November 2021

Welcome to Happy Horizons latest newsletter. I will start with the usual update on the garden.

Here in the Western Bay of Plenty we are very fortunate with the soil and the climate. Summer veges are all but in. I am late with the sweetcorn but will get it in over the next few days. I am hoping for ripe tomatoes before Christmas and am confident that this will happen. But then I am the eternal optimist!

Talking of tomatoes, I need to give basil a mention. It is made for tomatoes and is a real taste of summer. At Happy Horizons we harvest basil as we need it and make our amazing Basil Skin Toner. For those of you who are already fans, it isn’t far away. Keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page for more information. For those of you who haven't tried it, it really does make your skin feel uplifted.

The birds are busy with their families. They are either building nests, sitting on eggs or teaching their young how to fend for themselves. We are blessed here with quite a variety of birds, both native and introduced. Here is one expectant mother thrush patiently waiting for her babies to hatch.

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It would be impossible not to know that Christmas is fast approaching. We have made things easier for you and have introduced Happy Horizons gift vouchers. Click on the link below. These will make great gifts and introduce family and friends to Happy Horizons pure as products. Spread the word

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With Christmas, comes summer. With summer, come sand flies. Those pesky creatures that feel the need to take a bite from us. Or some of us at least. Here is some information about the ubiquitous sand-fly:

  • They are called namu in te reo
  • 13 species in Aotearoa, but only 2 bite
  • The males are vegetarian
  • So yes, that means, it is the females that bite. But only because they have to in order to reproduce
  • They don’t just bite humans, other creatures are fair game

As mentioned, sand-flies only seem to like some people. I am one of those people. I struggle to believe how something so small can hurt so much. And so I scratch and off course this makes the whole scenario a lot worse.

Happy Horizons beautiful Kawakawa Cream has double pronged benefits. Firstly, sand-flies don’t like the smell or the taste of it so it can be used as a repellent to these pesky little creatures. Secondly, if you do get bitten, then the Kawakawa Cream is most soothing and takes away the itch very quickly. Both the unscented and the lavender-scented are repellent and soothing.
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Kawakawa is a traditional Māori healing plant or Rongoā and has been used for centuries to sooth stings, skin rashes, bruises, burns and aches and pains and has many other medicinal uses. An interesting fact about kawakawa: insects know what is good for them, so it is said to harvest the leaves that the insects have nibbled, as they will be the best ones.
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If you are travelling over the holiday season, then travel safe. If you are going out in to the sun, be sensible. Cover up between 9am and 5pm and if you have to go out in the sun, then use sunblock. Remember not all sunblock products are created equally. Rest assured that if you use Happy Horizons Sunblock, you are not only being kind to you skin but you are also being kind to the ocean and the creatures that live in it. For more information about why you should use reef-safe sunscreen, go to

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Season’s greetings from Happy Horizons & thank you for your support