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From figures to fitness


Super sporty but also great with numbers, a young accountant’s dream of running a fitness business proves living your true passion, really does add up.

 

“I always wanted to have a job that felt more like a hobby and never really saw my future as sitting at a desk all day,” says Olivia, a qualified Reformer Pilates instructor.

At the start of the year, the 28-year-old said goodbye to her corporate career and launched Grounded Pilates, upstairs in the lofty light-filled studio at 150 Office Road in Merivale.

A friend thought up the befitting name of Grounded Pilates, using Olivia’s unique surname Groundwater, which hails from Scotland’s Orkney Isles.

“I fell in love with pilates in 2017 when I was an Accountant at Covent Garden in London for a global media company. The highlight of my day was running across the street at lunchtime for a Reformer Pilates session. I just loved the atmosphere and the workout.”

Olivia then returned to Auckland from London. While continuing to work in the finance industry she also completed the STOTT Reformer Pilates course and frequented pilates studios.

Determined not to postpone her dream life, she hunted for the perfect space back in her hometown of Christchurch.

She grew up near Dunsandel, then as boarder at Christchurch Girls High, she played netball for Canterbury and loved volleyball, basketball and everything health and fitness.

“I always enjoyed the business side of things as well. My partner is a banker, so starting my own fitness business seemed right, and combines everything I know and love, and I hope to expand in the future. I’ve noticed since the rebuild, everyone is open to trying out new things here in Christchurch.”

She says Reformer Pilates is popular overseas and is gaining traction in Canterbury. Reformer Pilates helps us build a stronger core, improves posture, mood, body shape, muscle tone and increases flexibility. “It’s strength building of lean muscle with a workout that doesn’t leave you exhausted. It really works your core strength.”

Olivia has invested in high-quality machines made in USA and says they are amazing to work with.Pilates was founded by German physical trainer Joseph Pilates in the 1920s and incorporates the mind as well as the body.

“Your mind has to be fully engaged throughout the whole workout. It’s great for the brain and body co-ordination, and for all ages. So far the youngest is 18 and the oldest in her 70s.

“We spend so much time hunched over our phones, laptops and steering wheels these days; pilates is the perfect antidote to help us correct our postures and put our shoulders back!”

The upstairs studio is everything she envisioned – high ceilings, exposed beams, light painted brick, and fresh air, and a separate changing room.

“The regular class sizes are small, just six people. Classes are all run by me at this stage, so I am able to give them all my personal attention. Everyone has been so friendly – it really doesn’t feel like I’m at work!“

Metropol has five Grounded Pilates sessions to give away to a lucky reader. To enter head to the Metropol Facebook page.


 

Law firm promotions


Pegasus Bay Law is pleased to announce that Anneliese Muldoon and Jess Voysey have been promoted to Associates within the firm.

Pegasus Bay Law Associates Jess Voysey (left) and Anneliese Muldoon (right).

Anneliese is an experienced solicitor who is based in the Kaiapoi office where she is available to assist with the sale and purchase of homes and businesses, as well as your will, enduring powers of attorney and other general legal matters.

Anneliese has been a solicitor in the North Canterbury region for the past four years. She is a North Canterbury local herself and outside of work, loves spending time with her young family.

Jess has been in the Christchurch office for the past two years and, like Anneliese, she is about to assist with the sale and purchase of your home or business, as well as your will, enduring powers of attorney and other general legal matters. Outside work, Jess enjoys baking and taking her dog on adventures.

The team at Pegasus Bay Law can assist you with your legal needs including buying and selling residential property, financing, commercial leasing, buying and selling small businesses, family law matters, wills, enduring powers of attorney, trusts and estates.

Contact the offices on 03 386 2211 (Mairehau), 03 928 1215 (Kaiapoi), or by emailing reception@pegasusbaylaw.co.nz


 

Maat Group: Putting your investment dollar to work


Equity Investment Specialists, Maat Group, continues to bring value to the national commercial landscape and investors alike.

Metropol talks to Managing Director Neil Tuffin about how commercial property equity investment can make your dollar work harder for you.


What does the Maat Group offer and what does your name mean?
Maat Group is a commercial property equity investment company. Maat Group adopted the Egyptian goddess Maat as its symbol; she’s the goddess of truth, justice and balance.


What is commercial property equity investment?
It’s the purchase of commercial property as a direct property investment. By investing as a shareholder in a company formed for the purchase of an investment, the investor is able to purchase a larger property with a better yield than what is available if purchasing as an individual. The shareholder becomes a part owner in the property, along with other investors. The property is fully managed for investors including property management, financial management and general administrative duties.


How long do investors have to leave their money in the investment for?
Our equity investments don’t have any fixed time frame. Investors are encouraged to remain in the investment long term as this passive investment can provide capital gain over time. If circumstances arise that mean an investor has to exit, we can assist with this and facilitate the sale of these shares to the incoming investor. You can contact us for further clarification on our exit process at any time.


Do you charge any investment fees?
The company formed to purchase the investment property pays for the management for the property along with additional expenses such as accounting or audit fees. These are paid from the rental income of the property and don’t affect the distribution rate. The fee structure is set out in the product disclosure statement (PDS) which is available at the time of investment.


How often do investors receive distribution payments from you and is it taxed?
We distribute our returns on investments on the 20th day of each month. If you’re invested as an individual or as a joint partnership, we’re required to deduct your tax portion prior to your distribution payment each month. Our investments are run as a PIE investment with the tax rates of 10.5 percent, 17.5 percent and 28 percent. If you’re invested under a trust or company, you may elect a zero percent tax rate for your investment.


What is the minimum investment?
The minimum investment for our equity investments is $25,000. You can purchase multiple shares in each investment up to a maximum of 20 percent of the share parcels on offer.


Do investors earn capital gain?
The capital gain would be paid at the time of the sale of the property. Investors may receive a capital gain payment in addition to their original share price if the property is sold in excess of the original purchase price


 

Adding a furry new addition


A new furry addition to the family is always an exciting time, but it can be stressful too! There are lots of things to learn and things to prepare for. Diana of the Ourvets team has recently had a new addition, Rupert, a gorgeous, nine-week-old corgi. We caught up with Diana about what she considered when taking on her new addition.

 

 

Did you request any information from the breeder?

Absolutely. I asked about worming, any vaccinations which had already been done and which diet he had been on; all three of these are important to continue (or start) once the new pup arrives with you.

Puppies need to have more frequent worming treatments when they’re young.

All puppies are born with worms, so it’s important to get on top of these.

The best way to protect your puppy is by vaccinating.

As with worming, they receive more frequent vaccines as puppies, so it’s important to get the timing right.

Meanwhile, having some of the diet that the puppy was eating previously is a good way to avoid an upset tummy – even if it’s only to transition them onto the diet you intend on feeding them long-term.


What else will you do now that you have him?

I’m definitely going to get him microchipped and registered with the Companion Animal Register (NZCAR).

I will also organise insurance for him. Starting puppy preschool is also high on the list (he’s quite the rascal!).

There are many insurers that even offer a free period for puppies and kittens!

It’s a great idea to shop around for insurance to find the best fit for you and your pup, as there are many options.


Ourvets holds puppy preschool classes in St Albans and Halswell.

These are focused mainly on educating owners on raising well-rounded, happy pups at home, and less focused on teaching specific commands (although we do cover this too!).

These are just a handful of things to consider. Remember, the best place to get pet advice is from your veterinarian.

Ourvets recommends ‘Best for Pet’ – a preventative healthcare plan that will give your pet discounts and free consultations so you can ask all the questions you have without the worry of cost.

Ask in clinic to find out more, or visit www.bestforpet.co.nz.


 

Building trust


Recent Australian research has found that ‘trust’ is the foundation of all human connections. The same research showed that while there are people and professions trusted for their honesty, equally there are people and organisations that are distrusted. “This goes to the heart of corporate culture and governance for every company,” (partner content from Roy Morgan – Time magazine).

 

 

For employees struggling with mental health issues, for instance, the downside of taking substantial leave is that not only do they lose important social contact with work colleagues, but the thought of returning to work after a long period away can be quite daunting.

Successful reintegration back into the workplace and re-establishing social networks is vital to both employees and employers.

Catherine Overend, Director of Braided Foundations Ltd, says whatever struggles employees are dealing with, be it fiscal, emotional, poor health or disability issues, if there was trust amongst employees and employers to iron out any workplace problems through services, such as those offered by Braided Foundations Ltd, then organisations would work more efficiently.

This would result in a higher chance of wellbeing in the workplace.

“It is so important to help bring about civil society. It doesn’t have to be that difficult; it’s manageable and workable,” Catherine says.

“Braided Foundations helps employers and employees find alternative ways to bring about change and enhance the work environment for everyone.”

For further information on Braided Foundations Supervision, in-house workshops or its Employment Assisted Counselling service, phone 027 444 0243,
email braidedfoundations@gmail.com or check out the website.


 

Let’s talk travel


We talk travel with House of Travel Ferrymead owners Mel Hubber and Kim Beswick, in the first of an ongoing column.

You are both working mums, tell us more about your families?
Kim: My partner Tony & I have a gorgeous three-year-old son, Theo, who seems to be in charge at our place as well as my partner’s 21-year-old son. It’s a busy, happy house.

Mel: I am a stepmum to a wonderful 18-year-old, Olivia who we have just helped relocate into the halls at Auckland University for her first year of a business degree. My husband and I have now found ourselves as empty-nesters.

Where was your most memorable holiday and why?
Kim: Such a hard question! Borneo was a wonderful holiday for us, amazing wildlife and scenery. Also, Theo’s first trip when he was a baby and we stayed in a villa in Provence.

Mel: Egypt because I had always dreamed of seeing the pyramids and the Sphinx since I was young. Plus I went there on my own (and joined a group trip) which was scary but exhilarating at the same time.

What destination is on your wish list for 2020?
Kim: This year we are planning to go to London, Barcelona and Dubai for the World Expo in October and a quick trip soon to Auckland to see Book of Mormon.

Mel: Tahiti is just such an idyllic destination quite close to home and no shopping temptations as I just can’t help myself.


 

Pumpkin, Sundried Tomato & Feta Ravioloni in a Sage Cream Sauce


This exceptional recipe from Pasta Vera is a delicious way to get through autumn.

Traditional Italian meal, ravioli with sage butter

Serves 3-4

INGREDIENTS
400g Pasta Vera Pumpkin, Sundried Tomato & Feta Ravioloni
1-2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1-2 tablespoons dried chopped sage or 1/4 cup of chopped fresh sage
3/4 cup dry white wine
2/3 cup cream
1/4 cup parmesan cheese shavings
Fresh sage to garnish

METHOD
Melt butter in a frying pan over medium heat.

Add pecans and stir until fragrant and slightly darkened in colour (about three minutes). Transfer the pecans into a small bowl.

Add the onion and sage to the same frying pan and sauté until fragrant for 30 seconds. Add the wine and cream and increase the heat, bringing the pan to a simmer until the sauce has reduced for around five minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large saucepan, cook Pasta Vera Pumpkin, Sundried Tomato & Feta Ravioloni in boiling water for three to four minutes.

Serve the sauce over the ravioloni and top with pecans, parmesan shavings and fresh sage.


 

Relish this…


Leveraging two decades of experience and expertise supplying gherkins and pickled onions into many of New Zealand’s largest and most recognisable food service customers, Gordon’s Pickles has now launched an impressive range of ‘ready to serve’ quality products, available direct from the factory door.

 

Amongst a selection of sliced and whole gherkins, chilli and honey-flavoured, and traditional pickled onions, the bestseller at ‘The Picklery’ Retail Shop since opening in July 2017, is Gordon’s ‘Ready to Rage’ Gherkin Relish.

The relish is famous for its tangy punch and strong gherkin flavour, complemented with herbs and spices. Try with cold meats, cheese and crackers, and even in a toasted sandwich.

Gordon’s ‘Ready to Rage’ Gherkin Relish Dip

INGREDIENTS
125g sour cream
Orange or red capsicum – finely chopped
Chilli sauce (Optional)
Fresh parsley to garnish

METHOD
Combine sour cream and capsicum with Gordon’s ‘Ready to Rage’ Gherkin Relish to taste.

Serve with corn chips, crackers or crostinis. Enjoy!

The Picklery Retail Shop is open weekdays from 8am to 4pm. Eftpos is available onsite (no credit/Paywave) and off-street parking makes shopping a breeze.

Visit them today at 1 Timothy Place, Wigram, call 03 3480 223, or email gordonspickles@xtra.co.nz.


 

Simple done beautifully


The philosophy at Culverden’s Red Post Café is all about simple food cooked beautifully.

 

Locals keep coming back to enjoy the quality coffee and delicious menu options, all set amongst the picturesque country villa surroundings.

For more than 12 years, a long-time favourite dish has been the Salmon Souffle, a secret recipe that contains only salmon, spinach, potato, cream cheese, eggs and lemon.

The gluten-free meal makes a light and tasty dish served with salad.

Another popular item is the coated and pan-fried Blue Cod, which is also presented alongside salad and either fries or mash.

Belgian Waffles – introduced to the breakfast menu last year – is also following the other items as a real fan favourite.

The waffles are delicately toasted and served with grilled bacon, blueberries and drizzled with maple syrup.

Red Post Café, located at 2 Highfield St, is open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 4:30pm, Fridays 8am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5:30pm.

The menu caters for children and those with both vegetarian and gluten-free diets.

They can also host special occasions and functions, or provide catering platters so you can enjoy Red Post Café’s delicious fare at your venue of choice.

For more information, phone 03 315 8492.


 

how to achieve the perfect smokey eye


The thought of creating a smokey eye can be daunting but below Nikita has created some tips and tricks to help you try it out for yourself.

 

  1. Prime your eyelids. A good base is vital, so having your lids oil free is a must! There are a range of eye primers available or you can use Nikita’s trick and buff translucent powder into your eyelids. This helps get rid of any oils and mattifies the eyelid for eyeshadow.
  2. Apply a transition colour through your crease using a fluffy eye blending brush. A transition shade helps blend all the colours together. Opt for an orange or light brown shade as these tend to work with any eyeshadow colours. Make sure to blend this in well.
  3. Apply a deep brown shadow first (and then blend) before applying your black shadow. Have you ever noticed how a smokey eye turns a blue/grey colour during the day? This is because the black shadow oxidises with the oils on your eyelid as the day goes on. Unfortunately, no matter how much eye primer you apply, you can’t stop your eyelids from producing oils during the day, so a brown shade is essential if you want to help prevent this.
  4. Blend blend blend! The key to a good smokey eye is blending. Use a small fluffy eye brush to blend out every layer of colour as you go and don’t forget to blend at the very end to make sure there are no harsh lines.
  5. Apply your favourite mascara or falsies to complete the look.