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In My Life Art to me is everything. The art of cooking, the art of music, the art of writing, the art of speech and of listening, the art of the moving picture. All art has meaning. All art matters. Human beings making art is the salt and pepper to our lives and some of the most moving art, the best seasoning I’ve ever tasted has been the art of the New Zealand painter and their paintings. I feel lucky to have been born when I was. And that’s not just because of The Beatles ( well, not quite ). From the middle of the 20th century the artists of this country have done us proud. They are the Paint Blacks. My father Jerry had a natural eye. He always bought an image, never just a name. He was blessed that way and I was blessed to have been brought up in his house. A house of many colours. I was also blessed with having been brought up on my mother’s cooking. Doubly blessed. My first memory of pictures in our family home were classic ‘cover versions’. Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace At Night by the front door, his Almond Blossom in the hallway. Michelangelo’s Madonna with Child above the green telephone by the kitchen door and, of course a heavy gold framed mirror hanging over the fireplace. A young boy notices these things.
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But soon enough along came the burnt orange motorway landscapes of Robert Ellis (from the air — he had been an RAF pilot), the vigorously slurped paint of Toss Woollaston as he splashed the rivers and mountains onto the canvases to capture the Wild West Coast of Jerry’s upbringing. Dear Von was no slouch either. It was her eye that caught Dick Frizzell’s Fabricant Société Anonyme Énigme and pinned it up onto the glossy white painted brickwork of the kitchen wall. Pre-vogue. International. Stunning! Of all the works that hung around the family’s eyes and ears over the years Jacqueline Fahey’s Luncheon on the Grass got the lion's share of the visitors’ comments. That and Michael Illingworth’s A Calvary for Jim. Mind you an awful lot of those visitors were teenage boys and girls so no surprise there. I will never forget one afternoon in 1972, sitting among these wonderful pictures in the gallery like living room of the middle terrace house at the top Parnell Road as my brother Michael, with four friends, tried out their new band on me. Split Enz was born. I was the one single audient to their very first performance. Just those paintings and me. As Black Adder might have said, I’ve still got the preliminary sketch right here in my head. There amongst all the beautiful paintings in my life. __ Words: Geoffrey Chunn
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AUGUST AND EVER AFTER As much as I like to rib my partner and blame her for my evergreying beard, it’s nothing but a daily reminder of the unforgiving nature of time, our ultimate foe. Without doubt, the biggest drawback of working to monthly deadlines is that time seems to evaporate more relentlessly still. Blink after the new year and it’s Easter; blink again and it’s winter; blink once more and we’re brainstorming ideas for our bumper Christmas issue.
next sees her sisters and parents. But then, that will be another year gone.
It feels as though it’s been just a few weeks since I last kissed my dear mother goodbye in Birmingham, but it was actually a couple of days after Christmas. I missed a group Skype call with the family a few weeks ago for what was supposed to be a once-in-a-blue-moon occurrence to witness the once-in-a-lifetime possibility of watching England secure a place in the ﬁnal of the world cup. Needless to say, I slept through my alarm and there were some disappointed messages from my family that they’d missed me.
Father’s Day is on the horizon, so of course make sure to give Dad a big hug and take him out for a couple of pints. But let’s not wish our lives away counting down to whatever event or anniversary is next. Take a moment each day to remember the things that matter most— namely those that you love and the precious and all too limited time that you get to spend with them. And most importantly, let them know how much you care.
A few days prior my partner and I had the everdepressing task of the airport run with her family who’d been visiting from Scotland. Understandably, my partner is already counting down the days until she
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QUEENSTOWN'S FRENCH CONNECTION “My ﬁrst dream was to ﬂy and then to become an aviator,” says Queenstown-based French chef Fabien Simon. “That’s still a big ambition of mine for the next decade, but now my true dream is to give back to my parents for this amazing education that I have received. I also want to help people learn how to feed themselves in a more responsible way, to embrace cooking and to share it with their families.” Some of Fabien’s best memories are times spent sharing food with friends and family. Family is clearly very important to the chef who was inspired to establish catering company My Private Chef “to be an entrepreneur just like my dad”. His services include cooking classes, dinner parties and meal planning in the comfort of your very own home or other venue of choice.
love of food,” he goes on, “preparing simple but superbly-made meals.” With his love of all things gastronomic well-established, Fabien got his ﬁrst summer kitchen job aged 14. “I was lucky to be born in country that so embraces food,” he says. “It was a hard job, but it strengthened my passion and desire to make a career out of it.” Having cut his teeth in a “bustling brasserie” founded by three of his country’s most prominent chefs—Paul Bocuse, Gaston Lenôtre and Roger Vergé—by the age of 23, Fabien was sous chef of “a brigade of 15 chefs serving up to 400 covers a day”. Stints on an elite Mediterranean cruise ship followed as well as at La Grande Vigne, a twoMichelin Star restaurant back in Bordeaux. The well-travelled chef has also worked kitchens in Australia, New Caledonia and Myanmar. Having lived in Queenstown for 10 years, Fabien has been executive chef at the Crown Plaza and head chef at Millbrook’s The Millhouse before starting My Private Chef two years ago. “Another reason why I stated the business was to prove to myself that I was capable of doing it,” he says. “It excites me to share my passion for food with others—teaching, inspiring and creating memorable occasions.” I conclude by asking Fabien if he prefers the private catering gig to working in regular eateries.
“I love the path that my career has taken,” Fabien continues, “but it can be hard to dedicate enough time to your family when working late and putting in 12-hour shifts.” He makes up for that by “playing like crazy with my baby girl” and doing “almost all of the cooking at home”. Though, he does add, wisely, that his wife “contributes in many other important ways” and admits that he’s greatly helped by his Thermomix. Born and raised in Bordeaux in southwest France, Fabien says he grew up with “home cooking at its best”. “My mum bestowed in me my ﬁrst
“Yes, 100%, though I still wish to be partially connected to the hospitality world, probably more on a consultancy basis. With my business I can connect more with my guests, which I believe brings another layer to the dining experience. I also get to experience a range of wonderful locations, some with some incredible views of Queenstown! It keeps things interesting, and of course, one of the very best thing about being a chef is that you never stop learning new skills.” — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces MYPRIVATECHEF.CO.NZ / 021 183 9268
Sake is traditionally poured from tall ﬂasks known as tokkuri, while the small porcelain drinking cups are called sakazuki, or ochoko. Scores of sake rice varieties are grown in Japan, and around six can be found in the US. As with grapes and wine, different varieties of rice produce different tasting sake, though it is not as regionally speciﬁc. Different sake rice varieties will suit certain climates, temperatures, sake styles, yeasts and, most importantly, water types. “It is important to experiment with a wide variety of sake rice varieties to ﬁnd what best suits our super soft local water and cool dry climate,” says Dave, “until we ﬁnd what is the ultimate combination for New Zealand sake lovers.” Contrary to popular misconception, sake is not a spirit, but rather brewed “a bit like beer”: “Typically, sake is fermented to about 18% alc., aged for a few months, then diluted with pure water back to the ﬁnished product of around 15%.” As for sake etiquette, it can be enjoyed warm or chilled or anywhere in between and should be used to complement the ﬂavours of your meal. But most importantly, sip it, and certainly never skull it like a tequila shot!
It is by no means a fad or simple money-making endeavour, Dave and his team—Richard Ryall, Craig McLaren, and Yoshiro Kawamura—harbour a profound love for Japan and its customs. They came up with the idea of using their shared passion “for bringing Japanese and Kiwi culture closer together” over three years ago following a few shared bottles of sake while watching the All Blacks. “By the end of the game we’d come up with the idea of becoming New Zealand’s ﬁrst commercial sake brewers,” Dave says. “The idea went beyond the night.” Worldwide research trips followed, including to Japan where Dave later signed up for a sake brewing internship then study at the Japan Sake Education Council’s Sake Professional Courses. “By this stage we were hooked on the idea and in early 2015 we formed the country’s ﬁrst sake brewing company, without a brewery,” he says. “By mid-2015, we commenced ‘garage brewing’, and later the same year began brewing ofﬁcially at our present brewery in Queenstown.” The brewer reveals that they’re especially proud of their drip-pressed offering: “It is an inefﬁcient pressing method, but it produces a very soft, delicate, easy-to-drink style of sake. Very few Japanese breweries bother with this pressing style anymore, but we enjoy keeping this traditional method alive.” They also source their rice from Japan.
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Richard has even published books in Japanese concerning New Zealand’s native birds and ﬂora, and the three men compiled Lonely Planet’s current travel guidebook, Hiking in Japan. I ask about feedback from Japanese customers concerning their sake. “We now receive online orders on a daily basis from Japanese customers throughout New Zealand, and we have Japanese tourists requesting brewery visits several times a week,” says Dave. “Most importantly, we have a solid base of local Japanese customers to whom we deliver directly, and our local Japanese restaurants seem proud to have their own local sake to promote.” Last month, the ﬁrm were due to present their tipples at Japan’s ﬁrst ever international craft sake event, and launch at Roka Restaurant in Mayfair, London. At the end of this year, Zenkuro will be part of a JapanNew Zealand Brewery Collaboration for the Rugby World Cup and release a Japan Rugby World Cup Sake the following September. With the explosion in popularity of Japanese food and pop culture around the world, business is booming. “So many Kiwis are visiting Japan, and with more premium-grade sake being offered to tourists, they are increasingly enjoying the drinking experience,” Dave says. “Back in New Zealand, Kiwis are now comfortable ordering sake to go with their meal when eating out, or to match with their meal at home alongside local beer or wine.” – Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
Dave expresses his surprise at the lack of incredulity within Otago concerning their sake-making setup, though admits there were some initial reactions of disbelief in Japan. “However, now that we have shown that is possible to produce good sake in NZ, there is no shortage of support and interest from Japan,” he says. “This is very satisfying and encouraging for us of course!”
Dave’s fellow directors, Craig and Richard, have also spent long periods studying, working and adventuring in Japan, and between them written several books, including Craig’s account of walking the entire length of the country and climbing 100 peaks in record time. “Craig and I attempted to introduce the hiking wonders of the Japan Alps via the early internet to the rest of the world in 1998 by walking across Japan and summitting all of its 23, 3,000-plus-metre peaks along the way,” continues Dave. “Craig also wrote and self-published a book on this adventure.”
“Like Otago wine, I believe Otago sake deﬁnitely has its own character, though at this stage we can only compare it to sake made in Japan or the several other sake-producing countries in the world,” says David Joll, co-director and head brewer of awardwinning Zenkuro Sake in Queenstown. “What we have noticed so far is that if we follow traditional Japanese craft brewing methods with the ingredients available to us, our sake tends to be very soft, yet slightly dry with mild acidity and good umami [a savoury taste]. Our cool, dry, relatively bacteria-free climate and super soft water supply are key local factors, I believe.”
Dave ﬁrst visited Japan, for an entire year, as a high school student when he was just 17. “The experience led me to major in Japanese at Auckland University then continue my studies at uni in Japan,” he tells me. “I joined the Japanese work force in the 1980s, played rugby and immersed myself in Japanese everyday life, including sake culture.” Though he returned to New Zealand 20 years ago, his passion for all things Japanese “never waned for a day”. Dave’s Japanese wife Yasuko, “is a key member of the Zenkuro Sake team,” while their four children keep his “passion for learning about Japan permanently fuelled”.
Japanese pottery from the Jomon Period—an era that stretches to around 12,000 BC—implies the brewing of fruit was undertaken by those ancient people, but alcohol made from fermented rice likely originated in China. However, sake, the most famous of such beverages, is now certainly most associated with Japan where it is known as nihonshu (“Japanese liquor”) and indeed is its national drink. You’ll likely be surprised to hear that it’s now being handmade in Otago, too.
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Paul says that what most people ask most often is if he does the cooking at home. So, does he? “The answer is I’m very rarely home at dinner time, so my amazing wife looks after me in that department. I love to cook on my barbecue on my days off. I’m an avid rugby league fan, so I get to as many Warriors games as I can. My wife and I love eating out of course, and I tend to my vegetables and herbs as often as possible, too.”
difﬁcult having nothing to do so I began cooking for friends and family at home. It was so much fun, and the idea was born. We moved to Auckland and established Anise in 2014.”
He reminisces about baking as a child with his mum and grandmother, such things as “licking the bowl, the taste of raw batter and the sweet smell of cookies fresh out of the oven”. By the time he was 15, Paul had secured a full-time kitchen gig following an after-school stint the previous year at a French restaurant in Hokitika, initially peeling 20-litre buckets of vegetables. “The chef got me onto working on the dessert section once and week,” Paul tells me. “The rush of service and the challenge of the situation fascinated me just as much as the cooking.”
“Anise is simply named after my favourite spice, star anise. I have a strong Asian inﬂuence in all my cooking and I wanted that to show that through the name.”
The chef recalls crepe suzette being one of the very ﬁrst dishes he had to cook: “We had to get six pans going at once to cook about 100 crepes continuously. During service we would light the brandy on ﬁre and pour it over the crepes at the table. A bit old-school, but as a young teenager, it blew my mind!” Paul now heads Anise, a private chef and catering company that brings a ﬁne dining experience to homes, workplaces, and functions, servicing the greater Auckland area and beyond, to the Bay of Islands, Rotorua and Hamilton. “I provide everything, including plates cutlery and linen,” he says, “and turn up 90 minutes before the ﬁrst course to set the table and prepare. It also gives me chance to interact with the guests—it can be a bit daunting having a stranger in your home!—and after cooking and serving I clear up all of the mess.” Paul, who runs Anise with his wife, came up with the idea of a home catering service following the Christchurch quakes. “The restaurant where I was head chef was damaged beyond repair,” he says. “It was chaos. I was still employed, but everything was in limbo. It was
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Paul admits that one of the biggest challenges was getting home dining known as a “thing to do”: “Getting consistent business at the start was hard work, but once word of mouth kicked in, and people got a taste of the experience, it was all go.”
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“Where would I begin! Once people are comfortable in their own home, and you add a few wines, anything goes, that’s the beauty of it. The conversations are the best part by far. It always starts off mellow, but by the third or fourth course the topics usually turn to custard! I’ve had people wear onesies, I’ve had people wear no pants. I’ve had a 70-year-old go away and come back 30 minutes later in lingerie! Love it.” The chef tells me he feels blessed to be doing what he does. “Cooking is an endless battle that you will never win, and I enjoy that,” he adds. “You will never know everything about food, we’re all learning. Most of all, I love the joy the food experience can bring to people. When you work such long hours, for so long, it has to be worth it.” Among his most treasured experiences were preparing a couple of dinners for terminally ill guests. “Just to put a smile on someone’s face for a couple of hours and have them spend true precious time with their family is extremely touching and humbling,” he says. “What food can do is very powerful.” – Jamie Christian Desplaces
“Like a lot of Kiwi kids, I always wanted to be an All Black,” says chef, Paul Duncan. “I started when I was six years old and played until I was 17—at rep level—but my boss told me that he didn’t want me playing rugby as he didn’t want me getting hurt. So, I chucked it in and focused on my new dreams as a chef!”
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TRAINING & TAMING "THAT VOICE" Lance Burdett has served an apprenticeship in resiliency and communicating in challenging circumstances for a major part of his life. The former number one crisis negotiator for the New Zealand Police that’s FBI qualiﬁed and—trained has an incredible bank of knowledge about highly charged emotional situations. Knowledge so invaluable he personally developed programmes for reducing stress within the Police 111 call centre team that continues to be mandatory for staff today. Lance is a powerful combination of the practical and the pragmatic with the backbone of an academic given the masters degree that hangs on his wall. He’s also a published author. As a police ofﬁcer for 22 years, he used to be the guy who was called out in suicide attempts. Suicide intervention was his professional specialty.
“The greatest thing I teach is how to control the amygdala hjack—to control ﬁght or ﬂight response,” he says. His audiences learn how to control their thoughts, how to stop worrying, how to generate more energy, how to overcome broken sleep, even how to deliver difﬁcult messages—“negotiating the non-negotiable”. Oh and yes, he believes ‘hangry’ is a thing—bought on by everyone’s default setting, anger when it can’t ﬁnd an emotion. Lance convinces both men and women that “we all think the same in emotional situations—no matter where you were born in the world”. “I talk about 'that voice'—where it comes from and how it takes us down,” he says. “It’s a matter of realising when you are in that negative brain and catastrophising that you can apply some simple tricks to snap out of it.”
He was the one who convinced others to come down off the ledge. At one dark moment in his life, he confesses to spiralling down to those depressive depths himself.
Lance’s number one tip to stop worrying is “to run to the ﬁre”. Forget about rumination, think self-imposed immersion therapy. If you don’t like it, do more of it, he recommends. “If you have a fear of ﬂying—what do they do? Stick you on a plane,” he says.
It was the consequence of stress, “My psychologist told me that I had accumulated stress disorder. Essentially it was burnout,” says Lance. ”Now I talk about being on both sides of the handrail.”
He believes men’s brains are wired differently dating back to cavemen days of showing no fear or emotion. Compartmentalising the rubbish in life was the rule, not the exception. He sees the same pattern today.
He studied to get well, developed a highly effective programme, trained trainers, and four years ago departed the police. His consultancy, WARN International was born. It’s all about wellness, awareness, resilience, and negotiation. Suicide prevention rather than intervention.
“I call it the shit box,” he says. “But the box gets full then we start to lubricate it with a couple of drinks.” The panacea escalates until eventually “we have to tell somebody because socialisation is hard wired into every single person’s brain”.
Today he is a speaker of note sharing simple tips and proven techniques to people from all walks of life. One day it could be blue chip banking corporates, and the next blue collar workers. A free podcast for farmers is in the pipeline. He’s even engaged by university faculties to speak to their own academic staff.
Men avoid this stuff as it’s “not manly”. Instead of repression or worse, Lance recommends “30 mins of exercise at the end of the day to burn off cortisol and adrenaline—particularly for stressed out senior executives”. >>
His exec programme is slightly different teaching easy ways to “put lines in the sand”. Less mobile phone and digital diary—more handwritten note book with no dates just tasks ticked off. “If it’s really important I put an asterix by it,” he says. “When we walk out the door we need to say the day is done—yes you may still need to go home and do emails but don’t do it in the places you relax—do it in the washhouse.” Lance zeros in on unconscious routines that trigger the adrenals. “When you’re in a routine, you’re in a rut.” Instead he teaches conscious decision making.
“Always know what you’re doing. Bring ritual rather than routine to your day.” He’s philosophical about his own brush with the black dog, depressive mire. “Would I want to go back there? No. Was it good? Yes, for what it taught me.” Now in complete contrast he’s living the dream while saving lives in the process. __ Words: Sarah Sparks WARNINTERNATIONAL.COM 09 947 5763
Cyclist James Oram says that like all kids, in every sport in which he competed he had an idol and dreamt of being the next Wynton Rufer or Roger Federer, but “maybe not Jonah Lomu!” Though he admits to being a quiet, modest, “almost nerdy” child with braces (“not the big stud of the school by any means!”), sport always took precedent over academia. “Sport allowed me to tap into a competitive, almost aggressive side, that I wouldn’t have otherwise shown,” continues the cyclist. “My parents were, and are always, proud of my achievements big or small, so I think that meant from a young age it’s always been self-motivation rather that someone having to push me that’s driven me on.” It was during James’s last year at Auckland’s Westlake Boys High School that his thoughts seriously turned to a cycling career, in part due to sports coach Scott Guyton who he hails as an “amazing role model” for all the boys. “I had my heart set on racing and working a part-time job instead of heading straight to university,” says the 25-year-old. “I have to thank my parents for being supportive of this, but I think they knew more than I did that it’s all I wanted to do.” The Kiwi athlete is now part of the One Pro Cycling, a British-based UCI Continental men’s cycling team founded in 2015, having spent four years with an American U23 team that was formerly Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong development team. Signing
with the British setup meant a move to Europe for the competitive season, where in parts, James tells me, cycling’s popularity is almost on par with major sports like football and rugby: “Plenty of top Kiwi cyclists are superstars in Europe, but wouldn’t even get a second glance being passed on the street back home.” Do you get homesick? “In my earlier years away, the excitement of adventure and the great feeling of independence was too strong for homesickness. However, now I’ve been on the road for a few years, and have a partner at home, unless I’m busy, it can get really hard.” Cycling seems like it could be lonely sport? “It’s quite the opposite. Many people see it as an individual sport, but the comradeship in a team is massive. Most aren’t aware that it’s eight cyclists riding for one to get the best result for the team. And at most events there are past teammates or friends from other teams who you can catch up with and share a joke when the race isn’t going full gas.” James cites other cycling misconceptions such as “we don’t pay our rego”, “it’s for middle-aged men who can’t play golf”, and, on a more serious note, that “we all dope like Lance”. The sport’s reputation has taken a serious battering in recent years and I ask the cyclist what effect it has on the competitors and if enough is being done to combat drug use.
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RIDING HIGH “I’m fairly sure, to date, cycling is one of the highest tested sports by WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency], and the bans in our sport are by far the heaviest. A rugby player who fails a drug test will likely receive a four-month ban whereas a cyclist in the same situation will receive two years. But there are still questions being asked as it often seems there is not enough clarity, as with the recent Froome case.” I ask James what he most loves about cycling and he reveals that there is no better adrenalinrush than hurtling down a hill, while the sport also seems to attract some “amazing people”. It has led him to “unreal places” along with the meeting of his partner. Standout memories include the Commonwealth Games and “being agonisingly close to a huge result at previous world championships”: “Any chance I get to race in NZ kit is something that I relish.” Do you have favourite cycling spots in New Zealand? “The Coromandel is beautiful—Kuaotunu, Hot Water Beach and around Whiritoa. However, the atmosphere at the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is hard to beat. That’s the best part of cycling, no matter the level, it can be enjoyed by all.” Now more than halfway through the season, James expresses his disappointment at not yet nailing “that ﬁrst elusive win”: “They say the ﬁrst is the
hardest, so I want to get the ball rolling soon. This will help with the bigger goal of signing for a World Tour team to progress further in the sport.” In order to deal with professional disappointment, James adopts the philosophical approach of “taking the good with the bad” because that’s what makes the “wins, breakthrough moments and sacriﬁces worth it”: “If you let anything bring you down, it affects everything—your mental motivation and your physical ability to train and exert yourself,” he says. “I deﬁnitely have an amazing support team, from One Pro to friends, family and my partner back home. They keep me grounded.” James will be back home in Auckland in October once the season has wrapped up, where he will continue working with Team Skoda “in our quest to improve cycling in New Zealand, and where possible, give back to a sport that has given me so much”, before heading back to Europe next March. He also singles out “inspirational” Craig Geater for particular praise for his work behind the scenes in the development of Kiwi cycling. “Craig puts in thousands of hours into New Zealand Cycling as a sports and logistics director at the world championships and many other events,” says James, “but he won’t be standing on the podium at the end of the day. It’s people like him that are the true heroes of the sport.” – Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
TAKING A TURN AT THE CHISEL Behind the professional persona of every politician is a down to earth normal person – one of us. Paul Goldsmith, National List MP based in Epsom, is no different. The youngest of three siblings, born in Tāmaki Makaurau, his happiest memories go back to his quintessential Kiwi summers spent in the Coromandel. “We used to go out to Whangamata in the caravan to the little camping ground there – they were magic times really.” Growing up in a supportive family where he says “education was valued”, Paul’s father taught maths at Auckland Grammar, his mum was a nurse. “I’ve been pretty lucky in many respects,” he says. “I certainly never thought of politics. My older brother studied medicine and my sister did law. I felt obliged to try something different. My family thought I might get into business.” Yet his segue into government was not your typical political trajectory. Originally, the second dan black belt and passionate history buff thought he’d end up in academia. “One of the early papers I did at university was on the Aztecs, the Mayans and the history of South America – I loved it all,” he says. Fate had other ideas. For the next decade, through his connections within the old business round table, Paul became an established author writing 13 biographical books centred on New Zealand business history. The best part he says “was at the end of year when you had a book to show for your efforts”. His ﬁrst book in the mid 1990s was on John Banks. In a “roundabout way” it got him involved in politics, he believes.
“As a young man I’d only known a university setting for a long time – then I encountered Banksy who was inspirational, very commercial and very upbeat. I found that a breath of fresh air.” The Banks book led to a stint working for Simon Upton, who was a National cabinet minister at the time. Upton’s portfolios of Environment and Associate Foreign Affairs sparked an immediate interest for Paul. That led to strategically swapping roles for the opposite party to support newly - foreign affairs minister, Phil Goff in the Labour Government. “I had an enjoyable year with Phil before being offered a job in foreign affairs but chose in the end to join the private sector to do public relations before having a crack at writing books full time.” But the pull of politics was too hard to resist. It was however, a struggle getting in. “I didn’t just waltz in the door,” he says. “I had quite a few failed attempts at ﬁrst but once I got into parliament, things were pretty good.” His intention was “to be a senior cabinet minister in a Government that makes a difference to the lives of New Zealanders in a positive way”. That goal was ticked when National held power. Paul acknowledges the “privilege” of it all. These days while spokesperson for the portfolios of Economic Development, Revenue and Associate Arts and Culture, he’s experiencing the contrast of sitting on the opposition front bench. “It’s highly frustrating yet interesting at the same time – it calls on a different set of skill. It gives us some time for reﬂection about the things that we can do differently.”
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He adds, “One of the things I’ve learnt over the years is the shorter the speech, the better.” Outside of the Beehive, Paul can be often spotted walking his cavoodle pup. “The view from Mt Hobson over the city is just magniﬁcent,” he says. “We love it around there.” Always the diplomat he doesn’t list all his favourite Eastern suburb cafés, then mentions The Local in Remuera, “a good little spot – I take my kids to Burger Burger too". Combining the roles of husband, Dad and politician “brings a few challenges with the busy work” he admits. He and his wife of 23 years, Melissa, have four children aged 8, 11, 14 and 17 that attend four different schools in the Epsom electorate. As for parenting, Paul says watching his children’s lives unfold is like reading the most interesting novel. “You cannot wait to turn the page every day to see what happens next,” he says. In fact his biggest learning from being a dad has been centred on aroha. “After our ﬁrst child I couldn’t imagine when the second came along that you could ever feel the same. The feelings
you have are so strong. You think how can you replicate this but love is inﬁnite – it just keeps growing and growing,” he says. When asked about what legacy he wishes to leave behind, other than his “wonderful kids”, Paul quietly reﬂects. Then he recalls the words of poet, James K Baxter: "These unshaped islands, on the sawyer's bench, wait for the chisel of the mind." Bill English mentioned them in his leaving speech at parliament. They capture how he feels nicely. “We all want to make a contribution to a young country that’s still being created and crafted – take a turn at the chisel.” As he talks it is clear that making a constructive contribution, improving living standards and improving what is special about New Zealand is his prime focus. “I think of it in terms of our neighbourhood and the wonderful environment which I see every day at the top of Mt Hobson. I’m determined to do what I can do to maintain that - even enhance it,” he says. __ Words: Sarah Sparks
father's day gift guide
From MR-G, the top of the G-SHOCK lineup, comes a new limited-edition model with Bluetooth®, GPS, and solar power in a design that reﬂects ancient Japanese workmanship and culture. Each timepiece has also been chiselled by hand to create the traditional arashi-tsuchime pattern. The result is a timepiece that combines two concepts that make up Japanese pride: traditional craftsmanship and advanced technology.
4 Fresh from G-Shock’s G-Steel Series come three new models that continue the line’s pursuit of functional elegance. Combining Cordura with G-Shock’s Tough Leather for the band, stainless steel for the case and bezel, and Tough Solar technology, this trio delivers unmatched strength, durability and beauty.
From smartphone connectivity to an enhanced shock resistant structure, the new G-Shock MTGB1000 Series allows the Metal Twisted G-Shock to take another step forward in its evolutionary journey. Through linking up the watch to the G-Shock Connected app, communication occurs between devices to obtain accurate time information globally, whilst the Tough Solar charging system ensures stable operation.
1. G-SHOCK MR-G “TETSU-TSUBA” / MRGG2000HA-1A NZD RRP: $12,999 / Only 350 units worldwide. Available now by request from your local premium G-Shock stockists. / 2. G-SHOCK G-Steel Cordura Collection / GSTS130BC1A RRP $649 / Available from Pascoes, Christies, Stonex, Stonz, G-Factory, Knight’s Jewellers, Daniels Showcase and Baywatch. 3. G-SHOCK 2018 MT-G Series / MTGB1000B-1A4 RRP $1,799 / Available from Christies, Pascoes, Watch Station and other premium G-Shock stockists. 4. BIJOUX. 208 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby. 5. SAMUEL LEVI / Tan/ Rose Gold Minimal Piece / styledlevi.com 6. SAMUEL LEVI / Black/Rose gold Minimal Piece / styledlevi.com
7. ALLIUM Corkcicle 16oz Drink Bottle â€“ keep cold for 25 hours/hot for 12 $69 / 11 Teed St, Newmarket / alliuminteriors.co.nz 8. ALLIUM Karlsson clock Mr Black $339 / 11 Teed St, Newmarket / alliuminteriors.co.nz 9. ALLIUM Nel Lusso Manhattan Decanter $69.90 & Glasses s/4 $79.90 / 11 Teed St, Newmarket / alliuminteriors. co.nz 10. NIKAU NEW ZEALAND MADE Rimu box with locking mechanism / nikaunz.co.nz 11. NIKAU NEW ZEALAND MADE Rimu Tuatara Puzzle Coasters / nikaunz.co.nz 12. NIKAU NEW ZEALAND MADE Possum Merino Scarf and Beanie / nikaunz.co.nz 13. WORLD Amouage Imitation Man / worldbrand.co.nz 14. WORLD Map Of The Heart / worldbrand.co.nz 15. WORLD Isle Of Man / worldbrand.co.nz 16. THUNDERPANTS Organic, fairtrade & made right here in NZ. / Artichokes Men's Original Thunderpants: S-XL $32 / thunderpants.co.nz 17. THUNDERPANTS Rainbow Merino Socks: S-L$28 per pair / thunderpants.co.nz 18. THUNDERPANTS Whales Men's Fitted Boxer: S-XL $36 / thunderpants.co.nz
SUDDENLY MOVIES HAVE LOST ALL APPEAL... I am a self-proclaimed movie junkie. Thrillers and comedies hold great appeal but it’s the blockbuster action movies that really ﬂoat my boat, the noisier the better. However, my thirst for a Hollywood escapism ﬁx has recently been curtailed and JBL are to blame.
They can be positioned quite literally anywhere in the room and work their Ultra HD magic with inexplicable clarity. Then there’s the 10” subwoofer that had our home shuddering in delight (or is that fear?).
Like most gogglebox viewers nowadays, I have a large ﬂat screen on which to view my celluloid addiction but it’s fair to say that it lacks audio depth. So when JBL asked if I would be keen to review their new Bar 5.1 Soundbar, I responded with a resounding yes please.
The overall result was 510 watts of fully immersive, action packed viewing, that was addictive to the point of nearly calling in sick to binge watch all that Netﬂix has to offer.
A rather large box was duly delivered and I set about plugging it all in. My ﬁrst surprise was how it easy it all came together, I’m not exactly a numpty when it comes to device connection but I was in surround sound glory within 10 minutes—and what glory it was. The soundbar has detachable wireless surround speakers at each end that recharge when connected to their mothership.
Unfortunately this experience came to an end with one phone call requesting the JBL’s Bar 5.1 return. (Although I still dragged that out for an extra week.) I still watch movies and still like the thrillers and comedies, but the action blockbusters have now become a little more ho-hum. Maybe I need to request a follow-up review? – Words: Dave Mcleod
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Virgil Abloh, known as the founder of label Off-White, titled his ﬁrst collection as Louis Vuitton’s men’s artistic director 'We Are The World', based around the idea of travel and interconnectivity ﬁltered through a fashion house whose provenance comes from hard-wearing monogrammed luggage. Designer Jacquemus is adored by women all over the world, he presented his ﬁrst men’s collection on a secluded beach in one of the hidden bays of the Calanques, the rocky inlets around Marseille and nearby Cassis in the South of France.
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ALL NEW BEAUTY FINDS NIGHT CREAM BY SOTHYS Sothys Noctuelle Night Cream with AHA and vitamin C is a weightless cream that leaves the skin extremely soft. The 8% concentration of lactic acid increases cell turnover to reveal layers of renewed, moistened, younger cells. The complexion is brightened and skin tone is uniﬁed. Sothys Noctuelle Night Cream also contains potently antioxidant vitamins C and E to moisturise, to stimulate repair, and to protect against free radical damage.
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MARYSE MANUKA LEAF EXFOLIATING POLISH BY MARYSE An exfoliating blend of mineral and botanical powders to prime, polish and detoxify the skin. The powder can be added to the Enzyme Reﬁne Cleansing Balm, water or your chosen oil for gentle yet effective exfoliation. Made from New Zealand sourced clay for detoxifying, manuka leaf for its antibacterial properties and liquorice root for brightening. $62 from marysebeauty.com
DAD NEEDS WORK TOO! FOR THE MALE PATIENT
Many women are well aware of the Pandora’s Box full of treatments available at Clinic 42, a boutique clinic in Epsom, focusing on aesthetic and skin cancer medicine. For Father’s Day, let’s open the ﬁshing tackle box, and demystify some of the treatments targeted to men, and the health of their skin (and ego!).
forward ofﬁce treatment, which can offer life-changing results for some people. If there’s a summer wedding or important social engagement, and you’re already worrying about how to manage your sweat patches, come and discuss a more deﬁnitive treatment option.
First and foremost, Clinic 42 is excited to have another doctor join their team, Dr Eloise Dickie, who has experience in skin cancer medicine and its management. With New Zealand having the highest melanoma rates in the world, no-one can be too careful when looking after their skin. A crucial part of this is annual skin checks, whereby a history of sun exposure and skin cancer risk is established, followed by a full skin check. Most of our dads have spent many happy hours in the sunshine on the ski ﬁeld, golf course, beaches and boats, so a skin check to ensure there are no nasties brewing is an investment in his health.
Belkyra, deoxycholic acid, is one of the newer additions to the armoury at Clinic 42. A targeted treatment to reduce the appearance of a double-chin, which is a huge concern for many men and women. Studies have shown even more so than forehead lines! Neck fullness can be due to genetics, ageing, and weight changes, and a fairly stubborn problem to solve. Few of us would consider going as far as exploring surgical options, and now we have a much less invasive approach available. Within a one-hour appointment the treatment can be administered, and Dad can return to the ofﬁce. A minimum of two treatments are required six weeks apart. If Dad is then really wanting to push the boat out, he can consider further sculpting of his jawline and chin to help give him back the chiselled looks of his youth!
With Eloise’s skills and experience, if a lesion of concern is identiﬁed, in most instances, this can be managed at Clinic 42, with both surgical and non-surgical approaches. Most of us love our dads, warts and all, although we may rather the latter weren’t there! Radiofrequency removal with the Surgitron device offers a very favourable option for removing benign growths, such as raised moles and skin tags, especially in cosmetically sensitive areas, like the face and neck. The advantage of this treatment is no cuts are required in the skin, and therefore the risk of scarring, bleeding and infection is minimal. Instead, the raised lesion is very ﬁnely shaved, until it is ﬂush with the skin. With a low risk of recurrence and scarring, and a 30-minute painless ofﬁce based procedure, this is a great option for removing unwanted barnacles. With winter drawing to a close, we are all longing for our summer holidays and Kiwi Christmas. We are not longing for sweaty, smelly armpits and hands however, which often accompany the summer months. That is a problem we can address with microdoses of botulinum toxin to the offending area. Most of us are well aware of the muscle relaxing, wrinkle treating capabilities of botulinum toxin, however many people are not aware of its action on the sweat glands. This is a straight
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If Dad is past the stage of worrying about his neck, and more troubled by the aches and pains in his joints, then it may be worth him speaking to Dr Joanna Romanowska and discussing stem cell treatment. One of the few clinics offering this treatment in New Zealand, we regularly have clients travelling from the South Island and Australia to help alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. The scientiﬁc and anecdotal evidence is compelling, especially for arthritic complaints, and being much less invasive than joint replacement surgery, and minimal down-time following the half day treatment, it is an option worth exploring. At an absolute minimum, it should make the golf round or ﬁshing expedition a little more comfortable for the ageing body! Getting Dad or the man in your life through the door of Clinic 42 may well be the hardest part. We can guarantee once he is here, he will be well looked after, with safe, discrete care and consistent outcomes. Happy Father’s Day, and perhaps sneak an unexpected treat into the ﬁshing tackle box!
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BMW ALPINE XDRIVE NEW ZEALAND EXPERIENCE Bavarian cream (or creme bavaroise) is an indulgent dessert made from thickened milk and gelatin, into which, fresh cream is folded. This haute cuisine treat has been linked to the aristocracy, olden day celebrity chef’s and is deemed to have been named for some very important visiting Bavarians. The Alpine xDrive has equally been named for some very important Bavarians (BMW) and it too consists of cream (the automotive kind), however, rather than gelatin, this is all folded into pure NZ Southern Alps snow and ice. This month I was invited by BMW NZ to Queenstown for a taste of this delicious adventure so luckily enough, I packed a big spoon! Millbrook resort was to be our home for the two nights of the Alpine experience and the shuttle was there at Queenstown airport to greet us. Close to Arrowtown, Millbrook resort is ﬁve-star accommodation at its ﬁnest. Boasting a championship golf course within its vast grounds, glorious residential suites and cottages to lay your weary heads, and all with that Southern Alps backdrop—it’s a scene ﬁt for any winter wonderland picture postcard and although we only had a few hours for rest and recuperation (can I claim jet lag from Auckland to Queenstown?), we all used wisely, SPA anyone?
With the moon beginning to rise over the snow-coated mountains, our hosts whisked us off to one of BMW NZ ambassadors Josh Emmett’s restaurants Madam Woo’s for a delicious feast before delivering us back to Millbrook for an early(ish) night. Tomorrow was going to be a big day. Early to rise and another shuttle back to the airport, only this time it was for a helicopter ﬂight to the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds—told you this was going to be an adventure. I have to say that Queenstown from the seeming fragility of a helicopter window is even more breathtaking than the Air NZ plane that brought us there, however, both these experiences quickly paled into a distant memory once we commenced the main event, namely driving BMW M cars on the snow. As we touched down, all the cars (and the staff) were there to greet us, all warmed up and ready for the day’s events (well certainly the cars were). The line-up consisted of X3s and 5s and a plethora of BMW Ms from 2 to the all-new 5. Be still my beating heart. Following a brief brieﬁng, we were split into groups for a rotation of three thrilling exercises—let the games begin.
First up for us, was a snow drive around the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds ranch. It’s a facility created for vehicle (and tyre) manufacturers to extend their testing of new products, plus a place for companies such as BMW to showcase their vehicle capabilities, oh and have lots of fun along the way. With traction on and snow tyres ﬁtted, our BMWs could just as well have been driving along Tamaki Drive, apart from the lack of Hauraki Gulf, of course. Even the 15-degree hill start on sheet ice did nothing to disrupt the xDrive’s ability—seriously, we tried. Next up, we changed vehicles at the event centre and headed out for some racing, BMW xDrive style. Side-byside drag racing with braking on snow is as much fun as it sounds, followed by barrel racing around cones and stopping inside ﬁctitious (thankfully) garages. It was a mixture of speed versus judgement to get around the course the fastest while still pulling up ‘inside’ the coned garage —let’s just say, some of the cones came off a little worse for wear. The third exercise had us behind the wheel of the M cars. It was traction off, drifting time. Firstly around a kidney shape course (how ﬁtting) with left and right side drifting, followed by a full-on anti-clockwise power drift around
a large coned circle. The M2s were possibly easier to control, but the M5 with 600 horses coming from its 4.4L V8 engine all being delivered to its two rear wheels was quite magniﬁcent. Last up (alright it wasn’t exactly in this order), was the ice cold, hot lap experience with racing driver guru Mike Eady at the helm of the BMW M3. He literally threw the sportscar around a tightly (barely visible) mapped out course with huge cliffside drops to add to the excitement. Yes, the M3 had studded tyres but Mike had the speed dialled up well into triple digits, which is nerve-racking, to say the least. The event ended with a trophy handout and rounds of applause and thanks. That night it was dinner at La Rumbla which included a well-deserved beverage or two. I’d say we ended the meal with a dessert, but we really had spent the day ﬁlled to the brim with spoonfuls of Bavarian creams. — Words: Dave McLeod
Familiarising myself with the Minority Report-like gesture control system that allows you to do things like adjust the stereo’s volume and take—or reject—phone calls with swipes of the hand and flicks of the wrist, I realise that from the outside it must, weirdly, look like I’m pretending to conduct my own private orchestra.
The owner of the motel greets me warmly as if an old friend. His accent is Russian and heavy. He comes out as I remove my duffel bag from the boot and tells me, with two slow nods of the head and an approving purse of the lips that it’s a very, very nice car. I admit that it’s only on loan. “It’s fast, no?” he asks, his Slavic lilt lending an almost threatening air that sounds as though he’s challenging me to a drag race. I wouldn’t fancy his chances. The next morning, great deserted stretches of State Highway 8 afford the opportunity to put this beast through its paces before rendezvousing with the in-laws-to-be to act like a far more responsible son-in-law-to-be-cum-chauffeur. The medium-sized SUV handles the winding and occasionally frosted tarmacked furlongs like a coupe, while imparting an air of indestructibility akin to a Panzer tank. It’s a magniﬁcent drive. The third generation X3 comes with standard treats such as plush leather interior with wood trim that takes its cues from the latest luxurious 5 and 7 series models, an idiot-proof (trust me) touchscreen infotainment system, Parking Assistant Plus with 3D Surround View and a headup display that allows you to see your speed, the speed limit and navigational instructions at the bottom of the windscreen in front. A choice of driving modes is accompanied by safety features including steering control, adaptive cruise
So, after a brief detour to throw myself toward some frigid cobalt waters courtesy of the Kawarau Bridge Bungy, I hook up with my Celtic clan. Over the coming days we explore the local region, including a jet boat tour of Skippers Canyon followed by dinner at Arrowtown that allows for the ﬁrst lengthy(ish) night drive upon our return. The interior strips of ambient lighting are nicely complemented by the soothing tones of Passenger while most of my passengers snooze behind. (Also, a nice touch is the carpet of light projected onto the ﬂoor along the full length of the vehicle outside as you enter it at night time.) During the glorious drives out to Glenorchy and Wanaka my backseat guests take full advantage of the sprawling moonroof to enjoy the endless alpine horizons, and we pull over often so that they may also take tourist shots of the heavenly lakes and mountains and I may take media ones of the Beamer for this write-up (appearing, a little embarrassingly, simply vainglorious to other tourists looking on). Though my passengers have all sorts of fun with the gesture control as I drive, I must admit that I’m not entirely sold. Maybe it just takes more getting used to, but I generally ﬁnd it easier to use the steering wheel buttons instead. A week later we head to Bluff for a couple of nights on Stewart Island before heading back to Dunedin along the Southern Scenic Route whose pothole-strewn sections sure test the X3’s Dynamic Damper Control, as well as my reactions. The boot is surprisingly spacious (and includes a handy secret compartment), easily ﬁtting luggage for ﬁve—though it is stacked to the roof—and even with all those full-sized adults and their baggage the BMW slides up steep hills effortlessly. While even the largest of cars are generally only realistically designed to seat four adults for long distances, everyone appears comfortable and content (says the driver in the best seat!), with the only (tongue-in-cheek) bone of contention being the lack of heated seats round back, which is a bit rich, I jest, coming from hardy folks of Scotland. _ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
Familiarising myself with the Minority Reportlike gesture control system that allows you to do things like adjust the stereo’s volume and take— or reject—phone calls with swipes of the hand and ﬂicks of the wrist, I realise that from the outside it must, weirdly, look like I’m pretending to conduct my own private orchestra, or having some kind of ﬁt. I catch the tail-end of the conversation of the couple getting into the next car. “Yes,” I hear the woman say motioning towards the BMW but apparently not noticing me, “it’s just a shame it’s white.” I kind of agree.
control, cross-trafﬁc warning and Lane Keeping Assistant with collision prevention. Behind that iconic double-kidney grille purrs a capable fourcylinder 2-litre engine.
It doesn’t take long for the ﬁrst few comments after collecting my handsome 2018 BMW X3 xDrive 30i from the Dunedin showroom (alas, only on loan). It’s getting late and I immediately make for the nearest bottle shop to treat myself to a couple of boutique brews for my lonesome night of writing before meeting up with my ﬁancée and her visiting family (from Scotland) in Queenstown the following day.
WITH THE BMW X3
BENTLEY'S NEW W.O.W In 1919 Walter Owen (W.O.) Bentley created a company with a simple objective: to build “a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. This guiding principle has driven Bentley ever since, pushing the brand forward and making it one of the leaders in automotive luxury around the world today. Ninety-nine years later, Bentley Motors is demonstrating the beauty of bespoke with a new very special limited edition Mulsanne. The Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner pays homage to the founding father of the company and incorporates a genuine piece of Bentley history in every car. Inside each of the 100 limited edition
Mulsannes, a slice of the original crankshaft taken from W.O. Bentley’s personal eight-litre car decades ago—the last model he designed for Bentley Motors back in 1930—is displayed. The Mulsanne W.O. Edition can be speciﬁed on any of the three-model Mulsanne range, based on customer preference. Key features include a colour split interior cut from heritage hide reﬂecting the patina of vintage cars, elegant beluga black wheels, and a stunning cocktail cabinet or bottle cooler featuring a slice of W.O.’s own eight-litre crankshaft set into the armrest.
Land Rover and Terry Grant smashed a world record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a two-wheel speed run in the new Range Rover Sport SVR. Terry’s 2:24.5 run up the famous hillclimb broke his old record for a mile travelled in a car on two wheels, set in 2011, by more than 30 seconds. Terry Grant ﬂipped the Range Rover Sport SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb as he set the new Guinness World Record time. He snatched the record in a dramatic last-gasp attempt on Sunday afternoon, having attempted four runs earlier in the weekend, none of which he managed to complete. The Range Rover Sport SVR is a 575hp performance SUV, capable of 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 174mph—with four wheels on the road, at least. The Range Rover Sport only required one modiﬁcation for the world record run, a tweak to its differential to allow the car to deliver more power to the two wheels on the ground—both of which will be pumped up to 90PSI.
RAPID BY NAME SKODA RAPID SPORT REVIEW Road Runner, Superfast, Gran Sport, Super Sport, to me there is something quite satisfying when a vehicle does what is says on the tin. It’s a sense of full-circle completion, an ‘everyone is on the same page’ moment, which is why my eyebrows raised a little when Skoda asked me to take a look at their new look Rapid Sport Spaceback—of course, I needn’t have worried by any of the nameplates. Skoda has a history of going fast, from the twowheel bikes of the early 1900s to the Formula 3 of the ‘60s and of course their golden rally eras of the 70s and 80s, plus their current lineup of vehicles have some impressive speed and handling stats (the vRS, Sportline etc). Under the Rapid Sport’s bonnet lives an enthusiastic 1.4L Turbo Petrol engine, that will happily give you 92kW to play with as you edge over 5,000rpm and 200Nm of torque. Nought to 100km/h is achieved at around nine seconds and yet the powertrain/7-speed DSG box combination give you a wallet closing fuel efﬁciency of 5.5L/100km. From top to bottom, the New Skoda Rapid has been given a thorough going over by their design, tech and safety teams and the result is rather satisfying. The Sport model I drove had a full panoramic roof, a high tornado line, BiXenon headlights underscored with LED running lamps, gloss black door mirrors, darkened rear glass, a rear roof spoiler and 17” ‘Savio’ black alloy wheels. Even at only 4.3m long, it offers an eye-catching silhouette, although I would have
preferred a colour other than white (thankfully for me there many others to choose from). The ‘Dynamic’ interior feels spacious and wellappointed. Seats are ﬁrm with a diamond design. The dashboard is clean and uncluttered, Infotainment is delivered with pristine clarity (as is the reversing camera) and the D-shape leather wheel feels great to the touch. I did ﬁnd the centre console compartment a little intrusive, but it was easily ﬂipped back out of the way. As the title suggests, there is plenty of space in this large hatchback (415L to be more precise) and with its 5-Star Euro NCAP Safety rating, the Rapid is full of airbags and curtains. On the move the Rapid feels nimble and light, the steering is quite exact and there is a nice balance when cornering. It offers ample and convenient space for most small family chores but plenty of driving fun for when the working week is over. The Skoda Rapid has a lightness about it, which in turn makes the ride very enjoyable and the 1.4L engine is responsive with plenty of depth before the Rev limiter comes into play, apparently the wheels will spin too (but I can neither conﬁrm or deny this). To sum it all up, this roomy new look Skoda Spaceback may not be Superfast but as the title suggests, it is Rapid. – Words: Dave Mcloud
2019 PORSCHE CAYENNE S REVIEW
TURNING UP THE HEAT
In my humble opinion, there is a lot to be said about the third generation of anything. Albeit computers, products, services and even settlers, to me, third generation is the consummate pivotal point. Sure they are not the pioneers or the quintessential ‘game changers’ but they (or it) have absorbed the initial hardships, made the adaptive changes and have proven their intention to stay. The third generation are the ones that start pushing boundaries again and this viewpoint ties in very nicely with the fact that I have just been given the keys to the new, third generation Porsche Cayenne S. Funny that. With its original model year dating back to 2003, the Cayenne has silenced many of its critics by thoroughly establishing itself as one of the benchmarks in sports/ luxury performance SUVs. This year sees the Cayenne enter its third reiteration and as I stated before, it’s back to pushing boundaries. I was given the Cayenne S for a couple of days and rest assured, as this was the ﬁrst time I’d driven a Cayenne, I used this time wisely. According to the Porsche literature, the Cayenne is based heavily on the concept of the iconic 911 sports car, but this new model takes a lot of its cues from both the Macan and the Panamera (and a little from the 918, apparently).
First of all, at nearly 5m long (an increase of 63mm) and 2m wide, there’s no denying it’s big, however, the Cayenne S carries it well, especially as its height has been lowered by 9mm. There is an ease to the way it handles the town and city trafﬁc, you don’t get the usual sense of SUV superiority—which in my mind is a good thing. It’s lighter by 65kg thanks to every component being scrutinised (for example, it now has a lithium-ion polymer starter battery, which alone accounts for a weight saving of 10kg), the chassis has lost weight and there is an increased use of aluminium; in fact, the entire exterior is made of the stuff. Design-wise, the new Cayenne has a more sporty look to the nose, with larger front intakes and a more expansive lower front grille. It has further embraced this sporting direction with mixed tyre sizes (wider at the rear) and rearaxle steering, active all-wheel drive as standard, Porsche 4D Chassis Control, three-chamber air suspension and the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) electronic roll stabilisation system, oh and a newly developed drivetrain that is a joy to experience. The Cayenne S has a 2.9-litre V6 bi-turbo engine producing 324kW with a top speed of 265km/h, and since mine came with the optional Sport Chrono Package, it
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accelerates from zero to 100km/h in under ﬁve seconds. All this power is paired sweetly with a new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox. The cabin is full of deep black leather contrasting with shiny chrome accents, most of which Porsche owners will be familiar with. However, the centre console is distinctively modern with its normal array of buttons being replaced by a smartphone-like, glass-look touch surface (originally found in the 918). The 12.3-inch full-HD touchscreen is the heart of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system (adopted from the new Panamera) and the driver’s central analogue rev counter has two seven-inch full-HD displays either side that can be individualised to suit. More exterior length means increased space inside and the new Cayenne now has an extra 100L of room way back there for more stuff. On the subject of more, the list of driver and safety aids in the new Cayenne is obviously seemingly endless (seriously, look it up when you have time), and all designed to assist you in keeping this performance SUV controlled (but not inﬂexibly so). I want to assure you, there is a lot fun to be had with this SUV, the grippier rear-end and better turn-in sees to that.
Having circumnavigated the city streets with admirable aplomb, I took the Cayenne for a jaunt in the forest, I had to get its feet dirty at least once. The new chassis boasts off-road prowess so it seemed rude not to. Although it didn’t really need it, I scrolled through the off-road menu (Mud, Gravel, Sand or Rocks) and took to the uneven gravel road. I have to admit, that even on 21” wheels with low proﬁle rubber, the Cayenne S handled the rough stuff with ease and comfort. Adding performance SUVs to their range offering has proven to be a highly successful move for this race car brand, it’s a continuing evolving sector that Porsche have ﬁrmly established themselves in the driving seat of. Now, with this new chapter of Cayenne, Porsche has kept everyday practicality well in sight but further leveraged their iconic 911 DNA. They have sharpened its design, increased its performance and extended its already impressive technological advancements—you could say that with the third generation Cayenne, Porsche has really turned up the heat. __ Words: Dave McLeod Photo: Tezmphoto.com
A TAKAMI TREAT I’m not bragging or anything (okay, just a little) but I was at the unveiling of the new Mazda6 at the LAAS car show in Los Angeles last year. As a guest of Mazda NZ, I was treated to an amazing adventure that included driving some classic Rotaries through the tight and twisting turns of the Californian Canyons, a VIP tour of the plethora of Mazda’s historical beauties that lie beneath the Mazda US HQ in Irvine, all culminating with the show itself and the silk being pulled new Mazda6 highlight. With this special experience still fresh in my mind, of course, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the keys on this new sedan when it arrived in NZ. In many degrees, the Mazda6 spawned the catalyst of change that has seen Mazda climb so rapidly up the prestigious automotive ladder. Its release in 2002 began Mazda’s intention to create upmarket, stylish and intelligent vehicles that have a certain bond with its drivers. With each new generation (and the facelifts in between), the Mazda6 has embraced new technologies and showcased new design language, so you can be sure that their latest rendition takes another leap forward. To ensure I received the VIP treatment, Mazda NZ handed the top of the line Takami edition over for me to enjoy. The stately sedan is already a bit of an eye-catcher but the Takami sits as the pinnacle of the Mazda reﬁnement (over and above the LIMITED). Outwardly Mazda has sharpened the sedan’s already appealing design. Like the ‘sparkle’ in toothpaste adverts, the subtle use of chrome accents gives the Mazda6 more of a glint in its eye and there appears to be more shadow and light play from the sleek bodywork. Dual chrome exhaust extensions, body coloured mirrors and adaptive LED lights all make add to the show too. Mazda has added the award-winning SKYACTIV 2.5L turbo engine option to the sedan and with output numbers that hit 170kW and 420Nm (equivalent to a 4L V8) there is deﬁnitely more spring to its step, the turbo really makes a difference.
Slip inside and you’re into a whole new world of Mazda luxury. Oriental brown nappa leather, genuine sen wood panels, more use of chrome and the Ultrasuede fascia that runs across the entire length of the carefully crafted dashboard and onto the door panels is a lesson in tactility. Just quietly I spent an almost unnerving amount of time on this feature—anyone read Of Mice and Men? (tell me ‘bout the rabbits, George). Mazda is also evidently concerned about our posture. The ergonomic front seats in the new Mazda6 have been redesigned to encourage the natural S shape of the human spine, they’re wider too and made with vibration absorbing high-density urethane body, the result is far a less-stressed ride and more Jinba Ittai. Oh and all seats (front and back), are heated. I have to admit to spending most of my time with the Mazda6 ferrying the family to kids parties and other less salubrious events (seriously, where are the red carpet invites when you need them?). It was good to have all the new improvements at hand, driving aids such as 360-degree parking views, adaptive cruise control, the windscreen projected head-up display, even the travel sickness limiting G-vectoring control (as I’d hate to see those cocktail sausages reappear), made the chores more bearable. However, I did ﬁnd time to break free and stretch the engine’s legs, so to speak. The redesigned suspension and new steering rack combination made for a more expressive and involved ride. It’s quieter too, or maybe that was because I’d left the family behind. The Mazda6 continues to evolve and although the exterior hasn’t changed dramatically (was there any need?), it’s what’s on the inside and the things you feel rather than see that truly endear you to this upgrade. With better technology, better handling, increased luxury and more underfoot power, this new sedan really is a Takami treat. — Words: Dave McLeod
N EW MA ZDA6 . Q UALIT Y TIM E . New Mazda6 elevates quality and sophistication to an even higher level. Featuring a commanding exterior and elegant cabin design, the New Mazda6 is striking from any angle. With your choice of new SKYACTIV Petrol and Diesel engines or a 2.5 litre SKYACTIV-G turbocharged petrol engineยน delivering 420Nm of torque, the New Mazda6 has been finely tuned to provide a stirring performance. Plus, with technology designed to inspire and world-class safety to protect from the unexpected, New Mazda6 offers a space to experience some quality time. See your local Mazda Dealer or go to mazda.co.nz for more information. ยน 2.5 litre SKYACTIV-G turbocharged petrol engine only available on Mazda6 TAKAMI.
HOME & DESIGN
“I fancy Picasso.”
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The main bedroom was designed around Laureen’s passion for the Bauhaus period and incorporates two of Christian Dell’s Kaiser Idell lamps, bought on a work trip to Belgium. Fifties Drinks trolleys have been used as side tables and two huge botanical paintings by artist Frauke Stegmann serve as a kind of headboard. The wall was originally covered in an arts-and-crafts patterned paper, which Laureen replaced with gold leaf when she had her Bollywood moment. The chest of drawers was designed by Laureen and custom-made and the bed cover is from Saint Verde.
The dining room features a steel Trek-style table by contemporary designer Gregor Jenkin, a throwback to the owners’ Afrikaans roots. Laureen extended and customized it by adding two lacquered half-moon tables, which can also be used separately as a round server. The church chairs were found at an antique shop, the copper candelabra is by Michael Guy – a play on the religious theme – and Laureen has had the piano since she was a child.
One of Laureen’s extensive collections of original design pieces.
The French dresser was stripped and returned to the original wood grain and then customised with semi-precious handles bought from Anthropologie. A ceramics collection – one of several “still-lifes” Laureen has curated around the apartment – is displayed in front of a painting by SA artist Christo Coetzee. The marble side-table is an original Eero Saarinen and the copper ashtray is a collector’s item by Danish silversmith George Jensen. __ Words: Kate Wilson Photos: Greg Cox
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KNOW YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AROUND THE GLUCKMAN REPORT ON METH In March 2018 I did an article under the heading: TO TEST OR NOT TO TEST THAT IS THE QUESTION?
Quinovic Viaduct and Quinovic Parnell have a policy in place to help manage this threat on behalf of our owners.
Since then we have had the Gluckman report which has sent the industry into a spin.
1. We test 2–4 days before your tenancy starts. This creates a baseline for future tests. 2. We include the test results as part of your tenancy agreement and make sure you get the tenant to sign a copy to ensure they understand and acknowledge they have been advised of the test and the results of the testing. 3. It is the landlord’s responsibility to provide a clean, tidy and safe home for your tenants, therefore completing the test is your way of meeting your requirements under tenancy law. 4. If you don’t complete a test prior to the tenant’s arrival you could ﬁnd it very difﬁcult to prove that the contamination of the house/apartment was due to the current tenant. 5. If during a tenancy there is contamination found, the house/apartment automatically becomes uninhabitable and the tenancy must end immediately. The tenant must vacate and their tenancy agreement ends. 6. As a landlord, you are not responsible to supply any alternative accommodation, but it’s always good to help if you can. 7. The tenant may apply to the tenancy tribunal for a refund of all rent paid if they can prove the apartment/ house was contaminated prior to their arrival, and this has occurred more than once in New Zealand.
Housing NZ and the Real Estate Agents Authority have adopted the level of 15 micrograms/100cm2 for their business model. But, the Tenancy Tribunal has not accepted this level and therefore as landlords you need to obey the law. What does this mean? Our recommendation is to test and keep on testing until the law changes. There are many who are lobbying for the change but we need to make sure that our tenants' health is protected. So please don’t be alarmed, but be aware that methamphetamine and other drugs are becoming an increasing problem for rental properties.
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RENTAL MARKET IS OH SO FLAT
It is taking months to rent out properties, not weeks.
I took a trip to Melbourne to ﬁnd out why they are a successful city and what Auckland could perhaps learn from their success.
The higher-priced properties are renting well, but the lowerpriced rentals are very slow. I am writing this at the end of the school holidays, which is partly why this month has been slow. Also, it has been a cold and wet winter. Why would you want to move at this time of year?
They have an expected population forecast of eight million by 2030, currently it stands around 45 million. It makes Auckland’s projections rather small by comparison, yet it felt like a city that I could get around in comparatively easily.
Enquiries are well down and showings, also. The prospective tenants that do view properties are not in any hurry to make a decision. It’s not just our ofﬁce—others as well. The sales market has also slowed down. Tenants are asking about insulation and heating. They know that it will be mandatory before 1 July 2019 to have these installed for warmer, healthier homes. We are onto this. All our owners have been told and we are arranging quotes for them. Because our winter has been so wet we have also had a new problem to contend with: rising damp! Patches of carpets have mould and carpets are rotting under furniture—which is only noticed of course when heavy objects are moved. It’s not easy to resolve if on a concrete ﬂoor. Always something new to sort out. Surprisingly we have not had many roofs leaking, although there has been so much rain and wind. Yes, winter brings its problems. Another concern for us property managers is Airbnb. Tenants are asking if they can do this in their spare bedroom, but of course this is a no-no! Under the Residential Tenancies Act you cannot sublease. I was asked by a tenant if she could do it to help out with the rent just recently and was very surprised that she had even considered this. Landlords may even do Airbnb themselves, it’s a much better return for them, but then this will reduce the rental market stock and cause a shortage. Then the rents go up—what a conundrum! Just Rentals is busy with organising quotes for insulation and heat pumps for our properties and the insulation companies are getting busy. Some are saying that they are weeks behind in quoting. Now is the time to get this done, a year goes very quickly and this is mandatory by 1 July 2019. Off to Mt Ruapehu at the beginning of August where my twin and I shall celebrate our birthday at the Chateau Tongariro. I do hope there is some snow around the chateau as the skiing slopes are not for us! Good Renting, Sylvia Lund AREINZ Director 40 ST JOHNS RD, MEADOWBANK JUSTRENTALS.CO.NZ 09 528 4817 / 09 528 4818
The development of a city starts with planning. So what’s their secret sauce?
Their overarching vision is to have a city with ‘activity centres’ that act as hubs for doing everything a typical resident could want for— from work to play and everything in between. This means that you don’t have to travel across the city to do something; their goal is that every residents’ need can be met within a 20-minute journey. Furthermore, their city is not a ‘super city’ like in Auckland which is an agglomeration of legacy councils. Melbourne has distinct councils each with their own strategic objective and management sitting under one overarching strategy. I think this is where a lot of Auckland’s problems may have emanated. We run the risk of becoming a homogenous blob with a lack of strategic objective for each municipality or district, where Melbourne’s success has been to champion the essence of each area and give it a sense of individuality. Variety is the spice of life as they say.
Furthermore, the theory of being more efﬁcient as one council with regards to the likes of resourcing in processing applications has been a complete fail in my experience. Our council does not have the capacity to process the number of planning applications it receives. They are resorting to outsourcing applications to private consultants to process who are charging accordingly!
I also liked how Melbourne have planned the city, you get a lot of entertainment and cultural amenity all within walking distance of one another, which encourages pedestrianisation and vibrancy. Not disparate and disjointed like we have in Auckland. Auckland’s improving in this regard. What’s happening in Wynyard Quarter is a good example of good planning outcomes and is to be applauded. Let’s hope they don’t make a meal of the America’s Cup development. Instead a legacy is left which we can continue to enjoy beyond the event. All said, Melbourne is a great success in my opinion and we here at Beau Consultants are working hard on how we can adopt some of the great stuff they’re doing there from a development perspective to help beneﬁt Auckland’s and your housing development projects in the same way that Melbourne has beneﬁted. BEAUCONSULTANTS.CO.NZ HELLO@BEAUCONSULTANTS.CO.NZ
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SEARCHING FOR SHIPWRECKS Last May, archaeologists revealed that they had found the ‘holy grail’ of shipwrecks off the coast of Colombia, a 1708 Spanish galleon called San Jose that sank during a skirmish with the British in the Caribbean Sea. Carrying gold and silver that Spanish had plundered from Peru, its spoils are said to be worth a jaw-dropping US$4-17 billion. Though the details have only recently been released, the drowned vessel was actually discovered in 2015, but still, this year appears to be a bumper one for shipwrecks—discovering them, that is, not causing them. Now San Jose’s stash seems seriously small change when stacked against the estimated US$132 billion of submerged gold bullion said to be in the bowels of the Dmitrii Donskoi, a Soviet naval cruiser that sank 113 years ago during the Russo-Japanese War off the coast of South Korea. It was found in July by a South Korean-Canadian team, and there are questions around who can claim the spoils. Also in July, a local history group in England’s county of Kent were searching for World War Two pillboxes on Tankerton Beach when they stumbled upon the outline of a ship that dates from the Tudor era—initial tests showed its timber to be from the 16th century. The 200-ton vessel is likely a singlemasted, carvel-built merchant ship. Close to home, some serious storms shifted some serious sand dunes at South Head, north of Muriwai, in May, to reveal the 153-year-old remains of Daring, a 17-metre twinmasted schooner that had been carrying grass seed from Taranaki to Onehunga when she beached. The wreck is one of four that has been uncovered around the treacherous mouth of Kaipara Harbour in recent months.
According to UNESCO, there are as many as three million undiscovered wrecks around the world, with around 5,000 containing substantial treasures. We can’t direct you to chests bursting with gems and gold, but we can bring you a rundown of some of history’s greatest explorable wrecks, and the stories behind their ﬁnal, fateful voyages.
SS YONGALA, AUSTRALIA
Considered by many to be the world’s ﬁnest wreck dive, the Yongala, whose name comes from the Aborigine meaning “broad water”, was a luxurious 350-foot passenger steamship that was built in England in 1903. She sank during a cyclone in March 1911, just shy of her hundredth voyage around the Australian continent, submerged, undiscovered for decades off the coast of Townsville. All 49 passengers and 73 crew perished, and the only body ever found was that of the racehorse, Moonshine, who washed up at the mouth of a local creek. Scuba diving the wreck today—which lies up to 30m deep—you’re likely to encounter sharks, rays, turtles and tropical ﬁsh. Humpback whales migrate nearby during the winter months.
SS THISTLEGORM, EGYPT
The massive 415-foot SS Thistlegorm is among the most popular dive sites on the planet. When this British merchant navy ship was sunk by the Luftwaffe in 1941 she took with her all manner of World War Two artefacts—many of which can still be seen. Discovered by Jacques Cousteau off the coast of the Sinai Peninsula in the 1950s, highlights of the wreck-cum-undersea museum include cargo such as trucks and military tanks, as well as an enormous propeller, weapons, aircraft parts and gumboots. Resident wildlife includes crocodileﬁsh, trevally and hawksbill turtles.
SS PRESIDENT COOLIDGE, VANUATU
Among the largest and most accessible of the world’s wrecks, the SS President Coolidge is a luxury liner with space for nearly 1,000 passengers and more than 300 crew and was later modiﬁed to free up space for 5,000 troops. Through the 1930s, the steamship set several trans-Paciﬁc speed records and during the second world war conducted numerous noble voyages such as ferrying the wounded of the Pearl Harbour attack to the safety of San Francisco. She ran into a mineﬁeld on the morning of 26 October 1942, and miraculously all but two of the 5,000 men aboard survived. Now the 615-foot wreck serves as a scuba diving mecca, covered in coral and patrolled by ﬁsh and bulging with military ammo, vehicles and equipment.
PEARL HARBOUR, HAWAII
The ghostly ship graveyard of Pearl Harbour affords the opportunity to see underwater wrecks without getting wet. The USS Arizona Memorial is a monument that straddles its eponymous shallow wreck—with views though an opening in the ﬂoor—that marks the ﬁnal resting place of 1,102 sailors killed in the Japanese attack on the US. Though the site was shut indeﬁnitely for major structural repairs in May, guests can still explore the historical complex by way of a narrated boat tour (1,300 free tickets are offered each morning). Around 2,400 people were killed, four battleships sunk, four more damaged and scores more vessels, vehicles and aircraft destroyed during the surprise attack on the naval base on 7 December 1941, an event that forced America to ofﬁcially enter World War Two.
TITANIC, NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
The world’s most famous shipwreck occurred early in the morning of 15 April 1912 when the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, struck an iceberg and sank less than three hours later, killing more than 1,500 (the offending iceberg was later photographed with an eerie red streak of paint from the ship’s hull). Next year, two US companies, OceanGate and The Blueﬁsh, will offer strictly limited numbers of visitors the chance to explore the Titanic as part of data collection and research teams in specially constructed submersibles. Those without a spare $150,000-plus might consider heading to Sichuan, China, where the building of a life size replica of the Titanic is well underway (it was supposed to open last year). As well as the grand staircase, there will be exact replicas of all the cabins and will host several bars and eateries. Part of a larger seven-star resort, it’s riverside position is a good 1,000km from the ocean, and, more importantly, icebergs.
RAINBOW WARRIOR, NEW ZEALAND
The trawler Sir William Hardy, built in Scotland in 1955, was sold by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food more than two decades later to Greenpeace who revamped it then relaunched it as the Rainbow Warrior—the activists’ very ﬁrst ship. The vessel was due to play a leading role in the campaign against nuclear testing in the Paciﬁc in 1985 when it was sabotaged and partially sunk by French spies while docked in Auckland, killing one crew member. Two years later it was scuttled near the Cavalli Islands off Northland’s east coast, and new serves as one of the region’s premier dive sites. — Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
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is heart-warming to see native birdlife returning as a result of efforts to cull vermin and introduced species.
Far from being a deserted island, South Georgia offers a history of intrepid explorers, dramatic survival stories, deserted whaling stations and wildlife galore. Absolutely my favourite stop on a recent cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.
The other locals demanding attention were the multitudes of sea-lions. I was particular enchanted by the beauty of the females with their saucer-like eyes and cat-like whiskers. The aggressive side of nature was also at play, with seal-lions ﬁghting for territory, skua picking away at carcasses and tell-tales signed of bites from ﬁghting sea-lions.
Nothing can prepare you for the sight of hundreds of thousands of king penguins, accompanied by a cacophony of squawking (reminiscent of the discordant vuvuzelas) and a waft of ammonia. It is a total delight to watch them waddle along, stopping to chat and groom, groups of young ones huddling together. We had time to wander and soak up the surroundings and were encouraged to just sit still to see what would happen. Being extraordinarily curious, penguins come right up to you – literally face to face, which can result in some great photos of penguin faces looking down your camera lens. I sat atop a hill and, sure enough, soon attracted attention. To climb the hill, the penguin used his beak like an ice-axe to dig into the snow, walking his feet up to his beak, and repeating the process to get to the top to see me. I hope I was worth it! Being early summer (October), there were many teenage chicks about – looking wonderfully bedraggled in their ﬂuffy brown feathers. The Salisbury Plain was a veritable sea of penguins as far as the eye could see. At St Andrews a similar sight – the striking black, white and yellow of the adults contrasting with the ﬂuffy brown chicks, beaks pointing to the heavens. It
The size of the resident elephant seals is akin to the size of a Land Rover. The males are quite unattractive, yet extremely ﬂexible, striking balletic poses with their tails in the air. One had to sympathise with the female in the mating process. I can’t believe that with the size difference the female even survives! A highlight was sea-kayaking around the deserted whaling station of Stromness, with snow falling in slow-motion, observed only by crows perched on a shipwreck. We walked to the spot where, during their epic 1916 Endurance Expedition, Shackleton, Crean and Worsley ﬁnally came in to sight of the whaling station – their hope for salvation. In Grytviken we had a wee dram and read a poem at the grave of Shackleton. The museum was a fascinating insight, with photos and replica of Shackleton’s row-boat the James Caird. Remote and inhospitable it may be, but South Georgia is truly a David Attenborough wonderland, well worth the effort. – Words: Judith Wesley, World Journeys
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Oh la la! Have you seen VetCare’s famous cat hotel? While you are on your vacation, kitty can have a stay-cation and enjoy the luxurious, stress-free surrounds of our cat hotel that all cats command. Check in at our cat hotel includes a nose to tail examination with one of our gentle vet nurses, a manicure and pedicure and optional ﬂea or worm treatment. Kitty can then take time relaxing in individual rooms ﬁtted with a cat hammock, lush bed, private lavatory and tuck into our premium cat cuisine—or kitty’s favourite food from home. Kitty can literally be the king or queen of the castle in our shared play area. Comfy hangout castles, climbing ramps, abundant toys and ample cat trees are enough to entice all cats out of bed.
There are plenty of cat beds and shared space for all social butterﬂies or solo ﬂiers to bask in the sun, cuddle with our professional cat cuddlers, frolicking in the cat grass and engaging in some serious relaxing to the heart’s content. For our feline kings or queens who may need that extra little bit of help with medication or special dietary requirements, our super experienced team of nurses and vets are on hand to help. While kitty is enjoying the stay in our hotel, extra services such as feel good grooms and dental treatments all come with a 10% discount. So many reasons to come stay in our cat hotel, even if it’s not time for a vacation—call us today to book your stay.
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WHY FLOAT? 1. During a ﬂoat, the brain releases the happiness neurotransmitters dopamine and endorphins and our levels of the stress hormone cortisol are reduced. 2. Floating produces theta waves, which put us in a relaxed dream-like state aka bliss. They also reduce anxiety, insomnia and nervousness. 3. The parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) is engaged when ﬂoating, which decreases blood pressure, heart rate and boosts muscle relaxation, restoration and healing.
4. Over time our ability to go into parasympathetic mode increases so we can relax more easily. 5. Research shows ﬂoating eases pain such as arthritis, ﬁbromyalgia, headaches, back and neck pain and sore muscles. 6. Studies show ﬂotation tanks are one of the most effective tools to ﬁght stress and regular sessions train the mind to change its reaction to perceived worries so, as with meditation, triggers don’t affect you as much.
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The quieter you become the more you can hear.
WHAT IS FLOATING?
If you’ve ever had an Epsom salts bath a ﬂoat is pretty much the same thing on steroids. The pod/pool contains 500kg of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) dissolved in water heated to body temperature— 35.5°C. The combination enables you to, literally, ﬂoat like a cork in a dark and soundproof environment.
I have chronic pain, which the doctors are attempting to diagnose. Floating has proven to be helpful with pain so I’m all for it.
FLOAT 2: GOAL SETTING I’m prompted to visualise the best version of me walking through a day and – post-ﬂoat—to journal three goals. Mine are learning to chill, ensuring I take time out and becoming pain-free. FLOAT 3: INTROSPECTION This one’s an exploration
of the self. Taking a look at emotional styles and how they affect daily life.
“The REST Project’s main goal is to build psychological ﬁtness,” says Sam Thomas, The REST Project’s Director of Psychology. “We run short ﬂoatation courses across New Zealand utilising the unique effects of ﬂoatation to create psychological growth."
FLOAT 4: ACTION PLAN Today is about building relevant techniques to achieve goals and checking in on their progress. I’m doing great, learning to chill and setting boundaries for time out.
HOW TO FLOAT:
FLOAT 5: CONNECTING WITH OTHERS I pick two
There are four private rooms at Float Culture: The Lake Room, The Ocean Room, The Forest Room, and The Cosmic Room. Each room contains a pod or pool, shower, loo and Sukin hair and body products. Pre-ﬂoat, a shower and shampoo (sans conditioner) is mandatory before popping in earplugs and stepping into the soothing blue light of the pod/pool. There are two buttons to the side: one to turn out the light and one to start music, which will play for ﬁve minutes before silence reigns.
AT THE END OF YOUR FLOAT:
1. The music will come on as your cue to readjust, and turn on the light. 2. It’s back to the shower to rinse off the salt—you can use conditioner on your hair this time. 3. The pod/pool water will begin to ﬂush. This is the recycling process where the water is cleaned.
THE REST PROGRAMME R.E.S.T. STANDS FOR RESTRICTED ENVIRONMENTAL STIMULATION THERAPY The REST Programme guides you in taking what you learn in the ﬂoat pod into your daily life. It involves eight ﬂoat sessions coupled with a beautifully produced handbook that includes pre-ﬂoat prompts and journaling tasks.
FLOAT 1: SELF REFLECTION I self-rated my physical and mental health, my relationships and what’s bought me to my current state.
people who are suffering and put myself in their shoes then journal the experience. For me, it comes at a time when my mother is on a journey with pancreatic cancer.
FLOAT 6: GRATITUDE The timing is almost eerie due to my mother’s cancer. It’s about being aware of the things that are great in my life (to balance out the challenges). FLOAT 7: WHAT MATTERS Today is about envisioning my perfect world and contrasting it to the world I live in. This leads on to journaling about my perfect world vision. FLOAT 8: THE BIGGER PICTURE This last ﬂoat
focuses on my personal skills and attributes and takes a look back on the programme from an outsider’s perspective.
1. I’m doing much better with ‘chilling’ and taking metime. That’s goals one and two ticked. It’s also easier dealing with my mother’s illness and some of the stresses of having start-up businesses. 2. The pain is still there. Some experts believe this is linked to the inability to ‘chill’ so achieving goal one and two are really valuable. 3. I’m now an experienced ﬂoater. It’s so good. Seriously. In the words of Float Culture, I recommend you ‘Go Float Yourself’! — Words: Jenna Moore FLOATCULTURE.CO.NZ / 09 281 46 48 INFO@FLOATCULTURE.CO.NZ
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ALYA SKIN Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you couldn’t have missed the beauty industry’s shift to more natural and ethical products. And the latest big thing to hit New Zealand’s shelves is no exception. It’s called the pink clay mask, brought to us by Australian skincare company Alya Skin. We had a chat to co-owner Manny about the brand, the masks, and why she’s so passionate about bringing good quality skincare products to everyone.
ALYA SKIN IS JUST LAUNCHING ON THE NZ MARKET, SO IS STILL RELATIVELY UNKNOWN, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BRAND IN THREE WORDS? Heavenly, beautiful, and skin. Funnily enough, that is the meaning of ‘Alya Skin’. It’s the ethos we wish to promote and achieve through the launch of our new products. We want all of our current and upcoming products to literally make your skin feel heavenly and beautiful.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO LAUNCH A SKINCARE RANGE?
I do have a background in the beauty industry—my ﬁrst ever business in this industry was teeth whitening. We saw a good opportunity in skincare after seeing a gap in the market for high quality products for 16-30 year olds that actually worked well. We want people to fall in love with our brand and our products.
We also noticed that clay masks in particular were starting to really take off, especially on social media. We knew there was a gap in the market for a rose scented pink clay mask that was long lasting. We also wanted our product to leave your skin feeling moisturised after use—instead of dry like a lot of other clay masks do.
WHAT MAKES THE AUSTRALIA PINK CLAY MASK SO UNIQUE?
The way we formulate the product is unique. Our mask has a very different texture to a lot of other similar masks on the market. Ours is also rose scented which we haven’t really been able to ﬁnd in terms of what competitors are doing. One of the main differences with our mask is that it is suitable for sensitive skin, and leaves your skin feeling baby soft and moisturised after use. A lot of other clay masks can leave your skin dry after use—that is the last thing we want and we wanted to ensure we made a mask that catered for everyone.
HOW DOES IT WORK AND WHAT KIND RESULTS DOES THE CLAY PRODUCE?
Pink clay is an anti-inﬂammatory clay, which helps reduce redness and pigmentation from your skin. The aloe vera and pomegranate in the mask reduce redness and also act to soften and give your skin a ‘baby bum’ feeling after you wash the mask off. Literally, your skin feels so soft after using it! >>
ARE THERE ANY OTHER THINGS THAT MAKE ALYA SKINCARE UNIQUE, OTHER THAN THE CLAY ITSELF?
What makes us most unique is that we really do live and breathe the actual meaning of Alya Skin—heavenly, beautiful skin. We will not launch any products unless we have had it tested by hundreds of people. We want every single Alya product to work well and ensure that all our customers are 100% happy with the results. The customer comes ﬁrst. We also feel strongly about protecting animals and have committed to being an animal cruelty free organisation. Our upcoming products which we have been working on for the past six months are currently in the ﬁnal stages of research and development which is very exciting. They’re completely unique and we can’t wait to show them to the public.
But in all honesty, the feedback has been absolutely amazing and we are extremely happy to be helping people with their skin issues.
WHERE TO NEXT, WHAT DREAMS DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
The sky is the limit for Alya. We want to be sold in every large retailer globally and to have a full range of 10plus products that work amazingly. We are well on our way, and we are excited for the journey that lies ahead.
FINALLY, WHERE CAN NEW ZEALANDERS BUY THE MASK?
The mask is available in Life Pharmacies and Unichem Pharmacies, as well as online. We also ship online for free from our website alyaskin.com – Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts
Our mask is suitable for everything. If you want baby bum soft clean skin, this mask is for you. If you have sensitive skin or eczema you can also use our mask. Our target audience is between 16-30 years of age—but in saying that, we have a lot of older females who use our mask.
The feedback has been mind-blowing—we’ve already we had over 300 ﬁve-star reviews online. We get the odd one- or two-star review here and there, but that is only because of delays in shipping times for certain countries which we are working on ﬁxing!
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The mask also draws out toxins and pollutants from your skin’s surface—this in turn speeds up the acne healing process. We have a lot of customers tell us we have literally cured their acne— it’s an amazing feeling!
DRY EYES Have you ever felt like your eyes are burning, stinging or feel gritty? Felt like your vision ﬂuctuates throughout the day? Had difﬁculty with reading or working on a computer for an extended duration? Had discomfort with contact lens wear by the end of the day?
causing confusion as to which one to use. After your eye examination, your optometrist will be able to recommend the most suitable eye drop, or combination of lubricants speciﬁc to your eye condition.
If so, you are likely to be experiencing symptoms of dry eye, a condition that affects around one-third of the population. Factors such as age, female gender, medical conditions and medications, the environment you work in and diet are but a few known associations. Most of the time it is not one but a combination of these factors at play, that causes dry eye. Severity can vary from mildly irritating to disabling and can adversely affect ones quality of life.
DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS: Essential fatty acids are found naturally in certain food types, and these are crucial for our tears. One of the most important components of healthy tears is a layer of natural oil known as meibum. This is released by the meibomian glands, which line the eyelids. Often, dry eyes are caused by a lack of, or poor consistency of meibum. Your optometrist will be able to see if this is the root cause of your dry eyes and advise on the types of foods to eat more of and/or introduce the most appropriate supplement to help you obtain the right oils into your diet.
The tears provide lubrication, protect and deliver nutrients to the eye surface. Dry eye can compromise these functions and can have long term affects to overall eye health; therefore ongoing tailored management strategies are often required. The clinical team at Mortimer Hirst can help diagnose and formulate a treatment plan so that this frustrating condition will not compromise your lifestyle. Treatment options in mild or intermittent cases involve the appropriate selection of artiﬁcial tears. Advice can be given on at home therapies that you can perform yourself to encourage the healthy components of the tear ﬁlm to occur naturally, in addition to the right food types and or dietary supplements. More moderate to severe cases may require additional therapies delivered by the clinical team to help repair the eye surface. Therapies such as Blephasteam and E-Eye Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) are now available and your optometrist will be able to advise if you would beneﬁt from these. Additional therapeutic agents can be prescribed to stop the ongoing cycle of dryness and restore the eyes natural balance. If you have any concerns with dry eye or are not sure if what you are experiencing is dry eye, please consult our team of optometrists who aim to provide practical advice and who will work with you to optimise your eye health. ARTIFICIAL TEARS: Artiﬁcial tears are eye surface lubricants, which aim to stabilise and supplement the tear ﬁlm. There is often an abundance of products available at the pharmacy
BLEPHASTEAM: This is a new treatment that can be performed by your optometrist. It involves wearing a pair of humidiﬁed and heated eye goggles for a period of 10-15 minutes, which works to improve meibomian gland function. Once the period of heating is complete your optometrist will perform a manual expression of the glands to dislodge any blockages and increase the outﬂow of the meibum into the tears. E-EYE INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL): This is new long-term treatment strategy for ongoing dry eye disease. It involves applying intense pulsed light to the area beneath your lower eyelid to help stimulate the meibomian glands to improve their oil producing function. It is recommended that three sessions be performed to obtain the best results from this treatment. Top up treatments can be applied if required. INFLAMMATORY EYE DROPS: The optometrists at Mortimer Hirst are all therapeutically qualiﬁed. This gives them the ability to prescribe medications to help treat and manage the ocular surface inﬂammation that presents with dry eye. This can often kick start the resolution of the sore, gritty or tired feeling eyes. More recently the optometrists scope of practice has been expanded to allow the prescription of certain oral medications that can help treat eye disease. Speak to your optometrist about whether these adjunct therapies may be appropriate for you. — Words: Mortimer Hirst MORTIMERHIRST.CO.NZ
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BUY BEAUTIFUL You will have previously read me banging on about buying your clothing “thoughtfully”. Thinking about what you’ll wear that garment with, how it works in your wardrobe and if you truly love it rather than just “like” it. We live in a time where our planet is overwhelmed with our rubbish, not just our plastic rubbish, but all of our rubbish – and our discarded clothing is overwhelming the world too. Yes, you may take it to a re-sell boutique, donate it to charity but there’s just SO MUCH STUFF out there that our environment cannot cope with it. In this column I want to talk about the case for spending more money on your garments. Over the years I have done a few wardrobes that have been ﬁlled to the brim with cheap clothing. Awful, cheap clothing. In these closets there were only a handful of garments that would make the wearer look good and (quite sadly) none that would make the wearer look great. Wearing cheap clothes will actually make you look cheap, too. Not cheap in the slutty sense, but cheap in the un-polished sense. The thing with cheap, is that the fabrics are often almost bulletproof – that polyester top will still be around when there’s only cockroaches left on earth, which means that you can keep wearing that nasty thing for years and years. So, you hang onto it, leading to having a wardrobe heaving with stuff. Too much stuff, none of it beautiful. So, stop buying cheap. Start buying beautiful. Buy less – buy better. If it means you have less in your wardrobe that’s a good thing. You’ll wear those beautiful pieces more often. You’ll look and feel great in them. It’s worth it not just for how you’ll feel, but also for our environment. Jackie O’Fee is owner of leading style consultancy Signature Style. She’d love to help you clear the clutter from your wardrobe and buy beautiful pieces. More information can be found at signaturestyle.co.nz or give her a call on 529 5115.
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With winter almost over, it’s an exciting time for fashion as the release of fresh new collections launch in time for spring. Featuring crimson reds and royal blues amongst a sea of crisp white, twenty-seven names’ newest collection, Yada Yada, is modern, edgy, and fun. But this is one clothing range that is about more than just fashion. This year, the pieces take their inspiration from Seinfeld, honouring the show that “made something out of nothing” 20 years on from the airing of its ﬁnal episode. This is where the boldness of the collection draws from; the mayhem of life, the moments that leave an impression, and the signiﬁcance of the small but touching moments of day to day living.
PUT THE FUN BACK INTO EVERYDAY FASHION
Inspired by the show’s witty character Elaine Benes, cofounder Anjali Burnett describes the collection as having “a little grace, puffy shirts, and 90s vibes”. With pops of colour and ﬂoaty hemlines, the clothes are young and ﬂirty, yet effortlessly timeless. It’s a collection made for the modern woman’s life; from the ofﬁce, to running for the train, to a coffee date with friends, Yada Yada puts the fun back into everyday fashion. Pop on into twenty-seven names from 26 July to catch the ﬁrst drop of the collection. – Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts
KEEPING THE CONVERSATION ALIVE AROUND PHOTOGRAPHY
When photography changed from analogue to digital the consequences reverberated within the industry.
Corporate clients like the lease option Anna says given “it’s all tax deductible in an ofﬁce reﬁt”.
No longer could professional photographers connect at the lab like they had done. This lost opportunity became the public’s gain with the birth of Photos Inc four-and-a-half years ago.
“It’s a good way to brighten up or to give atmosphere to difﬁcult spaces. Photography can provide that.”
“We started it to keep the conversation alive around photography – to really keep it in the spotlight,” says Mark Smith, a professional photographer of 30 years who joined forces with his long-time friend, Anna Comrie-Thomson. Both Mark and Anna work as photographers.
For instance, an engineering ﬁrm in South Auckland was stoked when their staff gave the thumbs up to how they felt about a couple of landscape photographs that their bosses had requested speciﬁcally to enhance the workspace due to a pending visit by a European customer. That blokey environment shifted.
They approached a few other photographers with the idea of leasing, and Photos Inc. was started.
The impact of Photos Inc. was also recognised when an architect won the NZ architecture awards for an ofﬁce ﬁt out in Wellington.
“I take photos but Mark is a photographer of note who has worked in multiple environments: commercial work, commissioned work, charity work, books,” says Anna.
He sent Mark and Anna the ofﬁcial citation that mentioned, “the design exudes both grace and – through the client’s collection of contemporary photography – good humour”.
Mark believes it's a nice way to reconnect with people, "restart that conversation again and keep the interest alive for photography – the bottom line for us was to enable further exposure of great NZ photography".
“That’s validating for us” says Anna.
Photos Inc. both sells and leases photographic works of art. “There are not a lot of people here in Auckland who can lay out $8,000 for one photograph, it’s a huge amount of money to earn before you can pay $8,000,” says Anna. “Leasing is our raison d'être.” She says it enables clients to enjoy the chance to have fabulous works on their walls minus the huge outlay. “We lease works from $10 a week, based on the scale of work, the artist and their reputation,” Mark says.
Richard James, CEO NZ Funds Auckland echoes a similar sentiment. “The photography from Mark and the team at Photos Inc. captures how we feel about our business. Deeply and unmistakably New Zealand but a little curiously unique at the same time. Photography is so much more accessible than other forms of art. Watching our people and our clients engage with it has been wonderful.” Another pop-up show at Ponsonby Central is planned for the end of October, beginning of November. There are two held annually. “Prominent on the Photos Inc website, is a quote by French philosopher, Gaston Bachelard, 'When the image is new, the world is new'.” – Words: Sarah Sparks
DOS AND DON'TS
Like art but don’t know where to start? Aimée Ralﬁni asked for some tips on what to do and what to avoid from a selection of Auckland’s top art insiders, here is their advice.
Do... ANNA JACKSON – DIRECTOR GOW LANGSFORD GALLERY
“Do your research! Visit lots of galleries, build relationships with dealers and get to know the artists they represent. Once you ﬁnd artists that you like, follow their careers and consider what they have already achieved. How long have they been practising for? Does the artist have an established exhibition history? Are they included in exhibitions at public institutions? Which collections hold their works? The more of these boxes you can check off, the more information you have in deciding the level at which you are comfortable investing.”
JENNY TODD – DIRECTOR TWO ROOMS GALLERY
“Always buy large and typical of an artist's work – you have to love it. Investments may be short- or longterm so you want to be able to live with it happily.”
DR MARIA WALLS – HEAD OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES, MEDIA DESIGN SCHOOL
“Consider why you want to collect art —well beyond interior décor. Art leaks into life — your buying decisions eventually affect culture.”
DEBORAH WHITE ONZM – DIRECTOR WHITESPACE GALLERY AND ARTWEEK
“Look, look and look again. People spend so much time researching a car or fridge before purchase and yet rush into buying art." "Read about the work or ask the artist or the dealer, understand what's behind their ideas and concepts." André Hemer. Big-Node-#36, 2016. Courtesy of Gow Langsford Gallery.
"Always buy what you love, what uplifts you every time you look at it." "If you are lucky it may also appreciate in value and you have had the pleasure of living with it everyday.”
Avoid... Sarah Hughes. Camouflage, 2016. Courtesy of Gow Langsford Gallery.
ANNA JACKSON – DIRECTOR GOW LANGSFORD GALLERY
“Rushing! It’s worth investing the time to get the right piece. Most of all don’t buy anything you don’t like. It’s not all about the money, art is for enjoying. If you wouldn’t like to see it on your wall every day, it’s probably not for you.”
JENNY TODD – DIRECTOR TWO ROOMS GALLERY
“Buying anything you don’t like. Make sure the work has enduring material qualities, ie. it doesn’t physically change over time.”
DR MARIA WALLS – HEAD OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES, MEDIA DESIGN SCHOOL “Don’t buy art on a whim. Visit and re-visit the work/s you have in your sight. Seek informed and critical feedback on the item you have in mind.“
DEBORAH WHITE ONZM – DIRECTOR WHITESPACE GALLERY
“Good art never goes out of fashion – never buy an artwork because its currently trendy.”
I wish I had asked for this advice before I broke some of the cardinal rules laid out here. I am very guilty of buying art on a whim, however, I am also guilty of buying exquisite works of beauty, which ﬁll my mind with joy and create new pathways of pleasure every time I look at them. So my top tip on investing in art? Read the advice given here and know this: The best investment in art is to live with it and get involved with it, because it will nourish your brain more than dollars in the bank ever will. — Words: Aimée Ralfini
Aimée Ralﬁni interviews local and exhibiting artists on her weekly radio show on 95bFM. She also hosts ‘Art Ache’ – a back-alley art soiree, inspired by the romance of ‘the artist’s studio’, where she delves into the lives of artists and shares their stories and art treasures. Next Event is scheduled for Late Night Art during Artweek at the Helen Melville centre. Check out artache.com for information. Hye Rim Lee. Pink Dragon. 2018. Courtesy of the Artist.
WHAT'S ON 8 Aug
She Claims: Art Matters – Ruth Buchanan & Natasha Conland
5:30PM – 7:30PM
For the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is proud to be bringing like-minded women together at a series of events entitled; 'She Claims: Art Matters'. In this incarnation of the event, Ruth Buchanan will talk with curator Natasha Conland about her creative practice, drive, culture and the key topics in her work she cares deeply about. Buchanan is an artist who often develops site speciﬁc works which include performance, sculpture, text, spatial structures, audio, ﬁlm, textiles, and graphics. She is also a Walter’s Prize Nominee for this year.
Auckland Art Gallery Corner Kitchener & Wellesley Streets
10 Aug – 12 Aug
Academy Cinemas 44 Lorne Street, CBD
The New Zealand International Film Festival presents a variety of animated shorts from all over the world. This programme will be screening for one weekend only at Academy Cinema, so make sure you get your tickets to secure a spot. There will be six curated selections on show, packed full of thought provoking and original work. Each of the six collections is themed and promises an exciting experience and an unseen look
14 Aug – 18 Aug
A new piece of contemporary dance-theatre work choreographed by Tui Hofmann in collaboration with DANCE PLANT Collective. ‘Goodbye conscious consumer, hello capitalist perfection, from farm to fridge all neatly disguised for your ethical pleasure.’ This is a show that is going to unwrap the ethicality of all your purchases, exploring the sociopolitical climate of the meat industry and outlining its implications. You’re likely to come out questioning your own consumption and wondering what consumes you.
Basement Theatre Lower Greys Avenue CBD
17 Aug – 19 Aug
The Baby Show
10AM - 5PM
Auckland’s Baby Show is a must for anyone with children in their life. With all the best baby retailers and brands under one roof (over 200 all up!), you can easily ﬁnd everything you need to embark on the great adventure of parenthood.
ASB Showgrounds 217 Green Lane West, Epsom
18 Aug – 19 Aug
Relaxation Massage Course
28 Aug – 1 Sep
9:30AM - 4:30PM
Learn to massage over this short course run over one weekend. Under the supervision of qualiﬁed teacher, Shelley Moana Hiha, you will learn the correct massage movements, techniques and even a few short routines you can use. Perfect if you want to learn more about the art of massage, or a good gift to your signiﬁcant other so that they can work on their own magic touch.
Future’s Eve is an exciting new show coming to The Basement Theatre, a combination of projection, dance and theatre colliding to create an evocative amalgamation of lights, sounds and spectacles for the senses. “Glitching from Pygmalion to Pris, from sexbots to Siri, witness a spectacle of solidarity for the defective, the destructive, the disposable and the objectiﬁed.” Please note this show contains strobe lighting, nudity, and discussions of sex and sexual violence.
Wellpark College 6 Francis Street, Grey Lynn
OM Workshop The Art of Brewing Kombucha
6:30pm - 9pm
Learn the art of good kombucha from the experts of OM. This workshop is designed to equip you with the wisdom and knowhow to brew your own quality kombucha in your own home. On the night you will be provided with all of the ingredients and equipment for your ﬁrst brew, which you will do together with OM. You will even leave the event with your very own OM scoby, and a ﬁnished three-litre brew in your own sealable glass brewing vessel. Brewing your own kombucha is a fabulous skill to have, kombucha is a great drink for your health and tasty to boot! You will even have access to OM kombucha on tap throughout the night.
The Workshop 37d Crummer Road, Ponsonby
7PM - 9PM Object Space 13 Rose Road, Ponsonby
National Poetry Day: Compound Press & Minarets National Poetry Day was established in 1997 and is a one-day national poetry spectacular, bringing together some of Aotearoa's and the wider world's most exciting poets. It is a time to read, listen and learn from bright minds and this event held by Compound Press and Minarets is the perfect place for all these three things. “Minarets Issue 9 features collaborative 'exquisite corpse' poems by 30 writers Frankenstein’d together by ringmaster Craig Foltz. Organ donors from NZ and abroad include Anna Jackson, Steph Burt, Lisa Samuels, Pam Brown, Trey Sager, Quintan Wikswo, and more.” Get along for poetry readings, books for sale and a night to celebrate poetry.
The Young Törless
Goethe Institute New Zealand presents German Films At The Film Societies, with a screening of The Young Törless. A black and white ﬁlm directed by Volker Schlöndorff, released in 1966, it explores the darker undercurrents humanity. Entry is by donation and is open to the public. Go along to see a ﬁlm that may be something outside of your ordinary intake.
Academy Cinemas 44 Lorne Street, CBD
Basement Theatre Lower Greys Avenue, CBD
Courtney Barnett Live Show
Courtney Barnett is a witty, multi-talented musician and her music has been some of the most globally popular to come out of Australia in recent years. Her heartfelt, yet deadpan songs force you into a kind of pleasant introspection as her music has a comedic way of seeing deeply into the human psyche. This month she will be touring her new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, in New Zealand, another exciting mix of quirky guitar heavy music.
The Powerstation 33 Mount Eden Road, Grafton
Julia Deans 'We Light Fire' Album Release Tour
Julia Deans is an icon in New Zealand music, she has been in bands such as Fur Patrol and The Adults, boasting an incredible voice, she can shift easily between soaring falsettos to deep rumbling tones. This August she will be touring with her new solo album, We Light Fire, this tour Julia was inspired to make a difference so she has curated a predominantly female team. "Throughout my career I have strived to be recognised as a musician ﬁrst, but often my being a woman has meant I’ve been looked upon as some kind of novelty. To me, gender should not be an issue. I strongly believe we need to foster an environment that not only welcomes women and encourages them to get involved, but which also encourages men to support women and embrace them as equals.”
The Tuning Fork 42-80 Mahuhu Crescent CBD
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ON CHESIL BEACH
Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through a decades-old divorce. Carol’s (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. Four lifelong friends’ lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.
On Chesil Beach is a powerful, insightful drama about two people, both defined by their upbringing and bound by the social mores of another era. Florence (Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn) and Edward (Billy Howle, Dunkirk) are a young couple in their early twenties. Now on their honeymoon, they learn about the differences between them – their attitudes, temperaments and their drastically different backgrounds. Out on the beach on their fateful wedding day, one of them makes a major decision that will utterly change both of their lives forever.
Set in the Holy Land in the first century, Mary Magdalene is the story of a young woman who leaves her small fishing village and family to join a new movement. Inspired by its charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, and his teachings, Mary sets out with the disciples on the journey to Jerusalem, where she finds herself at the centre of the founding story of Christianity. Mary Magdalene brings a unique and fascinating character to the fore and places her at heart of the greatest origin story of all.
The youngest of six children, Lee Alexander McQueen was expected to become a plumber, a bricklayer or possibly a cab driver like his father. Instead, McQueen’s fierce romanticism and punk poetry helped create 1990s-era 'Cool Britannia'. For perhaps the first time since the Swinging Sixties, a lad from the East End of London could — and did — become one of the most original and influential artists of the 20th century. McQueen is a thrilling rags to riches portrait of a complex artistic genius. Through exclusive interviews with McQueen’s closest friends and family and never-before-seen archives, McQueen reveals an unmatched talent who expressed his darkest fantasies and greatest ambitions through his revolutionary designs and runway shows.
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The saucy humour and comical Brooklyn wit of her ﬁrst two releases Satisfaction Guaranteed and Pregnant With Success is still all there, but JP3 receives an added sense of worth and wellness that gives the New Yorker an untouchable air of radiant conﬁdence. The album opens with lead single ‘State of the Union’, where the outspoken rapper steps up to her own self earned podium, declaring an unapologetic public service announcement to haters ex’s, and critics alike. On JP3 JP leaves trivial men behind for a higher purpose—to serve the ladies exactly what they want to hear, with no mercy for male ears. Self-fulﬁlling lyricism and funky, female celebrating, melodic hooks barely mention men. But the moments when she does, it’s
only to remind them of what they can’t attain; like on ‘Trader Joe’ when she declares: “We don't f*ck, he just pick me up from Trader Joe's / carry all my groceries and lick on all my toes”. Where women are usually seen merely as objects of desire in hip hop, Junglepussy ﬂips the script of the male gaze narrative, giving her male subjects no more or less signiﬁcance than just a vessel to fulﬁl her needs. ‘I Just Want It’ demands satisfaction without strings attached, and ‘I’m in Love’ uses tongue in cheek to demonstrate just how easy it is to snatch a man. After half a decade of ruling NYC’s queer underground scene, JP has worked her way from doubting her identity and her name unable to be printed in publications, to JP3 being covered in a spread for the New York Times. Junglepussy is defeating censored media and the patriarchy, one day and one rap at a time. — Words: Laura McInnes / SNIFFERS.CO.NZ
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Junglepussy is at her most uncensored on her third album JP3. The explicit underground NYC MC (born Shayna McHayle) bridges the gap between being unﬁltered in a niche underground setting and the rest of the world, bringing her carefree black girl self to the mainstream.
RUDY'S TIPS 'N TRICKS
The name’s Fraser Grut and I’m a 23-year-old ﬁlmmaker and have been since the age of seven.
There is a service provided by libraries that not too many people make use of and that is the online magazine collection.
I have a dream. (Don’t sue me, Dr. King!) A BIG dream. I want to change the world through ﬁlm. How? By helping the world to dream again.
Do you want to read Time magazine but don’t want to subscribe or have mountains of paper waste? Science, or craft, gardening or the Listener, they are all available for free.
I run a little project called ‘10,000 Dreams’ where every single day for 10,000 days (27.37907 years) I’m ﬁlming a different person answering the question ‘what’s your dream?’
To be able to access these and many more you need to have a current Auckland public library card and access to their website. Your local library will set you up with this if you don’t currently have it. Go to aucklandlibraries.govt.nz and click on eBooks and magazines. Click on eMagazines. You will see a box with RB Magazines, click on the box to setup an account.
Currently, as I write this column, I’m on day 587. Nearly there...
Who starred in the 2018 Kiwi comedy The Breaker Upperers?
JACKIE VAN BEEK: DAY 537
“Okay, I’m really excited about the possibility of sitting on international ﬁlm juries in towns and cities and countries that I’d otherwise never travel to, and learning about cultures that way. And a really important part of my dream is to be able to take my kids to these cities and towns and countries and for them to explore the world through people’s stories.” I received a cheeky message two weeks later, from an unknown sauce. It wasn’t tomato (he’s overseas ATM), it couldn’t have been the mayo.. surely not Tabasco? *generic iPhone SE ringtone*
15/06/18 / 1.57PM NZT
UNKNOWN SAUCE... “Hi Fraser. Just got invited to sit on the jury for an Iranian ﬁlm festival. And my son is coming to be a part of their youth jury. The universe is listening! Jackie.”
THE MORALS OF THE STORY:
1. Jackie Van Beek starred in the 2018 Kiwi comedy The Breaker Upperers. 2. How awesome is this!? Jackie put herself out there and opportunities are now opening up. She’s on her way to fulﬁlling her dream. 3. Sauce is good.
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SHANGHAI WIFE EMMA HARCOURT Set in the international city of Shanghai in the 1920s, a young Australian woman marries the captain of a river ship not long after they ﬁrst meet. Annie travels with him from the beginning of their marriage but it becomes too dangerous and he decides she is safer at home. For company she frequents his club and befriends not her own social set but those locals and servants who work behind the scenes. Of course she gets in far deeper than she intends and the repercussions are dangerous and wide-reaching. Perfect for the book club list. Shanghai was such a dynamic city then and now and Emma Harcourt has captured the exciting atmosphere of old Shanghai perfectly.
THE MAN BETWEEN CHARLES CUMMING This is a good read for those fans of the intelligent spy novel. Author Charles Cumming got noticed immediately after his ﬁrst book The Trinity Six and he has gone on to write three or four other series of books. His readers are always desperate for his next book and The Man Between has just hit the bookshelves. A clever writer, Kit Carradine, needs a little something to keep him busy, he is approached by British intelligence and is offered a project which he accepts. He soon discovers the life of a spy is not at all glamorous and you can trust no one. Kit Carradine ﬁnds himself caught between two departments of the service both of who want different outcomes and Kit has a tough life or death decision to make.
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BOOKS TO CURL UP WITH
These two books could be the only two you need to read this winter. Originally written as ﬁve novels covering the life and times of the Melrose family, the paperback version is in two volumes, three books in the ﬁrst and the remaining two books in the second. Patrick comes from a clever wealthy family with houses in England and Province where his bully of a father and alcoholic mother have various friends visit to while away the long summer days. But Patrick is treated horribly by his father and the effects carry on to his relationships with others as he grows up and has a family of his own, to the reaction when he ﬁnally becomes the head of the Melrose family. Dark, very funny (in parts) and deeply moving. Read before indulging in the TV series, good as it is, the books are far better.
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PATRICK MELROSE VOLUME 1 PATRICK MELROSE VOLUME 2 EDWARD ST AUBYN
ALL ABOUT TOMATOES
As recently as the late 18th century, tomatoes were considered pariahs of the plant and culinary worlds of Europe and nicknamed the ‘poison apple’. Aristocratic types at the time ate from pewter plates high in lead content which would react with the tomato acid and deaths from lead poisoning occurred. Unaware of the dangers of the heavy metal, the humble tomato was blamed. Scientiﬁcally a fruit, though now considered a vegetable in all things culinary, the tomato’s reputation was also hindered by its classiﬁcation as a nightshade (as are chillies, capsicums, and aubergines, by the way), more associated with deadliness (and tobacco), while aversion to the smell on the vine was common (and remains so). Sixteenth century Tuscan herbalist Pietro Andrea Matthioli made one of the earliest references to the tomato in Europe, referring to it more positively as a ‘golden apple’. For at least 2,000 years societies in South and Central America have been feasting on the tomato, where it was considered an aphrodisiac. It was the imperial Spanish who ﬁrst introduced the food to Europe in the 1500s, naming it pome dei Moro, or the ‘apple of the Moors’ (the French used pomme d’armour, which some believe to be a misunderstanding of the Spanish term rather than simply translating as the ‘apple of love’). By the middle of the century tomatoes had even made an appearance in a Nepalese cookbook, but perversely the fruit made its way west to the USA and Canada via
European immigrants rather than through their southern neighbours. Today, tomatoes are a staple the world over with more than 7,500 varieties making up the one-and-a-half billion tons produced commercially each year. However, nowhere has the tomato been more lovingly embraced than in Italy, where—whisper it—the Spanish ﬁrst showed their Mediterranean cousins how to prepare and cook it as a condiment (with similar ingredients to ratatouille). Spain still holds La Tomatina, essentially an enormous public tomato ﬁght that attracts thousands to the town of Buñol each year. Peasants in Italy’s south, short on resources, became especially reliant on the delicious red orb, and especially skilled at concocting a range of tomatobased dishes. By the late 19th century and early 20th, the Italians had truly mastered the art of making tomato sauces, pastes and preserves for pizza and pasta dishes. There’s even a day especially dedicated to one of their most popular tomato sauces, known as Passata Day. Though a tradition that’s sadly on the wane in its native land, Passata Day was introduced to generations of new and willing participants in the Italian communities of Australia thanks in part to Melina Marchetta’s acclaimed debut 1992 novel, Looking for Alibrandi, and its ﬁlm adaptation of the same name, released
in 2000. At one point the protagonist, Josephine Alibrandi, daughter of Italian immigrants, is miffed at spending summertime at home cooking tomatoes for passata and missing out on beach time with her friends. The purpose of Passata Day is to bond as a family while preparing the coming year’s supply of pasta sauce and pizza spread. There is no set date for Passata Day, but it always takes place in summer when the ripe red tomatoes are at their tastiest and the feel-good factor is high. Different families have different rituals. Many may start the day with coffee and liqueur, with various members of the family assigned different tasks. The ladies will likely be responsible for the chopping of the tomatoes and frying of the onion and garlic, while the men will pulp the fruit and the children ready the basil and the jars for bottling. Once done, neighbours and maybe more family members will be invited over for lunch or dinner for the ﬁrst sample of the fruits of the labour. “When we were kids, we used to hate Passata Day,” says Domenique Iuliano, whose family have been upholding the Italian tradition in their Sydney backyard for the best part of half-a-century, to SBS. “But now, we understand the value of it, the tradition, the culture, and, of course, we enjoy the passata!” ─ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
FOOD // AUG 2018
Every family has their own method of making passata, a word derived from the Italian meaning to ‘pass through’. A typical traditional process entails peeling the skin from tomatoes then boiling them brieﬂy (around a minute) before submerging them in ice-cold water. They are then pressed, seasoned and stored in sterilised glass jars.
TOMATOES IN COURT
Things really got serious in the old ‘fruit or vegetable?’ debate in 1893 when the matter was taken to the Supreme Court of the United States. Back then there was a 10% import tax on vegetables, but nothing on fruit, so a tomato importer named John Nix sued the New York tax ofﬁce claiming his produce should be exempt from the levy. The case, which became known as Nix vs. Heddaen, was settled in favour of the taxman with Justice Gray stating that though, botanically speaking, “tomatoes are fruits of a vine” in the common language of the people they are vegetables “served at dinner” unlike “fruits generally, as dessert”.
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While writing this cookbook I quizzed a lot of my Swedish friends and family for their favourite Swedish foods, and this recipe was one I particularly loved for its simplicity, comfort and wholesomeness. I often have cravings for green leafy vegetables, especially when I’ve been travelling a huge amount. Eating out is fun, but nothing beats some home-cooked comfort food.
500g frozen spinach 1 onion, peeled and ﬁnely chopped a knob of butter 150 ml single cream 15ml milk whole nutmeg ½ tsp white pepper sea salt 4 eggs
FOR THE HERB GARNISH:
1 small fresh red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced 1 small red onion, peeled and ﬁnely chopped 1 tbsp white wine vinegar a pinch of ﬁne sea salt a pinch of sugar a handful of fresh dill, roughly chopped a handful of fresh chives, ﬁnely chopped
SERVES 4 VEGETARIAN/GLUTEN FREE WITHOUT TOAST PREP TIME: 10 mins COOKING TIME: 20-25 mins − Recipes extracted from THE LITTLE SWEDISH KITCHEN by Rachel Khoo, published by Michael Joseph on 30 July 2018, RRP: $55.00. Photography by David Loftus.
1. First make the herb garnish. Put the chilli and red onion into a glass or ceramic bowl with the vinegar, two tablespoons of water, the salt and the sugar. 2. Next put the spinach, onion and butter into a large frying pan. Place on a very gentle heat and cook, covered, for ﬁve minutes. Uncover, stir and continue to fry for another 5–10 minutes, until the water from the spinach has evaporated. Add the cream, milk, a generous grating of nutmeg and the white pepper. Cook for a further ﬁve minutes, stirring at intervals. Taste for seasoning and adjust to your liking. 3. Make four wells for the eggs. Crack in the eggs and continue to cook for ﬁve minutes or until the egg whites have set— covering with a lid will help this along. 4. Just before serving, toss the dill and chives with the chilli and red onion. Sprinkle over the spinach and eggs and serve immediately. 5. Top tip: traditional recipes call for plain ﬂour to thicken the mix. I often ﬁnd cooking it for longer and evaporating as much of the water as possible means you don’t need it. If you ﬁnd, however, that your spinach is very wet, you can whisk a couple of tablespoons of ﬂour into the milk before adding it to the spinach.
POTATO & PEA DUMPLINGS KROPPKAKOR These tennis-ball-sized potato dumplings are the Björn Borg of the dumpling world. They are old-school champions, and can be boiled or fried, ﬁlled or unﬁlled (and differ in other ways, depending on which regional variety you make: Smålandska dumplings sink when they are initially boiled and rise to the top when they are ﬁnished, whereas those from Öland, an island off the east coast of Sweden, do the opposite). Peas aren’t usually added, but I like the way they give the otherwise grey-looking dumpling a lovely green pop. I’ve skipped the ﬁlling in this recipe, instead piling them high with a salty, sweet and spicy topping.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE DUMPLINGS:
300g potatoes 300g frozen peas sea salt 2 medium eggs ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg 300-350g potato ﬂour
FOR THE TOPPING:
a knob of butter 1 tsp ground allspice 1 tsp white pepper 250g smoked streaky bacon, ﬁnely chopped 2 onion, peeled and ﬁnely chopped a handful of chopped fresh chives sugared lingonberries or lingonberry jam
SERVES 4–6 / GLUTEN FREE PREP TIME: 1 hour COOLING TIME: 30 mins COOKING TIME: 40 mins
− Recipes extracted from THE LITTLE SWEDISH KITCHEN by Rachel Khoo, published by Michael Joseph on 30 July 2018, RRP: $55.00. Photography by David Loftus.
1. Fill a large saucepan with cold salted water and peel the potatoes. Put the potatoes in the pan, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender, then drain and leave to cool slightly. 2. Meanwhile, put the frozen peas into another pan with one tablespoon of water. Cover and cook for about two minutes, until just tender. Drain and blend to a smooth paste in a food processor. Finely grate the potatoes, then mix with a pinch of salt, the blitzed peas and eggs. Add the nutmeg and 300g of the ﬂour and stir to combine, only adding more ﬂour if you need it—the dough should be ﬁrm. 3. Bring a large pot of water to the boil with a generous pinch of salt. While it’s coming to the boil, roll the dough into a long sausage and cut into 12 equal pieces, then roll each one into a ball. 4. Next, make the topping: put the butter into a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the spices, bacon and onion, cooking until the onion is crisp and golden. While the bacon and onion are frying, add the dumplings to the boiling water and cook for 5–10 minutes, or until they are ﬁrm but bounce back when touched. If you are unsure, cut one open: the dumpling should be cooked and hot all the way through. 5. Serve immediately with a generous heap of the topping, a sprinkle of chopped chives and some sugared lingonberries or lingonberry jam. 6. Get ahead: The dumplings can be frozen after they've been boiled. Plunge into boiling water to defrost and reheat.
Alternative Lattes Forget your standard morning coffee to give you that little extra pep, the Auckland foodie scene is all about the alternative hot drinks and superfood lattes this winter! So why not jump on the bandwagon and branch out to try something new? STREET ORGANICS
Over the bridge in Takapuna, Street Organics serves up one of the prettiest superfood lattes you can ﬁnd. Coloured by Mistyday Plant Potions cosmic brew blend with blue spirulina, the latte is a bright aqua colour. It’s ﬁlled with antioxidants, anti-inﬂammatory properties, and ﬂavour. Served with one of their many choices of milks, this is one drink that is sure to brighten up your morning!
If you’re looking for a drink as dainty as it is delicious, then look no further than Winona Forever’s rose and Earl Grey latte. Using a blend of Earl Grey tea and rose water, the drink is the perfect mix of the creaminess of a latte with the taste of tea. Topped with dried rose petals and pink rose powder, it’s the perfect side to a sweet treat for afternoon tea.
Always making beautiful food perfect for your Instagram shots, Dear Jervois have stepped it up a notch with their unicorn white hot chocolates. It may not be the healthiest, but it sure is the prettiest drink you’ll ﬁnd! It’s creamy and has a decent amount of froth on top—perfect for topping with colourful sprinkles and marshmallows. Just like something out of a fairytale!
LITTLE BIRD ORGANICS, THE UNBAKERY
Taking your usual coffee up a notch, The Unbakery’s espresso collection features a Turkish delight latte which may just become your new favourite way to drink coffee. The coffee is blended with steamed coconut and cashew milk, then blended with beetroot juice, cardamom and rose. The result is a drink that is reminiscent of a Turkish delight, only much, much healthier.
If you’re in need of a drink that’s delicious and also good for your body, then the charcoal latte at Crave Café is the perfect drink for you! Following the superfood latte trend, don’t let the signature black hue of the charcoal deter you, it’s almost tasteless but still gives you all the cleansing beneﬁts of this superfood. Try it out with coconut milk for the ultimate healthy treat!
OYSTER & WINE FESTIVAL MATAKANA Round up all your seafood-lover friends for a festival not to be missed! The Oyster & Wine Festival Matakana 2018 is just around the corner and the oysters, wine, beer and entertainment line-up is looking shucking good! This all-weather event is locked in for Sunday 7 October 2018, 10am-4pm at the Matakana Country Park. There will be plenty of freshly shucked oysters served au naturel and you’ll also be able to meet the local oyster farmers who grew these salty beauties. Get ready because we’re excited to announce an epic line-up of live music this year. 80sX, Sam Allen, Laughton Kora, Fifth Element and Jade River Ukes will all be performing on the big stage, alongside local MC Wendy Douglas. Newly released Junction VIP Lounge tickets are now available for $79.50 which includes, priority parking and ticketing, all day access to the VIP Lounge with drink and picnic box on arrival,
exclusive seating area with a view of the stage, exclusive toilets, an event glass, ﬁrst glass of wine or beer free and two half shell oysters. Coming from Auckland city? Not to worry as there will be return coaches available for $47.00 from either the CBD Ferry Building or Smales Farm. For all local festival goers, you can organise your travels directly with The Concierge team at info@ theconcierge.co.nz. There will be return pick-ups available for $15 from Omaha, Matakana and Point Wells. The Oyster & Wine Festival Matakana is a zerowaste event. Careful consideration is given to the products used on site and where these end up post event. Mahurangi Wastebusters are working with all stallholders to design an event that generates less waste and making sure we are using products that can be reused, recycled and are compostable—no plastic straws allowed here! OYSTERFESTMATAKANA.CO.NZ
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WHAT'S TO 'LIKE' ABOUT ANIMAL CRUELTY?
People love Bali. But, despite being an idyllic paradise for people, World Animal Protection’s Wildlife ‘Abusement Parks’ report reveals it’s a living hell for animals held captive in the wildlife entertainment industry. Elephant rides, dolphin swims, orangutan selﬁes and other attractions, such as circus-style shows, are increasingly popular tourist activities for many travellers to the island. We investigated 26 wildlife tourism venues that house 1,500 wild animals. Not a single venue in Bali, Lombok or Gili Trawangan with captive elephants, tigers, dolphins or civet cats meets even the basic needs of wild animals.
SOME OF OUR REVEAL THAT:
• Dolphins at one venue had their teeth ﬁled down or removed entirely • All dolphins were kept in severely inadequate conditions—one small pool, around three metres deep, housed four bottlenose dolphins • Every elephant venue offered rides. Elephants suffer a cruel and intensive training process that involves severe and traumatising restraint and pain • All venues with orangutans offered selﬁe experiences.
Forced to entertain queues of tourists, many of these animals lacked freedom of movement, opportunities for social interaction and any stimulating activities • 80% of venues with primates didn’t meet the basic needs of captive wild animals • 100% of venues with captive elephants, tigers, dolphins or civet cats failed to meet basic needs of wild animals Behind the scenes, wild animals are being taken from their mothers as babies, or bred in captivity; forced to interact with tourists for hours on end. Then they’re caged in ﬁlthy, cramped conditions when the tourists go home. This cruelty must stop. To protect wild animals, we’ve convinced nearly 200 travel companies, around the world, to stop offering elephant rides and shows in travel packages. This includes YOU Travel and the House of Travel, here in New Zealand. You can also be part of the solution by boycotting travel companies that promote and support these cruel venues, and others like them. If you can ride, hug or have a selﬁe with a wild animal, then it’s cruel; don’t do it, no matter how many likes it will get on social media.
You’re really elated. He’s so frustrated. You’re enthused, but he’s been abused. To give you those pics, he’s prodded with sticks. Why are wild animals put to such use? There’s no excuse, it’s abuse.
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21 MARCH–19 APRIL
You can be more optimistic about the direction your life is taking, and feel good about your goals. You are more sensitive than usual, with everything impacting you at a deeper level, but you try to hide it from everyone and retreat when you feel upset. This is a good time to get a lot of work done, and to deal with your health and daily life. You can come across as more logical, judgmental, and quiet.
You need more balance in your life so you feel mentally at ease, or it becomes difﬁcult for you to process anything intellectually. You’re willing to make compromises with anyone, and are good at negotiating deals and being a mediator. You can pay attention to the details, do work in your community, or see a sibling or neighbour in the spotlight. You may ﬁnd that you’re on the go more than usual.
You feel more conﬁdent and secure, and can do more to increase your sense of security and safety in life. Love matters are mostly easy and amiable. You need to be nurtured and encouraged, and you’ll do the same for those you’re close to. You’re more open to other cultures and ways of living, and want to learn more about them. You may come across as more emotional, moody, and sympathetic.
23 AUGUST–22 SEPTEMBER
22 DECEMBER–19 JANUARY
20 APRIL–20 MAY
You can be more inspired, creative, and artistic, and want to create something special. You can also seem more like your true self. Your dreams can be a focus, and you can get closer to achieving your dreams if you’ve been working hard and smart, or encounter more roadblocks if you haven’t. Love is complicated, private, and intense this month. You can also be more emotional if you feel things are out of place.
You can get further along your life path, or feel that you need to change your direction completely. You have energy to deal with your spirituality, and are driven to explore your spiritual self. You can become interested in the metaphysical, and explore spiritual topics. You love conversation and want to be around other people. You may also expect your love relationship to be deeper this month.
You want to expand your life and your world. The more boxed in you feel, the more you want to blow through the walls around your life and run free. You have more mental energy and can do a lot of investigating into subjects and ideas before pursuing any of them. You see how much the world has to offer you, and you want to have new experiences, and see new parts of the world for yourself.
23 SEPTEMBER–22 OCTOBER
20 JANUARY–18 FEBRUARY
21 MAY–20 JUNE
Your creative self can become more dominant, and a creative outlet can be good for you now. You may get a chance to expand your business and this expansion will increase your earning and ultimately you will also be able to save a lot of money. You have the chance to improve your ﬁnancial position, either by stabilising cash ﬂow or ﬁnding new ways to make money altogether.
You feel most like yourself when you’re taking time to do the things you love to do most, and allowing yourself to embrace your inner child. You want to be playful and have fun, and need breaks from work regularly or you get grumpy. If you’re in a relationship, you can be more emotional with your partner, or vice versa. If you’re single, you can meet someone you feel a karmic link to.
You can pursue new money-making opportunities, take on a second job, or start a side gig for extra money. Your conﬁdence may be higher than usual. You’re compromising and fair, and you strive to bring balance and harmony into your life. If you’re in a relationship, you can commit more fully to your partner. If you’re single, you crave more commitment in your life. You can commit to a project, idea, or person in some way.
23 OCTOBER–21 NOVEMBER
19 FEBRUARY-20 MARCH
21 JUNE-22 JULY
You are especially magnetic and persuasive in this month. You are willing to work especially hard for security, and you are also quick to defend your values. You can be more organised, try to bring more structure into your life, and demand perfection of yourself. You’re driven to have better ﬁnancial security, and the more money you have, the more secure you feel.
You begin the month with broad vision and enthusiasm. This is a good month for travel and exploration, but career or reputation matters can get tricky at times. Some of you are up for a promotion or raise. You derive less pleasure from being with those you’re closest to, and may opt to spend more time alone. You come across as more scattered, social, and intellectual.
You can begin a transformation of some part of yourself or your life. You can research anything, and you do so thoroughly. You’re interested in the darker side of life, things that are taboo, and take a serious approach to everything. You can be informed of some secrets, and are more secretive yourself. You can bring more intimacy into your life, or start an intimate relationship.
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