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Why I love New Zealand
“As an English-born Australian, every trip to New Zealand presents a mix of landscapes and cultures that's at once familiar to me, and yet quirkily different. The rolling hills and hedgerows collude with the irreverent, easygoing locals to disarm, distract and delight. Māori culture is potent, the surf is world class, and the craft beer is awesome. NZ presents the best of old and new worlds with social and...”
As the planet heats up environmentally and politically, it’s good to know that New Zealand exists. This uncrowded, green, peaceful and accepting country is the ultimate escape.
The Real 'Big Easy'
Forget New Orleans… NZ can rightly claim the 'Big Easy' crown for the sheer ease of travel here. This isn't a place where you encounter many on-the-road frustrations: buses and trains run on time; roads are in good nick; ATMs proliferate; pickpockets, scam merchants and bedbug-ridden hostels are few and far between; and the food is unlikely to send you running for the nearest public toilets (usually clean and stocked with the requisite paper). And there are no snakes, and only one poisonous spider – the rare katipo, sightings of which are considered lucky. This decent nation is a place where you can relax and enjoy (rather than endure) your holiday.
If you're even remotely interested in rugby, you'll have heard of NZ's all-conquering All Blacks, who would never have become back-to-back world champions without their unstoppable Māori players. But this is just one example of how Māori culture impresses itself on contemporary Kiwi life: across NZ you can hear Māori language, watch Māori TV, see main-street marae (meeting houses), join in a hangi (Māori feast) or catch a cultural performance with traditional Māori song, dance and usually a blood-curdling haka (war dance). You might draw the line at contemplating ta moko, traditional Māori tattooing (often applied to the face).
Food, Wine & Beer
Kiwi food was once a bland echo of a boiled British Sunday roast – but these days NZ chefs find inspiration in new-world culinary oceans, especially the South Pacific with its abundant seafood and encircling cuisines. And don't go home without seeking out some local faves: paua (abalone), kina (sea urchin) and kumara (sweet potato). For picnic fodder, head to NZ's fab farmers markets. Thirsty? NZ's cool-climate wineries have been filling trophy cabinets for decades (sublime pinot noir and sauvignon blanc), and the country's craft-beer scene is exploding. Contemporary coffee culture is also firmly entrenched.
Walk on the Wild Side
There are just 4.6 million New Zealanders, scattered across 268,021 sq km: bigger than the UK with one-fourteenth the population. Filling in the gaps are the sublime forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and fiords that have made NZ one of the best hiking (locals call it 'tramping') destinations on earth. Tackle one of nine epic 'Great Walks' – you've probably heard of the Heaphy and Milford Tracks – or just spend a few hours wandering along a beach, paddling a canoe or mountain biking through some easily accessible wilderness.
Why I Love New Zealand
By Charles Rawlings-Way, Writer
As an English-born Australian, every trip to New Zealand presents a mix of landscapes and cultures that's at once familiar to me, and yet quirkily different. The rolling hills and hedgerows collude with the irreverent, easygoing locals to disarm, distract and delight. Māori culture is potent, the surf is world class, and the craft beer is awesome. NZ presents the best of old and new worlds with social and environmental sensibility: a template for a new world order, perhaps? I love NZ!
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Eating organic food is one of the most important contributions we can make to benefit our health and to protect the planet.
10 Reasons you should buy organic
- Protect future generations throughout the world
- Pay the real cost of real food
- Have an independent guarantee with organic certification
- Protect water quality
- Enjoy great flavour and nutrition
- Keep chemicals off your plate and out of your body
- Reduce global warming and save energy
- Prevent soil erosion
- Help small farmers
- Help restore and maintain biodiversity
Over 3000 tons of pesticides, including insectisides herbicides and fungicides are used in New Zealand every year. More than half of these are known to cause cancer and birth defects. Somehow we have allowed ourselves to be convinced that food can be exposed to such poisons without absorbing them - this has been proven to be wrong!
In 1998, government tests showed detectable residues in all types of fruit, and in 87% of the types of vegetables that they sampled.
Buying organic food is the best way to encourage farmers to farm organically and stop the spread of poison in the land, the water supply and our food.
The term organic is protected by EC law. It means that the product has been inspected from the farm to the shop by an independent control body, such as BioGro New Zealand in NZ and the Pacific or by an equivalent organization abroad.
Organic food may seem to cost more in the short term. However, the long-term cost of non-organic agriculture, both to ourselves and the environment, is incalculable. Apart from leaving chemical residues in the water and land, and poisoning wildlife, conventional farming uses more crude oil than any other industry, in the manufacture of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides. Million of tons of topsoil are washed into the seas because soil structure is broken down by chemical fertilisers.
Although organic food is more widely available now than ever before, it is still necessary to encourage your local shop or supermarket to stock organic food by buying regularly. Potatoes, carrots and onions are a fairly cheap and good way to test how much better organic food tastes. More than that, a fresh vegetable grown as nature intended, produces a depth and quality of flavour that is all too easily lost in factory farming.
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SOULCARE - ABOUT US
I, Omar Botha, CEO & Healer of SOULCARE Group have put together a Dynamic, Holistic company that looks after the basic needs of people to create a healthy sustainable world for better Financial, Spiritual, Physical & Emotional Health.
Soulcare is a Group of companies focused on environmental awareness, healthy living, eating and lifestyle. Soulcare offers you the client various sustainable products that will satisfy your basic needs. We encourage the use of natural products and organic produce for a healthier and sustainable environment. The time has come to change the way we look at the future. We have seen so many examples of global climate change, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters all due to pollution, unhealthy living and not taking into consideration the effects that our everyday lives and the decisions that we make on a daily basis, has on our planet.
Life is full of abundance -let's make a change for the better for us and for our future generations. Soulcare Kids, are offering you the client the best organic products for your kid's needs, food, clothing, bedding, toys and a lot more. Soulcare Food, supports organic farming and Healer Omar supplies daily information on nutrition and diet for better health and natural cures for various illnesses and pain. Did you know Prescription drugs cause side effects that look a lot like “aging”. Most drugs cause major cellular damage. They attack the mitochondria, the tiny energy generators in each cell of your body. Healer Omar offers various natural products online for any illness and pain.
EGP (executive golf promotions) started its roots in 1998. The focus was on corporate golf days and golf tours. Successful corporate golf days were put together where the professional businessman, golfer and rugby player had the chance to interact on a social level and to show off their skills on the golf course. From there it developed into getaway packages for golfers and soon Omar realised that there was another market that could be explored in a different way. In 2005 Omar started practising as a Healer and rebranded the company to name it SOULCARE.SOULCARE – Caring for the soul.
From there the name SOULCARE RETREATS.
Meaning: Retreat what you are doing, to recharge and rejuvenate the soul, to fuel the mind and body with renewed energy. Omar Botha believes it is healthier for a human to take regular short breaks to relax and recharge the mind, body and soul than to work oneself to death. If a person works non-stop for too long a period it may cause emotional, physical and mental fatigue that can lead to various illnesses and depression.
Omar believes in Balance and to achieve that he recommends taking time out every 5-6 weeks. Take a day or 2 off form the daily tasks and explore something that you always wanted to do. Today Soulcare Retreats can offer the client various packages from car rental, flights, accommodation, golf tours, cruises and even organic food and wine getaways.
Soulcare Retreats also focus on the corporate market for conferencing and other travel arrangements.
Soulfood Organic Store & Cafe Restaurant
We are made of energy after all, as our friend Mr Einstein showed us, so what we consume, in it’s entirety, is absorbed by our bodies.
And how we treat our fellow plant and animal kingdoms flows to them and their environments also.
Wild Earth Organics Restaurant
Wild Earth Organics is located in Tauranga and offers a full range of Organic products and a Café.
The shop is one of New Zealand's most comprehensive Organic Stores stocking fresh fruit and vegetables delivered daily, bulk dry goods, organic grocery lines
Organic grocery store and eatery based in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Open 9am-6pm weekdays, 9am-4pm on Saturdays, and 10am-3pm on Sundays.