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8 — Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, July 30, 2015 www.times.co.nz This year the pie makers in Bot- any will be busy polishing three new silvers to add to their sig- nificant collection of prizes. Just last week the jubilant team at Greenland Bakery and Cafe bagged three silver awards at the Bakels New Zealand Supreme Pie Awards for their vegetarian, chicken and vegetable, and gourmet meat (chicken, bacon and mushroom) pies. Of course, it’s not the first time the humble vegetarian pie has been recognised nationally, and has earned numerous awards including gold in 2012. The following year the landmark bakery in Botany Town Centre took out the supreme prize for the mince and cheese variety along with a host of other accolades. While last year was lacklustre compared to most, this year, the team is back on form. The unique family-run operation by baker brothers, David and Bill Liem, rely on tried and tested reci- pes and have perfected the art of a crisp, flaky pastry encasing a fla- vourful filling. David says he tweaked the recipes of this year’s entries slightly to reflect a better balance. “We use fresh ingredients and bake the pastry to a nice colour and make sure there is plenty of filling.” The highly popular chicken and vegetable has a medley of vegetables such as carrot, potato, pea, celery and broccoli – perfect for warming up with on a cold winter’s day. David’s sister Alissa Liem, says although they were expecting gold, they are still happy with silver. Importantly, Greenland receives recognition from their customers who purchase hundreds of pies in 16 different flavours from their well- stocked shelves on a daily basis. “We have customers who come from as far as the North Shore. And some of our customers even take it on the plane to Hong Kong and the US and Hawaii. They say they can’t find pies as good as ours over there,” says Alissa. Although the pie purveyors don’t specialise in frozen pies, they can make special arrangements if patrons notify them in advance. As well as the fresh pies baked daily, the eatery also boasts a stellar range of desserts – the coconut slice and caramel slice are very popular, says Alissa. The Liem family is especially grateful to Bakels for providing them with quality ingredients that makes all the difference. “Perfectly flaky pastry and New Zealand Bakels’ vegetable oil are essential when creating well-bal- anced pies.” Known throughout the Botany and Howick regions and beyond for its mouth-watering pies, Greenland enjoys stellar success at the awards and in customer satisfaction. Serving fantastic coffee, an exten- sive breakfast and brunch menu, fresh sandwiches, cakes and slices, all of which are made on-site, Green- land Bakery and Cafe has something to satisfy every craving. Pop in for a taste of the pies that wowed judges across the nation today! Greenland Bakery and Cafe Shop 3, Market Square (Opp TSB) Botany Town Centre Ph 272-8628 Greenland Bakery serves up pies on the prize ■■ The award winning team, from left, Richard, Linda, Jenny, Harry, Alissa, Bill and David. Times photo Wayne Martin ADVERTORIAL KC11044A ■■ By Farida Master SHE came out of the closet at 25. Melissa Mills had a tough time admitting that she heard voices from the other side in her head. Brought up as a Catholic, she was afraid to come out in the open to admit she had psychic abilities. That she led a conventional life as a teacher at Pakuranga Intermediate School, Farm Cove Intermediate School and Point View School made it even more difficult for her to announce she was going to give up a safe teaching career to be a medium. “I had a tough time,” admits the astral guide. She says the urge to empower people and help them realise their true potential, overtook the fear of the unknown. The 28-year-old psychic from Highland Park says she is truly alive during live stage shows. “Psychics are not spooky,” she says. I don’t have any crystal balls and being a medium is much more than (television series) Sensing Murder,” says the spiritual educator who enjoys hosting psychic parties at homes and offices. Psychic parties involve a host of psychic games and a mini-reading for every individual. There’s also a mediumship demo for the group and the host of the party is entitled to some host benefits as long as they invite a minimum of six people including themselves. “I truly enjoy helping people with their relationships and making them understand the power of manifestation through the love and guidance of the spirit world.” The mother of two says that even when she dies, she wants her children to know she will always guide them. “ This is the loneliest profession because we give so much in order to help people deal with grief or figure out answers.” Melissa has teamed up with Face TV Sky channel 83, to produce a new series of 10 episodes to launch in October. “I want to teach people to be intuitive and show them how a psychic medium can make a positive difference to their lives.” There is not enough cash to fund the series so Melissa has created a pledge page to raise the much- needed finance. She believes in self-development and is on her way to the Arthur Findlay Centre for a three week course in mediumship. The College for spiritualists in Essex, UK is for the advancement of psychic science. “One has to keep learning all the time,” she says. Till then, Melissa – who has got her accreditation from British clairvoyant Lisa Williams – continues to do workshops, stage shows, readings on Skype and in person, even as she uses her abilities to raise funds for the television programme she hopes will be aired soon. MediuM talk ‘Psychics are not spooky’ applications Apply for AMP scholarships LAUNCHING its 2015 Scholarships, AMP is searching out talented, passionate and determined Kiwis who are ready to do their thing and own their tomorrow. Whether it’s a community project, a business idea, a passion for underwater creatures, education or a dream to represent New Zealand at the next Olympics – the scholarship is open to inspirational individuals from all walks of life. Almost anyone is eligible and there are no age limit restrictions in place. Jeff Ruscoe, chief customer officer at AMP says: “AMP has one of the largest scholarship funds of its kind and over the last 17 years, to help more than 160 Kiwis achieve and do their thing. “From golfers to fashion and shoe designers, dancers, scientists, dog sledders, canoeists, BMX world champions, cancer rehabilitators and underwater cameramen – the list really does go on and demonstrates the diverse range of people the AMP Scholarships help,” says Ruscoe. “With up to $200,000 available this year through the AMP Scholarship programme, the largest scholarship fund of its kind in New Zealand, there’s nothing stopping you from applying!” More inFo ■➤ The cut off date for the 2015 AMP scholarships is September 18, 2015. ■➤ To apply online, visit www. doyourthing.co.nz or watch the YouTube video https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=FciEzp6J_WE Vivacious young psychic Melissa Mills had a tough time coming out in the open about her gift. Photo supplied Fundraiser for hospice RESILIENCE, inspiration and courage shown by terminally-ill men and women and the people who care for them is the driving force behind a Love4acause fundraising event organised by a local artist. Raji Balachandran’s artwork, such as ‘Time for the Kowhai’, has a strong New Zealand influence while others, such as ‘Dolphins’ and ‘Cat’ demonstrate her love for animals. She has organised a sale of some of the works, as originals and as print-out cards, to raise funds for South Auckland’s Totara Hospice as part of its Hospice Angel Project. Prices of originals range from $100-$350 and the cards cost $5 each. No Eftpos will be available. There will be dance and music performances by students at Jaye’s Dance Studio, Half Moon Bay and David House Music School, Howick. The event is at 10.30am-12.30pm on August 16 at Somerville Intermediate School gymnasium, Somerville Road, Howick. Entry by gold coin. ■➤ More information is on Facebook at love4acause.
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