The editor’s diary: where HAVE you been? 4–10 September

The first week of spring has brought with it fresh excitement, and we have been out and about, soaking it up!

Magazine Media Awards — Big Night Out

Our whole team were up in Auck­land this week at the Mag­a­zine Media Awards. We were sur­prised (and so thrilled!) to be final­ists in two cat­e­gories: Best Design­er, and Best Edi­tor. We were excit­ed to see anoth­er Tau­ran­ga native at the black tie bash: Sue Hof­fart was up for Best Jour­nal­ist (no sur­pris­es there). What a glam night we had: the cham­pag­ne flowed, there was plen­ty of gig­gling and gos­sip with much excite­ment and cheer­ing. And I felt extra spe­cial hav­ing been styled in the Karen Walk­er Knot Dress by Rodelle at Sis­ters & Co (thank you!) and Kris­ten at The Styling Room (anoth­er thank you!). We all came back inspired and excit­ed!

Pub­lish­er Mat Tom­lin­son and edi­tor Jen­ny Rudd. Pho­to: Alex Spo­dyneiko
Dig­i­tal edi­tor Kseni­ia Spo­dyneiko and cre­ative direc­tor Emma Stad­don. Pho­to: Alex Spo­dyneiko
The last flecks of light in the sky behind us as we reach the trig at the top of Papamoa Hills (left to right: Sam Dun­ne, Sarah Cameron, Jo Beer, Jen­ny Rudd)

Night Walking

On Sat­ur­day we watched the rain come down in the morn­ing, heard the gales in the after­noon, then breathed a sigh of relief as every­thing set­tled and the sun came out. At 6pm, our intre­pid group: Jo Beer, Sarah Cameron, Sam Dun­ne and I, set out on the annu­al @papamoahillsnightwalk. The walk has been going for eight years and rais­es mon­ey for the Breast Can­cer Sup­port Ser­vice in Tau­ran­ga. It was a mag­nif­i­cent­ly uplift­ing evening. The path up to the sum­mit was lit with glow­ing discs, and there was a good hike through farm­land at the top of the hills. We picked out the route with torch­es and some mer­ry ‘Not far to go, now,’ encour­age­ment from the Tau­ran­ga Youth Search And Res­cue team who mar­shalled the walk (one of the mer­ry callers was Tom, who fea­tured in one of UNO.‘s most pop­u­lar arti­cles ever). Sarah and I had ignored the ‘dress warm­ly’ instruc­tion. Which wasn’t smart, in hind­sight. We were greet­ed at the Mon­go­lia Ger on Sum­mer­hill Farm with a hot choco­late (cour­tesy of Cof­fee Cup), and cake (thank you Papamoa Pakn­Save). We enjoyed the roar­ing fire, singing and gui­tar music and then were trans­port­ed (thanks Toi Ohomai) back to our cars at the Pap Hills car park. A fan­tas­tic mini adven­ture on a Sat­ur­day night.

Simone, You Deserve It

This week, The Incu­ba­tor was named supre­me win­ner at the Trust­pow­er Com­mu­ni­ty Awards. Simone Ander­son, direc­tor of The Incu­ba­tor, was also a final­ist in the 2017 Wom­en of Influ­ence Awards. If you have met Simone, the­se acco­lades will come as no sur­prise to you. Simone is tire­less in her pas­sion­ate advo­ca­cy of the arts, and is respon­si­ble for bring­ing events and shows to thou­sands of Tau­ran­ga res­i­dents since The Incu­ba­tor start­ed in 2013.

Rotorua Reaches Vogue

Two years ago we saw this beau­ti­ful image tak­en by Michelle Cutel­li of a gown designed by Kharl WiRepa, a young design­er from Rotorua. The image was shot at Te Puia, which is the  per­fect dra­mat­ic set­ting. British Vogue obvi­ous­ly loved it too as they have pub­lished the image in their Sep­tem­ber issue. Con­grat­u­la­tions to every­one involved in the shoot, what an acco­lade!

As seen in UNO. Decem­ber 2015 and British Vogue, Sep­tem­ber 2017. Pho­to: Michelle Cutel­li