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Are you interested in taking part in a study
about addiction to nicotine?
If you smoke and are not currently considering stopping
smoking, you may be interested in participating in a ‘Nicotine
We are looking to enrol people who:
• are aged 18 years and over
• who smoke every day
• who have their first cigarettes within 30 minutes of waking
• who have a mobile phone
• who intend to live in the Otago/Southland region for the
next six months
If you meet all of these criteria and are interested in the
study, we’d love to hear from you.
We are recruiting in November 2012
The study will run for 12 weeks from December 2012 to
To join the clinical trial or find out more, contact Trish Fraser:
Text or call: 0274 435 241
This study is being run by researchers from the University of
Auckland, ESR Health Ltd (Wellington), Health New Zealand
(Christchurch), and Global Public Health Ltd (Glenorchy).
This study has been approved by the
Northern B Health and Disability Ethics Committee (12/NTB/48).
Once upon a dessert...
Happy ending: Stephanie Peirce is able to relax after a hectic week.
Photo: BARBARA WITHINGTON
Fairytale: Stephanie Peirce’s winning
Creating a dessert depicting a
fairytale has created a fairytale of
her own for 21-year-old Stephanie
The Millers Flat woman has
cooked herself to a competition in
Ms Peirce, studying towards a
Bachelor of Culinary Arts in
Dunedin, entered a Cinderella-
themed desert in the Fonterra
sponsored Proud to be a Chef
competition in Auckland last
She was one of four Otago
students among the 10 finalists.
While working out the flavours
and colours she would use she
decided on the pumpkins from her
family’s orchard, The Pumpkin
Place at Millers Flat, and took one
with her to Auckland.
‘‘I could not guarantee that any
others would give me the golden
glow I wanted for the dish,’’ she
The dish was to reflect an element
of their personal lives and Ms
Peirce called her dish Trans-
formation. The dish underwent a
change when the ‘‘fairy dust’’ of
salted caramel sauce was poured
over the golden white chocolate
sphere with a spiced pumpkin
mousse inside, transforming the
pumpkin at midnight.
‘‘The judges had been quite taken
as I was putting together my
dessert but when the three
runners-up were all males from
outside Otago I had to hope I had
She has no recollection of her
name being called but is thrilled
to be one of the four travelling to
Melbourne in February to com-
pete against 26 Australians for a
trip to London and $7500 prize
‘‘That would be just awesome, but
it will be enough to be working
with some top chefs for three days
as we gain experience in the field
of creating food that becomes
theatre at the table.’’
Ms Peirce has always enjoyed
cooking, encouraged by her
mother and grandmothers but has
no great desire to open her own
restaurant when she finishes her
‘‘I really would like to travel and
experience different cultures and
their food and how the flavours
work, as that is the balance we are
trying to achieve when we put a
dish together. In the end I would
like to come home and teach
others the things I am doing now’’
With this first fairytale coming
true, who knows just what the
future may hold.
Summertime: Get entries in for Miss Swimsuit contest
ell, it is that time of
year again. They call
it the ‘‘silly season’’.
The smell of delicious
barbecues, hearing lawnmowers,
and seeing boats all point to
And you know what that means
. . . shorts, T-shirts, summer
dresses, togs, boardies, bathing
suits, and bikinis . . . eek – for
some of us maybe not the bikini!
I like that people seem to be
smiling more and our trusty
Central Otago sun is finally
coming to the party.
Just as well because we’ve got the
Miss Alexandra Swimsuit
Competition returning on
Saturday, December 29.
This is a great opportunity for our
beautiful local gals to try
something new, get out of their
comfort zone and perhaps even
win $500 cash and a glamour
Key organiser Mel Bell, from
Promote Alexandra, did an
amazing job last year. The fact
that Alexandra made an
appearance on One News is
testament to her hard work.
I particularly loved meeting,
watching, listening and learning
from the contestants, all of them
inspiring young women and great
ambassadors for Central Otago. It
was also fun to be part of the lively
crowd – young kids, friends,
families, supporters and visitors
to our region.
Do you know a lovely young lady
over the age of 16 who may be
interested in entering?
Please don’t miss this fun day –
bring family and friends along to
the Miss Alexandra Swimsuit
Competition 2012. Everyone is
welcome and of course the more
Check out alexandra.co.nz.
◗ Amy Scott is a former lawyer
turned professional speaker who
is passionate about effective
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