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IKIGAI We are just loving the Japanese concept of Ikigai that concerns the reason for being. Why we jump out of bed each morning. Ikigai is the intersection of what one is good at and what one loves doing. Here at Verve, our Ikigai is creating pristine online and print publications for our readers. The coming together of each new issue gives us huge pleasure and satisfaction, no matter if it is the Verve Weekly sent to many thousands per email, seeing a brand new issue of Verve Magazine on the stands, or an unmissable editorial placement on the Verve website. We are proud to bring you the May issues of Verve—both in hard copy and online—which in keeping with the notion of Ikigai features many inspiring stories of personalities, both local and abroad, who have without a doubt found their reason for jumping out of bed each day and, for whom, work is their play and play is their work. On the back of a truly successful Women in Business feature (Verve April ‘18), we take a look at Gentlemen@ Work, and feel inspired by the likes of Sam Stuchbury (media creative), Connal Finlay (wine merchant), John Kehoe (motivator) and Ivo Pitanguy (plastic surgeon).

COMING UP IN JUNE: LIFE’S THIRD ACT. GETTING COSY. RENOVATE AND REFRESH. There is no question that women like Annie Loveridge (The Ivy House), Lucy Wright (independent art curator), and Anna Jones (cook, writer, stylist) all live their Ikigai, and the joy they feel for their oeuvre jumps off the pages. On a personal level, we so enjoy working with a team of creatives, many of whom just love to write, documenting the world around them, in exchange for the simple joy they find in storytelling. We thank the beautiful people who have shared their tales of travel to many exotic destinations in May issue’s substantial travel feature. Be sure not to miss it—as it hero’s many bucket-list-worthy and wonderful destinations. In closing, we hope you find the May issue just that little bit outside of the box, and a fair indication that while we do not have access to big budgets we are convinced that good content and pleasing design is the first priority when it comes to producing a worthwhile publication. Enjoy, Fran & Jude LEFT: Jude and Paris, celebrating Paris's wedding. RIGHT: Fran, enjoying herself at Annabel's.


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CHAMPION OF THE GLOBAL VINE At the time he was a graduate from Rangitoto College who’d applied to six universities never expecting to get into many of the courses, let alone all of them.

Connal’s curiosity, focus and palette led to him developing the perfect gluten-free flour mix especially for his mum who had a slight gluten intolerance so that she could enjoy his baked treats with the rest of the family. That led to attending short courses in Wellington at Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand. But with no student loan capability, Connal couldn’t progress his cuisine studies. The tutors asked if he’d “ever been in the wine game” as they were impressed with his “taste profile” he recalls. So one door closed and another one opened — this time into the wide world of wine. Incredulously, Connal at that stage had never even tasted a glass of wine. Trusting his tutors’ hunch he signed up to the NZ School of Food & Wine’s three-month WSET course swiftly followed by the twoyear full-time course overseen by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London, an international governing qualification body in wines, spirits and sake. At graduation to a standing ovation and to his complete surprise, Connal was formally recognised at 21 as the youngest ever graduate and certified wine expert in the near 50-year history of WSET, the largest wine course provider in the world with 5,000 students completing qualifications.

He’s also an NZ School of Food & Wine tutor, owner of The Cellar Store NZ, an online portal for wine education and retailer of the largest inventory of international wines in the country, and the brains behind the first World of Wine Festival ever held in New Zealand. The inaugural event featuring master classes and vertical tastings by Mas de Daumas Gassac once described as ‘Château Lafite of the Languedoc’ will be held at AUT campus 12-13 May, showcasing 152 international wines from 14 countries — none selected from New Zealand on purpose. Supported by Riedel, best known for its glassware designed to enhance different types of wines, every $60 ticket sold entitles the bearer to a complimentary piece of Austrian stemware and unlimited tastings. Expect a blunt, pragmatic reply from the recognised wine expert when discussing wine value, quality, interpreting tasting notes and the kudos of award stickers. Connal says tasting notes are “not always indicative of what’s in the bottle so don’t worry too much about them”. The same with stickers “as they are not the best way to buy wine” he advises. “One of the key descriptors on tasting notes for the Marlborough sauvignon blanc is ‘gooseberry’. When was the last time you had a gooseberry — have you ever had one? Most people have no idea what they taste like.” Stickers are not always a representation of best quality given the bigger brand wine companies have the budget to enter whereas smaller producers cannot do that — “so they’re naturally disadvantaged so don’t get a gold sticker” he says.

Fast forward to today and he is a man on a mission wearing many hats while educating the masses “to take away the pompous thing” he says that so many have about wine. Wine knowledge by many consumers in New Zealand is “minimal” in Connal’s opinion.

“They’ll probably be more expensive with a $10 difference between a $20 and $30 bottle of wine because they’re a smaller winery despite the fact that they’re better.”

“The places where many people buy wine — mainly supermarkets and liquor stores — everything is done by varietal," he says. "There are only six varietals that most people know which is sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot gris, syrah, cab sauvignon, and merlot, which is limiting.”

“Talk to an expert, experiment and taste,” is his advice, as you never know what will tickle your fancy.

Fair point.

For more information and tickets to the World of Wine Festival go to: theworldofwinefestival.nz — Words: Sarah Sparks THECELLAR.STORE

MAY 2018

Life gravitated to the kitchen and there he began experimenting. “I’ve always been in the kitchen — there are not many photos of me as a child but the ones that do exist show me making scones,” he says.

So these days you’ll find Connal championing international varietals the most.


After the incident which he admits “put it all into perspective” and facing the daunting prospect of which university to choose and what to do with his life, he took a bit of a break.

He points out that there are “thousands of grape varietals out there in production around the world and there are hundreds and hundreds of regions globally that produce wine — they just don’t have them represented here”.


A near death experience five years ago put Connal Finlay on a trajectory that he himself never imagined.




The macula is a specialised region of the retina (the tissue located at the back of the eye that detects light), which is responsible for our highly detailed vision. This includes tasks like recognising faces, reading a book and driving. Age-related macular degeneration (also known as AMD) is a disease that occurs with increasing age and is very common with one in seven people over 50 affected by the condition. AMD becomes more common with increasing age and one in four people over 80 have vision loss due to AMD. The macula’s function is progressively impaired in AMD, leading to permanent loss of our high-detailed vision. Age related macular degeneration can progress in one of two ways; the dry form or the wet form. Dry AMD is the more common form of the disease and progresses slowly. In the earliest stages, dry AMD does not have any symptoms and as the disease progresses the only symptom is gradual blurring of the central vision. However, when dry AMD converts to wet AMD, vision loss can occur suddenly and profoundly, meaning your vision can become very poor, very quickly (within minutes). It is important to note that once AMD develops, it is present for life. Furthermore, once vision loss due to AMD occurs, it cannot be recovered. However, you can prevent severe vision loss from occurring in the first place by undertaking regular eye examinations to detect the condition in its earliest stages. This allows treatment to be initiated as soon as AMD develops thereby limiting vision loss. Fortunately, there are treatments for AMD which can prevent vision loss if initiated early enough. These treatments are primarily aimed at preventing disease progression. Age-related macular degeneration affects over 200,000 people in New Zealand over 50 and is one of our leading causes of blindness. Early signs of the condition can develop earlier in life and have no symptoms. We recommend that everyone has regular eye examinations with our optometrists as the specialised tests conducted on everyone can detect AMD in its earliest stages and the steps to prevent vision loss can be taken.


Several life-style factors are known to increase the risk of developing AMD, including: being over-weight, smoking, too much sunlight sunlight exposure, and diet. These factors can of course be modified, particularly smoking as those who smoke are three times more likely to develop AMD and do so 10 years earlier than non-smokers. There is also a genetic component to AMD (which cannot be modified), so if an immediate family member has the condition, you are at greater risk of developing it yourself.


Diet modification is extremely important. Consuming as much fruit and vegetables as possible, including leafy greens such as kale and silver beet is highly beneficial. There have been two large investigations into what nutrients may be effective at preventing the progression of AMD, called the AREDS or age-related eye disease study 1 and 2. These studies have revealed that the following should be consumed as they may prevent AMD progression: 500mg of vitamin C, 400 international units of vitamin E, 80mg zinc as zinc oxide, 2mg copper as cupric oxide, 10mg lutein and 2mg zeaxanthin. Obtaining this from diet alone is practically impossible as such a supplement in the form of a tablet is the best way to obtain these nutrients. Your optometrist will be able to recommend the best supplement for you.


The Amsler grid is a grid pattern specifically designed to monitor AMD at home. The grid should be looked at with each eye individually i.e. one eye covered then switch to the other eye. If any of the grid lines are wavy, broken or distorted, or if any part of the grid is blurry or areas are missing, this is an indication that AMD has progressed and care should be sought immediately. Complimentary Amsler grid charts are available from Mortimer Hirst. — Words: Dr Aki Gokul AKIGOKUL.CO.NZ

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Aside from trusting your gut, the big philosophy for me is honesty, doing something that you enjoy.

It’s an approach that has seen the firm secure gigs with esteemed national and overseas brands such as Blunt Umbrellas, Les Mills and Jim Beam. The Motion Sickness team includes two directors: Sam’s professional and personal partner Hilary Ngan Kee, along with best friend Alex McManus. “Looking back at those days of working, hungover, in a student flat, I certainly didn’t expect it to grow into what is now,” admits Sam. “I never did a business plan or had lofty goals, I just went with my gut and did what felt right.” It seems that the intuitive streak has been a big part of the agency’s charm. “You have to be nimble and responsive,” continues Sam. “The fact that we didn’t have pre-planned routes allowed us to weave our way through and find a niche that works for us. I think a lot of young entrepreneurs begin being convinced by an idea before it’s even been tested.” Sam’s talents have been recognised well beyond the advertising industry having recently been named in the prestigious Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of the brightest ‘young innovators and disruptors’ across the Asia-Pacific region. Along with Hilary, he’ll be attending the Forbes summit in July in Hong Kong. “I was nominated by somebody, I’m not sure who, probably a client,” says the creative director. “Forbes then selects a shortlist of 2,000 who are sent questions about the business and strategies and philosophies and choose the final list from there.”

“Aside from trusting your gut, the big philosophy for me is honesty, doing something that you enjoy, because no matter how hard you try you are not going to be successful in the early days and the business will take over your life. So if you’re just in it for the money then you’ll get bored. We love filming the videos, creating campaigns and meeting all the variety of people. That carried us along and kept us interested.” I ask Sam if he’s the kind of person that puts a lot of pressure on himself, and wonders where to go next having achieved so much so soon. “My girlfriend keeps saying that I’ve peaked too early! It’s been five years since I started Motion Sickness, it has been an amazing journey and I’ve learnt a lot. But I certainly don’t see it as the last thing I’ll do and I’m excited about achieving more. So there is pressure, you’re always going to be judged on your most recent work so you have to make sure the quality is always there.” The company prides itself on doing things “without the bullshit”, “without the red tape” and its desire to “just get things done”. “We bridge the gap between an agency and a production company,” says Sam. “The same people coming up with the strategy are the same people holding the camera and putting the ads on social media so it’s not disjointed because everyone is on the same page. That comes down to having such a multi-skilled team.” The team is one that’s also keen to take on young, hungry creatives as Sam believes there is “much underutilised talent in New Zealand”. They’re also looking to further tap into international market, having the day of the interview just shot with a New York brand. “It all comes back to doing what feels right,” Sam says. “We’ve had clients approach us, but we’ve not thought that they were the right fit, so it’s just a case of sticking to your guns. On a personal level, there is no real distinction between my work and my lifestyle and I enjoy that. I rarely wake up and dread work, it’s simply part of my life and I embrace that flexibility. Though, sometimes I still don’t look forward to Mondays!”


__ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

MAY 2018

Sam is the founder of Motion Sickness, a now Aucklandbased creative agency “for the new age” that was first established in his student flat in Dunedin. “There were two reasons I started the business,” the 27-year-old entrepreneur tells me. “Firstly, I was coming to the end of university and I didn’t really want to work for anybody else. And also I’ve always been a creative person, and saw a gap in the market for an agency that does things a little differently by using content and digital to their advantage.”

What are your philosophies?


“Advertising is an old industry and there has often been the perception from bigger brands that they want to go with the tried and tested companies that have been around for years,” says Sam Stuchbury. “But that’s not always the case. Clients are starting to give more start-ups a chance. It’s one of the things I love most about New Zealand—its openness to new things.”



He refers to this marketing approach as ‘permission based’ or ‘in-bound marketing’. The rule of thumb is “I give you permission to sell to me” so the buyer has complete control over the process. They will engage with you as long as what is provided through a multitude of many channels including email, website, blog and brochures is framed in a totally different way. Google Seth Godin, one of the global gurus on the subject for a crash course in the ‘buyer centric world’ to see what Gerard means. Traditional selling and marketing back in the day involved interruption, shouting, chest beating, domination — “all negative constructs” that simply do not work anymore. “We will get cut off at the knees if we aren’t emotionally attuned to where the buyer is at nowadays,” Gerard warns. In the past decade, the internet has substantially changed everything and “flipped selling on its head”. Drop the past attitude of controlling the buyer. Now customers are “70% through their purchase process before they even want to engage with a sales person”. Holding the mirror up to our own buying behaviour quickly confirms this truth — it all rings true. The marketplace has gone from being a seller’s world to now a buyer’s world yet many businesses seem locked in the old way, Fitzgibbon says, making many marketing gaffes in the process. “They either send contacts in their database too much stuff, too early, or superficial stuff too late in the buyer’s journey,” he says.

It begins with your customer. Know who they are. Target the right range of people involved in the buying process. Take a hard look at your content to determine if it’s fit for purpose or if it needs to be completely rewritten. "Know your buyers journey — always looking at your content and messaging from the perspective of the viewer,” Gerard says. "It all starts on the internet. Your website is the 24-hour sales and marketing resource.” Do the audit of your communications. “Is it stale, boring, out of date, or provides too much emphasis on shouting without being able to articulate what people are looking for and the possible solutions you offer to match their needs?” Gerard helps put together websites that are attractive, pitch perfect with a “repository of content” that can be tracked and converts visitors into leads and ultimately customers. He uses a fishing analogy to introduce people to the concept of ‘content burley’. When fishing you have tools like the depth finder, fish finder, and your favourite spots where you know that the type of fish you want to catch congregate. Same with in-bound marketing. Publish content that is valuable with relevant topics placed in areas (like a burley when fishing) to attract people. This is in contrast to cold calling which is a no-no. “You have to stop your sales people from being like an old-school insurance guy who goes to a party, grabs everyone’s names before ringing them on a Monday to see if they want some insurance — it’s not about that,” says Gerard. The lesson in savvy marketing concludes with a reminder about Google and the key role authoritative content plays in leapfrogging its ranking pecking order thanks to the aggregators. “Remember Google has never strayed from its original philosophy which was relevance — all it’s done is redefine the parameters of relevance,” he says. — Words: Sarah Sparks GO2INBOUND.CO.NZ

MAY 2018

“There is a new world order where the buyer is king — however the simple fact of the matter is a lot of companies haven’t come to grips with that so I help them (particularly technology companies),” says Gerard Fitzgibbon, managing director of Go2 Inbound Marketing Ltd.

Conversely, what he advises is based around "the 3 Cs" — customer, content and communication.


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You know you’re in for a memorable day when a helicopter ride to a race track won’t be the most thrilling part of it. However, spending more time off the track than on it in the seemingly oversensitive Ferrari simulator doesn’t exactly instil much confidence (neither did the date: Friday the 13th), but I’m told by an experienced motoring journalist that the real thing is far more forgiving. And he’s right. Verve and other media have been kindly invited to Hampton Downs to celebrate the partnership between the Italian supercar manufacturer and Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot (also, incidentally, founded by an Italian, Carlo Crocco) as part of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Series that allows Ferrari drivers from around the world to race each other on international tracks, cheered on by the public. Louis Colmache, head of Corse Clienti, says they’re “thrilled to bring the inaugural New Zealand Challenge series races”

to the “iconic Hampton Downs circuit”. The global event, approved by motor sport governing body FIA, began in Europe in 1993, and has since spread to North America and Asia-Pacific, taking place at legendary circuits, including Grand Prix tracks, such as Albert Park in Melbourne, Singapore Marina and the Fuji Speedway. Herbert Appleroth, CEO of Ferrari Australasia, says that the important market of New Zealand “has some of the most passionate Ferrari owners and drivers in the world”. Over from Sydney for the weekend event, he seems almost as excited about us afforded the opportunity to throw some supercars around the track as we were to accept it. Challenge driver Grant Baker, chairman of Moa Brewery, tells us that owning a Ferrari isn’t just about purchasing the ultimate boy’s toy, but “buying into a brand and philosophy”. Ferrari owners, he adds, become part of the “Ferrari family”.



We get to drool over some display cars that include special editions like the F12tdf, the 599GTO, LaFerrari Aperta, and the Ferrari Portofino—the first time it has graced these shores. We wander through the bowels of Hampton Downs to check out the pit lane and the din of the garages where technicians are hunched over tools and laptops fine tuning their Ferrari 488 Challenge cars—the fiercest Challenge model to date thanks to its 670 cv 3.9-litre V8 engine. Over lunch we’re introduced to three of Hublot’s X Ferrari collection, in gold, ceramic and titanium. Hublot brand manager, Joel Ruiz, also over from Sydney, talks of the “innovative, avant-garde shared philosophies” of the two brands. “A lot of our customers,” says Herbert, “buy a lot of these watches.” Designed in conjunction, Ferrari is responsible for the skeleton, reveals Joel, while Hublot builds the watch’s engine.

And what an astonishing feat of intricate engineering it is, housing 637 separate components—more than any other watch—its 50-day power reserve also a world record in horology. All the while we’re serenaded by the “symphony of engines” from the track. Under the guidance of professional drivers, we’re allowed a spin in two cars: a Ferrari 488 and a Ferrari 812. Less powerful, but certainly more playful, for me, the 488 is, only slightly, more fun. The sheer force of the acceleration of the 812 is staggering—taking even the seasoned motoring writers by surprise. It is like being strapped into a rollercoaster. Then shot out of a rocket. Thankfully we’re given two laps, meaning we can collect our stomachs the second time round. Herbert talked a lot about goals and dreams over lunch. Judging by the array of smiles at the end of this event, a few more have been realised at Hampton Downs. __ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces


I saw the importance of saving lives and saving functions


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One of the men treating the injured youths was the late Dr Ivo Pitanguy, one of only a handful of doctors in Brazil at the time with the necessary expertise to reconstruct burnt skin. It was an experience that was to inform his life philosophy. “I saw the importance of saving lives and saving functions,” Pitanguy later told the Guardian, “but it seemed that nobody gave importance to the stigma of deformity and how people suffered with that.” Trained in the US and Europe, Dr Pitanguy came to be regarded among the world’s finest plastic surgeons. Two years after the cataclysmic circus fire, he founded the Pitanguy Clinic, a leading medical institute that specialises in cosmetic surgeries, hair transplants, body contouring and reconstruction, providing training for surgeons from across the globe. The year before the fire, the pioneering medic, who was head of Souza Aguiar Hospital’s burns and plastic surgery department, opened the 38th Infirmary Department of Plastic Reconstruction Surgery in Rio, often offering free treatments and surgeries for those suffering financial hardship. “Plastic surgery had a very elitist image in Brazil,” writes Surajit Bhattacharya, in the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery. “Dr. Pitanguy's versatility not only projected him into the national spotlight but also it went some way

towards softening negative public perceptions of plastic surgery, as did his work on the burns suffered by the Formula One Driver Niki Lauda in a crash in 1976.” His reputation attracted the attention of the elite, and Pitanguy earned vast fortunes performing cosmetic procedures on countless Hollywood stars, politicians, businesspeople and royals. Rumours swirled, but Pitanguy always remained famously tight-lipped, never confirming whose famous faces he’d enhanced. New York magazine called him the “king of plastic surgery”, Germany’s Der Speil labelled him the “Michelangelo of the scalpel” and Salvador Dali painted his portrait. It was said that only Pele carried more Brazilian clout on the international arena. But even during the height of fame, Pitanguy would regularly donate his time and expertise to those less well-off, and ensured his staff did the same. "Ivo Pitanguy dedicated his life to helping people live better," said Brazilian interim President Michel Temer following the plastic surgeon’s death in 2016. "He will be missed." “I learned from him the value of doing something for someone else through plastic surgery,” Dr. Bárbara Machado, a plastic surgeon who worked as the chief of medicine at Dr. Pitanguy’s private clinic, told the New York Times. “It is not vanity — it is more like wellness.” The timing of the Pitanguy’s death was bittersweet. Darkly poetic, even. Such was the respect and national pride for this great surgeon who had been so shaped by that tragic circus fire that he was invited to carry the Olympic flame on the final leg of the relay before it lit the cauldron at the Rio Olympic Games opening ceremony in the Maracana Stadium. Pitanguy passed the next day. He was 93. – Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

MAY 2018

It was said to be the finest circus in all of Latin America. On 17 December 1961, the Brazilian-run Gran Circo Norte-Americano had set up its tent in Niteroi, across the bay from downtown Rio de Janeiro, when midway through her routine, trapeze artist Antonietta Estavanovich noticed flames beneath. The fire spread catastrophically quickly through the nylon tent. It took just three minutes for the structure to collapse, causing a stampede among the 2,500-strong audience. Three hundred and twenty-three perished instantly, either trampled or burnt to death. Most of the fatalities were children. Hundreds more required hospital treatment and within hours were visited by the then Brazilian president, Joao Goulart. “In long rows of beds were 500 badly burned youngsters,” writes Jay Robert Nash in Darkest Hours. “Goulart broke down and was led away in tears, saying, ‘My God, it’s not possible.’”


SIMON SAYS With a focus on men in business this month, Verve thought who better to interview than a mentor? So we sat down with one of the country’s best: Simon Fortescue of Business Mentors NZ.

the issues themselves”: “We have the resources and skills to help the owner, but ultimately the owner needs to come to their own decision.”

“Business mentoring is about building trusted relationships with people in a short space of time,” Simon tells me. “You want your mentee to really open up because the more they do, the more you can help. They need to tell you what’s really happening, rather than paint a fake, rosy picture.”

Also essential is that once there is a plan in place to problem-solve, the boss must learn to be held accountable to it. It’s not uncommon for entrepreneurs to become so overwhelmed with the everyday that they lose focus on the bigger picture. “As their mentor, holding them accountable actually makes things easier for them,” says Simon.

Simon Fortescue has been a business mentor for nearly a decade. Having spent 25 years working for startups and medium-sized tech firms here and in the UK, he “wanted to give back.” I ask him if they do things differently in Europe. “There are always differences to how people in other countries approach things,” he says. “New Zealand is a hugely supportive environment for small businesses. I believe this is because it is so far removed from the rest of the world. People here have a greater acceptance of SMEs and are keen to do business with them. There’s also an opportunity to build big companies in a small market, testing here before taking on the rest of the world.” How did you come to be a mentor? “Someone who is looking to start a business often has a specific trade or skillset, but lacks the business knowledge they need to launch and run a successful start-up. I’d done well for myself and knew I could help other people. I also believe in continuous learning, so I was keen to take on the challenge of becoming a mentor and learn something new myself.”

An important element of that big picture is the acceptance that “losing isn’t as bad you think”. “Having been in sales for year, I won and lost lots of big contracts,” says the mentor. “You learn that failure is not failure — it’s feedback that leads to success. Never be discouraged, just think about that bigger picture.” One of the best results is a reduction in stress levels, something that gives Simon one of his biggest kicks. “Witnessing that, either because you’ve helped solve a problem, or been someone with whom they shared their worries, is the most satisfying part of mentoring,” he says. “There’s a natural reluctance to share business problems with close friends and family, so I’m delighted that I can come in and be a sounding board that helps people to open up.” Having helped so many others in their professional lives, I close by asking Simon about those who have inspired or mentored him.

Simon says he generally sees no difference in the approach to business by men or women. He works with both and has “had equally awesome experiences” with both. “It’s not about a person’s gender but about who they are,” Simon continues. “A positive business experience is about a person’s belief in themselves and their ability to self-motivate in any situation.”

“There have been a few throughout my career. My first ever boss, Mike Regent, was a great inspiration to me. He was the managing director who had left a competitor to start his own business. He generated huge turnover in a five — ten year period, and sold the business not long after. But it was the company culture he created that I admired so much. Old co-workers I speak to today still say it was the best job they ever had. Outside of the people I have actually met, the person I look up to now is Elon Musk. He sets such huge goals and doesn’t stop until they’ve become a reality.”

Interestingly, Simon reveals that mentors must understand that they their role is not to directly solve their mentee’s problem, but rather to “help them solve

— Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces


First off, Simon believes that the safest industry in which to start out is one that the new business owner already has an understanding of: “The riskiest is the one that they have no experience in.” The most common error is a lack of understanding around finance: “It’s crucial for a business owner to get their head around accounting and cash flow — they really have no other choice.” There are plenty of bodies out there like the Chamber of Commerce and IRD who offer assistance including money management courses, often for free: “There is also some truly great accounting talent in this country, people who understand and are willing to help SMEs. Many of the accounting firms here are SMEs themselves.”

Never be afraid to ask for help or support: “You don’t have to go it alone!” There are many resources out there, including Business Mentors NZ, who can help alleviate the stress. “You’ll soon realise that there are loads of other people who have been there and done it before you,” says Simon. Business is always evolving, but the need for traditional business will continue as people enjoy face-to-face interactions. “It’s important that SMEs understand how the internet can help them to survive and grow,” Simon adds. “Things often go in two directions. For example, internet-giant Amazon is now planning to open a number of traditional bricks-and-mortar stores. It’s all about educating yourself and learning how to use online tools effectively.”

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New Zealand is a hugely supportive environment for small businesses. I believe this is because it is so far removed from the rest of the world. People here have a greater acceptance of SMEs and are keen to do business with them.


MIND YOUR POWER MIND POWER AT A GLANCE John’s programme revolves around “the six laws of the mind”: 1. The first law is simply that thoughts are real forces. 2. The mind is a “receiving station of thought”. 3. There are mental laws of attraction—emotions attract similar thoughts. 4. Control: “We are forever experiencing thoughts and we have the power and ability to either retain or dismiss them.” 5. The law of insertion. The notion that we may insert any type of thought into our own mind. 6. The law of connection. Our inner and outer worlds are connected—the inner being concerned with thought, and the outer, the physical reality.


Forty years ago, John laughs that people were wondering whether or not he was right, mentally. “Nowadays, most people are open to that idea, of creating a reality by what you think,” he says. “I can’t think of anything more important than you learning the role that your thoughts play in your life.” Such realities can be created by various contemplation exercises. “By contemplating each of the six laws of Mind Power [see box] for 3-5 minutes you will begin to get a deeper understanding of them,” John says. “And they won’t just remain in your mind.” If they did, it would all simply boil down to positive thinking, which John says in itself is fine (“It’s good to be confident and have an upbeat attitude”), if a somewhat superficial. “What you do find out is that it’s not just about being positive,” John goes on, “but interacting with your reality in an energetic way that no one has taught you before by way of visualisations and affirmations.” I suggest there are similar philosophies in Buddhism. “It’s very interesting, because I like to say that Zen Buddhism is the exact opposite of Mind Power! But because it’s polar opposite, they go well together. Mind Power is saying that thoughts are real forces and that we can use them to create our future. Zen Buddhism is not concerned with those thoughts, rather about living in the now.” Like yin yang? “Yes. Any system on its own can be dysfunctional. It was Jung who said that if you rely only on your strength then it becomes your weakness. In Western culture, we rely on our minds and logic, but we also have a heart, a subconscious, a soul. If you are too top heavy on just the mind, then you are missing out on these other aspects of yourself. So I like to take a holistic approach.”

Though John describes himself as spiritual, rather than religious, he does seek “nourishment” from Christian mysticism, Zen Buddhism, the Jewish Kabbalah and Shamanism. Religious followers often attend his workshops. “The bible and Jesus especially speaks often of the power of the mind,” says John. “One scripture says that whatever someone prays for they will receive — that’s visualisation!” The author reveals that the most important part of his workshops to be the moment his guests exit because Mind Power is more than simply a philosophy, it’s a practice: “In much the same way as if you take a yoga class, you’re not going to be immediately flexible, but you will have the methods to become flexible over time. It’s the same principal. You will leave with the techniques and methods of how to harness the mind.” Thanks in part to the mindfulness explosion in recent years, there is far greater appreciation for our abilities to rewire our brains to not just better understand ourselves and our potential, but as a means of fending off mental degeneration in later life. “I’m one of the early pioneers in the field of consciousness, and proud that my work, through my books and seminars, has reached millions of people,” says the author. “It has been an extraordinary journey. If you think life just randomly happens and you have no say in it, that’s a scary place to be. When you realise that you have a say in what happens, not that you can totally control your life — that’s the other extreme, and it’s naive — then you have another tool to work with.” John, 71, describes himself as a “happily married romantic” but didn’t meet his soulmate until relatively late, and he puts that encounter down to Mind Power, too. “I didn’t need a wife until I was in my mid-40s,” he says. “I discovered that I had a subconscious blockage from my mother drowning when I was 13. I was so traumatised that my subconscious protected me by deciding that I’d never be hurt by a woman again. Whenever I was in a relationship, I would leave.” John teaches that recurring patterns — that can be concerned with anything from relationships, to finances to health — are likely caused by a similar self-protection mechanism: “It’s not malicious, but misguided. Our subconscious has no will, but our conscious does. I call them the dark shadow and the light shadow. The dark hold us back, while the light points to potential and gifts that we haven’t yet discovered. "I’m not trying to pretend that Mind Power is the answer to everything, the secret to the mystery of life. I present it as something extra in your toolkit. And it will bring you success.”

— Word: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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Quantum physics, continues John, has taught us that “there is another level of reality” and that “everything interacts with everything else”: “Once you understand this, then, working with my system, you begin to create images in your mind of what you want to happen — it’s not positive thinking, but actually working with thought forms.”

“Not in the traditional way of sitting down and closing off my thoughts. My mediation is more in the Zen approach of drinking deeply from every moment, and letting it be exciting.”


“When I first came out and starting teaching 40 years ago, people were incredulous,” recalls the author. “They thought I was from the moon. ‘How can thoughts be forces?’ Now, thanks to quantum physics, we have scientific proof that thoughts are real energy. That everything at its essence is vibrating energy.”

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Canadian John Kehoe is a motivational coach, life guru and author of the multimillion selling book series Mind Power. For the past 40 years he’s toured the world hosting workshops based on the Mind Power principals that thoughts are real entities that not only attract like-minded energies, but can be harnessed to improve our lives. His 2018 tour is to be his swansong, and Verve caught up with him ahead of his Auckland seminar in March.

MAD SCIENCE AND THE MILITARY In April came a revelation that sent shockwaves through the medical community and wider world that Hans Asperger, the physician after whom Asperger’s syndrome was named, was in cahoots with the Nazis. According to a study published in the journal Molecular Autism, Asperger, famed for his revolutionary studies of paediatrics, most notably autism, regularly sent disabled infants to Am Spiegelgrund during the Second World War. “The picture that emerges is that of a man who managed to further his career under the Nazi regime,” writes lead study author Herwig Czech, “despite his apparent political and ideological distance from it.” Am Spiegelgrund was a so-called medical clinic in Vienna for disabled and delinquent children. Its underage patients, considered “unworthy” by the Nazis, were the subjects of unspeakable medical experiments and euthanised—from 194045 nearly 800 of its kids perished. Elsewhere, using concentration camp inmates, Nazi doctors carried out 30 different types of depraved experiments, leaving countless victims in unimaginable pain, often permanently mutilated or disabled, or dead.

Fifteen doctors were found guilty of war crimes at the Nuremberg Trials and of those, seven were hung. Even in relatively modern times there have been countless cases of human medical experiments, often with military links, and not just confined to countries or regimes that we tend to consider ‘the baddies’. A 2015 investigative tome by Ulf Schmidt called Secret Science: A Century of Poison Warfare and Human Experiments revealed that between 1939-89 nearly 22,000 British soldiers were deceived into taking part in experiments without fully knowing what they were for. Some of the tests were even inspired by the Nazi ‘science’ garnered from their human experiments of the Second World War. One such example stemmed from the Germans’ proposed use of poisoned bullets that ensured victims died even if the shot itself was not fatal. This led to UK military personnel dripping nerve agent onto their charges’ uniforms, or sometimes even their exposed skin, while the human lab rats thought they were taking part in research to cure the common cold. “If you advertised for people to suffer agony,” said one superintendent, “you would not get them.”

“I really felt a duty to my country to go and serve,” Tim Josephs tells CNN. “Things were different back then. You believed in your government. And you just wouldn’t think they would give you something that would harm you intentionally.”

"They're hoping we die off, so you apply [for benefits], you get turned down," Joseph says. "And it just goes on for years and years, and they just want to wear us down. They want to use young men as guinea pigs and throw them away."

Josephs was one of the thousands that took part in one of the most notorious of such military scandals when the US army developed a Cold War programme that sought to weaponise concoctions of chemicals and drugs, including LSD, in an attempt to mind control their enemy. (The programme inspired the darkly comic movie The Men Who Stare at Goats, starring Ewan McGregor and George Clooney.) The operation was conducted from 1955-75 at the Edgewood facility in Maryland, and Josephs signed up as an 18-yearold private in 1968 believing he would be testing out the latest military clothing, not mind-altering substances. When concerns were raised there were threats of jail for those that did not comply. Medical complications started almost immediately, beginning with tremors. In his mid-50s, Josephs was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Last November it was announced that tens of thousands of US veterans had won a class action suit against their military for their involvement in chemical and biological testing from 1942-75. The lawsuit was filed in 2009 but Ben Patterson of law firm Morrison and Foerster, representing the veterans, reveals to NPR that the army still won’t reveal the specific chemicals the soldiers were exposed to, and that they are creating hurdles to “discourage and prevent veterans from applying to the program and receiving the medical care to which they are entitled under the Army's own regulation". Perhaps Tony Allen-Mills sums it up most succinctly in his Sunday Times review of Ulf Schmidt’s book: “... the author’s message is clear. Governments that insist on secrecy in the name of national security simply cannot be trusted.” – Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces








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It’s not an uncommon dilemma. A wardrobe full of clothes, but nothing to wear. Buying something on a whim, then finding there’s nothing to match it with. Getting ready for a night out, only to feel like nothing fits or isn’t on trend anymore. As a long-time fashion stylist of New Zealand, author, designer, and mother, Anna Caselberg not only knows clothes, she also knows how to work a wardrobe better than most. After forging a career in the editorial magazine and styling industries, Anna has developed an eye for piecing outfits together and creating wardrobes that are versatile and stylish. Anna now uses this knowledge and knack for detail to help women transform their relationship to their wardrobe and find a way of dressing that works for them. She doesn’t have a set ‘rule’ when styling, instead opting to create a look that both suits the clients in shape and colour, and suits their personality and lifestyle. Much of her styling work focuses on repurposing quality pieces to become flattering and modern. To make something wearable and on trend again can be as simple as lifting a hem, narrowing a side seam, or repairing small details. One of her top tips is to invest in a few more expensive, high quality pieces you’re likely to wear often, and then top this up with less expensive

complementary pieces. Then, add a hint of colour or a splash of print. Stick to accessories you feel comfortable with, such as hats, a watch, stacked bracelets, or a silk scarf. But most importantly, make the look work for you, rather than letting the look wear you. Beyond fashion, Anna’s work has other impacts too. With the rising trend of conscious consumerism and ethical fashion, she believes that the tide is turning on fast ‘throw away after a season’ clothing. The fashion industry is turning towards a more sustainable future, where quality design and fabrics are becoming appreciated. She believes the work she does organising wardrobes and restyling clothes ties in with the minimalism movement too. Downsizing clutter and organising starts with the wardrobe. This not only means you’ll be able to create new outfits from the existing pieces you rediscover, but it can also be therapeutic and a source of calm and control. Her next challenge is to create the ultimate 10-piece wearable wardrobe — without reverting to the safety of black pieces. – Photographer: Sara Orme




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After graduating from Christies, I began working at Smack Mellon, where I mentored young adults. It was here, surrounded by environmental experts I was able to develop my knowledge and long-held interest in preserving the ocean and environment. As a result of this I began work with an organisation called Project Zero. I came on board to help facilitate partnerships with artists as well as fostering a relationship with the UN. I am so proud to be part of the organisation and am committed to continue working with them in the future. Recently I have become involved in raising environment awareness through artistic collaboration. The various projects I’ve worked on have cemented my belief that art, in its many forms, has the power to bring people together when presented on the right platform. Art has the ability to create huge impact, influencing social change and breaking barriers through shining a spotlight on problems that exist within our society. What I love most about my job is its versatility. I am constantly inspired by working with talented and innovative artists who have unique visions. It is a multidisciplinary world. It allows me to get creative with a diverse range of media as well as industries including music, art, theatre, fashion, technology and philanthropy. I love the challenge of weaving worlds together and creating something unique and memorable. From scouting locations, to studio visits, to conceptualising events, curating spaces and creative directing — it is the nature of collaboration that binds my work together. I’ve had the opportunity to work on several exciting projects in New York including Le Mer / Project Zero Wave Walk, Salt-T, and most recently Four on Four a music Ocean collaboration. I hope to become a driving force for change through artistic/environmental collaboration. Watch this space!















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Testimony: Andrea leads a great team at Parnell Dentistry. I have been attending this Practice for a number of years now, following the recommendation of another Health Professional. I have always been treated with the utmost respect, felt inclusive in the planning of my treatment (which is complex) and value Andrea’s integrity. Andrea is absolutely meticulous in her work. You will be in safe hands at Parnell Dentistry. Parking is always available behind the surgery.

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Lu xe Re d u x A garage conversion is seldom an inspiring thing. But that doesn’t have to be the case. With imagination and insight, and by throwing out the rulebook, architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens have created 55 square metres of pure inspiration, and quite possibly the most spiritually transporting loo. — Words: Graham Wood / Photography: Greg Cox



The interior space is arranged around three nuclei: lounge, dining and sleeping space. In the dining area, a simple raw oak table doubles as a desk and dining table. “It has a kind of purity about it,” says Silvio. Behind it, the white wall-towall unit includes a kitchen area. The splashback in the kitchen is made from salvaged ironwood from railway sleepers, elevated by its refined treatment. It is also a reference to the ironwood used in the main pavilion. Above it, the ceiling ramps up to clerestory windows to draw in the northern light. The glossy enamel floors are a hard-wearing industrial product, a remnant of the building’s initial existence as a garage.

From the street, a large pivot door of rusted corten steel leads under a portico to the front door, and, via a boardwalk, to the garden beyond. The pavement has been paved in ironwood railway sleepers, a reference to the materials used in the construction of the cottage’s partner pavilion, also on the property. The rusted steel is part of the architects’ concept of evolving a “modern African language”, bringing a raw materiality to a modernist aesthetic with refined execution. The rust is also a reference to the iron-rich stone of the rocky ridge this cottage is on. In the juxtaposition of the refined ceiling and lights and the raw, elemental materiality of the steel, the contrast and constant interplay between the raw and the refined is set in motion.

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Light from the leadlight windows at the top of the shard filters down and creates a particular, almost spiritual atmosphere. The window was made by Ariane Janse Van Rensburg, a senior lecturer in the architecture department at Wits University and specialist in the symbolic meaning of windows. “We wanted an abstract stained-glass design,” says Silvio. “There are one or two little coloured blocks, too. As the sun comes through them, the colours contort, and as the light moves across the room and you have a sense of what time of day it is.” The concrete is impregnated with the wood grain of the shutterboard, another reference to natural materials that adds to the effect of the patterned light.

From the kitchen and dining area, the prismatic concrete shard that intersects the modernist steel and glass box can be seen at the opposite end of the room. The third nucleus, the sleeping space and bed, is integrated with the lounge area. Silvio and Lesley designed a bed that doubles as a sofa and daybed. “When it’s made up, it looks like a sophisticated island of couch,” says Silvio. “It sits there as quite an elegant sculpture.”



Inside the concrete prism, the vanity is asymmetrical, like the tower itself. “We did a Corian vanity that was also shard-like,� says Silvio. The gleaming copper sliding door and porthole window contrast with the raw concrete. The texture of the books adds another dimension to the experience, and riffs on the idea of reading on the loo.

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THE IVY HOUSE Verve meets Annie Loveridge owner of The Ivy House, the New Zealand home of Armadillo & Co, a beautiful collection of natural fibre rugs handmade by artisan weavers that tread lightly on the planet. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE CONCEPT FOR THE IVY HOUSE?

It’s the result of starting out and making decisions along the way, not a traditional business plan. The name comes from a brick arts and crafts house covered in ivy we were living in at the time. People used to say, “Oh, so you live in the ivy house”? As an unfashionably introverted person for whom 'home' is important, it was that concept of a comfortable place I wanted to attribute to my vision. Because the name represented our home, I was attracted to working with people I had a connection with. I started with Quadrille Fabrics — beautiful fabrics milled and handprinted in the United States — and working with some amazing designers in Australia, which is how I came to be introduced to Armadillo & Co. My interest in the handmade was sparked and it's now what The Ivy House is all about. I didn’t set out to work with items made by hand but I can't imagine doing anything different now.


I went to university having no idea what I wanted to do so I studied business. I ended up working in funds management in Wellington, then London until I had children. I stayed at home for 10 years pondering my next move. We renovated in London, the US and Australia and I studied interior design in London. I found after being a stay-at-home mum that backing myself was hard. A friend gave me the advice to do something, anything, which will lead to the next thing and the next. I still go back to this when I'm stuck with decisions. Picking up the phone to Quadrille started my distribution for New Zealand and Australia, which led to Armadillo.


Love and believe in what you do. It's important to stay authentic and passionate. It's those two things that will keep you going when you have setbacks. Treat people as you want to be treated. Be kind. Care.


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ANNIE’S ADVICE FOR CHOOSING A RUG 1. Always choose what you love. That way, you'll find that what you have in your home will work in different rooms and different homes over time.

Every piece embraces fair trade practices, is crafted from sustainable natural fibres including pure wool, cotton and hemp using traditional weaving techniques that stand the test of time, and all purchases benefit the local schools in our weavers’ villages. More than 10 pairs of hands are required to create and finish each rug. They are nurtured on their journey from fibre to finished product by the skilled hands of dyers, weavers and finishers. The handmade process results in them being imbued with a unique character — that invisible energy that makes them truly beautiful in your home. I love Armadillo's statement that ‘Each Armadillo & Co. rug sees its journey’s end when it arrives in your home’. Every purchase of an Armadillo & Co rug enhances the lives of the weavers, giving them a means to improve living standards and enjoy a discretionary income. We work closely with Armadillo to ensure we understand the fibres, how the rugs are made and how they will wear so we can add a design service to our in-store experience. We care that our clients are happy with what they choose. I genuinely believe we have a great team offering a friendly, honest, caring experience. — Words: Jenna Moore


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It’s no ordinary rug company. What separates Armadillo from other rug companies is its commitment to social responsibility, sustainable practices and to helping to support the community of artisans who hand make all of their products.

3. Care about how your rug was made. I promise you, it is so good to know the rugs you have in your home were made well.



2. Function is important. We work closely with our customers to ensure the right design is chosen so you can enjoy it for a long time. Choosing something that looks good is easy; you want to ensure it's right for the space and the environment.


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INVESTMENT PROPERTY? Even if you are a seasoned investor, but especially if you are relatively new to property investment, our advice is to “get advice”. THERE’S MUCH TO CONSIDER

• Is it a good investment for me? Do the numbers work? • Do I know all I need to know about the property from a legal perspective? • What sort of rental return can I expect? • What improvements can I make to increase the value of the investment? • What type of features appeal to tenants; what are they looking for?


The number of bedrooms is generally the first factor in determining how much a property will rent for — the more bedrooms, the greater the rent income potential. Bedroom size is also important — they should all be big enough to accommodate a double or queen-sized bed.


The number of living rooms should be in proportion to the number of bedrooms. Usually, if there are four or more bedrooms, there should be more than one living area. Living areas are areas that can be used for general living — a space that can fit, for example, a couch, coffee table and TV — and are far enough apart so that noise isn’t an issue. For instance, a house that has a combined lounge/ dining upstairs and a rumpus room downstairs is considered to have two living areas.


New or renovated kitchens and bathrooms are more appealing to tenants and 'sell' rental properties just as they help maximise the sales price of properties being sold. Like bedrooms, the number of bathrooms can also influence the rental return.


Properties with an outdoor living area are easier to rent than those without any outside options. Ideally, there should be enough space for a barbecue and seating for 4-8 people, but anything is usually better than nothing. If there are grounds, these should ideally be lowmaintenance and well maintained in the front and back. You will also need to consider the cost of lawn and garden maintenance and who you think should be responsible for it — you or your tenants.


Properties that need repairs and maintenance aren’t appealing to tenants, so presentation is also a very important consideration. As the property owner, home maintenance inside and outside is your responsibility, not your tenants; plus it makes economic sense to ensure that your property is presented in the best possible way. At Quinovic Property Management we’ve learned a lot about rental properties over the past 30 years of helping residential property investors maximise the potential of their rental assets. If you are looking for independent, honest advice based on experience and knowledge, give us a call.




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FALLING FOR FEIJOAS Before coming to these strange and distant shores, I’d never heard of feijoas. So, it was with some trepidation that I first tasted this edible piece of Kiwiana. The descriptions and enthusiasm of my host did little to ease my worries. The previously stoical, quiet man (who in my mind has now turned into a Wal-like caricature) suddenly became incredibly effusive. But sadly, all descriptions of their taste and flavour failed to do feijoas justice. It was only upon trying them that I got the hype. But I doubt that taste alone explains New Zealand’s love affair. Unlike many other fruit trees, the humble feijoa just gets on with it, requiring little care to produce a mass of tasty treats. And, despite their ruggedness, they help people come together, as feijoa season becomes a time of sharing. Before we get lost in nostalgia, it’s worth noting that many of the newer varieties produce bigger, tastier, juicier fruit than the trees of yesteryear. Smaller varieties of feijoas are also available — both bambina (grows around 1.5m) and wiki tu (around 2.5m) are perfect for smaller sections.

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Backfill the hole, mixing in compost and 3-4 handfuls of sheep pellets in with your topsoil. Gently plant your tree into the loosened soil. In heavier (clay) soils, a little extra work can be necessary to ensure your trees don’t sit in water. Break up the edge of your hole as you plant and, if necessary, add extra soil and plant into a slight mound.

CARE: Water regularly in the drier months until plants are well established. Feed in spring and summer with sheep pellets.

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I confess, I am a history nerd – selective of course; ask me about the House of Plantagenet and you would receive a blank stare, but if you want to discuss the impact of the 365 Crete earthquake on the Middle East or the lengths young Johann Ludwig (Jean Louis) Burckhardt went to in his quest to discover the fourth-century BC capital of the Nabataeans at Petra, I’m your girl. I lived in the Middle East a while, quite like the food, can understand and speak the language, but until we landed for our last visit, I did not realise I was travelling with a secret weapon, my son. Middle Eastern people in general, adore kids. Their eyes light up while their usual gregarious and generous natures are amplified tenfold – we were continuously invited home for dinner, offered gifts at every turn, engaged in conversation and if I ever had a problem accessing wifi in the hotel, I learnt unashamedly to send the child as any and every problem would be sorted immediately. The mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea have been attracting visitors all the way back to King Herod and Cleopatra. My son bobbed happily around on top of the water pretending to read a German newspaper as that was all we could lay our hands on for the obligatory photographs. The wonderful sixth-century mosaic floor map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land in the Greek Orthodox Church of St George in Madaba was our next stop. The town has one of Jordan’s largest Christian communities and incidentally, does a great falafel sandwich!

Arriving into Wadi Musa we thought we would stop at one of two possible locations where Moses supposedly struck a rock with his staff and water flowed forth for thirsty Israelites. The trickle of water inside a simple modern domed building left us feeling decidedly underwhelmed. That changed as we got up bright and early the next morning to explore Petra. The ticket includes a horse ride down to the siq, the narrow entrance carved through rock. Fortunately, the gentle creatures are not as wild-eyed as their owners who are keen for lively banter, mainly in pursuit of a big tip. Humming the Indiana Jones theme tune, my son and I stepped out of the siq as the façade of the Treasury soared above us. We stood agape at the magnificence of it all before spending the rest of the morning creating stories as we explored amphitheatres, caves, tombs, temples and a monastery — all carved from stone. Travelling with children allows you to see the world in quite a different way. Suddenly finding gladiators playing the bagpipes at Jerash is not kitsch but fascinating, and being stuck in a sandstorm is not an irritation but an opportunity to stop for ice-cream so we can marvel at the power of Mother Nature. He loved every moment and yes, we have a second selective history nerd in the family as a result.

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RIDING HIGH Bike It Now! is a Clyde-based cycling company with retail, hire, workshop and cycle tours throughout the Central Otago region, including the opportunity to tackle all, or sections, of New Zealand’s original Great Ride, the fabled Otago Central Rail Trail. They also sell some of the country’s best bikes. “Our operation is not just about bums on seats,” says co-owner Kathryn Fletcher, who goes by the name Fletch. “We’re not looking at simply sticking 400 bikes out on the trail, but ensuring a high quality, personalised experience on the highest spec bikes in New Zealand.” Fletch bought the firm five years ago with Lisa Joyce and Duncan Randall following a chance encounter that proved to be sweetly serendipitous. “Lisa and I were walking the dogs one day in September 2012 and met Duncan,” says Fletch. “By August 2013, the three of us had gone into partnership!” All three hail from Dunedin, Fletch is a former PE teacher, Lisa’s background is in IT, while Duncan has 15 years experience in the retail outdoor industry. “Between us, we have a great range of skills, and Duncan already had good connections within the industry,” says Fletch. “But the one skill that we didn’t have was that we had never run a business before.” However, it’s a “steep learning curve” that the trio have tackled admirably. “We have grown to the point where last year we were named the number one Haibike retailer in New Zealand,” reveals Fletch. “Yet there are just around 970 people in Clyde.” From the start, the team knew retail would be an essential element to long term success. “When we first started, we thought that we might shut for a couple of days over a week

over winter, but we’ve done retail every single day the shop has been open,” Fletch says. “Also, during winter people start booking the tours for the following season, and we do airport transfers to keep things ticking over. We certainly don’t sit around twiddling our thumbs. This is also when we fully service our rental fleet and customers get their bikes serviced for the next season.” Some fortuitous timing also helped boost business. “Twentysix-inch tyres used to be the standard size, but around six or seven years ago, it changed to 29- and 27.5-inch,” Fletch says. “So we never had to have 26s in the shop and didn’t have to suffer through that transitional period. We’ve also been hiring and retailing e-bikes for about five years, so we’ve always been a step ahead of everybody. Even though we’re tucked away in the middle of Central Otago, we’ve developed good traction. Plus, once people find a good old fashioned bike shop where they’re not going to get sold a tent or sleeping bag, well, it’s like how people are going back to butchers and farmers’ markets. It’s that kind of trend, with great service and the latest highest quality products.” Fletch was energised by the number of bikes they shifted at Christmas too. “More kids got bikes last Christmas than the five years we’ve been operating, which is great,” she adds. “It means people are thinking about their children getting out and exercising and not parked up in front of technology, which has got its place, but I think that sometimes health and wellbeing gets left behind.” With that philosophy in mind, Fletch will often try to discourage parents of teenagers hiring them e-bikes to tackle the local

tracks. “I have my own personal issues with that,” she says. “If someone rings up and says they have a 13-year-old who’ll only ride a trail on an e-bike then I tell them that they’re doing it for the wrong reasons. It’s a soft option for the youngsters.”

The team at Bike It Now! run tours with accommodations to suit all wallets, from the budget traveller to those looking at heading down for an adventurous yet luxurious weekend break. Consistent is the service and high-end bikes.

Though, they’re not without benefits for those past their teenage years: “If you do only have a couple of days, then an e-bike enables you to complete everything without being too tired to go out at night. An e-bike basically gets rid of headwinds and gets rid of hills. The smiles on the faces at the end tell you everything. Especially as our e-bikes keep the experience as 'pure' as possible as they are peddle assist only, no throttle. It's not cheating, just making it easier.”

“We have also been making an effort to spread people over the shoulder seasons,” Fletch says. “We’ve had people go through in winter and it has been absolutely stunning. Plus, there is less wind — and wind is cyclists’ biggest nemesis!”

They’re also useful for those with young families, enabling kids to be easily towed in trailers behind.

“We pick you up from Queenstown and deliver you back, it’s a door-to-door service,” says Fletch. “Some choose a day on the rail trail and a day on Roxburgh Gorge for two different environments. Or some go for two days on the rail trail and spend a night out there. Clyde’s really developing as a destination as well. There are some amazing restaurants with great reviews, and the old architecture is beautiful — there are some wonderful stone buildings around the historic precinct.”

“It doesn’t matter where you go in the world, people understand that cycling is good for you, and the growth in cycle tourism is huge,” Fletch says. "The money that has been put into cycling by government, driven initially by John Key, has had a huge effect. But the difference here is that the Otago Central Rail Trail has been operational for 20 years, and initially outside the realms of the government funding. It was set up by hardworking volunteers who saw something that nobody else did. It is an amazing multi-day experience with so much history. Just recently, 152km of it was designated a heritage site by Heritage New Zealand.” Because it was New Zealand’s original trail, Fletch says that everyone else has learnt from it. Just recently, Fletch reveals that a trustee from the Twin Coast Trail had came to ride the rail route and “had also been picking my brain”.

The biking boss says those quieter seasons also afford visitors the opportunity to properly mix it with the locals — and likely share a beer or wine with them too, close to a warm, cosy fire.

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Children ran from one end of the boat to another, tired backpackers slept as the boat rolled gently through the water, and snap-happy tourists clicked away, desperate not to miss any of the ocean scenery we were passing by. The boat was a hub of activity, that is, until the island came into view. White sand beaches, colourful huts, scooters zipping around, boats bobbing along the dock, and of course, lush forests sprawling up and over the towering mountains. Expecting a relaxing island getaway from our Balinese island getaway, we were somewhat pleasantly surprised to be hear that as far as lounging on deck chairs all day sipping on mocktails goes, we were on the wrong island. Just a short boatride from Bali’s mainland, Nusa Penida takes the idea of a tropical oasis to a whole other level. Think sun, sand, and surf, surrounded by some of the most untouched landscapes you can find in this part of Indonesia. If Bali’s roads are a bit sketchy, then Nusa Penida’s are basically non-existent. The only way to get around is by scooter, and as it so happens, this is also the only way to fully take in all the beauty of the scenery. Forget your ideas about tropical holidays, stepping foot onto the biggest of the Nusa Islands is taking a step into adventure. Make sure to pack your sunblock, hat, and waterbottle, because soaking up all the island has to offer means you’re going to be spending a lot of time outside chasing waterfalls, scooting around hills, and trekking through fields of coconut palms.

One of the most famous spots on the island – and it’s easy to see why – is Kelingking Beach. From the viewpoint above, you’ll see a rock formation jutting into the ocean mimicking the shape of a T-Rex, but that’s not the coolest part. If you up for a little bit of adrenaline seeking, then make the trek down the cliff front track to the beach below. The sea is the most crystal blue turquoise imaginable, and could convince even the most water averted person to abandon their beach position to take a dip. From there take a trip to Angel’s Billabong and neighbouring Broken Beach. Angel’s Billabong is a natural infinity pool that drops off into crystal clear turquoise water – if you’re looking for a sweet shot for your Instagram, then this is the place to do it. A short walk from here is Broken Beach. With its crashing waves and panoramic views, this is spot that is definitely a must see. Once you’re done adventuring you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. A benefit of staying on this island is that there’s plenty of local warungs to eat at. So while staying in Bali usually means indulging on matcha lattes and smoothie bowls, a trip to Nusa Penida will see you delving into traditional Indonesian food – one of the tastiest ways to soak in the culture like a local. From adventure to food, and all the beauty in between, it’s easy to see why this place is popping up on travellers’ radars. – Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts


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The name’s Fraser Grut and I’m a 23-year-old filmmaker and have been since the age of seven. I have a dream. (Don’t sue me, Dr King!) A BIG dream. I want to change the world through film. How? By helping the world to dream again. I run a little project called 10,000 Dreams where every single day for 10,000 days (27.37907 years) I’m filming a different person answering the question ‘What’s your dream?’ I’m not crazy, my mother had me tested. Currently, as I write this column, I’m on day 494. Nearly there… I had a thought. Wouldn’t it be rad (excuse the surfer-dude lingo) to capture Siri’s dream. The Siri. You know the one, unless you’re still on an iPhone One. *Fraser turns on his iPhone SE ($479 at Noel Leeming)* Fraser: “Siri, what’s your dream?” Siri: “Fraser, you’re not supposed to ask your assistant such things.” Hmm. I tried again. This time, I used her full name. Karen Jacobsen. You’ve never heard of her, but she lives in your back pocket. She’s the Siri, and I was super fortunate to meet her a few months back. Since I couldn’t get an answer from my iPhone SE, I asked her the same question. Fraser: “Karen, what’s your dream?”

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For those wanting seclusion, beauty, and serenity all in one, the &Beyond Sossusvlei, is the perfect escape. Tucked away in the heart of Namibia’s Namib Desert, the lodge has something for everyone. Adventure junkies can satisfy their needs with quad biking, safari experiences, hot air ballooning, and guided nature walks. For those seeking a bit more calm in their lives, find pure indulgence in the in-room massages, stargazing, and wellness services on offer. Modern, cosy, and welcoming, &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is an oasis of calm where you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the desert, while wining and dining in luxury.


While much of the UAE’s resorts are extravagant, luxury experiences, Alma Retreat is perfect for those needing something more paired back and grounding. A retreat designed to get you connected back to yourself and nature, Alma is a collection of cabins nestled amongst the desert dunes. Forget lavish spas and fitness centres, this retreat is filled with yoga, meditation, desert hiking, art, music, and healthy cuisine. The aim is to leave guests feeling more balanced. The rooms are simple and minimal, and there’s no wifi available, staying true to the zen theme of the retreat.



Located a little closer to home, the Longitude 131 is a relaxing experience right in the heartland of the Australian Outback. With privacy, tranquillity, and luxury all wrapped into one package, Longitude 131 is a destination for those needing an escape to reset their senses.




Not one for the faint hearted, this is an adventure resort fit for anyone wanting to get out into nature while also breaking a sweat. Sitting in the red rock cliff landscapes of Southern Utah, this resort is equipped with everything guests need to fuel their adrenaline needs. From hiking and biking, to wildlife photography, canyoning, and golfing, Red Mountain Resort provides the ideal environment for outdoor adventuring. The volcanic scenery, unique botanicals, and picturesque skylines make this truly a once in a lifetime experience. Fully inclusive wellness retreats are on offer as well, which are designed to enhance physical, emotional, and spiritual health, all within an unforgettable setting.




A true glamping experience, Scarabeo Camp is a beautiful arrangement of luxury orientalinspired tents blend in harmoniously with their golden surroundings. The style is retrosafari, with iron lanterns, vintage fabrics, and woven mats colouring the interiors. While the accommodation is simple, it has pure luxury at its core. Traditional Moroccan cuisine is served at a candlelit communal table under the stars, relaxing massages can be ordered to your tent, and guided treks are available to all the nearby historic spots. Also on offer are camelback rides, yoga classes, stargazing, lawn bowls, and dune buggy tours, so there really is something for everyone in this desert escape. __ Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts

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With a spa offering natural beauty services and bush medicine, a restaurant serving contemporary Australian cuisine, luxurious suites with indigenous artwork, and customisable itineraries to local heritage destinations, Longitude 131 offers everything their guests need to fully immerse themselves in the Australian desert.


Here are some of our top picks that any discerning traveller would want to tick of their bucket list:

Located alongside the World Heritage listed land of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the site is a cultural and historic experience as well.


Think deserts are all barren landscapes, extreme temperatures, and tales of survival? Think again. Some of the world’s top travel retreats are finding their homes in the dazzling vistas and tranquillity of the desert.


Jo Joiner tells us why Niue is the new way to enjoy the Pacific Islands.

Until I discovered Niue for myself, I thought of it as a chunk of rock in the Pacific Ocean. The fact that it’s colloquially called ‘The Rock’ didn’t help. In my mind I saw a steep-sided paving stone with precipitous cliffs and toe-tingling rope ladders reaching down to the ocean. Not an ideal holiday environment.

hiking shoes and a bunch of snacks to explore another chunk of the island. No two days were alike, because Niue is full of geographical surprises, including the lost world of Togo Chasm and the Waitomo-goes-to-the-beach caves at Talava Arches.

The reality, however, is something very different to this musing. My bloke Murray and I discovered this years too late. We would have liked to have known the truth about Niue 10 years ago, because it would have saved a lot of mucking around in tropical paradises that weren’t the right kind of tropical paradises.

A particularly memorable day involved snorkelling the outside of the reef at Limu Pools (pictured). We swam through the tunnel to beyond the breakers, had a great mosey around, and then realised we couldn’t see how to get back. Happy ending fortunately — just down the coast was a boat ramp, so we drifted with the currents until we could safely make landfall. We slithered up the ramp then stomped back to our car feeling a little stupid, not to mention lucky.

For people who want to do more than laze on a beach beside a pure turquoise lagoon (turquoise only because it’s entirely devoid of coral), Niue is the supreme Pacific adventure playground. Every day there’s a new place to snorkel, a different cave to explore and another sea track to follow. Biking and fishing are big here too. And wherever you roam on the 2,400-square-kilometre island (four times bigger than Rarotonga), people are few and far between. There are only 1,600 permanent residents on the island and about 7,000 visitors every year (actually, maybe I shouldn’t be writing this article... Niue’s emptiness is part of its charm). There are two main forms of accommodation on Niue — the Matavai, a resort hotel, or a locallyowned holiday cottage. We plumped for the cottage concept, to keep things real, and our coral-rock bach in the jungle came with its own car. Every day we set off with masks, snorkels,

While Niue and fine dining aren’t words that would usually share a sentence, there are some sublime food experiences on the island. There’s a great Japanese restaurant called Kai Ika that thoroughly deserves its 4.5-star Trip Advisor rating. Apart from sushi, tempura and sashimi, it serves a great pizza. We weren’t expecting that. Another excellent meal was found at the Scenic Matavai Resort. The restaurant was worthy of a posh frock and the classic coconut-husking show was fun. Did I mention that Niue means ‘look, a coconut!’? We’re looking forward to visiting Niue again, this time for longer. It will be the humpback whale season and we’ve booked a cliff’s edge cottage that faces northwest. Sunsets, whales, unlimited ocean views and snorkelling at the end of the sea track. Nothing more to want! — Words: Jo Joiner, Word Joiner WORDJOINER.CO.NZ

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We jump into a shiny plum Superb in Prague airport and set off towards Mlada Boleslav to explore the Skoda Museum. This is an ultimate destination for car lovers! The quirky Voiturette, the first car produced in 1905; the legendary posh Ferat, a car that appeared in the Ferat Vampire movie; and 340 more historical models are exhibited in the building, where the brand was first launched. Like kids in a candy store, we storm from one car to another, take pictures and even cautiously crawl into Ferat – according to the movie, it runs on human blood. Spooky! We are on a mission to see as many worldfamous Czech castles as possible, so quickly head towards Louchen, which is only 20km from Mlada Boleslav. The modest baroque façade of Louchen is nowhere near as impressive as those medieval fortresses we had in mind. The reason it is one of the 10 most visited castles in the country is that the tours are with historical characters: a prince, princess or their valet. We book a night tour with castle ghost, The White Lady, creepy noises and wax candles included! There is also a dressing room and I don’t miss a chance to put on some old-fashioned clothes and pose in front of Skoda old-timers. The next morning, we leave to Hluboká nad Vltavou castle. We pass by cosy little villages with net houses and welcoming family cafes, serving homemade vepřo-knedlo-zelo (roast pork, bread dumplings, and stewed cabbage), palačinky (thin pancakes) and, of course, beer. Everyone has their own backyard brewery here! We are exploring every corner of the beautiful south Bohemia villages, but surprisingly every time end up being the only tourists. Apparently, the country’s rural areas are a well-kept secrets!

Hluboká nad Vltavou is a picture-perfect, neo-gothic beauty that exceeds any expectations both from the outside and inside. Wandering through the endless bedrooms, lavish ceremonial halls, gun rooms, tea rooms and libraries, I feel like the castle’s owners have only left yesterday: furnishings, chandeliers, paintings, porcelain — everything is kept in a perfect condition. The lady in our group even plays the 19thcentury piano and it sounds divine! Our next destination is Český Krumlov, the second largest castle in the country and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Sitting at the top of steep rock, this gothic building for the millionth time this trip makes our eyes roll in astonishment: we spot four bears lazily walking in the moat! The tradition of keeping bears in Český Krumlov dates back to the 16th century. I jump with joy at the top of the watchtower – the views are incredible. The streets of this gingerbread old town are dissected by the mighty River Vltava full of rafters screaming so loud I can hear them from above. Finally, we return to Prague. The capital city boasts numerous historical places. The iconic 621-metre-long Charles Bridge, decorated with 30 statues; the oldest astronomical clock in the world; the medieval Old Town Square; to say nothing about the largest ancient castle in the world – Prague castle, founded over 1,000 years ago! Traffic options in town are disappointing, so we cash in our car for versatile segways – probably the most popular way to explore the capital. We spend the last night at Hotel Augustine. Located next to Valdshtein garden and Karlov Bridge, this building has been a prospering male Augustinian monastery since the 13th century! There are still several monks living here. Tourists can have a quick look at monastery’s impressive old library or taste a beer, brewed since 1352 in St. Tomas Brewery Bar. After several days of history, mysteries and castles, Hotel Augustine was the perfect icing on the cake. – Words: Kseniia Spodyneiko Photos: Alex Spodyneiko

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There is something utterly romantic about travelling by car. Wrong turns reveal the best spots, locals become best friends, highway cafes provide the real taste of the country. And when it comes to the Czech Republic, Skoda home country, road trip seems the right way to explore it!


A clichéd combination of palm trees wrapped up with a ribbon of dazzling white sand is all we dream about after a day-long flight from New Zealand, followed by a seaplane trip and a speedboat ride. That’s the journey you make in the 21st century to escape the crowds and reach a tranquil paradise that is Kandolhu. Tucked in the North Ari Atoll, 70km away from Male, this tiny resort hosts only 30 villas, each offering exceptional privacy. Our over-water bungalow with a personal access to iconic turquoise water is facing the colourful house reef, known as one of the best places for diving in the Maldives. As proof, we immediately spot a gorgeous sea turtle not further than five metres away from our terrace. There won’t be a better moment to make the most out of the complimentary GoPros and snorkelling gear! Kandolhu guests are also spoilt by a whole bag of beach necessities, yoga mats, iPad with access to every resort’s facility — everything left thoughtfully in your room. Canadian Marc and Brit Laura, who've ruled the resort since its opening in 2014, place special emphasis on those touching details. They also personally greet all the visitors and are always keen for a cocktail chat at Vilu Bar, should you be seeking a company after a day of being one at one with the local lush nature. No formality though – Marc and Laura take the unofficial Maldivian logo “no news, no shoes” seriously. Every Friday there is also a small soiree with fresh coconuts by the diving centre. Food and culinary experiences are the cornerstone at Kandolhu. They proudly hold the highest ratio of restaurants to number of guests in the country. Next to Vilu Bar is the spacious laid-back market, ideal for breakfasts and light lunch. Above it is the Mediterranean Olive, serving pasta for dinner. The beautiful

Sea Grill behind is notorious for the walls, built out of the local corals. Totally illegal these days, but not when an old coral house at risk of being destroyed was re-used to perpetuate this part of Maldivian history. We book dinner at Banzai, probably the main foodie gem of the resort. The exquisite Japanese restaurant serves dinner with a spectacular teppan show for only six people per night. If the Maldives are paradise on Earth, this vegetable teppanyaki must have been cooked by angels! Though anything connected with food is pretty much our type of vacations, we did our best to squeeze some more activities in between savouring endless rows of exotic dishes. Sunset cruises, glass-bottom kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, windsurfing — all water sports are free and non-motorised, nothing should spoil the serenity of this luxurious island. Varu Spa is a place to unite your mind, body and soul. Located in the heart of the island, shielded by the greenery and designed in the form of the giant local canoe, this place makes us freeze in admiration. Two-storey Varu Spa is imbued with the light and revitalising aromas. We relax in a small pool and saunas before the couples’ Thai massage followed by tea and healthy snacks. To extend the moment of pure bliss, we head to the library, located above the reception. Just like everything here, the library is airy and boasts magnificent views. It starts to rain and we share the cosy warm space with a grey heron, a residential local bird who made himself comfortable next to my bean bag. I soak in the moment, open the book and smile — I’m definitely in paradise! – Words: Kseniia Spodyneiko Photos: Alex Spodyneiko


Already home to the world’s tallest building and an archipelago of artificial islands, it’s no surprise then that Dubai’s newest tourist attraction just so happens to be a colossal cruise ship transformed into the gulf’s first floating hotel. Once the epitome of luxurious travel, the cruise ship appears to be making a return to the world of lavish travellers. The Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel has just opened its portholes to the public after circling the world carrying 2.5 million passengers over decades of service. While the ship has been refurbished with all the latest technology and up-to-date amenities, the rooms still retain their original design details, classical paintings, and period features – you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d taken a step back in time right into the Titanic. It’s easy to see why, in a city distinguished by its world class tourism and attractions, the historic vessel fits right in. After a decade of restoration and repair, the Queen Elizabeth 2 has transformed into a holidaying destination of its own; combining history, luxury, and most importantly, wow-factor. After her 39 years of service at sea, guests can now experience a distinctly British journey back in time of their own. Equipped with a spa and pool, movie theatre, museum, nightlife venues, and even its own shopping arcade, there’s something for ever traveller. From those wanting to relax, to those wanting to party, this is one destination where you don’t have to journey far from your room for a good time. Despite the ornateness and high profile publicity, rooms start at reasonable prices – unless you’re wanting to stay in one of the 800-square-foot Royal Suites that is — meaning that this little piece of history doesn’t have to cost you. Blending old world sophistication and the best of modern travel, the Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel, is a unique experience any seasoned traveller would want to tick off their bucket list. — Words: Georgina Shearsby-Roberts

THE MODERN COOK'S YEAR Whenever I am in dire need of something new and exciting to cook up in the kitchen, I have for many years Googled Anna Jones, ever since she has been training under Jamie Oliver, and am never disappointed. I just love her food philosophy — it so fits in with mine: “Modern eating to me is working out how we can link up everything that has become important to us — provenance, nourishment, and seasonality and get it on everyone’s tables in a life-friendly time every night of the week.” So when her book — The Modern Cook’s Year —was published last year, I was more than happy to be able to lay my hands on a copy, and have used it almost every week since. Divided into six seasons, this mouth-watering tome contains over 200 delicious vegetarian recipes interspersed with tips on everything from seasonal music playlists to flowers to look out for in each month of the year. Reproduced on the following pages are three examples of her wholesome approach to family eating. Happy creating. — Words: Fran Ninow




200g unsalted butter, at room temperature •

200g golden caster sugar

4 medium organic eggs

150g white spelt flour

• the zest and juice of 2 unwaxed lemons •

6 tablespoons runny honey


tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and crushed to a fine powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

150g ground almonds

Serves 10 — Recipe: Anna Jones


1. Preheat your oven to 190°C/170°C fan/ gas 5. Grease a 24cm cake tin and line with greaseproof paper. 2. First, beat the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy you can do this in a stand mixer or with a hand-held whisk if you like. Crack in one egg, add a tablespoon of flour and beat until mixed in, then do the same with the other three eggs. Add the lemon zest and juice and the honey and mix. 3. In a bowl mix the ground coriander seeds, remaining flour, baking powder and almonds and whisk so that there are no lumps. 4. Mix the dry ingredients into the honey mixture until everything is combined. Spoon into the lined tin and smooth out the top. Bake in the hot oven for 50 minutes, until golden brown on top. The honey will make it brown quicker than a normal cake, so if need be cover the tin with foil to stop it browning any further. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.

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I would put coriander seeds in everything I made if I could get away with it. I love their clean citrus notes backed up by a heady spiced floral back note. I add them to gin and tonics, to soups and stews, to top dips and scatter over tomato salads. In my mind they are good wherever you might think to use lemon. So here one of my favourite cakes has had a reinvention. For the picture, I poured a syrup made with the juice of half-a-lemon, half-a-tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of coriander seeds over the top. It's sweet, heady and not at all savoury. Give it a try.






· 30g dried porcini · 450g mushrooms · 25g butter, plus more for greasing · olive oil · 2 tablespoons chopped flatleaf parsley · 150g kale, stalka removed, leaves torn into bite sized pieces · 300g fresh lasagne sheets · 150g Parmesan (I use a vegetarian one), grated plus a Iittle extra · truffle oil (optional)


· 1 litre whole milk or almond milk · 2 small onion · 2 bay leaves · 8 black peppercorns · 50g butter · 75g plain flour · 1 tablespoon smoked water (optional) Serves 4-6 — Recipe: Anna Jones


1. Cover the porcini with 200mI of boiling water. Clean your mushrooms, using a brush or damp kitchen paper to dust off any dirt, then tear or slice them into bitesized pieces. 2. For the béchamel, heat the milk in a pan with the onion, bay and peppercorns until boiling. Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug and set aside for later. 3. Next cook your mushrooms. You will need to do this in a couple of batches. Melt half the butter in a large frying pan over a very high heat and add a splash of olive oil. Let the pan get nice and hot, then add half the fresh mushrooms and cook, moving them around the pan, until they are browned and crisp (about 5-7 minutes). Season with a pinch of salt and remove the first batch to a large bowl. Put the pan back on the heat, add the rest of the butter and a bit more oil, and cook the rest of the mushrooms. 4. Once the second batch is golden, drain the porcini, keeping the soaking liquid, then roughly chop them and add them to the pan of mushrooms along with the parsley. Stir together and tip into the bowl with the rest of the mushrooms. 5. Now back to your sauce. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pan, add the flour and mix well, allowing it to

cook for a couple of minutes so the flour loses its rawness. Take the pan off the heat and add the milk bit by bit, starting with small drops and stirring well with a balloon whisk to prevent lumps forming. Once you have mixed in all the milk, stir in the porcini soaking liquid and put the pan back on the heat. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly — the mixture will thicken. Simmer for three minutes, then stir in the smoked water (if using) and the parsley and mushroom mixture and heat gently. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if it's needed. 6. In a bowl, scrunch the kale with a tablespoon of olive oil and some salt and pepper and mix through the sauce too. 7. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/ gas 7. Butter an ovenproof dish (about 20cm x 30cm). If you are using dried pasta sheets, boil the pasta in salted water according to the packet instructions. If you are using fresh, cook the sheets in boiling water for two minutes, cooking four squares at a time and assembling the dish as you go. 8. Start with a layer of pasta, then sauce, then a sprinkling of Parmesan and keep going, building up the layers until you have used all the pasta sheets, and finishing with a layer of sauce and Parmesan. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown on top and bubbling. Drizzle with truffle oil if you like, and serve with more Parmesan and some green salad.

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This is based on the delicious vincisgrassi, a mushroom lasagne that hails from the Le Marche region in Italy. The authentic Vincisgrassi uses the smokiness of Parma ham. I didn't want to stop eating this dish, one of my most craved, when I stopped eating meat, so this is topped with some oven-roasted kale instead and an optional dash of smoked water. If you like it you can also add truffle oil; personally I am not a fan, but I know it is well loved so I will leave that decision up to you. I use a mixture of wild mushrooms like girolles and porcini, along with some more substantial ones like chestnut or portobellos.





This gratin tastes greater and more indulgent than the sum of its parts; it's also very easy to throw together. It is one of the rare occasions I use double cream, but in this instance it is well worth it. The flavours are firmly rooted in Italy, though I use Cheddar to top it as I like the sharpness it adds. We eat this with some steamed broccoli or greens on the side and nothing more. I have made this using a thin cashew cream for vegans.


· 250ml vegetable stock · 1x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes · 3 bay leaves · 250ml double cream · 1x 400g tin of green puy lentils, drained · 400g chard (Swiss or rainbow) · butter or olive oil · 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped · a whole nutmeg · 50g mature Cheddar, grated (optional) Serves 4 — Recipe: Anna Jones

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1. Put the stock into a saucepan with the tomatoes and bay leaves and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the mixture has reduced by about a third, then pour in the cream and the lentils and cover to keep warm. 2. Cut the chard stalks from their leaves and shred the leaves into 1cm-wide ribbons, then cut the stems into 2cm lengths, keeping them separate. 3. Heat a shallow ovenproof pan with a lid on a medium heat, add a knob of butter or drizzle of oil and add the garlic, cook for a minute or two before adding the chard stalks, then cover and cook for five minutes until they have lost their rawness. Take the lid off and stir in the leaves, then take the pan off the heat. 4. Pour in the lentil mixture, add a good grating of nutmeg and use a spoon to turn everything over until it is well mixed. If you don't have an ovenproof pan you could transfer the mixture to a gratin dish at this point. Dot over the cheese, if you are using it, then bake in the hot oven for 25 minutes, until golden and bubbling.

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Leah Chandler, family fitness expert and founder of Kids Fit Australia and Family Fit Online shares her tips for healthy pantry staples and what to add to your family shopping list. Here are just a few of the things that you can always find in my pantry:


Not only is this oil fabulous for cooking in general and making great salad dressings, it has antiinflammatory properties. It also strengthens your immune system.


This oil eases digestion and has amazing benefits for your skin! Plus it has properties that boost your immunity and metabolism. I am dairy intolerant, so I use it in my black coffee every morning, it adds a lovely flavour to it! It is also great to use in slices, protein balls, and so on.


This vinegar is known to reduce appetite and cravings, plus aids digestion and lowers bad cholesterol. It can be used in cooking and salads, plus it also works as an all-purpose house-cleaner!


These are for the times that a quick salad is on the cards or perhaps for a yummy wrap for the kids’ lunch boxes.


Brown rice has a nice nutty flavour that can be used with all sorts of dishes. It has properties that can improve your digestive and heart health, amongst other things! It is also easy to store.


Almonds are high in healthy fats, fibre, protein and various important nutrients, plus they taste great! They can be used in cooking and for a healthy snack for the kids and parents!


This has lots of great minerals that help maintain strong bones, connective tissues, muscle regeneration and blood circulation. I add a teaspoon of salt to a water bottle anytime my kids are playing sport or I am at the gym. This has great properties to keep you hydrated for longer and helps keep cramps at bay!


You can also add a teaspoon in oatmeal instead of milk, or blend it up with frozen fruit and then freeze it as ice creams! It adds flavour and has great antiinflammatory and aids digestion! It can also be used in many dishes.


This has properties that can aid in regulation of blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. It can also aid digestion as well. We also use this for rehydration when our kids are playing sport in the hot sun, as well as making ice-blocks with it (just add fruit and spinach/kale in there too, blend it up and freeze!)


We are always having oatmeal in our house! It is a good source of fibre, protein and good fats and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Plus, oatmeal is so easy to make and very inexpensive! You can also add oats to healthy snacks such as slices, protein balls, on top of yoghurt or to fruit salad.


Kids love pasta, and in my household there is sensitivity to gluten so we always look for a good quality rice pasta. We have this about once a week and that seems to keep the kids happy!

– Words: Leah Chandler


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GEORGE WYNDHAM Since the early 1800s when the first vines were planted, the Australian wine industry has come a very long way. With a wealth of wine riches Australia has become something special as a producer of bold reds. One of the first wineries to stamp its mark was George Wyndham in Hunter Valley. Formerly Wyndham Estate, George Wyndham is one of Australia’s oldest wineries and now part of the Pernod Ricard wine group. Like so many of Australia’s wineries, George Wyndham was an immigrant who planted his first grapes along the Hunter River in NSW in 1828. While he may have faded into history, his name is still borne proudly from the original cuttings given to him by James Busby, a famous English botanist With one of the most accessible cellar doors in the region, its change of ownership has seen an enthusiastic team led by Steve Meyer, chief winemaker, bring to life the legacy of George Wyndham with a new range of affordable premium reds.






1:I AM GEORGE 2016 SHIRAZ RRP $23 produced from one of Oz’s best wine regions this, deep and fragrant red is packed with flavour. It’s full in richness and intensity and for the price will take some beating. 2:I AM GEORGE 2016 SHIRAZ CABERNET RRP $23 designed for early drinking, this smooth deep-in-

colour blend ticks all the boxes with its fragrance, elegance and richness delivering balance and an air of ripe aromas.

3:I AM GEORGE 2015 CABERNET MERLOT RRP $23 an ever popular blend that takes a bet each way

in both flavour and body. This double act wine is typical of this blend, adding a savoury of senses crafted into a single varietal. − Verve’s Wine column is contributed by Dennis Knill wine lover and writer extraordinaire.

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Have you ever been interested in learning more about the modern New Zealand music scene? If you answered yes then Double Whammy is the event for you to go to. A plethora of bands from Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin hosting all a completely different sound. You will get everything from rap to post punk to experimental and alternative noise music. There will even be some visual artists there creating scenes for your enjoyment.





A new restaurant has opened on Ponsonby Road in place of Moo Chow Chow’s. I had the pleasure of dining there recently, chatting to co-owner Rob he expressed that he wants Teddy’s to be a place not just about eating but about drinking as well. I must say I was thoroughly impressed with their drinks list, very much enjoying a couple of glasses of their lovely wines.





The beautiful Sapphire Room in Ponsonby Central hosts free yoga classes every single Monday evening for one hour. They are open to everybody and all skill levels. The only requirement is to bring your own yoga mat and water. (Get there early, places fill up quick!)





DUAL CITIZEN // GROUP EXHIBITION Artists Tīpare (Tainui/Ngāti Waiora), Pennelope Davis (Samoan/Tongan) and Tamara Azizian (Armenian/Russian) have come together to create the exhibition Dual Citizen. Multi-nationality, female independence and the intricacies of cultural identity are explored in this collaborative exhibition. I personally am very excited to get along to this so please come and show your support for these amazing artists.




This film takes a close look at architect, Tadao Ando, a man renown for his refined and minimalist designs. This year-long documentary follows Ando, unveiling his creative process and how who he is shapes it.





Māpura is an art studio in the St Lukes area which offers art classes and art therapy programmes for people of all ages living with disability and diversity, as well as the wider community. They run an array of absolutely beautiful programmes which include therapy through movement, creative processes, drawing, and music. The best part about this is their courses are for all ages. To achieve these goals Māpura Studios implements a significant annual art auction in conjunction with the Sir James Wallace Trust at the Pah Homestead. This year their annual auction will be featuring Jimmy James Kouratoras who rose above his own mental struggles saying that “art and creativity were his saviour”.




15–20 MAY

Six days of discussion, reading, listening and learning in the heart of Auckland city. This is a literary event not to be missed, hosting an array of international and local writers, it is a unique opportunity to hear fresh and established voices. I personally am most excited to see Selina Tusitala Marsh for although she lives in Auckland I still find her to be an endless stream of inspiration and raw beauty, Durga ChewBose who is a Canadian writer that muses on what it means to be a brown girl in a white world and helped establish the Writers Of Color website, and last but not least Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, who is a prolific African writer and human rights activist. There are over 200 hundred events this year and it is not an easy task choosing which to go to, so make sure you get along and hear what these writers from all over the world have to say.





Auckland’s very own self proclaimed rave aficionados. Morning People are a weekly staple at Karangahape Road's Whammy Bar, you can expect a DJ or live music, free coffee, fruit and juice and lots of dancing people. I attended for the first time a few weeks ago and was blown away. It is an inclusive and fun community of people who live by the ethos #partyfirstworklater. Every Wednesday at 6:30am, the dates for May are the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. I highly recommend trying it at least once.





This performance exhibition addresses the body in its cathartic function. By performing small rituals and cleansing gestures artists trigger memory to reconcile history for the physical action. Acts of Passage will include immersive video installations and scheduled live performances that showcase the most exciting manifestations of the practice from around the world including Africa, Aotearoa, Brazil, the Pacific, and Peru. The artists exhibiting are as follows: Albert Ashton (Aotearoa NZ) // FAF SWAG (Aotearoa NZ) // Ayrson Heraclito(BR) // Kitso Lynn Lelliott (BW/ZA) // Antonio Paucar (PER-DE) // Rosanna Raymond (Aotearoa NZ).


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This exhibition will be a beautiful collection of work by Melanesian artists from Aotearoa and Australia. “Artists are invited to present new works discussing decolonialised views of beauty and mana. Curator Luisa Tora frames this invitation through the lenses of spirituality and symbolism associated with hair in Melanesian cultures. The exhibition is the third project in a year-long exhibition series focusing on women artists of Māori and Pacific descent to mark the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa." This is an exhibition I have been sorely looking forward to and you certainly don’t want to miss out on seeing works from these mana wāhine.





The perfect neighbourhood wine bar. Annabel’s is an elegant space that hosts a refined selection of drinks, serving only the best. I treated myself to an aperol spritz to begin with and later a glass of the loveliest sangiovese I have ever had the pleasure of trying. Annabel’s also has a delicious wee food menu from which I would suggest asking one of the lovely staff to recommend a few plates for you. Everything is delicious. In my opinion, Annabel’s will be the perfect hideaway from winter weather, a cosy interior and a moody view of Ponsonby road will make winter evenings romantic instead of dreary.







Lumina is a production that is the result of a collaboration between The New Zealand Dance Company and The Holland Dance Festival. Within the show there are three pieces of choreography, all created by women from our beautiful Aotearoa. While in Europe, Lumina had a season of sold out shows and standing ovations. I personally cannot wait to experience this show and I’m not going to be surprised if I end up there more than once. Make sure you get along if you are a lover of new and exciting dance.






Not all women are born equal, this is a play that dissects token feminism. Written and performed by long-term collaborators Saraid Cameron and Amelia Rose Reynolds with actor Sam Snedden, Kate Prior as dramaturg, and directed by multi-award winning theatre genius Nisha Madhan. “I have concluded that the old way is the best way and that's through revolution. Whether bloody or not I can't say.” - Donna Awatere Huata



KALI UCHIS In a world where so much of our whole selves are sacrificed to those who are undeserving, Kali Uchis chooses to stay isolated. On her long anticipated debut album, Miss Uchis’ solitude is reclaimed from weakness to her biggest asset. Her breakout mixtape Por Vida in 2015 introduced us to Uchis’ joyous independence and themes of personal liberation. Isolation sees her in full blossom, solely from self love and internal growth, flowers that can only be watered from her own vase. On Isolation Kali is often searching for routes to escape her own reality. (“lets get out of this hopeless town / nobody can stop us now” on tomorrow, ‘Flight 22’ and it’s fantasy getaway). On tranquil Gorillaz-assisted track ‘In my Dreams’ Kali resides in her own utopian dreamland where despite all the harshness of reality, nobody can touch her. Floaty chords and soaring vocals take the track to celestial heights, before interlude ‘Gotta Get Up’ snaps her back to reality.

growing stronger with each song. Blossoming lead single ‘After the Storm’ is an affirming ode to self growth through healing, sprouting guest appearances from Tyler, the Creator in full flower boy force and the legendary Bootsy Collins. Kali’s classic essence falls between vintage lounge room doo wop and luxurious, unexplored future sent soul. Her sounds timelessness rings familiar to the great Amy Winehouse, but Uchis’ Columbian tongue sets her in a whole other lane of neo-soul. Her poetic, romanticised lyricism sounds as much of an undying serenade to herself as it speaks to her listener.

As much as she runs, Uchis recognises that her hopelessly romantic dreamscape isn’t where the real fulfilment will be found.

Isolation is a testament to the rewards of true selfreflection. Kali proves that years of self discovery since her Por Vida mixtape are worth the patience and self discipline involved. Although Isolation is highly collaborative, Uchis’ co-production credits shine superior on every track, and are enough to believe her when on ‘Your Teeth In My Neck’ she triumphs “I’m on a roll on my own, I came to fight.”

Kali fights her seclusion on the albums first of two interludes, escaping the dreamland she previously conjured in order to move forward with reality alone;








Words that best describe you: Hard working, open eyed and papa Words that best describe the inspiration behind your owl artwork: Children, colour, compassion, future, bubblegum Words that best describe your owl: Bright, honest, warm, polished Words that best describe where your owl is located: Important, peaceful, historic, green Best things about the Big Hoot: Adventurous, kind, brave and most importantly... needed

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Based on the true story of producer Jonathan Cavendish’s parents Robin and Diana Cavendish, Breathe is an inspirational true story of love without limits.

In the suspense drama, Chappaquiddick, the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history. Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, intimately expose the broad reach of political power, the influence of America's most celebrated family; and the vulnerability of Ted Kennedy, the youngest son, in the shadow of his family legacy.

Adventurous and charismatic, Robin Cavendish has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed whilst in Africa. Against all advice, Robin’s wife Diana brings him home from hospital where her devotion and witty determination transcends his disability. Together they refuse to be imprisoned by his suffering; dazzling others with their humour, courage and lust for life. Breathe is a heart-warming and highly emotional celebration of bravery and human possibility, a love story about living every breathe as though it’s your last. DVD, Blu Ray and digital release.

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French romantic comedy, Mr Stein Goes Online features Pierre, a 75-year-old widower, who discovers online dating websites.

Set in a small town in 1959 England, The Bookshop is the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield.

Pierre has lived as a pretty solitary life since his wife's passing. His daughter gets him a computer, hoping it will stimulate his curiosity and maybe — who knows? — meet new people. With the help of Alex, a young computer teacher, Pierre begins browsing and surfing, and soon stumbles upon an online dating website. Under Alex's identity, Pierre meets Flora 63, a young physiotherapist and rapidly falls under her spell. She in turn is charmed by this elegant yet rather unusual profile and asks him on a date. A real one, face-toface. Feeling trapped and excited by this adventure, Pierre accepts and has no other choice but to convince Alex to go in his place.

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The Bookshop is a sumptuous cinematic adaptation which celebrates bibliophilia itself, based on Penelope Fitzgerald's celebrated novel of 1978. Directed by Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive) and starring Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy.




A huge excitement in the publishing and reading world as Kate Mosse's new masterpiece hits the bookshelves. First in a new trilogy it sets the scene for a storyline that will bring the reader from medieval France and the religious wars to modern times and the conflicts that continue to take place around the world. Kate lives in Carcassonne where the book is set and she has done a remarkable research to bring history alive and wrap her novel in an authentic setting peopled with characters who will stay with you long after you have read the book.


Famous for his bestselling book Cold Mountain it has been many years since Charles Frazier has written a novel and now we can sit and read Varina, which is another story of the American Civil War but this time through the eyes of a woman. Varina Howell marries for security and money but her husband is asked to take control of the Confederacy which means their lives are in turmoil. Varina escapes to the southern states but there is a price on her head and north fights south to the very death. Literary and enlightening you know you are in the presence of a good writer in Charles Frazier. Perfect for bookclubs.






This is a collection of famous and not so famous poems themed for those upsetting times in life. The times you or others just need a little encouragement or consolation. Apart from the clever title the collection will work for young or old male or female and it's an appropriate way to show you care in moments of modern madness.Just sitting and reading two or three poems will bring calm and perspective. — Words: Doris Mousdale



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LET'S THINK ABOUT THIS? HOW TO THE TRANSPORT TAX INCREASES IMPACT HOUSING AND WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT? The new regional fuel excise/tax will be phased in over the next three years and Aucklanders will eventually face up to 23.5c per litre from this alone. Our population is forecast to be two million by 2033 adding an extra 300,000 people in the job market. Employees in the city and fringe will double in that time. The CRL in construction now will help create efficiencies, yet most know that still more needs to be done. This extra fuel tax on Auckland’s motorists has been initiated to help fund the light rail initiative from the CBD to the airport and west Auckland.

The government's new plan for transport is bad news for Auckland. Hard-working taxpayers in our city are about to be whacked by an increase in petrol taxes of up to 25 cents a litre — or $15 every time we fill up our cars. About half of this will be from a nationwide tax increase on fuel and the other half from a new regional tax for Auckland. At the same time, key projects around our region that would have moved Auckland forward are now at risk. Labour has instead reprioritised funding towards Dominion Road trams. When National was in government, we were able to invest in major new roading projects across New Zealand. We also delivered a record investment in public transport and we started the move towards new transport technologies. The current administration doesn’t care much for our Roads of National Significance policy. But without it we would never have seen projects get off the ground like the Victoria Park Tunnel, the Western Ring Route or the improved Waterview Connection. We also saw significant progress made to widening lanes on the southern motorway, delivering urban cycleways, and starting the Puhoi to Warkworth project. Auckland’s future requires a mixture of roads and public transport improvements that include buses, rail and ferries. We also need to make sure transport plans and policies are affordable for Aucklanders. Our last election’s ambitious transport agenda was one that didn’t require further tax increases. We expected the council to tighten its ever increasing spending, as well as keeping our own books in order with strong budget surpluses. We must also keep investing in key infrastructure assets like the East-West Link, Mill Road Corridor and the City Rail Link. These key projects sit alongside the need to accelerate construction on the Northwestern Busway, the State Highway 16 and 18 interchange, and Penlink. It can be done. Auckland deserves better than what this government has put forward. And we don’t need any new taxes.


This will naturally encourage more people towards public transport for commuting, which is no bad thing given the extra 70,000 cars that are hitting our roads every year. Unfortunately, for a growing city like ours, our public transport system is pretty user-unfriendly. We’ve got a lot to do before we can compare with the likes of Melbourne or London in this regard. As this goes to print, AT released an update to the Auckland Transport Alignment Project and is claimed to be a fully funded $28 billion package to improve transport amenity over the coming decade, some of which has been provided for by the very excise tax increases. We watch with interest where the upgraded nodes will be, as demand for quality housing in these locations will be prime. Rapid Transit has been allocated $8.4 billion which includes the already committed CRL, Northern Busway Extension, Eastern Busway and seed funding for the Light Rail and improvements to the rail network in the outer regions. Our focus is on creating superior housing solutions within the higher intensification zones, where we believe a growing percentage of the population is attracted, for its vibrancy, ease and ability to engage with the community. As a result, we encounter fierce criticism from NIMBYs who do not want this change, blaming extra loads and congestion we’re creating by increasing housing choice in urban areas. Nevertheless as written previously, change must happen, so we use this data to help us form assessments of where the highest demand will be for quality housing. It stands to reason to focus on locations that are well located and enable residents to safely walk their children to school, getting to their place of work efficiently, and ideally being close to local shops and parks for community based living. Peoples lifestyles have changed from what they were 30 short years ago. It’s a fact of life that most families lead busy lifestyles and have unrelenting work demands. In many situations, children are no longer expected to fend for themselves after school as in my generation, placing greater demands on parents. It makes sense for us to create quality housing choices to improve the way we live.





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21 MAY – 20 JUNE



You want to embrace what makes you a unique person, and be an individual. You’re focused on your future, can come up with a new dream for yourself or accomplish a dream, and aren’t open with your emotions. Your financial status can impact how you feel about yourself, and the more financially secure you are, the more confident you feel. You’re optimistic and easy to get along with.


This period brings an expansive period, widening your vision and stimulating you with new ideas about what you can achieve. You will practice your craft to the best of your ability. The support or assistance of friends will be invaluable and you may make fortunate connections or meet with unusual people. You want to take time for fun, and to do things that will bring you new experiences and new perspectives.


You prefer structure, order and routine, and you can have a healthier lifestyle, understanding that you need to be healthy to be productive. You focus on work, the things that you have to do, not want to do, and are more practical and responsible. You can seem romantic, charming, and attractive to others without putting in much effort and can take your commitments more seriously.


You want to be comfortable, stay inside of your comfort zone, and seem more traditional. You can also get in touch with your feelings, but aren’t quick to share them. You may come across as more emotional, moody, and nurturing. Your creative self becomes more prominent, and you need to have an outlet to express yourself. You can take up a new course of study and learn something new.


You feel comfortable pursuing your dreams and focussing on your future. There may be romance that comes through friendships or social contacts. A sudden meeting or realisation about someone you know could make your head spin. For those in a relationship, there may be a change in your social spectrum as you begin to enjoy the company of new and different people

You respond to physical stimuli, and connect with the world around you. If you’re single, you attract people to you effortlessly. If you’re in a relationship, you want more romance and affection. The friendships you make now tend to be casual, but the connections are extremely helpful as you grow your network. You try to improve your relationships as much as you can.



You’re more comfortable going outside of your comfort zone and trying things out that are totally different from what you’d normally do. You’re open to unconventional people, unique ideas, and unusual solutions to problems. You can get organised, create a new routine for yourself, or clean. You feel good with your body, and want to make healthy changes so you live better.


You choose to look at the brighter side of everything and everyone and come up with big ideas You prefer being in places that are familiar and with people who make you comfortable. You don’t want to go too far outside of your comfort zone. You want to be with someone who you feel is equal to you intellectually. If you’re attached, you want to strengthen the friendship you have with your partner.


Your mind quickens and you want to share your thoughts and ideas with everyone. You need lots of mental stimulation, and engage with others in conversation. You can have more communications than usual, give or receive lots of news, and come up with ideas that you don’t do much with. You spend more time with your loved ones, and you want to be there for them as well.


You can accomplish more in your career, with the professional goals that you have, and make great strides with your work. You can strengthen your inner foundation, and become even more stable and secure You have an easier time dealing with the serious aspects of life, and enjoy looking at the dark side. You can be recognised for work that you’ve done, and rewarded for it.

You can finish a creative project, see a love leave your life, take a casual relationship to the next level, or end it. You’re more inspired by your emotions and see the beauty in everything around you. You may expand your activities into other areas of skill or endeavour through the influence of others. You need advice from others to help you make decisions, and you can be quite vacillating.





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Verve. May 2018. Issue 144.  

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