Living Life: May 30, 2019

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LIVINg

LIfE

MAY 2019

Discovering

Positive

retireM ent

INSIDE

in ourhearts

What we eat affect

our mental health

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Meet Helen Sian

India

PagE 3

a retirement village

that has style

PagE 9

The Suzuki Vitara

turns 30

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UNDERSTaNDINg

NUTRITION’S ROLE

IN MENTaL HEaLTH

In recent decades, scientists discovered an

uncomfortable truth: What we eat affects

our mental health.

Julia Rucklidge is a professor of

Clinical Psychology in UC’s Psychology

department and the Director of the

Mental Health and Nutrition Research

Group. Her interests in nutrition and

mental illness grew out of research

showing poor outcomes for individuals

with significant psychiatric illness despite

receiving conventional treatments for their

conditions.

In the last decade, Professor Rucklidge and

her lab have been running clinical trials

investigating the role of broad-spectrum

micronutrients in

the expression

of mental

illness,

specifically ADHD, mood disorders,

anxiety and stress. She is passionate about

helping people find alternative treatments

for their psychiatric symptoms and being

a voice for those who have felt let down by

the public healthcare system.

Professor Rucklidge has over 100 peerreviewed

publications, has given invited

talks all over the world on her work on

nutrition and mental health, and her

work is often featured in the media. An

award-winning researcher, she received

the Ballin Award from the New Zealand

Psychological Society, a Braveheart

award for her contribution to making

Christchurch a better place to live, and

was named among the most influential

women in New Zealand Innovation &

Science in the Women of Influence 2018

awards. Her 2014 TEDx talk has been

viewed close to a million times.

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UNDERSTaNDINg

Understanding is a key characteristic needed in all aspects of life. Here are six helpful

reminders for better understanding.

1. Bring empathy -- the skill of putting yourself in someone’s shoes - to all of your

interactions

2. Listen actively

3. Look past first impressions

4. Recognize that most people are self-centered, not cruel or mean-spirited

5. Pay attention to body language to better understand a person’s mood and intentions

6. Note that people, in general, do what is best for themselves

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DESIgN Denise Crawford


HELEN

SIaN

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C ommunity inf luencer

My passion is to teach people

simple yoga techniques which they

can then use as tools for their own

mental health support and physical

wellbeing. Originally from the

UK, Helen transplanted to New

Zealand four years ago. She is the

owner of Yoga Live, an online yoga

platform, which enables her clients

to participate in a yoga class from

the comfort of their own home.

Helen’s philosophy is, “In order to

understand ourselves and others

well, it’s important that we calm our

mind down using our bodies. When

we can pause and listen to our

thoughts with movement, we are

able to see life clearly.”

Try these 5 poses and stretches to

bring calm into your mind and

body.

STaNDINg PRayER

Come to stand with your feet

together or slightly apart. Bring

your hands together in-front of your

chest. Gently lift your toes off the

floor, spread them apart and pop

them back down again. Take some

time to focus on your breath and

how it sounds and feels. Notice the

pressure and warmth of your hands.

Be aware of your feet as you use

your muscles to balance. Stay here

for 1 minute.

CHILDS

Come to all fours and open your

knees wide, bring your big toes

together and gently guide your chest

and head to the floor as you reach

your arms over your head onto the

floor. Relax through your hips and

belly and enjoy taking a few deep

breaths. Stay here for 1 minute.

PaLM TREE

Come to stand with your feet under

your hips. As you inhale reach your

arms out and up over your head,

at the same time coming up onto

the balls of your feet. Hold the

breath in at the top. On your exhale,

draw your arms towards each

other behind you, squeezing your

shoulder blades together and lower

your arms back to your side whilst

lowering down onto your heels.

Repeat 6 times.

CaT/COW

Come onto all fours, with your

hands directly under your shoulders

and knees under your hips. If you

have any issues with your knees, pop

a blanket underneath or curl your

toes under. With an inhale, drop

your belly to the floor whilst lifting

your tailbone up to the ceiling and

gazing forward. As you breathe out,

curve your spine up to the ceiling

and tuck your head into your chest.

Push the floor away with your hands

to open up. Repeat 6 times.

SEaTED STRETCH

Come to sit with your legs crossed

and a cushion under your bum.

Reach your arms out to the side and

as you inhale reach your arms up

and over your head. As you breathe

out, lower your arms back down to

your sides. Repeat 6 times.

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THE ExERCISE aND

DEMENTIa LINk

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Dementia is an umbrella term used to

describe a group of symptoms that affect

how a person’s brain works. 60,000 Kiwis

have dementia & that number is expected to

almost triple by 2050.

While Dementia can affect anyone, the

chances of developing dementia increase as a

person ages.

The most common form of dementia is

Alzheimer’s disease with two out of three

of those diagnosed with dementia having

Alzheimer’s.

Symptoms vary between individuals, but

common ones include changes in memory,

thinking, behaviour, personality and

emotions which have an impact on a person’s

everyday life.

Dementia is progressive, with the changes

that affect the brain slowly spreading and

making symptoms worse.

There has been no single cause linked with

the onset of dementia however research

released in 2014 in The World Alzheimer

Report suggests that there are some simple

steps people can take regarding their lifestyle

in order to reduce the risk of dementia in

later life. They recommend that: ‘what is good

for the heart is also good for the brain’ and

that any changes to lifestyle factors can have

an impact, meaning it’s never too late to start

making health improvements.

Maintaining healthy weight, exercising

moderately and regularly and eating a

well- balanced diet will help prevent high

cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes

and obesity in the short term and in the long

term reduce your dementia risk. Being a

nonsmoker and consuming alcohol at safe

levels can also help.

Just 30 minutes a day, five days a week is all

that’s needed to ward off a range of lifestyle

diseases and conditions, and is the minimum

level recommended to reduce dementia risk.

When we think of exercise, we should also

include mental activity as well as physical. By

learning new skills and completing mentally

challenging activities can help keep you alert.

Social contact is one of the benefits of group

exercise. Whether it’s walking with company,

taking a class, or heading to an exercise

facility or gym, getting amongst like-minded

people while getting active is a fantastic way

to keep social and healthy.

If you are worried about someone you love

displaying symptoms of dementia, or if you

are experiencing these symptoms yourself,

then an appointment with your GP is the first

step, as an early diagnosis means treatment

and management can begin. But don’t wait

for the signs, start now by reducing your risks

by getting active and making healthy lifestyle

choices today.

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National Volunteer Week (June 16-22) celebrates the

collective contribution of the 1.2 million volunteers

who enrich Aotearoa New Zealand. This year’s theme

is “Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together”.

Volunteering, Mahi Aroha and social action weave

people and communities together. Volunteering is a

powerful movement. When we volunteer our time,

we send a message about what is important in our

communities. This National Volunteer Week we

celebrate the diversity of volunteers and volunteering,

Mahi Aroha and social action in Aotearoa. We

celebrate everyone who creates connections in

NaTIONaL

VOLUNTEER

WEEk 2019

their own communities from the Marae to the

Mosque, from our biggest cities to our most remote

communities. We celebrate everyone who volunteers

in times of crisis, in times of healing and everyone

who makes time and space to walk alongside

others. Around the country volunteering will be

being celebrated – here in Christchurch we will start

the week at an Expo on Sunday 16th June aimed

at our younger volunteers at Turanga Library and

celebrate outstanding contributions by volunteers at a

Volunteer Recognition event on Monday 17th June.

COMMUNITy

SERVICE

OPPORTUNITIES

A member organisation is looking

for driving coaches to help with

their programme which supports

adults and young students (aged

25 to 64 years of age) from

refugee and migrant backgrounds

to practice and improve their

driving skills in preparation for

restricted and full licence tests.

Being independently mobile is

hugely important to these people

as they resettle in new Zealand

– to get to work, study and

access other services. this role,

Driving coach, is listed on the

volunteering canterbury database,

www.volcanmatch.com, under

the categories of ‘driving’ and

‘mentoring’.

if you have half a day per week

available and are interested

in learning and assisting in

providing advocacy and advice to

beneficiaries, this volunteer role

may be for you. You will assist staff

in dealing with telephone queries,

take messages, and contribute

to the support and wellbeing of

people who are often amongst

the most seriously disadvantaged

members of our community by

helping them find positive solutions

to issues they may be facing. this

role, Advocate, is listed on the

volunteering canterbury database,

www.volcanmatch.com, under

the categories of ‘support’ and

‘administration’.

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CaNTERBURy fILM SOCIETy’S

WINTER fILM LaUNCH

Join the Canterbury Film Society on Monday

1st July for the start of their second half of

year showings.

The 2019 winter film season begins with

a double screening of Daisies and Heart

of a Dog, and new members are warmly

welcome. The venue is centrally located at

the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o

Waiwhetū.

Doors open at 6.30pm with a start time

between 7 to 7:30 as people love to mingle

and chat about the film or catch up with

each other. The Society’s goal is to captivate,

inform and inspire film buffs as well as

those on the hunt for alternative films to

mainstream cinema offerings.

Enjoy a showcase of titles consisting of cool

classics, cult following films, documentaries,

the movies Daisies (left) and Max (above) will feature at the 2019 winter film

season.

New Zealand films, foreign language films

and world cinema titles. Join them for a single

showing or become a member which entitles

you to four double features, for just $70!

They are the best-kept film screening secret

in town! Contact: (03) 9604-629 or www.

canterburyfilmsociety.org.nz. Join them for a

truly engaging film experience!

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LLOyD

WEBBER

MUSIC

aT ITS fINEST

When Showbiz Christchurch wrapped up the

2018 season of Broadway Hitmen, they knew

from audience feedback there was a great

desire to hear more music from composer

Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The upcoming concert The Music of Andrew

Lloyd Webber was devised by Lloyd Webber

himself.

Showbiz Christchurch is renowned for

producing shows that could easily be at home

on Broadway or the West End. The Music of

Andrew Lloyd Webber is proving to be even

more popular than recent Showbiz concerts,

with the Grand Circle of the Isaac Theatre

Royal recently opened for sale for those who

weren’t quick enough to purchase tickets

when they went on sale at the end of last year.

Each musical vignette from The Phantom

of the Opera, Cats, Whistle Down the

Wind, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor

Dreamcoat, Song and Dance, Evita, Jesus

Christ Superstar and Starlight Express

features between two and four songs

performed by a full 33 piece on-stage

orchestra – the CSO. They’ll be sharing

the stage with 14 soloists from amongst

Canterbury’s top performers – some wellknown

to Christchurch audiences and some

new talent. There will also be a 30 strong

on-stage chorus, 21 ballet, Latin and musical

theatre dancers, and a children’s chorus

from Impact Dance and Stage School who

will perform numbers from Joseph and the

Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Whistle

Down the Wind.

“Some parts of the show will have 90 people

on stage at one time,” says Stage Manager

Mandy Perry who will be supported by a

team of Assistant Stage Managers to help coordinate

such a big cast. The set will feature

a series of asymmetrical raised platforms for

the orchestra designed by David Bosworth

of 4th Wall Theatre Services, and a concave

cyclorama which will provide a canvas for

lighting designer Grant Robertson of The

Light Site. “Everybody that’s working on the

show is really going to get a chance to show

off!” says Atlas “It will be gorgeous.”

INfOS aND BOOkINgS

• 7:30pm Friday 14 & Saturday 15 June.

Matinée: 4pm Sunday 16 June

• Tickets from tickekek.co.nz/showbiz or

Freephone: 0800 842 538

• Official show page: showbiz.org.nz/alwconcert

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Where you live,

can inspire

how you live.

At Elloughton Village you’re in great company.

Our community is rich and varied, made up of friends and neighbours who

have led amazing, inspiring lives. Teachers, preachers, nurses, naturopaths,

pilots and sports champs - it’s really quite an extraordinary group of people

you will find living here.

With superb amenities, beautiful surrounds, tailored care services and

engaging activities, you too will find a rewarding, inspiring life waiting for you

at Elloughton Village.

Jesse Schell, our Site Manager, would love to take you on a personalised tour,

answer any questions you have and introduce you to our vibrant, ever-growing

community. Give us a call to make an appointment.

Brand new, world-class,

architecturally-designed,

2-bedroom stand alone villas,

priced from just $380,000.

Advanced care facilities

Available on site if you need them

Leave no pet behind

Your family pet is welcome here

Peace of mind

St John medical alarm in every home

Brand new villas

With leading brand appliances

Discover inspired living at Elloughton Village.

Call Jesse now on 0800 155 155.

For a virtual tour of the Village and a villa go to www.elloughtonvillage.co.nz

www.elloughtonvillage.co.nz

1 Pages Road, Marchwiel, Timaru 7910

Our Village sales office has more information and is open from

Monday to Thursday. Bookings for tours are essential.


UNDERSTaNDINg

CaPaCITy

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As lawyers, we are required to meet with you and take your

instructions in order to help you complete the particular legal

task you are planning. Sometimes when we do this, we need to

take a little extra time to consider your mental capacity to make

decisions.

Mental capacity is a client’s capacity to make a decision.

Decision making requires that a client:

• understands the decision they are having to make

• can discuss with us the possible options available to them in a

way that shows they appreciate the risk and or benefit of those

options

• understands the impact that a decision, or the lack of a decision,

may have on them or their loved ones

• is able to articulate and discuss all of the above with us.

It is important to note that the level of capacity required isn’t the

same in every situation. For example, to make a Will, the legal

test is whether the client knows they are making a Will and the

effect of doing so, whether they understand the extent of the

assets they are dealing with, whether they comprehend the moral

claims which they ought to give effect to, and finally whether

they are free of any disorders of the mind that could distort their

decisionmaking.

However, when giving instructions to complete Enduring Powers

of Attorney, the test is lower and is satisfied if a client understands

the broad consequences of granting an enduring power of

attorney and can process the relevant information and appreciate

the nature and effect of the power they are giving.

Having these discussions with our clients is difficult. It can be

very confronting, both for our clients and for us. In a worst case

scenario, our clients can be very offended by us questioning their

capacity. This is not our intention. Our intention is to ensure that

the legal outcome our clients have set out to achieve, has the best

possible opportunity to succeed.

We are aware that if there is a likelihood that our client’s decision

might be challenged, one of the first questions that may be raised

is whether our client had the capacity required to make the

decision in the first place.

The best way of mitigating this risk is to

undertake a capacity assessment prior

to completing your legal work with

your health professional. It is best that

the assessment be scheduled as close as

possible to the appointment to complete

the legal work required.

At Harmans we have a specialist seniors

team to help you through the process of

setting up your legal deeds and dealing

with any queries you may have. Contact

Phillipa Shaw on 352-2293 to arrange an

appointment to discuss your situation.

ExERCISE THE MIND

SUDOkU - EaSy

SUDOkU - MEDIUM

QUICk CROSSWORD SOLUTIONS ON PagE 10

aCROSS

1 Style of art associated with

Picasso (6)

4 Former name of Iran (6)

8 Hangman’s loop (5)

9 Lone player (7)

10 In name only (7)

DOWN

1 Doglike (6)

2 Embarrassing mistake (7)

3 Gloss (5)

5 Oval shape (7)

6 Unpleasant smell (5)

11 Card game for gamblers (5)

12 Receiver (9)

17 Inheritors (5)

19 Piffle (7)

21 Credit (7)

22 Snapshot (5)

23 Edible nut (6)

24 Flaw (6)

7 Thespians (6) 9 Potassium nitrate (9)

13 Water tank (7)

14 Immature toad or frog (7)

15 Irrational fear (6)

16 Pious (6)

18 Muslim religion (5)

20 Fruit (5)


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Maintain your way of life in spacious 1, 2 and

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If you require some assistance, then maybe the

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area that flows out to a private patio and ensuited

bedrooms are all combined to give you relaxed

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allow you to be your best self-possible.

At the heart of the Village is the elegant

architecturally designed 2 storey facility. The light

and bright foyer opens into the warm welcoming

reception area and café style dinning where

residents and families can enjoy a coffee and

catch up. A luxury hair salon, private lounges,

Stokesy’s lounge bar and barbeque area are there

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For a personal tour or more information contact

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fOUR UC SCIENTISTS

HONOURED ON NZ SPaCE

PIONEERS STaMPS

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Alan gilmore and Pamela Kilmartin with 1m telescope.

Sprinkled in star dust, four University of

Canterbury (UC) scientific alumni and staff have

been honoured, featuring among six Kiwis chosen

to appear on new ‘New Zealand Space Pioneers’

postage stamps.

Professor Beatrice Tinsley and Sir William

Pickering were, respectively, instrumental in

modern astronomy theory, and in helping to

launch the United States space programme.

Astronomers Alan Gilmore and Pamela Kilmartin

are still actively conducting research. All four

space pioneers are considered leaders in their

respective fields.

aLaN gILMORE & PaMELa

kILMaRTIN

Long-serving staff members of UC Physics and

Astronomy, Gilmore and Kilmartin have been

observers at UC’s Mount John Observatory,

Tekapo, since 1980. Fellows of the Royal

Astronomical Society of New Zealand, they

track Near Earth Objects such as asteroids and

comets which may be a long-term threat to Earth.

Together they have discovered 41 minor planets, a

comet and a nova.

They work with the country’s second-largest

telescope, the one-metre McLellan reflector,

which was built in UC’s workshops and installed

at UC’s Mount John Observatory in 1986.

BEaTRICE TINSLEy

‘Queen of the Cosmos’ Beatrice Tinsley was one

of the most creative and significant theoreticians

in modern astronomy. She graduated from the

University of Canterbury with an MSc in Physics

with First Class Honours in 1961. She then

completed her PhD on the evolution of galaxies at

the University of Texas in just two years.

After a one-year fellowship at the Lick

Observatory of the University of California

she took up an assistant professorship at Yale

University, before becoming Yale’s first female

Professor of Astronomy in 1978. That year she

was diagnosed with melanoma. She continued to

publish until shortly before her death in 1981. Her

academic career spanned only 14 years, but she

produced 114 scientific papers, had an academic

prize and a visiting professorship in astronomy

named in her honour.

SIR WILLIaM PICkERINg

Sir William Pickering was one of the world’s

leading space scientists; a titan of the US space

programme. He was a senior NASA luminary,

who pioneered the exploration of space.

Born in 1910 in Wellington, he developed an

interest in stars at high school and studied

engineering at UC before moving to the

California Institute of Technology. After finishing

his degree in electrical engineering and unable to

find work in New Zealand, he returned to Caltech

to complete a Master’s degree followed by a PhD

in Physics in 1936.

Made a professor in charge of radio and

electronics, he was also appointed to the Scientific

Advisory Board of the United States Air Force.

During World War 2 he worked in their Jet

Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). By 1954 he was the

lab’s director where his scientific ability and sense

of diplomacy enabled him to work with scientists,

politicians and military officials. He remained

there for 22 years.

He had success with various unmanned

spacecraft, appeared on the cover of Time

magazine twice, and saw his work with Ranger

VII spacecraft confirm the moon is not covered in

dust. He retired from JPL in 1976 and kept close

New Zealand ties. New Zealand awarded him an

honorary knighthood, which would sit among

personal messages from five US presidents. UC

presented him with an honorary doctorate in

2003, before his death in 2004.

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The NZ Post ‘New Zealand Space Pioneers’

stamps celebrate six New Zealand astronomers,

cosmologists, and rocket scientists: Beatrice

Tinsley, Alan Gilmore and Pamela Kilmartin,

Charles Gifford, Albert Jones OBE, and Sir

William Pickering. Together, the stamps form

a rocket-shaped strip. The stamps are sprinkled

with star dust collected from a meteorite found in

Morocco.

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A University of Canterbury engineer’s work on

liquefaction-induced land damage following the

Canterbury earthquakes has been awarded a

prestigious international engineering award.

When the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes created

a city-wide outdoor research laboratory, UC

Civil Engineering Professor Misko Cubrinovski

gathered as much information as possible.

His prolific output of technical reports and case

histories has been recognised by the American

Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which is

presenting him with the 2019 Ralph B. Peck Award

for “outstanding contributions to the geotechnical

engineering profession through the publication

of several insightful field case histories”. He is

only the second recipient from outside of North

America to receive the ASCE Peck award in its 21-

year history.

Professor Cubrinovski’s career in geotechnical

earthquake engineering began in the 1980s when

he was involved in the seismic design of nuclear

power plants in Europe, with soil liquefaction a

principal concern. He then spent 15 years in Japan,

from 1990, working with pioneering liquefaction

researcher Professor Kenji Ishihara at the

University of Tokyo.

In 2005 Professor Cubrinovski moved to New

Zealand and joined UC, little knowing that

six years later he would be at the centre of an

earthquake event that produced unparalleled

soil liquefaction, which is when a material that is

usually a solid behaves like a liquid.

The ASCE award is the latest international

recognition. Professor Cubrinovski was

part of the teams whose research papers on

liquefaction-induced land damage assessment

in residential Christchurch won the 2016

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Outstanding Paper Award in San Francisco, the

2016 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Norman Medal (the society’s highest honour for a

technical paper), the 2018 NZGS Geomechanics

Lecture Award, Outstanding Paper Awards from

ASCE and EERI, the Ivan Skinner Award, and

ANZ Joint Societies Award.

Professor Cubrinovski has authored or coauthored

over 300 technical publications and

worked as a geotechnical specialist and advisor on

over 50 significant engineering projects. He is a

faculty of the Rose School, Pavia, Italy and a Fellow

of the University of Tokyo, Japan, as well as a

Principal Investigator at QuakeCoRE | Te Hiranga

Rū: The New Zealand Centre of Earthquake

Resilience, based at UC, leading the flagship

research programme ‘Liquefaction impacts on

land and infrastructure’.

UC Professor Misko Cubrinovski.

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BY ross KiDDie

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I have to keep reminding myself, the Suzuki Vitara

has nothing in common with its stablemate, the

Grand Vitara, other than the name.

The most notable reason for this is the Vitara

doesn’t sit on a ladder chassis, it has a monocoque

platform and, in contrast, it has an engine that sits

east-west in the engine bay.

Of course, that makes it a lot softer than the goanywhere

Grand, its four-wheel-drive system will

take you places seriously off-road.

However, the Vitara does have four-wheel-drive

on some variants, but mostly it is a vehicle which is

based around two-wheel-drive (front) mechanicals.

For 2019, the Vitara has just undergone a fairly

healthy facelift, it includes a raft of new equipment,

mostly for safety, but there is also new frontal

treatment and a host of cosmetic upgrades inside.

The Vitara has never been short on safety kit, it

has always had a five-star Australasian New Car

Assessment Program rating, but the new inclusions

keep it well in touch with what buyers expect in a

new car purchase.

The Vitara lands here in five variants, starting

from $27,990 and ending at $38,790. The range is

interesting, buyers have the choice of two fourcylinder

petrol engines, a naturally-aspirated

1.6-litre or a 1.4-litre turbocharged unit. The

1.6 offers the choice of manual or automatic

transmission, the turbo engine is automatic and, as

I’ve mentioned, two and four-wheel-drive options

sit along the way.

The evaluation car was the range-topping All-Grip

turbocharged model, and with two-tone paint adds

$800.

Under the bonnet, the 1373cc engine is rated with

strong power outputs for its size. Suzuki claim

outputs of 103kW and 220Nm, both realised low in

the rev band at 5500rpm for power with a long flat

torque curve stretching from 1500rpm to 4000rpm.

That’s the secret to its performance, the engine feels

strong right through the rev band, it is eager and

drives smoothly through a six-speed conventional

transmission.

Performance is surprisingly swift, the turbo

Vitara will lunge to 100km/h in 9sec. However,

what Suzuki does best is fuel economy relative

to performance. It claims a 6.2-litre per 100km

(46mpg) combined cycle average, which is pretty

tidy when you consider the turbo boost, although it

must be considered, unlike the naturally aspirated

unit, the turbo engine needs 95 to 98 octane.

The Vitara steers keenly into a corner and has

definite directional accuracy. This from a sport

utility vehicle which is firmly aimed at the family

transport market. The suspension is biased towards

the soft side, but there’s just enough firming in the

springs and dampers to arrest body roll in a corner

and absorb rough surface undulations. Bear in

mind, too, there are drive modes which enhance

grip depending on the surface encountered – auto,

snow, sport and diff lock.

The Vitara’s all-round performance is

commendable, the turbo engine adds an element of

fun for the driver; along with the benefits of strong

mid-range boost it is a safe, quick vehicle when

overtakes present themselves.

Mostly, though, the Vitara is there as a comfortable

five-seater for those who like what mid-size SUVs

offer. While rear seat occupants don’t have a huge

amount of leg room, space back there is acceptable,

and the bonus is there’s a healthy 375-litres of cargo

space behind the rear seats. With those folded

forward up to 710-litres can be carried inside.

For 30 years Vitara, in its many forms, has been a

solid seller for Suzuki. If you look at the number

which grace our roads, NZ-new and imports,

suggests it is a force to be reckoned with.

If you don’t need the capability of the Grand, then

the Vitara is still a worthwhile purchase. As much

as I like the fun element the turbo model offers,

I’d be a manual entry-level buyer At $28k it is a

bargain offering, and with all Suzuki models it will

have longevity on its side, the result of the quality

the company builds into all of its models.

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