FROM THE EDITOR YVONNE KERR
Iused to commute by car to and from work. The distance was short – 8km – but the travel time varied drastically from Monday am (a stress-free 10 to 12-minute run) to Monday evening (a 1-hour crawl in rush-hour traffic) to Friday afternoon (an infuriating 1 to 2 ½ -hour stop-start drag, depending on the time and if it was a holiday weekend).
My clean slate when it came to road incidents took a serious dent around this time, too. Distracted by, I don’t know, a bird, in stagnant rush-hour traffic as I crawled along the motorway one day… Bang! I ran straight into the bumper in front. Not long after that, my engine went kaput when I ran out of fuel after sitting in traffic for two hours. I had to call AA for a tow. The third time, my engine overheated. Stranded. Same issue: inert traffic.
So as well as almost dying on the road and the anxiety that created, I was able to put a nice neat tick beside almost all of the negative effects of a long commute outlined in our cover story this week. I was more stressed out in general. Tick. I ate more junk food and drank more coffee. Tick. After a long, tedious drive home after work, often in wet weather (this was in Ireland), I would cancel plans to exercise or meet family or go out with friends and instead, collapse into bed – not good at all for my health or my social life or my wellbeing. Tick.
Now I walk to work. It takes 20-25 minutes. It’s a dream. But I’m paying exorbitant rent to be able to do that. Therein lies the crux of the problem. Meet our super-commuters on page 8.
• National Gardening Week:
Get your hands dirty for National Gardening Week from October 6-13. Register online next month to nab some free veggie seeds at yates.co.nz/nationalgardeningweek.
What started with a humble rosehip oil in 2002 has turned into a global empire for Kiwi sisters Catherine de Groot and Sarah Gibbs. Today, one bottle of Trilogy rosehip oil is sold around the world every 20 seconds. Bravo.
• Trilogy turns 15: • Fashion for a Cure:
This annual fundraiser for breast cancer hits Christchurch on September 21 and Wellington on November 2. Tickets from breastcancercure.org.nz.
Chop a cabbage head in six slices, drizzle over garlic butter, vinaigrette or oil, pop into a hot oven for 40 minutes and enjoy!
Hamiltonian chef Josh Emett will open Hawker & Roll in Auckland this December– Malaysian-inspired street food, fast.
• Cabbage steaks: