A delicious winter warming soup that also helps keep the winter colds away!
1. Melt 50g butter with 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy-based pan. Add 1kg halved and thinly sliced onions and fry with the lid on for 10 mins until soft.
2. Sprinkle in 1 tsp sugar and cook for 20 mins more, stirring frequently, until caramelised. The onions should be really golden, full of flavour and soft when pinched between your fingers. Take care towards the end to ensure that they don’t burn.
3. Add 4 thinly sliced garlic cloves for the final few mins of the onions’ cooking time, then sprinkle in 2 tbsp plain flour and stir well.
4. Increase the heat and keep stirring as you gradually add 250ml dry white wine, followed by 1.3l hot strongly-flavoured beef stock. Cover and simmer for 15-20 mins.
5. To serve, turn on the grill, and toast 4-8 slices French bread. Ladle the soup into heatproof bowls.
6. Put a slice or two of toast on top of the bowls of soup, and pile on 140g finely grated gruyère cheese. Grill until melted. Alternatively, you can complete the toasts under the grill, then serve them on top.
One of the benefits of attending Club Physical is its’ Swedish Saunas. And when it’s cold outside, there’s no better reward after an hour of exercise than to relax and celebrate your effort with a sauna.
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that those who sauna-bath 2-3 times a week reduced their overall risk of heart disease by 27%. Whereas those who sauna-bath daily reduced their risk by 50%!
Incredibly, the benefits also impacted longevity. Those who sauna-bath daily have a 40% reduction in death from any disease. Saunas also rid the body of harmful toxins (including nicotine, pollutants, man-made chemicals, solvents, pesticides, alcohol and prescription drugs).
So don’t be shy. Grab a towel, head for Club Physical and make time for the sauna after your workout to enjoy three life-giving health benefits.
A bathroom renovation, as well as giving you a real “good feel” room and intimate sanctuary to retreat to, can also have many other benefits including -
1. Increasing the value of your property. And the increase can be dramatic!
2. Improve efficiency. By replacing outdated faucets, heaters, water efficient toilets, etc can result in immediate energy savings
3. Add more space. It’s amazing how much space you can gain by a simple remodel!
4. Enjoy a more energy efficient home.
The experienced, qualified team at Sure Bathrooms will create the bathroom you want, whether it’s a simple upgrade or a luxurious “dream spa”, they manage everything from design to completion. With commitment to service and a high standard of detail they create functional spaces that meet beauty to the eye and a realistic budget.
Andy Redpath of Sure Bathrooms will complete everything for you from start to finish. Plumbing since leaving school 35 years ago and running his own business on the Coast for the past three decades, Andy’s experience has fuelled his passion for bathroom design and project management. At Sure Bathrooms the emphasis is on the quality of craftsmanship. “Our mission is to have you absolutely delighted with your new remodel,” says Andy. “In most cases, it will exceed your expectations.”
As well as bathrooms, the company renovates laundries, showers and toilet areas, including accessible bathrooms for mobility. Plus, they install under-floor heating (in any room) and hot water cylinders.
For a free no obligation chat on your renovation call Andy on 021 352 597 or check out their website at www.surebathrooms.co.nz
Jo Hayes is the founder of Surrogate Grandparents New Zealand Charitable Trust (CC54933). We took time out to chat to Jo about herself and her motivation behind this wonderful incentive.
Hi Jo, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a single, ex-pat mum to two beautiful children aged almost 5 and almost 9 and have been living on the Coast for over 6 years. I came to NZ on an OE in 2003 and fell in love with the place, the people and the lifestyle and have now made NZ my home. My family all reside in the UK. My work background is in Sales, Hospitality, Office Management and the non profit sector.
So tell us a little about Surrogate Grandparents and what motivated you to start it?
Surrogate Grandparents connects families with surrogate grandparents to forge long lasting friendships and family bonds.
The idea of Surrogate Grandparents arose from my own personal need for support in raising my children. This became all the more important when I separated from my husband and I had never felt so isolated and lonely. My parents reside in the UK and although visit often, are not there on a day to day basis to help and support me and my kids. What I really needed was a NZ Mum! I was so lucky and blessed to have found one, and not only that, I now have a whole new NZ family.
The difference this made to my life has been astounding, and I realised that connecting families with grandparents and vice versa would actually benefit so many people who, like myself have no parents/grandparents for their children nearby. The Charity was founded in 2017 as a way to support families and prevent social isolation and loneliness of our seniors.
And what do you find most rewarding about what you do?
The most rewarding thing about what I do is actually connecting the families & grandparents. When you get a perfect match it is fantastic! You really feel like you have made a huge difference in people’s lives, and I have so much feedback to prove this.
I also get to meet some pretty awesome people in doing what I do from our fabulous volunteers through to the social services and others working in the nfp/voluntary sector. All the most amazing, giving and caring people that you could want to meet.
What do you find most challenging or frustrating with what you do?
The most challenging thing without a doubt is funding, or rather lack of it! We are not funded to provide the service that we offer, and rely upon donations and currently my bank account. So we are always looking for support in this area from grants, local business and corporate organisations to help us achieve our goals of becoming an intergenerationally connected New Zealand. We’d love to hear from any local or national organisations who would be willing to sponsor/support/partner with us in any way to ensure we can continue to provide this valuable and important service for every generation. We’d love to be able to expand it further to help more families/grandparents in NZ.
Secondly, the lack of funding has made it difficult to attract volunteer grandparents to join us as members, and we are currently running a waiting list for our families to get grandparents.
How has your organisation developed and what would you like to see in the future?
The organisation has developed from its small beginnings as a local non profit organisation based on the Hibiscus Coast to being a National Charitable Trust with members from Kerikeri right down to Christchurch and beyond. We have over 140 members currently. We have a Board of 5, and 6 Regional Coordinators covering Hamilton, Wellington, Blenheim, Nelson, Christchurch and Auckland, as well as a number of “ad-hoc” volunteers who help out when they can.
We have organised a variety of other Intergenerational projects and have run several Intergenerational Play/Coffee groups both on the Hibiscus Coast and in Hamilton, and a trial of “Table Talk” a drop in Intergenerational meetup for the local community being run at Whangaparaoa Library each Wednesday afternoon.
What would you like to promote around Surrogate Grandparents?
We’d love to promote the fact that we do need more volunteer grandparents and funding as above. We also have a Movie Family Fundraiser being held at Hoyts Hibiscus Coast on 3oth November for the new Frozen 2 movie and tickets are available at fundraiser-movie-spectacular-frozen-2.lilregie.com
We operate on a membership basis and applications are made through our website at www.surrogategrandparents.org.nz. There is a small application fee for families to join but currently it is free for grandparents, although we do ask for a Koha to cover essential programme running costs. All our members, both families and grandparents go through compulsory police vetting, and are subject to reference checking too to ensure the safety of all involved.
We are on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube so please check us out and support us!
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Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest is the sanctuary for Balinese long tailed monkeys, located within the village of Padangtegal. The habitat holds around 700 monkeys and at least 115 species of trees within the forest. The forest is also home to three temples, making this sanctuary an important spiritual, economical, conversational and educational place.
Tanah Lot Temple
One of Bali's most famous landmarks, this historical Hindu temple and iconic pilgrimage site is built on a dramatic rock formation in the sea. Located around 20km from the capital, Tanah Lot Temple dates back to the 15th century. However, now the site is commercialized with restaurants, shops and market stalls.
Goa Gajah - Goa Gajah, also known as the elephant cave, is located near Ubud and is an archaeological site of historical significance. Within the walls of the site visitors can explore rock wall carvings, bathing pools, fountains and meditation caves.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Famous for its beautiful scenes, Tegallaland Rice Terraces form the three most splendid terraced landscapes in the Ubud region. The site offers stunning scenic lookouts over the rice fields and surrounding green landscapes, which provide incredible photo opportunities.
This sacred mountain is located in Batur village and is an active volcano. The two hour trek to the summit is best hiked in the early morning to get a glimpse of the sunrise. The top provides incredible views so don't forget your camera!
Known as Bali's most luxurious destination, Seminyak is home to a number of restaurants, clubs, boutiques and galleries. Seminyak also offers some of the best sunsets and shows of Balinese culture. It has a laid back atmosphere and provides the perfect destination to spend your holiday.
Just a few of the great activities for more details and holiday deals contact YOU Travel Manly Ph 09 424 2345
The lazy days of summer are long gone, but for some reason, there is still the sound of cicadas; all the time! Constant sounds in the ears such as ringing, buzzing or hissing like cicadas can occur gradually over time, or start suddenly for no apparent reason. Tinnitus is the name given to sounds in the ears where no external sound source is present.
According to Steve Foster, NZAS Audiometrist and Managing Director of Hear Again Ltd, this is a common problem. “Studies throughout the world have shown that tinnitus can affect up to 1 in 4 of adults. In the past it has been linked to stress, caffeine intake and even chocolate! However, the most common cause for tinnitus is a hearing loss; even a mild loss can cause it.
The most recent explanation for this is due to neural plasticity in the brain. The brain has the ability to change over time, re-routing signals when required. The best demonstration of this is when a person loses a limb and then later can feel parts of this missing limb itching. The brain reacts to the absent nerve impulses from the missing limb by searching surrounding areas of the brain for stimulus. When this is found, these nerve impulses are re-routed, causing an itch to start.
Even a mild hearing loss can cause a reduction of nerve stimulus from the ears and set the same process in motion. Once there, tinnitus can be very frustrating as it is a sound you cannot escape: affecting you the most when everything is quiet. It is also self-perpetuating, as the more you listen to it, and particularly worry about it, the louder the sounds seem to get.”
Steve advises that the most important first step when you experience tinnitus is to have your hearing tested. “Hear Again offer a FREE no obligation initial hearing assessment which can be at our clinic in the Coast Plaza, Whangaparaoa, or in the comfort of your own home if needed. This allows us to find out if your tinnitus could be a symptom of a hearing loss.
If this shows you need hearing aids, there is no need to worry: they are not the big ugly things of the past, with many being almost invisible in the ears now. Hearing devices can be rechargeable, connected to cell-phones or your TV, and even play soothing sounds to mask out your tinnitus when everything is quiet. We offer a 45 day 100% moneyback satisfaction guarantee on all our hearing aids so you can have absolute peace of mind and nothing to lose… except the cicadas.
Give us a call on 09 424 6035, email email@example.com or visit www.hearagain.co.nz
Do your children, grandchildren and friends know the defining moments of your life? Do they know the day you laughed so hard you cried? Do they know your proudest achievement or your favourite teacher? Do they know that when you grew up you wanted to be an astronaut?
The sharing of your life story isn’t something that has to be done in your absence, don’t leave it up to someone else to tell your story - do it now, when you can enjoy being a part of the conversation.
We plan for so many events in our life, but sadly New Zealanders don’t appear so keen to plan for their funeral. As Funeral Directors, every day we see the struggle families have when trying to make the decisions which will best honour their loved one’s life.
Why not take one piece of stress away from your family by letting them know your story and wishes ahead of time. “Share your stories with your loved ones to keep your memories alive - Take the Time to Talk - A meaningful funeral supports healthy grieving”
For more information, please contact us on (09) 426-7950, to make a time to come and talk with one of the funeral directors. Or, one of our funeral directors will be at the Whangaparaoa Library on the second Wednesday of every month between 10.00am and midday.
Forrest Funeral Services, 39 Riverside Road Orewa Hibiscus Coast. Phone: 09 426 7950 E: firstname.lastname@example.org - W: forrests.co.nz
Merv came to Orewa from Wellington in 1977. He has five children brought up on the Coast and 14 Grandchildren.
With a long history of community service on the Coast, with his then wife Cathy, Merv has sat on the Boards of Kingsway School, Rodney Cricket, Rotary Club Orewa, Orewa Baptist Church, Hibiscus Dairy Flat Hockey Club, Northlink Health Trust, Windy Ridge Boys Camp, MetroPark Community Sports Trust, Youth in Transition Trust as well as several service groups outside of the Coast. He has also been a trustee of several private trusts, one of the more notable being the sole trustee in a trust that gave seed funding to 5 different Hospices in New Zealand including $398k for the Hibiscus Hospice. No man is an island, and over the years Merv has had a lot of support from his family, and partner, Bronwyn Ellison, in particular.
His business, Orewa Taxation Service, started in 1979, and is probably the longest running unchanged business on the Coast.
Merv has always been interested in sport, and hockey in particular. In 2003 he realised that the future of hockey was via the development of “Hub” facilities, so he made a submission to the Rodney District Council for land to be designated for such a facility. he followed a couple of lifelong adages – “actions speak louder than words” and the Henry Ford quote, “whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, either way you’re right.” Today at Millwater you can see this sport hub vision partly completed.
One of Merv’s first fundraising efforts involved a solo sponsored cycle ride ‘sprint’ across the widest part of New Zealand, ie from Opunake to East Cape, from which $100,310.00 was raised for community groups including hockey.
We asked Merv what he finds most rewarding about what he does? Merv advised “Seeing a need, getting ideas, and then taking up and leading the challenge to get an outcome, be it with a agricultural and school project in Tanzania, a polio fundraising project with Gates Foundation in the Pacific, or the forming of a trust for mental health here on the Coast. I have had a lot of knockbacks and challenges in my life, but I am always determined to find the silver lining in any cloud.
As a trustee of APECT, an educational charitable trust, I have been able to secure all manner of grants for local, and northern, youth who take initiatives to improve their education and leadership skills and better their communities. I am not afraid to make decisions, and getting results is the most rewarding part of what I do.
We asked what he finds most challenging or frustrating with what he undertakes. Merv responded “Undoubtedly my biggest competitor is myself. Once I get focussed on something, I am not the best at gradually bringing others along with me. I get impatient and would much prefer to ask forgiveness than permission! I just want to get on with things and get projects moving.
The other major frustration in more recent years has been the curse of ‘form over substance’ – the details on how a project is administered become so overbearing that they almost seem to be prioritised over the actual substance of the project. Sometimes it seems that common sense has been regulated out of existence – why have common sense when there are a hundred rules to follow? I certainly find that frustrating, but accept that it is a real challenge that needs to be managed.”
On the subject of the amazing work Merv has been involved with at Millwater Merv advised “After 7 years of submissions my ‘hockey and sports hub’ project at Millwater finally got some legs in 2010/11 with the Auckland City Council agreement to receive an application for a Lease of the site. I formed the Hockey Hibiscus Trust, became its Chair, a position I still hold today, and fundraising began in earnest for the $3.2m uniquely environmentally-friendly facility, and the first hockey turf of its type in the world. While the hockey playing facilities are operational, there is still much work to be done in providing a pavilion and also completing the multi-sports section of the facility.”
Merv confirmed “While we have raised $2.5m to date, and now have some revenue coming in to cover operational costs, we are still in fundraising mode and are keen for sponsors to get involved. One opportunity would be to name some of our competitions….we have 22 primary school hockey teams there each Thursday night. Or even consideration to naming parts of our facility.”
Merv advised us that he has always believed that sport, including the wider social/emotional/mental aspects of it, can be a life-changing experience. “A private benefactor pledged $200,000 to the Hockey Hibiscus Trust, provided that we run some form of multi-sport programme for nominated youth, with the aim of supporting their mental resilience, personal discipline and general development. This pledge came as no surprise to me as I can see how sport is the ideal way to foster personal growth in youth. I have achieved a lot in sport in my life with coaching, playing and administration from local right up to international level. But I will not be satisfied with the project at Millwater until the social development aim of the project comes into being.”
If you are interested in being involved in the project or would like to consider sponsoring or supporting please contact Merv through hockeyhibiscustrust.org.nz
Tell Me More Series from REPs register of exercise professionals
Good quality sleep is crucial to mental and physical health. Unlimited sleep that is no question we are anxious unproductive and grumpy!
Increasingly research is also demonstrating that insufficient sleep means we have a harder time losing weight and are more prone to cardiovascular disease and other stress related conditions. It seems that sleep is right up there along with nutrition and exercise in determining the state of our health and well-being.
So perhaps we should give it more attention than many of us do. Here are some successful sleep strategies for you to try.
For more great tips pick up the Tell Me More Series of flyers from Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre, Ph: 09 424 9227 - email@example.com - aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/stanmorebay
Restyle Boutique specialises in new and nearly new recycled fashion ranging from leisure wear to Evening, Bridal and Ball Gowns.
Winter we experience a increased interest in our selection of Ball gowns which ranges in sizes from size 6 to 20, in a variety of styles and colours. As a lot of our stock is sold on a commision basis, we constantly have gowns coming into the store.
We also have a lovely choice of evening shoes, clutch bags and jewellery to accessorise. Faux fur shrugs and crop jackets are becoming more popular and we have a large selection of evening dresses suitable for special occasions such as Weddings and Graduations.
Our staff are happy to help find the right style to suit the customer and we have an excellent alteration service available.
As well as ballgowns we have a wide range of bridal gowns and outfits and accessories perfect for the mother of the bride. We also have a large range of jewellery for all styles, occasions and ages.
All our displays and stock are changed regularly in accordance with the seasons so head in to check out what’s in stock right now at Restyle Boutique, Cammish Lane, Orewa
We love the Hibiscus Coast, the beaches, the community feel and the wide variety of things to do and places to go and this isn't diminishing as the Coast grows, although we are finding there are rather too many sets of traffic lights than the old days!