Food, Family & Friends Podcast 12: Wayne Howett – Ronald McDonald House

image1Wayne Howett is an approachable, engaging and friendly CEO – who many of the families who stay at Ronald McDonald House in Auckland, know on first name basis. He is often found wandering through the House, chatting companionably with those staying there, listening as they share their day with him. His relaxed demeanour belies the huge task he has in the continual success of operating this large and essential charity for New Zealand.

As always, generous to the core, Wayne finds the time to join me in the studio to discuss his life, his love of food and travel, his beautiful family, and his philosophy on food and its intrinsic relationship with keeping families close.

We hope you feel inspired to find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities where-ever you are in the world.  If you are in Auckland and are you seeking an engaging, collaborative and rewarding team building experience for your employees please touch base with me as I run a team building experience incorporating team work, engagement, active leadership and co-operation inside the House. It will provide all the benefits of team building exercise whilst supporting an amazing charity.

If you would like to find out more about the day to day operation of the Charity – please find more information here

A huge thank you to Wayne for his time today – you can follow him on Twitter: @CERMHA

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NZ Tech Podcast 294: Tesla Autonomous Trucks, Cyber Espionage, Acquisitions galore, Air NZ Bluetooth







This week features – Elon Musk’s Masterplan 2 and Tesla Autonomous Trucks, Cyber sabotage apparently used by Fortune 500 companies, Air NZ allowing inflight Bluetooth, acquisitions galore – Marker Metro, ARM/SoftBank, Yahoo/Verizon. Hosted by Paul Spain and this week’s guest is Bill Bennett.

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NZ Tech Podcast 293: Autonomous bus on public roads, vs QV, Pushpay does utilities bills, new Xbox







An autonomous bus takes to public roads, Pushpay goes after utilities bills, Microsoft’s new 2TB UltraHD Xbox One S almost here, Semble pulling plug on mobile wallet, Uber update, Microsoft wins fight with YS Govt over cloud data and we hear all about

Hosted by Paul Spain, guests Brett Roberts and Jeremy O’Hanlon.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast 11: Jinu Abraham – Head Chef, Heritage Hotel, Auckland

Jinu_Abraham pic copyJinu and I met as co-Judges for a charity cooking event here in Auckland. I immediately warmed to his calm yet enigmatic nature. His knowledge was extraordinary and his efforts to put myself and the contestants at ease was evident. He loves food. He also loves learning and stretching himself.

Originally from New Delhi, India, Jinu is now the Executive Chef at the Heritage Hotel here in Auckland where he has created a plant based, locally focussed menu at the hotel’s Hector Restaurant. For him, a non-Vegan and lover of all food, the challenge was exciting. As he himself says ‘ once you open your eyes to options, it’s a whole new world of ingredients and techniques.’

This chat with Jinu, a Dad of two littlies, delved into his philiosophy around his passion for food and his choosing a career path that allows him to shine through his use of good, fresh ingredients and pleasing others by presenting them with unpretentious honest food – with the perfect combination of flavours.

Jinu is the epitome of the melting pot of New Zealand society – where many cultures and nationalities of people make up our cities and countries. His story is one of success and I love his determination to take on challenges as exciting adventures.

To sample some of his signature cuisine you can pop into the Heritage Hotel in Auckland. His vegan dishes are available in the Lobby Cafe and in Hector’s Restaurant.

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NZ Tech Podcast 292: Paul Thurrott & Microsoft WPC 2016







This episode comes from Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference and features an interview with Paul Thurrott (Microsoft Commentator), and coverage of highlights from the event. Hosted by Paul Spain.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast 10: Koto founder, Jimmy Pham & graduate Huong

Jimmy KOTOKOTO stands for “Know one, teach one.”

Learning should be passed on; knowledge is meant to be shared. This is the essential idea of KOTO founder, Jimmy Pham, a Vietnamese-Australian who, more than 10 years ago, opened a Training Centre in hospitality in Hanoi, giving disadvantaged youth the possibility to learn and thrive in their lives. Vanessa interviews Jimmy about his vision – his own background and how KOTO has become his life – and the students like his own children.

Ness koto studentsAs a social enterprise, KOTO has trained over 600 students in two training centres in Hanoi and Saigon, with 200 concurrently enrolled. In addition to its Foundation arm that focuses on raising funds to support its cause through charitable activities and initiatives, KOTO also operates an Enterprise arm, serving as a platform for real life hospitality training as well as a source of income to support the welfare and training of the students. KOTO Enterprise currently includes two Training Restaurants, an online bakery, a cooking class, and a catering service.
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Vanessa also interviews Huong Dang who is a graduate, now studying in Melbourne.  Her story is one of strength and courage.
She shares this with us so that those of us more fortunate can have a glimpse into what it means to have an organization like KOTO be the savior in your life story.
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 Be inspired and be enthralled – be touched.
Special thanks to guests on this episode – Jimmy Pham and Huong Dang.
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NZ Entertainment Podcast 59: Conjuring 2, Me Before You, VPMA2016, This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy

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This episode Wal & Yulia are joined again with newly wedded Jarred as they explore the Entertainment world reviewing Conjuring 2, Me Before You and the new Kiwi sci-fi comedy film This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy – plus all the usual chaos and mayhem.

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This episode hosted by Wal Reid & Jarred Tito, Paul Spain is the executive producer. The NZ Entertainment Podcast is published by Global Voice Media – the home of NZ’s favourite podcasts.

Food, Family & Friends Podcast 9: Claire Deeks – Dom’s Kitchen

Claire Deeks DomClaire Deeks is a mum and passionate real food advocate for children and families based in Auckland, New Zealand. She’s recently launched a petition against the Health Star Rating System gathering several thousand signatures in a few weeks. Claire’s background is over 10 years practising as a lawyer and registered patent attorney working in Auckland and London specialising in trade mark, copyright and misrepresentation in the music and movie industries (representing a who’s who of international clients including Warners, Sony, Disney, Nike, Versace, Gucci and more).

In late 2014 after what she calls a real “lightbulb moment”, Claire started an online food blog for families: Dom’s Kitchen. The blog has garnered a significant following (over 25,000 social media followers) and is named after Claire’s son Dominic who is the inspiration behind her own journey to real food.
In 2016 Claire’s embarking on her mission to create a kid’s real food revolution full time. She will be going on the road in a speaking tour around NZ and Australia (The Mothers On A Mission Tour 2016) to inspire, educate and help support parents feed their children more real food.
Claire’s Blog can be found at Dom’s Kitchen and has all info on the upcoming tour events and link to sign the petition against the Heath Star Rating.

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Recipe of the Week – Gummies



270mls coconut milk (we use Ayam brand – this is one can)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 Tbsp gelatin (we use Great Lakes Gelatin – red box)
1 Tbsp raw cacao (or cocoa)

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What To Do:

  1. Make room in your fridge for a tray of gummies and place your molds on a tray. (This makes it much easier but is not essential.)
  2. Combine the milk, syrup, cacao and vanilla in a pot and stir.
  3. Sprinkle gelatin over the mixture and immediately whisk to combine well.
  4. Heat over low heat for approximately 5 minutes taking care not to overheat or boil and stirring continuously until the liquid is smooth. (It should be only a luke warm temperature.)
  5. Remove from heat allow to cool slightly and then add to silicon molds.
  6. Place the tray with molds on it in the fridge for 30 minutes or until gummies are set firmly.

NZ Tech Podcast 291: Norton Wi-Fi Security, Brain Scanning crime solving, Philips Hue, driverless car tech

This week we look at Philips refreshed Hue smart home lighting, Norton’s Wi-Fi security, brain scanning tech that checks what you know, 3D printed car panels and the first autonomous driving death and news from BMW and Baidu.

This NZ Tech Podcast episode is produced with the support of Gorilla Technology, hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Nate Dunn and is published by Podcasts New Zealand – home of NZ’s favourite podcasts.

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Food, Family & Friends Podcast 8: Brendon Partridge – Executive Chef of JW Marriot Hotel, Hanoi

Cover StoryBrendon’s story is one of passion – for food, travel and the world. It’s easy to meet him and be envious of his journey, but this Dunedin boy has worked hard and followed his passion, grasping at every opportunity to ensure his own success.

Culinary Success

Brendon believes that we learn about others cultures through their cuisines. The two are so strongly aligned that to achieve a growth in personal culinary knowledge you must understand the cuisines and cultures of others.

He was the perfect Judge for the ENZ collaborative cooking competition in Ho Chi Minh City – June 2016.

Personal Journey

From a young child, Brendon loved working alongside his Grandparents in their hotels in the South Island of NZ. His love for hospitality and for the bakery in particular led him to Otago Polytechnic to begin his formal training in Culinary Arts. This lead to a world of travel through Australia, Thailand, China and finally to Vietnam.


Brendon’s love for the Vietnamese is clear as we chat about their welcoming nature, friendly service, sense of humour and determination to succeed through hard work and education.

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Whilst a Chef’s life is not glamorous it is certainly unique and the industry has a camaraderie that is difficult to beat.

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 Recipe of the Week –  Scampi Risotto

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22        pc                    Highford NZ Scampi

1          kg                    Canali rice

1          Tbspn              Tomato paste

1          stalk                 celery

1          ea                    carrot

2          ea                    white onion

2          bulbs                garlic

20        ml                     squid ink

100      gm                   cornstarch

500      ml                     white wine (NZ)

100      gm                   butter

100      gm                   grana pardano

1          bunch              tarragon (fresh)


  1. Make a stock/court bouillon with the scampi heads and shells, tomato paste, celery, carrot, 1 onion and garlic
  2. Cut the scampi half the scampi tales into large dice
  3. Keep the remainder of scampi tales whole for topping the risotto
  4. Dice the onion and garlic and sauté till soft
  5. Add the rice and lightly sauté again
  6. Deglaze with white wine and slowly add stock while stirring
  7. Once the rice is cooked add the squid ink
  8. Add in the diced scampi
  9. Stir in butter and cheese
  10. Plate with 1 spoon of risotto a top with 1 tail of raw scampi
  11. Add 1 PC of corn starch dentelle and fresh tarragon
  12. For dentelle, make a batter with corn starch and water with squid ink
  13. In a hot pan with oil add 1 spoon of batter and cook till crispy
  14. Take out of the pan and set aside for garnish


  • Pots
  • Non stick pan
  • Wooden spoons

Recipe from the NZ showcase at Food & Hotel Asia 2016 – By Exectutive Chef Brendon Partridge.

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