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EDITORS’ NOTE It Takes a Village

Prior to sending the files of each issue of Verve to the printer, as editors, both Jude and I pore over the carefully curated pages before us, checking that all is where it should be, requesting the odd tweak here and occasional change there. What popped off of the pages when examining this particular issue is how much our lives are indelibly connected by thousands of invisible threads to others in our community. It is along these sympathetic fibres that our actions run as causes and return, often, as amazing results. There is an old African saying about "how it takes a village...", and while the look of this village has changed - no longer defined merely as a place on a map, or a list of people or organisations, the essence remains the same: it is the network of values and relationships that support and affect our lives. It is our community! Paris Georgia, our cover story, is a brilliant example of success that readily acknowledges the love and support of fellow creatives, local industry, friends and family. “For us it’s just so important, that community,” the fashion label co-founder Paris Mitchell Temple tells Jamie Desplaces. It is an interview with two talented young women, who were this year’s New Zealand Fashion Week’s Mercedes-Benz Presents designers. The news of Sleepyhead’s plan to shift their manufacturing operations south to Ohinewai, with the intention of developing a new settlement of affordable

housing for up to 3,000 residents, is a compelling piece that too focusses on building strength, creating opportunities and connecting people through the establishment of a community. September, being Menopause Awareness Month, we touch on this topic briefly as well. For some, menopause can be a vulnerable time of life, a time when the support of understanding friends is invaluable, for as they say, "A problem shared is a problem halved.” This issue of Verve boasts many fine examples of relationship networks achieving great things, among them the feature on Jasberry Rice, and another on the happening breed of urban composters. In closing, we would like to thank our own little community, the one located at 160 Broadway: a passionate team of creatives and interns (pictured above). Your support, friendship and energy is invaluable. It is a privilege working with you. Fran and Jude.

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As the square footage of the spaces we live in reduces, the homes and the items within them have had to evolve to suit this new way of living. We spoke to Fisher & Paykel’s chief designer, Simone Stephens, who has worked alongside leading architects across the globe, to understand how New Zealanders have responded to compact living and how this has translated into kitchen and appliance design.

How have you seen kitchen design evolve over the years? It’s important to note that kitchen design trends are usually symptomatic of wider societal shifts and changes in how we live – and while urbanisation is challenging all things construction, this also influences kitchen design. People’s expectations of the kitchen have changed and now we often talk about it as a multipurpose space, which is becoming increasingly common as the footprint of the house reduces. A space that is not only functional as a kitchen but works as a family room, a dining space and a study, is something which has been quite prevalent in European design for some time, but we’re now seeing this design trend have local impact. How has New Zealand responded to living more compactly? New Zealanders are very much in a transition stage. Whilst some people are comfortable with the idea of living with less and in a smaller space, others are still coming to terms with the fact that it may not be possible to buy a large family home – maybe something similar to what they grew up in – especially in the larger cities where space is a luxury. It’s a slow process of change, but a necessary one.

Have you noticed that people are focusing more on style rather than personal objects and clutter? Generally, we are thinking about the house as a whole, rather than the individual items that we collect throughout our lives and we are becoming more considered about what goes into our home. This is partly due to style and aesthetic but is also a consideration for the space that we have to play with. However, what we are seeing is the desire for high-end, no matter the size of the space. Looking abroad, many tiny kitchens in Europe comprise luxury marble pieces or beautiful lighting pendants, which prove that you don’t need to compromise on style or quality if you’re limited to a small space. How does compact living impact the design of appliances? While the ways in which we use our kitchen have evolved, increasingly people aren’t letting space dictate their appliance choices. Even when space is tight, people are still choosing the right appliances to match their lifestyle and cooking preferences. This level of consideration indicates that people are analysing how they live and how to maximise the use from what goes into their kitchen.


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With more people than ever living in high-density areas, we have to prioritise customisation in appliance design.

What features are people looking for in their appliances when living in compact spaces? It really varies depending on lifestyle. For example, often we see New Yorkers enjoying a lifestyle surrounded by great dining options so for them the kitchen is primarily used to store beverages, therefore a decent-sized refrigerator is essential. For those more passionate about cooking or who have an interest in international cuisine, options such as Fisher & Paykel’s Induction Cooktop paired with a gas wok burner, provide cooking flexibility. How do you design Fisher & Paykel’s appliances to fit individual styles? We talk about design flexibility a lot, which is all about ensuring we design appliances to fit a multitude of design styles and solutions. With more people than ever living in high-density areas, we have to prioritise customisation in appliance design. No matter the size of the home, we hope that the appliances are either beautifully displayed or integrated seamlessly and discreetly. Having multiple options to play with allows people to make considered decisions, no matter the style or size of their home. What are your top tips for designing a functional compact kitchen space? 1. Think about the usable space above and below your appliances and how this can be used to add functionality. For example, add a storage drawer below your oven for baking trays and racks. 2. Installing an induction cooktop means it can serve as a stovetop and surface space. 3. Look at ways to maximise space, like installing a single Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer below your oven. F ISH E RPAY KE L .CO M


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Graceful Living Ngaio & Grace is an exclusive apartment development of just six residences planned for the city fringe suburb of Orakei, nestled within a tree-lined enclave with sweeping views of Hobson Bay as Auckland’s iconic city skyline shimmers in the distance. “I’ve always loved Auckland’s Eastern Bays, it has fantastic city beaches and is only minutes from the CBD,” says Graeme Fan, founder and development director of Beaudomus, who is developing the project. The location was deliberately considered for “like-minded” empty-nesters looking to downsize. “They aren’t very well served in Auckland,” laments Graeme. “They’re looking for a better way of living with much less maintenance. They want privacy, to feel safe and secure. Ideally they’d be on a single-level, with a touch of elegance and understated luxury. They want the freedom to travel, so they need a lock-up-and-leave. Nor do they want to be in a large multi-unit complex living next to neighbours they don’t know.” Enter Ngaio & Grace. Graeme says that they could have easily crammed a dozen units into the same space, but it would have negated the philosophy behind the whole design. “The beauty — and exclusivity — of what we’ve done is deliberately limiting the number of residences to six,” he adds. “It means you get to know your neighbours, that you develop a community. That’s what people are looking for, that village feel. That sense of community with neighbours brings comfort and reassurance.”

The residences are nothing short of spectacular, boasting Beaudomus-designed ‘beautiful to the eye, sensuous to the touch’ textured surfaces such as oak joinery and porcelain worktops. The kitchens are kitted out with state of the art appliances by Miele; the spacious bedrooms, finished with luxury carpet and walk-in wardrobes, lead into ensuite bathrooms with oversized wall and heated porcelain floor tiles complemented by a polished plaster-feature wall, full-sized bath, and oak vanity. The residences are generously sized, with extra rooms that could become a studio, an office, or a guest room for the grandkids or friends. Two spaces in the parking garage accompany each apartment too. “The apartments have a sense of space,” says Graeme. “The layouts have been meticulously designed, with particular attention to the way the apartments flow. Featuring tall stud heights, full height doors and maximising the use of light, make the residences feel airy. We wanted to create an elegant and sophisticated interior, but remain neutral and understated, so that the owner can put their own stamp on it. “Security is also a big feature of this residential complex, secure automatic gated entrance, with access control, video entry, CCTV monitoring the common grounds, independent intruder alarms with duress buttons and a security patrol service managed through the simple body corporate of just six owners. And being a pet-friendly development makes the residences a home where even their furry family members are welcomed.”

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The extra space — along with the extra-sized elevators, wide passages and level street access — means that the residences have been designed with accessibility in mind and to be wheelchair-friendly. Great care has been taken to ensure the outdoors are “brought inside”, the ground-level apartments opening onto the courtyards, and all residences featuring wintergardens with bi-fold glass windows that can be partially or fully opened, creating an airy balcony during summertime, and cosy conservatory come the colder months. The layout ensures total privacy, with no apartment looking over another. “We need better housing, and we need to start making the transition from the mindset of wanting that traditional quarter-acre block,” says Graeme. “It’s just no longer viable in our city. I’ve done a lot of work overseas, especially in London, and have developed an eye for what is working internationally. Those features can have the same positive impact, here, in Auckland.” For more information about this exciting development, contact Trent Quinton of Bayleys Real Estate on 021 894 070 or trent.quinton@bayleys.co.nz, or Paula Halford on 021 705 199 or paula.halford@bayleys.co.nz

Graeme Fan founded Beaudomus and Beau Consultants six years ago. He started his property career in the UK delivering “complex projects for high net worth investors” in London’s exclusive boroughs, further developing his portfolio upon his Auckland return. Married with two young sons, outside the office you’ll likely find him jogging or doing yoga: “I’d also like more sleep, but then, who wouldn’t!” Luis Trullols is the development manager at Beau Consultants, having graduated in Sydney where he studied architecture and finance. Among his most impressive — and recent — projects was the development of the 54-hectare, multi-purpose Wairake Precinct in the inner suburbs. In a previous life, Luis also worked for the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, a winner of the Pritzker Prize — the Nobel for architecture.


Style, Design and Collaboration Words – Jamie Christian Desplaces

Paris Mitchell Temple and Georgia Cherrie are the local design duo behind Paris Georgia, a fashion label embraced by A-list stars of the movie and music worlds, and a headline act at the 2019 New Zealand Fashion Week—for which they were awarded the title ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ designer. It is a title that honours designers “dedicated to the use of high-quality materials, innovative design and unique style”, with previous local and international recipients including Dame Trelise Cooper, Dion Lee, Derek Lam, Zambesi, and Kate Sylvester—for whom Paris styled at the New Zealand Fashion Week in 2015.


“We focus on, and are surrounded by, strong and intelligent women. We feel very empowered by that, and we’re about ‘girl power’ all the way!”


I caught up with Paris and Georgia prior to this year’s event, and began by asking Paris if it’s especially meaningful having come full circle in such a short space of time, now about to helm her own show on her own home turf. “Definitely—though I do still style for local brands,” says the designer. “Styling gives you a different perspective on designing, makes you consider more angles, such as the editorial aspect. It also keeps things fresh and keeps conversations happening within the industry—through it we have a collaboration coming up with a local client soon.” The pair emphasis the importance of supporting fellow creatives and the local industry, whether through dealings, employment or collaborations. New Zealand Fashion Week is no different. “We often know the models, we have friends and local talent walking the show,” says Paris. “For us, it’s just so important, that community.” Do they feel added pressure doing it in their home town?

and a suit, both fashioned from a locally sourced, Japanese-produced fabric of the triacetate family that’s revered for its “high quality and performance”. Georgia describes the suit as a “spin” on the typical design that promises to makes as much impact as a Mercedes-Benz when driving down the street. It was the seductive lines and interior of Paris’s own classic Mercedes-Benz 280E that inspired the sculpted, camel coloured dress. “We mimicked these lines by using a vegan leather binding, which sculpts the dress to fit the figure,” says Paris. “Our core focus is designs that praise the female form, and this dress stays very true to our aesthetic, whilst also incorporating the principles that have made Mercedes-Benz a design icon.” The iconic automobile brand was equally impressed, with Lance Bennet, general manager of MercedesBenz Cars New Zealand praising the duo’s ability to capture its “prestige”.

“Yes and no,” says Georgia. “There is pressure, but then, because it is your home town, you know that everyone there by your side loves and supports you.”

“Overall, we are collaborative for sure, but we do definitely have our own separate approaches to design,” says Georgia. “Some pieces are definitely more Paris and some definitely more me. We let each other have moments in the collections that we know are more one designer than the other.”

The designers “more than ever” took into account the New Zealand woman (“we love her, we are her”) for the winter-focused “localised collection” brimming with knitwear pieces. In honour of the partnership with Mercedes-Benz, Paris Georgia also designed a dress

Such approaches have been noted in Hollywood (and ‘Wellywood’, Jacinda Ardern is a fan) with their designs endorsed by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Katy Perry and Solange Knowles (“one of our favourite singers!”), and written about in the likes of Vogue.


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“Styling gives you a different perspective on designing, makes you consider more angles, such as the editorial aspect. It also keeps things fresh and keeps conversations happening within the industry”


“We have some amazing collaborations coming up, including with the top-selling accessories brand on Net-a-Porter,” beams Paris. “Plus, there’s a new bridal range coming out, which is huge news. It doesn’t stop. Every time we think that we’re coming up for air, something else happens—a new collaboration or a new range. The fashion cycle is a hectic one.” It’s been a staggering rise in just three years. Earlier this year I spoke with New York-based designer Mona Kowalska, founder of the label A Détacher, and she lamented that gender inequality still plagues the industry in favour of the men. An issue that clearly hasn’t held this pair back. “Our focus is not on imbalance,” says Georgia. “We are aware of it, but we focus on, and are surrounded by, strong and intelligent women. We feel very empowered by that, and we’re about ‘girl power’ all the way!”





Words – Freya Reeves


Suited and Booted There’s nothing better than throwing on a twopiece, bold, shoulder-padded suit to make you feel great. Walking the streets feeling fabulous wearing a strong, structured jacket, with an even stronger character to match will never go out of fashion in my eyes. There are rails and rails of blazers available at op shops. I’m a firm believer that you should dress how you want to make yourself feel. Left to Right: David Koma, Escada, David Koma, Roksanda



Tie-Dye, Don’t Cry! The '70s bombshell is making a return. We saw Prada mix the bold pinwheel effect with a flawlessly tailored blazer. Something none of us saw coming. We’re not telling you to go all out rainbow but even a coloured acid wash effect is big news this season. Left to Right: MSGM, Stella McCartney, R13, MSGM


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Down to Earth From bright bold tie-dye to earthy nudes. You can have a whole outfit in these neutral colors if you switch up the textures and tones in your look. You’ll instantly look like you’ve just come from the runway. Left to Right: Eytys, Salvatore Ferragamo, Acne Studios, Alexander Wang



Feathers and Fringing We are seeing many feathers take flight on the runway this season along with some ever so prominent fringing. Though seen in the high fashion houses it’s not uncommon to find fringed garments in your local high street. But feathering can also be an easy accessory to make any outfit pop. Left to Right: Givenchy, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Gucci



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Each season there are a few new trends to try. Flared pants, paper-bag waists, boyfriend blazers, shoulder pads, polka dots and pleats. Okay, so I say "new trends" loosely as of course, none of these are actually new but they are new again right now. While for some young gorgeous things it is hugely important to follow along and wear all of the trends as they happen, one of the joys of being slightly older is knowing that just because something is ‘in’, you don’t have to wear it and can sit out those things that simply don’t flatter your shape.

shouldered gals as they add volume where none is needed (no-one wants to look like an American grid-iron player), while wide-legged culottes are particularly unflattering if you are shorter of stature.

There’s a few things happening right now that are hard for some of us to wear: high-waisted pants and skirts can be problematic for women with short torsos as they shorten your waist even further. Paper-bag or pleated waistlines only work for those with a very flat tummy and can make the rest of us look very pot-bellied. Leg o’ mutton sleeves and shoulder pads can be tricky for broad or square

Sometimes, when you are trying a garment on in store you can see that it just doesn’t seem to work for you, but often you don’t understand why. Knowing about your shape and proportions and learning the nuances of how that knowledge translates to what we can wear is absolutely invaluable, especially when it comes to knowing what to take to the fitting room and what to leave on the racks.

Even necklines can be tricky to navigate. This season one of the strongest trending necklines is square, something that will make any woman who is thicker through the middle (as in, not much waist definition), or square of shoulder, feel particularly rectangular.



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Niche isn’t just fun and interesting, but it’s important. Former small business minister John Banks described small business as “the lifeblood of our economy”, employing 30 percent of New Zealand workers and contributing to a third of the GDP. As many as 97 percent of our business employ less than 20 staff, and it is often within these small teams that the most original ideas emerge (in the US, for example, it has been shown that small businesses are responsible for 16 times as many patents per employee than their larger corporate counterparts). Plus, it is, of course, from these small businesses that larger business sometimes grow. Case in point: Johnny Cupcakes. It doesn’t get much more niche than the ‘world’s first t-shirt bakery’ but that’s how the Johnny Cupcakes story began, with wares stacked and displayed inside industrial refrigerators and on the baking racks of an old store, then sold packaged in signature pastry boxes. “I even made it smell like frosting,” reveals founder Johnny Earle on his blog. “This is and always has been the model for all of my stores... Our bakery aesthetic is so convincing, that customers are usually convinced they are walking into a bakery expecting to get a cupcake.” Founded n 2001, the clothing brand—famed for its pirate-cum-pastry inspired cupcake and crossbones insignia—now boasts a flagship store in Boston and sells other clothing types and accessories all over the world.


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“You gotta keep trying to find your niche and trying to fit into whatever slot that’s left for you to make one of your own” - Dolly Parton

According to the 61-country survey of 30,000 souls by Nielsen, Think Smaller for Big Growth, niche is rising, the “powerful premise: the bigger the better” is “no longer holding true”, with a “retail environment more fragmented than ever”. Niche is muscling its way into the mainstream, with natural and gourmet stores, for example, growing nearly seven percent per year. “In an age of increased saturation and crowded, competitive markets,” notes Richard Conway, founder and CEO of Pure SEO, for NZ Business, “we’re seeing the specific focus, or specialisation, of businesses getting narrower and narrower.” Last year, Dunedin-based Craft Company launched its No-Meat Mince, a first-of-its-kind product in New Zealand created from ingredients such as mushrooms, tomatoes, coconut oil and soy. Lifestyle change has played a significant role in the renaissance of niche. “A decade ago they were defined as ‘niche’, but today health and wellness brands have been catapulted into the mainstream,” observes Charlotte Rogers for Marketing Week, “thanks to the popularity of nutrient-rich diets and ‘clean eating’.” Now, a proliferation of apps are also dedicated to digging out the best deals while promoting local niche businesses. Tokyo (of course) has neighbourhoods that host specific services such as Tsukiji, home of the world’s largest wholesale fish market the size of 44 football

fields; Jimbocho that brims with bookshops that stock many an unusual tome; and Nakano, famed for its array of manga, toy and cosplay stores. In Italy, Florence is a particularly neat niche destination thanks to the likes of artisan jeweller and silversmith Silvia Nesti, revered for her unique offerings fashioned from everything from precious metals to resins and glazed paper to gemstones. Writing for Conde Nast Traveler, Amanda Brooks reveals that the Tuscan city offers “old-world, oneof-a-kind artisans creating things I haven't seen anywhere else or online—a rarity in this new global world”. Berlin has some real treats that utterly embody the niche concept, such as the textile butchery named Aufschnitt. Fittingly run by a vegetarian designer, called Silvia Ward, it creates the quirkiest of cushions and other soft furnishings that all mimic meat. A bacon-and-egg eye mask is one of many other humorous offerings all hung from racks and displayed in a proper butcher’s counter. Meanwhile, Mohamad Ghouneim runs a specialist sticky-tape store called Klebeland, that stocks the type of rolls “that mere mortals would never dare dream of”. “People who try to sell you everything are struggling more and more,” the Berliner tells the Guardian. “Specialists are the future.” And so the future, is niche.


Words — Jamie Christian Desplaces


Eat Local, Shop Local

The Verve guide to dining and shopping locally...

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The Corner, appropriately situated on the corner of Remuera and Upland roads, is a modern neighbourhood local. Their philosophy is simplicity done right – good food, an extensive drinks menu and great atmosphere, propelled with its gorgeous fit out, daily specials and events and the most friendly staff in the area. It is the type of place where you can pop in for a quick after work drink, settle in for a meal by their open fire, or prop yourself up on one of the bar stools to enjoy an afternoon with family and friends. There is live music on a Sunday, a legendary Tuesday night pub quiz and it is the place to be for live sporting events in the Eastern Bays. Be sure to reserve a spot for the big games and meets, the Corner will be showing the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Melbourne Cup. They have a huge range of beers on tap, an extensive yet refined wine list and delicious cocktails on offer.

The food menu is equally as impressive. It boasts not one but three platters, a range of sharing plates (we highly recommend the karaage chicken – it's perfectly tender and epically crispy) and there is a main for everyone; from poke bowls to burgers, and desserts that you just can’t say 'no' to. There is also a menu for kids, complete with an activity sheet to keep them busy. The Corner masters the art of a modern twist on the classic pub, and has everything that you want in a venue and more. Plus, they can accommodate all bookings, from a romantic dinner to large corporate functions. Get in touch on 09 283 0377.

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Pronto Eatery Pronto Eatery provides exceptional casual service in a relaxing environment. Boasting an alfresco dining area surrounded by tall palm trees, complete with a fully stocked bar, Pronto’s karaage chicken and eggs benedict with truffle hollandaise are to die for. It is a family owned business and owner Ken Toyota was also nominated as one of the top five restaurant personality of the year in 2017 when he managed Azabu in Ponsonby, so you know you are in good hands. Pronto works with local suppliers and stocks a wide array of delectable drinks. It also has a great outdoor dining area for events and functions where the sun perpetually seems to be shining. Happy hours are Thursdays and Fridays between 4pm-6pm. ASCOT OFFIC E PAR K , 93 -95 AS COT AVE N U E , RE M U E RA • 0 9 5 2 9 0 8 3 8 • P R O N TO EAT ERY.COM

Welcome to Shahi Restaurant, Upland Road, Remuera where you will enjoy fresh, delicious food infused with the flavours of India. Since 1989, Shahi has been at the forefront of the Indian food scene in Auckland. They are renowned for consistent, outstanding food and superb professional service. Shahi is also known for its exceptional service and food in Remuera. Whether dining in the restaurant, or at home, their team of talented chefs create meals which are authentic, sumptuous, healthy and unique. Also available are gift vouchers for your loved ones. We are licensed, BYO (wine only), takeaway and delivery options available. 0 9 5 2 3 5 4 9 6 • 6 1 0 R E M U ER A R D, R EM U ER A • SH A H I .CO. N Z 40

Le Bistro des Gourmets The European cobbled streets that lead you to the authentic, traditional French restaurant instantly give you a Parisian feel. Welcome to Le Bistro des Gourmets where you will be greeted by a qualified and experienced French team. There is wine tasting every month (set menu + wine matching) with a presentation by the sommelier for each wine. The menu is fresh and seasonal and changes every two months depending on the local produce. The restaurant is also available for functions and wine clubs. For a truly divine experience of authentic French service, wines and gastronomy, head to Le Bistro des Gourmets on 237 Parnell road, Parnell. 237 PAR N EL L R D, PAR N EL L • 0 9 3 74 3 9 3 8 • L E B I ST RO D E S G O U RM E TS .CO. N Z




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Annabelles Annabelles restaurant, located in St. Heliers, has been a popular family-owned and operated dining spot since it opened over 22 years ago. They pride themselves on their friendly, hospitable atmosphere which leads to a satisfying dining experience. The seafront restaurant features plenty of window seats with views of the sea and Rangitoto to complement your experience. The interior of the restaurant is worth admiring as well, with stackedstone walls that add to the seafront theme. Annabelles’ menu features local seafood and is predominantly European. Their whole menu emphasises fresh, seasonal choices. Annabelles serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, so any time of the day is a good time to visit. Some of their popular dishes include slow-roasted duck with wild mushroom, green peas, spinach risotto and truffle oil; Hawke's Bay beef fillet served with duck fat chips and crispy carrots; and West Coast New Zealand whitebait fritters. Their flavours are varied and able to satisfy any mood. Their wine menu is extensive and sure to please. Annabelles is the winner of the 2006-2019 NZ Beef & Lamb Excellence Award, so it is certain that whatever meat you order will be of the highest quality. It can be an intimate setting between two friends or a fun space for groups to get together. It’s perfect for a celebration or simply appreciating a meal composed of local ingredients.

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Morell Bistro, Made With Love WO R D S — J E N N A M O O R E P H O T O G R AP H Y — J E F F E RY L I M

Remuera’s Morell Bistro is the perfect destination for a casual drink and snack, a family birthday or a special date.

Situated on the corner of Upland and Benson Roads, the doors of Morell open wide in genuine welcome. Owner operators Daniel and Sarah Morini are all about creating fresh, delicious, high-quality food served with a generous helping of warm hospitality.


MORELL MODERN BISTRO Morell is a long-held dream for the couple who took over The Maple Room in 2017. Together, they bring an impressive hospitality pedigree to the much-loved local having worked with some of Australasia’s top restaurateurs including Neil Perry, Frank Chek, Mark Wallbank, Simon Gault and Chris Rupe.

she smiles. They married in 2012 and went back to Sydney together later that year. “She dragged me over there,” laughs Daniel. “I didn’t want to have any regrets not returning to Sydney, and Daniel got to span his wings, working at Nomad, a ‘hatted’ Mediterranean restaurant in Surrey Hills. We came back because we wanted to have a little one,” says Sarah smiling at two-year-old Mataya (pronounced Ma-tay-a). THE OPENING OF MORELL When they returned from Sydney, Daniel went back to SPQR and Sarah managed Miss Moonshine’s in Ponsonby, before going on to work at Blue Breeze Inn.

THE ITALIAN-MAORI INFLUENCE The menu at Morell has an Italian influence reflective of Daniel’s Italian-Māori heritage. “My father was Italian, and a chef and my mum is Māori,” says Daniel. “Food is a big part of both cultures so it’s in my blood and my soul.”

“We left to start Morell, and as soon as we knew we were going to start a restaurant of our own I discovered I was pregnant,” says Sarah. “It was crazy timing! But we just made it all work. It was a blessing to have Mataya amongst the stress of it all, her laugh and smile grounds us everyday.”

A LOVE STORY Sarah began her hospitality career in Parnell and later worked in Sydney before coming home for a summer. Taking a job at SPQR she met Daniel who was head chef. “I was meant to go back to Sydney but I didn’t take the flight,”

THE MENU Daniel took charge of the menu; Sarah set up front of house and designed the Gatsby style fit-out (including sexy peacock blue velvet banquettes). DANIEL’S MOUTH-WATERING MENU INCLUDES: • Butternut tortellini, spinach, ricotta, pine nuts, burnt sage butter • Whangamata scallops, crispy prosciutto, cauliflower whip, snow peas • Crayfish ravioli, crème fraiche, dill, truffle salt, chive butter sauce • Slow cooked beef cheeks, butternut puree, silverbeet, salsa verde, red wine jus, parmesan • Veal involtini, gruyere, prosciutto, broccolini, whipped agria, salsa burro • Spanner crab tagliolini, prawns, crispy capers, tomato, garlic, chilli • Crème caramel with salted caramel popcorn

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“We’re influenced by our lives, and our travels. My Italian-Māori heritage is the ground roots of my cooking and it’s important to us to support Aotearoa produce so the food is seasonal, fresh and local.”

Morell offers a one-course lunch with a glass of wine or beer for $25 from Thursday to Sunday, regular wine tastings and happy hour from 4-6pm Tuesday to Sunday.

INSPIRATION “We’re a modern bistro with a European influence,” says Sarah. “We love to eat and travel and our food is a reflection of the inspiration we get when we taste something delicious.”

“Happy hour is casual - people love to bring their dogs down and hang out. I love that people stop by for a wine and some chips in their trackies,” says Sarah. “We’re owner-operated so everything we do comes from love and we’re always inspired by famiglia - Italian for 'family' - and maanakitanga the Māori tradition of hospitality.

Daniel agrees: “We’re influenced by our lives, and our travels. My Italian-Māori heritage is the ground roots of my cooking and it’s important to us to support Aotearoa produce so the food is seasonal, fresh and local.”

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Once a 1960’s gin distillery, Orakei Bay Village is now a boutique precinct, boasting design focused retail brands and a variety of exquisite eateries. Beautifully located in Orakei with picturesque waterfront views of Hobson Bay.

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free parking. convenient lift access. free wifi. pet friendly. new cinema opening. waterfront dining.

follow us! @orakeibayvillage

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Roskilde is a charming, eclectic store in the heart of Upland Road shops. Gorgeous collection of gifts for all year round. Visit us in store to see our collection of silk and pashmina scarves, exquisite jewellery, leather handbags, hides, candles, homeware and many more one-of-a kind collectibles. If you need a gift it’s definitely the place to go and select something special.

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Visit our newly opened store to see our collection of silk & pashmina scarves, jewellery, leather hand bags, hides, candles, homewares and many more.

Luxe Body is led by a qualified nurse with more than 25 years of extensive medical and appearance medicine experience. Director Sarah Simpson founded Luxe Body on the principle that beauty enhancement begins within. As a result, Luxe Body offers a comprehensive selection of treatments to enrich the natural beauty of every client. The team’s combined experience in appearance medicine, beauty and skin provides a well-rounded approach to the individual care of every client. Luxe Body aims to deliver a high level of customer service, aftercare and customised programs for each client. They believe in using appearance medicine to provide a natural enhancement, and combining specialised skin treatments to gain flawless skin. Each product that is brought into the salon is personally tested for its results and hence the results of clients. The Luxe Body space has been designed as home away from home, a place of rest, relaxation but also one where the clients' needs are heard. Not one client is the same, therefore each client's needs are customised.

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Experience the magic of Matakana, base yourself at one of our luxurious new Plume Villas and enjoy the superb food and wine at Plume Restaurant. Country life starts here. Plume Restaurant is an oasis for gourmet travellers, recognised for superb cuisine and as the cellar door for Runner Duck Estate Vineyard’s ďŹ ne wines. Plume Restaurant is now complemented by Plume Villas, an enclave of 12 new luxury 1-3 bedroom villas, set within landscaped grounds. These villas share a swimming pool and are a relaxed stroll from the restaurant. Perfect for a weekend getaway for two, as well as a wonderful venue for weddings, conferences, meetings and private events. For all enquiries telephone 09 422 7915 SCL/PLU2018/30




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Check out Milford Centre’s spring collection at milfordcentre.co.nz

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Rags & Romance

It’s full steam ahead for one of Auckland’s best-named—and best-stocked— boutiques, Rags & Romance, with the grand opening of their brand new store in Remuera. The much-loved, pre-loved and new women’s fashion and accessories store is to split into two entities: the current Onehunga branch becoming an outlet store bursting with beautiful bargains; and the Remuera branch which will concentrate on new season styles. Owner Marianne Shirley is raring to go. “It’s a unique shopping experience,” says the boss, “with customers able to choose from labels such as Rogue Linen, Angel Lace, the Italian designs of Lilliano for those special occasions, and the iconic possum merino knitwear brand, Koru. Australian label Queen of Everything has always been one of our best-sellers, and don’t miss Conte’s European range of pantihose and tights for everyday and evening.” Rags & Romance is also a proud supporter of Women’s Refuge, with their Onehunga store serving as a collection point for “good quality” women’s and children's clothing. “Buy it, wear it, and when you’re over it, bring it in for us to sell on their behalf,” beams Marianne. But it’s not just about the clothing—Rags & Romance is a stockist of the gorgeous Surmanti whose natural and organic range includes the likes of bath and spa salts, candles, diffusers and aromatherapy kits. “It’s what gives our stores their wonderfully inviting scent,” adds Marianne. So head on down to Remuera to see—and smell—it for yourself!

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U N E M W NE NOW ! OUT Free range rotisserie chicken • Freshly made salads Burgers and baguettes • Snacks and family feeds • Brunch • Beer and wine Find us at PONSONBY CENTRAL, ORAKEI BAY VILLAGE, TAKAPUNA (FORTIETH & HURSTMERE) & TAURANGA CROSSING


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SPRINGBOK And KLIPKOMBERS A meal at Wolfgat is a dining experience for the truly dedicated. That’s because this 20seat venue is located in the remote fishing village of Paternoster (pop. 2,000), a twohour drive from Cape Town. Here, owner Kobus van der Merwe serves Strandveld cuisine, creating dishes using ingredients from the beach and wild bush around his restaurant. In February, World Restaurant Awards dubbed Wolfgat the best restaurant in the world. Bookings need to be made up to 90 days in advance online.

Ingredients • approximately 720g Springbok (or other venison) loin, trimmed • 10g dried klipkombers* • 250ml cream

Methods For the Venison

Cut the venison loin into six 120g portions. In a smoking hot skillet brushed with vegetable oil, sear the venison portions for a minute on each side, seasoning with sea salt as you go. Remove from the skillet and allow the meat to rest for five minutes. For the Klipkombers

Meanwhile, heat the cream and add the seaweed. Cook for a minute until the seaweed is reconstituted and silky. Keep warm. To Serve:

In a hot skillet, cook the rested, seared venison loin for a further minute on each side. Place on heated plates and top with seaweed cream.

Notes * Klipkombers is a type of seaweed native to South Africa, substitute with dried sea lettuce or toasted nori sheets.

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With Mussels and Dune Spinach



For the Beans

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375g dried heerenbone* 100g salted farm butter 50ml olive oil Juice of ½ lemon large pinch sea salt

• 30 mussels (mytilus galloprovincialis), beards removed • 30ml olive oil • 100ml Chenin Blanc

To Serve

• a handful of fresh dune spinach leaves** • splash of olive oil • squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Notes * Heerenbone (English translation: “The Lord’s bean”): This South African heirloom bean is still cultivated in the Sandveld area of the west coast of South Africa. Substitute with butter beans or lima beans. ** Dune spinach is a native plant indigenous to the dunes of South Africa. Substitute with baby spinach or New Zealand spinach.

Boil the heerenbone in unsalted water for approximately 40 minutes until completely tender, then drain. Puree the cooked beans with the butter, olive oil, lemon juice and salt in a food processor until completely smooth. In a large pot, heat the remaining olive oil to smoking point. Add the mussels all at once and cover with a lid. Cook for a minute, then lift the lid and stir to evenly distribute heat. Add the white wine, cover and cook a further two minutes until all the shells have opened. Strain, retaining the mussel stock. Remove the cooked mussels from their shells – make doubly sure all beards are removed. To Serve

Heat the mussels in a little bit of their own stock. Add the remaining stock to the heerenbone puree and heat through. Flash fry the dune spinach leaves in a bit of olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Scoop the puree into heated bowls, top with mussels and dune spinach leaves and serve.

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With Wild Sage Meringue Ingredients For the Ice Cream

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500ml full cream milk 500ml cream 6 egg yolks 30ml cornstarch 200g sugar 12 ripe plums, halved, pips removed

For the Meringue

• 200g sugar • handful of wild sage leaves or plain sage • 4 egg whites

To Serve

• fresh plums • wild sage flowers

Methods For the Ice Cream

Place the sugar and halved plums in a saucepan and gently heat until the sugar has dissolved and the plums just start to collapse. In a large pot, bring the milk to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolk and cornstarch together. Add the cooked plums and sugar to the boiling hot milk, then add the milk and plum mixture to the whisked egg yolk in one go, while whisking vigorously. Add the cream and whisk through. Leave to cool completely. Churn in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer instructions. For the Meringue

Grind the sugar and sage leaves together using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Whisk the egg whites and infused sugar together until thick and glossy. Spread thinly onto silicone baking mats and cook at 100°C for approximately one hour, until crisp when cooled to room temperature. Store in an airtight container. To Serve


Serve scoops of plum ice cream with slices of fresh plum, shards of wild sage meringue and wild sage flowers.

Vineyards of the Stars


Photo — Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, Miraval Rosé

Irish talk show host Graham Norton recently bagged a gold and a silver medal following a blind tasting competition at the prestigious Gin Master event in London. The comedian is carving out quite the reputation in the alcohol industry, having previously partnered with Kiwi winemaker Invivo & Co to produce some of the best-selling rosé and sauvignon blanc in the UK and Ireland. Of course, Norton’s not the only star to have invested in a New Zealand vineyard. Screen icon Sam Neill is the famous founder of Two Paddocks, who also grow the likes of saffron and lavender to complement their four organic vineyards. And it’s not just in Aotearoa. Around the world a slew of superstars have caught the grapegrowing bug. In fact, Sam Neill’s pinot noir came top of its class in a 2018 event comparing the wines produced by several Hollywood A-listers including Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore and Jay-Z. So pour yourself a glass of New Zealand’s best grapes and pull up a pew to find out more....

Gérard Dépardieu Following the sale of his Parisian eatery, La Fontaine Gaillon, earlier this year, French actor Gérard Dépardieu announced the auctioning of its entire contents— including vintages from the cellar worth thousands of dollars each. The eccentric actor, now a Russian citizen, owns vineyards all over the world and has in recent years opened up about his struggles with alcoholism, admitting to having sometimes knocked back an astonishing 14 bottles of wine a day. Health issues aside (he’s had a quintuple heart bypass), such boozing has landed him in all manner of strife, including urinating in the aisle of an aeroplane, getting arrested after falling from his motorcycle, and shouting obscenities during a first world war commemoration ceremony. Francis Ford Coppola Francis Ford Coppola, legendary director of legendary flicks such as The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, owns an eponymous winery, also in Napa Valley, but this one is open to everybody. Both film- and winemaking Coppola describes as artforms that can be divided into three parts: the gathering of the source material—grapes or shots; the fashioning of the work—winemaking or editing; and the conclusion—post production or fining and putting into the final package. “As I child I never saw a dinner table without wine,” he tells Forbes. “... I thought it would be a good idea to have a summer house with an acre or two of grapes.”


Drew Barrymore Back in 2012, Drew Barrymore released her first vino (a pinot grigio) in collaboration with Wilson Daniels winery, and bagged a gold medal at France’s Challenge International du Vin for her efforts. Now in partnership with Carmel Road, the Barrymore Wines label also includes pinot noir and rosé, with all grapes grown in California’s Monterey. “Wine is exploration; it’s travel; it’s education; it’s transportation, bringing you to another time and place,” Barrymore tells Vogue. “It also makes the best gift: You get a bottle of wine, you’re happy.” Jay-Z In 2014, hip hop superstar Jay-Z acquired a sizeable stake in champagne label, Armand de Brignac, having bought out Soverign Brands. The champagne, commonly known as ‘Ace of Spades’, is famed for its iconic metallic gold bottles with hand-hammered pewter labels and hefty price tags that give its vintage counterparts a run for their money. But the fruity fizz proved itself worthy of the big bucks by being named the Number One Blanc de Noirs in the world following a blind taste by Fine Champagne magazine in 2016, with Bloomberg’s wine critic, Elin McCoy also observing that its full, rich and tangy notes are “way better and more elegant than it has to be for a wine that may end up more status symbol than collectible”. David and Victoria Beckham Romantic gestures don’t come much grander than buying your spouse a winery. That’s exactly what the former England football captain did for his Spice Girlcum-designer wife in 2008 after he signed for US soccer team LA Galaxy, presenting her with a bottle adorned with her name for her birthday. The pair apparently developed a taste for the grape during his stint at Real Madrid, but you’d better get networking if you want to sample some of the Beckham’s Napa Valley batches as their tipples aren’t for public sale, rather reserved for private occasions. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Their marriage may have faulted, but the reputation of the former power-couple’s organic wine, Miraval, sure is a flourishing, with French newspaper Le Figaro earlier this year labelling it the “superstar of rosé”. Produced on a sprawling estate in the South of France, Miraval is managed—and now co-owned—by legendary local winemakers, the Perrin family. The site’s A-list links also precede the arrival of Pitt and Jolie, having previously hosted Sting and Pink Floyd, among others, who have recorded albums while staying there.

Grapes of Wrath A quick look at some more questionable celebrity endorsements... - Critics of David Beckham often wonder if there’s anything he won’t put his name to (he once had his own range of fish fingers), though it’s unlikely the former footballer agreed to his photo being borrowed by the makers of the Chinese hair gel ‘Cock Grease’. He’s not the only one to have fallen, er, foul of the ruse, images of Jamie Dornan and Bradley Cooper have also been used to sell the grease whose tagline happens to hilariously read: ‘Xxtra Hard’. - Fancy being buried with rock gods? The Kiss Kasket is a range of coffins adorned with the logo and imagery of heavy metal group, Kiss. “I love livin’, but this makes the alternative look pretty damn good,” said lead singer Gene Simmons of the launch of his morbid merchandise. - “My phone just erased everything I had in it and rebooted,” tweeted a furious LeBron James in 2014. “One of the sickest feelings I’ve ever had in my life!!!” However, said phone was manufactured by Samsung who had recently paid the basketball icon over $150 million for a sponsorship deal. Needless to say, the tweet was quickly deleted. - And finally, President of the United States of America he may well be, but Donald Trump is also the undisputed king of failed—and sometimes fraudulent—ventures. Trump Airlines, launched in 1988, barely made it out of the decade before being surrendered to creditors. Trump magazine also folded two years after its launch in 2007. Sales of Trump Steaks were so bad they were pulled from shelves after just a couple of months, while the defunct Trump University is being sued for employing degree-less lecturers, some with criminal records. The house always wins? Not for Trump’s Atlantic City casinos that filed for bankruptcy three times. Recently released tax documents showed few other individuals in the whole of the US lost more than Trump’s US$1.17 billion between 1985-1994. Words — Jamie Christian Desplaces


RICE, Redefined It was a chance encounter with a mutual acquaintance that led to Stephen Findlay, the uber-affable founder of Findlay Foods, meeting up with Peetachai ‘Neil’ Dejkraisak, the uber-affable CEO and co-founder of Jasberry, an all-new, all-powerful variety of rice. And now Findlay Foods is New Zealand’s sole importer of the crop.

If ever a food was worthy of the ‘super’ moniker, it’s Jasberry. A decade in the making, developed through natural crossbreeding, the “world’s healthiest rice” is organic and glutenfree, with 40 times more antioxidants than brown rice, 133 more than white rice, and six times that of black, or ‘forbidden’, rice. It also beats kale, quinoa and blueberries in the antioxidant stakes while being grown by a co-operative of farmers in northeastern Thailand who earn 11 times the national average, working under better conditions and bestowed with greater freedom. Recent accolades for Jasberry rice include winner of the Food and Beverage Award (FABI) in the US, a gong that’s dished out to the year’s tastiest and most original products that promises to shape the future of food; and a feature on the front cover of reputable US food magazine, Gourmet News. “It just ticks so may boxes both in terms of healthiness, and ethics,” says Stephen, recalling his serendipitous—and momentous—meeting with the Jasberry CEO. “And Neil is just so passionate about it all. He’s on a crusade!” So, Verve called up Neil in Bangkok to find out more... The Thai-born eco-entrepreneur has had an interest in both conservationism and social justice since his early teens, citing Martin Luther King Jr as a hero. Aged 14, Neil moved to Australia for 11 years where he studied economics and environmental engineering at the University of Melbourne. “I came back with this thought that I really wanted to do something, but I hadn’t really had a lot of experience, so ended up going into investment banking because I really wanted to learn about business,” he says. “I believe in the power of business.” Driven in part by frustration at government corruption and the powerlessness of local NGOs, Neil co-founded Jasberry in 2011 to help give Thai farmers a leg up. “Thailand was then the world’s number one rice exporter, but when I started to look deeper into the issue I learnt that our farmers were among the poorest,” he laments. “It just didn’t make sense. They were earning as little as 40 [US] cents a day, and they account for 17 million people—25 percent of the total population.” Combining his passion for justice and the environment with his economic and engineering know-how, Neil decided to “create a whole new system” whereby the farmers would own their own land along with a share of the local mill, through a cooperative. “It was about giving the farmers ownership, empowering them to make their own choices,” Neil says. “People thought I was crazy! They questioned the ability of poor and uneducated farmers to run their own affairs, but if you never give them that opportunity, then you will never find out.”

And so everyone lived happily ever after. Well, not quite. The fairytale idea didn’t quite yield immediate fairytale results. “The first year, the crop failed!” admits Neil. The farmers, so used to being undervalued in the past, and mostly all old enough to be Neil’s grandparent, already harboured suspicions about the project. But, with Jasberry covering their losses, and Neil always being available to them, over time, he earned their trust. Still, it took nearly three years to “stabilise the new rice breed”. “I really have to be grateful that the farmers stuck with the programme, that they believed in it,” beams Neil. “And now, it gives them hope, because previously the future had been quite bleak for them, doing the same thing year in, year out.” The farmers, too, were keen to embrace Jasberry’s organic philosophies, keen to protect their families from chemicals. “They understand that if they’re pumping chemicals into the rice, then they may eventually get horrible diseases. They’re filled with a sense of responsibility.” Neil’s hope was to also inspire a shift in consumer behaviour, and he’s already making some serious inroads. As well as US success, Jasberry rice has recently been approved by one of Europe’s leading specialised retailers of organic food, The Dennree Group, who boast hundreds of stores and markets throughout Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and Italy. “This is a massive breakthrough as Germany is one of the most difficult markets to enter,” says Neil. “It took them almost a year to evaluate Jasberry rice before they decided to list.”



FOOD & WINE Neil has observed a change in attitude for the better.

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“Consumers are starting to want to know where their food has come from,” he adds. “That's so powerful because it forces companies to be more accountable both socially and environmentally.”

Jasberry rice, rich in colour and flavour, is noted for being soft, aromatic and versatile—capable of complementing numerous dishes.

It is organic, gluten-free, vegan-friendly and nonGMO.

Jasberry is the only certified B-Corp food company in Thailand, which means it meets the highest international standard of social and environmental performance.

Wondering about the name? ‘Jas’ refers to its delicious taste, while ‘berry’ is a nod towards its impressive antioxidant count.

One serving meets the US Department of Agriculture’s recommended daily intake of antioxidants.

It’s antioxidant count comprises the likes of anthocyanin (which gives it its lovely purple colour, also found in blueberries), vitamin E and beta-carotene.

The rice production supports more than 2,500 farmers.

Jasberry is currently available from all Huckleberry Farms stores, for more information, and some recipe ideas, head to jasberry.net and findlayfoods.co.nz, and find it on Instagram @jasberryrice

He also wants the public to be more aware of health implications concerning what they consume. “The more you study health, the more you realise that nature has a design for us, that consuming natural food is the best way of not getting sick,” he says. “I want people to make better purchasing decisions for themselves and their families.” As for the farmers in Thailand, Neil talks of them as if almost family. “They are what get me up in the morning, they give my life purpose,” he says. “It’s inspiring to spend time with them. We’ve been through so much together, and still have a long way to go. It’s still not perfect, but we have come a long way in the last seven or eight years. What's important is to just keep making progress. We’re not going to be able to suddenly reverse a system that has kept the farmers in poverty for centuries, but we can show them that it is possible to do business in a different way. That they do have a future.”

Words – Jamie Christian Desplaces


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Bulletproof Coffee is a beverage that may sound strange at first, but its benefits of increased mental focus, a boosted metabolism and feeling full for hours after drinking have enticed many to try it. The unique coffee drink blends three main ingredients: singlesource coffee beans, Bulletproof Coffee’s Brain Octane Oil and grass-fed unsalted butter. It is meant to replace a normal breakfast. Where it Began Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof Coffee, got the idea when he was visiting Tibet in 2004 and a local gave him a cup of yak butter tea. Amazed by how it refreshed him after a long trek, he set out to research the beverage. He ultimately adjusted the recipe by switching tea for coffee and adding his own elements, which include the Brain Octane Oil. Bulletproof Coffee’s Brain Octane Oil is derived from coconut oil and is pure C8 MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil. The oil is flavourless and works to raise your ketone levels so that your body can run on fat instead of sugar. The Bulletproof brand insists on using the Brain Octane Oil for optimal results, but alternate recipes suggest coconut oil as a substitution.

Worth the Try? Bulletproof Coffee’s fans are adamant about its perks. Some say it has helped them with weight loss, and many others insist it has improved their energy levels and mental clarity. However, critics of the drink point to the loss of nutritional values from skipping a traditional breakfast. The beverage also contains a high amount of saturated fat from the butter, which health professionals say can be dangerous to those with high cholesterol or other health concerns. Options in Auckland Sip Kitchen was the first cafe in Auckland to offer a take on bulletproof coffee; it is on their menu as a 'fat black' due to copyright reasons. A few other cafes, including Three Beans Coffee Roasters and Ruben Café, have followed. Darren Blackwell, Sip Kitchen’s owner, says they sell about 50 cups a week to a variety of regulars and firsttimers. Their recipe includes organic unsalted butter and MCT oil, and they have a vegan version that uses coconut butter.

DO IT YOURSELF The official recipe from Bulletproof Coffee is as follows


Brew one cup (8-12 ounces) of coffee with Bulletproof Coffee Beans, which are singlesource and Rainforest Alliance certified. 2. Add 1-2 teaspoons of Brain Octane Oil. When you first start drinking, you will only want to add one teaspoon and build up from there. 3. Add 1-2 tablespoons of unsalted grass-fed butter. Ghee works as a substitute for those avoiding dairy. 4. Blend the mixture for 20-30 seconds. It should be creamy and resemble a latte.




A Silent Winter

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How many metropolitan cities can say within 30 minutes of its CBD you can find truly world class wines being made? Unless you’re lucky enough to have a retreat in the agrestic 'Hamptons of New Zealand', amongst some of the most expensive vineyard land in the country, you can often forget the powerhouse that is Waiheke. The latest addition to the island: Tantalus Estate, finds itself snuggled between long-term players, Te Motu and Stonyridge in the Onetangi Valley. Just like their neighbours, they’re producing truly worldclass bordeaux red blends. Their Évoque proves that merlot can shine, showcasing a gorgeous array of violets, dark chocolate, fresh black cherries and blueberry compote. When it comes to syrah, however, you need to venture further east to Passage Rock. Linda Jones, the sales manager, beams when she explains that they’re “the most awarded winery

on Waiheke”. You’d be hard pressed to find a wine in their surprisingly large offering of wines that you didn’t like. From their tropical fruit-laden sauvignon blanc to the apricot and mango aromas that burst out of their Reserve Viognier. Whilst one could write a novel on their gorgeous whites, it is the Reserve Syrah that takes the Player of Day trophy, with its spellbinding nose of crème de cassis, rose, liquorice and black doris plum. Back on the mainland and a zip out to west Auckland treats you with Kumeu River. The humble expert that is Michael Brajkovich MW is a pioneer of NZ wine and he is producing some of the finest chardonnay in the world. A recent tasting in London with the world’s most respected experts put their wines next to the best of Burgundy, in a blind tasting, where in every tasting-flight Kumeu River came out on top. Couldn’t be a better time to support local business.



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White Light The monochromatic interiors of this light-filled loft apartment belonging to Cape Town designer Francois Irvine are a true reflection of his creative collector’s eye.


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LEFT The extra-long dining table is perfect for parties and special gatherings; the vintage café chairs along the one side were bought from a scrap collector, and the bench was made from a solid wooden beam and two tree stumps. The ornately carved wingback chairs are two of Francois’s favourite possessions, and were discovered years ago in a market in Egypt. In the seating area in the foreground, the simple lines of the two-seater sofa pair well with two four-legged, white-painted wooden stools from west Africa. Natural texture is added to the mix in the form of plain linen upholstery and animal hides. BOTTOM Lion’s Head soars above the homes, shops and mosques of Bo-Kaap through the original industrial doors on one side of the loft. Francois’s cat, Pepe, perches on the black loveseat, which is from Egypt and has been upholstered in a black T&Co Fabrics (tandco.co.za) damask velvet.

The main sitting area in Francois Irvine’s loft in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, features a pair of French-style armchairs bought by him in Egypt and re-upholstered locally in cream linen. The central coffee table is covered with a local cowhide and the cast-iron wood-burning stove is a vintage collector’s piece sourced by Francois (and no longer in working use because ‘it smokes too much’). The two white-painted, fourlegged wooden stools are from west Africa.

LEFT Ideal for enjoying breakfast in front of the tall wooden doors that open onto the Bo-Kaap view are this wooden-topped café table and vintage chairs. Asked about their provenance, Francois simply says: "They have just always been around..." BOTTOM LEFT A vintage ceramic basin and brass tap just outside the guest bathroom. MIDDLE On the open shelves in the kitchen, part of Francois’s large collection of vintage chemist’s bottles and jars is used to store spices. "I’ve been obsessed with them since I was a kid," he says. RIGHT Francois is an "obsessive" collector of vintage apothecary bottles and jars, as well as pestles and mortars. OPPOSITE PAGE Grouping collectibles in multiple shades of white and cream creates a calming yet interest-filled effect. The artwork on the wall is an original Flip Coaton drawing from around 1965.


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BOTTOM The petite guest bedroom is situated at the rear of the space, right up against the eaves of the building. RIGHT In the main bathroom, an old wooden cabinet contains a collection of vintage and contemporary fragrance bottles.


LEFT Built-in shelving for necessities and collected treasures in the monochrome bathroom. RIGHT The spacious main bedroom has a set of westfacing clerestory windows through which the afternoon sun streams in.


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THE GALLERY Luxury Boutique Accommodation With A Twist

The Gallery, so named due to an illustrious artistic pedigree, is located in the peaceful paradise of Mahurangi West, an easy 35-minute drive from Auckland.


The accommodation is an award-winning masterpiece designed by Pip Cheshire of Cheshire Architects. The building boasts spectacular views out to the Hauraki Gulf and is set amongst two acres of rolling lawns with a four-acre background of mature kauri and rimu trees. A native walk features birdsong of tui, wood pigeons, kookaburras and kingfishers, a viewing platform looks over a 1,000-year-old kauri tree, and a contemplation bench invites thinking time. Originally designed as an art gallery and residence for internationally acclaimed bronze sculptor, Terry Stringer, the artist has left a unique calling card with hand-painted artworks on the walls. “He usually works with sculpture. I love his work, not everything is revealed at first glance,” says Jane Scott who owns The Gallery with her husband, Ash Hare. The property was open to the public as Zealandia Sculpture Gardens from 2001-2015 as a showcase for Stringer’s bronze sculptures. “Plinths are dotted throughout the grounds where the sculptures stood, we’ve replaced them with large planters but we’ve left one [plinth] free so we can have one of his works eventually,” says Jane. The couple were enamoured with the property when they visited the gardens. “I knew we would live here, I felt it in my bones,” smiles Jane who shares a passion for art and architecture with Ash who owns a company that builds high-end homes. Together, they transformed the studio, which was a converted woolshed separate from the main building into their home and the gallery and residence into a luxury accommodation retreat. “We wanted to retain V ERV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z

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The Gallery Accommodation in Puhoi provides a stunning backdrop for an indulgent getaway.

the aesthetic of the buildings, preserve the artwork of Terry Stringer, and share the unique spaces with guests,” says Jane. The goal is to encourage a return to human connection. “When people talk about connection today, most are referring to the electronic variety. Many people are together and absent at the same time, their attention consumed by devices and stress. Our intention is to provide couples and families the chance to reconnect with each other and nature,” says Jane. To that end, while Wi-Fi is available at The Gallery, Jane recommends leaving devices in flight mode during a stay and treating it as a retreat from the stress of daily life. “People can come here to take time out and unplug,” she says. The Accommodation Frequent travellers, Jane and Ash have learnt much from their own experiences. “Many of the hotels we’ve stayed in have heavy air conditioning and no bedding options. So our guests have three choices of pillow and lots of bedding layers that can be adjusted according to individual preference. I believe overall comfort and details like these are important,” says Jane. She’s applied the same ethos to the breakfasts that are part of a stay at The Gallery. “I’m a foodie with a health focus and I’ve sourced locally where possible. There are gluten- and dairy-free options, organic juices and yoghurt from Puhoi, amazing bread from a German baker in Silverdale, and I’m selling Puhoi Honey. The beekeeper who produces it loves his bees so much he doesn’t even wear protective gloves. We’ve also planted

vegetable gardens and fruit trees so we’ll use some of our own produce as it ripens.” A water bore provides high quality drinking water. “It’s a different experience to city water; the first time I washed my hair I couldn’t believe how soft it was.” The Forest Suite The Forest Suite sits at ground level and features stunning 19th-century stained-glass windows from a French cathedral, a full kitchen, dining, generous luggage room with desk space and hand-painted original Terry Stringer wall art. It includes a super-king bed, luxury bathroom with shower, tall ceilings, gas fireplace, and a lounge with bifold doors to a private courtyard. The Cloud Suite The two-level upper Cloud Suite enjoys sweeping views of the Hauraki coastal inlets and stunning treetop vistas from both levels. The first level interior includes a lounge and dining area with a gas fireplace and galley style kitchenette. The upper level features a king-sized bed fitted with luxury linen, a small en-suite bathroom with underfloor heating and a powder room.










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Delux Interiors The Delux Interiors showroom on Wellesley St in the City (by Elliot Stables) is home to ByKepi luxury furniture and is exclusively represented here by the New Zealand company. The gallery, located in a historic building on the corner of Wellesley and Elliot Streets, was built in the late 1880s and features ByKepi’s stunning collections in a variety of styles, each with signature elements and a well thought out continuity. Each collection – classic, art deco or contemporary – is represented by custom made bespoke pieces featuring outstanding quality and selection. Stylish wooden boxes contain a multitude of wood samples in a variety of finishes. These are complemented by a wide variety of sumptuous fabric swatches and metal samples so each piece can be ordered with a customised height, size, colour, wood, fabric, and metal.

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Malagola Pendant Lamp Catellani & Smith

The Z’s pendant collection with it's organic shape and casual appearance gives a relaxed feel to any space. A simple yet stunning original design. Made from bamboo and fine woven cotton.

Shaped like an open seed. The light source is hidden away discreetly inside the lamp so that nothing distracts from its pleasingly simple lines. This elegant light speaks for itself through the harmonious swing.

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Rossini Chair Sika Design

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Balthus Floor Lamp Astier de Villatte

A beautiful yet simple chair. Can be used as a feature piece or as dining room chairs around an elegant table. Handcrafted from natural rattan and a timeless design.

A perfectly plush cushion to feature on your sofa. The orange tassels add a special flare that will look unique in your home. Make your dining room experience more comfortable.

The art-nouveau inspired frame is made of steel, with a parchment style drum. Add class to any household, beautiful mood lighting for the bedroom, lounge or dining room.

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Jute Braided Round Rug Father Rabbit

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Carlo Bar Trolley Sika Design

Made in traditional handlooms. The Jute Rug is made from 100% natural fibre and is biodegradable. Recommended for indoor use. This rug will give your home a rustic feel and feels great under the feet.

Part of Sika-Design’s Icons collection that features rattan classics from some of the most talented designers of the 20th century. A beautiful and unique set that will add a delicate elegance to your lounge.

Environmentally friendly rattan. Serve your drinks indoors or out. Carlo works beautifully as a food serving trolley, extra storage space or use it to display a mix of homewares, treasures and books, even your indoor plants.

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Sunray Plate Rachel Carley Design

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This delightful plate has fluted ribs that frame food beautifully. The gentle slope means that it can hold sauce very well. Sweet or savoury, this plate makes food look wonderful.

Why must a table be geometric?Roderick Vos proves that it can be different with Isola: organically formed top of solid oak with milled rings. Isola is an honour to nature.

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Zone Denmark in love with form and function Every now and then a product comes along and steals your attention, keeps its promise and puts a smile on your face. That is what the Zone Denmark 2019 collection does. We have no doubt that this range will not only look magnificent in every corner of your home but also please you in that unexpected way that beautifully designed products tend to.

and come in black and soft grey to complement any modern interior design.

We are very proud to introduce these useful darlings in subtly sophisticated colours. They will surprise and inspire you with innovative designs and understated charm that breathes new life into the kitchen, bathroom and living room. Zone Denmark is now venturing into a new category with two small yet fabulous pieces of furniture, the A-Stool and the A-Table. Both are as aesthetic as they are practical

Okay, a little bit more bragging. Not only are Day and Age the first online retailer in New Zealand to have stocked Zone Denmark, but we also carry the full range available and are fully committed to adding new pieces. We hope you like what you see, so we’ll stop going on about it and just let you marvel at the many pieces we stock at www.dayandage.co.nz

So we could go on, and we will! Zone Denmark won several awards for outstanding designs in 2019. Four German Design Awards, three “special mentions” as well as the winner of the overall category.







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CUT THE COLOUR Remember the craze for coloured-glass splashbacks (mainly glossy red or lime green)? You might still love them but neutrals are easier to live with. To bring ‘colour’ to the aesthetic, mix up the palette using elements of white and black with timber contrasts to avoid the kitchen looking homogenous. If you really want bold colour, try powdercoated kitchen stools that can easily be changed out. AN ISLAND EXPERIENCE Island benches had a gentle introduction to the heart of kitchen in the 1970s and have been stealing the limelight ever since. But would the sky fall around your ears if you didn’t have one? Kitchens once generally had benches along the walls and these days, where space is tight or the budget is stretched, the idea that a dining table doubles as extra bench is apt. LOOK MA, NO HANDLES Not so long ago, bar handles were the latest thing – a sleek alternative that seemed more modern than the traditional drawer and door knob. Today they look dated and homeowners are obsessed with everything integrated so there are no handles at all. Will this last? Perhaps. A beautifully designed handle is a design delight but a simple routed cut-out or negative detail has sublime simplicity that will be more ageless.

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The Art Of Tablescaping WO R D S — J E N N A M O O R E I M AG E S — S AB R I N A M O N T E- C AR L O AN D Y VAN G R U B S K I.

Tablescaping is an artform. It turns heads with its magical interplay of food and table decor at stylish soirees and on noteworthy Instagram feeds. With longer days and lighter evenings ahead why not create a tablescape for a long weekend lunch or dinner party?

THE SECRET’S IN THE PLANNING The key to a winning tablescape is prep. 1. Decide on your theme. Will it be casual, formal, indoors, outdoors, daytime or evening? 2. Choose a colour palette. There are some stunning options out there. Your decision will be based on your personal favourites as well as the occasion. 3. Create the ambience. What type of feel do you want your table to have? What’s on the menu? Are you going for, say, a relaxed outdoor feel? If so, you’ll probably stick to natural textures and earthy tones. Alternatively, you could bring in greens with lots of plants and/or leaves. If you want a more formal feel then you’ll include more elaborate floral arrangements, lots of candles and something like the richness of gold metallics. Red roses, greenery, artichokes, vine tomatoes and stands of strawberries, green and white patterned plating on green charger plates and green seating create this red and green theme.


CREATE AN OVERALL ENVIRONMENT It’s not only about the design of the table itself but encompasses the food, the seating and any other areas of the house or area where your guests may visit. Add complementary touches such as candles, foliage/ flowers and hand towels in the bathroom. Faux fur throws, colourful cushions or floral/leaf trims on the seating will add to the picture. ADD PERSONAL TOUCHES Include handwritten menus or place names and touches like a napkin and a sprig of rosemary tied with jute or a tulip laid on a napkin and tied with a bow. COLOUR PALETTES • Black and white checks/stripes with apple green accents and real apple trimmings. • All white and glass. • Blue patterned china and pink flowers. • Multi-coloured brights or pastels décor, china, glassware, and florals: pink, yellow, orange, purple, blue. • Lilac and white • Navy blue and gold THEMES Rustic: Thinly sliced tree trunk charger plates, green-hued plating and glasses, gold flatware. Berry branches tied with jute and handwritten name tags. Citrus: Lemon, lime, and orange-hued or patterned tablecloth or runner with similar coloured/patterned napery. A stunning centrepiece arrangement mixing up fruit and flowers in the same colour palette with fruit pieces dotted down the table and a leafed fruit on each plate. Pretty: A scrunched tulle table runner flowing to the ground at each end dotted with numerous single white china bud vases filled with single flower stems. The white theme continues through chinaware and includes the plating, napery and seating. The floral trimmings are white, one colour or multi-coloured. Show Stopper: Get inventive and hollow out a cabbage, pop a vase or jar inside and fill it with your floral arrangement.


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Note the detail of the wrapped tree trunks and lanterns hung in the trees.

TIPS • Use lots of fresh flowers and/or greenery. Think hydrangeas, peonies, roses, daisies and eucalyptus, monstera and palm leaves and fresh herbs. • Twigs and branches can work well. • Go nuts with gypsophila – it’s magical used en masse. • Make use of vases, buckets and/or pots. • A collection of mini bud vases filled with flowers or greenery works a treat. • Tall tapered candles create a stunning show and don’t take up too much table space. • Always compliment the table with beautiful glassware. • Odd numbers look best so use groups of one, three, five, seven. The red and green theme is easily changed out by shifting to multi-coloured florals.


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The magic of the 1960s and '70s was the youthful flower power movement promoting peace and a non-violence ideology. Channelled into fashion with the use of symmetrical petals, these vintage floral screen prints may remind you of other things that aren’t fashion. Maybe your nan’s bedroom wallpaper (or the bathroom for me)! Nevertheless, these are still iconic prints. The hippy folk of the time encompassed an identity of peace that people in this movement needed to articulate through forms of protest, by using their clothes as an expression to enhance their point of view. When thinking of this era, bell-bottoms and the craze for disco were the iconic must-wears of the decade. What was great about this moment in time was that women and men shared their love for specific silhouettes within fashion. Bell-bottoms being a big part of this. It wasn’t about what women could wear and men couldn’t or vise versa. It was about the common love and passion they had for trends then, including platform shoes. Being flamboyant and theatrical in their clothes was a part of the culture and is something we see more of today. We have ABBA to thank from the later part of the '70s. Twiggy and Mary Quant from the early part of the '60s, and David Bowie for a lifetime.

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Flowers by Clareville A new addition to Newmarket, Flowers by Clareville is a hidden gem in Osborne Lane. It might be the smallest flower shop in Auckland, tucked in a corner, but it's full of fresh and dried flowers and gifts such as candles. Open 7 days.


Clareville florist is the space that Clare has always dreamt of, its name a combination of her own and her village. She studied and trained in New Zealand, her formal journey with flowers starting back in 2007. Claire gained further work experience in Seoul, Korea, involved with events such as weddings and magazine shoots. Upon her return to Auckland in 2012, she focused on retail floristry, marrying the details of Korea with the New Zealand wildness to develop her own style. The florist strives for bespoke garden style, inspired by the seasons and the wild flowers that bloom alongside country roads. She believes flowers should be a part of daily life as well as special occasions. Clare also greatly enjoys dried flower arrangements, which are becoming evermore popular and provide longer lasting installations, and joy! Clareville has just turned one year old, and Clare has been thrilled with the journey so far. She hopes it will become a place that many others will come to enjoy. Keep up to date by following Clareville on Instagram @flowersby_clareville 4 K E N T S T, N E W M AR K E T 09 600 2205 � C L AR E V I L L E. C O. N Z V E RV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z


IKEBANA Ikebana has been an art of flower arrangement in Japan for over 1,000 years, originally established by the Sui Dynasty 581-619 AD in China. For comparison, Japanese Ikebana is a lot more complex than the traditionally symmetrical flower and plant arrangements found in vases in the West. Different schools have their own styles, with the three most popular being Ikenobo, Sogetsu and Ohara. Danica W qualified as an instructor of the Ohara School after several years learning and practising Ikebana in Asia. Two years ago she moved to Auckland with her family. She treats the Ikebana not only as an art, but also as a meditation. It usually needs at least one hour to do an Ikebana work quietly. Flowers have short lives, however, the deep peaceful experience and wonderful artwork will last longer. Having benefited from Ikebana in spirit and also taste, Danica would like to share Ohara Ikebana with others. Find her on Facebook at Japanese Ikebana Auckland. Ikebana works by Danica, photography by Qing yi.


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“I find that a real gardener is not a man who cultivates flowers; he is a man who cultivates the soil... He lives buried in the ground. He builds his monument in a heap of compost.” - Karel Čapek, The Gardener’s Year

George Washington was many things: the first president of the United States, a Founding Father, and a legendary military leader of the American Revolutionary War. Away from the battlefields, Washington was also a revolutionary in the crop ones—to such an extent that he became known as America’s first composter! In one letter Washington noted that “for the United States to succeed, we need to become better farmers”, and he discovered that one of the most efficient means to that end was through composting. Pre-military service and public office, Washington was a plantation owner and a farmer, first growing tobacco (like his father and older brother before him) and later wheat and corn. A famous experimenter, the president-to-be was a proponent of crop rotation and soil amendment—the introduction of nutritional materials to the soil—leading him to try Potomac River mud as fertiliser with zero success. It did, however, lead to experimentation with compost, as noted in The Practical Farmer, a book by John Spurrier, Washington ordered his farm hands to “rake, and scrape up all of the trash” to be thrown “into the Stercorary” (a stercorary is a structure that houses compost). In a 1785 missive, Washington mused that a “knowing farmer” is like Midas, able to “covert everything he touches into manure, as the first transmutation towards gold”. As poetic as the titles of first president and first composter of America may be, Washington did not, however invent the practice of using decayed, organic matter to nourish and aid the growth of plants. Composting is as old as farming itself. Though there is archaeological evidence that composting was common in Scotland during the Stone Age, it would be a further 10,000 years before it was actually written about, on clay tablets by the Mesopotamians.

Ancient farmers throughout the Mediterranean, China, Africa and the Americas are also known to have composted. Fast-forward a few millennia, and there are some new composters in town and they don’t run farms. Urban composters are on the march. While only around a quarter of US citizens currently compost, studies have shown that more than twothirds of those are open to the practice if it were more convenient to do so in their communities, while in the UK, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has encouraged around 1.6 million households to start composting—diverting more than 260,000 tonnes of waste from landfills. Across the ditch, 80 percent of apartment dwellers want to be able to do more with their food waste, according to the Institute of Sustainable Futures at Sydney’s University of Technology. Aucklanders send around 200,000 tonnes to the landfills each year. Waste issues aside, a major problem with rotting organic matter at landfill sites is the production of methane. While most modern landfills have systems in place to reduce the release of the greenhouse gas, they cannot capture it all. Sadly, around 40 percent of the city’s total waste is food, with a further 10 percent coming from our gardens, all of which, on a more positive note, has the potential to serve as compost. The National Food Waste Prevention Study by WasteMINZ found that nearly half of Kiwis dispose of “some” of their food through composting, while more than half of respondents to a 2018 survey by the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign said they’d acted to reduce food waste over the preceding three years, with nearly a fifth attempting some form of composting. >>

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How To Compost

The most popular home composting methods:

Four key elements are required for successful composting:

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A backyard pile is the best bet for those with ample outdoor space. Materials should be stacked on the ground to allow the introduction of worms and other microorganisms. Twigs and straw at the base aids aeration and drainage. Then add materials in layers, alternating between moist and dry. Cover the pile (with something like tarpaulin or sheets of wood) to keep it damp, trap the heat and protect it from downpours—compost should remain moist, but not flooded. Use a fork or shovel to turn the pile every few weeks to let it breathe. Larger piles can be contained in ventilated crates.

Carbon provides energy, and can be found in highest quantities in dry, brown items such as dead leaves, straw or wood shavings. Nitrogen, found in colourful, moist material such as plant, fruit and vegetable waste, allows organisms to flourish so that they may oxidise the carbon-rich ingredients. Oxygen aids the oxidation of the carbons, making the decomposition more efficient. Water keeps the compost moist and aerobic conditions maintained.

Composting bins or tumblers are ideal for those with less room. A cinch to use, simply chuck in the ingredients and give it an occasional spin. It is one of the fastest and most efficient ways to compost, with the added bonus of being enclosed to ward off pests.

As with cooking, creating compost requires a balance of ingredients. Start by mixing equal parts of carbon- and nitrogen-rich materials, add some water and regularly turn or mix the collection to allow aeration. The compost should warm within the first day, if not, it needs more nitrogen-rich materials to liven up those microorganisms. Consider purchasing a compost thermometer— the optimum temperature at the centre of the pile should be around 65-70°C.

Vermicomposting is undoubtedly the funnest and most fascinating and can be done with ease within enclosed spaces. This form of composting relies on worms to break down the food scraps and do all the hard work for you! A great option to get the kids interested.

An overpowering waft of ammonia means you’ve overdone the green waste, so counter it with some brown, carbon-rich materials to calm those microbes down. Unless using a specially designed receptacle, avoid adding meat, bones or fish scraps as they will attract pests; and keep pet waste, perennial weeds, and diseased plants out, too.

Why Composting Rocks! • It’s a form of sustainable recycling that also reduces waste.

• It reduces the need to import materials, helping to save money and the environment.

• It replenishes starved earth and improves the health of the soil, attracting earthworms and other beneficial micro-organism.

• It means less waste winds up in landfills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and means less landfills need to be built.






Menopause Awareness Month September is Menopause Awareness Month (MAM).

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• ARE YOU A WOMAN OVER 40? • HAVE YOU BEEN EXPERIENCING NIGHT SWEATS, HOT FLUSHES OR ANXIETY? • ARE YOUR JOINTS ACHING? • IS YOUR SKIN ITCHY? These can all be signs of perimenopause – the lead-up to menopause, which usually begins around the age of 40. It can be a confusing time because we’re often woefully uneducated about this life stage and nobody talks about it which leads to a lot of women not even realising they’re going through it. HOW LONG DOES PERIMENOPAUSE LAST? The menopausal journey begins with perimenopause, lasts anywhere from four to 13 years, leads into menopause itself and goes through to post-menopause. We only know we’ve gone through menopause when a year has gone by since our last period. WHY DOES MENOPAUSE OCCUR? It’s a normal progression and is sometimes called the ‘midlife transition’. It simply means our ovaries have shut up shop in terms of baby-making and producing the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. Things can become uncomfortable during the transition due to wildly fluctuating hormones like oestrogen and progesterone. WILL I EXPERIENCE SYMPTOMS? While some of us will breeze through with nary a sign, others will experience moderate symptoms and around 70 percent of us will experience significant symptoms. Hot flushes are probably the most famous of these, but insomnia and weight gain are common too, along with mood swings, anxiety, depression, irritability and aching joints.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Every woman is physiologically different. That’s why no one can predict how long perimenopause will last. There are no hard and fast rules but there are some lifestyle changes you can make that could make the journey easier for you. 1. Eat a whole food diet. Get rid of refined carbohydrates and sugars because your body can’t process them like it once did. 2. Eat lots of vegetables. 3. Reduce caffeine and alcohol at least during the short term. 4. Stay hydrated. 5. Wear cotton clothing (it breathes) and layer. Layering means you can remove pieces during hot flushes. 6. Don’t over-exercise as it can set off your stress hormone which holds onto belly fat. 7. Pilates and yoga are great at this life stage as is the breathing that are part and parcel of these practices. 8. Weight training is great for bone density. Postmenopause our bones weaken. 9. Practise mindfulness, it helps balance your moods. 10. Take magnesium to help with sleep. 11. Ensure you have a minimum of blue light at least an hour before going to sleep – turn off the TV, computer and phone. 12. Choose appropriate natural supplements to help balance your hormones. 13. Be gentle with yourself. Self-care is key. 14. Avoid medications like antidepressants. There’s a difference between menopause-induced and clinical depression and anxiety. If you’d like further help or advice please don’t hesitate to visit me at youology.co.nz


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Natural menopause generally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, with the average age in New Zealand being 51/52.

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1. Allergies 2. Anxiety 3. Bloating 4. Breast tenderness 5. Body odour changes 6. Brain fog 7. Burning mouth syndrome 8. Depression 9. Digestive issues 10. Dizziness 11. Electric shock sensations 12. Fatigue 13. Feelings of dread 14. Hot flushes 15. Hair changes 16. Headaches 17. Incontinence (we highly recommend getting an Elvie – the amazing pelvic floor trainer) 18. Insomnia 19. Irregular heartbeat 20. Irregular menstrual cycle 21. Irritability 22. Itchy skin 23. Joint pain 24. Loss of libido 25. Mood swings 26. Muscle tension 27. Night sweats 28. Oral problems 29. Paresthesia (tingling, burning, numb sensation on the skin) 30. Vaginal dryness 31. Weakened fingernails 32. Weight gain 33. Osteoporosis NB: This is a general guide only and should not be taken as prescriptive or diagnostic. If you’d like further help or advice please don’t hesitate to visit me at youology.co.nz


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Patient Advocates

Menopause Mouse To Monster In Less Than A Minute On the wall of the office at Patient Advocates for Natural Hormone Therapy in Tauranga hangs a sign with the 'Seven Dwarves of Menopause': Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloaty, Forgetful and Psycho. WO R D S — H AN N AH D E N T O N

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It paints a humorous, yet stark, picture of the reality of menopause for many women. Menopause simply means the last menses (period) a woman will have. Meno comes from the Greek meaning 'month', and 'pause' from pausis meaning 'halt'. When you have missed 24 consecutive menstrual cycles you are considered to be postmenopausal. For most women, this process will occur between the late forties and mid fifties. However, the symptoms associated with menopause can begin much earlier. Menopause is a natural part of ageing for women, but Felicity Sinden from Patient Advocates says this doesn’t mean women have to put up with the symptoms of menopause. If treated early enough during the perimenopausal years, this transition can be made significantly easier with the use of bio-identical hormones and lifestyle changes. According to Sinden, the earliest signs of menopause include irregular menstrual cycles (especially the lengthening of time between periods), hot flushes, anxiety, weight gain, forgetfulness, poor sleep and constant fatigue. “It’s a bit of a vicious cycle. Women experience hot flashes which impact sleep quality causing tiredness the following day. Then they reach for sugary foods or coffee to pick themselves up, which can contribute to weight gain, lethargy and anxiety. Then the cycle continues the next day after another night of broken sleep.” Patient Advocates is a health service helping women and men achieve and maintain their optimal health through the use of natural bio-identical hormones, diet, exercise and nutritional supplementation. They have been helping women balance their hormones to relieve the symptoms of menopause for over 24 years. Sinden initially worked as the practice nurse with Dr Fenton Bennett, a leading uro-gynaecologist who introduced bioidentical hormones and the Patient Advocate concept to

New Zealand, after seeing its success in America. When Dr Bennett died in 1998, several GPs asked Felicity to continue the work she was doing with women who needed time and follow-up to help with their perimenopause and menopause symptoms. She now works out of her Tauranga office with two other consultants, all with over five years' experience treating hormonal conditions. While they treat people face-toface, many of their appointments are done by telephone consultation. So how does bio-identical hormone therapy work? Prior to an initial appointment with the consultants at Patient Advocates, women complete a salivary hormone test to assess their current levels of progesterone hormone. At menopause, oestrogen production drops by about 40-60 percent and progesterone 12 times more than oestrogen. Sinden calls progesterone the "grandmother of all hormones", because it is a precursor hormone and cascades over to the other sex hormones; testosterone and oestrogen. Increasing progesterone will help bring other hormones into balance. Because of the cost of testing and the effectiveness of progesterone treatment, Sinden advises starting with just the one hormone. “If we change too much at once, we never know what has been most effective and it may not be needed for a large group of our patients. Once their progesterone levels are up, other hormones often come back into alignment, too.” Once Patient Advocates have the salivary result for a patient, they have an initial 60-minute consultation to discuss symptoms, lifestyle and health conditions. They then make an ongoing treatment plan in conjunction with the patients GP. It’s a multidisciplinary approach which helps both the patient and the GP understand the use of bio-identical hormones.

Patients will have a 30-minute follow up appointment 2-3 months after starting treatment. At this stage they may test additional hormones if required. Otherwise this appointment helps to troubleshoot any problems or adjust their dose of Progesterone cream. “I wish I’d found this seven years ago!” Patient Advocates are usually booked about 2-3 weeks in advance. Almost half of these appointments are for menopause. According to Sinden, most of their initial consultations come from word of mouth. Junine Sanson first heard about Patient Advocates from her personal trainer who had heard Sinden speak at a seminar in Whanganui.

According to Sanson, going through menopause made her “unbearable” to live with: “I had fatigue, low energy, constant hot flushes. Basically I was miserable!” She started using bio-identical progesterone cream in January after her salivary levels showed she had just 058pmol/L of progesterone, when they ideally should be over 5,000pmol/L Within weeks she felt better. “It felt like a fog had just lifted. The biggest improvement was my mood and my sleep. I wish I’d found it seven years ago. I think I would have gone through menopause with half the symptoms!”

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WISE WOMAN YOGA Yoga for Hormone Harmony Caroline Hailstone has developed a wonderful yoga programme to help all women better understand the subtleties of their own hormonal systems. Yoga can play a vital role in all stages of female journeying. It can transform our whole wellbeing, especially when we enter mid-life. Wise Woman Yoga was created to help women realise their own yoga magic by allowing each and every woman to focus on herself so that she can take time to discover the benefits of a home-based, easy to follow practice which can be enjoyed at any time of the day Caroline has over 20 years yoga teaching experience in hatha, restorative, flow, prenatal and yin yoga practices. On a recent trip back to the UK Caroline immersed herself in the studies of the endocrine system and through this process she has developed Wise Woman Yoga a yoga workshop for menopause and hormone balance which is what she now specialises in.

WISE WOMAN WORKSHOPS These inspiring workshops are all about women taking control of their hormones with the help of yoga asana, breathing techniques and self-massage. Each workshop has been specifically designed for women with menopausal, perimenopausal and PMS symptoms. The workshop is easy to follow and deeply relaxing. You are guaranteed a good night’s sleep after participating in a Wise Woman workshop. We are very lucky to have guest speakers come along and share their knowledge with us on topics such as nutrition, aromatherapy, naturopathy, and HRT. Our workshops run throughout the year on Sunday afternoons in our beautiful space in Ponsonby and also on Waiheke Island.

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We all age, that is inevitable, mathematically speaking This statement has always intrigued me, but I have only come to realise why in the past few years. I am a professional skincare therapist and owner of Louise Gray Skin Care, with a background as a former registered nurse. I am obsessed with skin health. It is the correlation between what is happening internally within the body, with what is happening externally that fascinates me.

So we age, that is inevitable, but if we continue to do what we have always done, will we still get the same results? This has led me on a personal journey as a skincare therapist and I am ageing. I am not comfortable with using fillers and injectables to correct what I am starting to see and as a result I have become extremely selfish. I want products and technology to correct what I see. I have always had an incredible range of products and technologies within the clinic as we specialise in non-invasive, anti-ageing treatments, but I personally needed more. People that know me, know that I am an incessant researcher, an ingredient junkie and thrive on skin histology. So, what have I found?

MESOESTETIC It takes a lot to get me excited but Mesoestetic did. This is one of the most inspired and technologically advanced medical skincare companies in the world. The expertise and research of the pharmaceutical laboratories, headquartered in Barcelona, is committed to the development and improvement of facial, sun and body treatments. Including continued research of the newest concepts in advanced ingredients and delivery systems. I have also upgraded our Dermal Needling technology and am now using the M-Pen from Mesoetetic. With these additions to my arsenal I am committed to providing you with the tools to help correct what time is starting to take away! It is now time for you to discover the Mesoestetic difference and standards. YOURS IN SKIN HEALTH Louise Gray, senior therapist and director of Louise Gray Skin Care We proud to be members of the NZARBP, please make sure when you are visiting your beauty professionals that they are fully qualified and members of the NZARBP. LO U I S EG R AY.CO. N Z S HO P 2 / 2 2 4 K E PA R D, M I S S I O N B AY 09 528 9010 I N FO @ LO U I S EG R AY.CO. N Z



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It sounds like either a racy Victorian romance novel or one of the world’s most specifically themed escape rooms. In reality, it’s a lot more serious than either, denoting a new movement of Korean women who are sick and tired of the oppressive and conformist pressures placed upon them by the modern beauty industry and society at large.

idol plastered on the wall nearby. In this world of glittery, sexy girl group members and porcelain-skinned K-drama beauties, it can feel like beauty is a 24/7 corset.

It’s no secret that K-beauty is having a moment. With legions of sheet-masking, glow-seeking customers following its all-knowing regimen, K-beauty is the adorable, cartoon towel headband-clad darling of the modern cosmetics industry. Part of the success of Korean beauty has been through its development of a certain female archetype – far from the nonchalant cool French girl trope, the stereotypical Korean girl is the picture of shimmery perfection and won’t be seen with an eyelash out of place. In K-beauty, effort isn’t uncool – it’s expected.

So she released a new video that reverse-engineered her previous makeup tutorials. In this video, entitled ‘I am Not Pretty’, she removes her makeup and shares hateful comments she had received likening her to a pig wearing makeup. Bae states matter-of-factly that it’s all right not to be pretty and the message has since been view by over 6.3 million people on YouTube, generating emotional comments from fellow females who feel suffocated by the pressure to fit a narrow beauty ideal.

While there’s a lot to be said for the damaging effects of peddling a mirage of ‘effortless beauty’, it only takes a little bit of Seoul searching to see that the fun-loving, pastel-hued image of K-beauty has its own underbelly. It’s not (conventionally) pretty, and that’s the point. In fact, beauty is so embedded in Korean life that it’s literally part of the infrastructure, with mirrors dotting subway stations and hordes of teenage girls (and boys) stopping to make sure they look as similar to the K-pop


Some women like YouTuber Lina Bae have chosen to shun this corset and speak up. Previously, Bae was a makeup vlogger who expressed discomfort even going to the groceries without a face full of makeup. Makeup had been her armour against judgmental eyes that could tear her apart if they saw what lay beneath, but she soon realised that makeup wasn’t a powerful arsenal but a formidable shackle tying her to ludicrous expectations.

Escape the Corset has inspired further videos from other women, cutting their hair short in an act of defiance and destroying expensive makeup products to express their newfound freedom. In a country where even a small bump in your nose warrants a visit to the plastic surgeon, the complete rejection of makeup is a unique message confronting a deep toxicity in its society. Of course, this darker side of K-beauty doesn’t necessarily define it and there are plenty of arguments in favour of the empowering nature of makeup and self-care.



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D n I o Y i t Do it yourself but don’t break yourself!

Taking on a home renovation can be a daunting task but Google is your friend. You can ‘google’ almost anything these days. So put your Kiwi can-do attitude to work and give DIY a go. Here are some simple tips to help avoiding injuring yourself.



Plan it Out This might seem simple but plan out what you need (to avoid endless trips to Bunnings), how to do it and get all the advice you need before you start. This will not only save you time but avoid copious amounts of frustration. DIY can be rewarding and save a lot of money but it can be extremely frustrating and all sorts of curve balls can be thrown your way. By planning what you are going to do, you will hopefully avoid doing things the hard way and injuring yourself. Ask around if you need advice or tips and tricks from the professionals. Wear Safety Equipment Again an obvious piece of advice, but safety equipment is a very simple way to avoid injuries and hurting yourself. The last thing you need is an injury, preventing you from going to your actual day job. This may require you renting some safety equipment like a harness and helmet if working on the roof, but falling off the roof can have disastrous effects. Take Breaks As an osteopath, I commonly see with my patients who are tradies, muscular and joint aches and pains relating to being in a sustained posture for a long period. For example, painting a ceiling, lying on your back installing underfloor insulation or working in a tight space. No matter what the task, take a break every 20 minutes or earlier if required. Stop, stand up with a neutral posture, roll your shoulders, stretch your neck and back, twist side to side to get the blood flowing. Ideally every hour completely stop what you are doing a take a five- to 10-minute break.

Have a Hot Shower or Bath at the End of the Day Give those sore muscles and joints a nice soak and unwind for the day. It doesn’t need to be with a candle and rose petals, but a hot soak will help your body recover and unwind. Stretch Some simple stretches include: tipping your head to one side and then to the other; bending forwards to touch your toes(ish); stretching one arm across the front of your body and using the other arm to gently pull it into your chest; and resting an arm against the wall at 90 degrees and leaning forwards. Don’t Overdo It After spending a day at work, try avoid spending the whole evening or weekend doing DIY. It is such a balance and hard to get the job done without over doing yourself but you do need rest and a good night’s sleep. You will struggle at work the next day if you stayed up until 3am painting. Try roping in friends or family to help get the DIY done faster. When you can afford it, get some of it done by a professional, especially those jobs that really do require someone who knows what they are doing. Eat and Drink Again simple but easily overlooked. Your head's down, bum's up and next thing you know it's 4pm and you have barely eaten or had anything to drink. Make time to eat and drink and again have a break. Yes, time can be of the essence in getting things done but don’t compromise on the basics. A headache due to dehydration and not eating is only going to hold you back.

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Five tips to help you get through winter (without an extra coat) 1. Use a studio that offers several different classes – this way you get variety to your work outs. Our Reform studios offer Reformer Pilates, Cariolates (Spin and Reformer), Hot HIIT Pilates (in a heated room, bonus for winter) and Boxmaster classes. We also offer beginner, intermediate and advanced classes to allow continued strength and growth in our client ability. 2. Choose a studio that you have to book into and pay for in advance – while this is a cunning business tool, it also serves to hold you accountable and (hopefully) stop you from cancelling, when going home to sit in front of the fire with a glass of red wine sounds a lot more appealing (this can come later). 3. Find something you can enjoy (consider a more flexible meaning for ‘enjoy’ for those that are extremists in exercise hate) that is beneficial and sustainable – there’s no point doing something that isn’t worth your while or that you aren’t able to do on a regular basis to enforce change.

4. Take a friend – sounds clichéd but if you’re not one to try new things, then this makes things less daunting for the first few times. It also holds you accountable for the workout if you’re meeting someone there. Reform also offers ‘friends rewards’ so check these out within our studios – you can take a friend for free (they’ll owe you a coffee afterwards). 5. Use a studio that takes the thinking away from you, provides the motivation and has a positive vibe. Reform studios are fitted out with the best machinery. All you really need to do is turn up, our trainers do the rest to ensure you get variety and the best out of your workout. Check out Reform studio locations and info at reformfitness.co.nz


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Dem Bones Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones Your toe bone is connected to your foot bone Your foot bone is connected to your heel bone Your heel bone is connected to your shin bone Your shin bone is connected to your knee bone Your knee bone is connected to your thigh bone Your thigh bone is connected to your hip bone ... and so the song goes on. How are your bony connections? Do you feel like your joints are stiff, painful, aching or limiting your activities?

Joint pain, especially in the lower limbs, is increasingly common as people age. Unfortunately, especially in the early stages, there is a perception that it is 'just getting old' and the process is irreversible and not preventable, with one needing to stand by and await their fate! This is in fact not the case. Regenerative medicine, through the use of one’s own stem cells, can actually reverse some of these changes, creating a healthier environment within your joints, and consequently fewer 'getting old' symptoms. At Clinic 42, we regularly see patients in their fifth right through to ninth decades who are wanting to take a more proactive approach to their joint pain. Take for example an ex-tradesman, who now works in a more sedentary business-development role, who was advised in his early 40s he needed knee replacements due to significant pain and joint dysfunction. It was suggested to him that he best delay replacement as long as possible, especially at his young age, as they would likely need to be re-done in his later years. As a consequence, he became progressively more debilitated, and his pleasure activities more limited – he can now only do nine holes of golf and needs a cart and three days to recover. He can no longer run, and due to symptoms in his shoulder, even non-impact sports like swimming are also out of the equation. At 53, it is fair to say his quality of life has been significantly diminished, and he has come to us, keen to explore his options. Or consider another patient of ours, a retired doctor who tweaked his knee playing tennis. Following orthopaedic opinion, detailed scans including MRIs, and diligent rehabilitation and strengthening at home, he was advised there was little that could be done for his pain, and he needed to wait for his symptoms to progress to be an appropriate candidate for joint replacement. Not wanting CLINIC 42

to accept this fate, he explored other options, including stem cells, and against the advice of his surgeon, has had very successful treatment. Completely pain-free within a month of the procedure, he's extremely appreciative and satisfied, and building his fitness to return to the tennis court in time for summer. Medicine is a rapidly developing field in so many respects, and it can be difficult even for doctors, as well as non-medical folk to have a good understanding of all the options available for given conditions. Likewise, some doctors can be slow adopters of new treatment approaches. Dr Joanna Romanowska and Dr Eloise Dickie at Clinic 42 feel compelled to offer safe, effective treatments to patients before they may have reached “mainstream medicine” as long as they are satisfied there is some sound scientific evidence. There is even research at Auckland University exploring the role of stem cells, and that is right on our back door! What we know, is that for a number of individuals with joint ailments and other medical conditions, introducing their own stem cells (which have been extracted from the fat of their ‘lovehandle’ region) either into the affected joint or intravenously, can result in significant improvement in symptoms of pain, stiffness, immobility and functional decline. If this is something you may like to explore further, a free eBook can be downloaded from stemcellrevolution.com— the worldwide network of stem cell doctors that doctors Romanowska and Dickie are affiliated with. The book is titled The Stem Cell Revolution. Likewise, the doctors at Clinic 42 would be happy to discuss your condition and suitability for treatment if you would like to tackle some of your 'getting old' symptoms head-on! 321 MANUKAU RD

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Agni and Beauty WO R D S — P E R RY M AC D O N AL D

Ayurveda believes that true beauty is composed of three vital elements: a well-nourished body, a balanced mind, and a peaceful spirit. In this article I am going to concentrate on the aspect of a well-nourished body and the importance of digestion known in Ayurveda as Agni. 110

Most simply put Agni is the is the digestive fire that converts not only food, but sight, sound, feelings, and informationinto what makes up you: your body, emotions and intelligence. Problems arise when Agni is too high or too low. When too low or dull, there will be signs of gas, burping, slow transit time, scanty perspiration, constipation, cloudy mind and a dull complexion. When too high there will be signs of belching, heavy perspiration, rashes, diarrhoea, burning sensations, plus irritability, and often red inflamed skin.

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO REGULATE THIS AGNI? • Pay equal importance to not only what you eat but how you eat – no matter what you eat, if you can’t digest it well you will not benefit from the food. • Conscious eating – yes eating is a sacred experience. You are taking in atoms and molecules that are to become part of your body. • Chewing is very important - food needs to be liquified before swallowing. If you don’t chew your food well, the rest of the digestive process will be compromised. • Take food and drink warm or at room temperature - in general warm slightly cooked food is digested easier. • Drink only a small amount of liquid with your food- water and other liquids help to moisten the food but too much will dilute the digestive enzymes and can alter the pH of the stomach acids. • Eat until 75% full – if you eat too much good food can become toxic and overwhelm the body. The right amount is when the body still feels light and the mind is clear. You should feel satisfied but not full. • Allow three hours or more between meals. Taking food before true hunger arises leads to poor digestion. • If there are signs of indigested food (known as Ama in Ayurveda) such as bad breath, heavily coated tongue, gas, cloudy urine, digestive upset, it is best to give the system time to clear itself by fasting for day or at least skipping a meal until some sense of appetite occurs. • Try not to eat when angry, sad, depressed, upset or exhausted. Following some of these guidelines will assist with digestion and assimilation of our food that is the cornerstone for strong, well balanced and beautiful beings. This will translate as clear skin, bright eyes, glossy hair, strong nails, stamina and a happy and compassionate nature.


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SMOOTHER, MORE CONFIDENT YOU! Finesse Face and Body Clinic is proud to be the first TruSculpt ID provider in New Zealand, as part of an exclusive partnership with Cutera. TruSculpt ID is the latest technology available to permanently and non-invasively remove body fat. “We have been leaders in non-invasive cellulite and body contouring treatments in Auckland for 17 years,” says Sue Crake, owner of the Remuera salon.

HOW DOES TRUSCULPT ID WORK? TruSculpt ID employs a unique form of low frequency monopolar radio frequency energy that penetrates deep into the adipose tissue and is able treat the entire fat pad. Given each patient’s unique biological complex the TruSculpt ID is able to adjust the energy output to compensate for fibrous tissue ensuring each patient receives an optimally effective treatment. HOW IS TREATMENT PERFORMED? An initial evaluation is performed to frame the desired treatment areas. A total of six hand pieces may be used to target an area that is larger than three CoolSculpt cool max applicators (approximately 12 SculpSure applicators). Each hand piece is gently applied using a piece of double sided tape and then wrapped around the body ensuring full contact. Patients have reported experiencing mild heat with an overall high level of comfort during the 15-minute session. HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM A CANDIDATE? Unlike other non-invasive fat removal procedures such as CoolSculpt and SculpSure TruSculpt ID does not have any BMI (body mass index) or weight restrictions. Almost anyone can be treated with the TruSculpt ID. HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED? Ninety-five percent of patients will only require one treatment per area! We can treat multiple (as many as three) areas in a single 15 minute session!






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My Myanmar WO R D S — AN G E P I R I E, D I R E C T O R, WO R L D J O U R N E Y S

Blissfully untouched by mass tourism, Myanmar offers visitors a rare opportunity to travel back in time. Its melting pot of cultures consists of more than 135 different ethnic groups, each with its own history, culture, language and cuisine. Add in some spectacular scenery and a crumbling colonial charm and you have a truly special destination.

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As with most Buddhist countries, a sense of calm pervades daily life, particularly in rural areas. We, however, started out in the bustling city of Yangon where modern high-rises are under construction adjacent to centuries-old colonial buildings. If you only visit one temple in Yangon, head for Shwedagon Pagoda, a stunning vision in gold and beloved by the locals. We thoroughly enjoyed an excursion on the quirky Elephant Coach, a restored colonial style bus with a beautiful teak interior accommodating just six guests in large comfy seating, complete with air-con, and a lovely host serving cool drinks! Yangon’s Belmond Governor’s Residence is a truly five-star hotel offering shady trees, a gorgeous pool, beautiful teak buildings and a whir of fans providing a cool retreat from the summer heat. You must try the Tiffin dinner – a deliciously iconic experience. If you prefer being in the centre of town, head for The Strand Hotel with its colonial history, famed high tea and atmospheric cocktail bar. In Bagan, the ancient temples strewn across the vast plains are simply outstanding and best viewed at sunrise or sunset, a sight that would ably compete with Machu Picchu or the temples of Mexico for the ‘wow factor’! We stayed at the beautiful Bagan Lodge which offers glamping-style suites in resort-like grounds, complete with stunning swimming pools and a gorgeous spa. Mandalay is the religious heart of Myanmar, with a rich historical legacy from its time as the Royal Capital of the last Burmese King. The people here are incredibly friendly and I


loved interacting with the students on Mandalay Hill, who were all keen to practice their English. In fact, wherever we went, the people were delightful. Myanmar’s complicated political situation over the years has made life difficult for many, but as they are now free to discuss issues openly, you’ll find that the locals are very enthusiastic to engage with foreigners and share their stories. Arguably the best way to experience Myanmar is on a leisurely cruise down the Ayeryawady River. Anawrahta, our beautiful ship, saw us gliding past life on the serene river and embarking on daily excursions to rural villages and fascinating monasteries. Onboard life included the option of yoga at sunrise, beautifully luxurious cabins, and delicious cuisine. A highlight was a rooftop barbecue one evening under the stars. Tasty culinary favourites included delicious pickled tea leaves, noodle soups, and a variety of subtle curries. November through to February is a great time to visit, when it’s free of heavy monsoon rains and comfortably cool. Take an open-mind and be prepared to fall in love with its beautiful landscapes and equally beautiful people.

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The Art of September WO R D S — AI M É E R AL F I N I

For lovers of New Zealand art who want to see new and exciting work by our artists but who also have itchy feet, we have you covered. Some of the following are expats based abroad, others are exhibiting overseas at the top of their game. September is a great month to grab your passport and head off to Europe, the US, or Asia where homegrown talent is making waves on the international stage. For those tight on time, there’s a weekend away option in Tasmania, too.

Post hoc Dane Mitchell Palazzina Canonica 2019

Simon Denny, Amazon worker cage patent drawing as virtual King Island Brown Hornbill cage (US 9,280,157 B2: “System for transporting personal within an active workspace”, 2016). 2019. 120 x 100 x 270 cm. White matt powder coated stainless steel, steel, aluminium and MDF panels, plastic wheels Photo: MONA/Jesse Hunniford.

LONG HAU L Dane Mitchell: Post Hoc, Venice

W E E K E N D AWAY Simon Denny, Mine, Tasmania

Interview with Dane on the Art Ache Spotify podcast. Known as the Olympics of art, the Venice Biennale is pretty much the top for artists. New Zealand’s 2019 representative is Dane Mitchell whose project delivers cryptic lists of the vanished, the lost, or the destroyed. Mitchell’s work broadcasts a vast inventory of bygone things to locations throughout the city via fake tree cellphone towers, structures in the guise of another of our disappearing treasures. At the Palazzina Canonica scrolling lengths of white paper emerge from the ceiling and cascade across the floor in an elegantly minimal installation, lists of all that which has been lost. Make sure your phone is charged, the fake trees double as transmitters, providing smartphone access to hot spots which let you hear the lists.

Berlin-based Simon Denny is one of the international art world’s hottest young talents. He represented NZ at the 2015 Venice Biennale and with recent major exhibitions in London and New York he’s flying high. Denny describes himself as a “very cerebral kind of guy who likes to pack a lot of ideas and information into shows” and he’s not kidding. The exhibition attempts to collapse observations about some of the world’s most complex and intricately connected systems – including capitalism, labour, technology, and environmental catastrophe – into something digestible. It’s a tough call, but Denny manages it through a clever mixture of giant board games, life-size replicas of machines and products, and augmented reality that operates throughout the exhibition.

V ENUE Palazzina Canonica on Venice’s Riva dei Sette Martiri. Until 24 November 2019.

VENUE Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania. Until April 2020.


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Still from ‘The Scream of the Strawbear’, digital video, 2019 LONG HAU L Matthew Cowan: The Scream of the Strawbear, Germany

New Zealand is one of six countries to hold a special exhibition at the 2019 Beijing International Art Biennale. Thirty-four works from 21 contemporary New Zealand artists are included under the ‘A Colourful World and A Shared Future’ theme including Philippa Blair, Kerry Ann Lee, Tracey Tawhaio, Michael Tuffery, and Evan Woodruffe. Tracey Tawhaio (Ngai te Rangi, Whakatohea, Tuwharetoa) creates powerful art works from the unconventional art material of newspaper. Obscuring words and using alternating blocks of boldly coloured oil pastel and graphic symbols, her art ‘rewrites’ the news from an alternative, Māori perspective, changing the focus of each news item and subverting the editorial slant. VENUE National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Until 23 September 2019.

Throughout his practice Matthew Cowan has explored rituals of European folk celebration and their uneasy relationship with contemporary life. Carnival-esque and mysterious, Cowan’s photographs, videos, and performances celebrate the full glory and deeply strange expression of folk costumes and traditions. His exhibition includes footage of a Strohbär procession, a longstanding German folk ritual where a man covered completely in straw is led around the village at the end of a large chain, and a Maimann procession which involves an enormous costume constructed entirely from green leaves and children who run around and collect eggs and bacon from houses. See if you can spot shots of native NZ bush somewhere in the exhibition also. Now that he’s based in Europe we don’t get to see enough of Matthew Cowan, so let’s hope this solo show encourages a major exhibition of his work here soon. V ENUE Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo. Until 15 September 2019. Ruth Buchanan Split, Splits, Splitting, 2019

LO N G HAU L Virginia King: Personal Structures, Venice Also in Venice, Virginia King is showing at the Palazzo Bembo, a 15th-century building adjacent to the Rialto Bridge on Venice’s Grand Canal. A long-time environmentalist, King has often used her creative voice to focus attention on the environment. Her finely detailed metal sculptures echo the fragility and vulnerability of the Earth’s eco-systems and are informed by nature, mythology, history, science and literature. Over three metres long, 'Floating Alphabet' was a performance work in the Canal di Sant’Alvise in connection with the exhibition. VENUE Palazzo Bembo, Palazzo Mora and Giardini Marinaressa, Venice. Until 24 November 2019.

G E T TO T H E GAT E ! Ruth Buchanan: Otterlo Be in quick to see this exhibition by a New Zealand artist developing some serious credentials on the world stage. In the Netherlands Ruth Buchanan has been commissioned to create a new work in response to German minimalist Charlotte Posenenske’s practice. Investigating the boundary between art and daily life, Buchanan questions the role of language and architecture in relation to the artist in an installation around walls, doors, hallways, and windows. VENUE Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo. Until 15 September 2019.



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30 Aug—22 Sep Herald Theatre Aotea Centre


5 and 12 Sep The Elephant Wrestler 138 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna

10 Sep 6:30pm Academy Cinema 4 Lorne St, Auckland

Mr Red Light (pictured above) Mr Red Light is a man who attracts bad luck. So naturally, when he tries to rob a bank he fails miserably and ends up in a pie shop dealing with three very uncooperative hostages and the world’s worst police negotiator. As time ticks by, Mr Red Light and his captives play a game of getting to know you. And mysteriously, Mr Red Light seems to know more about his hostages’ lives than is possible. Written by Carl Bland and presented by Nightsong with Auckland Live. You can purchase tickets from the Auckland Live website.

Bottomless Dumplings at The Elephant Wrestler Every Thursday from 6pm at Your Larger Than Life Local! How many dumplings can you devour? Find out for yourself at The Elephant Wrestler's Bottomless Dumplings. For just $25, you can eat as many dumplings as your heart desires with a glass of beer or bubbles to wash 'em all down. Hang around for Live Band Karaoke at 8pm where you can live out your rock star dreams with your very own backing band, or simply sit back and enjoy the free show. Bookings essential.

2019 Sundance Film Festival Shorts Tour The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is an 80-minute theatrical program of six short films selected from this year’s Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many nowprominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2019 program offers new audiences a taste of what the festival offers, from sharply-written comedy and drama to edgy genre and an intimate family saga. You can grab your tickets from the Academy Cinema website.

11—26 Sep ASB Waterfront Theatre 138 Halsey St, Auckland

Kensington Swan season of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Oscar-winning screenwriter and playwright Tom Stoppard turns Shakespeare’s Hamlet inside out in this hilarious slapstick comedy. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find themselves as the headline act in Shakespeare’s greatest play. There’s no escaping their fate as pawns in Hamlet’s game of thrones, but before they are outwitted, the duo grab the spotlight as fearlessly funny commentators on their madcap predicament.

13 Sep 7pm Hollywood Avondale 20 St. Georges Rd, Auckland

Going West Writers Festival - Poetry Slam Going West Poetry Slam! It’s where the best stand-up poets lay it on the line. Come and see who has got the chops to rise to the top! Entrants will be coached by none other than internationally renowned slammer and teacher Carrie Rudzinski. The final will be MC’d by Ken Arkind, DJ'd by Sandy Mill Music and there’s a high-octane judging panel comprising Ria Masae (last year’s winner), novelist and uber slammer Dominic "Tourettes" Hoey and founding Voices on RNZ producer Lynda Chanwai-Earle.

13 Sep 9pm Raynham Park 145 Karangahape Rd, Auckland

No Standing, Only Dancing: Warhol Edition No Standing Only Dancing, is a culture movement of people who love to dance to only the best disco/funk tracks created in the Studio 54 era. There's no rules here, so dance how you want to dance, dress how you want to dress, do what you want to do, and be prepared to let go. Perhaps you're new to the Studio 54 scene? In the late 1970s, at the peak of the disco dancing and music trend, Studio 54 was a building renamed after its location, and became a world-famous nightclub and discotheque. This event sells out so grab your tickets fast from the Eventbrite website.


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13—15 Sep Potters Park & Mt Eden War Memorial Hall Dominion Rd

2019 Dominion Road Moon Festival In China, East Asian and Southeast Asian, the Moon Festival (known as Mid-Autumn Festival in the northern hemisphere) is a time to celebrate the arrival of the new moon with colourful lanterns, and outdoor activities around the community. The Dominion Rd Moon Festival is a new multi-cultural event involving interactive light displays, cultural and musical performance, food stalls and indoor exhibitions including moon cake and lantern making demonstrations. This event, new to Auckland, is proudly bought to you by the Albert Eden Local Board, Balmoral Chinese Business Association and the Dominion Rd Business Association.

1 Oct 7pm Spitting Feathers 16 Wyndham St, Auckland

Paint and Wine Night - The Scream The concept is simple - take a brush in one hand, a drink in the other and let’s paint a masterpiece! You are going to be painting 'The Scream' which is one of the world's most famous paintings, brought to life over one hundred years ago in 1893 by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Munch was inspired to paint this striking piece after taking a stroll along a path one evening and instantly felt tired and ill, the painting is symbolic of how he felt at the time. Book your tickets at the Paint Vine website.

2 Oct 7:30pm Q Theatre 305 Queen St, Auckland

Pōhutu The past, present and future abruptly intersect in multi-disciplinary performance, Pōhutu, a rich synthesis of image, object, movement, and sound. At the age of 88 Bianca's grandmother now has Alzheimer's. Pōhutu draws parallels between a kuia's shapeshifting mind and the restlessness of her whenua 'Te Whakarewarewatanga-o-te-ope-taua-aWahiao, Rotorua'. Made from the echoes of lived experiences, of multi-layered realities and of re-imaginings, Pōhutu is a visceral experience not to be missed. Pōhutu is created by visionary Aotearoa artists, choreographer Bianca Hyslop (Atamira Dance Company) and artist Rowan Pierce (Movement of the Human). Buy your tickets from NZ Patron Base.

3 Oct 8pm Hollywood Theatre 20 St. Georges Rd, Avondale

Spice World Climb aboard the double decker Spice Bus for a madcap musical adventure with the sexy phenomenons of pop. Spice World is a lighthearted comedy showing fictional events leading up to the group’s major concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, liberally interspersed with dream sequences and flashbacks as well as surreal moments and humorous asides. A chance to dress up and have a fun night out with the girls! Purchase your tickets quick from Hollywood Theatres website. 119

4—5 Oct 8pm Q Theatre 305 Queen St, Auckland

NZ Music Double Bill: Dances With Aldous Harding Sparked by an interest in forging connections between Aotearoa’s dance and music communities, Tempo has invited some of the country’s most inventive young choreographers to respond to the music of iconic NZ singer/ songwriter Aldous Harding. Dances with Aldous promises to summon the haunting and momentous powers of this extraordinary musician. An important occasion for music lovers and fans of dance alike, this double bill show will be theatre like we haven’t quite seen it before.

5 Oct 9am Kelmarna Community Garden 12 Hukanui Crescent, Ponsonby

Advanced Home Gardening, with Pakaraka Permaculture To have a super productive garden is to do a lot of small things very well. Come and sharpen your skills in this comprehensive workshop with Yotam Kay (Pakaraka Permaculture), aimed for experienced growers. Learn advanced skills about how to grow nutritious food for you and your family in your backyard or small plot. We will cover many essential topics that will help you grow an even more productive garden, that is capable of feeding you and your family throughout the year. Whether you've been growing for two or three seasons, or 10, there will be loads to learn from Yotam's experience as a professional grower. Tickets from the Eventbrite website.


Hidden Gem WO R D S — J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S

Pounamu, or ‘greenstone’, is the name given to the nephrite jade and is sacred—or tapu— to Māori. It is found only on South Island, mostly in large boulders around the rivers Taramaku and Arahura on West Coast, as well as Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound—and so the title of Te Wai Pounamu was bestowed upon the region, which translates as ‘the waters of greenstone’. Pounamu is of extra special significance to the Ngāi Tahu who serve as the legal guardians of this revered resource. According to Māori legend, their original ancestors even set sail with the intention of discovering this mythical ‘God stone’.

“Pounamu is a vessel which can house the essence of things,” says Ben Te Aika, a Ngai Tahu master carver, to Tourism New Zealand. “Through spiritual practices, pounamu can be cleansed and imbued with purpose.” Greenstone is believed to connect the heavens to the earth, the stars to the water, and, in turn, connect its wearer to their history and culture and to their surrounding elements, too. “It can also enhance and protect the mana of its possessor,” says Te Aika. “Pounamu often leaves its keepers and is known to disappear only to be found in another time and place when it is ready."

Pounamu in Practice

Nephrite jade is mostly a calcium magnesium silicate whose taut fibres account for its unsurpassed durability and why, when finished, it retains such an alluring, polished glow. Recognising its strength, Māori originally used pounamu to make sharp tools such as adzes, knives and chisels, shaped by sandstone. It was also used to fashion fish hooks and weaponry like spears, and, most famously, the fierce, sharpedged club known as the mere. Owing to their beauty, pounamu weapons served as ceremonial symbols carried by chiefs as a sign of status and sometimes given as peace offerings. And then there’s the exquisite jewellery.

Jade carving set on a driftwood display stand, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

Another legend, this time concerning the stone’s origin, recounts how Poutini, a water-being, fell in love and escaped with a beautiful married woman called Waitaiki. Later, rather than be captured by her husband and lose her, Poutini instead turned his captive into his essence, pounamu, resting her forever in the riverbed of the Arahura.

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Types of Pounamu • the translucent kahurangi is among the most treasured due to its scarcity, and fittingly translates as ‘treasured sky’. • kawakawa is darker in colour with rich spots or lines—and named after the native pepper tree whose leaves’ markings it resembles. • also named after a native tree, the green body of raukaraka is blessed with complementary splashes of yellow and orange. • named after the native bird, totoweka is a type of kawakawa famed for its red iron flecks. • kokopu borrows its name from a native trout owing to its charmingly mottled texture. • a type of whitebait is the fish that lends its name to inanga thanks to the greenstone’s streaks of silver. • considered by many to be the most gorgeous of greenstones, flower jade boasts beautiful bursts of gold colouring.

Images from ngaitahupounamu.com

Symbolic Greenstone Cut from boulders with diamond saws, only around 10 percent of pounamu is considered of jewellery quality. While precious stones are generally valued by carat weight, pieces of pounamu are examined individually to assess their strength, colour and markings, and to see how they can best be carved. From rings to bracelets to earrings, just about any jewellery piece can be fashioned from greenstone, but the most iconic are undoubtedly the carved pendants that are worn around the neck. Common carvings include: • hei matu, or ‘fish hook’, that symbolises the significance of fishing to Māori and their connection to the sea. It’s said to also bring luck and keep the wearer safe while travelling. • the spiral of the koru, a metaphor for hope and new beginnings. • the notion of friendship honoured by the intertwined twist of the pikorua.

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• hei tiki, a nod to the first man—son of the Sky Father and Earth Mother—often gifted from parent to child. • the protective figure of manaia, whose bird’s head, man’s body, and fish’s tail represents balance between the elements. Buyers should be aware that Ngai Tahu-authenticated pieces are bestowed unique codes that identify the origin and the genealogy—or whakapapa—of the stone, as well as how it was extracted and carved, and the artist who did so. This can be done through the Authentic Greenstone website (ngaitahupounamu.com). Not only does this ensure the item’s legitimacy, but that it was sourced with cultural respect. V E RV E M AGA ZIN E .CO.N Z



A BIG BITE IN Small Chunks WO R D S – J AM I E C H R I S T I AN D E S P L AC E S

It’s hardly breaking news that our attention spans are shrinking, yet there has never been more information to consume—and it’s getting ever-easier to consume it. A study by the market research company, eMarketer, concluded that since 2012, the time we spend watching clips on our phone has exploded from six minutes to well over an hour. Such behaviour has in part inspired the creation of a revolutionary subscription-based streaming service called Quibi. Due to be rolled out in the US and Canada in April 2020 (globally a little later), Quibi is a Netflix-like platform that proffers two- to fourhour series split into easily digestible eight- to ten-minute chunks, called ‘chapters’. Company founder, Jeffrey Katzenberg, compares the streaming structure to the short chapters of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code that allows readers to be feel satisfied even when unable to dedicate themselves to lengthy reading (or viewing) sessions. Katzenberg is one of the most trusted— and safest—names in the industry, having been a leading figure at Disney during the 1980s before co-founding Dreamworks, while the Quibi CEO—Katzenberg’s first appointment—is Meg Whitman who previously held the same rank at both HP and eBay. What also sets Quibi apart from the competition is that its content is filmed to be viewed exclusively on a mobile device to the extent that the experience would, perversely, be diminished on a computer or TV screen. It’s a “third generation of film narrative” that, says Katzenberg, “you have to see to understand”. Whitman adds that it should be viewed as a complement to, rather than competitor of, the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. All genres are covered, including comedy, drama, documentary and reality, sitting somewhere between contemporary short-form content and traditional TV or film, with tantalising elements such as interactive capabilities (like Netflix’s

Bandersnatch) and a horror series called After Dark that can only be watched at night (your mobile device will let the streaming service know of your time and location). The horror series is written and directed by none other than Steven Spielberg who shores up a roster of A-list talent that also includes the likes of Gullermo del Toro and Sami Raimi. Elba vs Block pits actor Idris Elba against rally driver Ken Block in a series of driving stunts. “I love challenges, I love speed and I’m a ‘wheel man’,” says Elba, “so let’s see how this plays out.” Such signings have attracted the signatures of some big-time investors, reportedly to the tune of US$1 billion, and in June, the Wall Street Journal revealed that Quibi has raised US$100 million in ad revenue from the likes of Google and Pepsi Co. It was also recently announced that Quibi has struck a deal with NBC to broadcast a morning and nightly news bulletin aimed at Millennials and Gen Z’ers, with Noah Oppenheim, president of NBC News, noting that the service’s target demographic are “as hungry for smart and trustworthy news as prior generations”. Detractors have questioned why anyone would pay for a service when similar offerings are available from the likes of YouTube, but Katzenberg argues that audiences have form when it comes to paying for things they could otherwise get for nothing. “Six or seven years ago, all music was free and available,” he tells Vulture, before pointing out that there are now “187 million people who pay $10 a month for either Apple Music or Spotify”. Not because the music is any different or any better quality, but because of playlists and recommendations and sets of features that “actually make the consumption of music very, very easy for us”. Besides, Quibi promises to be like nothing else. Time will tell whether or not audiences agree— and, more importantly, whether they think it’s a service worth shelling out for.

Quibi, Quick! • Quibi is short for ‘quick bites’. • Its HQ is the West Wing building in the trendy, legendary Hollywood Media District. • There will be two pricing tiers: the base US$4.99 one with 10-15-second ads; and an ad-free option for US$7.99. First time users will get a free trial period, possibly lasting two weeks. • Katzenberg has stated that there will be at least 25 pieces of content rolled out each day, complemented by bi-weekly higherprofile releases known as ‘lighthouse projects’.

stitch together full-length edits of their work, without breaks, that can be sold elsewhere after two years.

• Frat Boy Genius is a Social Network-inspired look at the rise of Evan Spiegel, founder of Snapchat.

• Quibi launches on 6 April 2020 in North America, ahead of a global rollout.

• The Last American Vampire is the story of a female FBI agent partnered with an ancient vampire, written by Terry Matalas of 12 Monkeys fame.

Confirmed Quibi Content • A look at some of the shows already scheduled to be streamed... • 50 States of Fear is a horror anthology inspired by the myths and urban legends of each American state.

• The Now is a black comedy about a suicidal man learning to seize the day. • Beauty is a Tyra Banks-led docu-series about how society judges what’s beautiful.

• Action Scene sees Kevin Hart play a fictionalised comedic version of himself as a rejected actor.

• Fight Like a Girl pairs professional women wrestlers with trainees with personal issues.

• Eight ‘super-premium’ movies will be launched in the first fortnight, with 26 original flicks to follow.

• Charlemagne explores the life and times of the Medieval Roman emperor who united east and west Europe.

• Each project will be divided in to short ‘chapters’ owned exclusively by Quibi for seven years. Content owners may

• Crazy Talented sees patients in a mental institution convinced they have superhero powers.

• Thanks a Million is hosted by Jennifer Lopez and sees her and nine others pass on US$100,000 to someone who influenced them early in their lives, with the deal being that they must then pay it forward by giving away $50,000, and so on.



Andrew Cox Interiors

World of WearableArt® Display Comes to QT Wellington

She Only Sees with Mirrors, Rodney Leong, New Zealand

Exhibition: 16-22 September Shop 4D, Ponsonby Central 136-146 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby 124

As an interior designer, I have always used colour in my work, add to that structure, space, texture, and form, and you’ll discover the eclectic outcomes of my projects. Besides design I have also enjoyed creating artwork similarly varied, I find myself going off on tangents at any moment, a lot of them up blind alleys. Sometimes I make it back and can appreciate what I’ve achieved. A few years ago I started buying vintage Meccano on Amazon and eBay, creating three-dimensional abstract sculpture. I loved the results, however, I also wanted to create something else, work that may have broader appeal. So I started exploring the possibilities of upscaling the Meccano up from 1.1 to other sizes. I started drawing and painting outlines until I arrived at a 6:1 scale. This allowed me to realise a new medium to work with, overlapping metal strips with cutouts, timber to hold them to the wall, and with bright paint colours (of course!). The resulting artwork is set off by 25mm creating shadows that add to the rhythm of the work. For the exhibition I’ve created 12 pieces, each of them different, each of them conjuring up different interpretations and possibilities of what they represent. I look forward to meeting you at the show.

Think QT Wellington and art, design, curiosities and a dash of the absurd spring to mind. With the World of WearableArt® (WOW®) spectacular arriving in Wellington towards the end of September, it’s of little surprise QT Wellington is closely connected to this unmissable event. With its passion and support of art and design, WOW® has partnered with QT Wellington to bring an exclusive display of four original wearable art pieces to the hotel for the duration of the WOW® Awards Show season, 26 September to 13 October 2019. The four garments on display during WOW® will be the 2014 Supreme WOW® Award winner Poly Nation by New Zealand designer Kate MacKenzie. This garment will be accompanied by Something Wicked This Way Comes by Wellington designer Eve Gilliland, Feminine Mettle by Frank Strunk III, United States, and She Only Sees With Mirrors by Rodney Leong, New Zealand. These designs will be easily accessible for viewing in the Long Gallery by the porte cochere and inside the hotel lobby area. If you can’t make it to Wellington for WOW®, you don’t need to miss out! Several of US designer Julian Hartzog’s garments will move into the Long Gallery (after this year’s show is over) including Come Fly With Me, Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen Before, Starship Girl and Girls in Ribbons. Hartzog’s Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen Before won the 2017 International Design Award: Americas. To further indulge your love of art and design, treat yourself to a stay in one of QT Wellington’s Gallery four rooms— each room is unique in its design with its very own bespoke artwork from 19 local artists. To find out more and to book go to qtwellington.com

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The Art of Death 14 September — 27 October 2019


Taxidermy is an historic artform that is currently having a female-led resurgence. Visit The Art of Death exhibition at Highwic, one of Auckland's finest Carpenter Gothic houses, presented by The Metropolitan Club in association with Heritage New Zealand and Hendrick's Gin. Learn about the history of taxidermy and see some fabulous creatures on loan from the Auckland Museum. Discover how a group of young New Zealand artists have taken over the rooms of this historic house with a series of bespoke artworks and installations, inspired by and including taxidermy. These works consider the importance of the human connection to the natural world, the life affirming possibilities found in death, share their gothic visions and explore changing

attitudes toward mourning and commemoration practices from the Victorian era to today. The Art of Death exhibition will be supported by a series of live events and activities including taxidermy classes, 'Meet the Artist' sessions, 'Death Drawing' experiences, musical interludes and children’s art workshops. Normal admission prices to Highwic applies: $10 for adults and free for children. For further details of the exhibitions and events programme please see: themetropolitan.club or highwic.co.nz

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State Highway 48, a New Zealand rock opera featuring 26 original songs, is making its Auckland debut this October. The story follows a typical Kiwi family as they encounter the challenges of middle-aged life, including changes with family, work and friendships. Through these, the main character Dave struggles with the black dog of depression. Chris Williams, the writer and composer, utilised his struggles with mental health to develop the play. Verve's Claire Scott chatted to Chris about State Highway 48 the other day. What makes State Highway 48 unique? As a musical, it’s not your standard song and dance show. It’s a depiction of life, raw and real with songs replacing dialogue. I’m not aware of any other shows that deal with this subject matter with all music while dealing with some very heavy themes. It’s made in New Zealand, and we want to take it to the world.


State Highway 48 features characters struggling with mental health problems. Was it challenging to try to portray these earnestly? Why did you find it important for mental health to play such a central role? It was important to me to include mental health in the show because it’s so prevalent in our everyday lives and is the cause of a great deal of struggle for many people. One of the biggest problems is that many people, particularly men, don’t talk about it. I wanted to include it as no story about the road of middle age would be accurate without it. Plus I’ve always thought that even if we get one audience member from every show talking, then we’ve made a difference. To make sure I had created a faithful portrayal of depression, I had the script assessed by the Health Promotion Agency— the people who created the John Kirwan campaign. I also invited their Mental Health Manager, Virginia Duncan, to the launch of our professional run in 2016. She sent me a glowing endorsement of the portrayal of depression. What styles of music does the play feature? The music is deliberately accessible so as to allow it to depict everyday life. There’s a mix of ballads, rock, blues and even a couple of semi-classical pieces.







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An Audi E-Tron

Carbon Zero Event Extravaganza WO R D S — DAV E M C L E O D P H O T O G R AP H Y — D I L L O N P H O T O G R AP H Y

It would appear that the human race is a social bunch. Currently, 4.3 billion of us flock to populate city centres all across the globe and it’s estimated that this will grow to 6.7 billion by 2050. We emit CO2 at an alarming rate and inevitably seem to be on a fast track to grinding to a halt. Well, not if Audi AG has anything to do with it.

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As a company, ‘Future‘ Audi AG is exploring everything possible to keep us moving sustainably, from shared mobility and driverless cars to robo-taxis and even looking to the sky with vertical mobility. But it’s the E-Tron that has them amped up right now, and they took us to Queenstown to show us why.

Much like a truck’s engine brake you can adjust the amount of engine resistance and ultimately charge using the left and right paddles. There’s plenty more to talk about in terms of this advanced BEV (battery EV) SUV but we were itching to get on (and off) the road.

Like many of us, until recently, whenever I thought of electric vehicles, all I could muster up were images of rather unimaginative, compact urban-dwelling golf-carts, that despite being environmentally superior to most of their gas-guzzling opposition, just seem to limp flaccidly between charging stations. Thankfully, the 'landscape' is changing and now Audi has released a vehicle built to traverse it all: the E-Tron.

Audi (and Downforce) had devised a full-on route that would include tarmac, soft/off-road and then a first zero-emissions public ice drive experience in the southern hemisphere. It would showcase the SUV's prowess on all manner of terrains and give us ample time to get a good feel for the vehicle itself.

Our E-Tron experience began in a conference room at The Rees Hotel, where we were informed of the merits of this all-new Audi. Just as the Quattro did 38 years ago with powertrains, the E-Tron embraces a progressive design, high-performance and high-technology triangle that is set to revolutionise the EV world. For despite boasting class-leading drag coefficient numbers of 0.27, the E-Tron is a full-size (4.9m long x 1.94m wide) five-seater premium SUV that (as we found out) has the ability to take you wherever you want to go and thrill you while it’s at it. The E-Tron comes with an Audi SUV hallmark grille complete with vertical slats however the horizontal ones open and close automatically depending on how much the motors behind need to breathe. The LED Matrix headlamps are standard but their ‘use’ is an additional option and the lower air curtains that feed air to the wheels complete the view up front. The E-Tron’s profile, sports special aerodynamic wheels, Quattro ‘blister’ flared arches, a charging flap on the driver’s side, video cameras instead of wing mirrors and a bulging design line which indicates how low the 36 module battery system lies underneath. At the rear, more aerodynamics in the shape of a roofline spoiler, it has a full width LED light bar with a few more slats thrown in for good measure and of course no exhaust.

We were to be heading east to Clyde Dam but (as it turned out) not in the usual route, so we grabbed the keys to one of the E-Trons with the mirror cameras. In all honesty, having small screens in the door instead of mirrors took a little getting used to, especially on the driver’s side, but by the time we got halfway along Kawarau Gorge, it all seemed pretty natural. But not as natural as the ride itself. Although the road offered twisting turns and steep gradients, the 2.5-tonne E-Tron didn’t bat an eyelid. It’s super quiet and the ride is as smooth as silk, it’s almost unnerving. The steering feels positive and the chassis (complete with the 700kg of battery weight) offered virtually no roll at all. We detoured over Hawkesburn Road, an off-the-main-highway route that, thanks to the recent rain, offered tight muddy hill climbs with slippery descents. We had winter tyres underfoot so the E-Tron was obviously more prepared than the average Auckland vehicle but even so, the SUV handled the exercise like a champ. It seriously wouldn’t have spilt a latte. Following a drive across the top of the dam (a place that generates 2,100GWh of renewable power annually) and a tour of the facility itself, they opened the floodgates for a highly impressive selfie moment, before heading back to the hotel. Just quietly, it was awesome.

The interior is very upmarket Audi, with oodles of leather and high-polished surfaces. The MMI (multi-media interface) is intuitive and easy to navigate around, the virtual cockpit is bright and clear, and the horizontal lines of the dash add to the feeling of space. In truth, it is spacious inside though. The lack of transmission tunnel offers plenty of room both in terms of centre console and rear leg room, plus there’s 600 litres of luggage space and an extra 60 litres in the frunk (cubby hole where the engine would be).

Up early-ish the next morning and donning our ultra-warm Huffer winter coats, we headed to Wanaka and the Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground, time to get our drift on. I wasn’t sure of how the big E-Tron would handle the snow, assuming it would either be too safe or offer no traction at all, neither assumptions were correct. With traction control off, the E-Tron is a four-wheel drift king, with plenty of rear-wheel driving bias to have you slip-sliding away. Under the direction of Downforce’s Audi ice-driving-trained professionals, we slalomed, drifted and spun our wheels for an hour of wintery fun.

Behind the scenes, the 95kWh (84kWh usable) powers two motors, 135kw in the front and 165kW at the rear giving (up to) 300kW and 664Nm under boost and a 0-100km/h time of 5.7seconds, also, depending on how you drive, up to 417km of range. Plus, the E-Tron runs a ‘brake by wire’ system that connects your foot pedal to the brakes electronically.

The final run from the mountain top to the airport was turned into an energy challenge. We regenerative braked and coasted our way the 54km downhill and along the Crown Range, in order to get the least battery percentage loss. In total, we used just six percent!

On the subject of brakes, what would normally be gear paddles behind the steering wheel are now effectively brake paddles.

The Audi E-Tron fulfilled its promise. It’s a luxurious, premium SUV that handled the huge variety of terrains and landscapes and came away smiling. A big tick for Future Audi AG.



Psychic Civic

Honda Civic RS Sensing Review WO R D S - DAV E M C L E O D

With the current Civic RS already having received a bold new look and brand new attitude, Honda ‘thought’ they’d make it a little bit psychic too. We went along to check out the new Civic RS ‘Sensing’ and somehow they knew we were coming. We took a look at the tenth, yes, tenth generation Honda Civic last year and were more than suitably impressed. A racy front with an aggressive styling, coupe body design and reshaped tail end. The interior space is class-leading and modern with the RS model sporting leather seats and contrast stitching. The RS model also came (and still does) with a powerful 1.5L DOHC VTEC turbo engine that delivers 220Nm and 127Kw while offering 6.3L/100km efficiency and 144g/km emissions. So what of the new ‘Sensing’ model? Well, the handling has been upgraded for starters. For those that are interested, hydraulic bushings and RS stabilisers give you a firmer feel should you wish to be more enthusiastic around the bends. The RS model I played with had the extra sporty exterior, new bumper and grille, a cool body coloured bootlid spoiler and came in a very ‘smart’ Phoenix Orange colour. On the subject of smart, let’s not forget the Civic’s new advanced sensing suite. In many ways, the list of protective systems that this five-star ANCAP Honda has up its sleeve is vast but with the addition of cameras and radars I wish to point out a few of my faves.

To keep you on the road and between the lines, the Civic RS has a lane and road departure mitigation system. Orange warning signs flash up on the digital instrument cluster informing you of the impending issues. Should you not pay heed, the vehicle’s lane keep assist system will add a few steering wheel inputs, gently moving the car back into lane. Should the Civic sense the possibility of impact, the collision mitigation system will pre-load the brakes and send you a warning alert, visual and audible, then visual, audible plus light brake, and finally, visual, audible plus light brake. Let’s hope you never see, hear or feel any of those. Features you’ll be happy to utilise though are adaptive cruise control, and low-speed follow. Essentially, the Civic will simply lock onto the car in front and maintain the same distance, even if it slows to a full stop, making heavy traffic a breeze. Auto high beam will keep the way ahead immersed in light but is also courteous to oncoming cars, automatically ‘dipping’ in order not to blind them. Plus, Honda’s smart ‘Lane Watch’ remains. A small camera on the passenger side door mirror displays the entire near side of car (and of any traffic that sits in the left hand lane) on to the infotainment screen; blind spots be gone. The Honda Civic RS remains a fun car to drive, actually more so thanks to the uprated suspension, but the addition of the easy to use and oh so protective 'sensing suite' makes this everyday performance motor nigh on psychic.


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Pet Nutrition “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition” — Thomas Edison


As urban companion animal clinicians at The Strand Veterinarian we’ve noticed a concerning upsurge in the number of skin, gut and liver cases we see daily. What’s up with that? Over the past three years Dr Justine Alley has dedicated time and energy into exploring the intricacies and latest clinical data on pet nutrition, as we believe the gut is the answer. Ongoing discussions with pet health advocates in the wellness and nutrition sectors has allowed us to create our own unique strategy on using nutrition to optimise health and wellbeing, thinking outside the square with an individual approach to every patient. A bit different from the big brand approach of treating one condition and ignoring all the others, and paying very little attention to gut health. FOOD IS LURV! Nutrition being the cornerstone of preventative health is not a new concept, especially when thinking about our own health. Our focus has been on finding a range of sustainably farmed, ethically sourced, high quality meatbased (preferably locally produced) recipes that our pets

will love! There is nothing worse than putting your cat or dog on a food that does wonders for their skin, but they pick at the food and then stare longingly, wondering when their 'real food' is coming. Although it takes time, knowledge and dedication to find the perfect fit, it’s worth it in the end. PICK OF THE BEST Our senior nursing team will walk you through the steps in determining the best diet for your four-legged friend, or analyse your current diet to make sure that it is not involved in the plethora of issues that has plagued pet food brands around the world. They will ensure a smooth transition to the new diet, discuss any concerns they may have with our veterinary team, or involve some of our paraprofessionals (acupuncture, specialists, nutritionists, herbal medicine, and so on) if needed. If you ever have any questions about the quality of your pet’s diet, concern about underlying health issues, or just want to make their feeding time more exciting, call us on 09 377 6667 or email thegirls@thestrandvet.co.nz to book a nutrition consult now.

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TOWNS BUILT BY BUSINESS Words – Jamie Christian Desplaces

Family-run for the best part of a century, Sleepyhead is among the nation’s most loved and trusted brands—with polls to prove it—and like any responsible clan, it cares for its kin. In July, the mattress-makers announced plans to shift their manufacturing south from Auckland to Ohinewai as part of a $1 billion project that will include the creation of a new settlement of affordable housing for up to 3,000 residents, and a new factory that will create 1,500 jobs.


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Parent company Comfort Group has snapped up the 176-hectare rural Waikato block, 5km north of Huntly, with plans to build more than 1,000 homes averaging under $500,000, while the state-of-the-art factory promises to more than triple its current manufacturing space to 100,000sqm. Director Craig Turner says that they expect other companies to join their “communitybased programme” that will prevent residents from having to divert their commuting petrol money towards “buying their homes and things they really want to have”. The idyllic location, he tells the Herald, rich in resources, is ideal for “water activities and cycle trails and walkways”. NZ BUILDS New Zealand was, of course, built upon the concept of such ‘model villages’ or ‘company towns’. According Te Ara, it was Captain William Hobson, way back in 1839, who first floated the idea of “East India Company-style ‘factories’ as the best way to settle New Zealand”. Though Aotearoa’s first official town was Kororareka— now Russell—in the Bay of Islands, Wellington was to be the original settlement of the New Zealand Company, a London-based entity whose founder, Edward Gibbon Wakefield, envisioned a series of farming-funded hubs. The 1840s saw the development of such company towns as Whanganui, Nelson, New Plymouth, Dunedin and Christchurch—all still familiar and thriving centres, but some of the most profitable have long since ceased. For nearly half a century Waiuta, near Greymouth, served as the company town for a gold mine that was not just South Island’s largest, but one of the most reliable in the whole world. Second world war enlistment halved the workforce, compounded by a collapsed shaft and flood from which the mine never fully recovered. By the early 1950s, it was a ghost town. Tokomaru, a dairy hub in Eastland suffered a similar fate. Denniston on South Island’s West Coast sat atop one of Aotearoa’s largest coal seams. Founded in the late 19th century, the hub was once home to 2,000 souls, but the closure of the local pub, Red Dog Saloon, in the 1960s marked the end of the mining industry there. Today, its population barely numbers a dozen, but it remains a tourist draw. INVESTMENTS OVERSEAS In this writer’s home city of Birmingham stands one of the world’s most enduring model villages, Bournville, a community built by the Cadbury family in 1879 to house the workers of their chocolate factory. The Second City suburb still has no pubs, as was the wish of the Cadbury’s, who were Quakers, the only exception now being, somewhat paradoxically, the Cadbury factory's social club.

Similarly in the US, in 1900 Milton Hershey founded a community for the staff of his chocolate factory in rural Pennsylvania. The state-of-the-art company town contained public schools, an amusement park and a zoo, as well as streets named after products and ingredients. Like at the original Cadbury factory, chocolate is still made there today. According to the Economist, during the peak era of company towns around one hundred years ago, they housed three percent of the US population. Now social media companies with more cash than some small nations are developing plans for their own versions of such settlements. Facebook are leading the charge, in February announcing an update on their 2017 proposed redevelopment, Willow Village, in California’s Menlo Science & Technology Park. CONTEMPORARY COMPANY TOWNS “The main lesson for Facebook and other tech titans that are mulling worker housing is that company towns should be investments for the future,” writes Zach Mortice for City Lab, “not just temporary fixes for an immediate problem—Silicon Valley’s acute affordable housing crisis.” In response to such observations, Facebook have “made specific enhancements including a new Main Street and Town Square designed for walking, biking, retail, and social gathering”. The tech giant adds that Willow Village will replace the current “outdated one-millionsquare-foot single-use industrial and warehouse complex with much-needed housing, grocery store, pharmacy, local shops, restaurants, offices, public parks and open space for all to enjoy”. Among the 1,500 apartment homes will be 225 “affordable units”. Google has announced plans for an even larger model village in nearby Mountain View that will contain around 8,000 new homes having already spent over US$2.8 billion on local properties in recent years. “We also want to see the area transformed into what the City calls ‘Complete Neighborhoods’,” writes Google’s Mountain View development director, Michael Tymoff, “with a focus on increasing housing options and creating great public places that prioritize people over cars.” The Sleepyhead development might not carry quite such clout, but promises to connect people just the same. Acknowledging Craig Turner and his team’s passion for the project, Mayor of the Waikato District, Allan Sanson, says that it’s not simply about establishing a factory, but “building a community” while creating “a powerful and compelling story about helping the less privileged".



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People are sometimes surprised to learn that King’s College has female students.

While our foundations were originally as a boys’ school, over the last 40 years more than 2,000 girls have graduated from the college. Girls were first admitted in 1980 and at the time it was a bold step. It prompted strong debate amongst King’s families but in the end 15 girls started their journey at the college in Year 13 (formerly 7th form) and began a new era. Entry for girls is now from Year 11 to better fit with the three-year academic cycle leading to Cambridge and NCEA examinations. Girls choose King’s because it offers them more of a challenging environment in their senior secondary school years. With an emphasis on all-round education girls excel in academic, sporting, cultural and community service along with leadership opportunities to help prepare them for tertiary education and beyond.

In 2005 Middlemore House became a sole girls’ boarding house and today attracts a waiting list. In 2006 Taylor House was established as the first girls’ day house and, due to demand, next year we will introduce a second girls’ day house. On graduating, students become life-long members of the King’s College Old Collegians Association (KCOCA) joining over 12,000 members around the world. In June the KCOCA appointed its first woman president in 119 years. Ms Julyan Lawry, who is a general practitioner, attended King’s from 1986-87 and was dux of the college. Next year the college celebrates 40 years of girls at King’s College. This important milestone will be marked with a special Gala Ball to be held in Auckland on Saturday 2 May. We encourage Old Collegians along with current and former parents and staff and supporters of the college to join us for what promises to be a very memorable evening.

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SPRING, PAPERWORK AND CHANGES Cherry blossom and bright yellow daffodils are everywhere. The street I walk along each morning has a magnificent pink cherry blossom tree which, this morning, had about six tui bouncing from branch to branch and making their wonderful sounds. What a great start to the day, absolute magic! Then on to the office to deal with all the changes with the RTA. I thought we had sorted out all the changes, but not so—more lie ahead with more paperwork. The RTA Amendment Bill No 2 has now been passed into law. After 27 August tenants will be liable for lesser of four weeks rent or the landlords insurance excess for careless damage to the property. As a result of this law change, there is now legal requirement to include an insurance statement in all new varied or renewed tenancy agreements. Landlords must provide their insurance information, including excess details. Failure to do so risks a $500 penalty per tenancy! Maybe good news for landlords but more paper work to add to the bulging files, and more filing cabinets—here’s hardly room in my office for me! Now we have notification from the privacy commissioner with guidelines concerning what information we can ask when someone applies for a tenancy! 4 0 S T J O H N S R D, M E AD OW B AN K J U S T R E N TAL S . C O. N Z 09 52 8 4 81 8 J U S T R E N TAL S @X T R A. C O. N Z

Good reason for me to go out and enjoy the blossom, daffodils and birdsong, and forget for a moment about all of these changes that keep on coming. I shall buy a bunch of daffodils to place on my office desk but will have to move some paper to make room for them—or maybe get a larger desk! Good renting Sylvia Lund AREINZ 137

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This week National launched our Discussion Document on the Economic Sector. Our Economic Discussion Document sets out fifty commitments or proposals that National want to take to the election as well as more than thirty questions we want feedback on. This Government is relentless on dipping into your back pocket whenever they need a little extra cash. We don’t think that’s fair which is why we have already committed to indexing tax thresholds to the cost of living, so Kiwis aren’t taxed more by stealth every year, and we won’t introduce any new taxes in our first term. We will repeal the Regional Fuel Tax and not increase petrol excise taxes in our first term.


National will ensure Treasury has a greater focus on providing sound advice on the effectiveness of Government spending. The Government scrapped targets implemented by National which focussed on reducing welfare dependency, child hospitalisations and waiting times for social housing. We will continue the Social Investment approach and reintroduce targets that are focussed on public agencies.

Our world needs a new generation of leaders who think, feel and act very differently.

It’s frustrating for me to see this Government slowing us down with their lack of infrastructure development. It’s not just physically slowing us down, it’s slowing down the entire economy. We have already committed to overhauling the RMA to make it more efficient and predictable. In the document, we have expressed we are also open to exploring pricing mechanisms that will help to efficiently manage the flow of traffic and are revenue neutral.

To spark their curiosity we turn these interests into realworld challenges, and encourage deep thinking to allow students to build both their knowledge and their social and emotional skills.

A National Government will repeal 100 regulations in our first six months in Government and we will eliminate two old regulations for every new one we introduce, so that you can get on with the job. National wants to find ways to ease the stress for small business owners and ensure healthier cash flows. We’ve announced we will establish a ‘Small Business Payments Guarantee’ which will be a voluntary initiative committing large New Zealand businesses and not-for-profits to ensure small businesses are paid on time and within 30 days. In the document, we’ve expressed that we want a superannuation scheme that’s sustainable for future generations. We won’t turn a blind eye to the future affordability of the scheme like the current Government. A National Government will ensure superannuation remains sustainable by progressively increasing the age of entitlement from 65 to 67 starting in 2037. We’re doing the work now in Opposition so we’re ready to hit the ground running in 2020. These are just some of the many areas covered in the Economic Discussion Document. We want to hear your thoughts on how we can develop a thriving economy that delivers for you. Have your say by going to national.org.nz/economy. Authorised by Paul Goldsmith, 107 Great South Road, Epsom HON PAUL GOLDSMITH NATIONAL LIST MP BASED IN EPSOM


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