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William Shakespeare wrote: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Naomi Ballantyne, founder of two New Zealand life insurance companies (to date), and current managing director of Partners Life, which she established in 2010, might be the rare person who qualifies for inclusion in all three categories. As a female leader in New Zealand financial services, Naomi is almost singular. She is in all likelihood the first woman in the world to have founded not just one but two life insurance companies. There are very few women at the top in Naomi’s industry, and none with the same tenure she holds or respect she commands. She has an unrivalled track record of entrepreneurship and job creation: Partners Life’s 159 full-time staff puts the company in the top 3% of employers in New Zealand by size of workforce. What is the secret of Naomi’s success? When you hear her speak, two things are clear: no one is more passionate about life risk insurance or knows the industry more intimately, and the story behind the insurance leader is one of the most indelible in New Zealand corporate life. >> Family first Through all of Naomi’s achievements, her family has been by her side, including at work. Naomi’s husband, Kerry, has served as Partners Life’s general manager of HR and is now a senior executive in another insurance-related business, while their 26-year-old son Kris is the company’s executive projects manager. The popular newsletter, Partners Papers, is a product of mother-and-son endeavour. Naomi’s brother Peter, the company’s chief technical officer, has helped her found both her start-ups, and she counts a brother-in-law, two sisters-in-law, two nephews, a nephew’s wife, and two of her cousins’ sons among her employees. Naomi has spoken of the sometimes difficult times she had as a child with her Canadian father, Garry Lassen, who passed away 13 years ago. Plagued by a long-term back injury that restricted his ability to work, it created an alcohol dependency and affected the family’s finances. He was often hard on Naomi, the only girl among Garry and Evelyn’s five children. Naomi remains very close to her 83-year-old mother, who spent her formative years in Tonga before settling to raise her family on Auckland’s North Shore where Naomi still lives and works. Naomi honours her heritage by participating in Pasifika business events and bringing the family together as often as she can to reconnect over the typical island feasts she loves to cook.

Perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of Naomi’s career is the accidental nature of its conception. She admits she didn’t even know what insurance was when, at 19, she abandoned a marine biology degree to take on a trainee role at an insurance company. The sharp right turn can only be described as serendipitous, for it led her to become first a founding employee of Sovereign, then a founder of Club Life (now called OnePath Life) before finally establishing Partners Life. Though she has been feted as a high-achieving woman in business, Naomi has never sought to play up (or play down) her gender in a traditionally maledominated industry. She has pointed out, though, that as recently as 2001, when she left Sovereign after its sale to ASB, she was “unemployable” as a 35-year-old woman challenging the status quo. At the time, there were no women of Naomi’s age in senior management or on boards of insurance companies. Her response to the stasis of the existing businesses was to set up Club Life and later sell it to ING – not a bad retort. >> If it’s grey, we will pay One of the most striking aspects of Naomi’s approach to her work is that there is no hint of jadedness – she remains as passionate about life risk insurance and its purpose as she was three decades ago. Her fellow leaders at Partners Life, who include pre-eminent Kiwi business leaders such as Sam Knowles and Richard Coon, share her philosophy about the true value of insurance. Partners Life is unique for its ‘If it’s grey . . . We will pay’ and ‘Fair and Reasonable’ claims promises: to always do the right thing for advisers and policyholders at claim time, even in cases where applicants failed to disclose or have misstated a material fact in their application or where the medical evidence does not strictly meet the policy definitions.


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This goes to the heart of how Naomi feels about the importance of personal risk protection — from life to health, income, trauma, key person and more — in people’s lives. She says, “Our mission has always been to be able to assist more families with protection in a vastly underinsured market. All of us here at Partners Life are incredibly humbled that we get to go to work every day and pay out large sums of money to New Zealand families and business at times when people are facing serious health issues. To receive the thanks and gratitude from our customers, when we are simply doing our jobs, is incredibly good for the soul.

>> Away from her desk

“We’re also very focused on the independent financial advisers who sell Partners Life policies. They are consumer advocates and many are themselves business owners and employers. Advisers are the bedrock of our industry and are often overlooked, but there is no industry without their expertise.”

“So many seemingly insurmountable problems have emerged partially or fully resolved as I emerge at the end of a trail run with my two dogs. You need a large degree of resilience to lead start-up businesses to success — the same kind of resilience needed to get back on the trail or hockey pitch following an injury. And dare I say it, being competitive is also necessary to succeed in both business and sport.”

There’s no arguing with this strategy: Partners Life currently insures 126,000 lives, has $172 million in annual premiums in force, and to date has raised $115 million in equity. What’s more, Naomi is now developing a company-driven, national adviser awards programme to launch next year. These will celebrate top advisers and will also enable consumers to vote for their adviser to be named the best in the industry.

The question of work-life balance may have no perfect answer, but Naomi has long known how to keep the hurly-burly of life at the top of the business world under control. A competitive hockey team member and long-time trail runner, Naomi says, “There has always been a link between my ability to cope with the stress of leading complex businesses and my involvement in sports and fitness activities. Exercise helps my conscious brain to switch off thinking about issues, and allows new ideas and solutions to pop into my head.

Photography: Duncan Innes


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Magical Morava There’s a new store in town that’s home to exquisite treasures from the Czech Republic and France.

Morava has been given life on our shores by Linda and Nick Webster. Linda is originally from the Morava (Moravia in English) region of the Czech Republic and came to New Zealand in 2005, falling in love with both this country and Tauranga-born Nick along the way. Her parents and grandparents still live in the beautiful area. Linda and Nick often travel back to the Czech Republic and have always bought beautiful crystal in Brno — Czech’s second largest city. One day they had a lightbulb moment and realised there was nothing like it in New Zealand, which planted the seed for Morava. Morava first opened its doors on Teed Street, Newmarket in March and is the Auckland home of stunning lead-free crystal, extraordinary chandeliers, fine porcelain dinner sets and crystal objects d’art and jewellery. If you know your high-end brands then Moser, Preciosa, Rudolf Kämpf, Daum and Haviland might ring a bell. What sets lead crystal apart is that it is strong, ecologically friendly and can be intricately engraved (if it contains lead it easily cracks). The designs are all handcrafted. “A single vase can take up to four months to make and a glass up to 12 weeks,” says Linda. If it’s a coloured piece it has the added impact of melted gemstones to give it its hue. For example, the blue comes from aquamarine and the brown from topaz; all of the gold trimmings are 24 carat.

“According to Moser they are the only manufacturer engraving with lead free crystal using no machinery, instead using the staff’s years of experience that’s been handed down from generation to generation,” says Nick.

There are so many incredible offerings in store. A handmade limited edition Rudolf Kämpf dinner set is a collector’s item. “They use gemstones for colour also and paint the 24-carat gold seven times over,” says Linda. “They contain so much work they can only make four dining sets a year for the entire world.” Daum from France, which is renowned around the world for its crystal art and furniture by famous artisans, uses the very old and rare technique of molten crystal. It dates back to 5,000 years BC (those found in the tombs of Pharaohs). Long forgotten, it was rediscovered by Daum in 1900 and reworked in 1968. Indeed, many of the pieces are limited editions, with only 8, 10, 25 or 50 pieces made globally and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Which, along with their beauty and quality, is one of the reasons they are so precious to own. It’s also why presidents and royalty favour the wares. Words: Jenna Moore


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LEFT | Linda Webster. TOP | 3 Piece Crystal Floral Furniture, by Daum. MIDDLE | Vases by Moser. BOTTOM | Eye of the Tiger, by Moser.

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Wendy Francis-Ching Wendy Francis-Ching’s beautiful home features on our pages. Wendy is the owner of Consignment Furniture — an up-cycle furniture store in Railway Street, Newmarket.


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>> Verve thanks Wendy for sharing her beautiful home in our DESIGN feature this month. We asked Wendy some questions about herself and her home. Is the architect someone you have followed? I only bought the house in January but I can see what a great job Simon Pirie did in seamlessly converting the original house into the home it is today. Were you attracted to the home because of its lightness and clean spaces? Yes totally. My last two houses have been from the arts and craft era, which can feel a little cluttered, so it’s been great going back to light, open-plan, modern living. Which room in your new home is your favourite? We’ve been in the house through this glorious summer, so probably the kitchen/dining area as the glass doors slide away to make a fabulous flow through into the garden. What makes you laugh? Acerbic wit! What is your philosophy for life? I don’t really ascribe to a particular philosophy, but I try and find levity in life; humour, love and tolerance are key. It must have been (and still is) an exciting journey when setting up Consignment furniture store? What inspired you to do this? It has been a bit of a slow burn as they say. We had a lot to do finding the right premises and location, sourcing quality pieces and getting the word out. The idea had been tucked away in my mind for a few years, then I was talking to Melissa Bowman from Apartmento, and Chris Harrison, and we decided now was the right time to go forward with it. What is your favourite word? Maybe. What is your favourite colour for interiors? White. If you could invite three people to a dinner party (dead or alive) in your home who would you invite? Funnily enough, we actually made this list at Christmas! It’s an excellent question and sparks a very lively debate. Two of my three died in the same week recently — David Bowie and Alan Rickman — and American satirical commentator Jon Stewart. Where do you get your morning coffee? At Orca of course… our amazing in-store espresso bar. Photography: Duncan Innes

STYLE + STYLE = CONSIGNMENT/APARTMENTO Iconic New Zealand made designer furniture brand Apartmento is back, sitting side-by-side with Consignment, a stylish and affordable selection of gently loved furnishings and homewares. When it comes to offices, shared space is something of a buzzword, but we don’t often hear of it in terms of retail. However, Apartmento/Consignment in Newmarket proves it to be an alluring way of showcasing gems for our homes. The spacious store seamlessly marries the much-loved quality and uber-style of Apartmento with the timelessness and luxury of pre-loved pieces from Consignment. It’s an inviting treasure trove of art, homewares, furniture, and — oh — did we mention the coffee? The idea came about when Melissa Bowman and Wendy FrancisChing were chatting over a glass of wine. “We’ve known each other for years, we met when I was a client of Apartmento about 15 years ago,” says Wendy. ”We’d been thinking of business ideas for a while." “Last year my husband Stuart and I sold our Meluka brand to Danske Mobler and Apartmento had only been available online for 12 months,” says Melissa. “I had taken some time out but was ready to get back to work. We realised that sharing a showroom with Consignment was a great fit for both brands and as soon as we saw this space knew it would be perfect. While we’ll certainly have the Apartmento design classics in store, we’re also very excited to soon be releasing a suite of brand new Apartmento products along with a new website." “We came up with Consignment because we know, as people, we constantly like to redesign our spaces so it seemed like a no-brainer to offer a space to on-sell investment pieces at competitive prices,” Wendy says. “We’re a first port of call for interior designers, people with a keen eye for style, those looking to furnish their beach house, or people with great taste but a restricted budget.”

The proverbial icing on the cake is the coffee. Orca is Wendy’s partner Chris’ coffee brand and a very important section of the store. Customers are encouraged to grab a coffee and wander around, sit for a while or even have a meeting. Coincidentally, Chris was once a partner in a furnishing accessories business (The Front Room) but had to give it away when he suffered toxic poisoning from the resin. He moved into coffee and was one of the founders of the well-known GoCoffeeGo in the Blind Institute before taking on Orca and setting up shop in Consigment/Apartmento. The goal is not only to be a showroom/gallery, but to act as a social hub too. “We had Christophe el Truento put together our soundtrack, which is very funky,” says Chris. “It makes it a bit like a sober nightclub.” A nightclub with works from artist Rebecca Wallis, and her husband — also an artist — Ross Lewis, currently adorning the walls ticking the gallery box. “In addition we’ll have regular little pop-ups for emerging artists, jewellery designers and other artisans,” says Wendy. Consignment/Apartmento is a unique and completely new retail offering where design conscious customers can get their fill of a wide range of new and/or gently loved classics. The team warmly invite you to stop by for a visit, browse, and enjoy the finest espresso. Words: Jenna Moore




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Auckland's Best Buildings Named Projects ranging from a brightly coloured bike path built from a bit of old motorway to a temporary installation at an inner-city church; from reworked heritage buildings to a new and already much-loved library; and from idyllic houses to a small mausoleum are among this year’s recipients of Auckland Architecture Awards. The awards were recently held at an event at Onehunga Heliport. The convenor of the awards jury, architect Michael O’Sullivan, said the winning projects in the peer-reviewed awards programme, which is conducted by the New Zealand Institute of Architects, set the standard for good architecture in Auckland and Northland. “Our part of New Zealand is blessed with a landscape full of potential for architectural work relevant to its surroundings,” O’Sullivan said. “We really don’t know how lucky we are. The variety of the region’s topography and the transitions between landscapes are the starting points for much of the great work we saw.”

O’Sullivan undertook a tour of all 48 projects shortlisted for Auckland Architecture Awards with fellow jury members and architects Briar Green, Anne Salmon and Patrick Sloan. In total, 112 projects were entered. “We saw a lot of accomplished work,” O’Sullivan said. “It’s clear that increasingly ambitious and knowledgeable clients are being well-served by talented architects practising with real care and insight.” Providing further evidence of a traditional strength of New Zealand and local architecture, 15 awards – nearly half of the total – have gone to housing projects. Most of the award winners in the residential categories, which include alterations and additions as well as new houses, are located in Auckland city. O’Sullivan said domestic design projects, such as the E-Type House by RTA Studio, Omahu Road and City Beach House, both by Fearon Hay Architects, and ValleyM by McKinney + Windeatt Architects, show how new buildings can be sensitively inserted into neighbourhoods with heritage qualities. O’Sullivan added that another award-winner, the Maidstone Studio by bell + co architecture and Andrew Kissell, was a very engaging example of home-building in an inner-city, mixed-use neighbourhood where the challenges of tough surroundings are offset by a zoning regime that allows for buildings to fully occupy their sites.

Category - Education | #Augusta Building, Auckland Grammar School, Epsom, by Architectus

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The 2016 Auckland Architecture Awards revealed that one housing category remains relatively weak in quality even as its quantity is rapidly increasing, O’Sullivan said. “Good multi-unit housing is desperately needed in Auckland,” O’Sullivan said, “But many of the developerdriven projects of this type are mediocre. It’s important, given the scepticism around intensification, that Aucklanders are presented with good examples of multiunit or apartment buildings.” Two apartment buildings which rise above the pack are Altera and Ilico Apartments, both designed by Warren and Mahoney Architects.

Category - Heritage | #The Orange, Newton, by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects & Tonkin Zulaika Greer Architects in association, and Dave Pearson Architects

Another architectural type which has seen much activity recently, but yielded a disappointing level of distinction, is commercial building. O’Sullivan said that Central Park One, designed by Architectus on a site on Great South Road, is a standout project in a tough category.

Kōrero o Te Hau Kapua – Devonport Library, designed by Athfield Architects for a site on Devonport’s seaside reserve, “won over many of the knockers with its open, accessible planning, connection to street and park, and low-key impact”.

On a brighter note, the awards jury described #LightPathAKL, a ribbon of hot pink that cuts a trail for cyclists and pedestrians through the heart of Auckland’s Spaghetti Junction, as an “heroic achievement” that provides a symbol of “optimism, ambition and progression” to the wider city.

O’Sullivan said the jury was impressed by two unusual projects: an installation designed by Warren and Mahoney and using artwork by Max Gimblett that raised funds for the preservation of St David’s church, Grafton; and a mausoleum in Waikumete cemetery designed by Architect Associates.

Another winning project in the public realm had more than its fair share of criticism before opening to a welcoming reception. O’Sullivan said that Te Pātaka

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Great kitchens don’t just happen... They happen by design. Kitchens By Design knows what it takes to make a kitchen the multitasking heart of every home. After all, it has been making it happen since 1987 when it broke the mould of boring standard designs in favour of spaces that incorporated each owner’s personal choices and reflected their lifestyle. Since then its custom-made kitchens have won multiple awards from the industry and accolades from happy clients. Visit the Newmarket showroom to see top-of-the-line products and talk to the experts. Qualified design stars (between them they boast 90 years’ of experience) and their back-up team work with clients throughout the whole project, from concept design to manufacture and installation. They promise to get the job done on time, on budget, with minimum fuss and maximum enjoyment. Thirty years ago that was a pretty daring idea. Today it’s just what you’d expect from Kitchens By Design.


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H O M E W A R E S ALL VINTAGE | THE BAY TREE | YOYO DESIGN YOYO DESIGN 1. Blacklight. Seed Shade (small) @ YOYO Design by Kiwis $220

ALL VINTAGE 2. Cintique armchair, W65cm x D60 cm x 77cm H 43cm $550

ALL VINTAGE 3. Susie Cooper Modernist Cups & Saucers Set of 6 $179

THE BAY TREE 4. Cotton throws to take you through all four seasons $159

THE BAY TREE 5. Create your cosy winter lodge with the new Safari range $110

YOYO DESIGN 6. Eddie’s Wood. Uno Table @ YOYO Design by Kiwis $295


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Anett Rรถstel Berlin Metallic Dress exclusive to Et Vous. Fara sand shoe by Ecco Shoes. .........


Pastel blue wool coat from Witchery, and Zik 3 headphones by Parrot. .........

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Beige suede coat and skirt from Witchery. Silk and wool mix jumper in pastel pink, from Country Road. Necklaces from the Tous Face Collection (silver plated with 18k gold and enamel). Makoke pink leather bowling bag from Tous. .........

Knitted cream skirt, jumper and suede shoes from Country Road, Trenzado hand bag from Tous. .........

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LEFT | Orbit knit dress from The Cupboard, Fara sand shoes by Ecco Shoes. ABOVE | Fleck bobble beanie and microlight alpine jacket by RAB, jumper from Sasha and jeans from Witchery. BOTTOM | Merino fettle sweater and energy pant from Untouched World. .........

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Not every outfit we own is a stunningly co-ordinated, five-star compilation of gorgeousness. Although I believe every woman should have at least one outfit in her wardrobe that makes her feel fabulous, most of us wear far more ‘ordinary’ ensembles most days. Our work wardrobe may be a simple combination of pants with a variety of tops, or easy to wear dresses. Sometimes, we’re just grabbing a t-shirt to pop on with our jeans, or we may even spend the day in our yoga pants and a hoodie for the ultimate in comfort. Whether we’re leaving the house to go further afield than the supermarket or not, a lot of the time we’ll choose what’s easy, what’s comfortable and what will ‘do’ for whatever we’ve got planned that day. Taking this automatic approach to dressing can lead to days on end of wearing boring, uninspiring outfits. We’re just mindlessly putting clothes on rather than taking the time to get dressed in the morning. Yes, our lives are busier than ever before and we may not have hours to spend putting ensembles together each day. Perhaps we’re working against budgetary restraints which see practical elements winning over glamour; but looking great doesn’t need to be difficult.

Great shoes: Choose your shoes not just for comfort, but also elements of style. Look for great colour, a quirky statement heel and wear them. Too often women think they need to ‘match’ their shoe colour to their outfit but matching can be dull. Unexpected pops of colour add interest. A blazer: Adding a beautiful jacket to a tee and jeans ensemble automatically takes it to the next level. Even popping a blazer over your activewear will lift your game. Look for something beautifully cut that gives you great shape.

Often a few simple additions will elevate an ordinary outfit to something a little bit special. Here are my picks for some small changes that make a big impact.

Wearing make-up: Too often forgotten in the rush, wearing make-up will ALWAYS make you look more polished. In my mind, it’s an ESSENTIAL addition.

Scarves: Best way ever to jazz up a t-shirt, whether a simple choker style at your neck or a large loop artfully draped, a scarf will add interest and elegance to a simpler garment.

If you’d like help elevating your wardrobe options why not get in touch? We’d love to spend some time with you putting together your existing pieces in new ways. Check out our website or simply call us on 529 5115.

Statement jewellery: Be it bangles, necklaces or earrings (or all three all at once — just look at Iris Arpel), adding jewellery that is distinctive in styling or colour will take you easily from boring to brilliant.


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In the Know About Diamonds Julian Bartrom reveals valuable buying tips for the most coveted gem on earth.

First time buyers in the diamond market find it fascinating when they start to see the individual beauty of each stone and recognise the characteristics that make it so. I have a bespoke jewellery business, have qualified with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and I love diamonds. Recently I realised that my love for gems probably came from a childhood crystal collection that my parents encouraged me to acquire as an alternative to spending my money on ice cream. Since a reunion with my collection 12 years ago it’s now larger than ever and designed to meet the requirements of a discerning clientele. Twice a year I make the trip to buy gems at an international precious gemstone trade fair like Hong Kong’s, to pick and choose from among the finest stones available. Everybody's bought an electronic device with a model number to categorise it but diamonds are much more interesting than that. Every diamond is so different and reading it’s GIA certificate is only your first step toward understanding its grade of perfection. So never buy a diamond for its good certificate alone; there could be 20 diamonds listed with identical certificates but each stone will have its own unique characteristics and they could range in price by as much as 45%. My most important buying suggestion is to take a good close look at the stone in natural daylight and start to see what purely colourless, even scintillation and flawless clarity really look like. I encourage clients to clean any smudges off the stone and use magnification because it’s with 10x magnification that they are graded.

Diamonds are bought and sold on the US dollar so when our dollar's up it's a good time to buy. Also, in recent years global diamond prices have been falling to the tune of about 20% and I think it's about time. I love making this desirable gem available to clients and now larger diamonds are no longer so far out of reach. The price drop isn't good news for everybody though as some merchants have been forced to sell their stock for less than they bought it and it has caused some companies to fold. About 90% of all diamonds are cut in Mumbai and most of the nicer quality diamonds are purchased by New York merchants. We like using US merchants because many have also trained with the GIA, their quality is high and the price is right, but most of all because they're required to trade with more consideration for human rights than any other country, most notably being their refusal to trade in diamonds from Zimbabwe where the Marange mine holds a terrible reputation. The rest of Africa is often thrown into the dog box with Zimbabwe, however a lot has changed in the last ten years and programs like Beneficiation are turning the diamond industry into a huge source of pride and income for the African people. With knowledge comes appreciation, and nothing speaks with more eloquence than a diamond viewed in person. When given the opportunity to make true comparisons, there will always be one sparkling diamond that stands out from the rest.





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New York based footwear designer Maryam Nassir Zedeh is now exclusively stocked at Sophie Slides featured here. The Penelope mule from

Find yourself struggling with footwear in autumn when brisk mornings are followed by sunny afternoons? We have complied our wish list that will have you embracing autumn with a spring in your step (rain or shine)!

Madison high heel, $270, from Mi Piaci

Sneakers $89.90 from Country Road

Vetus ankle boots $340, from Mi Piaci

Slides by Acne $695 from Scotties Boutique

Words: Paris Mitchell

Bessy sneakers by Isabel Marant $685 from Fabric

ANALOG BY R&CO – $48 Sign us up for anything that helps fight the evil forces of gravity! This cleansing foam shampoo and conditioner is as light as air. Perfect for colourtreated, under-hydrated or coarse hair, Analog is the only step you need to weightlessly cleanse and soften. A simple one step product that will improve your hairs’ strength and lustre. Call 0800 25 25 30 for salons stocking R+Co throughout New Zealand.


NEW WAVES We are all different when it comes to hair products and it’s only through trialing new ones we find what really works for our individual hair types. With endless products and numerous brands to choose from, we have hand selected the top five products on the market that will make the tedious (and expensive) trial and error process a little more pain free.

Ever need a deep cleansing shampoo that will detoxify your hair and scalp without stripping the colour you work so hard to maintain? Kevin Murphy has got you covered. This detoxifying Maxi Wash shampoo contains fruit acids that break down fatty acids, keeping your scalp clean and clear. The anti-pollutant ingredients remove any build-up of unwanted products and chemicals while the natural antiseptics work to detoxify the hair and scalp.

DOO.OVER BY KEVIN MURPHY – $49 Described by Kevin Murphy himself as the product that gives instant volume with holding powder so that any time of the day or night your hair gets an instant DOO.OVER! This fantastic dry powder finishing hairspray is inspired by dry shampoo, however, with Doo Over you can achieve a lasting hold with volume and texture. This revolutionary product should be a staple on every women’s vanity.

RE.STORE BY KEVIN MURPHY For dry shampoo, I could recommend the R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo. That’s the traditional spray-in style of dry shampoo, and it works like a dream. However, they’ve also recently released a product called...

BADLANDS BY R&CO – $46 A hybrid product that will help you last that extra day before washing your hair again. This dry shampoo paste requires only a tiny amount and is only needed at your routes. At first it feels like a gritty paste and then - BAM! - 20 seconds later it dries out into instant, highly controlled volume and texture. It allows you to really target where you put your dry shampoo. Call 0800 25 25 30 for salons stocking R+Co throughout New Zealand.

Identified as a replenishing and strengthening product that is to be used 1-2 times a week in replacement of shampoo and conditioner. RE.STORE uses high-tech skin care technology, enzymes derived from papaya and pineapple combined with green pea protein, binding moisture to reconstruct damaged hair. Amino acids work to rebuild the hairs’ elasticity and strength.

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Common back pain myths My back is ‘out’ or ‘out of place’ and needs to be ‘put back in place’ It is very rare that the lumbar spine is truly ‘out of place’. As an osteopath, a spinal segment that is ‘out of place’ is dislocated and would be compressing the spinal cord. Thankfully, this is not common. More commonly this myth refers to the lumbar spine not moving adequately and the surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments being tight and painful. Other areas of the body may also become sore to compensate the lower back. Bed rest will help my back pain ACC’s current recommendations for back pain is to stay active. Some small periods of rest may be beneficial but prolonged bed rest can actually do more harm than good. By staying active, with gentle movement, you are aiding the removal of any inflammation and helping prevent your lower back from stiffening up. I must avoid all activities that cause back pain Your health professional will advise you on what activities to avoid depending on your injury. There is also ‘good pain’ and ‘bad pain’ that is causing harm and further damage. Some activities may actually be beneficial. In some cases, slight altering an activity means you can still do the activity without, or minimal pain.


One of the most common complaints seen by osteopaths is back pain. Over 80% of New Zealanders will suffer from back pain in their lifetime. The most common area of back pain is the lumbar spine. This is located in the arch in your lower back, above your buttock region. Some of the symptoms you may experience include: dull pain, stiffness, sharp pain, a cramping sensation, muscle spasm and difficulty moving. The pain can be localised or spread to surrounding areas. If you have any of the following symptoms please see a medical practitioner urgently: numbness in the groin, loss of bowel or bladder function and control, constant pain that keeps you awake at night, pins and needles in both legs or pain that is increasing in intensity. There are many causes of lower back pain, some causes include: muscle strains, ligament sprains, disc injuries, joint irritation and spinal nerve compression. Other causes can include: osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, fracture and spondylolithesis.

Exercise is bad for back pain Exercise and movement is actually good for back pain and can help prevent it. Always consult your health professional first and get advice on what exercise is suitable for you. Your health professional can also advise you on the frequency and intensity of exercise that is appropriate for you. Ways to self manage back pain • Stay active • Small periods of rest • Heat or ice • Sleeping in a good, supportive bed and pillows • Avoid prolonged bed rest • Seek treatment — pain generally resolves faster when treated earlier. This helps pain remaining localised and not spread to surrounding areas. Osteopathy Osteopaths can help back pain by reducing pain and improving the function of the lower back, aiding its recovery. Treatment is aimed at identifying the cause, rather than just treating the symptoms. Techniques used during treatment include; soft tissue (massage), joint manipulation ‘cracking the joints’ and articulation (movement). Tailored advice is given to clients on any specific exercises or stretches that will help, any lifestyle changes that are required and ways to help manage the pain. Osteopaths are ACC registered. Words: Sarah Boughtwood, Osteopath Takapuna

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Verve’s Treat of the Month



Unwind and detox at Ikoi Spa Tucked away down a busy side street, you will find one of Takapuna’s newest additions, Ikoi Spa. Behind the beautiful front entrance lies a world that is calm, peaceful and serene, a place where one can slow down, allow tensions to float away, and enjoy being spoilt in every which way. Ikoi Spa offers a comprehensive menu of day spa treatments, but what makes it one of a kind is its signature service, the Enzyme Spa. Ikoi Spa is the first and only spa in New Zealand to offer this truly unique experience. The Enzyme Spa is an ancient deeply heating and detoxing ritual. Hard to imagine a treatment where one is placed in a ‘bath’ then gently covered with a blend of rice bran, pinewood sawdust and a combination of special enzymes (carefully sourced from organic fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and seaweeds grown in Hokkaido, Japan). The enzymes cause a fermentation process* that produces heat naturally, resulting in a dry warming spa that invigorates and softens the skin, calms the mind, releases tension, and has the most amazing detoxifying properties. It is an unforgettable treatment (two can share the experience at the same time), and best rounded off with a fabulous Ikoi Spa Shiatsu massage. The atmosphere and staff at Ikoi Spa also deserve a mention, both living up to highest expectations in every way.

*A bit like the compost in your garden.



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Managing MELANOMA Dr Maria Reeves in on a mission to make medical care more affordable for the masses. The Colombian-born skin cancer specialist has recently opened the Claris Clinic on the North Shore, and is offering skin checks for as little as a visit to the GP – just $50, forever. “There is so much misunderstanding around skin cancer,” says the doctor. “I believe in educating, to empower people with the knowledge of prevention. We wash our hands and clean our teeth every day, applying sun lotion must become as much a natural part of our daily routines.” Her words carry even more force following the recent revelation New Zealand’s now the world’s skin cancer capital. According to a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, rates of melanoma nearly doubled between 1982 and 2011. The following year, says the Cancer Society, it killed 486 Kiwis. Skin cancer accounts for a tenth of all cancer cases, the equivalent of 51 per 100,000 New Zealanders (twice the rate of the UK, and above Australia’s peak of 49 per 100,000 in 2005), but mercifully that number is expected to fall in coming years. Not that that’s any cause for complacency. “Right now, the incidents in New Zealand are increasing because we are catching the the last few decades of irresponsible sun exposure,” Maria says, “the days when people would sit in the sun with baby oil on their skin because they didn’t know any better. Over the next 20 years melanoma rates should drop significantly and future generations may not even experience them at all. That is why it is so important to educate people.”

Maria’s passion is palpable and the welcoming environment of her clinic mirrors her personal warmth. “Since I was younger, I’ve always been drawn to help others,” she tells me. While training as a first assistant surgeon in Colombia, Maria met her future husband, Andrew, who was visiting the country from the UK on a year out. (“His father worked for British Petroleum and he was taking a gap year to travel. I became his protector because many ex-pats were targets for kidnappers at that time in Colombia.”) Maria later joined him in England where she volunteered at a hospital, leading her to further pursue her career in medicine. In 2006, they had a daughter, Elena, and a couple of years later Andrew was offered a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity in engineering in New Zealand. It’s a far cry since the days of helping out on her father’s Colombian coffee plantation as a young girl. The layout of her Claris Clinic is comparable to a spa (there is actually an adjoining health spa too), and all procedures, including surgeries, are conducted in the high-tech theatres on-site. Maria’s team includes a general surgeon and surgical oncologist along with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and she also has access to a network of international skin specialists. “There are so much misinformation out there,” she says. “Both depth (Breslow) and lateral spread (Clark) are significant. Once it reaches the blood vessels, or, even worse, the arteries, that is when it becomes very dangerous. And we’re talking lengths of less than a millimetre.” It is often changes to the skin’s surface which warn of what’s going on beneath: “Melanomas have shapes. There is one that I refer to as the angel of death because you can see the shapes of its wings.” Early detection is vital, though prevention is, of course, better. Maria has teamed up with the makers of the SkinVission app which photographs and analyses moles in order to recommend whether or not they should be checked out by a specialist. “People believe you can only have melanomas on areas of the body which are in contact with the sun,” the doctor says, “but you can have them anywhere. This is why I am so passionate about education and early detection and why I believe we need to help everyone have access to affordable health care.”

Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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Skin Cancer at a Glance There are three common types of skin cancer: melanoma is the most serious, accounting for more than two-thirds of skin cancer deaths; squamous cell carcinoma is easily treatable, but fatal if ignored; while basal cell carcinoma is the most common and least harmful, but may still require surgery. Those most prone to skin cancer include people with fair skin, people with red hair, those who have used sunbeds from a young age or who were burnt badly as a child and those with a history of melanoma in the family. But most importantly, anyone is a potential victim. New Zealanders are so at risk because of low ozone levels, our love of the outdoors and high levels of UV radiation, especially during the summer months. Many Kiwis are also fair-skinned. According to the Cancer Society, more than 90% of all cases are attributed to overexposure to the sun. Seek shade whenever possible and always wear protective clothing, a hat and sunglasses. Make the application of sunscreen part of your daily routine.

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Louise Gray Skin Care


There’s an insider secret in the world of beauty therapy: a tool is only as good as the operator. You see, someone might have the most state-of-the-art technology available, but if they haven’t got their technique down pat, they won’t be the best in the business. As an electrologist, I am licensed in permanent hair removal and it has been my core business since 1996. I’m passionate about it as I know it works! In addition, I have taught electrolysis at the Joyce Blok Institute and was proud to be selected to head a professional panel at the BeautyTech Expo for the industry last year. I have seen first-hand how hair removal can change a person’s outlook on life so when it came time to look into a new IPL machine you can imagine the type of performance I would require from it. The good news is that it has finally arrived and it’s everything I need and more. Here’s the thing though. While Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology is used to permanently reduce hair growth quickly and comfortably, we use electrolysis to compliment it as, often, people need both techniques to completely get rid of unwanted hair. >> Is IPL a one time thing? Just like electrolysis, IPL requires a series of treatments. Because of the various cycles of hair growth, it can take several months before all the hairs come to the surface of the skin to be treated for the first time. >> How often do I have to come for treatments? It’s important treatments are scheduled consistently to make sure all the hairs get treated at the new hair growth cycle. For the face, treatments are scheduled four weeks apart. For the body, six weeks is recommended.

>> Can anyone have IPL hair removal treatments? IPL isn’t for everyone. It’s a wonderful option on hair that contains dark pigment. However, it’s not so effective on white, blonde, or red hair. Very dark skins are usually not candidates, although our IPL machine allows us to treat some darker skin toned clients. We would need to do a test patch first. >> I get bad ingrown hairs. Can laser IPL help? We’ve had wonderful results after just a couple of treatments treating ingrown hairs. IPL works well for ingrown hairs in the bikini area, neckline, underarms, face — the list is endless. >> What if I have white hair as well as dark on the area to be treated? Good question. What good is the treatment if you still end up with white hairs at the end of it? The only option for white hair is electrolysis, but you can come in and have electrolysis for the few white hairs before your IPL treatment. >> Can the white peach fuzz on my face be treated? No. DO NOT BE MISLED. In order for the light source to be attracted to a hair, there must be dark pigment in hair and deeper in the hair follicle. If the hair you want removed is white electrolysis is the only solution at the moment. Rest removal is our business. We love what we do and we know the business like no one else does. Should you need more than just IPL to complete your permanent hair removal needs, we’ve got you covered. Words: Jenna Moore




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Hearing technology has developed in leaps and bounds over the past decade alongside many other technologies such as telephones, televisions and music devices. People wearing hearing aids often report that they still have hearing difficulties with their telephone, thus avoiding calls. They can also have difficulty hearing their TV so many give up watching, frustrated because they cannot hear speech and instead resort to reading a book or going to bed early. These hearing challenges can be improved with the help of hearing aid compatible wireless devices which use Bluetooth.

This technology works similarly with mobile phones. Devices such as ComPilot, ComPilot Air II, Streamer, COM-DEX, CallDEX, M-DEX and Remote Mic are used to improve hearing on the mobile phone, often acting as a hands-free set, which is useful when driving a vehicle. Free-to-download apps enable compatible mobile phones to work as a remote control for hearing aids, and offer information on the hearing aids and maintenance. Hearing aids made for iPhone 5 or later have phone calls and music streamed direct to them. Enjoy listening to favourite songs through iTunes and Spotify.

Bluetooth is a global wireless communication standard that makes it easy to wirelessly connect and pair devices together over distances below ten metres. In a network, up to eight devices can be connected.

DECT telephones, manufactured by a Swiss hearing aid manufacturer and compatible with most of their hearing aids, wirelessly stream the phone call to both hearing aids so talking on a landline phone becomes easier.

Assistive listening devices such as TV-Link, TV-DEX, Streamer Pro, miniTEK, and Unite TV Streamer, to name a few, connect to the television and wirelessly stream the audio signal to compatible hearing aids, significantly enhancing one’s hearing experience, making watching TV a sociable and fun event again.

If this sounds useful for you, why not call Thomas Müller at Acoustix Hearing Technologies on 09 520 5648 for professional and independent expertise, or email Acoustix is located at 437 Remuera Road, next to Remuera Library, and off-street parking is available.

At last. The hearing expert who listens to you. Thomas at Acoustix really is all ears. He listens to you and delivers the personal touch for your hearing problems by matching your lifestyle needs to your hearing solution. Thomas is an expert in personalised hearing solutions and protection. He is trusted by New Zealand’s leading professional musicians, producers and sound engineers to optimise their hearing needs. Thomas doesn’t seduce you with free tests and discounted products. He simply does the very best for you and is completely honest about the best solution for your hearing needs. Don’t wait any longer, give him a call today. Because at Acoustix - we are all ears.

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The Ponsonby Ultrasound Clinic opened last January at 211 Ponsonby Rd (opposite KFC). An extensive renovation of one of Ponsonby’s much loved villas has provided the clinic with beautiful rooms and facilities. The stunning décor and ambience creates a serene experience for patients.

improve diagnostic confidence and accuracy and has extensive experience in paediatrics. Since moving into private practice six years ago in Christchurch, and now in Auckland, Julie has developed expertise in all areas of musculoskeletal ultrasound.

A full range of ultrasound services are available including obstetrics, gynaecology, paediatrics, general, small parts and musculoskeletal ultrasound. The clinic also offers steroid injections.

Ponsonby Ultrasound Clinic offers specialised services for obstetrics including 3D and 4D ultrasound, foetal echocardiography and full Doppler assessment for high risk pregnancies including twins. They also offer 3D and 4D assessment for gynaecological scans (female pelvis) and techniques to aid the diagnosis of deep infiltrating endometriosis.

The appointment times are set so that the patient is not rushed through and the sonographer has time to answer questions and explain the scan. The Ponsonby Ultrasound Clinic’s aim is to provide excellent and thorough patient care as well as providing their referrers with accurate and useful reports. The sonographer based at the clinic is Julie Mitchell who has has 20 years’ experience in ultrasound, mostly in Christchurch. She began her career at Christchurch Women’s and Christchurch Hospitals and was the charge sonographer there for a number of years. Julie worked closely with the foetal medicine unit and is highly specialised in all areas of women’s health. Julie is also very experienced in utilising 3D and 4D technologies to

Within the next month they will be offering Non Invasive Pregnancy Testing (NIPT) for the early detection of chromosomal abnormalities. Please refer to their website, which is currently under review, for when this will be available. As they build their clientele they currently have a few appointments available most days so you will not have to wait for a booking. There is parking available at the rear of the building. To make an enquiry please call 0800 272 346.


PONSONBY ULTRASOUND CLINIC LONGER OBSTETRIC APPOINTMENT TIMES FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY Have your scan performed under the expert care of highly trained sonographers and radiologists in a relaxing and serene environment with leading edge technology. We specialise in the areas of obsterics and gynaecology scans, general ultrasound,injury scans (ACC) and injections.

WE ARE LOCATED AT: 211 Ponsonby Rd (opposite KFC) FREE CLIENT PARKING AT REAR Phone: 0800 272 346

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“Can I please have a burger, fries, one jock itch, two vaginal thrushes, one athlete’s foot and one skin rash? Oh! And four fungal toenails please?” Candida really is a made to order condition, and a disease of modern civilisation. It grows more prevalent as we increase our use of medical drugs, sugar, and packaged/processed foods. Candida yeast infection can underlie irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies, gluten intolerance, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and many other chronic and degenerative diseases. Under normal conditions, yeast and bacteria grow in and on our bodies in large numbers. When they are in balance, they live in harmony, but when this balance is disturbed, the harmony turns to disaster. A bad diet and lifestyle are at the foundation of allowing this to happen. The body’s systems and defence mechanisms weaken and candida can then get the upper hand and mutate into more harmful fungal forms, depositing toxins into the body’s system. I can recall in the early 80s reading about candida and discussing it with my doctor in order to sort out some digestive issues. He assured me that there was no such condition and the product of a well meaning but misguided mind.

Candida used to be thought of as a woman’s condition, even though men got ‘jock itch’ and athlete’s foot. Conventional medicine’s response is usually a repeating cycle of creams and drugs addressing repeating symptoms. It is not until the symptoms get so debilitating that people are forced to address the causes. This is where natural medicine comes into it’s own. There is no quick-fix program for a major candida infestation. Beware of any claims of a quick fix. A quickfix program would have to involve swallowing a hand grenade. Quick-fix programs of a few weeks do shift some candida, but they come back with a vengeance. Endemic candida can take 6-18 months to shift. My typical candida client is a middle-aged female, with the standard pressures of modern living: a husband, kids, a job. She will have been on the pill for a number of years and have taken antibiotic drugs at some stage. She will enjoy her sweet treats or maybe a soft cheese, and have a glass or two of wine in the evening. She will have gut issues, troublesome bowels, yeast infections, some mood issues, brain fog, and possibly allergies. Guys present differently, but it usually involves regular adjusting, poor diet, alcohol, and plenty of gas. Visit our website for more details on candida, how to identify it and what you can do to fix it. Words: Clive Plucknett



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LIGHT UP THE ROOM WITH YOUR SMILE Cosmetic 6 at Meadowbank Dental >> What is Cosmetic 6?

>> How long does it take?

Cosmetic 6 is an orthodontic system developed solely to straighten the six front teeth that we see when we smile. This system can be used for just the top teeth, or top and bottom.

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Beetroot Risotto

Ingredients: • • • • • • • • •

4 parsnips 2 large beetroots 3 Tbsp finely chopped chives 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp kelp powder 1 Tbsp miso paste 5 Tbsp sesame oil

Garnish: •


Method: To make the wasabi cream, place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour wasabi cream into a jug and set aside. To make the risotto, peel the parsnips and beetroots, trim off the tops and bottoms and discard. Chop vegetables into pieces and place in a food processor. Process on medium until vegetables form a rice-like consistency, then place the ‘risotto rice’ into a bowl. Add the chives, garlic, sea salt, pepper, kelp powder, miso paste and sesame oil and mix thoroughly. Place the risotto into short tumblers and press down firmly. Place your serving plate on top of the tumbler and carefully flip so that the risotto falls onto the plate in a moulded form. Garnish with microherbs of your choice. Drizzle the wasabi cream around the outside of the risotto.

>> TIP If you cannot source wasabi powder, use wasabi in a tube instead. It is best to add this to taste, as wasabi strength varies depending on the brand.

// Serves 2 Recipe: The Raw Kitchen by Olivia Scott, Beatnik Publishing, RRP $59.99. Photography: Sally Greer

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Creamy Corn, Coconut & Hazelnut Soup

Ingredients: • • • • • • • •

2 cups (500ml) coconut milk 1 cup (250ml) filtered water 2 cups (400g/14oz) fresh corn kernels ¹⁄³ cup (40g/1.5oz) hazelnuts, plus extra to serve 1 tsp dried turmeric 1 Tbsp salt 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup sprigs of fresh dill, to serve

Method: Place all ingredients except dill in a high-speed blender and blend on medium for 2 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper to your preference. To warm the soup, turn the blender to high and blend for 4–5 minutes. Pour into bowls and serve with some fresh dill and chopped hazelnuts on top. // Serves 4 Recipe: The Raw Kitchen by Olivia Scott, Beatnik Publishing, RRP $59.99. Photography: Sally Greer

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WINE MATTERS “The great thing about wine is that there is no end to the stories and to the learning.” - Simon Nash -

The four thousand or so grape varieties now in existence around the globe can all, excuse the pun, trace their roots back to just one species — Vitis vinifera (and the oldest fossilised grape vine is an astonishing 60 million years old), but, just a tiny fraction of these are used in the manufacture of wine. We can in fact raise a glass to the citizens of the Stone Age for first discovering the alcoholic potential of the grape. In 2011, archaeologists discovered the remains of a 6,000-year-old winery in a cave at the foot of an Armenian mountain while biochemical testing of 8000-year-old ceramic jars in Georgia discovered residue of fermented grapes. The oldest known glass vessel, referred to as the Speyer bottle, was found in Germany in 1867 in the remains of a

Roman nobleman’s tomb. It dates from around 350AD and still contains some (very questionablelooking) liquid. Enjoyed by ancient civilisations as varied as the Greeks, the Egyptians and the Chinese, it was under Roman rule that grape manipulation was truly mastered. Indeed, many of the most noted winemaking regions of today were established during the Roman era and it is legends such as these, along with the histories of the individual vineyards, which muster such appeal for both potential and established connoisseurs. “The great thing about wine is that there is no end to the stories and to the learning,” says Simon Nash of Montgomery Nash Consultancy, an international wine specialist based in Hawkes Bay. He’s also a

historian and member of the renowned Masters of Wine, a worldwide community dedicated to the promotion of wine. “It’s all part of the reason why wine arouses such devotion,” he goes on. “That, and diversity. You can make the same wine from the same grape on different sides of the same road and they will both be unique.” British-born Simon was 17 when he first discovered his love of the drink: “At a restaurant back in England, my parents ordered a bottle of Verdicchio dei Castelli de Jesi. It was a combination of the unusual shaped bottle and this amazingly evocative name that made me think, ‘Wow this is really interesting’. It wasn’t just a bottle of plonk or beer, but a really intriguing beverage. That most certainly marked the start of the journey for me.” “I like to think about the life of wine,” recounts Virginia Madsen in the wine-themed movie Sideways, an Oscarwinning, and generally hilarious, adaptation of the novel of the same name. “How it’s a living thing. I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing; how the sun was shining; if it rained.” As candles flicker she cradles a glass and considers all those who tended to the fruit and wonders how many are still alive. She’s drawn to wine’s evolution, the notion that a bottle opened on any given day tastes differently to the same one opened on any other, because, she says, it’s alive. It’s gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks and “begins it’s steady, inevitable decline”. Simon is not a complete fan of the film — most notably due to its sometime snobbery. Wine-snobbery, he laments, is one of the industry’s biggest banes; the most misleading of misconceptions, with the perceived elitism putting so many potential candidates off. “People can be uncertain and shy about experimenting with wine so look to gurus, which is understandable,” he says. “But ultimately everyone has to take their own voyage of discovery. Everyone has a different taste, a different palate, but even then, people’s tastes change in time. People should take note of the experts but also trust in their own taste. It’s good to try different bottles, you will have successes and failures, but you will enjoy the journey even more.” And so it is a duty of the Masters of Wine organisation to make all-things-wine less intimidating to all people. “We facilitate the exchange of ideas on a global scale,” Simon says. “We are the antithesis of wine snobs — though the name may imply otherwise. That actually harks back to the livery days of London trades when the likes of master hatters and shoemakers trained students to their level. That’s how the Masters of Wine evolved, to incorporate study and apprenticeship. We wish educate and to bring as many people as possible to this amazing industry.” Such efforts are certainly working. Even Sideways has played its part with sales of pinot noir, the favourite tipple of Miles, the film’s lead, skyrocketing ever since the movie’s release over a decade ago. But sales of merlot, the subject of his ire, have still not fully recovered, not in the USA at least, a phenomenon referred to as the ‘Sideways effect’.

The Wine Institute notes that between 1993 and 2013, US wine consumption rose from 1.74 to 2.82 gallons per capita, making it the world’s greatest wine drinking nation. Here in New Zealand, Deloitte reports that the last decade has seen export values nearly triple from $512 million in 2006 to $1.5 billion today and it’s a similar story in China. “Prior to this century, grape wine was consumed only by Asia’s elite, and produced only in tiny quantities and mostly in Japan,” Kym Anderson, executive director at the Wine Economics Research Centre at Adelaide University, tells China Daily. “A huge preference swing toward the traditional European product has changed the situation dramatically.” The centre predicts that within the next few years, Asia will dominate both global consumption and import growth, driven mainly by China, who’s intake is predicted to explode by 60%. China is now also the fifth largest producer of wine on earth — up from 15th place at the turn of the century — though the ‘Old World’ still dominates, just, with France, Italy and Spain respectively placing in the top four, while the USA sneaks in at third. “Statistics show very interesting global trends which indicate more and more consumers wishing to experiment with wines from different areas,” says Simon. “In South America and Europe export statistics are going up by as much as 20% year-on-year to many markets around the world, including New Zealand. People are more and more adventurous and that’s really exciting.” I ask Simon if a class system still exists among the global makers. “Maybe in the heartland of the great regions such as Burgundy and Bordeaux there is still an air of superiority, but in many ways they have every right to because historically they’ve always produced such incredible wine. However, the huge majority of winemakers across the world accept that wines from newer regions are very exciting and they are very open to embracing them. People realise they have a lot to learn from each other.” But it is the grape-growers, Simon makes a point of pointing out, who are too often the unsung heroes of the industry. “Culturally speaking, they’re often the kind of people that generally don’t like the limelight,” he says. “However, their contribution to the industry is immense. They may not get the Hollywood treatment of the winemakers — part of the devotion to the industry comes from it’s perceived glamour of being produced by beautiful people in beautiful parts of the world — but if you don’t have good grapes to work with, then you haven’t got a good wine to make.” So next time you pour yourself a glass, remember to raise it in their honour. Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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Happiness is….

A DAY OUT WITH WINE TASTING AUCKLAND Eat. Drink. Enjoy. Luxury Experience Tours.

Expecting guests? Planning a special treat? Team-building on your agenda? Love good wine and fine conversation? Look no further than Wine Tasting Auckland. Host, Ned Batley, wine connoisseur and hospitality guru, who recently launched his wine tour business in Auckland, has been staggered by the positive response to his tour company’s offering. And no wonder — for everything about a day out with Ned is all about experiencing the best of the best, with the utmost attention paid to every tiny detail, from the quality of your ride, to the scrumptiousness of the foods and wines on offer, to the intriguing lexicon of stories on tap. Whether you (and your friends) fancy a flight to Man O’ War Vineyards for a food and wine tasting experience, or you have a whim to visit the stunning vineyards and wineries of Matakana, or a Saturday jaunt to the Oratia Farmers Market, or Artisan Boutique Winery is something you have not yet experienced, WINE TASTING AUCKLAND should be your first port of call. They will take the pain and effort away from the planning and arranging, and ensure that your day is all about hedonistic pleasure. Of course there are more strings to his bow than there is room on this page to write about, but suffice to say, Ned Batley is going places — places you probably would like to go to, too! So check out his website and give him a buzz next time you are planning something special. Words: Fran Ninow (Ed)


Weta Coffee

Odyssey Wines



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Their home is a little hub on the outskirts of One Tree Hill and from there this local coffee company is quietly making strides in the New Zealand coffee scene. Weta Coffee’s rustic roastery and espresso bar, as well as having a strong community following, has visitors making special trips from across Auckland for some darn fine coffee. The owners had a vision: to produce good coffee, roasted in an artisan style, using green beans sourced from sustainable and ethical plantations around the world. The vision was also about a meeting place — where customers were greeted with a smile and conversation, where happy chatter could be made with strangers, new friendships created and stories shared. They are delighted to have created just that. Last year the Weta Bush Blend won silver medal in the Flat White Category of the Huhtamaki New Zealand Coffee Awards, which has propelled this company forth, not only in One Tree Hill, but in online presence and sales New Zealand-wide. Important to the vision is to give back, and since inception, Weta Coffee has supported the giant weta breeding and release programme at Auckland Zoo with a monthly donation from every cup of coffee sold. There are no plans for slowing down for Weta Coffee is already planning an exciting next move — a merging of coffee and nature… something to definitely watch out for!

>> Notes from the vintage team! << The weather has been kind to us in Marlborough with only the odd bit of rain meaning we have been able to pick when the flavours have been right! Our Vanuatian picking crew have worked like legends, through long hours and hot days, but it’s nearly home time for them, so, “bai bai and thanks a million for all your hard work!” With intense blackcurrant, blackberry and cherry notes in the pinot noirs, we cannot wait to see the finished wines, but we must wait 2-3 weeks more before the wild yeasts have done their thing. The sauvignon blanc was harvested this last month with a fabulous analysis, beautifully balanced juice. So not much to do in the winery with this one, its pure, just the way we like it! As for the pinot gris, the grapes were rose pink at harvest and though most of that colour drops away during the ferment, it has lots of sweetness and floral, honey and rose petal type flavours. Plus, it looks very pretty bubbling away in the tank! Gisborne, as it sometimes does, has produced for us a small crop, but the flavours are as fabulous as ever! The 2016 vintage is looking amazing!



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Wine, West Auckland and The Dalmatians “Each vintage has its set of challenges where the decisions made determine the outcome for better or for worse,” says David Babich, general manager of Babich Wines. “So, experience is part of great winemaking. You also need to love what you do of course, without that, the endeavour will not be sustained. Lastly, you must constantly innovate. Our success is based on these things. We love the wine, the business, the broader industry and the enjoyment we bring.” It’s exactly 100 years since David’s grandfather, Josip, crafted the company’s first wine. It’s an inspiring heritage, but, I wonder, one which must also bring a certain pressure. “Yes, there is certainly an inherent responsibility to previous generations — not to mention future ones — to improve on the business,” says David. “Though, a century’s worth of experience also brings with it a lot of guidance, too.” Josip Babich was part of the pioneering group of Croatian immigrants who arrived in New Zealand in the late 19th century from the region of Dalmatia, in search of gold and kauri gum. Many eventually settled in west Auckland — some became farmers, some fisherman and others made wine, the latter responsible for the creation of many of the nation’s most-loved brands such as Selak, Nobilo and Delegat. The first to craft the tipple, however, was Stephan Yelas (formerly Stipan Jelich), who, having earned enough from the gum trade, in 1895 bought his own plot of land and set about growing his grapes. It was 1912 when Josip Babich, aged just 16, planted his first vineyard on a terrace above the Kaikino Swamp gum field. Within four years he’d made his first batch of wine, sometimes riding over 100km on horseback to sell it. By the middle of the century, most of west Auckland’s 80 vineyards were run by the Eastern Europeans.

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L-R: Josip Babich | David Babich | David, Joe & Peter Babich

New Zealand wine is of such high quality by international standards”

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These were by no means all rags-to-riches fairy tales, however. Though mostly accepted by Māori, Croatians were often the victims of prejudice while the prominent Prohibition movement toward the end of World War One nearly put an end to their winemaking altogether with Prime Minister William Ferguson Massey denouncing the drink as “Dally plonk”. Most New Zealand men shunned wine in favour of beer and it was the arrival of US troops during the Second World War which led to its resurgence. Now of course, we can’t get enough of it. “New Zealand wine is of such high quality by international standards,” says David. “So society has much quality to choose from at affordable prices. Also, our outstanding restaurant and café scene is also with its particularly high quality food is supportive of embracing wine.” What have been the most interesting developments in the industry? “The industry is constantly evolving. I suspect it looks very traditional from the outside, but internally its driven by innovation. Certainly the most dynamic event would be the development of Marlborough taking sauvignon blanc to the world. This kick-started our export industry and remains the central variety for which we are most well known. “Screwcaps, for greater preservation, was a more recent development that has resulted in better, more consistent wine than could be achieved with a natural cork closure. We are also seeing a lot of innovation on the brand marketing side. These days some of the largest selling Marlborough sauvignons – in the US for example – do not own vineyards or a winery here but buy wine and label it under their own brand. They then put all their effort into selling as much as they can. Not very traditional, but very innovative nonetheless.” David says that for all of Babich’s awards, their most treasured moments are meeting customers who simply love their wines. I finish by asking the winemaker how much science there is to his profession, and how much of it is art. “It is absolutely both,” he says. “Science delivers most of it, but the last part, the part that makes the wine special is the artistic aspect. If it was all science then great wine could be made from a recipe, but great winemaking requires a lot of judgement, which requires a lot of experience, so in a way it is the artistic part which comes through experience.”

Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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Hole in the Wall

A selection of some our favourite tiny cafés

May 2016

Clockwise, beginning top left: CAMPERS Cute café in the green backstreets of Newmarket. 2/8 Kent St, Newmarket, Auckland NADU Elaine the owner is fantastic! We are sure you will feel welcome here. 99 Nuffield St, Newmarket, Auckland WETA COFFEE Rustic roastery and espresso bar. 1A Rawhiti Rd, One Tree Hill, Auckland COFFIX NEWMARKET $2.50 coffees! That’s how the world should be. 442 Khyber Pass Rd, Newmarket, Auckland

If you have a hole in the wall café, we would love to hear from you. (Verve 09 520 5939).

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M ains Confit Duck Salad, Puy Lentils, Plum, Green Beans, Feta Wild Mushroom Pappardelle, Spinach, Hazelnut, Truffle, Parmesan Chicken Pizza, Jalapeno, Sweet Corn, Watercress, House-made BBQ Minute Steak, Rocket, Parmesan, Roasted Tomato, Shoestring Fries



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Gardening column


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Autumn may be in the air, but winter is fast approaching, so to ensure you get the most out of your veggie garden this season we’ve made a list of some of our favourite veggies to plant and some tips to get you going.

But before you get started here are a few tips for getting your veggie beds ready for planting.


Prepare to plant by forking the beds and removing any weeds.


Lightly fork in compost and sheep pellets.

3. To maximise the space of small areas, try hexagonally spacing rows.

(Cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, pak choi, bak choi, etc.) The brassica family includes heaps of tasty greens that can be grown all year round, but now is the best time as there are fewer pests around. • Spacing: Most varieties need around 30-45cm. • Position: Full sun.



When handling seedlings avoid holding them by the stem as they can be easily damaged.


Protect seedlings from slugs and snails with Quash Slug and Snail pellets (unlike other slug pellets they’re safe for pets and children).



Whether you’re making salad, roasting, or making borscht, using fresh beetroot always adds to the flavour. You can also use the tops like silverbeet. • Spacing: Leave 12-15cm between each plant. • Position: Full sun.

Prepare to harvest carrots fresh from your garden. • Spacing: Direct sow into lines in a weed free bed. As they grow, thin out to allow carrots sufficient space to grow. • Position: Full sun.


Enjoy delicious fresh salads all winter by planting now. Lettuce is actually easier to grow when it’s cooler as it less likely to bolt (go to seed). • Spacing: 20cm. • Position: Full sun (part shade in summer).

They’re perfect for growing children and great for adults too! Choose from 10 delicious meals. Small $4.50, Large $6.

A sadly underutilised, versatile and delicious veg, but you’re best to get them in quick if you want some decent sized ones for winter. • Spacing: 10cm. • Position: Full sun.


Spice up your salads, make delicious peppery pesto, or create stunning soups. Rocket can be grown all year round, like lettuce and coriander • Spacing: 15-20cm. • Position: Full sun.


Delicious, nutritious, and if you go for rainbow chard, incredibly colourful and attractive. • Spacing: 30cm. • Position: Full sun.


Improve your soil and reduce next season’s weeds by planting green crops like lupins or mustard. Words: Billy Aiken, Kings Plant Barn

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Into the

AMAZON The Amazon is one of the most unique and precious places on earth, but deciding where and how to best experience it on what is usually a once-in-a-lifetime trip, is a challenge. The Amazon river flows for 6,400km, reached by tributaries from eight countries; home to immensely diverse flora and fauna, this veritable Garden of Eden boasts more than 30,000 plant species, 1,800 fish species, more than 1,300 different birds and 311 types of mammals. Too many numbers? Let’s narrow down your choice to the three best places to experience it all.

>> Brazil Brazil’s vast Amazonian region is accessible on a cruise out of Manaus — in itself an interesting city with its magnificent opera house. Small expeditionstyle cruises head up the Rio Negro where you can encounter pink dolphins, go piranha fishing, nighttime caiman spotting and witness the “Meeting of the Waters” where the black water of the Rio Negro meets the brown water of the River Solimoes. Our pick would be a cruise in stylish comfort aboard the M/V Desafio, a three-masted sailing ship which carries just 24 passengers. Many think the only place to experience the Amazon is within Brazil — but it could not be further from the truth!

>> Peru Perfect to combine with a trip to Machu Picchu, cruising from Iquitos you’ll discover amazing birdlife including colourful macaws along with pink dolphins, river otters and howler monkeys. The M/V Aqua

offers 3, 4 or 7-night cruises in style, with fascinating excursions and gourmet meals. The equally gorgeous Delfin II offers 4-night cruises including visits to local villages. Those not into cruising can enjoy an ecolodge experience at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica set deep in the Tambopata Reserve, with a canopy walkway for a completely different perspective, and a riverside spa to relax in after jungle walks.

>> Ecuador True wildlife enthusiasts should head for Ecuador, which offers the Amazon, Cloud Forest and the Galapagos Islands. The headwaters of the Ecuadorian Amazon boast some of the greatest biodiversity on earth. Here we recommend Sacha Lodge with its forest trails, treetop observation tower and Bird Walk, and dug-out canoes for excursions to the parrot clay licks. Expert naturalist guides and native Indian trackers make this an authentic experience. Wherever you go to experience the Amazon, you must be prepared for a surprising lack of visible wildlife (other than perhaps caiman, monkeys and birdlife) for the rainforest is dense and the wildlife shy. This is more than made up for when you get in amongst the rainforest on a walking excursion and observe the weird and wonderful insects and plants — not to mention the smaller species such as colourful tree frogs or butterflies — which all play their very specific part in this highly complex ecosystem. Night walks reveal some of the best wildlife at their most active, while lying in bed listening to the sounds of the Amazon is a very special experience you will never forget! Words: Caroline Clegg, World Journeys

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Kiwis: Abroad & Loving It “We have a fantastic reputation overseas,” says Matt Monk, communications director at Kea, a business networking organisation which connects Kiwis working abroad. “We’re not clock watchers, we’re creative problem solvers, and we’re full of ingenuity and innovation. So many Kiwis have set themselves up offshore and are doing amazing things – there are New Zealanders at the top of Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, some of the biggest companies in the world.” It’s vital, he adds, that they maintain a strong connection to Aotearoa so our small nation can mix it with the big guns: “By connecting these Kiwis with one another and with home, we’re setting New Zealand up as the most connected nation in the world.” Kea currently works with around half of the estimated one million Kiwis who make up our “borderless nation” overseas. “If New Zealand wants to be able to operate like the big guys, we need to embrace our expats and give them the ability to stay connected and to help us back home.” In return, those thinking of “taking on the world” can easily, through Kea, seek guidance from established New Zealand businesses abroad. Each year, around 45,000 New Zealanders leave the country on a permanent or long-term basis. Verve caught up with a couple of them.

Emma Windle Julian Harrison Emma and her fiancé James Wilson both hail from Invercargill and have been living in the UK for the past four years. “We met seven years ago,” says Emma. “I was studying accounting at Otago and James was playing rugby for Southland and the Chiefs.” Since their move James has played for the Northampton Saints of the English Premiership while Emma has put her studies to good use working as a finance team leader for a smart card programme and software solution company. “We love travelling and have certainly made the most of being based in Europe,” Emma says. “Last year we decided to embark on a different kind of adventure and launch Tui B, an online store (www. which sells designer baby and toddler wear previously unavailable in the UK.” The collection includes southern hemisphere labels such as Minti and Huxaby. “We wanted British parents to style their babies in our distinctive brands,” adds Emma, “all offered in unique, reusable packaging. We even send out a small surprise gift with each order for the kids. The feedback from customers and bloggers has been overwhelming.”

Having previously visited South Korea, China and Japan, Julian, from Christchurch, chose to head back to Seoul where he now teaches English at a private language school. “It’s called Chungdahm Learning,” says Julian. “It’s one of the top private companies in the country and takes in students after-school. Teaching English has become big business as many of the universities now expect their students to be fluent to a certain level.” Julian read ecology and biodiversity at Victoria University, but has since completed a TEFL course and training given by his South Korean employers. He is the first Kiwi that many of his students have ever met, and admits that some — along with even his USA workmates — sometimes struggle with his accent. “It forces me to pronounce things with an American accent!” Though, Julian says he’s also picked up some Korean too: “Travelling the subway each day, the first phrase I picked up was ‘please be careful of the closing doors’, but that wasn’t much use in general. I have learnt some more since then, and the people really do get a buzz out of seeing westerners speak their language.”

As has been their welcome, as so often is for Kiwis. “It’s funny, but wherever we go around the world we are always being told how friendly and outgoing Kiwis are, which works in our favour when abroad. I feel like we will give everything a go and aren’t afraid of a challenge. Growing up in New Zealand gives you a passion to explore so I guess moving overseas is just an extension of that.”

The 27-year-old is now heading into his sixth month in the city and is currently considering going back for a second year, but doesn’t think it will be long-term career path. “It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend time overseas,” says Julian, “and it’s given me a whole new level of appreciation for teaching. You become very committed to the students because so many of them are such nice people.”

What do you miss about NZ?

Favourite places so far in Seoul?

“Apart from our friends and family we really miss the great cafés, boutique stores, relaxed outdoor lifestyle and amazing scenery. I popped back home in January for a friend’s wedding and flying into Queenstown is breathtaking. There is something about being surrounded by the hills and lake that is good for the soul. Growing up, it is easy to take it for granted.”

There are two that spring to mind: Sinsa and Sinchon. I love walking around them both. The first is quite an affluent area with incredible streets to wander down, cool shops and great cafés. It’s very relaxing, with a vibe comparable to Ponsonby. The second place is much quieter. There’s also a river which runs through the middle of the city, and that has lots of wonderful places to walk along with lots of parks and open spaces to sit and relax.”

Their favourite British spots include London for the buzz (“such energy and always so much going on with so many places to explore!”) and the Cotswolds for a touch of relaxation. The cheap flights to mainland Europe too, she adds, are a major bonus. Emma says that the key to succeeding overseas is to make friends and immerse yourself in the culture. “Take every opportunity and give it your all. We have such a great friend base here and it’s rare to have a weekend free.” They must make the most of their experience, as the move will not permanent.”We do plan to eventually come back to New Zealand at some stage to live,” says Emma. “We don’t have any plans locked in place at the moment but we have just purchased a holiday house in Queenstown so we can have a base when we need a taste of home. New Zealand will always be home but we can’t turn down the opportunities for us here in the UK at the moment.”

Julian jokes that just the other day he told his friend he was missing pies, and was recently sent some chocolates and pineapple lumps which he enjoyed sharing with his pals. He admits to a little longing for our legendary scenery too. “As wonderful as Seoul is, in terms of scenery, you have to travel a long way to find somewhere, whereas in New Zealand it’s very easy to find somewhere to park up for the day and have a wonderful time.”

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NOUMEA Noumea is a bustling cosmopolitan city with a distinct French feel offering a mix of chic très French combined with laid-back Pacific island lifestyle and flavours. From the bustling atmosphere of the Port Moselle markets to the classic colonial architecture and exploring the world’s largest lagoon, Noumea abounds with an array of activities and beautiful places to explore for free. Below are our top five.

treats, stock up on fresh natural produce, try gourmet products and find unique arts and crafts. Be sure to take some time out and enjoy a steaming espresso and a warm buttery pain au chocolat at the café in the centre of the market place.

4. Make the Most of the Largest Lagoon in the World

Admire the breathtaking views of New Caledonia’s capital, including the surrounding bays and pristine lagoons. A great vantage point is Ouen Toro (132m) at Anse Vata. Covering an area of sixty hectares this lookout offers spectacular views showcasing all of Anse Vata, the nearby islands and, farther to the south, the iconic lighthouse of Amedee Islet. For those wanting to get a little closer to the action and explore the world’s largest lagoon for themselves, grab the snorkels and head straight off the beach outside your hotel or discover one of the outer reefs or offshore coral islands — it’s an underwater paradise.

Discover Noumea's popular beach spots such as Anse Vata and Baie de Citrons (Lemon Bay). Anse Vata is the city's largest beach and the more chic of the two. With a number of hotels only a stone's throw from the shore line, enjoy leisurely strolls along the beach, sunbathe or choose from numerous water sport activities such as kite surfing, wind surfing, jet skiing, surfing or diving. Alternatively, put together a picnic from the local store’s selection of delicious bites such as French cheeses, meats and fresh baguettes. Grab a bottle of French wine or champagne along the way and you are set for a sunshine feast. Unpack your picnic on the sheltered Baie des Citrons where you can spend the afternoon grazing your French treats while taking in the breathtaking panoramic lagoon views.

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5. Chill like the Locals at Place des Cocotiers

Enjoy the French Riviera atmosphere and Pacific vibe of Noumea by exploring its beautiful bays and vibrant neighbourhoods. Noumea has various architectural styles with quaint wooden cottages existing alongside art deco properties from the 1930s along with the cylindrical volumes and flat roofs of the sixties. Take a stroll around New Caledonia's oldest neighbourhood, Faubourg Blanchot, for colonial mansions while the districts of Vallée du Tir and Vallée des Colons offer simple wooden cottages and colonial homes adorned with pretty ironwork and flowering gardens of hibiscus and bougainvillea.

La Place des Cocotiers with its famous bandstand is the place where people love to stroll. In the luxuriant gardens, under the shade of flame trees, the Nouméens often enjoy a quick lunch or rest. This attractive gardened square at the heart of the city is the perfect spot to watch the world go by. Here, you’ll find young couples strolling together, businessmen marching on through and Kanak ladies braiding hair. Many also stop to read Les Nouvelles Caledoniennes daily newspaper. You can even watch the locals play chess, or if you think you’ve got what it takes, join in. On Thursday evenings the square is transformed into a thriving market with local arts, crafts, music, dancing, food and drink.

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3. Visit the Morning Markets & taste the Local Products The popular Port Moselle market is open daily 5-11am (except Mondays). Here you’ll find locals shopping for island produce and the day’s freshest catch. Indulge in delicious

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There are around 3,000 midwives currently working in New Zealand and just six of them are male. Simon Bibby is one. Simon, a former nurse, completed his medical training in the UK (where around 100 of the 31,000 or so midwives are men) and moved to New Zealand 12 years ago. “I just kind of fell into nursing,” Simon tells me. “Someone said that they thought I would be good at it, so I applied, and became interested in midwifery from there. It was the thing I enjoyed the most. I was the only guy studying midwifery at the time, and, wherever I go, I’ve always seemed to be the only one.” How accepting were others in the industry? “I have experienced a lot of prejudice over the years – probably more in the UK – but, over time, you just grow a thick skin. By the time I arrived in New Zealand I’d reached the point where I was no longer bothered by the judgements of others. I learnt how to deal with it. I know I’m a good midwife and I just want to do the best I can. I love the job. I think it’s the best career in the world.” The term ‘midwife’ technically bears no relation to the actual medical professional, rather, it stems from an old English expression meaning to be with the woman giving birth. But, for obvious — and perhaps old fashioned — reasons, it’s always been a female-centric profession. I ask Simon what benefits he brings. “Well, obviously I’ve never given birth and I never will, but sometimes having experience of something isn’t necessarily the best way of learning. You don’t get the differing viewpoints. You lose objectivity. I learn so much from the women I look after. They’ve taught me everything over the years, and it’s been an amazing learning experience.” Simon, 49, has 21 years experience as a midwife. “I still believe it’s a privilege that someone trusts you wit their most vulnerable, and precious, moment,” he says. “I’ve delivered somewhere between four- and five thousand babies and it still amazes me each time.”

His record for the most deliveries with one woman stands at six, and she’s planning for a seventh next year. He often works with the same families over and over again. “As an independent midwife, you get to know families really well and develop very strong bonds,” says Simon. “It’s one of the things I most love about the job, but, when things go wrong it can be very emotional. What independent midwives won’t tell you is when they wake up in the middle of the night questioning whether they should have done this, or done that, but, after 21 years in the business, you know you’ve done everything you possibly you can.” Simon has always been so conspicuous (“Everyone remembers the male midwife!”) for his entire career he’s had to ensure that he’s remembered for the right reasons. Back in the UK, he cut his teeth working with vulnerable groups such as drug addicts, prostitutes and teenagers. Now he works with Dr Nayars, a GP in Otahuhu, and also has his own clinic with LMC Services in Papatoetoe. Simon doesn’t advertise, preferring his caseload be built on word-of-mouth. “There have been occasions where husbands have had an issue with their wives being looked after by a male midwife,” admits Simon, “but then they come along and see I’m ageing, balding and a little bit chubby and certainly no Brad Pitt! Plus, I have a knack for making people laugh which tends to put everyone at ease.” But more often, he says, it’s the mothers of the mothers-to-be that most need to be won over. “They can be scary! They are understandably very protective and want to make sure their daughters are being well looked after. But once people see how much you care, that you are good at your job, then they are very accepting.”

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SAVING RHINOS, DOWN UNDER A black or white rhino is slaughtered in South Africa at a rate of one every six hours. Five thousand of the beasts have been butchered since 2010 and if the killing continues at such a rate, in less than a decade, there will be none left. For the past three years, 11,000km to the east, a team has been hard at work laying the foundations for a reserve to house an 80-strong rhinoceros breeding herd.

sadism and greed, others are drawn through sheer desperation, often so uneducated as to be unaware that they are contributing to the likely extinction of these beautiful creatures. “Food security is a key aspect,” says Ray. “Mozambique is the seventh poorest country in the world. Men need to feed their families and there is no social security.”

“It is our absolute goal that, once conditions permit, we will introduce the rhinos into the wild, anywhere in Africa, not necessarily South Africa,” says Ray Dearlove, patron and founder of the Australian Rhino Project. “I believe passionately that rhinos must be available to the world in the wild.”

The vast majority of the horns head to China and Vietnam, where some view them as a status symbol while others wrongly believe the animal part to possess various medicinal properties (there is no scientific evidence to support this belief). It is essential that the respective African and Asian governments take action. Ray stresses that “the situation will only be resolved if there is political will from all sides”. Education, too, is key: “There are a lot of people also working very hard to make sure people understand that rhino horns are simply keratin, like our fingernails, so they will grow back. There is no need to kill the animal. Our concern now is that it may be too little, too late.

A rhino horn on the black market can fetch up to US$400,000, making it more than twice as valuable as gold and one of the world’s most sought-after illegal items. “That kind of price makes it very attractive to international crime syndicates,” says South African-born Ray over the phone from Sydney. “There are at least 15 international crime syndicates working in the Kruger National Park at any given time.” Poachers will usually cross the border from Mozambique following tip-offs as to the rhinos’ locations. “There are often three of them,” Ray continues. “One carries a large gun — it takes some substantial firepower to take down a rhino — the second will carry an axe, machete or saw to remove the horn, while the third will usually be in charge of communications via a mobile phone.” It is the last guy who has most likely been approached earlier that same day and offered in the region of two years’ salary for a night’s ‘work’. It is here where the human aspect of poaching becomes complex, for while some are simply propelled by

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(20 January – 18 February) You are challenged to expand yourself beyond what is familiar. There is wisdom locked away in obscure corners, and discovering it could open up new opportunities and insights. This is a quest for a better life, a better world and more fulfilled potential, if you are willing to dare to venture beyond what is familiar into the unknown. It's also a good idea to look at unknown territory so that it can become a learning process as well as a test of your endurance.


(19 February – 20 March) It can be a good time for negotiations in professional dealings, since your energy would be in a direction of reflection and exploration of the internal or unseen side of the situation. There may also be a ceasefire of sorts as you can revaluate and reconsider the issues. Sensuality, pleasure and beauty are also areas that can get stirred up. Financial areas which require adjustment and rebalancing could begin to make themselves known.


(21 March – 19 April) Your focus will be firmly pointing ahead as you rouse yourself to sort out longer term plans. Friends and team-mates will be all around, giving you advice, support and the occasional nudge. Try to keep channels of communication open and talk through your feelings even if you have to push yourself hard. You'll be facing some challenges in health so you'll need to take extra care of diet and ensure you get enough exercise.


(20 April – 20 May) Ideas for a new line of work will begin to formulate, a tempting business offer or partnership will be proposed, or a possible court action could be discussed. You will not see the one your heart yearns for, but others will vie to take their place. You'll be relying on your own resources and not able or wanting to rely on others as much as in the past. This month will buck you up physically, disappear any minor ailments speedily and generally make you feel good.


(21 June – 22 July) This is great time for beginnings and launching what requires conviction. Accomplishment is natural under these nice rays. This period instils confidence and the ability to keep going. Pleasant feelings and hopefulness will open doors to something better and beneficial. Strive to be aware of opportunity. Relationships and specific connections with a purpose are influenced. This is a nice energy to promote yourself and what you would like to carry forward.


(23 September – 22 October) This will be a month for making farreaching decisions about how you share, care, co-operate and relate and not just in your emotional life. You'll be feeling secure, buoyed up by the generosity of the universe which will give you more energy. Now might be a good time to let others share the spotlight and set your ego aside. At the very least, try to make sure you’re not in the firing line.



(21 May – 20 June) Your focus will be firmly pointing ahead as you rouse yourself to sort out longer term plans. Friends and team mates will be all around, giving you advice, support and the occasional nudge. Try to keep channels of communication open and talk through your feelings even if you have to push yourself hard. You'll be facing some challenges in health so you'll need to take extra care of diet and ensure you get enough exercise.


(23 July – 22 August) This month will be useful for financial matters. Your focus will be on charming the important people around, putting them at ease and making them feel happier. Your energy levels will be high after the sixth, so you'll throw yourself with enthusiasm into enjoying yourself when you can and getting your own way. Just don't get too bossy with loved ones or those under your care since they won't appreciate it.

(23 October – 21 November) You need to simplify your finances and avoid complicating your material affairs. Make the most of opportunities to have fun, play and to express yourself creatively and in tangible ways. This month has you communicating more with someone romantically. This month opens the door to relationships where it is important to gain clarity and understanding so that you know how they feel and also realise your own feelings and needs.


(22 November – 21 December) This month would be giving you growth and nurturing. Now is the time to allow yourself to bloom! You are on a new spiritual journey, embrace it and gain a new sense of self. This period can evoke an explosion of curiosity, excited conversation, passionate exchange of ideas or enthusiastic planning and scheming. There is potential to lift you out of the ordinary and into the sublime – spiritually, creatively, romantically or compassionately.


(22 December – 19 January) This month can bring imagination, vision and a greater perspective to your usually structured, logical approach to life. You may be required to draw on your strengths to assert yourself in some area where you've been reserved, cautious or inexperienced. Channeling your passion or ambition into a project can also help in a constructive way. You would be able to strengthen your power of choice, so that you decide how to deal with a difficult situation, rather than emotiondriven knee-jerk impulse deciding for you.


(23 August – 22 September) Romantic problems will cause you to shut down emotionally, but not letting on to what is really going on inside will make the pressure build. Loosen up, and you'll find that love is everywhere. Be self-confident and self-reliant and continue to direct your energy toward your work, research, or ideas and toward any area where leadership qualities are required. Reform some of your attitudes and choose from a winning point of view instead of one of loss.


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Prior to entering Parliament four-and-a-half years ago, I ran my own business producing business histories and biographies. I loved it. It was very satisfying, every year or so, to deliver a book which told an inspirational story and would last forever. It was a stress-free existence, with one exception: the nightmare of provisional tax. Anyone who has been self-employed or run a business knows the cashflow challenges of provisional tax payments, as well as the sheer difficulty of correctly predicting future profitability. So I’m very pleased that Budget 2016 will include a tax package that makes paying tax easier and more certain for small businesses and reduces the burden of interest and penalties. We are going to give small businesses the opportunity to choose a “new pay-as-you-go” option. This drops the estimation part and instead works out your tax payments on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Penalties for late payment are an essential part of a tax system that’s fair to everyone. Under the proposals, the penalty which applies to late payments, and the 4% penalty after a further week, will remain, as will use-of-money interest on overdue tax. But a 1% monthly penalty on top, as we have now, makes the combination of penalties and interest very burdensome. This will be scrapped for new debts after 1 April 2017. As a government, we understand that it is small businesses that are the backbone of our economy. We want them to grow into big businesses, if that’s what their owners desire. That’s why we are constantly looking for new ways to reduce the burden of government and free up people to concentrate on what they do best.

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New Zealand prides itself on being a fair, honest country. And so we should. We have a long tradition of standing up for what is right. But is our reputation slowly being eroded? There are two worrying recent events that could threaten our good standing in the world. First is the role New Zealand is playing as a tax haven, which emerged in the Panama Papers leak. The reality is our limited disclosure for New Zealand foreign trusts makes us a very attractive place for super wealthy foreigners to hide their money, to avoid paying tax, or worse. Our prime minister has claimed there is no problem, but this is demonstrably false. There is a simple fix to the problem: requiring full disclosure to ensure that NZ foreign trusts are only used for legitimate purposes. Second, the Morgan Foundation released a damning report showing New Zealand to be the largest purchaser of fraudulent carbon credits. It’s bad enough that our carbon pollution has risen far more steeply than most other OECD countries, but now it’s clear we have been spending taxpayer money on fraudulent international credits that allow us to squirm out of our commitments. This is not like the New Zealand we know and love. The nation that was first to give women the right to vote, who sent brave troops to fight last century, who stood up against apartheid, and was staunchly nuclear free. We need our government to show leadership on climate change by investing in greener infrastructure, incentivising more efficient buildings, and ensuring polluters pay their fair share. We can pull our weight in the fight against dangerous climate change, and clean up our tax laws to fight global tax evasion. The National government is dropping the ball, but the Green Party is ready to step up and do what’s right. Words: Julie Anne Genter


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King’s School is well known for the unique music programme it runs in which every boy from the age of six plays a musical instrument. The boys play regularly in a wide variety of school bands, from brass to strings, from classical to jazz to rock. Many of the senior bands have toured the country and played gigs overseas. The jazz band are to tour Sydney later this year where they have been invited to lead a concert in a new auditorium built underground with exposed lime rock walls which are dripping with crystalline minerals. They will be performing an evening concert, with an over-150-voice choir from combined Australian schools, accompanying the band. The school choir has also been highly-recognised, invited last month — because of their reputation with boys’ voices — to sing the ragazzi sections in Carmina Burana alongside Auckland Choral at a special concert at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Ragazzi is Italian for ‘children’. Most recently the school was approached by the NZSO, as a high-achieving school in music, to look at a collaboration between some of their professional players and the students.

King’s School director of music, Emma Featherstone, herself a former drum player in a rock band, is also a professional teaching fellow at the University of Auckland. She is passionate about putting musical instruments into the hands of children at a young age and recently won a national teaching award for her work. “We know now through scientific research that learning to play a musical instrument opens pathways in the brain at a young age," she says. "This means children develop skills in other subjects such as maths and science, too. Performing regularly in a band also develops their self-esteem and creates an appreciation and true understanding of teamwork.

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"I am fortunate here at King’s School to work with some very dedicated and passionate people, some 25 music staff in total, who are all as determined as I that the boys begin their journey on a lifetime love of music. One of our team, Michael Bell, who is a King’s School old boy and a celebrated composer in his own right, is currently teaching the Year 8 boys who are Grade 8 on piano, how to play the organ — because it is his passion.”

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We have been on a road trip to the Hawkes Bay and Bay of Plenty and have come back refreshed, energised and ready for work. We live in such a beautiful country. I had not been down to that part of New Zealand for some time. Grapes growing in neat rows, stretching forever; orchards tucked away behind protective hedges and abundant fruits and berries, and of course, wine. The trees were changing into their autumn colours and the sun shone. What more could we ask for?

It’s May — Mother’s Day is here. Mother’s Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and Newmarket has plenty of great ways to recognise your mum. So whether it’s something small from the kids to something shiny and glittery — you’ll find it all here.

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You may recall in last month’s column I mentioned our new Newmarket Poll? Well in the latest poll we simply asked passers-by “Donald Trump — Yes or No?” An overwhelming majority, or 91%, were firmly in the ‘no’ category, but that does mean 9% were in support… food for thought.

A law change before Parliament will require all rentals to have ceiling and floor insulation by mid-2019 unless it is physically impossible to do so.”

Following on from Scentre Group CEO Peter Allen’s announcement that Westfield Newmarket is set to get its new development underway at 309 Broadway, you may also have heard that the Warehouse is seeking a development partner to build a new retail mall, 40-room hotel and 160-unit apartment

We are now back in the office catching up and want to remind landlords again that with winter coming you need to think about insulation or a heat pump in your rental property.

Mother’s Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and Newmarket has plenty of great ways to recognise your mum.”

A law change before Parliament will require all rentals to have ceiling and floor insulation by mid-2019 unless it is physically impossible to do so. Rentals which already have insulation will not have to be upgraded to the new standard. Rental agreements now require details as to whether a rental property has insulation or not. Prospective tenants will be asking this question also. Also, this month we have had to ensure that any tradespeople we use abide by the Health and Safety Policy and Procedures set down by the Government, we have had to obtain Signed Contractors Service Agreements and ensure they have public liability. If not, we cannot engage their services. Once all of the above is sorted, we focus on Just Rentals’ most important role which is to rent and manage your property, something we do so well!!! Good Renting. Sylvia Lund, Director

block at 66-80 Broadway (opposite Olympic Pool). This will further add to Newmarket’s fabulous offering of world-class malls, world-class strip shopping, stylish cinemas, enticing laneways and burgeoning hospitality sector. Not to mention our well-connected transport links, hub of corporate head offices, and a multitude of high-quality apartment developments, including the uber-chic St Mark’s on St Mark’s Road. We have some new business to welcome to the precinct — The Raw Kitchen is the latest addition to Osborne Lane, and can be found beside Dry & Tea, opposite Best Ugly Bagels and Burger Burger. Consignment, the epitome of style, held their launch recently at their Railway Street store. Australian menswear store M J Bale has proven a popular addition to Westfield Newmarket, as has Soap Stories, plus, don’t forget to check out Café L’Affare in Melrose Street — you won’t be disappointed. See you here soon. Mark

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What is the City Rail Link (CRL)?

When will work start?

The City Rail Link is Auckland’s number one transport priority. That is good news for our city, which has grown by more than 93,000 people over the last three years.

• Changes affecting how people move around the city started in April.

The City Rail Link is part of the bigger picture for Auckland. It will shape our city and grow our economy, making Auckland a better place for us all to live.

• The main works from Wyndham St to Mt Eden are forecast to start in 2018.

What are the benefits of the CRL? • More than double the number of trains can go through Britomart Station. • Journey times will be cut by up to half. • A train will turn up at most stations every five to ten minutes during peak hours. • The rail network will be able to carry at least 50% more people than today. • More people on trains and fewer people on our roads is better for everyone.

















What it means for Aucklanders

• Early works in the Britomart area and on Albert St will start May 2016.

There’s work to be done, so plan ahead. There’s a big job ahead in building the CRL and it will be harder to drive into the central city. So it’s time to think about other transport options; take the bus, train or ferry, walk, try carpooling, or get on a bike. To help you make a travel plan visit Check out the video featuring Jerome Kaino: or


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Here’s what you need to know. Thinking of investing in a rental property? You’re not alone. Demand for quality housing in Auckland continues to outstrip supply with some commentators reporting a temporary dip in the market so now is a good time to consider purchasing your investment property. Before you start traipsing around open homes, decide on your investment priorities. Are you investing for long-term growth, or for rental return? Houses typically offer greater long-term capital gain if chosen well, while apartments provide a higher yield for a lower purchase price – in other words, more rental return for your dollar. In both cases, you’ll need to hold the investment for at least two years or be deemed a trader (with tax implications). Apartments can also be easier to improve and manage, because exterior maintenance is taken care of by the body corporate. The body corporate is made up of all the individual owners and sets the rules for the building. As with any neighbourly relationship, personalities are important, so be sure to review the Long Term Maintenance plan and read the AGM notes for the last three to five years. This is a great way to get a feel for the history of the building and the people involved. It’s also important to understand whether the apartment is freehold or leasehold. With a leasehold apartment, you own a share in the building but not the land for which you will pay an annual rent. There are many different types of leasehold arrangement, so contact your local Quinovic office for expert advice on the potential risks and gains of your investment. With any property investment, location is key. As Auckland’s traffic congestion continues to grow, proximity to public transport links will be an important factor in capital gain, so be sure to investigate current and planned train links, bus express lanes and ferry services. For insider tips on location, you can’t beat specialist local advice. With four offices covering Auckland from east to west, the central city and North Harbour, Quinovic will get you sorted. Our specialist property managers can advise on rental returns, body corporate and leasehold arrangements and connect you with trusted advisors such as lawyers, valuers, mortgage brokers and real estate agents to help you make the right investment decision. Once that property title is in your hands, we can take expert care of your investment, handling everything from rent collection to inspection and day-to-day hassles.


If you’ve been inspired by the Verve home issue, there’s no better time to get started on your renovation. Autumn’s arrived and that means most of us have our weekends back as they’re no longer filled up with summer events like weddings, festivals and BBQs. It’s time to get on top of those home projects before the cold sets in. If you’re looking to fund your renovation but don’t want to pay high interest rates on a loan, consider Squirrel Money. We’re a community based person to person lending service. We use funding from people who are keen to invest some of their savings and lend it out to people who want to borrow for things like home improvements. The result is that our borrowers get much lower interest rates than they can via other channels because there are no fat cats skimming off their share in the middle. “The online system is so user friendly and the customer service is impeccable. I have dealt mainly with Charles - he is excellent at his job and has made the whole process nothing but easy. No other bank/peer to peer lender I have dealt with comes close to Squirrel right from customer service to interest rates. You just don’t get better than Squirrel! Thank you!” says Anneke Steenkamp, Squirrel Money Borrower As a Squirrel Money Borrower, you can pay back the full amount of your loan whenever you like with no penalties. The entire application process can be done online in minutes. Our loan amounts and terms are flexible and you’ll be treated like a person, not a number. For borrowers with good credit history, we’re pretty certain you won’t find better rates from any of the banks in New Zealand. We’re often told our service must be too good to be true. But we’re completely transparent about where your loan is coming from and where the interest payments are going, so you can see how it all breaks down and why we’re able to offer great rates to our borrowers. So why not take a look for yourself? Find out more online at

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A LIFE WITH PASSION Was the 39-hour journey to Florida worth it? With total certainly I can respond with ‘absolutely!’ It was 4am when my head finally hit the pillow in Palm Beach, Florida, and three hours later my alarm was buzzing. It was time to get up and get ready for my massive first day of the Tony Robbins live event, Unleash the Power Within. Just 18 hours after waking, and in spite of the jetlag, I was in an unbelievably energised state. Not bad for someone who is often in bed by 8.30pm most nights! At 56, Robbins knows how to keep you engaged, inspired and in what he playfully describes as “peak state”. When asked, “Why attend another Anthony Robbins event anyway?” my standard response is, “You need to be there to understand why.” This event, Unleash the Power, is four days long. You are totally immersed in the best personal coaching from the master himself whilst at the same time feeling as though you’re at a rock concert. The energy of day one was out of this world. Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any better we were surprised with a live appearance by the famous singer Pitbul who performed and also shared his personal testimony of how Robbins changed his life. Without a doubt this was a magical moment for the 8000-plus attendees at this event. Tony Robbins is not only a leader in delivering outstanding live seminars, he is often known as the founder of coaching. This is why American Express have voted Robbins one of the ‘top six business leaders in the world’ to coach its entrepreneurial clients, and why when on a recent cover of Fortune magazine he was given the title of ‘The CEO Whisperer’. This particular event, known in short as UPW, is where Robbins introduces you to his masterful tools and strategies on how to create an extraordinary life for

yourself. Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Usher and Sir Anthony Hopkins have all attended these events, and openly shared their personal experiences. Knowing that we have the ability to choose how we want to feel is one of Robbins’ key messages. Experiencing this is something you never forget when you fully grasp this notion. As Robbins says, “Gratitude for what you have is key. Trade your expectation for appreciation and your life changes in a heartbeat". He is a true believer that we can end our personal suffering by being 100% responsible for our lives. We decide that we are ‘more’ than what has happened to us. Our past does not equal our future, unless we choose to go there and remain there. He is often quoted as saying, “Once we decide what we want then our destiny is shaped”. It is about choosing to live a beautiful life. After all, we are never too old to have a happy childhood. After three days of total immersion and personal growth, when you don’t think there is anything more to learn, we are provided with another full day on how to create and experience ultimate physical health. Robbins concludes by saying that the training never stops when you decide to live an extraordinary life. Once you have decided, then commitment and consistency are a key player in creating lasting change. Knowing that we can experience joy for no good reason was a home hitter for me. It is there for us all if we want it. But first, you decide, and join me in September in Sydney if you do!

Words: Tanya Unkovich



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I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments about money not buying love, but on the flip side money worries are the leading cause of relationship breakdowns. In a new relationship finances are rarely mentioned but your different money personalities will bring an important dynamic to the relationship. When it comes to merging your finances you can run into difficulties when there is a disparity in the wealth that each person brings to the relationship. One could be better off than the other so it’s important to ring fence what you have bought into the relationship. If the relationship breaks up, at least you walk away with what you brought to the table. Consider discussing a relationship property agreement with your lawyer acknowledging individual asset positons before you combine finances. In New Zealand, if you have been in a defacto relationship for more than three years, your property may be split 50/50 with your partner. Interestingly, we know that 40% of people lie about money to their partner and some clients only open up to their partner about money problems during a consultation. Irrespective of how long you’ve been in the relationship, you need to have a rational discussion with your partner and ask: 1.

Are you financially aligned? Do you have the same financial goals?


Do you have the same level of debt? Open up about ALL those credit or store cards that you may have.


What is your money personality? Are you a shopper or a saver? A shopper derives pleasure from shopping. You can even be tighter on a day to day basis with money but can spend lots in one hit. At the other extreme a saver does not want to part with money and may turn the lights off as they leave room!

You will encounter problems in your relationship if you are not aligned with your financial values. If you’d like help to devise a robust financial plan where both of your financial needs are being met, talk to an independent professional. When money worries come through the back door, love flies quickly out of the window!

Words: Katie Wesney, EnableMe



Spatial Orbit (2016). Wooden spheres, glass fibre rods, spray paints, nail lacquer, UV clear lacquer, metal weights, nylon filament. 100cm(h) x 270cm(w) x 90cm(d) variable Photography: Kallan Macleod

KEVIN OSMOND From his studio at Corban Estate Arts Centre in West Auckland, sculptor Kevin Osmond creates artworks that are sold to art collectors around the world. “I still find it bizarre to know that the work I make in my Henderson studio could end up in art collections in Paris or Miami,” he explains. This year is certainly a busy one for the British-born artist. Currently he is showing five kinetic sculptures in a group exhibition at Corbans and is making a large-scale commission for Massey University’s Albany campus. Osmond also has an upcoming solo show at the Maxwell Davidson Gallery in New York. Conversely, the artist grew up in a small country village in Essex, a county east of London, without any creative references. “My early inspiration came from watching my grandad’s meticulous approach to building equipment in his garden shed,” he says. “I really admired his work ethic; he had built a successful bone waste business in the East End of London before World War Two, then he moved out to Essex when the bombs started falling.” Osmond started his own creative career aged 16 when he left school to train as an apprentice cabinet-maker. This was followed by various stints utilising his skills on construction sites during London’s ‘80s economic boom. With the cash he earned, Osmond took a year off to travel through Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, before realising that he wanted to attend art school back in the UK. A foundation course at West Thames College led to studying for a sculpture degree at Chelsea School of Art & Design in London, followed by a master’s degree, majoring in sculpture, at the Royal College of Art. Early commissions included a large-scale artwork sited in the plaza of The Economist building in London and a wall-based series of sculptures for Penguin Books. It could be argued Osmond’s work is inspired by the fabric of the universe; he investigates natural and celestial phenomena, placing it into physical reality. “I try to capture elements that we can’t normally see in the universe around us,” he says. “My current body of work is often described as ‘optic-kinetic’; some are hanging and interact with the air around them, while others are wall or floor-based and have visual movement. My drawings usually incorporate an intricate building up of pattern and colour.” In fact, colour, movement and complex structures are strong themes throughout Osmond’s work. He utilises a variety of materials in the work such as hardwood spheres, carbon fibre rods, pumice and stainless steel knitted wire tubing. Ideas for his artworks come from doodles in his sketchbooks. “Some of them might have been there for years,” he explains. “An idea and a material might suddenly marry together in my head one day, then I’ll order the materials and start making. Often it’s a process of just build and go, particularly with my hanging kinetic sculptures, where I don’t usually have a definite form in my mind. The structures usually evolve in themselves like organised chaos, whereas I see drawing as very meditative — it’s like my thinking time. I draw in between making sculpture, which is a more intensely physical process. But, when I see both mediums in a room together, they definitely interact with natural synergy.” Osmond regularly exhibits artworks with his New York gallery at the Art Basel Miami fair, alongside some of the greats of American kinetic sculpture and op art, such as George Ricky, Alexander Calder, Pedro S. de Movellan, Carlos Cruz Diaz and Jesus Rafael Soto. “It’s been a huge honour to be in shows with well-known artists whose work I really admire,” says Osmond. “Also, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the works of some of my contemporaries at the gallery, like Kiel Johnson, who created The Great Paper Model with the residents of Christchurch following the Canterbury earthquakes; and Darren Lago and Sam Messenger, who are amazing artists, also from the UK.” More recently, Osmond has started exhibiting work in New Zealand and selling to local collectors. Osmond’s current group show ‘ADLEMACKESHTAN’ runs until 29 May at Corban Estate Art Centre and also features artworks by Chiara Corbelleto, Laura Marsh, David McCracken, Anton Parsons, Martin Selman and Stephen Woodward. TOP | Kevin Osmond working on Spatial Orbit in his studio. Photography: Rachel Shields

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When you just want to get away from it all, you don’t really need to go very far. If you’re looking for peace and isolation, have you thought of building a retreat at the bottom of the garden? If so, then Hide and Seek is the book to make your wishes reality. Whether it’s simple summer house style, rustic cabin basic or the chic modern glass cube design, there is bound to be a little place that will appeal to those looking for a small sanctuary in today’s busy, busy world. You can of course locate your hideaway in the wood or on a little cove down on the beach, the choice — and the dream — is entirely yours.

MONOCHROME HOME Elegant Interiors in Black and White, by Hilary Robertson $50 If you are refusing to get caught up in the drama of colour and the complications of what goes with what in your decoration plans, then perhaps you’re on the monochrome spectrum. Pared back tones of black and white and the many subtle in-between shades of grey, it is a colour palette for the disciplined and strong minded, minimalist, but once you decide that monochrome is for you there are endless ways to decorate. The Monochrome Home is packed with style and inspiration to pull your living spaces back into neutral territory and total calmness.

THE NEW YIDDISH KITCHEN Gluten-Free and Paleo Kosher Recipes for the Holidays and Every Day Simone Miller by Jennifer Robins $48 This new cook book is a fresh and healthful take on a beloved food tradition. Simone Miller and Jennifer Robins have selected over 100 classic dishes and given them a healthy makeover. The recipes are refined sugar-free, Paleo, glutenand dairy-free, whilst also keeping them kosher. Plenty of grandmotherly advice is included so you can entertain and celebrate with traditional food that truly nourishes as only food from a Yiddish kitchen can.

MIX IT UP WITH COCKTAIL AND LIGHT BITES by Grant Collins $45 This is the book to keep by your drinks tray or cocktail cabinet. What are cocktails and why do we drink them? What do you nibble on when drinking the exotic blend of alcoholic magic in a chilled glass? Grant Collins introduces you not just to the regular “sun past the yard arm” drink but also to the new experimental cocktails using cutting edge techniques with dry ice and liquid nitrogen. Not a book for the faint-hearted drinker, but an excellent workbook for those who want to take the home bar and smart entertaining to the highest level. Cheers! Words: Doris Mousdale


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Detail from tutor Allie Eagle’s sketchbook

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(BLU – RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL) Set in 1950s New York, two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in the throes of love in CAROL. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel, The Price of Salt, and with moving performances from a cast including Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Cory Michael Smith — CAROL reminds audiences that desire is often expressed in the absence of personal joy. Carol was nominated for six Oscars including best actress — lead & support, writing, cinematography, costume design and score. Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Cory Michael Smith. Trailer: UudWDY



It’s 1921, the beginning of the Golden Twenties. Not far from Paris. It is party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle. Like every year, an array of music lovers gather around a great cause at the owner’s place. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. Marguerite sings. She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune. In ways quite similar to the Castafiore, Marguerite has been living her passion in her own bubble, and the hypocrite audience, always coming in for a good laugh, acts as if she was the diva she believes she is. When a young, provocative journalist decides to write a rave article on her latest performance, Marguerite starts to believe even further in her talent. This gives her the courage she needs to follow her dream. Despite her husband’s reluctance, and with the help of a has-been divo, both funny and mean, she decides to train for her first recital in front of a crowd of complete strangers. Loosely inspired by the life of Florence Foster Jenkins. Starring: Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau Trailer:


Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco are joined by new cast member Lizzy Caplan for NOW YOU SEE ME 2. The Four Horseman return for a second mindbending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe, Jay Chou, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. Trailer:



Real estate agent, Frank Mollard, won’t admit it, but he can’t move on. Divorced but still attached, he can’t sell a house in a property boom — much less connect with his teenage son. One night Frank gets a phone call from his mother. Nothing out of the ordinary. Apart from the fact that she died a year ago. A MONTH OF SUNDAY’S is about parents, children, regrets, mourning, moments of joy, houses, homes, love, work, television, Shakespeare and jazz fusion. It’s about ordinary people and improbable salvation because everyone deserves a second chance. Even a real estate agent. Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Julia Blake, Justine Clarke, Wendy Mollard and John Clarke. Trailer: watch?v=oA1YkaH80Xk




The Twenties Club — seeking to empower and educate young women navigating their twenties. The ‘go-to’ blog brings together discussions of health, wellbeing, fashion and success, as well as a collection of recipes and images which inspire them.

Wundaire is weirdo ceramics made by Felicity Donaldson. It’s mostly for plants but there are also tableware collaborations with the likes of Ceremony along with limited edition pieces from jewellers Meadowlark to keep things fresh. She has a crisp and stylish Instagram feed sure to inspire you to upgrade your ceramic collection.



Organic Mechanic is a social enterprise on a mission to serve and inspire people to live healthier, more conscious and sustainable lifestyles. They craft brew batches of ginger-infused probiotic OM Kombucha which you can find at their stall at La Cigale French Markets in Parnell as they serve a selection of raw organic superfood smoothies. Refill used bottles of OM Kombucha at their zero-waste sustainability focused Kombucha keg refill station. IMAGE: Amandala Photography

The Vital Bowl creates delicious, sugar-free muesli and chia cups whch contribute to a balanced diet and a healthier you. They offer a breakfast to showcases their belief in bringing food back to basics and cutting the sugar. The journey started at La Cigale markets thanks to a young, passionate foodie and entrepreneur, whose latest venture, Chia Cups, will be available from food retail stores, online & in cafés.


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Allan Dixon may have a degree in electronic engineering, but he was never destined for a desk job. The adventurer and photographer now spends his days inspiring others — while generating some serious wanderlust – through social media. “My love for media started when I was 15,” says Allan, who hails from Ireland. “I’d make skateboarding videos with my mates, try to edit them and convert them from analogue to digital to upload on the internet. My parents were always telling me to study engineering because the video stuff won’t work out.” Allan’s video skills were, however, noticed by San Francisco-based social networking site Bebo after he won a competition to work for the firm. “I was getting the recognition through media,” says the 29-year-old. “I just knew that I never wanted to be stuck in an office.” His next major project was most certainly the antithesis of all things nine-to-five: The Greatest Job in the World. Now Allan’s office was the Australian Outback. Over 330,000 people applied for the six-month stint with Tourism Australia as an Outback Adventurer. Allan won, then used it as a springboard to further social media success. “I’d be up at sunrise when the kangaroos were out,” he says, “and I always had my camera with me, so I’d try to take a selfie with them.” He became so adept at securing animals’ trust that the pictures moved from portraits of them to selfies with them. “The first selfie was a picture with a camel, I didn’t really think anything of it, but my friends all thought it was hilarious and I was getting all the jokey comments like, ‘Who’s your new girlfriend?’. A couple of months later, I’d do another photo and everyone would get a kick out of it again, then it was every month, then every three weeks. It wasn’t until I had about 40 of these selfies and looked at them together as a collection that I saw that there was something there. It was hilarious.”

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So Allan contacted Buzzfeed. “I figured they’re a publisher who loves animals, but they ignored me. Three times! I had a friend who works at RT News who thought the pictures were amazing so he wrote story about it. When I awoke the next day it had exploded. The story was shared over 7.6k times in a few days. I had journalists from all around the world trying to contact me.” The number of followers on his Instagram page skyrocketed from 20,000 to 230,000 in three weeks. Allan was referred to as a real-life Dr Doolittle, but, as cool as that nickname is, there is no magical animal whispering involved, just sheer patience. Wait long enough, so says Allan, and the animals get curious. “The defining moment was in 2013 when my selfie with the quokka went viral. It really influenced the surge in curiosity of this happy animal with the smiling face and everyone wanted to get to Rottnest Island to check it out. The photo was even featured by Instagram, shared with the 120 million people on their account.” Another moment memorable for a rather less cuddly reason was the time Allan got up close and personal with a lama only for it to sneeze a “puke-like” substance into his face. “I’ve just always loved wildlife and nature and being in the outdoors,” he says. “I think more and more people want to reconnect with nature. It’s experiences that matter, not materialism. I hope that through my photography I can inspire others to go on journeys and realise that anything really is possible.”



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