Looking back to the future with a new range of Liquid Supplements

Skybright Natural Health, the New Zealand health solutions specialist, has launched a technologically advanced range of high quality liquid supplements, which are absorbed very quickly in to the bloodstream.  Liquids are simpler for the body to digest, making nutrients more bioavailable to ensure the body receives the benefits right away.

The range includes Advanced Liquid Multiple, Advanced Children’s Liquid Multiple, Liquid B-Vitamin Complex and Advanced Liquid Glucosamine.  The products are available nationwide at selected health stores and pharmacies, as well as on-line at 

‘We are excited to be able to finally release these products,’ says Paul Balchin, Skybright’s owner and CEO.  ‘Many years ago, supplements were routinely given in a liquid form but our new technology has made these products nutritionally complete as well as great tasting. These products are unique in New Zealand and offer consumers a high quality, natural alternative to popping pills.  Skybright has focused on offering liquid supplements that are as close to nature as possible.’

Skybright’s Liquid Supplements are sourced from wholefoods and contain a full spectrum of vitamins, minerals and enzymes in a great-tasting, easy-to-take liquid form.

Skybright’s liquid supplements are suitable for all ages – in particular for older people who may have trouble absorbing nutrients and for children (and adults) who may struggle swallowing pills.  These liquid supplements can be added to water, juice or to a smoothie to make a wholesome breakfast or lunch-on-the-run that is packed with good nutrition.

About Skybright Natural Health:
Skybright Natural Health, through its Halls brand, has offered natural health solutions since 1887.  The company is proud to be wholly New Zealand owned and operated and its products are manufactured onsite in a purpose built facility in Albany, Auckland or sourced internationally from reputable manufacturers with the highest possible credentials. 
Skybright manufactures and distributes high quality natural health products which are delivered to health stores, pharmacies, practitioners and consumers throughout New Zealand and internationally. 
Skybright has an ongoing commitment to research and development in order to provide a wide range of the best quality products, all of which carry a full money-back guarantee on quality.

Further information contact
Paul Balchin                       
Skybright Natural Health
P: 0800 200 707

Just Start Walking Say NZ Chiropractors

The longer days and warmer weather are a perfect combination to take up regular exercise and even just walking more has a host of healthy benefits according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA).
Chiropractor and NZCA spokesperson Dr Hayden Thomas explains: ‘Walking benefits all aspects of your health - from increasing your levels of vitamin D, improving the efficiency of heart and lung function, reducing circulating stress hormones, assisting spinal function, and helping with weight-loss. And it’s something nearly everyone can do to increase their fitness and wellbeing.  As part of the Just Start Walking initiative from the World Federation of Chiropractic, a global non-profit organisation, we’re encouraging New Zealanders to think about making more journeys on foot.’
`We know that for every 20 minutes you spend sitting, it takes your spine about 30 minutes of standing or 5 minutes of walking to recover.1,2  Walking regularly will also help improve your immune system, blood and lymph circulation, enhance mood and energy levels, and help maintain good levels of bone density.3 What’s more there’s no gym membership fee to pay, you can do it with friends and you can walk anywhere, at any time.’
The Just Start Walking programme is for everyone but the NZCA recommends getting a spinal check-up with your family chiropractor prior to starting any new exercise regime. An NZCA chiropractor will evaluate your spine for joint dysfunction and analyse your posture for imbalances, two conditions which may predispose you to walking related injuries.

Some Tips on How to Get Started
      Visit your local NZCA chiropractor for a spinal system check up
      Commit to a nine week walking programme
      Start slowly – set achievable targets to prevent injury and to motivate you
      Find a friend or work colleague to walk with
      Wear supportive footwear which is designed for walking
      Warm up with gentle stretching exercises at the start and end of your walk
      Drink plenty of water and have regular breaks and healthy snacks
      Mix it up – walking different routes, at different speeds with different inclines
      Log your goals/achievements on the ‘Personal Activity Calendar’
      Enjoy your walking!

Just Start Walking is an initiative from the World Federation of Chiropractic, a global non-profit association which was recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a non-governmental organisation in January 1997. For more information and to download Your Personal Activity Calendar go to  Just Start Walking New Zealand - NZCA

Dr Thomas points out: ‘Chiropractors specialise in helping people achieve proper movement and spinal function but also recognise the importance of supplying your body with the right ingredients so it can express itself at its optimum. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is an essential part of many body processes and the evidence is that majority of people in our modern world are severely deficient. Just walking outside in nature a little more would go a long way to countering this issue and many other problems of our modern lifestyle and environment.’


1) Restaino RM, Holwerda SW, Credeur DP, Fadel PJ, Padilla J. Impact of prolonged sitting on lower and upper limb micro- and macrovascular dilator function. Experimental Physiology 2015;100(7):829-38.


Further Information:
Dr Hayden Thomas, Chiropractor 027 299 9939 or Peter Boyes 027 554 0500 or

Connections Still Important For Investment Decisions

Insight and foresight have a vital role to play in making the best investment decisions despite the growth of big data, a meeting hosted by the New Zealand Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (NZVCA) at the Auckland offices of Chapman Tripp heard this week (25th August).

Colin McKinnon, NZVCA Executive Director says: `This workshop aimed to look at how businesses can gain market intelligence and read between the lines for better investment decisions. Sophisticated investors are using new tools for data analysis and scenario simulation to develop insight for private capital investment origination and due diligence. Demographic changes can diminish the value of historic data for predicting future outcomes. But armed with an understanding of the cognitive decision process of individuals along with an ability to “crunch” a big amount of data, investors can provide foresight on customer behaviour across many products and services. But it was fascinating to hear that old fashioned personal connection still has its place. PE managers are still looking for on-the-ground, in-market expertise and want to speak with the right person.’

The meeting heard that resources such as the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) expert network provide relevant personal connections that give investors introductions to people whose experience and expertise are important references to making the best business decisions.

Charlie Ross of GLG says its network includes 450,000 experts worldwide and although conversations are personal and direct there is anonymity for the enquirer.

Matthew Houtman of Pioneer Capital, explains that GLG had introduced relevant experts to help a portfolio company validate a critical strategy by providing access to experts in the field and close to potential customers.
Michelle and Don Perugini, Analytics & Enterprise Intelligence, EY, add that big data and cloud computing are used to build simulation models to predict consumer behaviour, and that the psychology of the consumer was at the heart of the modelling. They point out that the Simulait model is based on the concept that cognitive decision process of individuals is unchanged and that human behaviour is driven by changing content and external influences.
They note that by integrating access to huge data resources and a model of consumer decision-making, it is possible to make accurate predictions about future consumer behaviour. These tools can help design products and marketing strategies for significant revenue gain or cost saving.

Colin McKinnon, Executive Director,
New Zealand Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, New Zealand
+64 27 640 6406

Topcare Shortlisted for Customer Service Award

Topcare, the south Auckland kindergarten group has made the shortlist for Excellence in Customer Service Delivery in the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2015 – South.

Topcare founder Jackie Hui says: `We’re thrilled that the hard work of our dedicated team has been recognised. Our aim at Topcare is to make a real difference to our children’s lives by providing top quality care and education in the finest facilities anywhere in South Auckland.’

Christine Yi and Jackie Hui pleased to be on the shortlist
The Early Childhood Learning specialist, has recently opened a new centre providing pre-school care and education for children age two – five years of age at state of the art premises in Portage Road, Papatoetoe, South Auckland.

The new centre is modelled on the highly popular Topcare Early Childhood Learning Centre at Evelyn Street, Papatoetoe and will cater for up to 55 children.

Topcare founder, Jackie Hui has over 20 years of international experience in early childhood education. She studied for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education at the Manukau Institute of Technology and later graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Auckland.  

In 2008 she opened the first of the Topcare Early Childhood Learning Centres, which has been highly successful with parents and shortlisted for a number of awards. This year Jackie gained her Masters of Educational Leadership.

Jackie says: `What we are building at Topcare is a new model of excellence in New Zealand early childhood education. My educational philosophy is founded on the strength of the relationships between the children, parents and staff built on Trust, Security, Respect, Caring and having fun. I really believe that children learn best when the teachers and parents work together and the children are engaged in experiences that are stimulating and interesting.

‘Topcare practices reflect the multicultural heritage of New Zealand’s community. Topcare’s mission is to educate our children to be the leaders of the future. We treat our tamariki with passion, love and knowledge.’

Topcare, 99 Portage Rd, Papatoetoe, Auckland, 
Description: 09- 278 2733

Topcare, 14 Evelyn Street, Papatoetoe, Auckland,
Description: 09-2782788 


Chiropractic Care – Contributing to a Safer, More Clinically Sustainable New Zealand Health Service

Chiropractors are poised to play a vital part in the country’s primary health care system, according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association (NZCA). In its submission to the Government’s New Zealand Health Strategy Update, the NZCA says that chiropractors are well placed to deliver high quality, evidence-based, natural and non-surgical care to manage neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. 
Dr Hayden Thomas, chiropractor and spokesperson for the NZCA explains: `A key premise of chiropractic care is to promote health and wellbeing. As such the chiropractic profession is ideally placed to support New Zealanders to “live well, get well and stay well” also a key objective of the New Zealand Government’s Health Strategy Update. 
`Neuromusculoskeletal (NMSK) disorders (problems with nerves, muscles and skeletal structure of the body, primarily of the spine) place a heavy burden on the New Zealand health service and have become increasingly costly. This cost goes well beyond the healthcare sector, placing a strain on industry due to lost productivity (presenteeism) and days away from work (absenteeism), and for the individual, a reduction in ability to perform activities of daily living and ultimately their quality of life.’

      UK figures estimate that up to 30% of all GP consultations are about musculoskeletal complaints and British GPs have reported that it is the top clinical reason for visits (with musculoskeletal pain the most common presenting symptom) (Department of Health, 2006. Musculoskeletal Services Framework)
      NMSK conditions have a significant social and economic impact, with up to 60% of people who are on long-term sick leave citing NMSK problems as the reason and patients with NMSK forming the second largest group (22%) receiving incapacity benefits. (CBI, in association with AXA, 2005. ‘Who care wins: absence and labour turnover 2005’)
      Furthermore, it is recognised that whilst prevalent in all age groups the incidence of NMSK disorders generally rises with age. As such the age and proportion of older ages in the population will further increase the demand for NMSK services on an already overloaded public system.

Traditionally, public funded treatment for these disorders has been confined to hospital outpatient departments, however the NZCA believes that broadening the choice of provider of NMSK services for spinal dysfunction (including back and neck pain), to fully incorporate chiropractic care will drive up quality, reduce cost and enable innovation. Chiropractic care has routinely been shown to be safe, effective and has a very high patient satisfaction rate.1-13

The current New Zealand Health Strategy was published in 2000 and much has changed since then, especially growing research into the role of chiropractic care in the management of spinal dysfunction. The updated strategy will set a new vision and a road map for the next three to five years for the health sector.

Dr Thomas says: `We know we can contribute to a high quality health system that integrates across the social sector and is sustainable in the long term. Chiropractic in New Zealand is increasingly focused on providing a foundation for a safer and more clinically and financially sustainable health sector.’

New Zealand has a world renown chiropractic training facility, The New Zealand College of Chiropractic. The college also has a growing internationally acclaimed research centre that is performing and publishing cutting edge studies into the beneficial effect chiropractic care is having on the NMSK system and positive outcomes for the restoration and preservation of health, function and general wellbeing.

NZCA chiropractors provide care with a patient centred, whole person and functional outcome focus. The care is tailored to the individual including a recognition of various biopsychosocial factors that may be involved. They support their hands-on care with cognitive interventions such as individual counselling and advice about the patient's lifestyle, work, and exercise, in order to help manage the condition and prevent it from recurring. Chiropractors have a proud history and grounding in the advantages of a maintenance, prevention and wellness based approach.
For further information on the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association visit 

Further Information:

Dr Hayden Thomas, Chiropractor 027 299 9939 or

Peter Boyes 027 554 0500 or


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13. and has subsequently been used as a case study by the Department of Health