Verve. March 2022. Issue 184.

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An uplifting monthly eclection of life, style and happenings.


Delve into a design-tastic issue with interior designers, kitchen designers, and ethical underwearmakers, Nisa. We also find out about energy healing , a hen who sails, and explore whether expatriates ever really leave home in their heads.


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What’s Inside


Food & Wine 105

Home & Design 16

Growing and Guardianship

Outdoor Living in Saint-Tropez 28

Design Lowdown

Journeys 120

Fashion 66

Ex-patriot? 124

Westwood Bound

Egged On



Delving into Hawke’s Bay

Elisha Watson & Nisa 77

Courts on Catwalks

Art & About 144

Beauty & Health 89

The Art of March 158

All the World’s a Stage

Insights into Energy Healing 96

Routes to Wellness


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Editors’ Notes Fran Ninow

Jude Mitchell

Welcome to the March issue, a dynamic mix of home, people at work, style, and culture. Our first 50-plus pages are dedicated to home décor inspiration, with insights provided by some of New Zealand’s leading lights in the industry, before going on to celebrate making wise choices in an era filled with challenges – especially when it comes to health. We also delve into foodie paradise with recipes of the sea to table variety – few things beat a fresh fish dish, served with a chilled glass of your favourite white.

Be inspired but not bound to interior trends – that’s my approach to interior design.


While Verve refrains from exploring many of the challenging issues we face in daily life (and as I write there seem to be a deluge of these), we take immense pride and pleasure in bringing you stories of people involved in curious and compelling pursuits – those that are courageous, creative, upbeat, a little bit unusual, and definitely inspiring. There are plenty of stories of this ilk in the issue – I’m especially thinking of Elisha Watson and her company, Nisa, and the charming story of Guirec Soudée and his chicken, Monique. We join the celebrations of International Women’s Day on 8 March, supporting this year’s theme #BreakTheBias which encourages a world in which difference is valued and celebrated, a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive… a Verve sort of world in fact. For everyone who’s been impacted by Omicron, we’re thinking of you, and hope that this bumper issue creates some space for new thoughts and possibilities within your life. We are all looking forward to the post-pandemic future waiting for us on a near horizon, when once again we can fully celebrate life in a less restricted way.


Design is something I particularly love, so working on our design feature this month has been an effortless joy. All our creative advertisers who have taken part in this issue – each with their own unique aesthetics – sharing their personal experiences in interior design and their love for it. From what I’ve gathered from the Q&As we prepared for them, there appears to be some basic tenets to follow. Design, like fashion, sees trends come and go. Take your time to purchase furniture – you want it to last a lifetime. I’ve always felt that open-plan living offers great flexibility and reinvention, allowing transition from one space to the next with little effort. I’m sure you’ll find something in this issue to help you solve any interior problems you may have! Jamie’s story on the ‘chicken sailor’ is one of my favourites – so full of joy and humour. What an absolutely unique story, a man and his chicken, best buddies, travelling the world on a yacht, with the chicken producing daily eggs while navigating the high, and at times, unpredictable seas. And last, but not least, the sun is still with us, so enjoy these beautiful days! Be happy and stay positive – it will get us through this crazy time we are collectively enduring. Enjoy! Jude x

I hope you enjoy March issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together! All the best Fran xx

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An Old Vision of New Living

In the desert, 60 miles to the north of Phoenix, Arizona, a jumbled collection of earth-coloured buildings rise from the dust and sagebrush that surrounds them.

A peculiar assortment of stacked modernist boxes and sweeping concrete arches, the buildings form the Arcosanti complex and, strewn across the hillside in their half-finished state, give the impression of an incomplete Lego set left on the landscape.

Soleri imagined cities that did not expand inexorably outward, but upwards and down into the earth; cities that were designed around people and not cars, where the inhabitants could live in greater connection with their food, energy, and one another. Arcosanti was to be the proof of this model.

Arcosanti is the long-lived life’s work of Italian architect Paolo Soleri, and it has remained in this state for the best part of the last 30 years, its buildings constructed piecemeal by a skeleton workforce of volunteers and visitors who live on-site and dedicate their lives to realising its ambitious dream. Begun in 1970, Arcosanti was created by Soleri to serve as a working model of the principles of arcology, a philosophy and architectural perspective he developed in the mid-20th century that sought to harmonise human habitation with the natural world around it and create cities that functioned as complex and interconnected living organisms.

Central to Soleri’s vision were design principles that emphasised the frugal and efficient use of resources. Passive solar design is one of the key features at Arcosanti. Buildings are south-facing to shelter their occupants from the worst of the Arizona summer, and constructed from cast concrete panels that absorb and slowly release the sun’s heat during the frigid desert winters. The panels are produced on-site through a method Soleri developed called ‘silt-casting’, where forms are built from the surrounding dirt and broken up to be recycled again once the concrete is poured and dried. This method also blurs the distinction between the natural and the built environments, as the forms impart the texture and colour of the soil onto the panels and transform them into engineered extensions of the earth they sit upon. Food is sourced year-round from Arconsanti’s greenhouse and from terraced gardens that straddle its slopes, while wastewater is treated on-site through a combination of greywater recycling tanks and biological oxidation ponds.

A former student of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Soleri conceived of arcology as a rebuttal to the ceaseless sprawl of American suburbanisation and the consumerist societies it generated. He was so vehemently opposed to this existence that the name of his studio, ‘Cosanti’ – a portmanteau of the Italian cosa and anti – translates to ‘against things’. Soleri was not, however, a Thoreau type who wanted to abolish urban living in favour of a rugged naturalism, he merely wanted to reorder it, viewing cities as “the necessary instrument for the evolution of humankind”.

From the outset, Arcosanti aimed to meld the spheres of work, social and family life into a cohesive whole. While private residences are small and, in many cases, spartan, large


Central to Soleri’s vision were design principles that emphasised the frugal and efficient use of resources.

public areas such as the vaults and the amphitheatre serve as focal points for the community and performing spaces for visiting artists and events. That tourism has become one of the leading sources of income for Arcosanti is evidence both of the shortcomings of its goal of self-sustainability, and also its resilience. Though the town never came close to reaching its goal of 5,000 residents, the 70 people who now call it home full-time ensure Arcosanti’s survival through a combination of volunteer labour, workshop teaching, and profits derived from the sale of ceramics and bronze ‘Soleri’ bells produced on-site – an industry initially meant to employ the majority of the aforementioned 5,000, and which remains Arcosanti’s largest earner. Fifty years on from its founding, less than 5% of the original plan for Arcosanti has been constructed, with the most recent building completed in 1989. Far from being a model city, Arcosanti today is a hamlet, home to a few diehards who arrived in the ‘70s and others that have trickled in in the decades since, lured by the appeal of an alternative lifestyle and willing to devote themselves to a grand idea. Their days are spent in service to Arcosanti, feeding it with their labour, tending to its aging infrastructure, and educating the tourists that come for a taste of counterculture. Although none are likely to witness any major progress in their lifetime, they continue on in the belief that the values and lessons of Arcosanti are worth working for, and that one day they will be needed by the world at large.


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Outdoor Living in Saint-Tropez

Nature is at the heart of this exceptional property where indoor and outdoor spaces are perfectly interconnected.


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A serene and soft atmosphere emanates from this harmonious interior thanks to a perfect combination of materials and colours.

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The owners of the property wanted to bring modernity to this house, originally built in the mid-1970s. Favouring natural materials, interior designer Stéphanie Coutas chose sand, beige, greige, sea green, and powder


pink tones, which can be found in both the interior and exterior furnishings. The house opens onto a spacious garden with multiple outdoor lounges and magnificent Mediterranean landscape features.

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More intense flourishes of colour have been interspersed throughout the home to bring freshness and joie de vivre. The rooms and suites are finished in white oak with a marble powder patina. To create continuity with these spaces,


the bathrooms have been fitted with brushed travertine. A serene and soft atmosphere emanates from this harmonious interior thanks to a perfect combination of materials and colours.

To create continuity with these spaces, the bathrooms have been fitted with brushed travertine.


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Situated in a prestigious area of Saint-Tropez, this stunning house has striking sea views as well as a majestic tree-lined central avenue.

Design Lowdown

This month, Verve sits down with some leading local designers to discover what inspires them and their philosophies, and to learn some tips and potential trends.

Monica Tischler Ligne Roset

When dressing a room, what is the most important factor for you?

That your individual personality is reflected in the space and that style doesn’t compromise quality, practicality and comfort. A room must align with your personal taste and be a safe, beautiful space to retreat to. If it’s not practical and comfortable, then it doesn’t truly work and won’t stand the test of time. Achieving that balance is important. Is it difficult keeping up with trends like wallpaper, fabric, and furniture design?

What is so special about Ligne Roset, is that a significant part of our collection comprises longstanding designs made to outlast fashion. For instance, Togo by Michel Ducaroy celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. We count ourselves very grateful that Ligne Roset stands the test of time and holds steadfast amid the ever-changing seasons of design. How would you define your personal design philosophy?

We love exploring the juxtaposition of modern and classic pieces and find they can really complement each other. Everything has to have special meaning and connection to us. We use my partner Matt’s grandmother’s singer sewing machine as a display cabinet in our living room. It sits alongside the Ligne Roset Andy sofa by Pierre Paulin.

How do you identify new trends?

We get a sneak preview of the most popular pieces and fabrics ordered worldwide which offers great insight into global trends. There are so many beautiful fabrics available in the Ligne Roset collection, including buttery leathers, textured patterns, and soft, neutral tones. But we find our signature pieces, in particular the Ploum settee by R&E Bouroullec and the Togo fireside chair, lend themselves well to rich, velvety jewel tones. An Alcantara fabric in the striking colour ‘Curry’ is the most popular colour of Togo worldwide.

With border restrictions opening and travel set to become a reality once more, what country excites you most from a design point of view?

France of course! Not only is it the home of Ligne Roset but there is some spectacular design and architecture holding such rich history and stories within its walls. We are eager to explore this intriguing country and its famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, Louvre and Palace of Versailles, as well as its lesser known villages lined with historic cottages reminiscent of a fairytale.


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Scale is super important, there's nothing worse than having something in situ which is out of place because of scale.


What led you into the field of interior design?

I was bought up in the industry. From a very early age I developed a passion and interest in interior design which just grew over time and led to a career in the industry. I live and breathe interior design everyday which is why it's an integral part of TRENZSEATER. When designing a room what is the most important factor for you?

The most important part when designing for clients is to work with them, listen to what they say and ensure that you put the very best in front of them so the result is absolutely stunning!

How has social media changed the design landscape for you?

Social media is a great source of inspiration for clients. It showcases the best of design on the planet and also, from a designer's perspective, it puts everything available at your fingertips. We place daily posts on our social media accounts of our own projects, products and new releases. Advice for aspiring interior designers?

My advice for anyone aspiring to be an interior designer is to engage, research, and follow anything interior design. If you have a passion for interior design then what does and doesn't feel right will come naturally.

What is a good way of using lights in your room?

I love lighting as it can create ambiance, it can create a mood which amplifies a particular style. The design of the lights also plays a huge part in which direction you are leading with a particular design.

Matching the scale of the furniture to the scale of the room?

Scale is super important, there's nothing worse than having something in situ which is out of place because of scale. Scale the furniture to the room and don't be afraid of size. Having a grand sense of scale brings everything into proportion.


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Paula Wallace Wallace Cotton

What led you into the field of textile design?

I’ve always had a passion for beautiful bed linen. Having been a textile designer since a teenager, bed linen was the perfect large canvas for some of my early artwork. How would you define your creative philosophy?

Our mantra is simple, it just has to be beautiful, whether a painterly floral of some favourite blooms, or the perfect stripe sequence and colour. We also understand how our light in NZ affects how we dress our homes, so colour and textures are really important when designing a range.

Where do you start when styling a bedroom?

I start by looking at the fixed colours in the room, floors, walls, curtains, then ask how the client likes to live and sleep, so the finished room will meet their needs. We love adding layers of comfort to the bed plus any chairs in the room, so there is always the option to get warmer or cooler during the night. If the room has patterned walls or headboard, go for simple washed linen or crisp white textures on the bed. If there are no features in the room, let loose with a beautiful passionate printed duvet and some coordinated velvet or linen colours.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Considering we haven’t been able to travel over the last two years, our team has been more creative than ever, tuning into our local environment for design themes that will resonate with our audience. What is your favourite part of the design process?

I love it when the range comes together like a beautifully coordinated jigsaw puzzle.

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Ron Redel Bob & Friends

What led you into the field of interior design?

I studied textiles many years ago and have always been mad about interiors and design in general. So, it became an obvious choice for me to finally return to what I started out loving. After 35 years in film, I opened Bob and Friends. Is it difficult keeping up with trends?

Not really, trends tend to be for followers not for leaders. I like to think that good classical ideas translate to trends. I’m aware of what’s happening and we adapt what we do if the trend is relevant. It’s important to follow your own style. I’ve been promoting colour ever since I opened even though everyone was obsessed with muted tones.

How has social media changed the design landscape for you?

The amazing thing about social media is one’s ability to research. The world is truly at your fingertip but it’s also at your clients’. I spend hours searching for new products, new looks, great images and so on. It’s remarkable how easy it is to discover makers and designers around the world. Advice for aspiring interior designers?

Try and stay true to your own look. Don’t be a follower, be original and be prepared to fight for what you believe. All creative processes are a battle to stay true to an idea.

Advice when marrying high-end with budget?

When you’re working at the high end, budget isn’t quite as big a problem. There is always a budget and we are always conscious of spending a client’s money. You have to be even more aware of selecting your key pieces and making sure you don’t let price cloud your judgement.


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Simran Saseve-Dale Karakter

What led you into the field of interior design?

Karakter was established in 2012, specifically to source and meet the need for genuine European and American midcentury design in New Zealand. We're passionate about this era of design that showcases form inspired by function, and take great pride in making iconic mid-century design accessible to our discerning customers. When designing a room, what is the most important factor for you?

We believe that the art of creating beautiful spaces is about having the confidence to layer and bring together many elements of design. A truly memorable space is formed by a combination of architecture, lighting, colours, and textures. We always begin by considering the dimensions of a space, natural lighting, and how the room will be used. After that, it's about showcasing and combining pieces of good design! How to fit bookshelves into a small space?

Mid-century pieces are generally built to a smaller scale than new, contemporary pieces. Our selection of vintage

bookshelves, chests and cabinets are great options for a small space. Failing that, we highly recommend entrusting a local carpenter to build a made-to-measure piece. What is a good way of using lights in your room?

Lighting can have an immense effect on the ambience and appearance of any space, and provides an easy way to experiment with colour, texture, and contrast. Our range of vintage lighting not only illuminates, but also adds unique and eccentric accents to a space. Advice when marrying high-end with budget?

Go for it! The quality of construction and form following function are the most important things to consider and will ensure you are investing in a piece of good design. These factors are not exclusive to high-end design and pieces at lower price points shouldn't be overlooked. Beyond this, let your heart guide you and not the brand or price of a piece. It’s important to adore the pieces you choose – whether high-end or budget!


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Erin O'Malley Madder & Rouge

When designing a room, what is the most important factor for you?

Firstly, the feel of the home as a whole. Each space, while its own entity with its specific purpose, is still read as part of a whole. I like to make sure it fits with its owners’ general aesthetic, that the room has threads which encompass the whole home. What is a good way of using lights?

I love lighting. It’s such a great way of dividing up our open plan living areas. Low hanging lights in moody corners, or a beautiful sculptural piece inviting you into the heart of a space. Overhead recessed lighting, while practical, adds very little ambience to a space, which can better be achieved with table lamps, candlelight, and feature lights. Matching the scale of the furniture to the scale of the room?

Mess with scale – this adds a wonderful energy to your room. Though, you still need balance. A beautiful, oversized coffee table in front of your sofa may need a similarly sized piece on a wall – a mirror or painting – or a tall, wide indoor plant beside the sofa. Sometimes it is not the size of the piece, it is the Home & Design

perceived weight. A visual weight, like a heavy dark sofa, may need to be offset with a large light pendant in the centre of the room in glass, voile, or paper. There are no set rules here. It is very much a feel-your-way. Is it difficult keeping up with trends such as wallpaper, fabric, or furniture design?

Don't try and keep up with the trends. Look at them, assess them and ask yourself what fits with your aesthetic. What do you find interesting when you put it beside what you already love? Does it challenge your interior point of view, and as such, is exciting and has energy? Keep these things, ignore the rest. How would you define your design philosophy?

Layers. By layers I do not mean more is more is more. I am simply referring to an awareness of the materiality of your surfaces. The relationship between the textures, shapes, and colours. Weave a story with them – they should talk to each other. The conversation could be melodic, discordant, upbeat, operatic. For me there must be a conversation going on. A song being sung.


Lyzadie Renault Lyzadie

What led you into the field of architecture, and furniture and product design?

Where do you look for inspiration for the furniture and homeware design?

I was always reinventing or inventing spaces around me as a child. I loved it. My family background had a big impact on my design journey. My French father was an accountant, a builder, and an artist; the people in my mother’s village from New Caledonia used materials found in nature for huts, tools, medicine, and so on. My paternal grandfather was an engineer and a furnituremaker. So, from an early age I was surrounded by creativity and nature. I’ve always been fascinated by how things work and are made – it’s probably why I was drawn to helping my father on building sites as a child or spending a whole year when I was 17 learning to fix old motorbikes. I’ve travelled a lot across the world and have always been interested in how cultures would be created by shaping their surroundings with buildings, art, music, and food, leading to a unique design language. All this guided me to architecture and, later in life, furniture and product design.

Around New Zealand, in nature, fashion, jewellery, music, art, literature, movies, design, architecture, sport, cars, natural and raw materials, technology, and more! Inspiration is unexpected. It usually takes me by surprise with its beauty and must touch my soul to fire up my creative juices.

When designing a building what is the most important factor for you?

With border restrictions opening and travel set to become reality once more, what city excites you most from a design point of view?

There are a few factors that are important, especially the insideoutside connection between nature and the building. I love nature and I love the feeling of being part of it, so landscaping and architecture are a big factor for me. Things like how you position your building to face the sun or openings are positioned for that intimate connection with nature. I also love using raw and honest materials as it emphasises that connection with nature. I love bringing nature inside with interior courtyards. Simple spaces with beautiful details also give a perfect backdrop for the openings to the outside, so we can dive into the outward views.

How has social media changed the design landscape for you?

We have instant design inspiration at our doorstep, whether it’s architecture or design. I feel, with social media, designers are doing the same thing across the world. A global design language is being created and it’s becoming difficult to find designs that speak to the soul on a deeper level. I prefer the uniqueness and richness of local designers who are inspired by their own context and culture, local materials, and craftsmanship.

Copenhagen. I love travelling and so it is something I have missed a lot. Denmark is somewhere I really want to explore as soon as the border restrictions open. Then, of course, I want to explore the rest of the world.


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Tracey Johnston Refined Living

When designing a room what is the most important factor for you?

Spatial design. When planning any space, the first thing to think about is the layout. Does it flow? Does it work in relation to the furniture and shape of the room? This is so important, because above all, a home needs to be functional. Closely followed by texture. Even with a neutral palette any room can be transformed by layering different textures. What is a good way of using lights in your room?

Think about how you are going to use the space. Does it need general, accent, or task lighting? Every room has different needs. A kitchen needs to be well lit whereas a living area or bedroom can benefit from less general lighting and more accent or task lighting, like a table or floor lamp. This is a great way to create a calm and cosy feel. Artwood and Halo offer an extensive range of beautiful pendants, chandeliers, table and floor lamps. See the full range at the Refined Living Showroom. Is it difficult keeping up with design trends?

It's easy to get caught up trying to keep up with the latest trends and it's no wonder when you flick through any social platform, the options are endless. The theory is if you purchase quality core pieces like sofas and dining tables, that are made to last, then you can't go wrong. The best way to keep up with trends is to add accent pieces like soft furnishings, rugs, accessories,

and decor. That way they are inexpensive to swap out when you feel like a change. The Refined Living showroom has a beautiful selection of timeless, quality furniture which is designed to stand the test of time. Where do you look for inspiration?

Halo and Artwood have amazing in-house design teams who are constantly working on new collections and keeping us ahead of the trends. We also like getting inspiration from social platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, as well as magazines. With border restrictions opening and travel set to become a reality once more, what city excites you most from a design point of view?

Artwood is one of the core brands we represent at Refined Living, they are a furniture design company based in Sweden. I would love to be able to visit their head office when the boarders open! Scandinavia is home to so many design-forward cities. I would love to stop in at Denmark – Copenhagen in particular. They are doing lots of interesting things in the design space - and it’s a beautiful city to visit.


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Wendy Francis-Ching Consignment

Who have been your favourite designers to date?

Any design trends you wish would disappear?

I have two gold-star designers when it comes to reselling: Antonio Citterio and Philippe Starck. Their designs reflect their understanding of furniture and the way it is used, meaning as well as having a piece that looks beautiful, it will be functional and so well made that it will last for generations. At Consignment, we look at quality as well as aesthetics when we decide what to consign, which led us to focus on showcasing contemporary European furniture over other genres.

I don’t think any design trends ever disappear. Antique furniture has probably been the least popular style in the past few years, but it’s being dusted off in the UK and Europe and finding its place again. I like the look of a few pieces scattered around the house, especially if it has a history. Personally, I think that the mid-century trend has been flavour du jour in NZ for a bit too long and would love to see something more modern and inspiring dominate for a while.

Where do you look for your pieces?

With border restrictions opening and travel set to become a reality once more, what city excites you most from a design point of view?

We have been blessed so far as we have a wonderful community of friends and businesses that support what we do. They either consign their own pieces, share our platform with their contacts, or refer clients, many of whom have beautiful designs but are downsizing or refreshing their homes with a different design approach. There are currently no other showrooms that offer the service we do with modern brands, and only a few that offer mid-century or quality antiques. Advice when marrying high-end with budget?

Just as with clothing, not every piece needs to be from a designer’s collection. Your room could be mostly arranged with purely functional furniture, but by placing three or four outstanding pieces in there, the whole space is uplifted. This approach also means that you can keep older pieces and those with an emotional attachment, while adding quality designs that complement these and create an exciting and classy space. Home & Design

I’m booking a trip this week to visit the UK and Europe in the coming months. Although no-one can beat French designers like Liaigre and Starck, for me the Italians rule when it comes to design and creativity. I would rate Driade, Minotti, B&B Italia, Poliform, Flexform, and Armani as among the best, although there are quality design houses like Promemoria Italy that are largely unknown here. Their attention to detail results in little strokes of genius in the finished product.


Debbie Cavit Cavit+Co

When designing a room what is the most important factor for you?

Creating a cohesive room with a sense of balance. I always find I feel more at ease in a room when the scale and placement of furniture and other objects sit well together. I always take into account the natural light, the aspect of the room, how the light will move around the room throughout the day, and how any added lighting will work in the evening. We also consider the outlook and any dominant natural colours outside that we can bring into the room to expand the experience of each area. My aim is to always create a space tailored to each individual client where they feel instantly comfortable and have a real sense of belonging. What is a good way of using lights in your room?

A variety of lighting at different heights is essential to create atmosphere. I usually only use table lamps or pendant lighting in the evening rather than having a raft of overhead lights on. It is the shadow, between the areas of light, that creates a sophisticated, yet inviting room. When working with a client, do you listen to their ideas and then suggest what you believe would be good in their space?

It’s always important to listen to clients to see what their overall goal is, and then it is our role to stretch them to add that something extra to create an outcome that will delight them more than they anticipated – whether it is the way a space functions, or the added elements they hadn't considered. It

always needs to be remembered that as a designer you are given the opportunity to create a space someone else will be living in, entertaining, laughing, crying, and experiencing every emotion in between. It needs to be a place they feel completely themselves. It takes a lot of listening and sometimes a little coaxing to create the space they can feel truly at home. How would you define your design philosophy?

The main aim is to ensure the interior suits the architecture and a client’s lifestyle. Once this is achieved there is no need to continually update an interior multiple times, because it was right the first time. I am always grateful that we have had wonderful clients at Cavit+Co who, over our 30 years in design, have understood the true value of buying once and buying well. It is something we all need to consider for the world we all live in. With border restrictions opening and travel set to become a reality once more, what city excites you most from a design point of view?

I always love visiting New York, Paris, Milan, and London to talk to suppliers and gain additional knowledge and inspiration. I used to visit each of these cities twice a year and I can't wait to pack my bags again and head off to see what we have all missed in the last two-and-a-half years. Zoom meetings and presentations have been great, but there is nothing quite like being there, face to face.


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My role is to always listen to their ideas but also encourage them to explore other options and push beyond comfort zones.

Joanne Godding Bespoke Kitchens

When designing a room what is the most important factor for you?

Reflecting the personality of the users of the room, married with the architecture of the space. How to fit bookshelves in a small space?

Consider the scale of the room when designing the furniture but also remember that sometimes when we overscale the furniture, it adds tension, drama, and interest. When working with a client do you listen to their ideas and then suggest what you believe would work in their space?

When the space is complete, my clients need to have ownership of that room. They need to feel engaged, nurtured, and inspired by being in that space. Their personality and ethos need to be reflected in that space. My role is to always listen to their ideas but also encourage them to explore other options and push beyond comfort zones. This is how we achieve the best results for our clients.

How has social media changed design for you?

My clients have a greater awareness of what is available. But often this breadth of information can be overwhelming and daunting. I certainly use this as a starting point when embarking on the design process. But as everything we do is bespoke and customised, we tend to focus on the distinct personality and characteristics of the individual project. With border restrictions opening and travel set to become reality once more, what city excites you most from a design point of view?

New York, New York!

How does the surrounding landscape and views inform your design?

They must be captured. It's what helps to elevate the design of the room by adding another layer of detail. Views beyond the room create focal points and a sense of depth and connectivity. Borrowed light adds drama and interest.


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Lauren Harvey French Country

What led you into the field of interior design?

French Country Collections was founded by Sonia Watts over 30 years ago from her untold passion for interiors and beautiful things. Today her legacy continues with her daughters Vanessa and Stephanie running the business. How would you define your design philosophy?

We believe a home is not created overnight but rather it is built on, and added to, over time. Our signature style is an easy blend of timeless classic meets pared-back rustic, with touches of industrial and luxe accents. We specialise in unique and collectable pieces, inspired by our love of collecting antiques and vintage treasures. Most of our products have a worn and natural patina, celebrating the beauty of imperfection which gets better and better with age. We strive to help customers create a place that not only looks good, but feels good too, filled with things they simply cannot live without. How do the surrounding landscape and views inform your design?

When it comes to designing and curating new looks, we’re constantly looking to nature for inspiration. Our new Summer textiles are inspired by the hydrangea flower. These stunning flowers capture the essence of summer in New Zealand and Australia and can be found everywhere from quaint country cottages to grand formal estates. Unique, hand-painted designed are then printing on 100% linen cushions and table linen. Home & Design

What is trending this year?

This year we will see more sculptural, scalloped and fluted forms, with the colour palette remaining warm. Subdued browns and caramels paired with rich and eye-catching burnt orange has formed the colour palette for this coming Winter collection. We expect to see more statement eye-catching lighting and sculptural art-like forms. Where do you look for inspiration?

Often it is not about ‘looking’ for inspiration but reviewing what has already caught your eye and exploring why! Usually, we pull inspiration from the way architecture, nature, colour combinations and street fashion makes us feel. We also try to keep in mind the cultural moment which influences so much of what people prioritise and put value on. With border restrictions opening and travel set to become a reality once more, what city excites you most from a design point of view?

Tel Aviv! There is just such a rich and diverse culture there and it informs so much of the architecture and design. They have an abundance of ancient culture and religion while proving to be one of the most innovative and creative places in the world.


Anna Silcock Parnell Gallery

What led you into the art world?

My mother Sally founded the gallery when she was 23 so I really did grow up surrounded by art. I spent most of my 20s living in London and while my career initially went down another path, I found the diverse and vibrant art scene in Europe very inspiring. Sally had always thought we would make a good team with our complementary skills and experience, so soon after I returned to New Zealand, we joined forces, and the rest is history. Is it difficult keeping up with trends?

It is important to keep up to date with happenings in both the New Zealand and global arts industries with curiosity and enthusiasm, however, for us and our clients we have recognised that alongside a knowledge of what is trending, there is greater appreciation for presenting works that will outlast a season and will be enjoyed in living spaces for decades to come. When designing a room, what is the most important factor when incorporating art into the space?

For new builds or larger scale renovations, ensure you include spaces for art during the design process! With contemporary design we are gravitating more toward open plan spaces, and that can include the use of a lot of glass, meaning less wall space. Many of our clients have commented that they wished they had considered their love for art as part of that process.

When working with a client, do you listen to their ideas and then suggest what would be good in their space?

Listening is one of the most important aspects of our role in a client's purchasing journey. Art really is so subjective. We all have unique needs and responses to art – whether it be on a conceptual or emotional level, or intrinsically being drawn toward a particular palette, style, discipline or even size, should the piece is intended for a particular space. It’s our job to listen, connect, and really understand what our clients are looking for before suggesting what may work. How has social media changed the art landscape?

We are in the fortunate position that we always have so much exciting and inspirational content to share across our social media platforms. Instagram, being such a visual platform, is the ideal space for us to share exhibitions, new bodies of work, behind-the-scenes peeks into artists’ studios, and to also engage with our local and international community in a forum that is two-way.


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Emma Eagle Good Form

What led you into the field of interior design?

When working with a client do you listen to their ideas and then suggest what you believe would be good in their space?

We’ve both held a longstanding interest in related topics – collecting, design, typography, artwork, aesthetics, and the history of art and architecture. Interiors is important to us because it affects people in such a deep way. Being considerate of interiors is being considerate of the people who use and inhabit spaces.

Of course! Where the conversation starts might be quite different to where things end up, though. Sometimes people end up investing much more in a piece because they just fall in love. The heart can move the head if it needs to. It's wonderful seeing people really connect with what they own like that.

How to fit bookshelves in a small space?

How would you define your design philosophy?

A wall-hung shelving system can be effective in small spaces, adding extra storage without any footprint. Is it difficult keeping up with trends like wallpaper, fabric, furniture design?

Trends are very visible so it's not difficult to keep up with that. We're more interested in what is timeless, unique and, personal, though. The Eames couple were designing furniture and architecture 60 years ago. We went to their home in California and it looks just as fresh and contemporary now as it did then. Their designs have a trendy element, but good design lasts.

We want to know as much as possible about what is in our space, and we want it to last a long time for sustainability reasons, but also to ensure that the pieces we have will be valued in the future and not considered throwaway. Trending this year?

Raw, understated, and natural materials. Textural details. The really successful designers and makers are able to communicate their story really well. People are wanting to discover something meaningful as well as find a piece that delights them visually.

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CLOSER TO A HOME THAN A SHOWROOM Welcome to Consignment, where we present opportunities for you to on-sell or purchase modern designer furnishings at competitive prices. We’ve created an exciting, original space to showcase and sell contemporary pieces and iconic European brands on your behalf… Antonio Citterio, B&B italia, Driade, Flexform, Maxalto, Minotti, Philippe Starck, Poliform, Armani Casa and more. Consignment offers great returns for vendors and affordable designer furniture for those wishing to buy. Our focus is on moving beautiful designs from one home to another… furniture, rugs, mirrors, art, lighting, homeware and accessories. Designer furniture is an investment; it’s something that holds its value over time, and choosing to purchase a high-end designer piece is a well-considered choice. "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris, Designer 1834-1896.

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Ambiance Interiors started in 1988 to meet a market need as there was very little product for the home coming directly from France. Visit our website or come and see us in our Newmarket showroom. With a selection of new and antique products, we are still importing one-off furniture items and new lighting from France and other parts of Europe. We also have select local artisans making superb furniture and lighting to our design, including timber tables and upholstered ranges of bed heads, sofas, and chairs. This gives a perfect blend of new and antique, local and imported, contemporary and classic. From the iconic Anduze garden pots, old French mirrors, and timber dining tables to Gien china – we have many uniquely available items for your home. We are situated in the Diva International building and next to Consignment Furniture, so there are many and varied options in easy view.

Hours: Monday to Friday 9 AM - 4 PM Contact: 021 676 869


Scott Fisk Dawsons

Who have been your favourite designers to date?

Vincent van Duysen, Michael Anastassiades and Monica Armani. How has social media changed the design landscape?

Design inspiration is now at our fingertips but more importantly for us, social media enables us to stay connected and engaged with our customers. More than ever before we can easily keep them abreast of exciting new arrivals to store and this was never more critical than when our showrooms were off limits to the public. What trends have emerged over the last two years?

Previously slow-moving luxury items have now become the normal for many customers post lockdown. There appears to be a tangible shift to higher end design and to long soughtafter designer pieces that have withstood the test of time. This dovetails nicely with the launch of our Molteni&C boutique showroom in Parnell. Quality of materials, fabrics and finishes are now a point of difference that discerning customers will readily seek out, with budget seemingly less of a driver for this ever-growing audience.

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What component of an interior is often taken for granted or undervalued?

Well-considered lighting can transform a living space and set or enhance an ambience or create a mood. Often the focus is all about the main furniture pieces since they have consumed most of the budget, however your skilful selection and positioning of lighting elements can take the design and the feel of a room to another plane. With border restrictions opening and travel set to become a reality once more, what city excites you most from a design point of view?

Pre-Covid times I visited Milan for the past 10 years for Salone Del Mobile and if everything goes to plan, I will be back in Milan in June. The buildings, the design, the people are all inspiring and I can't wait to get back.


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Each element is inspired by the nature and culture of New Zealand, with the designs exquisitely and sustainably handcrafted by local New Zealand makers. Embodying the luxury of natural materials and created with timeless sophistication in mind, LyZadie Design Studio is a welcome addition to the carefully curated home. Shop online at w w Stay up to date on Instagram @lyzadie 01/ EARTH & SKY Dining Table: rammed earth and glass,

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Goodwhile’s New Campaign Chair: Ultimate Versatility and Elegance

Comfortable elegance, the new Campaign Chair by Goodwhile evokes old worldly expeditions and imparts nostalgic charm.

handcrafted from high quality solid beechwood – a lightweight and durable timber – and assembled with stainless steel hardware.

The simple but stylish foldable chair is a stunning addition to any living space, designed to last the test of time. Its lightweight folding mechanism makes it ideal for outdoor use, whether it be in the garden or on adventures afar – and the chair’s canvas carry bag and compactness when folded means it’s easy to take on any trip.

Goodwhile takes pride in their beautiful, functional design with meticulous attention to the smallest details using the best materials and both traditional and modern techniques. Small batches are handcrafted in their workshop one piece at a time. The chair comes in two colour/wood combinations: mustard or charcoal canvas with aged beech or natural beech; available exclusively at

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A Design for Life… The Kevin McCloud Column

Designer, writer and television presenter, Kevin McCloud leapt into our consciousness with his vastly successful Grand Designs UK. The affable architectural business owner talks about taking ownership and responsibility for the villages, towns, and cities in which we live.

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It’s discovering the fact they can take matters into their own hands, and there's nothing more exciting than seeing people taking control for where they live.

I think people sometimes look at me simply as someone focused on developing and building houses, yet I feel much more passionate about the idea of making places; I find it is much more important to make communities and to see people flourish in where they live. For years and years development has been top down. It’s been an industry where people have bought and sold land, upping its value through the planning process only to build rather crappy homes and buildings in the end. I'm much more interested in the Gandhian approach, which is from the bottom up. It’s a democratic approach whereby people and communities work together to empower themselves to take control. That is often just down to a handful of individuals having a conversation with a landowner or a local authority or a local organisation and finding that, yes, they could do something. It’s discovering the fact they can take matters into their own hands, and there's nothing more exciting than seeing people taking control for where they live.

shared, for the good of the people who invest in it and live in it, not for the faceless developers and entrepreneurs who are using the concept of home merely as a vehicle for making money. It's important because we are now seeing transition towns really flourish. These are places that have adopted this concept and are now moving on with a practical, architectural and community vibe and approach that knits together and unites so many different and important facets of what it is to live somewhere. So next time you see something broken or tatty or perhaps just a bit shabby in your street, step forward, pick it up, take it into your workshop, or do whatever it is that’s needed to replenish it and make good. A new series of Grand Designs UK is currently airing on TVNZ.

We’ve all got used to this idea that if the paving stone outside our house is broken then it’s the council’s fault; or perhaps if the light doesn't work it’s someone else’s fault; whereas actually, no, where we live is ours, and we should be taking responsibility. We should be taking ownership and we can do this through Community Land Trusts and all kinds of other ownership models and initiatives. I think it's fundamental that we do this because that way we create a much more sustainable, coherent civic society. We create a world we are living in that can be


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Bring the Outdoors into Your Home


Lahood® Window Furnishings feature a diverse choice of fabrics for those looking to add natural textures and colours into their home.

That diversity incorporates the soothing qualities of nature, highlighting bold, botanical adventures through a world of rich, tropical foliage and the creatures that it cradles. Different homes require different designs that should not only reflect your personality but inspire and bring comfort. At Lahood® we can help guide you to your comfort zone. Botanical fabrics offer bold and busy designs ideal for those adventurous souls looking to make a strong statement through the natural world.

Adventure unfolds through the Botanist Collection thanks to printed velvets featuring restored archive artwork, dramatic tropical vistas, prowling tigers, and distressed damask motifs. These designs are talking points which combine bold colours and patterns to spectacular effect. From inspiration to installation, Lahood® can help you make a statement that reflects who you are and what makes your house a real home.


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Your Easy Move Clare Gregory-Jones from Your Easy Move specialises in helping people move house.

Our clients tell us we’ve made a huge difference to their move, making it easy, enjoyable, and seamless.

Harrods-trained and dedicated his working life to the moving industry.

Why do people use your service when moving house? Moving house can be stressful and requires lots of time, energy, and focus. It can be difficult when life is already busy, or you have limited support. We eliminate move-related stress, allowing clients to focus on what's important in their life whether that's work, their health, or time with family.

Much of my working life has been spent in project management-related roles, which is a great skill to have when helping people move house, but I’ve also spent time as an organising consultant helping people get organised at home for a variety of reasons, including moving house.

How do you eliminate that stress? We look after the entire move process, taking care of everything from pre-settlement through to new home set-up. We use our own skilled team and work with trusted partners to deliver a service that clients say makes a huge difference to the experience and outcome of their move. Tell us about your Total Move service? It’s a complete move solution for clients, usually including pre-settlement house maintenance, decluttering, cleaning, professional packing, furniture removal coordination, move day management, unpacking, and new home set-up. Clients can go for lunch on move day then walk in the door of their new home and the kitchen will be organised, the media connected, and even the beds made. What’s your background and why did you create Your Easy Move? My family has owned successful furniture removal businesses in England since the 1970s. My father was

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I started Your Easy Move as a way to connect with my community, make a difference by helping people experience stress-free moving, and do the work I enjoy most. Can you tell us your top tip when moving house? Get organised and start early! Do a little bit each day, build it into your daily routine and reward yourself – whether that’s a coffee, a tick on a chart, or anything that will motivate you to keep on-task. Preparing for a house move always takes longer than you anticipate. If you’re short on time, you’ll need to prioritise, or hire a moving professional like Your Easy Move to make things happen quickly and smoothly. For more tips, readers can download our Moving House Checklist and Guide at “Clare and her team were absolutely amazing, she made the move seamless. I would highly recommend using Your Easy Move” Kyria, Newmarket. For more information, contact Clare on 021 180 0651,, or visit


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The Dream Team

No other kitchen company can hold a candle to the team at Kitchens By Design regarding awards won, longevity in the business, and sheer value for money. We all love our kitchens, and so we should. Your kitchen is the single-most-important room in the home – bar none. Not only does it help feed us daily, but also acts as the social centre for the family and the focal point when entertaining. It really deserves its title as the ‘hub of the home’.

Richard is incredibly proud of his team and is keen to point out that all four of his designers are qualified designers of the NKBA (Designers of the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association). This is the highest qualification in the country, and they all regularly attend industry events to keep up to date with the latest in materials, appliances, style, and ideas.

It’s no surprise, then, that when it comes to investing in a new one, we spend a crazy amount of time researching on our devices, long evenings on the sofa buried in brochures and magazines, and countless lost weekends driving to every conceivable shop and showroom, poring over everything from taps to tiles, and sinks to splashbacks. Much of this time and effort could be saved by engaging the services of a qualified kitchen designer.

Kitchens By Design offers a comprehensive, concept-tocompletion process that ensures every client is involved and informed at every stage of the design and build processes. Importantly, especially during these times of supply chain issues and skills shortages, the company has a well-established group of preferred trades and craftspeople, which guarantees timelines and quality.

During its 30-plus years in the business, Takapuna-based Kitchens By Design has designed and delivered over 10,000 kitchens and won over 70 nationally recognised awards. Owner Richard Cripps, a cabinetmaker by trade and a well-respected member of the design fraternity, says that everything is just a collection of stuff without good design. And he's right.

"We value every one of the hundreds of the satisfied clients that have come through our doors over the past 30 years," says Richard. “And the fact that many of those clients are now coming back into our showrooms and asking us to help design their next kitchens is testament to the quality of our designers and services we offer at Kitchens By Design.”

"Your new kitchen is going to outlive any trends that are currently floating around, so you need to think carefully about that,” he says. “Don't get too caught up in what’s happening right now. Focus on the design. Design is your single most important consideration. Get the design right, and everything else will usually fall into place."

If you're looking for a new kitchen, pop into Kitchens By Design's showroom, located at 3 Byron Ave in Takapuna, or give one of its designers a call on (09) 379 3084. For inspiration, take a look at some fabulous projects at

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Seamless Transformation

Achieving a masterful villa renovation is kind of a magical formula involving a clever design, meticulous planning and a great construction team. But ultimately it depends on how well all those elements are coordinated. That’s the skill of designer Joanne Godding of Bespoke Kitchens. Home & Design


Having a clear plan is one thing. But because you never know what you will find, a lot of decisions need to be made in situ.

When the owners of a traditional villa in Freemans Bay came to update their home with a modern pavilion addition, Joanne was part of the team tasked with realising their vision. As well as creating more contemporary interiors, they were keen to respect the heritage of the villa by highlighting and complementing lovely architectural character detail like the deep skirting boards, scotias and wall panelling. Her client had a clear vision of what she wanted to achieve and Joanne worked closely alongside her to bring it all together by designing and specifying a new kitchen, four bathrooms, a laundry, and all interiors. It was an extensive project. Although the finished design looks dramatic but simple with beautiful clean lines, that simplicity belies many complex construction details. It helped that Joanne had an amazing builder/project manager in Ryan Strawbridge of Our Projects, and cabinetmaker, Bjoern May of BMC Cabinetry. Both shared the experience and skills to interpret exactly what she was after. “The end result is due to the great relationship we had. It was a seamless installation process and the synergy we had brought the best result for the client. A lot of thought and discussion went into the finer details.” She explains that when you’re working on an old house, it’s never easy. Having a clear plan is one thing. But because you never know what you will find, a lot of decisions need to be made in situ. “Ryan does that really well. He has an eye for detail. He’s very precise and can look ahead to what the finished result should look like. I really appreciated that working with him. He also comes with a great team of sub-contractors.” Likewise, Bjoern is very exacting, which was important as all the cabinetry is bespoke, customised especially for this project. “I designed the cabinetry but he has strong ideas and always has a solution on how to make it even better.”

As the design coordinator, for the interiors, Joanne’s main concern was making sure the proportions and scale were correct for the space. The kitchen was the initial key focus. “Because the pavilion space is large and voluminous, the kitchen is of a similar scale. It’s quite bold with layers of texture. We selected the benchtop first, a quartzite in white, marbled with black. The same material clads the wall behind the hob. Those choices dictated a lot of other decisions.” The dark timber flooring is also really textured, which makes the kitchen feel more grounded in the large space. Bathrooms have a similar aesthetic with the same rich, deep colours and soft matte natural textures enhanced by details like the brass fittings that add warmth. Lovely lighting from ECC delivers the finishing brilliance to provide a moody ambiance. “We were fortunate in that our clients knew what they wanted and they were open to being challenged. And there were many challenges, particularly around transporting the traditional into the modern and merging the two, getting the intricate details just right. “For example, in the living area, we wanted to add detail for texture in the high ceiling but there were issues like the position of skylights and beams. It took a lot of calculating to make it look seamless.” Over the two years it took to complete, the design evolved. It was quite a process. However, at the end of the day, the clients are thrilled. It exceeded all their expectations and they love living in it – which just goes to show, when all team players are aligned in what they’re aiming for, there’s a kind of alchemy that makes a home more than just the sum of its parts.


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Westwood Bound

Vivian Westwood, the great dame and ultimate British fashion visionary, discusses the influences that have shaped her career.

The iconic Dame Vivienne Westwood found her voice from humble beginnings; her father was a former greengrocer and her mother a homemaker, exposing the clichéd charm of village life in Tintwistle, in the Peak District. “Despite that, I always had creative passion in me,” says Vivien. “It was a desire to be different, to go about making things and designing stuff. I think I first noticed it when I was 13 or 14. 'Rock Around the Clock' by Bill Haley and the Comets was top of the charts, and there were all these Teddy boys mooching around. By then, we were living in Derbyshire. Not only did they look good, but they were overturning buses and ripping the seats out and we wanted some of it.” By the time Westwood moved in with Malcolm McLaren in his council flat in Clapham, her desire to “be someone, be anyone”, was unrelenting.

Westwood’s iconic shop on King’s Road soon doubled as a cultural reference point for punk-era fashion, and even when the Six Pistols imploded in the aftermath of Sid Vicious’s death in 1979, her ability to craft styles that were reflective and forward-thinking, yet completely in touch with trends, saw her stand alone in contemporary London fashion throughout the 1980s. “I’ve always felt I had a ‘sixth sense’ of what is going to sell,” she says. “You do that little corset, and it gives that something that nobody has seen since the 1800s, and you just know that you’re onto something. Sadie Frost was the first person to wear that on the catwalk and the photographers just died! It’s always been like that for me. I don’t doubt I have been incredibly lucky along the way, but I know I have something in me that really spots this stuff.”

The couple had a child, Joseph, and their mutual pursuit of fame led McLaren into managing the Sex Pistols as his effortlessly stylish partner capitalised on the ‘anything goes’ attitude in the punk era by putting together collections that were sharp, edgy, and non-conformist. “I started making clothes and quickly realised we were where it was at. Malcolm wanted to rework the ‘50s and I had some really nice ideas about how fashion could be embedded in music, because no-one was really doing that, hence the Johnny Rotten influence.”


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Elisha Watson & Nisa


It was only four and a half years ago that Elisha Watson traded in her life as a litigation lawyer to start an underwear brand called Nisa. An unconventional career shift, it was motivated not by a love of lingerie or a dream of being the next Victoria’s Secret, but by a desire to generate opportunities for the women she had met. During her time as a lawyer, Watson volunteered with the Red Cross and Community Law, working to help resettle refugees and recently arrived families. Her interest in this work was spurred by time spent living in Germany at the age of 20 and her experiences witnessing the heavy politicisation of issues surrounding asylum seekers and the hostility with which they were treated – an outcome she wanted to help avoid in Aotearoa. But what Watson learnt during her volunteer work was that the one thing that was needed most by the women she was assisting was something that couldn’t simply be given: a job. “The idea of social enterprise was picking up steam… and I thought that could be an awesome vehicle to provide some of the opportunities that people were looking for rather than going by the traditional charity model,” she tells me over Zoom from Nisa’s office on Wellington’s Willis Street. From the start, the brand – whose name comes from the Arabic word for ‘women’ – was founded on practicality.


“I decided to go with something sewn because I wanted to tap into a skill set that people in the community already had, and that was quite a frequent one with women.” Watson picked underwear as their product for similar reasons: it took up less space in their tiny workroom, and was something that she felt people actually needed and that she could justify putting out into the world. This second point forms the other half of Nisa’s twin missions, people and the environment, and it serves as one of the brand’s key points of difference to their competitors. While companies from Calvin Klein to H&M are increasingly introducing sustainable lines or ‘ethical’ alternatives to everyday products, the unfortunate reality is that most of these efforts fall woefully short of meeting the definition of either word and are performative at best and outright devious at worst – wide-scale acts of greenwashing intended to deceive. Not so with Nisa.


There is no hint of the airbrushing or aggressive sexualisation that is prevalent elsewhere in the industry, only normal bodies, complete with the curves and dimples that we all have but rarely see when we’re being sold undies.

Since the beginning, every pair of underwear Nisa sells has been made with certified organic cotton, and as the business has grown and branched out into swimwear and activewear, every effort has been made to ensure that their products reflect this commitment to the environment. Bikinis, sports bras, bike shorts and leggings are sewn from a regenerated nylon fabric made from recycled bottles and fishing nets, while New Zealand merino is used in Nisa’s socks, tank tops and t-shirts. In another earnest display of positivity, the models who wear the clothes do so with an honesty and naturalness that, if this were any other brand, might feel contrived. There is no hint of the airbrushing or aggressive sexualisation that is prevalent elsewhere in the industry, only normal bodies, complete with the curves and dimples that we all have but rarely see when we’re being sold undies.

are currently working towards B Corp certification, one of the most prestigious corporate standards in the world, held only by businesses that can demonstrate high levels of transparency, accountability, and social and environmental performance. The next step in Nisa’s development is an expansion into Australia, a market that already accounts for 15% of their sales but which they are hoping to double. The challenge, Watson says, is communicating “a very local story in a way that has international appeal, or at least Australian appeal”. While the Nisa story may have started in Aotearoa, their goals and attitudes are sure to have global appeal and, in a world where consumers are increasingly conscious of the impact of their dollar, it’s hard to imagine a future where Nisa’s approach to business does not succeed.

The products themselves are beautiful, practical and beloved by customers – a quick glance at the hundreds of five-star reviews on their website confirms that – but it is this honesty that has propelled Nisa to its current success, seen it recognised as a SheEO venture, and rewarded Watson’s leadership and vision with a place on the prime minister’s trade delegation to Australia. As Nisa has grown, their customer base has broadened, enticed by the integrity of the brand’s mission – both social and environmental – and their refusal to rest on their laurels and be a single-issue company. Watson tells me that they



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Courts on Catwalks:

A Look at Sportswear as Fashion

The activewear industry is expected to be worth around $811 billion by 2024 according to Allied Market Research, while the sneaker market alone will likely reach $178 billion by 2026, up from $117 billion in 2020. Verve examines athleisure’s spectacular rise.

As a basketball-obsessed young teenager in the early ‘90s, few things were more important than bagging a pair of Nike Air Jordans and what was, back then in England, a very hard-tofind number 23-emblazoned Chicago Bulls vest (both to be worn both on court and off). Such was my infatuation that my second (and final) pair of Air Jordans was two sizes too big (they were the only ones left in the store), making my skinny legs resemble a couple of clumsy golf clubs out on the basketball court. My love of playing basketball, however, waned with age and my new infatuation of music – the Britpop scene – leading to the Nike Air Jordans and Chicago Bulls vest to be ditched for retro Adidas trainers and Fred Perry tees. BRAND NAMES

In 1935, the legendary Fred Perry became the first ever tennis player to secure a career grand slam (winning all four major singles titles in one year) and remains the only British player to have ever done so; also winning Wimbledon three years in a row from 1934 to 1936. However, the tennis great’s name is now arguably more associated with his eponymous clothing company (coincidentally, his father was a cotton spinner), founded in the early 1950s with the release of the Fred Perry t-shirt. Originally worn by Perry at Wimbledon, the iconic collared tee featured the famous chest laurel wreath logo in honour of the tournament’s symbol: a design that remains largely unchanged to this day. The tennis tops were embraced by the 1960s mod subculture and continued to be worn over following decades by old-school-influenced artists (and their fans) like Blur, Amy Winehouse, and the Arctic Monkeys.


Nike’s Jordan brand – which includes clothing as well as those sneakers adorned by the iconic ‘Jumpman’ silhouette – now accounts for more than one-tenth of Nike’s overall business, bringing in $7.5 billion between 2020-’21. Two years ago, it was revealed Jordan’s four-decade association with the sportswear label had netted the basketballer, widely regarded as the greatest of all time, more than $1.5 billion. Though Nike boasts a way bigger turnover (in no small part thanks to ‘MJ’), most fashionistas would agree Adidas to be the cooler (not to mention more ethical) brand. It was also the first choice for the precocious young Jordan when he was searching for a shoe deal way back in 1984. Adidas didn’t feel Jordan was the right fit for them (they thought he was too short), while Nike, who had just created their revolutionary ‘air’ technology for their running shoes, offered him a deal that his father said he’d be “a fool” to refuse. Nike thought they’d do well to be selling $4.5 million worth of Air Jordans by the end of year four; in the first 12 months alone, they sold $187 million. Basketball shoes had made the crossover into mainstream fashion before – most notably Converse All Stars which remain a classic wardrobe staple with arguably wider appeal – but nothing had ever had the immediate pop cultural impact of Air Jordans. (Converse, founded in 1908, is now, incidentally, owned by Nike.) “For a kid, it was almost like owning a light sabre from Star Wars,” recalls rapper Nas of the early Air Jordans in the extraordinary Netflix Chicago Bulls documentary, The Last Dance. “You needed that shoe to be like him. It was more than a status symbol – you knew that this guy was the guy.”


And so athleticwear hasn’t just shaped fashion but helped bring about cultural change, as noted by fashion historian Deidre Clemente, it’s “the ultimate breaking down of barriers”.


But fashionable sportswear predates even Fred Perry t-shirts and Converse high-tops. Three decades before Perry promoted his tennis shirt on Wimbledon’s hallowed lawns, another grand slam champion, René Lacoste of France, designed a short-sleeve cotton shirt with buttons to aid breathability and a collar that could be turned up to prevent sunburn on the neck. Lacoste’s nickname, ‘the crocodile’ provided inspiration for the brand’s unmistakable logo. (What we now know as a ‘polo shirt’ was originally a ‘tennis shirt’ – a type of top that also found favour among the polo-playing fraternity. When Ralph Lauren launched a range of similarly styled tees with his famous polo player logo, the garment, no matter the brand, became commonly referred to as a polo shirt instead.) In the 19th-century, blazer-like sports coats were first developed for British and European nobility for hunting as regular suit jackets were too uncomfortable while riding on horseback. The jackets were adopted by US university students and worn with non-matching trousers giving birth to the ‘preppy’ look still popular today, with students incorporating tennis shirts and sports shoes – back then plimsoles – into their everyday wear. The first patent for the process that created the plimsole – the bonding of rubber soles to canvas uppers – was awarded in 1832 to Wait Webster of New York. Within a few years, rubber tyre manufacturers on either side of the Atlantic, Goodyear in the US and the UK’s Dunlop, began producing their own versions of the plimsole, the latter’s efforts evolving into the Dunlop Green Flash, worn by Fred Perry during his 1930s prime. Like Converse All Stars (also a riff on the plimsole), Dunlop Green Flash continues to be a timeless fashion favourite. It was around this period that Germany’s Adi Dassler entered the fray with

his Adidas running shoe. The ‘brand with three stripes’ gained much publicity when worn by gold medal-winning Black athlete Jesse Owens as Hitler watched on at Berlin’s infamous 1936 Olympic Games. Women may now rely on activewear for everyday comfort as well as sweating it out at the gym, but Victorian designs were a far cry from Lululemon yoga pants. Throughout the 1800s – and beyond – women were still expected to keep things covered; that’s if they were allowed to exercise at all. In 1806, British magazine La Belle Assemblée advised: “The constitution of women is adapted only to moderate exercise; their feeble arms cannot perform work too laborious and too long continued, and the graces cannot be reconciled with fatigue and sun burning.” The long dresses of the day only allowed for activities like archery and ice skating, but as the century progressed, so did female sportswear (just), with the evolution of the divided skirt, pantaloons, and eventually, into the 20th century, shorts. But still some cried scandal: “Females who don track shorts and jerseys and run and jump in track meets are just wasting their time, and ours,” ran an Esquire article in 1938. “They weren’t built for that sort of costume.” Even as late as the 1950s, some universities limited when and where women could wear shorts. And so athleticwear hasn’t just shaped fashion but helped bring about cultural change, as noted by fashion historian Deidre Clemente, it’s “the ultimate breaking down of barriers”.


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Re-wild the Earth

In 2018, Dan Wilson and Paulina Ciurzynska came to understand that there’s a profound link between our personal health and contentment on a human level, and the impact we have on the environment and planet that sustains us.

Driven by this desire to create a brand that reflects our true inner essence, Dan and Paulina founded LETE, a leisure- and activewear brand that meets the needs of both humans and the environment. “We want you to feel this connection when you wear our clothing – to nature, to community, and to yourself.” Dan and Paulina have certainly put in the hard yards to ensure every step of their

manufacturing process is as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. LETE Clothing is made from sustainably sourced and produced bamboo fibre, creating the ultimate balance of form and function, performance, and comfort. Nearly all their products are close to being 100% made from bamboo, and they aim to be completely polyesterfree within five years. Currently, some garments contain recycled elastane because there is currently no better option, however they’re working on changing this.

atmosphere during the manufacturing process – making it a sustainable choice with minimal impact on the planet. What’s more, bamboo is also twice as soft and more alike to silk or cashmere than cotton, so, feels like your second skin. Sustainable activewear that does more for the planet and encourages us to do the same. That’s LETE.

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The Warmest Colour




Tian Taru – “a tree that grown between heaven and earth” – is a minimalist, Japanese-inspired indigo-dyeing studio that sits above the confluence of two rivers in dense, Balinese jungle rooted in perfect clay soil less than an hour from Ubud.

The bucolic sanctuary rests beneath the shady canopy of native trees and an indigo plantation that “grew from only one cutting”.

It’s a dream realised by Dutch-born, Spanish-raised Sebastian Mesdag who has been living on the Indonesian island for the best part of two decades. He discovered the wonder of indigo on a trip to Bali as a teenager with his uncle, Haans van Praag. (His great uncle, the 19th century artist Hendrick Willem, painted the Panorama Mesdag, Europe’s biggest circular painting, that stands 14m high and stretches 120m around a museum in The Hague.) In the late ‘90s, Sebastian moved to India where he worked with the Weavers Studio in Kolkata. Though many most likely most associate it with colouring denim, indigo dying is one of the most ancient textile practices, used for more than 6,000 years across the continents of Africa, South America, and Asia owing to the Indigofera tinctoria (or ‘true indigo’) plant thriving in tropical zones. It was widely believed that the Ancient Egyptians were likely to have been the first to adopt the practice until archaeologists unearthed scraps of indigo-dyed cotton at a ceremonial mound at Huaca Prieta in northern Peru in 2007. The fabric is estimated to be 6,200 years old. Back at Tian Taru, visitors to the studio may experience this ancient craft by way of workshops run by Sebastian and his small team including his Balinese wife, Ayu Purpa (the couple live on-site with their two young children), who have more than four decades’ worth of natural dye and textile design experience between them. The team guides guests through the plant-toproduct process in a single day thanks to pre-prepared steps like seen in cooking shows.

Harvested leaves are soaked in water for days causing it to turn from various shades of green and blue before settling into a purple hue, ready for calcium hydroxide to be added forcing the indigo to the bottom to eventually form a yoghurt-like paste. The paste is later transferred to clay pots and mixed with hot water and more calcium hydroxide along with local palm sugar to activate the bacteria that encourages the indigo to “take on a life of its own”. Unless the concoction is kept at just the right pH level, it will perish, along with that vibrant colour. Like wine, though the process and recipes remain constant, no two batches are the same. The one-day workshops, capped at 10 participants “outline the fundamentals of indigo dyeing”, from “growing and harvesting the plant to extracting the dye into a paste”. Visitors create their own vats and are guided through several dyeing techniques before making their own unique items. Lunch is provided, made using herbs and coconuts from the Tian Taru garden. The studio often collaborates with local artists and makes its own textiles that are sold from its onsite shop and a couple of stores in nearby Ubud. The plantation was originally funded by natural-dye t-shirts made by Sebastian and his wife. The pair describe their practice as meditative, like therapy. Sebastian believes indigo to be more than a colour, rather a life force “woven through history” that connects humanity to Mother Nature. There goes an old saying that people don’t just work with indigo, they become it. And visitors to Tian Taru experience this quite literally – as their blue-stained wrists will attest. Discover more at .


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Natural Prebiotic Richness

Packed with fibre, polyphenols, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, yacon beats all other vegetables and fruit when it comes to prebiotics.

What is yacon and what are the benefits of taking NZFOS+ Yacon Concentrate?

55 strains of Bifidobacterium and boosts total colonisation by 28%. It’s important because when prebiotics and probiotics mix, short chain fatty acids (post-biotics) are produced. Aside from keeping the microbiome healthy, these post-biotics repair leaky gut, remove fat from the liver, take cholesterol from the arteries, and improve hormone signalling.

As a prebiotic, NZFOS+ feeds gut bacteria to make short chain fatty acid – important for regulating hormones like insulin, managing fat like cholesterol, and healing the gut lining, and more!

NZFOS+ is particularly good for gut health. Tell us more about the communication pathway between the gut and the brain?

Yacon is a root tuber, high in fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and antioxidant polyphenols like chlorogenic acid. NZFOS+ is a concentrate of these beneficial components, and one serving (12g) has more dietary fibre than 1kg of fresh yacon.

Is NZFOS+ recommended for everyone?

NZFOS+ can benefit almost anyone. It’s recommended for diabetics and people with gut disease because of the improvement in gut health, insulin sensitivity, and glucose management. However, for similar reasons it may benefit people looking to reduce cholesterol, manage hormone problems, recover from chemotherapy, and more. It’s best to avoid NZFOS+ if allergic to nightshades. What does it taste like and how should you take it?

NZFOS+ tastes sweet like honey, with the earthiness of molasses. Take it straight, mixed with water, or food. It’s best below 40°C to preserve the action of the antioxidants.

The gut is known as the ‘second brain’, and communication signals go both ways! That’s why if you’re stressed you might feel it in your gut – and if you have an unhealthy gut, you’re more likely to suffer stress. The same bacteria and chemicals that live in the gut travel to the brain – this is the communication pathway, and the reason microbiome health is so important. The gut produces most of our serotonin, the chemical that regulates sleep, mood, appetite, and so on. We rely on the bacteria in our gut to produce up to 70% of chemicals like serotonin. When we feed our gut bacteria, we are also feeding our brain. What is particularly unique about the yacon grown in New Zealand?

What exactly is a prebiotic and why are they beneficial?

We’re in the perfect spot, with UV rays, volcanic soil, and good rain to grow yacon with some of the highest antioxidant levels globally. That’s why NZFOS+ is so antioxidant-rich with 0.13g of polyphenols per serve.

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Prebiotics feed gut bacteria (probiotics). NZFOS+ feeds over


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Trying to Conceive in Your 30s Dr Devashana Gupta

Repromed Medical Director, Gynaecologist, and Fertility Doctor

For those in their 30s, knowing the facts around where you stand on your fertility journey will help you make decisions. Repromed Medical Director, Dr Devashana Gupta, shares information for those who may be wanting to start a family, with some tips about where to start. It helps to understand some biological facts about eggs. You are born with your lifetime supply of eggs, around one million to two million at birth. There are a fixed number of eggs and therefore a limited fertile period, when conception is possible. Each month, about a dozen eggs begin to grow, but only one or two of them reach full maturity and are released during ovulation. For most people who lead a normal, healthy lifestyle, this process continues like clockwork until most eggs have almost depleted, which then kick starts the menopausal phase. Because of this attrition process, it does become harder to get pregnant naturally from the mid-30s. Fertility declines as we age because older eggs are more susceptible to errors in the egg maturation process, resulting in a higher chance of either miscarriage, or abnormalities. The good news is that it does just take just one ovulated normal egg to make a healthy baby. While there is nothing we can do to increase the quantity of eggs, there are things we can do to possibly maximise the quality of eggs. To boost the chances of conceiving naturally, a healthy, low-stress lifestyle is a great place to start. Tips include reducing your alcohol and caffeine intake, focusing on getting your weight in a healthy range, quitting smoking, choosing nutritious, antioxidant rich food, and getting regular exercise. There are lots of references on the Repromed website with tips about nutrition and your fertility.

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Everyone is unique, but if you are in your 30s and haven’t naturally conceived after trying for 12 months, seeking an opinion from a fertility specialist is the best advice. Your GP can refer you, or you can book a private consultation directly with Repromed at our Remuera clinic. No referral is required, and an initial consultation might answer a lot of your questions. One of the first steps we do is check egg reserve levels. An AMH test measures the hormone produced in the follicles of the ovaries. Testing the levels of AMH via a simple blood test can give us a picture of overall fertility, based on the number of eggs developing at one time. For the best chance of having children, if you want a family, and are in a position to start trying to conceive, our doctors will likely advise not to delay. In the case of fertility, it’s best to start the process sooner rather than later to give yourself the best shot. Our clinic is here to help you achieve your dream of having a baby and answer any queries you may have. We offer ‘fertility excellence with heart’ and are passionate about offering genuine fertility care that is highly personalised to suit your needs and personal values. Everyone is welcome. If you’re interested in discussing your fertility, new clients can book a free 15-minute phone consultation with a Repromed fertility doctor. Phone 0800 483 105 or email

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Specialist Obstetricians. Auckland Obstetric Centre is a unique practice in Parnell made up of six leading specialist obstetricians and support staff. Together we have many years of experience and feel privileged to be able to share in the care of women during their pregnancy. To find out more about how we can care for you and your baby call our team or visit our website.

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Get Life Balance Verve chats to Gloria Seaman about her work as an Auckland health practitioner at her clinic, Balance for Life.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what led you to establish Balance for Life?

I was a dancer for 20 years, but I‘d always had a deep interest in alternative healing modalities, psychology, emotions, energy, and why some people get sick and others don’t. I read many books, but was especially inspired by Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God. I knew I wanted to learn to help people find their way to health using holistic healing methods. After reiki initiation in South Africa, I became a heilpraktiker, meaning I’m naturopathic practitioner who has studied anatomy, physiology, pathology, and diagnostic assessment. This training gave me a profound knowledge in basic medicine but still wasn’t quite what I wanted to do. So, I went on to studying iridology, osteo-symbiosis (cranio-sacral and visceral osteopathy), foot reflexology, and Dr Bach Flower Essences. In 2010, I became a certified kinesiologist with NZCK and ICPKP, and later completed one-year, full-time training with the New Zealand School of Professional Hypnotherapy in association with the UK Academy of Therapeutic Arts and Sciences. What is a holistic massage?

It’s essentially a full body-massage but includes kinesiology muscle testing to tap into the body’s wisdom by bypassing the critical, judgmental mind. I check on your energetic body and find one priority flower essence to use during massage to balance energy, using acupressure points and ‘listening’ to your body as needed. I will then move on to reiki energy healing, then continue to work on the head with massage and cranial -sacral techniques. After that, I move to your feet and legs, using both massage and foot reflexology, while talking you through a guided meditation. Feeling and being in connection with you, I might get more information which I may integrate into the session. Every session is unique and tailored to each moment.

And the benefits?

At the very least a blissful relaxation, but there are far more, and far deeper benefits. One client put it beautifully: You gave me one of your lovely treatments in April, just before my return to Scotland. It was a time when I was feeling tremendously disconnected and fearful, which you spotted. It felt like you helped me begin my journey back with positivity and calmness. Thank you so much for that. Being back has had its ups and downs, but I have been investigating my spirituality as you suggested, and found myself in Italy this summer, on the Hill that Breathes in la Marche. It was a week of tai chi, meditation, and guidance in the way of the Tao, and a week in which your words of connection to the universe really began for me. I live with gratitude for all you probably unknowingly gave me. I can only say it is unlike any other massage therapy I have ever experienced. You treated my body but somehow my mind and soul felt healed too. Your choice of Bach Flower Remedy was ideal (I think 'disconnection' would be difficult to diagnose without the intuition and skills you possess), and you set me off on my path with renewed energy and strength. With love and light, Emma Who would most benefit from your therapy?

Those who struggle with anxiety, sleep, and tension, aches and pains in the body. The holistic massage can help with anything that stress makes worse. It’s not just the immediate effects of the session, but, more importantly, the long-term effectiveness through working with the whole story (mind, heart energetic, and physical body) and by equipping them with tools, and maybe a new outlook, hope and positivity. How does one book?

Very easy just text, email or go on my website: 021 0221 8085

I also offer hypnotherapy and kinesiology sessions. Beauty & Health


Insights into Energy Healing From Angelika Klotz – energy healer, complementary therapist, and wellbeing coach. Since at least Dr Oz’s (heart surgeon and professor at Columbia University New York) remark on the Oprah show that the use of energy in healing will be the next biggest frontier in medicine, more people have been waking up to the possibility that complementary energy healing techniques can lead to healing and full recovery without the side effects of invasive techniques and chemical compounds in pills. In essence, energy healing is a holistic practice that activates the body’s subtle energy systems on many levels – physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. Modern life puts a lot of stress onto our bodies that often manifests as energetic blocks. These blocks might not be felt at first but can express themselves as a niggle, discomfort, or pain. Energy healing will stimulate the body’s inherent ability to heal itself which supports the removal of these blocks. Until the beginning of the industrial revolution, energy healing was a daily routine practised in many ways and traditions, some of them thousands of years old. Everything you see and experience is made up of energy – little particles that are vibrating at a certain level, a stable table or chair obviously at a different level than a tree or flower. The same is true for our bodies and its smallest components – 35 trillion cells. You might remember when your mother gave you energy healing by putting her hand on your injury or blowing a kiss on your wound. Bringing her good healing intentions and vibes to your hurting body is the most loving energy healing there is, and it most probably helped almost instantly.

People who are happy tend to vibrate on a higher frequency and their laughter can be infectious. This results in people with lower energies to navigate towards people with higher energies, energy that is experienced as lighter and brighter. Millions have experienced how they can leave stress, anxiety, fatigue, sleeplessness, and physical ailments behind, including Irish tap-dancing sensation Michael Flatley who was struck down by a mystery virus causing leathery, muscular and joint pain which made it impossible to him to continue performing. After three years of suffering, he attended bioenergy healing sessions and was cured. There are so many accessible energy healing modalities available. From energy balancing techniques like reiki, sekhem and connective healing, to energy medicine like BodyTalk, the Body Code, Aquarian, and ThetaHealing. From ancient techniques like acupuncture and ayurveda, to movements that clear your energy pathways: tai chi, qi gong, yoga, and 5 Rhythm Dance. From techniques that use tools like crystals and coloured light, to modalities that help to adjust your thought processes like Psych-K, EFT, and the Emotion Code. All these techniques bridge the gap between the often medically unexplainable problems that won’t resolve with medical interventions and the possibility that your body just needs an energetic tune-up. You’ll find the right energy healing modality for you; all it needs is your curiosity and a willingness to try.

How come we lose that innocent trust when we are growing up? Still, we talk about good vibes of a person or a place.


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Replenish Healing® After seeing how positive wellbeing in individuals had a flow-on effect into their careers and businesses, Amanda Cowlrick transitioned from her career in administration finance to holistic healing.

What are the benefits of reiki healing for those who already feel healthy and happy?

Most like some me-time, time that is all about them, and reiki can offer this either in-clinic or by distance. It is also helps reconnect with what is important, reenergising and replenishing your tanks. Sometimes we don’t realise we’re not okay until we become overwhelmed, so having something like reiki to utilise regularly, even when in a good space, can just tweak the beginning of any imbalance before it becomes too big. You also work in homeopathy, does this complement reiki healing?

Yes, as they are both about energy healing. Homeopathy is part of the holistic circle and can work every deeply within the body. As homeopathy can bring emotions that are long buried to the surface, reiki can then support clients through this journey, alongside it. You also offer Atua Healing®, a non-invasive form of energy healing. Tell us how this healing practice draws on the traditions of te ao Māori rongoā?

Atua Healing® is a New Zealand based energy healing practice founded by Carmel Cochrane. Atua Healing® draws on the traditions of te ao Māori rongoā through the belief that our ancestors are with us throughout our lives and because of this they can help us connect with the energies of Atua (meaning gods or goddesses). Atua Healing® helps clear blockages that can be caused by reactions to events over our lives. Beauty & Health


I see reiki and Atua Healing® as having a relationship but with slightly different energies. Atua Healing® works across the seven energy levels of the body, whereas with reiki it’s just the person’s energy as a whole that you’re utilising. How do you determine which treatment is most appropriate for your client?

Clients, or their bodies, often intuitively know what treatment they need, so I won’t change a client’s mind if they have already made a choice. If a client is unsure, we will have a chat and work out from there what might work best for them at the current time. To treat your client’s holistic wellbeing, it is surely very important to understand their emotional and intellectual nature. Opening up in like this might be a confronting process. How do you support your clients through it?

Part of my role is to build rapport, and this can vary from a few minutes to a couple of sessions. In homeopathy, rapport it is a fundamental part of eliciting information from a client to get the best outcome. Most people just want to be listened to and heard, so letting people speak without judgement is an important aspect of this. Using silence as a support tool can be very beneficial as it gives the client time to think and not be rushed. Often, when the flood gates open, people feel a release and want to share. Just being there for them can be enough.


Healing with Karuna Reiki Olivia Ross is a beauty therapist, massage therapist, reflexologist, and Karuna Reiki healer at Manaaki Wellbeing.

Her approach as a holistic therapist is to provide a neutral, calm and safe space for each client to explore their individual needs by offering treatments like facials, skin rejuvenation, body therapies, and energy healing therapies. How do you determine which treatment is most suitable for your client?

From a holistic viewpoint, it’s about working synergistically to support each client's wellbeing through their interests and goals. Usually, it’s just a case of active listening, and other times I may be intuitively guided to suggest alternative treatments such as reflexology, or the BioPulse Detox Foot Spa. No one treatment is the same, as every client's needs are specific to them – whether that be skin needs, body needs, health concerns, or emotional needs. Here at Manaaki Wellbeing our primary focus is to encompass holistic wellbeing on all levels, whether that be physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, or all of the above. Can you tell us about Karuna Reiki, and where this practice comes from?

Karuna Reiki means ‘an action that is taken to diminish the suffering of others’; it can also be defined as the reiki of compassion. Karuna Reiki is healing energy which assists us in awakening universal compassion and the wisdom in one’s soul. When combined with energy, our state of consciousness in compassion has a great transformational power. Karuna Reiki is derived from a collection of ‘additional symbols’ where some came along with attunement processes. Although many of the symbols used in Karuna Reiki are similar as those used in other systems and schools, the intention and attunement of Karuna Reiki is different, and the energies connected to it are unique to the system.

What first drew you to this practice?

The concept of compassion, unconditional love, and spiritual evolution. I was initially influenced by a former spa teacher at Elite International School of Beauty & Spa Therapies, who introduced me to her reiki master. She recognised my enthusiasm for holistic wellbeing and suggested that I would make a great reiki healer. As an empath, I knew this was something I wanted to be able to offer to all of my clients as my personal gift, regardless of what treatment they’d booked. What are the healing properties of Karuna Reiki?

Karuna Reiki techniques assist in healing or facilitating of: addictive behaviours; allergies; anxiety; chakra balancing; chemotherapy; developing healthy habits; karmic issues; mental focus and grounding; physical injuries and emergencies; resistance to healing; and spiritual growth. What Karuna Reiki does for us, in part, is help our energy system become more fully activated. Reiki treatments are wonderful to give and have taught me many lessons, such as the value of trust. I have learned when giving a treatment it is best to just let the energy flow on its own and not try to control it. Reiki has consciousness of its own and knows where to go and what to do. The most rewarding part of your job?

That’s easy! It is the pure satisfaction of serving others. It’s giving that one person an entire 60-, 90-, or 120-minute treatment of undivided time and attention. Of giving complete focus to them, their needs, their wishes, their goals, and an often-well-deserved time out from the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.


March 2022


All things yoga with Lasse Holopainen

of Maruia River Retreat.


What can a a guest expect from yoga classes at Maruia River Retreat?

Firstly, that attending the yoga class is not compulsory. I find that when the 'must' disappears, then people are a little more open. Secondly, I like to create an experience where it is about them, about their practice. Even if you've never practised yoga before, my goal is that you leave with the fundamentals for a solid, life-long practice. And if you have been to yoga before and have a practice, that you go away with a deeper insight of what that practice is. Yoga can change the neuro pathways and connections in the brain. The asanas or physical postures create moments of elasticity in the brain when you are reforming all these neural connections. During those moments, we are childlike again. If someone stays for three days and practises yoga daily, what can they expect?

On day one, I give them the basics of muscle activation and a scientific approach to stretching. A combination of the scientific knowledge of the Western tradition and the discipline of the Eastern tradition. When you give a student a kinesthetic, or ‘felt’ experience, even a forward bend of just tilting the pelvis forward with the knees bent can be very powerful. And before they know it, they can touch their hands to the ground.

highly fit individuals. You are using your muscles as resistance bands to the opposite muscles. It can be hard work, but it doesn’t matter what fitness level you are, you can still work. Do you find that most guests are open to yoga?

Surprisingly, yes. When we run as a hotel when it is not a retreat weekend. I've had times when everyone comes here and nobody is planning to do the yoga. They do the first yoga class and then they show up for all three days. Then they all eat together because it becomes a shared experience. For dinners, even if you want your own space, we serve at the same time, so there’s still a sense of being a part of something that is going on. For the retreats, people arrive here unsure if they are going to like it. Will there be alcohol? Are they going to be serving meat? (Yes, to both questions.) And what do you mean, 'yoga'? And you have a bit of a chat. And what we have found, is that if you have a group that goes to the first day of yoga, they will tell the others to go. And by the end, everyone is there. In general, people have been very receptive and our reviews on yoga have been very good. But most importantly for me, people have said, "I'd like to continue, where can I find a teacher?" I've found that what we do here especially resonates with couples. A lot of wives bring their husbands to the yoga class and the type of yoga I teach tends to resonate well with men. They get it. It is an intellectual engagement and it challenges them. And then they start working quite hard. And I like that, because then I can push them.

Even after three or four days of yoga, the benefits go forward in your life, they linger. By the third day, I’m instructing very little. In the first class, I do an analysis. I have people on chairs so I can see how they move around and whether they have any issues. But even on a chair, I can make it very challenging, even for

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Anti-Ageing ‘Anti-ageing’ and ‘anti-wrinkle’ are words we don’t look forward to seeing decorate the shelves of our medicine cabinets, but why should we consider ageing something to be feared? Ageing gracefully is one of life’s most beautiful journeys, but sometimes we just need that extra helping hand.

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Cosmetic Tattooing Making rolling out of bed and onto a video call even easier, semi-permanent makeup and cosmetic tattooing makeup allows us to actually claim that ‘we woke up like this’. Semi-permanent makeup is a form of tattooing, meaning the application process involves injecting pigments into the skin, between the dermis and the epidermis, using microneedles.

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March 2022

Routes to Wellness Verve asked some leading lights of the wellness and beauty industries to share their daily routines, and let us in on a few of their secrets for healthy skin, body and mind.

Belle Hartles of Goju I like to take a sustainable approach to my wellness rituals, keep it simple, and repeat. My skincare routine consists mostly of The Ordinary serums and doubling down on SPF, but my favourite products are local skincare brand Pal’s Skin Lab 2.5% Retinol and Goju’s Collagen shot to keep those wrinkles at bay! I’m a regular at my local F45 gym so I don’t go a day without a Goju Turmeric to help restore my muscles and keep my mind sharp – plus it gives your skin a healthy glow. My day usually ends with stretching. I love closing the day out with a sense of control and connection to my body.

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Sue Crake of Finesse It feels so good to take control and carve out a little moment of peace. My own favourite ritual helps restore my inner balance and grounds me at the end of a busy day. I simply turn off all devices and run a warm bath, adding Epsom salts for a calming magnesium boost. A gentle exfoliation with Osmosis Berry Polish leaves my skin smooth and glowing. Then, an application of the heavenly Osmosis Tropical Mango Mask makes for a blissful experience, enveloping the senses while recharging and restoring stressed skin. It’s the nearest I’ll get to a tropical island for a while, but it’s the next best thing!

Louise Gray To start with, I ensure that I have a great breakfast, as I find this keeps me level throughout the day. My go-to is always poached eggs on toast followed by the New Zealand Longevity Foundations Vitamin C, Bestow Beauty Oil for EFAs, and One Truth 818 Telomere Support, helping to keep my mind and body young. I have found simplifying has revolutionised my mindset. From my space (decluttering) to skincare rituals, to eating more in line with the seasons or just completing a jigsaw puzzle instead of being online. But most importantly, regular sessions with my business coach who reminds me to focus on the things I can control and to let go of things I can’t, both in a business sense, and in life generally.

Dr Libby I’m a big advocate of looking after ourselves everyday so we don’t get to a place where we need to recharge. One of the best ways to ensure we don’t reach burnout point is to provide our bodies with optimal levels of nutrients so they can function at their best. One way that I do this, along with eating a truckload of whole real food, is to take my Bio Blends Organic Daily Greens and Radiant Reds powder in a glass of water each morning. It’s a quick and effortless way to boost your intake of greens, nutrients and antioxidants. Organic Zinc is also another great supplement to take on a daily basis which can help ensure that our batteries are not depleted. Without adequate zinc levels, people often feel tired, suffer from depressed moods, experience digestive challenges, and have trouble fighting off colds and other infections. It’s a great way to build resilience and recharge on a cellular level.


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Yvonne Marvin of Cool Body I don’t have brekky before leaving home, just 500ml of warm water with the juice of half-a-lemon, followed by a sachet of electrolytes in another 500ml of water. This hydrates me for a great part of the day. · · · · ·


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From around 6am, I’m constantly around people. East Day Spa is my favourite hideout to have some me-time. Sometimes I’ll visit the cinema alone, too. I keep an eye on my iron levels, as does my doctor. If I feel as if I am dragging my heels, I'll have the odd iron infusion at Sapphire Clinic, and after about a half-hour I feel as though I can jump mountains. Monalinda by Sapphire Clinic is my go-to skincare product range. I use their serums, eye cream and moisturiser. One application in the morning takes care of my complexion for the day. As a strength trainer and the practitioner at CoolBody, I’m on my feet all day. I also exercise with weights to improve my bone density. I’ve never had issues sleeping, and make sure to consume lots of protein and veggies like beetroot, corn, and pumpkin for their cleansing properties. Equally, I’m a clean freak and my apartment is perfect! Everything has a place.

· My favourite drinks are Spanish pink gin, and champagne. I never drink alone; I can take it or leave it. · I believe that the key to a good life is stay away from toxic people. · Be happy inside, then you'll like the world around you. · Laughing is free and infectious. · I think I'm one of the happiest people I know.

Ellen Selkon of Clinic 42 Recharge Yourself! With 2022 upon us and into our third year of the pandemic, it is vitally important to do something good for ourselves, and what better way than to look in the mirror and feel happy with what you see! Having our skin in top condition is a fabulous way to feel good and recharged for the new year! This starts with basic ABC skincare and sunblock protection but can be supercharged to include Venus Viva treatments like Nano-Fractional radio frequency and Clinic 42’s unique TriDerma Treatment, where the result is clearer, smoother, resurfaced and tightened skin, with minimised pigmentation. What more could you ask for? Maybe the slow burn of a bio-stimulatory, the latest and best skin re-modellers on the market. A series of injectable treatments that keep your skin luminous, tightened, and younger looking. And, results can last for up to two years. For more information see or call us on 09-638 4242.

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The only NZ clinic to guarantee the removal of excess pockets of fat • Look good in winter jeans • Treatment time for 4 areas is 70 minutes

Check out the client in the photo We removed pockets of fat and fine-tuned her eating habits. Diets don’t work as well as there is a beginning and an end date, a lifestyle change will lead to greater success.


We gave her a programme for using a Dyna-Band which can be done at home, in the gym, or when travelling. Look at her now. Her happiness constantly shines through. She looks fantastic and so could you!


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Stopping the Ageing Process None of us want to speed up our ageing process – but so many people accidentally do! It’s time to start talking about TELOMERES. Telomeres are long tails attached to the end of our DNA. They are there to protect the vital DNA. Therefore, with every cell division that occurs, the telomere misses out on replicating fully instead of losing a piece of your DNA. The human race couldn't have survived if we lost bits of our DNA every time our cells divided! But some of our cells do not experience TELOMERE SHORTENING – so why do all the other cells? Our reproductive cells express the enzyme telomerase which re-lengthens the telomeres, keeping them long and youthful. This is so our offspring start with as much telomere length as possible and are not born older than their parents (think about all the cell division from the two cells to the three trillion cells that develop a baby. That's a lot of cell division and telomere shortening before you're even born!). So, could our cells be IMMORTAL? They have the ability too, yes. But in all cells other than our reproductive cells, the telomerase gene and its enzyme are repressed/blocked. The best theory as to why is simple evolution. The success of a race generally depends on its ability to breed and die making way for the next stronger, better generation. But because of conscious thought, medical interventions, and a general zest for life, most of us aren't ready to hand over the mantle and die at the ripe old age of 35 anymore! Time for action! No matter what you do right now your telomeres are going to continue to shorten. We haven't got the magic pill yet to stop that entirely (although Dr Bill Andrews continues his research to develop it).

these are considered mild activators in comparison to TAM818 (contained in the One Truth 818 skincare) they can still have a positive impact on your telomeres! High intake (or at least an adequate intake!) of omegas. Many long-term studies show participants with higher baseline omega levels have longer telomeres than those with low omega levels. Take antioxidants. Oxidative stress has been shown to increase the rate of telomere shortening. Antioxidants work to combat oxidative stress and therefore remove this element from contributing to accelerated telomere shortening. Exercise regularly. Being obese accelerates telomere shortening. Exercise also helps with stress levels – avoiding high-stress levels is a great way to ensure you don't speed up telomere shortening! Positive people may indeed live longer due to long telomeres! Apply One Truth 818. This product contains an utterly unique active ingredient TAM-818, the strongest in the world at activating telomerase to re-lengthen telomeres and helps undo the biological ageing process! Is it time to talk to the Louise Gray team about helping to undo what time has taken away? Shop 2/224 Kepa Rd, Mission Bay 09 528 9010

But what we can do RIGHT NOW is slow down the shortening. There are several proven ways to do this: Take natural 'telomerase activators' regularly, like the ones found in One Truth Telomere Supplement, Repair. Although

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Smoother & more confident you! Finesse Face and Body Clinic is proud to be the first truSculpt iD provider in New Zealand, as part of an exclusive partnership with Cutera. TruSculpt iD is the latest technology available to permanently and non-invasively remove body fat. “We have been leaders in non-invasive cellulite and body contouring treatments in Auckland for 20 years,” says Sue Crake, owner of the Remuera Salon. How does truSculpt iD work? truSculpt iD uses a unique form of monopolar radio frequency energy that penetrates evenly and deeply and is able to treat deep into the entire fat pad - from skin to muscle. Once the applicators have been placed on target fatty areas, heat is dispersed evenly, causing irreparable damage to the fat cell walls which the body metabolises and removes permanently over the next 12 weeks. Real-time temperature control and monitoring sensors ensure a constant the therapeutic temperature is maintained for 10 minutes ensuring maximum fat disruption, resulting in 24% fat reduction with every treatment. Patient comfort is ensured through the highly engineered skin adhesives and temperature control which keeps the skin cooler than the underlying fat. How is truSculpt iD treatment performed? The initial consultation is performed to assess and discuss your concerns and desired aesthetic goals, then a tailored and customised treatment plan will be created. A total of six handpieces can be used per 15-minute treatment, and multiple areas can be treated on the same day. Once medical consent is completed skin adhesives are attached to the skin overlying the fat pocket followed by the handsfree applicators. The treatment area is wrapped in a cummerbund to minimise movement of handpieces during treatment. After 15 minutes of warmth is distributed into the tissue, the adhesives, handpieces and cummerbund are removed and the patient can return to normal activities. How do I know if I am a candidate? truSculpt iD is the latest in non-invasive fat removal procedures in minimising treatment time, maximising results and comfort whilst reducing downtime (there is none!). truSculpt iD is a great treatment for targeting stubborn fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise, or for a more global debulking option. truSculpt iD is not restricted by BMI or skin laxity concerns, making it a great alternative to cryotherapies. To learn more about if you’re a suitable candidate, book a free consultation with Sue at Finesse. How many treatments will I need? Your initial assessment and personal goals will determine the best course of treatment tailored to you, however patients will only require one treatment. Whether one or two treatments are required, all patients will see an effect at 12 weeks.

TruSculpt ID Benefits

NZ MedSafe approved for permanent reduction of up to 24% fat (*shown through ultrasound clinical trials) 15-minute treatment (half the time, and twice the treatment area vs cryotherapies largest applicator) No discomfort & No Downtime – resume normal activities immediately after Customisable and flexible treatment opportunities depending your body and goals No BMI restrictions Male & Female suited Skin tightening – post partum suitability Treatment areas: abdomen (upper, mid and lower), flanks (love handles), upper back fat, lower back fat, inner thighs, outer thighs, arms and under the chin.


12 weeks after one treatment

Is the treatment painful? No! Patients report the treatment feels like getting into a hot bath. The heat at first can be a little intense, but just like a bath you become accustomed to the feeling and adjust to the treatment. There is no pain, no downtime and no massage required. Patients can return to normal activities immediately after with most patients only experiences some mild redness on the treatment zone which subsides in a couple of hours.


How long before I see my results? Clients will begin to see a change in their silhouette from 6 – 8 weeks post treatment, but maximum results are achieved at week 12. Changes in skin quality, tone and texture are usually seen earlier. Each area can be treated once per 12-weeks but other areas can be treated before then.

12 weeks after one treatment


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Clinic 42 A ‘facelift’ without surgery… is it too good to be true?

The short answer is ‘yes’. And ‘no’. Being of a temporary nature (although long-lasting), the thread lift cannot achieve the significant elevation and repositioning of contours that surgery can. But with the appropriate candidate it can delay the need for surgical intervention.

Nearly 23 years ago, Clinic 42 doctors Joanna Romanowska and Lynn Theron became very excited during a conference presentation that demonstrated a cutting-edge new concept in cosmetic medicine. The procedure used modified sutures, or ‘threads’, to lift facial contours, providing a developmental leap in the world of non-surgical facelifts. Cautious as they are, they had concerns regarding the permanent nature of thread material used at the time. They were also wary of the possibility of leaving prospective patients with the effects of a cosmetic decision for a lifetime, while this new procedure was in its inception. So, with prudence in mind, they decided to wait to see if technological advances would catch up with the impressive initial concept of this groundbreaking procedure. Fast-forward 20 years and finally, after many iterations and modifications, in the thread lift field, the Clinic 42 doctors Beauty & Health

deemed the revised thread materials robust enough to safely offer impressive and meaningful results. The innovative threads were now strong enough, without any breakage, to provide lift and support to the facial tissues, creating lasting contour changes. Now made of a durable, yet dissolvable material that stimulates the body’s own collagen production, the threads could maintain the suspension of the contour changes to the face even after they had dissolved. Having waited impatiently for two decades and watching advancements and developments with great interest, the doctors at Clinic 42 were thrilled to see, as hoped, the technology had finally caught up with the concept. Clinic 42 doctors then obtained training from leading plastic surgeons, specialising in thread lift procedures and began offering the treatment in-clinic to patients in 2018. Prior to patients booking in for a thread lift procedure, doctors provide a thorough, in-depth consultation to educate patients on possible side-effects and recovery times. This gives the prospective patient a cool-off period, informs their decision, and allows them to timetable the procedure accordingly.


Equipped with the knowledge that a careful assessment and selection process is paramount, the consultation process helps the doctors determine optimal candidates for the procedure and ensures effective, powerful results. By taking this thoughtful and essential step, satisfaction in both patients and practitioners for this treatment is high. The beauty of the thread lift is, that while it can be a stand-alone treatment with impressive outcomes, it complements a great variety of the procedures also available at Clinic 42 and can be offered in combination with many of their other treatments to enhance and maintain results. Clinic 42 doctors adhere to the highest standards and methods, and with their proven experience can offer thread lift procedures safely and effectively while maximising the benefits of a lifted, more youthful appearance with this revolutionary treatment. If interested in finding out more about a thread lift, you can visit the Clinic 42 website to book a consult with Dr Joanna, or contact .

Taste Success Tracey Loughran on a compassionate approach to sustainable, healthy eating. With an infinite passion for communicating on health issues, and a deep compassion for others, Taste Success director, Tracey Loughran, has a reputation for making a profound difference to people’s lives.

Taste Success offers a range of nutrition programmes including the Foundation Programme, Refresh Programme, and Gut, Skin and Vegan Programmes. A trained naturopath, Tracey Loughran also has 16 years of clinical practice under her belt that has given her the skills to develop and direct the amazing team at Taste Success. What advice would you give someone who knows they need to make change to their eating habits but doesn’t know where to begin?

That’s our favourite scenario! We work with overwhelmed people all the time, and take a 'meet-you-where-you’re-at' approach to getting started. In our initial interview, we ask a lot of questions about your current situation, habits, health, and so on, to find a place to start that is achievable for you. This might be just getting breakfasts sorted or getting into a habit of having dinner’s leftover for lunch the next day. We’re respectful and realistic. What do you think is the most common and/or biggest challenge people face when beginning their journeys towards creating a healthy lifestyle change?

Confidence, and these days overwhelm. Very often people are so confused by conflicting information or have tried many things before without success. My goal when writing these programmes was to ensure they were achievable by everybody. At the time, I was parenting, running an organic farm, an integrated health centre, a clinical practice, and was co-director in an organic store!

What are some of the key factors that ensure making a healthy lifestyle change is achievable and sustainable in the long term, particularly when compared to fad diets?

Long-term sustainability is so very important to us. Our model is not built around hooking people into continually buying products or services from us. We teach skills and provide oneto-one regular support. Our goal is food confidence – along with all the wonderful health benefits that brings of course! Our clients almost invariably experience improved energy, better sleep quality, reduced cravings, improved digestion, and better hormone balance. Just with food! We really help you get organised and stay there, with our meal plans, shopping lists, and weekly healthy living tips – it’s setting you up to do this for yourself for the long term. With a speaking tour and a recipe book launch, you’re so busy at present. How do you ensure you’re still eating well when on the move?

I learned, after the busiest time in my life and feeling exhausted, that healthy food is an absolute priority. When travelling, I always scope out healthy cafes if I have to eat on-the-go, but I mostly make food to take with me. Sunday mornings are nonnegotiable food-prep sessions at my house. I get soups, salads and snacks all stacked up for the week ahead, and use our shopping lists to ensure I have what I need before starting. A food-first approach to health has been such a strong focus of my practice over the years because I know how amazing it feels to be eating well regularly.


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The Wine Rack Wine columnist Dennis Knill gives his views on some of the best value for money wines reviewed over the past year.

While the roast lamb is simmering in the oven, the smell of vegetables and fresh greens arouse the senses. Good food deserves good wine and a meal like this is crying out for more than a glass or two. If the cuisine is meat, cabernet sauvignon, syrah or merlot are the classic matches. For chicken, chardonnay, pinot gris or riesling sit well, as does sauvignon blanc. Gerwurztraminer or rose with seafood – the choice is yours. Though meat dishes are traditionally matched with red wines, and poultry and seafood with white wines, there are plenty of options for all moods, all waiting to be discovered by the wine crazed hordes. Chardonnay: ’17 Giesen Clayvin Single Vineyard

Skilfully crafted, balanced, driven with deep concentrated aromas. RRP$55 Sauvignon blanc: ’18 Brancott Estate Chosen Rows

Intense citrus flavours that linger all the way to the palate. RRP$70 Pinot gris: ’19 Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon

Lush and mouth-filling with intensity of flavour aroma and texture. RRP$30


Riesling: ’20 Framington Old Vine

Fused with powerful citrus, minerals and florals that are delicate and intense. RRP$40 Rose: ’20 Villa Maria Organic Attorney Pinot Noir

Summer in a glass. Fresh and aromatic boasting crispness and light acidity. RRP$30

Cabernet sauvignon: ’19 Church Road Single Vineyard Redstone

A stunning, full-bodied classic displaying complex flavours and fine tannins. RRP$120 Pinot noir: ’17 Giesen Clayvin Single Vineyard

A seriously good, easy-drinking wine oozing with depths of ripe fruity flavours. RRP$57

Gewürztraminer: ’20 Linden Estate

Rich and spicy, displaying lots of style and balance that leaps out of the glass. RRP$35 Viognier: ’19 Marsden Estate

Delicately balanced from opulently textured grapes which give this wine lots of legs. RRP$30 White blend: ’18 Yealands Estate

A well-balanced trifecta of lively fruit produced from pinot gris, gerwurztraminer and riesling. RRP$25 Champagne: ’12 Maison Mumm

Subtle mineral overtones complemented with ripeness, purity, and elegance. RRP$129 Dessert: ‘19 Pegasus Bay Reserve Finale Noble Semillon Sauvignon

Enticingly delicious with a long and sweet vibrant finish. RRP$42


Syrah: ’18 Vidal Estate Legacy Gimblett Gravels

A big performer with depth and texture that is clean and fresh on the palate. RRP$65 Merlot: ’16 Mills Reef Elspeth

A food-friendly wine influenced with oak ageing displaying depth, richness, and soft tannins. RRP$50 Red Blend: ’19 The Landing Vino Rosso

Rich and distinctive dominated with sangiovese and montepulciano fused with cabernet franc and merlot. RRP$30


Named with a nod to the ancient coal seam running through the nearby mountain range, multi-award-winning Coal Pit Vineyard springs from schist soils on north-facing slopes in Gibbston, Central Otago’s highest sub-region and producer of some of the world’s finest pinot noir.

Coal Pit has bolstered that reputation thanks to the vision and passion of owner Rosie Dunphy who, along with her close-knit team, is not just looking to produce the finest of wines, but to create a legacy.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have had so many good people advising me throughout the process. Alan Brady, who’s the godfather of Central Otago wines, mentored me and ended up making some of his wine at our place.”

“We made our first vintage on site in 2007,” Rosie tells Verve. “It was a crazy time – we didn't even have a roof or sides on the building, just the equipment. My winemaker was also heavily pregnant, and the destemmer wasn’t working properly so I had friends helping me wrap it with Glad Wrap which we poked holes in! It was a real home industry. It was madness! Regardless, the grapes were such great quality that we won numerous awards that year with the wine.”

For the first few years, Rosie and her team simply grew the grapes to sell.

Rosie, who has a background in viticulture having studied at Sydney’s Ryde School of Horticulture, and Plumpton College in the UK, purchased the property in 2001. She’d realised she wanted to grow grapes following a visit to the Hunter Valley. “We were sitting amongst the vineyards having drinks and I was looking at these fabulous vines when it just dawned on me that I wanted to grow the very best grapes possible. But I never thought about making wine.”

“These days, the price of grapes is phenomenal, but back then, you didn’t get much money for them. We were putting so much time and energy into creating the best grapes that we could, then they would sit in big bins at the end of the rows waiting to be collected. I would see all the juice dripping out, and the bees coming in, just thinking about how we were losing all the freshness. So, we decided to build our own winery.”

While living in Ireland, Rosie received a call from her brotherin-law advising her that the Coal Pit site was up for sale and that she should buy it without hesitation.

The team you’ve assembled is predominantly women – was this a deliberate choice? “Not really, they just happened to be the best people for the job. It’s a tiny winery and such an easy and beautiful environment to work in. The winemaker, Anika, lives on-site, and is becoming more and more involved with the viticultural element with a view to eventually managing both the vineyard and the winemaking operations. But one of my sons, Hugo, is just starting to get heavily involved too, so it’s not like we’re trying to keep the men out!”



“This project is my baby, and it’s not just about making the best wines possible but protecting and improving the land, the soil.”

Is it a heavily patriarchal industry, and if so, are things improving? “Twenty years ago it was very unusual for a woman to own a vineyard. But things have changed and over the past 10 years many fabulous female winemakers and vineyard owners have emerged. I’m not a particularly comfortable public speaker, and generally a lot of the guys are better at being heard so I would like to see more women in the industry have a voice. Actually, all the women working for me are strong, independent women with a deep understanding and knowledge of wine and the industry which is, of course, the reason I chose them. Anika has worked as a winemaker all over the world and is an excellent ambassador for the industry, as is Kate, our sales and marketing manager who has her Master’s in Oenology and was a winemaker at Te Mata.” Rosie emphasises the importance of the vineyard being a family business, her vision being that it will one day be run by her grandchildren who are currently lending their names to Coal Pit vintages (while the Tiwha Pinot Noir is named in

tribute to Rosie’s late father), all adorned by labels created by cultural artist Chris Heaphy, inspired by indigenous iconography. In the meantime, Rosie says she’s simply serving as a guardian of the land.



“I know it sounds a little corny, but I firmly believe in kaitiakitanga (guardianship). This project is my baby, and it’s not just about making the best wines possible but protecting and improving the land, the soil. There are beautiful trees everywhere, many of them are registered, which is very unusual for Central Otago.” Soon to be certified organic, Coal Pit has been recognised internationally for its environmental practices, most recently at the 2020 International Wine Challenge where their 2018 Tiwha Pinot Noir won Sustainable and New Zealand Red trophies.

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“I’ve been blessed to have some amazing people help me, and I guess I just had the energy to pull it all together.”


“We've started doing inter-row plantings with edibles such as turnips and different other things which we hope to sell. We've got bees on the vineyard and this year will plant around one thousand native plants.” While big name NZ labels churn out hundreds of thousands of cases of wine each year, Rosie is content to keep Coal Pit boutique and small batch, capped at around five thousand. “It’s all about producing the best quality, and this just gives us so much more control,” she says. “When we started out 20odd years ago with this romantic dream – one that actually requires a hell of a lot of hard work! – I never envisioned that we would be producing wines of such great quality. But I can’t take the credit for that, I’m not the expert. I’ve been blessed to have some amazing people help me, and I guess I just had the energy to pull it all together.”


Amazing with Seafood With such a beautiful array of fish recipes in this month’s Verve, we thought a collection of white wines that make well with seafood was just what was required. But rather than your more ‘usual’ whites, a collection of four alternative white wines. After all, it’s got to be the right time to try something new don’t you think?

All three of these have characters that make them perfect with seafood. As a collection, they are vibrant, fruity and with wonderful freshness, ideal to tackle even the trickiest dish. Beretta Soave is from Veneto in Italy.

Garganega is the principal grape variety, often you’ll find wines that are 100% or have a little of chardonnay or vedicchio blended in. This is one of the iconic white varieties from Italy, despite its oftenaffordable price point this is a wine that is considered one of Italy’s great wine wines. A late ripening thick-skinned variety, this Soave from Beretta is made by the talented Pasqua family. A luscious wine, with lemon notes and a touch of peach with a salty tang.

Viognier hails from the Rhône Valley, where it’s the white variety in Condrieu and produces some of the most exquisite white wines in the world. In this part of the world, Australia seems to do it best, particularly Yalumba. They have a range of Viognier, starting from the Y Series. As with the Beretta Soave the quality defies the small price tag. Viognier smells of apricots and flowers, on the palate its viscous and generous. A wonderful wine that will have you hooked, just like the beautiful tuna that’ll match well with this. Albarino is the white variety from Rias Baxis in Galicia on Spain’s north-western coast. A semi aromatic variety, Albarino has stone fruit notes a salty tang and very fresh acidity. In this part of Spain, seafood is served at almost every meal. Including the exquisite razor clams that are sourced from the coast. The fresh acidity and broad mouthfeel to this wine creates a beautiful match with clams and other shellfish. Vermintino is a Mediterranean variety that produces a wine with tropical fruit characters a light body and delightful

freshness. This wine is made by the Cecchi family from Tuscany at their Marema property that is situated along the coast. Fruity, fragrant, floral, and vibrant. You’ll find all these wines in all Glengarry stores and online. Glengarry Bassett on Remuera Road

Until recently we had two sites on Remuera Road, you’ll now find us on the corner of Bassett and Remuera Roads. When we opened in the centre of the village, the site we are now in was run by the late Tom Reid. It’s a site we’d always admired, not only it’s position but the way Tom ran it. When this became available, we did find ourselves with two sites and on Remuera Road. We opted to trade to the end of our lease in the middle of Remuera and once that was up concentrate on one. Our site at Bassett Road has excellent parking and a brilliant range. In transitioning to one site, all the team have remained with us at Bassett Road.


White Wines T hese fascinating under-the -radar varieties deliver new taste sensations , that are fantastic value and go amazingly well paired with fish



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Tuna Mapo Tofu Serves: 6

Mapo tofu is one of my favourite dishes. The spicy sichuan ingredients mixed with the minerality and richness of the tuna and the creaminess of the tofu is such a good match. I promise you won’t miss the traditional recipe once you’ve tried this version. Any leftovers make an unbelievable jaffle! The paste can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge until needed.



1 tablespoon sichuan peppercorns 190g fresh ginger, peeled 190g garlic cloves, peeled 10 French shallots, peeled 375g doubanjiang (fermented broad bean paste) 300ml grapeseed oil 80ml (1/3 cup) Shaoxing rice wine 50g caster (superfine) sugar 125ml (½ cup) tamari 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1.8kg minced (ground) yellowfin tuna 200g silken tofu, cut into small cubes 1 bunch spring onions (scallions), finely sliced 40g (¼ cup) toasted sesame seeds 1 dried red chilli, finely sliced (optional) steamed short-grain rice, to serve

Toast the sichuan peppercorns in a dry frying pan until fragrant, then use a mortar and pestle to grind to a rough powder. Set aside. Place the ginger, garlic, shallots, doubanjiang and 150ml of the grapeseed oil in a food processor and blitz to a smooth paste. Heat 100ml of the remaining grapeseed oil in a large heavybased saucepan over a high heat. Add the paste and fry, stirring occasionally, for 8–10 minutes until dried and fragrant, then reduce the heat and simmer for a further 15 minutes, until the rawness from the vegetables has been completely cooked out. Stir in the shaoxing wine, sugar, tamari and one-third of the ground sichuan peppercorns, then spoon the mixture into a large bowl. Wipe out the pan, add the sesame oil and remaining 2½ tablespoons of grapeseed oil and heat over a high heat. Working in two batches, add the tuna mince to the pan and fry for 2 minutes, or until the mince is coloured and has separated into individual strands, then stir through the fried paste mixture to combine. To assemble the mapo tofu, return the tuna mixture to the saucepan and warm through over a low heat. Add the tofu, cover with a lid and heat for 3 minutes, then spoon into serving bowls. Top with the spring onion, sesame seeds, chilli, if using, and the remaining ground sichuan peppercorns. Serve with steamed rice, if you like.

Recipe extracted from Take One Fish by Josh Niland RRP $60, Hardie Grant Books Food



Red Gurnard, Seaweed and Dauphine Potato Pie Serves: 4-6

I first made this dauphine potato recipe as an apprentice chef. Years later, I decided it would make the perfect topping for my gurnard and seaweed pie. Red gurnard is an ideal base, its firm texture, sweetness and rich shellfish characteristics shine through, even beneath the golden potato topping. The seaweed brings a level of complexity and savouriness to the pie that spinach or other green vegetables just can’t, so take the time to source the best quality.



500ml (2 cups) full-cream (whole) milk 2 tablespoons white miso paste 10cm piece of kombu 10g bonito flakes 50g butter 50g (1/3 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour 20g dried wakame seaweed, softened in cold water sea salt flakes and freshly cracked black pepper 800g boneless red gurnard fillet, skin on, cut into 3cm chunks

Whisk the milk, miso, kombu and bonito flakes in a saucepan over a medium heat. Bring the mix up to approximately 85°C and hold over a low heat to keep warm for about 20 minutes.

Dauphine potato

1kg whole royal blue or Dutch cream potatoes rock salt, for cooking 50g butter 100ml water pinch of sea salt flakes 100g (2/3 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour 3 eggs, lightly beaten ½ teaspoon baking powder freshly grated nutmeg, to taste freshly cracked black pepper 1 egg, extra, plus 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten to make an egg wash

In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over a medium heat. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes or so, stirring with a wooden spoon to form a roux. Remove the strip of kombu from the hot milk and strain off the bonito flakes, then gradually add the strained milk to the roux, one-third at a time, whisking after each addition to create a smooth sauce. When you have incorporated all the milk, bring the sauce to the boil and add the softened wakame. Season to taste, then remove from the heat and closely cover the sauce with plastic wrap or baking paper to stop a skin forming. Refrigerate until completely cold. Add the gurnard chunks to the chilled bechamel and combine well, then spoon the filling into a 2.5-litre (10-cup) baking dish or two smaller baking dishes suitable for a pie. Preheat the oven to 190°C. For the dauphine potato, place the washed potatoes on a baking tray covered with a generous layer of rock salt and bake for 1 hour, or until tender when pierced with a skewer or sharp knife. Remove the potatoes from the tray one at a time, then, while hot, scoop out the flesh into a wide-based saucepan. Mash and then stir over a low heat for 1–2 minutes to steam off any excess moisture. Increase the oven temperature to 200°C.

Recipe extracted from Take One Fish by Josh Niland RRP $60, Hardie Grant Books Food


Place the butter, water and salt in a large saucepan over a low heat until the butter has melted. Increase the heat to medium– high and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and beat in the flour until well combined. Set the pan back over a medium heat and beat for a further 2–3 minutes until the mixture comes together and starts to leave the side of the pan. Transfer to a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat for 1–2 minutes until the dough is no longer hot but still warm. Add the egg a little at a time, checking the texture of the mixture as you go until it reaches dropping consistency (that is, it should fall very slowly from a spoon when held over the bowl). You may not need all the egg to reach this point.

Combine the dauphine base with 500g of the warm mashed potato, stir in the baking powder and nutmeg and season liberally with salt flakes and pepper. Scoop the mash into a piping bag and pipe evenly over the filling. Brush the surface lightly with the egg wash, then drag a fork from one end of the pie to the other to create indentations in the potato. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the dauphine potato is crisp and golden. Finish with a sprinkling of salt flakes, then rest the pie for 5 minutes before serving.


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Coral Trout, Crisp Skin and Tarragon Mayonnaise Sandwiches

This sandwich is great with crisps and a pickle... and friends! Or make them smaller and serve as canapes at your next gathering. The reason for using two cooking methods here is to create a very crisp skin by pan-frying and then a silky, moist flesh by poaching in ghee. Placing a small, wrapped plate in the base of your poaching pan will help you achieve an even result on the fillet's top and bottom.

Serves: 4



500g ghee 2 teaspoons toasted fennel seeds 1 star anise 1 x 320g boneless coral trout fillet, skin on sea salt flakes and freshly cracked black pepper 8 slices of fresh white bread

For the mayonnaise, whisk together the egg yolks, mustard, and vinegar in a bowl; slowly add the two oils to emulsify while whisking. Add lemon juice and season to taste, then stir in the tarragon leaves. Set aside.

Tarragon mayonnaise

2 egg yolks 2 teaspoons dijon mustard 2 teaspoons apple-cider vinegar 150ml olive oil 100ml grapeseed oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice sea salt flakes and freshly cracked black pepper 1 bunch tarragon, leaves picked and finely chopped, stems reserved

Wrap a saucer or plate in plastic wrap so that it’s taut from edge to edge then place it in the bottom of a large saucepan – allow room for easy removal. Add the ghee, fennel seeds, star anise and reserved tarragon stems, then place over a low heat. Bring to a steady temperature of 48°C. Heat 60ml (¼ cup) of the infused ghee in a cast-iron skillet or frying pan over a high heat to a light haze. Place fillet in pan, place a fish weight or small saucepan on top and cook for 2 minutes, or until you see colour around the edges. Use an offset palette knife to lift the fillet and move it to a clean surface in the pan. Cook the weighted fillet for another minute, or until the skin is golden brown and crisp but the flesh is still raw and cool. Remove from the pan and, using a sharp knife, cut the skin from the flesh. Set the skin aside on a wire rack to cool. Lower the partially cooked fillet into the warm infused ghee until completely submerged and leave it poaching for 10 minutes, then remove the pan from heat and leave fish to stand in the ghee for a further 4 minutes. Remove from the ghee and rest on wire rack for 5 minutes. While the fish rests, place 2½ tablespoons of the infused ghee in the skillet or frying pan and heat over a medium heat to a light haze. Add the skin, underside down, and cook carefully, without letting it burn, for another 30–60 seconds for more colour and crispness. Season with salt and set aside. Cut into 4 even pieces.

Recipe extracted from Take One Fish by Josh Niland RRP $60, Hardie Grant Books Food

Pull the rested fillet into large pieces and place in a bowl. Add a few tablespoons of mayonnaise and salt and pepper; gently stir together. Spoon the mixture onto 4 slices of bread and position the crisp skin on top. Sandwich with the remaining bread slices and serve. 114


Charcoal Flounder with Celeriac Coleslaw Serves: 4

This is my interpretation of the classic chicken-shop dinner. From the seasoning added to the flounder to the soft white bread rolls, coleslaw and amazing gravy, this is a dish I hope you will want to cook again and again. Flathead, turbot and halibut all make excellent alternatives here, too. If you have one, use a grill basket specific to cooking flat fish, as it will enable you to flip the fish easily for controlled cooking.



2 x 500g whole greenback flounder, gutted and scaled 60ml (¼ cup) grapeseed oil sea salt flakes 4 soft white floury bread rolls, warmed cold butter, for spreading flounder gravy, to serve (optional) fries, to serve (optional)

For the flounder seasoning, combine all the spices in an airtight container and set aside until needed. It will keep in the pantry for up to 1 month.

Flounder seasoning

2 tablespoons freshly ground fennel seeds 2 tablespoons freshly ground black peppercorns 2 teaspoons freshly ground cumin seeds 2 teaspoons freshly ground coriander seeds 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper Celeriac coleslaw

¼ red cabbage, finely shredded 1 large celeriac, finely sliced 2 carrots, finely sliced 300g quality mayonnaise 60ml (¼ cup) chardonnay vinegar sea salt flakes and freshly cracked black pepper 1 teaspoon toasted celery seeds

To make the celeriac coleslaw, place the cabbage, celeriac and carrot in a large bowl. Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, pepper and celery seeds in a small bowl. Pour about half of the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Slowly add more dressing until you’ve reached your desired ratio of coleslaw to dressing. Set aside. Prepare a charcoal grill, making sure the grill is hot and the charcoal has cooked down to hot embers. Level out the embers so the heat is even. Using scissors, snip off any fins around the skirt of the flounder, as these will be the first things to scorch and become tatty during cooking. Brush the fish on both sides with a little grapeseed oil and season well with salt flakes and the flounder seasoning (about 2 teaspoons for each fish). Place the flounder directly on the grill racks, dark (top) side down, and grill for 4 minutes each side, or until the internal temperature on the bone of the flounder reaches 48°C on a probe thermometer. Transfer the fish to a large serving platter and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Serve with the coleslaw, warm bread rolls, cold butter, gravy and a generous mound of fries, if you like. This dish is great with flounder gravy also, head to the Verve website for bonus recipe.

Recipe extracted from Take One Fish by Josh Niland RRP $60, Hardie Grant Books Food




I’ve been away from my country of birth, the UK, for 14 years, and in Aotearoa for the last 10 of those. Though I have zero intention of ever moving back there – and love New Zealand dearly – I still follow British news religiously, get furious at the politicians, and surprise myself at my latent loyalty to the England football team.

Which got me thinking, though we may move away from our countries of origin, do we ever really leave home in our heads? I decided to ask around…

“Well, I’ve never really been big into soccer or rugby, so I kind of sit on the fence when NZ plays SA,” mulls Verve co-editor Fran Ninow who hails from South Africa and has been living in Auckland for 24 years, having previously spent time here for travel and an OE. “But I do sometimes feel proud when Saffas achieve – like Elon Musk, Charlize Theron, Desmond Tutu, or Trevor Noah. In a nutshell, I wouldn’t consider myself overly patriotic to the motherland, definitely connected though.”

But can we really claim to be all that patriotic if we choose to live in another country altogether? “I have a deep love and respect for my country,” says Nicolas Aubin, an engineer who hails from Paris. Nicolas settled in New Zealand permanently in 2017 having spent the previous few years back and forth researching yacht engineering for his doctorate. “I think you can certainly be patriotic and choose to live abroad – you should try to help your country shine through your actions, while embracing your new local culture.”

Patriotism (from the Greek, patrios which translates as ‘of one’s father’) is a strange – sometimes fun, occasionally dangerous – concept whose fundamental absurdity was summed up perfectly by George Bernard Shaw as being “your conviction that this country is superior to other countries because you were born in it”.

Nicolas’s fiancée, Agnès de Calbiac, also born in France (though they met in Auckland), has a whole different perspective, being a ‘third culture kid’ – a term describing children raised away from their parents' countries of birth. Agnès was born in France to French parents but moved to Luxemburg when she was six years old where school classes were in German and Luxembourgish. Aged 12, she was enrolled in an international French school where students spoke English, Portuguese, Italian, or the languages of Scandinavia.

Our countries are something over which we have very little influence (especially, most frustratingly, during world cups), and even for those of us lucky enough to have been born into democratic ones, general elections generally result in around half the population at best, disapproving of, at worst, detesting their elected government.

“Growing up with so many cultures, I felt that I could define myself by my passions, not my passport,” says Agnès, who is a risk manager. She travelled here five years ago to honour her late grandfather who always dreamt of visiting New Zealand, but never made the trip. Agnès never intended on staying longterm but fell in love with Aotearoa. “In some ways, I’d never be



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“Growing up with so many cultures, I felt that I could define myself by my passions, not my passport.”

fully any nationality, which was quite freeing, but because I didn’t have a way of defining myself externally, I had to ground myself internally through values and loyalties and to those I hold closest to me. This is where ‘patriotism’ becomes blurry and confusing. But I’m always going to order the Belgian beer, pick a French croissant over eggs and bacon, and forever rely on German engineering for my appliances!” Karina Alarcón, an accountant from Santiago, Chile, and her partner, David Navarro, a designer from Mexico’s Guadalajara also met in New Zealand, in Wellington in 2010. Like Agnès, Karina admits to not having expected to fall so deeply in love with Aotearoa; and doesn’t consider herself patriotic: “Even though I love my family and friends and find my country beautiful, I don’t like how things work there.” “I’m proud of my origins and where I come from and if that’s the definition of patriotism then I guess I am patriotic,” says David. “I love so many things about Mexico but, at the same time, I also know there are so many things that are not working. But I think yes, you can choose to live somewhere else but still feel the attachment to your country of origin.”



Joint research by Rice University, Columbia University, the University of North Carolina, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, published by Harvard Business Review, suggests folk are likely to have a better understanding of themselves the longer they spend away from their countries of birth. While in their home country, people tend to hang out with people that think and behave similarly to themselves, so goes the report, but “when living abroad, our data found that people’s exposure to novel cultural values and norms prompts them to repeatedly engage with their own values and beliefs”. The paper also found that living overseas to be more likely to lead to “clearer career decisions”. “Being away definitely makes you see things from a different perspective,” says David. “You learn to appreciate the good things and notice the bad ones even more as you realise there are more options in other places. But with distance, I think I started caring less about all the bad things happening over there but appreciating even more the good stuff.” “I think my younger self would have never ever have imagined I’d eventually


live abroad,” says Nicolas. “So, in a way, my situation surprises me. But I still have a strong attachment to my birthplace, I think this is natural.” Many noted psychologists, including Freud, have recognised the importance of belonging, but the most influential theory came courtesy of Roy Baumeister and Mark Leary who proposed that the need to belong is comparable even with the need for food or shelter. Another study, of 41,000 residents across 31 European nations, found a link between happiness and national pride – with people’s nation of residence, rather than nation of origin, having a greater influence on their sense of worth. “I do feel at home in New Zealand,” says Nicolas. “I have a close circle of friends and a sense that my life is here. It’s been tough with the border restrictions, and luckily technology allows us to stay connected, but nothing can replace a physical hug from a parent, a sibling, or a childhood friend.” David says that he “has no regrets at all” about crossing the Pacific 12 years ago, though there is still a lingering sense of “not fully belonging here”: “But funnily enough, when I’m back in Mexico, I have the same feeling of no longer fully belong there anymore, either.”

Karina echoes her partner’s sentiments: “I’m very grateful to have made New Zealand my home, but I know that I am an immigrant here, and I really don’t feel as though I belong to either country anymore.” “I think any third culture kid could tell you that ‘home’ is very much a shapeshifting concept,” adds Agnès. “Home will never be a country for me, but rather a feeling of safety. Home is my parents, my sisters, my friends, my fiancé. They’re my belonging.”


Strictly speaking, the difference between an expat (expatriate) and an immigrant is that an immigrant moves permanently to another country, while an expat moves abroad for an extended period with the intention of returning home. Unfortunately, in practice, that’s not usually the way it’s interpreted. Chris Brewster, a professor of international resource management at the Henley Business School tells the BBC that when most people talk about expatriates, they mean “rich, educated, developed elites”, while “others are just migrants or immigrants”.

Ironically the word ‘expat’ was first applied to British civil servants in the mid-20th century who were expatriated – that is sent abroad, not by choice, so essentially a forced migration that many now associate with immigrants. Writing for The Guardian, Mawauna Remarque Koutonin describes the word ‘expat’ as “hierarchical”, designed to elevate those of European origin: “If you see those ‘expats’ in Africa, call them immigrants like everyone else… The political deconstruction of this outdated worldview must continue.”

The perfect match Pic’s Big Mix together with Vogel's is the latest nut butter taste sensation.

Inspired by Vogel's iconic bread and made with toasted sesame seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and hemp seeds mixed with Freshly Roasted Pic’s Smooth Peanut butter. Pic’s founder Pic Picot says it deserves a front-row place in every Kiwi’s pantry. Pic’s connection to Vogel’s goes back to when he was a schoolboy and worked in the Vogel’s factory in Auckland and says Vogel’s continues to represent the taste of home to many New Zealanders.

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Egged On In January 2021, the remarkable Frenchman Guirec Soudée climbed atop his 26-foot boat, Romane, to address the waiting 2,000-strong crowd having just rowed across the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Cod in the US to Brest in France. The gruelling, 181-day journey was completed solo and unassisted, but it was far from the first time Guirec had undertaken such a monumental voyage. At 24 years old, Guirec became the youngest sailor to cross the Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific solo, part of an around-the-world voyage that lasted from January 2014 until December 2018. That five-year, 72,000km journey comprised crossing the Atlantic three times, visiting Antarctica, and getting stuck in ice in Greenland for 130 days en route to the North Pole. Though there was some human interaction – such as for work stopovers to top up his funds, or for repairs to his yacht, Yvinec – all sailing was done solo and unassisted. Well, solo except for his pet hen, Monique. “Monique helped a lot as a companion because you have somebody to talk to and she made me laugh often,” Guirec

tells Verve. “Crossing the Atlantic in a rowing boat was so different without her. I was cut from any satellite communication, which was real loneliness. During difficult times, where you think you might become crazy, you find company from any living being – I talked to everything from birds to fish to turtles! I’m very enthusiastic for interacting with animal beings.” How did you come to meet Monique?

“I’d always wanted to leave with a pet but didn’t want to take the family dog because it’s not fun for a dog to be kept onboard a boat. I thought about a hen before leaving Brittany because I also thought having fresh eggs could be very precious, but people warned me that a hen wouldn’t lay eggs if stressed. So, I 125

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“I learned a lot about finding solutions on my own. It’s a blessing to be disconnected, to find ways of finding answers when help is not so easily available.”

left alone. I later made some friends while in the Canary Islands who gave me Monique before I set sail across the Atlantic. Monique is a very special hen, she laid eggs from the very first day and was very at ease on the boat. She even caught flying fish on the deck while sailing! She is very unique, and we adopted each other quickly.” Did she ever fall overboard? And can she swim?!

“I was very afraid that she would fall overboard. Many times, in rough conditions, she would run to the front deck, and after a breaking wave I was sure she’d gone in, but I’d turn around to see her at the rear. She’d come back, feathers soaking wet, sliding from side to side. I tried to teach her how to swim in the Caribbean. She managed to propel forwards a little, so I say that she can swim, but in truth, if you leave her too long, she sinks.” Guirec named his boat after the tiny island, Île Yvinec, off the coast of Brittany, where he grew up “barefoot fishing and windsurfing”. “My dad’s house was the only one on the island,” he recalls. “I got my first fishing boat at seven years old and would take it out in all weather conditions. This island made me who I am today.” When he first set sail in January 2014, the then 21-year-old Guirec only intended to cross the Atlantic – though he’d always dreamt of going further. Yvinec was not only larger than any boat he’d previously helmed but was in such a state of disrepair that some sailors advised him not to use it; the radio was broken, and Guirec lied to his parents about having a phone and Journeys

a beacon. The yachtsman later admitted to having “no idea what I was getting in to”. What lay ahead included storms, capsizing in the furious fifties, and sleepless, hallucination-inducing weeks due to a malfunctioning autopilot. Trapped in Greenland’s ice floes for four months, temperatures plunged to -60°C with windchill, and there were occasions when he considered abandoning his near-overwhelmed ship. Days into his icy predicament, Guirec received a message that his father, Stany – who himself sailed across the Atlantic a couple of times – had suffered a fatal heart attack. There was no way for Guirec to get home, so he chose to channel his grief into mental strength. “I learnt too many things to list, but most importantly, that perseverance, endurance, and optimism are key to reaching your dreams,” he says. “I learnt that nature is beautiful. She can be very furious, or very gentle. We have to respect nature so that she will allow us to use her playground.” Refusing to be crushed like his boat so very nearly was, stranded Guirec turned his secluded sliver of Greenland into his own playground, climbing ice cliffs, kitesurfing, and exploring vast snowy expanses with Monique for whom he had fashioned a tiny sledge. “Monique knew when I was down, and I knew whenever she felt down also,” he recalls. “We were a support for each other. She is so generous – and the fact that she kept laying eggs in the most 126

freezing conditions was a sign she knew about the importance of her mission!” I ask Guirec how the experienced changed him, but he doesn’t believe that it really did. We experience personal growth through various stages of our lives anyway, he argues, and the voyage simply served as a high school to prepare him for adult life. “I learned a lot about finding solutions on my own. It’s a blessing to be disconnected, to find ways of finding answers when help is not so easily available.” How did rowing across the Atlantic compare to your around-the-world trip?

“They were so different. Rowing is like swimming, I think. When you sail, you can tack and still go upwind, even if it takes time, but with rowing you’re nothing when elements are against you. You must deal with frustration a lot. But the feeling when you arrive exactly where you wanted to arrive, is indescribable.” What inspired you to do it?

“The idea was to cross east to west, from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, simply as a means of experiencing a new way of crossing the ocean. But heading westwards, I read Gerard d’Aboville’s book, Alone. He was the first to row across the Atlantic and Pacific solo, and it was a revelation for me. I thought that there was no meaning in going one way without getting back to Brittany by myself. So, I decided to cross from Cape Cod to Brittany, 41 years exactly after Gerard d’Aboville.”

The training must have been tough?

“I was not so prepared! I trained to make sure I would row right without hurting my back. A friend of mine who had already done it helped me train, but he said that what is most important is what is in the mind. I knew I was not the kind of person to become depressed or to abandon the voyage or become scared during adverse conditions. Mental strength along with good physical condition is the best combination.” Was it difficult to be away from Monique for so long?

“I missed her indeed because I had nobody to talk to or interact with. But I was also happy not to have her onboard this time. A rowing boat has zero comfort and is way too dangerous for a hen. I wouldn’t have been able to have her outside, she’d have fallen overboard on the first day!” Guirec’s next major voyage promises to be another epic one with the purchase of a monohull sailing yacht in preparation for the Vendée Globe 2024, the prestigious non-stop around-the-world race for solo sailors. But in the meantime, there’s newfound fatherhood to keep him on his toes. “I’ve recently become dad to a little baby girl,” he beams. “And that’s my biggest adventure yet!” Find out more about Guirec and his projects, including his book, The Hen Who Sailed Around the World, at


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Scar Tissue In many regions around the world, mental health appears to be worsening, yet we’ve never been more open about discussing it. Have we become too selfpreoccupied? Or just kidding ourselves about our progress?

“An irony of the pandemic is that it has affected all of society, making the resulting mental health issues easier for everyone to discuss.”

In a recent Daily Mail column, Tom Utley advises readers to lift their mood by awarding themselves an imaginary £10 every time the phrase ‘mental health’ is mentioned by the media, before bemoaning how everyone from criminals to athletes use the topic as an “all-purpose, get-out-of-jail-free card” for their lives’ woes. The population, he laments, has become incapable of expressing any negative emotion without “complaining about the irritant’s adverse impact on his or her mental health”. Some will argue Utley has a point. Others will argue the Daily Mail is the last place to turn for a balanced opinion on any subject even remotely bordering on progressive, including mental health care (a study published by the International Journal of Health Policy and Management concluded conservatives are more likely to stigmatise mental suffering than those with liberal leanings). However, accusations of closed-mindedness could hardly be levelled at Vice’s youth culture magazine, i-D, who have a piece cautioning against making mental illness hip. Writer Alyson Zetta Williams notes that with mental illness diagnoses dramatically on the rise for 18- to 25-year-olds, “the trend of falsely portraying the mentally ill experience threatens the already fragile wellbeing of more young people than ever before”. In the same article, mental health professional Aditi Verma warns against romanticised depictions of mental illness, or “beautiful suffering”, as it’s often portrayed online, while a 20-year-old student tells the publication that when told by their psychiatrist they were experiencing bipolar symptoms, their first thought was, “Damn, this isn’t even one of the cool ones.” FEELING DOWN, ON THE UP

The New Zealand Ministry of Health – Manatū Hauora warns that, in line with other developed nations, “rates of mental distress appear to be rapidly increasing” and that “mental health trends and socio-economic disadvantages may be having worsening impacts on teens”. In 2021, a study by UK university admissions charity UCAS revealed there to have been a 450% increase in student mental health declarations over the previous decade. But could mental health issues really have increased

up to an astonishing four-and-a-half-fold in just 10 years? And if so, how? Or could younger generations be confusing regular life struggles with emotional distress, choosing to lean on the mental health crutch at the expense of fostering mental resilience? “I really don’t think that young people are any less resilient today,” says Auckland University Associate Professor Kerry Gibson, PhD, a clinical psychologist, and author of What Young People Want from Mental Health Services. “Aside from the obvious stresses of climate change and economic hardships of studying, and saving for a house, there are pressures that are far more subtle. It might seem as though the world is wide open and that youngsters can have anything, but there are a lot of restrictions, and they really buy into the idea of being responsible for the choices they make.” SIGNS OF THE TIMES

Kerry recalls an analogy about how in times past the journey from adolescence to adulthood was like a train on tracks with stations you could stop at, whereas now that same route is akin to being given the keys to a fast car but with no roadmap. The psychologist talks of an environment of ‘toxic positivity’, the prevailing notion that we must be happy, so rather than explore feelings of negativity, we counter others’ distress with wellintentioned false reassurances, rather than empathy. “The media representation of mental health makes it seem like we’re talking about mental health way more than we actually are,” she continues. “But so often it’s just lip service. Young people feel it’s harder than ever to be heard. An irony of the pandemic is that it has affected all of society, making the resulting mental health issues easier for everyone to discuss.” The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the mental health impacts of the pandemic will be “long term and farreaching”, announcing towards the end of last year that the world had missed most of its mental health targets for 2020. While demand for support rose, 93% of countries around the world halted their critical mental health services.


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“Bullying, racism, and a desperate desire to present a perfect image all happen in the real world, too.”

But even pre-pandemic, the situation already appeared to be worsening. A 2019 study by the American Psychological Association concluded the percentage of young Americans experiencing certain types of mental health disorders to have “risen significantly over the past decade” but with “no corresponding increase in older adults”. Study lead author Jean Twenge, PhD, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, and author of the book, iGen, argues the trend is at least partly down to the digital age, with youngsters also often getting less sleep and less exercise than previous generations – issues that are all obviously linked. While being “no defender of social media”, Kerry believes its effects are exaggerated and that it’s too easy a target that prevents us from tackling difficult truths: “Bullying, racism, and a desperate desire to present a perfect image all happen in the real world, too.” And did so before we were all ‘connected’. GROWTH FROM PAIN?

I ask Kerry if it’s necessary to experience certain levels of hardship in order to reinforce our coping capabilities. “Many people do feel strengthened and more resilient following traumatic

episodes, but it won’t be the same for everyone. While some rise to those challenges, for others, it can simply be too much. A lot has to do with background, what kind of emotional or material wells we have to draw from. “The notion of resilience is thrown around a lot, but it’s very misleading, that idea that everyone can just tap into inner reserves of it. Of course, there are skills we can learn, such as mindfulness, to enhance resilience, but that only works once people’s basic foundational needs have been taken care of.” We develop many of those skills with age, too?

“Absolutely, but such statements can also be damaging and negate the struggles that youths face. Many ongoing adult mental health problems take root during adolescence.” There are simply no hard and fast rules around mental health, continues Kerry, aside from it being essential to seek help “before it all becomes unbearable”. “If you are so distressed that it’s affecting your ability to function day to day then it’s time to talk. But not everything needs a professional: loved ones, friends, and partners can all help. But if that’s not enough, call a helpline or contact your GP.” 130

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Delving into Hawke’s Bay


Sunday starts early, driving from Napier to Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market. Jazz buskers and the waft of bacon greet us as we enter a circle of vans, trailers and gazebos positioned amongst shady ancient trees and backing onto Waikoko Gardens’ tranquil lily ponds.

Above verandas, art deco motifs, zigzags, suns, fountains, scallops, and ziggurat decorate basic facades.

We peruse Te Mata Figs, Preserve and Co., Raw Life and Berry Bees, berries, stone fruit, and citrus. Maud and Harry’s walnut brittle is tempting. Tables below spreading trees are perfect to enjoy purchases at – maybe goat cheese, breads, smoked meats, beer, wine, cider or freshly-squeezed juice, the smell of which drifts and entices, but we’re off to Clifton. I grab an almond croissant for lunch later. With only 72 hours in Hawke’s Bay, we’re packing in as much as possible. The padded seat on the trailer towed by Gannet Beach Adventures’ vintage tractor is comfy as we chug down onto Clifton Beach. On the 1.5-hour ride to Cape Kidnappers we speed over sand, rock over rocks, and bounce over boulders, looking out to a powdery blue sea. Horizontal layers making up the towering cliffs hemming the beach consist of brown riverstone, grey dried mud, whitish volcanic ash, blackish plant material, a streak of shells. The occasional vertical fault line leaves layers disjointed. Squawking terns nest on ledges; pigeons in cliff holes are quieter. The sea splashes at our feet when we drive into it skirting rocks. Passing by Black Reef Gannet Colony, I discover male gannets are the ones flying with seaweed in their beaks – used for nest making. We chug another kilometre and reach the 30-minute track to Cape Kidnapper’s Gannet Colony. The ascending walk, giving spectacular views of the coastline we’ve driven, brings us to an open, guanaco-pungent headland. Nesting on mounds that look aligned, almost all of the thousands of yellow-headed gannets appear to face the same direction, necks extended, beaks pointing skywards, throats wobbling – apparently a way of cooling. I spot, mere metres away, several white, fluffy chicks. Returning to Clifton, we head to Napier for an art deco walking tour. It begins with 20-minute movie, The Day that Changed the Bay, the story of the Napier earthquake that hit on 3 February 1931 with all but around a dozen buildings destroyed. Rebuilding was completed in two years, and we view some of that architecture on our walk starting on Marine Parade, where Norfolk Island pines lining it are apparently quake survivors. On the corner with Emerson Street, the original T&G building

is impressive, its copper-domed roof topped with a clock tower. Down Emerson on Hastings Street’s corner, the old BNZ (now ASB) sports Māori motifs incorporated into art deco designs high on its exterior walls. Opposite, the Criterion Hotel is built in Spanish Mission style. Wandering Emerson, we walk beneath verandas with decorative, pressed tin ceilings and view restored pinkish terrazzo in doorways and shop frontages where occasionally leadlights feature. Above verandas, art deco motifs, zigzags, suns, fountains, scallops, and ziggurat decorate basic facades. On Tennyson Street, the old fire station is simply elegant in blue; Provincial Hotel reminds me of Spanish colonial buildings in Central America; Napier Municipal Theatre, built in the late ‘30s, still has its original foyer and ticket office. The Daily Telegraph building is almost identical to the newspaper building in the Superman comics – which came out the same year it was built – with its ziggurats, central flagpole, and balcony. Inside the art deco Masonic Lodge we get lucky, our tour guide has been given keys to several suites to view. Named after some of the famous who have stayed, the first Masonic opening on the site in 1861, the Mark Twain Suite is very masculine, the Jean Batten features pictures of planes, and the greyish-green Anna Pavlova brightened by swans and pink waterlilies on the headboard. They’re all gorgeous: period furniture, ‘30s-style china bathroom basins and taps, luxurious sitting rooms, and balconies with Pacific Ocean views. We’re on bikes the next morning, hiring them from Tākaro Trails in Ahuriri, a small coastal town a short drive from Napier. We set off on the Water Ride, part of the Hawke’s Bay Trails, which takes us around Ahuriri’s port area, where old woolsheds now house restaurants and pubs, past fishing boats and out to Westshore Beach. Heading north, coastal views stretch to distant Mahia. We leave the shoreline before Bay View and ride inland between paddocks of crops, passing canals and The Beacons – navigation lights dating from 1907 which led vessels to Napier’s original harbour before the earthquake thrust the land up. They now stand in fields. It’s peaceful riding on flat trail. We pass dark brown swamp that swans, shovelers and


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Walking through its grand entrance and out the back, we’re rewarded with views stretching over vineyards looking onto Taradale’s outskirts.

herons paddle and peer through viewing holes in information boards to spot more birds at Southern Marsh. The cycle lane reaches road and brings us to New Zealand’s oldest winery, Mission Estate, established in 1851 by French missionaries. We ride up its plane tree-lined driveway to what was once the seminary, a verandaed, two-storied, colonial structure with crosses on its gables. Walking through its grand entrance and out the back, where diners relax below white umbrellas, we’re rewarded with views stretching over vineyards looking onto Taradale’s outskirts. Wine tastings are available, but we just visit the cellar display. We get lost in Taradale but eventually rejoin the cycle trail and ride past orchards and crops to the coast at Awatoto. It’s a little industrial and ugly riding north until nearing Napier where the trail leads towards the seafront. Remains of a WWII gun emplacement, one of six between here and Bay View, are seen; Norfolk Pines line the roadside. Passing the National Aquarium of New Zealand, the Soundshell, art deco fountain, and Napier Port, we reach the popular beach at Perfume Point not far from Tākaro Trails’ base. It’s been a full day’s cycling. It’s back on bikes for our last day to cycle the Wineries Ride, looping through Hawke’s Bay’s western wine-growing regions. From Hastings, we ride the flat, white, limesand trail past hectares of grapevines stretching in straight lines to distant rolling hills. I read of Bridge Pa Triangle, a region having the largest concentration of vineyards in the Hawke’s Bay, planted for wine growing 40 years ago. Wild roses adorn Oak Estate’s fenceline where there’s a red barn with a cellar door and Journeys

kitchen… but they’re closed. Riding in the shade of Ngatarawa Road’s roadside hedges, we turn right onto State Highway 50 and arrive at Trinity Hill Winery for 11am opening. Inside, I peer through glass windows at dozens of wine barrels and vats, then read of Gimblett Gravels’ stony soils, an area which produces red grape merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and syrah varieties. Rugs are scattered on the grass outside, the pizza oven ready for action… tempting, but we have further to ride. Ngaruroro River is a multitude of blues. We cycle over it to arrive at a picturesque church and cemetery, Omahu Marae opposite. A right down Korokipo Road brings us to Zeffer Cider Co. & Taproom. Under sun umbrellas, looking out on apple trees, we taste eight ciders. Rose, Passionfruit and Apple Crumble, which smells of cinnamon, are my favourites. Instead of backtracking to the cycle trail, we carry on along busy Korokipo Road, and come across Waiohiki Creative Arts Village where there’s some paintings and pottery I fancy. It’s a shame we’re on bikes... We dither at Silky Oak Chocolates’ sign pointing down Links Road but continue on Waiohiki Road for Nevaria Lavender. Two ladies enjoy a scrumptious-looking high tea on the edge of one of its blooming lavender fields, a beautiful spot. Proprietor, Maria, says they make their lavender products: soap, shampoo, conditioner and oil, which are sold in the premises’ little store. We should’ve arranged a Tākaro Trails’ shuttle from nearby Taradale to their base for a shorter ride. But cycling the flat trails, with rural, water or vineyard scenery is a pretty good way to spend our last few hours in Hawke’s Bay. 134

Trinity Hill —

Trinity Hill is celebrating over 25 years of world-class winemaking in the famed Gimblett Gravels winegrowing region of Hawke’s Bay. Trinity Hill’s story began as an homage to northern Rhône, when cuttings of syrah from Hermitage, and viognier from Côte Rôtie, were gifted to the winery. In 1993, Trinity Hill became one of the Gimblett Gravels’ early pioneers, planting vines on a barren plot that continues to produce exceptional wines today. Head online to learn more, join a wine club, or to make an order

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Book a stay here and you can expect the ultimate luxury experience, flawless service and even a private chef. The villa itself is a sight to behold with its architectural designed and unique elliptical falcon wing roofs. “There’s not a single person who doesn’t walk through the front door and say ‘wow’. It has 360-degree views over the mountains of Kahurangi National Park, and a quiet, calming atmosphere,” says managing director John Kerr.

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Inside, there’s a central lounge with a 5m-high ceiling, sunken bar, grand piano, high-tech gym, media theatre, three dining areas, and a games room. The lush outdoor area boasts views of the mountains and Motueka River and includes an outdoor pool, heated spa, outdoor dining area, and even a helipad terrace. Thanks to its location 50 minutes from Nelson and between three of New Zealand’s most scenic national parks, there’s no shortage of incredible things to do. 138

A short walk from the property, you’ll find some of New Zealand’s (and the world’s) best fly fishing in the Motueka River, known for its population of oversized wild brown trout. Guests also have access to a helicopter for scenic heli-tours over the stunning Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi national parks or get amongst it with walking, hiking and cruising on the lakes. Falcon Brae is less than an hour’s drive from 28 world-class wineries and has 24 boutique art and craft studios for guests to explore. The villa is usually only available for exclusive use. For a limited time, individual suites can be booked at a fraction of the usual price and exclusive use is also available at a discounted rate. Large groups of up to 16 can book the villa and the adjacent Stonefly Lodge (owned and operated by John and Kate Kerr).



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Extend Your Summer in Takapuna Make the most of the beautiful weather and long days by heading to Takapuna for some fun in the sun!

The natural scenery and setup of Takapuna makes it easy to keep your summer going, so gather the troops, the friends, and the family, and come on over to Takapuna for one (or more!) of our favourite things to do. Eat Street - Hurstmere Road

Indulge in some spectacular outdoor dining With beach views, sea breezes, and scorching weather, dining in Takapuna could not be more appealing! Takapuna has so many different places to eat and drink, with most of them also offering great outdoor seating – there’s something for every taste in Takapuna! Play the day away on one of the best white sand beaches in Auckland Takapuna Beach has been voted one of Auckland’s favourite beaches – and we definitely agree! With the amazing white sand, sparkling waters, and plenty of grass reserve for everyone to enjoy – there couldn’t be a more perfect way to spend a summer’s day than at Takapuna Beach.


Treat yourself to some outdoor retail therapy Takapuna has some of the best boutique shops on Hurstmere Road and the surrounding streets – where else can you enjoy a fresh, salty sea-breeze while perusing some high-end fashion? Pack a picnic or enjoy takeaways at Takapuna Beach There are many different places to get some delicious snacks or meals in Takapuna, so why not grab some to takeaway and enjoy at the beach! Escape the heat, shop and refresh yourself at Shore City Shopping Centre Relax and enjoy the air-conditioned experience of shopping at Shore City – with over 50 different stores, you’re bound to find what you need all under one roof, including some tasty refreshments, after a good day’s shopping!

Regatta Bar & Eatery

Lava Trail

Takapuna Beach Playground

Let the kids explore and play at Takapuna Beach Right on the beach is one of Auckland’s best playgrounds – the all-abilities Takapuna Beach Playground! Grab a coffee and let the kids free with some active and engaging outdoor play, then finish off with a refreshing walk in the shallows. There’s also a number of delicious ice-cream and frozen yoghurt places close enough to the beach for all the well-behaved kiddos (and of course their well-behaved caregivers!). Feed the ducks and geese at Lake Pupuke Nestled a little further inland is the great Lake Pupuke and its famous flock of duck and geese who all love a bit of attention! Take a lovely walk through the reserve and along the lake edge and bring along some snacks to feed the locals like wheat, oats, rice, birdseed, frozen peas or corn, chopped lettuce, or duck pellets (please don’t feed them plain bread!). Grab a refreshing or energising beverage, or a cold sweet treat, and walk the Lava Trail! Takapuna is home to some of the best cafes and ice cream around, so grab whatever you need for your walk, from coffee to juice, to a refreshing ice cream or smoothie, and hit the trail! The Lava trail is a stunning seaside walk that forms part of the Te Araroa walkway, and the Takapuna to Milford section runs directly through an ancient, fossilised Kauri Forest!


Head out on an adventure to find whales and an owl! You may have already seen the fantastic owl sculpture halfway along Hurstmere Road, but if not – it’s a great thing to have the kids go out and search for! And until mid-April, Takapuna is also home to three giant whale tail sculptures, all handpainted by different artists, that are part of the Whale Tale Art Trail 2022. Download the Whale Tale app, find the tails, scan the QR codes at each location, and unlock some great rewards and specials! Catch up with your (four-legged) friends for some beach time If your children or friends are of the furry and four-legged variety, why not organise a nice walk along Takapuna Beach? It’s the perfect dog-walking beach, with calm waters, lots of room, and plenty of sticks around! You’ll find most of the cafés and eateries in Takapuna are dog-friendly too, so finding the perfect brunch spot or dinner venue will be easy for your afterwalk treats – you just have to decide which one! For a comprehensive list of all the places to eat, drink, shop, entertain, and treat yourself this summer, as well as a further list of ideas of places to go and things to do in Takapuna, head to:

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Ciao Bellina! The iconic FIAT 500 hatchback returns in two sprightly new configurations.

The FIAT 500 has long traded on its retro good looks and compact car advantages. And it remains as relevant as ever on crowded Auckland streets, especially with fuel costs soaring and parking at a premium. Best of all, the 500 is pure fun to drive in a city environment, and even a short hop to the local café carries a sense of occasion when you jump into the funky cabin. The current 500 has been in production for 15 years now but looks every bit as appealing as it did in 2007, especially in upmarket Dolcevita specification. The eagle-eyed will note the new body-colour dashboard surrounds, eye-catching chrome details inside and out, a fixed glass sunroof, intricate 16-inch alloys and signature Dolcevita badging. Our pick from the broader colour palette was an unmissable pastel colour called Passione Red.

next class up. Cruise control and automatic climate control lend real meaning to the Dolcevita badge. Funnily enough, less can sometimes be more at this end of the auto spectrum and some buyers will happily forego some of the test car’s embellishments and settle for the entry FIAT 500 Lounge model, a snip at $22,990. It features all the essentials and the same efficient 1.2-litre engine with Duologic transmission that satisfies drivers who like the simplicity of an auto or prefer to work the five gears manually. So, what’s it to be, the comfort and convenience of Lounge or the pizzazz of Dolcevita? Not an easy decision to make but a good excuse to visit the FIAT showroom, with fresh 500 stock arriving shortly.

In only our first afternoon of driving, there were several occasions when we were thankful for the small dimensions that make a 500 so easy to place on the road and child’s play to park without endangering one of those beautiful alloys. The outstanding visibility from an expansive glasshouse is equally welcome and allows a high seating position with ample headroom for tall drivers. In fact, there’s enough width in the cabin to give you an airy impression up-front while keeping all controls and the seven-inch touchscreen within easy reach. The steering wheel with audio controls is leather-wrapped, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard fare, and the premium cloth or optional leather seats support a large frame and have more lower-back support than some cars in the


March 2022

The Art of March


It’s that time of year when the humidity is so thick, the air barely moves, yet the artworld is positivity bubbling with creative activity! My advice? Get amongst it! Here are my suggestions for your Art of March.


Oddly Synonym of something 25 Mar – 16 Apr 216 Dominion Rd, Mt Eden

Object Space Mark Work 5 Mar – 15 May 13 Rose Road, Ponsonby

Artist(s) exhibiting: Tai Nimo, Via Tuimaseve, Te Ara Minhinnick, Hugo Primbs, Jeremiah Talo (Gerry), Keaton Hamilton, Elise Sadlier, Jessica Kanji and Llenyd Price. Curated by Jasmine Tuiā and Ashleigh Taupaki (founders of Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa Cross-Crits) Synonyms of something, emerges from multiple group discussions

Artist(s) exhibiting: Raukura Turei, Julian Hooper, Krystina Kaza, Areta Wilkinson, Warwick Freeman and Hannah Beehre. An age-old and enduring form of human expression, to make marks is to set in motion a creative process. Open-ended in its nature, mark-making is generative, a physical act that creates space for thinking and exploration. Spanning the fields of contemporary jewellery, architecture, design and painting, Mark Work features six artists whose work communicates across form and discipline, inextricably linked to time spent in the studio and the strong bond formed with materials and making processes.

around artists’ presence/influence in each other’s artworks and thinking; creating art, making friends, sharing food and feedback. The exhibition features nine artists from different institutions throughout Tāmaki Makaurau. @oddly.projects

Studio One Toi Tū Creative Studio Residents Exhibition 3 Mar – 31 Mar 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

Studio One Toi Tū proudly present projects by the artists from the 2021 Creative Studio Residency. Studio visits are a great way to connect directly with artists and learn about their practice. Now in its sixth year, the three resident artists explore a diverse range of creative practices including design, typography, sculpture and weaving.



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Te Tuhi

Te Tuhi has three exhibitions throughout Auckland this month, all of which are presented in association with Auckland Arts Festival Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki Makaurau. From Te Tuhi HQ in Pakuranga to the Silos downtown, below is a summary of each.

27 Feb – 8 May Ata koia! Te Tuhi Gallery, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga

Artist(s) exhibiting: Abigail Aroha Jensen, Brook Konia, Cathy Livermore, Josephine Jelicich, Qianhe ‘AL’ Lin, Qianye Lin, Rachel Shearer, Tira Walsh, Ufuoma Essi and Wukun Wanambi.

3 Mar – 26 Mar Papatūnga, 25 Cheshire Street, Parnell Station

Curated by James Tapsell-Kururangi, Ata koia! is based on a kīwaha (an expression) inspiring an ambience of wonder and surprise. What does it feel like to be alive today? Calling together artists from Aotearoa and abroad to share knowledge, conversation and time, Ata koia! presents newly commissioned and existing artworks woven from the wind and stars, colours that slip from the horizon and images that saturate our imagination.

2 Mar – 26 Mar Wild Once More Silo 6, Silo Park, Corner Beaumont & Jellicoe Streets, Wynyard Quarter

Te Pō Artist(s) exhibiting: Abigail Aroha Jensen, Gabi Lardies, Katie Middleton, Tira Walsh, Tom Tuke and Wai Ching Chan. Curated by James TapsellKururangi, the artworks in Te Pō emerged from a six-month period of reflection, learning, and whānautanga (kinship), during which the artists learnt about the local Māori histories of Parnell, took a trip to Rotorua, and participated in various workshops to reflect on the meaning of making art today.

Artist(s) exhibiting: Neihana GordonStables, Daniel John Corbett Sanders, Aliyah Winter, Connor Fitzgerald, Sorawit Songsataya and Laura Duffy.

Foenander Galleries The work of Andrea Bolima

Curated by Christopher Ulutupu, Wild Once More is a moving-image exhibition featuring a group of queer artists working in Aotearoa right now.

9 – 29 Mar 455 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden

Artist: Andrea Bolima Bolima’s paintings sit in an ambiguous zone between abstraction and sensation. Inspired from memory and the natural world, Bolima paints ambiguous organic forms, using colour and texture to evoke unspecific places and moments, both private and universal.

Two Rooms Gallery Robin White — The perfect silence of the hour

Masterworks Gallery Layla Walter — Forms Within

Ivan Anthony Gallery Liz Maw and Rea Burton — New work

11 Mar – 14 Apr

26 Mar – 14 Apr

Until 22 March

16 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn

71 Upper Queen Street, Newton

564 Great North Road, Grey Lynn

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Exhibition of the Month


Richard McWhannell


12th MARCH – 2nd APRIL 2022

12 March – 2 April

Racing cars have long been synonymous with glamorous women, made famous – or infamous – by the Pirelli Calendars of the mid-1960s. With a wink and nod to the centrecreased enthusiasms of the discerning gentleman/woman, Richard McWhannell, car enthusiast and well-known artist, has combined images of vintage race and sports cars, and period pinup girls. It should be noted that the artist currently owns two 1929 Austin 7 sports racers which are depicted in the series, along with a number of paintings related to the Roycroft Trophy, a must-goto exhibition for the vintage car enthusiast.

221 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland.

221 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby


Open Tue-Sat 11am-5pm

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March 2022

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Anna Stichbury Wellington-based artist Anna Stichbury works across a range of media, specialising in contemporary mixed media paintings featuring vibrant, intense hues, rich textures, and gestural brushwork.

The large scale of Stichbury’s abstract seascapes, landscapes, and floral compositions draws the viewer in, emphasising and inviting engagement with her true subjects: colour and texture. Through this latest body of work, Stichbury explores notions of familiarity, discovery, and perception. The paintings are a sensory reflection of time spent in our collective confinement, and the resulting observation and closer inspection of her local surroundings, calling the beauty and colour that exists there back to the studio and utilising what she sees as an escape from the otherwise grey world beyond. Alongside abstracts in brilliant gold and azure blues, included in Nature Unfolding are new floral works, shifting Stichbury’s previous small-scale botanical investigations into larger-than-life blooms that reverberate with her gestural areas of texture and exquisite palette. Nature Unfolding will be on display at Parnell Gallery from 29 March until 12 April




sculpture on the gulf

Waiheke Island

2022 4 – 27 MARCH

Aiko Groot, Anton Forde, Brit Bunkley & Andrea Gardner, Chris Moore, Debbie Fish, Denis O’Connor, Francisco Carbajal, James Cousins, Jane Downes, Janine Williams, Johl Dwyer, Jonas Raw, Jorge Wright, Julie Moselen, Kazu Nakagawa & Salome Tanuvasa, Kereama Taepa, Lang Ea, Ioane Ioane, Louise McRae, Martin Basher, Margaret Feeney, Melissa Laing, Natalie Guy, Sally Smith, Te Rongo Kirkwood, Tyler Jackson, Virginia Leonard, Wanda Gillespie

2 Korora Road, Oneroa (09) 372 9907




25 Feb – 27 Mar 10am – 4pm



Small works and marquettes by 2022 walkway artists and previous SOTG exhibitors.




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We back all our plants with a Sure to Grow Guarantee. If your plant doesn’t grow like it should, we’ll help you learn why and give you a free replacement. 0800 PLANTS

Your March Checklist Autumn is now here, and harvest season is in full swing! Remember to continue watering and feeding your veggies as they produce the last of their crops. Plan ahead and make sure your early spring bulbs and winter veggie garden are planted by the end of the month.

PLANT NOW Vegetables

March is the time to start thinking about your winter veggie garden. Start staggering crops by planting out seedlings at different times to have a continued harvest later. Direct sow carrot and parsnip seeds. Plant seedlings of cabbage, kale, beetroot, broccoli, lettuce, coriander, and parsley.

time to relandscape your property. Look at adding natives such as corokia, hebes and griselinias, as well as classic hedgings like buxus, olive and laurel. Flowers and Perennials

Instant Colour Flowers such as marigolds, gazanias, and petunias will last well into autumn. As it cools, start to plant winter flowering annuals such as pansy, viola, and polyanthus.

Fruit Trees Harvest all your pip and stone fruit. If you have too much, either use them in sauces and jams for later use or give them to a food collection station in your community. Give your plants a light prune after fruiting. Lawns Sprinkle your lawn with SaturAid to retain moisture and water with collected rainwater or greywater.


Trees Autumn is natures planting time for trees and shrubs. Plant out citrus, guavas, avocado, and feijoas. For best results, plant two different feijoa (or avocados) varieties to ensure good pollination. Plant an earlier season and a later season variety to extend your harvest. Trees and Shrubs

Camellias These easy-to-grow evergreen shrubs produce an abundance of gorgeous flowers. Early varieties bloom from autumn through to winter. Great as hedging or as a feature plant. Hedging Plan out where your shrubs and hedging will go before planting — this is the perfect

Perennials Garden mum chrysanthemums come in various colours and look stunning indoors and out. Cyclamen, flowering from autumn through winter, is the perfect way to darken up those shadier spots in the yard. Spring bulbs Early spring bulbs are now in stock for 2022, with different varieties arriving each week. Grab your favourites now. TEND


Get the fridge and freezer ready as you will be harvesting beans, pumpkin, kumara, potatoes, capsicum, chillies, courgettes, passionfruit, grapes, watermelon, plums, peaches, nectarines, Nashi pears, eggplants, sweetcorn, apples and squash. Looking for more help or expert garden advice? Come instore to talk to our friendly staff, or give us a call on 0800 PLANTS for general inquiries.

Vegetables Harvest your summer veggies, including tomatoes and courgettes, to encourage late fruiting. Keep on top of weeds, so they don’t become a problem later.


March 2022

What's On in March WORDS — BELLA SAMPSON




Come join in the craic and help turn Auckland green by heading into the CBD for the St Patrick’s Parade on Sunday, 13 March from midday on Queen Street. Continue the celebrations at the Irish Music and Dance Festival from 1pm. Featuring Irish inspired floats, traditional Irish music and dance, Irish bands, and lots more family-friendly entertainment.

LYSANDERS AUNTY 17 Mar – 13 Apr ASB Waterfront Theatre

BODEVOLVE PILATES Every Tuesday, 10am – 11am Virtual

Boldevolve Pilates is designed to deliver the ultimate full-body workout and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Reduce stress, improve flexibility, strengthen your spine, boost energy, increase core ability, and tone your muscles without bulking them. All from the comfort of your own home or workspace, with Natasha’s virtual classes.

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, young lovers Lysander and Hermia defy the duke by eloping to his aunt’s house in the woods. But who is this law-snubbing, free-loving aunty, and what is she doing in the bush? And what happens when the Athenian law comes knocking at her door? Catch this riotous and comedic reworking of Shakespeare’s play, that takes a cannon to the canon.


Join Daniel Cooper for an engaging Open Ballet class. With a modern approach to learning ballet, in an inclusive environment. In this class

Every Tuesday, Mar – 12 Apr Empire Studios

dancers will learn ballet technique, strength, conditioning, musicality, repertoire, phrases and dances for showcasing, and progression. Perfect for dancers at any level, including beginner.


The Candlelight Music Series presents an intimate, multi-sensory experience, featuring well-known music by candlelight in a beautiful church. As each night includes new music and new guests, it’s always something original and unique. Prepare yourself for an acoustically and visually stunning journey through classical, jazz, contemporary, soul, and cinema pieces.


The two-hour lunch features a dreamy menu and a range of bottomless cocktails, wines, and beer. Set in the stunning boutique venue, this inner-city oasis is a must for foodies and friends alike. Limited seating for larger groups, tickets go quickly so booking ahead is a must!

POLYMER CLAY JEWELLERY WORKSHOP 26 March Uxbridge Arts & Culture Centre

Learn how to make your own earrings from polymer clay, with expert tuition from Dewdrop’s jewellery maker, Vanessa Fong. The workshop covers all the basics, from conditioning clay, colour mixing, slab making, sanding, and finishing techniques. All materials are supplied, and you’ll leave with a collection of your earrings to take home.

PROPAGATION CLASSES 27 March Babylon Store

Learn multiple propagation techniques that you can easily replicate at home, expanding your indoor jungle to great heights for limited expense. You’ll be led through all the steps to ensure you have the skills needed to successfully support your burgeoning garden. Classes include afternoon tea and three cuttings to take home.


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Horoscopes PISCES 19 February – 20 March

ARIES 21 March – 19 April

TAURUS 20 April – 20 May


This is not the time to be storing up any little niggles that could return like a hurricane later. Pay attention to your partner and don’t do anything that you know full well will upset them, even if it seems like an insignificant trifle to you. You’ll make solid advances socially, could make new friends, and might be attracted to a potential mate.

You will explore new avenues, place yourself in newer surroundings, and accept any invitations you’re sent because that next career shift you’ve been waiting for will be right around the corner. This month promises opportunities to expand your career goals. You will approach your romantic relationships a little more differently, trying to understand how you can help contribute to your partner’s life.


New investment opportunities might expand your bank balance as well as a certain pay rise. Or a new job with great perks might land in your lap. You are in a place of celebration to have finally found that perfect balance in romance and are focusing your energies on keeping your happy place more accessible and allowing yourself to visualise the life you wish to live.


21 May – 20 June

21 June – 22 July


You are looking for a new source of inspiration, or a message that reinvigorates you. You need to be careful, however, of not allowing the workplace to be your lone source of satisfaction. Treat your relationships with honesty and patience this month. Use the power of love as an active, restorative force for good. Take proactive steps to activate your dreams and meet your goals.

This could be a time when you decide to change careers, or start taking the necessary steps to move in that direction. Letting go of the past and not falling prey to idealism may be conditions you need to deal with first. Taking a practical approach is favoured, which should include a careful assessment of past experiences, and of what life has taught you so far.

LEO 23 July – 22 August

VIRGO 23 August – 22 September

LIBRA 23 September – 22 October

SCORPIO 23 October – 21 November


There may be a sudden change, a disturbance or unexpected event which introduces something new into your life which is likely to be of a challenging nature. A passionate approach to situations that deserve compassion is favoured as well as careful consideration of ethical matters. This period indicates a time to rethink and resolve old issues, but breaking away from previous situations or decisions will be difficult.


It’s time to get on with the next chapter of your life, and if you consciously and deliberately focus on getting started you’ll begin to see results. There’s a lot of recalibration and upgrading still taking place, give your heart a chance to catch up. Pay attention to those places where you’re not feeling all in, especially where new chapters are beginning.


Your money flow remains strong but do staunch the outward flow of spending, debts, and so on. Investments previously made were good idea, so continue to value them, but don't make new ones. Your career scene is tricky – those higher-up are both impatient and cautious, and you, too, might blow hot and cold about your ambitions. Romance is highlighted, but love's road has a few potholes.


22 November – 21 December

22 December – 19 January

20 January – 18 February

Money flows swiftly to you (and, if you're not conservative, from you) from now to mid-March. Save it! Your plans for the future will change daily – be patient. Social, organisational and entertainment plans might go awry. Avoid new ventures, whether they're your own idea or someone else's suggestion. Only research, investigative, and ‘from the past’ projects will be free of glitches.

The first two weeks of this month find you radiating irresistible charm, so use it wisely and reap the rewards. Money matters become more important later on. You'll want to improve your finances, perhaps by finding a different job, or ways to earn cash from your hobbies, home, or passions. Possibilities and ideas spring up in your neighbourhood through friends.

This will be a month of opportunity, negotiation, or wrestling with a challenge – you’ll want to be free of the chains of chores. Your sexual, financial and ‘deep health’ zones grow more and more important – and generally lucky. This can lead to a lustful affair, an investment, or settlement – all of which open lifestyle doorways. Love will be a source of health.

Now is the perfect time to pursue creative interests and do something that is self-fulfilling and satisfying. Keep your head down at work and get on with your day-to-day business in as quiet a way as you can. Your homelife won’t be any great shakes either this month, and there’s no lifechanging event likely in the coming four weeks.


March 2022


THE DUKE 31 March


In 1961, 60-year-old taxi driver Kempton Bunton stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly – he had long campaigned for pensioners to receive free television licenses.

What followed became the stuff of legend. Fifty years later, the full story emerged – Kempton had spun a web of lies. The only truth was that he was a good man, determined to change the world and save his marriage. How and why he used the duke to achieve that is a wonderfully uplifting tale.

Four Zimbabwean refugees have conquered the odds to become South Africa's top sommeliers. Driven by relentless optimism, a passion for their craft, and unshakeable national pride,

Wine Tasting Champions’. A truly uplifting documentary that celebrates just how irrepressible the human spirit can be.

they form Zimbabwe’s first ever wine tasting team and head to France to compete for the coveted title of ‘World

Directed by Warwick Ross and Robert Coe, starring Joseph Dhafana, Marlvin Gwese, and Tinashe Nyamudoka.

Directed by Roger Michell, starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent.

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All the World’s a Stage One of the UK’s greatest creative filmmaking forces and director of multiple Oscar-nominated Belfast, Kenneth Branagh, looks back over three decades of big-budget production.

Sir Kenneth Branagh is a behemoth of film. A man who subscribes to the ‘more is less’ principle of movie-making with absolute faith in the essence that big budgets make successful movies. But this offers a peculiar contradiction. After all, the 61-year-old is such an artistic soul that a script and a stage would all but suffice given the Belfast-born actor, producer, and director’s ability to connect an audience to an idea. How else to explain his effortless excellence across so many Shakespeare projects, from Henry V – for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Director – through to Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and As You Like It.

doing something really good and knowing you have the time to go back and take another look at something if it hasn’t quite come through the way you had expected. It’s quality control.” Ultimately, he says that he’s extremely lucky to not only have made the sorts of movies he has over the past couple of decades, but to find the backers who believe in such projects, “because it’s not always been like that”. “It was a real famine back in the ‘80s, so few movies were being made. These days sets are massive, and investment is huge, and I would like to think the output validates that. But as ever, it’s the audience who are there to judge, and that’s the way it should be.”

Yet, his big-screen work away from the Bard goes the other way, with high-quality, mass-scale projects that refuse to be held back by budget – consider Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Valkyrie, Thor, Murder on the Orient Express, and of course Death on the Nile, in cinemas now. “Death on the Nile is an immense project and I have always been confident that all the investment and commitment would pay itself back, both financially and artistically,” says Branagh. “It’s one of those films that could have been made on the cheap, but it’s the fine details that really begin to shine when you have a bigger budget to play with. It’s the luxury of


Covid has changed the way we do business at Just Rentals Covid has changed the rules for most of our day-to-day procedures with all our rentals, especially the property managements, and we’re minimising our face-to-face contact.

We prepare tenancy agreements on our computer and now forward them, along with the bond form, to tenants via email for them to sign and return. Only rarely do we have tenants come in and sign the agreement. The tenants apply online after viewings, we do all our necessary checks and then contact them to let them know if they’re successful or not. We try to do private viewings of properties, or with very small groups, as an extra layer of protection for us and the tenants. Everyone must wear masks, and we have QR codes and hand sanitisers at the ready. Once viewings are over, we need to sanitise areas that have been touched. As for in-going inspections, we will go through and do them ourselves then send a copy of the report to tenants. If they have anything to add to the report once they’ve moved in, they send us an email and photos. Keys are collected from our

office letterbox, contactless. Similarly, we’ll do outgoing inspections once everything is moved out, tidy and clean, and the keys returned, and then email them the bond refund form to be signed and sent back. Our tradespeople can do repairs and maintenance at our management properties if the tenants are happy with this, and of course no one is isolating or sick. All our tradespeople are vaccinated and follow strict Covid procedures which gives the tenants more security. We’re starting to get contacted by tenants to say they’re isolating and are also getting having viewings cancelled due to some people being identified as close contacts. I am sure we’ll be seeing more of these over the next few months. Keep safe, keep smiling and keep positive. Sylvia Lund, Director 40 St Johns Rd, Meadowbank Sylvia Lund Areinz: 09 528 4818 or 0274 870 550

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The Cheese Wheel – Delivering NZ artisan cheese to your door By connecting cheese lovers with cheesemakers, we enable customers to be at the forefront of new NZ cheese discoveries by curating a delicious variety of four, hard-to-find artisan cheeses every month via a subscription box service.

The North Face: Exploration is in our nature March is International Women’s Month. So The North Face has teamed up with designer and illustrator Naomi Otsu to create a collection that celebrates and elevates women in the outdoors.

Verve has one amazing 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket made using Naomi’s special edition print to give away.

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A masterclass that has been a long time coming, and so we’re super excited to finally be able to share it with you! This Foundations of Investing Masterclass will give you key principles and knowledge to start building a diverse portfolio right away. You'll be able to invest with confidence and set your 'future self' up for investment success!

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On this month's Box Office (page 152) we have the funny, moving and thoughtful movie, The Duke, and the inspiring story of four


committed men facing tough competition in Blind Ambition. WIN We have five double passes to Blind Ambition as well as five double passes to The Duke to give away to 10 lucky readers.

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WIN We are giving away a staycation experience at Fable Auckland with two nights in a luxury room with daily continental breakfast included! Follow competition instructions above to enter.

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On the Bookshelf There’s nothing like diving into a good book while flying from A to B, and with long-haul plane travel set to creep back into our lives (yahoo!), we look at what pax on board are reading. ATOMIC HABITS James Clear

VIOLETA Isabel Allende


People think that when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions like doing two push-ups a day or waking five minutes early. He calls them ‘atomic habits’. In this groundbreaking book, Clears reveals how minuscule changes can grow into lifealtering outcomes.

Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first girl in a family with five boisterous sons. Her life is marked by extraordinary events – the ripples of the Great War are still being felt as the Spanish flu arrives on the shores of her South American homeland almost at the moment of her birth. She tells her story in the form of a letter to someone she loves, recounting devastating heartbreak and passionate affairs, poverty and wealth, loss and joy; her life shaped by monumental moments in history: the fight for women’s rights, the rise and fall of tyrants, and not one, but two pandemics.

HARLEM SHUFFLE Colson Whitehead



From two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s. “Ray Carney was only slightly bent when it came to being crooked…” To his customers and neighbours, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a decent life for himself and his family. Few know he descends from a line of hoods and crooks, and that his façade of normalcy is full of cracks that grow with time.

Cyprus, 1974. Two teenagers, Kostas, who is Greek Christian, and Defne, a Muslim Turk, regularly meet in secret at a tavern through whose roof grows a fig tree. The tree remains when war breaks out and the city is reduced to rubble. The teenagers vanish and break apart. Decades later, in north London, 16-year-old Ada Kazantzakis has never visited the island where her parents were born. Desperate for answers, she seeks to untangle secrets, separation, and silence. Her only connection to the land of her ancestors is a fig tree growing in the back garden of their home.

So much to watch, so little time…



I’m Lucy Kennedy, a young high school student who loves books and bingewatching movies and shows. When not out rollerskating, you’ll find me leafing through a novel or streaming my new favourite show – for which I then write reviews. You can check these out on Instagram @lucykennedybookreviews. Netflix Series I Am Not Okay With This Rated R

Set, according to the creators, “any time from 1988 to 2006”, I Am Not Okay With This follows the story of Sydney Novak, a 17-year-old girl who’s just trying to get out of high school alive. Grieving the loss of her father while trying to navigate her sexuality and teenage years, Syd feels her emotions intensely and has anger issues that, she realises, trigger telekinetic powers. After witnessing the aftermath of those powers, Sydney’s strange neighbour, Stanley Barber, decides to help her handle them and explore their limits.

I Am Not Okay With This is one of my comfort shows. The kind you can watch over and over, not only because it’s familiar and funny, but also to appreciate its beauty. The show’s aesthetic – from lighting to costume to soundtrack – is refreshingly different and easily addictive, made even more so by the uniquely ambiguous time period. The series is based on a comic of the same name and was produced by the same people behind Stranger Things. Unfortunately, Netflix has cancelled season two due to Covid, but even though only seven episodes of the show are available, it has still gathered a huge following. I’d recommend I Am Not Okay With This to anyone who’s a fan of Stranger Things or Stephen King’s IT. All in all, an amazing show that I thoroughly enjoyed. 4/5 stars


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A focused team. The right plan. A great result.

On the back of lots of talk around the residential market, we remain, as a team, totally focused on getting the best possible result for those choosing our services. Over the 30 years since our inception, we have developed a real estate solution from the ground up in order to bring added value to every homeowner looking to sell. To provide this we have remained a tight team using a specific approach called ‘real estate by design’. UP Real Estate is driven by hands on owners committed to the best possible result. If the sale of your home is stuck on the sand, give us a call – we have a time proven solution and are achieving some great results.



Is your family trust still serving a purpose? With the introduction of the Trusts Act 2019 (the Trusts Act) bringing many changes to trust law, many people are considering whether a trust is still right for them. Here are 3 questions to consider when evaluating whether your trust is a useful asset planning tool.

Why did you establish the trust? Did you establish your trust decades ago when you owned a business and wanted to protect your assets from creditors? You may have been told that forming a trust would protect your assets if you need rest home care or if you enter into a relationship. It is important to assess whether the reasons you established the trust still exist or are still valid reasons for having a trust.

Are you aware of the provisions of the Trusts Act? If you are a trustee of your trust or someone else’s trust it is important that you are familiar with Trusts Act and your duties as a trustee. There are now mandatory and default duties that trustees must carry out. These are set out in the Trusts Act but may have been modified by the Trust Deed. Your trust may still be a useful tool but you may need to make some amendments or upskill yourself to ensure you are complying with the Trust Act.



WANTED: Homes are wanted in Remuera, Parnell and the Eastern Bays Circa $4m+ Call me now to discuss selling your home with an Agency who work as a team. Be assured our approach to both buyer and seller is safety first in this Covid environment. Jo Johnstone 021 411 107


Are you comfortable with providing trust information to beneficiaries? The Trust Act creates a presumption that “basic trust information” be disclosed to all beneficiaries of the trust. “Basic information” includes; the fact that a person is a beneficiary of the trust, the name and contact details of the trustee, and the right of the beneficiary to request a copy of the terms of the trust or trust information. Beneficiaries can also request financial information. It used to be common practice to include a large number of potential beneficiaries in a trust deed. Many of our clients are surprised to learn that their trust deed include the spouses of children and grandchildren as discretionary beneficiaries. There are many factors that your legal advisor will consider when advising you on whether your trust is right for you. If you would like an assessment of your trust, contact us to book an appointment with one of the team at Dawsons Lawyers.

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