Living Life: July 25, 2019

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LIVING

LIFE

JULY 2019

DISCOVERING

POSITIVE

RETIREMENT

INSIDE

New Zealand

International Film

Festival

PAGE 4 & 5

Buying in a

retirement village

PAGE 8

The spectacular

E Class

PAGE 11


HOWARD

NICHOLAS

C ommunity inf luencer

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LIVING

LIFE

COMMUNITY

INFLUENCER

Foot health is of major importance to a person’s overall

wellbeing. Feet are the foundation upon which the body operates

and are easily taken for granted until the pain or soreness

becomes uncomfortable.

Howard Nicholas, a podiatrist at Footprints in Barrington is a

community advocate teaching and sharing the importance of

taking care of your feet.

He specializes in sports injuries, biomechanics and orthotic

manufacture and has an area of interest in Postsurgical orthoses

and children’s gait problems.

BACKGROUND

I’ve been interested in foot care for as long as I can remember

and have worked as a podiatrist for more than 20 years. Feet

and the important role they play in a person’s life has always

interested me. Being active in sports as well as a coach, I see the

results of physical exertion on the feet and want to help with

education and results in helping people with the foot care and

concerns.

FOOT CARE

Feet are a biomechanical marvel, transporting each of us over

150,000 km in our lifetime. Little wonder, many people develop

a foot problem at some stage. Feet are often overlooked when

starting any new activity - sports or work related. Many people

simply don’t consider their feet when they have so much else

going on in a busy life. Yet our feet transport us around our daily

activities and until a problem develops, many choose to ignore

them or worse, hide them!

MOST COMMON FOOT ISSUE

A foot problem affecting young and old alike is fungus. It’s not

a party topic and many will choose to ignore it or just keep their

feet hidden away, but feet contain about 250,000 sweat glands,

which produce around 600mLs of perspiration every day. Given

most feet are enclosed in a warm, dark shoe, this provides a

perfect environment for foot fungus to grow and thrive.

PHENOMENAL RESULTS

Our clinic is excited with the Lunula Laser technology we now

offer. After watching amazing results from overseas trials, I

brought the Lunula Laser to Christchurch about 8 months ago

and our patients are experiencing results.

Lunula Laser is a low level laser, designed to target both the

fungus in the nail and improve nail health. Previous lasers have

been hot, with an uncomfortable sensation and potentially

dangerous smoke plumes.

Lunula is a painless, cold laser, and unlike some oral fungal

medications, has no known side effects.

Contact info: 332 9792

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Drawing held on August 29

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EDITORIAL Jenafor Rollins

DESIGN Denise Crawford


TOLERANCE OF OTHERS

IS AN ART

Sometimes you find yourself in a situation

where its uncomfortable or even hard to

tolerate someone’s words or actions. The

world is now a melting pot with all cultures

and diversities, gender preferences and

family dynamics interacting with each other.

As we each of us express our own personal

preferences and how we look at life, with

our likes and dislikes, we are bound to have

people cross our path, who we don’t agree

with the outlook on life.

At times like these, tolerating others is

consciously trying to understand where

each person is coming from and avoid

turning the situation into a personal battle.

The best way to develop a more tolerant

outlook is by learning about different

people and their cultures and developing

confidence in yourself and coming to

appreciate the differences in life.

10 HELPFUL TIPS FOR

MORE TOLERANCE

1. Try to empathise

2. Ask for an explanation

3. Ignore your differences

4. Use “I” statements rather than “you”

statements

5. Look for the resolution in the conflict

6. Value difference

7. Accept Uncertainty

8. Learn about other people and cultures

9. Analyse your intolerant feelings

10 Foster your own self-esteem

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LIFE

TOLERANCE

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LIFE

FILM FESTIVAL

NEW ZEALAND

INTERNATIONAL

FILM FESTIVAL

NZIFF : THURSDAY 8 AUGUST – SUNDAY 25 AUGUST 2019

The New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) is a celebration

of film on the finest screens in New Zealand. The event is the cultural

highlight of winter in 13 towns and cities and is one of the longest

running annual festivals in the country. NZIFF makes a great

occasion out of movie-going by presenting the latest and best films

from around the world.

Run by a charitable trust, NZIFF maintains a rich tradition of diverse

choice in a curated selection of expertly crafted films – features,

documentaries and short films too – that deserve to be experienced

with an audience. Every presentation is a New Zealand premiere or

retrospective celebration, with NZIFF returning a percentage of the

box office revenue back to the filmmakers.

Celebration:

Yves Saint Laurent

Kind Hearts and

Coronets

A great lifestyle in a

supportive community

• Stunning serviced

apartments

• Restaurant & bar

• Landscaped

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• Close to The Palms

Open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm

or by appointment including weekends.

Apartments

ranging from

$289,500

Call Jenny on 021 993 943 for your own personal guided tour

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NZIFF : THURSDAY 8 AUGUST – SUNDAY 25 AUGUST 2019

BOOKINGS

BOOKINGS OPEN FRIDAY 19 JULY FROM 10 AM advance

bookings are available for all NZIFF sessions. Seats are allocated on

the basis of best available at the time of purchase.

Lumière Cinemas: www.lumierecinemas.co.nz (Lumière Cinemas

screenings only) Booking fee: $2 per ticket. Tickets must be collected

from the venue.

Isaac Theatre Royal: Ph: 0800 TICKETEK (842 538) or

www.ticketek.co.nz (Isaac Theatre Royal screenings only).

A booking fee is already included in the price of the ticket.

VENUES

ISAAC THEATRE ROYAL

145 Gloucester Street, Ph (03) 366 6326

NZIFF steps out in grand style for the fifth year running at the

Christchurch venue we’ve been aspiring to for years. We are

honoured and delighted to be amongst the cultural organisations

crowding eagerly into the Isaac Theatre Royal since its fabulous

restoration was completed in 2014 – and we remain grateful to

the numerous individuals and organisations who supported our

campaign to raise the $262,000 required to install state-of-the-art

digital cinema and sound at what is primarily a live performance

venue.

Visit www.isaactheatreroyal.co.nz for more information.

LUMIÈRE CINEMAS

26 Rolleston Ave, Ph (03) 365 0066

NZIFF welcomes the brand new Lumière Cinemas as a Christchurch

venue in 2019. Located in the Arts Centre’s West Lecture building,

Lumière has two boutique theatres featuring state-of-the-art

technology with vintage ambiance and luxurious seating. Visit

lumierecinemas.co.nz for more information.

Bellbirds

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS/

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Maria by Callas

All venues are accessible by wheelchair and are equipped with

hearing loops. Please note that where films are indicated as having

subtitles, this is not the same as full captioning for the hearing

impaired. Please advise the ticket seller when purchasing your

tickets if you have any special requirements.

Visit www.nziff.co.nz for more information.

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LIFE

FILM FESTIVAL

Our Home is Your Home

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Our person-centred aged care ensures residents enjoy

companionship, community and comfort while receiving

extra support to continue living life to the full.

New Zealand owned and operated, our Kiwi values uphold

that residents are important beyond their medical needs.

We focus on providing the best lifestyle possible, supporting

hobbies and interests, and make our home your home.

Bowling championships, baking, woodwork and outings

illustrate the variety of activities on offer, all the while

surrounded by loved ones who can remain part of their lives

with 24-hour visiting.

If you have any questions or would like to know more,

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NEXT SESSION MONDAY 5 AUGUST 2019 7PM - 9PM

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LIFE

GARDENING

A comprehensive monthly gardening programme for the everyday

gardener.

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens invites you to come along as a

guest to the flagship event, a two hour programme of information,

speakers, gardening tips and fun. Held at The Kiosk, Christchurch

Botanic Gardens (just over the footbridge from the Armagh St

carpark).

Includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

Tickets :

Students or Members: $5 - Non members : $10

Door Sales Only. Additional fees may apply.

More information :

https://www.chsgardens.co.nz/all-about-gardening/

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NZ: THE WORST IN THE

DEVELOPED WORLD

FOR INACTIVITY

New UK research has found that even people

who have been quite inactive much of their

life will benefit from exercise when they are

middle age or older.

A Cambridge University team of researchers

examined the relationship between trends

in physical activity levels over time and

mortality risk among adults in middle age

and older.

ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie

says many Kiwis will be shocked to learn that

New Zealand is the 13th worst in the world

for physical inactivity and the worst in the

developed world. He says it is just appalling.

“Exercise is the #1 sport in New Zealand

with more than half a million participants

and growing research confirming the health

benefits of activity for all Kiwis. But we

should be much better than that in terms of

numbers.

“We have a massive crisis in New Zealand in

terms of people’s inactivity. We urgently need

a co-ordinated approach to solve it involving

government, local authorities, schools and

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workplaces so we can increase the quality

and length of life of all New Zealanders

and reduce the burden on the public health

system,” Beddie says.

“The exercise industry is ready and willing

to do its part and we want to present to a

government select committee on how to

address the issue. We need action and we

need it now,” Beddie says.

Exercise can lower the risk of cardiovascular

disease, cancer, diabetes and increase life

expectancy, as countless research studies

have shown.

The UK academic research looked at the

effects that exercise in middle and older age

have on the risk of premature death and

lifespan. So, no matter when anyone starts to

exercise in life, they can still reap the benefits.

Beddie agrees it is not too late for the almost

50 percent of New Zealanders that don’t do

enough physical activity to earn the health

benefits of exercise.

“World Health Organisation guidelines

say people should exercise 150 minutes of

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movement a week, or 30 minutes five times

a week or 90 minutes of moderate to intense

activity a week.

“The Cambridge research showed that even

those that have been inactive for much of

their lives will make significant health gains

in life expectancy and quality of life if they

start moving more regularly.

“The UK team examined how changes in

exercise levels over time affect a person’s

risk of dying from any cause, as well as

dying from specific conditions — such as

cardiovascular disease.”

The researchers found out how much

exercise older adults need in order to boost

their reasoning skills and their brains’

processing speed.

Also, the results suggested that even if

someone decided to exercise after being

physically inactive, the benefits for longevity

would still be significant. For further

information contact Richard Beddie

on 027 5205744

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LIFE

EXERCICE

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RETIREMENT

VILLAGES

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LIVING

LIFE

Security, freedom from home maintenance

worries, support, companionship and on-site

healthcare are just some of the reasons why

you might be contemplating the move to a

Retirement Village. But the implications of

buying in a Retirement Village are varied and

often seem quite complex.

Retirement Villages typically utilise devices

called Occupation Right Agreements (ORA).

These do not transfer ownership, as such,

but rather, they confer a licence to occupy a

certain unit at the Village until a given event.

Under an ORA, you make an initial payment

for entry into a Retirement Village, often

referred to as the purchase price of the ORA.

From this initial capital payment the Village

will apply a formula for calculating a ‘deferred

management fee’ or ‘village contribution’ that

is deducted from the entry payment when

you end the ORA. This exit fee is usually

between 20% to 30% of your entry payment

and accrues between 2 to 5 years from your

entry date. Be aware that often the balance of

the entry payment will not be repayable on

termination but rather, when the owner

finds a new resident for the unit.

There are three main additional costs

you should consider and compare when

you are looking at Villages. In addition

to the exit fee, there will be a weekly fee

payable to the village owner to cover

the running costs of the village. Some

Villages will fix this fee from the date of

your ORA, others will increase the fee tied to

the consumer price index or the increase in

the National Super rate, and others to account

for the increased cost of services each year.

There is usually another weekly service fee

based on the extra services you require or

opt for. There may also be other costs and

you should carefully view all the Village

documentation before you commit to avoid

any surprises once you’ve settled in.

While it is by far the most common approach,

not all Retirement Villages use the ORA

model. Some use different types of ownership

structures such as unit titles and cross lease

titles. It is important to be informed about

the ownership model of any Village you are

considering, and to get the appropriate legal

and financial advice.

The decision to move into a Retirement

Village is not one you should rush. Think

about the things that are “must haves” for

you and pick a Village that enables you to

achieve these goals. Look at different Villages

and speak to the residents if possible, to

ensure that the Village ticks all your boxes

and involve your family and friends in your

decision making process. At Harmans we

have experience dealing with purchasing in a

Retirement Village. Give Phillipa Shaw a call

on 03 352 2293 to arrange an appointment to

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SUDOKU - MEDIUM

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PROVIDING AN

OPPORTUNITY

TO REMAIN

CONNECTED

TO YOUR

COMMUNITY!

An age-friendly community is a place where you can stay

connected, healthy, active and respected, whatever your

age! And Volunteering Canterbury is here to support just

that!

Volunteering provides an opportunity stay connected

with others, keep active and actively participate in your

community.

Volunteering Canterbury has over 200 individual volunteer

roles on its database, www.volcanmatch.com. Or you can

come in and talk to us about volunteering – phone 366-

2442. They are located in the central city, close to the

central bus depot.

It’s cold out there! But they have some volunteering options

for groups which will keep you warm, while you help

others in the community keep warm. All the groups we

send to our local curtain bank always get well looked after

while being kept busy! Or you might want to help warm

tummies by packing up some food parcels for delivery to

those who need them. They have an organisation which

would love to host your group to do just that.

If you would like to get together with some friends and

undertake a ‘one off ’ volunteer programme, give them a call

and they will help you with some ideas of what you can do

– or, if you are a Rest Home resident, have your Activities

organiser get in touch with Glenda at Volunteering

Canterbury today!

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LIFE

VOLUNTEERING

PUZZLE

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ACROSS

1 Envious (7)

5 False (5)

8 Covetousness (5)

9 Peculiar (7)

10 Trellis (7)

11 Warble (5)

12 Reprimand (6)

DOWN

1 Vein in the neck (7)

2 Watchful (5)

3 Satan (3,4)

4 Title given to a nun (6)

5 Split asunder (5)

6 Authentic (7)

7 Pilfer (5)

14 Slumbering (6)

18 Heaps (5)

20 Dense mass of trees or shrubs (7)

22 Sweet dish named after a

ballerina (7)

23 Group of lions (5)

24 Edge along (5)

25 Rushing stream (7)

13 Very dear (7)

15 Captain (7)

16 Happy to wait (7)

17 Finally (2,4)

18 Famous diarist (5)

19 Unit of fourteen pounds (5)

21 Tool for cutting (5)

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LIFE

HEALTH

COPING WITH CHANGE

Change comes in many forms but leaving

behind what we know and are used to is

almost always stressful, even if we choose the

change ourselves.

Coping strategies generally fall into two

categories: “escape” and “control.” Most

people use a mixture of both at various points

in their response to change, but control

strategies are the ones with the greatest longterm

benefits. We tend to react to change in

four main stages: shock, emotional responses,

coming to terms, and acceptance.

People are more likely to progress through

these stages successfully if they acknowledge

their feelings, explore the facts, aim to remain

positive, and draw on support networks,

while always giving themselves time to adapt.

Studies have shown that people cope with

change, of whatever kind, in two ways:

“escape coping” or “control coping.”

Escape coping is based on avoidance. You

take specific actions to help you to avoid the

difficulties of change. For instance, you might

deliberately miss an event or appointment

because of the discomfort.

Control coping, on the other hand, is positive

and proactive. You refuse to behave like a

“victim” of change. Instead, you manage your

feelings, get support, and then do whatever

you can to be part of the change.

In reality, most of us respond to major

change with a mixture of escape and control

coping. But control coping is generally the

better option to choose, as it is impossible

to avoid the reality of change for long

without becoming exhausted or effecting

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STAGES OF REACTING

TO CHANGE

Change can be difficult because it can

challenge how we think, the quality of our

relationships, and even our physical security

or sense of identity. The challenge of change is

usually reacted to in four stages:

1. Shock and disorientation.

2. Anger and other emotional responses.

3. Coming to terms with the new situation.

4. Acceptance and moving forward.

Our progression through these stages is rarely

simple or linear. We might get stuck in one

stage or advance quickly and then slip back.

And there is often no clear-cut, decisive move

from one stage to another. Shock can shade

gradually into anger, for example, with no

obvious break between the two.

Stage 1: Shock and disorientation

Experiencing sudden or big change can feel

like a physical blow. In the initial stage of

coping, you’re likely to feel confused and

uncertain. Your first priority should be to seek

reliable information and to make sense of the

situation.

Stage 2: Anger and other emotional

responses

Initial disorientation at the prospect of

change usually gives way to a wave of

strong emotions. Even if the change in your

circumstances is something that you’ve

instigated, you may find yourself swinging

between optimism and pessimism. This is

quite natural, and it’s a normal step on the

way to resolving your situation.

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EASY

7/21/2019

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MEDIUM

ACROSS

1 Envious (7)

5 False (5)

8 Covetousness (5)

9 Peculiar (7)

10 Trellis (7)

11 Warble (5)

12 Reprimand (6)

14 Slumbering (6)

18 Heaps (5)

20 Dense mass of trees or shrubs

It’s important to avoid suppressing your

emotions, so acknowledge the way that you

feel, and assess what you can express openly

and what you should keep to yourself.

Stage 3: Coming to terms with the new

situation

During this stage, your focus will likely

start to shift away from what you’ve lost and

toward what’s new. This process may be slow,

and you might be reluctant to acknowledge

it, but it’s an essential part of coping with

change.

Start to explore more deeply what the change

means. Your instinct may be to behave

resentfully and not to cooperate, but this will

likely do yourself and others harm. So, search

for and emphasize the positive aspects of

your developing situation. At the same time,

be patient , as coming to terms with change is

a gradual process.

Warning:

It’s vital to avoid pretending everything’s OK

if it’s not. So, if you find yourself regressing

to Stage 2, give yourself time to recover.

Affirmations would be helpful to raise your

confidence and ask for help from friends or a

mentor.

Stage 4: Acceptance and moving forward

This is the stage where you fully accept your

changed circumstances.

Acceptance doesn’t mean giving up entirely

on your former situation. You’ll have valuable

memories, skills and relationships to carry

forward, however, you are comfortable with

moving on.

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THE SPECTACULAR

E CLASS COUPE

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LIVING

LIFE

BY ROSS KIDDIE

MOTORING

My thoughts are that if you are paying over $180k

for a new car you’d at least expect it to look the

part.

That is certainly what Mercedes-Benz has done

with its E Class coupe line-up. Well, the entire E

Class series looks pretty spectacular, it arrives here

in sedan, coupe and convertible, and each has

presence, its size, shape and detailing combine to

give an overwhelming sense of purpose.

The latest generation E Class has been around since

2016 and I’ve driven three variants, culminating in

this evaluation, the E53 AMG coupe.

I’m very enthusiastic about the turbocharged V8

engine that powers many models in the Mercedes-

Benz AMG performance range, that generally has

the nomenclature 63, and at around $200k the

sedan would probably be my pick.

However, the E53 coupe is not disgraced as it, too,

is a true performance vehicle. Under the bonnet

sits a twin-turbocharged V6 engine of 2999cc. That

engine is also carried across the Mercedes-Benz

range with varying outputs and in each case has

remarkable sound through the exhaust. In the E53

that sound is still there, it barks and spits during

gear shifts both up and down. The constant rumble

out the pipes can’t quite be heard to the same extent

as it is in the soft-top, but the coupe definitely has

an audible presence. I simply love it, I was forever

blipping the throttle and forcing shifts just to hear

the boom and crackle.

In terms of power outputs, Mercedes-Benz claims

320kW and 520Nm. If you add to that the constant

turbocharged boost you know you are in for some

excitement when the roads allow a bit of freedom.

Mercedes-Benz also claims a 4.4sec standstill to

100km/h time, and by my stopwatch it will lunge

through a highway overtake in just under 4sec

(80-120km/h). These are impressive times, but fit

well with the sporty nature of the coupe, it has the

performance to match its powerful looks.

Yet, the big coupe is also docile when the roads

don’t allow for performance, it will dawdle the

city streets without taxing the driver, indeed the

entire driving experience is one of comfort and

relaxation. So competent is it at speed that the

driver doesn’t need to work hard to maintain

momentum, everything the E53 does, it does with

ease.

On a stormy early winter weekend I took the

evaluation car to Windwhistle before returning to

the city through Hororata and Dunsandel. I had

intended to go further west towards Lake Coleridge

power station, but the roads were tricky with snow

piled to the sides and ice a major threat. However,

I felt at ease in the E53, it is majorly competent

because drive is channelled through a nine-speed

automatic transmission to all four wheels.

On the greasy wet roads it was great to have the

reassurance 4WD offers, grip is high, and even

though there was a lot of water under the tyres

they never felt like they would lose traction. What’s

more the driveline feels biased towards the rear,

promoting a sporty feeling, powering out of a

corner lends to the sensation that oversteer would

be available, of course, you can’t break traction

thanks to the trick control systems, but the car does

provide all of the feel-good factors that a dynamic

suspension and driveline offer.

There are also suspension settings the driver can

dial in for him/herself. That’s the beauty of an air

suspension set-up, the ride is glorious, yet can be

firmed or softened at will. If you haven’t driven a

car which utilises air underneath, then I suggest

you give it a try, it is the ideal compromise for

comfort and handling, the cushioning effect is

simply amazing.

In AMG form the E53 is fully specced with all of

the upmarket and luxury kit you’d expect for a car

of this price, they are all laid out in the traditional

Mercedes-Benz style, the layout of the controls

is intuitive once familiar. It also has the tweaks

which provide the performance factor, and that is

where the AMG badging comes in, it adds to the

dynamics of both performance and looks.

As mentioned, if I was an E Class buyer, I’d pay the

extra $20k for sedan’s V8 power and its five seats

(as opposed to four seats in the coupe). However,

don’t be misled, the E53 and its V6 engine

represents true performance and has the benefits

of that beautiful rear quarter which is a styling

masterclass. I’m a big coupe fan, and I particularly

enjoyed my time in the evaluation car, the grace

with which it travels and the overall design is

something to surely treasure.

Price – Mercedes-Benz E53 AMG coupe,

$181,300

Dimensions – Length, 4826mm; width,

1860mm; height, 1430mm

Configuration – V6, four-wheel-drive,

2999cc, 320kW, 520Nm, nine-speed

automatic.

Performance – 0-100km/h, 4.4sec

Fuel usage – 8.8l/100km

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12

FOOD

LIVING

LIFE

A University of Canterbury biotechnologist’s

biodegradable coating can help achieve food

security in an environmentally friendly and

consumer-conscious way.

Biotechnology expert Associate Professor

David Leung, is working on a nontoxic,

biodegradable coating to protect edible plants

against diseases, pests and environmental

hazards, including the effects of climate

change.

The research could prove vital in protecting

plant food without compromising consumer

health. Because the coating is biodegradable,

FOOD SECURITY

ANSWER

it would also provide an environmentally

sustainable solution and avoid the negative

impacts of agrochemicals commonly used to

protect plants.

In addition to being eco-friendly, the coating

is nontoxic, which Associate Professor

Leung says is key to protecting the people

consuming the end product.

“It’s not just the quantity of food that we

care about; it is also about producing safe

food that doesn’t harm the surrounding

environment.”

Non-degradable pesticides, herbicides

and biocides can damage the surrounding

environment by contaminating soil, water,

turf and other vegetation. Although they are

effective in killing insects, they can be toxic to

a host of other organisms, including humans.

Additionally, a large amount of food around

the world is wasted due to improper storage,

which is problem the biodegradable coating

has the potential to address. According to

the Food and Agriculture Organization of

the United Nations, “roughly one third of

the food produced in the world for human

consumption every year – approximately 1.3

billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted”.

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,

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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

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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.