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Editors’ Note True Heroes The Mercer Quality of Living Survey,* recently placed Auckland in spot number three — a ranking that continues to do all the right things for our city’s reputation. It was no surprise that when asked how she feels about Auckland, Verve’s newest intern Meeke, who has travelled from Holland for work experience abroad, replied, “I love it!” Our city has produced two of the most amazing summers in a row: warm, languid, air sonorous with cicadas, crystal seas, lapping waves, the occasional sprinkling of tropical rain — and blue skies a-plenty, almost reminiscent of life in a holiday resort. Apart from the brilliant weather, Mercer evaluates living conditions under

a further nine categories, which include things like political, social and economic environment, media and personal freedom, restaurants and theatres, sports and leisure, food, transportation and other daily necessities such as housing, furniture and appliances. It occurred to us that Verve Magazine covers and supports all of the above, and we are gratified to be able to call many of the talented folk who work passionately and tirelessly, creating, turning dreams into reality, and making our city what it is today, friends of Verve. We are equally delighted that each month we are able to share with you the reader, stories of their talents and what makes our

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ARMANI Founded in 1975, Italian fashion giant Giorgio Armani has designed everything from clothing to cosmetics and furnishings. What you may not know is that the company also runs a bookstore, florist and a host of cafes around the globe. The Armani bar is one of Hong Kong’s swankiest hang-outs and the brand has lent its name to luxury hotels in trendy cities such as Paris, New York and London. BLOUSE Borrowed from the identical French word meaning ‘dust-coat’, the humble blouse was the garment of choice for peasants, poets and artists of the early 19th century. It took nearly 100 years for the blouse, which is believed to have eastern origins, to be adopted as a formal fashion statement in the west. COCO CHANEL The only fashion designer to make Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century’ list, Coco Chanel revolutionised not just ladies’ clothing, but society’s attitude towards girls in general. For a time, she ridded the (fashion) world of the stereotypical figure-hugging corset for a more easygoing style and created, among other things, the globe’s most iconic perfume, Chanel No. 5. DIOR Frenchman Christian Dior once owned an art gallery which sold works by Pablo Picasso. He then founded his label in Paris in 1946 and died only eleven years later. Dior was just 52. His fashion house, by then well-established as one of the world’s leading brands, appointed an up-andcoming 21-year-old designer as its artistic director. His name was Yves Saint-Laurent. ETHICAL Not-for-profit organisation Earth Pledge calculates that over 8,000 chemicals are used to convert raw materials into textiles and that a quarter of the world’s pesticides are used to harvest non-organic

cotton. Even then, two-thirds of clothing’s carbon footprint will occur once it has left the shop. With that in mind, designers such as Stella McCartney and Amour Vert have set about promoting eco-fashion. Fashion Week A chance for designers to showcase their wares, fashion week is a regular occurrence throughout the globe with the four main events held biannually in London, Paris, Milan and New York. The Big Apple’s first was during the Second World War and last month it saw the first ever model take to the runway in a wheelchair as Dr Danielle Sheypuk showed off an outfit by Carrie Hammer. GOLD Over three thousand years ago the Ancient Egyptians used gold to display their status and wealth, with the immortalised Tutankhamun and his queen draped in the precious metal. Later it continued to be woven into the fabrics of the garments of wealthy Greeks and Romans. HAUTE COUTURE Dating from 18th century France, haute couture translates as high-fashion and was first introduced by Rose Bertin, dressmaker to Queen Marie Antoinette. To qualify, garments must be created totally by hand using premium fabrics. Such is its standing in France, the technique is protected by law. ILLUSTRATION The five hundred-year-old craft was nearly killed off with the emergence of photography, specifically when Vogue started using photos instead of drawings for its iconic covers. New Yorker Antonio Lopez was regarded as the Picasso of the fashion world, penning sketches for the

likes of Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Vogue. Check out the Verve interview with Ralph Lauren illustrator, Nadeesha Godamunne, on page 32. JEANS Centuries-old, denim is perhaps the most widely worn and famous of fashion fabrics. Blue jeans, invented by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss for miners of gold-rush America, entered the mainstream thanks in part to endorsements from cowboys, Elvis and James Dean. Collectible classic Levi’s fetch many thousands of dollars. KILLINGS Gianni Versace’s murder outside his mansion in 1997 is undoubtedly the most high profile killing in the fashion world. A year earlier, UK designer Ossie Clark – who had dressed the likes of Mick and Bianca Jagger in the 1960s – was knifed to death by a former lover and in 2005 Rudloph Moshammer, designer to Hollywood names such as Siegfried and Roy and Arnold Schwarzenegger, was murdered in his German home. L’OREAL Because you’re worth it. MUSES Nothing, it seems, inspires creativity quite like a beautiful lady. Kate Moss has been named the muse of countless designers, most notably Marc Jacobs, and of course Givenchy’s little black dress for Audrey Hepburn is the stuff of legend. Not so sure about Jean Paul Gaultier’s conical bra for Madonna, though. NUDITY The ‘Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur Campaign’ was initially championed by Belinda Carlisle and the Go-Go’s with a

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heap of supermodels such as Naomi Campbell taking on the mantle throughout the 90s. Years later, said supermodels took to dressing in animal skins once more, proving their integrity reached about as deep as their appetites. OSCARS Often stealing as many headlines as the awards themselves are the dresses that grace LA’s most famous red carpet. Far more fun are those who choose a somewhat more daring outfit, such as Bjork’s swan-dress, Gwyneth Paltrow’s bra-less number and Cher being, well, Cher. PHOTOGRAPHY A mid-19th century book of pictures of a French noblewoman by Adolphe Braun is considered among the first examples of fashion photography. Cecil Beaton’s elegant portraits are regarded as some of the most influential, having snapped Marylyn Monroe and royalty. More recent legendary photographers include Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino. QUEEN Not the band. Iconic punk-inspired designer Vivienne Westwood famously accepted her OBE from Queen Elizabeth II while wearing no knickers. Her majesty, rumour has it, was said to be “amused” by the stunt. RUNWAY The trendy term for a catwalk. The long narrow strip originated in use on ships and back-stages of theatre houses. The runway was adopted by the fashion industry in the mid-20th century, though the first ladies to model clothes date as far back as the late 1800s.

SUPERMODEL One of the earliest examples of the term ‘super model’ appeared in Strand Magazine in 1891. However, as to who coined the one-word term ‘supermodel’ as we know it today is the root of much debate, though consensus states it stems from the 1960s. Twiggy is often labelled as the first example, though the saying really came to prominence in the 1990s describing beauties such as Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer. TAILOR The trade that started it all. The word first appeared in the Oxford English dictionary in 1297, though by then, the skill had been well-established throughout Europe. The manufacture of clothes was originally intended as a way of concealing the human form, and as time progressed, particularly during the Renaissance, it became a means of accentuating it. UNISEX Women have long since pulled off a host of male-inspired looks and trends such as boyfriend jeans and suits, while for men the area has proved a little more tricky. Not always so, the ancient Greeks used similar scents as perfume for boys and girls and Egyptian men were more than partial to a little eye-liner. VOGUE The fashion magazine that eclipses all others. Style-bible Vogue was founded in America in 1892 by Arthur Turnure. It was taken over by publisher Condé Montrose Nast a little over a decade later, with offices soon popping up around the globe. Its circulation is now around eleven million. The fashion boss of The Devil Wears Prada was said to be inspired by legendary Vogue editor, Anna Wintour


WAGES Supermodel Linda Evangelista told Vogue in 1990 she, “wouldn’t wake up for less than $10,000.” I tried that on with an editor once. You can guess how that panned out. X-RATED There has been an array of fashion ads banned for their provocative nature. Notable examples include a Tom Ford men’s fragrance bottle strategically placed between a woman’s legs and the Marc Jacob’s Lola Perfume campaign accused of sexualising children. Thanks to YouTube, the sight of a lingerie-clad Kylie Minogue riding a bucking bronco for Agent Provocateur was viewed by millions, even though it was banned in just about every country on Earth. YOUNG The fashion world is littered with accusations of exploitation of children. One of the most talked-about recent examples was that of Thylane Blondeau, who, aged just ten, donned make-up to pose in a gold cocktail dress and lie across a bed of animal skins for a rather questionable Vogue fashion shoot. ZIP A patent for an ‘automated, continuous clothing closure’ was granted in America in 1851 and from there, the device we today know as the zipper spawned. Look around you. Where would we be without the humble zip? Even Kiwi roads sometimes tell us to merge like one, which is a bit of a weird simile if you ask me.


Your questions answered by


Meghan Maher


Repertoire’s Style Director

What are some of the key trends for this Winter 14? This season has begun the shift forward to ‘lady like’ styling. The previously seen androgynous looks are being refreshingly replaced with more feminine lines, through new silhouettes, hemlines and the return of the skirt. Top international designers collections have been flooded with skirts and they are here to stay for Winter 14. The key to this trend is to embrace it, and experiment with what works best for you and your body shape.

NAME: Aneta Page JOB: Blogger – Fashion Westie and Store Manager at Number One Shoes Newmarket. Verve: You’re a blogger and a fashion store manager; tell us how do you juggle both roles?

The tunic has been replaced with the skirt and shift dress with the hemlines finishing just above the knee. For those women who love their legs, get them out and accessorise with opaque tights and a shoe with ankle detailing, either a chunky ankle boot or strappy shoe. I would recommend for women who feel it’s not flattering for you to show your legs to wear the skirt style with a dark tight and higher boot, or slim legged pants and ankle boots.

Aneta: I find being a store manager in fashion retail and a personal style blogger to be quite complementary, as I get to merge my passion for fashion, styling and retail on a daily basis. The fun part is having access to great footwear that I often use in my outfit posts – although my partner often has something to say about me buying yet another pair of shoes! Plus, it’s quite inspiring to see how other people put their outfits together – especially here in Newmarket.

At Repertoire we have embraced this new direction and will keep you fashion forward for seasons to come.

V: What are the key fashion trends you have your eye on this autumn? A: I’m really enjoying the exaggerated silhouettes this season – flared midi skirts, slouchy trousers, slim pencil skirts, and boxy, oversized knits. I’m loving our Flirty Fifties range of shoes in classic 50s styles. For the guys I am really into a slim, ankle-baring trouser with a good leather brogue or desert boot kind of look. V: What are your picks for the must-have shoes this season?

Being confident this season

A: I look for the twist in the details, like the T-bar on the Bonnie heel, mock croc material on the Clyde heel or the laces on the Monroe heel. For the guys it’s all about that urban meets sharp-tailoring feel, so a good leather brogue, a casual hi- top and a military style boot are staples – I think the Laine, Leonardo and Lecester styles are stand outs. V: Can you give us any insider highlights about winter? A: This season we are getting a brand new range of men’s all leather options, which are fantastic! The range is quite extensive and really on trend, but the price is still so affordable.





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A welcome return to ladylike dressing, this charmingly demure trend centres on flirty leopard prints, red accents, dainty ankle straps and luxurious quilt details. From loafers to platforms there's something here for heel worshippers and flat lovers alike, just add a slick of red lippy and nail polish for a head to toe nod to the fabulously feminine 50’s.

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FASHION ON FILM Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces



THE STORIES OF SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS MOVIE OUTFITS. AUDREY HEPBURN: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S The most famous little black dress of them all, the gown was designed by Hepburn’s good friend Hubert de Givenchy. The original garment was actually considered too short, with pieces having to be added to cover the actress’s legs. Now of course, it’s hard to picture her dressed in anything else. They just don’t make leading ladies like that anymore. MARLON BRANDO: THE WILD ONE Brando’s getup in his most legendary role is widely credited with inventing the badboy image. “I never expected it to do what it did,” mused Brando in his memoir, Songs My Mother Taught Me. “I was as surprised as anyone when t-shirts, jeans and leather jackets suddenly became symbols of rebellion.” His jacket was a Schott Perfecto One Star. OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: GREASE Newton-John was actually 29 at the time and concerned she wouldn’t pull off the teenage look. She did just fine appearing at the movie’s climax dressed in a stupendously tight-fitting black outfit that left John Travolta looking like he wanted to rip it off with his teeth. He’d have had a job though. Those shark-skin trousers actually had to be sewn on to the actress. CLINT EASTWOOD: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY No cowboy had ever looked as cool before, or has done since, as the ‘man with no name’. Sergio Leone’s legendary ‘Dollar Trilogy’ of spaghetti westerns announced the arrival of a brooding, cigar-smoking Clint Eastwood to the world. Leone provided Eastwood with the poncho and the rest of the costume was bought from second-hand clothes stores. Except for the gun-belt, which was lifted from the set of television series, Rawhide. MARILYN MONROE: THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH The outfit that will forever be linked to Monroe, not just for the design, but because of that scene above the subway. The halter-neck ivory dress, which was crafted by Hollywood costume designer


William Travilla, in 2011 sold at auction for over $5million having been locked away for decades following the actress’s death. GANGSTERS: RESERVOIR DOGS It’s one of the most enduring images of 90s pop culture: six guys strolling the streets in fitted black suits, ties and sunshades. It was a look influenced by Quentin Tarantino’s love of French new wave cinema, and because of budget constraints, a look that was difficult to come by. Because of the amount of blood in the movie, some stars needed multiple outfits so pieces were mixed, matched and borrowed. Harvey Keitel, however, was gifted his from Agnes B. JOHN TRAVOLTA: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Who’d have thought a cheap off-the-peg flared polyester suit from a bargain men’s store in downtown New York would go on to become one of the most iconic outfits in cinematic history? It later sold at auction for nearly $200,000, but not before turning a gyrating John Travolta into a superstar. Director John Badham had actually envisaged his lead in a black suit, but was, thankfully, talked out of it. URSULA ANDRESS: DR. NO The first ever bond girl created a nigh-on impossible act to follow, emerging from the sea like some kind of 1960s angel mermaid. Only one film in and already securing the most famous Bond scene of them all, the second star of the show was of course that bikini. Andress helped out costume designer Tessa Prendergast, with the finished article crafted from ivory cotton. Only one was ever made, and following the movie, sales of two-piece bikinis sky-rocketed.



06 01 — Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s 02 — Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 03 — Reservoir Dogs 04 — Olivia Newton John in Grease 05 — Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch 06 — Ursula Andress in Dr. No

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new ziera superstore Ziera’s new Newmarket superstore has been designed as the destination store for women. The great selection of styles and sizes will better satisfy the needs and differences of shoe lovers near and far. Andrew Robertson, Ziera’s Managing Director says “with more colours, sizes and widths on offer at Broadway, we are sure you’ll find a perfect fit that feels like it’s been made just for you. ‘Small & tall’ customers will be delighted to find a great range of sizes for them - 34, 35, 36 & 43, 44, 45”. Ziera’s other retail stores will have access to this greater range and be able to place special orders for their customers.

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store design The store fit out has been updated along with a new logo and livery. The instore experience incorporates New Zealand made furniture and accessories from leading New Zealand designers and companies including Simon James, Backhouse Interiors and Tim Webber. Bespoke display pieces offer a nod to the art of shoemaking. Ziera has created an environment which is welcoming, and provides both comfort and space for customers to take the time to choose the right shoe for them. It also allows more room for customers to experience Ziera’s comprehensive fitting service.

ziera space Set alongside the store is the ‘Ziera Space’ which has been designed to operate as a multi-purpose gallery, workshop & event location. It’s an opportunity for community organisations to access a space where all women can embrace their uniqueness, with a schedule of fference. events, activities, exhibitions & happenings that celebrate diff For more information on the ‘Ziera Space’ please email

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Wearable Technology Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

JET PACK It’s no longer the stuff of science fiction or James Bond movies thanks to Kiwi inventor Glenn Martin, who has been developing his eponymous jetpack for over three decades. Due to go on commercial sale sometime this year, the Martin Jet Pack is expected to be of special interest to the emergency services, and, no doubt, daredevils. It travels at over 70km/h, can reach an altitude of 900m and a full tank of gas should last half-an-hour. Now, if only someone would invent that hoverboard from Back to the Future. SMARTWATCH First smartphones, now smartwatches. The rumoured release of an Apple iWatch later this year (there were no specs available at the time of writing), will cause a frenzy, but in the meantime Samsung have sated us with their Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. It sees Google Android replaced by the firm’s own software, Tizen, and the introduction of fitness and health tracking. Music can be played through Bluetooth headphones, and other cool features include a camera (with the Gear 2 only), a 1GHz dual-core processor and the ability to control other devices via Samsung’s WatchOn app. GOOGLE GLASS Promising to revolutionise the world of electronics in the same way as the iPod and iPads, Google Glass is basically a miniature tablet that sits to the front of your eye. Operable through voice recognition, this ultra-futuristic device boasts Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, camera, video and 16GB of memory. Four feather-light frames house prescription or clear lenses. There are also optional twist-on polarised shades with impact-resistant lenses from Maui Jim and Zeal Optics and it’s all available in various colour schemes. CHILD-TRACKING WRISTBAND A wearable safety device for kids, the KMS wristband uses GPS and GSM cellular telephone technologies. Other

01 than the one-click call system, which dials five callers at once in case of emergency, there are no distractions in the form of screens and internet access. Once the alarm has been raised, the call can only be terminated by one of the designated carers of the wearer. The device can be easily located thanks to its GPS and specific routes can also be programmed so should the wearer stray from a designated route, the carer will be notified. POLAR CARDIO SPORTS BRA Around since 1977, Polar are worldleaders in heart rate monitoring equipment and have now incorporated their technology into a sports bra. Killing two birds with one stone, it offers support and keeps track of your pulse thanks to sensors stitched into the machinewashable fabric. Crafted from a polyester and spandex blend it also wicks moisture from your body, helping it to regulate your temperature while keeping you dry. BASIS WELLNESS BAND The world’s most advanced health tracker, Basis is a wristband that monitors heart rate patterns, motion and calorie expenditure. Such is the accuracy, its sleep monitoring is capable of measuring your REM, perspiration levels and skin temperature. Twenty-four-seven, it analyses your activity (or lack of), logs your data and via web applications suggests how you can improve your health and well-being. The Body IQ also provides instant feedback from your wrist.


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A short drive south of Taihape on State Highway 1, will deliver you to The Wool Company’s country store. Stepping into their showroom you will find yourself in a friendly, inviting environment, where the service is as warm and hospitable as the clothing. The Wool Company team go that extra mile to help you find the best fitting garments to suit your needs, and this extends to their online and mail order shopping experience.

For me, it’s the 6am darkness that heralds the arrival of autumn. As a runner who likes to get her 8km in before breakfast, those first weeks of slightly chillier air and skies still lit by stars are tough to get through. Luckily, the smattering of 20+ degree days and sunshine more than make up for it.

The Wool Company stock a fabulous range of New Zealand made clothing, as well as their signature yarn range ‘Utiku Wool’. They carry a selection of New Zealand made knitwear labels that include Optimum, Native World, Merino Mink and Silverdale, as well as their own abel which includes both merino and merino possum garments, which are styled with their customers in mind and are exclusive to The Wool Company. Having spent over half a century in the wool industry, The Wool Company are passionate about wool, and along with their suppliers are very committed to supplying quality New Zealand made wool clothing. You can find them at To request a catalogue phone 0800 60 70 10.

For any of us with a keen eye on fashion, the autumn season is heralded by emails advertising ‘New Season Knits’ or campaigns featuring boots and wool. It is the incongruence of fashion that stores begin to fill with product for colder days when it is still so hot. With that in mind – here’s what I predict we’ll be clamouring for in the coming weeks... Booties: The ankle boot rules this season – I’m particularly in love with the delicious dark plum floral pair available from Scarpa. Again, studs, buckles, bikers and workboots appear to be strong, as these lock into fashion’s newest flirtation with 90s grunge. A slight western feel is still trending — but the ankle variety only. Tartan: A perennial favourite for any of us who love a touch of punk in our fashion mix. Expect to see it juxtaposed with floral or lace as a new twist. Culottes: Wide-legged cropped pants are heading our way. Whether we embrace or eschew this rather tricky trend remains to be seen, but I’m looking forward to having some fun with a new silhouette in trousers. The lady is at home: Look out for pencil skirts, pretty waisted dresses, pastels and pearls. Couple this with a pair of new season stilettos (sans platform — think 1960s pointy toes and kitten heels) and a swing coat or cape and we’ll all be having an Audrey Hepburn moment this season. Jackets: Be it a biker, blazer or bomber, a great jacket will be on everyone’s must-have list this season. I suspect this will signal a farewell to the cardigan for a season or two as a more structured outer layer is more on trend. Jackie O’Fee is the owner of Signature Style, Auckland’s leading personal styling consultancy. If you’d like a hand to guide you through the new season, Jackie or her team would love to help – simply call on 09 529 5115 or pop in to the studio at 35 Broadway. Further information is available at

Left — Miista IVY Boot in Rose Floral. Available from Scarpa

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No socks are required in the New Zealand wool uppers of Kiwi footwear company ToBe’s new minimalist running shoes. The basis for this world-first project is ‘Fitwool’, a patent-pending New Zealand wool fabric engineered specifically for this project by Crown Research Institute AgResearch. Wellington brothers Tim and Paul Brown have engaged world class Kiwi design and science talent to create the Wool Runners, and launch a whole new category of woollen footwear. Fitwool utilises the properties of New Zealand mid-micron wool — moisturewicking, temperature regulating, tough and anti-bacterial, to create a unique footwear experience. The nature of wool enables the unique features of an odour free, light-weight and environmentally friendly product. The project has utilised the creative talents of Auckland based product

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Brooke wears: Mountain Jacket in Hunter Green by Penny Sage, Black coat/dress by Molly N, Black Taylor Boot by Number One Shoes Glenn wears: Army Print Shirt and Green Coat by Wayward Heir, PCA10 Navy Chino and FDWS108 Grey Boot by Working Style, bracelet model’s own

Winter Cool Photographer — Neil Gussey Hair and makeup — Imeleta Kellett Styling — Verve Magazine Models — Brooke Lilly Naismith and Glenn Stirling Location — Mt Eden Congregational Church

Cross Front Top and Strapless Jersey Dress worn as a skirt by Witchery, Rifle Slate Boot by Ziera, To The Wonder Coat in dark grey by Penny Sage, Super Tote in navy by Matt Nash

Fern Tree Coat by EMU Australia, Leather High Boots in black by Molly N

Fleeting Dress in black by Penny Sage, Desigual Junio Jacket in Wine by Kimberleys

Glenn wears: Black Coat by Rembrandt, White Shirt by Little Brother, Maroon Trousers by Wayward Heir, Leather Shoes in black by Working Style Brooke wears: Jacket in grey, Turtleneck sweater in grey and Trousers in black by Repertoire

Glenn wears: JOC029 Camel Wool and Cashmere Overcoat and PCA10 Navy Chino by Working Style, Sweater in dark grey by Wayward Heir, Grey Shirt by Rembrandt, Rucksack Bag by Matt Nash, ring model’s own Brooke wears: Asteroid Dress by Ioanna Kourbela, Grey Coat by Georgia Alice

Clockwise from top: 1. JDC718 Bright Blue Textured Jacket and PCA10 Navy Chino by Working Style, White Shirt by Little Brother, ring and bracelet model’s own. 2. JDC714 Brown Check Blazer and PCA10 Navy Chino by Working Style, Grey Shirt by Rembrandt, Scarf by EMU Australia, Gobi Boot in navy by Number One Shoes, ring and bracelet model’s own. 3. SDC726 Navy Wool and Cashmere Suit by Working Style, White Shirt by Little Brother, Brown Leather shoes by Working Style. 4. JDC714 Brown Check Blazer by Working Style, Grey Shirt by Rembrandt, Scarf by EMU Australia

Blue Coat by Jane Daniels, Andesite Shirt and Hibernation Trousers by Penny Sage, Black Leather Bag used as clutch and Talya Silverfox/Yellow Boot by Ziera

Green Jacket by Jane Daniels, Leggings with Leather Detail and Cable Knit in midnight blue by Witchery, Kenzie Boot in grey by Number One Shoes

Desigual Lisa Jacket in linen by Kimberleys, Lowcut Cross Front Top and Strapless Jersey Dress worn as a skirt by Witchery

STOCKISTS EMU Australia Georgia Alice Ioanna Kourbela Jane Daniels Kimberleys Matt Nash Molly N Number One Shoes Penny Sage Rembrant Repertoire Wayward Heir Witchery Working Style Ziera





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BEAUTY, WARTS & ALL Words: Jamie Christian Deplaces

“I wanted to break the monotony of the fashion image and the way it was communicated,” says illustrator Nadeesha Godammune. “Perfection was boring. I felt a strong urge to convey character, and in doing so, started playing with flaws and idiosyncrasies. The garments truly became an extension of the wearer’s personality.” The savage beauty of her work brings to mind Ralph Steadman’s iconic sketches in Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I ask Nadeesha if the Brit is an influence. “I’ve most definitely looked at Steadman for inspiration. However, the artist Egon Schiele has had more of a direct influence on my personal stuff. Both are very emotive with their line work, which is something I love experimenting with more so than colour or shape.” As for fashion illustrators, Godammune places Kenneth Paul Block and René Gruau to the top of her list. “Both are old school, depicting both clothing and women amazingly.” Since graduating from Auckland’s University of Technology with a Masters in Art & Design, multi-award-winning Nadeesha’s work has been shown around the globe. Now based in New York, she’s been hired as an illustrator for Ralph Lauren. It is the realisation, she tells me, of a long-term dream. “I’m so excited about it. The minute the position opened, I put together a portfolio and applied. I was beyond thrilled when that interview confirmation came through. Long story short, they sponsored me and now I get to draw all day!” Drawing


is something she has been doing since, “before I wrote”, but, her very first goal was to become a doctor, followed by a palaeontologist, architect, graphic designer, fashion designer, before settling on an illustrator. “Art was always so ingrained in me as a child. Through all my phases, I adored drawing but never considered it a viable career path. It was merely a hobby. I feel so blessed now, having turned that hobby into a profession — I’m living the dream.” Speaking of living the dream, what with all the cinematic success and now Lorde collecting a pair of Grammys, it must be a pretty cool time to be a New Zealander in the States? “It is cool, Americans really do love Kiwis. I’m often told how down to earth we are. We’re also known for our dry humour and for being extremely hard

working. I’m proud to be a Kiwi here and there’s actually an abundance of us around. But Lorde has definitely upped our profile. Now Americans can talk about more than just Lord of the Rings and Flight of the Conchords in introductory conversations! It’s brilliant.” Nadeesha describes New York as a playground for any artist. One that has allowed her to evolve on both a professional and personal level. “I’m so visually stimulated here,” she says. “And I find myself being bolder, wittier, and more confident with my art. Maybe it’s a reflection of the way I feel?” Hang-outs include the Fat Cat Jazz Bar, the Met, Dumbo and the “mesmerising” New York Library. A top drawing spot, she tells me, is the Bedford Hill Coffee shop, and, when short on inspiration, there are few better places than the subway. “The buskers at the West 4th stop are so very

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The savage beauty of her work brings to mind Ralph Steadman’s iconic sketches in Hunter S. Thompson’s novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I ask Nadeesha if the Brit is an influence. “I’ve most definitely looked at Steadman for inspiration. However, the artist Egon Schiele has had more of a direct influence on my personal stuff. talented too.” Her perfect day, she says, would be an autumn one spent in Central Park under a bright orange elm tree; Froyo and paint supplies in hand: “I stop eating to draw a fashionable old lady riding her bike and soon notice Ruben Toledo, my favourite New York illustrator, across the grass patch drawing the same scene. He runs out of water for his water colours and comes over to ask for more. I play it cool, and we draw together all day. Perfect.”


01 — Self Portrait inspired by Egon Schiele 02 — Zane 03 — Glen 04 — Nikki 05 — After party antics



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Dr Tristan de Chalain

Dr Julian Lofts

Dr Piergiovanni Marzinotto




Dr Martin Rees

Dr Ellen Selkon

Dr Greg Taylor

The Aesthetic Masters The facial rejuvenation industry has seen huge growth over the past two decades. What was once a taboo subject, only mentioned in hushed tones behind closed doors, has become almost as commonplace as colouring one’s hair. Many rejuvenation techniques involve treatments that are not invasive at all, quite relaxing in fact, whilst others, like injectables for instance are minimally invasive, with surgery of course being the most invasive. Scary or not, an increasing number of men and women are ‘going under the knife’ so to speak, and are happy with the end results. With the global financial crisis technically over, Auckland’s plastic surgeons and cosmetic practitioners are as busy as ever. Verve interviewed a few of Auckland’s best known Aesthetic Masters.



01 Dr Tristan de Chalain Changing Lives Words: Verve Photos: Glenn Stirling

Plastic surgeon Tristan de Chalain has earned pre-eminent status across Australasia with his philosophy towards plastic surgery. He believes training, experience and attitude are paramount for successful surgical outcomes. “Reassurance from family and friends doesn’t change how a patient feels when they look in the mirror,” says Tristan. “Whether it be the nose, chin or tummy, we make the physical change, but it’s the psychological change that’s often more meaningful.” It is the boost to his patients’ selfesteem that makes his job worthwhile, everything else is a bonus. The landscape of aesthetic surgery has dramatically altered in recent decades and it’s now accessible to more people than ever before. “The basic tenet of choosing the right surgeon remains the same,” continues Tristan. “Do your research and pick one with the appropriate qualifications.” Before going under the knife you should check that your surgeon is listed with the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons. Positive outcomes often depend on how well a surgeon has prepared his patient, especially the management of their expectations: “I won’t perform surgery on someone whose expectations are unrealistic. A well-prepared, well-listenedto patient is far more likely to be satisfied with the end results.” Tristan says the field of regenerative medicine, is developing daily. Of particular interest is platelet rich plasma therapy, also known as the ‘Vampire Facelift’. An organic

cosmetic procedure, it uses the patient’s own blood to boost cell regeneration and assist in smoothing the effects of ageing. The results can last up to 18 months. Another effective way of reducing wrinkles and improving overall skin quality and tissue turgor, is through fat injections, whereby fat is harvested from the patient’s body and used to enhance facial fullness, fill deep creases, soften wrinkles and plump lips. While effects vary from patient to patient, most see remarkable results that can last years, even indefinitely. A further favourite is Tristan’s personally developed technique of composite brow lift and upper lid blephoraplasty. “Our eyes are our primary facial feature,” says Tristan. “They communicate our emotions. Surgery of the brow and eyelids can quite literally take years from your appearance and can be done under local or general anesthetic.” Recently there has also been a surge in popularity of the labiaplasty both for reasons of comfort in tight clothing and for aesthetics. And as for risks? “No surgery is risk free,” says Tristan, “but by doing your homework properly all risks can be minimised and safely managed. Likewise, I manage patient expectations to ensure that they’re not out of proportion with what I can reasonably expect to deliver. I would rather under-promise and over-deliver than the other way round. Ultimately, it is the results that are truly worthwhile. They are tremendously rewarding both for me and more importantly, for my patients.”

Born in Canada, Tristan completed his MBChB in South Africa. He was then accepted for advanced postgraduate fellowships at two renowned North American institutes: Emory University’s affiliated hospitals in Atlanta, and the worldrenowned Hospital for Sick Children in downtown Toronto. This training included the latest techniques for body contouring and facial rejuvenation, as well as micro-surgical reconstruction, paediatric and cranio facial surgery, and surgery of congenital malformations such as vascular anomalies and cleft lip and palate. He is licensed to practice plastic surgery as a specialist surgeon in Canada, South Africa, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Tristan has received numerous respected awards and scholarships and has more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters to his credit. Despite the breadth and depth of his training and experience, a key passion remains facial restoration following skin cancer, injury or ageing. Travelling annually to the Philippines, he treats needy children with cleft lip and palate conditions pro bono for Operation Restore Hope NZ. For more info visit: Rees + de Chalain or call 09 522 0652

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While many a young lad fantasises about scoring the winning try of a world cup final, Julian Lofts’ boyhood dream, inspired by a great Kiwi hero, was somewhat more altruistic. “At the tender age of 12, I decided I wanted to be a plastic surgeon,” he says. “I had to do a speaking competition at school about a famous person and I chose Sir Archibald McIndoe. During the Battle of Britain his innovative work on the burnt airmen garnered worldwide acclaim.” Julian has links to the United Kingdom too, having completed his studies in London. Over the past two decades he has established himself as one of New Zealand’s top surgeons and a leader in breast augmentation. In 1997, he was one of the first to introduce the technique of ultrasonic liposuction (which sees fat broken down more easily and a reduction in tissue trauma and swelling post-surgery), and just last month was invited as guest speaker on the topic at Melbourne’s Centre of Excellence. One of many international trips Julian makes annually. “We belong to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons,” he says. “Part of our accreditation involves Continuing Medical Education, or CME, whereby we make a number of trips throughout the year, mainly to Australia, Europe and America. Part of the pleasure, what we enjoy about plastic surgery, is the constant change, the continual learning. Often we’re seen as the surgeon that deals with the cases that others can’t fix.” What have been some of the major advancements in plastic surgery in recent times? “Fat grafting is interesting, especially with breast reconstruction and facial

02 Dr Julian Lofts Saving Face Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces Photos: Glenn Stirling

rejuvenation. We take fat from one area of the patient and inject it elsewhere. I’ve had some great results with that. There are fewer risks than with silicone implants as it reduces both the chances of infection and the rejection of a foreign body. Polyurethane foam coated implants too, sometimes called fuzzy Brazilians, are a major advantage as they minimise the amount of scar tissue that forms around them.” Is what you do art? “I’d say so, yes. Medicine is of course a scientific discipline, but particularly with plastic surgery, there is a creative aspect. We must always have a fall-back option too – or what we call a lifeboat – should something not go to plan.” Complications are a rare occurrence, assures Julian, especially when dealing with healthy patients. In general, the risk rate is below 1%. The approach to cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries must be tailored to take into account psychological as well as physical issues. “The cosmetic patient is essentially ‘normal’, whereas the reconstructive one has lost or damaged something due to a tumour, an accident or a congenital problem,” says Julian. “With cosmetic surgery, you’re trying to improve something to such a high level that you must take a lot of care managing the patient’s expectations and customise a plan. Reconstruction is often a work in progress over months or even years.” So you must put on your psychiatrist hat for the consultations? “Yes. There’s also a questionnaire. We must identify problems such as eating disorders or substance abuse.” Research


has shown up to 10% of plastic surgery patients suffer from body dysmorphic disorder. “Initially this type of patient appears quite normal,” continues Julian. “But after a while you realise they are focused, obsessively, on one particular area of their body. Michael Jackson is a prime example.” Julian says for those who proceed, the results go way beyond aesthetics. His patients’ self-esteem and emotional wellbeing is boosted immeasurably: “Breast reduction is a very good example. It’s one of the most satisfying operations because, looks aside, it alleviates a host of other symptoms such as back ache and neck pain. It frees the patient up to do so much more with their life. Many say it’s the best thing they’ve ever done.”

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Julian says for those who proceed, the results go way beyond aesthetics. His patients’ self-esteem and emotional well-being is boosted immeasurably.


“ 03 Dr Piergiovanni Marzinotto Some Italian Flair Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces Photos: Glenn Stirling

There’s an irrefutable artistry to plastic surgery, and Dr Piergiovanni Marzinotto’s creativity stretches way beyond his craft. His day job, he says, sees science and art shake hands, comparable perhaps to the blend of a painter and an engineer. I ask Italian-born Piergiovanni if he’s also a dab hand with a paintbrush, he tells me he keeps his fingers nimble by tinkling the ivories. Tying flies for his flyfishing lines also keeps his hand skills sharp. For as long as they’re in good working order, he has no plans to quit his career.

“I had always been fascinated by reconstructive surgery,” says Piergiovanni, who trained in Europe and the US. He specialises in head and neck work, mainly practising privately, though still dedicates a chunk of his time to the public sector repairing damage caused by skin cancer. “Plastic surgery is one of the fastest-growing medical industries,” Piergiovanni says. “Unlike classic medicine, developments are very, very fast and you must always be aware of the latest ones. You cannot sit on the sideline.” He believes some of the biggest advancements have been in the field of regenerative medicine. “What happens in the lab affords us the chance to conduct our work with greater innovation,” says the head and neck surgeon. “Cell biology – understanding how cells age – is one of the most exciting aspects for me. We are becoming more and more knowledgeable, now able to fight, slow down, and to a certain extent even prevent, the ageing process.” While such developments spawn new methods, Piergiovanni says they also maximise the effectiveness of existing techniques such as dermal fillers. He firmly believes simply being highlyskilled at his craft is not enough: his level of service is just as important. “This is a service industry,” says Piergiovanni, “and I pride myself on giving excellent service to my patients. We are a resultdriven, service-orientated practice with a commitment to care.” He must often don his psychologist’s hat, ensuring potential

“This is a service industry,” says Piergiovanni, “and I pride myself on giving excellent service to my patients. We are a result-driven, service-orientated practice with a commitment to care.” He must often don his psychologist’s hat, ensuring potential patients are seeking treatment for the right reasons, and assess whether they are seeking, “a filler for the face or a filler for the soul.”

patients are seeking treatment for the right reasons, and assess whether they are seeking, “a filler for the face or a filler for the soul.” Small changes, he says, can result in massive confidence-boosts: “I see a change to both psyche and persona, which is very rewarding.” And how does plastic surgery compare between here and the States? “There are cultural differences, differences in what they consider to be beautiful, but New Zealand is definitely on the map. Everything that can be done in a premium Beverly Hills clinic can most certainly be replicated here.” For more info visit or call 0800 SKIN DR (754 637)

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04 Dr Martin Rees A Modern Decision Words: Reneé Lang Photos: Glenn Stirling

Contemplating making a change to the way you look through cosmetic surgery? Why not? The stigma that was once associated with this kind of procedure has long gone and there are now few reasons why you shouldn’t look into it as an option – whatever your age or circumstances.

followed up with an estimate of costs. And you needn’t worry about having to remember a whole lot of facts; after your consultation you’ll be given a full information pack to take home and read in your own time. Martin notes that surgery to correct drooping eyelids and necks followed by sagging breasts and other breast augmentation work are among the most popular cosmetic procedures. As for where the procedure will be performed, it’s more than likely it can be done in the Remuera clinic, rather than a private hospital, as the clinic is fully equipped. Interestingly, many of the procedures on offer can be done under local anaesthetic, too – particularly face and neck lifts.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr Martin Rees, who offers a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery from his well-appointed Remuera clinic that he shares with fellow surgeon Tristan de Chalain, takes great pleasure in assisting people to achieve their goal – and he certainly knows what he’s doing given his extensive experience both in New Zealand and overseas. One of the things that Martin enjoys about his work is seeing how people from all walks of life can benefit from a range of surgical procedures – ranging from reconstructive surgery, liposculpture, breast augmentation, removal of naevuses (birthmarks) from the face and other parts of the body, and much more – all on offer at the clinic. His friendly yet professional manner during the initial face-to-face consultation will put anyone – particularly if they are initially feeling a little nervous – at ease as there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions. There won’t be any surprises relating to results or costs either as before and after photographs illustrating different surgeries can be viewed and

One of the things that Martin enjoys about his work is seeing how people from all walks of life can benefit from a range of surgical procedures – ranging from reconstructive surgery, liposculpture, breast augmentation, removal of naevuses (birthmarks) from the face and other parts of the body, and much more – on offer at the clinic.

In terms of job satisfaction, Martin particularly enjoys the fact that he deals with people of all ages, “from babies through to people who are almost on their deathbed.” And thanks to his broad training, he is equipped to undertake a wide range of procedures rather than specialising in one or two. ‘I like doing all these different procedures,’ he says. So if there is an aspect of your physical appearance that you’d like to change, consult Dr Martin. You won’t regret it. For more info visit: Rees + de Chalain or call 09 522 0652



on their appearance. The key moment came when one patient who had been going through a hard time for a number of reasons had some minor work done on her appearance. The changes were dramatic, wide ranging, and apparently, long lasting. She felt much happier about her appearance and in her general outlook on life. Her confidence increased and she lost a significant amount of weight, which she had been unable to do in the past. Ellen began to see what a huge impact appearance medicine could have on a person’s whole life.

Dr Ellen Selkon of Clinic 42 Words: Angus Brown Photos: Glenn Stirling

Upon completion of her medical training in South Africa, Dr Ellen Selkon spent the next 15 years of her career as a general practitioner. She and her husband (also a doctor) discovered and fell in love with God’s Own Country and immigrated here in 1997, setting up the Westgate Medical Centre in Massey soon afterwards. As her practice developed, she noticed that an increasing number of her patients were women in their forties who were depressed and sharing their concerns about the effects aging was having

She decided to obtain her second specialisation through the New Zealand College of Appearance Medicine. During that process she crossed paths with two other South African expats, Dr Joanna Romanowska and Dr Lynn Theron, whose medical journey’s had rather closely mirrored her own. After some years in general practice and emergency medicine, Joanna and Lynn had moved into appearance medicine in the late 90s and established Clinic 42 together a few years later. Like some sort of Springbok magnet, which only attracts talented South African women, they were soon joined by the lovely Dr Michele McVie. Since then, this Protean team has set out to transform the faces, and lives of

06 Dr Greg Taylor Face Facts Words: Angus Brown Photos: Glenn Stirling

If you’re considering a certain procedure for yourself, it would be a wise decision to make an appointment with Dr Taylor. There is a potential in some cases for people to spend a lot of time and money on non-surgical appearance medicine alternatives such as dermal fillers when really, surgery is the real solution to the problem.

Dr Greg Taylor, a Remuera-based plastic surgeon, has been in the game for 30 years. In that time he’s been one of the leaders in the cosmetic surgery industry and has seen a number of changes come and go. He was a pioneer of laser skin surgery in New Zealand in the 1980s and over the last ten years he has been largely responsible for introducing local anaesthetic day-stay facial surgery. This is a very significant development because it has rapidly reduced the amount of time people need to take

Aucklanders using the wide range of aesthetic weapons in their arsenal. Some of these include: Botox®, Dysport®, dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, Platelet Rich Plasma treatments, numerous types of light treatment, vitamin infusion, microdermabrasion and more. One of the things that sets Clinic 42 apart from many other similar practices, is that everyone there is a doctor. You don’t have to worry about getting too much Botox®, a filler in the wrong place, or burns from the light treatment – these ladies know what they’re doing. Their philosophy is that each person is a unique individual with very specific needs. During a consultation, the whole body is thoroughly considered and a treatment package is tailored for that person in accordance with their desires and budgetary constraints. Occasionally a person will actually need surgery to resolve the issue and in that instance, they will be referred to one of Auckland’s top plastic surgeons rather than wasting their money on short-term solutions. Many of the treatments are quick, non-invasive and can be done on your lunch break at work. It couldn’t be much easier really. So, when you’re ready to book your late-summer spruce up, call Ellen and the team at Clinic 42. You’ll be glad you did. off work and has made the whole process simpler and easier. It certainly wasn’t always this way. Plastic surgery actually dates as far back as the 6th Century BC, when the great Indian physician, Sushruta, was practicing nose and ear reconstruction on unfortunate citizens of Varanasi, who had their appendages lopped off in battle or as a result of punishment. In the west, armed conflict also accelerated the development of reconstructive plastic surgery with doctors seeking to treat soldiers for disfiguring facial injuries from gunshot wounds and burns. Broadly speaking, cosmetic surgery arose more recently out of reconstructive techniques and rose to prominence in the 1960s. The procedures Dr Taylor performs most often are breast augmentation, eyelid surgery and facelifts. Whilst liposuction is probably the most common cosmetic surgical procedure in the world, it is not a large part of his practice. Breast augmentation costs around $13,500 and uses implants made of silicone gel to improve the size and appearance of the breasts. The ideal candidates are women who have lost breast mass after pregnancy and breast-feeding or those whose breasts failed to develop fully in adolescence. As we know, sometimes people don’t have the procedure for these reasons and Dr Taylor warns that,

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One of the things that sets Clinic 42 apart from many other similar practices, is that everyone there is a doctor. You don’t have to worry about getting too much Botox®, a filler in the wrong place, or burns from the light treatment – these ladies know what they’re doing.

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“those who wish exaggerated breast enlargements, an artificial ‘Baywatch’ look, or who are having the operation for reasons of fashion, are usually not suitable.” Which leads to an important aspect of Dr Taylor’s practice, namely expectation management. Although the vast majority of his clients are very happy with the results of their surgery, some people arrive with unrealistic ideas about how a procedure will make them look. Dr Taylor has to discuss these expectations very carefully with patients and actually a lot of screening takes place on the phone with his practice manager before an appointment is even made. As people age, generally in their 40s and beyond, the face can become quite lined, jowls and folds start to appear and often the skin around the eyes can become one of the most problematic areas. Facelifts (of which there are many variations) and eyelid surgery can be very helpful in these cases. A facelift requires about four hours of surgery and absolute rest for two days, resuming most normal activities after three or four days. Eyelid surgery on the other hand can usually be done under local anaesthetic and only takes one or two hours. I recall an older friend describing one of his frequent hunting trips wherein he was, “leaning out of the chopper and his eyelids were flapping around so much he couldn’t even see the stags.” A two-hour surgery under local

anaesthetic soon sorted that out and made him look a lot younger too. Whilst I was happy for my friend, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for the stags. Liposuction is an option, usually but not always, for women who are not more than 20% over ideal body weight and have been unable to employ diet and exercise to lose fat deposits from their thighs, knees or abdomen. It’s definitely not a tool for treating obesity. However, where the person is otherwise healthy and active but simply can’t lose fat from certain areas it may be worth investigating. If you’re considering a certain procedure for yourself, it would be a wise decision to make an appointment with Dr Taylor. There is potential in some cases for people to spend a lot of time and money on non-surgical appearance medicine alternatives, such as dermal fillers when really, surgery is the real solution to the problem. Whatever the issue, Dr Taylor will talk you through the options and point you in the right direction.

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It’s a Family of Hair Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

With democracy and the Olympics firmly established, the Ancient Greeks set about solving mankind’s trickiest problem to date: baldness. Hippocrates, father of western medicine (and also bald), discovered smooth scalps bled less and healed slower, reasonably concluding it was the lack of blood causing the lack of hair. Suggested cures ranged from hanging upside down to smearing one’s noggin with pigeon droppings. “So for two and a half thousand years, this is what people thought,” says Rory Plumridge, owner of Clive Hair Clinics and renowned trichologist with nearly 50 years’ experience. “But nothing worked. Hippocrates’ findings were actually right, but he had them the wrong way round.” Baldness – causes include age, genetics, stress and hormones – has no outright cure. Once hair roots die, the body directs blood away from the scalp because it is no longer needed to supply the nutrients. “Then instead,” jokes Rory, “hair starts growing in all the places we don’t want it to!” The answer, he says, is to trick our bodies, for they judge our age not on years gone by, but by wear and tear. “Our bodies have no idea how old we actually are. The balding process can therefore be controlled and dramatically slowed,” he says. Rory’s hirsute head belies his 71 years and is quite the advert for his method. A method, which he is keen to stress, is drug-free. Three key ingredients include one from a rare shrub which grows at high altitude in a handful of locations around the globe. It was found on Mount Fuji and used by the Japanese to treat wounded soldiers during the Second World War. Following a string of happy coincidences, scientists discovered it caused shaved hair to grow back thicker, stronger and faster. “Through our drug-free method the possibility of side-effects is close to zero,” says Carla Hunt, Rory’s daughter


01 — More and more women are seeking treatment for hair loss 02 — Clive Hair Clinics do a full mineral analysis before recommending a drug-free programme


and a key figure at the clinic. “In the case of alopecia, our success rate is well over 90%.” Treatment, she says, is far more effective if you pay them a call as soon as you notice the problem; advice clearly being heeded as the clinic is now being visited by men as young as 20 and women in their late 30s. Following a consultation, which involves an assessment and microscopic evaluation, four, eight or twelve month programmes are recommended, depending upon the severity of the problem. There is a mineral analysis (our bodies expel toxins through our hair, so live well for a healthy head of it), followed by fortnightly trips to the clinic. Visits include high infrared massage vibration, “or, as some of our clients call it, ‘fifteen minutes of sheer bliss,’” says Rory. Minimal maintenance is required at home. “For over 50 years we’ve been going strong,” adds Carla. “A lot of clients come through referrals and the confidence boost we see in our customers afterwards – especially females – is absolutely immense.”

“ Our bodies have no idea how old we actually are. The balding process can therefore be controlled and dramatically slowed. For more info visit or call 0800 40 42 47 to book an initial consultation.

MARCH 2014




Verve: What are the most common complaints people come to you with? Ajit: People are making all of this effort, in an attempt to improve their health, perhaps they are going to the gym everyday, or running 5kms everyday or eating organic food and doing yoga, but they still have certain ailments and do not feel they have total wellness. The most common concerns are fatigue, tiredness, not being able to sleep effectively, stress, anxiety, panic attacks and hormonal problems like hot flushes and feeling vulnerable. V: How do you assess a client’s wellness? A: A new client comes in for a one hour consultation. I ask many questions and check their pulse, tongue and I use Ayurvedic iridology. My goal is to identify what body makeup my client has and assess if their body is in balance or not and then identify what factor has lead to that imbalance. I look at lifestyle, environment, diet and the balance of mind and body. We can not often change the environment but we can make ourselves strong enough so that these things do not impact us.

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AYURVEDA : COMMON SENSE TO TOTAL WELLNESS “Every one of us wants to live healthy lives, but in spite of all of our efforts, many of us are still lacking total wellness,” says Dr Ajit, Auckland’s most renowned Ayurvedic medical doctor, who has been in practise for 36 years, 18 of them in New Zealand. I spoke to him about the Ayurvedic approach to health, a common sense approach with 5,000 years of experience behind it.

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V: What programme do you put people on? A: My role is to guide people towards wellness. To give them some awareness of where their health problems are coming from. I offer a totally individualised programme based on the imbalances they have. I identify the things that are totally incompatible with their constitution, advise how to taper them off and then how to incorporate beneficial daily and seasonal routines into their regimes. I teach my clients how to use the food that they eat as medicine and they will often benefit from Ayurvedic herbs and Ayurvedic body work such as Ayurvedic massage, Shirosdhara or an Ayurvedic detox and rejuvenation programme (Panchkarama). I have seen many people enjoy incredible changes after only three of these treatments. V: How long does it take to feel the benefits of an Ayurvedic approach? A: In Ayurveda we talk about how each individual has a unique ‘body intelligence’ — your body knows what is right for it. As long as the body is in a balanced state it has the ability to flush out all the toxins on a day to day basis. You don’t have to wait months and months to get results. In only three weeks people are aware that they are feeling better and within three months you can get back to total wellness. V: What are some misconceptions people have about an Ayurvedic approach? A: You don’t have to eat Indian food or be vegetarian. It’s just about knowing the best ways to prepare foods, including meat if that is your choice, so that they are easily digestible and metabolising in a way that is beneficial to your health.’

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VERVE CHATS TO TRACY LANCASTER OF SWEETIE, REMUERA In the four years Tracy has owned Sweetie, this treasure trove has become a much loved destination for those in the know seeking affordable and unique pre-loved designer fashion. Sweetie only accepts the best in-season items on behalf of consignors, and provides a truly personal shopping experience that keeps style sweeties coming back regularly. Verve: What is the most common reason someone gets ‘stuck’ in a certain style? Tracy: You know you’re stuck in a fashion rut if you’re bored with your look and despite having a wardrobe bulging with clothes, there’s never anything to wear! Most women lead such busy lives they just don’t have the time to get creative and inspired about changing their look.

Seriously cluttered wardrobes mean you can’t find anything, so it’s easier to stick with the good old favourites that you wear all the time. Most women only wear around 20% of what’s in their wardrobe, leaving the remaining 80% taking up valuable space for items that could fill the gaps needed for re-shaping a more current wardrobe. V: What is the first thing someone should do if they are bored with their clothes? T: It’s time to take a close look at your wardrobe sweetie! Doing a thorough wardrobe declutter is a big job, but if you go through your wardrobe regularly each season, it gets easier and you’ll begin to see exactly what you do and don’t wear and see where the gaps are so you know just what to look out for. V: How can you help our readers to makeover their wardrobes?

T: It can often be easier for an impartial eye to help make the big step to declutter your wardrobe. I work through your wardrobe to find out what is and isn’t working, show you how to mix and match outfits so you maximise what you have, look at accessories and how they can add pizazz to your wardrobe as well as look at the gaps to identify the must-have items you need to complete your wardrobe. The secret to a good wardrobe is to know what you have, so start with a wardrobe consultation and you’ll be on your way to building a fabulous wardrobe that works for you. Verve readers will receive a special offer of $195 for a two hour wardrobe consultation if you book in March or April — book with Tracy by phoning 09 522 2594 or email

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come in, helping them with the things they dread the most, but are often the biggest time stealers in their life. V: So what are the benefits to the client? N: There are endless benefits to having an organised home. It saves you time and money, reduces stress levels and items are easy to find. You also have more time to do the things you want to do and generally live a happier lifestyle altogether. V: What do you love the most about your job? N: Without a doubt it is seeing the smiles on clients’ faces and the excitement and joy they feel in their new space. I love being part of their journey and seeing the burden of their clutter literally lift from their shoulders! Whether you want to simplify, organise or downsize, Natalie can help you to gain control of your environment. Call now for your free consultation!



Getting The Very Best Brows


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Micropigmentation, better known as Permanent Makeup is still a little-understood procedure in New Zealand. Perhaps because it is often the ‘little beauty secret’ one doesn’t give away. When crafted by a top practitioner, it can be an unidentifiable optical illusion – making it an easy beauty secret to keep. Micropigmented eyebrows and lashlines are said to be the beauty secret of numerous celebrities – including Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears and a number of New Zealand personalities. Yet, some of us will have a distorted notion of what this procedure is capable of, because often the real-life examples we see are the all too obvious ones that most of us would like to avoid. Speaking with Michelle Toulson of Auckland’s Hollywood Eyes practice, it is clear that many practitioners are still using these harsh machined applications and adding no value with shape and style. Toulson tells of many clients coming to her in hope of having previous work improved on. As well as some of the pitfalls within the industry, with even some top global educators promoting the use of fixed stencils on clients of varying faceshapes and the majority of training being offered on only with machines. What sets Hollywood Eyes apart is the art of creating a softer more natural look to Permanent Makeup and the impeccable attention given to every individual. A particular testimonial stands out – “Working for a cosmetic company I see so many ladies coming in with harsh, guntattooed eyebrows which fade out [to] blue or green. It looks very unflattering and very obvious. One year on, my eyebrows still look amazing and people don’t believe I’ve had them done.” – N. Ewards.


What sets Hollywood Eyes apart is the art of creating a softer more natural look to Permanent Makeup and the impeccable attention given to every individual. Michelle Toulson’s Hollywood Eyes practice enjoys esteem within the New Zealand micropigmentation industry. The busy clinic often has a wait-list and Toulson says that in order to treat her exclusive clients, any practitioners in her employment need to be trained by her personally. “It [training] is the most essential element — even a natural artist must first be taught how to approach each unique face, how to consult perfectly. It’s more than a mechanical how-to lesson on procedure.” Toulson believes there’s a growing demand for a different style of training here in New Zealand. She advises that anyone seeking training be very discerning in their choice of trainer and look for the style of work they wish to replicate. And for prospective clients? It seems there are good brows and bad brows available. Making it all too important to view a practitioner’s recent work and know their reputation. A little homework in finding the right practitioner could pay in beauty dividends.

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We all know exercise reduces stress, but did you know that breathing correctly also plays a big role? It is proven fact that exercising and breathing correctly is a vital part of helping your body deal with stress

There are two main species of salmon, Pacific and Atlantic, each with varying nutritional properties. The vast majority of Atlantic salmon is farmed, (more than 99%) compared to more than 80% wild caught Pacific salmon. The orange colour of the flesh comes from the krill eaten by the salmon.

BENEFITS OF BREATHING SALMON However, few people use their lungs to their full capacity. It has been reported that at rest, people use just 10-15% of their actual lung capacity, usually a result of quick, shallow breaths that make the chest rise and fall. When we exercise, working muscles demand greater amounts of oxygen and you release more carbon dioxide as a result. This results in an automatic increase in your respiration rate. Becoming more aware of your breathing can help you feel more comfortable, prevent complications, and means you get more out of your workouts. To breathe properly, you need to use your diaphragm — the large sheet-like muscle that lies at the bottom of the chest cavity. To find your diaphragm, sit comfortably or lie on your back on the floor. Place your left hand on your upper chest and your right hand on your abdomen, in the ‘gap’ of your rib cage. When you breathe in and out, your left hand should remain still and only your right hand should move up and down. If your left hand is moving, your breathing is too shallow and you are not using your diaphragm as well as you should. When you are at rest, try to alter your breathing so only your right hand moves as you repeat the above exercise. One in-breath and one out-breath are one cycle. Try to slow your breathing down to eight to ten cycles per minute without breathing from your upper chest area. Aim to breathe slowly and smoothly from your diaphragm. Try doing this activity for five minutes and take note of how you feel when you get up. You may feel light headed (so much oxygen getting to the brain), so take it easy, but you should feel clear, focused and revitalised. Once you get the hang of it, start introducing this deeper but controlled way of breathing into your exercise regime — it will really help during the workout and for the recovery afterwards.

Have you got a health or fitness query and simply dying to know the answer? Melissa, Verve’s newest columnist can help. Simply visit VerveMagazine and post your question.

Melissa-Anne Smit Director 101 Fitness

Salmon is widely used across the globe in many different ways, from a raw sushi ingredient to the Scandinavian method of curing the meat by burying it. The consumption of the roe (eggs) or caviar is popular too. Well known for its omega-3 content, it is also high in protein, folate, pantothenic acid (which aids metabolism), vitamins B6, B12, and E. It also contains various macronutrients. Salmon is classed as an oily fish and it is from this oil that we gain the omega-3. Omega-3 is considered vital for normal metabolism, but it also helps to inhibit inflammation, most notably in cardiovascular disease. Studies show that it is also beneficial for growing children’s vision and brain development. Salmon are among a very rare group of animals that are anadromous meaning they are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean and return to the fresh water to spawn. This is an extreme environmental change and effects the fish in many ways, especially the flavour. Fisheries have come to know exactly when and where to catch for optimum value. Salmon can travel from as far as the rivers in North America to Japan and back again, using ocean currents and the moon to navigate. Salmon also use their sense of smell to navigate, having a better sense of smell than dogs.


Raw farmed Atlantic Salmon

Raw wild Pacific Salmon

Calories Protein

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Total Fats Carbohydrates Fibre Omega-3

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Ryan is a chef in a nutritionally founded restaurant focusing on the wellbeing of their clients, situated on Australia’s Gold Coast. He is also involved in his own catering company and a nutritional consulting company start-up. When he is not working, Ryan likes to compete in triathlons and made his first international debut at the Auckland half Ironman in January.

MARCH 2014

Back Magic



Words: Glenn Stirling

In a second, your whole world can change. Lying three metres lower than I had been sitting moments before, I felt a pain shock through my body from my central spine. My back was broken. Months later, my recovery is going well but there is only so much your body can do on its own. Hours at a desk can force strain on anyone’s back and indeed forces strain on mine. One thing is certain: I must help myself gain the movement and strength of younger years. 101 Fitness has a simple, effective, efficient approach that uses the ‘Three Pillar’ system of exercise, nutrition and recovery. Not keen for an intense, strenuous workout, I found solace in their resistance-focused regime. Sitting in an air-conditioned gym, set up just for me, my one-on-one personal trainer took me slowly through the science of my body’s deterioration since my accident and explained how, through focusing on the fitness and wellbeing of my whole body, my injury would be able to better recover. My break would be taken into account but would not be the main target, as balance is key with 101 Fitness. The culmination of the Three Pillar system would fix my injury as a by-product.

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We moved from machine to machine, each adjusted to my size and requirements. The minutes raced by with encouraging words from my resistance trainer, and before long, without breaking a sweat or even changing from my work clothes, I had started myself on the path to a stronger, better life. Chatting with Melissa Smit, the director of

• 101 Boutique fitness facility Fitness, I was told that it is all about Having also experienced • maintenance. 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 private & personal atraining broken back, Melissa explained how had set out to help others through • she 25 minute session – that fits into this programme and that though she was your lifestyle stronger and healthy, there is always room • for Your personal trainer – every 5 to improvement. 7 days • We specialise in helping those who are busy, want to be healthier, or suffering from back and/or neck pain • We welcome the older generation who need muscle strengthening “After only 10 sessions, I was convinced that this contributed to my increased energy levels, strength and the toned body and muscles I had gained over this period.

101 Fitness is located at 9 Morgan Street, Newmarket, just off Carlton Gore Road. A switched on and attractive suite of fitness studios, 101Fitness recently changed their name and now offer a more holistic back to basics approach to health and wellbeing. 101 Fitness now has a lot more on offer – personal training, massage and nutrition. The same people, at the same well established location since 2010.



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MAXIMISING YOUR POTENTIAL Peak Pilates welcomes physiotherapists, Sarah Diskin (Botany), John Olone (Newmarket), Theresa Slattery and Jack Kavanagh (St. Heliers). Verve met with the group a couple of weeks ago for an insightful discussion on pilates and physiotherapy.

Verve: At Peak Pilates, what are the most common injuries you come across? Peak Pilates Physiotherapists: People come to us with all types of injuries. Sometimes it’s to build up strength postsurgery and other times, it could be a sprain. Back and neck pain is the most common though. V: Have you ever been injured? Jack: I experienced ongoing hipflexor problems gained through playing hockey. I was treated by a physiotherapist who helped to sort the underlying problems with gluteal muscle and core stability work, using pilates based exercises. By my final year of study, I was cured completely. Sarah: I had snapping hip syndrome and suffered shin splints from jogging. I went to a physiotherapist for core and pelvic stability work, posture correction and education on my running technique. She helped me change the way I ran, and soon I was running without pain. V: What are the benefits of having a physiotherapist for a pilates instructor? PPP: Physiotherapists have a much better understanding of anatomy and physiology. If a client has an injury or a muscle imbalance, classes can be modified to work with their injuries to the best effect. As physiotherapists we would educate the client about their injury, assist them to do their pilates exercises safely, plus set up a timeline for the healing of their injury. Instead of just handing out advice on short-term relief, we can correct the cause of their pain. We also believe in injury prevention, and can give clients exercises that will assist in avoiding injuries in other sports or activities in which they are involved.

01 L-R — Sarah Diskin, Theresa Slattery and Jack Kavanagh

V: What are the benefits of seeing a physiotherapist at Peak Pilates as opposed to say at a hospital? PPP: At Peak Pilates we treat the whole person as opposed to just the specific injury. The environment is great, plus we have better resources, better continuity, and can spend more time with the client. We provide a higher level of rehabilitation, following through to full recovery, having you back doing your favourite sport in no time. V: When doing pilates, are there different things one should do to care for muscles and joints based on age and stage in life? PPP: Pilates is a system of exercises using special pilates apparatus, much of which is spring loaded — so each exercise can be modified to suit the client’s specific needs and abilities, no matter which age or stage of life they are at. Most of the time clients work against their own body weight, a factor that helps in slowing down osteoporosis. Pilates improves physical strength, flexibility and posture, plus enhances mental awareness. V: People generally seek help from a physiotherapist after they are injured. Would an assessment prior to beginning a sport or an exercise prescription be useful? PPP: Yes absolutely. At Peak Pilates it’s all about individual assessment, with prep work individualised to each person’s needs. We assess muscle imbalances and weaknesses, then give strengthening and stretching exercises to improve these areas. No matter what sport you play, you need a strong core: pilates is excellent when it comes to core strengthening. Another facet of pilates that really helps with other sports and life in general, is the focus on better breathing techniques. V: What is the one piece of advice you would give to every Peak Pilates client? PPP: A healthy, flexible body leads to a healthy fit mind. There’s no better form of exercise than pilates.


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ARNE VODDER (1926-2009) One of Denmark’s most influential mid-century architect and designers Arne Vodder studied in Copenhagen under his friend and mentor, Finn Juhl. The pair later worked together as they went on to establish themselves as the pre-eminent Scandinavian designers of the mid-century period.

Teak available at the time, giving his furniture the lovely grain effects that are much admired. Within the ever expanding world of contemporary furniture, Mark Maple has certainly carved a niche for itself with furniture that is not only aesthetically innovative, but highly durable. With methods hailing from Thailand, which is historically renowned for its teak carving artistry, Mark Maple specialise in custom designs that suit and cater to individual customer needs.

Arne Vodder’s mid-century modern designs, remain contemporary, modern and in strong demand more than 50 years since they were mostly produced.

Mark Maples’s passion is to bring the beauty of nature into your home, with furniture that is personalised, aesthetically breathtaking, and a true expression of your personal individuality and taste. Mark Maple welcomes and encourages customers to bring in their own designs in any way, shape or form. Be it an idea, a scribble, or a blueprint — Mark Maple can make it happen.


Mark Maple’s master carpenters only work with the best raw materials mother-nature has to offer. You will find a wealth of chamjuri, pyinkado, and bamboo within our ranks, but our true passion belongs to the hardwood teak, tectona grandis. Since around the 7th century, teak has been used to outfit and adorn the residences of the wealthy and powerful. In caves in Western India, objects made from teak more than 2,000 years ago have been found intact — astonishing for untreated, uncared for wood. The Dutch, who colonised Indonesia, discovered teak as the ultimate wood for shipbuilding, due to its ability to ward off dry rot. Indeed, cultures throughout history have praised teak not only for its beauty, but for its ability to stand the test of time. The durability of teak offsets the initial costs by outlasting other timbers and materials. This fact, in conjunction with the outstanding construction methods of Mark Maple’s carpenters, results in some of the best furniture to grace New Zealand’s green pastures.

Mark Maple Limited was established in late 2013 as a place for Rajiv Nandani, a veteran of almost 20 years in the furniture trade, to showcase his passion for Thai hardwoods, highquality furniture, and truly innovative design.

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In 1951, Arne Vodder began collaborating with designer Anton Borg. The pair worked together on over 1000 modular housing projects with one of Denmark’s largest builders. Over the next few years, Vodder began working with the leading manufacturers Fritz Hansen, France & Son, Cado and Sibast, launching a range of Arne Vodder furniture including desks, chairs and tables, sideboards and office furniture.

/ As with many designers of this calibre, copies of his designs do exist, so as always, it is worth doing some homework. Usually inferior details, materials and lines are giveaways. / Check for original manufacturers labels.

His famous desk design was used by U.S. president Jimmy Carter and featured in many bank and director’s offices worldwide. His designs are usually simple, stylish and natural with thoughtful detailing. The manufacturers used the best Rosewood and

Karakter sources the finest examples of mid twentieth century furniture from Europe and regularly offers collectable pieces from this renowned designer.

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Anyone For Baking? Home baking is enjoying a come-back in urban homes as families look to save on the grocery bills — rediscovering the delights of filling the kitchen with the warm, heady aroma of fresh baking straight from the oven. Rural Women New Zealand’s latest book, A Good Baking Day, in-store from 7 March, celebrates our baking heritage and is a treasure-trove of over 500 never-fail recipes for cakes, muffins, slices, biscuits, loaves, scones, breads, desserts and more. Ranging from specialoccasion cakes to fill-the-tins reliables, some recipes are old family favourites, while others reflect modern trends in food fashion and dietary needs with sugar, dairy and gluten-free variations included. Verve brings you rum-soaked prune and almond tart and Mrs Holyoake’s cake to make, share and enjoy.

Rum-Soaked Prune And Almond Tart Words: Alma Lawrence, Spotswood-Moturoa Branch Photo: Lesley McIntosh



SWEET SHORT PASTRY ½ cup caster or icing sugar 100g unsalted butter 2 egg yolks 2–3 tbsp water 1½ cups flour ½ tsp salt

PASTRY Put sugar, butter, egg yolks and water into a food processor and process for 1–2 minutes until light and fluffy. Pulse in flour and salt until just mixed. Do not over-mix. Add extra water if needed. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 1 hour.

PRUNE MIX 250g prunes, chopped 25g butter 2 tbsp sugar ¼ cup dark rum CAKE BATTER 125g butter 6 tbsp caster sugar 2 tbsp self-raising flour 3 eggs 3 tbsp milk grated rind and juice of 2 lemons ¾ cup (70 g packet) ground almonds ¼ tsp almond essence Icing sugar to dust

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Preheat oven to 180°C. PRUNE MIX Cook prunes with butter and sugar in a microwave oven or saucepan. Prunes should be mushy and glazed. Add rum and cook for another minute. Spread over the tart base. BATTER Beat butter and sugar together until creamy. Beat in flour and eggs. Stir in milk, lemon rind and juice, ground almonds and essence. Do not panic if mixture curdles. Pour the batter over the prunes and level the top. Bake for 25–30 minutes. To serve, dust tart liberally with icing sugar. Cut into wedges and serve with custard or cream.

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Mrs Holyoake’s Cake Words: Jane Evans Photo: Carrie Dobbs

We have always called this recipe by this name; maybe the original recipe was one given to a fundraising recipe book by Mrs Holyoake. Mrs Holyoake was the wife of Keith Holyoake, who was Prime Minister during the 1960s and 70s and then GovernorGeneral. It is a lovely cake for afternoon tea or a dessert cake served with cream or yoghurt. I always double the recipe, and freeze one.

INGREDIENTS 75g butter 125g sugar 1 tbsp warm milk 1 egg 1 cup flour ½ tsp baking powder (or use 1 cup selfraising flour) pinch salt chopped walnuts for sprinkling (or almonds and caster sugar) Lemon Honey 4 lemons 4 eggs, lightly beaten 500g sugar 125g butter METHOD


Cream butter and sugar, mix in warm milk and egg alternately with dry ingredients. Spread into the tin, sprinkle the top with walnuts or almonds and caster sugar.

Grate only the yellow parts of the lemon rind (avoid the white part as it is bitter), then strain the juice. Put all ingredients into a double saucepan or put in a basin and stand in hot water. Cook slowly until thick and smooth.

Bake until golden and cooked. Cool, split in half and fill with lemon honey.

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FRENCH CLASSICS AND KIWI FAVOURITES Have you ever tried a Milo, Cookies and Cream macaron? ‘Ma Cherie’ has long been known for its range of French macarons and pastries which can not only be found at their store in Mt Wellington but also at numerous boutique food stores across Auckland. Taking his cue from both his French heritage and adopted New Zealand environment, head pastry chef Guillaume Nicoli recently unveiled a delicious new range of ‘fusion’ Ma Cherie products. The range, which includes unique items such as ‘milo and cookies n’ cream’ macarons, ‘black forest gateau’ and ‘hokey pokey choux’, is the perfect marriage between French classics and Kiwi favourites. It was also a way for the former Master Chef judge to create something new and exciting. “We’ve been open for five years now and although I love what I do, it’s also important for me to keep pushing creative boundaries.” Don’t be fooled by the quirky names either; Ma Cherie prides itself on using the highest quality ingredients and each of its products is handcrafted with love by Guillaume and his team. Ma Cherie also caters for weddings and private functions. For more information please contact the team at or on 09 573 1160.


BONJOUR NEIGHBOURS With a glass of Provence rosé and other French goodies in my picnic basket, I would like to thank all our dear customers for such a delightful summer. Our focus now is to share with you some wine from other regions that you may have yet to discover, like the unique aromatic wines of the Alsace region in the north-east of France. Alsace historically was part of the Holy Roman Empire and the German realm of culture. Since the 17th century, the region has passed between German and French control numerous times, resulting in a rich blend of traditions. This marriage of both cultures has a major influence on the Alsatian lifestyle, cuisine and architecture. We eagerly anticipate the arrival of new vintages coming straight from the Alsace just for you to admire and enjoy, paired with local treats like Munster cheese. Our Alsace newsletter will available in store at the end of March. Please follow as on or our official Facebook page. A bientôt, Jean-Christophe

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Book Reviews 1. UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY Nancy Horan Nancy Horan’s debut novel was Loving Frank, the story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the women in his life and now just hitting the bookshelves is her second book Under the Wide and Starry Sky. Nancy again takes the lives of two real people and tells their story as a novel. This has become a popular way of merging fact and fiction together, the docu-drama of writing. Fanny Osborne is an American, married to a womaniser, who she ups and runs away from. Spending time in France with her children, there she meets a man who is feeling pressured by his family to take up a role in the legal profession when his heart’s desire is to become a writer, and take his chance in the world. This is Fanny and Robert’s story, spanning over 20 years and many countries. For Robert was Robert Louis Stevenson of Treasure Island fame and author of some of the great poems of the last century. Nancy tells their tale with style and affection: a most pleasurable and informative read.

2. DIXONARY Tom Dixon

60s and 70s, for others it could be Chanel or Schiaparelli, or any other name from the great flock of creatives. Whoever your muse is and whatever your ‘look’, you will want to read about why fashion is so much more than a pretty frock and a handbag.

Kerry Taylor Labels, labels, labels and so much more. This is a book for the young and more mature fashionistas alike to pore over, page by page. It is packed with a hundred years of fashion, presented decade by decade and the names who have influenced what we wear and how we wear it. For me it was the styles from the 50s,

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Vintage Fashion and Couture makes a wonderfully generous present, and adds so much to your resource library if you are a student of fashion — it’s also a beautiful book for the coffee table to refresh and inspire your wardrobe, a personal indulgence of the best kind.

4. THE INVENTION OF WINGS Sue Monk Kidd A long awaited new novel from the author of the delightful Secret Life of Bees, which has just been released to much acclaim as a movie. The setting for this story is the southern states of America in the early 1800s. Sarah is the middle daughter of a plantation owner, an indulged child, but strong-willed and rather feisty. One of Sarah’s 11th birthday presents is a young slave girl, named Handful, taken from her family on the estate and gifted to Sarah by her parents, much to Sarah’s disdain. And so an odd and difficult friendship and long lasting bond is formed between the two lively girls that has implications on not only their individual lives but also on both of their families.

Small but perfectly formed, this handsome volume is more of a handbook than flash coffee table tome, but nevertheless it holds a place at the top of the ‘Designer Based on a true story, but woven with Books to Covet’ list. Becoming a known fiction, Sue Kidd Monk makes early name sometimes takes away from the American history really come to life exclusivity of a designer, but I think and her characters make the story sing. Dixonary is timed well to introduce Tom Excellent pick for book club lists. Dixon and his designs to the wider public. You may have seen some of his stunning lights or chairs, but he has such a wide variety of stuff in production you could go from the scented candle to the whole Dixon house — providing money is no 01 object and you like his style. Be ahead of the herd and swot up on this very clever designer and watch the world follow.


Words: Doris Mousdale



Touring New Zealand March 2014 with Chamber Music New Zealand

TALES FROM THE FORBIDDEN CITY New Zealand String Quartet | Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra Gao Ping (piano) | Xiao Ma (countertenor)

Raye Freedman Arts Centre | Sat 15 Mar, 8pm Supported by: Victoria University of Wellington, the Ministry of Culture of China, The VUW Confucius Institute, the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing and the Asia New Zealand Foundation


Hungarian Passion | Classical Perfection | Contemporary Fire

Auckland Town Hall | Wed 19 Mar, 8pm /ChamberMusicNZ | 0800 CONCERT (266 2378)


Coming up at the Movies 1. HANNAH ARENDT IN CINEMAS MAR 13 Hannah Arendt is a portrait of the genius that shook the world with her coining of the philosophical term “the banality of evil.” After she attends the Nazi Adolf Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem, Arendt dares to write about the Holocaust in terms no one had ever heard before. Her work instantly provokes a scandal, and Arendt stands strong as she is attacked by friends and foes alike. But as the German-Jewish émigré struggles to suppress her own painful associations with the past, the film exposes her beguiling blend of arrogance and vulnerability, revealing a soul defined and derailed by exile.

2. THE PAST IN CINEMAS MAR 13 The Past is the acclaimed new film from Asghar Farhadi, the director of the Academy Award® winning masterpiece, A Separation. It stars Academy Award® nominee, Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), who was awarded the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival. At the request of his estranged wife Marie, Ahmad returns to Paris after four years in Tehran to finalise their divorce. He soon discovers that Marie plans to wed her beau Samir, ignoring the protests of her teenage daughter, Lucie. Ahmad finds himself attempting to repair the rift between Marie and Lucie, piecing together the puzzle of lies and unspoken guilt connected to misdeeds of the past.

3. WADJDA IN CINEMAS MAR 20 Wadjda is an intimate, yet powerful film about a lively and rebellious 10-year-old girl who is determined to fight for her dreams. Directed by Haifaa Al Mansour, who studied film at Sydney University, gives us a rare glimpse into the lives of women in Saudi Arabia. What makes Wadjda even more fascinating is that it was shot on location in a country where cinemas have been banned for over 30 years.

4. THE GREAT BEAUTY IN CINEMAS MAR 27 One of the most spectacular and talked-about films of the Cannes Film Festival, and Italy’s official submission for the 2014 Academy Awards®, The Great Beauty is Paolo Sorrentino’s powerful and evocative tale of hedonism and lost love, and an extraordinary depiction of contemporary Rome – where life is a performance, and the city its stage.


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A FUN FAMILY EXTRAVGANZA Following last years’ inaugural event, The King Koil Great Auckland Bed Race is back by popular demand! This fun day extravaganza will be held on Sunday 13 April from 11am - 4pm within the volcanic crater at the Auckland Domain. Last year 12 beds raced, resulting in over $30,000 being raised for the hospices of Auckland. The goal for the 2014 event is to have 50 beds racing with an aim to fundraise at least $100,000. In an exciting tweak for this years’ event, bed racing teams can support their charity of choice, which opens this charitable platform up to all New Zealand registered charities.

craft your own bed to this years’ theme ‘Under the Covers – cuddle buddies’. Begin collecting sponsorship pledges, practice running (preferably in your bed!) and spread the word far and wide about this fantastic event. The idea is for teams to raise as much money as possible for their chosen charity.

Racers, on your marks … It’s easy to participate. All you need to do is create a team of eight (six runners with one passenger and one marshall), select a team name and charity to represent and

A fun filled day for all the family... Team supporters and spectators will be treated to a day of good old fashioned fun, hilarity and excitement. The day starts with the team novelty fancy dress


musician, producer and film composer David Poe and created in collaboration with the lead writer for the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, Steven Banks.

SHADOWLAND An enthralling experience of wonderment for the entire family. Direct from the US, the international theatre sensation Pilobolus Dance Theatre, who wowed audiences at the 79th Academy Awards®, bring their enchanting tale of shape-shifting illusion and dance to The Civic with Shadowland, making its New Zealand premiere from Tuesday 3 – Sunday 8 June. “Bodies become imagery, one image merges into another, poetically, inexplicably.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES Created by Pilobolus, Shadowland is a luminous playground of evocative dance, breathtaking acrobatics and potent visuals. Set to an original score ranging from pop ballads to rock by American

At the heart of Shadowland is an enchanting, whimsical and humorous tale of a teenage girl who yearns for independence. From her dreams she wakes to something behind her bedroom wall — her shadow. As the wall of her room begins to move, the girl goes deeper and deeper into Shadowland, where creatures that are seductive, awe inspiring and playful, appear. SHADOWLAND The Civic, Auckland, 3 – 8 June, 2014 $59.90 - $94.90 *service fees apply. Family and group prices available. or 0800 111 999 Recommended for audiences eight and above.

parade followed by the much anticipated highlight of the day, the bed race event, as teams navigate obstacles as they race the 3km course, all hoping to gain a place on the podium and the coveted trophy. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, the best-dressed bed, the fastest times, along with some spot prizes.

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Zoë Bell: Will See You & Raze Words: Jamie Christian Desplaces

While for the past decade Lords, Lorde and Conchords have hogged the headlines, another New Zealander has been quietly carving out her own slice of Hollywood history. Not content with the transition from stunts to starring role, Zoë Bell also took on the producing mantle for her criticallyacclaimed gritty new thriller, Raze. And now she’s got the bug…

“I came to the realisation that I really like telling stories, which I know sounds like such an obvious thing to say,” she tells me over the phone from Los Angeles. “Whether it be gymnastics or acting, I’ve always been an entertainer, and I guess becoming a stuntwoman was just an extension of that.” Zoë’s big break of course, was as Lucy Lawless’ stunt double in Xena: Warrior Princess. She later relocated to the US west coast where countless roles included Sharon Stone’s other in Catwoman and filling in on the physical stuff for Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Bell has since built a long-standing working relationship with the iconic director, and is widely touted as his ‘go-to girl’.

You obviously have a strong bond with Tarantino. Do you run everything by him? “I would love to. However, there’s about a million others on the planet who wish to do the same. But of course, he’s someone whose opinion is of paramount importance to me. It means the world to him when he knows I’m doing well.” Has he seen Raze? “He went to see it recently – it’s not uncommon to stumble across Quentin alone in a cinema – and he absolutely loved it. I saw him a week later and we had a celebratory drink.” Champagne? “Vodka and Red Bull! He told me he wasn’t going to rave on about my performance, because he wasn’t surprised. He knew I always had it in me. That made me cry.” Speaking of crying, have you learnt to do so on cue? Have you taken acting classes? “I’ve taken a few. I had a lot of catching up to do. What was difficult was becoming emotionally available in front

of people, allowing them to be inside my head. As a stuntwoman, I was trained to do the opposite. Crying requires me to get into a character that is in a certain situation, or listening to a song that reminds me of my family. Oh, and really bad commercials! Then I cry at the drop of a hat.” It must be immeasurable in terms of confidence, I mention, to have the support and belief of such an esteemed figure as Tarantino, especially when navigating unchartered territory. She tells me it is, but confidence is still something that must always be found within: “Insecurity is a powerful thing. If you’re feeling it, it will destroy all praise. You can always find a way to devalue someone’s opinion of you. I guess it goes both ways, too much selfconfidence is just as dangerous.” I ask Zoë if it’s difficult to keep an even keel, emotionally, in Los Angeles. “Yeah, sometimes. It’s the culture of Hollywood and the nature of the industry. Not to say the place is all shallow and insidious, but the reason it is easy to become unbalanced is because the stuff that seeps in is innocuous, almost subliminal. People aren’t always straight-up. They’ll

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“For a lot of women out there, this movie has been important. Some of the responses I’ve had from them – and from fathers of daughters – have been incredible. I’m very proud of it and totally fine with it causing a little bit of controversy.”

imply things. Things like, maybe your car isn’t flash enough or more people would want to hang out with you if you were slightly more famous. When it’s implied, it can begin to sound as though it’s your own voice in your head. Therein lays the danger. I do notice when I don’t get home enough. I need to reprioritise when I’ve been here too long.” The most recent reminder that she’d been away too long, Zoë jokes, came when she spotted the New Zealand flag and for a split-second confused it with the Australian one. So does she think Kiwis should scrap the stars of the Southern Cross for the Silver Fern, as is currently being floated? “Yeah, I do. We have such a cool identity, it would be cool to have a flag that is undoubtedly our own.” Zoë’s upbringing with her brother on Waiheke Island was blissful. Her folks were open and liberal, encouraging their daughter’s obsession with all things physical. Zoë tells me she “loved being up high” and “going really fast”. She watched Evil Knievel with relish, though grew up wanting to be a gymnast, “not to be a daredevil, risking life and limb.” She’s skydived and bungee-jumped but,

perhaps surprisingly, Zoë is not, she says, fearless: “The risks I take are hopefully well-calculated. From past experience I know what my body is and is not capable of. If I have a genuine fear that I may die, it’s a ‘no’!” Raze, which has garnered rave reviews, including the New York Times Critics’ Pick, sees a group of women kidnapped and imprisoned in a dungeon. They are then forced to fight until the death. To some, it’s a tale of 21st century feminist empowerment, for others, a voyeuristic exploitation of the female form. “That’s been a really interesting aspect of the release,” says Bell. “We expected it to be polarising, but in terms of the violence. We weren’t expecting such an examination of the movie as a statement. We deliberately tried to remove any exploitative aspects, such as the sexuality of the women. They don’t wear make-up and there is no sex or innuendo. Interestingly, a lot of the people who have felt it exploitative or misogynistic have been men. But I’m not going to hate on anyone for their opinion. That’s why we make movies. It’s why art exists.”

And as for the feminist backing? “For a lot of women out there, this movie has been important. Some of the responses I’ve had from them – and from fathers of daughters – have been incredible. I’m very proud of it and totally fine with it causing a little bit of controversy.” How would you feel about becoming a voice for feminism? “It has never been important for me to stand on a soapbox and preach. We just wanted to do something that had never been done before and the fact that it hadn’t, I think, is more of a statement than the fact that it now has. The nature of our existence and the way we raise our families says more than ‘speeches’. We should strive to be great individuals. Women are so cool, and I’m stoked to be one. I’d rather be a representation of feminism by the way I live my life and what I achieved than by the movies I make.” Though, she admits with a giggle, beating up a few on-screen boys along the way, does help.


V: You’re making your return to Auckland theatre by directing the New Zealand premiere of Girl In Tan Boots by award winning Australian playwright Tahli Corin – how did you find this play and what drew you to it? J: A friend was in the Sydney production and sent me the script by Tahli Corin. I love that it’s a witty contemporary whodunit for six actresses. A girl has gone missing after boarding a train at Britomart and the play tracks the search and investigation of her disappearance. The unravelling of clues and red herrings is set against the background of dating sites and social media.


Janice Finn Verve: You’ve worn a lot of different hats in your career – producer (Gloss, The Big Art Trip, Changing Rooms), writer (Shortland Street), actress (The Strip, Agent Anna), and director. What would a stroll down memory lane be like for Janice Finn? Janice: A noisy drama with a lot of laughter and tears! Television and the theatre are full of entertaining and talented people and I’ve made many lasting friendships. V: What has been the most rewarding or challenging role for you? J: Producing this play is the most challenging! I had no idea of the amount of work involved in doing something like this. However I’ve been helped by some great practitioners who have supported me in this venture, including the Basement who programmed Girl in Tan Boots. V: Did you always know you wanted to work in the arts? J: As a child I dreamed of being a singer/ dancer but my lack of talent in both disciplines pushed me swiftly into drama, which turned out to be the right way to go. I love dissecting scripts and working out what makes characters tick.

V: You were heavily involved in creating what is considered New Zealand’s ‘first soap’ – the hit show, Gloss. How did the show come about? And was it your love of fashion that gave you the idea to set the show around a style magazine? J: Yes, I loved fashion. Growing up, I made all of my own clothes and looking at old photographs I can still smell and feel the fabric of dresses I made when I was 16. Gloss came about because I was given the opportunity to produce a series and I thought we’d seen enough black singlets on the telly. I wanted to make something entertaining that looked fabulous. There’s symmetry here because Liz Mitchell designed a great many of the clothes in Gloss and is also designing Girl in Tan Boots. V: If you were given an unlimited budget to make a brand new television show, what would it be (reality? drama?) and what New Zealand actors/performers would you have starring in it? J: It’s hard to imagine an unlimited budget! However I do like whodunits and cop dramas, such as the unforgettable Prime Suspect. Casting would be easy. We have so many good actors in this country I’d be spoiled for choice.

V: You’ve pulled together an amazing cast for this production; Catherine Wilkin (McLeod’s Daughters), JJ Fong (Go Girls, StepDave), Toni Potter (Shortland St), Jodie Hillock (After Miss Julie), Anoushka Klaus (Nothing Trivial), and Catherine Downes (Shortcut to Happiness). How did you set about finding your leading ladies? J: Casting is about talent and also ‘a look’. Kate Wilkin has always been a favourite. I’ve worked happily with Cath and Toni before and been a long-time fan of Jodie’s. JJ and Anoushka were recommended and have proved to be great choices. I’m very lucky with this cast. V: Theatre or television – in your opinion, what is harder to make in this day and age? J: Both are challenging. To make a television programme requires jumping through a lot of hoops, while theatre can be self-driven, however, it’s hard to make a living in the theatre. V: What is the biggest misconception about the performing arts here in New Zealand? J: That it’s for old people or boringly worthy. Auckland is now so vibrant and diverse theatrically – it’s possible to go and see something interesting and entertaining every week. V: What advice would you give young directors, producers, actors and directors who were keen to follow in your footsteps? J: I wouldn’t be so bold as to offer advice to any of them because today’s young would-be directors, producers and actors are already out there, taking the initiative and doing it for themselves.

Janice Finn directs the New Zealand premiere of GIRL IN TAN BOOTS by awardwinning playwright Tahli Corin, playing The Basement 11-22 March. To book tickets visit

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You’ve finally met her. You can’t quit thinking about her. There is no denying how much you like this woman, but does she like you back? My name is Sasha Madarasz and I run Two’s Company, a dating agency for normal single people and as a dating guru, I could sit here and say it would take a corpse to miss the obvious signals a woman throws at a man she has the hots for, but assumption is the mother of all mistakes.

Frequently regarded as one of the most important moments in music history, acclaimed Las Vegas tribute acts Spectrum and Radiance bring the sounds of Motown to the Bruce Mason Centre, as Songs in the Key of Motown and is destined to have people dancing in the street.

I can’t assume men speak Womanese. Let’s face it, most men don’t. So, here is a cheat sheet of five easy ways to tell if a woman fancies you. Fold this up, put it in your pocket, and refer back to it the next time you find yourself sweating over the suspense of whether or not Miss Right is right into you: 1. You find her looking at you a lot throughout the night. Humans can’t ignore attraction. We can try to battle it, but the retractor beam to someone who’s pheromones are like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to you is always going to win. If you pay attention, you’ll catch her staring, smiling, and unabashedly making out with you with her eyes. True story. 2. She goes out of her way to talk to you and touch you. She could have been mingling with her mates, but she’s propped up next to you chatting about rugby. Her shoulder is touching yours. She’s laughing at your jokes. She slaps your arm in fake disgust when you throw out some animalistic comment about whatever. This is called flirting. It means she likes you, or at least is attracted to you, which is a good start if you want into her world.

Spectrum have spent six stellar years recreating the sound and style of the Four Tops in Las Vegas’ multi-million dollar productions ‘American Superstars’ and ‘Legends In Concert’. Spectrum has developed a versatility to credibly cover music that range from groups such as The Platters to The Temptations to Boyz II Men. It is this versatility that has propelled them to headlining their own shows, performing stirring renditions of the classics they’ve selected. Radiance features seasoned Broadway and television actress Wendy Edmead, former New York Radio City Music Hall Rockette MarQue Munday, former member of the 90s charttopping recording group Lace, Vivian Ross and singer, dancer and entertainer Crystal Robinson. Together they provide an array of talent that is the best in entertainment, leaving audiences wanting more! Songs in the Key of Motown plays the Bruce Mason Centre on March 21 and 22. For bookings, visit or 09 970 9700.

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3. She either crosses your path often or makes sure you cross hers. Women are sly, slippery little creatures. We plan our attack like a Green Beret. If she likes you, chances are she’s Facebooking you, asking about you, and doing her research like a Grad student. So, if you keep seeing her in certain circles, and she gravitates toward you at these meetings, then something is brewing. You’ve sparked her interest. Take the bait. 4. She’s doing little, nice things for you. She has a million other people she could be pampering, but she’s offering you her last sip of Coke when you off-handedly mention a slight thirst. If she seems to strap her cape on every time you’re in need of help, then she’s yours. Women do have a nurturing gene. We’re built to soften the harsh edges of life for those we love. 5. Sharing is caring. If she starts to talk about her family, her beloved pet she lost recently, her troubles, her dreams, anything that is personal and makes her vulnerable, then you’re in. This is her way of connecting herself to you. You are now officially different to her than the other guys, and if she’s displaying any of the above behaviours in combination with telling you her deepest darkest’s, then there is zero doubt of this girl’s feelings for you. Don’t be scared. Make the move. Make her yours. Sasha Madarasz 0800-021-522

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Matt Payne ‘Landscapes’ Preview: Tuesday 18 March, 5.30pm Exhibition: 18 – 31 March, 2014

Matt Payne is a gifted young artist whose work is quickly gaining prominence on the New Zealand art scene. He graduated from Whitecliffe School of Art and Design in 2004 and since then has continued to paint and sell his work, which he now produces on a full time basis. Landscape features strongly in Matt’s oeuvre, and he is particularly inspired by a love of the coast. Glistening seas and pristine sands feature in his dramatic compositions, rendered with breathtaking accuracy. Precise representations of particular moments in time evoke the mystery of the natural world. The translucency of a wave; dappled sand revealed briefly below as it breaks; the delicate foam lacing the water left behind as it rolls into shore; or the glassy sheen of tranquil water in the early morning, are all captured with meticulous quality and sharply focused detail. The tradition of dark and light contrasts that are inherent in our landscape are also apparent, with bush covered hills and majestic rock formations starkly juxtaposed against sunwashed blue skies. This brings great depth to the work — the air itself from picture plane to distant horizon rendered full of salt, light and breeze.

Above — Managwhai Walkway 1760 x 560mm

Above — Mangawhai Water, 910 x 910mm

The endless possibilities of the relationships between colour, light and form provide an ongoing fascination for Matt. Viewpoints are often close to the picture plane, bringing us into an intimate proximity with the serene essence of these landscapes, so completely captured by the artist.

The paintings are acrylic on canvas, using bright clear colours, the trueness of which will be happily recognised by the viewer. ‘Landscapes’ opens on Tuesday 18 March at Parnell Gallery, 263 Parnell Road, Auckland.

Above — Round The Rocks — Langs Beach, 1220 x 910 mm

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Greer Clayton ‘Land and Sea’ Preview: Tuesday 1 April, 5.30pm Exhibition: 1–15 April, 2014

Presenting stunning new works on canvas in the artist’s upcoming show ‘Land and Sea’, which will open at Parnell Gallery on Tuesday 1 April. Greer has a comprehensive knowledge of her medium and uses specialty paints to create unique surface effects and textures. Diffused lines and glazing with mixed media, pumice mortar and pearlised acrylic paint are used to abstract the essence of our distinctive New Zealand landscapes. Through sensitive exploration of colour, light, form and texture her work serenely evokes the subtle variations of the natural environment. Greer’s ongoing engagement with this visual dialogue affords a kaleidoscopic range of possibilities to the artist, of which we are treated to a selection in the coming show. In ‘Treetops’, scumbled earth tones rise in the foreground, suggestive of land unfolding away from the viewer. These lead the eye on to washed light grey tones interposed with darker horizontal areas, giving the effect of further reaches of land and sea into the distance. Like all of Greer’s work to a greater or lesser


degree, these works are finely abstracted but instantly recognisable as landscape based. ‘Ebbs and Flows’ employs violet and lavender shades to lightly describe land mass and sea at the lower edge of the painting, the typically striking composition leaving ample room for exploration of sky. Gradations of lighter and darker tones are woven up the picture plane, the distinction between the elements lightly made, with similar shapes reflected between them. This refined balance lends a spiritual quality to Greer’s work, speaking of the universal patterns and continuum within our natural surroundings. “Our landscape has its own original colour and texture formed from native plants, rivers, lakes and coastlines rising to our ever changing skyline. I aim to capture some of that energy visually in my paintings.” Greer graduated from Elam Art School with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1996. After travelling extensively she lived and worked in London and Australia and eventually, following two successful solo shows in Sydney, returned to Auckland where she lives with her husband and two young children.

Clockwise from top — Treetops, 1700 x 900mm Fluid in Nature, 1200 x 1200mm Island Beyond, 1200 x 1200mm Ebbs and Flows, 1520 x 1220mm

Parnell Gallery 263 Parnell Road, Auckland 09 377 3133



Beautiful Friends, Fashionable City Words: Liam Fennell


Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. For me, I behold beauty in many things, but most often when in the company of good friends. I had the opportunity to experience that beautiful feeling that comes from genuine friendship recently while visiting my friends Sonja and Laurent in Paris. Combine beautiful friends with one of the most fashionable cities in the world and you have a surefire recipe for something magical. Paris. The word alone conjures up images of beautiful tree lined avenues, architectural marvels like the Eiffel Tower, and stylishly clad Parisians wandering the streets dressed like they just stepped out of the cover of Vogue. The first time I was in Paris was when I was 14 whilst travelling with my mother on a three month sojourn across Europe. Back then I was struck by berets and Lacoste shirts, the TGV (I was a teenage train geek) and the enormity of the Eiffel Tower (no such thing as the Sky Tower back in those days!) Fast forward to my recent January trip and it was a vastly different experience, thanks largely to Laurent, a displaced Frenchman now living in New Zealand, his beautiful wife Sonja, and a group of their Parisian friends. This time I was treated to a more ‘real’ Paris, including an unexpected visit to the Paris hospital on arrival to collect poor Sonja who had broken her finger; a stay in an enchanting apartment near the Moulin Rouge; a mouthwatering lunch at local bistro Gi’Raf Le Resto, and a dinner party with friends celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) that included a traditional cake called a galette des Rois.

02 Parisians are a sophisticated bunch. Wandering down any street you will encounter über stylish people flaunting their fur coats, coiffured hairstyles and sleek figures while sipping coffee shoulderto shoulder on every street corner cafe. I guess it’s easier to ‘get your fashionista on’ when you have a plethora of designers tempting you from every store window with their latest collections. Not to mention amazing state sanctioned winter and summer sales (soldes in French). I scored an elegant cashmere and cotton pea-green sweater for a paltry 18 Euros instead of the nearly 60 Euros original price. You will be hard pressed to find another city as beautiful as Paris, not only because of its fashion, architecture, art galleries and museums, but most importantly, because of the people. Gi’Raf Le Resto: 01 — Arc de Triomphe 02 — The Moulin Rouge 03 — View of Paris including the Eiffel Tower

03 BEST WAY TO GET THERE: Fly Air New Zealand to LA, and then Air France to Paris or fly Air New Zealand to Hong Kong, and then Air France to Paris. Flights daily. Cost of airfares vary according to season and availability of seats. If you have never been to Paris before, let one of the first things you do be a cruise along the Seine. This is a great way to familiarise yourself with the lay of the land, and the must-see, must-do experiences. Plenty of suggestions on the net, e.g.



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Wild Safari: Aussie Style Words: Dennis and Rosamund Knill

Dennis and Rosamund Knill stay-over in one of Australia’s most isolated camp sites and experience the ultimate destination for nature-lovers and eco-adventurers. Eyre Peninsula might have been invented to provide the perfect holiday adventure, but further north is one of the most stunningly beautiful, wild and untrammelled outback’s you’ll ever see. In less than three hours from Port Lincoln you will find yourself in another world amongst diverse plant life, exotic birds and wild animals. It’s fierce and uncompromisingly stark out here and by and large untouched but for a few all embracing tourists wanting to escape the stresses of city life. This is a harsh place — if it’s not floods, it’s droughts, if it’s not droughts, it’s fires and the blistering heat painted in bright red. Everywhere you look there is life: kangaroos engaged in Mexican standoffs, emu’s streaking across barren grasslands while parrots are basking on branches in the sun as wedge tail eagles gaze down austerely on the scene below from the clear blue sky above. It’s a brilliant Sunday afternoon at Port Lincoln Airport and we’re met by Geoff Scholz, who with Irene his wife, operates Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris. Introductions made, we head off for a visit to Mikkira Station to view a colony of wild koalas asleep in their own habitat low in the gum trees. We then travel up to Kanguluna Wilderness Safari Camp, our base for the next four days for an afternoon tour that included lunch and sunset drinks at Kolay Minca Rocks. Along the way there are emus and kangaroos everywhere, reds, greys and wallaroos. And we have luck on our side as we spot the odd wombat feeding out of their burrows and two shingleback lizards. After returning to the camp we are shown to our tent, but this is no ordinary tent, in no ordinary camp; it’s literally built around nature. Located deep in the outback

hundreds of kilometres from Adelaide, the camp accommodation consists of three solitary tents and a covered wagon from a by-gone era. The feel here is eco-cool with just enough mod cons to meet our expectations. Each tent is powered by solar panels with two bedrooms, comfy king-size beds, recycled timber furniture, a bathroom with toilet and shower and tea-tree toiletries. Meals are served in a large dining room, its distinctive feature being the extra long dining table which doubles as the perfect spot at sunset or early morning to view the birds and wildlife that wander into the camp each day. Over the next four days this cosy accommodation will provide us with a comfortable base to explore the pristine wilderness, ranging from five minute walks within the camping ground itself to full day 4WD wilderness tours. Acclaimed as one of the most unique camping experiences in South Australia located in the middle of nowhere, its locality far outweighs any misgivings one might have to endure, like the flap of canvas or the scuttle of reptiles lurking in the background. The daily tours can be quite taxing, the distances covered are vast with each itinerary a journey in itself. Each tour is designed to take you across changing landscapes, stock routes and sheep stations. Most of the roads have rarely seen a grader, a true test for even the most engineered 4WD as they need to be able to navigate their way through a combination of rugged unsealed dusty corrugated roads and sand dunes. On the second day we rise at 5.30am for an early breakfast and at first light as the sun appears, we sight a flock of colourful parrots and a dozen kangaroos drinking from the water troughs and water bowls hanging from the trees. We climb into Geoff’s 4WD for a four hour drive to Lake Gairdner, often referred to as


Everywhere you look there is life, kangaroos engaged in Mexican stand-offs, emu’s streaking across barren grasslands while parrots are basking on branches in the sun as wedge tail eagles gaze down austerely on the scene below from the clear blue sky above.

the jewel of the Gawler Ranges. Like a piece of Antarctica with its glistening white salt surface set in a spectacular and stunning landscape, as well as being the brightest place on the planet, this has to be one of Australia’s true icons and real mysteries. As we came over the hill, nothing could have prepared us for sight ahead, an endless sheet of white salt over a metre thick, flanked by red hills and sand dunes for as far as the eye could see. The reflection was so intense that we even had to shade our sun glasses with both our hands. In 1857 when Stephen Hack discovered this 160km long salt lake, Hack recorded in his log that this was one of the most spectacular sights to behold on the continent.

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01 — Wildlife on Gawler ranges 02 — Lake Gairdner Salt Lake 03 — Glamping at Kangaluna camp

It’s our last night at the Kangulana Camp and there’s a full moon, so our hosts cook us a hearty meal by the outdoor fireplace under the stars. On the menu is a fair-dinkum Ozzie outback dinner: BBQ’d Tasmanian salmon, salad and dessert, downed with all the wine that we could drink. Our final day takes us to Baird Bay where we meet Allan Payne and change into our wet suits for a breathtaking experience to swim with the sea lions and dolphins off Jones Island, a leisurely 15 minute trip from the mainland. With snorkels and fins we enter the water and are immediately encircled by a number of curious and frolicsome seals hell-bent on checking you out by coming right up to your face-mask and determined to play with you for as long as you are wanting to play with them. Our four day outback experience quickly comes to an end and as we fly out of Port Lincoln, we pondered if we might have been able to have done all this on our own? Well, we probably could have, but it would have taken a lot more planning and time, a reliable vehicle, truckloads of food and water and masses of research. Dennis and Rosamund Knill were assisted by Air New Zealand, South Australia Tourism Commission and Southern Cross Travel Insurance.



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Over the last 20 years the internet has caused massive upheaval in the news industry. This has led many to herald the death of journalism, as so called ‘citizen-journalism’ runs rampant, capturing more of our attention every day with blogs, facebook quips and twitter announcements. This untrained, unregulated (and usually heavily biased) reportage is popular exactly because of those things – and it has an immediacy and relevance missing from most mainstream media. As a journalist and blogger once noted, newspapers are fast becoming what he likes to call “aged news.”

Are you struggling with Windows 8? Do you find the layout difficult to use? Do you long for your windows 7 or XP start button with the familiar menus?

As the uprising in Venezuela broke this month, bloggers were posting videos of random police shootings, wide-spread chaos and a major suppression of the populace. It took most major news outlets, from The New York Times to the BBC, several days to catch up – even in their online editions – because their attention and resources were already heavily focussed on the troubles in the Ukraine.

Smart phones are becoming very common now, but most people don’t think of them as a small computer. The fact is that they are being targeted more and more by hackers and people trying to steal your personal and banking details. If you use your phone for e-mail, internet banking or just the odd credit card purchase you should be protecting your phone with an antivirus programme designed for the phone you use.


The problem is not journalism itself, it’s just that the way journalism has been delivered has often lagged behind the technology, and usually because media organisations (being naturally conservative in outlook and approach) are slow moving beasts. But some journalists, and some major publications, are fighting back. The New York Times Magazine has begun publishing in-depth articles that blend video, journalism and some beautiful web design into a new kind of article – showing that online media doesn’t need to follow the same rules as print media and that new formats are not only possible, but can be deeply engaging. The way that journalists are being paid to tell stories is also changing. In New Zealand, and elsewhere, there are attempts to create ‘crowd-funded’ journalism – whereby, via donations and voluntary payments, independent journalists, including some notable bloggers, are funded to pursue the more substantial stories normally ignored in the short news-cycle of larger publishers. These new approaches to journalism may be less structured, but they’re certainly more democratic – so go looking beyond the margins of the local paper, and see what stories you can discover.

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I have six priorities as we continue to transform Auckland into a truly international city.

Governments around the world are moving to become more open and accessible to their people and communities. This desire for transparency is only set to increase in coming years, particularly as more services move online and become digital.

First is starting the City Rail Link in 2016. We need to get our transport problems fixed after decades of under-investment. Last year the government agreed to back the CRL. We welcomed that but the proposed 2020 start date is too long to wait. By then, Auckland’s bus network will have reached capacity and peak time speeds on city roads slowed to 7km. This month I’ll be taking our proposal to the Prime Minister to deliver an earlier start to the CRL, without direct impact on ratepayers. Second is the commitment to lower rates and debt. This year we review our 10 year plan, including a fresh look at both rates rises and our growing debt burden. We also need to acknowledge the limits of borrowing, and begin to look seriously at alternatives, like public private partnerships (PPPs) and new commercial sponsorships. That brings me to my third priority – partnering with the private sector. The Skypath across the Harbour Bridge will be Auckland’s first PPP, eventually enabling a cycle and walking path from St Heliers to Devonport and gives us a chance to cut our teeth on PPPs. Fourth is community ownership. In the first three years after amalgamation we sometimes moved forward without taking communities with us. We need to do better. This should include better use of online tools as well as basic grass roots engagement – talking to people on their terms, not ours. Housing is my fifth priority, using the Housing Accord to bring forward more affordable housing projects. And last but not least is economic growth, with a focus on attracting global investment, a youth employment action plan and a digital action plan. Auckland has the potential to compete on an equal footing with other world cities. We have a way to go but it’s a goal I believe we can realistically achieve in the next decade.

Len Brown Mayor of Auckland

Before entering parliament, I worked at the United Kingdom Department of Democratic Affairs in their open government team. It was a very interesting time to be involved with the project, as we considered how to share data, as well as making basic services easier to access. New Zealand has always been focused on government being accountable to the people. We were the first country in the world to implement the Official Information Act Request which keeps the government and its departments open and accessible. Building on this strong tradition, late last year we announced that New Zealand will join the Open Government Partnership – which is committed to promoting transparent and open government by empowering citizens, fighting corruption and harnessing new technology. Joining the partnership reaffirms our commitment to being open, and will enable us to share best practices and expertise with our overseas partners, as well as gain from their experiences. We are already delivering a number of initiatives including the Better Public Services programme, which shows how we are tracking meeting a range of targets including reducing longterm welfare dependence, supporting vulnerable children, boosting skills and employment, reducing crime and improving interaction with government. Being open with New Zealanders about our progress in these vital areas means we remain accountable, and deliver results. We also publish through the Kiwis Count Survey up-to-date information on the quality of service New Zealanders are receiving from important public services, including experiences people have with our health, education and justice services. In the latest results, people told us that our public services are better and more trustworthy. By 2017 we want an average of 70% of common transactions completed online. It’s estimated that 90% of firms have contact with government agencies at least once a year, so it’s important we get this shift right. I believe that open and transparent governments benefit everyone, and look forward to seeing how our increasingly digital world will improve accessibility in the coming years.

Hon Nikki Kaye MP for Auckland Central

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The suburbs of the Epsom electorate, where I’m based, are well-served with excellent schools. When the students go home their parents reinforce the overall message by valuing hard work and achievement.

Last month I raised concerns in the Finance and Performance Committee about the increasing amount of rates revenue going towards servicing interest costs on ballooning council debt.

As a result, we see cohort after cohort from EGGS, Auckland Grammar, and the other schools, well-equipped to foot it anywhere in the world. It’s the same in many other parts of New Zealand, but sadly not everywhere. When National came to government in 2008 only two-thirds (66.5%) of school leavers achieved NCEA Level 2 or higher. In other words, one third dropped out of school with limited literacy and narrow prospects. Over the past five years National has focused on lifting achievement, and a good place to start is collecting data across the whole education system so we can see where we need to target resources. It’s working. Provisional 2013 results show the number of students leaving school with an NCEA Level 2 qualification significantly increased across the board last year. Nearly 77% of school leavers achieved at least NCEA Level 2. We introduced national standards so parents, teachers, and principals could see how students are doing at school and better support them. We’re investing in broadband and fibre-optic for schools so our kids have access to modern and up-to-date technology. And we’re spending $359 million over the next four years to help keep highly-capable teachers in the classroom, and to strengthen school leadership. Maori and Pasifika students have had the biggest increase in achievement. In 2013, 58.6%t of Maori students left school with at least NCEA Level 2, up from 44.4% in 2008. And 71.8% of Pasifika students left school with at least NCEA Level 2, up from 55.% in 2008. These are outstanding results and reflect the hard work being done in our schools to raise student achievement. We are on track to meet our target of 85 per cent of all 18-year-olds achieving NCEA Level 2 or an equivalent qualification in 2017. Equality of outcomes is an impossible dream, but equality of opportunity is a worthy goal. Ensuring every child gets a good education remains the best way to provide that opportunity.

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Worryingly, “net interest as a percentage of rates income” was reported at 19% as at 30 June 2013, with finance staff confirming it was just 9% at 30 June 2011. Council treasury policy allows for a maximum of 25%. Given it has more than doubled in just two financial years, I think we’ll sail past the 25% limit by the end of the decade. In fact, given council’s borrowings are set to more than double, and with rising interest rates, I think council’s interest costs will easily double again by the end of this 2012-2022 Long Term Plan period. It’s well established that Auckland Council is now paying $1m a day in interest, and it’s only going to get worse. Put it this way, your rates for the first 10 weeks of 2014 went solely towards servicing the council’s interest bill! While the mayor claims the council’s got plenty of capacity to borrow more, the reality is, on the current track they’re on, soaring interest costs will seriously limit future generations options, as interest payments chew up more and more council budget. The council has already lifted the “net debt as a percentage of revenue” ceiling from 175% to 275% and I suspect we’ll be forced to lift the interest ceiling as well. The mayor continues to promise everything to everyone. The reality is however, if he wants to avoid putting crippling interest costs on Aucklanders, he needs to start seriously prioritising all his big political promises and “game-changing” projects. Amazingly he still wonders why people don’t like his plan to fasttrack the City Rail Link without any funding plan in place. Whilst on that $2.86b project, the Auditor-General told me at a public meeting of the Audit & Risk Committee last month that her office will need a lot more certainty and information around costings and funding on the City Rail Link when she signs off her Audit Opinion mid-next year on Auckland Council’s revised 2015-2025 Long Term Plan. Sure, the government has since signalled its support in principle, but the mayor still has a lot of work to do in the next 12 months to avoid the Auditor-General raising a serious red flag, as she did back in 2012 when she signed off on the council’s first 10-year budget and noted, “the significant level of uncertainty” around funding for the project. This year the mayor needs to forget his big political push to fast-track the City Rail Link and focus solely on coming up with acceptable funding solutions — and that means not just putting it all on the tab!

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I wrote some months ago about the government’s plans to use Gladstone Park as a Treaty of Waitangi settlement for a Coromandel-based iwi grouping, Marutuahu. This has caused a lot of concern amongst local residents. This prompted a press release, from the Minister of Treaty Settlements Chris Finlayson (also made on behalf of Mayor Len Brown) stating, “some people have alleged Gladstone Park will be commercially developed and intensified. This is not true, I can assure the Parnell community that Gladstone Park will always remain a reserve, and will not be subject to intensification or commercial development.” On one level the Minister’s statement is reassuring – though he later went on to complain about ‘misinformation’ - raising questions about his own credibility. These are the facts. On 5 August last year the Office of Treaty Settlements wrote to the Council announcing the proposed transfer of the Fred Ambler lookout recreation reserve in Parnell for ‘cultural redress’ as a part of comprehensive package of treaty settlements across the Auckland region and went on “The Crown also intends to transfer the land at 27 Balfour Road, [the Parnell Community Trust Childcare Centre] and 110 Gladstone Road [the Parnell Tennis Club] to the Marutuahu Iwi as commercial redress on a deferred selection basis.” Adding, “Both the vesting of the land in Auckland Council and the current reserve classification would be revoked as part of the transfer.” It is good that the Minister is now is backing away from this approach but rather less worthy of him to talk about ‘misinformation’. The community will make up its own mind about that. But this also raises valid questions about the credibility of the Minister’s (and Mayor’s) promises that the land ‘will always remain a reserve.’ Especially as it appears the intention is still to transfer the ownership of the land to Marutuahu. The fact is there is no ‘in perpetuity’ clause for retention of reserve classifications within the Reserves Act 1977. Ministers and Mayors come and go but ‘ownership is 9/10ths of the law’. If Marutuahu gets to own the land presumably it will have the right of any owner to lift classifications or even sell the land on to a third party - which will certainly enable the high rise development neighbours rightfully fear. In regard to Marutuahu (the individual tribes of which are all getting their own Treaty settlements), all my advice is that its historical connection to Parnell is tenuous – moreover it has never been explained how the Treaty of Waitangi was breached in this case. I have written to the Minister and Mayor reminding them both that the people of Parnell are watching with close interest how their commitments are going to be kept.

Mike Lee Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf

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A LADY OF PRINCIPLE Words: Jamie Christian Deplaces

Jeremy, a musician and head-groundsman of the school, stops to chat about his involvement in a recent concert. The pupils, he jokes, didn’t recognise him out of his uniform. He tells me Heather McRae is New Zealand’s best principal. Her resume is certainly an impressive one. McRae is on the Executive of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools and on the Executive of the Independent Schools of New Zealand. Before Diocesan, she was head of Pakuranga College. McRae has worked as Principal and Director of Curriculum at the Western Academy of Beijing and served as a consultant for the Sultan of Brunei, a role which involved scouring the globe to find the best and brightest for his International School. Heather found Kiwi teachers are held in very high regard abroad. Her first teaching position was at a coeducational state secondary school in

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Hamilton, where she was given charge of kids from more challenging backgrounds. “You couldn’t do the things you could with others,” says Heather. “Their upbringing was so different to mine – some of their experiences were shocking – they were amazing and it taught me so much about what it means to be a teacher. To get through to kids you need that personal knowledge of who they really are. I look back on those years as a very rich time of my life.” What attributes are most important for a teacher? “They must enjoy life and love what they are doing. There should be a passion in the way they present themselves and their approach to work. Some teachers have a warmth, an approachability that makes pupils feel comfortable about conversing with them about life. Teaching is not just about gifting children knowledge, but inspiring them to do something incredible with what they have learnt.”

McRae says the girls must leave Diocesan as “great people who are both knowledgeable and ethical.” An ethics centre has been created, and a leadership programme has been added to the curriculum: “Many girls wanted the prefects’ job, but it was the title they wanted rather than the leadership role. Our programme instils in the girls that leadership comes from within. It’s not about who has the loudest voice or nicest clothes.” Interest in design and digital fields is encouraged, as is involvement in all sports, through which, Heather believes, pupils learn the greatest of life lessons, from teamwork through to dealing with both victory and loss: “Our philosophy is to create girls who know themselves and who have a strong sense of who they are. We want them to make a difference in the world by applying the knowledge and the values which they have gained.” Meet Heather McRae and her team at their Open Day, Saturday 22 March 10.00am-12.30pm


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Strolling through the manicured grounds of Diocesan School for Girls, pupils stop to greet their principal, Heather McRae. She acknowledges them all with a smile and kind words. Heather doesn’t know every single girl’s name, but she’s “working on it.” She says she was a good pupil, occupied by sport (and still is, with five marathons under her belt), and later fell in love with science. She wanted to share that love with others so became a teacher. “You can change the birth-rate of an entire nation simply by educating girls for an extra year,” says McRae. “Education is so exciting.”






Two special guests will be at Highwic’s Plant Fair (March 16) this year.

Online florist Bloom & Wild has created a special letterbox size packaging which preserves the freshly cut stems inside.

Lynda Hallinan – Editor at Large of New Zealand Gardener magazine, columnist and gardening blogger extraordinaire, will have a stall at this specialty event designed for keen gardeners and plant collectors.

It may be easy to send seeds, and even a foldable kit to grow them indoors, through the post — but flowers have to be hand-delivered due to their fragile nature. That is until online florist Bloom & Wild came along, with its special letterbox size packaging which preserves the freshly cut stems inside.

Lynda will give a free talk to people attending the Plant Fair and will also be selling some plant stock and produce from her Hunua property.

Customers simply choose the flowers they’d like to buy or send as a gift — from single species to special mixes selected by the UK-based company — and choose an address to send it to. The flowers are then cut to order and the bouquet is delivered for free as a 1st class parcel. Rather than having to ensure someone is at the address to receive it, the flowers are carefully fitted inside cardboard packaging that can easily fit through a standard mailbox. Particularly delicate blooms are protected with netting and water capsules are included to keep them hydrated. All the recipient has to do is to arrange them and enjoy them for over a week. Bouquets start from GBP 13.95.

Alexa Johnston – author of the iconic Ladies, A Plate series of books, will also be there to talk about the best fruits and veges to use as preserves and jams; the subject of her most recent book. She will have personally autographed copies on sale. “As well as these entertaining and knowledgeable people, the Plant Fair offers all manner of special treasures. Rare perennials, bulbs, shrubs, trees, vegetables and flowers,” says the manager of Highwic, Cheryl Laurie.

Last year, one of the most popular items was slices of bright orange French market pumpkin, and Alan Clarke – ‘the pumpkin man’ – will be back again with his seasonal produce. Purchasers will have a chance to speak first hand with a group of incredibly knowledgeable growers such as Kellydale Nurseries, selling rare bulbs; Sandra Simpson who specialises in Clivias; Russell Hutton with his orchids, and other growers selling tropical plants, bromeliads, tsillandias, perennials and more. Some of the growers will also give short talks on their product, including cultivation tips and new varieties. Refreshment will be available at the pop up cafe. The fair runs from 8.30am – 4pm, furthermore, leave yourself time to view the beautiful historic house and gardens.


Entry to Highwic Plant Fair will cost $10 per adult (including NZHPT members); children are free. Includes house entry.

Farmer’s Fridge is a vending machine that delivers healthy, gourmet meals made from fresh, high quality ingredients each morning. Vending machine food isn’t typically known as an example of fine dining, instead serving to provide a quick fix when customers can’t get their hands on some proper food. Farmer’s Fridge is now hoping to do the same for salads — creating healthy, gourmet meals from fresh, high quality ingredients each morning, delivered through vending machines. The Chicago-based startup collects fresh produce direct from local farms each morning and begins making the day’s salads, breakfast pots and health snacks at 5am. By 10am, the meals are ready and loaded into the touchscreen-enabled kiosk, with any leftovers from the previous day packed up and donated to a foodbank. The first Farmer’s Fridge kiosk is currently located in The Loop in Chicago, although the team are set to offer the service in more locations in the near future. How else can vending machines be updated to cater for consumers that demand higher quality products? Get your thinking caps on!

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PET-OWNER BOND Words: Megan Alderson, The Strand Veterinarian

The birth of a baby is said to be a life changing experience, where primate brain, once focused on life’s necessities to feed and shelter, shifts gear into misty-eyed obsession for a familial bundle….but what if the baby is covered with fur? Do we get the same, overwhelming feeling of contentment, social recognition and kinship if our chosen mammalian progeny has four legs instead of two? Maternal bonding (or paternal in many cases) is essential to the survival of all mammals. Human babies, with their undeveloped brain, can effectively focus their primal systems on finding food, warmth and attention that will keep them alive. Using primitive brain systems, babies learn their mother’s voice, odour and face while mirror neurons prompt mimicry — creating ‘the first smile’ further endearing them to their doting caregivers. How can nature induce this bizarre attitude change from selfishly independent individual to enthusiastic advocate of a ground hog day existence — the answer is oxytocin. Oxytocin, a neurohormone produced in the brain’s hypothalamus, was first identified in 1902 when scientists noted its action on the muscles producing labour contractions. It was quickly dubbed the ‘female

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