes the heart of your retirement Living at Logan Campbell Retirement Village has provided Marion and Murray with the ability to continue their passion for travelling. They can lock up and go without any worries, then come home to the caring community. “If you’re away for a while, you’re missed! People tell us, ‘we missed you, welcome back,’” Marion says. Part of putting residents first is ensuring they are connected to caring and vibrant communities. The couple were amazed at how quickly they settled into village life and got to know people. They’re also pretty enamoured with the views over-looking Rangitoto, the Coromandel and Cornwall Park!

“We’ve found that if you’re away for a while, you’re missed!” Home is exactly what the village and the community has become for Murray and Marion. Being connected to their family and church community outside the village completes that

feeling. “It’s nice to be able to welcome people into your home. They love it and have no doubt that we’ve made the right move,” Murray happily explains.

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Stay Young with the Kids WO R D S : J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S


“Kids are hard—they drive you crazy and break your heart— whereas grandchildren make you feel great about life, and yourself, and your ability to love someone unconditionally, finally, after all these years.” Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required

‘It’s Never Too Late to be Active’ is a campaign by the UK’s Herts County Council to encourage kids to inspire their grandparents to become more active. The council estimates physical inactivity to cost more than $30 million annually as well as being the fourth most significant cause of death and disability, responsible for one in six UK deaths. The project kicked off in 2017 with a ‘day mile’ walk led by Oakfields Primary school. “Being active is nature’s prescription as it has so many mental and health benefits whatever our age,” Jim McManus, the council’s director of public health, tells the Welwyn Hatfield Times, “yet a quarter of 55-64-year-olds are completely inactive and 40% are not meeting the recommended guidelines of 150 minutes activity a week.” Nothing, he adds, better motivates the seniors than kids. According to a German study published in 2017 in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, grandparents (excluding those who are primary carers) who babysit their grandkids live longer. The paper states that data from the study shows “mortality hazards for grandparents who provided noncustodial childcare were 37% lower than for grandparents who did not provide childcare and for non-grandparents”. Another study concludes that grandmothering may even be an “evolutionary mechanism that has contributed to the increase in human life expectancy”.

More research by the Women’s Health Aging Project in Australia discovered that grandmothers who looked after their grandkids at least once a week had a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders— though it does come with a caveat. Those who spent too much time with their grandchildren suffered adverse effects on their mental health, with the recommended cut-off being four days per week. Even hugging reaps rewards thanks to the increased levels of ‘love hormone’, oxytocin, that it brings. Dr Kristine Arthur tells Readers Digest that exposure to greater human touch leads to a decrease in inflammatory cells and an increase in white blood cells, the fighter cells”. This boosts the immune system and reduces stress. “A kiss of holding hands gives a sense of calmness, peacefulness, and security if you’re under stress,” adds Walter Nieri, a geriatrician. “Relieving stress delays the shortening of telomeres [an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age] associated with ageing.” So, get babysitting those grandkids if you want to hang around longer, like Elizabeth Goudge once noted: “The very old and the very young have something in common that makes it right that they should be left alone together.” Just don’t overdo it.


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Studies show that an active social life can improve and extend the lives of seniors, improve their health and even assist in avoiding Alzheimer's* . While many publications and studies are vocal about the need to stay active in retirement, not so many are promoting the virtues of social activity in our later years, something that recently has been shown to improve many aspects of our lives, and in fact extend them beyond expectations. Probus is a social group for retirees with over 130,000 members throughout Australia and New Zealand, and it’s chairman, Douglas Geekie, says that studies show there are at least five good reasons to maintain a good social life through joining a social club and interacting with other likeminded people on a regular basis. Socialising reduces stress and can lower blood pressure. Being with people you like helps lower stress, which in turn can help your blood pressure and reduce cardiovascular risks. Relaxing with friends can help improve your health. Socialising can improve cognitive function. Keeping a sharp mind is as simple as having regular conversations with friends or joining in with group activities. Simply playing Scrabble or dominoes, or going on regular outings are all good ways of improving cognitive function and could even reduce the risk of Alzheimer's. Being a member of a club can improve your physical fitness. Even if your social activity isn’t considered to be formal exercise, socialising still gets you up and out of the house. This helps improve physical fitness and mobility.

An active social life can slow declining health. According to a study conducted by the Centre for Advancing Health, being social can slow the progression of declining health. Participants in the study with active social lives maintained good health longer, or developed problems later in life than participants who were isolated and anti-social. Club membership can reduce the incidence of depression. Depression is common in older adults, and finding ways to combat depression is important as we age. Keeping busy, especially at something you can enjoy with others is the easiest way of doing this. Surround yourself with positive relationships that enrich your daily life. “Membership of a social group or club has proven positive health effects,” says Douglas. “These changes are apparent in our own members who meet once a month purely for fun and friendship as well as outings and tours. “The more you socialise, the more opportunities you find to maintain an active, exciting retirement even if your idea of a great time is just sitting down and chatting over afternoon tea. Being part of a group means there’s more people to stimulate ideas and plan interesting activities based on your likes and dislikes, and even if you’re not keen on doing things with a large group of people, a club will still give you the chance to make new individual friends." You can find out more about Probus by calling 0800 1477 6287. Visit probussouthpacific.org to find out where your nearest Probus Club is. *'Socially Active Older Adults Have Slower Rates of Health Declines' (1/12/2011) by Sharyn Alden, contributing writer. Research source: Journal of Health and Social Behaviour.


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I used to smoke like my life depended on it. For more than 15 years, smoking was absolutely one of my most favourite things (probably the most), to be enjoyed not just with a whiskey or a coffee or after a meal, but at half-time of Sunday soccer or following a good walk or a jog. I was in my early thirties before I really gave any serious consideration to quitting which I did partly through the self-help book, Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr, and partly through swapping my nicotine addiction for that of long-distance running—through which I wound up with a broken hip! Quitting cigarettes is among the most difficult endeavours that an average Joe will ever undertake, and succeeding is something to be supremely proud of. Non-smokers might, quite understandably, scoff at such hyperbole, but numerous studies have compared nicotine addiction with that of heroin. For some years now, vaping—the ‘smoking’ of e-cigarettes— has been touted as the best way to beat the cigs, but a rising concern is that many non-smokers—especially teens—are taking to vaping, with e-cigarettes themselves then proving difficult to kick. The Making of Vaping In 1963, the year before the USA’s surgeon general released the historic Smoking and Health report that linked smoking and lung cancer, a Pennsylvanian scrap metal dealer by the

name of Herbert A Gilbert invented the world’s first electronic cigarette. Named ‘Smokeless’, it worked through the heating of a liquid that created a vapour to be inhaled. Available in flavours such as mint, rum or cinnamon, it was billed by Gilbert as allowing users to “smoke their favourite food”, but no firm was interested in mass-manufacturing it. Today, the vaping industry is worth a cool $15 billion globally, but Gilbert’s patent has long since expired and he hasn’t made a dime. “The only substantial thing I received was the satisfaction of saving millions of lives,” the magnanimous 87-year-old told Smithsonian Magazine last December. Vaping’s Aping E-cigarettes come in all shapes and sizes: some replicate cigars, some arrive in replica traditional cigarette boxes that store the flavour cartridges, while others boast a disposable design like a regular cigarette. You can even smoke a ‘hookah pen’. Rather than inhale the noxious gases of burning tobacco, e-cigarettes allow users to ‘smoke’ a vaporised liquid that forms a mist. Today’s designs, though more technically advanced than Gilbert’s, riff heavily on his invention that relied on users to draw a breath through the cartridge, moistened with a flavouring agent, that then allowed flavoured air to pass though a heating element and into their mouth.


Now replaceable inhaler cartridges are infused with a mixture of either vegetable glycerine or polyethylene glycol, flavouring and nicotine. The heating chamber—or ‘vaporiser'—sits either in the main body or the inhaler and is activated by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. A sensor triggers the vaporiser with each inhalation, allowing a mist to be drawn at the business end, while an LED at the other end glows to simulate burning. Made in China The modern e-cigarette was patented in China by pharmacist Hon Lik in 2003, and introduced to the Chinese market the following year. Hon developed the device to aid his own cessation of an addiction that also killed his father. In 2013 the pharmacist controversially sold his patents to Imperial Tobacco, though sees no conflict between one of the ‘big five’ tobacco companies owning the rights to his device, saying that using existing distribution channels “is the best way for consumers to access e-cigarettes”. So, Safe to Vape? One of the main ingredients of the flavoured cartridges is polyethylene glycol, which is approved by the USA’s Food and Drug Administration, and found in many consumer goods. However, in 2009, a study by the FDA found e-cigarettes to contain “detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals to which users could potentially be exposed”. Four years later, the journal Tobacco Control concluded that the toxins produced by e-cigarettes occur at levels nine to 450 times lower than regular cigarette smoke, and since then, evidence has been mounting that vaping is not only far less harmful than smoking, but an effective means of quitting nicotine for good. In 2017, both the Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Medical Association released reports extolling

the benefits of swapping regular smokes for e-ones (for the purpose of quitting), while a study published earlier this year in the New England Journal of Medicine found vaping nearly twice as effective as the likes of nicotine gum and patches in helping smokers stop. According to lead researcher Peter Hajek of London’s Queen Mary University, although many smokers have successfully ceased thanks to vaping, health professionals have hesitated to recommend it because of lack of clear evidence from controlled trials, but “this is now likely to change”. Here in New Zealand, the Asthma Respiratory Foundation “acknowledges that the use of e-cigarettes... may assist some people [to quit]” but still lacks “long-term, robust cause and effects studies” to endorse them outright. The Ministry of Health is also cautiously optimistic, stating “vaping products have the potential to make a contribution to the Smokefree 2025 goal” and, though expert opinion “is that vaping products are significantly less harmful than smoking tobacco”, they are “not completely harmless”. Don’t Smoke? Don’t Vape! In a recent New York Times piece titled ‘Vaping is Big Tobacco’s Bait and Switch’, Jeneen Interlandi warns that e-cigarette companies are cleverly encouraging teenagers to vape in the same way that big tobacco ensured generations past got hooked on their products. New York cardiothoracic Dr Brendon Stiles and Steve Alperin, CEO of cancer information media outlet SurvivorNet, also warn of past lessons learnt too late concerning the evidence linking cigarettes to cancer. Writing in the Guardian in March, they note that we still remain “shockingly ignorant” about the ingredients within e-cigarettes and, significantly, their long-term effects: “There are few things as heartbreaking as seeing the regret and self-blame of a former smoker newly diagnosed with lung cancer... Let’s not repeat those mistakes and regrets with e-cigarettes and vaping.”





The silent thief of sight

Glaucoma is a sight-threatening eye condition that affects the optic nerve, the nerve located at the back of the eye that sends the message from the eye to the brain. The mechanisms that cause glaucoma are not completely understood and are still the subject of a vast amount of research but we do know that increased fluid pressure inside the eye leads to glaucoma. 66

The eye is like a soccer ball; pressure is required to keep it the right shape (round) so that the optics (lenses of the eye) can focus images on the retina (the tissue at the back of the eye that detects light). The images produced on the retina are sent to the brain by the optic nerve. (The brain processes the information and produces what we see.) Fluid is constantly produced by the eye and drained away from it, producing the pressure inside the eye (called the intra-ocular pressure, or IOP). Once the pressure inside the eye gets too high, it starts to kill the nerve fibres that make up the optic nerve. This gradually causes vision loss since the brain is no longer receiving the message from the eye. Vision loss in glaucoma is usually very slow and gradual with the peripheral vision generally lost first, resulting in tunnel vision, followed by loss of the central vision, resulting in complete blindness. Think of it like the wires that make up the cable that gives your television its picture being cut very slowly and gradually and as the wires are cut, parts of the picture are lost until the whole cable is cut and there is no picture at all. The pressure inside the eye tends to increase as we age, so glaucoma is a disease of increasing age. Glaucoma is very common, affecting about one in 10 people over age 60. However, anyone at any age can develop glaucoma. There are several challenges in detecting glaucoma as generally there are no symptoms in the early stages of the condition, and the eyes do not become sore or red. In fact, almost half of your vision would have to be lost before you notice it when you have glaucoma. Unfortunately, glaucoma is currently detected in only half of the people that actually have it, so, the condition is never detected in the half.

Glaucoma is thus called the silent thief of sight and is one of the eye diseases of highest importance for the clinical team at Mortimer Hirst to detect and treat, due to it being so difficult to spot. Every patient that consults one of our optometrists undergoes a series of tests to determine whether they have glaucoma or are at risk of developing glaucoma. Detecting glaucoma as early as possible is of immeasurable importance as once vision is lost as glaucoma continues to progress, it cannot be recovered. However, if treatment is initiated early enough vision loss can be prevented and you can continue living life as normal and doing the things you enjoy. The primary treatments for glaucoma are aimed at reducing the pressure inside the eye in an attempt to prevent further vision loss. These pressure lowering treatments include pressure lowering eye drops, usually the first line of treatment, and surgical options, usually reserved for more severe cases. The clinical team at Mortimer Hirst is at the forefront of optometric glaucoma management and have undergone specialist training to allow them to prescribe the eye pressure lowering eye drops. If your optometrist at Mortimer Hirst suspects that you have glaucoma after conducting all of the detection tests, a referral will be made to an ophthalmologist specialising in glaucoma to make a definitive diagnosis. Once diagnosed, the ophthalmologist will discuss the treatment options including pressure-lowering eye drops and surgery. The optometric glaucoma specialists at Mortimer Hirst work closely with ophthalmologists specialising in glaucoma in both the public and private health sectors. Thus, if eye drops are considered to be the best option, glaucoma can be co-managed and monitored by both our glaucoma specialists at Mortimer Hirst and the diagnosing ophthalmologist. Since glaucoma can affect anyone at any age, has no symptoms and can only be detected using specialised tests, we recommend that everyone has regular eye examinations and visual health checks with our optometric glaucoma specialists at Mortimer Hirst.







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If French women don’t get fat, Korean women don’t get old (or fat for that matter). The best testament to Korean anti-ageing is my mother being asked for ID in New Zealand at the ripe age of 44. Honestly, there is no single secret to the Korean fountain of youth, but an assortment of lifestyle and beauty choices that keep the men and women looking uncannily young. Dedication to anti-ageing is about as Korean as Gangnam Style and addictive dramas with insane plot twists. The country harbours an intense admiration for people who are able to retain their physical youthfulness as it indicates diligent self-care and the purposeful attention to detail. The aim is to look fresh not fake. The first step to achieving this look is a militant approach to suncare. In Korea, it’s a national pastime to find more ingenious ways to protect yourself from the sun, but if you’d prefer not to wear an entire mask covering your face, a nice reliable sunscreen is a solid minimum. While wearing a high SPF is important, reapplying your sunscreen especially in the smouldering heat, is just as essential. That’s why Koreans factor in portability when they choose their sunscreen, which has made sunsticks the flavour du jour. They don’t spill and they’re easy to apply. When applying sunscreen, Koreans prefer to tap their products gently into their skin to avoid stretching it.

Koreans have always been hyper-sensitive to the interaction between their skin and the environment, which is why ‘anti-polluaging’ skincare is a huge phenomenon in the country. Pollution is a growing issue in South Korea and the increased number of free radicals in the air and in UV rays can create more wrinkles and skin discolouration. The key to anti-polluaging? First, antioxidants. They help to nullify the effect of free radicals, so look at the ingredients lists on the back of your product and make sure one of the top five substances is an antioxidant. Two of the most popular antioxidants in Korean skincare are green tea and yuzu. Also, keep your skin hydrated to strengthen the barrier and prevent damage in the first place. Hydrating ingredients to look out for include hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Finally, Koreans have their antioxidant rich diets to thank for their wrinkle-free skin. The national dish, kimchi, is a spicy fermented cabbage that is not only great for gut health and weight loss, but its long fermentation process produces even more antioxidants that slow down the ageing process. You can purchase kimchi from your local Korean grocery store, but be warned, this delicacy is pungent and unless you use your most airtight container, you’ll be Febreze-ing your fridge forever. Who knew that the secret to holistic antiageing may lie in pickled cabbage and high-end Tupperware?


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“At Auckland Obstetric Centre we understand that pregnancy and childbirth is the most important time of your life and that you and baby should have the highest standard of care.” – Jane Patten, Clinic Manager

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ARE YOU A SEXY SEXAGERIAN? Sex as a Sexagenerian

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I feel like I have been lied to! I feel many of us may have been given mixed messages about sex in the prime years of our lives, particularly in long-term relationships. Maybe it was conditioning from society in general, or perhaps my parents, or even the medical fraternity, or the many well-meaning books I have read about ageing, relationships, hormones and fading libidos. Telling me that the way I am feeling is just because of my age. This is what can happen in your fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond. That it is normal to be dry in your vagina or that your partner may have trouble with his erection. You have less hormones than you had in your youth so of course your libido will wane. Take this pill, use this cream. Practise mindfulness. Go on date nights. Get creative! Have fun together! The list goes on! And maybe many of these facts about how we are feeling are true. Frankly it feels way too hard, so we either give up or settle for less. But what if you want to feel like you did in your twenties or whatever time youremember feeling your best sexually (and maybe that wasn’t your twenties!)? Here are questions that we often ask ourselves: • What if you want more than vanilla obligatory marital sex? • What if you want to feel alive and powerful and turned on to life? • What if you want to feel more in love with your partner.

BUT • What if you also feel scared that he might reject you? • What if you feel frightened of feeling that instinctively true part of you? What has changed my sex life from normal every day to orgasmic loving and long lasting is I have learnt transformative practices to feel pleasure and to get in touch with and re-awaken a part of myself that may have got shut down along the way, so I can communicate this lovingly and honestly with my partner. And now we can move together slowly, and sometimes fast, playfully, laughing and sometimes crying along the way. Oh, and did I mention experimenting and making loud sounds sometimes too! I am sure my hormone levels have not changed, or maybe they have! But I certainly feel the creative juices alive in my body again! Welcome back to your wild orgasmic self! Hello loving, orgasmic, pleasurable sex... at any age really! If you want to feel alive in your body again and communicate more effectively with your partner come along and hear Belinda Wiley speak at the The Power of Pleasure event. Learn about sex and love, and see what a relationship coach can offer you. 11 April, 7.30pm, Auckland Bowling Club. Purchase your tickets from iticket.co.nz



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New Zealand now has an average life expectancy of over 80. With those of us lucky enough to make it past the midcentury milestone of 50, we naturally want to continue looking our glowing best towards the golden years. The aesthetic approach is different at this stage to earlier adult years, and for most the focus is on ageing gracefully. There are a number of ways to approach this, from topical applications to the skin, to deeper scaffold building and soft tissue support treatments. First and foremost, a sensible approach to sunscreen and skin protection from environmental exposures should be normal practice. If not yet, it is never too late. Skin cancer develops as a result of cumulative exposure to the sun, so it is worth tweaking this, if your products don’t yet include a sun protection factor (SPF). In New Zealand, during summer, the recommendation is a minimum of SPF 50+ on your face, neck, upper chest, and other sun exposed areas every day. In the winter months, SPF 30+ should be adequate. Annual full body skin examinations to check for pre-cancerous and skin cancer lesions is also recommended. Unlike in Australia where this is funded annually, we need to be more proactive as individuals in this respect in New Zealand. Tender loving care for your skin in other ways, such as using medicalgrade skin care with vitamins A, B and C can help protect your skin from further damage, and in many instances, restore a more youthful glow. Where the ravages of time, and too much sun exposure as a baby boomer has already left its mark on your complexion, intense pulse light (IPL) can be a rejuvenating option. This is especially useful in the minimisation of pigment or uneven skin discolouration such as sunspots and freckling. Likewise, where small blood vessels have become prominent, especially over the nose and cheeks, and in those who suffer from rosacea, it can reduce the appearance of the vessels and redness. Derma pen is another device, of which the latest version is available at Clinic 42, which is where very shallow needling is applied to the skin of the face and neck. It has quickly established itself as a clinic favourite, due to the glowing, hydrated appearance it gives an individual, whilst minimising fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment is completed in approximately half-an-hour, and is most effective with a course of three sessions. With this approach, improvement in pigment will be maximal, as will the deposition of collagen in the deeper layers of the dermis, resulting in increased structural support for looser skin.

Injectable options are one of the mainstays in this age, where treatment is largely dictated by the anatomical changes seen in an individual. The aesthetic approach to a face of someone in their 30s is different to someone over 50, so a thorough knowledge of the ageing process and anatomy, as well as assessing each face individually to develop a customised treatment plan, will result in the most desirable endpoint. When evaluating a patient around 50, the ageing process is well established, and the changes in the layers of the skin are most significant. Treatment includes botulinum toxin, often in lower doses, to the upper and lower thirds of the face, and also the neck. People become more prone to puffiness around the eyes, especially those of Asian origin, so this needs to be considered with treatment dose. Bony changes around the eye are becoming evident, with bone resorption. In addition, the soft tissue laxity that occurs with ageing can result in lengthening and flattening of the upper cheek and its junction with the lower eyelid, often invoking a sad appearance. Fat is lost in the body of the cheek and temples, which makes the cheek appear flatter, and some lines in this area more prominent. The jaw bone also starts to resorb and change shape, which offers less structural support to the lower face, and can make the lines below the corners of the mouth (Marionette lines) heavier. An excellent way to approach these deeper structural changes, is with hyaluronic acid based filler products. These gel substances are placed in specific layers in the face, to address the age-related changes outlined above, as well as other concerns. The True Lift technique specifically places small boluses of filler in five discrete locations on each side of the face, to act as a strut to the adjacent ligaments, which connect directly with the overlying skin. Whilst ageing is inevitable, with modern medicine, people are consistently feeling their appearance is not in line with how they feel. It can be a challenge to know where and how to start addressing this disharmony. A cosmetic consultation at Clinic 42 can be a great way to discuss your concerns and learn more about your options in a discrete, boutique environment, led by practicing doctors, who have been specialising in this area for years. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, or would like to arrange a consultation.

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Achingly hip New York-based fashion label A Détacher is often referred to as having been kept ‘deliberately small’, but it’s a description that irks its Polish-born founder, Mona Kowalska. “I did nothing to maintain my business as a small business,” says the designer via a video call from the Big Apple. “I didn’t want to become a manager of people, I wanted to remain a designer and stay as close to that as possible. Doing that automatically meant a much smaller collection. There is all this romanticism around a small business, that it has more integrity, but I always sort of resented how much romance people attributed to it. A small business is difficult.”

Mona has been meticulous in her hands-on approach, from personally sourcing the materials to the sketching to the stitching. Her humility and understated offerings have earned her what The New Yorker describes as an “almost cult-like clientele” of creative women. “You know, I made all the wrong decisions, but I made them right, and I made it work,” she continues with a wry smile. “It was an experiment.” And it’s an experiment that’ll soon come to end with Mona set to step away from the industry and close her Mulberry Street Studio in a matter of months, possibly permanently. “I’ve done this for 21 years, so it was a very difficult decision,” she says. “I love what I do, I love the people that I’ve worked with, the travel that it affords me. It was a difficult decision, and I’m not sure what I’m going to do next. I want to explore my options.” A beacon of morality in a most cynical of industries, Mona Kowalska is famously thoughtful—and political. I wonder if her retreat is in part down to exasperation. She has previously expressed concerns about environmental impacts, and tells me that all fashion is now ‘fast fashion’. The big companies have “consolidated their power”, their “gazillion collections” making it evermore difficult for smaller-scale enterprises. Sustainable design, she says, is good design. She laments fashion’s lack of self-reflection: “The way the industry operates fits perfectly with a Trump presidency. It’s mirroring its times which I think is a real shame.” >>

I made all the wrong decisions, but I made them right, and I made it work.

Mona moved to the US with her mother aged nine, having been born and raised in the communist Polish capital of Warsaw. I enquire as to how her upbringing shaped her outlook and she admits probably much more than she realised. “Of course that system does not function perfectly, but I do have a sense of how we are all interrelated,” she says. “That sense of co-dependency and cooperativeness.”

I also wonder if her hands-on approach means she can be somewhat of a control freak.

Fashion appears to have escaped any major #MeToo moments (so far). I ask Mona about the general treatment of women within the industry and issues around equality. The situation, she says, is not good: “Take a look at any magazine spread about ten up and coming designers and it will be eight men and two women. And it has been that way for 30 years. Yet, go to any fashion school and the students will be 80 percent female.”

Symbolically, it was during such a moment, making a jacket, that Mona decided the time was right for her to take that break. “I just thought, ‘Okay, if you’re experiencing your creativity as a deficit, then you’re probably working in the wrong medium.’ That jacket made me feel like it was time to move on.”

Why do you think that is? “I think we are taught to be too modest. And you know, modesty is not an asset in this industry. It’s the people that are brash and arrogant that to succeed. But throughout the history of fashion, with the likes of Coco Chanel, it has been women who have been the most influential. Women have had a greater impact on how women dress. Look at Phoebe Philo. Women are the biggest innovators, yet are somehow sidelined. I don’t understand it. Maybe we need to get involved more in storytelling.”

“I can be! But I think I also know when to let go. There’s always something you’ll be working on and there’s that moment where you just have to stop and admit that it’s not working, that it’s a bad idea. I think I’m pretty good at that moment.”

There’s a factory in Peru where Mona has sourced her knitwear for the past 18 years. She has visited it regularly, and sends them pictures of all the finished designs, all of which, she says proudly, they remember. She has built trust and friendships with the workers and severing such ties she says has been the hardest part of her decision to call it quits. Looking back, however, I suggest it must be extremely satisfying to know that she did, to misquote Sinatra, do it her way. “Absolutely. There’s so much I feel proud of. I’m just so proud of this business, I really am. But, you know, in some ways, I hope that the best is yet to come.”

Mona’s mother too was a clothesmaker, in one of Poland’s state-run factories. “I always felt like I could do it,” she says. “I just grew up around clothes and so it was natural to think about them.” I ask Mona if her strong work ethic was instilled by her mother, and she says that she was raised to be “extremely independent”, essentially the other side of the same coin.

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Of all the things you need in your 'looking great' bag of tricks, one of the most essential must surely be your full-length mirror. Without a full-length mirror, it is impossible for you to see yourself top to toe before leaving the house. If you get dressed each day only seeing your top half (or less if it’s your bathroom mirror) you won’t see yourself as others see you. You need to know that the person you are sending out into the world is the person you think you are. I occasionally get asked for help by employers who are struggling with how members of their team dress. The first question I’ll ask them is whether they have a full-length mirror in the staff bathroom. Chances are, if the gal who persists to wear her skirts too short and too tight saw how she really looked each day she might re-think them. Here are some other reasons you need a full-length mirror: • You need to check the scale of the print you are wearing: if the print is too big for your frame, it will overwhelm you and you will see the print before you see you. Likewise, if the print is too small, it can make you appear larger. Rule of thumb? Larger gals should go for larger print • You need to see how your accessories work with your outfit. Do you need to add a belt? Is that necklace too overwhelming (or too small)? • You need to see that the shoe you have chosen is the ‘right’ one. I’ll often put a different shoe on each foot in front of the mirror as I decide which one looks best with my outfit.

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• You need to see if what you are wearing is see-through, too short, too tight, too long or too big for you. All of which can easily be missed in a smaller mirror. Jackie O’Fee is owner of Auckland’s leading personal style consultancy, Signature Style. If you’d like some real, down to earth advice in your wardrobe Jackie would love to help! Further information can be found on her website: signaturestyle.co.nz or give her a call on 09 529 5115.


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Home is Where the Art is Verve interviews art lover, Dona White about her and her husband Gavin's passion for collecting art.

Tell us a bit about your background and your relationship with the arts in general, static arts in particular. Gavin and I have always loved art and wherever we’ve travelled or lived in the world, we have visited galleries and art fairs. When we came to New Zealand in the late 80s we did the same, although we were young and starting out so not so much purchasing – more perusing! But it’s fair to say we are passionate about art. For how long have you been collecting? In earnest, around 15 years. Did you collection grow organically, or was it more of a planned approach? We were lucky that our neighbour Hamish Keith, who made his career in art, and has a wonderful collection himself – got us started. He introduced us to many wonderful New Zealand artists and art galleries – and guided us on certain early pieces in our collection. It does become a bit of a habit, and quite addictive. 1. Would you consider art collecting to be your hobby? Do you have other hobbies? Let’s say collecting art is something we both enjoy and gift each other pieces on birthdays or special occasions. We get excited about art whether it’s a Bronwyn Cornish sculpture or a Tony Lane painting or a photograph, it’s something we do together, rather than individually and that’s why we love it. We also enjoy sailing, and the outdoors, and feel so privileged to live in this beautiful country with access to it all: exceptional art, delicious food, and beautiful nature and surrounds. How do you purchase the bulk of your art? Since we bought Auckland Art Fair in 2015, and ran our first edition in 2016, I would say that most of our collection has grown from the fair now. We like to support the galleries who participate and plus, it’s a great environment to view a number of local and international galleries all in one place. We’re there for the full five days, with the gallerists and artists, and it’s really stimulating talking to them about their work – and of course makes it hard not to fall in love with new pieces! 2.


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“Gavin and I love having a mixture of international galleries at the fair, alongside the New Zealand and Australian ones. It makes visiting the fair more special because you meet new artists and galleries that you might not have already known or had the opportunity to.” 4.

We always use My Art when we buy something, they are one of the partners of the fair, and we think what they do is brilliant, and certainly makes it easier on us to purchase art. Basically you get pre-approved online (or at the fair) and if you buy something My Art pays the gallery in full, and then over nine interest-free instalments you pay My Art off for the artwork. It is a charitable initiative run by Sonja and Glenn Hawkins, who are themselves collectors and huge supporters of the arts, and the wonderful thing is you know that the artist will be paid up front for their work – it’s great! Do you mainly collect New Zealand art? We mostly have work by New Zealand artists in our collection, as well as few international pieces. One that I really love is series by Spanish artist, Carlos Aires, which we purchased from ADN Galeriá at ArtInternational Istanbul. Gavin and I love having a mixture of international galleries at the fair, alongside the New Zealand and Australian ones – like Misa Shin Gallery from Japan or Totoral Lab from Chile. It makes visiting the fair more special because you meet new artists and galleries that you might not have already known or had the opportunity to. A lot of the time the artists are at the fair too, so you talk to them and learn more about their work, which is really special. Last year we purchased a drawing work by Taro Shinoda, a Japanese artist, represented by Misa Shin Gallery, and also a work by Sebastian Vargas from Totoral Lab. 5.



“We buy what we love and I think that’s why we enjoy it so much!” 7.

8. What do you look for when purchasing a piece of art? We buy what we love and I think that’s why we enjoy it so much! We never think, “Oh, we need something to go above the couch”, if we see something we like, and both agree, we’ll buy it and work out the logistics later. Is art an important thing to have in life? Yes I would definitely say so! Especially now in these troubling times of global isolationist politics, nationalism, and racist rhetoric. Artists can provide creative thinking for cultural change, and they approach it differently to how a politician might. There’s a real power in the way artist’s think, and how they communicate through their work. The arts unite communities and cultures, challenge ideas, make you think, start new dialogues and bring attention to things in a new light. We couldn’t imagine not living with art and supporting these great thinkers of our time! Tell us a little bit about three of your favourite pieces. For my 60th birthday we purchased a new glasswork from Masterworks Gallery that is singing to me at the moment. It’s called 'Woven Fish Trap' by Luke Jacomb and Katherine Rutecki I also love the Tony Lane work we have in our dining room, which we purchased from Black Asterisk in Ponsonby, it’s called 'The Wilderness'. I love to cook and it has become the centrepiece to gatherings with family and friends. The four collage works by Carlos Aires, which we purchased in Istanbul, are made from different currencies which have been cut and imposed with images from that show disasters, catastrophic events and wars that took place in the countries the banknotes belong to. The series questions the real and symbolic value of money and by cutting the bank note, which is illegal, he renders them useless. An ironic receptacle of our economic system!


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Credits For Images: 1. Dona in her dining room. Painting in background by Tony Lane, The Wilderness, 2013. 2. Living room painting by Graham Fletcher, drawing by Taro Shinoda 3. Living room showing works by Tony Fomison, Jester to the current court of France (about Muraroa), 1981, and Virginia Leonard, Freshly Shaved, 2018. 4. Living Room, Various artists, Neil Frazer, Labyrinth, John Radford, Façade of John Logan Campbell Building, 191 Queen Street, Auckland, Glasswork, Woven Fish Trap by Luke Jacomb and Katherine Rutecki. 5. Above fire place Kim Meek, Harajuku, 2011, above TV, Rueben Paterson, Get down on your knees please 6. Janet Green, Imaginary Friends 7. Four Bulls Descending, a 3D printing gift I won, Karl Maughan, White’s Bay, Sculpture by Ann Verdcourt 8. Candleholder by Warwick Freeman, 2014, and Ao Hei Tiki, hand carved pounamu, from the South Island, NZ 9. Carlos Aires, Disaster series, 2013. 10. Robert Ellis, Maungawhai/Mt Eden and Judith Dalziel, Like you, really. 10.




Telly Tuita courtesy of Weasel Gallery

So many artists, so many galleries, all over the country, all over the world. We are a nomadic bunch and tend to travel around the country—who can blame us? It’s so beautiful here. For the Art of April, let’s take a closer look at some of the galleries and artists one might chance upon outside of Auckland and Aotearoa. WAIKATO Hamilton is becoming increasingly glamorous, due in part to newly established Weasel Gallery. Located on the main strip of Victoria Street, Weasel showcases the work of Telly Tuita amongst others. Tuita's photographic work features a complex mix of cultural iconography from brightly coloured practical items, trade packaging and mythical figures through to references from Tonga’s colonial history. CHINA With galleries in both Shanghai and Hong Kong, Leo Gallery is respected for being a progressive force in nurturing young and representing established contemporary artists. It’s worth familiarising yourself with the stunningly bold paintings of Tan Ping, who is regarded as the leading figure of Chinese abstract art.

Daniel Unverricht courtesy of {Suite}

AUSTRALIA East Sydney’s Dominik Mersch Gallery aims to exhibit work that has an enduring impact aesthetically and conceptually. Such as the work of Isidro Blasco, who combines architecture, photography and installation to explore themes of vision and perception in relation to physical experience.


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1. Andrew Sullivan courtesy of Galerie Pompom and Egg and Dart 2. Emma Fitts courtesy of Parlour Projects 3. Tyler Jackson courtesy of play_station 4. Tan Ping courtesy of Leo Gallery 4. 3.


AUSTRALIA Galerie Pompom and Egg and Dart galleries both hail from earlier artist-run incarnations. Between them they present a bevy of delicious artworks from their combined stables, notably the fascinating portraits of Sydney-based Andrew Sullivan and the petite visceral works of draped glass by Gabrielle Adamik. AUSTRALIA From Hobart in Tasmania, Michael Bugelli Gallery functions part-house museum, part-contemporary gallery and part-event site. In theme with this multidisciplinary space, the gallery supports Kai Wasikowski—a multidisciplinary artist. Wasikowski’s artistic practice explores the dichotomy between a simulated natural environment and the ethically riddled consumer materials used to create one. HAWKE'S BAY Serving the Hawke's Bay region with the very best contemporary art since 2016, Parlour Projects hosts 2018’s Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award-winner Emma Fitts. Emma Fitts’s textile sculptural works are made from wools, linens, silks and cottons—materials with which we all connect to on a daily basis, evoking personal narratives for every observer.

WELLINGTON Cuba Street's {Suite} Gallery presents the desolate urban nightscapes of Daniel Unverricht, whose oil paintings will resonate with anyone fond of the tranquil beauty that resides in empty parking lots and starkly lit industrial buildings at night. WELLINGTON Wellington-based play_station is an artist-run initiative boasting over 50 exhibitions since its inception in 2016. Artist and facilitator Tyler Jackson’s work in-part consists of intensely coloured large wall-mounted relief work, made from industrial materials which have been artfully woven together to maximise the impact of light and colour. WELLINGTON Located on Victoria Street, Millers O’Brien is the newest dealer gallery in central Wellington. Among their staple of artists is Erica van Zon, who uses traditionally craftassociated materials, such as embroidery, beading and tapestry, to create modern works inspired by memories and encounters such as the view from an aeroplane window. If you’re interested in checking out any of these galleries and artists without leaving Auckland or the country, they will be participating in Auckland’s upcoming Art Fair on 1 May.







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W MISA SHIN Installation of view of booth at Auckland Art Fair, 2018. 4-5 April 7pm Mangere Arts Centre Cnr Orly Ave and Bader Dr, Mangere

6 April 11am-12pm Gus Fisher Gallery The Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland St, Auckland

7 April 10am-1pm 500 South Titirangi Rd, Auckland

Between The Pages The legendary South Auckland Poets Collective is coming into its 10th-year anniversary this year and to celebrate they are putting on a brand new kind of show. Witness six poets of SAPC evolve the standard spoken word poetry gig into the world of theatre. Directed by Grace Taylor (published author, artist and performer) and with an extraordinarily talented lineup, this is an evening not to be missed. For two nights only, tickets can be purchased from the Eventfinda website. Art and Donuts: Aroha Novak, Emily Hartley-Skudder, Hikalu Clarke Hear from three artists about their newly commissioned artworks for We're Not Too Big To Care (opening at Gus Fisher Gallery on the 5th of April at 5:30pm) while enjoying some complimentary donuts and coffee. With Aroha Novak (Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Kahungunu), Emily Hartley-Skudder, and Hikalu Clarke in conversation with Lisa Beauchamp, curator of contemporary art. donuts from Little and Friday and coffee courtesy of Kōkako Organic Coffee Roasters. RE:generate Fashion Market Introducing the RE:generate Fashion Market, for fashion-loving, eco-conscious people, this is a market that is conscious of the world that it lives in and has found a way of honouring that. The philosophy behind RE:generate is to reuse, recycle and re-love. The RE:generate Fashion Market is a place to buy and sell pre-loved men's and women's clothing and accessories. Don’t miss the first incarnation of this beautiful market set against the backdrop of Titirangi Village.

One family, One year, One bin. 11 April 7.30pm Hollywood Avondale 20 St Georges Rd, Avondale,

Blue Velvet 35mm Catch David Lynch’s cult classic, Blue Velvet in its original 35mm form at the Hollywood Cinema. Three decades after its initial release, Blue Velvet has lost none of its power to derange, terrify, and exhilarate. "Blue Velvet is about how America is an idea, a surface, an indistinct image. It’s about the simple ways we can corrupt that image for personal gain. It’s perhaps Lynch’s most trenchant and political film, a film that says we’re all evil in some aspect or another, a surreal-creepy-funny privilege to view." This is an unmissable opportunity for all film buffs and those who want to experience something special. Tickets are on sale from the Hollywood’s website.

13 April 25 Ambler Ave, Glen Eden

One Family, One Year, One Bin Learn how the Archer family of six went from putting out two bags of landfill waste every week, to only putting out one bin of landfill waste for 2018. Enjoy a tour of their yard and be inspired to make some positive changes in your household. This is a free event.

13 April 10am-4pm Mt Eden Village Centre 449 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland

Mt Eden Village Craft Market This is a market filled with beautiful craft by local makers and designers. A great opportunity to support local artists and find loads of beautiful handmade treasures and tasty treats, perfect for yourself or to gift.


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Blue Velvet 35mm. 13-14 April 10am Auckland Old Folks Association 8 Gundry St, Auckland

Auckland Pottery Workshops with Laurie Steer Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced clay hound, this is a chance for you to get your hands dirty in a calm, supportive setting under the guidance of a master craftsman. This relaxed and playful workshop will focus on the making of handbuilt teaware including tea bowls, cups and teapots. Aspiring potters will explore multiple techniques for creating their own unique teasets and broaden their understanding of clay as a dynamic natural material. Broken into two easy-going parts, the morning session runs from 10am-12pm after which there will be a one-hour lunch break. Hungry potters can find something interesting to eat amongst K-road's many iconic, culinary offerings, or bring a packed lunch for an urban picnic. The workshop resumes at 1pm and concludes at 3pm, with everyone completing their own original handmade tea-set or mysterious blob thing. To save your spot, please email mountpottery@gmail.com. Each day is a separate event.

1 May 5pm-9pm The Cloud Queens Wharf, Auckland

Auckland Art Fair 2019 Opening Night The annual Auckland Art Fair is back for a fresh showcase at The Cloud. Be among the first to see and experience the Fair on Opening Night. Discover contemporary art from over 40 galleries, by more than 150 artists. Have the chance to meet and chat with artists, collectors and other art enthusiasts. Buying a ticket to the opening night also allows you access to the fair on all other days that it is open. The fair runs 2-5 May, with the opening night on 1 May. What a grand way to start the month of May. You can purchase tickets and find out further information from artfair.co.nz

4 May 11am Corban Estate Arts Centre 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson

4-5 May Hunua’s Tree Heart Lodge Hunua, Auckland


An introduction to NUKU Indigenous Women Multimedia Series NUKU is a multimedia series for and about kickass indigenous women made by Qiane MatataSipu. Featuring 100 change-makers, the series will profile each woman using a range of modern media like podcasts, photography and video. "In 2018, indigenous women are still one of the most underrepresented across a multitude of forums and sectors. Yet, the indigenous experience is critical to the future landscape of Aotearoa. It is critical to the global community. Wahine have the most important roles in our world today, we are the drivers of change. Indigenous women need a platform to cut through the privileged format. NUKU connects indigenous women through the universal language of shared experience, providing that much-needed platform to amplify the indigenous female voice and celebrate success." Come along to this event and see a trailer for the first 10 profiles in the series, which will profile 100 indigenous women.

Live Mindfully Retreat Weekend This weekend retreat is a perfect way to unwind, be nourished and learn about mindfulness, nutrition and nature. Only 50 minutes from Auckland's CBD in the Hunua Ranges, be surrounded by nature and welcomed by likeminded people whilst giving back to yourself. This retreat is being led by Ursula Griffen and assisted by Charlotte Ritchie, Emma Gibson and Buster Caitcheon. You will be guided through a variety of workshops including mindfulness, nature immersion, sustainable living and restorative yoga. You will be nourished with 100% plant-based meals cooked with love. Tickets and more information is available from the Eventbrite website.


GAZA (2019)






More Human Than Human





It’s hard to imagine anybody living a normal life in the Gaza Strip, a coastal area measuring just 40 kilometres by 10, home to two million. But what do the people do when they’re not under siege? Gaza cannot be understood in a purely political context or by analysing tragic sound bites during conflict. It can only be comprehended by immersion, by recognising and exploring its rich social diversity and cultural subtleties.

What does it mean to live in the age of intelligent machines? In this playful quest, Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting find out how creativity and human values are at stake as Pallotta builds a robot to replace himself as a filmmaker. More than just an exposé on the pros and cons of new technology, the filmmakers dig deeper, and confront the world’s leading AI experts and robot pioneers with existential questions.

In this poignant and carefully composed portrait of six guide dogs and their owners, Heddy Honigmann explores the close bond between animal and human. Honigmann questions the owners in her characteristic way—respectfully and with genuine concern rooted in a deep trust— about what the animals mean to them. Buddy is an ode to the fighting spirit of the main characters and a loving portrait of the deep bond between man and dog.



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The Heart Dances

Red Joan

The Hummingbird Project




The journey of The Piano the ballet gives the viewer a powerful and privileged insight behind the scenes when celebrated Czech choreographer Jirí Bubenícek and his production designer brother Otto. The company works to bring this memorable story to the stage, where aspects of the film that inspired the ballet continue to be played out – old world versus new, new relationships, new challenges – while Jirí and Otto discover the responsibilities of storytelling in dance are more complex than they ever imagined.

The year is 2000 and Joan Stanley is living in contented retirement at the turn of the millennium. Her tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when she’s arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to communist Russia. Cut to 1938, Joan is a physics student who falls for young communist Leo Galich and begins to see the world in a new light. Confronted with an impossible question – what price would you pay for peace? Joan must choose between betraying her country and loved ones or saving them.

In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of high-frequency trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a straight fibreoptic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. Their old boss Eva Torres (Salma Hayek), a powerful and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them.

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COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet

The Stuff of Life, $50 Hilary Roberston This is the perfect book for those who haven't fallen into the Marie Kondo trap of clearing your living spaces of the possessions that make your house your home.This lovely book shows you how to display your photos, accessories or even kitchen equipment. As the seasons change, now is a perfect opportunity to rearrange and restyle and curate your collections. Banish the barren spaces and clear surfaces and get creative with your belongings by putting them on display. Reclaiming Style, $45 Maria Speake and Adam Hills This new book is showing the rising trend in reclaiming and reusing materials that have had a previous life. If you already visit the demolition yard or poke about in antique fairs or hospice shops looking for treasure you will have already honed your skills in creating a new life for all sorts of stuff. Reclaiming Style shows you how to incorporate found and reworked pieces and materials into your living space. The bonus is there are plenty of very elegant ideas which are a million miles away from the junk store style which folk think reclamation is all about. The History of Landscape Design In 100 Gardens, $120 Linda A. Chisholm A rare treat. A new book of 100 notable gardens from all around the world, packed with beautiful photographs and an essay on each of the gardens, their history, plantings and the people who keep them in such fine form. It doesn't matter if you only have a collection of pots or a tiny courtyard for your garden, you can read up on the ever-changing style of landscape gardening and why it is more important now than ever. Top of the range, but well worth the investment and an inspiration for those looking to make a beautiful garden for the future.




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OUT OF Africa



Perhaps no other continent conjures up as much mystery—or majesty—as Africa, the cradle of humanity and the world’s very own ark. It is home to masses of megafauna, including 85 percent of the world’s elephants and 99 percent of the Earth’s last lions, as well as more than a quarter of the world’s bird species. No other freshwater system contains more types of fish than Lake Malawi that reaches into Tanzania—a nation that also hosts the Serengeti that sees 750,000 zebra and 1.2 million wildebeest take part in the greatest wildlife migration on Earth each year.

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Africa’s 3,000-plus protected areas include a couple of hundred marine reserves, dozens of biosphere reserves and ‘Wetlands of International Importance’, and 129 Unesco World Heritage Sites. But an abundance of Africa’s beauty also awaits away from the mainland, and so Verve takes a look at some of the continent’s most enchanting island destinations.

Mauritius Recently named the happiest of all African nations by a UN report, it’s little wonder Mauritius is a firm favourite as a tourist destination—Mark Twain even went as far as to claim that heaven was copied from it! Resting in the sparkling Indian Ocean off Africa’s southeast coast, fertile, mountainous Mauritius is a hiking and birdwatching haven while white sands cascade into crystal waters that afford unmatched snorkelling. Cultural attractions include a pair of Unesco World Heritage Sites, one of the world’s oldest horseracing tracks and one of its finest botanic gardens, the Blue Penny Museum, and the Black River Gorges National Park. In the Casela Wildlife Park guests may stroll with lion cubs, and in the surrounding ocean, deep sea fishing is a must (Mauritius hosts the Marlin World Cup annually). The country’s colonial history is reflected in its rich cuisine that riffs heavily on French, Chinese and Indian influences. Cape Verde A 10-strong chain of islands off Senegal on Africa’s west coast, Cape Verde (or Cabo Verde) hosts sleepy villages, sweeping beaches and towering mountains. It was first settled by the Portuguese, so European, Brazilian and African influences infuse these isles in terms of everything from fashion to food to festivities. Sal, the most popular island with tourists, is noted for its otherworldly landscape of imposing white sand dunes that tumble toward cobalt waters, complemented by terracotta tiled towns such as Santa Maria to its south. The island of Boa Vista, which translates as “beautiful view”, is thoroughly deserving of its moniker owing to its 55 kilometres of unspoilt coastline and mesmeric, shape-shifting dunes. Further highlights include the bruised, expansive—and active—volcano of Fogo, and the lustrous wilderness of Brava whose craggy coastline is lapped at by glassy seas.


Zanzibar Sugar sand, palm-fringed beaches abound across the tropical archipelago off the coast of Tanzania that comprises a pair of sizeable islands—Unguja, the main one, and Pemba—surrounded by several smaller landmasses. Historically under alternate Portuguese and Arabic rule, much of the region’s rich history is evident thanks to cultural sites that include mosques, bazaars and courtyards. Zanzibar is sometimes called ‘Spice Island’ owing to it producing an array of fruits, herbs, spices and rare plants, while its ancient port, Stone Town— a Unesco World Heritage Site—is laced with snaking alleyways and intricate architecture like the Sultan’s Palace, the Turkish baths and the Portuguese fort and gardens. The south coast is dominated by the Menai Bay Conservation area, home to endangered turtles, while primates such as the red colobus monkey shelter in the Jozani Forest.


Seychelles Technically classed as Africa even though it’s 1,600km from Kenya’s coast, the island nation of Seychelles is a firm favourite with honeymooners as well as the rich and famous (Kate Middleton and Prince William headed there following their vows), no doubt down to its isolation as well as its jawdropping beauty. Granite and coral islands totalling 115 form this ancient archipelago that spills into marine reserves and harbours two Unesco World Heritage Sites (half the landmass is protected) that house mystical creatures like black parrots, coconut crabs and giant tortoises. Endemic flora like the jellyfish tree can be found nowhere else on Earth. Seychelles’ foreboding rock formations and dense, tropical rainforest contrast starkly against its white sands and turquoise seas, while its population originates from the far flung corners of Africa, Europe and Asia for a truly cosmopolitan vibe.

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Mumbo Island For an entirely unique and private African island experience, consider Mumbo Island, a pristine paradise positioned in Lake Malawi, part of the Unesco-listed Lake Malawi National Park. This body of freshwater teems with life like none other as 90 percent of its 500-plus species of fish are unique to it. The sustainable camp, built from timber, thatch and canvas, accommodates a maximum of 14 guests, spread across six luxury tents with facilities including ecotoilets, hot bucket showers, private decks and hammocks, all overlooking the still lake. The island measures just a kilometre in diameter, and boasts a bar, dining area and watersport gazebo with visitors able to partake in relaxing boating excursions, bird watching and kayaking. The fishrich calm waters and enormous underwater boulders make for unforgettable scuba diving or snorkelling, too.



Madagascar Charming Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, oozes character thanks in great part to its astounding array of wildlife—at least 80 percent of its species can be found nowhere else on Earth, including more than 300 types of reptile. Madagascar’s most famous residents are of course its cute lemurs—of which there are dozens of species—which are held in great esteem by some local tribes who believe them to be reincarnations of their ancestors. This intoxicating landscape harbours palm-lined beaches, savannahs, rainforests and the Badlands region—a Unesco World Heritage Site where towering, razor-sharp limestone karsts can be viewed via rope bridges from above. There’s much culture to complement this Edenic landscape like no other of Africa, thanks to its fusion of European, Asian and local heritage mirrored in its music, its food and its architecture.

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A Romantic JOURNEY Ernest Hemingway is quoted as saying “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love” and we couldn’t agree more! When the frantic chaos of the wedding day is over, it’s time to get out of town and spend time together. A honeymoon can be as relaxing and indulgent as you wish, but many couples today are seeking an actual travel experience in itself. Here are a few of our slightly more off-the-beaten-track suggestions.


Perfect for honeymooners, you can combine the indulgence and relaxation of a beachside resort, with the romance of fading French colonial architecture, amazing shopping, friendly locals and delicious cuisine. For the perfect romantic escape, the Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Vanh Bay is Vietnam’s premier six-star beach resort. You have complete privacy in your spacious villa, and will be delighted by little extras such as your own personal wine cellar!

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Push the boat out and head for the pictureperfect over-water villas of Coco Bodu Hithi, a mere 40 minutes by speed boat from Male international airport. Suspended on stilts above the lagoon, step out onto your private terrace to lounge on the day bed or take a dip in your private pool, then enjoy a romantic dinner as the sun sets. Palm trees, crystal clear blue waters and delicious cuisine go without saying!



Spicy and exotic says it all. The fascinating island of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Tanzania, has it all – stunning beach resorts for a bit of R&R combined with eclectic history, exotic cuisine and the maze of alleyways and carved wooden doors of the Old Stone Town. Sample fresh seafood at the night market, and enjoy the sunset aboard a traditional Arabian dhow.


Perfect timing for the NZ wedding season, swap muggy summer days for the frozen wonderland of Swedish Lapland. Stay at the incredible ICEHOTEL in the little village of Jukkasjarvi, about 200km inside the Arctic Circle. Pack your thermals, your room is made of ice blocks, complete with platform beds, thermal sleeping bags and reindeer hides. Picture yourself dogsledding across snowy landscapes by day, and snuggling up at night to view the spectacular northern lights.


In the heart of the Okavango Delta, luxurious Jao Camp is set amongst islands fringed with forests and floodplains, home also to prolific wildlife. For a night to remember, spent the night out in this pristine wilderness at the camp’s Star Bed, a luxurious four-poster bed set safely on a raised platform 20 minutes from camp. Complete privacy, the sounds of the Africa bush, and the starriest of skies – what could be more romantic? Get in touch for more ideas on extraordinary ways to celebrate your new relationship status. Whether a lovestruck honeymooner or just a hopeless romantic, an extraordinary travel experience can create memories for a lifetime.

Coco Bodu Hithi is a true island paradise. Spend your days watching colourful shoals of fish as they dart beneath your villa, sampling traditional cuisine fresh from the morning’s catch, watching a movie on the beach beneath a canopy of stars, or simply relaxing in the Coco Spa. 6 DAYS from $4,091pp (share twin)

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Understated and uber-cool, the Morningside Precinct is arguably Auckland’s hippest new hangout (and certainly home to its most cleverly-named drinking den: Morningcider), a contemporary suburban hospitality precinct designed by the same studio that led the redevelopment of Britomart. The band includes Pip and Nat Cheshire of Cheshire Architects, and Britomart Hospitality Group’s Rod Ballenden and Nick McCaw. Verve caught up with Nat, who also co-owns the site. “Morningside is my backyard,” he says. “It’s this little part of the city that was overlooked. We all just thought it was about time that we put our money where our mouths were, owned some risk, and did it ourselves.” Brilliantly-named cideries aside, the precinct houses a bounty of other socialising establishments such as Electric Chicken, where you can opt for whole, half or quarter birds—cooked five ways—as well as heaps of other food, booze, milkshakes and merchandise; Bo’s Dumplings, an exquisite Asian street food-inspired hole

in the wall (their dumplings go very nicely with a tasting paddle from Morningcider next door); luxury dessert restaurant, Miann, where intricately crafted sweet treats are displayed like works of art; and the fashionable Morningside tavern with its bare brick walls, 20 tap beers and wonderful wood-fired pizzas. Morningside Precinct’s centrepiece, The Glasshouse, an “oasis of calm and serenity”, is a 12-metre-high venue lined with olive and oak trees, hosting everything from photoshoots to weddings to market days and

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community events, with space for up to 400 souls. A sense of community was very much in the designers’ thoughts when creating the precinct, inspired in part by the success of collective-owned Crave café, who inject profits back into local projects, that sits next door. “My mother has taken my daughter to Crave for the whole two-and-a-half years of her life, every Wednesday when she comes to babysit,” says Nat. “Crave paved the way. They’re the beachhead for Morningside as a community, I think. All we did was recognise the potential that signalled and doubled down on it. Just as much as Britomart was not simply about building a bunch of shops and cafes, as it was giving the city centre some sense of a heartbeat which a decade ago it didn’t feel as though it had anywhere, this was about doing the same thing for Morningside. We changed the design approach to be less flashy and more lo-fi, to predominantly serve the people that live there rather than be sat on the front cover of a design magazine.” Has it become your niche, to breathe life into former industrial city sites?

“Our studio is abnormal in that it’s almost aggressively anti-niche. We do almost everything, but our projects are all cohered by having clients with an appetite for the extraordinary rather than the safe. Although we have, over time, certainly worked on a series of projects that are this kind of urban transfiguration, and it does feel as though we have some momentum behind us.” The $10 million project springs from a former drapes-

making facility on McDonald Street, and its industrial past is still very much on show by way of the likes of brooding alleyways and striking bare brick walls. “Because we were dealing with this ad hoc collection of mid-20th century buildings intending to house sewing machines and bolts of fabric, we didn’t have the benefit of the hardwood timbers of the 19th century or the strict building codes of the 21st century,” continues Nat, “so, much work went into stabilising the structures, waterproofing and making them seismically robust.” Most of the precinct’s 20 lots were leased out long before completion owing to relationships established via previous projects with operators who absolutely trusted Nat’s and his team’s direction. The tenants were also “carefully curated by co-owner Jeremy Priddy to ensure that nobody would cannibalise anybody else” and more than that, “to ensure everybody supports each other”. “You know, if you said to somebody a year ago, 'I’m going to go down to Morningside' they’d either look at you quizzically or ask where the hell is that!” chuckles Nat. “So to turn up there and collide with hundreds of people and see all these things going on is just so satisfying. The opportunity to completely reconfigure a way a bit of the city thinks about itself, and the way other parts of the city see it and perhaps think about their own potential, is really exciting. It’s still early days and we’re looking forward to watching how it goes, where the strengths and weaknesses are, and then continuing to evolve and grow it from there.”


LAND OF THE LONG WEEKEND Words – Jamie Christian Desplaces

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It’s so often the way for those who have backpacked or spent significant time travelling to have explored more of other countries than they have their own—which is almost criminal when we’re blessed enough to live in one of the world’s most beautiful nations. Aucklanders don’t even have to set aside too many precious holiday days to get exploring, there’s plenty of world-beating tropical trips close by that can be tackled over a long weekend away from the Big Smoke. Here are a couple of appetisers... Coromandel Road Trip We’re so lucky to have this Edenic peninsula on our doorstep. The Coromandel is just a couple of hours from Auckland yet great swathes give even South Island a good run for its money in terms of isolation and scenic wonder. Rather than head straight for the more popular east coast, consider heading north from Thames toward charming Coromandel Town on the west—the short water-hugging highway is one wondrous drive. Departing from (or finishing at) Thames, the Hauraki Rail Trail is a fabulous, family-friendly Great Ride, a bike track that follows one of Aotearoa’s first railway routes, snaking through the spectacular Karangahake Gorge. Riders usually take a couple of days to complete the 80-plus-kilometre route, but you can choose to tackle shorter sections. Thames is also the gateway to the Pinnacles summit track, a rewarding—if taxing—day hike that affords 360-degree views of the Coromandel’s mountainous centre and the Hauraki Gulf. Book ahead to stay at the DoC hut near the summit to get up for sunrise— it’s one of North Island’s coolest tramping experiences. Don’t leave Coromandel Town without riding New Zealand’s only narrow-gauge train at Driving Creek Railway & Pottery, or sampling some straight-from-the-

sea green lipped mussels or oysters from the Coromandel Mussel Kitchen or the Coromandel Oyster Company. From Coromandel Town, you may continue further north toward the devastatingly gorgeous Port Jackson at the peninsula’s tip. This is a region of enchanting beaches that can be explored via the windswept Coromandel Coastal Walkway. New Chums Beach to the east of the northern reaches is a hard-to-access sugar-sanded ribbon of paradise. The 309 Road connects Coromandel Town to Whitianga, and though it is the most direct route, it’s a rip-roaring 22km unsealed stretch that curls through dense bush and past a legendary gathering of semi-feral—though super friendly—pigs. Pretty Whitianga is the main town on the Coromandel’s east coast and serves as a launchpad to the region’s most revered natural attractions: Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach. An hour south is my favourite Coromandel town, Whangamata, a laid back surf hub with a picturesque marina and arching golden beach bookended by forested headlands. Just offshore sits Whenuakura, or Donut Island—a collapsed volcanic crater that can be kayaked into.

Tutukaka Coast Two and a half hours north of Auckland unfolds the Tutukaka Coast, a seaside stretch hailed by National Geographic Explorer as one of the world’s best coastal destinations, overlooking what Jacques Cousteau rated as one of the planet’s finest dive sites: Poor Knights Islands. But before you get that far from (or on the way back to) Auckland, be sure to call in at the wondrous Waipu Caves, a gem of a free-to-enter natural attraction where a galaxy of glowworms glimmer from the roof of a 200-metre deep limestone cave that’s also adorned with some impressive stalactites and stalagmites. There are some small stream crossings so be prepared to get a bit wet (though don’t enter during or following heavy downpours as flash flooding is possible), and you’ll also need a torch (your mobile phone one will be fine). Expansive white sands, age-old pohutakawa and sparkling waters abound along the Tutukaka Coast, most notably around Sandy (great for surfing), Whale (great for snorkelling) and Matapouri Bays—the latter two separated by a headland that can be crossed via a lovely, shady track (or by a longer road). The Tane Moana Walkway can be accessed from Matapouri, a

4-6-hour return to the east coast’s largest kauri tree with an 11-metre girth. Sand Bay Horse Trekking offers tours through bush and along beaches and ridgelines for some life-affirming Pacific views. To the north of the coast, Whananaki is home to the southern hemisphere’s longest footbridge (440m), that spans an estuary often patrolled by marinelife; while the nearby Helana Bay Lodge has been voted the world’s best luxury hotel thanks in part to its own private stretch of unspoilt sands (you’ll need to set aside at least a couple of grand to reserve a night here). Poor Knights Islands, the region’s pièce de résistance, jut 25 kilometres off the Tutukaka Coast, and though landing on them is forbidden (they are sacred Maori sites) exploring the surrounding marine reserve is not. The waters of this ancient volcanic archipelago hide a sprawling network of underground caverns, sheer cliffs, black coral and kelp forests alive with colourful fish, rays, dolphins and occasionally orca. Exploration options include guided scuba diving and snorkelling tours, kayaking and scenic cruises that sail through Rikoriko Cave, the largest sea cave in the world.


THE GRAPE ESCAPE So it’s your turn to plan your next legendary girls' trip or special celebration? Don’t panic! We’ve discovered the ultimate girl’s getaway. Yes folks, it’s time to get to Gibbston for an awesome autumn adventure relaxing in wine country. Queenstown has long been regarded as New Zealand’s adventure playground but visitors are encouraged to venture a little further out to strike gold in Gibbston, New Zealand’s very own Valley of Vines. Deep in the heart of Gibbston lies a hidden gem – Kinross, a boutique hotel set amidst a glorious working vineyard delivering a remarkable base for wine-lovers, couples and friends to explore Central Otago, ski at three local ski fields, or simply relax drinking in the views of stunning Pisa range. Kinross is a not-so-secret sanctuary to escape to. Picture this: your own cosy, romantic cottage set in a private vineyard.

Next, add a winery, bistro, tasting room and petanque to the mix, and you have well and truly arrived in a picture perfect paradise. Just imagine escaping from your busy lives to unwind your body and nourish your soul surrounded by nature, snow-capped mountains and vineyards. Spend your days taking in the beauty this region has to offer, balancing hiking and cycling with wine tastings and tours, delicious food, exploring Arrowtown and Cromwell, or simply chilling in a perfectly positioned hot tub looking for shooting stars. With so many activities on their doorstep, it’s easy to see people are drawn back to the area throughout the year. Locals will tell you there’s no lovelier time to visit than autumn when nature spins its golden magic through the valley. We know Kinross is a dream destination. You’ll just wish you could stay forever.


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Experience the magic of Matakana, stay at one of our luxurious new Plume Villas and enjoy the superb food and fine wine at Plume Restaurant. Country life starts here. A one-hour scenic drive north of Auckland and 5 minutes from Matakana township you will find Plume Restaurant, an oasis for gourmet travellers in a coastal country setting. Recognised for its superb cuisine, and as the cellar door for Runner Duck Estate Vineyard’s fine wines, Plume Restaurant has gained quite a reputation. Now, 12 new luxury Plume Villas, ranging from 1-3 bedrooms, have been added within the grounds. These all share a swimming pool and are within a relaxed stroll of the restaurant. No matter the season or the length of your stay, you will find Plume Villas a comfortable place to base yourself while enjoying the many delights nearby, including the fabulous food and wine at Plume Restaurant. Already boasting a private light-filled function room, Plume Restaurant has just become the perfect venue for weddings, conferences, meetings and private events set within a peaceful country location. www.theplumecollection.co.nz

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A BRILLIANT WEEKEND BREAK If you haven’t already booked a stay at Plume Villas in Matakana, here are five reasons why you will love an easy weekend break at one of Matakana’s newest accommodation options, in no particular order.

1. Location, location, location

A pleasant 50-minute drive from Auckland, and a stone’s throw from the charming country village of Matakana, a variety of gorgeous beaches and walks, and a choice of golfing opportunities.

2. Accommodation that will knock your socks off Set amongst the fertile gardens of Plume Estate, these beautifully appointed villas range from one to three bedrooms, and are all equipped with super comfortable king size beds (with the best bed linen ever), a bathroom experience second to none, SkyTV and Netflix.

3. Restful rural retreat

Surround yourself in green, this private and peaceful country retreat offers the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of Auckland living.

4. Superb wine and cuisine

During their stay at Plume Villas guests have access to the cellar door, plus the delicious cosmopolitan cuisine on hand at Plume Restaurant, a relaxed stroll from your private and comfortable luxury accommodation.

5. Choice

Whether you are with your friends and family or it is just the two of you, when you stay at Plume Villas you have a choice to: hide out and wind down in your suite, taking advantage of all the fabulous facilities this remarkable property has to offer, or venture down the road to explore and try the huge variety of experiences available in and around Matakana Village.

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Courgette, Apple & Orange Mini Cakes Serves: 12

A recipe that is both indulgent and virtuous, these courgette, apple and orange-scented mini cakes are irresistibly moist and beautiful to eat. Enjoy them as they come, or top with vanilla bean mascarpone.


Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • •

⅓ cup natural or coconut yoghurt ⅓ cup melted coconut oil ¾ cup coconut sugar 2 free-range eggs, beaten ½ cup grated apple ½ cup grated courgette zest of 1 orange ½ cups spelt flour, or allpurpose gluten-free flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar ¼ teaspoon sea salt


Preheat the oven to 160°C, and lightly grease a 12-hole mini loaf tin or muffin tin.


In a large bowl, whisk together the yoghurt, coconut oil and coconut sugar. Fold in the remaining ingredients, and mix until well combined.


Divide the mixture amongst the prepared tins. Bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle of each loaf.


Allow to cool for five minutes in the tins, and then carefully turn out onto a cooling rack.


Will keep in an airtight container for up to three days.

Homemade is local creative talent, Eleanor Ozich’s latest book. In it she shares her eco-conscious and inventive recipes for daily household goods like cleaners, air fresheners, balms and candles. She also includes a generous sprinkling of recipes for deliciously, nourishing, like the chocolate, buckwheat and fig bumper bars, and courgette, apple and orange mini cakes – both recipes shared on this and the pages that follow.


Chocolate, Buckwheat & Fig Bumper Bars Serves: 8 Bars

These lusciously textured fig and buckwheat bumper bars are what I turn to when I’m looking for a delicious pick-me-up or sweet end to a meal. They’re effortlessly easy to make – a heavenly combination of gooey dates, goodquality cocoa, coconut oil and ground almonds. I also love how the addition of buckwheat adds a pleasingly intriguing crunch. Cut into thick, decadent slices, and eat with joy.

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• 1 cup ground almonds or ground nuts of your choice • 1 cup pitted fresh dates • ¾ cup good-quality cocoa or cacao powder • ½ cup dried figs, roughly chopped • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean extract • Pinch of sea salt • 1 cup buckwheat groat • ½ cup melted coconut oil • ¼ cup cacao nibs

Method 1.

Line a 22 × 12cm loaf tin with baking paper.


Place all the ingredients in a food processor, except for the coconut oil and cacao nibs. Process for 20 seconds or so, or until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.


Add the coconut oil and continue to pulse until the mixture starts to come together.


Press the mixture evenly into the lined tin, sprinkle the cacao nibs on top, and press down lightly.


Pop in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set.


Once ready, slice into thick bars and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Recipes extracted from Homemade by Eleanor Ozich RRP $40.00


Raw Brownies With Salted Nut Butter Caramel

Rich, gooey and impossibly decadent, these raspberry-topped raw brownies are my idea of perfection. Despite looking rather fancy, they’re actually very easy to make. I’ve topped them with freeze-dried raspberries for a surprising hint of tartness, however coconut flakes or crushed nuts would also decorate them nicely.

Serves: 12 Small Squares

Ingredients For The Brownie • 1 cup fresh dates, pitted • 1 cup buckwheat groats or rolled oats • ¾ cup almonds or nuts of your choice • ½ cup cocoa or cacao powder • pinch of sea salt • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil • 2 tablespoons water For The Caramel • ¾ cup almond butter or • nut butter of your choice • ½ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled • ⅓ cup coconut cream • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup or honey • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract • pinch of sea salt For The Topping • 1 cup freeze-dried or fresh raspberries

Method 1.

Line a 22 × 12cm loaf tin with baking paper.


Place the fresh dates and dry brownie ingredients in a food processor, and process for 20 seconds until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the coconut oil and water, and pulse until the mixture starts to come together. Press mixture evenly into the lined slice tin.


Place the caramel ingredients in a food processor or blender, and blend until silky and smooth. If the mixture starts to split, add some more coconut cream, a little at a time, scraping down the sides, until it comes together smoothly. This can sometimes happen quite quickly depending on the speed of your blender.


Pour the caramel on top of the brownie, and smooth out evenly using a spatula. Sprinkle the raspberries on top, and then pop in the freezer to set for at least 45 minutes.


Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. To serve, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw for a few minutes. Slice into small squares and enjoy.

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When you think of adventure, there are only a few vehicle marques that really spring to mind but when you add in some British prestige, there can be only one: Land Rover. Alright, two if you add in Range Rover. For over sixty years, this outstanding brand has been behind some of the most challenging expeditions we have sought to attempt, it’s raced across continents, climbed mountains and crawled over virtually all the wide range of terrains our blue planet has to offer. It really has gone 'Above and Beyond', which is a perfect segue into their latest adventure.

lavish suite to rest our heads. Let’s call it a prelude to a storm. With breakfast behind us, we were introduced to our rides. Twenty or so, sparklingly clean, Land Rover Discoveries and Range Rover Sports shone in the morning sun, but rest assured, they would not stay that way. Mounting up in our assigned Disco, we headed for them there hills. Downforce NZ had created a route to Millbrook Estate in Queenstown that would be taxing for both SUV and driver. It would be a ‘progressive’ drive that would begin softly and, quite literally, climb.

The Land Rover Above and Beyond Tour has been created to give clients and potential clients alike, a taste of just what this impressive SUV is capable of, off the tarmac. At a series of events globally, guests are invited to experience what it’s like to take the prestigious, normally mildmannered vehicles and have them navigate seemingly impossible situations by taking drivers well outside their regular comfort zones. This year, the Asia Pacific Tour culminated with a grand final in New Zealand and I was invited to join the very privileged guest list.

Stage one, was an 87km drive along dusty, low grip gravel. It circled the lower end of Mount Taylor and finished at Lake Heron Station and certainly offered little concern for the big SUV. Next came an off-road loop that ran along a rocky riverbed to the north of Lake Heron homestead. The off-road (to raise the Disco’s skirt) and lowrange modes were engaged and we dipped our toes into the water and the experience alike. Lunch was held at the homestead, delicious Fairlie South Island pies were consumed along with a bit of greenery.

Our four-day challenge began at Terrace Downs resort near Christchurch. It’s five-star accommodation with a highly respected golf course, all set in the shadow of the Southern Alps that we would soon be scaling. With overseas guests aplenty, our stay (and the tour’s commencement) included a traditional Maori greeting and haka, a sumptuous dinner and a

With confidence building, we set off towards Isolation Bay, located beside Lake Tekapo. It was a near-200km journey that included some glorious South Island scenery (not a cloud in the sky), more rugged terrain (including a few small hill climbs) and had us pass through Geraldine and Fairlie (of Fairlie pie fame). Lake Tekapo is stunning and if you have never been, I strongly urge you to.

Land Rover Above and Beyond Tour Grand Finale New Zealand

The cold turquoise water is fed directly from the Southern Alps and is awe-inspiring. We camped (yes camped) next to the water in Isolation Bay and at night, gazed at the stars. Next morning, with camp broken down and breakfast out of the way, we headed near 80km south to Black Forest Station, next to Lake Benmore. Another dusty, gravel road but something we were beginning to get used to (car and drivers).

"Tekapo is stunning and if you have never been, I strongly urge you to. The cold turquoise water is fed directly from the Southern Alps and is awe-inspiring."

Our first big climb. Tight, rutted and dusty trails had us winding our way up 10-degree hills. Now, this may not sound a lot, but when, as the elevation increased, you’re looking out the driver's side window at unsurvivable drops, let me assure you, your concentration level is heightened. We essentially hugged NZ's largest man-made lake, Lake Benmore, but from a very lofty position. The view from the top was something special; expansive and simply marvellous. In good oldfashioned ‘what goes up, must come down’ terminology and with downhill descent mode engaged, we made our way to NZ’s largest hydropower station for a bite to eat, a change of vehicles (we moved into the Range Rover), and the chance to calm our nerves. Next stop would be St Bathans and the ‘haunted’ Vulcan Hotel, but not before travelling along the Oteake Conservation Park trail and crossing the east branch of the Manuherikia river. Thankfully, it wasn’t at full flow and the luxury SUV’s large wading depth barely noticed.

The night’s accommodation was split all over town, with some of us even spending the night in 'Jail' (by their own volition). I’m not sure whom spent the night in the Vulcan’s room number one, but the ghost of Rose didn’t join us on the next leg. Our last driving day had us heading for Leaning Rock/Haehaeata Hill. As it turned out, our hill climb the previous day, paled into comparison. At 1,653 metres, it overlooks the Clyde River, Cromwell, and as far as I’m concerned, most of New Zealand. The trek up to the top had been heart racing but only for those of us behind the wheel, the Range Rover felt like it could climb twice the height and double the 14-degree incline. While admiring the breathtaking view, Land Rover had one more surprise up its sleeve and the distinctive pulsing sound of helicopter rotors gave it away - they’d treated us to a flight over Cromwell. I have to admit that the final leg to Millbrook Golf resort was a bit of a blur. I’m sure it involved some steep descents and rugged terrain but I was still buzzing from the climb and flight. Dinner the resort that night was quite literally a chance to congratulate all involved plus ourselves. It had been a magnificent experience that showcased New Zealand in all her glory and proved how effortless the vehicles coped with the terrain. The tour really went way ‘Above and Beyond’ my expectations and when it comes to the Discovery and Sport, well, they really do have adventure down to a tee. WORDS — DAVE MCLEOD



All new BMW 3 Series review

The BMW 3 Series was first released in 1975 and its arrival came as a bit of a 'wow moment' for both the marque and its subsequent hoards of adoring fans. It was the original compact sports sedan and along with it, created a whole new category. The 3 Series has reigned supreme for decades now, it was, in fact still is, held as the benchmark, so it’s no wonder that, (regardless of the popularity of SUVs) it’s deemed such a vital idol for the BMW brand. 122

Now in its seventh generation, supporters of this iconic car have just had their loyalty more than simply refreshed, more (just like the car itself), renewed. We were invited to the NZ launch to see what had changed. Following a brief introduction at BMW’s head office in Mt Wellington, we headed out on a west Auckland adventure trip that would give us a chance to garner our first impressions of this desirable sports sedan. From the outset, the changes are evident. The new BMW 3 Series integrates design cues from its previous models but merges them with their progressive new language. It has a sportier low road stance and its larger trademark kidney grilles extend out wide to meet the sedan’s sleeker headlights. More shape has been given to the sedan’s silhouette and the ‘C’ pillar’s Hofmeister kink has been further exaggerated. The rear design hasn’t been skimped on either, the L-shaped taillamps have been reshaped and darkened, while the two tailpipes have been chromed. Inside, the 12.3-inch instrument cluster is fully electronic and highly adaptable, the head-up display is bold and clear, while the partially recessed infotainment touchscreen possesses the latest ‘live cockpit 7.0’, a raft of personalisable widgets and introduces the advanced version of BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant (IPA). BMW’s IPA is an intelligent, voice-controlled application that, over time (around a week) learns your behaviours. With the phrase "Hey BMW" (this can be changed to the address of your choice), you can ask the system anything from "how far to our destination?" or "where’s the nearest cafe?" to simply "I’m tired" or "vitalise me". With the latter,

it will turn the lighting green, make the temperature blow cold air and even open the sunroof (if you have one), all for around three minutes. With regards to its learnings, if you regularly do things like, always put your heated seats on, the IPA will make that suggestion for you—apparently freeing up time and important headspace, which for me meant deciding what I’m having for dinner. State of the art driver’s assists like Narrow Passage Support that can cope with obstacles such as roadworks, Reversing Assistant that recalls your last 50m and will ‘retrace reverse’ and Active Cruise Control are welcome assets. I particularly like reversing assistant (no more trips to the physio for a craned neck). Road noise is minimal (even on the run flat tyres), but there’s an acoustic glass option should you wish to hear even less from the outside. There’s also a laser headlight option that will negate your need to eat carrots. We were given the keys to a 320d and a 330i to play with, and play we did. On the road, both models ride incredibly well. BMW has spent a lot of time on the suspension, introducing special dampers that ensure every level has been refined and it shows. The handling is precise and well balanced, excelling in virtually every corner. Both engines feel powerful, however, my personal preference was the 330i, 190kW of power and 400Nm of torque through an 8-speed sport AT transmission. Yes, the sound from the two-litre, four-cylinder engine may have been enhanced a little by the tech team, but was enjoyable all the same, especially on the downshift in Sport. BMW New Zealand is launching with the two models we tested (the 320d and the 330i). Both come with M-Sport packages that include the M-trim and adaptive M-Sport suspension as standard. However, for those few of you that want a little more, the M340i (yes please), 330e and 320i models are due to be here in the second half of the year. Rest assured, although this seventh-generation comes fullyloaded with assists and enhancements, it is still, as it has always been, a great driving sports sedan. Sure SUVs have their place, but for pure driving pleasure, the BMW 3 Series remains one vital idol.



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APR 2019

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong” – Mahatma Gandhi

Even non-believers may most immediately associate forgiveness with Christianity, but it is an important basis of many other faiths. Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is among the most significant of Jewish observations, occurring following a 10-day period whereby followers ask for God’s forgiveness for that year’s transgressions. In Islam, one of the purposes of Ramadan is to be pardoned by Allah (who is also sometimes referred to as Al-Ghaffar, the ‘All Forgiving'), while Hindus believe forgiveness leads to supreme peace.

while those who hold grudges are more likely to suffer stress, and, in the long-term, possibly be even more susceptible to illness.

However, asking your god for mercy is one thing, forgiving someone who has wronged you or someone you love is quite another. So, it may come as a shock to learn that humans might actually be naturally inclined to granting clemency. A study published last year by Yale University found that “when assessing the moral character of others, people cling to good impressions but readily adjust their opinions about those who have behaved badly”.

It is a skill that must be practised.

The research comprised a series of moral dilemmas proposed to 1,500 people asked to judge ‘bad’ strangers who inflicted electric shocks on others, and ‘good’ ones who didn’t. Of course, the subjects formed positive impressions of the good guys, but even the baddies were viewed open-mindedly on the few occasions they refused to buzz. Senior author of the paper, Yale psychologist Molly Crockett, believes the project reveals “a basic predisposition towards giving others, even strangers”, the benefit of the doubt: “The brain forms social impressions in a way that can enable forgiveness. Because some people sometimes behave badly by accident, we need to be able to update bad impressions that turn out to be mistaken.” Thus, preventing us from prematurely losing potentially beneficial social connection. Theologian Lewis B Smedes writes in his tome, Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you”, echoed in tragically literal sense by Nelson Mandela when he emerged from his 27-year confinement and announced that unless he left his anger, hatred and bitterness behind, then he “would still be in prison”. That forgiveness is more a reflection of how we view ourselves than how we look upon those who have wronged is a widely accepted theory. Deepak Chopra notes that increasing our capacity for forgiveness increases our capacity for love and compassion and is ultimately “a gift we give ourselves”. Heaps of studies have shown those who practise forgiveness to be healthier and happier,

So, how do we go about ‘freeing’ ourselves? The first step, says author and psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, is to understand what forgiveness is—and isn’t. It’s not about forgetting or condoning someone’s action, rather preventing its repetition.

Communicate non-confrontationally by using phrases like ‘I feel’ or ‘I would like’ rather than ‘you always’ or ‘you don’t’. According to Relate, this ensures that you’re taking control of your own feelings rather than making the other person feel attacked, and when it’s their turn to speak, “listen to what they have to say and try to understand their perspective too”. It’s essential to look both within and to the future—be brave enough to accept that what happened is in the past and consider what you can do to move forward. Only you can make that decision, only you can control how you react. Hardest of all, take accountability for your role—no matter how small—that may have played a part in the other person’s transgression, never justifying anything with the word ‘but’. “A happy marriage,” mused religious writer Ruth Bell Graham, “is the union of two good forgivers.” Remember that no-one is perfect and that everyone makes mistakes. Occasionally massive ones. “To work on forgiveness,” writes Dr Melanie Greenberg for Psychology Today, “think about the external circumstances that contributed to their harmful behaviour.” Were they abandoned or neglected as a youth? Even if an act is deemed ‘unforgiveable’, cut that person from your life peacefully and without hate in your heart. Remember forgiveness is for yourself not them. It can increase self-esteem. While many consider it a sign of weakness, of giving in to the other person and letting them win, think of forgiveness as the ultimate act of empowerment to “send a personal message that love is stronger than hate and fear”. And never forget that old saying about resentment—it’s like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.








On Friday 15 March, New Zealand was shaken to its core. An unspeakable act of violence not only tore families apart in Christchurch, but has ripped through the hearts of all New Zealanders. Our first priority has been supporting the families, the victims and the Islamic community of New Zealand—they are Kiwis and we stand beside them and condemn this horrific act. This was not something that happened to just the Islamic community, or just to Christchurch. It has happened to all New Zealanders, and all New Zealanders are grieving. The National party stands in solidarity with the prime minister and the government in condemning the horrific and violent terrorist attack in Christchurch. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go to all those directly affected by yesterday’s events, and to the wider Canterbury community. We share your deep sorrow. 126

The values of this country, our beliefs, our tolerance for one another, and our ability to get along with each other have made New Zealand the type of place where people want to live, and it should, and will, remain so. We stand with and support the New Zealand Islamic community. New Zealand is your home. No one in this country should live in fear no matter their race or religion, their politics or their beliefs. I also want to thank our emergency responders, our police and our medical staff who worked tirelessly, continue to work tirelessly, to ensure we feel safe and who are doing all they can for the wounded. They are heroes, as are the victims who risked their lives to save others. We will remember them and their bravery. We are still coming to terms with the worst massacre our country has ever seen.

What effect will all these changes have on the rental property market? It is already happening. Today, showing rentals to prospective tenants, quite a few were saying that they had to move on as their rental property was going up for sale! Some of our management landlords are also obtaining appraisals on their rental properties. Others are concerned about the changes to the tax laws. The combination of ring fencing on residential rental property losses, and the proposed Capital Gains Tax, and other tax changes, could cause investors to not increase their portfolios, to sell their investment rental properties, or to increase rents. We also have Labour’s Healthy Homes Bill to deal with when it finally is established. What a conundrum! So, the year rolls on and there will some pluses for tenants: they will be dry and warm, and there maybe more housing stock on the market to purchase. We shall be busy keeping up with all the changes, informing our landlords of what they have to do in making sure that these regulations are put in place. This is important as there are fines if they are not adhered to.

But during times of horror New Zealanders rise up and stand together. We are doing that now.

I have to admit that the recent changes are the most I have ever had to deal with in 19 years of property management. The team at Just Rentals are very busy making sure our management properties are up to the new standards.

We are united in our grief, and in our determination to remain the type of country who accepts all people regardless of race or religion, that stands up against hate, and is a safe place.

All work and no play is not good for us so Graham and I are off to Matakana for a few days of rest and relaxation—I hope the weather holds and we have lots of sunshine.

We offer our support in any way we can. We were with you yesterday, we are with you today, and we will be with you tomorrow.

Happy renting.


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ROADBLOCKS Making or updating a will can be on the to-do-list, but not get done. Concerns about cost, reluctance to face one’s own mortality, and lack of agreement with a partner about who to appoint as guardians of the children are just some of the roadblocks.

WHY MAKE A WILL? Many people think a will is only needed when there are substantial assets. But if there are dependent children, wills are vital to appoint guardians in the event of both parents dying. A will can also earmark funds for a person to look after a family pet, specify funeral and burial arrangements, and give clarity in de facto relationships. De facto couples generally own real estate as ‘tenants in common’ so they are free to do what they want with their share while they are alive and in their will.

AVOID DIY DISASTER There is a growing trend worldwide for DIY wills. This is akin to designing your own home, or buying a kitset, instead of using an architect. Because of the real possibility of claims under the Family Protection Act 1955 and the Law Reform Testamentary Promises Act, it is important to engage a professional to make a proper and legally binding will. Any will needs to be customised to individual circumstances, robust, and fit for purpose.


Couples who separate can be slow to update their wills. Perhaps they mistakenly assume that the ex is automatically cut out of the will because of the separation (not the case). Conversely they may not know that divorce, marriage or civil union invalidate an existing will. In these scenarios a new will should be made without delay. Wills should be reviewed when the composition or life-stage of a family changes or when there is a significant change in assets. Failing that, once every five years is probably a good idea.

WHY CHOOSE A LAWYER? Lawyers can act as executors if required. They have expertise in making wills, applying for probate in the High Court (needed when any one asset is worth $15,000 or more) and administering estates. They undertake ongoing professional development in estate and trust law, and keep abreast of current litigation in the courts.

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Welcome to the final of Rudy’s Tips ‘n Tricks This will be my final column of computer related content. I have had the pleasure of writing this for more than 11 years, and yes it has been a pleasure for me. I hope I have helped you all at some point along the way. But fear not! Firstly, I will still be available for computer repair, sales and service. If you have questions about anything just search Rudy’s on Google if you have misplaced my number. Secondly, I am joining an experienced team of property managers setting up a boutique service for landlords who want a knowledgeable and fast acting service to care for their properties. Part of this new direction for me may be writing a column on every New Zealanders favourite topic: houses and property market trends. This is not a swansong for Rudy’s PCs. I will still be available to my lovely long-term customers and friends, but after more than 20 years of providing assistance to computer users young and old, I need a new challenge.

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This month, you get a big taste of positive energy. It is particularly strong for useful advice and the power of teaming up and combining your talents with someone. You might find yourself drawn to push the usual boundaries, which can be profound in healthy ways but could lead you down the wrong path if you’re not mindful of your limits.

It’s an inventive and creative time but you might also feel like a whirlwind. There can be a significant realisation of responsibility, or a sense of joy in committing to someone or something. The last week of the month is particularly strong for ideas and plans surrounding work and health. You get along well with the people with whom you share your day.

You can be very contemplative this month. You’ll benefit greatly from actively seeking out ways to heal and de-stress. There can be a significant realisation of responsibility, or a sense of joy in committing to someone or something. You might gain insight into an old issue, and this pushes you forward. New opportunities can emerge that turn your attention behind the scenes.



This is a good time for reaching out to others, sharing ideas, writing, and scoping out various prospects and ideas. Your ideas or work may gain some recognition now. Putting your feelers out makes a lot of sense this month. There could also be a major revelation about your finances, a love relationship, or friendship. You’re likely to feel more in your element on a romantic level.

You might thoroughly enjoy the work you do or the services you provide. There can be increased respect for your work and efforts. Career matters fly along rather smoothly. Ambitions to improve your standing, security, and comfort levels are increasing. You might find that you achieve the most or are the most motivated through your involvement with a group or team.


You’re in a period of reflection and preparation, so take things as slowly as you can. Sacrifices may need to be made when it comes to your relationships— you are required to be sympathetic and helpful now. Acknowledging and resolving problems with family or people you live with can be in focus. Look for the root of issues instead of seeking out cosmetic fixes.



The biggest area of passion and possible upheaval this month is likely to involve your private world, family life, and home matters. You’re ambitious about these things now, desiring to make deep changes that will last. Someone who’s in the position to help further your goals, promote you, or help you find a direction can take special interest in you. Express your faith in yourself now for best results.

You may find yourself in the position to defend your values, possessions, or money. This energy might also translate in more positive terms—you could be working exceptionally hard at making your life better. This period can bring surprising, revealing, or startling feelings to the surface or events to your life. There could be a sudden decision to break out on your own, or into a new relationship.


Your competitive, enterprising nature comes to the fore, and you readily throw yourself into pursuing your goals. This can be a time of increased activity in your career, and you may also feel a strong desire to take the lead and act independently. Willingness to take emotional risks in the second half of the month can bring interesting experiences into your world.



This is a great month for picking up new practical skills, finding new work, or throwing more of yourself into your current job. It’s also a fine time for improving your daily habits and health. As confident and energetic as you feel, however, avoid taking on too many new projects, as you’re likely to feel their weight in the last week of the month.

This is a potentially active relationship month. You’re very focused on connecting on all sorts of levels and quite successful at it. You’re also quite willing to take care of others. Shared finances can become tricky to handle so do what you can to straighten out debt, as well as ownership and joint money matters in a logical way. This can be a passionate, revealing time.



You are exuding much charm and positive energy that won’t go unnoticed. Communications of all kinds are emphasized, but especially those involving creative contacts, children, and romantic interests and they are generally favourable. You’re mentally wired, and you want to put ideas into action. You’re more conscientious as a result and take pride in solving problems, acquiring or honing skills, and taking care of business.





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Verve. April 2019. Issue 154.  

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

Verve. April 2019. Issue 154.  

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