— AUCKLAND’S FREE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE — ISSUE 131 — MARCH 2017
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THE HUMBLE PICNIC
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Verve is produced from a small studio situated in the heart of Newmarket. Each day our tiny team arrives around 9am to begin a day of routine creativity. Multi-tasking, we chat about the previous evening whilst emptying our inboxes. There is never a dull moment: throughout the day we converse about fonts, advertising, fashion, food and lifestyle — all elements of our monthly Verve. Something that we all have in common in the ofﬁce is perseverance, imagination and a good gut instinct. With Design Day just a few weeks away, we felt that a focus on home and design would not go astray. A conversation on Palm Springs — recognised as the haven of mid-century and modernist design — got us thinking about this elegant style of architecture and furniture design, and the people behind the experimentation with new materials and different forms. The result is a pristine mid-century design section with articles written by Jamie Desplaces and Sarah Sparks, and layout by our talented design department, and we are conﬁdent that you'll ﬁnd it to be a veritable visual feast, so enjoy. Talking about architecture, we also take a look at a former boxing museum that has provided a safe, digniﬁed haven for more than 250 former sex workers over the past decade. The Toughest Lovers photography book offers intimate shots of the women, all aged at least 55, going about their daily business, knitting, praying, applying make up, and recounts the absorbing story of their former lives. Read more on page 88. Last month we had ‘Outstanding in the Field’, a fantastic foodie concept that sees guests ﬂock to the great outdoors, and this month, because it is still summer, and in keeping with the eating outdoors theme, we have created a beautiful feature on picnics. The photoshoot was done at the delightful Herne Bay beach, and we know that one look at this gorgeous spread of images will see you rushing to create your very own version of the humble picnic. We hope that you enjoy the creativity that bounces off the pages of Verve March, and that you will be inspired to do something special with your day. Time to get this edition to the printer, so cheers for now, and enjoy the month ahead.
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Our Love Affair With MidCentury Furniture
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HUMAN NATURE/ HEART OF GLASS This minimalist pavilion set in the landscape of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site — the world's richest humanancestor fossil site — is a modernist-inspired yet uniquely African ‘glass box’ structure with a rich and complex local resonance, which offers a thoughtful and sensitive setting for entertaining guests. Text: Graham Wood. Photographs: Greg Cox The interior of the ‘fire house’ has been painted by German artist Tatjana Doll, using mud from the farm mixed with bonding liquid. This represents the building continuing to respond to its natural setting, accommodating another layer of interaction with its environment. The lighting of 'fire house’ is cleverly controlled, filtering from the side and above, conjuring a subterranean, cavelike atmosphere. The artwork above the fireplace is by Stefanus Rademeyer, who is well-known for exploring nature’s underlying mathematical patterns and recreating them with algorithms that represent nature’s deep, hidden logic and structures.
The second pavilion has been dubbed the ‘fire house’. Its darker, sheltering, enclosed interior space and fireplace hint at the caves early hominids living in the area might have inhabited, and create a counterpoint to the lightness of the main pavilion. The walls have been drip painted by Wesley’s wife, German artist Tatjana Doll, using Plascon enamels.
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The dim interior of the ‘fire house’ can be opened to its surrounds by retracting a sliding door.
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(01) An axis runs from the ‘fire house’ – the second pavilion on the site — towards the stone tower, which was once a water tower, subtly tying together the elements of earth and air represented by the ground and the glass pavilion, and fire and water represented by the tower and the cavelike ‘fire house’. (02) Viewed from the side, the interplay of spaces, volumes and levels makes the complexity of the pavilion’s design apparent. The landscaping, designed by Wesley de Wit, includes indigenous and endemic grasses, once again extending the interplay between nature and artifice on which the concept of the pavilion is based. (03) The sleeping area can be enclosed with a curtain on an oval ceiling rail. The pavilion’s interior divisions are suggested rather than delineated with physical structures. The bed and shelving unit in the sleeping area were also designed by Lee.
(01) The WC is secreted below the stairs that lead to the roof, and is the only enclosed interior space in the pavilion. (02) Traditional landscape painting by renowned early 20th-century landscape painter Jakob Hendrik Pierneef complements and contrasts with the contemporary mural by Wesleyâ€™s wife, German artist Tatjana Doll. She also dyed the curtain using algae that grows in a nearby pond and a fixative. (03+04) The sleeping area can be enclosed with a curtain on an oval ceiling rail. The pavilionâ€™s interior divisions are suggested rather than delineated with physical structures. The bed and shelving unit in the sleeping area were also designed by Lee.
The bath area is located between the living and sleeping quarters, doing away with the traditional idea of a bathroom. The bath is sunken into the floor, which creates a feeling of being submerged. The bath makes one of the best vantage points from which to enjoy the views from the pavilion.
FUNCTIONAL AND FASHIONABLE AND BUILT TO LAST
Last month, for design aﬁcionados — modernist lovers in particular — came the exciting announcement that the story of Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House, built by the legendary architect for Chicago nephrologist Edith Farnsworth, will be made into a Hollywood movie starring Jeff Daniels and Maggie Gyllenhaal. One of the most exemplary examples of mid-century imaginings, the glass and steel house was considered so revolutionary that a model of it was exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art before it was even built. Designed and constructed between 1945-51, the residence is now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Today, we take for granted just how progressive mid-century modernism was,” says Clare Buchanan of Clearly & Co, curators of ﬁlms and events in celebration of all things design and architecture. “It’s certainly had the biggest impact on architecture in the 20th century. To have a kitchen overlooking the lounge, for instance, was seen as this remarkable thing.” An open-plan layout was one of the most fundamental philosophies of modernism, as was the incorporation of the natural environment. “The modernist idea was about creating the best space in which to live,” says Clare. “About how architecture can enhance your experience of, and even improve, your life.” A focus on the outdoors is accomplished by the integration of cinematic window panes and by positioning the structures to face interesting views — also maximising natural light in the process. “It was the beginning of interest in the positive use of passive energy,” says Clare. “How light can warm your house, how carefully managed airﬂow can cool it and how materials like concrete could create thermal mass. Bulky construction was also replaced by post and beam.” Both fashionable and energy efﬁcient, these radical concepts are considered normal today. Looking back at pictures of early mid-century dwellings, Clare points out the starkly fascinating contrast of the old-fashioned, rounded cars in the driveways. “It’s interesting to examine how architecture progressed, then other industries followed. But that’s not to say people aren’t still building bad houses!” The movement’s roots in the post-war period was important, with populations experiencing prosperity and a renewed sense of hope, energy and innovation. “It was about good architecture being available for everyone at a reasonable price,” says Clare. “It started off as cool and trendy, but it soon ﬁltered down to the mainstream. When the likes of Frank Sinatra, for example, commission an amazing house, others soon follow suit.”
“The modernist idea was about creating the best space in which to live.” - Clare Buchanan -
There are impressive examples of mid-century design in New Zealand, such as the Donner House in Titirangi — a ﬁne representation of the “transition from art deco to modernism”. “Also, Henry Kulka was a fantastic architect,” adds Clare. “There are still quite a few of his houses around in Mission Bay and down in Wellington. One of the most well-known examples is the Ballantyne House, built by Sir Miles Warren in Christchurch for the family that founded the department store.” New Zealand architecture greatly beneﬁted from the inﬂux of immigrants, bringing with them a wealth of new ideas. Clare, who studied art history, fell in love with mid-century design while living in Paris and Amsterdam a decade ago: “I noticed Europe’s amazing modernism, the international style, and discovered architecture like the Bauhaus movement. I visited a lot of those buildings, they’re stunning.” She later fell in love with an American man (“now my husband!”), and, upon visiting the States, discovered a whole new world of mid-century offerings. With our nation’s population every blooming, especially in Auckland, Clare suggests Kiwis can learn a lot of from the housing history of the States. “During the modernist period, cities like Palm Springs in California exploded in just a few years, with tens of thousands of houses built,” she says. “It was the beginning of the development of the suburb, and some of the developments were handled really, really well.” Clare cites designs by Eichler Homes and Alexander Homes as blueprints we should be looking to replicate: “It is still the most amazing architecture and if we consider some of those fundamental aspects as we develop Auckland, then the houses and apartments we build will serve our city, as they have done in the US, for another 80-100 years.” Clare curates the New Zealand Architecture and Design Film Festival, visiting Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. This year’s event begins 4 May. __ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
Type 'mid-century furniture' into Google and you'll discover there's a resurgence in its popularity 70 years since its inception. From the global pages of Vogue to the local pages of Verve, ‘mid-century’ appears to be the darling of many discerning design eyes the world over. For the uninitiated who have no clue why the love affair, Dan and Emma Eagle are the go-to masters on the merits of this design period. The couple own Ponsonby vintage design store, Mr Bigglesworthy. Both are born curators and collectors to the core. Emma is a former ﬁne arts graduate and childhood stamp collector, whilst Dan, who collected bottles as a teen, left accountancy a year ago. It’s not surprising to learn, given the proliﬁc knowledge they share, that the Eagles have previously worked with the Auckland Art Gallery. The progressive movement of modernism and its impact on mid-century design was both an exciting yet courageous time according to the couple. “People were using technology and looking forward. That's why they say mid-century design is quite optimistic. A period of creating beautifully crafted furniture that most people could afford,” says Dan. It was this “paradigm shift” that opened up purchasing opportunities for the middle class thanks to technology. Before that, furniture was highly decorative, usually referenced
the past, made by artisans and was expensive to craft. “Then it became a bit more egalitarian for ordinary people," says Dan, "not just the elite.” The ﬁfties' focus changed from the overly decorative to organic. The actual design became part of the form. Cantilevering was one type of technique to pioneer groundbreaking design: “There were sculptural elements, not superﬂuous decoration, just very clean lines in a piece that’s quite stripped back to the essence of the function.” Pushing the boundaries was a signature of the style. “Not looking backwards is the modernist philosophy," adds Emma. During the transition to the new, people moved towards more abstract forms of art and machine based pieces that in the early days perhaps were, Dan says, “a little cold for some to embrace”. It wasn’t until the Danish designs emerged that there was a better balance between man, machine and materials. The work masterfully understood the balance element, the forward focus element, and the decorative element after being stripped back in an honest way describes Dan. “The Danish style took off due to not putting the machines ﬁrst; instead they put the materials ﬁrst. Their history of craftsmanship working with lots of natural materials meant a lot of warmth came through that people instantly connected with.”
Integrity was the other huge attribute behind the furniture’s appeal. “They say that there’s a real honesty to mid-century furniture — there’s nowhere to hide — you see the construction within the furniture and all the elements are out on display so you have to do something really well.” Nowadays in this age of ‘disposable everything’ Dan and Emma identify with the demand for mid-century as people have a deeper desire to connect, to be nostalgic and to ﬁnd a statement piece with legacy that they can pass on to their children. “People want more enduring, they want something that they can connect with — gorgeously crafted furniture can get better with age,” says Emma. She notes designers who rose to prominence during the period like Verner Panton, considered one of Denmark's most inﬂuential 20th century furniture and interior designers. “He did his own thing that was a step away from organic Danish furniture. Panton used wild bold colours and experimented with how space was used as well. Things like 'can a lounge be a playground?'” she says. Another signature of mid-century is the element of freedom. Designers imagined how things could be without being dictated too. “If you look at New Zealand pre-modernism, there was a lot of European and English inﬂuence so a lot of our architecture
looked like the English countryside. Then when modernism struck, people were questioning what New Zealand design was how to create pieces that referenced us,” Dan says. Dan and Emma explain the new direction developed in New Zealand that was known as pan-Paciﬁc modernism. They admit they’re amazed about how many mid-century furniture designers in New Zealand there were. Even though it sources 70% of its stock from Denmark, the UK and United States, walk around the gallery at Mr Bigglesworthy to see New Zealand pieces. It’s obvious our designers pushed the new form and mixed different materials ranging from rattan cane, ceramic, brass, glass, mahogany, rimu, kauri and oak to steel. Look out for the stunning multi-coloured mosaic tile coffee table and hand sculpted bowls by John Crighton that are currently for sale. “One designer, Garth Chester, designed the Curvesse chair which so experimental and bold – I don’t know how he would’ve found customers to buy it as it would’ve cost a fortune to make,” Emma says. The perfect ﬁt for apartment dwellers, mid-century furniture works exceptionally well in smaller spaces. “Sustainability and having a smaller footprint is important which ﬁts with the homes people are building now too,” says Dan. “There’s an >>
Images: Mr Bigglesworthy
OUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH MID-CENTURY FURNITURE
Image: Mr Bigglesworthy
honest simplicity about the materials and the craftsmanship. This furniture is understated. It doesn’t always jump out at you straight away yet over time you notice subtle details about the way it’s been constructed — so your relationship with it can evolve over time.” Developing a discerning eye before buying pieces is a learnt, critical skill, Dan believes. You might get two chairs that look the same, one for $50 and an identical chair for $500. An untrained eye may not know the difference. “You need to know the integrity of the designer, country of origin, the condition, the materials, the referencing and its provenance — when you understand all of that and then look again, the subtleties will be seen. Suddenly you then become aware that a design doesn’t quite nail it.” Kiwis are snapping up mid-century and, says Emma, love “good cabinetry, clean and elegant design”. “They like understated in an elegant and thoughtful way. We do ﬁnd our clients want to invest in pieces that are put in a really special place which is very encouraging.” It’s very easy to see the appeal of Mr Bigglesworthy. It’s not a retro store recreating the 1950s, rather it curates a unique gallery collection that ﬁts the modern lifestyle and context exquisitely. __ Words: Sarah Sparks MR. BIGGLESWORTHY 15 WILLIAMSON AVE, PONSONBY 021 672 446 | HELLO@MRBIGGLESWORTHY.CO.NZ MRBIGGLESWORTHY.CO.NZ
10 MID-CENTURY FURNITURE BUYER TIPS — WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM THE EXPERTS 1.
Let your emotional response guide you — you might have a speciﬁc colour and want to match it immediately but sometimes not matching it can look better. 2. Look for the common strand in your interior look — do you need a piece that’s bold and organic or plain and linear — so the look and feel goes together. 3. Look at the aging of the timber — has it aged nicely or does the piece need restoration and how much is required? 4. Provenance is quite important — know the designer. Did they push the boundaries with originality or did they reference someone else’s work? Understanding the history is important to understand how to correctly value what you are buying! 5. Different materials range in quality — beware of cheaper copies! Know your designer and the materials they used. Ensure you do not pay too much as the piece may be low quality in its construction — do your research. Come in to Mr Bigglesworthy and we can advise. 6. Different timbers can be used in different spaces — Danish typically used teak and then there’s rosewood, a lavish rich grain. In New Zealand we used mahogany and oak. 7. Be eclectic — not many people decorate completely in midcentury. Be an individual — the best houses are free of clutter and each piece is really, really special. 8. Take your time when collecting. 9. Clean lines are the beauty of mid-century — it’s perfect mixing and matching. Great with an industrial or a lavish antique piece — the contrast is key! 10. Be curious — pull an interior together where people will question where did that come from? What’s its story?
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01 — MID-CENTURY MODERN 100 POSTCARDS OF ICONIC DESIGNS
03 — UPCYCLING 20 CREATIVE PROJECTS MADE FROM RECLAIMED MATERIALS
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This little box is in the same vein as the Mid-Century Modern Icons of Design books but in a very clever postcard format. Yes, you could use the postcards as personal stationary or you could carry a few of them with you when out searching for those special original or homage pieces to complete your decor. If you are in full decorator mode, this set of 100 postcards would look stunning framed and hung as a group or you could use them as part of your interior design and decorate a lobby or bedroom or ofﬁce with the postcards as artwork.
The walls and ﬂoors are done, the lighting ﬁxed and the furniture is in the right rooms. What you need to do now is just add your own personal style, taste or quirkiness and this brand new book Upcycling will show you how to transform random items of ﬂotsam or even junk into desirable pieces. Simple easy to follow instructions and no need for complicated machinery or tools, a lot of the projects can be completed in a few hours. Who knows? This book could be the beginning of something big in your redecoration, renovation project.
02 — MID-CENTURY MODERN ICONS OF DESIGN
04 — TIDY SPACE
Thames and Hudson Now here's a novelty item to get your creative juices ﬂowing. Four little concertina books in a slipcase depicting icons of original modern design. Explanations about the designers' inﬂuences and where the styles sit in the history of design. The subjects coverd in the four little books are Lighting, Tables and Storage, Chairs and Product and Industrial Design. They are in themselves as items, decorative and visually appealing. They would also be very useful for making mood/reference boards if you were in a mind to cut them up, but left just as they are they will add tremendously to your knowledge of who made what and why such distinctive design has become so sought after. $35
Michael Freeman — Eightbooks A new book from the renowned Michael Freeman is always egarly awaited and Tidy Space does not disappoint. The theme this time is the Zen and Shaker styles of design and how to incorporate them into your living arrangements. The book is slit into two halves front half is Shaker style including storage solutions, furniture and rooms, you then ﬂip the book over and the other half is all about the pared down Zen way of living. Similar but different both of these looks are perfect for those wanting good, livable homes devoid of clutter, classic and contemporary at the same time. $55
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A chance meeting with a friendly rug dealer whilst on holiday in Turkey 21 years ago was the start of Mary Kelly Kilims. “Bitten by the rug bug almost instantly, it was the colours and vibrancy of the ﬂat-woven kilims that ignited my passion. "I travel to Turkey annually, both to discover new trends and to purchase new stock. And I am always hoping to ﬁnd that truly spectacular but oh so elusive special kilim — its what takes me back time and again! That and the chance to indulge my handbag!” Now that my four sons have scattered across the globe, I have the time and the desire to help create beautiful interior spaces in your home, bach and ofﬁce. A beautiful rug does make a difference, and I endeavour to make the ﬁnding of that rug a relaxed, personal and enjoyable experience." Each rug is personally selected, no two are ever the same. Great attention is given to quality, design, colour harmony, and of course value for money. Overdyed and kilim rugs have many applications in our homes, from simple ﬂoor-coverings, to serious art for the wall. Settling easily in both old and new homes, they reﬂect everything from strict minimalism to opulent excess, proving that when you want to make an impression, it's smart to start from the ﬂoor up.
MARY KELLY KILIMS MARYKELLYKILIMS.CO.NZ 021 211 8904 MKELLY@XTRA.CO.NZ
Mary Kelly Kilims, established in 1995, is a specialist importer of overdyed & patchwork rugs, kilims and other ﬂat-weave rugs, runners, saddle-bags, cushions and decorative fragments. kilimcovered ottomans, stunning kilim and leather handbags and overnight bags are also stocked.
MARY KELLY KILIMS
26 @NZDESIGNBLOG Alana Broadhead is the curator and editor of long-running New Zealand design blog, Fancy (newzealanddesignblog. com). Like her blog, Alana’s feed is ﬁlled with the best new design from New Zealand, and around the world — including inspiring interiors, contemporary homeware, and new design-led brands to love.
@THEHOMESCENENZ Design blogger Kelly Evans started Home Scene Journal two years ago. A lifelong renovator and lover of good design, Home Scene Journal goes beyond styling to share stories of the talented makers, creators, designers and homeowners.
The Sunday Home Store Instagram account is a visual journal of the vibe of a Sunday — relaxed style, clean, contemporary spaces and a curated edit of products to make your home and your lifestyle more beautiful, all from Sunday’s online design store.
A Pocket Neighbourhood in Onehunga
29 WHAT IS A POCKET NEIGHBOURHOOD? HOME & DESIGN //
A pocket neighbourhood comprises a collection of smaller residences grouped together for the purpose of a planned community, with shared facilities like a communal courtyard or shared vegetable garden. The idea is to promote a sense of belonging, increasing interaction and good relations between neighbours.
Onehunga is one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs, an area that can lay claim to being a rising star within our rapidly growing city due to its character villas, tree-lined streets, newly restored foreshore, and planned regeneration. Indeed, it’s an eclectic urban village bubbling over with character and spirit. With this in mind, Andrew and Tim Lamont of Lamont & Co. began searching for a generous parcel of land where they could bring their vision of a pocket neighbourhood — where the beauty of nature meets exemplary architecture — to life. “We wanted to create somewhere with an urban community feel that people could really enjoy living in,” says Tim. Their quest turned up the perfect spot — a commercial property featuring an industrial warehouse situated between Spring and Victoria Streets. Andrew and Tim collaborated with reputable architects Ashton Mitchell and landscape architects Boffa Miskell and F-A-B-R-I-C of Onehunga was born. F-A-B-R-I-C’s architecture pays homage to its industrial heritage with buildings wrapped in steel cladding, black joinery, exposed concrete ﬁnishes and timber detailing. The apartments are joined by naturally ventilated glass atriums, which lend a deﬁnitive je ne sais quois to the buildings. The same style and attention to detail ﬂows through to the interiors, which boast generous ﬂoor areas and sleek contemporary ﬁnishes.
“It’s a multi-unit complex that sits alongside established homes so the residents can access the amenities that are already there,” says Andrew. “Onehunga has great infrastructure and F-A-B-R-I-C is 800m to the train, 800m to the village, 10km to the city, and 10km to Auckland airport, with nearby supermarkets, schools, churches and access to upgraded trafﬁc networks, which facilitates travel in any direction,” adds Tim. All in all F-A-B-R-I-C offers a covetable way of life: stylish, convenient and elegant yet robust enough to support the family. The apartments are all welldesigned and spacious and the abundant beautiful landscaping features trees and living walls centred around a park-like space where the kids can play close to home and the adults can get together before retiring to their own easy care bit of nature on an upper-level balcony or ground-ﬂoor courtyard. Andrew and Tim invite you to visit the full-sized twobedroom apartment styled by Homestyle Magazine in the display suite at 11 Spring Street. F-A-B-R-I-C THE DISPLAY IS OPEN 11AM-3PM DAILY. 11 SPRING ST, ONEHUNGA, AUCKLAND FABRICOFONEHUNGA.CO.NZ
F-A-B-R-I-C Fact File • Five buildings over four levels. • 239 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. • Spacious apartments that all have either balconies or private courtyards. • Contemporary kitchens and bathrooms. • A common ‘pocket’ park to relax in. • Ample landscaping and greenery. • Architecturally designed by Ashton Mitchell and landscaping by Boffa Miskell.
• A choice of two colour palettes: light neutral and dark industrial. • Underground car parking, bike parking and storage. • Close to public transport. 800m to Onehunga Train Station. • First stage completing in September 2019. • Pet-friendly.
Fabric of Onehunga is currently registered with the New Zealand Green Building Council and is targeting a Homestar 6 Design and Built rating for efﬁciency and sustainability.
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THE HUMBLE PICNIC “We are to walk about your gardens and gather strawberries ourselves and sit under trees.” – Jane Austen, Emma
Food and booze just taste better al fresco, but growing up in Birmingham, it’s not something I experienced anywhere near often enough (ﬁring up a barbecue in the UK inevitably means moving the burgers to the kitchen grill 20 minutes later to escape the mid-summer downpour). We have of course been eating outside since time began, picnicking before picnics were even a thing. Dining under the sky was referred to in the ancient writings of Ovid, Plutarch and Seneca. During medieval times, great outdoor banquets followed successful hunts, a popular pursuit of the wealthy. Feasting remained a pursuit of the upper-classes up until Victorian times when eating outdoors was considered rather crass unless done on linen-topped tables, with chairs, servants, and wine drank from crystal. In 1861, Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management was published, and among many of her tasty tips were instructions for catering for up to 40 people with dishes that included pigeon pie, collared calf’s head, cold cabinet pudding, and blancmange. The drinks list comprised claret, sherry, brandy, and champagne. Three decades later, Daphne Dale published Our Manners and Social Customs that stated picnics must be followed by singing, storytelling, games and “romping”, and that the “rigidest disciplinarian will romp when there is green grass underfoot”. Dale also wrote of the possibility of courtship in such a serene setting — “who shall say what glances may be exchanged?” — and so to keep things proper, chaperones should always be on hand. “Picnicking gained popularity as civilization became increasingly industrialized,” writes Lorett Treese for the Los Angeles Times. “As more and more people lived in urban and suburban locations and worked in factories and ofﬁces, they began to feel the need to occasionally return to nature and soak up some
rustic charm. Many cities began accommodating this phenomenon by setting up picnic groves in parks.” According to Walter Levy, author of The Picnic: A History, eating al fresco is simply “part of our DNA”. Forget coolers or portable gadgets, cars, writes Levy, may have advanced picnicking like nothing else, enabling us to take our feasts on further-ﬂung adventures. The early Oldsmobile, for instance, could be converted to a kitchen-cum-dining room on the ﬂy, replete with a strap-on hamper set behind the passengers’ seats. The actual word ‘picnic’ came from the French, picque-nique, a term that originated in a mid-17th century poem to mock stuck-up foodies who turned up to outdoor soirees with their own wine and dishes. The English version appeared in dictionaries around 100 years later. As for the classic picnic hamper, complete with straps for plates and dishes, and holders for glass, silverware and napkins, they ﬁrst appeared at the turn of the 1900s, evolving from the lightweight and durable woven baskets historically used to transport food. Closer to home, every summer, the Howick Historical Village hosts a public picnic in honour of the 200 souls that, in 1855, descended by boat from Auckland for a Christmas Day picnic on Howick Beach before returning to the city that evening. Today, many guests arrive wearing Victorian dress, proof of the enduring appeal of the humble picnic. As noted by late food writer, Laurie Colwin: “A picnic can be anything. It can resemble the Mad Hatter’s tea party if you want it to. It’s heart and soul is breeziness, invention and enough to eat for people made ravenous by fresh air.” __ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
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Picnic Spots We Love
Ah, summer. That glorious time of year when people are happier, days are longer, the sun is warmer, drinks are colder, and life is just better. Nothing screams “it’s summer!” more then when we get out the picnic blanket and pack a scrumptious fresh basket of food to enjoy at the beach or park. We did a whip round the Verve office to find out everyone's favourite place for a picnic.
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MOUNT EDEN — I love to walk up Mount Eden after work and ﬁnish the day by watching the sun set over the city and the harbour — and yes for sure I will take a picnic there as well.
SENTINAL ROAD BEACH is my favourite picnic spot — it's local to where I live. The perfect evening picnic for me is to take fish and chips down to the beach and sit under the shade of the beautiful pohutakawa tree. That's my perfect evening picnic!
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NORTH HEAD, DEVONPORT — I just love North Head in Devonport. The grass is lush, green and just right for sitting on, the views across the inner harbour are always fascinating — with busy ferries criss-crossing and the occasional liner gliding past, and Cheltenham, my favourite beach, is just a stone’s throw away.
TAWHITOKINO on the east coast isn’t just my favourite picnic spot, but my favourite place in Auckland. You work up a sweat and an appetite to get there — and it can only be accessed at low tide — but the reward is an isolated sandy white stretch lapped by benevolent waves and backed by shady green forest. Image: Auckland Hiking Group
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Dressing • ¼ cup lime juice • ¼ cup light soy sauce or tamari • ¼ cup fresh coriander, chopped • 2 shallots, ﬁnely chopped • 10 fresh basil or Thai basil leaves, • thinly sliced • 2 tbsp sugar • 2cm knob of ginger, grated Salad • 1 cup wild rice, cooked as directed and cooled • 1 cup mung beans • 2 carrots, thinly sliced • 1 cup shredded cabbage • ½ papaya, diced • 1 green apple, diced • ½ cucumber, cut into wedges • 2 lemongrass stalks, thinly sliced • 2 limes, cut into wedges • 2 spring onions, green part only, sliced • ½ cup shredded coconut, toasted
MAKE IT 1. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside. 2. To serve, layer the rice, mung beans, carrot, cabbage, papaya, apple and cucumber in a wide jar. Carefully invert onto a serving plate. 3. Garnish with lemongrass, lime wedges and sliced spring onion. Serve sprinkled with shredded coconut and the dressing on the side. TIP: Thai Rice Salad will be a perfect addition for your next picnic. Serves 4 as a side Prep time: 10mins. Cook time: 25 mins.
Recipe extracted from Chop Chop by Brett McGregor, published by Random House NZ, RRP: $45.00. Photography: Jae Frew.
There is no doubt in my mind that if you are cooking rice at home on a Monday, you need to double the amount so that you can easily sort Tuesday’s meal. Here is a great way to use up leftover rice and create a delicious little lunch, brunch or dinner. This recipe is so simple, but packed full of great ﬂavour.
THAI RICE SALAD
INGREDIENTS • 4 cups vegetable oil for deep-frying • 6 small bananas • coconut ice cream to serve Batter • 1 cup rice ﬂour • ¼ cup arrowroot • 3 tbsp palm sugar • ¾ cup water • 3 tbsp shredded coconut • ½ cup sesame seeds • ½ tsp salt Salty Caramel Sauce • 1 cup sugar • 90 g salted butter, cut into 6 pieces • ½ cup cream • ½ tsp salt
MAKE IT 1. Heat the oil in a wok or deep fryer to 190°C. 2. Peel and slice each banana lengthwise, then in half. 3. Combine all the batter ingredients and stir until just mixed together. 4. Dip each piece of banana into the batter and deepfry until golden brown. 5. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels for a few seconds. 6. Serve straight away with coconut ice cream and caramel sauce. Salty Caramel Sauce 1. Place the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat and cook, without stirring, until it becomes a thick ambercoloured liquid. Don’t let it burn. 2. When the sugar has melted, immediately add the butter — be careful as the caramel will bubble rapidly. Stir the butter into the caramel until completely melted, about 2–3 minutes. 3. Drizzle in the cream very slowly while stirring. Again be careful as the mixture will rapidly bubble. Boil the mixture for one minute. It will rise in the pan as it boils. 4. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt. Cool before using. 5. This caramel will last a week in an airtight container. TIP — Make it a picnic recipe: Simply repace the ice cream with yoghurt and wait with serving until you get there. Serves: 4–6 Prep time: 10mins. Cook time: 20mins.
Recipe extracted from Chop Chop by Brett McGregor, published by Random House NZ, RRP: $45.00. Photography: Jae Frew.
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TUCKS & BAO A Eurasian Culinary Delight
Nestled on the corner of Davis Crescent and Carlton Gore Road, Tucks & Bao is a new and very welcome entrant to the bustling Newmarket food scene. With temptations such as the Belly Bao — crispy pork belly with hoisin sauce, peanuts and coriander, $14; Low and Slow — pulled pork with cucumber, red onion, salad and Filipino BBQ sauce, $12; Mr Miyagi’s Wonton Salad — chicken, bacon, egg, iceberg lettuce and wonton crisps tossed through a Caesar dressing, $22; and the Bao Nut — a sweet deep fried bao covered in cinnamon and sugar, served with ice cream and a delicious chocolate sauce, $10, on the menu it’s difﬁcult (but so much fun) to make a choice. And let us not forget the cocktails — a Sour Bitch, anyone? That’s a classic whiskey sour made with bourbon and syrups, $14, in case you’re wondering.
“Nela and I are big foodies,” says Ben. “So we wanted to create something that was casual, fun, unpretentious and somewhere that didn’t leave people with an extortionate bill at the end of their visit. Tucks & Bao is very relaxed but we’re extremely serious about good food and great service.”
It’s cuisine that’s best described as Asian fusion laced with ﬂavours from around the globe. “Our food & beverage director, Devo takes European cooking techniques and applies Asian ﬂavors and sauces to them,” says Tucks & Bao owners Benedict and Nela Hefford. “It’s the combination of all the textures and ﬂavours that creates a bit of magic.”
“Tucks & Bao is very relaxed but we’re extremely serious about good food and great service.”
“The idea came when we were sitting on Khao San Road in Bangkok,” says Benedict. “We thought it would be great if we could create the same sort of vibe in Auckland.”
Verve can vouch for that. We tried the Eurasian offerings, which were crunchy wonton tacos with Asian slaw, sriracha and spicy mayo with tofu (they also come with shrimp, chicken, pork or ﬁsh), $16, drizzled with hot sauce, and it was delicious. Pair that with friendly service and a nice glass of vino or one of the many craft beers on offer, and you’ve got a venue well worth a visit.
Once they found the location, down came the chandeliers and up went the funky lighting, a bar reminiscent of an outdoor grass fringed bar in Bali and bamboo trims with heritage blue accents. “I was inspired by the school tuck-shop for the Tucks in our name,” says Nela. “Bao is an Asian steamed bun, a bit like brioche but
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with a more interesting consistency.” Indeed, the couple has had a lot of fun with the names on the menu too. The kids’ offerings in particular are a hoot with titles like: 'I Don't Know, I Don't Care' and 'I'm Not Hungry'. And then there’s ‘Short n’ Beefy’ aka tender beef short rib slow braised in Rendang sauce, $28, or, how about ‘Miss Piggy and Mr Krabs', which is delicate pork belly with fresh soft shell crab on an Asian salad, also $28.
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LET’S EAT OUT
With dishes that feature only Asian cuisine this little suburban gem aims to please with traditional Thai classics allowing diners to pick and choose from their long colourful menu. Last November Mae Glong re-located to new premises a few doors along from the old Epsom post ofﬁce. You can spot the regulars in this tightly packed bistro-like dining room waiting to taste Dang Rajniyom’s food. Her much imitated but rarely matched menu of modern Thai cuisine shows authenticity and detail not often found at this price. Entrées include curry puff, deep-fried minced chicken and kumara wrapped in puff pastry ($8.50), satay gai, grilled skewers of marinated chicken with peanut sauce ($8.50), tod man pla, deep-fried Thai ﬁsh cakes with curry paste ($8.50), spring rolls, deep-fried mixed vegetables, vermicelli and sunﬂower seeds rolled in rice pastry ($8.50), goong grob, deep-fried tempura prawns sprinkled with sesame seeds ($9.50). Mains announce themselves just as boldly with a menu of crowd pleasers that pay homage to a selection of pork, beef, lamb, chicken, duck and seafood dishes. Don’t forgo the pad nam mun hoi, stir-fried chicken with oyster sauce, broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini and cashews ($19.50), gaeng pet ped yang, roast duck red curry with coconut milk, grapes, tomatoes and eggplant ($19.50), gaeng massamum, lamb curry with potatoes, onions, carrots and crushed peanuts ($19.50), gal gorlek, marinated BBQ chicken topped with massamum curry sauce and coconut milk ($20.50), pla manow, steamed whole snapper topped with lemon, spicy chilli and garlic sauce ($26). And even if you think you’ve done when mains are cleared it's hard not to be swayed by their signature gluy tod, deep fried banana and honey with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream ($7.50). The wine list is small with a few by-the-glass temptations all modestly priced. And the verdict? Every neighbourhood needs a welcoming restaurant serving simple well-priced food and Mae Glong does it really well. It’s all about freshness and quality and this combined with their friendly service gives an edge matched by few Thai venues.
Menu 9 Cuisine 8 Wine List 5
Service 8 Décor 7.5 Value for Money 8
Mae Glong: Licensed and BYO ($5). 301 Manukau Rd, Epsom, Phone 09 638 8005. Dinner 7 days. maeglong.co.nz. __ Words: Dennis and Rosamund Knill
Transform your living space and add a touch of x-factor with some classic easycare houseplants. Housplants are a great way to freshen up a room, make the space seem softer and more inviting. And in many cases, they are even good for your health! Various studies have looked at the beneﬁts of houseplants, which can include ﬁltering the air and increasing your sense of wellbeing. Recently, a whole host of houseplants have become all the rage, but to narrow things down, here are some of our favourites.
FIDDLE LEAF FIG – FICUS LYRATA
Native to western Africa, the ﬁddle leaf ﬁg (ficus lyrata) has recently gone global and become one of the hottest houseplant around. Their large architectural leaves look stunning, and the plant itself is incredibly easy to grow.
Also known as snake plant, or by the somewhat old fashioned name, mother's-in-law tongue. This succulent requires little help (care or watering) to look amazing.
KENTIA PALM– HOWEA FOSTERIANI
These graceful slow-growing palms have been a popular houseplant since the Victorian era. Native to a small island between Australia and New Zealand, they are now grown the world over. And despite being considered a vulnerable species in their native environment, they make resiliant, attractive, easy care and long-lived houseplants.
ZAMIOCULCUS ZANZIBAR - ZZ PLANT
This Jurassic, prehistoric looking plant thrives on neglect. More likely to be killed from being cared for, it'll cope with a wide array of conditions indoors, and add a touch of drama to their surroundings.
SENECIO – STRING OF PEARLS
Showy, elegant creeping succulent. Easy to care for, these plants are so popular that a scramble often takes place when people realise that they are available. Other great easycare houseplants to look out for: bridal veil, zebra plant, lucky bamboo and chain of hearts (ceropegia). — Words: Billy Aiken, Kings Plant Barn L-R: Ficus Lyrata, Sanseveria, Kentia Palm
NORFOlK ON A PLATE Dennis and Rosamund Knill visit one of the smallest islands in the South Pacific to relax and enjoy great tastes.
Our itinerary makes it sound blissfully easy, perhaps too easy. Maybe something a little more challenging is called for which is why we are here.
as it gets. Despite the accommodation being scattered around the island you’re only a few minutes from Burnt Pine to shop or enjoy their café culture.
We’re on Norfolk Island for a week of relaxation and to taste some of the island's great produce. Each November, this South Paciﬁc gem kicks up its heels with a ﬁve-day food festival — and the food is just for starters.
Norfolk is knee-deep in history, it’s as intriguing as it is horrifying. The ﬁrst Europeans arrived in 1788 to establish a penal colony only to be abandoned in 1814. In 1825 a second settlement of hardened criminals was established that became 'a place of extreme punishment short of death' so shocking that many convicts craved for death as a form of escape.
Stepping off the plane, we’re greeted by a cloudless sky. You can sense the atmosphere from the beginning, a sort of unpretentious charm with the ability to delight the most blasé of tourists. The island is small, there are no trafﬁc lights and navigating the only roundabout is about as stressful
After the second settlement was shut down a third wave of settlers arrived from Pitcairn Island previously home to the Bounty mutineers. Facing starvation and overcrowding, Queen Victoria granted them a new haven to live in and the beginning of a new chapter
at Kingston. The Georgian limestone buildings have been restored to their former glory. Little has changed from the days when bakers, blacksmiths, masons and shingle splitters carried out their trades. Wandering among the crumbling graves, the sandblasted headstones from the blustery sea is like walking among the ghosts of the penal days. Today, Norfolk Islanders are still buried just metres from their ancestors. The descendants constitute the backbone of the island's declining population. Surnames such as Christian, Evans, Quintal, McCoy, Buffet, Adams, Nobbs, and Young are commonplace. With so many sharing the same surnames, the telephone directory unveils a selection of pseudonyms like Moose, Pinky, Knuckles, Coon, Skeeters, and Bugs to eliminate any confusion. We check into Shearwater Scenic Villas. The setting is idyllic. Stately Norfolk pines throw shadows over a sweeping landscape that drops away to a crescent bay drained by the intensity of dramatic waves crashing in from the vastness of ocean. The festival begins with a cocktail party. Bartenders are busy blending cocktails and serving canopies that keep palates alive. We mingle with other foodies that we will meet and greet again over the next four days at various mouth-watering events. Day two draws the biggest crowd with local restaurants lined up under canvas in the old world charm of Kingston prison. Seating is set up on the lawns for an enthusiastic food-loving audience. There’s a real community buzz and at this time of the year it’s a chef’s paradise for fresh produce. Enjoying a glass of wine with some like-minded people, the soft sounds of the dance band make myriad reasons to stay for what becomes a long night.
The next morning we move quarters to a clifftop cottage at Forrester’s Court. Staying in a ﬁve-star luxury cottage is always a treat but how many are secluded with stunning sea views? From a steep sloping hillside the vista skims over the manicured lawns to take in the blue sheen of the Paciﬁc Ocean. Afterwards we sit down with 60 other devoted foodies in the grounds at Bounty Lodge for the ofﬁcial luncheon. After pleasant conversation we’re treated to a smorgasbord of traditional Norfolk cuisine. But it doesn’t end there. If you’re still not grounded, the following night is the ofﬁcial ﬁve-course dinner. Anticipation grows as we’re seated for a gastronomic feast of fresh local produce. It's almost a relief after so much food to ﬁnd ourselves at breakfast for the ﬁnal festival event with a long table set up on the foreshore at Emily Bay. An important part of any meal is the view, the rolling vista of a dramatic coastline fringed by a picture perfect beach. A full English breakfast with a selection of pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt and cereals harmonised by a musical duet. It’s the perfect end to a perfect week. And yes we haven’t lost any weight. But wasn’t that our aim?
FURTHER INFORMATION: NORFOLK ISLAND TOURISM, NORFOLKISLAND.COM.AU Words: Dennis and Rosamund Knill were assisted by Tania Anderson at Norfolk Island Tourism Images courtesy of Norfolk Island Tourism
EASY AIRBNB How to make some extra money when you go on holiday.
As you may already know Airbnb has opened the doors to short term rental opportunities for regular homeowners. There’s no question that, like Uber has done for transportation, Airbnb has fundamentally changed the long-standing and traditional approach to short term accommodation, all to the beneﬁt of homeowners (who get extra income) and their guests (who get to stay in larger and often better equipped digs). You may have already enjoyed renting through Airbnb for a holiday or even rented your own property out. As a homeowner there is good money to be made, but renting your home out when you’re not using it can either be a fantastic or a terrible experience. How do you go about attracting the right guests? How do you know how much to charge? What do you need to provide guests with? And what happens if something goes wrong? Although a simple concept, to get the most out of Airbnb as a home owner you need careful planning, organisation and on the ground management so you can just get on with enjoying your own holiday. For many people taking it on themselves is just not worth the hassle or the worry. That’s where Easy Airbnb comes in. Representing the interests of homeowners, Easy Airbnb effectively property manage your home for short term rentals — be it a long weekend, a week or even a month. Maria Eichmann started the business after she and her family rented a mixed bag of Airbnb properties all over the world. She was quick to see how the little things became big hassles for guests and hosts simply because the host wasn’t in the same location to quickly sort out a broken appliance, lost keys or just provide some handy local advice.
After talking with friends she realised this was also a big barrier for homeowners — no one wants to be worrying about what’s happening back home or feeling they have to check their phone when they’re supposed to be relaxing on holiday. Plus many are daunted by where to start and not knowing what to do. Easy Airbnb provide ﬂexible services depending on how much or how little you want help with. Maria can take you through all the steps from getting up and going to ensuring everything is covered and under control before, during and after a guest has stayed. Services include: • • • • •
Listing your property on Airbnb including rental appraisal Screening potential guests and managing incoming enquiries Co-coordinating laundry, cleaning and gardening services Guest meet and greet and key handover 24/7 on call assistance for the unexpected
If you've always been curious about renting your home on Airbnb, nows’s the time. Accommodation is in demand with events like the World Masters Games and the Lions Tour hitting our shores in 2017. Give Maria at Easy Airbnb a call if you’d like to ﬁnd out more. __ Words: Maria Eichmann MARIA EICHMANN 021 665 848 | MARIAEICHMANN@ICLOUD.COM
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Despite having recently eaten my way around Vietnam, I can’t wait to return! Vietnam is a foodie’s dream — beautiful fresh ﬂavours and enough subtle variations by region to keep you coming back for more. Chinese ﬂavours inﬂuence the soups of the north; spice and complex techniques are common on the central coast and in the south, dishes are full of the ﬂavours of fresh herbs. A word to the wise, you must like ﬁsh sauce, it’s a staple ingredient, especially in the delicious nuoc cham (dipping sauce) which is served with, well, everything! Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon if you listen to the locals) is a fabulous city for starters. Given its infamous trafﬁc, what better way to explore it than on an organised Vespa tour! Zipping through the streets amongst hundreds of other scooters, you feel like a local within moments. These tours stop along the way at the best cafés to sample local delicacies including the famous fresh summer rolls, seafood and enough good strong Vietnamese coffee to keep your senses on high alert. Brought to Vietnam by the French when milk was a scarce commodity, this ﬂavoursome drip-ﬁltered brew is still taken with lashings of sweetened condensed milk. Caffeine and sugar are a great antidote to jet-lag. Having had my ﬁll of trafﬁc, I head for Hoi An, one of Vietnam's most atmospheric towns where the streets of the old town are closed to all trafﬁc except bicycles. Hoi An’s relaxed vibe is further added to by the gorgeous cafes and restaurants which line the streets, and you won’t believe how cheap they are! At
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night, the streets come alive with colourful lanterns reﬂecting off the river, with music and incredible aromas wafting through the air. You don’t have to stroll too far to come across delicious delicacies such as crispy roast pork, crispy pancakes and beef pho (a tasty beef broth with noodles and fresh herbs). Take a cooking class or two and the recipes will be lasting souvenirs. Once a major port, Hoi An’s architecture ranges from its 16th century Japanese merchants’ bridge, to the crumbling charm of French colonial buildings. Early risers should visit the ﬁsh market for a full immersion in local life, and fashionistas can update their wardrobe with the help of Hoi An’s legendary tailors. Foodie or otherwise, Vietnam is a treat for every traveller. A day spent cruising quietly on a traditional junk around Halong Bay followed by a dip in the warm ocean waters and a freshly caught seafood lunch would be hard to beat. The northern mountains are home to diverse ethnic groups each with their own distinct cultural differences. Then there’s Hanoi, with its thought-provoking museums and the shopping heaven that is the traditional merchant streets in the Old Quarter. Vietnam is a country which is so easy to travel through, with some of the friendliest people you will ever meet, and arguably the most delicious cuisine in the world. I will return! __ Words: Davina Bicker, World Journeys
Enjoy Vietnam’s flavours with cooking classes, market tours, and meals at top restaurants as you explore Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta, ancient Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, and Halong Bay.
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If everybody did Camp America the world would be a much more peaceful place. There were 40 different nationalities of campers and counselors when I was there.
What Is IWH? Founded by Vicki Kenny in 1995 as Nannies Abroad, IWH offers safe overseas experiences. They have partnerships all over the world with organisations such as Camp America, which allow them to provide openings to Canadian ski jobs, UK job packages, au pair/nanny positions, English teaching positions and/or volunteering with wildlife and in orphanages. They take away the stress of going it alone, doing pick-ups up at the airport and preparing people with orientation days before they go on to their chosen destination, which could be: — Rescuing sea turtles in Bali — Working in a Soweto orphanage — Helping on a husky ranch in Canada — Spending time with wild mustangs in the USA — Teaching English in Fiji — A live-in pub job — Taking a beach week or yoga retreat
INSPIRATION LIVING LIFE OUT LOUD
IWH has also seen Shelby working with lions in South Africa, giant pandas in China, and elephants and gibbons in Thailand. “The lions need to be checked for tuberculosis. Eighty percent of lions in Kruger National Park have TB due to eating buffalo (97% of the buffalo have TB). The resident hyena’s don’t contract TB so they’re researching to ﬁnd out why they’re immune,” says Shelby. “And the pandas? Oh-my-gosh! I hand fed a panda and it was the greatest thing. Panda’s are precious — they’ve just come off the endangered list.” The elephant sanctuary she visited is like a big retirement home for elephants. “They don’t have much money, it’s manned by volunteers and any revenue comes from guests. Each elephant has a mahout, which is a caretaker. I went swimming with them — I just jumped in clothes and all.” The Gibbons Encounter was sad. “It was begun by a husband and wife after a man came up to them with a bleeding, injured baby gibbon and asked if they
“These trips are much more than volunteering,” says Shelby. “I ﬁnd it better than, say, a bus tour because you’re right in there. And I’ve seen times when everything’s gone wrong and IWH have sorted the situation out — if you end up in a hole IWH has a shovel. “It’s the best job in the world. My favourite part is when somebody makes an enquiry I get to do a personal consultation. I’ve had some wonderful messages back. Someone sent me an email saying, ‘You didn’t tell us it was this good, without you we wouldn’t be here!’ One guy who couldn’t ﬁnd a placement ﬁnally got one in an all girls’ camp and didn’t want to go. I said, ‘Think about the ratio of male-to-female counselors — you might meet your future wife’. He later phoned and said, ‘I hate to say it, but you called it!’ He’d met his partner.” IWH is perfect for the young wanting to spread their wings. Parents can be secure in the fact that every destination is thoroughly checked and there’s 24/7 support, and if you’re more mature, volunteering is open to all. As for Shelby? In August she’s off to save the wild dolphins in Australia and visit sea turtles in Bali.
— Words: Jenna Moore
Give something back by volunteering in Namibia & South Africa Spend 2+ weeks volunteering with orphaned or injured wildlife in Namibia at our amazing Wildlife Rescue Sanctuary that is supported by Angelina Jolie. You’ll have the opportunity to bottle feed baby orphaned baboons, be part of ongoing rescues of cheetah, leopards, zebra and more. Add on options include our Save the Lions project in South Africa, a Wildlife Vet Clinic, and a Big 5 Conservation project. Check out all the options on WWW.IWH.CO.NZ or call International Working Holidays on 09 6321138
Shelby signed up and headed to Camp America to teach equiboarding (an equestrian sport where a horse rider tows a board rider behind). It was the ﬁrst of four trips, which have also seen her in roles of horse riding director and a counselor looking after groups of teens. “Camp America is so good,” she says. “There are about 1,000 camps in America and you go from May to August. There is a small payment depending on your age and skills; approximately US$1,675 for over 21’s, with meals and accommodation, but it’s not about money.”
A new entrant to the IWH fold is an animal rescue centre in Namibia which Angelina Jolie helps fund. “It’s a rescue and rehabilitation centre for injured and orphaned animals,” says Shelby. “Angelina was shooting a ﬁlm there and met the couple who run it; and because Shiloh was born in Namibia it’s in her name. It has a cheetah research facility and will also host vet clinics for veterinary students.”
It was in 2012, while working as a horse wrangler on the television show Spartacus, that Shelby ﬁrst heard of IWH. “The head wrangler worked there and encouraged me to look into it,” says Shelby. When she did, it was the beginning of many life-changing adventures and — what would become — her new career.
wanted to buy it. ‘I shoot the mother [to make money from selling the baby]’, he said. “It happens a lot apparently,” says Shelby.
Shelby Cooper works with International Working Holidays (IWH) travelling the world, working with incredible wildlife, and helping others pursue their dreams.
24 HOURS IN MARTINBOROUGH The wine village of Martinborough, only one hour’s drive or train ride from Wellington, is the perfect getaway for wine and food aﬁcionados. Named after Irish immigrant John Martin, who in a gesture of patriotism laid the town out like a Union Jack and named the streets after foreign cities he'd visited, Martinborough has long been a service town for the south Wairarapa. But in 1980, on the back of a government report which suggested the soil and climate had very good potential for vineyards, the area transformed itself into a premium wine growing region. Today there are more than 20 boutique vineyards within walking or cycling distance to the town square and it is also the gateway to the sparsely populated but ruggedly beautiful coastline that is Palliser Bay.
ACCOMMODATION: THE MARTINBOROUGH HOTEL
Built in 1882, this stunning heritage boutique hotel is located right on Martinborough Square. With its sloping polished wooden ﬂoors, the hotel features a mix of old world charm with accents of contemporary décor. Suites and rooms open onto the picturesque secret garden or the sweeping veranda which has views over the gardens and across the quaint village. Restaurant & Bar – Paddock to Plate, serves fresh, honest, local cuisine daily. Developer Edmund Buckeridge described it in 1882 as "one of the ﬁnest hostelries ever erected in any inland town in New Zealand".
Start your day at Café Medici, located in the heart of the wine village. Run by well-known chef and caterer Nick Arnold, Medici offers a variety of delicious breakfasts using the best seasonal ingredients the Wairarapa has to offer. The style is fresh and honest with a twist of innovation. The Mojo coffee is pretty good too, especially when enjoyed outside in the courtyard.
The boutique and vintage stores, restaurants and cafes are all within walking distance of each other. Most of them are housed in sensitively restored colonial buildings. Exquisite design, homeware and fashion highlights include: • Holy Smoke Men's Clothing Co. is a chance for the guys to lift their game in the style department. A range of terriﬁc shirts in eye catching prints and a great range of accessories. • The general store P&K has become the fashion go-to place of choice due to its top labels: Kowtow, Nineteen//46, Swandri & Bobux. It also sells local label Thunderpants. Right next door is P&K supermarket and hardware store which has been on the same site since 1873. • Peonies of Martinborough has two beautiful stores. One is conveniently next door to Medici selling giftware, jewellery and clothing, while the home and living store, crammed full of gorgeous pieces of furniture and home décor from across the world, is on Jellicoe Street. • Ventana Creative Collective offers a window to the world of creativity. It’s an art gallery, craft workshop and music venue rolled into one. • Martinborough Wine Merchants sells a huge selection of Wairarapa wines, olives oils and condiments. It even stocks the town’s two gin labels – Reid+Reid, and Lighthouse Gin. • At Soeur Design you will ﬁnd an array of original contemporary artworks by renowned and emerging local and international artists as well as Soeur’s own contemporary fashion label. • Jessica’s Living Room is a treasure trove of features of giftware, jewellery, clothing and homewares. • You will ﬁnd Mint in an old church under a veranda of grapevines. It’s light and airy and sells a terriﬁc range of kitchen and homeware products.
L-R: Poppies Martinborough, JIM trio outside Merchants, Martinborough wine village Wairarapa, Martinborough Brewery Hayden and Janelle
CYCLE THE VINES
For those who enjoy cruising and tasting premium wine, then cycling the vines is a must-do. Here, the roads are wide and ﬂat and lined either side with vineyards, olive groves or farms while in between the parcels of land are colonial cottages or grand homesteads that are a nod to the town’s rural heritage. Grab a wine map from the Martinborough i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and hire a bike – whether it’s a single speed vineyard cruiser, a mountain-bike, tuk-tuk, trike, tandem or even a 4-6-seat, brightly covered quadri-cycle, the options are endless. The majority of the wineries are located within close proximity to each other and because many vineyards produce handcrafted wines, it means visitors have a good chance of meeting the wine-maker face to face and hearing their story ﬁrst hand.
LUNCH AT POPPIES MARTINBOROUGH
Enjoy a wine-tasting and platter lunch at Poppies. Opened by smart and stylish couple Shayne and Poppy Hammond – previously the viticulturist and winemaker respectively for prestigious label Dry River – four years ago, Poppies is a beautiful, European styled wine tasting and celebration venue. Their premium handcrafted wines are sold exclusively from the cellar door.
After vineyard hopping, be sure to call into Martinborough’s newest purpose built cellar door, Luna Estate. Stunning architecture combined with a great outdoor courtyard make it a winning combination. The coffee and mini doughnuts soaked in honey with cinnamon sugar, feta and fresh thyme make for a delicious afternoon treat.
Make your way back to the village by cycling passed Olivo olive grove and the Martinborough Golf Club. Reward yourself with a cold craft beer made on site at the Martinborough Brewery. This industrial chic brewery is a popular spot, especially in the late afternoon sun.
Either enjoy dinner and take in a movie at Circus, a boutique cinema, restaurant and bar located off the square. The food here is fresh and seasonal and there are also pizzas for more casual dining. Alternatively, make the most of the vineyard experience and dine at Tirohana Estate, which was listed as a ‘top pick’ in the Lonely Planet 2015 New Zealand guidebook and has won TripAdvisor Certiﬁcate of Excellence awards each and every year since inception along with the New Zealand Beef & Lamb Hallmark of Excellence awards.
Finish off the evening with a Martinborough dessert wine at Paddock to Plate then walk to your room via the grand stair case or the secret garden.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Martinborough is located at the lower right-hand corner of the North Island. It is only an hour’s drive or train ride north-east of Wellington and just over 1.5 hour’s drive from Palmerston North Airport. For more information visit wairarapanz.com
— Words: Katie Farman, Destination Wairarapa
The evolution of the Museum Art Hotel: welcome QT Museum Wellington — continuing to capture the heart of the capital’s creative culture.
ART, DESIGN AND RELAXATION
The famed Museum Art Hotel changes name to QT Museum Wellington following a more than $12m makeover. This is the ﬁrst New Zealand location for the boutique design- driven hotel collection QT Hotels & Resorts.
The hotel’s eccentric and eclectic art collection will continue to be displayed throughout the public spaces and will continue to unfold, selected by Amanda Love, QT Hotel's art curator.
Each QT Hotel and Resort is inspired by and embodies the unique culture of its location. Embracing the creative culture of the capital, QT Museum Wellington delivers a unique experience blending art, design and a dash of the absurd, resulting in cool luxury. With the needs of the modern traveller in mind, QT Museum Wellington also features high tech, sophisticated spaces, sassy private hire venues and a paradise for foodies with the acclaimed Hippopotamus Restaurant & Bar.
QT Museum Wellington doesn’t stop at signature QT style in public spaces and rooms. The beloved and acclaimed Hippopotamus Restaurant & Bar will continue to serve exquisite French-inspired fare under the direction of executive chef Laurent Loudeac. Wellington can also expect a new eatery to rival the city’s exceptional restaurant and bar scene mid-2017, in the form of a Japanese/Korean street food inspired bar, Hot Sauce.
The refurbished public spaces and soon-to-be completed hotel rooms have been thoughtfully and creatively conceived by architect and designer Shelley Indyk. Indyk has created a bold backdrop to display the quirky art, offering a touch of Hollywood glamour while respecting the philosophy of the hotel. The hotel’s room designs have been taken to a new level by Indyk including luxury modern traveller perks unique to the designdriven brand — from night caps to emergency bow-ties and other quirky amenities. Finishing touches have been created by stylist Anna Roberts and staff costumes by celebrated Broadway costume designer Janet Hine. QT managing director, David Seargeant, says the refurbishment and rebranding represents the evolution whilst paying homage to the unique history of the hotel. “In acquiring this iconic hotel brimming with personality which has become a favourite for visitors and locals alike, we wanted to evolve and build on its unique character," he says. "We have developed this by highlighting the eclectic feel whilst ensuring the quirky character of the QT brand features strongly." Chris Parkin says he’s delighted with the integrity QT has had in retaining the hotel’s unique cultural signiﬁcance. “The QT brand aligns so well with my original vision and philosophy for the hotel. It’s heartening to see the legacy the Museum Art Hotel has built, evolve with the stunning QT makeover and now rightfully aligned with the new name QT Museum Wellington.”
The hotel has operated under the direction of QT Hotels & Resorts since its sale in 2015. QT currently holds eight boutique properties across Australia and New Zealand, QT Queenstown will be next installment of the boutique design-driven collection of hotels.
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People buy art for a number of reasons but what many buyers aspire towards is not just a group of works, but a collection — a selection of artworks which complement one another and speak to the particular tastes and interests of the collector. However, collecting media such as paintings is a particularly expensive proposition, especially if a collector is interested in particular historical periods or is focusing on only the most well-known artists. For example, a signiﬁcant painting from the 1970s by an artist such as Colin McCahon can cost in excess of $200,000 — an extremely substantial investment. On the other hand, if a collector is willing to look at other media, the associated costs are often much lower, without sacriﬁcing the quality of the work. There are many possible avenues to pursue when it comes to building a collection, but for budding art collectors photography represents an appealing option, because a relatively small ﬁnancial investment can result in the acquisition of works by some of New Zealand’s leading artists. A rare photograph of comparable quality to a McCahon is unlikely to cost more than $8000 — and in many cases, will cost much less. In fact, copies of many important New Zealand photographs, including some held in national museum collections, can be had for around $300-600. Because of this price disparity between photography and other media, a (comparatively) inexpensive collection of photographs can still be an impressive achievement with a great deal of cultural signiﬁcance. Given an interest in the ﬁeld and a willingness to learn and explore, a modest handful of photographs can quickly grow into an important collection. Recently, there has been a surge of interest in analogue photography as an art medium, due to the technological and cultural signiﬁcance of the process itself, and also the historical importance of many chemical photographs. In a time when most photography is produced digitally and consumed on screens, the physicality and texture of the chemical photographic process has become all the more apparent, and is increasingly valued by art connoisseurs. The buying public is also beginning to understand that analog printing is something of a dying
art, and that chemical photographs are, in this sense, a ﬁnite resource, and are likely to increase in value over time, to reﬂect their cultural and historical worth. Because of the nature of the medium, photographs can have a value which is documentary, as well as artistic: a photography collection can record important historical moments, changes in society, or places and things with which you feel a particular afﬁnity as a collector. One of photography’s strengths is its ability to give the viewer a sense of immediacy, even intimacy, with the subject, to make us feel as though we are 'there', in the moment when the photograph was taken. In Susan Sontag’s On Photography, she states that “to collect photography is to collect the world”. A collection should be a representation of your own tastes and interests. The best art collectors buy works that they love and that they want to preserve and cherish, rather than speculating on market movements or trying to predict trends. The fact of the matter is, if you like something and see value in it, there is a good chance other people will, too. This doesn’t mean that you should avoid works by well-known artists — these people are the cornerstones of their ﬁeld for a reason, and educating yourself about the critical consensus is an important part of growing and developing as a collector. However, trusting yourself and your own likes and dislikes is the key to building a collection which truly reﬂects who you are. For anyone interested in beginning a new photography collection or adding to an existing one, Bowerbank Ninow’s upcoming Auction N˚5 would be an excellent opportunity to do so. This auction will be exclusively dedicated to photography, and will be accompanied by a catalogue containing colour plates of each work and an extensive selection of essays by leading voices in the ﬁeld. __ Words: Andrew Clark
TOP | Jane Zusters, Life Drawing North Beach, Christchurch, 1978, gelatin silver print, 140mm x 225mm BOTTOM | Rhondda Bosworth, C. M, 1977, gelatin silver print, 170mm x 253mm
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Three generations of the notorious Cutler family live as outlaws in the green and pleasant Gloucestershire countryside. They spend their time hunting, thieving and tormenting the police in the heart of Britain’s richest neighbourhood. Chad (Michael Fassbender) ﬁnds himself torn between respect for his father, Colby (Brendan Gleeson), and a desire to forge a better life for his wife, Kelly (Lyndsey Marshal) and their children. When Colby sets up a burglary that targets a stately home teeming with treasures, Chad is faced with a choice that could change his life forever. Should he follow tradition and do his father’s bidding as his rightful son and heir, or should he break the chain and set out on a new path? With the law cracking down on the clan, his father tightening his grip on the family, and prejudices among the local populace becoming ever more entrenched, Chad discovers that his destiny may no longer lie in his own hands.
Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and his wife Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) are actors in an amateur Tehran production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. When their home is devastated by an earthquake, they are forced to move into a new apartment, until recently occupied by a mysterious young woman. When a tragic incident occurs in the apartment, their lives are changed in ways they could never have predicted — as Rana draws herself into the shadows, Emad sets out for revenge, opening a rift between the couple that will push their marriage to its limits.
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Based on an incredible true story, Denial is a gripping drama recounting Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.
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Their Finest is a charming and nostalgic story of a young women’s journey; ﬁnding her voice, place and role during the making of a WW2 propaganda ﬁlm. From the producers of Carol & Brooklyn and from the director of An Education, Their Finest is a ﬁlm of hope, feminism, love and friendship, delivered with perfect notes of wonderful humour. Starring Gemma Arterton (Quantam Solace), Sam Claﬂin (Me Before You), and Bill Nighy (Love Actually), alongside a long list of British talent including Jeremy Irons, Richard E. Grant, Eddie Marsan and Helen McCory.
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JEN MCARTHUR: CLOWNING AROUND “The arts are so important for connecting people and spreading empathy.” - Jen McArthur -
The Floating Theatre is an inventive and intriguing concept comprising a three-by-two-metre waterborne stage watched by 30 guests spread over four rows wrapped in fabric to create an intimate tent-like enclosure. Directed by Stephen Bain, two performers incorporate puppetry, dance and stagecraft to project shadowy imagery onto walls that can also be viewed from the outside. Jen McArthur, who makes up one half of the performance duo, describes the show as a “magical and unique experience” for both actors and the audience. “There’s a real mix of performance and visual arts,” she tells me. “A reality of the imagination that’s entrancing and beautiful and funny. I’ve worked with Stephen before, he’s so original and always keen to take on ideas which makes for some fun collaboration.” Collaboration is something that Jen has not always had the pleasure of experiencing having garnered international acclaim for her one-woman show, Echolalia. Named best solo show at the New Zealand Fringe Festival in 2012, it went on to score a stream of ﬁve-star write-ups at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival over the following couple of years. Part clown, part physical theatre, part dance, Echolalia is a beautiful balance of comedy and drama, telling the tale of an autistic women preparing for a job interview. The show is on the backburner having been toured around the globe for the past four years — though will be performed at a national autism conference later this year. Jen has a couple of new projects in the pipeline,
including one that merges contemporary dance with sign language. “The arts are so important for connecting people and spreading empathy,” says the performer. “For providing a voice to those who don’t usually have one. I ﬁnd it inspiring to observe how others have a different experience of the world.” She is a clown doctor at Wellington hospital and has, separately, worked with autistic children, an experience that inspired her to write the award-winning show. Jen tells me of being fascinated by how the condition magniﬁes the ridiculousness of some society’s most ingrained etiquettes, most of which are of little concern to autistic souls. “There are so many behaviours that without reason are just part of our social code,” she says. “I was interested in showing how that looks from the other side, how some of our behaviours are really crazy when viewed through the prism of autism, and that is just so interesting.” It’s an endeavour that has made Jen view the world differently too. She has performed the show for autistic audiences, who, I ask, must give a very honest review. “Yes, absolutely,” Jen says. “One of the most wonderful things is that they just cannot lie. It’s so refreshing.” Another interesting dimension is the reaction of audiences sometimes unsure whether or not they should permit themselves a laugh. “I enjoy pushing people close to
that edge,” says Jen. “To let people know that it’s okay to laugh, that they’re not laughing at autism, rather themselves. There are also some heart-breaking moments where the crowd are initially unsure whether or not it is part of the comedy. But they just have to stick with it. Without actually seeing Echolalia, people do misunderstand the concept of a clown show about autism.”
A self-deprecating humour?
Even the concept of clown is easily misunderstood. Contemporary clown — which stems from European mime — is a very different proposition to the traditional interpretations with copious makeup and squeaky noses, and Jen has trained with some of the world’s most esteemed masters.
I suggest Jen is a pioneer in the discipline and she concurs, though states that she’s certainly not the only one. She laments society’s obsession with materialism over the humanities, and the lack of attempts to understand why artists make sacriﬁces to do what they do: “Most assume that it’s all about self-fulﬁlment, but people aren’t taking any responsibility for their own enjoyment of the arts — because it is a hard life that does give a lot of enjoyment to others. We do it because we love it, but does anyone else get anything else out of it? That’s what I want to ask the world.”
“You have to be very careful using the word ‘clown’, it’s a very common phobia,” she says. “I must reassure people constantly that it has nothing to do with circus clowns who are so grotesque and over the top. I don’t know why they do it and I wish they’d stop!”
“In a way yes, but it’s not like you’re trying to beat yourself up for other people’s pleasure. It’s like when you see someone trying to be beautiful or cool, but don’t make it and end up falling over. That’s something we have all experienced.”
What, exactly, does studying clown entail? “You must look at what is funny about yourself, so you start with your physicality. People follow you, copy the way you walk and exaggerate it to turn it into something funny that has essentially come from you. You’re laughing at the human condition, at yourself, rather than picking on someone else. It’s a very generous form of comedy.”
The Floating Theatre will sail into the Viaduct 8-11 March. __ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
ANNA STICHBURY LIQUID REFLECTIONS PARNELL GALLERY 28 MARCH - 11 APRIL EXHIBITION PREVIEW TUESDAY 28 MARCH, 5:30PM
Showing soon at Parnell Gallery, a new body of work from Anna Stichbury comprises a fresh mix of seascapes and nudes. In her abstract pieces, the artist’s love of the ocean is reiterated via gorgeous, watery brush strokes. Horizon lines almost disappear in the beautiful expansive blues of this series, as seen in 'Liquid Reﬂection'. The nearer details, textures and movement that form atmosphere are now the focus of the work. Thus it is an immersion, or feeling of a place rather than a view, which is evoked Anna has further explored her practice by experimenting with the physical and visual variation, ebb and ﬂow of the materials themselves, and by playing with scale and construction of work. New elements are brought in, including ‘actual elements’ such as black sand from our beautiful beaches in 'Across the Liquid Blue'. Unprimed canvas, board, charcoal and pastel further contribute to denote a tactile, almost visceral expression of the artist’s experience of time and place. L-R:LIQUID REFLECTION, ACROSS THE LIQUID BLUE, FIRST GLIMPSE OF HOME, ENCIRCLED FIGURE, INDIGO BLUE.
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A new line of visual inquiry through the nude is initiated with stunning gold, black and monochromatic tones. These pieces link to Anna's larger abstracts through the storytelling of mood, emotion, and movement of materials. Anna is inspired by the "beautiful, imperfect and elegant lines that the body offers... I have even left the canvas ‘nude’ and un-primed to give it a raw and intimate feel, and to allow the lovely warm texture of the cotton cloth to be admired". These dynamic new works promise a rich addition to Anna’s ouvre. Born in 1974 and with a background in textiles and design, Anna has held solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand and Australia and her work is held in collections both here and internationally. She has been showing successfully with Parnell Gallery for 16 years.
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GREER CLAYTON LAKES TO OCEAN PARNELL GALLERY 7-21 MARCH EXHIBITION PREVIEW TUESDAY 7 MARCH, 5:30PM
In her upcoming exhibition at Parnell Gallery, Greer Clayton continues a joyful engagement with our natural environment. Glazing with pearlised colour washes in mixed media acrylic, Greer inquires into subtle variations of colour, light and form. The result is a stunning range of atmospheric landscape-based paintings. In this latest series the artist alludes to certain areas without being bound to a correct topographical representation. In this way she can freely respond to an experience of place once she has returned to her studio. The exhibition title Lakes to Ocean references not only the breadth of Greer’s inspiration, but the span of her sources, from South Island lakes through to Mangawhai in the north. In ‘Mountain Mist’ a large vertical format is employed to evoke a majestic, softly hued lake-side scene full of depth and movement. Water balances sky in reﬂection, the resulting play of hues and tones across the canvas revealing a textural essence of the landscape. Greers’ skill and sound knowledge of her medium facilitate a light touch. In ‘Onetangi Vista’ coastal silhouettes are deftly emphasised to deﬁne the image, bringing the luminous expanse of elements to life while retaining a sense of connectedness throughout sea, sky and picture plane. Small, vibrant areas of vivid colour are woven in to catch and delight the eye, such as the gorgeous teal green near the horizon in ‘Sunday Escape’. Greer is a graduate of Elam Art School. She has travelled extensively and lived and worked in London and Australia, showing her work successfully in Sydney. She is now settled in Auckland with her husband and two young children, and has been exhibiting regularly with Parnell Gallery for ﬁve years.
L-R: MOUNTAIN MIST, ONETANGI VISTA, SUNDAY ESCAPE, ESCAPE.
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25 March - 12 April
The paintings in this exhibition share a common set of principles connected by technique and vision. The two centre-pieces are free standing bifold screens, each a montage of images. One of ‘seashells’ the other of ‘ships’. The reverse sides of the screens are covered with beautiful Fortuny designs from Venice. The ﬁve ‘shed’ paintings based on location sketches are carefully designed, depending on the near invisible phenomenon of perspective, and architectural precision. The idea for the ‘skyscapes' occurred to me while ﬂying. I marveled at the shapes and colours of the clouds. Volumes and spaces, soft and sharp edges are essential components of these vaporous compositions. Even with years of practice, painting has never become easy. I cannot say how long it takes to do a speciﬁc painting. All share an element of chance or risk. Each is but a fragment, a ﬁxed format, a visual patch of life passing by.
Ships (detail) Seashell (detail)
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SweetSexySavage is an album for every girl who's ever felt like someone was trying to ﬁgure them into a certain box, and wholeheartedly rejected any which attempt — giving a brand new meaning to bittersweet revenge. — Words: Laura McInnes PRINCESSLOZ.WORDPRESS.COM
Kehlani's sound is a fresh divide between contemporary R&B and that classic, magnetic 90s essence that lingers conﬁdently through the 19-track record (especially prevalent on standouts 'Distraction', 'In My Feelings' and the rare rap verse appearance on 'Too Much'/girls quick witted Left Eye moment). Her distinctive ﬂair and transparent star quality has already wound up the 21-yearold Grammy-nominated on last year's breakout You Should Be Here mixtape, switching up rules for eligibility and proving that the underdog can too get the big bone.
SweetSexySavage veers towards more of a 'I'm-gonnado-me-and-I-don'tcare-to-justify-it' type energy.
Kehlani's philosophy is considerably less apologetic. As a whole, SweetSexySavage veers towards more of a 'I'm-gonna-do-meand-I-don't-care-to-justify-it' type energy; but not without a sweet as sugar taste. SSS's title contains elements of different 'type' of women we, especially in Kehlani's case being a female R&B musician, are generally categorised as — but only conﬁned to one of, never the unthinkable both at once. Stitched together, SweetSexySavage weaves sort of a holy female tapestry to represent all the parts we possess; one of duality, multiplicity and self-security.
Oakland native Kehlani's debut album SweetSexySavage's introduction voices fellow female musician Reyna Biddy poetically offering her sincerest condolences to anyone who has ever left her. Reyna apologises for their own foolish loss of not seeing in her the magic she contains, and for their failure to understand all the components which her woman beholds.
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S WEETS EXYS AVAG E
“People are by nature sociable and sex is obviously high on the agenda,” says Steve, Kiwi Swingers website owner. “Many people think that swingers will just have sex with anyone, but that isn't the case. The vast majority are very speciﬁc in what they're looking for, age and looks may not be important at all in some cases, or even for those where that is the case, they would still need to connect.” For many swingers, the social aspect is an important part of the scene. “You could say that they do it for the same reason that people do anything,” Steve continues, “because they enjoy it. For those in partnerships, it’s different in that they both have the same outlook and both enjoy the variety that the swinging lifestyle offers.” While researching an article for Australian GQ magazine, writer and comedian David Smiedt discovered those leading such lifestyles to represent mainstream society, mainly aged 30-45, often from perfectly respectable families, and leading perfectly respectable lives. (As an aside, the widely held notion of widespread Greek and Roman orgies have been debunked, such ‘rumours’ are thought to stem from early Christians promoting their way of life as a holy, wholesome alternative to debauched ancient gods. According to historian Dr Alastair Blanshard: “I’m sorry if there are any suburban swingers out there, but whatever you’re doing, it’s certainly not classical.”)
Steve’s experiences back this up. He tells me swingers are spread across all social and cultural backgrounds, mostly aged 30-50, but with “lots all over the age spectrum”. He’s noticed that while the lifestyle has always been popular, the general perception of it has changed: “In days gone by we used to see lots of sensationalised press articles about swingers, nowadays it’s much more run of the mill.” He compares it with the reluctance of homosexuals to come out in years past. “Now, it’s not so much of a taboo subject.” A US study by Edward Fernandes of North Carolina’s Barton found that 72% of the time, it is the husbands who ﬁrst suggest swinging, but once underway, the women are more than happy to participate — and often then viewed as more desirable by their man. “I’ve heard it said many times that swingers feel that swinging strengthens their relationship,” says Steve. “A lot of that would be put down to mutual trust and the enjoyment of seeing their partner having fun — plus of course sharing pleasant encounters with each other. The non-swinger lifestyle is usually referred to as the ‘vanilla lifestyle’, I think that speaks volumes about it.” Steve doesn’t believe swinging ever destroys relationships, and if it did “it would usually be because they’re on rocky ground to start with”.
»That couple always seem the most in love, the most connected, as opposed to the other couples and families in my suburban town. They were living this lifestyle and creating fantasy together.«
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SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS
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“What I learned from this wasn’t about shame, but it clariﬁed something else,” a female swinger under the name of Palagia tells Vice. “That couple always seem the most in love, the most connected, as opposed to the other couples and families in my suburban town. They were living this lifestyle and creating fantasy together.” “Our best sex is with each other,” a New Jersey swinger named Sarah tells ABC. “We have pretty amazing sex at home when we’re alone. When we come here [a swinging party] it’s a physical attraction, not an emotional attraction.” “Sex is more of a primal, more of an urge-based,” adds her partner, Michael. “The kissing is more intimate so we like to keep that for us.” Perhaps perversely, participants believe swinging prevents cheating — a study by Washington University found numbers of unfaithful wives and husbands had risen 30% and 20% respectively over the past two decades. A number of national studies have shown as many as 60% of US marriages involve cheating. Each year Denmark holds International Swingers Week — the country is home to around 90,000 swingers, and according to Ashley Lister, author of Swingers: Female Conﬁdential, there are as many as one million
swingers in the UK. “The taboos around sexual equality in the bedroom are ﬁnally being broken down and if we continue in the current vein they will ultimately be vanquished,” he tells the Daily Record, “It used to be that a woman with a libido was considered to be dangerous or insane and there has long been the double standards between male and female promiscuity.” Lister learned that many don’t like the term swinging because of the negative connotations, “but really what they’re doing is bringing other people into their sex life”. Steve says most swingers will chat on Skype to ensure people are genuine. “After that, it’s phone calls to see if they get on, if everything checks out, and then it’s on to the meet. Safety is paramount.” Larisa Fuchs, longtime friend of Palagia and founder of LGBT-friendly sex party House of Scorpio, has observed swinging, along with the likes of kink, polysexuality and polyamory, to have “come out of the shadows more and more in the last 20 years”, but even more so in the last few. The internet has most certainly helped that: “It’s so much easier to organise, promote, ﬁnd your people… there are now more sex parties than ever.”
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We have only a few properties available for rent at the moment and it has been like this for the whole month of February. The properties we do have are renting fast. Obviously we have very content tenants in our managed properties as they are not moving on. This is great, as our aim is to have happy tenants — happy tenants make good tenants and this is what we want at Just Rentals. The casual landlords are not phoning with properties for us to rent either. This is unusual for February, although it’s always a little quiet after busy January. But, this February is exceptionally quiet. This is a bonus for landlords as the rents will increase due to the lack of properties. Next month we could be inundated with properties to rent and it could be the exact opposite. No rhyme or reason, just the highs and lows of real estate! I heard the chirp of cicadas this week for the ﬁrst time this year, a sure sign that summer is here. We are busy in the ofﬁce installing a new program for increasing efﬁciency, using a property maintenance programme. Courtenay and I are busy getting to grips with this so will have it up and running very soon. It will give our landlords and tenants more information by email on what maintenance will be done and which tradesperson will be contacting them. Technology is amazing!
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I am watching the cricket as I write this as South Africa and New Zealand battle it out, another summer plus. As February ends and March rolls in, it’s always exciting. The start of each new month is different. And so we are off on a well-deserved break for a week. Waiheke here we come! Good renting.
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INVESTING IN SAFER COMMUNITIES
There is a 3am spike in criminal offending in Auckland, when the police’s ‘Eagle' helicopter stops operating. The Eagle will now be funded to run 24/7, every day of the year. It’s annoying when you’re trying to sleep to have the chopper overhead, but we do need it from time to time. Ethnic communities also get more support. Twenty additional ethnic liaison ofﬁcers will support Chinese, Indian, and other ethnic communities and businesses to stop crime in these communities.
We’re also providing additional resources to address the underlying drivers of crime — through preventative work by the police and greater investment in rehabilitation for prisoners.
All police districts will receive extra frontline ofﬁcers with the police deciding how many will go where, based on need. The ﬁrst recruits will begin training in July and hit the beat in November.
We’re here to make a difference. Investing more in police will make our communities safer. It will reduce crime and reoffending, and help steer some of our most disadvantaged young people onto a more productive path. That’s an outcome worth investing in.
This package unashamedly targets offenders to ensure they are off our streets — by providing additional resources to resolve more crime and target criminal gangs and organised crime. Authorised by Hon. Paul Goldsmith, 107 Great South Road, Greenlane.
The 880 extra frontline police ofﬁcers will work in areas where we know they’re needed. This includes 500 to go out on the beat and into community policing. Those ofﬁcers will improve the speed of police to attend emergencies. They will also focus on youth offending, burglaries, and community crime.
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The half-billion dollar Safer Communities package will provide an extra 1,125 police staff, including 880 sworn police ofﬁcers.
The targets won’t be easy to meet — but we don’t shy away from hard issues.
We are fortunate in this part of Auckland to enjoy relatively safe streets. By one measure New Zealand, is the fourthsafest country in the world. We want to make it number one.
The package also comes with a range of challenging targets for the police. Those include higher attendance at home burglaries, more assets seized from organised crime, fewer deaths from family violence, and a reduction in reoffending by Māori.
Our new prime minister, Bill English, has had a fast start in 2017. I was pleased his ﬁrst major announcement unveiled a signiﬁcant government investment in police and the wider justice sector to reduce crime and keep our communities safe.
By focusing on speciﬁc areas in this wide-ranging policy we will deliver a more responsive police service, prevent crime and victimisation, resolve more crimes, and more effectively target criminal gangs and organised crime.
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There will be more specialist investigators in the areas of child protection, sexual assault, and family violence. And more ofﬁcers will target organised crime.
STORIES FROM THE SKIES “Every time I walked around my Boeing 747 conducting a pre-ﬂight check I felt a sense of amazement at the people who built such an incredible machine, capable of lifting 700,000 pounds into the air,” says Seattle-based pilot and novelist Karlene Petitt. “But when I sat in the ﬂight deck and rotated that aircraft into the sky for the ﬁrst time, I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. Even today, when I’m ﬂying across the ocean, or observing a sunrise, or the power of a storm in the distance, I still feel that sense of calm. A sense of joy and gratitude for the opportunity to ﬂy. I still feel the same as I did that ﬁrst ﬂight.” Now into her fourth decade of ﬂying, Karlene has ﬂown Boeings and Airbuses for the likes of Braniff, America West, Northwest Airlines and Tower Air. She has three daughters and eight grandkids, a couple of master’s degrees, gives motivational speeches, and writes novels and children’s books. So the obvious question is, where on Earth — or in the sky — does she ﬁnd the time to do it all? “Balancing the career with small children was a challenge, but thanks to my husband’s support and encouragement we made it happen. Support of family was so important, too. I also took a non-seniority job
instructing in the simulator to have a better schedule to be home more while the kids were small. Now, the more senior you become, the more ﬂexible your schedule is for bidding purposes and I’m able to see the grandkids often.” Karlene met her husband, Dick, 39 years ago while bagging groceries at his store (he’s now retired), and they married four years later. As for falling in love with ﬂying, that occurred on Karlene’s ﬁrst voyage — the decision to become a pilot came even earlier, aged nine. “I decided to become a pilot, but I was told girls couldn’t ﬂy,” she tells me. “I began saving money and working, doing anything to earn money for lessons. At 16, I had enough for an introductory ﬂight, and to pursue lessons. The moment we broke ground and began to ﬂy, I had a sense of awe. A calmness fell over my body. It was the most amazing thing I had ever experienced, and I thought, ‘They are going to pay me to do this?’” Karlene’s unsure from where, exactly, she draws her strength of character, but is glad to have been faced with such obstacles that led to such character growth. “I had a mother who believed I could do anything,” adds Karlene. “She always encouraged me to respectfully challenge whatever I did not feel was right. I have found strength raising children and have learned a great deal from them.”
It is, she says, simply self-defeating to worry about anything over which we have no control: “We do our best, anticipate, mitigate, and take action to do the right thing. If we do all we can, then worry is a wasted emotion. Many times in life all we can do is the best we can, and then have faith that all will work. If it doesn’t then deal with it. Lately, I have to say that much of my strength has been faith-driven.” Speaking of faith and control, have you had any terrifying experiences while ﬂying? “Once my nose gear was inop on my Cessna 182, and I wasn’t sure if it would come down. I had one of my daughters with me, she was just 10-months-old at the time. The gear did collpase after touchdown, but all was well. That shows the good and bad of ﬂying. We have a situation, deal with it, and then walk away. Luckily, I’ve avoided major crisis in my aircraft, other than an engine failure in a Boeing 747, or diverting a storm or two.” Under times of stress — or even just in general — do women pilots bring something different to the ﬂight deck? “Absolutely. In fact, women are more apt to want to know how the plane works before they ﬂy, and understanding of the automated aircraft is essential.
The guys have often said, ‘We fake it until we make it.’ Women are great at multi-tasking, which is required during emergencies. Many women are natural proactive safety managers — the future of aviation is about proactive safety. The ability to anticipate what could happen and solve it before it does, is the essence of the future of safety. Women are also empathetic, compassionate and listen — key elements of a quality leader in, and outside, the ﬂight deck.” Karlene says the industry has made great strides in terms of sexual equality. Years ago, women pilots would be the victims of cruel practical jokes such as having bricks sneaked into their ﬂight bags or naked pictures left in the cockpit. In the early years, women were often not allowed to ﬂy, meaning they couldn't increase their performance. When they were allowed to ﬂy, the captain would not assist as supporting pilot. “That part has changed,” says Karlene. “However, there are some airline cultures in existance today that still harbour that old school mentality. They don’t do things as overtly as before, but they do have different standards, allowing special beneﬁts for men that women don’t receive. Women also have different standards of performance, which is more subjective — we have to be better. There is still a challenge with some airlines not being ﬂexible with maternity and paternity issues, too. It’s all about culture.”
Do you feel like a pioneer in the industry?
Who have been your most notable mentors?
“I don’t feel like a pinoneer in the cockpit. There were a group of women who came before me who endured the greatest challenges and paved the way for the rest of us. However, I was the ﬁrst woman at a couple of my airlines, and dealt with many obstacles. What I’m working on now, pursuing safety culture improvement and writing novels, exposing the current and real aviation challenges in ﬁction, I do believe may be considered a pioneer work 30 years from now. Standing up to the current system of injustice was the essence of my latest novel, Flight For Sanity, and explains all that is happening — my pioneer work.”
“My Flying mentor was Captain Bo Corby, who not only supported women pilots in the early days, but taught me ﬂying skills that I still carry today and opened many doors along the way. Female pilots such as Kathy McCullough who were among the ﬁrst to overcome those early challenges — now in retirement, she’s actively supporting women and encouraging positive change within the industry. John Nance, a retired captain, has taken his aviation communication skills into the hospitals to improve safety — he is also an author — and an incredible support for women aviators. He has supported me with work and writing too.”
Which gives you the greatest thrill, writing or ﬂying? “With age we hit a point in life where the word ‘thrill’ isn’t part of our vocabulary! So, which provides the greatest passion? I’m not sure if I could separate them. Both are different parts of my world and are equally enjoyable. Aviation provides inspiration and plot points for my novels. It also provides great life analogies, which I shared in my motivation book, Flight To Success Be the Captain for Your Life. Writing provides the skills to entertain, but also to educate. To share your passion. Today, I am working on a PhD in aviation, with a focus on safety. My passion for writing and aviation will keep the dream alive for others who follow my footsteps, while ensuring passengers will be safe every time they step onto an aircraft.”
Karlene is both proud and thankful for many things: her children and the people that they have become; her husband for his support; and her mother for the “challenges she has dealt with and survived”. “Gandhi said that we must be the change we want to see in the world, and I live that,” she adds. “I could kick back and enjoy the rewards of a successful career and play more, but I’m committed to help improve our aviation industry. I’m proud that I have not given up, despite the pushback and challenges I have faced.” __ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
- Bethany St James -
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“I survived making the transition and although it wasn’t easy I learned a lot about myself, my former line of work and the world around me.”
Other former sex workers struggle to ﬁnd such support systems, so south of the border, in Mexico City, former prostitute Carmen Munoz opened a retirement home for them. It’s called Casa Xochiquetzal, or ‘the house of the beautiful ﬂowers’. One of the residents, Maria Isabel, was just nine when she ran away from home, and she became a sex worker at 17. Prostitution has been regulated in Mexico since 1885, but the country has appalling rates of sex trafﬁcking — including children — with one town in particular, Tenancingo, a couple of hours south of Mexico City, considered the sex trafﬁcking capital of the world. According to the US State Department, it’s the single largest source of sex slaves sent to the States, and Newsweek has reported of city-to farm sex pipelines whereby prostitutes from Mexico are ferried to farms to satisfy migrant workers’ sexual needs. In 2006, Andres Manuel Lopes Obrador, at the time a mayor, donated a dilapidated 18th century house to Carmen Munoz in order that she could shelter the retired ladies (some still occasionally work) of Mexico City in safety. Some of their stories are documented
The resulting imagery of the project, nearly a decade in the making, is strangely absorbing, capturing often intimate shots of the women, all aged at least 55, going about their everyday business such as praying, knitting, and applying makeup. They help to maintain the facility in exchange for food and lodging. “As they take things day by day, the women remain imaginative, funny and a fount of wry street wisdom,” writes Ramos. Many of the women now afforded the opportunity to reconcile with family members and “reunite with old friends”. The backdrop of the building itself, a former boxing museum, is almost as fascinating, and has now provided a safe, digniﬁed haven for more than 250 ladies — though that’s not to say the journey has always been smooth. “They are territorial,” says Desrus in an interview with Slate. “Even if they already knew each other, they were used to competition for clients, and now they have to live together, so it’s not that easy.” Physical ﬁghts have even been known to break out. Ramos states that the stoic brick surroundings in which they reside stand as a “sober contrast” to the “visual chaos” around, but ultimately “they have escaped a fate that they once feared — dying on the streets, anonymous, only to be buried in an unmarked grave — to age in comfort among other women who were once haunted by the likelihood of such a frightful vision coming to pass”. __ Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
She enrolled in ministry school, and later met her husband, a former major in the army, who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. St James attended therapy and too was diagnosed with the condition: “I survived making the transition and although it wasn’t easy I learned a lot about myself, my former line of work and the world around me.”
in a new book called Las Amorosas Más Bravas ('The Toughest Lovers') with photography by Bènèdicte Desrus, in collaboration with writer Celia Gûmez Ramos.
In a piece for the Hufﬁngton Post, former sex worker turned writer and motivational coach, Bethany St James, discusses life after prostitution — moving from the city to a small town in southern California only to discover that outside the adult industry, she had “no idea who she was”, or how a regular life should be lived. “Although I was ﬁnancially stable,” admits St James, “emotionally I was certainly not.”
H O RO S CO P E S 90 Sagittarius
22 November - 21 December
20 April – 20 May
Your long-term personal goals come under scrutiny. How you ﬁt in with others, your afﬁliations with people and groups, and your peers all become serious matters in your eyes. Career matters come to a head. You’re called to perform, perhaps on a moment’s notice, and it’s best to keep your cool and do whatever you can to show your competence. You are learning to let go of ego attachments.
This is a time when you free yourself of personal inhibitions that may have been part of your life in the past. You will ﬁnd this to be an action packed month and there will be celebrations and other adventures on your personal agenda during this fantastic month for sex and love. Love will make you smile and there will be talk of moving in with someone special.
21 May – 20 June
It’s a time of more spontaneous expression. It is a month in which you rediscover your roots and work on loving yourself from the bottom up. You are becoming more goaloriented, less free-wheeling, and certainly more concerned about preparing for your future. You are also beginning a long and rewarding process of increased learning, studying, and expanding your skills set. You also take more pleasure in nurturing others.
Cancer 21 June – 22 July
This is a time when you invest in yourself and in the people around you that you respect. Beneﬁts may not be immediate, but they will surely arrive down the road. Relationships are improved as you feel stronger and more comfortable in your own skin. An increased sense of security and safety may be derived from your domestic life. Improvements to your home life, family and basic psychological foundation are in focus.
22 December – 19 January
Aries 21 March – 19 April This is a new era for you and you couldn't be happier. You are due to gain recognition in your professional life, and sexual and romantic satisfaction will follow close behind. Your public image and professional affairs will demand extra time and responsibilities but the rewards that follow will be worth it. You are learning about your need for selfexpression through adventure.
23 July – 22 August
23 September – 22 October
You are a little less conservative and more positive and hopeful when it comes to your attitude towards money. Money is often spent on building your nest and your sense of security this month. Some of you may be more willing to take risks with personal ﬁnances. Some of your past efforts may be rewarded now, perhaps in small but tangible ways. You will experience love and have amazing relationships in this period.
Your personal philosophy will be changing, and this month gives you a push towards adopting beliefs that truly work for you in the real world. There may also be some sort of drama surrounding communication, modes of transportation, mobility, neighbours, or siblings. Projects begun now can have long-term beneﬁts. Finances are likely to be quite strong and reliable now. You may also attract unusual romantic partners during this cycle.
23 August – 22 September
23 October – 21 November
You are also beginning a long and rewarding process of increased learning, studying, and expanding your skills set. The month is bound to bring pleasure, bounty, and expansion on the domestic scene. It is a period in which you rediscover your roots. You'll have big chances of meeting the person of your dreams. If you have already met him/her, the month promises understanding and shared accomplishments.
Long-term goals for personal fulﬁlment come into focus and give you a sense of moving forward in a positive direction. Some added responsibilities are likely and you will ﬁnd satisfaction in doing your share. You should begin to ﬁnd ways to bring deﬁnition and articulation to your innermost wishes and hopes for your personal path. It’s a time of more spontaneous expression. Casual love affairs that have grown stale may be left behind now.
You are more inclined towards ﬁnancial speculation this month, but should watch for overdoing it. Your self-image is being re-worked, and you are becoming more sensitive to a greater, perhaps more spiritual, sense of purpose You are likely to see beneﬁts to home, family, property, and domestic comfort matters. Much joy and fulﬁlment may be found in your family and your home life during this cycle.
Aquarius 20 January – 18 February
It’s a time to pursue the dreams, ideals, and ideas you have put on the back burner. Take creative risks, as well as personal ones, with your newfound conﬁdence. There are likely to be some tests and challenges brought to your friendships and more casual relationships as you are weeding out all that is superﬁcial. Already committed aquarians will be spicing up a current relationship.
Pisces 19 February – 20 March
You'll have a lot of responsibilities, you'll possibly need to catch up with something or get really involved in serious matters that require organisation, strategy and patience. The need to take a work-related decision seems inevitable. You'll have the clearness and the necessary details to make a good decision. This period will enhance creativity and inspire your desire to act, paint, dance or pursue something that is personally meaningful to you.
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We often get asked for advice about what to watch out for when buying an investment property. Here are our top tips: Falling in love with the property You need to stop thinking like a homeowner and start thinking like a business owner. Yes, you need to like the property; a question you should ask is 'could you live in it yourself?' If you can, then it's likely someone else can and so the property is probably rentable. Not checking the facts Due diligence is more than just an inspection of the property, it's also a thorough investigation of your area's rental market — vacancy rates, average rents, average age of the rental stock, zoning, and government regulations. Doing it all yourself New investors often attempt to manage it themselves. That approach often ends up costing more in the long run. Find a reputable property manager to look after ﬁnding tenants and looking after the property. Investing long-distance The only time that you would invest out of your city is if you have done your due diligence and researched the market that you intend purchasing in and also have a good property manager to look after and manage your property. Paying too much If you're embarrassed to make a low-ball offer to a seller, don't invest in real estate. You never know a seller's circumstances and an offer you think will be unacceptable may be very acceptable to the seller. Being underinsured Insurance on rental property goes beyond insuring the building against ﬁre or natural disaster. You need to look at comprehensive landlord insurance. There are too many horror stories about destroyed rental properties to not take out this type of insurance. Most major insurance companies now offer this product, which will not just cover you for damage to the property but also loss of rent.
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“Imagine a little gadget called an i-Everything,” writes author, thinker, and political commentator, Professor Robert Reich. “… a combination of intelligent computing, 3-D manufacturing, big data crunching, and advanced bio-technology.” This little machine could do everything we want, and give us all that we need, but the catch is that, without jobs, we won’t actually be able to afford buy the thing. “We’re heading toward the i-Everything far quicker than most realize.” A universal basic income, Reich argues, “will almost certainly be the answer”. But it won’t come cheap. If each US citizen, for instance, was paid US$1000 per month, yearly payments would total more than US$3 trillion — that’s comparable with the income tax collected by the American government each year. Cost aside, the most obvious argument against such a system is that free money would essentially make people lazy. But in the late 1970s, a similar scheme was trialled across a couple of Canadian towns and the number of hours worked dropped by just 10%—mostly through women taking more time to stay at home with their kids. Countries either currently trialling, or planning
In an act of supreme prescience, in 2011 Professor Guy Standing predicted the rise of automation would lead to a reduction in employment and a surge of right-wing populism — something that can only be combated by discarding the idea that the only way to earn money is to work. “It’s populism that gave us Brexit in Britain and President Donald Trump in the United States,” pens historian and author Gwynne Dyer in a powerful article on the potential merits of the universal wage. “But the fundamental lie of populism is that it can ‘bring the jobs back.’ It doesn’t even admit where they really went.” So don’t be conned by claims that computers create equal numbers of new jobs, for you may end up with a “minimumwage MacJob” if you’re lucky. The principle of the universal wage, he says, is to ensure a decent standard of living for all. You may choose to work and you may still get rich, because it’s “about saving capitalism, not ending it”.
— Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces
A 2013 study by Oxford University estimates nearly half of all US jobs could potentially be replaced by robots within the next 20 years, while a 2016 World Bank analysis concluded up to two thirds of jobs in the developing world to be at risk — some estimates see that ﬁgure rise to nearly 80% in China.
A 2016 poll found nearly two-thirds of the British public supported the idea of a universal basic income that “replaces other social security payments and is high enough to cover basic needs”. Across the EU, results were similar (64% in support, on average), though also last year, Switzerland (a non-EU nation) voted to reject the scheme in a referendum. Some deride the philosophy as left-wing idealism, but in the early 1970s Richard Nixon, not exactly revered for his liberal views, proposed a similar idea titled the Family Assistance Plan. The bill passed the House but not the Senate, and was abandoned.
Last year, Labour revealed that they were considering a scheme to pay every Kiwi more than $200 each week, a trade-off to arrest many of the nation’s welfare payments as part of the party’s Future of Work Commission — a project that deals with the impact of new technologies on the workforce. In a recent an interview with CNBC, entrepreneur Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Telsa, SolarCity and SpaceX, said the rise of automation means a universal basic income is practically inevitable.
to trial a universal basic income include Holland, Finland and Scotland. “For centuries, we have tapped the potential of only a small proportion of the British people,” writes John O’Farrell for the Guardian, “the rest have been powerless to initiate or discover where their true talents lay. With the UBI, innovators would be given room to experiment knowing that would still have something to fall back on, it would see more small business and less grovelling on Dragon’s Den.” He adds that the stigma of signing on for beneﬁts with its “degrading culture of blame and humiliation” would vanish overnight.
In the late 18th century, English-American radical, philosopher, and Founding Father, Thomas Paine, ﬂoated the idea of paying young men a nostrings grant of £15, raised through taxes on landowners. The philosophy has since been tweaked but the basic principles remain the same: that citizens, whether working or not, are paid an unconditional set salary by their government, in what has been termed a universal basic income, or universal wage.
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The Auckland property market is one you will either love or hate, and it seems to have a polarising effect on the press and others in 2017. As professional property managers at Quinovic (Parnell or Viaduct), we promise to help you make the right decisions so that you achieve the goals and ﬁnancial income stream that property can give you over many years. Warren Buffett said: “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.” We believe that this also applies to property. It’s all about buying a quality property in the right location that meets your investment strategy at a fair price. The property that seems to be a bargain maybe not the right decision for a long term investment. Working through the options of what to buy and for what reason is where you need to get a team of trusted advisors around you and we at Quinovic believe we should be part of the team. There has been a lot of change in the last 12 months with new loan to value restrictions, buyers needing IRD and New Zealand bank accounts, through to the new 'bright line' test that has introduced a tax on capital gains form residential property sold within two years of purchase. There are some exemptions, do ask. These effects introduced by the government and changes that the banks have been making are all having an effect on the market. So the question is, 'do I sell, buy or hold?'
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If you are wishing to sell, the market has deﬁnitely slowed down and buyers are in a stronger position as some buyers have left the market due to the new rules. We are seeing prices around 5% lower or they have plateau around the same price of six months ago. Therefore should you hold? Well, it depends on the type of property its condition, and what your long term goals for a ﬁnancial return. Every person’s situation has a solution, and you need to seek direction and guidance from your trusted advisors. Should you buy? Yes if it ﬁts your property strategy. There are excellent opportunities now, and choosing the right property with the right advice should secure your investment future.
KEY QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK YOURSELF: 1. What do I want from may investment property and will it match up to that long term vision for your ﬁnancial independence? 2. What sort of rent returns could I make, factoring in interest costs, maintenance, insurance and property management fee? 3. Does property you choose offer the right return for both the short-term rental income and long-term capital growth you desire? Remember an investment property in the wrong location, not meeting the needs of your tenants, may be cheap, but will never give the return you desire. So buy and invest wisely by getting the right people around you, people who'll support you in making the right decision for your long-term plan.
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Kadimah School is introducing S.T.E.A.M., an educational system that integrates science, technology, engineering, art and maths. It is their vision is to inspire all of their students to develop their abilities to be creative critical thinkers and ﬂexible problem solvers. On Thursday 23 March there will be an introductory evening at the school, at which Dr. Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) will be the keynote speaker.
Has every kid got the nous to engage and understand science, technology and maths? Not only does every kid have the nous, but it’s also so important! The world is ﬁlled with science and technology, from the smartphone in your pocket to the medicine you take when you are sick; our modern lives are constantly being exposed to new inventions as we create new solutions to our problems. My big passion is to help young people to be creators of future technology not just consumers of it and to do that you need to understand how things work and what your strengths are.
Verve caught up with Michelle just prior to going to print.
What is creativity and do you think that it can be taught?
Michelle, please could you in brieﬂy introduce yourself to Verve readers.
To me creativity is using your imagination to come up with new ideas to solve problems. All children are creative, just watch how they express what they are imagining when they play with something simple like a box. Somewhere as part of growing up we start to lose this creative capability as we silo our subjects and align to more rigid rules but I deﬁnitely think creativity can be nurtured through encouraging idea generation and allowing time for creative thinking.
I’m an engineer specialising in fracture mechanics and nanotechnology — basically I love to break tiny things. Currently I am a senior lecturer in engineering at the University of Auckland. I also am the director of Nanogirl Labs, a social enterprise designed to make science and engineering more accessible to all New Zealanders. Can you comment on the following: ”STEM is quite dull and boring on its own, but when you bring the arts in it develops the skills needed for future economies where left and right sides of the brain are working together.”? (Sir Ken Robinson) First of all, as much as I love Sir Ken and his work, I just can’t agree with that statement — STEM is not at all dull and boring on its own, there are many of us who ﬁnd it fascinating and are passionate about it. What I do agree with is how collaboration is crucial to success in all ﬁelds and so ensuring that projects are multidisciplinary and ﬁlled with diverse teams is really important.
Can you give some examples of art meets science, technology, engineering and maths? Every piece of technology you buy now from your smartphone to your car is a combination of all of those disciplines; it’s what makes those products, smart, functional and desirable all at the same time. The challenge is to nurture our youth and to see that they are surrounded by products that they love, and which required S.T.E.A.M. to make it to market; and to help them think about solving their problems in cross-disciplinary ways.
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HOW TO CHOOSE A HOUSE PAINTER Investments in your home are never taken lightly, and painting is no exception. Choosing the right painting company is crucial to achieving a high-quality ﬁnish that will stand the test of time, and ensuring you are happy with the experience. A professional painting company will provide a detailed proposal for your project, including a quote broken down into components. This ensures there aren’t any surprises and if you are comparing quotes you can see where the differences are. For example, maybe one quote has included the scaffolding and another hasn’t. This is also their opportunity to clearly demonstrate that they understand your needs and concerns. Misunderstandings and ambiguity can lead to disappointment, so make sure your painter is a clear and proactive communicator. While a contractor can tell you all about why they are the best for the job, there’s nothing like feedback from previous customers to set your mind at ease. Ask them to provide testimonials and referees, and check out online reviews. While reviews will give you a good feel for the contractor, also pay attention to their demeanour at your ﬁrst meeting – are they
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ACOUSTIX HEARING TECHNOLOGIES Expands into new premises at 347 Remuera Road.
After more than ten years in his clinic next to Remuera Library, Swiss audiometrist Thomas Muller has moved Acoustix into new, much larger premises at 347 Remuera Rd down the lane opposite the BNZ. The new situation allows Thomas to fulﬁl his life’s dream of creating a purpose built hearing clinic with special zones speciﬁcally designed to meet a variety of audiometry needs. “We now have a much larger testing lab, a workshop, an area for Ultimate Ears and the whole place just feels a lot more cool and restful for clients,” says Thomas.
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Acoustix now has a minimum of three dedicated carparks which was becoming very necessary with the customer growth experienced in recent years.
In recognition of the challenges of getting older and the liquidity challenges that sometimes brings, Acoustix is also now able offer a range of ﬁnance options allowing customers to spread their payments over several years if that is what they want. “It was just very frustrating for me not being able to help people who really needed help. The ﬁnance option crosses that bridge for many people.”
Acoustix offers a broad range of hearing technologies covering everything from hearing protection, and hearing aids, to UE inear monitors for musicians and audiophiles.
For advice or an appointment, call Thomas Muller on 520 5648 today. You’ll ﬁnd Acoustix down the lane at 347 Remuera Road, opposite the BNZ.
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SIP YOUR WAY TO GLOWING SKIN It’s that time of the year — we’re all kind of getting back into the swing of work, but we are also kind of still on holiday. And with the holidays, come socialising, and with socialising, usually comes drinking. And drinking wreaks havoc on your skin and overall wellness. As much as it may loosen you up, the after-effects of a few vinos also leaves much to be desired. So what’s the solution? The latest wellness craze to come out of New York City (the ultimate home of wellness trends), which I’m very partial to myself, is the rise of kombucha cocktails. And these little bad boys are completely sans alcohol, but still have the ability to leave you feeling open and relaxed and in the mood to mingle. Not only that, but kombucha is one of my absolute go-tos for healthy, radiant and glowing skin. It works by aiding your liver in its detox processes, to help rid your body of excess hormones and toxins. Kombucha also populates your gut with a ton of ‘good-guy’ bacteria — and the key to healthy skin is a healthy gut. So often, to combat ageing and look
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Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique with numerous health beneﬁts – from dental health and whiter teeth, to heart health and full body detoxiﬁcation, but as a skin health professional and facialist, I’m most interested in how it’s going to beneﬁt mine and my client’s skin. I decided to start oil pulling as a kind of beauty and wellness experiment just before the start of the New Year (a New Year’s resolution is much more likely to stick around if you start it before the New Year, in my opinion) and haven’t looked back since! The ﬁrst beneﬁt I felt was the immediate boost of energy I got post-oil pulling. It’s taken a while to notice major changes in my outer appearance since I’ve started pulling, but my skin has a certain inner glow and I’ve noticed my teeth becoming whiter. If you want to try oil pulling (which after doing it consistently for two months I would recommend), you need to just pop a tablespoon of cold-pressed sesame oil in your mouth ﬁrst thing in the morning, and swish it around for 20 minutes. Start with 10 minutes and take a few days to work up to 20, as your jaw muscles strengthen and it becomes easier.
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The beauty and health beneﬁts, which include whiter teeth, gum health, fresh breath and glowing skin are totally worth it, and I’ve found taking 20 minutes of silence and solitude in the morning is doing remarkable things for my mental health and wellness too. Do something that’s not related to technology — sit outside and take in the view, read a book or meditate. Once your 20 minutes is up, spit out the oil (which should be a milky and more watery consistency now) down the toilet, as it is full of toxins. Immediately rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth. The new and somewhat trendy way of oil pulling, is to use a tablespoon of coconut oil. However, my gag-reﬂex couldn’t handle the feeling of having Vaseline in my mouth as the coconut oil dissolved, so I quickly switched to the traditional sesame oil — and to be honest the after-effects from using sesame oil are profoundly more invigorating than coconut! Oil pulling is an ancient practice, and one that should be incorporated into your daily wellness habits as a beautiful ritual. Create a space for yourself to sit, be still, quiet, and enjoy the slow but profound changes it brings to your health and beauty. __ Words: Romy Burgess, Holistic Facialist
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STEM CELL LIFE Autologous adipose derived (or fatty tissue derived) stem cells are the patient's own cells. They are harvested from the patient by a miniliposuction procedure from the patient's own 'love-handle' area over the hip. The harvested fat (50-100 millilitres) is centrifuged and treated with an enzyme to release the individual cells. These cells are then processed to remove the fat cells, leaving behind some blood cells and many millions of live stem cells. The solution containing these cells is called stromal vascular fraction and is ready to be injected right away, back into the same patient for healing of a variety of age-related or degenerative conditions. The harvesting procedure triggers the treated area to release healing factors, which help stimulate the stem cells into action. This means that the stem cells are ready and primed to heal or repair damaged tissues or organs. They can be used for osteo-arthritis, where 80% of patients treated in bigger joints like knees and hips report signiﬁcant improvement, while in those treated in smaller joints like ankles or wrists this ﬁgure drops to about 65%. For conditions like chronic obstructive airway disease or cardiomyopathy, the ﬁgure is also around 65%. The full beneﬁts from the procedure typically take three months. The beauty of autologous adipose derived stem cell transfer, is that being the patient's own, there is no risk of rejection,
does not require a general anaesthetic, is a half-day clinic based procedure (harvesting is followed by injecting or deployment of the stem cells into the target area, about two hours later) and the patient usually feels signiﬁcant, albeit temporary, improvement right away. Unlike following major surgery, the patient walks out and continues normal daily activities. Unlike with bone-marrow derived stem cells, fat is easy to access and usually plentiful. There are numerous studies underway worldwide, gathering information on other conditions that stem cells may be beneﬁcial for, but the results are as yet unavailable and we have no clear ﬁgures to quote. Medical treatments of the future are likely to be quite different to the past and will involve autologous stem cells in a variety of conditions. Some will be one-off treatment and some require repetition, these protocols are yet to be worked out. In the meanwhile, for those patients interested in delaying (or possibly preventing) a looming joint replacement, there is a choice. Not everyone may be suitable for a stem cell transfer procedure, but the technology is available at Stem Cell Life.
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I started my professional career as a registered general nurse, working extensively in intensive care. With that type of nursing you quickly get a grasp of how the body works as a whole and learn that you can’t compartmentalise things. I often saw how my patient’s facial skin reacted to various medications and how stress from illness, disease or trauma is portrayed on the skin. Nowadays, working as a skin care therapist, I still believe in working with the body in its entirety when it comes to achieving optimum skin health. My mission is to provide my clients with outstanding results.
sensitivity, and for stabilising oil ﬂow from excessive oiliness to extreme dryness. It moisturises your skin from within. When the skin is rich in EFAs, the oil naturally makes its way to the surface and forms a healing, anti-inﬂammatory, protective outer layer. It also helps prevent skin congestion and ‘breakouts’ and can even help dissolve existing blockages as long as you reduce your intake of congesting foods.
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I’m also very excited to introduce Skin Accumax, an awardwining, scientiﬁcally advanced, nutritional supplement which works to encourage clear, ﬂawless skin. It targets acne head on from the inside out, won’t cause dryness or ﬂakiness and doesn’t contain harsh chemicals or drugs.
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That goal has taught me that topical products are only half of the equation when it comes to great skin. They’re often used as a band aid, treating or masking what’s happened internally.
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Targeting the cells at their source deep in the skin (where a topical cream could never reach), and feeding the body with the necessary ingredients to make them form and function perfectly. I believe this is the foundation to optimum skin health, and my recommendation is to nourish your skin from the inside out!
WE ARE WHAT WE EAT
The old saying of 'we are what we eat' is very true. When we eat, the body makes sure that vital organs like the brain, heart and liver get ﬁrst divvy of all nutrients. The skin only gets what’s left, so even if you’re eating a good diet you may not be eating enough to nourish your skin assisting it in thriving, healing and glowing.
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If you’ve read any of my previous columns you’ll know I’m an advocate for buying your clothing mindfully — not buying stuff you don’t need (or don’t love) for the sake of buying it, and thinking about the provenance (both ethical and environmental) of your purchase. With fast fashion now having a major stronghold in New Zealand, the average Kiwi woman currently buys 50% more clothing than she did in 1990. How much of that is worn and loved and how much is worn a couple of times and then left in the back of the wardrobe? There’s a misconception that throwing your unwanted garments into a recycling bin magically gives them a new life. Sadly, much of what is donated via this method is actually destined to become landﬁll. If you can, I’d suggest donating your garments to a charity shop or selling them via TradeMe or a secondhand clothing reseller. The ﬂip side of this transaction is to consider buying some of your wardrobe secondhand, too. Vintage or secondhand clothing stores have long ago left behind the smelly stigma of the thrift shop (although, admittedly these do still exist). Instead, they are ﬁlled with designer discards that may have been worn only once or twice, and sometimes not at all. I know when I will go through a clients’ wardrobe that often they have a few pieces that although unsuitable for them, will still be an absolute treasure for somebody else. And perhaps, for you.
Dresses — these are often bought for an 'occasion' — worn a couple of times at most, and passed on. Which means you win. Pants — the most unforgiving of garments if the wearer has lost or gained weight, often these are moved on. That said, pants have the hardest life of anything in our wardrobe, so bypass any that look worn. Shoes — I know so many women who have bought a pair of shoes thinking they may stretch, soften or simply become more comfortable. Sadly, I know many women who have beautiful shoes that they’ve scarcely worn taking up space in their wardrobe. Check the soles for wear and don’t buy anything that has the imprint of the previous owners foot inside it.
If you’d like to clear the clutter from your wardrobe, and ﬁnd out what’s worth donating and what’s worth selling, why not get in touch? I’d love to help! Jackie O’Fee is the owner of leading style consultancy Signature Style. Call her on 09 529 5115 or check out her website: signaturestyle.co.nz
__ Words: Jackie O’Fee
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SUPER VETS “We have tried to establish a new standard of care,” says Sascha Brinker, manager of Ellerslie Veterinary Clinic, “a new way of doing things, and I think people are really appreciating that.” It’s impossible not to appreciate — even to be awed by — the clinic, a state-of-the-art facility built from scratch by Germanborn husband-and-wife team Sascha and Kathrin. Only into their second year, it’s already established as one of the leading practices in New Zealand, even bagging an esteemed gold certiﬁcate from the International Society of Feline Medicine — one of only three such gongs to have been handed out on these shores. Vets do not often come much more qualiﬁed than Kathrin, whose 13 years of study and post-graduate board certiﬁed training saw her recognised as a small animal specialist in Germany and parts of Europe, a qualiﬁcation that, alas, is not honoured here. “People are always impressed that I have a PhD,” she laughs, “but that was a breeze compared to the ﬁve years’ training that followed!” Growing up in a semi-rural region just outside Munich, Kathrin always knew she wanted to work with animals. “We were always surrounded by them,” she says, “guinea pigs, cattle, ponies, cats, dogs and rabbits. Around pre-school age, I made a little drawing saying I wanted to be a vet, which my parents found and presented to me before my graduation, which was a lovely surprise.” The feel-good factors of being a veterinarian are pretty selfexplanatory. Kathrin, the vets Cate, Jess and the team of nurses enjoy doing full clinical work ups from ‘start to ﬁnish' and the expertise and diagnostic tools allow them to fully investigate even complicated and challenging cases. Kathrin also receives referrals for diagnostic works ups for example in ultrasonography.
One of the sadder aspects of the veterinarian profession is when a pet requires euthanasia. However, it is with empathy and understanding that this procedure is carried out: “Our designated ‘tranquillity room’ within the clinic gives pet owners time to grieve and think.” The soothing space doubles for visits when sick animals are kept overnight. There are also designated cat and dog sections to alleviate stress (mainly for the cats’ beneﬁt!). An ultrasound and x-ray room, unsterile and sterile surgery theatre, and cattery replete with all manner of fun feline features to keep them both mentally and physically stimulated — including a giant hamster wheel-type contraption (Cats are only territorial when in their home environment, otherwise they mix well. But private lodgings are available for them if desired). Ellerslie vets take care of dental needs and even offer a pet physiotherapy service, too. “We have assembled such a great team here,” says Kathrin, “and we have such a lovely clientele. They come from as far as Waiheke and Whangamata and obviously they will sometimes arrive in a great deal of distress, but it really helps people to see that their animals are being cared for in such an environment.” After school and during the holidays, the cattery residents will even have the added treat of being fussed over by the couple’s young daughters. So, are they too vets in the making? “We don’t push them to do anything,” says Sascha, “but they are certainly showing an interest.”
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