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WELLINGTON WOMAN MAGAZINE

FOCUS ON – EMOTIONAL ABUSE

Two women tackling the issue head on

WORKPLACE UPDATE Stuck in a rut? Advice to get you out of it

MUSEUM, REVISITED Inside the QT Museum Wellington

THE CLASS OF 2017 A new crop of young leaders

THE RESIDENT An interview with Lucy Revill “I think millennials get a bad rep, when really we’re working incredibly hard.”

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Contents WELCOME TO ISSUE ONE, 2017

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Class of 2017

Prepair NZ

Workplace Update

The Resident

Meet the city’s young, female leaders!

Two young woman setting out to tackle the tricky subject of emtional abuse in teens.

Stuck in a rut a work? Our experts provide some great tips on getting ahead.

An interview with the ultimate Wellingtonain, Lucy Revill.

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Seasonal Tides

Sweet Seventeen

An Iconic Rebrand

Lunch Break

Autumn fashion favourites set against the rugged southern coast.

We set two 17-year-olds loose in Recycle Boutique to prove fashion doesn’t have to cost the earth.

A look inside the new QT Museum Wellington.

Kate from Tomboy knocks it out of the park with some great lunchtime ideas.

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From the Editor Bring on 2017

EDITOR, LAUREN MANN

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elcome back! I hope you’ve had a good start to the year.

The Wellington Woman team and I have been flat-tack getting this issue together. It’s our biggest one yet and we’re really proud of it. One of my favourite pieces in the issue is our ‘Class of 2017’ spread. We ran a similar story last year and had such positive feedback that we decided to bring it back. This year we brought together all 25 head girls in the region for an afternoon. It was really fun and I want to thank each of the girls, their families and their schools for helping to make it happen. Planning for the shoot sparked conversations among the Wellington Woman team about our own schooling experiences. I went to Wellington Girls’ College and for me, the whole experience has faded into a blur but the memories that do stand out, other than the Year 13 Ball, revolve around the teachers I had there. I had a lot of great teachers, but two had a really profound impact on me. The first was Mr. Watson, my history teacher. I think it was physically impossible to be bored in one of his classes because it was never just about trying to memorise a list of facts or events. Instead it was about understanding the stories and going along on adventures with these great historical characters. Plus on Friday last period he let us watch David Starkey documentaries. The other teacher who I will always remember was Ms. Henjyoji. She was tough, but fair. I think she was the first person to introduce the concept of feminism to me, I have this memory of her writing women spelled with a ‘y’ on the board. It’s interesting to look back, a decade out of college and see just how much those two people have played a part in shaping my life. Lucy Revill is our cover woman for this issue. You may know her from her blog ‘The Residents’. It was great to sit down with Lucy and get a better understand around the amount of effort it takes to run a blog. Far more goes into it than you would think and it’s great to see a young woman pushing herself and creating her own opportunities. I’m looking forward to a great 2017 in Wellington!

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My goal for 2017 is: We just bought a new house, so my goal this year is to be a house renovation pro by the end of the year! If I could give my 17-year-old self one piece of advice, it would be: Be confident in who you are. And don’t be too hard on yourself. The most important thing I learned at school was: My love of design wouldn’t have started without a good grounding at high school. I loved anything to do with art, photography, design, classics and art history. Having great teachers taught me the importance of good mentors. My favourite teacher was: Mrs Coulter - the art and design teacher. She was very inspiring.

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Home & Lifestyle Editor My goal for 2017 is: My goal for this year is to schedule more time into my diary to see friends and have fun I also made some sort of commitment to trying to go to Pilates early in the morning as opposed to the evening class which I regularly can not make because something comes up....I’ll let you know how I go. If I could give my 17-year-old self one piece of advice, it would be: I would tell myself to believe you can do anything, and if you instincts tell you to go for something, do it, you are probably right. I think I am only mastering the art of following my instincts without any doubts in my 30’s and it’s great.

The most important thing I learned at school was: I learnt at school that I loved people, I wasn’t one for reading but I loved talking and listening. My favourite teacher was: Mrs Goodge told me that I would most likely be Prime Minster one day in a lesson, I was 8 years old and it was something I always thought was a possibility after hearing it. She was a very strict Welsh lady so I really believed her, she had a great impression on me.

KATE MARINKOVICH

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My goal for 2017 is: Learn Pottery. If I could give my 17-year-old self one piece of advice, it would be: Don’t go to New Plymouth, go straight to Sydney.

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The most important thing I learned at school was: How to be nice to everybody and how to do liquid eyeliner. My favourite teacher was: Mrs Green from St Mary’s College.

LUCY AITCHISON

Graphic Designer

My goal for 2017 is: To be a full time graphic designer. If I could give my 17-year-old self one piece of advice, it would be: I would go back and be my own personal stylist some of those outfits I wore! The most important thing I learned at school was: How to be kind and accepting. My favourite teacher was: Mrs Hall, my art history teacher, because she not only taught the subject but, also valuable life lessons.


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18 JANE DANIELS AUTUMN/WINTER SHOW An afternoon of bubbles, canapes and fashion await at Pravda Café. Join the team from Jane Daniels for a viewing of the 2017 winter collection, inspired by Russia. Saturday 18th March, 11am 107 Customhouse Quay Tickets $25 available at Jane Daniels 97c Customhouse Quay, 04 473 7400 www.janedaniels.co.nz

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18-19 CANCER SOCIETY’S RELAY FOR LIFE This will be The Cancer Society Wellington’s 15th Relay For Life. a chance to celebrate cancer survivors and carers; remember loved ones lost to cancer and fight back by raising awareness and funds to support the work of the Cancer Society. Relay For Life is for all ages and fitness levels, anyone can take part to celebrate, remember and fight back!

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22-25 CARMEN WITH L’ARLÉSIENNE Two landmark works of 20th century dance, never before performed in New Zealand, are here given their first performances by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Combining explosive drama with high-voltage technique, this programme of two iconic works by French master-choreographer Roland Petit (1924 – 2011) will be a white-hot start to the RNZB’s 2017 season. St James Theatre www.rnzb.org.nz

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25 CUBADUPA 2017 CubaDupa brings all walks of life together in an immersive experience to ‘Get On Up’ during the day or ‘Get On Down’ in the evening – restaurants and cafes will spill into the streets to create a culinary cacophony; people will flow through the streets and lane-ways, exploring the myriad of spaces filled with activity, music, dance, circus, theatre, and installation. www.cubadupa.co.nz

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1-2 SOUTHEAST ASIAN NIGHT MARKET Ten member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) combine to bring you delicious food, colourful crafts and non-stop entertainment from Indonesian puppetry to Malaysian tea pulling. Wellington Waterfront 4pm www.asianz.org.nz


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DINOSAURS AT WELLINGTON BOTANIC GARDENS Get up close and personal with our friendly T-rex, Velociraptor, Dilophosaurus and meet some baby dinosaurs. Learn about the dinosaurs, plants, and trees which lived millions of years ago in our ancient continent of Gondwana. Ideal for kids aged 4 - 12 years old. This amazing kids event also includes sieving for real fossil sharks teeth, (keep the best one you find!), kids dinosaur tattoos, and making fossils. Wellington Botanic Garden 10:30am, 1pm, 3pm www.eventfinder.co.nz

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The greatest South African/New Zealand comedian this world has ever seen, Urzila Carlson will lead the charge introducing audiences to an electrifying line-up of topclass local and international comedians that are turning up to celebrate the Comedy Fest’s 25th year.

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In need of inspiration? How lucky we are to have our schools represented by bright and brilliant young women. The future is female!


'The Class of…' is back for another year! This time we brought 25 head students together in a classroom to chat about leadership, role models, future goals and advice they would give their younger selves. It’s clear to see why all of the young women we interviewed were chosen to represent their schools and we wish we had the room to publish all of the answers they gave. Special thanks to the students, the schools and their families for making the trip to see us and to Wellington Girls’ College for providing the venue.

Renee Grant Head Girl | Heretaunga College What are your plans for the future? “I’m planning to go to university next year and study health sciences, then go into medicine. After that I want to travel and volunteer somewhere like Cambodia or another developing country. I’ve travelled throughout Asia quite a bit, I really liked it especially Cambodia. This year I’m going on a mission trip to Thailand to work with endangered elephants and with school children.” If you could go back and tell your ‘Year-Nine’ self one piece of advice, what would it be? “I would tell myself to participate in everything! In year nine I didn’t really do anything and I feel like I could have enjoyed myself more if I had put myself out there and tried new things. I think I was scared. Rihanna has a quote ‘Never a failure, always a lesson’ and I try to live by that. Last year I participated in everything I could and loved it!

Jacqueline Valentine-Ramsden Head Girl | Hutt Valley High School

Shania Stapp Head Girl | Bishop Viard College

Who is someone that inspires you?

What are your plans for the future?

“I’m so inspired by Serena Williams. My granddad first showed her to me when I was about 7 or 8 and honestly, I thought she was a princess! She had these big hoop earrings and long manicured nails but was serving at 200km an hour! She is unapologetically herself, strong and feminine. I’m in awe of her.”

“I want to go to university and study Psychology in Education, my mum has inspired me to want to do this. She’s my foundation and is really big on education, she wasn’t successful in school so she pushed all of her kids to be successful and it’s gotten me to where I am today. I couldn’t have done all of this without her.”

Do you have a quote that means something to you and why?

If you could go back and tell your ‘Year-Nine’ self one piece of advice, what would it be?

“Aung San Suu Kyi says, ‘Do nothing, get nothing.’ I really like that quote because it reminds me that you have to work for what you want. Other people can help you along the way but you have to be willing to chase after what you want and do the work yourself.”

“To not be afraid. When I started I was afraid of people who are older than me and I thought they had it all worked out. One of my favourite quotes is, ‘Success encounters failure, you can’t succeed without failing.’ When I started school I was too afraid of failing so I didn’t try everything. Now it’s different.”


Analisa Manuel Head Girl | Naenae College Who is someone that inspires you? “My aunty Maree, she has the heart for other people. She has been through a lot but is always looking out for other people. She has four kids but still manages to provide for others — if anyone needs a place to stay or some love and support she’s the person to go to. I really want to be like that. Another person I look up to is Alicia Hart, she was head girl when I was year nine and was really cool. She took the time to get to know people and still says hello and asks about school when I see her around.” If you could go back and tell your ‘Year-Nine’ self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Catherine Alvarez Head Girl | Sacred Heart College Who is someone that inspires you? “I really look up to Euphrasie Barbier. She established the RNDM Mission Sisters who also established my school, Sacred Heart College. I never really knew how brave and strong she was until I was doing some research on our school and its founders. She was a frail, unassuming French woman who had a strong desire to give back. She travelled all the way across the world and set up Sacred Heart College to give girls opportunities she wished she’d had. I owe a lot to this little French nun who wouldn’t take no for an answer!” Do you have a quote that means something to you and why?

“I would tell year nines not to shy away from opportunities, sometimes they only come around once and it’s good to try everything.”

“I watched the live-action Cinderella movie and a quote that stuck with me was ‘have courage and be kind’. I love it because it is so concise yet powerful. Even if I feel as though nothing is going my way, I just think if I’m courageous in what I believe in and kind to others, then the sky’s the limit. More than anything, I just want to be a good person and lead by example to others. There is enough anger and ugliness in the world so if I can spread some love and joy I will in some way be counteracting that.”

Brooke Kinajil-Moran Head Girl | Wellington Girls’ College

Deborah Kirisome Head Girl | Mana College

Who is someone that inspires you?

Do you have a quote that means something to you and why?

“I’ve looked up to Helen Clark. When she was Prime Minister and even now, people have always tried to put her into this box of what they think a female leader should be and she’s always resisted it. I think people have been pretty awful to her about how she presents herself as a female but she’s stuck to her guns about who she is and what she is about, I really admire that about her. I also look up to our other head girl Katie, she’s the kindest and most calm person I’ve met. I love working alongside her and hope to learn from her this year.”

“A quote I love is, ‘Don’t ever try to fit in when God is clearly creating you to stand out.’ It’s such a kiwi thing and I think sometimes we’re all so worried about fitting in with the right group, especially at school, that we can forget why we are there. That’s why I am really inspired by people like Malala Yousafzai, she understands how important education is, for her and for girls all around the world.”

Do you have a quote that means something to you and why?

“I’m planning to study nursing. Some of my family members have had cancer and being in the hospital, seeing the work that the nurses do has inspired me to want to be able to help people in the same way. Another dream of mine is to learn to fly, I’d love to be a pilot!”

“I like the quote, ‘Don’t wait for a leader, look in the mirror instead.’ I feel like when people talk about leadership or leadership qualities, it’s automatically assumed they’re talking about the loudest and most extroverted people, but I’ve never been that extroverted. Leadership qualities are subjective and anyone can be a leader — it’s about using the skills you have to guide and help people. “

What are your plans for the future?


Johannah Katene-Burge Head Girl | Kāpiti College Who is someone that inspires you? “Our school has two Maori engagement coordinators within the staff, Stacey Morgan and Nicole Hawkins, who are amazing! Together they are the “Morkins” that always have time for our students, staff, culture and our marae. It really is beneficial having that relationship outside of your family that you can look to for support. At college we have our Marae, Kapiti. You’ll find that these two wahine (women) are always about, providing their time, skills and resources as well as running our latest Maori leadership council, Te Waka Rangatahi alongside Matua Paora Trim. These guys are driven to uplift Te Ao Maori and inspire me to do the same!” What are your plans for the future? “Presently I’m leaning towards AUT. I want to do a conjoint degree, a BA in Arts in Maori development, majoring in Te Reo with a BA in business, majoring in management. My plan is to go back and work in my Iwi industry, Wakatu Incorporation. They manage things like our whenua (land), moana (sea), tangata (people) and Marae; that’s what I’m all about! Giving back is giving forward; aroha mai, aroha atu.”

Ruby Medilicott WERO Leader (Whānau, Respect, Excellent and Ora) | Wellington High School Who is someone that inspires you? “I really look up to Eva McGauley she was in our year at school and a few years ago she was diagnosed with cancer. She’s had a real journey with that and in spite of her illness she managed to raise $50,000 for victims of sexual assault. There are so many people who are victims of sexual assault and they don’t know where to turn, she’s making a difference, despite not having it so easy herself. She’s interning with the Green Party and it’s so inspirational because she defines herself by what she has done, rather than what has happened to her.” What are your plans for the future? “I’m planning on going to Otago and study Law or Psychology, or both — those are the subjects I’m really interested in. My dream is to travel during the uni holidays and work as a ski instructor, I love skiing but there aren’t many females in the field so it would be cool to do something like that.”

Greta Healy-Melhuish Head Girl | Wellington East Girls’ College

Christina Lafaele Head Girl | Porirua College

Who is someone that inspires you?

Do you have a quote that means something to you and why?

“I look up to Jacinda Arden, she’s a great role model because she’s an advocate for young women going out and seeking opportunities. She stands for great things and I’ve always looked up to her. Tavi Gevinson is also really cool, she started an online magazine for girls when she was 15 and it’s a great resource for teenage girls, by teenage girls, that shine a light on feminism.”

“ ‘I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me.’ Philippians Chapter 4, Vs 13. I really like it because I feel as though I can actually do anything through Him through prayers.”

If you could go back and tell your ‘Year-Nine’ self one piece of advice, what would it be?

“I’m going to study physical education. My cousin Lesi studied physical education in Otago, I really look up to her. I’m looking at either at Otago University or in Australia because my family is moving there. I’m keen to work and travel at the same time. My Aunt Mercy works for Air New Zealand and travels the world; I sort of want to do that as well!”

“Be brave, be resilient and it will work out in the end. It’s still advice that I need to take now. If I’m brave I know everything will be for the best and I don’t need to sweat anything.”

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Joana Wilson Pulepule Head Girl | Aotea College Who is someone that inspires you? “Obviously my mum! But I also look up to Lauren Hill the singer. I love that she’s not mainstream and that she has stayed true to who she is. I think that she is a really good role model for younger women, she’s bold and courageous, she speaks the truth and that can be confronting for some people but she does it anyway.” What do you think it means to be a good leader? “I think good leadership isn’t me or I or myself, instead I think it is about about we, together and us. I believe in working hard in silence and letting your success be your voice. As a leader you should always be prepared and what you practise in private will show in public.”

Lauren Jack WERO Leader (Whānau, Respect, Excellent and Ora) | Wellington High School Who is someone that inspires you? “I’m really inspired by Eva McGauley, She is from my school and has cancer. She started Eva’s Wish and is using her remaining time to helping the victims of sexual abuse. I shaved my head to help with that. She’s raised $50,000 for HELP. I have two friends I met in Germany, Chantelle from Jordan and Hannah from Canada. They inspire me because although they haven’t had the easiest lives they’ve powered through and are incredibly intelligent, kind, and talented.” What do you think it means to be a good leader? “I think a good leader is someone who gives a voice to those who aren’t always heard — the minority as well as the majority. A good leader has to be able to represent other people and stand up to fight for what they think is right. I do boxing and in my gym they have this big quote painted across the wall ‘Fight like a girl’ I think about that a lot, I use it to prove what I’m capable of.”

Harriett Morrow Head Girl | Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

Emily McLean Head Girl | Tawa College

What do you think it means to be a good leader?

Who is someone that inspires you?

“I think being a good leader means always thinking about all members of the team, especially those that like to hide in the corner, because often they have the best ideas! It’s important to lead from within the group, rather than charge out and try to do it all yourself. I also think you need to be resilient, as it often takes several failed attempts before you succeed at something. I have two older brothers who have helped in that department! I really look up to them both, they have very good values and have taught me a lot about leadership.”

“I really look up to Emma Watson, she uses her fame for bettering the world. She’s into feminism and getting boys into feminism, which is really cool. I also love how she walked the red carpet wearing a dress made out of recycled plastic bottles, she isn’t afraid to care about the bigger issues.”

If you could go back and tell your ‘Year-Nine’ self one piece of advice, what would it be? “I would tell myself to just relax and go with the flow a little more. My recent experience at Outward Bound definitely helped me with this! There is no way to control everything, so get stuck in and give everything a go, which is exactly what I did in year 9!”

Do you have a quote that means something to you and why? “One of my favourite quotes is ‘Never leave the key to happiness in someone else’s pocket.’ It’s important because I think young girls’ self esteem can be quite low. The age in which people get into relationships is quite young and people can feel like they’re nothing if they’re not being validated by a boyfriend and I think it is really important to just love yourself and make yourself happy.”


Katie Daly Head Girl | Samuel Marsden Collegiate Whitby

Tara Cleverley Head Girl | Wellington East Girls’ College

Who is someone that inspires you?

Who is someone that inspires you?

“The female staff at my school are amazing. In the subjects I take, the staff are mostly women and I love how they are so nurturing and encouraging while being so educated in their fields. They really believe in you and want you to succeed. It makes you want to work harder because you know you’ve got these people who care about your success.”

“My mum. She’s the strongest person I know. She is Samoan, and was raised in a village there. Her father had a stroke when she was 11 so had to go up to the plantation every day to work their land. Her mother knew that education was the only way out to a better life, so she needed to gain a scholarship. She studied medicine in Papua New Guinea, and then in Australia. Before she returned home to see her family, her Mum died and she became an orphan at 23. She was studying by herself in Australia and she had to build up her foundations after the closest person in her life had gone. I really respect and admire her for that.”

If you could go back and tell your ‘Year-Nine’ self one piece of advice, what would it be? “I would say not to stress about the small things, everything is going to work out. Looking back I wouldn’t change anything, I think the universe gives you what you need and not what you want. Sometimes things don’t go as you plan but for me they’ve always worked out for the better in the long run.”

Do you have a quote that means something to you and why? “ ‘To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.’ — Oscar Wilde. It inspires me to live life to the fullest and really seize opportunities and be constantly learning — about the world and my place in it.”

Jemima Gillingham Head Girl | Chilton Saint James School

Gabriella De Gregorio Head Girl | Saint Catherine’s College

Do you have a quote that means something to you and why?

Who is someone that inspires you?

“One of the quotes I love is from Mother Teresa, ‘Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love.’ It’s a good reminder that you don’t need to be someone famous or powerful to make a difference and even if you are just helping one person, for one day, you’re creating change.”

“There is this mother-daughter duo, Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum, they have a YouTube channel called StyleLikeU and they film diverse stories on women. They’re really empowering, each video is on a different women and subject, it’s really interesting to see all those different stories.”

What are your plans for the future?

What do you think it means to be a good leader?

“I’m really into science as well as the social sciences, I always have been. I think I am going to study health science and look at going into either medicine or bioethics. I think bio-ethics could be really interesting as it’s a blend of the subjects I like at school.”

“I think to be a good leader, you need to learn to lead from behind, it’s not just who has the loudest voice but it’s the strength of all voices. We all rise by lifting up others and in order for a school or a community to change and improve; we need to support each other. Change doesn’t happen with one person, it takes a sisterhood.”


Minnie Kim Head Girl | Upper Hutt College Who is someone that inspires you? “I really look up to my mum. She was born in a third world country and didn’t have any money but worked so hard. Everything she has done has been to give my brother and me the best education, opportunities and life possible. I wouldn’t be Head Girl without her support. Next year I’m planning to study engineering at the University of Canterbury on an Honours Scholarship. I wouldn’t have that opportunity if it wasn’t for her. Do you have a quote that means something to you and why?

Elise Natoli Head Girl | St Mary’s College Who is someone that inspires you? “I really looked up to our last head girl, Alice Tinawi, especially towards the end of the year when I really got to know her. She’s so humble, especially with all she has achieved including getting DUX last year. She told me once that you shouldn’t judge yourself against past leaders, every person is different and will always bring something different to the role so you can’t base your abilities on previous girls.” Do you have a quote that means something to you and why?

“I like the quote, ‘No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent’. Sometimes in college, people can make you feel down, not everyone is nice all of the time and you just have to remember who you are and to keep going.”

“J. K. Rowling said, ‘It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case you fail by default.’ I love that quote because it shows me that it is okay to fail and a lot of times in life you have to fail first but that’s what makes your successes so much greater.”

Georgia Taylor Head Prefect | Queen Margaret College

Katie Fenton Head Girl | Wellington Girls’ College

Who is someone that inspires you?

Who is someone that inspires you?

“I’m a big fan of Frida Kahlo! I think she’s an incredible artist and I love her work. I also really admire her as a person — throughout her whole life she never stopped being herself, she pushed boundaries and stood up for herself and what she believed in.”

“I’m inspired by Beatrice Tinsley, she was a female astronomer in the 1950s and she helped to pave the way for young female astronomers. She had to separate from her family and move to Texas to continue her work. I really admire that sacrifice, obviously it would have been hard for her but she saw the opportunity to be something different and took it.”

What do you think it means to be a good leader?

If you could go back and tell your ‘Year-Nine’ self one piece of advice, what would it be?

“Earlier this year I found a quote from Maya Angelou ‘People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ It really resonated with me and has come into my personal stance on leadership. I think a good leader inspires people to do better but also to feel better about themselves, and that’s what I strive for.”

“When I was in year nine I was really worried about how I would be judged. I didn’t do the things I wanted, like rowing or rugby because I was scared I wouldn’t be good enough, but now I realise you have to start somewhere. My dad is rugby mad and he always says ‘little steps get the scrum over the line’. It’s important to remember that, especially when everything can seem so overwhelming in year nine.”


Olive Sua Head Girl | Taita College

Tessa Thomson Head Girl | Paraparaumu College

Who is someone that inspires you?

Who is someone that inspires you?

“My mum, she has been my rock and best friend since day one! I’m also so inspired by Parris Goebel. She’s a Kiwi girl and Pacific Islander making it big all over the world. I love how she takes a stand for art, most people look at it as just a hobby but she’s made it into this big time career. She’s bringing so many people with her on her way up, showing them that you can head out of New Zealand and into the big wide world. She is just awesome.”

“Someone that really inspires me is Mrs Stonehouse who is a teacher from our school. She had breast cancer a couple of years ago and I’ve always been amazed by how strong she is. She’s there for everyone, she’s funny and she’s kind. On top of that she’s a really great teacher.”

Do you have a quote that means something to you and why?

“I’ve always wanted to be a veterinarian. I grew up on a small little farm, I love animals and taking care of them has always been a passion of mine. I really love science as well so another option could be a doctor, as long as I’m doing something medical, I’ll be happy!”

“Michelle Obama said, ‘Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.’ I connected to it because when I was running for head girl I think some people thought I only wanted it for the perks, but I wanted it because I really care about my school, I want to make a difference. Eventually I want to be a drama teacher and give back even more.”

What are your plans for the future?


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Preparing the next generation Psychological abuse in young women WRITTEN BYLAUREN MANN

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rene Wakefield was was in her early twenties when she discovered what psychological abuse was. Killing time at the airport by skimming through an article on abuse, she started to match behaviours she had experienced in her own past relationship with traits discussed in the piece. “No one told me at school, no one.” Irene says. “We touched on sexual and physical abuse, but not the emotional and mental stuff, the stuff that can lead to physical abuse.” Irene is not alone in her experience, each year more than 5000 New Zealanders between the ages of 13–24 report cases of psychological abuse to the police with it being estimated that only 30% of instances are actually reported. This type of abuse is the most common form of violence experienced by most women, according to Women’s Refuge. Psychological abuse, sometimes referred to as emotional or mental abuse, can present itself in different ways, sometimes involving a pattern of verbal, threatening, criticism or bullying as well as more insidious behaviours such as intimidation, manipulation or shaming. Psychological abuse covers a range of behaviours including playing mind games, making threats, smashing personal

months later she was joined by Olivia Leach after the pair met at a BodyLove retreat. “Irene had spoken a little about what she had been through and what she was doing at the retreat — we had this moment where our eyes met and I knew then that she understood what I had been through in my own life.” Olivia says. “I think we both thought that the word ‘abuse’ was reserved for those who had experienced physical violence, I didn’t have the education around the different types of abuse to understand that it was happening to me and it wasn’t ok.” She adds. Irene and Olivia, who are young women themselves, are determined to be the people they needed when they were growing up. The aim is to prepare young women for healthy relationships and give them the skill set to recognise the warning signs of early abusive behaviour. “In a nutshell, we define Prepair as an educational prevention strategy and we’ve chosen to work with young women because we are also young women who have experienced abuse and we can relate to being young and in school, trying to study, prepare for a career and all of those added stressors.” Says Irene. “Our goal is to equip women with the information they need, before it’s too late.”

“I think we both thought that the word ‘abuse’ was reserved for those who had experienced physical violence, I didn’t have the education around the different types of abuse to understand that it was happening to me and it wasn’t ok.” belongings or doing anything that causes fear. In most cases it begins slowly and intensifies overtime, normalising the behaviour within the relationship and trapping the woman in a cycle of fear and manipulation. Often behavioural patterns will escalate and become violent. Physical violence rarely exists without a pattern of emotional and mental abuse preceding it. Speaking about her own experience, Irene says “The behaviours I accepted from my partner, were socially acceptable to a degree within my peer group, jokes were made about lesser versions of abuse and it sort of normalised it for us — no one took it seriously.” For Irene, those behaviours included being hassled about what she chose to wear or having to ask permission to hang out with her friends. Her online activity was monitored and posts that she ‘liked’ became the source of an argument. “I figured out a way to change myself to keep him happy, I thought things that were happening were because of me and not him, but in doing that I made myself so unhappy.” She says. In December of 2015, Irene launched Prepair NZ, an educational prevention strategy for domestic abuse that aims to teach young women aged 13–24 about healthy relationships. Six

A huge part of the Prepair ethos is centred on self-love and appreciation. Both women talk about how finding your self worth and value from another person or a relationship can be detrimental and the first half of their workshops focus on this. “The most important relationship you need is with yourself — if you don’t respect and love yourself you can’t have a healthy relationship.” Irene explains. Prepair has been holding workshops since the beginning of 2016 and the results have been promising. Women have travelled from as far as Palmerston North for the two day course, with Irene and Olivia receiving positive feedback from the attendees. They are in the process of rolling the courses out to schools across the country. More workshops are planned and Irene is looking to take the programme into schools across the region. Prepair workshops consist of two ninety minute sessions or a half day session and have three parts. The first component is how to have a healthy relationship with yourself, followed by how to have a healthy relationship with others, and finally being able to recognise the early signs of abuse and knowing what to do if you experience or witness them.


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No two relationships are the same, so what’s unhealthy in one relationship may be abusive in another. Although there are many signs to pay attention to in a relationship, look for these common warning signs of dating abuse: • Checking cell phones, emails or social networks without permission • Extreme jealousy or insecurity • Constant belittling or put-downs • Explosive temper • Isolation from family and friends • Making false accusations • Erratic mood swings • Physically inflicting pain or hurt in any way • Possessiveness • Telling someone what to do • Repeatedly pressuring someone to have sex

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“We just want young people to have healthy relationships, with themselves and with others and we want to provide good quality information about mental and emotional abuse.” The workshops are small, with a maximum of 25 students. This gives each attendee a chance to be heard and allows indepth discussions to take place in a safe environment. Prepair uses social media to connect with their audience, mainly Instagram, Facebook and YouTube where the pair flood newsfeeds with not only strong and empowering messages, but also information and warning signs on early abuse. Recently Prepair launched a Valentines Day campaign #LoveEveryday, further promoting their message of finding love within, instead of searching for it extrinsically. The campaign was really well received and there are plans for more. Earlier this year, Irene was a participant of ‘Live the Dream’, a nine week programme that is run by the company, Inspiring Stories. The programme helps young New Zealanders develop entrepreneurial skills and make a difference in the world. Prepair NZ has also met with other domestic violence organisations such as ‘It’s not OK’, a group that focuses on later stage abuse. “We just want young people to have healthy relationships, with themselves and with others and we want to provide good quality information about mental and emotional abuse.” Prepair NZ e. hello@prepair.com w. prepair.com @prepairnz

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tuck in a bit of a rut at work? Former AuditorGeneral, Lyn Provost, Chief Executive of Wellington Zoo, Karen Fifield and Anne Buttar, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Wonderland Firm PR all know a thing or two about getting ahead a work. We’ve asked these three Wellington women to share some of their tips on success, so that you can make 2017 your year

HOW TO MAKE A JOB YOUR OWN Lyn: “I am a strong believer in setting your goals for the role you are doing. If the mission, values and objectives of the organisation you work for match your own goals and values, the job will seem easier. It is usually sensible to share your goals with your manager.” Anne: “In the past when I wanted to make a job my own, I usually walked in on the first day searching for those I would collaborate with best. Like minds find like minds. If you form your tribe at work you can build not only lasting relationships with your team, but you may be lucky enough to also gain a support group. The goal is to stay relevant in the workplace, and this means thinking outside the box sometimes and not relying on a supervisor to tell you what to do or sticking to your job description. Look for ways to take initiative, pursue classes or enrol in a course that will take you ‘next level’ and always look at how you can be of value to others.“ Karen: “Authenticity is the key to making your job your own. Be yourself. Despite a written job description everyone approaches a role in their own unique way. In fact, I think if you have to refer to the JD then you are probably in the wrong job. Having initiative can drive success and really assists with creating a job that you love. Meaning comes from believing in what you do. We are all driven by beliefs and values and jobs can be the manifestation of that. If job and values do not align then I think people struggle with meaning and definitely find success difficult because they are not being authentic to themselves.”

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TIPS ON NEGOTIATING A PAY RISE Karen: “This can be difficult sometimes but, again, I think approaching the discussion with honesty and authenticity helps. Have your facts written out such as the success you have achieved and why you think you are worthy of more. Practice what you are going to say so that you feel prepared. One tip I have always remembered is that when you are negotiating a new job offer that’s the time to negotiate for the salary you want. Don’t be shy to ask about salary as the worst thing that could happen is you are told ‘no’. Be confident in your ability and show your professionalism.” Lyn: “I have been a senior manager for a long time now so my

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perspective is from the management angle. My advice is to understand how your organisation’s pay system works, so you are talking the same language, and take your performance appraisal seriously. If it is necessary to ask for a pay rise put your case forward calmly and rationally.”

customer on the other end of the line - listen. Let them speak and then make sure you let them know you heard them when they are done, then you can work with them to find a solution. This is not the time for your verbiage to be “familiar” so make sure a ‘yea’ ’ is a ‘yes’ and also, if you are in a cubicle, don’t get distracted by what is happening around you.”

Anne Kemp: ”If you are sitting down with the boss to negotiate a raise, walk into that office armed with proof that you are a valuable asset to the company and know what you’re asking for. When you show them why they should give you the raise, don’t reflect on the past. Your boss knows what you’ve done, however they also want to see why, in the future, you will still be a valuable asset to them. You need to also be ready to hear “no” and if so, have a non-salary option in mind. A “no” now can mean that a “yes” is right around the corner.”

Lyn: “I have a simple rule: good news can be transmitted in any form, bad news should be delivered face–to-face.”

DEALING WITH FAILURE Anne: “To err is human and no one is exempt. If we didn’t fail, how would we learn? You make the mistake, you learn a lesson, you keep going. If you mess up and think you can get away with it, think twice. No matter how big or small it is, own up to it, see your managing supervisor and let them know you did it. Be direct and take responsibility - it’s empowering to do so. If it’s blunder you can solve, then present your solution, too. If you do everything in your power to make it right, then you have done the very best you can.”

NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK Anne: “Growing your network can’t be done in one night at a networking function or company mixer - a good network is cultivated and nurtured over time. These connections could be your resource when you’re looking to generate leads, need a referral or simply want an introduction to that CEO you “just have to meet.” Always make sure you have business cards handy - you never know who you may meet. “ Karen: “Networks are like gold. They can work for you even during the times you may lack the confidence to work for yourself. I always approach networking by treating people as I like to be treated and by always delivering if I promise to do a certain task. People remember how you made them feel so try to be one of the people who make people feel valued and appreciated. Most of the jobs I have loved have come through my networks so I owe those people so much. I am never cynical about my networks and I try to support others within my networks – it should not be a one way street.” Lyn: “New Zealand is a small country so people are generally very connected. You need to be as well. Form relationships in good times, that way you are ahead of the game in the difficult times.”

HAVE ETIQUETTE Karen: “Writing emails has really changed over time but text language in email is inappropriate. Emails are organisational information sharing tools. Be courteous and succinct. Long winded dissertations are not appropriate for email. Ensure that you make the subject line clearly articulated and make your point clearly. Provide the reader with the purpose of the email as well as any follow up dates or information required.” Anne: “At an office or within business, you end up on the phone with co-workers and or clients all day, so be mindful of your phone etiquette. First, always smile when you talk! The person on the other end can tell how your day is going by the sound of your voice, whether you know it or not. Someone may be calling you to vent or you have an angry

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Karen: “The old adage is that ‘we learn more from our mistakes than our successes’. I think we can learn from both but what I have found is that I have learnt so much about myself from my mistakes. I have learnt that being honest and ‘owning’ the mistake, rectifying the mistake quickly and improving because of it have all been invaluable lessons. None of us like to fail but it’s a given that we will at some point. Making sure you use the mistake as an opportunity for personal and professional growth is the main thing. Most mistakes are not life threatening by they can be instrumental in helping with life’s future challenges.” Lyn: “Failure is inevitable and painful. It is also very helpful for learning. Failure can teach you how to do things in a different way to achieve what you want to do. It also teaches you how to interact with different people in more a positive way and you learn what you will never do again. Each failure, whether small or spectacularly large, is an opportunity to reflect.”


Crafting a fresh start WRITTEN BY ELSIE COOK IMAGE SUPPLIED

Is it ever too late to change your life and chase a dream or even discover a new one? Meet Jo Morris, owner of The Wellington Sewing Centre, who after a long and distinguished legal career, decided to listen to the voice inside her head asking for change and went on to create her very own happy place.

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etirement just didn’t work for Jo Morris. In a career spanning 35 years and including roles in academia, the Waitangi Tribunal and as Chairperson of the Broadcasting Standards Authority, Jo had always had something on the go and so to do nothing was never going to be for her. “I was lucky enough to have a great range of interesting roles, but after 35 years it got to the point where I was working on the Waitangi Tribunal full time, stuck behind a desk writing big reports and it was really quite lonely.” Jo says, “I had just had enough. I had done my bit and worked hard and I won’t say that I missed opportunities because of my work but I definitely ignored opportunities because I was just too busy.” Following a trip overseas to visit her children and a brief stint as a lead investigator on the Glenn Inquiry, Jo, at 59, applied for a scholarship to Outward Bound. “It was wonderful in some ways, horrible in others and I think the average age of the group was 28 but I came back with a really strong sense of what my values are and who I am.” “I wanted to work with people but I wanted to have fun.” Months later, Jo popped into a store in Kilbirnie, on the hunt for some wool and discovered it was for sale. Having always had a secret passion for craft, finding out the shop was for sale piqued her interest. Jo recognised it as one of those opportunities she had overlooked in the past and now she had the money, the time and the energy. Best of all she could see the untapped potential in the store and quickly began researching. “‘You’re too old’ was the first thing my husband said when I told him what I was planning on doing, then my daughter followed it up with ‘And you’ve never done anything like that before in your life’, which of course was like a red rag to bull.” Jo laughs. To some, moving from high-powered legal roles into running a store may seem like a big change, but Jo points out that it is a career progression rather than a leap. All skills are transferable. In previous roles she was making decisions, creating budgets and managing money and at The Wellington Sewing Centre she does the same things, but with a focus. “I also know things now that I wouldn’t have known 30 years ago. I’m calmer – when things go wrong it’s not such a big deal like it would have been in my younger life. I have more perspective.” “Those time and energy consuming worries just aren’t there anymore. I’m not trying to climb some corporate ladder or run after little children.” “I ran my first half marathon at 54, I have more energy now than I did in my thirties!” A common thread connecting all of Jo’s work is her love for helping people. “But here we help people in a different way.” She

explains “It is a much more practical way of helping people. Before I was at a desk writing reports and going months between big decisions and outcome. Here I can easily tick off 6 things before lunchtime.” Since taking over, almost a year ago, Jo has worked hard shifting The Wellington Sewing Centre towards her vision for the store. Fabric stock that wasn’t working has been cleared out and replaced with a more cohesive collection. The yarn range has expanded and work counters and displays have been revamped. Currently 17 different craft classes are on the roster with new projects being added all the time. At Jo’s side throughout the revamp have been her staff members. “They are all incredible, constantly coming up with new projects and ideas for the store.” She says. “I think my job is to bring out the best in them and create an environment in which they can achieve to the best of their ability. I wouldn’t have known how to do that years ago – it’s good to be in charge but I’ve learnt every team member adds value and you need to trust in the people who work for you.” The changes The Wellington Sewing Centre has undergone have timed in with the revival of crafting as a mainstream hobby. With social media and Pinterest becomingw sources of regular inspiration and ideas as well as the growing awareness around sustainability, the idea of creating your own and saving what you have is gaining momentum “We sell so many sewing machines. I’m always amazed by how many people still want them. it’s a fantastic skill and I love watching the kids getting into it in our classes.” Jo has managed to do what a lot of people only dream about, take a passion and make it her life. It’s a dream that is so often given up on and Jo describes The Wellington Sewing Centre as her happy place. “I’m having fun, I wake up in the morning and I’m so excited to come here, to be down on the shop floor meeting people or even up in my office planning what we are going to next.” “I walk through the store and I’m very proud of what my team and I have achieved. It really is my happy place.” “But I think everything I’ve done in my life has led me up to this point and really, there is no better time to be starting this new venture.”

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The Resident Wellington is a city of 405,000 residents, reaching from the southern coast out to the foothills of the Rimutakas. It’s a city of poets, film-markers, artists, writers. politicians, business leaders and some of the best baristas in the world. December 2016 marked the one year anniversary of the revival of the Wellingtoncentric blog The Residents. We sat down with creator Lucy Revill, a woman who has met almost everyone in the city to find out what makes her tick. Words by Lauren Mann | Images by Louise Hatton | Hair & Make Up by Natalee Fisher | Styled by Nicola Provost using garments from Hunters & Collectors & jewels from Tory & KO. | Shot on location at the QT Museum Wellington


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t the time of this interview, The Residents has more ‘Wellington Blogs’ returned even fewer results than back in 2012, than 137,000 page views, a number that, by print, Lucy saw a niche in the market and set out a plan to take full will most likely have increased dramatically. So is advantage of it. 12 months on, Lucy estimates she has written more that the reach of blogging, an industry that continues to grow at an almost exponential rate, and, with generations 250,000 words — a standard novel is 40,000. In that time she has who have known nothing but Internet access coming into seen page views on her blog grow from just under 1,000 in late 2015 to 52,000 in December of last year. Her Instagram boasts the fray — shows no sign of slowing down. more than 5,000 followers and on Facebook, The Residents has It is surprising then that Wellington, a capital that trades on both 3,500 likes. While international counterparts, based out of weightier cities, its pull as the country’s cultural centre as well as a technological hub, has been slow to catch the blogging bug. Overseas, similar may have a greater following; Wellington is small, less than half a styles of blogs in major cities and small towns are exploding, but million people. Lucy’s followers are engaged. The Residents has become a hub for those who live here, have lived here and even here in Wellington, pickings are slim. Back in 2012, 23-year-old Law graduate, Lucy Revill was for those who are yet to visit. “People reach out all the time, people I’ve never met before and surprised when her Google search of ‘Wellington Blogs’ returned minimal results: a council blog, a few food blogs and one or two I especially love the comments I get from those living overseas others, but none in the format or style of the international blogs like ‘OMG you’ve really made me miss Wellington’ or ‘I can’t wait that she was reading and that were taking off internationally at to visit again’.” “Recently award winning astrophotographer and visual effects the time. “It shocked me a little bit.” Lucy says. “I knew it was a good supervisor at Weta Digital Mark Gee said he was a fan which I idea so I had just assumed lots of people in Wellington would took to be a huge compliment.” To date the blog has profiled 72 residents and Lucy describes already be doing it, when I found out how little was available I her selection process as ‘gutty’ got myself a blogger platform, a thing, constantly scanning for domain name and launched into material and people to blog 24/7. it.” “I think when I started out, I was A common thread running among The Residents was inspired interviewed is that often, they by The Selby a collection of a little bit afraid of putting myself all have taken the road less travelled. photographic essays coupled “I think this comes from my with handwritten notes on out there so much but these are my own experience.” Lucy explains. various people of interest to the “At school I was under the author and a favourite of Lucy’s experiences and when you think impression that there was one who drew parallels between about it I’m one speck of sand on the track, you don’t f**k it up but then, those profiled in the book, and the as time went on, I saw all these people around her. beach, no one cares!” people who were kind of screwing “I was going through this up but killing it at the same time period in my life where I had and they were the nicest people, done all of the things I thought I was supposed to do, but nothing was working out for me and it full of humanity and experiences and stories.” “Those are the people I like to interview.” was just a period of real change.” Lucy says. Some posts do better than others and for Lucy, who measures “At the same time I was living in Mount Victoria with two DJs surrounded by all interesting people and I loved the idea of going each post by viewer counts, it can be hard to see a post not behind the curtain, profiling people who weren’t famous or well perform the way she would like it to. “Liam Malone was one of those posts that didn’t catch on, after known, but were just exciting.” According to wordpress.com, one of the main blog creator I posted it I remember being annoyed at the numbers, he was just tools, tens of thousands of new sites are created each month. someone I thought that everyone should know about, this was How then, in this heaving mass of information do you stand out, before the Olympics though.” “After the Olympics he became this huge thing and you see him how do you get read and most importantly, how do you add on the carpet and NZ music awards, so it’s good he is getting the value? Lucy grappled with these questions and more during her first recognition. “ The Residents is a prime example of how technology, in attempt with The Residents and after a few posts, hit a wall. Not having the heart to delete the blog outright, The Residents lay particular social media, can be used to harness traditional skills untouched for nearly three years until a random email in 2015 set and passions in the modern era. As a pupil at Queen Margaret’s College, Lucy’s passions lay in Art History, languages and gears in motion again. “A cider company got in touch, they had found my blog online English. She envisioned herself as a novelist, writing in the style and wanted to send me some of their products to review. It got of Jacqueline Wilson, however when the time came to move to me thinking, if a company wanted to work with me, maybe there higher education, Lucy opted for a more tradition and stable route. “I had had such a stable upbringing and I wasn’t equipped to was still something there in that blog.” Spurred on by the fact that her 2015 Google search for go out and do really risky things without there being some sort

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of safety net, I decided to do a Law degree mainly because that’s what the careers advisor suggested would be good for someone who liked English and also I had seen my father working as one.” Lucy now works full time as a policy advisor and The Residents is her creative outlet. Her knowledge of Art History translating into beautiful images while her understanding of literature is reflected in the prose. Her experience as a policy advisor also comes into play, informing strategy, personal presentation and business etiquette. “The things I have learnt in my legal training, for example how to write a professional email, have stood me in good stead when approaching businesses.” Lucy explains, adding that she obsessively researches trends on social media and blogging. “I’ve also learnt a lot by analysing my Google analytics and trying to gauge what people respond to and enjoy.” She says. In addition to being a creative outlet for Lucy, The Residents is also an opportunity. She describes how over the last year the blog has given her a platform to meet with intriguing people and work with brands she believes in, all on her own terms. “While we don’t have some of the same security our parents’ generation did, what we do have is a whole new set of tools that smart people are realising you can use to start something yourself, forge your own path and not rely on someone to give you a break.”

consideration that Lucy also works a fulltime job, her days are long and full on. She is quick to point out that those interested in starting a blog should have day jobs, or skill sets to fall back on because it’s not secure, instant or easy income. “I think millennials get a bad wrap, that we are constantly on our cell phones, obsessed with selfies and wasting time online, but I think we’re working incredibly hard.” “There are so many more things I want to do with the blog and the platform as a whole, but when you are working 40 hours it can be frustrating because you just don’t have the time.” “I also have a very supportive boyfriend, Matt, who I need to pay attention too, occasionally.” She laughs. “He’s been essential and I couldn’t blog without him cheering me on.” Despite her limited time frame, The Residents has continued to evolve. “The Residents has been a really good vehicle, when you write about other people you leverage their social media and so that built the base quite quickly. As it grew I realised that the content I enjoyed most overseas was where the bloggers themselves became a part of it.” While continuing to profile locals, posts reviewing restaurants, events and products are becoming more frequent. Some of her more recent posts include ‘date ideas under $20, $50 and $100’

“At school I was under the impression that there was one track, you don’t f **k it up but then, as time went on, I saw all these people who were kind of screwing up but killing it at the same time and they were the nicest people, full of humanity and experiences and stories.” According to Forbes.com, 80% of small businesses fail within the first year and while quantitative data on blogs is harder to collate, one 2009 study from Technorati found, that of the 133 million blogs they monitor, only 7.4 million had updated their content within the past 120 days. Technorati considered these blogs abandoned, giving the average blog 5% chance of lasting more than a year. To therefore call the rise of The Residents a fluke, to attribute luck or chance to the rate at which the platform is organically expanding is to discredit Lucy because she works hard for it. It’s a disciplined, thought-out approach to quality content that Lucy realised was needed after her first attempt fell through. “When I started, back in 2012, I made the mistake so many bloggers made. I didn’t know what I was doing and I had no framework for content or the story I wanted to tell.” “I didn’t understand the time and effort that goes into making a blog succeed, my content was patchy and it wasn’t regular so when I started back up at the end of 2016 my thought process was, I wonder what would happen if I actually tried, if I took it seriously?” Each post requires an enormous amount of work, pre planning, interviews, photographs, being written up, uploaded and shared across The Residents various social media platforms. Taking into

as well as ‘how to survive Wellington in your twenties when everyone else is moving away’. Both posts come from personal experience and Lucy has found that those types of posts are often the most popular. “I think when I started out, I was a little bit afraid of putting myself out there so much but these are my experiences and when you think about it I’m one speck of sand on the beach, no one cares!” The platform that Lucy has created for herself in The Residents has given her a springboard from which to reach out and try other things. Recently she wrote ‘When Your New Zealand School Buddy Grows Up to Be A Victoria’s Secret Model’ for Vice NZ detailing her own experiences with social media and the pressure to be perfect, particularly for young women. Capitalising on the social media skills she has honed in building The Residents, Lucy held a workshop on Social Media and Personal Branding in collaboration with Biz Dojo Wellington that sold out within the hour. More are planned. Patience and planning have been key drivers in Lucy’s success so far and despite the tempting call of brighter lights overseas, she plans to remain in Wellington for the foreseeable future. “When I started this I made a commitment, I’m still building, still growing and it’s a long term thing.”

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My goal for 2017 is: Create some amazing personal work in among a sea of commercial work. If I could give my 17-year-old self one piece of advice, it would be: All the decisions I made when I was younger have lead me to where I am now - so I wouldn’t change a thing, I just say “keep on keeping on!” The most important thing I learned at school was: How to load film onto a canister in the dark. My favourite teacher was: Mrs Ganassin.

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My goal for 2017 is: I want to get all my photos printed and put into albums as at the moment they’re all just sitting on my phone. If I could give my 17-year-old self one piece of advice, it would be: Live in the present and appreciate your youth one minute your 18, the next you’re 29! The most important thing I learned at school was: How to be assertive. My favourite teacher was: My art teacher, Mr Butts, he was so inspiring, I had so many crazy ideas and he always supported me and challenged me to do more. He pushed me to do scholarship, which I did and got!

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SOPHIEÂ KASOYLIDES has an eye for style and is always ready to snap the cities most stylish. We sent her out onto the street to get the low down on favourite local haunts. PHOTOS BY ANGELO GIANNOUTSOS

ROIMATA TUNIS Occupation: Sales manager at David Jones. Favourite Wellington Local: Maranui cafe in Lyall bay

CATHERINE IRELAND Occupation: Works for Immigration NZ Favourite Wellington Local: Recycled Boutique

Jessie Grosser

SHARLENE AMIRPANAHI Occupation: Dancer Favourite Wellington Local: Emporium Boutique

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SARAH GARBOWSKI Occupation: Ballet Dancer. Favourite Wellington Local: Sixes & Sevens

GEORGINA POWLEY Occupation: Ballet Dancer. Favourite Wellington Local: Mojo Cafe

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MEGAN WORDLEY Occupation: Student Favourite Wellington Local: The Thrift Store

JESSIE GROSSER Occupation: Production Manager at Flying saucer. Favourite Wellington Local: Iko iko

KIRSTIE FOCAS Occupation: Owner at Spa Express Favourite Wellington Local: Spa Express!

RIA TSOUTOUNAKIS Occupation: Teacher Aid. Favourite Wellington Local: Empire Cinema and eatery

TYLER BRANDON Occupation: Manager at Empire Cinema & Eatery Favourite Wellington Local: Empire Cinema & Eatery


SWEET SEVENTEEN For many year 13’s the last year of college means no more uniform. We sent our Fashion Editor, Nicola Provost, to Recycle Boutique along with teenagers Kirana Gaeta and Chlita Collins to prove that style doesn’t have to cost the earth and sometimes being a little different, can be a lot more interesting.

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ave you ever walked past a store and seen in the window ‘The Dress’? A dress so beautiful that it ceases to be just a garment and instead becomes a trigger for your imagination. The fabric and beading invoke places you’ve yet to visit, people you’ve yet to meet and promise all sorts of adventure. For me, that happened when I was 16, standing outside the Trelise Cooper Store in Parnell. I just fell in love with it. In the same way that Richie McCaw refused to touch the Rugby World Cup before he had won it, I refused to even try the dress on until I knew I could have it. I would wander past the store whenever I had the chance, always stopping and staring, until one day the dress was gone. It was really beautiful, so I’m not surprised. So, you can imagine my excitement to find out that we were about to get our very own flagship Trelise Cooper store in Wellington! It’s a time of revival for Wellington; the last 12 months alone have seen six new international brands open in the city. It is this renewed vibrancy that attracted Dame Trelise Cooper back to the capital. “It just felt like time.” Dame Trelise says. “The brand had been carried in other stores, the Designer Clothing Gallery, David Jones and Zebrano so it really feel like an extension to that, I think that’s what is so special about Wellington the brands and stores can work together there is a feeling of if one store does well, the other will too.” The new store at 163 Featherston Street, sits in the heart of all this development. The store will be the 8th flagship store and joins over 200 other retailers of the Trelise Cooper brand internationally. The flagship store will carry the full stable of brands, Trelise Cooper, Cooper, Coop and for the first time ever, Little Trelise will be available in Wellington. For Dame Trelise, the main driver behind anything she designs is the woman in the fitting room. “All I want is for the woman to go into a fitting room and come out feeling not just beautiful, but like herself.” “It’s all about the emotional journey and a lot of thought goes into each piece we design. “ Fans of the brand turned out in force earlier this month for the flagship store opening, some wearing vintage pieces bought years ago. Treated to bubbles, canapés and a fashion show, guests spent the evening mingling and admiring designs in the beautifully designed new store, complete with pink velvet swing! “It is so brilliant to see customers in the more vintage pieces, it was really special.” Dame Trelise says. “When you think about it, a special dress can really connect you to the memories you experienced in it, like a wedding,” “Some of my customers, I made their engagement dresses back in the 80s and now I’m making their mother of the bride outfits, I love that we get to be a part of all these special moments in people’s lives.” WRITTEN BY LAUREN MANN IMAGES SUPPLIED

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here are few things more ‘Wellington’ than the Museum Art Hotel. A place that somehow manages to combine, art, fashion, luxury, food and culture in the most nonsensical and bizzare way, that it could only work in the capital. When in late 2016, owner Chris Parkin announced that he was selling; there was a lot of concerned chatter in Wellington circles. What would change, what would go? What would happen to the art? And most importantly, would the place lose its magic? More than a year on from the sale, those worries have been eased, and the Museum Art Hotel, now QT Museum Wellington is open for business. There isn’t really a company more suited to buying the landmark than the QT Hotels & Resorts group. With 7 boutique properties across Australia, including flagship properties in Sydney and Melbourne, the QT Museum Wellington marks its first international expansion for the brand, with a QT Queenstown to follow later in the year. With fashion, art, design, architecture, dining and entertainment all key pillars of the QT brand, the hotel really is in no safer hands. Known internationally for their bold interiors, QT designers worked within existing guidelines to create a look that, rather than being a complete transformation, was instead an evolution. A refresh bringing the aspects of the former hotel most loved by its patrons, into line with the modern. A sleek eccentricity. No place is this more obvious than the lobby. Art work, long associated with the hotel still frames the long entrance way. Larger pieces, motorcycles, statues and assorted World of Wearable Art garments still lurk in the corners, surprising guests at each turn. Gone is the carpet, replaced with a dark wooden floor that reaches across the full length of the ground floor. The walls have graduated from a red wallpaper to a reflective black surface, opening the space out. The art now seems to stand out as individual pieces, rather than running together. Hand-blown glass chandeliers have been brought in to add light and furniture has been replaced. A colour palate of deep and dark wood with gold accents adds stability and a base to support the still mismatched art collection, overall the space feels lighter and more grounded while still managing to maintain that sense of wonder and magic of old.


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The Billiards Room, on the ground floor just off the lobby has remained untouched. Rightfully so. Hidden behind a soft panel, the room is reminiscent of an old gentleman’s smoking club. Two beautifully maintained billiards tables occupy the space, with gilded chaise lounges, 16th century paintings and vintage gin bottles adding to the ambiance. Since taking over the property last year, QT Museum Wellington has already held numerous events in here, each time surprising guests with the hidden space. The Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is also largely unchanged. Guests can indulge in the art of fine dining with a French menu designed by the renowned Executive Chef, Laurent Loudeac while overlooking sweeping views of the harbour. The extensive cocktail menu and lush setting has also proved popular with local Wellingtonians before a wild night out. The hotel has 163 rooms, each with the luxuries expected by the modern traveller, Gatsby-esque accents visible in the furnishing and dÊcor. Divided between the original hotel side rooms and apartment side rooms, which were added later. There is a fitness centre and an indoor heated swimming pool with sauna and spa. The hotel also has 7 unique function spaces.

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Treat yourself well into the New Year Five inspirations to keep you smiling throughout 2017 Words by Yvette Edwards

It can be difficult getting yourself back into work after Mix up your evening routine. You may be tied to a routine from all the fun of the summer holidays. Lazy days at the 9am to 5pm but after hours are yours to play with. Take yourself batch, late starts and putting your feet up can leave you out to one of the many summer events around the city. Plan a walk and picnic dinner or simply take the night off cooking. Try, feeling a little bit flat as you start up your day to day Tomboy on Mount Victoria take home dinner boxes. (Order on-line routine again. This makes it the perfect time to treat at www.tomboy.nz) yourself, take up something new or get around to doing Plan your next holiday. Having something booked in to your something you have always wanted to. Here are few calendar and to look forward is a great way to keep yourself suggestions to inspire you and get you skipping into positive if any post-holiday blues set in. It might be that big trip work on a Monday morning. you have been dreaming of or an escape up the coast, it will be Treat yourself to a new outfit. There are lots of end of season sales on at this time of year and plenty of bargains to be had. So get out there and feel good about your 2017 self and then add a big smile because you saved yourself $$$’s. Try, Kowtow pop up at 2 Tory Street or see their online sale. It’s time to take that class you always think about. There are lots of great classes around the city, from dance classes to floral workshops. Once you get over any initial fears of being a beginner you will love the new people you get to meet and learning a new skill. Try, Salsa at Sunset on the Waterfront every Thursday through February.

a life saver if you lack a little motivation to be able to daydream of your next break. Set yourself a health and wellbeing goal. Having something to work towards is really important and we can all do more to take good care of ourselves when we are busy and working hard. It doesn’t have to be more gym time, it could be something as simple as a little pamper or making time to take a relaxing bath. Try, Stephanie Malcolm (www.stephanie-malcolm.com) for a personalised holistic facial programme.

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id you know that the official title given to the wife of a Mayor is Mayoress? We didn’t, it’s been 15 years since we’ve had an official Mayoress so we sat down with Liz for a coffee and a quick 10 questions… Did you grow up in Wellington? “No, I’m actually from a farm in South Canterbury. I went to Otago University and met Justin there in German class. When I moved overseas he followed me, we lived in Japan and taught English for a couple of years before moving to Germany.” Why did you decide to settle in Wellington? “We honestly just didn’t consider anything else when we moved back to NZ. It was the obvious place for us — it had the jobs and the kind of lifestyle we were looking for. It was the best place for us and still is, the whole arts culture was a big draw, as was the access to good beaches and outdoor activities like mountain biking.” Do you have any favourite spots? “Justin asked me to marry him at Scorching Bay, so that has always been a really special place for us. We live close to Mount Kaukau and love going up there with our two daughters, we’re an active family so anything that gets us outdoors, when the weather is good!” How did you find the process of campaigning, as a spouse? “It was a lot more intense than I thought it would be. The outcome was something that would affect our whole family and so the uncertainty of it was a bit difficult. More than anything though, the whole experience is a real privilege, I’m so proud of Justin!” Has it been a big adjustment since the election? “It’s a juggle, but we’re no different to any other family trying to make it work. We have young children so evenings are always our biggest struggle. Although after the earthquake in November we were both really busy, I’m a commercial property manager and so after the quake hit I had to help check our buildings, and of course he had his duties as Mayor. Luckily we have a great support system to step in and help!”

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Has there been anything unexpected that has come with the role? “It’s only been a few months (laughs) but we did recently have dinner with the King and Queen of the Netherlands at Government House.” As this is our education issue, what advice would you give to your 17 year old self? “When I was at school I went to my guidance counsellor for advice on what I should do when I left school. She told me that as I was good at English I could either be a teacher or a lawyer, that’s it, my only two options. I just wish I had known how much more was out there and I’d tell myself to explore more and try different things. Don’t get so caught up thinking about a specific role, follow your heart and do what you love, you’ll end up finding jobs you didn’t even know existed.” Who is someone that you look up to? “I love Michelle Obama — I cried during her farewell speech. Helen Clark is fantastic and should be a role model for all New Zealand women. I also really like Jacinda Ardern, I think she’s amazing.” Do you have any political ambitions of your own? “No, not to run for any type of office. When I was growing up I was really a-political and I wish I had paid more attention. It excites me to see how many young people are now getting politically involved, especially young women. Government needs diverse voices.” Finally, what do you think makes Wellington so special? “I know everyone says this, but it’s the people. Everyone you meet is so interesting and at the same time down to earth. Justin and I have both travelled quite a bit and lived in other places but Wellington just has something unique and really special.” Images: Brady Dyer


Good Reads Four books that all women should read, selected by UNITY BOOKS.

Difficult Women. ROXANE GAY $30.00 This highly anticipated short story collection gives women centre stage, allowing the space for their varied, colourful lives to play out. As a writer and chronicler of women’s experiences, Roxane Gay has a fierce and often uncompromising vision that has earned her plenty of acclaim – and accusations of being ‘difficult’, of course. 9781472152770

Selected Poems. JENNY BORNHOLDT $40.00 This recently released collection of poems by Wellington’s very own Jenny Bornholdt is a real treasure. Bornholdt writes beautifully and candidly of being a lover, wife, mother, friend, and all the other roles in between. That Wellington often features as a background character makes these poems extra special. 9781776560660

My Life on the Road. GLORIA STEINEM $28.00 Feminist stalwart and long-time activist Gloria Steinem recounts her trailblazing life in this passionate and entertaining memoir. While from an earlier school of feminism, Steinem continues to be an important player in contemporary women’s affairs, and she has plenty of wisdom to share. 9781863958981

Women’s Wellness Wisdom . DR LIBBY WEAVER $40.00 Dr Libby’s latest book is an essential guide to the many aspects of life that women of all ages face today. Divided into four sections – ‘Eat’, ‘Body’, ‘Mind’, and ‘World’ – there is practical and enlightening advice here on nutrition, sleep, sex, saying ‘no’, meditation, and much more. 9780473360887

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Cajun Chicken Slaw Baguette Serves 4

INGREDIENTS 1 baguette 2 boneless chicken thighs 2 tbsp cajun spice rub ½ cup red cabbage finely sliced ½ cup white cabbage finely sliced ½ cup mung bean sprouts 1 cup carrots, julienned ½ fresh chilli, deseeded and finely sliced fresh coriander, finely chopped juice from half a lemon 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce aioli METHOD 1. Place chicken thighs and cajun spice rub in a bowl and toss until evenly coated. 2. Heat a fry pan with a little oil over a medium to high heat. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Set chicken aside to rest. 3. Combine red cabbage, white cabbage, mung bean sprouts, carrots, chilli and coriander in a bowl. Toss through lemon juice and sweet chilli sauce. Set aside. 4. Cut chicken into thin slices. 5. Slice the baguette to be filled, add a generous dollop of aioli to each side. 6. Place a layer of slaw, top with chicken and add a little more slaw. 7. Cut into portions.

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Tofu Noodle Salad Serves 2

INGREDIENTS 1 packet noodles 1 carrot 1 sprig spring onion, chopped 1 radish, finely sliced ½ cup edamame 1/8 red cabbage, finely sliced 100g tofu ½ inch fresh ginger, crushed 1 clove garlic, crushed ¼ cup coriander ¼ cup mung bean sprouts 2 tbsp lime juice 6 tbsp sweet chilli sauce 6 tbsp sesame oil

METHOD 1. Combine 4 tbsp sweet chilli sauce and 4 tbsp sesame oil. Slice tofu and coat with mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. 2. Cook noodles, following directions on packet. Cool under cold water and drain. Toss through remaining sweet chilli sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and lime juice. Set aside. 3. Peel carrot and cut into matchsticks. Blanch for one minute in boiling water that has been generously salted. Drain, cool and set aside. 4. Add noodles, carrot, cabbage, mung bean sprouts, radish and edamame to the noodles. Toss to combine and pile up in the centre of your plate. 5. Sear tofu in a pan on a medium heat for one minute each side. Remove and cut into triangles. Place on noodle salad. 6. Garnish with extra mung bean sprouts and spring onions.

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Bean Dip with Tuna Serves 2

INGREDIENTS 1 tin white beans, drained and rinsed ½ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped 1 tin Sienna Tuna (available from Moore Wilsons) ¼ red onion, thinly sliced Kirsty’s Brown Rice Crackers (available from Moore Wilsons) 1 egg 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp vinegar 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard 1 tbsp soft brown sugar pinch chilli flakes

METHOD 1. Bring a small pot of water to the boil and cook egg for five minutes. Run under cold water for a further three minutes before peeling and slicing in half. 2. In a jar, shake together vinegar, mustard, sugar and chilli flakes to make the dressing. 3. Combine beans, parsley and red onion in a bowl, add the dressing. 4. Season generously with sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper. 5. Serve with soft boiled egg and crackers on the side.

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Manuka Smoked Tomato Pesto Pasta Serves 4

INGREDIENTS 500 g shell pasta ½ jar Manuka Smoked Tomato Pesto (available from Moore Wilsons) ½ jar artichokes ½ cup black olives ¼ cup capers juice from half a lemon Italian parsley Basil leaves

METHOD 1. Cook pasta following directions on packet, cool under cold water and drain. 2. Roughly chop artichokes and Italian parsley. 3. Mix artichokes, parsley, Manuka Smoked Tomato Pesto, olives, capers and lemon juice through pasta. 4. Garnish with torn basil leaves.

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School Lunchboxes the Brioche Way! Whip up a big batch of this versatile brioche dough and get cooking. We’ve come up with four different ways to use the dough that are great for school lunchboxes!

Tasty Mini Hotdogs

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School Lunchboxes the Brioche Way! Whip up a big batch of this versatile brioche dough and get cooking. We’ve come up with four different ways to use the dough that are great for school lunchboxes!

Salami Sliders Ingredients Portion of dough 1 egg 1 packet of salami 1 large buffalo tomato Baby cos lettuce aioli

Tasty Mini Hotdogs 1. Shape dough into small buns, baste with egg wash and fan bake for 15/20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius. 2. Slice buns through the centre. Add aioli, cos lettuce, a thick slice of tomato and 4 slice of salami.

Ingredients Portion of dough Frankfurters ½ cup tasty cheddar cheese, grated ½ cup red onion, diced 1 egg aioli For the Tomato Sauce 1 shallot, finely chopped punnet of cherry tomatoes 1 tbsp soft brown sugar 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

Brioche Dough 2 cups all purpose flour 12g instant dry yeast 4g sea salt 1 tsp sugar 200ml buttermilk Cold milk if needed

Brioche Dough Mix all ingredients into a dough. Knead until smooth. Allow to prove for one hour in a covered bowl.

Egg Salad Flat Breads Ingredients Portion of dough 2 eggs 1/8 green cabbage, finely sliced ½ carrot, grated ½ red onion, finely sliced 1 tbsp aioli

1. Bring a small pot of water to the boil and cook eggs for 5 minutes, run under cold water for a further 3 minutes before peeling. 2. In a bowl, mash egg with fork and mix with aioli. 3. Combine cabbage, carrot and red onion to create a dry slaw. 4. Heat a splash of olive oil in a pan on a medium heat. 5. Roll dough into pita sized disks and cook for two minutes on each side, in pan, until golden brown and puffy. 6. Slice flat breads to create a pocket and stuff with slaw and egg aioli mixture, add a pinch of sea salt to taste.

Brioche Dough 2 cups all purpose flour 12g instant dry yeast 4g sea salt 1 tsp sugar 200ml buttermilk Cold milk if needed

1. Shape dough into small long rolls, baste with an egg wash and fan bake for 15/20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius. 2. For the tomato sauce, sweat down shallots with a pinch of salt and a splash of olive oil until soft and translucent. Add cherry tomatoes, sweet chilli, brown sugar and vinegar, bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Blitz in blender or food processor until smooth. 3. Pan fry frankfurters on a medium heat until golden brown and cooked through. 4. Slice bread rolls lengthways and add a generous sprinkle of cheese, add frankfurters and top with cheese and red onion. Place back in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for four minutes. 5. Top with warm tomato sauce and aioli.

2 cups all purpose flour 12g instant dry yeast 4g sea salt 1 tsp sugar 200ml buttermilk Cold milk if needed

Mix all ingredients into a dough. Knead until smooth. Allow to prove for one hour in a covered bowl.

Chicken Calzone Ingredients Portion of dough 1 egg ½ cup tomato sauce ½ cup cheddar cheese 2 boneless chicken thighs For the Tomato Sauce 1 shallot, finely chopped punnet of cherry tomatoes 1 tbsp soft brown sugar 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

1. Bring a pan with a splash of oil to a medium heat and cook chicken thighs for 5 minutes on each side, until fully cooked and golden brown. Slice into ½ centimetre strips. 2. For the tomato sauce, sweat down shallots with a pinch of salt and a splash of olive oil until soft and translucent. Add cherry tomatoes, sweet chilli, brown sugar and vinegar, bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Blitz in blender or food processor until smooth. 3. Roll dough into ovals, 1 cm thick, 14 cm wide. 4. Coat half the oval with tomato sauce, top with sliced chicken thighs and a small handful of grated cheese. 5. Egg wash around the edges and fold to create a pasty, enclosing mixture. Use a fork to crimp the edges of the calzone and baste with an egg wash before fan baking at 200 degrees Celsius.

Brioche Dough Mix all ingredients into a dough. Knead until smooth. Allow to prove for one hour in a covered bowl.

2 cups all purpose flour 12g instant dry yeast 4g sea salt 1 tsp sugar 200ml buttermilk Cold milk if needed

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Makes: Sidecar, Champagne Cocktail, Sazerac, Brandy Alexander, Stinger, Between the Sheets, Corpse Reviver, French Connection. Our Pick: HENNESSY VS SCOT CAMPBELL, $65.99 from Centre City Wines & Spirits

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Makes: Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan, Vodka Martini, Moscow Mule, Scredriver, Caipiroska, Expresso Martini, Sea Breeze, Appletini, Sex on the Beach, Kamikaze, White Russian Our Pick: GREYGOOSE VODKA, $85.99 from Centre City Wines & Spirits

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Breathe Words by Cat Eddy

Jane Austen once said ‘None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives’. 2016 definitely tested the waters for a lot of us on a global and local scale. Personally, I spent a lot of time contemplating what Work/Life balance meant and came to the conclusion that it is an impossible conspiracy theory. However, I did manage to take 5 minutes a day to simply breathe even when the waters got stormy. A practice that I will be maintaining in 2017 to stay above board.

When we become stressed, our acute stress response is triggered. This fight or flight response was useful to our ancestors when they needed to run away from predators. In this modern day, there is a distinct lack of tigers waiting around the corner but for many the acute stress response is constantly humming in response to the challenges that face us on a daily basis: The immediacy of technology and the constant juggling act of family, work, friends, finances, health…the search for Life balance.

The contraction of our intercostals weakens our posterior line including the tricep muscles and lower trapezius. In response, our shoulders cave forward and our bicep muscles tighten, a posture only made worse by hours of working at a computer or driving.

When we are stressed, our breathing patterns are altered. We are less inclined to breathe diaphragmatically and more inclined to breathe into our chests, contracting our intercostals and hollowing our stomachs.

Begin by lying on your back. This can be in bed or on the floor. You may find it comfortable to place a small hand towel under your head to allow your ribs to relax further to the floor. Close your eyes.

The good news is that your breathing patterns can be improved and strengthened. Taking time out every day for some directional breathing will improve your overall health and capacity to deal with stress.

This shallow breathing weakens our core stabilising muscles, affecting our ability to concentrate, compromising our digestion and disrupting our sleep patterns.

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Place one hand on your chest, other hand over your navel. Send a direct breath into both palms, breathing your chest and tummy high to the ceiling. At the same time, think of breathing into your back further away from your palms, into the floor. After a few breaths you should feel your back muscles soften.

Next, place your hands to either side of your ribcage. Send the breath wide into your palms, breathing space between each rib as you breathe in through your nose. Think of breathing the front and back of your body wide. As you breathe out through your mouth, gently narrow your ribs without tension.

Place one hand on your collarbone and other hand on your pubic bone. Taking a breath in, think of breathing your two hands away from each other gaining extra length in your spine. Breathe out through your mouth simply relaxing into the floor further.

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Step Four: Finally, place both hands onto your diaphragm. As you breathe in through your nose, try to breathe your body high to the ceiling, deep into the ground, wide to the sides of the room and long in equal measure. Breathing out through your mouth, just let your muscles soften further. Repeat this breath as many times as you like. Once you have completed your directed breathing, roll over onto one side, slowly come to sitting and then come to standing. You may be a little dizzy after all that deep breathing so take your time.

Stand with feet parallel to the front and directly under your hips, arms down by your side. These next exercises may be performed holding hand weights or bottles of water in each hand. They are designed to strengthen the backline of the body and to open out the chest for easy breathing.

Step Two: Keeping legs and body still, lift the arms to the side keeping elbows straight but not hyper-extended creating a capital T. Squeeze the arms back behind the hips working with resistance. 20 reps.

Step Three: Pause with the arms reaching behind the body. Maintaining length in the spine from the crown of the head to the tailbone, lift and lower the arms moving within inches, maintaining straight arms and contraction of the tricep muscles. 20 reps slow, 20 reps pulsed.

Step One: Begin by lifting arms to 90 degrees front or just below shoulder height. Folding at the hips and bending the knees, reach the arms straight back and past the hips squeezing the back of your arms (triceps) Return to standing, reaching the arms to just below shoulder height and then sweep back once more. Repeat for a minute. Pause with the legs bent and the hips folded. Arms press back and the spine remains in a long line, shoulders wide. Palms face in.

Step Four: Finally, keep the upper arm bones still and maximum space between your ears and shoulders. Bend and stretch your elbows. Think of creating a tiny bend and a strong extend. Be mindful not to let the elbows swing forward. 20 reps.


One of the worst things you can do to yourself is close off your mind to discovering new things or think that your learning is done. Even if you’re the expert in your field or well practised at something, well past college years or believe you have nothing left to learn, assuming you know it all is recipe for personal disaster. As Albert Einstein once said, “Once you stop learning you start dying”.

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’m sure that’s not meant to be taken literally. The way I see it is if you stop yourself from experiencing new things, learning new skills or expanding who you are, you’re not using your brain to it’s fullest capacity. Therefore, like any muscle, it’ll wither away faster than you may like. Have you heard of neuroplasticity? It’s your brain’s ability to change throughout life. The human brain has the amazing ability to reorganize itself by forming new connections between brain cells (neurons). Neuroplasticity happens at the beginning of your life, when your immature brain is organising new information, and throughout adulthood whenever you learn or memorize something new. It was once believed that as we age our brain becomes fixed or unable to expand. But new research has proven this to be untrue. Our brains are in fact amazing at changing, rewiring and forming new connections through continuous learning. Exercising your thinking muscle also makes you a more interesting person. When you continue to stretch your mind and learn new things, you’re more able to add value to conversation, not only with your knowledge but with

your questioning. Often when we come together with friends and discuss different topics, we’ll generally go along with the opinions of the rest of the group. This is normal human behaviour that says, I want to be apart of this ‘tribe’. By being in agreeance we’re saying, ‘Accept me and please don’t kick me out’. But think about someone you know who recently went against the mass opinion to offer a different point of view. How interesting did it make the discussion? It’s most likely others felt safe enough to add their different points of view too and the conversation probably became more lively as new thoughts and ideas were bantered around. I love it when people have the courage to offer a varying opinion as it teaches others something new, which in turn helps them expand their mind. So as you ponder on your New Year’s resolutions consider including a new learning experience. It’s never too late, and I can assure you it’ll feel super rewarding and expansive if you do. If you’ve always desired, say, learning the piano, taking up pottery or going back to school, I encourage you to act on it now. When I decided to take my 20 year Yoga practice to the next level and become

Samantha Hannah is a spirited life-stylist, Yoga teacher (200RYT), speaker and founder of The Sophisticated Bohemian Club - A loving space for women to cultivate their dream life! “I believe in nurturing and empowering individuality, creative thinking and love. I just happen to be a wellness warrior on a mission to teach as many women as I can how to cultivate more joy and less overwhelm in their lives, mind, body, soul and style” Over the past 9 years Sam has helped 100s of women cultivate individualised life

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a teacher at the beginning of the year, I grew exponentially as a person. I’m able to add something new to every conversation and undoubtedly I’ve grow new neural connections. But more importantly, to me, I’m happier than I have been in years. Another added benefit of continuous learning.

and style plans allowing them to discover who they are from the inside through one to one coaching, workshops, live events, and online courses. She’s also been the style expert on the TV show Starting Over, had regular spots on TVNZ’s Good Morning Show and written for various magazine’s in New Zealand. -WEBSITE:

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Raising Financially Savvy Kids WRITTEN BY PIPPA HOGG

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rom a young age, your kids are watching your money habits and learning everything they know and understand about money from you. When talking about kids and money, the very best piece of advice is to model good money behaviour, sometimes easier said than done! Below are some ideas about how to help grow financially literate children: Pre-schoolers – Because so many transactions are electronic, at this age introduce your children to actual notes and coins. Help them understand the concept of delayed gratification and that we want to be able to save some of our money. Introduce the idea of chores, some of which are unpaid and are considered part of helping the family and, once the unpaid chores are finished, others which they may earn pocket money for. Pay your pre-schooler in cash and have a piggy bank for them to save some of their pocket money for larger toys. Primary school kids – At this age, introduce money and transactions to help their maths skills, for example if we have $2 and the ice cream costs $1.50 how much change will we receive? Talk to your children about high level financial concepts such as why we work, payday, bills, spending needs vs wants and how they are fortunate to have all of their needs covered. This is a good age to introduce the concept of those who are less fortunate and putting some money aside for giving to a charity they feel connected to. It’s a great idea to verbalise some of your money decisions so they can appreciate the thought process around your money choices. I had my daughter, then 9 years old, complain that we never bought her anything from the Lucky Book Club catalogues and her friend was always allowed to buy something. I realised that, although my husband and I have financial goals and priorities, we had never talked about these with the kids, so explaining that instead of spending money on Lucky Book Club we were prioritising our spending on a family holiday that we were all looking forward to helped her understand that we weren’t just saying no, but we’d rather spend our money on something else instead. Kids at this age are keen to help in the supermarket

and this is an opportunity to get them to price check and look for specials. Talk through your decision making, such as the reason I chose the home brand sugar over the brand name is that it costs 50c less and the quality seems the same to me. Encourage games which use money like Junior Monopoly and The Game of Life. Tweens – This is the start of financial independence, it may be from the 1013 year age that your child will get their first eftpos card and start internet banking. Talk about more complicated money concepts, like how credit cards, mortgages and loans work, how interest compounds and give real life examples to help them understand. Ensure you children at this age appreciate there is a finite amount of money and it is important to make sensible choices. If they have big ticket items they desire, ensure they save towards these. Set boundaries around pocket money and stick to these. As an example, in our house we have certain tasks, which if completed earn pocket money. If a single chore isn’t completed for the week then the entire weeks pocket money is forfeited. Agree together items which your tween will pay for from their pocket money and which items you will continue to pay for on their behalf. Teenagers – From about the age of 14 an allowance system can be a great way to introduce the idea of sticking to a budget. Agree together at the start of each year the items which you will contribute towards and have a set weekly or fortnightly payment to your son or daughter. As a guide a fixed amount to cover transport, mobile phone, entertainment and regular spending such as the odd hot chocolate or lunch and presents for friends. This means that you child will have to plan to ensure they have enough to cover their fixed costs as well as discretionary items such as entertainment for the holidays. Some parents also include an amount for clothing. Make sure your teenager understands that having enough credit on their mobile phone to always be able to contact you and enough money for their school transport costs are considered non-negotiables or must haves. An allowance system allows your teenager some financial independence, but again make sure there are boundaries and

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that you don’t bail your child out if, for example, they run out of money and want to go to the movies on Friday with their friends. As adults, we appreciate that sometimes we may need to miss out or go without something due to other financial commitments, and your son or daughter may make the odd mistake, which is all part of the learning process. Growing financially savvy and independent children is crucial, not only to help them ensure they have their own good money habits to take into adulthood, but also to ensure they don’t remain a financial drain on their parents. Too often at enableMe we see parents who continue to prop up and financially assist their grown children, often at the detriment of their own financial progress. Once your son or daughters are working and earning insist they pay board if they continue to live at home. The silver lining is that helping your children have good money habits and becoming financial independent means that they won’t have to prop you up in your retirement, as you will have the time and funds to sort yourself! Pippa Hogg is the owner and one of the personal trainers in the enableME Wellington Office. She is a chartered Management Accountant and a Registered Financial Advisor. Enable Me has been providing Wellingtonians with expert financial advice and ongoing coaching since 2009 and over this time they have helped many kiwis achieve thier financial goals, weather they want to get focussed on thier finances, get rif of their mortgage or build wealth to enjoy their retirement.

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Specialist Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Specialist Plastic & Dr Annie Fullarton is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Reconstructive Surgeon. Dr Annie Fullarton is a Plastic and Reconstructive Annie graduatedSurgeon. from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1997, Annie she graduated from athe University where also gained PhD in the field Edinburghnerves. Medical School in 1997, ofofperipheral She subsequently where she also gained a PhD in the field trained in Plastic and Reconstructive of peripheral nerves. She subsequently Surgery in Edinburgh, Cambridge (UK), trained inand Plastic and Reconstructive Auckland Wellington. She became a Surgery in Edinburgh, Cambridge (UK),of fellow of the Royal Australasian College Auckland and Wellington. She became a Surgeons (FRACS) in 2008. fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2008. She then spent a further two years training in New Zealand and the UK, where she She then spent a further completed fellowships in: two years training in New Zealand and the UK, where she fellowships in:New Zealand •completed Aesthetic surgery at the Institute of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, • Aesthetic surgery at the New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand; of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, •Institute Breast reconstruction and microsurgery Auckland, New surgery at the St Zealand; Andrew’s Centre for • Breast reconstruction microsurgery Plastic Surgery & Burns, and Chelmsford, UK; surgery at the St Andrew’s Centre for and Surgeryat & the Burns, Chelmsford, UK; •Plastic Hand surgery St Andrew’s Centre and for Plastic Surgery & Burns, Chelmsford, • Hand surgery at the St Andrew’s Centre UK. for Plastic Surgery & Burns, Chelmsford, UK. is a Fellow of The Royal Australasian Annie College of Surgeons (FRACS). She is a Annie is of a Fellow of Zealand The Royal Australasian Member the New Association College of Surgeons (FRACS). She is a of Plastic Surgeons (NZAPS), the Member of the NewofZealand Association Australasian Society Aesthetic Plastic of Plastic Surgeons the Surgery (ASAPS), and(NZAPS), an International Australasian of Aesthetic member of theSociety American Society ofPlastic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and an International Surgeons (ASPS) and the Royal College of member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons of the Edinburgh (MRCS). Surgeons (ASPS) and the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (MRCS).at Annie basesofher private practice Boulcott Hospital in Lower Hutt. As Annie her private practice well as bases her private practice, Annie at is a Boulcott Hospital in Lower Hutt. As Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive well as her private practice, Annie is a Surgeon at the Wellington Regional Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Unit at Hutt Hospital and the Wellington Regional isSurgeon also the at supervisor of training for Plastic Plastic Surgery Unit at Hutt Hospital Surgery in the Wellington region. She and is is also the supervisor forPrivate Plastic also a visiting specialistofattraining Churchill Surgeryand in the Wellington region. She is Hospital Wairau Hospital in Blenheim. also a visiting specialist at Churchill Private Hospital and Wairau Hospital in Blenheim.

DR ANNIE FULLARTON DR ANNIE FULLARTON BSc (Hons), MBChB, PhD, MRCS(Ed), FRACS (Plast)

BSc (Hons), MBChB, PhD, MRCS(Ed), FRACS (Plast) Contact Details: Boulcott Contact Hospital Details: High St, Lower Hutt Boulcott Hospital Tel: 04St, 569 7555 Hutt or 0800 268 526 High Lower Email: Web: www.boulcotthospital.co.nz Tel: 04info@boulcotthospital.co.nz 569 7555 or 0800 268 526

Email: info@boulcotthospital.co.nz

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Race Day Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup

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It’s not just about the racing! Wellingtonians braved the rain and turned out in their finest for the 2017 Wallaceville Estate Wellington Cup.


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March Women’s On

STAND UP, FIGHT BACK! Following on from a controversial election, hundreds of Wellington Women marched in solidarity with millions around the world.

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ALLBIRDS Launch in Wellington

Allbirds merino footwear launched in Wellington and brought together local Wellington businesses to help them do so! It was a night of fun, food and excitement and proved we really are the most creative little capital in the world.


30 YEARS OF PHENOMENAL

If there’s one thing that stays consistent in our journey then it’s the idea of creating the sensational. Whether it’s the way you look or the way you feel, we’ve been crafting both for over 30 years. Buoy continues to sit at the leading edge of style; evident by the multitude of accolades, awards and praise we’ve enjoyed. Come and rediscover your edge with us at Buoy, the Majestic Centre, Willis St, Wellington.

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Wellington Woman Magazine :: Issue One, 2017  

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