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Shooting for the stars


By day Lucy Wyma is a prickly, troubled teen causing chaos at Shortland Street Hospital. By night she is a glamorous model, traversing runways and posing for
glitzy fashion shoots.

 

But it’s all in a day’s work for the striking 24-year-old Cantabrian who has been scaling the divide between acting and modelling since being scouted by Portfolio Model Agency Director Mel Radford when she was just 13-years-old.

“She had that X-factor – natural beauty and maturity – something that an agent is always on the hunt for,” says Mel.

“And during these past 10 years, Lucy has continued to shine.”

After cutting her acting teeth on every school drama production she could, Lucy’s breakthrough role was as Ginny and Jonty’s wayward daughter Hayley Smith-Robinson on Hope and Wire, Gaylene Preston’s dramatic three-part miniseries about the Christchurch earthquake.

“I was hooked!” she says of her first experience working on a film set.

But Hayley had nothing on Petra Freeth – Lucy’s Shortland Street alter ego and her most recent day job. She has, after all, turned up in the emergency department after a botched surgery in Thailand, much to the dismay of her estranged on-screen mother, conservative politician Michelle Beaufort (Lisa Chappell), the new love interest for Shortland Street alumni Chris Warner (Michael Galvin).

“She’s a prickly character,” Lucy laughs. “But the most fun to play and explore, as the ‘villain’ characters often are. The people there have also been so incredible and welcoming. It’s like big crazy family, I’ve made some wonderful friends there.

“I’m enjoying every moment of it.”

Whether it was singing, dancing or acting, Lucy knew she wanted to be a performer since she was about three. It seems like the sky is the only limit for this homegrown talent who was signed by the prestigious modelling agency IMG via Portfolio and its international booking agent MHI Global when she was just 20, following in the glamorous footsteps of Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr and Kate Moss, who have all been signed to the international agency.

If she had a comfort zone to step out of, the signing did it, with the Papanui-raised Lucy walking in Sydney’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, modelling for the likes of long standing label Stolen Girlfriend’s Club; there’s even been some magazine shoots in there – two Metropol covers included!

Although she’s now based in Auckland with her acting agency, she still heads back down to Christchurch for bookings through Portfolio, such as for luxurious home fragrance brand Lyttelton Lights.

But acting was always Lucy’s first love.

“Both industries are challenging in their own ways and as I’ve been doing both since a fairly young age, I’ve done a lot of growing and creating of myself within them,” she explains.

They’ve allowed me to go to the most wonderful and bizarre places, and meet the most incredible people I wouldn’t have crossed paths with otherwise.”

It’s acting which enables her to “play and create, and explore lives and worlds outside of my own, to then tell those stories”.

Portfolio Director Mel says she sees Lucy’s star continuing to burn brightly.

“I feel she will have great longevity with her modelling, which will complement her main focus and passion of acting.

“It has been so exciting and fulfilling to see how well Lucy has progressed within our industry and watching her grow and flourish from managing her as a teen, now to a beautiful and successful young woman shooting for the stars!”

Making it back home to Christchurch for a regular break is a must-do for Lucy and not just when work is calling.

“I love coming home; there’s something about the South Island that makes me feel like I can breathe again,” she says.

“It’s been a wild roller coaster going straight from lockdown to Shorty Street, so I’m going to enjoy a visit home – do a lil’ road trip while I’m there, breathe in the South Island air, then back up to Auckland to hustle and get ready for the next adventure!”

 


 

Mindful Beauty


Mindful beauty is a new trend that will get you glowing inside and out. We show you how to embrace the trend which is as much about calming the mind as it is about cleansing the skin.

Mindful beauty is a meeting point between skincare and self-care, representing beauty rituals which calm the mind, cleanse the skin and offer a little bit of me-time.

Rather than a quick slap and dash of applying your products, mindful beauty is about slowing down and being in the moment with mindful gestures, breathing techniques and meditation.

Mindful beauty is the intent to honour and centre yourself through your beauty routine and has unsurprisingly picked up momentum in recent months as people look for at-home ways to steel themselves against uncertainty.

The benefits of meditation and mindfulness are known to relieve stress, improve sleep and even alleviate some symptoms of medical conditions – so why not incorporate these principles into something you’re already doing?

When approaching mindful beauty, you’ll need two things: products and technique. So let’s start with products. This is easy – it can be anything you already use, like cleansers, masks, moisturisers or mists and relaxing bath and body favourites like soaks, bath and body oils, body and hand creams. Some recommend aromatherapy-infused products like those featuring lavender, rose or frankincense, but it’s not a must…

…Because it’s how you use them that counts! Schedule in a time, pick some of your favourite products, light some candles and lather up!

Focus completely on what you’re doing, and when your mind wanders, simply acknowledge the thoughts, let them float past and gently turn your attention back to the task at hand.

Whether you incorporate mindful beauty to unwind at the end of the day or set yourself up for the day with a moment of calm before the storm, it might just be time to start taking a mindful approach to beauty. It will have you looking and feeling your best.


 

Secrets to event success


Running an event without a hitch – whether you’re getting hitched or in command of a corporate soirée – requires a lot of co-ordination. Like any Hollywood blockbuster, the hardest work goes on behind the scenes. And an event planner can save your stress levels, tighten your budget – and more. Here’s our reasons to consider hiring some help for your wedding, event or conference.

 

NO MORE BUDGET BLUES
Despite what you may think, an experienced planner can actually bring down your costs. Sticking to budgets is what planners specialise in, and they can also help you accurately forecast those costs to avoid any hidden surprises.


NEGOTIATING PROS
Event planners not only have a rich network of contacts who may offer them special rates or package deals, but they are adept at having any awkward price-related conversations which may arise, so you don’t have to…


STRESS LESS
…Which brings us to the next point. They do all the work, so you don’t have to. The stress and pressure of pulling off an event can reduce the shine for even the most enthusiastic host. So why not outsource that?


DEVILS FOR DETAILS
Seamless events are rich in details; the little touches which make a person’s day (or night) memorable. This could be physical details like name cards or dietary requirements, to ensuring seating arrangements don’t leave anyone without a familiar face nearby. Event planners live in the details, including the ones you didn’t even know existed!


 

All wrapped up


From tex-mex chicken to colourful rainbow veg – we’ve got healthy dinners all wrapped up. It’s time to liven up your dinner plate and lunchbox with some inspired wrap fillings.

 

 

SPICY VEGETABLE AND PANEER WRAPS: Master Chef Gordon Ramsay turned his talented hand to creating this tasty Indian street food inspired wrap, packed with creamy paneer cheese and chopped vegetables cooked with Indian herbs and spices.


GREEK FETA CHEESE SANDWICH WRAP: It might just be time to say “Opa!” to this yummy and nutritious vegetarian wrap, which takes its delicious inspiration from Greece, with tangy feta, juicy black olives and saucy marinated veges.


RAW FOOD BURRITOS: Want a guilt-free option? Why not give lettuce wraps the burrito treatment with coriander, lime juice, and jalapeño peppers. Avocado, tomato and corn round out these super healthy, gluten-free and vegan raw foods.


TEX-MEX CHICKEN QUINOA SALAD WRAPS: Quinoa, beans and chicken make for the perfect protein trifecta. Remember, protein is filling – so you won’t be reaching for the
potato chips a few hours later.


PEANUT CHICKEN WRAPS: These easy, peanut chicken wraps are a simple and healthy lunch recipe. Use soft flour tortillas and fill with seasoned chicken, crunchy coleslaw and peanuts topped with a slightly spicy, homemade sauce.


 

Thyme to plant


We can all benefit from a little more “thyme” in the garden. So we’ve pulled together our top tips for thyme; a kitchen staple that’s easy to grow, low maintenance, and adds a serious touch of taste to stuffings, slow-cooked meals, soups, sauces, pesto and herb breads.

 

 

Ahardy, drought-tolerant herb which can be planted in gardens or pots, thyme comes in a number of varieties, the classic being Thymus vulgaris, with its full, rich flavour making it the popular choice for casseroles and roasts.

Growing thyme from seed can take work, so it’s best to go with seedlings planted in free-draining soil or gravel in spring or autumn.

The popular perennial does best in well-drained soil in full sun, thriving with some protection from cold winds and wet winters.

It loves a good trim post-flowering to encourage new growth, and to help your plants last. Once established, thyme won’t need watering and it’s winter hardy, so you can pick leaves year round.

Use thyme fresh, dried or preserved in butter, vinegar or oil.

Pro tip: it can be used to make cough medicine, a hair rinse or a skin cleanser!


 

Networking 101


As the adage goes, “It’s not what you know but who you know”, but how do you get to know the who? Here’s some top networking tips for breaking the ice this conference and event season.

 

 

TIME TO SHINE: Attendees generally walk out of an event with a stack of business cards, so if you want to stand out from the crowd, creative cards will leave a lasting impression. Imagine a landscaping business card that sprouts tiny trees when wet!


MAGIC NUMBER: Set a goal for the number of people you will speak to at the event and stick to it. Throw in some curveballs like meeting five people wearing red and five with large briefcases to keep things interesting and ensure you meet a range of people.


PREPARE YOUR PITCH: Prepare your elevator pitch, a multi-million dollar sentence or two explaining who you are and what you do. Keep it punchy and have some icebreakers ready to keep things fun and relaxed. The more you practice, the more confident you will be.


FANCY A FOLLOW-UP? If you meet someone at an event, follow up straight away. Let them know it was great to meet them and offer to follow up with a coffee. All relationships need a little bit of help to get going – networking relationships included.


COOL, CALM AND CONVERSATIONAL: Dread the concept of “networking”? Networking is simply the process of building relationships, not putting the hard sell on. So just relax and get to know people – the rest will come naturally. Make sure you listen so the conversation flows.


 

Tile tales


Move over white subway tiles, we’re introducing a whole raft of new kids on the decorating block; there’s hexagon, finger tiles, mosaic and stone and they’re rocking a kaleidoscope of colours and textures. We check out some of the latest looks snaking their way across walls and floors.

 

Mixed geometrics: Geometric shapes made their mark in 2019, but they’re not going anywhere in a hurry. In fact, they’re actually getting more clever and creative than ever before with trapezoid, rhombus and diamond-shaped tiles hitting the homewares sphere.

Pencils and pennies: Pencil tiles or finger tiles – narrow rectangular tiles – are proving popular as accents on walls, while penny tiles – small coin-shaped tiles laid in sheets – are being used for borders, niches, accent strips or whole walls to add sparkle, depth and interest.

Industrial chic: Concrete and stone look tiles are a sleek, low maintenance, easily-installed alternative to actual concrete and stone, pairing beautifully with matte black fittings.

Moroccan magic: Morocco is famed for its vibrant colours and intricate designs, so Moroccan tiles add an exotic touch to the room, either as a wall or floor covering.

Darks arts: Just like the little black dress, a black bathroom is ultra chic. The dark tones work surprisingly well in small spaces and textured tiles add a sense of drama.


 

Born to sing


Delta Goodrem once told us she was, Born to Try. But to describe what this powerhouse performer has been able to achieve as simply ‘try’ would most certainly sell her short. Named after the Joe Cocker song Delta Lady, it seem Delta wasn’t Born to Try; she was born to sing.

 

 

“It was something that in my heart I knew was what I wanted to do,” she says of the career which will bring her to New Zealand next year for her Bridge Over Troubled Dreams Tour.

“Truthfully it was a feeling I had. My parents were so incredibly supportive of my dream.”

At the age of thirteen, Goodrem recorded a five-song demo CD, financed through TV commercials and minor roles in several Australian series.

Long story short, it secured her a record deal with Empire Records. But it was her role as shy school girl and aspiring singer Nina Tucker on Neighbours which made her a household name, launching her music career.

“I was so lucky to have had my parents. Nobody knew anyone in the industry; I was just a kid that wrote songs from what I was seeing in the world!”

Goodrem’s first ever headline tour of New Zealand will commence on 22 April 2021 at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre, before moving to Auckland’s Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre on 23 April and hitting the Christchurch Town Hall on 24 April.

“There’s nothing like being on tour and being with people face to face and to share in the magic of live music,” says Goodrem, who is heavily involved creating her shows.

“From day one when I started making music, it was important to me that the overall feeling had to come from my heart; being authentic is what people respond to and I deeply love putting on shows. Nothing gets me more excited than creating a world for everyone to come to.

“Visually, I love to make sure a tour represents the energy of what this new album embodies. There are going to be incredible musical moments in bringing to life the surprise elements of this new album and all of the favourites from my previous records. Anyone who has been to my shows knows that I like to have a lot of fun and this record and tour is no different.”

The singer-songwriter who has been in self-lockdown in Sydney also recognises the opportunity for fans to let loose. “I know many people are going through challenging times right now; come next year I want to invigorate and empower everybody in the room to have the best night of their lives and we’ll sing and dance through it all.”

It’s also an opportunity to allow her fans to connect with her new music and reminisce over the old – the ‘old’ including 17 Top 10 hits, four number one albums and selling more than nine million records worldwide.

The ‘new’ includes Let It Rain, released in January as Australia battled devastating bushfires, with proceeds donated to bushfire relief.

Keep Climbing was released in her social media Bunkerdown sessions in May.

“I’d like this song to remind people to not be afraid to find the strength when they feel stuck between where they are and where they want to go,” Goodrem explains.

“To find that part in you to keep climbing and to continue to believe that it will lead you to that next moment in your life.”

Continuing to let the music do the talking, she released Paralyzed on the grand finale of The Voice Australia 2020; a narrative of when your whole world stops and has to be reset.

“Sometimes we are forced to take the difficult cards we are dealt with in life, in our stride. Of course it’s a personal song, but it’s there for everyone who is asking themselves for patience and a chance to stop and rewind,” she says.

Forming what she describes as her “new era of music”, she’s since come to realise the powerful lyrics mean something unique to everyone. “So many people have experienced it.”

Seemingly busier than ever during lockdown, Goodrem has also been undertaking highly-acclaimed performances for global event One World: Together At Home and Music From The Home Front where she shone as one of four hosts, delivering a show-stopping duet rendition of the Men At Work classic Down Under with Colin Hay.

But a project that is even closer to her heart has been the launch of the Delta Goodrem Foundation, in partnership with St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.

Established to help fund medical research into blood cancers and autoimmune disease, the foundation stands in recognition of her own health battle – one with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she was just 18.

“I think [that experience] cemented for me that health is the most important thing,” Goodrem says.

“And also the understanding that someone is going through that fight right now; you don’t know what someone is going through. Part of my DNA is this huge empathy and compassion for someone’s journey.

“Being able to talk to people as a survivor is a real privilege.”

But it is perhaps the establishment of the foundation which has been the biggest takeaway for her and $1 + GST from every ticket purchased for the Bridge Over Troubled Dreams Tour will be going to support the foundation’s work.

So what do the next 12 months have in store for this powerhouse performer?

“Hopefully lots and lots of new music, I’ll be continuing to bring out new songs and heading out on tour see you in person. I’m truly looking forward to it.”

She may be Australia’s sweetheart, but she might soon be ours too.

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Tackling tall poppy syndrome


Tall poppy syndrome (n) a perceived tendency to discredit or disparage those who have achieved notable wealth or prominence in public life.

 

Kiwis have long valued hard work and recognition. Just don’t achieve too much; that’s the message that’s coming through loud and clear to our young people, whether it’s on the sports field or in the classroom.

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya called out tall poppy syndrome on a national stage as he was awarded the New Zealand sportsman of the year title at the Halberg Awards in February, encouraging the public to embrace the country’s success stories instead of knocking them down.

“New Zealanders are known as friendly, hardworking and laid back, but live here for a while and you’ll also discover that sometimes we have a bad habit of criticising, resenting and cutting down those poppies who seek to do something different or succeed,” E Tū Tāngata founder, Jay Geldard says.

A new social development programme designed to tackle tall poppy syndrome, E Tū Tāngata was launched last month in Christchurch. “E Tū Tāngata seeks to change the narrative. Instead of objections and unhelpful criticism we want to raise the bar,” Jay says.

Most Kiwis, when asked how they see themselves out of 10, will answer a ‘six’ or ‘seven’, including Jacinda Ardern and Bill English who were asked this question in a 2017 Leaders’ Debate. “This is seen to be ‘the right answer’ for New Zealanders,” Jay says.

“However, when we apply the E Tū Tāngata mindset to this conversation, it creates an environment where we can call out greatness in ourselves and others. Surely, we don’t want to be a nation that undermines ourselves or systematically cut others down to make ourselves feel better. This should not be a part of our DNA. Instead, we need to Stand Together / E Tū Tāngata.”

Jay describes the programme as a toolkit to help us understand the way we see ourselves and others.

“The feedback from schools and workplaces hints at the transformation possible when people’s eyes are opened to this way of being; genuine change has occurred within those who have participated individually and collectively.

“E Tū Tāngata is more than a programme; it’s a conversation that we need to have around the dinner table, classroom, maraes and community.”

An online learning programme, E Tū Tāngata encourages personal reflection, group work and community contribution.

But it is so much more than scratching the surface, with very real research at its heart.

Psychologist Gabrielle Bisseker leads the research team behind the programme, ensuring a strong evidence-based foundation for the social enterprise.

She is supported by the University of Canterbury’s Dr Myron Friesen, who has a focus on developing, implementing and evaluating E Tū Tāngata using the Theory of Change framework from Harvard University.

And it has had Sir Steve Hansen’s support from square one, with the former head coach of the All Blacks describing the programme as embracing humanity at its best. “Everyone wants to be valued and cared about, it is the greatest thing that can happen to any individual because it gives them worth and if you have worth, you can go out and achieve whatever you want to do,” Sir Steve says.

Pointing to our high suicide rates in New Zealand, Sir Steve says it’s critical that we start looking at anything we can do to help in this area and starting the conversation is the first step to solving it. “Success creates a perception, but doesn’t actually define who you really are; I think your character does that,” Sir Steve says.

“It’s not about one person succeeding; it’s about all succeeding together. Jay wanted to put together E Tū Tāngata to start that conversation, understand the key principles around this and how we can be successful together.”

In the words of sportsman of the year Israel Adesanya, “If you see one of us shining – whether it be the netball team, the Black Caps, the sailors – pump them up; embrace them, because if they win, we win. If I win, you win.”


 

Vested Interests


It’s time to in-vest! This style staple has made a welcome return and this sartorial season, designers are offering up just about every shape, size and silhouette imaginable.

BRAVE+TRUE PORTLAND VEST

 

Whether you opt for a sexy tuxedo design sans shirt like Kaia Gerber at Saint Laurent or a fluffy number to keep the chill at bay as spotted in the latest Coach lineup, vests are the optimal layering piece, adding dimension to any look.

MORRISON JONAH LEATHER VEST BLACK

 

CALVIN KLEIN VEST

 

BRAVE+TRUE KNIT VEST FAUX FUR TRIM

 

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