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PEACE IN SAFE HANDS Be the change you wish to see in the world, so said Gandhi, and Queenstownbased Kiwi Stu Robertson is taking the words of the most iconic of pacifists at a most literal level. A former entrepreneur, magician and stand-up comic, Stu has, along with his wife Semele, shunned the material world (aside from the necessary tools-of-the-trade), to embark upon a global art project in promotion of world peace. For the past three years, Stu has travelled the globe photographing people of all colours, creeds and cultures cradling a symbolic single white rose in a journey that has captured the imagination – and attention – of Hollywood celebrities, the Dalai Lama and even NASA. Stu has been the lead on 60 Minutes, has been invited to peace conferences and to give a TED Talk. His goal to capture images of 10,000 souls from every nation on earth also saw him named as one of the top 45 creatives by US conscious culture magazine, Origin, at the close of 2015. The contrasts have been as extreme as they have been fascinating – from sleeping on park benches to practising yoga, in jeans, with Demi Moore – and he’s not even yet at the halfway mark. I caught up with the photographer on his return from South Africa, where he managed to bag a pair of Nobel peace laureates, in the form of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and FW De Klerk, for the cause.

“I decided that if I’m going to do this project properly, I needed to go everywhere, not simply stick to the likes of London, Tokyo and New York,” he says. “The conversation for peace vastly changes everywhere and how different people respond to art and photography is all part of the challenge.” Stu tells me he arrived in South Africa more fearful than when he journeyed into Iraq: “You hear of the gangs, the shootings, the drugs the craziness. I’m not sure if people hold a magnifying glass over these things, like the guy the girls write about at school, then when you meet them, it’s like, ‘yeah, you’re just John, you play centre-back for the soccer team’, you know? It was certainly like that for me when I was in Cape Town.” Trying to secure a driver to the city’s shanty towns initially proved a fruitless task, with taxis refusing to drive to where even the police, they said, dared not venture. Finally he made it and the welcome was warm. “I went into homes and just spoke to people,” Stu says. “They have no water, no power, the shacks are just knocked together in this desperate situation.” He made similar visits to similar areas in Johannesburg where he experienced one of the most “beautiful and rewarding” days of his life: “It was a place where white people would not usually go. But we parked up and walked through the markets and people were high-fiving and hugging us. One of the most profound

It’s a slice of humanity, a representation of society, of mankind, as it stands, right now.” - Stu Robertson -

memories is of people selling root vegetables on the side of the road, the kind of people who would probably be looked down upon by many in the west, but some of them could speak three, four, five languages.”

you place this ancient symbol in their hands. It’s like this shroud falls over them and they just ‘know’. That’s what I’m trying to show in the images, and it often comes across more powerfully in the ones you don’t expect.”

Similarly shocking scenes came from across the Atlantic, resulting in some of Stu’s most striking images, of heavily tattooed gangbangers of South Central LA. I suggest that seeing such souls embracing a symbolic white rose of peace carries more clout than, say, a celebrity or monk. “Witnessing some of these people standing for peace with a flower does stop you in your tracks,” says Stu, “but I don’t pick those people for that reason.” It’s a global project, he emphasises, and no-one should be omitted: “It’s a slice of humanity, a representation of society, of mankind, as it stands, right now, so that the collections can be looked back upon in a hundred years, two hundred years, a thousand years – we’re in talks with NASA about sending a time capsule into space.”

As honoured as he is that some of the world’s wealthiest and most famous stars have lent their faces and given their time to the project (“as they are obviously and understandably very picky about what they put their names to”), Stu says, on a personal level, the most meaningful of engagements tend to be with the world’s most poor. He uses his trip along the Syrian border, through Turkey and Iraq, as an example. “Every day is hard for these people,” says Stu, “managing their land, they’re constantly having to work for everything, and they have so little. Yet you turn up with two cartons of apple juice and say, ‘this is a gift’, and they open them then insist that you drink them. They so often seem to be the happiest people I meet. I mean, in the west everyone moans about what they don’t have. We can learn so much from each other. The rewarding situations, the most deeply enriching of situations, the ones that make you well-up when you think about them in bed at night, are the ones where you see a child laughing and joyful in an environment where you would think that they should not be. One of the most important things I’ve learned during my travels is to look to the children to judge a society and see how happy they are.”

Stu makes it clear that he in no way cues his subjects as to how they should pose: “I don’t read them any inspirational lines of verse, or ask them to express any emotion whatsoever. Ricky Gervais, for instance, was being his usual hilarious self in his hotel room, as was Danny DeVito, but something happens when


>> who then sell them for the highest sums possible with no money ever passing through Stu and Semele’s hands (“I don’t like money, I’d rather work for a bag of beans and a sack of potatoes”). “When we have the funds within the next couple of years from the large exhibitions overseas we will set up a global board to appropriate them and choose who gets what,” says Stu. “We wish to to create a funding mechanism for children’s health, education and safety. If children are raised in a safe environment, are educated and have access to healthcare, then there is a greater chance of happiness in their lives and everyone who is connected to them. I don’t want it to be about colour or religion or geography or about this white guy from New Zealand giving handouts to people. I want it to be far more transparent and robust than that.”

It must often be difficult to leave? “One of the hardest things about this project is having to say goodbye. It’s interesting because I’m not usually too emotional when it comes to people, I’m not big on socialising. There are some incredible people doing incredible things out there that you will never hear about, won’t read about in the newspapers, but they are changing lives every single day.” People often think about peace as simply ending violence, but it’s a lot more complex than that? “Different people’s concept of peace are so different. Trying to explain peace in Iraq, or certain parts of India, is difficult in a western construct. Imagine living in a desert with no power, little shelter and no access to any medical care or water. Some people thought that if I wanted peace I should have brought guns. The purpose of this project is not to bring about world peace, but to start a conversation. The greatest feeling that comes through what most people say is that peace comes from within. It’s a search that begins within and then spreads. People can feel it. I’ve spoken to over two-and-a-half thousand people over three years and everyone distils into this.” And what does it all mean to you? “For me all of humanity is connected as a collective conscience. Pretty much everything on the periodic table is created through the death of a star. We’re all on the same journey but speaking a different language. I’m not interested in being involved with anything in my life any more that doesn’t make the world better. So I came up with this concept, and in my wildest dreams the Dalai Lama was number one on the list, and I never for a nano-second expected the chance to photograph any of these amazing people.” Stu and Semele fund the project through the sale of the artworks which are being curated into some significant art collections around the world. Their ultimate aim is to establish a global charity in the name of Peace in 10,000 Hands. They have started this charitable journey by donating artworks to various charities

The journey of a thousand miles (or, for this purpose, 10,000 Hands), so goes the saying, begins with a single step. Deciding to throw himself in at the deep end, Stu took his first one in New York, arriving with thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment and two white silk roses, one of which he lost on the first day in the city. Plagued with shyness and self-doubt, Stu approached his first subject on the street and she said ‘no’. The omens were not looking good. Days later, Hurricane Sandy hit, and, ironically, the world’s greatest city was plunged into a state of desperation comparable, if only for a relatively short time, to many of the areas which Stu would later visit. “The streets and tunnels were flooded and people were dying. We were stranded,” he says. “The military were driving through pushing crates of water from the back of their Hummers. It was all a bit zombie apocalyptic. There was no power, it was pitch black with howling winds and there was no petrol. People got pissy within four days. There were muggings and shootings. Humanity changed in an instant. So imagine growing up in that constant state of distress. It becomes part of you out of your fabric. Here, if someone drops a glass in a bar there may be whistles and cheers, but in another country it may be misconstrued as a gunshot and people hit the ground.” With such a symbolic start to the art project, I ask Stu if he has planned a symbolic end. “It’s funny, but when I first started, I didn’t photograph people’s faces,” he says. “I believe our hands express our humanity like nothing else, and people are fascinated by those first photographs when they’re on display in the galleries. Old people’s hands especially are quite wonderful. It was only when I got to the first celebrity situation, I thought, ‘no-one’s going to believe it’. I also didn’t use my own name initially, I thought it shroud be about the project, not the individual, but was advised otherwise. A lot people think the last picture should be of me. I don’t know. All’s I do know is as soon as the last photo is taken, there is still a lot more work that needs to be done.” There’s also a part of Stu, I suspect, that doesn’t want this beautiful journey to end. And I can’t say that I blame him. Find out more at www.peacein10000hands.com

Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces Images: previous two pages: Dalai Lama, Ringo Starr, Oscar Kightley, Demi Moore this page: Stu Robertson and Stu’s desk

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16 Art & About Mar 2016


Italian for ‘every other year,’ the word ‘biennale’ conjures up visions of the art world and all that goes with it. About to open, the Sydney Biennale is the largest and best-attended contemporary visual arts event in Australasia. The twentieth Sydney Biennale starts in Sydney on 18 March and looks set to be a vibrant and celebratory event. New Zealand is proud to be amongst the many countries represented, in the form of by two talented home grown artists, Dane Mitchell and Joyce Campbell. A short intro to both creatives and their work follows.


Born 1976 in Auckland, New Zealand Lives and works in Auckland

Consulting widely with practitioners in fields such as alchemy, shamanism, witchcraft and perfumery, Mitchell employs principles and rituals from these areas with the intention of displacing our expectations of a world ordered by visible cause and effect. Through his practice, Mitchell tests how human beliefs and convictions find spaces between logic and perception. For the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Mitchell has sought the assistance of a homeopathic practitioner to create an installation of ‘molecular sculptures’. Remedies for Remembering (Al) and Forgetting (NaCl), 2016, releases two formulas into the galleries that are prescribed for specific ailments — one to help memory and the other to assist with forgetting. Stored in industrial containers, the substances are sprayed onto the windows each day releasing “vapourised sculptural forms”. They linger in the atmosphere, the potential for remembering and forgetting co-mingling in the air and acting upon our memories to contrary ends. Carried airborne in a mist-like form, these substances are ephemeral — raising questions about where they start and finish — and lodging in the mind as much as the body. The work asks us to consider an almost-imperceptible art “object” that surrounds us and enters the cavities of our bodies. We are reminded that all matter comprises invisible particles and that the intangible exists in everyday encounters. For Mitchell, homeopathy is employed not as a “closed system of knowledge but as a system of material knowledge whereby elemental materials (literally from the periodic table) are expressed as infusionsin-liquid”. Just as substances change form — from a solid to a liquid to a gas — our minds are constantly shifting. Our memories distract and defy us, causing us to seek the interventions of artists, priests and clinicians to offer clarity and insight. Mitchell’s works loosen the cognitive processes that we use to order our physical and emotional states, his performative and intangible gestures leaving minimal traces. In their rarefied materiality and multiplicity of perception, they assert that ‘knowledge of the world means dissolving the solidity of the world (for scientists and spiritual — thinkers alike)”.


Born 1971 in Wairoa, New Zealand Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand and the United States of America

With a research-driven, interdisciplinary practice that spans the mediums of photography, film, video and sculpture, Auckland-based artist Joyce Campbell explores an ongoing interest in the ecology, history and mythology of place. Employing antiquated photographic equipment and anachronistic techniques and processes such as 16mm film, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, cibachrome, and hand-printing from black-and-white negatives, Campbell creates richly detailed, interpretative images of the landscape and objects within the landscape. Often investigating sites of historical, traditional and spiritual significance where access and ownership are contested, Campbell’s films and photographs create a space for dialogue at the intersection of culture and nature. Campbell presents two works for the 20th Biennale of Sydney, Taniwha Whakaheke/Taniwha Descending, 2016, at the Embassy of Spirits, and Flightdream, 2014–16, at the Embassy of the Real. Each work engages with different themes surrounding water and aquatic life, and, considered together, invoke a dynamic tension between memories of an ancient past and the speculation of possible futures. Taniwha Whakaheke/Taniwha Descending is an ongoing series created in collaboration with historian and knowledge holder Richard Niania of the Ngāi Kōhatu Hapu. Employing nineteenth century photographic techniques, Campbell explores the ecology of Lake Waikaremoana in the Wairoa region and traditional Maori myths of the surrounding locale. The black-and-white photographs investigate the legend of the Taniwha, ancient serpentine creatures said to inhabit waterways, physical manifestations of the life force of a place. Taniwha Whakaheke/Taniwha Descending depicts the search for the Taniwha Hinekōrako, the female ancestor to Ngāi Kōhatu Hapu, an ancient albino eel that lives under the rock Hinekuia at the base of the Te Reinga falls. Campbell has captured breathtaking images of raging rivers and cascading waterfalls, atmospheric scenes heavy with a palpable mythology and spirituality; the depth and detail of the silver gelatin photographs conveying the potential of photography to act as a conduit for spiritual manifestation. At the Embassy of the Real, Campbell presents Flightdream, an abstract experimental video piece accompanied by a soundscape composed by experimental guitarist Peter Kolovos. Campbell explores a fascination with consciousness, shape, form, and that which is formless, subjecting objects to electrochemical dispersal, a scientific process of corrosion that causes material to break apart, and filming the floating particles and webs of matter as they gently drift in suspended slow motion. Flightdream is based on a short story by science fiction novelist Mark von Schlegell titled Flugtraum, which, in turn, was originally written in response to a series of Campbell’s photographs, Marianas, 2003–11. The central character of von Schlegell’s story travels to the depths of the Marianas Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, in search of a nameless, formless monster that resides thousands of feet beneath the surface.

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Knock On The Sky Listen To The Sound Cockatoo Island 2012 Sydney Biennale by Tiffany Singh

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My Hubble (The Universe Turned In On Itself) (2010) by Peter Hennessey Biennale 2010 Cockatoo Island, Sydney, NSW


Gravitas Lite Biennale of Sydney 2010 by Peter Robinson

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Waiting – A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants Biennale of Sydney 2010 by Janet Laurence

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We are cruising along under the Sydney Harbour Bridge enroute to Cockatoo Island, one of those little known yet integral parts of Sydney’s history. A top hat shaped island, once a penal colony, shipyard, power station and naval base, is now home to some of Sydney’s best camping, and of course, a key venue for the Biennale of Sydney. Come March 2016, the Biennale of Sydney will celebrate its 20th instalment and its fifth at Cockatoo Island.

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From Art Tours’ first visit in 2008 where the island was very much in the same state as when the navy walked out in 1982, to our most recent visit, a lot has changed and been cleaned up, yet the art has always remained as inspiring, engaging and challenging as ever. The Biennale of Sydney has been engaging and challenging art enthusiasts since the 1970s and on each of our visits it always changes. New venues are often added — such as the recent addition of Carriageworks in Redfern — and 2016 sees the addition of a new spot, Mortuary Station, while works have changed in size, shape and scale over time as material and technology have evolved. New Zealand has always had one or two artists participate each time. Who can forget Peter Robinson’s amazing installation through Cockatoo Islands dilapidated machinery hall with miles of polystyrene foam chains? Or Tiffany Singh’s installation, also at Cockatoo Island, in another of the derelict spaces that enchanted with colour and sound once you had made your way through that very small door? It is symptomatic of the diverse biennale experience. There is a huge variety of work in all manner of locations including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Artspace and this year there are also in-between spaces across the city.


If you are visiting Sydney consider taking an extra day to visit some of the key dealer galleries throughout the city. Not always the easiest to get to, but always worth the effort, are galleries such as Roslyn Oxley9, Sarah Cottier Gallery and Anna Schwartz at Carriageworks, also The Sherman Foundation and Gallery 9 among many others. Art Tours has been visiting the biennale since 2008 with Sue Gardiner, and always finds time to meet curators, artists and biennale insiders. This year will be no exception, and we look forward to our tour there in April. If you miss out this time we have plenty of other art-related tours in the pipeline over the next year or two including a focus on tours visiting all New Zealand’s regional galleries. Keep informed, and get on board, join our email list at www.arttravel.co.nz


Contact us for more details about up and coming art tours and find out how to be part of the exciting Biennale of Sydney tour. Jonathan Jones untitled (oysters and teacups) 2012 commissioned for the 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations; courtesy the artist.

Glen Armstrong | Art Tours from House of Travel | 09 525 2363 | www.arttravel.co.nz | arttravel@hot.co.nz

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FOR ART’S SAKE “We were a group of 15 women from all walks of life. We put in a certain amount of money each year to purchase pieces of art which we take turns to have in our homes, for art gallery visits, and to explore different artisans in different regions.”

Learning about art, curating a quality and cost effective collection, and female camaraderie are just some of the bonuses of being part of an art group. When I sit down with Belinda Wiley, co-owner of Northcote Point’s iconic Sausalito Café, I’m intrigued. We’re getting together to talk about her art group. I had a picture of a group of people who got together on certain days of the week to create art, but the reality is a little bit different. “Our art group started in 1995,” says Belinda. “We were a group of 15 women from all walks of life. We put in a certain amount of money each year to purchase pieces of art which we take turns to have in our homes, for art gallery visits, and to explore different artisans in different regions.”

Twenty years on, the women number 12 and have gone from being in their 30s to 50s to now in their 50s to 70s. They’re an eclectic bunch, and include a hotel interior designer, photographer, doctor, businesswoman, health coach and yoga teacher. “We have a constitution, and at our AGM we vote in a chairperson, a secretary, a treasurer, and a person who allocates the pieces every three months. We set our dates for the year and members each take turns to be on the buying committee, organise gallery visits, trips away, and the annual Christmas event with partners,” says Belinda. “Our interest is in contemporary New Zealand art of which we currently have 13 pieces including works on canvas, sculpture and photographs. “What’s great about it is the bonding and comradeship, We all get on well, which we’ve heard can be rare in large groups. I put it down to great communication, and if there is any disagreement we always refer to the constitution which has clear guidelines of the groups purpose and how decisions get made.” The group tends to work in 10-year rounds, so they’re about to embark on their third. “The first 10 years the art world was more buoyant and we made some good investments but then the GFC hit,” says Belinda. Over a 20-year period the group have purchased works by the likes of Shane Cotton (in his early years), Ralph Hotere, Virginia King, Sarah Hughes, Neil Dawson, Lisa Reihana and Rohan Wealleans, some of which have done them proud: “The intention behind the art group initially was to collect art and build a collection which we did. “This time around we’re starting to come from a more philanthropic angle. We’ve already made a donation to Artspace in K Road and we’ll probably look to support an artist or a group of artists. I’m not sure if that’s a sign of the times or the fact that we’ve grown into maturity, but it’s great.”

Words: Jenna Moore Images: left: Belinda Wiley, right: two art purchases of the group; top: Sarah Hughes, bottom: Neil Dawson

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Stephen Allwood at OREXART 29 March - 23 April 2016. Opening Saturday 2 April 12 – 4pm If cooking shows have you drooling, you’re likely to enjoy a large helping of the latest images from painter Stephen Allwood. In his show Dessert at OREXART, the celebrated artist and foodie lets his audience eat cake, without the calories. Stephen ignores the sugar ban to put sumptuously glazed and melting desserts back into the heart of the home. Generous canvases capture the glamour of food — the wink of crystal, the icy rime of frost on a berry — all in bold, romantic swathes of paint. The show is the result of months spent traipsing between studio and the kitchen of the Martinborough cooking school that Stephen helps run with his partner, the chef and author, Jo Crab. The pair divide their time between New Zealand and a home in rural France. Stephen admits: “I like the idea of being able to see the layers trapped behind glass. I love looking through that translucence, the idea that it is enclosed and somehow a little removed from us. It makes it a precious thing.” Images: Fruit Salad 3 (2015-16) 910 x 1520mm, oil on canvas; Trifle I (2015-16) 1502 x 1065mm, oil on canvas

29 March - 23 Arpil 2016 | Opening Saturday 2 April 12 - 4pm 15 putiki st, arch hill, auckland 1021 +64 9 378 0588 rex@orexart.co.nz orexart.co.nz


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Artists in Eden Day 19 MARCH 2016, MT EDEN VILLAGE On Saturday 19 March, Artists in Eden Day celebrates its 29th birthday – it is Auckland’s longest running art event of its kind and a celebration of some of the art talent which is such an integral part of the Mt Eden community. Some 40 artists will set up shop from 10am in the Essex Reserve and paint their personal rendition of the mountain which gives the village its name. And while they do this they exchange banter and information with the members of the public who flock around them, many of whom will have grabbed a coffee from one of Mt Eden village’s excellent cafes. The atmosphere is a carnival one, with children’s entertainment, live music, the raffle of a Stanley Palmer print, and guided tours among the art by artist Paul Johnston. Artists such as Geoff Tune who have taken part in this event since day one paint alongside newer participants such as recent art graduates Andrew Ockleston and Alex Matthews. The real excitement, however, starts in mid-afternoon when the resulting artworks are auctioned on the spot. The bidding for the work of well-known artists such as Peata Larkin and Justin Boroughs is always vigorous, and as art lovers all across Auckland discover this one-of-a-kind event that has so steadfastly stood the test of time, they too come along to share the magic of this special day.

Mike Morgan at Artists in Eden Day 2015

Artists in Eden Day is the flagship event of the Eden Arts Trust, a charitable arts trust committed to supporting and promoting the arts in the greater Mt Eden area. Funds raised support a busy calendar of events including art awards, sculpture talks, musical matinees and literary dinners, as well as projects by local artists such as the Peter Lange brickwork Tahuri and the mural by Claudia Pond Eyley on Stokes Road.


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Photographs by Laurence Aberhart, Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Eggleston, Frank Hofmann, Megan Jenkinson, Mike Kelley, Richard Orjis, Fiona Pardington, Michael Parekowhai, Peter Peryer, Jono Rotman, Yvonne Todd, John B Turner, James Welling, Edward Weston, Ans Westra, Garry Winogrand, et al.

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ARTFUL FASHION FOCUS AT EAC The month of March at Estuary Arts reveals the creative arts which use the human form as its canvas. Invited guest artists include award winning ‘WOW’ entrants Jeff Thomson and Beatrice Carlson.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is New Zealand’s contemporary art museum and home to the work of Len Lye. It’s open six days: Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am – 6pm; Thu 10am – 9pm; and closed Tuesdays. The latest addition to the Govett-Brewster — the Len Lye Centre — is New Zealand’s first institution dedicated to a single artist, the pioneering filmmaker and kinetic sculptor, Len Lye. The entrance to the combined art museum is on Queen St — entry is free with some charges for some events and activities.

This comprehensive four-week programme will consist of the static exhibition of garments and creature masks in the Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa supported by a range of workshops, demonstrations and artist talks from 5 March to 3 April. Using trash or found objects as materials for fashion, there will be featured examples by Mayhla Howells alongside local artists Jolitta Webb and 14-year-old Trash to Fashion winner Luka Katavich. Meet the artists and view their stunning garments and latex creature masks at the opening on Saturday 5 March from 3–5pm. Other artists include Bev Goodwin, Annie Newall, Robyn Coutts, Chloe McLean, Storm McCracken, Nancy Miller, Alyssa Waller and Kim Boyd.

Experience provocative work by New Zealand and international artists, quarterly-changing exhibitions, and a regular cinema, event and education programme. In the 62-seat Len Lye Centre Cinema, experience Len Lye’s films, arthouse, experimental, cult classics and festival films. The summer exhibitions are showing until 3 April with a variety of related activities, talks, workshops and films. Sister Corita’s Summer of Love is the first large-scale exhibition of screen-print art work by Sister Corita Kent shown in New Zealand and Australia. Through colourful banners and posters, the artist nun was a determined advocate of civil rights, feminism, and anti-war activism during the 1960s in California. This exhibition is supported by a selection of works from the Govett-Brewster Collection by Colin McCahon, plus loans from the Auckland Art Gallery Collection by works by Ed Ruscha and Marco Fusinato. There is also an exhibition of graphic works by the Wellington Media Collective. Len Lye: Flora and Fauna takes a journey through the natural world at the heart of Lye’s practice — the blueprint for his sensual and rhythmic art. Looking beyond the stainless steel sheen of his kinetic sculpture and the technical wizardry of his filmmaking, this exhibition explores the natural rhythms and imagery that inspired him. From 29 April the combined art museum will show the most complete study of cameraless photography, encompassing historical, modern and contemporary works. For more on the exhibitions and booking details for cinema screenings and events including hands-on family art making sessions, visit govettbrewster.com


‘Bare to the Bone’ by Kim Boyd.


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Matt Payne ‘Light’

OPENING PREVIEW: TUESDAY, 8 MARCH 5.30PM EXHIBITION: 8-22 MARCH, 2016 Matt Payne returns to Parnell Gallery in March with a fresh body of work, Light. Stunning coastal locations and the majestic Crown Range of Otago provide the glorious settings for explorations of light throughout the day. This developing emphasis is evident in Payne’s close observation of changing reflections, tonal range and shadow contrasts. These provide an endless kaleidoscope of possibilities for the artist to express his love of our landscape through the medium of light. In ‘Tawharanui Dawn 2’ light glances off the edges of a gentle wave from an oblique angle as it rolls into shore. Beyond, the familiar outlines of offshore islands and far headlands are perfectly pitched in colour and tone to describe their distance. Payne has found that purples, oranges and greys dominate in early morning, and his faithfully rendered reflections create a harmonious scene, which transports us to this stretch of coast in the freshness of the dawn. Translucent waves again break into foaming surf directly out to sea in ‘East Coast Dawn 4’ while closer to shore dancing shadows are cast through water to the spangled sands below. Incredible attention to detail is a hallmark of Payne’s work, from the leaping surf at the picture plane to distant horizon, the air itself rendered full of salt, light and breeze. In another painting, ‘Matapouri Pohutukawa’ the outline of the ancient tree is thrown into relief as the sun shines from high behind its gnarled branches, lighting the surrounding dune grasses in exquisite detail. In ‘Crown Range - Snow’ one of two works based around the majestic range, light floods over part of the snow-spattered mountains, bringing the fiery tussock grasses into sharp focus and providing dramatic contrast with those slopes yet to see the first rays of the sun. These paintings are a feast for the senses. Payne’s technical skill and the inspiration he clearly derives from a love of our natural heritage combine to bring us this gift of Light, not to be missed.

Images clockwise: Tawharanui Dawn 2, Crown Range Snow, Matapouri Pohutukawa, Crown Range - Road in Shadow, East Coast Dawn 4.


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Webb’s first art auction of 2016 will be held on Tuesday 5 April and offers museum-quality and collectable artworks by New Zealand’s leading artists -- covering the contemporary, modern and historical periods. Titled Paramount Series, the auction comprises two parts. Part one will offer important paintings and contemporary art, including works by artists such as Peter Stichbury, Colin McCahon, Pat Hanly, Ralph Hotere, Rita Angus, Bill Hammond and Toss Woollaston. A highlight of the catalogue is Budding Landscape by Gretchen Albrecht, strongly representative of the artist’s primary concerns of colour and form, painted in 1972. Previously held in the artist’s personal collection and acquired by the current owner from the artist in 1980, it is a pleasure to offer this work onto the market for the first time. Other entries of note include a Don Peebles, previosuly held in the Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand art collection, an early Michael Parekowahi cast bronze which relates to Acts (10:34-38) “He went about doing good”, held in the collection of the Auckland Art Gallery, as well as an iconic work by Colin McCahon from his Gate series of the early 1960s. Part Two of the catalogue includes a wide-ranging selection of affordable and collectable works by artists including Charles Blomfield, Colin Wheeler, John Papas, Tom Esplin, Peter Beadle and Ian Scott. The complete auction catalogue will be online on 8th March and available in print from 12th March. For your complimentary auction catalogue visit a viewing at Webb’s gallery (23-25 Falcon Street, Parnell) from 22nd March. Full viewing times are available on Webb’s website www.webbs.co.nz. As always, we encourage you to make contact with one of our specialists who would be happy to provide further information about any of the works offered in the sale.




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James Ross Constructing Paintings 1982 – 2003 16 February – 17 April

James Ross, The City at Night (Red Moon), 1988, oil on 2 panels, Collection of the Wallace Arts Trust

Parlour Games Works from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection with Installation works by Matt Coldicutt, Philippa Emery, Natalie Guy and Amy Unkovich 12 April – 26 June Opening: Mon 11 April 6-8pm Stephan Huesch, Room without Furniture IV, 2006, acrylic on glass, Collection of the Wallace Arts Trust

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June, 1945. Badly injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly returns to her hometown, Berlin. She’s accompanied by Lene, a Jewish Agency employee and Nelly’s friend from pre-war days. Having barely recovered from facial surgery, Nelly ignores Lene’s warnings and sets out to find her husband, Johnny – the love of her life who is convinced that his wife is dead. When Nelly finally tracks him down, he recognizes nothing but an unnerving resemblance and doesn’t believe it could really be her. Hoping to secure her family’s inheritance, Johnny suggests to Nelly that she take on the identity of his late wife. View trailer: www.madman.com.au/videos/view/10833/phoenix


EYE IN THE SKY is a smart, politically charged thriller set on the cutting edge of drone warfare. When UK intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powel (Mirren) discovers the terrorists she is tracking are planning a deadly suicide attack, her mission escalates from “capture” to “kill”. American drone pilot Steve Watts (Paul) is poised to engage when, suddenly, a nine-yearold girl enters the kill zone. With nuanced performances from a terrific ensemble cast, EYE IN THE SKY deftly explores the ethical conundrum of collateral damage; should one innocent life be sacrificed to save hundreds more? Moving at a heart-racing pace, EYE IN THE SKY takes us into a moral and political minefield in which every decision comes at a steep price. Starring: Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul and Barkhad Abdi. View trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPFTkvxBpow


MAVIS! is the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and hits like “I’ll Take You There" in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way. Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more, MAVIS! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey. At 75, she's making the most vital music of her career, winning Grammy awards, and reaching a new generation of fans. Her message of love and equality is needed now more than ever. View trailer: www.madman.com.au/catalogueview/34579/mavis


25 APRIL is an innovative feature documentary created to bring the story of the New Zealand experience at Gallipoli to life for a modern audience through a reimagined world. Using graphic-novel-like animation, 25 APRIL brings First World War experiences out of the usual black-and-white archive pictures and into vibrant, dynamic colour. Weaving together animated “interviews” based on the diaries, letters and memoirs of six people who were actually there, the film tells the compelling and heart-wrenching tale of war, friendship, loss and redemption using the words of those who experienced it. From NZ Director Leanne Pooley. Rating: M War Themes View Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfeKrG74_uQ&

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ART IN MINUTES SUSIE HODGE $30 Sometimes the perfect thing really does comes in a small package and so it is with Art in Minutes: 200 Key Concepts Explained in a Minute (and just two pages for each subject). It's a dinky little reference book that takes you on a quick whizz through all the major movements, phases and developments in art. If you are looking for a jumping off point for a beginner or some easy accessible backup reference to fill in the gaps, then this little book will fit on your bookshelf, or even in your pocket.

EYES WIDE OPEN MARIO CALABRESI $45 Art through the lens of a camera and the importance of being able to capture what you see in the moment, it happens, to fix a moment forever. Eyes Wide Open is a collection of very famous photojournalists talking to Mario Calabresi in an interview about important moments in history that have been captured on film by other photographers. From the battle shots of Don McCullin to Sebastiao Salgado, the images sear both into your heart and mind.

THING EXPLAINER RANDALL MUNROE $40 You most probably know him from his bestselling book What If? but now Randall Munroe has gone graphic and produced a book that scopes out all sorts of inventions, physics and geographical facts and figures. The other trick is he uses just the 10,000 most commonly used words and brilliant line drawings to do all his explaining so it suits a wide range of readers from clever kids to adults who need to brush up their knowledge and keep one step ahead so they can help the clever kids with their homework and school projects. Having said all that, it's just a jolly interesting book to sit down with and take in all the information so clearly laid out on the pages.

ISSAC AND HIS AMAZING ASPERGER SUPERPOWERS MELANIE WALSH $28 A brand new children's picture book that simply explains why Isaac is different from his brother and other school friends. It describes his autistic symptoms as his own "superpowers" and what they make him feel like. The book will help family and friends begin to appreciate the challenges and strengths of children with autism and there is even a list of links at the back of the book to help you find out more about Asperger's. A very useful and well-presented resource tool.

Words: Doris Mousdale


THE TAITE MUSIC PRIZE Named after the late Dylan Taite, a New Zealand music journalist who passed away in 2003, the Taite music award was established to recognise outstanding creativity for an entire collection of music contained on one album. The winner will receives a cash prize of $10,000, but more importantly it allows a celebration of the top local albums on an artistic level. Dylan Taite’s enthusiasm in print and on TV spread the word about great music for many years, and the award is a fitting legacy to his work. Past winners of the award include Lorde, SJD, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lawrence Arabia and Ladi6. A summary of the finalists for this year is listed here, which is a great shopping list for music lovers wanting to experience the best albums released here in the last year.





The seventh album from NZ’s songwriting royaltythis album also won best producer award at the NZ music awards. Lushly orchestrated intelligent pop.

The sixth album from Wellington pop band ditches acoustic instruments and heads off into 70’s power pop territory.



Chelsea Nikkel writes synth-heavy electro-pop, set in a dystopian future.

Mashed up psychedelic pop from Ruban Neilson.



Dunedin-based Tonnon melds jangly story telling with a political and social awareness.

Self-titled debut from this talented country singer.


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Natural, White & Light Interior spaces by Indie Home Collective and St Clements

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Image: St Clements

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STUNNING SPACES We asked some of our local Auckland designers how they can help you transform an ordinary room into a stunning space?

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How do you transfer your ideas into reality? Visualising a space by gathering the key elements such as furniture styles, images, fabrics, colours and finishes, starts the design momentum. Drawing a room to scale with all its components gives a sense of proportion and creates something tangible to pass on to those that can make it all happen for you.

You should always focus on how YOU feel in the space. If at anytime you feel overcrowded, uncomfortable or simply stuck - start again. At some point a natural flow will take over and it will feel just right. Always trust your gut.

What is the advice that you give clients/ customers when they are purchasing something substantial from you for their home? Bedrooms are one of the most magical places in a home. Turn it into a retreat where you can truly relax. The most functional item in the room is also the largest so really making the most of the bed is important. Make sure the size of the bed works with the proportions of your room and allows space for some of the other furniture you may want in there. Consider how the bedding will look with the curtains or blinds and also floor coverings, I often advise clients to choose their bedding first as the choice in window treatments is much wider than bedlinen choices. The current trends are varied and depend on the style and era of home but keep in mind how you prefer to use your room. We love to help create a dream room which is a reflection of you.

Do you find out if the space they wish to place perhaps a piece of beautiful furniture from you is a space that is multi-functional? Because I guess this is here durability comes in? Location is everything. A lounge area can be more luxurious, a retreat to relax and revive. Sofas and chairs can be featherfilled and fabrics more deluxe. Furniture for family rooms generally needs to be more simplistic and functional with more structured shapes and fabrics that stand up better to daily family use. A corner sofa with a chaise or an ottoman creates extra seating while still allowing you to put your feet up, watch a movie or read a good book. What is your take on sustainable design? As individuals we need to consider our environment on a constant basis. When selecting materials, including fabrics for our homes, researching the availability and manufacturing process can go a long way to creating a desirable future for us all. Some man-made fibers can wear better than those from natural sources, giving durability and longevity. Your favourite creations? Mine is a lounge which is has a stunning curvaceous print sofa in Citrine velvet with two beautiful big bold Hudson chairs. There are loads of scatter cushions, a big snuggly rug and deep coloured walls.

How do you transfer your ideas into reality? As retailers, we find our customers are a primary source of ideas. They’re quick to point out any product gaps in the market. This puts us in a very unique position as we’re able to take their feedback first-hand, and liaise with the most appropriate local (Kiwi) designer to turn ideas into reality. What is the advice that you give clients/ customers when they are purchasing something substantial from you for their home? If you feel that the piece is going to make you smile every time you walk into the space, then you should take it home. Your favourite creations? We’re proud of all our pieces -- both those created singlehandedly by Kiwi designers, and those in collaboration with us. For example, our Henry Bedroom range is the result of a hook-up with Wellington-based carpenter, Shaun Mallinder. It’s a contemporary yet timeless design that can easily be customised. We saw a gaping hole in the bedroom market and we’re very pleased to be filling it. The most recent creation to adorn our showrooms is Shibui Pendant by Aucklandbased designer Joshua Lee. His design fills a void in the lighting market, saturated with products constructed of hard materials. Shuibui Pendant is lightly constructed using soft merino wool resulting in an elegant illumination which carries connotations of warmth, comfort and relaxation.

What is your take on sustainable design? I love the well known quote of William Morris “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” I believe that we are currently in a world of oversupply and overproduction in all sorts of areas. I love working with and sourcing product from smaller suppliers locally and around the world. By supporting them and their products, we are supporting small communities who are all trying to make a sustainable living from their enterprise. These days there is often a customer expectation that discounting will prevail but for smaller business this is unsustainable for them to earn a living wage. Sustainability for me is not just about the environment but also about thriving communities..

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(L-R) HARROWSET HALL: Romantic pure linen fringed table cloths by French Country from The Linen Store shown with beautiful quality classic striped teatowels from Portugal, $149. FRENCH COUNTRY: Ruby and Rory Rabbits, $29.50. YOYO: Joshua Lee Design, Shibui Pendant, $399. FRENCH COUNTRY: Reece 3 Tier Troll, $289. YOYO: Munro & Co. Grand Budapest Shelf (large), $239. YOYO: Lordship Linens. Alps + Weeds Cushion, $69. FRENCH COUNTRY: Cherub Sitting on Scallop Shell, $85. YOYO: Lordship Linens. Crosses and Alps + Weeds Cushions, $69 each. HARROWSET HALL: Stunning knitted Karori throws by Bianca Lorenne in Charcoal and soft grey, $189.

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STUNNING SPACES We asked some of our local Auckland designers how they can help you transform an ordinary room into a stunning space?




What is the advice that you give clients/ customers when they are purchasing something substantial from you for their home? I think about longevity and what is not completely current. Nothing dates faster than fashion! My favourite approach is to mix things that will endure! Architecture has more rules, more right or wrong, whereas decoration is fluid, not fashion, just classic.

How do you transfer your ideas into reality? With a lot of thought, debate and vision to ensure whatever we do introduce to the market represents the Trenzseater style which is instantly recognisable!

What is the advice that you give clients/ customers when they are purchasing something substantial from you for their home? Le Monde is well known for the luxurious oversized cushions — they transform a room. The balance of combining fabrics, textures, colours and patterns creates an impact. In our opinion, introducing an interesting cushion story transforms an ordinary room into a stunning statement.

Your favourite creations? Favourite creations in our store would be a bespoke Brazilian cowhide ottoman built to last and with your interior in mind, and also a Persian rug. These are classic heirloom pieces which will never date. Lighting is an important aspect of interior design – are you able to help clients with this? Fluorescent versus ambient lighting? Lighting should be always ambient. It sets the mood and enhances the room. When you set the right scene with your lighting it creates a place you want to come home to. Working tools that you simply could not be without? I couldn’t work without interiors magazines — particularly Belle and Living — and mood boards where our scenes and ideas start from.

What is the advice that you give clients/ customers when they are purchasing something substantial from you for their home? We always ensure that when recommending a particular product to a client that it fits their overall design, it is something they love and are excited about as this will make sure it is a decision they will not tired of and stand the test of time. Do you find out if the space they wish to place perhaps a piece of beautiful furniture from you is a space that is multi-functional? Because I guess this is where durability comes in? Yes, most definitely. It is pivotal before recommending anything that the product is fit for the purpose, that the space can be used as it is intended and that the product is the best possible solution for their home! Your favourite creations? Bordeaux sideboard for its simplicity, featured in high gloss black with a vertical slatted detail. It is classic and timeless! Buster+Punch lighting for its superb collection of industrial lighting, beautiful detailing giving a generous, substantial appearance. Working tools that you simply could not be without? A good library of beautiful textiles and wallpapers, our extensive library of international catalogs and my laptop!

Do you find out if the space they wish to place perhaps a piece of beautiful furniture from you is a space that is multi-functional? We initiate dialogue with our customers to help reveal what they are looking for, we think it’s important to find out what our customers’ needs and desires are. We are interested in seeking solutions for our customers and how our collection’s best suit their needs. We love layering textures, colours, and patterns to add interest to a scheme. Your favourite creations? Le Monde showrooms: we are constantly changing our displays and updating our collections. Each week we receive new accessories and furniture shipments our favourite vignette’s change on a daily basis. We are inspired by Carole’s flower truck blog.

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52 Journeys Mar 2016

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” - Friedrich Nietzsche -

In 2012, Cheryl Strayed published the bestselling memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail, which recounts her inspirational 1,800-km trek along the US west coast. An epic journey on so many levels, Strayed, at the time a hiking novice, sought such solitude partly in order to overcome a number of personal tragedies involving death, divorce and drug addiction. “It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B,” writes Strayed. “It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” Two years later her story was made into the critically-acclaimed film, Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon. There has since been a huge surge in inquiries from hikers keen to complete that legendary route. One of the first books I recall ever having any kind of profound impact on my young imagination was Walkabout, the 1959 novel by James Vance Marshall which tells the tale of two lost children guided through Australia’s outback by an Aborigine boy. Many years later, I remember the awe I felt upon witnessing that landscape for real, its bright, orange, inhospitable beauty blazing before my eyes was just as searing as I’d imagined it to be. Still in the outback, another extraordinary cinematic-take take on an epic trek is Tracks, an against-allodds true-life yarn of a remarkable young

See a selection of some of the best walks on the following page...


woman named Robyn Davidson who crossed 2,735 km of the Australian desert with her dog and four camels, leading her to be known locally as the ‘Camel Lady’. Her story was first published in National Geographic in 1978, her memoir two years later. “I kept getting the odd sensation that I was in fact perfectly stationary,” says Davidson, “and that I was pushing the world around under my feet.” Scenic wonder aside, there is something so pure, so simple, so spiritual about scaling the slopes and summits of the great outdoors. The feeling of completing a multi-day trek is especially rewarding, party because it can be, at times, as mentally testing as it is physical, so I can only begin to imagine the extreme highs and lows and then the ultimate elation that comes with a multi-thousandkilometre one (the Te Araroa is on my lengthy to-do list). “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilised people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity,” writes John Muir in his tome, Our National Parks. Has there ever been a more insightful comment made on the contrast between what we as humans think we want and what we actually need in this ever-digitalising, shortcut-seeking society? Except these words were not published in the internet age. They were published in 1901. Now we need those mountains, that wilderness, more so than ever before. Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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>> A TALLY OF SOME TOP INTERNATIONAL TRAMPING We’re blessed to live in a nation with some of the world’s best treks, but here’s a selection of other top tramping spots from across the globe.

GR20, FRANCE A highly-challenging, high-kilometre hike, it takes around two weeks to traverse this legendary route through Corsica. The craters, glacial lakes, snowcapped peaks and lush forests all make it worth your while.

MOUNT KAILASH PILGRIMAGE, TIBET A 51-km Himalayan hike across lands considered sacred by Buddhists, Jains, the Ayyavazhi branch of Hinduism, as well as the ancient Bon religion of Tibet. According to Hindus, the god Shiva sits atop the perfect 6,638-m pyramidal peak, and meditates.

INCA TRAIL, PERU Among the most iconic of all the world’s walks, the ancient Inca Trail in Peru stretches to the legendary Machu Picchu courtesy of three separate routes which rise as high as 4,200m. Majestic mountains and cloud-kissed forests add an extra, stunning dimension.

SHACKLETON’S ROUTE, SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND, ANTARCTICA Follow in the footsteps of some of history’s finest explorers with this spectacular 35-km snowy tramp as you criss-cross glaciers and black sand beaches which boast albatrosses, seals and penguins.

WEST HIGHLAND WAY, SCOTLAND Marvel at the mountains that staved off the Roman empire during this windswept west coast walk. Snaking for 155km through the stunning Scottish Highlands you’ll also encounter a collection of quaint ancient villages.

THE NARROWS, USA A truly awe-inspiring adventure that takes you 26km through tunnels and canyons carved over centuries by the Virgin river of the Zion National Park. Prepare to get wet though as hiking often becomes wading, with the odd swim chucked in too.

EVEREST BASE CAMP, NEPAL The next best thing to climbing to the ‘roof of the world’ is probably looking up at it from its foot. But bear in mind, Everest Base Camp still rests at an altitude sickness-inducing height of 5,545m, and getting there is no walk in the park.






















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ON THE RIGHT TRACK There’s something refreshingly traditional about travelling by train, and often the rail journey can be a destination in itself! Dining cars with full-service meals, uniformed wait staff, fascinating off-train excursions – there’s so much to love about travelling by train. We’ve gathered together our top 6 “Great Trains” experiences to get you on the right track: THE BLUE TRAIN Follow in the footsteps of kings and presidents who have travelled on this magnificent moving five-star “hotel-on-wheels” from Pretoria to Cape Town (or vice versa). Spot occasional wildlife as South Africa’s awe-inspiring landscapes pass by your window. The cuisine that comes out of a tiny galley is exquisite and matched with the very best South African wines. The 24-hour personalised butler service is enough to win over even the most seasoned traveller. ROCKY MOUNTAINEER Rocky Mountaineer takes you through pristine Canadian wilderness to witness towering mountain ranges, rushing waterfalls, snow-capped glaciers and quaint alpine towns. Look out for bald eagles, ospreys, and even black bears along the way. Different routes offer a variety of scenery, and can be combined with further touring or even an Alaskan cruise. EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS The Eastern & Oriental Express train travels for two days between Singapore and Bangkok (or further afield if time and budget allow). Gleaming green and cream carriages evoke the great bygone age of luxury train travel and are a world of opulence and fine craftsmanship. Watch the unfolding views from the observation car, and stop to explore ancient villages, tranquil rural landscapes, historic monuments and tea plantations.

THE GOLDEN EAGLE DANUBE EXPRESS Our favourite journey aboard this luxury train is from the romantic city of Budapest to Venice through the lush landscapes of the Balkan states. Stop along the way to visit the 14th century Bran Castle (rumoured to be Dracula’s Castle), haggle in the ancient bazaar of Mostar, and enjoy some wine-tasting in Eger. You have two nights in Venice at the end to top it all off! PALACE ON WHEELS The opulent days of the Raj linger on aboard India’s luxury trains. Our favourite is the Palace on Wheels, previously frequented by the maharajas of the princely states of Rajasthan, Gujurat and the Nizam of Hyderabad no less! The regal theme continues with visits to magnificent forts and palaces, the Taj Mahal, of course, and you can stop off at Ranthambore National Park to try and spot the rare Royal Bengal tiger. ANDEAN EXPLORER Arguably one of the most beautiful journeys in the world is across the Peruvian Andes aboard the Andean Explorer train from Cusco to Lake Titicaca. Spectacular Andean scenery appears out of every window, and you stop in some truly out-of-the-way authentic places to interact with the locals and catch of glimpse of a still traditional life in the highlands. You don’t have to be a train-spotter to enjoy travel by rail — these luxury trains are experiences anyone with a hankering for travel in style and elegance can absolutely relish — all aboard! Images: Left: Eastern & Oriental Express Right top image: Preparing for a night aboard The Blue Train; bottom: The Andean Explorer stops at La Raya

Words: Caroline Clegg, World Journeys

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3 Business/ Education & Society Sept 2015

House of Travel Ski FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH In a matter of months, ski holiday specialists House of Travel Ski have celebrated their first birthday, held their first Ski Expo and been named a finalist for the title of World’s Best Ski Travel Agent at the World Ski Awards.

Headifen says the team was “blown away” to be named a finalist for the World’s Best Ski Travel Agent for 2015 at the World Ski Awards in Austria.

After recognising the need for a ski specialist in New Zealand eighteen months ago, House of Travel Ski was created to meet demand.

One of 17 finalists from all over the globe competing for the title, Headifen says HOT Ski was in the company of some of the most established European and North American ski travel agencies in the world.

House of Travel Ski Manager Sarah Headifen says, “A couple of years ago, House of Travel Parnell started noticing a trend of customers asking for assistance with ski holidays in the US, Canada and Japan. When you’re booking a holiday you want to speak to someone who will get to know your needs and have the knowledge to help you create the perfect holiday – the sheer number of enquiries around ski encouraged HOT Parnell to create a business solely dedicated to ski. “I’ve lived in the majority of destinations we sell as ski trips, which is a huge help for customers who want to cut through the clutter and get to know a ski destination. In Canada I’ve lived in Whistler, Banff, Lake Louise and Panorama, and I’ve been lucky to live in Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Aspen Snowmass in Colorado, America. “Customers know they can come to us for first-hand knowledge, which I think is a huge factor in the success of HOT Ski in our first year.”

“House of Travel Ski was only one year old when we were named a finalist, so being recognised at a global level that early on in the game was unheard of. We love what we do – acknowledgement at any level is really the icing on the cake of being able to spend every day creating amazing ski travel experiences.” House of Travel is the largest New Zealand owned and operated retail travel company, with 76 stores throughout New Zealand, from Kerikeri in the north to Invercargill in the south.





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Wine Rack


60 Food Mar 2016

INDOCHINE KITCHEN With a lack of Vietnamese eateries in Auckland, this little gem in the heart of the city has sent the dining fraternity into a spin with cheap Hanoi-style food at its very best. If you’re looking for an uncomplicated cheap eat put this one on your list. A bustling inner-city eatery, it continues to impress with authenitc food that boasts an attention to detail rarely found at this price. Vietnamese food sure can be addictive, and Indochine Kitchen is everything most other Vietnamese restaurants are not. The décor isn’t the last word in chic, but the small warehousestyle setting has just the right amount of eclecticism, amplified by the exposed brick walls and wooden floors. Alternatively, the shaded tables outside makes a fine place to contemplate life’s blessings on a warm summer’s night The food is all about freshness, as Vietnamese cuisine should be. Think noodle soups with either sirloin beef or chicken ($14) or crispy spring rolls with prawn, pork, vermicelli and vegetables ($8). Also availbale are skewers of charcoal BBQ’d chicken thighs marinated with lime, kaffir and cinnamon ($9), fried squid patties marinated with dill, chilli and lime juice ($9) and fresh rice rolls served with charcoal grilled tofu portobello mushroom, salad, herbs and dipping sauce ($12). The exquisitie spicy green papaya salad with Vietnamese herbs and tiger prawns ($14) come highly recommended, as does the rare BBQ sirloin beef salad served with herbs, onions, greens and lime ($14). The whole squid charcoal BBQ’s is crafted with five spices ($12), while the charcoal BBQ’d duck breast is served on a bed of mango and green salad ($24). To do justice to the wonderful mains, the dessert menu could be better with just coconut sticky rice pudding or mango pudding offered ($12). The bar list is small, with a modest selection of ales cocktails and wines. The verdict? There is no ambiguity about this eatery. The food is bold, has flavour, originality and integrity teamed up with honest pricing and consistency. Full marks for the quality of the herbs and spices. Service like the whole Indochine Kitchen experience is efficient, friendly and polite getting the balance just right. A solid newcomer to Auckland’s increasing dining out scene.

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The rib of beef and vegetables simmer in the oven as the smell of the garlic, ripened tomatoes and fresh greens arouse the senses. Good food deserves good wine and a meal like this cries out for a glass or two of red. Cabernet sauvignon is the classic match but pinot noir, syrah or merlot go just as well - the choice is yours. Although seafood and poultry are traditionally matched with white wine, red wines don’t necessarily need to be consumed only with red meats. But no matter the mood, there are plenty of options waiting to be discovered by the plentiful wine lovers out there. Here’s a selection of some of our best value for money vintages. ’14 Peter Yealands reserve sauvignon blanc, ’14 Villa Maria reserve barrique fermented chardonnay, ’14 Lawson’s Dry Hills riesling, ’13 Villa Maria single vineyard Ihumatao gewürztraminer, ’15 Yealands Estate single vineyard Awatere Valley pinot gris, ‘15 LeftField albarino, ’14 Villa Maria single vineyard verdelho, ’13 Falconhead viognier, ’13 Peter Yealands seaview vineyard gruner veltliner, ’13 Villa Maria private bin arneis, ‘15 Thornsbury Hawkes Bay rose, ’12 Pegasus Bay semillon, ’10 Akarua vintage brut sparkling, ’13 Church Road McDonald series syrah, ’13 Matua single vineyard Hawkes Bay merlot/malbec, ’10 Vidal Gimblett Gravels cabernet sauvignon/merlot ’14 Cable Bay merlot/malbec/cabernet sauvignon



’13 Church Road McDonald series syrah RRP $27 Medium-bodied and food-friendly, this elegant and balanced wine exhibits class and supple tannins. Serving suggestions: beef, pork, venison, game

‘14 Peter Yealands reserve sauvignon blanc RRP$20 Bursting with ripe fruit characters, light acidity and balanced flavour. Serving suggestions: pan fried or grilled fish served with goat’s cheese, pear and rocket

Words: Dennis and Rosamund Knill


Verve’s Wine Rack column is contributed by Dennis Knill, winelover and writer extraordinare!

Gardening column


61 Food Mar 2016

Whether it’s cleaning the air, increasing productivity in the work place, or helping to increase happiness, it turns out that houseplants can be surprisingly helpful. And this is no exaggeration. A clean air study by NASA compiled a list of plants that as well as turning carbon dioxide into oxygen also absorbed an array of other chemicals. Another study by Exeter University concluded that houseplants in offices help keep workers happier and more engaged. However, despite their helpfulness, it’s probably their grace, beauty and popularity on Pinterest that has spurned hunger for the hippest of houseplants. But while some are in short supply, here are a few of my favourite popular houseplants, along with a few tips on how to best look after them.


Relatively easy-care, with big stunning leaves and surprisingly graceful branches, it’s easy to see why they have recently become incredibly popular. The main downside however is that they can be hard to find, but if you are patient, you should be able to get one.

• Position in bright indirect light. • Water regularly, keeping soil slightly moist. • Feed monthly during spring, summer, and autumn with a half strength liquid fertiliser • When repotting, choose a pot 1-2 sizes bigger than the current pot. Use a free draining potting mix without water storage crystals.


Easy to grow, succulent, with bead-like leaves growing from a string-like stem that can be grown as a mat or as a greatlooking trailing plant. • Position in bright indirect light. • Avoid over-watering. Water sparingly, after the soil has dried out. • When repotting, best grown in a Cacti and Succulent mix.


As a houseplant they’re tough, delightful, come in an array of different shapes, sizes and colours, and help clean the air. • Position in bright indirect light. Will tolerate direct light or shadier areas. • Water regularly, keeping soil evenly moist. • Feed every 4-6 weeks with a liquid fertiliser.


Very easy-care, air-filtering houseplant, great for those with a past history of killing plants. Just make sure you don’t place them in direct sunlight as they burn quite easily. • Prefers bright indirect light. • Water regularly, keeping soil evenly moist. • Feed every 4-6 weeks with a liquid fertiliser. Words: Billy Aiken Kings Plant Barn

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Learning to cook is a vital life skill all Kiwi kids should have say LittleCooks duo, Bex Woolfall and Suzi Tait Bradly.

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Since 2010 the pair have been offering hundreds of Kiwi kids the chance to learn to cook through their afterschool cooking classes/ holiday workshops. Their award winning cookbook Piggy Pasta & More Food With Attitude published by Scholastic has also been inspired many kids to cook up a storm in the kitchen. Now with their new cooking programme FoodStorm exclusively offered by AfterSchool Care provider sKids, thousands more Kiwi kids will have the opportunity to learn to cook! Courtesy of LittleCooks, here are just a couple of recipes for the kids to try.

SCRAP HEAP Ever heard of the saying, 'waste not, want not'? Well, impress the family when you use up the leftover veges!


1-2 tsp of vegetable stock powder 1 cup low fat grated cheese 6-8 potatoes, peeled and sliced

3/4 cup trim milk

1 knob of butter (size of a walnut)

1 onion, peeled and sliced

Pepper (for seasoning)

2 cups leftover vegetables e.g. courgettes, broccoli, beans, pumpkin



1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a casserole dish with butter.

3. Place a layer of potatoes, then onion, then a layer of leftover vegetables in the dish.

2. Cook potatoes in a pot of boiling water with stock powder until slightly tender (not fully cooked). Drain well, then cool by running cold tap water into the pot for 1-2 minutes.

4. Repeat layering until dish is almost full. 5. Top with grated cheese, and pour over the milk. 6. Season with pepper, then pop in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.



(makes 8-10)

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These delicious little critters won’t last long at your place! Have fun dressing them in different coats from pumpkin seeds and milo cereal to raisins your hedgehogs will be the best-dressed hogs in town!


1/2 packet wine biscuits

1/4 cup cocoa

1/2 tin sweetened condensed milk

1 250g packet chocolate melts (melted)

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1 pebble/jaffa for the nose


1 cup of milo cereal

1 cup of pumpkin seeds

1 cup raisins Also 2 raisins for the eyes



1. Line a tray with greaseproof paper.

1. Have 3 small bowls ready, one for the melted chocolate, and the other 2 bowls for your chosen toppings.

2. Place biscuits in plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin until mixture looks like grains of sand. 3. Mix in coconut and cocoa, then stir in condensed milk. 4. Pull mixture together with hands and knead until mixture is one large ball.

2. Roll heaped tablespoons of mixture into balls then create teardrop shapes by pinching bottom ends in. 3. Dip three quarters of the hog in chocolate leaving the teardrop end uncovered. 4. Now dip in the chosen hedgehog coat. 5. Place eyes in position then nose. Use left-over melted chocolate to help stick them in place.

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Happy Easter

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For centuries people have coloured eggs for Easter using dyes made from natural products like onion peels, bark, beets and blueberries. Here are some of the best natural recipes you should try out with the kids this year. It’s great fun.

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Put ingredients for each colour

in a pot (size depending on the amount of eggs you want to colour). Put the eggs in the pot as well.

5. Remove the eggs from the liquid and let them dry.

6. Once the eggs are completely dry rub them with oil to intensify the colour.

2. Bring it to boil and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.

3. Remove the eggs carefully after 20

mintes and put them into a heatresistent bowl. Pour the liquid from the pot over the eggs until they are completely covered. Add a slug of vinegar.


Try with white and brown eggs as the results will vary.

Also, try brown onion peels (peels of 4 brown onions + 6-8 cups of water), black tea (5 tea bags + 2 ½ cups water), green tea (7 tea bags + 3 cups water).

Try tying one or more rubber bands around the eggs to create a pattern on the egg shell.

4. Leave it to cool down at room

temperature for at least for 4 hours (best over night). The longer you leave the eggs in the liquid the more intense the colour result will be.

: red onion peels peels of 5 red onions 6 cups of water

: spinach 300g pkg. frozen spinach 1tsp baking soda 2 cups of water

: turmeric 5 cups of water ¼ cup Turmeric

: coffee 2 ½ – 3 cups of coffee

: blueberries 2 cups frozen blueberries 3 cups of water

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You don’t think Jesus could have reached India during his years as a young man?”

Five hundred years prior, in the town of Lumbini in modern-day Nepal, a prince was born beneath a sal tree. His miraculous conception, so the story goes, followed a dream his mother had in which a white elephant with six tusks entered her right hand-side. The boy was born Siddhārtha Gautama, though most know him simply as the Buddha. Much has been said and written about the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth with an estimated 30 gospels recorded, but the most famous four, which make up the New Testament, were chosen by a second century French bishop named Irenaeus as a means of unifying the church. According to National Geographic, Iranaeus “declared Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John the only Gospels that Christians should read. For Irenaeus the number four was extremely important: there were four directions, four winds, and he reasoned that there should be four separate gospels as well. Irenaeus and others believed that those four chosen Gospels portrayed the true word of Jesus’ life and teachings. By the late fourth century Irenaeus’ list had become church policy.” Ancient texts considered heretical and not in keeping with the already somewhat contradictory words of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John were destroyed. Though there are variations of varying degrees of significance throughout all four of the canonical gospels, one of the most striking consistencies is the dearth of information regarding a teenage Jesus right through to his twenties, commonly referred to as the ‘hidden years’. Jesus’s life-story, in fact, suffers a biblical-sized hole from the age of 12 until when he returns to be baptised at 30. There are numerous theories as to what Jesus did during this period and among the most compelling of suppositions is that he made for the Silk Road to travel east, a relatively easy and common undertaking at the time, where he encountered the philosophies of Buddhism. For while his people expected a warrior messiah to crush the Roman rule, Jesus came preaching peace, compassion and forgiveness, views certainly not in keeping with the teachings of his day — views, in fact, with far greater ties to the Buddha.

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- Paul Davids -

His life – and death – make up the most famous story in the history of mankind. Born in Bethlehem two thousand years ago, his miraculous conception, so the story goes, was by the power of the holy spirit which entered a teenage peasant girl named Mary who then gave birth to the boy Jesus Christ.


This notion first came to prominence in the late 19th century when Russian Nicolas Notovitch published Life of Saint Issa, an account of his trip to the secluded Himis monastery in the Himalayas where he claimed to have seen a 3rd century manuscript telling of Jesus’s (known locally as ‘Issa’) training in India, Tibet and Nepal. The whole episode was denounced as a hoax in Europe and Notovitch’s credibility annihilated. But rumours of Jesus’s eastern links persisted. In 1922, Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda visited Tibet and also claimed to have found evidence that Jesus spent time travelling throughout the region, publishing his findings in the book, Journey into Kashmir and Tibet. The BBC documentary Did Jesus Die on the Cross? examines not just the possibility of an eastern sojourn during those lost years, but of Jesus returning east to Kashmir after his crucifixion (there are arguments that the few hours Jesus spent on the cross would not have been sufficient to cause his death), where he spent his remaining days ministering. “You don’t think Jesus could have reached India during his years as a young man?” asks Paul Davids writing for the Huffington Post. “The Silk Road to India and beyond was much-travelled. There were caravans of merchants. And if there were three Wise Men (the Magi) from the east who were present at Jesus’ birth, doesn’t it imply (as Indian sage Paramahansa Yogananda claimed) that a tug from the Orient was present in Jesus’ life from the beginning? Then why would the Lord not return the visit? Especially since the oldest temples in the world, belonging to the oldest religions, were in India.” Davids’s film, Jesus in India, explores this further, as does Jesus Lived in India, a best-selling book by German religious expert Holger Kersten which claims Buddhist monks schooled Jesus in the art of non-violence. There are numerous more similar manuscripts but understandably such theories are dismissed as being of no more value than conspiracy ones. But when so many scholars and scientists so disagree on so much of what we do know of history’s most famous man, then can we really be so certain of what we don’t?

Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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DANCING Your Way To Intelligence

Some friends of mine keep asking me to attend salsa lessons but I’m blessed with the rhythm of a rhinoceros and a pathological aversion to public displays of anything... well, anything that involves being on public display, basically. I keep telling them they have more chance of converting me to conservatism but since I’ve discovered that dancing can actually make you smarter, I’m thinking maybe they might just reckon I’m a bit thick. Neuroplasticity concerns the brain’s ability to change and adapt in response to interactions with the outside environment — it is how we learn and how we memorise — the result of the reorganising of neural pathways in our grey matter and, interestingly, it can continue throughout our lives. “The very notion of cognitive enhancement is seductive and plausible,” writes Dr Richard A Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry, for the New York Times. “… Our brain has remarkable neuroplasticity; that is, it can it can remodel and change itself in response to various experiences and injuries.” Exercise too, he continues, has proven to play a part in increased brain function by increasing our levels of the protein brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF: “BDNF promotes the growth and formation of new neurons, and it may be responsible, in part, for a remarkable effect of exercise on the brain: an increase in size of the hippocampus that is linked with improved memory.” Judith Lynne Hanna, PhD is the author of Dancing to Learn: The Brain’s Cognition, Emotion, and Movement. “Dance is now being studied as a pathway to enhance learning,” she writes for Sharp Brains, an organisation dedicated to brain science. “And, scientists say, educators and parents should take note of the movement… Scientists are turning to dance because it is a multifaceted activity that can help them — and ultimately educators and even parents– demystify how the brain coordinates the body to perform complex, precise movements that express emotion and convey meaning.”

Dancers exhibit a vast array of skills — such limb co-ordination, balance, timing and spatial awareness — constantly dealing with the relationship between experience and observation. Lynne says that there have been over 400 studies which reveal the hidden value of dance: “For instance, we acquire knowledge and develop cognitively because dance bulks up the brain. Consequently, the brain that ‘dances’ is changed by it.” An extensive study by New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that dancing can even ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. A selection of senior citizens were studied over a 21-year period to find out which cognitive tasks (such as reading, doing puzzles, playing chess) and which physical activities (such as tennis, swimming and dancing) most benefited their mental well-being. Of the latter, dancing reigned supreme. While other physical activities were beneficial to overall health, none had any significant impact in the fight against dementia, except, that is for dancing. Its incorporation of several simultaneous brain functions combined with the resulting sense of well-being also leads to an increase in serotonin levels and reduction of stress. “In short, dance is an avenue to thinking, translating, interpreting, communicating, feeling, and creating,” concludes Lynne. “As a multimedia communication that generates new brain cells and their connections, dance at any age enriches our cognitive, emotional, and physical development beyond the exercise itself and extends to most facets of life.” Maybe I should give those salsa lessons a go after all. Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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THE STORY OF THE FAIRY TALE “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” - Albert Einstein -

It was widely accepted that the idea of fantastic folkloric tales featuring the likes of trolls, mermaids, magic and, of course, fairies likely dated from 16th century Europe. The first person to use the actual term ‘fairy tale’ was French writer Madame d’Aulnoy in the late 17th century, but some folklorists prefer the German term Märchen or ‘wonder tale’. Nineteenth century German academics and authors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm – usually referred to as the Brothers Grimm – are often seem as the Godfathers of the modern fairy tale, popularising stories such as The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella. Their tales, however, were not always tailored to children’s tastes. “The Grimms were told by friends that some of the material in the first edition was too frightening for children, and they did make a few changes,” writes Joan Acocella in her essay ‘Once Upon a Time: The Lure of the Fairy Tale’ for the New Yorker. “In a notable example, the first edition of Hansel and Gretel has the mother and the father deciding together to abandon the children in the woods. In later editions, it is the stepmother who makes the suggestion, and the father repeatedly hesitates before he finally agrees. Apparently, the Grimms could not bear the idea that the mother, the person who bore these children, would do such a thing, or that the father would readily consent.” Fairy tales could be split into two categories: the literary kind favoured by the likes of Hans Christian Anderson famed for fables such as The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling and The Princess and the Pea, and those of an oral tradition, which were far harder to date and place and which were rapidly beginning to disappear. “Intellectuals considered this a disaster,” continues Acocella. “Hence the many fairy-tale collections of the period, including the Grimms’. They were rescue operations.” Bearing in mind the brothers’ reverence for these ancient fables it would be safe to assume that they would no doubt be fascinated by the findings of a recent a study by the universities of Durham and Lisbon, published in Royal Society Open Science, which concludes some of these tales may in fact date as far back as the Bronze Age.

“These stories are far older than the first literary evidence for them,” says co-author Dr Jamie Tehrani, an anthropologist at Durham University. “We used a toolkit that we borrowed from evolutionary biology called phylogenetic comparative methods,” he tells the BBC. “This enables you to reconstruct the past in the absence of physical evidence.” He believes Jack and the Beanstalk to, excuse the pun, stem from a group of stories known as The Boy Who Stole Ogre’s Treasure, a tale told when Eastern and Western Indo-European languages diverged over 5,000 years ago. Other classics such as Beauty and the Beast and Rumpelstiltskin were thought up around a thousand years later. “We don’t invent culture anew every generation,” says Tehrani to Science News. “We inherit a lot of our culture.” But are these fables still relevant today? “The intelligentsia often dismiss fairy tales as unimportant or as bad examples that create unrealistic expectations of love,” writes Maria Rodale, author and CEO of publishers Rodale Inc., for the Huffington Post. Renowned biologist and professional atheist Richard Dawkins is one such example, once telling a science festival that it’s somewhat “pernicious to inoculate into a child a view of the world which includes supernaturalism” before adding, rather miserably, that anyway it’s “statistically too improbable” that a prince could turn into a frog. So much for fostering imagination in our kids. Bedtime stories must have been a real hoot in the Dawkins household. I prefer Einstein’s theory. And Maria Rodale’s. “But to me there’s something primal about a fairy tale,” she continues, “its hypnotic storytelling teaches us things without us feeling like we’re being taught. And in these days of mass shootings and unimaginable brutality, it’s more important than ever to hear messages of kindness and courage.” Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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Brain Men Kim Peek was born on 11 November, 1951 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He had no corpus callosum – the fibres which connect the brain’s two sides – and was missing sections of the cerebellum which plays a pivotal role in motor control and the mental absorption of complicated routines. Before his first birthday, doctors recommended that Peek be institutionalised; a while later, another doctor recommended he have a lobotomy. Aged six, the youngster had memorised the first eight volumes of his family’s encyclopedia. Less than 10 years later he had completed a high school curriculum. Peek boasted a photographic memory rarely – if ever – seen before or since. Focusing his eyes on separate pages, he could read both simultaneously and would only have to read text once to memorise it. By the time of his death in 2014, Peek had digested roughly 12,000 books. He was the real-life inspiration for the movie, Rain Man.




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73 “Peek’s abnormal brain wiring certainly came at a cost,” writes Scott Barry Kaufman for Scientific American. “Though he was able to immediately move new information from short-term memory to long-term memory, there wasn’t much processing going on in between. His adult fluid reasoning ability and verbal comprehension skills were on par with a child of 5, and he could barely understand the meaning in proverbs or metaphors… The trade-off between memory and meaning is common among savants.” Savant syndrome is rare. It describes a condition whereby a person with some form of mental disability (often autism, though Peek suffered from FG syndrome) possesses an extraordinary gift, usually in terms of memory, or the arts. “Some savants even have hyperlexia, which is the opposite of dyslexia,” notes Kaufman. “They are precocious readers, but have no comprehension of what they are reading.” The syndrome is five times more likely to affect males, and, conversely, those with deficient IQs. As renowned savant syndrome Darold Treffert observes: “IQ scores, in my experience with savants, fail to adequately capture and reflect the many separate elements and abilities that contribute to ‘intelligence’ overall in everyone.” Treffert has dedicated his life studying savant syndrome. “It turns out that prodigy and genius and savant syndrome are very close together,” he tells Vice. “The difference being that by definition a savant has some neurological damage with a compensatory skill. In the genius, you don’t find the neurological damage or any kind of trade-off.” Much of the condition still remains a mystery. Experts have been examining the possibility of capturing what causes such prodigiousness in savants to see whether is can be used to boost the intelligence of everyday folk. Professor Allan Snyder of Sydney University has used electrical currents to immobilise certain areas of the brain to replicate the syndrome’s symptoms. There were some positive results. Treffert believes that every one of us may possess an untapped wealth of knowledge, that somewhere within our brains is stored everything we have ever experienced, but we simply lack the resources to access them. “I think the more that we access our hidden potential the better,” he goes on. “We’re not going to all be Picassos or Mozarts or Einsteins. So I don’t think that it would be a huge avalanche of new abilities in everyone. To the extent to which we are able to mobilise that would be very manageable and a good thing.” There have even been a few dozen instances of people ‘acquiring’ savant syndrome following an accident or traumatic event such as a seizure. Leigh Erceg is one such example. The erstwhile tomboy with a degree in physical education suffered a serious brain injury then became obsessed and with and highly skilled in maths and art, areas she had always previously shunned. “Leigh is the only woman in the world who has acquired savant syndrome and synesthesia following brain injury that I know of,” Dr. Berit Brogaard, a neuroscientist at the University of Miami who had been studying her, tells ABC. “I don’t know what type of fall it was but it must have been pretty dramatic,” adds Leigh. “I just remember them saying ‘Leigh, keep breathing.’ I remember it was a sheriff, and he said, ’Leigh keep breathing.’ There isn’t pictures, there is just words, ‘Leigh keep breathing.’” Leigh could remember nothing of her previous like, not even recognising her mother. She also lost her ability to feel emotion — something known as the ‘flat effect’ — and though she later learnt to laugh or smile to social cues, says she didn’t understand why. She had to rely upon childhood friend Amber Anastasio for guidance.“Leigh was a total extrovert,” says Anastasio. “She was very confident. I just know that she is different now. It’s not a bad different. It’s just different. It’s who she is now.” “They [savants] significantly enrich our world,” concludes Kaufman. “But let’s not forget that these individuals have the same fundamental basic needs as the rest of us. They too, want to find a place in the world where they can engage their unique minds.” Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

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Power In Our Hands Your hands hold more power than you probably give them credit for, with even the side you favour affecting the choices you make in life. According to recent research by Dr Daniel Casasanto of Chicago University, presented to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, we often subconsciously opt for a vast array of things in front of our favourite hand. “Righties would on average choose the person or product on the right; lefties, on average, the person or product on the left,” he claims. “We found in a large simulated election, that compared to the lefties, righties will choose the candidate they see on the right of the ballot paper about 15% more.” Research by Scotland's Abertay University even found that lefties and righties react differently to emotional and intellectual situations. “Left-handers seem to be slightly more cautious when they approach stuff, especially if it's new,” Dr Lynn Wright tells the Guardian. “On things like problem-solving, you find that left-handers tale longer to start tasks than righthanders… What we've found with previous research is that the right side of the brain [dominant in lefthanded people] is more associated with avoidance behaviour and being more careful, whereas the left side of the brain has more established connections with impulsivity.” Of course, we move our hands to communicate too. Not only does the action help us think, but it also serves as a way aiding the listener to more easily understand our point. In fact, the more we gesticulate, the more likeable we become. Studies have also shown that hand-movement even has links to intelligence. “The act of gesturing itself also seems to accelerate learning,” writes Annie Murphy Paul for Business Insider, “bringing nascent knowledge into consciousness and aiding the understanding of new concepts. A 2007… at the University of Iowa, reported that third-graders who were asked to gesture while learning algebra were nearly three times more likely to remember what they’d learned than classmates who did not gesture.” Political leaders and public speakers perfect their palm positioning to portray their position of power or subliminally plead for the public's trust. “When leaders don't use gestures correctly,” writes Carol Kinsey Goman in her article, 'Great Leaders Talk With Their Hands', for Forbes, “it suggests they don't recognise the crucial issues, they have no emotional investment in the issues or they don't realise the impact of their non-verbal behaviour on the audience…. If an audience does not trust the presenter, or at least think that the speaker believes what he is saying, then it will be almost impossible for that speaker to get his message across.” Tricks include angled open palms to express candour, palms down to signal certainty and arms held horizontally at waist height to show composure. Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces


Hands and Health


Our eyes may be the window into our souls, but on a more practical level, our hands also serve as guides as to the state of our inner health.

Your genial gestures may easily be misinterpreted by other cultures when travelling, so here's a quick guide to keeping you and your hands safe.

Red or blotchy palms signal liver problems. An inflamed liver leads to an excess of hormones and dilated vessels in our hands and feet.

Beware of an itchy chin in Belgium, France and Tunisia. Flicking your hand beneath your face signals 'bugger-off!'

Swollen fingers are often due to too much salt, dehydration or PMS. However, in more severe cases could be a sign of thyroid problems of rheumatoid arthritis.

The universal sign for 'OK' is not so universal and not so okay in Greece, Spain or Brazil as it symbolises a certain orifice. It's best avoided in the Middle East too where it signifies an evil eye.

Fatty knuckles caused by a covering of hard, yellow bumps may signal a potentially lethal high cholesterol condition.

Rock on! Not in Spain, Italy or Greece where your rock 'n' roll greeting will be interpreted as signalling the promiscuity of your wife.

Discoloured nails can be caused by a fungal condition or herald the onset of diabetes.

The thumb's-up is not seen as so great or a job well done in Greece or the Middle East, where it's more akin to the middle finger.

Stress or an overactive thyroid may be to blame for sweaty palms. Trembling palms can be the result of anxiety, excess caffeine or a reaction to certain drugs. Shaking hands can also be a warning sign of Parkinson's. Press your fingertips down on a hard surface and your fingernails should turn white then straight back to pink when released. If they stay pale it may be a sign of iron-deficiency.


Beckon someone in the Philippines with an upturned hand they'll think you're comparing them to a dog. Crossing the fingers may be sign of luck to us westerners, but in Vietnam it's a representation of the female genitalia and is especially offensive when pointed at someone, obviously.



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“Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds and colours.”

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- Loris Malaguzzi -

The Wonderful World of BEAR PARK Childhood should be a magical time of wonderment and learning. No one knows this more than Sue Stevely-Cole, founder and director of Bear Park. Entering the doors of Bear Park in Remuera is more like entering a designer art gallery space than an early childhood centre. Dotted about are comfortable leather seats, arresting sculptures and striking artworks adorn the walls. It’s surprisingly quiet, belying the fact that within the building are a series of pods where children aged from three months to five years are playing, sleeping, learning, laughing and creating. The business itself celebrates 30 years this year and has spread its wings to 10 locations – nine in Auckland and one in Dunedin — with more in the pipeline. “It’s very exciting,” says Sue, who started Bear Park in St Heliers in 1986. “We’ve had our new concepts finalised and are extremely excited about these innovative educational designs for children.” The educational programme at Bear Park is inspired by the New Zealand early childhood curriculum Te Whaariki and the Reggio

Emilia Approach from northern Italy, which focuses on the educational method of using 100 languages or — in layman’s terms — the recognition of the endless ways of self-expression outside of writing and speaking. They recognise that children are capable of learning in many different ways and encourage them to become lifelong learners, curious about the world around them, creating good self-esteem, self-value and a thirst for knowledge. “Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds and colours,” believes Loris Malaguzzi, founder of Reggio Emilia. “We have a strong team of professional and talented teachers who are very committed to the profession of early childhood,” says Sue. “They believe in the importance of the role they play within young children’s lives so are genuine and authentic in their teaching practice. “In believing in our staff, Bear Park provides a rich variety of professional development opportunities for our teachers both in-house, nationally and internationally. We have a strong commitment to this process, as we truly wish to encourage our teachers to grow and become the very best they can be.” Sue designed Bear Parks to be places of wonder for children, a place where they can explore with curiosity, excitement and amazement. “They’re nurturing places, places of laughter and of joy and places of friends and of memories,” she says. Systems and on-going support form a strong foundation within Bear Park with the pedagogical team actively participating with all of the 10 centres. “It’s critical to us that we are there supporting the different sites and understanding and highlighting their uniqueness within the group. Being authentic and ensuring we maintain our integrity is very important to us. “Every day there’s something to reflect upon and see the beauty within,” she concludes. “Children have no inhibitions and we want them to have the time and space to be just that — a child.” Words: Jenna Moore



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Adults generally understand the need for quality sleep, though there is a tendency to take it for granted, and we do find ways of working around it if we haven’t had enough. Children, however, don’t have these skills and the symptoms of tiredness can be difficult to live with -- not to mention unhealthy. It’s up to us as adults to ensure the well-being of our children by ensuring they get the right amount of sleep -- and children do need a lot of sleep -- to recover from the stresses of a tough day at the playground. It’s easy to forget that those small people in the first years of their lives are encountering the world for the very first time. Pretty much everything they look at and everything they encounter provides a new experience for the senses, and it can be exhausting. As most parents know too well, if children are not getting sufficient sleep they get grumpy and difficult to deal with. Not only does lack of quality sleep impact on moods and alertness, but it plays a huge role in the development of the nervous system, so it’s important for children to get regular quality sleep and naps play an important part in that too. All children are different and all will need different amounts of sleep but the important thing is timing; making sure they get the sleep they need when they need it to fit their patterns. It’s also important to set regular patterns by being consistent with sleep times. So how important is the bed? Well, not half as important as the actual time spent sleeping. Just make sure the mattress is comfortable and doesn’t sag so your child gets to lie comfortably on a bed that doesn’t cause the spine to arch. The same basic rules apply as for adults: supportive but soft enough to allow comfort around the body shape.

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A good night’s sleep will not only settle your child’s moods but make them more alert and responsive. Like adults, they do need quality sleep to perform at their best.

Words: George Valani, Dream Beds (see Dream Beds ad on page 48)

Is Your Child Anxious?


So what else can parents do? If your child is stressed or anxious there are a number of ways that you can help your child to better cope with stress:

Stress and anxiety does not only affect adults. Today anxiety has a significant impact in the lives of our children, often as a result of added pressure at school, home and from their peers. Prevalence of stress and anxiety in children has increased markedly over the last decade and is now considered to be the most common mental health disorder in school age children affecting one in every eight. Anxiety in children can lead to physical difficulties and an inability to cope with everyday stresses. The child can develop problems with sleep, headaches, stomach aches and digestive disorders, as well as lack of concentration, increased irritability and tiredness amongst other signs. If ignored, anxiety can become the trigger for more serious problems. Causes of stress and anxiety in children include peer/family pressure, increased school/work demands, neglect at home and even terrible news on TV. With all of these pressures on children it is important to take time out to talk with your child regularly and be involved in what’s happening in their lives so that they do not feel alone. The best medicine that a parent can give to help their child deal with stress is fulltime encouragement and support.

• Prioritise sleep. Sleep is crucial for decreasing anxiety and improving physical and emotional wellbeing so make sure your child gets enough sleep to help them recover and recharge for the day ahead. The amount of sleep your child requires is age dependent but ranges between 9.5 to 11.5 hours every night. • Making your home your child’s happy place where they feel safe and secure is essential. If you have stress at home, do your best to improve the situation or talk to your child about it. • Listening to your child’s problems empathetically and keeping channels of communication open will encourage them to feel comfortable enough to let you know about any issues going on in their lives. • Allow your child some downtime away from technology to do things that they enjoy whether it be reading quietly, playing with friends or spending time outdoors. • Mineral supplementation can be beneficial to support the nervous system and promote relaxation. Look for a formula which combines magnesium, zinc, potassium, B vitamins and vitamin C to nourish the nervous and adrenal systems and help the body better cope with stress and anxiety.


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COLLECTING KICKS Five years ago, Jordan Michael Geller opened a Las Vegas ‘Shoezeum’ to showcase his 2,500-plus pairs of Nike trainers. Among his collection, the vast majority of which had never been worn, were the company’s first prototypes and some game-used – and signed – examples from basketball legends Michael Jordan and LeBron James. In 2013, Geller was inducted into the Guinness World Record Books as the world’s biggest ‘sneakerhead’. Hollywood actor mark Whalberg is a known sneakerhead, and though his 130-plus collection falls far short in terms of numbers to that that of Geller’s at its peak (Geller has since sold his sneakers off), it is said to be worth in excess of US$100,000 thanks to a handful of rare and unreleased designs including some Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan IV kicks valued at nearly US$23,000. When Kanye West, in collaboration with Adidas, released his latest limited trainers last year many queued for days to bag them. Only 33 pairs were on sale in one Auckland store, with another 24 released in Wellington. A pair of the $300 shoes were later offered on TradeMe with a whopping ‘buy-now’ value of $1,200. I caught up with collector Adrian Daniel, founder of the My Wife and Kicks blog, to see just what it is that makes these aficionados tick.

81 Born in Cape Town 27 years ago, Adrian moved to New Zealand when he was 15. After completing a degree in commerce at Auckland University, he discovered a passion for working with young people and now lives in Whangarei where he is a youth pastor for his local church. I begin by asking Adrian why collecting sneakers is so addictive, and what, exactly, people get out of it. “Personally I wouldn’t call it an addiction but for some that may be pretty accurate,” he says. “Then again, for the majority of the population, having more than fifty pairs of shoes, several of which you haven’t worn, would probably not be considered normal! I guess where it gets addictive is that there is always another pair to get, whether it be the latest release, an old release you missed or even a sample pair that was never sold to the public. It’s impossible to have every pair you want so you either come to terms with that or you just keep hunting and buying.” Adrian only collects New Balance shoes. “I love that they value quality and craftsmanship so highly and the fact that they are the only major footwear manufacturer to produce Made in USA and Made in England sneakers speaks volumes,” he says. “My favourite silhouettes are from the late 80s, as that era of running produced some great simple designs.” Many, adds Adrian, mistake New Balance as an ‘old man’ shoe, but they are in fact among some of the most exclusive sneakers in New Zealand: “We don’t get many pairs here, especially of the Made in USA kind, and when we do they are very limited, so it doesn’t make them easy to get but that’s all part of the fun. I have also met and talked to many of the company’s employees, not only in NZ, but around the world, and all seem to carry the same culture. There is just a down to earth nature and authenticity to them all.” Is it typical for collectors to stick to one brand? “Yes and no. There are a lot of die hard fans of the Jordan brand, Nike, Adidas and of course New Balance. If you look hard enough you will find dedicated fans of every sneaker manufacturer, although they might not all be on social media.” Social media must be a great way to connect with fellow enthusiasts. Is there a sneaker community? “There is a massive sneaker community and a growing community locally. Social media and the internet has changed the face of sneaker-collecting massively, where in past times you would have to travel to get an exclusive that released in a different city or country now everything is just a click away. Aftermarket buying and selling is now mainly done through Facebook groups and Instagram so it’s easy enough to get a sneaker that didn’t release here – so long as you are willing to pay an inflated price. We have a growing community in NZ, with various events being hosted by Loaded and Pac Heat of which I was fortunate enough to do a display at their last event. There is also a large Kiwi presence online with the leading group being Sole Central on Facebook.”

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The community, continues Adrian, is one of the coolest things about collecting. He tells me there is no typical sneaker collector – he dislikes the term ‘sneakerhead’ – and many that do wouldn’t even want to be called collectors, either. “Sneaker collectors vary drastically, from their fashion sense to their preferred brands or even to the style of shoes they actually wear,” he says. “Within that someone may have an affinity with a player, celebrity or certain model that they collect, or some people may collect original releases from the 80s or 90s. It’s almost like your sneaker collection is an extension of your personality, of your interests, and of who you are.” Is there a ‘holy grail’ of the sneaker-collecting world? “The word ‘grail’ is thrown around a lot but there isn’t one sneaker that everyone would consider that to be. A sneaker has value because someone values it. The more sneakers you have or the more exclusive, I should say, your collection is, the harder your grail will be to find and the more money you would have to pay to get it. There are several pairs I would love to have but would be near impossible to find or really expensive. There are several older NB collaborations that will cost me over $1000 simply because there were in cases with less than a hundred produced worldwide so the demand for them is so high.” Last November, Newsday ran an article discussing the dark side of sneaker culture, referencing the countless sneaker muggings and even deaths that have resulted, such is the desperation to possess a pair of the latest must-haves. The film Sneakerheadz, which examines this ever-expanding community, also touches on the crime angle, using the example of 22-year-old Joshua Woods who was gunned down in Houston for his pair of Air Jordans. “I’m distressed by the violence that occurs,” co-director David T Friendly tells the LA Times, “and I do hope this film will encourage companies to be smarter about their releases.” Friendly estimates sneaker-envy to be responsible for up to 2,000 deaths per year. Woods’ mother went on to found the nonprofit organisation Life Over Fashion to raise awareness of crimes over material stuff. “We have seen some crazy hype for certain sneaker releases but fortunately not the sort of violence like you hear about in the US,” says Adrian. “There have been times when I’ve been obsessing over the next sneaker but I have learnt to be content with what I have and keep a strict budget. Overall, I have found a real joy from sneakers. I never thought that simply picking up a camera and taking some photos of my shoes would have given me the opportunities that it has. I continue to be surprised by it and will continue to simply enjoy the journey.” Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces



The Story Of The Suits

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As the staff of Dress for Success Auckland arrived one cold morning in June, a carefully wrapped box of donations sat at their front door. Not an unusual sight — around 80% of clothing used to clothe their clients comes directly from the public — but what was inside this one large box has become legendary among the staff. Each year the charity serves around 1500 female clients who are seeking a confidence boost so that they can gain work. They come from all walks — long-term unemployed, new graduates or women who have endured an unforeseen life change. Each woman receives a toptotoe dressing, shoes, handbag and makeup. Director Lani French says that around 70% go on to secure employment. “It’s more than the numbers that count,” Lani says. “It’s the feeling of confidence and the self belief that women leave here with that matters most.” But back to that box: what lay inside were some of the most immaculate tailormade suits the staff had ever seen, clearly hailing from around the 1970s, crafted by local legend Adrienne Winkelmann and Michael Mattara designer from Taumaranui who won three awards at the 1968 Benson and Hedges awards. Some garments are too extraordinary for an interview scenario, so are better used to raise funds for this life changing service so on Friday 18 March the mystery box and other designer and vintage garments will go on sale for Dress for Success at their annual Designer sale in Ponsonby. see their ad on page 87

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New Styles: Look out for strong ‘70s influences again this year, with these taken to new levels. This winter will see the poloneck knit being immensely popular, we’ll be wearing flares, wide legged pants, fringing and long-line vests and expect to see loads of bell and bishop sleeves. Boots: The ankle boot continues to hold its place as a top choice, although this winter will see the knee boot challenge it as a preferred choice, particularly with dresses. New style ‘sock boots’ (pulled on to mid/low calf like a sock) will begin to make their presence felt too, although it’s best to make sure these finish below where your calf starts to thicken.

It’s that time of year when the stores are full of picked-over sale racks and far-too-early new season stock. It’s quite an exciting time if you’re into fashion as you get to see what we’ll be wearing in the cooler months, but for most of us who are still enjoying balmy days of mid-twenties temperatures it seems a long way off. Sadly, if you’re an early riser you’ll be aware that cooler temperatures and shorter days are not far away at all. So, what will we be wearing this upcoming season? Colours: Winter always sees a lot of black, navy is still strong and this year the deepest shade of plum (mulberry) is ubiquitous and great for those with deep ‘winter’ colouring. Equally popular are mustard, rust and olive, fabulous for those who look great in an ‘autumn’ palette (not kind for any other season however – they can make you look sallow). There are gorgeous soft pastels of pink, blue and blush for ‘summer’ gals, which look lovely with pale grey (rather than black) for those of us with softer colouring. Find the right tone and a ‘spring’ gal can wear these also, although red, cobalt and orange also feature for those that prefer brighter tones.

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WHY SCRAPING YOUR TONGUE EVERY DAY IS A MUST At Ayurveda we take great interest in the tongue. We spend a lot of time looking at people’s tongues, which can say a lot about your present state of health, and can be a reflection of your internal organs and your level of toxicity.


Every morning get up and scrap your tongue first thing to get the night slop off it. After that look again if it is pink you are doing great — if not it is sign that your system is overloaded. This tongue coating is a sign of ama, which translates as toxins inside the digestive system. This coating, which is a mixture of bacteria, fungi and dead cells, can be clear, thick, white, yellow, brown or even greenish. We all have some coating, but the colour and amount is an important sign to your overall health. If you need more convincing, here are five good reasons to scrap your tongue daily: •

Eliminates bad breath — the cocktail of gunk on the tongue affects your breath. You will be more kissable for sure if you adopt this daily habit.

Enhances the sense of taste — removing build up from the surface of the tongue will better expose your taste buds. Food tastes better.

Slows the growth of plaque and improves oral hygiene — leads to healthier teeth and gums assisting in tooth decay, gum infections, and gum recession. Your dentist will thank you.

Improves digestion and immunity — the mouth is the first base of digestion. Swirling food around in a bacterial pool will not help in enhancing immune health. When coming down with a sore throat my suggestion is that we scrap the tongue more frequently so we can rid our mouths of unwanted toxins and give the body a chance to fight the infection.

Gently stimulates the internal organs — your whole body is mapped on the tongue, just like your hands and feet (except, interestingly enough, not the reproductive organs). Scrapping your tongue stimulates and massages those corresponding organs as a form of acupressure.

This is what it looks like, commonly made from copper or stainless steel. I tend to encourage copper due to its natural plaque and anti-bacterial actions. This is what you do: • • • • •

Hold tongue scrapper firmly by both hands. Open your mouth and extend the tongue as far as possible. Using the flat centre part of the scraper gently scrap from back to front using one long stroke. Rinse and repeat 5–6 times. Wash tongue scrapper well in hot water.

When you first get started be gentle, and don’t scrape if there are ulcers, open scars, or bumps on the tongue. You will be amazed how much stuff comes off your tongue in the morning and how great it feels to have a clean and fresh mouth. Words: Perry Macdonald (Dip Naturopathy - ND, Dip Ayurvedic Medicine)


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Time To Shed Those Outer Layers At Louise Gray Skincare we help to peel back time with the targeted treatment of Bio-Hydroderm hydrodermbasion, a treatment that gives instant visual improvements to the skin.

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Sunscreen is a vital part of any anti-ageing routine. The sun’s rays, though beneficial for the production of vitamin D (in small doses), wreak havoc on our skin, causing age-telling (or age-increasing!) factors such as pigmentation, fine lines and early onset wrinkles (not to mention increased, deeper wrinkles as we age). However, finding a suitable sunscreen for your face can be difficult, especially for those of us who like to avoid chemicals and strive to keep our internal and external beauty routines as holistic as possible. As a holistic facialist, I have a couple of key ingredients of the natural variety that I include in my daily skincare regime to protect my skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays without overloading my system with toxic chemicals. Here are a couple of easy-to-make blends that you can make yourself at home, mostly using products you’ll find in your kitchen pantry! *Side note. As much as I am an advocate for using homemade natural sunscreens as often as possible, for days you are going to be spending the entire day in the sun I still recommend another sunscreen for added protection. COOLA is a great product that I recommend to my clients, as it is made up of natural and organic ingredients.

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Dr Realms has provided us with a scientifically validated test for measuring what is going on in the human body. In the words of Realms, “Why guess, when you can be sure?” Over many years, Dr Realms conducted countless tests on saliva, urine, faeces, mucous, earwax, sweat and tears. He measured refractory levels, conductivity, pH, salt readings, sugar metabolism, toxicity, digestion and absorption of nutrients, and most importantly the relationship between them all. Dr Realms was able to work out optimum levels for the various areas tested, based on a complex formulae. In practice, he conducted the above tests on the patient’s body fluids and measured deviations from optimum levels. This would allow him to gauge the patient’s current health status. From there, he would develop a treatment plan to move the patient closer to wellness, using diet, lifestyle, exercise and nutrients. The patient could monitor his/her return to wellness based on subsequent testing. Dr Realms found that if the body could be brought back to a biological norm, then it could begin to generate energy to heal itself. He was meticulous in his use of nutrients, identifying over 30 different types of calcium and their impact on the body.

Dr Realms used his test to not only heal the ‘unhealable’, but also to help people maintain optimum health. Over the years Realms perfected his testing protocols to the point where just urine and saliva gave an accurate overall reading of the patient’s health status. Realms’s record with chronic disease was nothing short of astounding. He was curing diseases that were considered incurable, both in his time and now. Realms operated outside the bounds of conservative medicine of the time. As a result, he was arrested several times. On each occasion he was released based on his loyal following, his amazing results and his ability to validate his testing. Realm’s test is called the Realms Biological Theory of Ionisation (RBTI). It is an excellent tool for measuring current health status and measuring the return to optimum health. A few loyal students carried on Realms’s teachings. The RBTI test in its original form is offered by the bewell clinic. We also formulate the original mineral recipes used by Realms. For more information please visit our website. Words: Clive Plucknett

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QUIRKY QWERTY “Every time I look at the keyboard, I see that U and I are always together.” I have absolutely no idea who to blame for such a shameless abuse of the notion of romance (Google doesn’t know either), so I figure we can blame Qwerty instead. Some may argue that it’s not really a word at all, but it’s one that is in fact worth a respectable 21 points on the Scrabble board. The Qwerty keyboard, so it goes, was designed by a Milwaukee newspaper editor, port official and senator by the name of Christopher Sholes, who patented the legendary layout in 1867. Typing devices had been in existence in various forms for at least 150 years prior with differing mechanised writing machines developed by independent inventors across the globe, but what many of the designs had in common was a jamming of their keys – especially when typing

was conducted at high speed. It was believed that Scholes looked to solve the problem by arranging the letters in a way which made it harder to type, thus slowing the user down and thus preventing the keys from clashing. Remington were the first company to adopt the design, in 1873, and it soon became the go-to layout for most European- as well as Englishspeaking nations. But not all are convinced of this reasoning behind the key positioning. A paper published by Kyoto University, titled On the Prehistory of QWERTY, argues that the layout was perfected, rather than invented, by Scholes, from a system formed over time through the transcribing of Morse code. “The researchers tracked the evolution of the typewriter keyboard alongside a record of

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its early professional users,” reports The Atlantic. “They conclude that the mechanics of the typewriter did not influence keyboard design. Rather, the QWERTY system emerged as a result of how the first typewriters were being used. Early adopters and beta-testers included telegraph operators who needed to quickly transcribe messages. However, the operators found the alphabetical arrangement to be confusing and inefficient for translating morse code. The Kyoto paper suggests that the typewriter keyboard evolved over several years as a direct result of input provided by these telegraph operators.” “T and H is the most frequently used letter pair in English,” Professor Koichi Yasuoka, co-author of the study, tells the BBC. “In fact in Scholes’s typewriter, the typebar of T and H are located on opposite sides.” He feels the letters were actually parted to speed things up, while the proximity of the E and R points to inefficiency. There was, therefore, no motive to slow things down: “Ergonomics were not a characteristic of mid-19th century design.” Half-a-century later, US educational psychologist Professor August Duvorak created an eponymous keyboard with a far simpler — and perhaps faster — layout, but Qwerty was already so entrenched in the global psyche that it never quite caught on. With no more need to fret about jamming keys, Qwerty remains the standard a century-and-a-half later. “Imagine you’re on the maiden flight of that new ultra-modern aircraft. the Dreamliner, and you notice it’s being towed to the runway by donkeys. Better still, camels,” muses Stephen Fry in a BBC4 radio show studying the origins the keyboard. “In exactly the same way, the Qwerty keyboard is an ancient system attached to our most modern devices. And like the metaphorical camel, it was designed by way of a series of compromises.” One interesting theory as to Qwerty’s omnipotence is that it was in Remington’s financial interests for this particular keyboard to become the norm. “Let me explain,” writes Ian D Watson in his book The Universal Machine: From the Dawn of Computing to Digital Consciousness, “Remington didn’t just sell typewriters to businesses; they also ran very lucrative training courses for typists. If a woman (and typists were

nearly all women) had been trained on a Remington QWERTY keyboard they would not be able to use any of the competitors’ typewriters without retraining, since they had different keyboard arrangements. Moreover, if they went to work for a new business… they would naturally insist on a Remington.” There is also evidence that the Qwerty keyboard can affect how we perceive the meaning of words. “We found the predicted relationship between emotional valence and QWERTY key position across three languages (English, Spanish, and Dutch),” reads a study published in the Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. “Words with more right-side letters were rated as more positive in valence, on average, than words with more left-side letters: the QWERTY effect.” The reason being that most people favour their right hand side. “As we filter language, hundreds or thousands of words, through our fingers, we seem to be connecting the meanings of the words with the physical way they’re typed on the keyboard,” study co-author Kyle Jasmin of University College London tells Wired. “If it’s easy, it tends to lend a positive meaning. If it’s harder, it can go the other way.” It may have even altered the way we choose names for babies. Researchers at the University of Chicago examined 788 names given to at least a hundred children for the years 1960 to 2012 and found that from around 1990 — when keyboards were becoming more commonplace — favoured names came from the right-side keys. Names invented post-1990, they conclude, “have significantly higher RSAs [right side letters] than names used during the previous three decades.” “Technology changes words, and by association languages,” Kyle Jasmin concludes. “It’s an important thing to look at.”

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(20 January – 18 February) This month would be giving you a balance between work, relationships, and homelife that you have been creatively managing. Things have fallen into a steady rhythm and you’ll be able to keep this going if you don’t allow the little things to weigh you down. Connecting with other people this month is more about finding a way of engaging and relating without romance, sex or theatrics.


(19 February – 20 March) You could find yourself especially vulnerable, sensitive, susceptible, or emotional, guard your health and your belongings, try not to read too much into it. Think for yourself rather than follow the herd, and know you can be easily sweettalked or sold. The last week of the month also shows good creative and romantic potential. Focus on what’s most important and take things step by step and you’ll be able to accomplish what is going to best suit you.


(20 April – 20 May) It is a month of true self-expression, authenticity will do you well. Some hefty opportunities are indicated, when any kind of group, involvement, particularly community related, can boost your image and your income. Focus on longterm goals and how to improve your skills via education to reach those goals. Anything longterm in focus with education added in is going to be a real winner for you. Greater self-esteem will result from your accomplishments.


(21 May – 20 June) Excellent progress may lead you straight to profit. Several impressive days this month are filled with highly cooperative energies and for the most part, both power figures and subordinates appear to be serviceable and on your side. New friends are likely, especially those career connections and they may come with an impressive amount of clout or lead you to authority figures. This is an excellent month to fix any recent flaws or distances which have occurred in relationships.


(21 June – 22 July) A vibrant start is coming in the areas of finance, career and worldly success. You can successfully bring projects down the road and to conclusion with patience. Friends appear most accommodating this month and may offer up a variety of helpful energies. Even a love interest may show the 'friendship' side of your relationship by bringing you networked goodies, favors and helpful assistance of all kinds from lending a hand, to financial backing and investing.


(23 September – 22 October) You might be a little over-eager and putting in more effort than need be. It's time to re-group and put your thoughts in line. You may find new paths that will be able to bring the security you're looking for. You can trust that you can have your head meet up with your heart and that it will lead you to the path you're wanting to be on. Have faith and feel the strength within yourself to take the higher road.



(21 March – 19 April) You’ve reached a milestone and things can start to pay off. Focus on long-term plans. A fresh start is in the offering for you. The focus is on money and overseas issues this month, money and business. There is an aspect of grace and elegance that is good to have in this process that you need to demonstrate. Praise and raise in stature are likely and dealings with power people appear to go very well.


(23 July – 22 August) Huge, sweeping possibilities will come up with potential, big deals, new connections and good news, especially finance-related. Demands on your wallet are also likely to be hefty this month when investing in yourself, your image, your future or your accomplishments may be required. You may be anxious and become pushy if you don't develop a good sense of just how much is enough. Big improvements and upgrades are likely in committed relationships.

(23 October – 21 November) You’re starting to open yourself up to the joys that are all around you, ready and waiting for you to accept them. There is so much for you to celebrate, even the smallest of things, and when you celebrate even those things, you find yourself becoming a much happier person. In order to find the happiness, peace, and harmony that you crave in your life, you need to be open to all.


(22 November – 21 December) You'll be feeling like you're being manipulated to meet others' demands. You'll be able to stand your ground and find your balance within your own wants and needs. This month can produce a spiritual or heart opening, or lead you to a vocational calling. It marks a good time to immerse yourself in a project or study. It will stimulate your social interactions, your personal interests and your mind and can also stimulate your income or investment potentials.


(22 December – 19 January) You could feel like you're juggling more than you can handle right now though! If you spread yourself too thinly over many projects, you're likely not to finish any of them. Take some time to decide what will be the best course to take with the outcome you're wanting and stick with it. Patience will be needed, but with a little determination you'll be able to achieve the success you're looking for.


(23 August – 22 September) Choices between projects, people and the direction to take are likely to surface in your career. Friends may extend invitations that you do not have the time or financial freedom to take advantage of. Engaging in any ‘sports, hobbies or costly events' without first checking with family or love interests may unsettle your happy little personal life. Your financial situation will suffer if you try to expand your interests too quickly. Stay away from those risky financial ventures that you find so tempting.


Smart Investor - Should You Enhance Your Rental?

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Smart landlords know that investing in improvements for their rental property can have major payoffs in reducing tenant churn and vacancy, and additionally usually easily pay for themselves in enhanced rents.

Is it worthwhile repairing older laptops and PCs?




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However, if a major component like a motherboard has failed then you would have to really think carefully. A repair like that could easily cost $500 or more. Even for a two-year-old laptop, that’s a significant figure towards a new device and if the laptop was a budget model to begin with, I would council that it may not be money well spent. For an older laptop or PC, it would definitely be uneconomic to spend large amounts of cash on repairs. If you have something that needs repair, I can give you a five-minute cursory inspection and give you advice for free. Always remember that your data is lost forever if your hard disk fails, and eventually they all do. We can help you set up a regular backup regime. At Rudy’s PC Services we can help you set up the best solution for your needs. Call us about anything regarding your computer and we will be glad to advise you and fulfil your requirements. We are all about making long-term relationships with our customers, giving ongoing advice and support. Often for free! Rudy's Verve Mag advert.pdf



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I’m often asked if a laptop or PC is worth repairing. The answer to that is never easy as it depends on the age of the computer and your budget. Also the part that has failed has a large bearing on cost. If a keyboard has failed on a two-yearold laptop then yes, for approximately a $100 part it is worth repairing. For a five or six-year-old laptop then maybe not. Firstly, the keyboard may no longer be available, but also it will still be an old slow laptop. That’s where your budget comes in. The old saying “throwing good money after bad” applies. If you don’t have the means to get something new or good second-hand then yes, repairing is an option.




Check your insulation. From July 2016 under drafted legislation tenancy agreements must state the level of insulation which is in the home. By 2019 most rental homes will need to be insulated (there are a small number of exceptions). Home ventilation system. There are various options and costs available, and will usually pay for themselves within three years. Many tenants appreciate the low cost of operation for these units — they have particular appeal to lower cost housing. Heat Pumps. Often seen as a hallmark of higher value housing a heat pump will help you to command a premium rent. Heat pumps are becoming increasingly universal. As immigrants begin to represent higher numbers of renters, people coming from countries which experience greater extremes of temperature often have heat pumps as a non-negotiable requirement. Security systems. A great way of enhancing your property and giving it a bespoke feel. Projects can extend from basic items such as alarms, to more designer features such as intercoms, CCTV and auto gates. Options are often surprisingly affordable and grant a good rental boost and giant leap over the competition. Make the property pet friendly. Particularly in a slightly dated home and on a property which lends itself to the project, owners can obtain a considerable premium by allowing pets — provide a fully fenced area or install a cat door.

Enhancements help to protect your investment and pay for themselves in increased rent. Our managers can review your property and make recommendations. Talk to us about obtaining preferential trade pricing for property upgrades. Tenancy agreements are key documents that set the tone for how pets and special chattels are handled in tenancies. If possible, it is recommended using a professional property manager. For a oneoff cost you can have confidence that your tenancy is correctly set up with protections. Do you need quality tenants and a property manager you can have total confidence in? Quinovic Property Management of Parnell offers professional letting services. This includes full chattel photosets and condition reports, which the Tenancy Tribunal accepts as an accurate record of the property’s condition before occupancy. Our tenancy agreement is clear and tailored — and the result of 27 years of development. Call Anthony to discuss your situation today. You can relax knowing the property professionals at Quinovic are working on your behalf. Responsive • Effective • Affordable • Recommended


Angela and Gary know what it takes to start from scratch having bought a tile and bathroom ware franchise in Christchurch in 2008 which, in just less than three years, they turned it into a business turning over just shy of $3million — only for it to be destroyed by the February 2011 earthquake. A bitter pill was made even harder to swallow by the fact that the couple had already expertly guided their company through the turmoil of the global financial crisis. Invaluable lessons had, however, been learnt.

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“We soon realised that everyone who walked into our showroom was a potential customer for life,” says Angela. “A lot left with a bottle of wine, regardless of whether they’d spent any money, and those that had would receive a gift that they could keep for ever such as a vase. We had many referrals.” Their first Christmas in the city they delivered chocolates, cherries and champagne to all of the high-end designers and architects. Angela continues, “That following year we turned over nearly $1.5 million. If we hadn’t have made that effort, we’d have been seen as just another shop.”

REDEFINING THE THREE Rs Like many of the best ideas, the concept for Recognise and Reward – a gifting service with a twist – germinated through a relaxing evening glass of chilled white wine. Founded in 2014 by friendly and formidable husband and wife team Gary Adam and Angela Pile, the firm’s philosophy is all about cultivating then recognising long-lasting customer relationships and rewarding loyalty with hard-to-find, highly-personalised gifts. “The feedback we’ve received is that there is no one else within New Zealand who are offering the level of service that we provide,” says Gary. “In fact, we recently had dinner with the guys from Waterford and Royal Dalton in Australia and they said that there’s no-one doing it there either.” What makes the couple’s gift service stand out is their dedication to detail and a knack for the personal touch. There is no onegift-fits-all approach. Clients are consulted in-depth to ensure that the perfect gift is picked which is then hand-wrapped in white paper and tied with a black ribbon in what is now Recognise and Reward’s signature style. “So many companies are so concerned with attracting new business that they forget about the customers they already have,” Gary says. “It’s also important to acknowledge people who refer business to you. That’s where we come in. We can save on costs and time as we facilitate the whole process.” “We bring the convenience factor,” Angela adds. “And it’s not just corporate we deal with. People can make orders for their family and friends for all occasions and we always add a personalised thank-you card to the gifts.” The couple certainly practice what they preach having hand-delivered complimentary cherries to all their valued customers just last month.

Both husband and wife cite further examples of how going that extra mile — such as a simple offer of a coffee — with people stopping in to ask for directions led to hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of business. “The lessons we have learnt we are now imparting on our clients,” says Gary. “Word-of-mouth is still the best of all advertising and it now travels faster than ever thanks to social media,” Angela adds, and though they recognise the importance of the digital age, they believe it’s still important to keep that old-fashioned, personal touch. Gary, a former diplomat, has worked for the likes of BNZ, Lion Breweries and Bell Tea & Coffee Company. Angela, in her capacity as a business consultant with her other company Retain (which completes the ‘three 3 Rs’ — Retain, Recognise and Reward), has worked with and advised brands such as Revlon, ASB, Ray White and Life Pharmacy, among others, and currently works closely with the Newmarket Business Association. Angela is also a certified trainer of the FiSH! Philosophy (a global organisation dedicated to increasing the happiness, efficiency and productivity in schools and workplaces), and volunteers with World Child Cancer. “Having been through the earthquake, we realised how quickly your life can change,” she says, “and how important it is to give something back to society, to find ways to make people feel great.” The couple, now celebrating their 23rd of marriage, both bring their own areas of expertise and believe part of their success lies in trusting in, and not interfering with, each other’s respective roles. Each morning they rise at 5.45 and go for walk to “get the blood flowing and focus the mind”. They rarely watch TV. The most fundamental key to any successful business venture, they believe, is to be passionate about your field, and they’re both certainly proof of that. “Because we both developed the philosophy of what Recognise and Reward is, it makes sense to us,” says Gary. The next stage is to offer partnership deals to hungry entrepreneurs so that they too can “create their own great lifestyles”. What counts, says Angela, is standing out, being unique and creative. But above all else, you must listen to your customers because “they are ultimately your boss”. Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces


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New Zealand Home Loans is a homegrown, Kiwi-owned company whose clients are currently saving $35 million in interest costs on their home loans. That’s $35 million staying in Kiwis’ back pockets and $35 million not going off shore! After working in the finance and insurance industries for 17 years, Sarah became a part of the team at New Zealand Home Loans in January 2012 and has never looked back. Having been the #1 consultant several years in a row, in 2014 she became the proud owner of New Zealand Home Loans — Ponsonby Central. Says Sarah: “When speaking with home buyers often one of their biggest concerns is around interest rate, however interest rates are only a very small part of a much larger picture. At New Zealand Home Loans we take the time to put in place individual goals and budgets and then structure your home loan to meet your needs.” Sarah, a born and bred Auckland local, lives with her daughter in Grey Lynn. When it comes to her business, says Sarah, her philosophy is simple: “Working with my clients to achieve the best possible results for them, both now and into the future”. Sarah Williams is the business owner of New Zealand Home Loans — Ponsonby Central and founder of SoapBox, which networks groups in Auckland and Tauranga. A disclosure statement is available on request at no charge by emailing sarah.williams@nzhomeloans.co.nz


RAIN AND SUNSHINE Rain and sunshine: the perfect combination for the speedy growth of lawns, shrubs hedges and weeds! We should keep our outside areas looking good but when landlords require their tenants to mow and care for gardens, it is on the whole quite unrealistic. Most tenants are not interested. Plus, most of them do not own a lawnmower or any garden equipment either for that matter. Isn’t it much more logical and less stressful for you the landlord to add a little extra to the rent and organise someone to mow and look after the gardens? The alternative is more than likely a recipe for long grass and untidy gardens. In my experience, tenants do not mow lawns or tidy gardens (okay, not all of them, but most of them). And of course, in the summer months when conditions are hot and dry they will not water gardens either (as water costs money), so plants shrivel and die! With most of the properties I deal with, care of the lawns and gardens is included in the rent, which makes for happy tenants and tidy properties. The rental market is very quiet this month with enquiries and stock way down. Maybe it is because we have mostly two bedrooms for rent and many people are looking for family homes. Who knows? Next week could be the opposite and the phones will start ringing again: anyhow a good opportunity to catch up with the paperwork. Good Renting. Sylvia Lund Director

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Planning A Future Investment For You And Your Family.

The Relaunch of Damba

My top 5 tips for entering into the property market.

Damba began trading in 1969, established by friends Hess van Dam and Kees Bakker who combined their surnames to form the name Damba. With Kiwi ingenuity mixed with Dutch work ethic, it led to the development of a very successful company. Damba remained family owned until 1987, with family interests continuing until 1997, when co-founder Case van Dam retired as managing director. Damba was then integrated into Gregory Commercial Furniture in April 2007 and acquired by Crater Lake Developments in Feb 2015, forming its new entity Damba Gregory Commercial Furniture Ltd. (Damba).

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Do your homework: Have a plan or a strategy and understand your risks and returns.

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Choose a professional team you trust: Bank manager/mortgage broker; an accountant with property investment knowledge; a lawyer with a team that understand the Auckland property market, i.e.: leasehold/freehold, body corp, etc.; a valuer and a property management company that specialises in the area of your investment. Narrow down your options: Once you have got your team around you, it’s time to start narrowing done the options, getting the budget right, planning the location and size of the property, and the sorts of tenants you are seeking. Understand tenants and their needs. Get to know some tenancy law so that you are aware of your liability and responsibility. Join Auckland’s Property Investment Association.

5. Go to regular meetings so that you can learn from others who have successful investment portfolios.

Quinovic Viaduct specialises in rental apartments in the Viaduct and Auckland Central CBD. We manage shortor long-term rental apartments. Your investment apartment should tick the following boxes: • • • •

We are an NZ manufacturer of ergonomic task chairs and soft seating, using NZ made or locally sourced products, operating out of our Auckland facility. Damba has a loyal customer base consisting of architects/ designers, project managers, and government departments. With the design capabilities to take a new idea expressed in a sketch, to developing a prototype through to launching a new product. Our people are a major asset with their strong commitment to Damba and their passion for ergonomics. Our staff are intimately involved in determining the foam shape and density and the positioning of the mechanism as well as the amount of lateral and lumbar back support needed. We have a broad range of chairs to provide options to suit any environment. We have challenged the belief that one size fits all, and have incorporated ergonomic principles, comfort, feel and chair detailing that comes from the heart of Damba. Our chairs are environmentally friendly in their manufacture and disposal, and we only use quality components. Damba has built on over 40 years of experience in manufacturing and marketing, in consultation with ergonomists, standard authorities, occupational safety and health professionals, physiotherapists, osteopaths, our staff and our clients, to offer the ultimate experience.

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Trading Enables Us To Invest In Our Children

Living, in love, on Waiheke

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We Kiwis pay our way in the world by selling our produce and services to foreign buyers. It’s how we make our money. Simply put, the more we sell, the more we can afford as a nation to invest in healthcare, education, roads and other good things. But the reality of life is that many countries have made it difficult for us to trade with them by putting tariffs on New Zealand goods. For example, cherry growers sending cherries to Korea have had to pay a 25% tariff for years. The good news is that from 1 December last year the 25% tariff has been dropped, as a result of the NZKorea trade deal. Suddenly we are in the game and our cherry exports to Korea are booming. These sorts of opportunities will also open up for countless Kiwi businesses with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP will be New Zealand’s biggest Free Trade Agreement (FTA), giving our exporters much better access to more than 800 million customers in 11 countries across Asia and the Pacific. Successive New Zealand governments have worked hard to achieve this for 25 years. They knew it would help diversify and grow the economy. So it really is unthinkable that any responsible government would now walk away from the TPP. With a stronger economy we can continue to invest in our children. Latest figures show around 780,000 children are now benefiting from free GP visits and prescriptions for children under-13. That’s 23% higher compared to the same quarter last year. So far 99% of GPs around New Zealand are offering free GP visits. We’ve also been able to invest in the B4 School Check. This includes hearing, eyesight, height, weight, and oral health assessments, as well as comprehensive health and development questionnaires. It’s great to see that we’re already on track to exceed last year’s B4 School Checks numbers. In 2014/15 the programme reached a record 92% – the highest rate since the programme began back in 2008. Reducing barriers to trade makes New Zealand more prosperous and this enables us to give more New Zealanders the opportunity to succeed.

Authorised by Hon Paul Goldsmith, 107 Great South Road, Greenlane.


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March heralds the beginning of autumn – and a change in season always means new stock in stores. The weather has been undoubtedly warm over the past month or so, but I don’t feel I’ve had my annual top up of big sunny blue skies yet. Fingers crossed the weather gods have another trick or two up their sleeves. You may have noticed Vector’s brightly painted Electric Vehicle (EV) Rapid Chargers on the corner of Seccombes Road and Gillies Ave. Simon Mackenzie, CEO of Newmarket-based Vector as well as Chair Michael Stiassny, Epsom MP David Seymour and Minister of Transport Hon. Simon Bridges, amongst others were there to kick things off last month. EV’s are gaining in popularity, both here and overseas and we will see more EV stations pop up all over the country. If you are thinking of buying one – we have plenty of options in Newmarket! There is a considerable amount of construction activity happening in and around Newmarket this year. Right now on Khyber Pass Road two new apartment blocks are in development, and they

A change in season always means new stock in stores”

will start to rise from the ground shortly. In addition, 88 Broadway is undergoing a major transformation with new retail moving in soon – Wise Cicacda is relocating into the back of this building (which is opposite Freedom). There are many more significant building projects on the horizon too. You could say Newmarket is at the dawn of new age. It’s fantastic to see the number of cranes spanning the Auckland sky line. On the retail front ‘twenty-seven names’ is moving into Osborne Lane soon, MJ Bale will open its first New Zealand store inside Westfield Newmarket. Also, much to the delight of Mobeen’s loyal customers, ‘M11’ has opened up in McColl Street, right next door to the new, and rather spectacular, Little & Friday. See you here soon. Mark


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Meola Reef 171-181 Meola Rd Pt Chevalier. Offlead in designated area all the time. Adjacent area on-lead. Big King reserve 113a Duke St, Three Kings. Off-lead all the time. Craig Avon park 82-86 Kinross St, Blockhouse Bay. Off-lead all the time but dogs not allowed within 10m of the playground. Waiatarua reserve Abbotts Way, Remuera. Off-lead all the time but dogs must keep away from wetlands area.



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Western park Ponsonby Rd/Beresford St, Freemans Bay. Off-lead all the time but dogs must be kept away from the sports fields and playground. Kakamatua inlet Huia Rd, Waitekere Ranges. Officially on-lead but there seems to be an understanding that this is the offleash spot between Cornwallis and Huia. Takapuna beach Off-lead all the time in winter, but only before 10am and after 6pm during daylight saving. Macleans park 67 Macleans Rd, Pakuranga. Off-lead all the time. Heron Park Great North Rd, Waterview.

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Guardians’ is a dog-minding service that places dogs in minders’ homes, as an alternative to kennels and being left home alone. Guardians’ mission is to provide quality dog minding to its furry clients. They believe that your dog should not be home alone while you are on holiday and neither are kennels the answer. Nor are they convinced that a flash doggie-spa costing a small fortune is the best solution either. What all dogs need is a loving home environment, with plenty of human contact where they feel loved and where they can curl up next to a human.

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Food processing generally involves heat and chemical reactions that extend the shelf-life of the food, but also drive out natural nutrients — which are then replaced by synthetic vitamins and minerals. Additives and preservatives are thrown in to ‘improve’ the texture, taste, and stability of the final product.

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We are so accustomed to feeding our pets (and ourselves) foodlike products, full of ingredients that sound like they belong in a laboratory — not on a plate, that deciding to make the move back to a diet of real food can be a daunting experience.

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But it doesn’t have to be scary — it is time for us to re-claim our food-confidence! Nature provides a template for us to work from. We know that carnivores (such as wolves, lions, cats and dogs) are designed to thrive on a diet on whole prey. It is that simple. You have probably heard of eating low G.I. (glycaemic index) foods. The whole prey fed to our domestic carnivores should be low H.I. — low human interference. This means that cats and dogs should be eating raw meat, bones, organs and tripe (from a range of prey species) that is as close to its natural state as possible (low HI); nothing added or altered. Many US-based blogs advocate feeding lots of fruit, vegetables and supplements to raw-fed cats and dogs. This is because it is generally much harder to access appropriate tripe and organs over there. But we don’t need to add these things in New Zealand. We are very fortunate to have an abundance of nutrient-dense wild prey and high quality farmed prey species in our country.


So we really can keep it simple!

In a fast-paced and time-poor society, processed food has become the dietary mainstay for most people, and for their pets.

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Are you looking to support the environment by using eco-friendly products in your kitchen and around your home? Do you try and get the recycling right and always want to be mindful of improving the planet? Do you own a pet and often wonder what you can do to help when using products for them? The latest trend emerging of using eco-friendly pet products is here so your fur babies can also be helping the planet while still being healthy. Now you can get toys made from recycled materials through to poo bags that compost through to healthy natural products that are sustainably sourced eco-friendly and healthy. Newflands is a New Zealand company that sits beautifully in this trend with treats and supplements for your fur babies. Their products are human-grade and are designed to meet your fur babies dietary needs when it comes to treats and

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If you Google ‘how to pill a cat’ over 4 million results pop up, perhaps indicating a good few cat lovers have spent some time pondering this very subject. Depending on your feline’s temperament, fear of veterinary intervention, the eventual diagnosis and the inevitable go-home treatment is a common stress for cat owners worrying a visit to the vet will end up significantly disrupting their special ownerpet relationship. For most owners, pilling a cat is not just difficult, it’s impossible. So what if you have to do it three times a day? A common problem we see in cats over the age of 10 years is feline hyperthyroidism. Traditionally, a human pill had to be administered up to three times daily to manage this elderly feline disease. The good news is, the people who make the meds have finally got it right and new advancements in feline medicine mean treatment options have become a lot easier. If your cat does have feline hyperthyroidism, what would you see? Your cat may show some or all of these symptoms: • • • • • • • •

Weight loss Vomiting Ravenous appetite Diarrhoea Hyperactivity Increased drinking Hair loss or poor coat condition Inappropriate toileting and vocalisation especially at night What is hyperthyroidism?

There are two thyroid glands located in the neck of the cat, and disease occurs when they become over-active and produce too much thyroid hormone. The thyroid hormones are involved in the control of numerous body processes. Cats with hyperthyroidism (over-active thyroid glands) have their body systems in an overactive metabolic state. They tend

to lose weight despite having a ravenous appetite, their heart often races faster than normal, and their blood pressure tends to be high. Some cats become hyperactive or even aggressive towards their owner or other cats in the house. They may also develop a rough or matted coat. It may not be obvious as cats are private animals, but affected cats will often drink more than usual and may vomit or have other gastro-intestinal upsets. As the disease progresses, other signs can appear, such as the rapid transit of food through the system which takes its toll on the body (and your house). How is it diagnosed? We do what we call a ‘grey paws’ exam, spending time on a full clinical examination of your cat while asking you important questions about his or her general health. Blood pressure measurements, blood and urine samples are taken, as well as a while-you-wait test to measure thyroid hormone levels. Can it be treated? The answer is YES. We have several easy, stress-free treatment options available to us. Anti-thyroid medications, diets and radioactive iodine therapy (which selectively targets the abnormal thyroid tissue) can manage this disease, giving you and your elderly cat your lives back. Treatment options are now easy! We usually start our patients on an advanced new treatment option now available: a once-daily application of a medicated gel that is absorbed through the skin of the ear and can be applied easily and painlessly without the need to struggle with pills. Once daily Methimazole Spot On takes away the need to administertablets and allows easy, accurate and stress-free treatment that your cat won’t resent. Words: Megan Alderson, Veterinarian


Carevets arrives in Parnell

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One of New Zealand’s leading veterinary brands has recently arrived in the centre of Parnell. The new clinic, Carevets Parnell, is a rebrand of what was formerly well-known as Parnell Vets. As of December 2015 the company officially opened its doors to offer the best care, advice and products for the pets of local owners. “Carevets was purchased from former Parnell Vets owner Dr Mac McKay at the end of last year, however he works within the practice still,” says Carevets director Keith Houston. “It’s our privilege to be working with someone who has been committed to pets and their owners in the Parnell community for so long.” Keith says that its Carevets’ prerogative to maintain existing relationships while adding the “Carevets flavour” to the clinic: “While Carevets is a national brand, we pride ourselves in caring for the specific veterinary needs of individual communities across New Zealand. Our staff understand the unique bond between people and their pets and we’re looking forward to providing the very best care, advice and products for local pets here in Parnell.” The clinic’s key services include health checks, desexing, vaccinations, microchipping, general surgery, and specialist’s referrals. Orthopaedic surgery, dentistry, in-house laboratory diagnostics, x-ray, and pet food and accessories are also available to Carevets clients. “I’m confident that Parnell residents will benefit greatly from Carevets’ great resources and genuine expertise,” Keith adds. “We’re honoured to be on the receiving end of such a reputable business.” The CareVets group has been operating in New Zealand since 1996 and introduced a companion animal focus in 2008. They have considerable expertise available within their clinics across Auckland, Hamilton, Napier and Wellington.

We treat your pet like a member of

our family Visit CareVets Parnell for the very best care, advice and products for your pet Address: 534 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland Phone: (09) 303 1510

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