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Editor’s Perspective: June 20 2019

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi



There’s somewhat of a workplace hazard in my line of work in that when you surround yourself with passionate, inspiring people every day, something sometime is going to rub off. This month it really has and I’ve made some pretty drastic culinary changes myself.

In the pages ahead, you’ll find interesting and compelling viewpoints on sustainability in the food sector – how we can seek to feed a population of 10 billion by 2050. Suzy Amis Cameron – wife of Hollywood director James Cameron – talks about their journey to greater sustainability, for both the planet and our health.

The Camerons, who are both vegan, are passionate campaigners for the worldwide reduction of animal agriculture and consumption. But does the vegan lifestyle stack up nutritionally? We put that question to Dr Caryn Zinn, a New Zealand Registered Dietitian and senior lecturer and researcher at AUT.

Internationally, nationally and even locally there are some exciting things happening in the culinary space. We’ve checked out Rangiora’s very own Fools of Desire café, which has been exploring alternative protein sources and introduced insects to its menu last year.

Meanwhile, Beefy Green founders, Brad Lake and Brendon McIntosh have turned their talented hands to making hemp seed nutritional products here in Christchurch. I’m all for innovation and pushing the culinary envelope out. After all, what good is our number 8 wire mentality if we’re not using it for the greater good? It’s certainly food for thought.


Editor’s Perspective: June 6 2019

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt



Great things come from failure. Walt Disney, Henry Ford and George Foreman join an illustrious list of business greats who have experienced failure and bounced back – better than before. Recent advances in neuroscience have shown us that the brain is far more malleable than we ever thought possible and this may be the key to picking yourself up and dusting yourself off.

Noticing some students rebounded while others seemed devastated by even small setbacks, Carol Dweck made studying human motivation her life’s work. She spends her days diving into why some people succeed and some don’t and how much is within our control to foster success. Her theory of the two mindsets and the difference they make in the outcomes is incredibly powerful.

Dweck believes there are ‘fixed mindsets’ and ‘growth mindsets’, with success determined almost entirely on simply believing that you can improve. If you believe your qualities are unchangeable — the fixed mindset — you will want to prove that you’re right, rather than learning from your mistakes. Those with the growth mindset on the other hand, have a powerful passion for improvement.

“We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us,” Dweck writes in Mindset. “We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.” This issue we caught up with the brain coach for the All Blacks, Gilbert Enoka, about how we can be high achievers both on and off the field. Enjoy.


Editor’s Perspective: May 23 2019



It seems that I’m at that age now where, as cool as I think my new clothes are, my daughter doesn’t. In fact, she may even have referred to one of my favourite stores as ‘dowdy’. Ouch, the cutting words of a teenager!

But actually I’m OK with it. Georgia and I have very distinct tastes – distinctly different that is. But fact is, it’s never been my role to micromanage what she wears, nor to tell her what sports she should play or what friends she should hang out with. I’ve always viewed my role as helping her become the young lady she should be, in a safe and supported environment.

The world is full of different people – that’s the beauty of it and slowly, but surely, our young people are starting to recognise this. As social media comes under increasing scrutiny for contributing to poor mental health and body image, there are a growing number of young women who are using online platforms to empower and educate.

Locally, Kiwi influencers too are embracing the trend towards body positivity and empowerment. Whether it’s Auckland DJ and filmmaker Shaki Wasasala, aka Half Queen, showing off her body hair, writer and fat activist Ally Garrett proudly posing in a plus-size bikini, Sophia Malthus sharing the realities of life in a wheelchair, or wrestler and trans activist Leilani Tomoniko working to normalise transgenderism, it’s time for us all to get on the #bodypositivity bandwagon.

After all, in the words of Maya Angelou, “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength”.


Mid-century Magic

Mid-century décor is attractive, versatile and has staying power, with a classic shape and style that is timeless in its appeal.




When it came to deciding on designs for my recent flat renovation, I found myself overwhelmed with modern concepts and styles that didn’t truly reflect who I was. With a busy household I needed every piece to have a classic and comfortable purpose while staying true to a minimalist mindset. Mid-century modern décor was the answer.

Form and function are principles that we could live by and the defining characteristic of the mid-century period, which started roughly between 1935 and 1965 in America and throughout Europe. Frank Lloyd Wright, Warren & Mahoney and Arne Jacobsen are names synonymous with the mid-century design period which started roughly between the mid 30s to late 60s.

Juxtaposing sleek lines with organic shapes using new materials to reimagine traditional pieces for the modern household, there are a vast array of colours used from neutral to bold and notable graphic creations in contrasting black and white.
It has a resoundingly large following as of late and due to its popularity, you don’t have to spend a fortune on furniture as there are inspired pieces available at stores everywhere at every price.

Looking to invest in a treasured piece of mid-century magic? Ross Morrison of mr mod in St. Martins can accurately advise you on a piece’s origin, wood type, age, designer and correct restoration process. His recent show at CoCA last summer showcased selections from his vast mid-century collection and multi-generation passion for the genre.


Local Lad’s International Success

Portfolio Model Agency’s Jordan Barron has a whirlwind international career. However, the down to earth 25-year-old with the striking looks still calls Christchurch home.

Originally from Cambridgeshire UK, he moved here when he was 12. After finishing St Andrews College, Jordan was discovered by a modelling agency at Merivale’s Aikmans Bar. And next minute he had a 10-page Remix magazine shoot, and then modelled the Zambesi campaign, leading to experiences overseas.
He completed his degree in finance, accounting and commercial law, despite being asked to go to New York. Four years in Europe and Australia followed, with numerous events and working for brands such as Louis Vuitton and Harvey Nicholls in London, and Hugo Boss and Armani in Sydney, before returning home.

“Fashion has been one interest, but I have always been interested in the person behind the clothes. Being in my 20s, my taste will evolve and change as I grow. I believe everyone’s style is a measure of someone’s story, values and confidence.”
He says modelling comes with tension, and when you are young it is often more difficult to stay true to who you are.
“Continuing to mature and learn about having good people around me will only help me understand the modelling landscape better. It’s a bit like the plains of Africa. In serving that landscape you deal with a lot of rejection and opportunities. This teaches me so much more about who I am; some of my greatest life lessons have come from those.”

Jordan’s friends didn’t understand modelling initially. “The great thing about my close friends and family is that they have kept me grounded. The funniest story was when my friend went to kiss a new girlfriend, he looked up, and there was a poster of me on her wall and his date didn’t go too well!
“I’m a big believer in as we move through life our choices shape who we are. I’ve learnt more about that in the last year especially. I don’t see myself as a role model – we all have a story which informs someone else’s story. I always have hope. We can all help someone or something else as we move through life.
“I’ve always been proud to be a Kiwi – it’s been great to come home after a long stint away.”


Son of a Gunn: Q&A with Jason Gunn

Jason Gunn has spent the bigger portion of his career lighting up television sets and now he’s got the radio airwaves buzzing.


The beloved entertainer doesn’t pull punches and tells it like it is, but with a true warmth and empathy that comes from a heart of gold. So it’s not surprising that Jason Gunn is turning his charitable hand to supporting Cholmondely Childrens Centre. We catch up with the son of a Gunn about his life in the limelight.


You have recently added ‘tech designer’ to your list of credentials, how did this come about?
The folk at Slingshot came to me with this amazing opportunity to design a modem – as in… the outside of the modem… I have no idea what goes on inside. So I got together with a professional designer (my original stick drawings were never gonna cut it) and we came up with my ‘piece of art’ which is all about ‘Staying Connected’ with friends and whanau.

Cholmondeley is a fantastic charity to align yourself with, why did you choose this one?
Cholmondeley is a magical place that does so much good for families in Canterbury. When things are tough at home, Cholmondeley allows kids to stay for a while so things can settle down and the kids can return to a happy home. They help families from all over Canterbury – the only problem is not enough of us know about Cholmondeley and they need our support to support these families.

How does it feel to get the opportunity to use your profile to support such good causes?
What’s the point of having any sort of ‘profile’ if you don’t do good with it? I see so many people out there trying to push their brand and profile just so they can get more free stuff and more money. The greatest feeling is giving back to others. And by giving to Cholmondeley you are giving to so many others.

You’ve also recently started a campaign to get Kiwi icon Thingee back on TV. It’s been 25 years, how much do you miss him?
I can’t start to explain how much I miss him. I am so over what so much of TV is about. All this unscripted reality is so ridiculously scripted and the furthest thing from reality. It dumbs us down!
Bringing Thingee back is all about clever, heartfelt, light-hearted entertainment that takes us back to simple times when we lived in the now a lot more.

You are one of the most recognised faces on New Zealand television. Why do you think New Zealand has connected so strongly with you?
Those are very kind words. I think I’ve just been me. I haven’t tried to be someone else. I don’t think I’m special in any way. I guess I connect well with people – I enjoy enabling others to shine.
I remember meeting a few big egos early on and thinking I never want to be like that. I’ve tried to stay relatable and I’m just like those people that watch me – I get so bloody excited if I meet someone actually famous and there’s always a drama going on somewhere in my life. As a parent there’s always a lot of balls in the air and like all parents you just want to spend as much time with your kids as you can. Family comes first.

It’s heading up to a year in April since you were joined by Jay-Jay in the afternoons from 3-7pm on MoreFM and it’s an amazing partnership! How has it been going?
JayJay is an incredible broadcaster. But more so she is amazing with her listeners and fans. When you walk down the street people come up to her all the time and she always stops to chat and makes them feel important. That’s a real gift. She’s very patient with my stories too and puts up with my hatred towards reality TV very well!

What have been some of your biggest standout career highlights?
I’ve been lucky enough to meet some well-known people – Prince Charles and Michael J Fox were highlights. I’ve travelled to some amazing places – we’ve broadcast live from Stewart Island, Universal Studios and Tokyo… But the real highlight is the New Zealanders I’ve met. The everyday people like me who just love living here and have a story to tell. And it’s a bloody good story! The visits to schools and I think the visits to hospitals are the two biggest highlights; being able to use your so called ‘profile’ for good. And trust me… things are very quickly put into respective when you are sitting with children in hospital!

What has the rest of 2019 got in store for you?
I am so excited to launch my new business I’ve talked about it for years and now I’m doing it. I want to teach others how to be at their best in front of an audience on stage, on camera and online. I’ve managed to somehow build a career on just saying a few words… and now I want to enable others to do the same. Email me!


Shaun Wallace

The Dark Destroyer: Q&A with Shaun Wallace

I had the opportunity to sit down at Sugarhorse on Moorhouse Avenue with the star of TV’s The Chase, the one and only Dark Destroyer himself, Mr Shaun Wallace.


Shaun Wallace


Shaun was in New Zealand with Believe it or Not Quizz nights thanks to Brendan Lochead. “All he did for eight days whilst here was give his time, energy and passion. He must be mentally exhausted. We’d be late for events because he’d be signing every piece of scrap paper offered by every school kid so nobody left disappointed.

“He is a true gentleman; never failed to put others first and genuinely delighted in people and the energy he drew from them. It’s a week of my life I’ll never forget.” After waiting patiently at Sugar Horse for a gap in the crowd I sat down with the man himself.


How have you enjoyed New Zealand so far Shaun?
It’s been fantastic; just been down in Queenstown Bungy Jumping with my tour manager Brendan. One of the reasons I came to New Zealand was to say thank you to all the wonderful people in New Zealand for making The Chase so successful. I’ve been blown away by the way I’ve been treated here. It’s been a wonderful adventure.


How’s The Chase? Still enjoying it?
Loving it. We celebrate our tenth anniversary this year and I’m the world’s first chaser, so love every minute of it. It’s a joy and a privilege to part of it.


Where to in the future for The Dark Destroyer?
Chase will go on, but I never take that for granted. Everything has a shelf life and until that day comes, I’ll just keep being the best chaser I can be.


How do you retain so much knowledge?
I’m a trained barrister. I’m trained to react under pressure, think under pressure, think calmly, think quickly and to research so I have all those key skills. Crucial skills in the final chase.


How do you find out all the information needed for the show?
We keep ourselves contemporary. We already know the basics… newspapers, films, music, awards – no information is useless information; you never know when you could be asked it.


What’s after New Zealand?
Well this is the second leg of my world tour and I’m going back to England for a day’s rest then doing a cruise ship in the Caribbean. It’s not hard work, I’m just thanking the people for putting me in the position I am today. I’m truly grateful.


Your book, Chasing the Dream, tell us about it?
Well the story started and ended when I lost (gameshow) Are you an Egghead? Let me tell my life story in the hour it takes to listen to Steely Dan’s greatest hits. I want people to realise that everybody’s story is not plain sailing.

I’ve had my share of disappointments. You can overcome them with a focus and determination and support but it’s the reflection in the mirror that determines where you go in life. I had an ambition as an 11-year-old that I wanted to be a lawyer. It’s about setting goals and challenges and all that does is bring you to the start line of another challenge.


What challenges do you want to achieve?
With fame comes responsibility, I want to use my fame to inspire the next generation of people. I’m no different to anybody else. I don’t want to be better than anybody else. I want to see myself as a goal model rather than a role model.

My feet are firmly on the ground. If you look at my life and try to follow my philosophy that would be the greatest complement somebody could pay me. You can earn millions and millions of dollars, but mortality is the great leveller. When you’re dead you can’t take it with you but if you can use your name as a legacy down the years and say, that man stood for good things, then that’s what I want to achieve.



I left Sugar Horse with a new appreciation for a gentleman who is not only someone with great knowledge but a great entertainer who is truly, and I mean truly, grateful for his life. Read his book Chasing the Dream and you’ll understand why.



Melinda Collins

Editor’s Perspective: 14 March 2019

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”
Arthur C. Clarke


Melinda Collins
Melinda Collins

My pancreas is broken. Somewhere along the way I had a virus and, when my immune system has waged war, it’s fought perhaps a little bit too hard, killing not just the virus, but also the cells in my pancreas.

Those cells were pretty handy, producing insulin to counteract any carbs I consumed. Without insulin, blood glucose levels skyrocket and your blood quickly turns acidic.

Just a few short years ago, the only real management plan for type 1 diabetes was to draw blood from your finger with a needle several times a day, then running it through a small testing metre that would determine your blood glucose levels so you could take action to keep them within range.

Keeping them in range traditionally involved a manual injection of insulin, but there was plenty of mathematics that went on behind the scenes to ensure you were taking the right ratio of insulin for your food.

Today my insulin is delivered by insulin pump and, while I still need to tell it how many carbs I’m consuming and what my insulin/carb ratio is, it does the hard graft itself.

A Freestyle Libre blood glucose sensor embedded in my arm reads my blood glucose levels constantly and I scan it with my mobile to get the data. However the latest addition to my gadget collection is a Miaomiao.

Attached to my sensor, it automatically transmits the data and sends it to my smart watch. Now all that it requires to check my blood glucose levels is to look at my watch!

Digital tech gets a bit of a bad rap, but you know what, it does some pretty impressive stuff too.



Engelbert Humperdinck

A Sultry Swooner: Engelbert Humperdinck

Best known as a contemporary romantic balladeer, Engelbert Humperdinck’s passion for life and music appears endless.


Engelbert Humperdinck


The 82-year-old legendary entertainer is returning to Christchurch on March 2 with his The Man I Want To Be Tour and says he loved visiting New Zealand. “It’s very near and dear to me. I love New Zealand. I’m not just saying that because I’m coming there… I love it mainly because they love my music.”

First released 52 years ago on Engelbert’s Release Me album, Ten Guitars is considered by many as the unofficial anthem of New Zealand. Engelbert was delighted how popular the song became. “It’s massive over there. When I’m there I have to sing it a couple of times. I sing it once (myself) and then the audience sings it.”

With over half of a century in the musical business, the father of four and grandfather of eight says he has no plans to stop. “I’m not ready to sit in front of the fire place and put my knees up and keep watching TV. No, no, no.
“I’m still very active and my stage performance is very active… it’s almost like it used to be in the years gone by.”


Engelbert says people “are usually surprised at the way I move on stage”. “To be honest I don’t feel (and people tell me) I don’t look my age, thank God. I’m still moving and dancing around on stage – it’s no problem for me.”
Described often in the media as a “sultry swooner”, Engelbert has had his fair share of female attention when on stage but says “that was a thing of the past”.

Asked if he still has underwear thrown at him, he replied “No. Occasionally somebody might do it to get attention it’s a thing of the past and I’m glad because none of those panties fit me,” he laughs. He puts his agility and good health down to exercise and losing 31lbs. “I’ve just finished doing a TV special in Hawaii (which is going to be released pretty soon) and I thought ‘I must look how I used to in the old days’ so I went on a strict diet and slimmed down.”


His daily routine consists of half an hour on the treadmill in the morning as well as hitting the gym. “I think you should respect your body because without your body working correctly, you have no life.” The veteran singer entered the world as Arnold George Dorsey. He was born and grew up in Madras, India, as the youngest of 10 children. His family moved to Leicester, England where his music career began.

During his career he has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 23 platinum, four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Las Vegas Walk of Fame.  He has performed for the Queen four times and many dignitaries around the world. He put out his latest studio album, The Man I Want To Be in November last year with two notable covers from Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars.

Engelbert says he likes to keep up-to-date in today’s music world. “I listen to programmes like The Voice and other talent shows. I listen to the music because the people that are singing it are usually singing what is happening in today’s world… so I keep up with my musical learning in that respect.”

On his New Zealand tour he will be showcasing new music as well as original hits including Quando Quando Quando, Release Me, A Man Without Love, The Last Waltz and Am I That Easy To Forget. He says his latest album was also a love letter to his, wife of 52 years Patricia Healy, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.


A strong believer in holistic and eastern medicine, Engelbert says she now has round the clock care at their California home but continues to fight the disease. “She does understand what you are talking about although she can’t reciprocate.”

He says her treatment consists of holistic medicine and acupuncture. “Actually you know she’s making progress… very slow… and one has to be patient and keep the prayers coming in. Eastern medicine seems to be taking an effect on her which is good.”
With a long career in the music industry, Engelbert says he’s had a few regrets – the biggest being a choice in management. “I’ve made some bad decisions in my career… for instance management, which has hindered me in my career.”

With his eyes firmly on the future, Engelebert has a message for his Christchurch fans. “You can tell them I’m happy to be coming back to their wonderful country and I hope the people who come and see my show enjoy the programme I am bringing them.”



Lydia Ko

Driving Ambition: Q&A with Lydia Ko

Sporting star Lydia Ko came swinging into collective consciousness in 2015 when the Korean-born New Zealander became the world’s number one ranked professional woman golfer. At just 17 years of age, she was the youngest player of either gender to be ranked number one in the sport.


 Lydia Ko


Labelled as a transcendent figure in the sport in 2017 by LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan, she has paved the way for young girls to enter a male dominated sport and demonstrated just what is possible when you’re led by your heart.
“Some players change records, but what Lydia has done is change expectations for every young girl,” Whan says.

“It used to be you’d dream of making it to the LPGA someday, but someday meant in your 20s, and playing your best golf even later. Lydia has changed those expectations.
“Girls believe they can now do it at 14 and that’s because she was the one who did it first.”

Metropol caught up with the world-leader on the road for the 2019 LPGA Tour.


What drives you as a sportswoman?
I love the continuous challenge of the game and thrill of competing! I feel like there is no perfect round of golf and no matter what ranked player you are, you can always improve!


You have taken out some of the biggest accolades in the sport both nationally and globally, what have been some of the most memorable experiences for you?
Winning my two majors was probably some of the biggest moments in my career so far. However, I think my favourite moment ever was competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics and to be able to represent not only myself, but also my country and to be in that atmosphere alongside the best athletes in the world.


How did it feel to become a Member of the Order of New Zealand (MNZM) in the New Year’s Honours?
It is a huge honour to have received the MNZM! I’m very lucky to be able to do what I love. To be awarded this prestigious Royal New Zealand honour is something I’m very grateful and proud of.


You have been described as changing expectations for every young girl, how does it feel to be in a position to give future generations something to dream of and aspire to?
Hearing from juniors that I am their role model and that I inspire them, actually inspires me to become a better player, person and role model, and make the game a little bit better for them!


Why do you think you’ve been able to do so well – is it hard work, dedication, passion or all of the above?
I think I have been very fortunate with the things that have happened in my career so far and I truly believe I am where I am today because of all the love and support all my team and family have given me every step of the way.


What do the next 12 months have in store for you?
This will be my 6th year on the LPGA for me! I’m really looking forward to another fun year on tour.