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All Your Brewing Needs at Home Brew West

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Home Brew West is a home brew supply store for the making of hand-crafted alcohol and whose mission is to provide a clean friendly atmosphere at reasonable prices to the surrounding Auckland area and New Zealand abroad.

Home Brew West boasts two convenient locations: the original West Auckland store, located at 1/4 Waipareira Ave, and the new Central location, at 14 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden Terrace.

At both stores you will find all you need to make beer, wine, spirits and cheese, at a fraction of store-bought prices. Home Brew West also supply all the necessary equipment, associated hardware and general supplies to ensure you produce the excellent quality product you desire.

Managing Director Allister van Mil started AVM Enterprises Ltd on his 21st birthday, hoping to leave the rat race once and for all. Home Brew West opened realising Allister’s dream of establishing a tidy shop and upper class atmosphere with reasonable prices, to best accompany the store’s slogan – All Your Brewing Needs. The business was a finalist in the David Awards for Most Outstanding Lifestyle Business, and quickly grew to become one of the top stores in New Zealand.

By the fifth year of business, Allister opened his second branch in Mt Eden, with the goal of bringing home brewing supplies into the 21st century. Home Brew West is also currently looking at opening another store in the North Shore later this year.

Home Brew West stocks all the premium brands, including Still Spirits, Mangrove Jack’s or Williamswarn and Black Rock. All products have been tried and tested so you can brew with the confidence of knowing you’re making a premium quality product.

Staff members will go out of their way to assist you in your product selection, or educate you on the finer details of different products and their upgrades. They also offer in house demonstrations and sampling sessions during normal store hours and also during one late night per month.

Home Brew West is the place for all your home brewing, winemaking and craft distilling supplies. Whether its beer, wine, cider or top shelf spirits and liqueurs, Home Brew West will help you create high quality drinks for incredibly low prices. It’s an easy, fun and affordable hobby – saving you money on all your alcoholic drinks. Hand Craft Hobby Store for brewing at home supplies!

Henderson: +64 9 837 7177
Mt Eden: +64 9 377 1544
homebrewwest.co.nz

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Moo Goes the Cow

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As one of the liveliest spots in Queenstown, The Cow is a must visit restaurant. But to truly appreciate the wonder that is The Cow, we have to take a wee history lesson.

During the reign of Queen Victoria in the 1860s, Queenstown became the transit centre of a major Goldrush. Cows were kept in paddocks near the old Queenstown school stands and each day they were herded and brought down ‘Cow Lane’ to be milked, to provide milk for the hotels and others on the neighboring Beach Street.

The doors to The Cow Restaurant opened in 1976 and to this day, they serve the same menu of delicious hand rolled pizzas and spaghetti dishes, hot soups, home made breads and salads. And as the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

As an institution that serves food to visitors from around the world and to their loyal local customers, The Cow has a winning combination of delicious food and welcoming atmosphere which keeps the diners coming back again and again.

As soon as you swing open the doors of The Cow Restaurant, you immediately know you’re entering a very special place. The polished brass and copper antiques, stone walls, and of course the unforgettable aroma of fresh garlic baking and pizzas cooking. Tucked away in the appropriately named Cow Lane in Queenstown, The Cow has a roaring fireplace inside – perfect for those chilly Queenstown days and evenings.

If you’re after classic Italian food then you’re in for a treat at The Cow. Specialising in spaghetti and hand rolled pizza; their winning combination also features their renowned garlic bread. With locations in both Queenstown and Wanaka, both restaurants have garnered successful reputations serving locals and tourists alike for over 30 years. With take-aways also available customers won’t be disappointed! As a Queenstown icon, The Cow is not a place to be missed!

thecowrestaurant.co.nz

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Where do you fit in your list of important people?

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As women, it’s only natural for us to put our loved one’s first. We are mothers, wives, flatmates and we are consistently battling against the push and pull of modern life.

In many households across New Zealand, just getting out the door in the mornings can be a busy and stressful time. With children, husbands and even the family pets needing your attention, it can be chaos and more often than not, we put ourselves last in the pecking order.

But what happens if we are unwell or not able to care for our loved ones? What happens when we put our own health last? What would happen to your household if you were unable to be the super-woman you are?
Heart disease is the biggest killer of women in New Zealand. This statistic is made even more shocking when you learn that many of these deaths are premature and preventable.

Take a piece of advice from the very brave, Nikki Tod, who came face-to-face with her own heart health nightmare and the very real situation of not being able to look after her beloved family.

“We don’t tend to think about these things because we’re a bit stoic and staunch. We women are afraid of looking like we don’t have it all together” says Nikki, a wife and mother of two preschool aged children.

Nikki has a rare heart condition called atrial fibrillation which can send her heart racing to more than 250 beats per minute. She suffers terrifying and extremely painful “attacks” which requires urgent hospitalisation and cardioversion, a medical procedure which restores a normal heart rhythm, most often by sending electric shocks to the heart.

Nikki’s condition appeared for the first time at work, whilst pregnant, in 2010. Since then she’s had four attacks, the worst of which came six weeks before her wedding day in 2013, when she was heavily pregnant with daughter Alex.

Her attacks mean it’s simply too risky to have the kids at home all the time, so they spend most weekdays in childcare. Nikki also limits the amount of time she spends driving in case of an attack behind the wheel, and family holidays are restricted to an hour or so away from the nearest major hospital.

When the kids are home, Nikki just wants to be able to jump on the trampoline with them without feeling exhausted and breathless.
“Some days are harder than others so we embrace the days that I’m able to function properly and have as much fun as we can.”

Nikki knows all too well the impact her heart disease has had on her and her family. She encourages women to reprioritise their list of important people and put themselves at the top.

Nikki’s final piece of advice; “Think of the important people in your life, the ones who need you and rely on you. What would they do if you couldn’t be there for them? Get your heart checked regularly, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones.”

goredforwomen.org.nz

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Keep Warm this Winter with The Sheepskin Factory

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Located in the vibrant shopping and industrial area of Takapuna and just a ten minute drive from downtown Auckland is The Sheepskin Factory; the one stop shop for all your woolly needs.

Sheepskin Rugs? Check. Cow and Deer Hides? They’ve got you covered. Warm slippers and jumpers? Look no further. There are a thousand and one reasons why you should go to the Sheepskin Factory.

The Sheepskin Factory loves being New Zealand made and so they pride themselves on selling a great range of genuine New Zealand made products. Their sheepskin footwear and possum merino knitwear are all made by established New Zealand manufacturers. The Sheepskin Factory understands that everyone is different, and so are our feet! They understand the frustrations of finding the most suitable shape, size and style for indoor or outdoor wear and do their best to offer a great selection of Sheepskin footwear for everyone, at every size, age and shape!

The same goes for their Possum-Merino Knitwear. Customers can choose from four luxurious brands; Koru, Lothlorian, Possumdown or McDonald each with different styles. What’s even better is that if they don’t have the stock that day they will deliver it to you within a few days time in New Zealand, or a few weeks’ time in other countries.

All of the products and brands at the Sheepskin Factory are carefully handpicked. They know their suppliers and deal directly with manufacturers. Because of this, they’re able to stand behind their products, knowing that they’re of high quality. Their products aren’t just made for comfort, warmth and style; their Sheepskin, Possum and Merino Wool have beneficial properties that are actually good for your body and well being in general.

thesheepskinfactory.com

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