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Men might have outnumbered
women at the Te Anau Tartan
Festival’s whisky appreciation
evening held at Easter, but it turns
out the women can better wax
lyrical about the amber bead when
it comes to scripting tasting notes.
The New Zealand Whisky
Collection was the featured
product at this year’s event
and during the course of the
evening participants got the rare
opportunity to taste a yet-to-be
released 25-year-old 1988 single
malt from the collection. It was
the first public tasting of this dram
which is still to be named and
released to the market.
Presenter Kay Hansen invited
those present to write tasting
notes on the whisky which she
then took home to confer with
colleagues before announcing the
“most appropriate” description.
Two entries stood out from the
rest so a first prize and a runner
up were selected. The winner was
Cathy Lewsley while the runner up
was Gail Kirkman.
The pair are both well-known
athletes who sometimes train
together. They are now joking that,
given their new-found talent, they
might have to get together more
often for some serious whisky
tasting training during the colder
Ms Lewsley, who originally comes
from England, said she was “very
partial to a nice whisky” so was
devastated not to guess a single
one correct in the blind taste
test which was also part of the
whisky appreciation evening at the
Tartan Festival. To have penned
the winning tasting notes was
something she was immensely
“I got my taste for whisky when I
was at school, believe it or not,”
The students had been allowed
a tasting during a visit to the
Highland Park distillery and she
still remembers the alluring peaty
aromas of which she wrote fondly
and at length in her school project.
Whether either of the women’s
descriptions will be included in
the official tasting notes remains
to be seen but Ms Hansen said
everyone at the company had
agreed they were “a fine effort”.
Cathy Lewsley’s notes:
Nose: Mature nose with vanilla
Taste: Smooth – spices, almonds
Finish: Smooth dry rounded finish,
with delicate oak.
Gail Kirkman’s notes:
Nose: Elegant citrus notes with a
hint of spice.
Taste: Rich full sweetness with a
hint of vanilla and spice.
Finish: Lingering warmth with a
hint of chilli pepper.
A dram good taste
Te Anau women Cathy Lewsley (right) and Gail Kirkman (left) whose tasting notes at the Te Anau Tartan Festival at
Easter weekend for a soon-to-be released single malt whisky were judged first and second respectively.
OPTOMETRIST - DARYL PARKES
Fiordland Health Centre, 25 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau
Recently there has been a bit in the news about the type of light that our smartphones,
tablets, computer monitors, TVs and even home lights are producing, particularly the
amount of high-energy blue light, and how this could affect our natural body rhythms.
Essentially, blue light is what you are exposed to on a blue-sky sunny day.
But since the invention of fluorescent lighting, LEDs, and electronic devices, we are
no longer just being exposed to blue light during the day, but we are exposed to it until
we go to bed by watching a bit of TV, working on the laptop, or tucked up in bed with
a tablet. Blue light has been implicated in poor sleep due to its effect on the hormone
melatonin – the “hormone of darkness”. Poor sleep has also been implicated in higher
risk of some health problems such as diabetes and obesity. Melatonin is suppressed by
daytime light, but is released at night, making us sleepy and is also involved as an anti-
oxidant in repairing cellular damage, so delaying our melatonin production at night may
not be good for us.
This month we supplied our first HOYA Blue Control Diamond Finish Coated glasses to
a patient in town who does a lot of computer work at night. To throw you off the scent as
to who it is, below is a photo of a model wearing the lens. They are a niche lens, not the
cheapest, but not totally crazy either, and it will hopefully be blocking, like a mini Blue
Blocker Sunglass from years ago, the blue light and providing better longterm health.
As expected, Bill English’s sixth budget
delivered a small but more than expected
surplus ($372m), some increased expenditure
on core social services, increased parental
leave, minor support for first home buyers
and an increase (and refining) of the parental
tax credit. It was very much a “steady as
she goes” budget that finally delivered on
the hard work of the last five years during
the GFC, and contained some election year
sweeteners that gives a degree of optimism
for the future.
From a business owner’s perspective,
there was not really a lot to get excited about,
especially on the tax front. The removal of
cheque duty from 1 July 2014, duties and
tariffs on building products and possible ACC
reductions from the 2015/16 years are all
positives, but not big ticket items.
A significant matter for business owners to
be aware of is that on top of previous increases
of funding to IRD to chase tax avoiders,
they have received another $48m to chase
overdue tax and GST returns aggressively, to
ensure that the overall tax take is maximised.
So for those who have taken a more cavalier
approach to tax obligations, you can expect
a knock on the door. On the flip side, they
have also proactively budgeted for the non-
collection of tax in situations where it is simply
not practically recoverable. We can only
hope that latter is supported by a pragmatic
approach by IRD to determining when tax
should be written off, but the business
allowed to continue for the betterment of the
In summary, Crowe Horwath considers that
the budget delivered as expected and, as has
become custom, there were few surprises
on the day. So it is pretty much business
as usual. Labour may argue that National
have picked some of their best policies and
amended them to suit their strategy, but it is
election year after all!
with Melinda and Haylee
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