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Wise Cicada Wins – Most Sustainable Business in Newmarket – Newmarket Business Awards 2017

June 23rd, 2017 Posted by Competitions, Events, Go Organic, The Eco-Friendly Household, The People & Ethics Behind Your Favourite Products No Comment yet

Susstainable Award 2017

We’d like to congratulate all our fellow winners and thank Newmarket Business Association, all judges and sponsors.

On Thursday 22nd June  the prestigious 2017 annual Newmarket Business Awards, was hosted at the Langham Hotel by Newmarket Business Association (NBA) and  major sponsors Bayley’s and Continental Cars.

The independent judging panel consisted of  Andy Hamilton (Icehouse), Anne Norman (James Pascoe Group), Anthony Hoy Fong (Chef), Jayne Atherton (Business Editor, Sunday Star Times – Fairfax), Michael Barnett (Auckland Chamber of Commerce), Michelle Vogt (Mint Consulting), Stewart Sherriff (2degrees) and Wynnis Armour (Armour Consulting). Sponsor judges included Rachel Dovey from Bayleys, and Steve Beaumont from Continental Cars.

NBA’s CEO, Mark Knoff-Thomas says the Newmarket business scene is thriving, “We always love these awards, as they bring together some of the best we have on offer in Newmarket. With just under 100 entries and 330 attendees who celebrated in typical Newmarket style on the night, this year was our biggest ever!” says Mark.

The Newmarket Business Excellence Award Winners for 2017:

‘Employer of the Year’sponsored by ANZ: The Mind Lab by Unitec

• • ‘Retailer of the Year’sponsored by Hayes Knight: Michael Holmes Premium Eyewear

• • ‘International Retailer of the Year’sponsored by Westfield Newmarket: CITTÀ

• • ‘Best Innovation of the Year’sponsored by Vector: Tech Futures Lab

• • ‘Best Customer Experience’sponsored by Recognise & Reward: Glamour Boutique

• • ‘Best Bar/ Restaurant of the Year’sponsored by Newmarket Business Association: Burger Burger

• • ‘Best Café of the Year’sponsored by Countdown Newmarket: Cali – All Day Eatery

• • ‘Best Small/ Medium Business of the Year’sponsored by 2degrees: AML Solutions

• • ‘Best Medium/ Large Business of the Year’sponsored by Multi-Media Systems:Vend

• • ‘Young Business Person of the Year’sponsored by Rotary Newmarket: Olivia Vincent – Muse Boutique

• • ‘Most Sustainable Business of the Year’sponsored by SBM Legal: Wise Cicada

• • ‘Newmarket People’s Choice’ Award 2017: Glamour Boutique

• • ‘Newmarket Supreme Winner’ Award for 2017: Tech Futures Lab


Win Two Tickets to Maria’s Smoothie Bowl Workshop 28 June @ Wise Cicada

June 22nd, 2017 Posted by Competitions No Comment yet

Thanks for Entering – Winner announced Mon 26 June 

For More Info on Workshop HERE

win two tickets

Cacao Ceremony & Workshop @ Wise Cicada – Saturday 8 July – 6.30 – 7.30pm

June 21st, 2017 Posted by Events No Comment yet


Do you agree… that everything tastes better with chocolate?

If you’re anything like us, you must like the idea that chocolate can become part of your daily practice… or even better, that drinking cacao can be your daily meditation.

We didn’t think it was possible, until our lives were transformed by the ancient art of drinking Cacao…

Cacao Ceremony and workshop is for you to experience this for yourself, and then learn how to make this part of your life… so you too can have a new daily ritual that transforms!

Are you ready to make your day better with chocolate?

Two hour experience includes:
– Participating in a Cacao Ceremony facilitated by Connie and Lucy
– How to brew Cacao for daily ritual
– How to to connect with Cacao as a plant teacher
– Crafting your own prayer/meditation/invocation to suit your lifestyle
– How to integrate this practice for it to transform your day
– Why Cacao is known as a superfood and the benefits for our body
– History and tradition related to Cacao

Cacao Ceremony and Workshop @ Wise Cicada
July 8th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
$35 – Register Here

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July School Holiday Activities at Wise Cicada

June 15th, 2017 Posted by Events, Kid's School Holiday Fun @ Wise Cicada No Comment yet

book launch 2


Join our beautiful singing and story-telling fairy Osher River Oriyah and help celebrate the launch of her new children’s book ‘The Butterfly Child’.

Your kids will be treated to music, poetry and story-telling form Osher, we will share some healthy organic butterfly food treats too.

10 – 11am – Sun 9 July – Butterfly Food Platter Cost $5     REGISTER HERE

bird feeder


Encourage more birds into your garden or urban space… we’ll provide everything your child needs to make both a pinecone and a recycled bottle feeder. Organic birdseed provided, of course. Join Shelley and Kerry Leigh.

10-11am Mon 10 July. $10 – Material Fee – Limited to 20 spaces.  REGISTER HERE


smoothie workshop for kids


Your child will have the fun and satisfaction of making and decorating an organic superfood smoothie bowl of their own served in a coconut shell.

Recipe card and nutrition tips included. Plus a coconut shell to takeaway so they can make another at home.

Tues 11 July 10 – 11am – Cost $10
Maria of Wise Cicada Cafe will host this workshop.

16 Spaces Only – so be in quick to REGISTER HERE


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While you enjoy a coffee in the cafe our chef Azusa will guide your child as they put together the components of our ‘Raspberry Chia Bliss Cups’ (a favourite from our raw cake cabinet).

They can eat one while they are at Wise Cicada then take the remainder home to share.

Ingredient Cost $10 – Limited to 16 spaces – so be in quick. REGISTER HERE


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  KID”S DIY JEWELLERY WORKSHOP  –   SUN 16 JULY     (10 + years – younger kid’s welcome with adult)

Join bespoke jewellery-maker Kerry Leigh at a craft table full of fabulous jewellery fixings and she will guide you through some macrame techniques, you’ll have a little fun and make some special pieces to take home.

9.30-11am Sunday 16 July – $20 Material Fee – (For Kids 10 years) (Younger Kids welcome with adult support)

Group limit – 16 people – so register in the link provided to secure your spot REGISTER HERE



Design your own magic wand with Lyn-marie of DizziePixieDesigns, using drift wood, crystals and other magical items.
This is one magical, creative experience your kids will love.

Material fee $10 – Mon 17 July 9.30 – 11am   REGISTER HERE

azusa yoga


Join our beautiful yoga teacher Azusa in a fun and gentle 1/2 hour yoga routine for kids.

Early Bird – 9am – 9,30am session for younger kids (eg 3 – 6 years) REGISTER HERE
Later Session – 10 – 10.30 am for (6 – 15 years) REGISTER HERE

Limited to 10 spaces per class – so be in quick to register a spot for your child.


(NB children younger than 3 are welcome with adult support)




Join Nikki and Shell as they guide your kids through rolling their own natural beeswax candle.

A beautiful natural gift to give others that they have had the creative satisfaction of making themselves.
DIY kits will be available to purchase take home on the day.

Weds 19 July – 10am – 11am – Cost $10  REGISTER HERE

Savour Organic, Cultured, Aged, Vegan Nut Cheeses – Now at Wise Cicada

June 8th, 2017 Posted by A Plant Based Lifestyle, The Latest & Greatest No Comment yet


These locally made epicurean delights are sure to satisfy the vegan cheese connoisseur, Savour is a range of firm, organic cultured non-dairy nut cheeses rich in protein and probiotics. Each nut cheese is individually crafted and aged in a cheese cave by an artisan cheesemaker. Savour cheeses deliver on flavour, making them the perfect addition to any cheese board, accompanied by your favourite wine and crackers.

Savour supports the movement towards a plant based diet for health, environmental and ethical reasons. Savour’s mission is simply to produce delectable and tempting plant based foods. PURCHASE RANGE

An aged, firm textured cheese made from cashew and macadamia nuts. Flavoured with New Zealand grown, manuka cold-smoked jalapeño chilies.

An aged, firm cashew cheese. Simple yet classic.

Creamy yet firm, this cashew cheese has the tang of a good feta. An organic olive oil infusion adds a melt-in-the-mouth quality to this cheese.


An aged, firm textured cashew and macadamia nut cheese that has been fermented in an organic vegan craft beer.

An aged cashew and macadamia nut cheese, delicately flavoured with cumin and pepper which have been gently toasted to release their aromatic qualities.

We’re Rating the New Harker Herbals Children’s Syrups Very Highly – Now Available at Wise Cicada – For Kids 0 – 12 Years

June 8th, 2017 Posted by Natural Supplements, The Latest & Greatest No Comment yet


We’re rating the new Harker Herbals Children’s Syrups very highly.  –  Locally made herbal support for your family – formulated from the best quality ingredients by Harker Herbal’s medical herbalist Paul Mitchell.

Most of the great tasting range supports babies and children from 0-12 years…….. naturally of course!

We have qualified naturopath’s on the shop floor to offer you health advice for your family.

Children’s Tummy Soothe – More Info 
Children’s Immune Build – More Info
Ear, Nose and Throat – More Info
Children’s Chest Soothe Day – More Info
Children’s Chest Soothe Night – More Info
Calm & Sleep – More Info
Breathe Easy (rec. 1- 12 years) – More Info
Sniffle Juice (the classic you know and love) – More Info

FREE kid’s colouring book while stock lasts.
FREE tricycles and bikes to be won with Harker Herbals too.

NEW – Ready Made Organic Latte Bases – Turmeric – Chai @ Wise Cicada

June 8th, 2017 Posted by Go Organic, The Latest & Greatest, Uncategorized No Comment yet


We’ve all tried it here at Wise Cicada and rate the flavour highly. So if you don’t want to ‘muck around’ daily with yellow powder or juice, a dollop of this organic paste is really convenient.

Golden milk, made from turmeric, is an old ayurvedic remedy, calming for the mind and healing for the body.  Golden Heart Turmeric drink is also made with pepper and oil to makes the curcumin much more bioavailable.

Just mix a teaspoon of Golden Heart Turmeric drink paste into a  cup of milk (we prefer rice milk), heat it, and you are good to go.

The Golden Heart Chai is full of flavour and goodness. It is made with real ceylon cinnamon, free of the toxic coumarin found in cheaper cinnamons. Just put a teaspoon into your choice of tea and add milk (optional)  to get the full Chai experience and healing qualities.

Purchase Organic Turmeric Drink Online

Purchase Organic Chai Drink Online


Good Buzz Kombucha – Now at Wise Cicada

June 7th, 2017 Posted by The Latest & Greatest, The People & Ethics Behind Your Favourite Products No Comment yet


We’ve packed our fridge with delicious Better Buzz kombucha…..this wellington founded brand is delicious and made with care, quality and your health in mind.


Here’s the buzz…..
packed with naturally occurring saccharomyces boulardii probiotic bacteria (that’s one of the best ones for digestion and immunity)
fair trade accredited
NZ made
innovative craft brewed flavours

The People and Ethics Behind Good Buzz:

Good Buzz Kombucha is a low-sugar brewed probiotic soft drink thought to have originated in Manchuria, China over 2000 years ago.

Alex’s grandmother, Amy, started making what she called Manchurian Tea in 1974 in Kaikohe, NZ. Her kombucha culture continues on 40 years later with Good Buzz, handed on down through the family.

Amber, the boochmaster at Goodbuzz, first dabbled in making kombucha four years ago but started back into it again in New Zealand mid 2012. Nine months of experimenting with different teas, sugars and amounts, temperatures and methods, as well as dealing with exploding bottles, and something magical happened. A brew came to life that was unlike any other kombucha they had tasted before – this was more like a cider, lacking the strong vinegary taste commonly found in other kombuchas.

Alex had been working for a Silicon Valley software company for almost five years, thoroughly enjoying big data analytics, but when ‘Booch’ happened he knew something very special had been created. Not a gambler, but certainly a risk taker on a ‘good thing’, he came up with the business plan and identity-to-be for what would become Goodbuzz Brewing Co.

Both Alex and Amber are children of chiropractic and naturopathic fathers. Healthy living and eating using what nature has given has been the foundation of their lives and they are now proud to be able to share these principles with others too.

Booch® is not the brand of kombucha that just sits in the fridge at your local healthfood shop. It is also the beverage that sits next to fizzy drinks and juices at the café, the restaurant, even next to alcoholic beverages at the bar. It is packaged in a brown bottle to preserve the contents but also allows for the bottle to be comfortably held in social settings. 🙂 When individuals choose a Booch® because they are driving, pregnant or simply saying ‘no boozies tonight’ they are still getting a ‘true brew’, not just a sugary soft drink or ‘near-beer’.

There are 100s of different kombucha brands being sold in in the USA today, but only a handful of brands in NZ and a few great cafes who make their own in-house.

It takes a little over two weeks to make a bottle of Booch®, from fermentation through bottle- conditioning, which builds the carbonation and gives the brew a richer flavour. The fermentation process consists of placing a kombucha culture on a sweetened tea for about eight days and
subsequently produces a tangy, slightly fizzy liquid. It no longer resembles tea at this stage, except for a hint of tea flavour.

Goodbuzz Booch® sets itself apart from every other kombucha brand available, with a very unique, yet palatable taste. The raw sugar used to brew with is broken down through the fermentation process, similar to making beer, but sucrose and fructose average about 2% or 6.6g per bottle (across the flavour range). Kombucha is enzyme rich and consists of dozens of organic acids to include acetic, lactic, glucuronic and gluconic acids. Due to the fermentation process Booch® contains some residual alcohol but never more than 1% (typically 0.5-0.8%), similar to a handcrafted ginger beer. NZ food code regulation states that non-alcoholic beverages must contain less than 1.15% alcohol by volume.

Booch® is probiotic meaning that is has live, good bacteria in it. The bacterium preserves the brew and will continue to ferment the liquid. Cold slows this process down. Consumers may find live cultures in their bottle; generally this is a small, slightly rubbery disc at the top of the bottle, similar to a skinless grape. This is totally harmless and most people simply eat/swallow it, though it can be discarded. This is an indisputable sign that the drink is in fact ‘living’ and probiotic. A bottle of Booch® currently has a ‘Best Before’ date of 4 months after bottle-conditioning, only to ensure a high quality taste without tasting ‘vinegary’.

All teas used have been carefully selected based on the taste produced and the absence of chemical residues. Green Tea, when used, is organic. We use Fair Trade and Organic Sugar. Artesian water from the Hutt Valley aquifer, Te Puna Wai Ora (The Spring of Life), in Wellington is the source of water for Booch® and has not been treated by any type of chemical: chlorine, fluoride etc. The water is simply run through a commercial grade carbon and UV filters.


Solgar Full Spectrum Turmeric – Higher Efficacy Anti-inflammatory Support

June 7th, 2017 Posted by Natural Supplements No Comment yet


SOLGAR – Full Spectrum Curcumin

30 soft gels $56.90
delivers 40 mg of curcumin and 48 mg of curcuminoids
Purchase Online 

Chronic inflammation and pain? Looking for a powerful antioxidant and immunity strengthener?  Curcumin capsules from Solgar are formulated for maximum bioavailability.

Solgar have transformed the normally fat-soluble curcumin into a water-soluble phytonutrient… making it immediately ready for faster absorption by your body.

Encapsulated within micelles, the curcumin  passes into your bloodstream more readily. As absorption is improved,  efficacy increases. So this brand may be an answer to the aforementioned health concerns.

Please come and see our caring naturopaths with any questions. They are available to serve you on the shop floor daily. PURCHASE ONLINE

Yogi Turmeric Smoothie Bowl – Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free Recipe from Wise Cicada Kitchen

June 7th, 2017 Posted by Go Organic, Recipes, Smoothies & Juices No Comment yet



frozen organic banana (1.5)
1/2 shot spray free fresh turmeric juice (15mls)
1 organic date (pitted)
1/5 tsp organic cinnamon
sprinkle organic black pepper
a few drops of fresh spray free ginger juice
200 mls organic coconut milk

Blend until smooth. Pour into your most stylish vessel and top with organic fruit,
raw granola and any other nutritious pieces that take your fancy.