Life

Let’s Active

Let’s Active

The first pas­sen­ger we put in the rear seats of the new BMW 2 Series Act­ive Tour­er promptly fell asleep before we cleared Ngaur­anga Gorge. “This is good,” I thought. “Peace and quiet all the way to Waik­an­ae.” On the return jour­ney, pas­sen­ger 1 swapped places with pas­sen­ger 2, mean­ing the 12-year-old could play with […]

Childspace celebrates 21 years

Childspace celebrates 21 years

In 1994, Child­space founders Toni and Robin Christie were work­ing in early child­hood edu­ca­tion in Christ­ch­urch, but they weren’t as happy as they thought they should be. “We were young, fresh and ideal­ist­ic,” Toni admits. “The stand­ard of early child­hood edu­ca­tion was really appalling at the time. I used to come home so upset.” Hav­ing saved […]

Stranded

Stranded

  Strand yarn was developed in the 1990s by Ruth Mary and Neville Beach in con­sulta­tion with the New Zea­l­and Wool Research Insti­tute as an embroid­ery yarn. They had been run­ning Angora goats on their Ohariu Val­ley prop­erty and were look­ing for dif­fer­ent uses for their mohair fibre. Strand yarn is com­posed of 50 percent […]

Hedge your bets

Hedge your bets

Every garden needs good bound­ar­ies. And while any basic fence can provide shel­ter and pri­vacy, a well-planted bound­ary hedge has added bene­fits of beauty, fra­grance, fruit or flowers, and hab­it­at for birds, bees and bene­fi­cial bugs. When we began Te Rito com­munity gar­dens in 2010, the first thing we planted on the bare-grass Kene­puru site was […]

Collaboration home

Collaboration home

Up amongst the nat­ive trees in a small corner of New­town, four Bal­mor­al Ter­race flat­mates are brew­ing cof­fee and pre­par­ing break­fast. Rose­mary Pat­ter­son, Kate McK­en­zie, Sam­antha Guil­len and Beth Hilton gath­er around the retro tiled cof­fee table. Some perch atop cush­ions on the car­pet, while oth­ers spread out on their mat­tress base-cum-couch as they dish […]

Education: Porirua’s high-tech schools

Education: Porirua’s high-tech schools

We had this kid who was in Year 4 last year, and got really into Adobe Pho­toshop. He star­ted to do some quite inter­est­ing stuff, and his auntie said, ‘I can’t believe the dif­fer­ence in my boy. I now know what he’s going to be — he’s not going to be a paint­er like his […]

Three-in-one

Three-in-one

To cel­eb­rate the inter­na­tion­al launch of the new M‑series, the BMW people gave me a choice between the new M3 — the four-door sedan ver­sion — or the M4, worth about $10k more but with two few­er doors. Know­ing that at least some of the test kilo­metres would be done with two excited pas­sen­gers demanding […]

Coco at the Roxy

Coco at the Roxy

        A Wel­ling­ton icon, lead­ing attrac­tion and sym­bol of the city’s proud his­tory of film, the Roxy Cinema can be found right in the heart of New Zealand’s film­mak­ing cap­it­al as well as in the hearts of its loc­als. But it is not just a cinema, says Roxy event and mar­ket­ing man­ager Car­ole Tredrea, […]

A place to call home

A place to call home

Nor­rie Powers has lived in social hous­ing for the past six years, and moved into the newly ren­ov­ated Cent­ral Park Apart­ments in Brook­lyn two years ago. “Long story short, buy­ing a home for the kids mixed with a few oth­er life decisions meant I ended up here,” Nor­rie tells us with a chuckle. He sits in […]

AFL on Anzac Day

AFL on Anzac Day

For a coun­try where sport is such an import­ant and oft-cel­e­b­rated part of its cul­tur­al frame­work, New Zea­l­and is strangely bereft of tra­di­tion­al sport­ing fix­tures, even more so when it comes to cel­eb­rat­ing days of nation­al sig­ni­fic­ance. Wait­angi Day has nev­er had any event attached to it, and Anzac Day has nev­er had any associated […]

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