Rodney Times : February 23rd 2016
stuff.co.nz HOME Kiwi gardens heating up ADVERTISING FEATURE Kiwi gardeners are spicing up their lives with Mitre 10 reporting a rise in the popularity of chilli bushes. The company has seen already seen a double digit increase on sales from this time last year, despite late February being when chilli sales typically peak – a sign that New Zealanders are getting to grips with the high-yield, low-maintenance crop. Mitre 10 General Manager Marketing Dave Elliott has a number of theories as to why chilli bushes are experiencing an explosion of popularity. ‘‘Kiwis are a lot more conscious of where their food is coming from. ‘‘They are favouring fresh produce and realising the efficiency of homegrown herbs and vegetables. ‘‘It’s actually very simple to give it a go at home and a lot more convenient to have a ready supply of your commonly used, or favourite, herbs and spices at hand. ‘‘It’s also a reflection of our culture,’’ Elliott says. ‘‘We’re increasingly diverse and so are our lives, right down to what we’re cooking. Nowadays cuisine that was once somewhat exotic is commonplace, and so we are cooking with a greater variety of ingredients and experimenting with different flavours – chilli is particularly popular for that. ‘‘Added to this is the fact that chillis Chillis are easy to grow and high yielding. are very easy to grow, whether they’re in a container or a garden. They’re relatively pest and disease-resistant and they’re a high-yielding crop. They’ve got all the ingredients for a popular plant.’’ Dave also has advice for gardeners wanting to try growing chilli bushes for themselves. ‘‘You’ve got to wait until after the final frost to plant them, so anytime from late September through until February is fine, and typically the harvest is late summer through to early autumn. ‘‘The plants need to be north-facing as they like plenty of sunshine, and you need to be careful not to overdo the watering. They need staking as they mature – sheep pallets and nitrogen are great means of keeping them well fed. ‘‘Also while they’re typically treated as annuals they are actually perennials so with the right care, and in warm regions, their life can be extended for a second season.’’ The Blind Man 5% OFF with this ad! Excludes launder & repair service We cover the Rodney and North Shore Districts. Shop local and save! 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He will share practical skills and solutions for the challenges facing families today in a way that is positive and entertaining. Pio says, ‘‘When a group of people get together and make a conscious decision to improve their parenting skills, there is a ripple effect that begins to FAMILY TIMES impact on the immediate family, the community and eventually the whole country’’. Pio is a comedian, actor, radio show host, musician and performer. There will be a door charge, bookings are required and there will be a limit of 150 participants. To lower the door charge, we would appreciate sponsorship from individuals, families and businesses for this enlightening event. We are also pleased to offer our first Auckland North community-based Building Awesome Whanau Toolbox for parents and caregivers of children aged 0 to 12 years old. We will explore ideas and stories, include useful resources and provide opportunities for parents and caregivers to connect with each other. Our toolbox course is unique …your Local Specialist! Since 1988 LTD FEBRUARY 23, 2016, RODNEY TIMES 15 Despite battling cancer, Graeme McCardle, with granddaughter Hayley McCardle, still took part in the annual Relay for Life fundraising event. Arelay to honour dad EMILY FORD Arelay run to remember cancer victims will this year be without a keen participant. Graeme McCardle of Helensville died in July aged 66 after battling three bouts of bowel cancer over 11 years. Since 2014 he had rallied his family to take part in the Relay for Life fundraiser as his way of giving back to the Cancer Society New Zealand. It’s the third year the family’s Tickety-Boo team will participate, this time without him. Kelly and Fraser Cameron, their children, Will, 5, and Maia, 3, will take part in memory of Kelly’s late father, keeping the tradition alive. Fraser says it won’t be the same without him. ‘‘It’s really unusual not having him as the patriarchal figure motivating us,’’ Fraser says. ‘‘We’re going to go out and do it for him. He was really passionate about it and it gives us extra reason to go out and do it.’’ Kelly says it will be a day of mixed emotions, but her dad would be proud of them. ‘‘Dad could barely walk but it still didn’t stop him,’’ Kelly says. ‘‘He struggled with asking people for money and this was his way of making it a more fun way of doing it.’’ McCardle is survived by his three children, grandchildren and wife of 45 years, Linda. He was a passionate music lover and a founding member of the Helensville River Valley Country Music Club. Relay for Life is at the AUT Millennium Stadium in Mairangi Bay on March 19 and 20, and at Bruce Pulman Park in Takanini on April 2 and 3. The annual fundraiser event is 18 hours long and goes overnight. People take part in teams walking and running the track to help celebrate and remember loved ones with cancer. ‘‘Every day, 60 families face the huge challenge of a cancer diagnosis,’’ Cancer Society Auckland chief executive officer John Loof says. ‘‘Relay for Life is a time when we come together as a community to acknowledge the impact cancer has and fundraise.’’ Go to aucklandnorthrelayfor life2016.everydayhero.com/nz/ tickety-boo-team to donate to the Tickety-Boo team. ❚ If you live in Rodney or the Hibiscus Coast and have a story about why you are entering, email firstname.lastname@example.org with details. Parenting Place’s Diane McKinstry. as we endeavour to ‘‘implement Maoritanga with integrity’’ by consulting with appropriate experts. It will run for six consecutive Monday mornings, starting on February 15. Thank you to the Hibiscus Coast RSA for hosting both of these events. ❚ Contact Diane at aucklandnorth@the parentingplace.com or 021 292 4105 for sponsorship, bookings or information.
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