Style: December 01, 2017




Wine & Dine Issue



The story behind

Gatherings & other

dining hot spots


& Haute Couture

Partywear at

Hackthorne Gardens

Forget the flutes

All you need to know

about Champagne



Experiencing Gold

Coast’s ultimate

lifestyle retreat

The must-have


A guide for men

this Movember

When it comes to marketing, the

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We leave nothing to chance when marketing your property, and we have our own in-house

marketing department staffed by highly skilled graphic designers, a videographer and online

media specialist. While most agencies rely on their salespeople to create the marketing

collateral, at Harcourts gold we believe in having experienced specialist designers do the job,

which also leaves your sales consultant free to focus on what they’re really good at – getting

your house sold! Our commitment to innovation ensures that we are constantly evolving our

marketing strategies to meet the needs of a changing market.

All properties marketed with Harcourts gold are featured prominently across various property

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An Award-Winning Team

Harcourts gold Papanui consistently rates as one of the top Harcourts offices in New

Zealand, receiving numerous awards for excellence in sales performance, customer

service and office presentation both nationally and internationally, both within

Harcourts and as part of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.

It holds the award for overall ‘Top National Residential Office’ in the

Harcourts Group.

This very high level of achievement makes the Harcourts

Papanui office a popular choice for owners selling properties

throughout the Canterbury region.

Harcourts gold owners Lynette and John McFadden

are based at the Papanui office where they are actively

involved in daily operations of the gold group. Cameron

Bailey, a Harcourts gold owner and top-performing

sales consultant (number 1 in New Zealand and

number 2 internationally for Harcourts), is also based

here. There are currently 47 sales consultants based at

the Papanui office backed up by a marketing division,

a customer service department and a team of talented

support staff. Underpinning the team is an attitude of

encouragement and cooperation, a commitment to

up-to-date market knowledge and specialized training,

and a strong focus on the needs of every client.

Situated at 471 Papanui Road, the office has close

associations with the surrounding neighborhoods of

Papanui, St Albans, Strowan, Merivale and Fendalton, but

handles large volumes of property transactions all over the

Canterbury region.





Harcourts gold Papanui is home to the purpose-designed auction

rooms where all Harcourts gold auctions are held. Modern and

welcoming, the rooms have been designed to create a relaxing and

supportive environment for owners and purchasers to do business. State-ofthe-art

technology supports the process, enabling the public to view and participate

from anywhere in the world with live streaming.

Visitors are always welcome! Come along to the Harcourts gold auctions rooms at 471

Papanui Road any Thursday morning or phone 03 352 6166 for this week’s order of sale.

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Style is something unique to each of us. Celebrating the

diversity life offers within Christchurch – a city of constant

reinvention, opportunity and vibrancy. Style explores the

fabric of our homes, our community and our spirit, both

individually and collectively.


Wine. Dine. Discover. Indulge



Planning For Summer Fun


Alex Davies of Gatherings


What You Need To Know About



Canterbury Dining At Its Best


Women In Architecture



Taking Dining To The Next Level





Party Wear Inspiration




Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

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Grooming For Movember


Mini Countryman




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Irecently had the pleasure of meeting and eating with the down-to-earth

food celebrity Nadia Lim as she celebrated the virtues of the somewhat

polarising quinoa.

My first experience of this wheat alternative was in a hipster restaurant in

Kaikoura, where everything was terribly healthy and naturally delicious. At

that point in time, I was still callling it qui-no-ah, and was immediately put off

by its bobbly texture and the way it ensured all post-dinner smiles had the

potential to cause embarrassment.

Clearly, however, I was not going to pass up the opportunity to get to

know the woman who has shared many a virtual meal with us thanks to her

time with MasterChef. Even so, eight courses featuring keen-wah sounded a

bit of a stretch.

Turns out I was wrong. From the quinoa lavosh crackers to the avocado,

pumpkin and halloumi quinoa salad, I could have happily dined on any dish

again. Though I think I will still leave its preparation to the professionals.

Nadia wasn’t cooking on this evening, but had set the task to a

Christchurch team to bring her menu to life. It cheered me to hear our

skilled foodies had created a “better” spread, with heartier helpings, than

those at the Ceres Organic event in Auckland a few days earlier. It just goes

to show, we know how to feed people in Canterbury!

To celebrate wining and dining in our region, we have pulled together a

line-up of particularly tasty features for you to sink your teeth into. We start

be sharing the story of Alex Davies, the man behind award-winning Merivale

sensation Gatherings, before highlighting more hot spots in the area that will

have you salivating. We also provide a guide on the best drink in the world,

Champagne, and share some insights into what sort of glassware you should

be serving this effervescent delight in when the time comes to celebrate.

As the party season starts to make itself known, you will be looking for

the perfect outfit to match the calibre of each event. This month Victoria

Tait took the team to the illustrious Hackthorne Gardens in Cashmere, to

combine all the finer things in life in one delicious spread.

Finally, as the stress of the festive season and end-of-year pressures loom

on the horizon, take in what we learnt at the Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat.

Don’t forget to “rest and digest”!

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We can easily see this fitting into this year’s party season – the Moët &

Chandon six pack. The cute-as-can-be mini bottles (187ml) each have

their own golden sippers! That’s the cherry on top for the $150 ‘Share

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In the lead-up to Christmas, get yourself a grown-up’s advent

calendar. The Beer Library in Sydenham will have you opening a bottle

of craft beer every day, or new this year is the gin advent calendar, with

24 hand-bottled 50ml gins. Get in quick!

The New World Wine Awards has declared some local wineries

exceptional, and who are we to argue? Canterbury as a region took

home a stash of 26 medals, the gold medals going to: Terrace Edge

Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2016, Main Divide Waipara Valley Pinot Gris

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Have you noticed what’s slipped into the frozen section at the

supermarket? American ice-cream brand Häagen-Dazs has been

added to the temptations list, with five flavours. The macadamia

nut brittle is hard to resist!

Tony Astle isn’t stopping with Universo, with plans for another

restaurant to open in 2018. Come February, expect to see

Chiwahwah serving up a Mexican menu next to Fat Eddie’s on

The Terrace.

What is UberEATS? Is it a souvlaki during your midnight

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There’s exciting news for Christchurch fans of fashion and design brand

Seletti. Already a favourite in Queenstown, the luxury lifestyle curators

plan to open a new concept store on Normans Road this month.

Described as understated opulence, it’s a place where design and

art are brought together to make everyday items truly beautiful. We

can’t wait.

For those who missed well-known chef Jonny Schwass’ Harlequin

Public House, which closed in April, you’ll get another chance to

experience his signature cuisine. This month, he will take over the

running of the Ilex Café in the Botanic Gardens – so expect plenty

of changes. He’s hinted at a revamped menu packed with “honest,

seasonal dishes” and a focus on local producers.


Recently named the country’s Best New Restaurant

in the Restaurant of the Year Awards, Pasture in

Auckland didn’t take the title by playing by the rules.

The 20-seat restaurant in Parnell was designed to be a

completely unique dining experience, and one of their

latest innovations is a juice pairing option. Not content

to stick with wine pairing, they’ve created handmade

juices designed to fit each of the dishes on their set

six-course menu. Bookings can be made online at

The most simple morning rituals can shape your

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It’s designed to help you start the day right, whether

that means a steaming cup of tea from their Grey

Stone porcelain set, lighting a scented candle, or a quiet

moment with one of their gratitude journals.

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An eclectic event line-up is heading our way this summer.

Enjoy an old fave celebrating a big birthday alongside some

interesting newcomers. Words Gaynor Stanley



We fully embrace the concept of living well at

Style, so it’s great to see a healthy living festival

coming to Christchurch. Wanderlust 108 is

billed as the world’s only mindful triathlon,

combining running, yoga and meditation.

Arrive with your yoga mat for a 7am start

at St Leonards Park in Sumner and spend

the day completing the three legs of your

triathlon, accompanied by some smooth DJ

tunes. Do the 5km your way – run, walk, or

skip if you feel like it, take part in a 90-minute

yoga class and a 30-minute guided meditation

led by nationally recognised teachers. Not

surprisingly, the gurus behind all this hail from

LA’s Wanderlust Centres, which has now

toured the event in 17 countries.

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It’s the most colourful time of Christchurch’s

summer calendar – when street performers

from across the world descend on the city for

more than a week of incredible street theatre.

This January will mark the 25th anniversary of

the World Buskers Festival, and with all the

stops pulled to celebrate, it’s one you won’t

want to miss.

On offer is 10 days of highly entertaining

street theatre hosted at various iconic sites

around the city and 11 nights of world-class

shows. Tickets go on sale November 1 for the

headline acts including Tape Face, Le Gateau

Chocolat, The Topp Twins, Urzila Carlson,

Ginger Minj and Ali McGregor.

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After an absence of more than two decades,

the sport of kings is returning to Hagley Park

South this summer. Hagley Park Polo is a

traditional format tournament featuring local

and international players.

The fast-paced spectacle unfolds from noon,

with expert commentary for those new to

the game. Entertainment will include pintsized

polo fun for children and parades of the

Christchurch foxhounds, players and ponies.

The final kicks off around 2.30pm. Naturally

the champagne will be flowing all afternoon

and spraying when winners are crowned!

It’s free to watch, so a perfect opportunity

to take a picnic and make a day of it with

the family. Tickets for hospitality tables and

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Like your music loud and live?

Shapeshifter Live in the Park is

on Saturday 9 December and

rock down to Electric Avenue

on Saturday 24 February.

Eating and drinking more your

cup of tea? The South Island

Wine & Food Festival returns

Saturday 2 December and The

Great Kiwi Beer Festival on

Saturday 27 January.

Can’t get enough swinging

mallets? Heineken Urban Polo

is on Saturday 3 March.

16 STYLE | interview



Alex Davies started his first ‘restaurant’ with a pizza oven

on a Gap Filler site, soon after the earthquakes. Since

then he’s opened his own brick and mortar restaurant in

Merivale, Gatherings, and is set to share some of his secrets

next month at the South Island Wine & Food Festival.

Words Gabrielle Stuart Photography Charlie Rose Creative

STYLE | interview 17 bring people in tune with the seasons

and showcase the best of what’s there right now.

Gatherings opened at the start of the

year – do you still get that same sense of

excitement when you walk in the door?

Definitely. I love it, it’s a dream for me

and it’s a culmination of ideas over

several years. So I’m very, very proud

of the space. I don’t see myself tiring

of it anytime soon. And because we’re

moving with the seasons and the

environment, there’s always something

different. So toward the end of winter it

gets a bit tiresome, because you’ve seen

enough beetroot to last you forever,

but coming into spring we have all these

fresh peppery flavours coming in and

everything’s tasting different and exciting

again. And the feedback and the response

from people who come here definitely

motivates you to keep doing it, too.

It’s nice to know you’re giving people

a beautiful experience they wouldn’t

be able to get anywhere else. We take

immense pride in that.

If you had to sum up what Gatherings is

and stands for, how would you do that?

We focus on sustainability, whether

that’s through reducing food miles and

supporting local farmers, or through an

environmental approach with the cuisine.

We also focus on trying to represent the

taste of this region, and I do that through

plants because they reflect the flavours

of the season a lot stronger. I could have

had chicken on the menu all year round,

but if I make the leeks the main part of

the dish, or beetroot the main part of the

dish, I’m showcasing the seasons and the

environment a lot more. That’s a huge

part of what it is we’re trying to do, to

bring people in tune with the seasons and

showcase the best of what’s there right


You’ve recently got involved in winemaking,

too. I imagine you’ve learned a

lot of new things about wine?

Yes, but mostly about the process and

the philosophy, through meeting the

people involved. They’re working on a

very small scale, doing things like pressing

by foot, and seeing the process and the

passion that goes into these things has

been beautiful. It came from a winemaker

friend of mine, Theo Coles. He’s designing

wines in a style similar to the way I design

food: not overly manipulated. They’re

called living wines. It’s about being handsoff,

letting the grapes do its thing. It’s not

filtered, so they’re really lovely cloudy

wines. And they’re alive, so the flavours

vary from day to day, which makes it

very exciting for us to release seasonally,

because the wine list is constantly

moving with our menu, and it gives you a

completely unique experience.

“ Were ’ all going on a Summer Holiday”

It seems a long time ago when a very boyish Cliff Richard sang and acted in what must have

been, looking back, a very corny movie! Nevertheless, summer is nearly upon us and talk of the

festive season, (I still call it Christmas) is starting to drift into our thinking.

Property decisions though are very important and it is critical that they don’t get lost in the rush to the end of

year. Putting off property decisions can be a very costly mistake. It is really important that if you are thinking

about making a real estate decision, you don’t delay, give me a call and we can have a chat about your options.

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18 STYLE | interview

You haven’t always been a chef – what did

you do before you started in the kitchen?

Well, I grew up in England, where I was

actually training to be a teacher until my

parents moved to New Zealand when I was

19. I stayed at university a year, then came

here to see what they were up to, and I

enrolled in a cooking course so I could make

some friends here. I found I quite enjoyed

it, and I’ve been in the kitchen for about 12

years now. I trained and I worked in kitchens

around the country, but it was working for

Jeremy Rameka at Pacifica in Napier where I

really learned how to be expressive through

food. I was very inspired by him. I actually

always said when I was really young that

I wanted to be a chef, but I sort of forgot

about it until then.

Is your training as a teacher ever useful in

the kitchen?

I think where I’m at now it comes in handy,

because I’m teaching people. I think it’s a

really good skill to be able to convey what

you’re trying to show through a dish, and

not be a ‘big yelly chef’ like you see on

television. You get better out of people

when you’re talking to them properly, as

opposed to being an angry chef, ranting

around. I’ve seen that all too often, and it’s

not very pleasant.

Before you opened Gatherings, you worked

for a year on an organic vegetable farm

in Swannanoa. We tend to romanticise

farming – but what was the most

unpleasant part of the job?

The hardest thing was weeding onions,

definitely. Farming organically is about not

spraying anything, so we had to crawl on

our hands and knees for hours, pulling

tiny weeds, which were millimetres long,

by hand. It made me really appreciate the

work that goes in to growing them well and

sustainably, but that also lead to wanting to

showcase the work farmers do.

The best part of the job was

harvesting the food and eating it.

We’d sit down for lunch every

day and the farmer or his wife

would prepare something for us,

and eating something so fresh,

the flavours were amazing.

You started your businesses

in Christchurch at a time,

after the earthquakes, when

many people in the hospitality

industry were leaving. Why?

Well, actually I did leave straight

after the quakes and went back

to the UK, because I wanted

to experience work as a chef

over there. But I returned to

Christchurch after nine or 10

months because I wanted to be

involved in what was happening

here. That was when we started

the Local Food Project in The Commons.

There wasn’t much in the central city at that

point, it was about a year after the quakes

and the city was very quiet. So to have the

big pizza oven fired up there, it drew people

in. And it helped me a lot with confidence.

I guess it was the first time I had taken my

ideas to the general public, and shown

them my art, I suppose – without sounding


If you could have anyone in the world

come through the door at Gatherings for a

meal, who would you choose?

It’s got to be my partner, Bryony, and

my family, because I love them and I like

spending time with them. We’re actually

about to have a baby, so I’m really looking

forward to sitting at dinner with them in the

future. To cook and eat with this person

whose palate hasn’t developed yet, and

to experience food with them, I’m really

excited about that. That’s all I can think

about at the moment, so I don’t have time

to think about famous people.

You’re hosting a chef session at the South

Island Wine & Food Festival at Hagley Park

in December. What do you plan to talk

about there?

I’m just going to talk about working

seasonally, and making plants the highlight

of a dish, as opposed to just a bit of an

afterthought. So how you can make them a

centrepiece of a dish, and have fun doing it.

And if you could give just one piece of

advice to people cooking at home, what

would it be?

Get the best produce you possibly can, and

then don’t overthink it. If you have really

nice tomatoes and you put a bit of salt and

olive oil on them, it’s going to taste good.

Just don’t overthink it.




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With the party season upon us, we provide you with

the lowdown on the classiest drop in the world.

Words Kate Preece

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Madame Bollinger

There’s no doubting the fact that the sound of a

cork popping is synonymous with celebrations,

and, if you are doing it right, lavish ones at that. If you

are looking for the best of the best in bubbles, not

even our most esteemed winemakers are able to

produce true Champagne. After all, it is only those

from its namesake region in France that can legally

use the term.

Champagne is produced by three types of grapes:

chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, with the

most ‘standard’ style being a blend of all three. On

each label, you will find other clues to give you an

idea as to what type of Champagne drinker you are

destined to become.


Literally the ‘white of whites’, the style is produced

using only chardonnay grapes and is known for its

notes of citrus and fruit flavours.

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For the ‘white of blacks’ style, red grapes of pinor

noir and/or pinot meunier are pressed, the juice is

fermented, and then the skins removed – leaving a

white wine. Think berry flavours.

“I drink it when I’m happy and when

I’m sad. Sometimes, I drink it when I’m

alone. When I have company I consider

it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not

hungry and drink it if I am; otherwise I

never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.”

– Madame Bollinger (1884-1977)


To a base of the blanc Champagne a fraction of pinor

noir grape added. And we’re talking a small fraction

at that, normally around 10 per cent or less.


Single vintages are produced generally only in years

of the best harvests, creating wine intended to age

for a lot longer than normal. Champagne must be

aged for at least 36 months to be deemed ‘vintage’.

Typically these are creamier and yeastier in flavour.

The yearly harvest goes into the ‘non vintage’

bottles, delivering the house style for which that

particular Champagne house is known. Expect fruitier

notes in these drops, which have experienced an

aging period of at least 15 months.

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“It is my goal that the flute

will be obsolete by the day

that I pass away.”

– Maximilian Riedel, CEO of

Riedel Crystal


If you’re in close confines, and keen to enjoy the

bottle’s contents rather than have it overflow

onto the ground, there’s no need to opt for

bravado when it comes to removing the cork.

Remove the foil and wire cage, keeping a hand

carefully on the cork as you do so. Position the

bottle at 45 degrees, hold the cork in one hand,

and rotate the bottle with the other, gradually

letting air out until the “sigh” of the final burst of

air is released and the cork is freed.

Too restrained? Grab the sabre. Remove the

foil and wire cage, then, starting at the bottle

seam, run the blade down the neck of the bottle

at speed. This will cleanly break off the bottle’s

collar, with cork inside. Promptly return sabre to

a safe place before any drinking takes place.


Yes, there is a sugar content in any alcohol, and,

naturally, this will influence the flavour. For those

looking for the driest drop, opt for ‘Brut Nature’

as it has no added sweetness (0-3g sugar/L),

while ‘Brut’ sits at 0-12g of sugar per litre. At the

other end of the scale, the rare ‘Doux’ variety is

your dessert Champagne, with a sugar content

of more than 50g/L. ‘Demi-Sec’ is just behind

with 32-50g/L, and will still give you that sweet

finish, perfect to accompany a cheese platter, or



Forget what you know… the best Champagne glass might not be the one you expected.


While we all think these are purpose-built

for the one function of serving us our

Champagne, many sommeliers are giving

these the big thumbs down. It does keep the

‘fizz’ in our bubbles for longer, and visually

shows off effervescent trails like nothing else,

however... there’s more to Champagne than

fizz. Reserve this glassware for non-vintage

bottles, and parties.


Trumping the flute with its wider girth, this

glass allows you to more accurately appreciate

Champagne. The bulbous bits allow for more

of the aroma to develop and therefore fill the

nose and enhance the flavour of our favourite

drops. The jury is out, but supposedly, we’re still

talking non-vintage only at this point. However,

Champagne houses will have their own tulip

glasses made, which suggest this is a good

option for the premium brands, too.


Rumour has it that the coupe’s shapely form

was taken from Marie Antoinette’s breast.

Whether or not this is true, this cup remains

too wide to contain the bubbles for long.

However, what’s a Champagne tower without

the sturdy coupe? Stick to a non-vintage pour.


If you truly want to drink in a Champagne’s

complexity, you will be reaching for that front

row of glasses in the cupboard and pouring

away. The wider the rim, the better; it allows

the most bubbles to break on the surface,

releasing the Champagne’s full potential.

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If you were to pack your bags and head

to France, you wouldn’t want to miss the

opportunity to experience the birthplace of

Champagne – a region as appealing for its

delightful villages, ancient monasteries and

stunning chateaux as its 34,000 hectares of


Champagne is roughly 160km east of

Paris. A 45-minute trip on the high-speed

rail and you’ll find yourself in Reims, home

to Taittinger, Krug, Veuve Clicquot and

Mumm, but also the oldest maison de

champagne: Ruinart. Nearby Épernay, where

you’ll find Moët et Chandon (on Avenues

de Champagne), is an area in which 99 per

cent of its inhabitants work in the wine


From these two cities five different trails

make up “The Champagne Route”. Pick

one to discover the hidden secrets of some

of the smaller producers and the history

of this wine-growing mecca and family-run

vineyards at every turn.


around the northwest hillsides between Reims

and Épernay. Look out for a number medieval

churches and villages ensconced by forest

and vines.

2. MONTAGNE DE REIMS: A trail along the

hillsides of Reims and Épernay. Travel through

one of France’s richest wine-growing areas,

and discover adorable villages such as Bouzy

and Dizy.

3. VALLÉE DE LA MARNE: From Épernay,

travel through the valley of the River Marne,

to Dormans. Take your walking shoes and

roam vineyards above Épernay. Don’t miss

Hautvillers, where you’ll find the Abbey of

St Peter, Dom Perignon’s home in which he

“discovered the secret of champagne making”

in the 17th century.

4. CÔTE DES BLANCS: A journey south of

Épernay. The area known as the home of the

chardonnay grape, and boasting Oger, a village

described as one of France’s most beautiful.

5. CÔTE DES BAR: East of the city Troyes,

in the Aube (south of Champagne). A 220km

signposted route with 39 cellars at which to




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Christchurch is becoming the place to be for foodies,

with plenty of new must-try central city spots – as well

as many old favourites worth another visit.

Words Vanessa Ortynsky Photography Nancy Zhou

Universo Brasserie

Spring has sprung in Christchurch and the

extra daylight hours are making it easier

to catch up with friends over good food

and wine. There are plenty of new dining

spots around town and lots of mainstays

worth revisiting. Whether you’re looking for

somewhere for a lengthy lunch or an afterwork

drink, here are some of the spots I’ll be

frequenting this spring:

Tony Astle’s Universo Brasserie recently

opened in the Christchurch Art Gallery.

Making excellent use of the space, the

brasserie focuses on high-quality food and

impeccable drinks. At the moment, Universo

is serving lunch and dinner; however, plans for

brunch are in the works. The wine list is one

you’d expect from Stealth Hospitality Group

and the cocktails are incredible.

The extensive menu has a range of hearty

favourites and enticing seafood options. The

squid ink sliders are particularly noteworthy

as is the grouper ceviche. There is something

for everyone, which is ideal for an art gallery


The space itself is minimal and elegant,

with bronze light fixtures and brown leather

furnishings. Oh, and lots of plants. Astle

wanted the place to be filled with floor-toceiling

plants, to make the space feel like light

and natural, like a greenhouse. There’s plenty

of outdoor seating as well, so you may find

yourself here on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Overlooking Worcester Street Boulevard, you

really can’t go wrong at this soon-to-be local


Cocktail from Universo

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Black Estate

Baklava-flavoured soft-serve from Welles Street

... Christchurch is having a bit of a

culinary moment. There’s no doubt

about it, the city is coming alive with

new must-try restaurants and bars.

Those looking for a bite to eat and a cheeky beverage

in between shopping at The Crossing are now in luck. Fat

Eddie’s, Kong and Original Sin are now open for business on

The Terrace.

Fat Eddie’s, a boisterous Christchurch institution, is always

a good time. With live music and free-flowing drinks, it’s a

great place for a drink and a boogie. Sibling establishments,

Kong, a 1930s-themed cocktail bar, and Original Sin, known

for its small plates, are both worth a visit. Tamer than Fat

Eddie’s, they are intimate spots for a well-crafted drink.

Overlooking the Avon, you’ll want to grab a window seat

and settle in for some people watching.

It’s always a treat strolling along picture-perfect New

Regent Street, and Twenty Seven Steps is worth a visit.

Consistently voted one of Christchurch’s best restaurants,

this charming and relaxed venue serves rustic European

cuisine. The menu changes with the seasons, so I’m looking

forward to the superb local wines and fresh ingredients on

offer this spring.

Inati, known for exquisite shared plates, offers a completely

unique dining experience in Christchurch. While it appears

intimate from the outside, the seating can actually feel a bit

confronting as guests sit side-by-side in high stools facing the

shiny bronze bar. Inati’s well-considered wine list means you’ll

easily find a suitable red, wine or cheeky orange that perfectly

complements your dinner.

South Town is quickly becoming Christchurch’s mustvisit

neighbourhood. Welles Street has transformed from

industrial and desolate to one of the coolest streets in

the city. Stop by Welles Street throughout the day for

Mediterranean and Greek-inspired fare. Be sure to try the

souvlaki and baklava soft serve. The spaciously sleek beer hall,

also dubbed Welles Street, is characterised by high ceilings,

forest green subway tile counters and plenty of seating.

Striking the perfect balance between indoor and outdoor

flow, the bar and eatery is sure to become Christchurch’s

favourite summer spot. It’s an industrial warehouse in the

middle of Christchurch city, and you’ll need to experience it

for yourself.

Black Estate is my go-to for out-of-town wining and

dining. Located in Waipara, this North Canterbury winery

places just as much focus on local, seasonal food as it does

wine. Waipara’s microclimate produces a vast range of wild

foods and the menu is reflective of what’s in season. The

award-winning vineyard is unpretentious and true to the

region. The delicious food pairs perfectly with the organic,

biodynamic wine.

So, whether you’re after something in the revitalised

central city or something further afield, Christchurch is having

a bit of a culinary moment. There’s no doubt about it, the

city is coming alive with new must-try restaurants and bars.

We’d love to hear all about your favourite hot spots.

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St Andrew’s College Chapel interior, Jane Rooney



As the rebuilt Christchurch begins to take shape, architect Richard Dalman

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Heydar Aliyev Centre, Azerbaijan, Zaha Hadid

was recently reflecting on the passing of Iraqiborn

architect Zaha Hadid and the impact that


she had on the world of architecture. Hadid was

truly one of the great architects of the modern

era. Her extraordinary curvaceous building forms

showed the world another way to see our

structures and experience space.

At the recent centenary celebrations of the

Auckland University School of Architecture, one

of the key discussion topics was “Women in

Architecture”. When I was at the school in the

early 1980s, there was only one full-time and one

part-time female lecturer, and very few female role

models in practice. Whilst the number of female

enrolments has grown substantially over the last

50 years to its current position of representing

60% of architecture students, this trend is yet to be

reflected in the number of female-led architectural

companies in New Zealand. In Auckland – perhaps

because of its proximity to the architecture schools

– the number of female-led practices has grown,

however this has not been the case in Christchurch.

But here in Canterbury we do have a number of

talented women who have designed and been key

architectural players in the design of our postearthquake

Christchurch buildings.

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These projects show how

adaptable architects must be

in dealing with the varying

requirements of different

building types.

St Andrew’s College Chapel, Jane Rooney

Transpower offices in Hornby, Jennie Lee

Isaac Theatre Royal

For example, the project architect for

the new St Andrew’s College Chapel was

Jane Rooney of Architectus. Interestingly,

the architect for the original chapel on the

site, which was completed in 1955 and

demolished after the earthquakes, was one of

New Zealand’s first full-time female architects,

Margaret Munro. I have been in both chapels

over the years. While the Munro chapel had

a simple traditional elegance to it – inside and

out – the new chapel is more dynamic with

its twin-gabled form and, unlike the original,

opens out with a folded glass wall to the river.

The red brick “heritage” wall facing Normans

Road not only incorporates bricks from

the former chapel but a number of iconic

memorabilia pieces and the original stainedglass


Another female architect who is

contributing to the changing face of the

Christchurch post-earthquake landscape is

Jennie Lee of Dalman Architects. Lee has

completed a variety of buildings including the

Transpower office building in Hornby, the

Russley Retirement Village community centre

– incorporating its main reception, dining and

bar, commercial kitchen, billiard room, cinema,

hairdresser and offices – and the award

winning Acland House boarding hostel for

Christchurch Girls’ High School.

These projects show how adaptable

architects must be in dealing with the varying

requirements of different building types.

Styles for each building differ considerably,

from the rational glazed Transpower

office building, to the softer timber-gabled

community centre for the retiree residents

(opened last year by Sir John Key), to the

historic Acland House re-planning, extension

and refurbishment.

Compared with Auckland, Christchurch has

been a bit slow in promoting the talents of

our female architects. Is there another Zaha

Hadid awaiting within our profession locally

and are we doing enough to promote our

city’s female architects?



Vanessa Carswell

A principal architect at Warren and Mahoney,

Vanessa Carswell has worked on many

major Christchurch projects, including the

Isaac Theatre Royal redevelopment, King

Edward Barracks, Metro Sports Centre and

the Christchurch Transport Interchange. She

previously worked for six years in London,

where she was involved in projects like the

renovation of the Great Northern Hotel and

King’s Cross London.

Melissa Rogers

An associate at Sheppard & Rout, Melissa

Rogers has worked on major projects

including the Stranges building and the

Burwood Hospital redevelopment. She

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A bird-of-paradise plant will look stunning in a pot.

While the Christchurch

climate isn’t nearly as balmy

as Fiji, we can still create a

tropical backyard through

careful plant selection,

Craig Wilson writes.

Most of us love a spot of overseas travel

once in a while. Whether it’s respite from

the Canterbury frosts or visiting friends and

relatives, it’s great to get away.

In my design practice I often have clients that

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on their return. On a recent trip to Fiji I found

myself pondering the lush tropical gardens and

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vibrant colour tones, scent and palm trees.

Then followed the obvious question: Can

we create this in Christchurch? The answer, I

concluded, was both “no” and “yes”.

The climatic differences are obvious and too

great to make a genuine tropical garden – our

winter is too cold, rainfall too low and soils

too heavy. However, we can create our own

variation using comparative plant material that

will flourish in our temperate climate.

We have plenty of options when it comes to

‘large foliage’ plants. Ligularia has become a

go-to plant in Christchurch, with a large ‘tractor

seat’ leaf that will work nicely with a tropical

vibe. Our lush native ground ferns will also

create the desired outcome in a shady aspect

– just make sure your soil has a high organic

content. If you’re coastal or above the frosts

you’re lucky enough to be able to use the

stunning griselinia lucida and mertya for a lush

leafy look.

To add the required injection of vibrant

colours we can work with plants like canna lilies

and daylilies, which will produce bright flowers

throughout summer with good foliage effect.

You could also go ‘old-school’ and explore

aucuba, and work with the bright yellow/lime


Scent is not difficult to create in Christchurch

gardens. Daphne fits the bill nicely with its

late winter/ early spring flowering. This can

be followed by star jasmine, which offers

prolific spring/summer flowering and buckets

of fragrance as a groundcover or climber. You

could also look to a michelia to mimic the form,

scent and flower of a frangipani.

Our environment will support a good range

of palms. Sorry, coconuts are out, but bhutia,

washingtonia, trachycarpus, and phoenix are all

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but are available in ‘hardened off’ large grades

from garden centres. You might look at a sago

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Consider the following advantages of these technologies in your garden:

• Louvres: these can be wifi controlled. You can control your louvres

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time of the year! Some louvres have rain sensors built in, and will close

at the slightest detection of rain, which protects your investment in

your outdoor furniture.

• Irrigation: Timers to switch on your irrigation have been around

for years but were one of the first examples of technology helping

maintain your garden. What a revelation it was that your garden would

stay watered at the optimal time of day without you actually having

to remember to get up and turn the hose on! Things have evolved far

beyond this now. Smart sprinklers and irrigation controllers draw on

data from sensors, weather forecasts and plant care information and

can be controlled through an app on your phone or laptop. Ever been

away on holiday, then realise its pouring back home and your irrigation

system is still on and wasting water? Now it’s as easy as turning your

phone on to turn it off- from anywhere in the world!

• Security: Technology allows your property to be kept far more

secure. This can include controlled gates, pin pads, cameras to protect

your property, alarms and security lighting. With the touch of a button

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drive right in. (Don’t worry, the gates still have an access button if

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• Lighting and Sound: Outdoor lighting can be controlled via an app

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• Identification: Plant ID & pest ID garden apps are available which

can help you determine which pests and plants are in your garden.

An example is gardenanswers which instantly identifies over 20,000

plant species- a great way to avoid mistaking precious plants for weeds

in a gardening frenzy! As these apps build up their catalogue and

identification technology they will become more and more accurate.

• Planning: Farmbot is an open source technology which runs your

vege garden for you. Through the app you can graphically design

the placement of your plants and their needs, then farmbot will take

everything from there, from planting the seeds in your chosen layout,

watering each plant to its programmed requirements to weeding

around each plant. It also provides you with real time data on your

garden and the weather that impacts it. You can even take this little

robot off the grid with solar power and rain collection systems!

The team at Goom Landscapes are available to discuss the innovative

ways in which technology can enhance your enjoyment of your

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40 STYLE | art news



Words Gaynor Stanley




It’s your last chance

to see the Ngāi Tahu

Artists in Residence

exhibition Nohoaka Toi

at CoCA until November

26. Curated by senior

Paemanu artists, Nohoaka

Toi takes visitors on a

journey of Ngāi Tahu

visual expression from

rock art to the present

day. It features some

of Aotearoa’s most

significant artists, including

Ross Hemera, Areta

Wilkinson, Simon Kaan,

Lonnie Hutchinson, Peter

Robinson, Neil Pardington,

Rachael Rakena, Fayne

Robinson, and many more.

Admission free.

Peter Robinson, ‘Drifters’, 2017. Wool felt.

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Anna Korver ‘Red Dress’ in Corten steel



Clue up on contemporary sculpture at the

biennial Sculpture on the Peninsula happening

at historic Loudon Farm in Teddington, Banks

Peninsula over the weekend of November 10-

12. This major fundraiser for the Cholmondeley

Children’s Centre in Governor’s Bay kicks

off with a grand opening gala and auction on

the Friday night and then opens for general

admission on Saturday and Sunday. The

event’s tenth outing has attracted more than

90 submissions, including works from 25 new

artists, in mediums ranging from cast bronze to

found objects. Spend the day roaming sculptures

by Dion Hitchens, Hannah Kidd, Paul Dibble,

Anna Korver, Alison Erickson, and plenty more,

enjoying jugs of Pimm’s and chargrilled lamb rolls

and a packed entertainment programme.

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Anne Hudson commends Dion

Hitchens, an artist who draws

on a rich heritage to add a

certain mystery to his works.

Dion Hitchens is an established New

Zealand artist and sculptor represented

at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New

Zealand in Wellington, Waikato Museum

and Auckland Art Gallery. Hitchens’ work is

diverse not only in subject matter but also

materials. His success lies in his approach to

his work.

Hitchens’ aesthetic draws upon his cultural

background – part Tūhoe and Ngāti Porou,

part Chinese and part Scottish; three cultures

steeped in mythology and narratives of

past events. These cultures also have a

cosmological view of the world where past

and present are entwined, and Hitchens feels

strongly that values from the past inform our

actions now. This creates a kind of spirituality

about his work, or a sense of mystery. He

sets about creating iconic work, work that

symbolises or stands for something, even if

that something is “unseen”.

His work is created for our pleasure,

but also to make us wonder. What does it

represent? Who made it? What stories does

it have to tell us? The work gives us access to

philosophies and values he hopes will add to

our experience as people, help us navigate

our lives in the present. His sculptures provide

a material body in which these “unseen”

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His work is created for our pleasure, but also to make us

wonder. What does it represent? Who made it? What stories

does it have to tell us?

elements are at work. Carrying on the

traditions of his ancestors in a contemporary


Hitchens experienced severe trauma in his

life with the death of his father. Through the

act of forgiveness he found a path forward,

where the pain was bearable, and his life,

and those around him, more positive. It is

important to Hitchens that his work has value

and provides us with a sense of connectivity.

This deep awareness of our humanity and

our need to communicate and be connected

to the world, both natural and man-made,

imbues his work with a wonderful sensibility.

In many ways Hitchens is fortunate to have

a balanced and mixed heritage from which to

draw on ancient wisdom. He uses this to bring

a sense of universality to his work, making his

aesthetic applicable to a wide audience.

In his 25 years of making, he has created

commercial pieces helping corporations align

their values with the communities they serve,

he has made public artworks for the wider

community, and he makes work for individual

collectors who want a beautiful piece for their


He feels strongly that “we should never

give up, that everyone deserves to reach their

potential and that diversity of population is a

gift not a problem”.

Dion Hitchens is generous with his time. He

makes himself available to his community and

is open and generous in talking about his work.

Those of you lucky enough to have attended

Art in a Garden 2017 will have been able to

view his work and hear him speak about his

art practice. As guest artist this year he was

very well received.

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Blogger Caro Dour at New York

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We kid you not. While the Americans have had a long love affair

with the ‘fanny pack’, this tourist identifier has also been making

its appearance known on the runway. It has become increasingly

‘cool’ to adopt tourist fashion, as Gucci, Valentino and Balenciaga –

to name a few – can attest to. You could find yourself spending up

to $3000 on a designer bum bag. Who would have thought.



Words Kate Preece


We might not want to think about it, but we know leather

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Kiwi brand Nordik designs salmon leather bags, which

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Healthier than the sun and more

convenient than a salon spray,

self-tanners can be a great option

for faking a golden tan.

As the end of the year draws closer and

social calendars begin to fill up, the summer

dresses in your wardrobe will be begging to be

worn. But although the weather may be warmer,

most of us won’t have seen enough sun to

develop a natural glow. For many of us the best

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moisturising and exfoliating routine is on point

to avoid dry skin, which may soak up too much

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water right before you tan can help – it will

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For all products, follow the instructions. Work

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to miss any spots – and then wait for it to dry. If

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Elly McGuinness highlights two

signs of obsessive food behaviours

that should be addressed sooner

rather than later.

You’re probably aware of the times

you’ve made unhealthy food choices.

Perhaps you found yourself eating

takeaways all the time and ate very

little fresh food. You knew your choices

weren’t contributing to your goals of a

healthy lifestyle. However, for whatever

reasons you continued to make unhealthy


It’s worth also taking a look at the other

end of the spectrum – obsessive food

behaviours. These can also be considered

as unhealthy, even though on the surface

they may appear ‘super healthy’. These

behaviours are not always addressed and

can often go unnoticed, especially by the

person who is making them.

Here are some signs of obsessive food

behaviours. They have the potential to

cause problems in various areas of your

life, so take a look and decide whether

any of them are affecting you.




Do you worry about visiting friends’ houses for meals in case they’ll serve you

something that doesn’t fit in with your idea of what you should be eating? If you feel

this way, do you either avoid visiting them or, when you do go, find yourself stressing

about the food you’re eating? Do you similarly find you’ve got a lot of resistance to

going out somewhere like a café with friends? Either you sit and starve because there’s

nothing ‘healthy’ on the menu, or you avoid going all together so you can stick strictly

to your diet without succumbing to temptation?

These scenarios can highlight a food obsession. Have a think about whether these

ingrained ideas are seriously limiting your opportunities to enjoy spending time with the

people you want to nurture meaningful relationships with.


Have you created a very large list of foods that you can ‘never’ have? We’re not talking

about foods you avoid due to problems such as allergies and intolerances. Perhaps

you’re worried one muffin or a piece of bread, even on a very occasional basis, is going

to ruin all your hard work and set you back? You are convinced a slight deviation from

your ‘rules’ will stop you achieving your goals.

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Making nourishing food choices is

extremely important if you want to live

a healthy lifestyle. What you need to be

aware of is whether those healthy

choices have turned into obsessions that

are instead becoming the most

important thing in your life and are

affecting your happiness.

If you suspect that obsessive behaviours

are holding you back from enjoying the

journey and life in general, becoming

aware of this is the first step. The next

step is to work on changing your beliefs,

perhaps with a health coach or Neuro-

Linguistic Programming practitioner if

required. You might be worried that

making small adjustments to your beliefs

will turn you into an ‘unhealthy’ person.

This is not the case at all. You can shift

your mindset slightly and still make

consistent, positive food choices for a

healthy lifestyle. The difference is that

your choices will be more likely to be

sustainable. They won’t rule your life

and will make you feel happier instead

of less happy.

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Charlotte Smulders

journeys to Gwinganna

Lifestyle Retreat on the Gold

Coast, a million miles from

the stresses of daily life.

had no idea what to expect ahead of a

I five-night wellness programme at the Gold

Coast’s Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat. My

friend, who had been before and was joining

me on the ‘Optimum Wellbeing’ retreat, had

mentioned we would be woken daily at 5.30am

to reset our bodies back to a ‘dawn-to-dusk’

way of life. Other than having a massage

scheduled for the day of arrival (what better

way to start the week!), and that we had to

bring two options for gym clothing, that was

it. All I knew was that for the first time since

having children (three under 10), I had the

opportunity to be completely selfish for a week.

The sole purpose for this trip was me.

Prior to leaving I subconsciously enjoyed all

the items I would be without for the week – as

if I was never going to be fed again. An extra

wine, a biscuit, a couple of extra helpings…

and more coffee than I’d usually have. I admit

I am fussy and was rather worried about what

I would be given to eat. I’m not a huge fan of

beans and tofu and the like. So, I prepped for

starvation! I also planned a night in Brisbane

prior to check-in, a little retox before detox!

Despite being only 30 minutes’ drive from

the Gold Coast Airport, the retreat is remote.

High on a plateau that offers views from

Moreton Bay to Coolangatta, Gwinganna –

which translates to ‘lookout’ – spreads over 200

hectares. Tucked away in Tallebudgera Valley,

access is via an incredibly steep driveway (think

Baldwin Street in Dunedin) and imposing gates.

The nearest small town, I noted, had a pub

and coffee shop, but one look at the retreat’s

entranceway and it was obvious I would not be

escaping easily!

On the first afternoon all guests spend time

with a personal wellness consultant. This is

your chance to go through what you hope to

get out of the week and tailor the afternoons

to your wants and needs. An enlightening

and fascinating welcome by General Manager

Sharon Kolkka, outlining the philosophy behind

Gwinganna and some of the basic principles we

would be living by, preceded our first meal – by

which I was pleasantly impressed. Dinner looked

so pretty it could have been in a cookbook!

At 8pm, it was time for bed. Given I’m not

one to relax and unwind easily, instead of taking

the sleep-time herbs I went on to potter and

unpack. I regretted this at 5.30am when it was

knock-knock-knock, “Good morning, Charlotte!”

Gah! Sharon had briefed us about the body’s

circadian rhythm and how we live best with the

dawn-to-dusk principle, and the importance of

using blue light for daytime and red light for the

night. The red light produces melatonin, which

is crucial for sleep, and hails from the times

when we would sit around a fire before sleep.

By 6am we were engaged in the ancient

practice of qi gong. Similar to tai chi, this focuses

on posture, breathing and meditation. My first

attempt saw me silently giggling to myself and

constantly watch-checking to see how much

longer I had to open my arms and embrace

life. I was off to a wobbly start. By the end of

the week, however, I could happily participate,

though you won’t see me doing slow-motion

martial arts moves anytime soon.

An hour later we were faced with the choice

of a ‘yin’ or ‘yang’ activity. ‘Yang’ is a more

high-intensity workout and could range from

a moderate to hard bush walk, boxing, weight

training, water running, spinning, tribal dance

and the ultimate driveway-to-summit lookout

walk (which cars can only tackle in first gear as

the vertical incline is brutal). I am proud to say I

received a cap for this walk, straight up for two

hours, and including that imposing driveway,

which Gwinganna’s part-owner Hugh Jackman is

said to have used to train for Wolverine.

‘Yin’ is a more gentle option; a walk through

the organic gardens learning about the medicinal

purpose of the plants and how to grow them,

yoga classes, and peaceful bush walks. All forms

of exercise are based on interval training and

primal pattern movements that are essential

for functional movement in everyday life –

squatting, lunging, bending, twisting, pushing

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The philosophy of

Gwinganna is S.L.O.W:

seasonal, local, organic,


and the gait cycle (walking, running, jogging).

I had been subtly told that a yang person

subconsciously needs yin in their life. We must

participate in what we most resist as this is likely

what our body needs. I had difficulty adopting

this philosophy and, whenever there was an

option, I swung yang.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks

was a plentiful daily menu full of goodness…

and actually delicious. The philosophy of

Gwinganna is S.L.O.W: seasonal, local, organic,

wholefoods. With no processed foods, no

caffeine, no dairy, no gluten and most definitely

no alcohol. You are also not meant to drink

water for 20 minutes before and after a meal,

and must chew until there are no more lumps

left in your mouthful.

Every day featured a fascinating seminar.

Unfortunately I slept through the first two,

but, rest assured, I wasn’t the only one and

there was a good reason. Our bodies were

adapting to a balanced diet. Blood sugars are

super important for our wellbeing and the

menu is specifically designed by the Gwinganna

nutritionist to ensure a balance of protein,

carbohydrates and fats so the body receives

ideal nourishment. Eating well will fuel us for

the day with no peaks and lows. It is common

sense, but so often forgotten with fad diets.

I learnt so much from the seminars I did

attend. A key learning was to look after your

gut – it produces 90 per cent of your serotonin,

the brain chemical integral to regulating the

sleep/wake cycle. A stressed gut will fail to

produce your required level of serotonin to live

well. Most commonly known as the ‘feel-good’

hormone, serotonin also produces melatonin,

the ‘sleep’ hormone. So, you can see how

quickly a domino effect can occur if one gets

out of kilter.

Dream-time was the time to stop, rest and

relax. We did whatever we needed most,

whether that was lying in the sun, reading

a book, having a nap, going for a walk, or

choosing any one of the 70 diverse treatments

and consultations available. There were spa

treatments, wellness consultations, movement

programmes, stress-management sessions, and

unique Gwinganna experiences. I personally

love massages and my favourite was the

MyBodyWorks – a mixture of myotherapy and

physiotherapy techniques. Equine experiences

were very popular as was the ‘Journey’ –

designed to uncover the root cause of whatever

was preventing you from living a joyful life.

The toughest day was definitely day two.

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horrendous. No amounts of natural remedies

or Panadol (or the Nurofen I snuck from

my room) could cure it. Then the nausea

started. Thankfully by day three I was feeling a

million dollars. Detox is a powerful thing and

Gwinganna has all the natural pills and potions

to help, as well as a nurse on staff. Each day was

an adventure and gave me a chance to unwind,

contemplate and learn better ways to live.

Since acclimatising to the real world I have

been told I am more relaxed, more conscious

of my eating, most definitely watch my caffeine

intake and believe I am more balanced. I am

trying to live the Gwinganna way – I dim the

lights at night and aim for that optimum

8¼ hours. I have coping mechanisms for dealing

with stress to keep my body in the rest and

digest zone, and am trying to treat my gut like a

queen. Would I go again? Hell yes, I’ve already

booked for next year!



Man has evolved, but the key ways we live

have not. Nowadays, we are not fighting to

survive, it is simply stress/caffeine producing the

cortisol that pushes us into fight or flight mode.

This state is so detrimental to our wellbeing

and body.

Instead, we should adopt the rest and digest

mantra to enable us to have time to heal. We

are not primates so why live like one?



Neither exercise and diet are number one for

maintaining great health, it is sleep. You need a

full 8¼ hours.


Gwinganna is an hour’s drive from Brisbane,

or there is a complimentary group bus that

transfers guests directly from the Gold

Coast Airport. There are also limousine or

helicopter options, too, if you want to get

there in style.

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If variety is the spice of life then this month at Rangi Ruru we need

the world’s biggest spice rack.

Firstly, one of if not THE biggest events on the Canterbury social

calendar, the A&P Show is almost upon us. Rangi will be there

once again to talk with you and show you what we can offer your

daughter as a day girl or boarder. It’s great chance to meet our

friendly team, book a school tour, reconnect with alumnae and enjoy

a coffee. Look out for our blue and gold marquee on site M38.

Next up, sporting success. Our Year 7 and 8 touch team took

out the top award at the recent Koru Games in Selwyn. This

competition was not just independent schools taking on other

independent schools – which is a tough thing in itself. The Koru

Games invites schools from across the country to take part which

is a fantastic experience for everyone. I’ll leave the final comment

to the touch team captain, Lillie Rayner who said “We trained very

hard and hoped we would win but you never know how it’ll go on

the day.” Said like a seasoned professional.

Still with sport and Rangi did extremely well at the recent Zonta

Sports Awards. We had either a winner or a highly commended

in every category we had a finalist! As our Director of Sport

said to me “The number of young talented sports people in

Canterbury has to be unmatched in the country. Hearing about the

achievements of all of these young athletes just left us speechless.”

These successes really are the result of a team effort, both from

the actual sports team member perspective and also when you

consider the incredible support and training our specialist coaches

and staff provide.

And to wrap up and underline the variety we’ve seen this month

at Rangi Ruru, congratulations to Year 13’s, Jess Tansey who

was one of the most successful handlers at the National Dog

Agility Competition in Hamilton over Labour Weekend. It’s worth

noting that there were more than 5200 entries and it’s an open

competition (not age group). Jess gained four 1sts, a 2nd, 3rd and

a 5th with her dog Rapid (including a win representing the South

Island in the Teams event). She also competed with her other dog

Swag and got three 3rds, a 4th and a 7th. These outstanding

results meant Jess was presented with the trophy for Medium Dog

of the Show. She was very pleased with the results and so were we!

So there you go, a varied and energetic month at Rangi Ruru

with time still left in the year and lots more to come! We do

have limited places in Year 7 and Year 8 for 2018. If you are still

considering your options please contact us to book a tour or visit

us at the A&P Show.

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66 STYLE | men’s grooming




Movember is once more upon us and gentlemen are to be

seen sporting handlebars, walruses or elegant pencils,

which, love or loathe them, are not to be ignored.

Words Gilbert Wealleans

Although the moustache has been viewed

at various times throughout history

with suspicion – in early Victorian times the

moustache was the trademark of revolutionaries

or worse, artists – it nevertheless endured. The

adoration in other decades, like the 1970s, was

such that a naked lip was an oddity. Seemingly

every male over the cusp of puberty craved one.

For any type of moustache to look smart it

must be well groomed, and today there is a large

arsenal of tools to perform the following:

TRIMMING. Best done with electric trimmers or

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quick and easy – more so than razors, which

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Trim carefully in small increments without taking

too much off at once – you can always cut more

off, but cannot put it back – until you are satisfied

with the length. Keeping the hairs just touching the

ridge of the top lip is smarter and cleaner looking

than draping over the mouth, and it won’t scrape

the cinnamon off the froth of your cappuccino.

Trimmers are available as individual and

portable units, or as part of a larger set. Sets may

include hair clippers and body trimmers for an

overall, top to toe smooth and sleek look, perfect

for summer at a seaside resort. Think Daniel

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WAXING AND STYLING. In order to keep a

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you cannot go past moustache wax. This is not

for the sticky depilation of the upper lip. Instead

it is a dressing, varying in strength of hold, which

keeps the moustache sitting just right. Wax

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up in the style of a silent movie villain, or the

flamboyant Hercule Poirot. It is also available

in different colours and tints for covering grey

or inconsistent colour areas. There are many

brands of wax available and they are increasing

in popularity, along with beard dressings, as

more men are becoming more aware of their

appearance and the importance of looking dapper

and confident.

FINALLY. Choose which style of moustache best

suits your face, as well as the look which you

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make you look either sinister like a character

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68 STYLE | motoring



The Mini Countryman has

grown in stature, according to

motoring writer Ross Kiddie.

When is a Mini not a Mini? The answer is

when it is a Mini Countryman.

The Countryman is an extension of BMW’s

wide-ranging Mini series and you have to

eliminate any thought of it being a small car, for

the Countryman is more like a mid-size sport

utility vehicle, one which will compete in size

with the likes of Nissan’s Juke, Toyota’s C-HR

and Honda’s HR-V. It will even compete with

other BMW product such as the X1.

At 4.3m the Countryman is a versatile,

functional SUV that has boot space to burn

and a five-door liftback design that allows for

plenty of onboard space. It’s easily classified

as a five-seater and will carry a cargo capacity

up to 450-litres (1390-litres, with seats folded

forward), which is a significant gain over the

hatchback and Clubman.

Up front the Countryman is powered by a

2-litre, four-cylinder engine. There is a threecylinder

Cooper model which lists at $45,750

and a $59,990 four-wheel-drive variant, but

the evaluation car was the mid-range Cooper

S, which in standard form lists at $53,890,

although it was carrying a heap of optional items

that added $16,615 to the price.

That aside, the Cooper S Countryman is

a mixture of sporty appeal and practicality.

The engine is turbocharged and is listed with

a 141kW power rating along with a tidy

280Nm torque figure. These figures aren’t so

much about ultimate performance, but they

are structured to provide lively acceleration

along with a muffled exhaust bark on up and

downshifts, which is very enticing. BMW claims

a 7.4sec standstill to 100km/h time for the

Countryman Cooper S along with a 224km/h

top speed. It will also return a 5sec time to

reach 120km/h from 80km/h.

Drive is channelled through an eight-speed

automatic gearbox; the seemingly endless

supply of ratios and the way the turbo boost is

structured isn’t so much about blistering pace

but delivering enough punch to keep the engine

lively and on song, along with providing realistic

fuel usage figures. BMW also claims a 6.5-litre

per 100km (44mpg) combined cycle average.

Paddle shifters are one of the optional items

fitted to the Cooper S Countryman and they

promote the sporty characteristics of the car.

The engine can easily be kept in the optimum

power band or used to upshift early so the

engine torque patterns are utilised – such as city

driving, for example.

I took the evaluation car inland to my

mother’s home in Kirwee with the intention of

travelling further west on Inland Scenic Route

72. I had the Countryman on the weekend

following the mid-July polar blast that swept the

country, which meant that snow was banked up

on the side of many of the roads and I was very

wary of black ice.

That being the case, the All4 Countryman

would have been more appropriate.

Nevertheless, with front-drive only, the Cooper

S exuded a solid feel through the steering,

although I was very circumspect in the slippery


On the short pieces of dry road that I

encountered, the handling was decisive. The

Mini has direct steering and high directional

accuracy through grippy Bridgestone Potenza

tyres (225/45), the latter fitted to optional 19in


STYLE | motoring 69


PRICE: Mini Countryman, $53,890

DIMENSIONS: Length, 4299mm;

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CONFIGURATION: Four-cylinder, frontwheel-drive,

1998cc, 141kW, 280Nm,

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PERFORMANCE: 0-100km/h, 7.4sec

FUEL USAGE: 6.5l/100km

The test car was also fitted with an optional

electronic damper control system whereby the

driver can firm the fully independent suspension

by selecting sport mode. Rigidity is enhanced

significantly with the handling transformed into

traditional Mini-like capability.

The balance of power and handling is

delightful, the Countryman feels eager and

nimble. It is a true driver’s car, but one which

also takes care of its occupants. It has quality

trim elements and many functions.

For those who are familiar with the original

Mini concept, or even those my age who

remember well the Minis of the 60s to the year

2000, will relate to the Countryman’s interior.

It is very retrospective with large round dials,

switches and toggles which control many of the

interior systems.

Of course, the new-generation models have

advanced safety systems and technology which

is utilised in mainstream BMW product.

One of the reasons BMW has been so

successful with the new Mini is its eye appeal

and distinctive retrospective style. Even though

the Countryman explores the boundaries

of that, it is still true to the concept and will

appeal to those who want something just a

little bit different in a car, but one which has the

practicality that the modern SUV is so highly

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70 STYLE | finance




Starting a family is one of those big life

events, and usually the parents-to-be

start furiously saving money for their

new arrival and hurriedly buying cots,

prams and clothes. Of course all of these

are important, says Lifetime financial

advisor Jonathan Lewis, but what

about their insurance needs?

STYLE | finance 71

Many milestones in a person’s life can

prompt them to think long and hard

about their financial needs – first job, first

home and retirement, for example. Yet,

arguably,starting a family adds the most

disruption(of the good kind) to your

family finances.

Considering the insurance needs of your

child, and your own new needs as a parent,

is just as important as the standard house

insurance. Even the statistics reveal that a

family is 49 times more likely to lose a

home through loss of income than fire*.

The best way to ensure your family is always

financially secure is to take out the right

insurances, or update your existing policies

to accommodate your children.

Here are the three insurance covers

you should be thinking about, and ways

you can tailor them, to best prepare you

and your family for when the unexpected


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– the younger the better

– be there when you need to

The earlier you invest in health insurance, Many parents would give up all work

the fewer policy exclusions you, or your commitments in a second to spend time with

child, is going to have. The idea is to get the a sick child as they went through treatment.

policy before anything has happened. Health Yet ongoing financial obligations can make the

insurance for a newborn is likely to cost around situation even more stressful. Trauma cover

the equivalent of a coffee a week, and will stay allows you and your child to focus on recovery

the same price until they are an adult. For most and nothing else.

health insurance providers, policy holders aren’t The main thing to remember is that ACC

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policy without a parent/caregiver having to among other things. You decide exactly how

be covered – this means your child can have the funds are used.

health insurance even if you don’t.

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Good health insurance cover means that providers also add children’s trauma cover to

your child has access to diagnostic testing, your policy for free, or for the equivalent of a

“Your face is unique.

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– don’t forget the stay-at-home parent

Going from two incomes to one, even for a

short period of time, can demand big changes

for some households. Most people prioritise

life insurance for the main income earner, and

severely underestimate the financial input of a

stay-at-home parent.

When you consider the financial

ramifications of the remaining parent having to

juggle full-time work and childcare costs, the

cover begins to make sense.

Life insurance is a lump-sum pay-out in the

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the mouth-watering breakfast and brunch dishes

created from fresh seasonal ingredients and you

won’t be disappointed.

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Under new management this year, Sala Sala has

reestablished itself as a mainstay in Christchurch’s

culinary landscape. The menu incorporates a

variety of Asian dishes, most notably Peking

duck. With crispy skin, the duck is served with

the traditional crepe-style pancakes and lashings

of plum sauce. A must-try!

142 Papanui Road

355 5932


For a relaxed atmosphere and exceptional

flavours, look no further than Uncommon. This

truly exciting addition to Christchurch’s bold new

café scene serves classics with a twist. Whether

it’s breakfast, lunch or coffee, the attention to

detail, service and overall experience are nothing

short of exceptional.

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Red Bowl




Be taken on a journey back in time at

Ancestral, where the cuisine of China is brought

into the modern day with New Zealand’s

outstanding produce. Drawing on the rich depth

of history and ancient traditions of this faraway

land, the chefs present diners with traditional

dishes that are destined to excite and tantalise

taste buds. Enjoy Taiwan-style bubble tea, classic

tender crystal chicken, traditional Sichuan spicy

noodle or simply a bottle of cold craft beer.

Share food, drinks and time together at a place

where every element – be it food, people or

service – matters.

35E Riccarton Road, 348 8876


Enjoy the best of traditional China street food

and barbecue right in the heart of the city,

at Celine’s Bar & Restaurant. Set upstairs in a

spacious, elegant and comfortable environment,

with warm service and a range of dishes

handcrafted by the team of chefs, putting a

unique twist on traditional Chinese fare. A

perfect spot for any occasion, whether you want

to impress business clients or contacts, host a

banquet to celebrate a special occasion. Enjoy a

relaxing cold beer on a lovely summer evening,

with a no rush as Celine is opento 3am.

Level one, 62 Manchester Street

379 7988


Established in 2010, Red Bowl offers a variety

of Cantonese cuisine in a refreshing dining

atmosphere. The fully licensed BYO is a perfect

spot for a gathering of friends or family, with

a range of dishes to suit every taste. With an

expansive dining space, large parking area and

experienced staff, it can also cater for events

of up to 100. Red Bowl serves one of the

best Yum Cha in Canterbury at lunch which is

available until 3pm. As well as set menus and

a range of other lunch and dinner options. A

comprehensive take out menu is also offered.

57 Mandeville Street, Riccarton, 348 3688


Experience the best of Chinese cuisine in the

heart of Riccarton. This charming, modern

restaurant is excellent value and, despite its size,

boasts quick, good-natured service, low noise

levels and a literally joyful atmosphere. The fried

dumplings are a must-try, even touted by some

as the ‘best in Christchurch’. Joyful Restaurant

is more than a family-friendly or date-night kind

of place, it’s also your go-to destination for

functions, able to take bookings of up to 150

people. Joyful Restaurant is undoubtedly where

people go for great tasting, quality Asian food.

102 Riccarton Road, 341 6883


Fresh food, expert staff and a warm atmosphere

– Three Cows has won over plenty of diners in

Kaiapoi with its simple recipe for success, and its

café, restaurant and bar on Victoria St is proving

just as popular. The large outdoor dining area

makes it a perfect spot for a morning coffee

or business lunch, and the space transforms in

the evening to welcome diners for a meal or a

cocktail. The menu features plenty of elegantly

prepared favourites, as well as options for the

more adventurous. The experienced team can

also cater for Christmas functions and events.

71 Victoria Street, 377 8944


Experience mouth-watering Southeast Asian

cuisine with dishes designed to be shared.

Whether a first-time diner (where have you

been!) or coming back for more, prepare to be

impressed. Freshly house made crab, pork and

chilli dumplings with XO sauce is just one of the

amazing dishes at King of Snake.

145 Victoria Street, 365 7363

74 STYLE | food news



Words & Photography Vanessa Ortynsky


Christchurch has been spoiled with many new central city dining establishments over

the past few months. It’s easy to forget there are plenty of fantastic eateries popping up

outside the city as well. Visit Little Sister Café in Templeton for excellent coffee and

delicious eats. Otherwise, venture to Brew Moon Brewing Company in Amberley for

craft beer and gourmet pizza.


With summer just around the corner, Christchurch is seeing its fair share of foodie

pop-ups. New café The Anchorage has held a few pop-ups at The Crossing and the folk

behind Posh Porridge can be found at various locations throughout the central city in

addition to their regular stall at the Christchurch Farmers’ Market in Riccarton.


Come 5 o’clock, Aperol Spritz is our drink of

choice. The Italian aperitif is one part Aperol,

two parts Prosecco and served with plenty of

ice and a sliver of orange. The Last Word on

New Regent Street, the Mediterranean Food

Company and O.G.B are the best places in

town for this quintessential cocktail.

Anchorage Café

image: Facebook

Posh porridge


image: Facebook



As more and more Kiwis are

cutting back on their meat

consumption, local eateries are

taking note and serving animalproduct-free

versions of traditional

Kiwi fare. At Portershed, a café

in Addington serving only vegan

food, you’ll find sausage rolls,

cream cakes and sandwiches in a

cosy interior.

Dessert baos from Eightgrains


Baos have taken over New Zealand, but the latest trend

is of the sweeter variety. Dessert baos, available at Sister

Kong Bao House on Victoria Street and Eightgrains at

Little High, are the perfect ending to a scrumptious meal.



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Saturday - Sunday 8:00am - 6:00pm

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With a new head chef in charge, Terrace Downs Resort offers

foodies an enticing escape. Words Kate Preece

Corn-fed chicken breast with

pearl barley risotto and

wild mushrooms

world away from the stresses of the city,

A Terrace Downs Resort is a destination

not only for golfers and wedding parties, but

for foodies as well. With a new head chef

at the helm of Hunter’s Restaurant, and The

Café at Terrace Downs, now’s a great time

to venture inland and experience high-end

cuisine in the high country.

Chef Shane Avant returns to New Zealand

with a vast amount of experience gleaned

from locations around the globe. While he

cut his teeth at restaurants across Australia

and New Zealand, his experience in luxury

resorts has been honed in the Maldives at

Cocoa Island by Como, as well as Fiji, where

he worked for Vomo Island Resort and the

Hilton. Most recently he was based in the UK,

where he spent two years as the executive

development chef for Living Ventures,

overseeing upscale restaurant Australasia.

“One of my key achievements has been

opening and developing top properties

throughout the South Pacific, assisting them

to develop an exceptional reputation,” Shane


Making his mark on Terrace Downs,

Shane has already launched a new menu

for Hunter’s Restaurant and is proud to be

serving regionally-inspired cuisine to its diners.

He believes in simple food that enhances

the natural flavours of fresh produce and

matching flavours.

For an idea of just what you could be

enjoying picture this: seared scallops with

cauliflower puree, truffle, crisp pancetta

and shaved cauliflower, followed by roasted

venison loin with carrot puree, truffled potato

croquette, pickled blackberries, and topped

off with dark chocolate marquise with berries,

honey comb and vanilla bean mascarpone…

It is easy to see why foodies are all abuzz!

However, it’s not just the evening options

that have been given a revamp; Shane has

unleashed his culinary expertise on The Café,

too. And, for those looking to bring a group

along, you’ll find the functions and wedding

menus just as tantalising, reflecting Shane’s

ethos as a chef:

“My goal is to create memories and

experiences that go beyond expectations,”

he says.

Whether it’s a long weekend staying at the

resort, a day of golfing, or simply a special

celebration, Terrace Downs not only delivers

on stunning scenery, but food that will have

you wishing you never had to leave.

Hunter’s Restaurant, Terrace Downs • 623 Coleridge Road, Windwhistle

03 318 6943 • •









We’re taking a leaf out of Alex Davies’

cookbook and going to the garden to

pick the season’s best produce.

Watch for fresh flavours springing

onto menus like snow peas, wombok

and boysenberries. And, if your taste

runs hot, chillies, mountain pawpaw or

tropical papaya.

AlvArAdo’s MexicAn


Come and try our TRADITIONAL


Alvarados is the essential destination for

experiencing true Mexican cuisine.

Open daily from 11.00am.

77 Stevens Street, Phillipstown, Christchurch

Ph 03 374 4149

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Mona Vale HoMestead

and Pantry

Rebuilt brick by brick and once again

elegant in her heritage best, Mona Vale

Homestead & Pantry is welcoming

visitors for breakfast, brunch, lunch

and exquisite High Teas. Also ideal

for weddings, special occasions and

corporate events.

Open now 7am-5pm

40 Mona Vale Avenue,


03 341 7450

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Located opposite Riccarton Park, this

hotel offers great dining, Sports Bar (with

pool tables, SKY sport, gaming lounge,

TAB), Carbine Lounge and affordable

accommodation. Hoofbeats Restaurant

(famous for their roasts) open daily from

6.30am serving breakfast, lunch & dinner.




118 Racecourse Road,

Riccarton, Christchurch

Phone 03 342 7150

Taste Directory


Located in the Cashmere Club, the

Riverview Restaurant offers quality,

affordable a la carte dining.

Specialists in events and special

occasions. No function too big or too

small. Private functions room available.

Dine al fresco on the sheltered patio.


Open for Lunch: Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sun.

Open for Dinner from 5.30pm Tues to Sun.

(Closed Mon). Fully Licensed.

50 Colombo St, Christchurch. Ph: 03 332 0092

Members, guests & affiliates welcome

Fisherman’s WharF

Spectacular Harbour Views

Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant offer’s a

warm & friendly atmosphere over looking

the working port of Lyttelton. We have a

range of wonderful meal options to suit

all. Seafood, Steaks, Burgers, Thai dishes,

Vegetarian, pasta & kids meals. We serve

only the freshest locally caught fish & our

produce is also fresh & from the local

markets. From our boats to your plate.

Now open for Breakfast Sat/Sun from 8am.

39 Norwich Quay, 8082 Lyttelton.

Ph 328 7530

Open Wed to Sun 11.30am to late



Embers has a stylish, cosy atmosphere,

filled with unique furnishings and

complete with its very own open fire pit.

Meals are crafted to share, enhancing a

social, family bonding and interactive

dining experience. Mezzanine floor

available for private functions.


Open Wednesday to Sunday

310 Sawyers Arms Road, Papanui

Phone: 03 359 9586

Members, guests & affiliates welcome

An hour drive

from CHCH


Located upstairs in the New Brighton

Club, the Pierview Restaurant offers a

stunning panoramic view of the

Pegasus coastline and New Brighton

Pier. Irresistible a la carte menu,

excellent specials and now open for

Brunch on Sundays from 10.30am.

Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday

from 5.30pm and

Sunday Brunch from 10.30am.

202 Marine Parade, New Brighton

Phone 03 388 8210

terrACe downs resort

Come and enjoy Christmas with us at

Terrace Downs Resort, some great food

to be eaten, live music to listen to and

a visit from Santa on Christmas Day!

Christmas Lunch Buffet on 24 Dec is

$89 ($29 under 12) 12:30 – 2:30pm

Buffet on 25 Dec is $110

($39 under 12) 11:00am-1:30pm,

2:30-5:00pm, 6:30-9:00pm.

Sunday Buffet (Adults $45pp, Kids u12

only $20) Popular Sunday buffet, every

Sunday 12:30pm-2:30pm.

*Bookings essential, call today: 03 318 6943




Extensive selection of dishes ranging

local favourites through to International

and Asian cuisine.

Also famous for delicious desserts.

Definitely something to satisfy any




Open daily for lunch and dinner

110 Marshland Road, Christchurch.

Ph 386 0088

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Selwyn Taste Directory

The Black Door

Our focus centres on putting forth fresh

and inventive takes on refined comfort food

created with local, fresh produce, including

our favourite – the burger. Our children’s

menu is healthy and delicious. We have

an extensive boutique cocktail and wine

list which pairs beautifully with our menu.

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, our

concept is for you to leave craving more.

Open Mon & Tue from 5pm

Wed -Fri 11am to late, Sat – Sun 9am to late

6 Robert St, Lincoln

03 421 7488

The Silver Dollar Bar &


Visit the Silver Dollar Bar & Restaurant

to experience a selection of fine wines, cold

beers and great food. The extensive lunch

& evening menu includes a variety of dishes,

both affordable satisfying meals as well as

‘Special Dishes’… Relax in comfort in either

the amazing indoor Bar & Restaurant or

large sunny & sheltered courtyard.

Open Monday – Sunday 11am – 11pm

Now open for breakfasts, Sunday’s 9am – 12pm

Bookings Essential. Ph 03 347 0386

871 Jones Rd, Rolleston

The Silver Dollar - the place that supports your community.

Tai Tapu HoTel

‘unique CounTry pub’

Fine food, friendly folk, fabulous scenery

and relaxed atmosphere. Sheltered

courtyard and outdoor areas, perfect for

dining or platters and wines.

A La Carte Restaurant

Open 7 Days

12pm to Last seating around 8pm

780 Old Tai Tapu Road

P: 03 329 6819










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Tues 14th Nov. Return transport. $40pp.


FREE BUBBLY for bookings made by 10th Nov.

Contact us for further details

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Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 4.30pm-Late.

Fri-Sun 12pm-Late. Follow us on Facebook

The Pedal Pusher


Let us spoil you on Cup Day with a

delicious champagne breakfast and ride

to and from town.

Make us your home away from home

and book your table today!

Open 7 days - 9am till Late

Bookings recommended

Ph 03 260 0866

55 Faringdon Boulevard, Rolleston

284-286 Lincoln Road, Addington


A taste of Italy right here in Selwyn...

Prebbleton’s best kept secret is a secret

no longer. The Milanese fully licenced

Italian restaurant and pizzeria is an

exceptional place to dine when you want

a taste of Italy. Fresh Pasta, Carbonara,

Spaghetti, to authentic Italian Pizzas. Dine

In or Takeaway.

Licensed/BYO wine only.

Private Functions available.

Cnr Springs & Marshs Road

407 Springs Road, phone 349 9652

(entrance on Marshs Road, behind Vege Shop)

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Dark chocolate marquise with

berries, honey comb and

vanilla bean mascapone

If you want a home-style

meal without having to cook,

Riverview Restaurant is for you.

Words Bridget Rutherford

Photography Charlie Rose Creative

Riverview Restaurant is hidden at the back

of The Cashmere Club on Colombo

Street, where there is also a bar, sporting

facilities, function areas and gardens.

It has a casual and relaxed feel, and the

waitresses working were friendly and efficient

in showing us to our table and taking our


When it came to deciding what to eat,

there wasn’t an overwhelming range to

choose from on the affordable menu – but

sometimes that can be more of a blessing

than a burden.

The warm breads with a selection of

house-made spreads and dips sounded

appealing to start with, or perhaps the lambs

fry for someone a bit more adventurous. But

I went for the beef croquettes – shredded

beef, covered in crumbs and deep-fried –

while my dining partner chose the butterfly

prawns. The prawns were marinated in a tasty

mild chilli and garlic sauce.

A popular dish at the restaurant was the

roast of the day, which in this instance was


While I was tempted to order that, or the

classic beer-battered fsh and chips, I decided

to try the fish of the day – deep sea perch –

which was pan seared and grilled, and served

with broccoli, potato, pumpkin and cauliflower

and a cheese sauce. This was prepared as I

myself would have done at home and it was

nice not to have to do so. My partner chose

the pulled pork burger, which is always a safe

and popular option. It was served on a timber

chopping board with wedges, dipping sauces

and slaw on a ciabatta bun.

The sticky date pudding we had to finish

was the winner of the evening. The classic

dessert was served with vanilla ice cream,

whipped cream and fresh fruit on the side

to balance out the hot toffee sauce. It was a

real crowd-pleaser and a nice way to finish a

home-style meal.

Riverview Restaurant • The Cashmere Club • 50 Colombo Street

332 0092 •

Carolyne Grant, Jules Mark, Christine Korako

Allen Wilson, Olivia and Lily Hadfield

Janet Taylor Murphy, Clare Beer



Merivale luxuriated in a bath of golden sunlight as afternoon

transformed into evening, the glow suffusing the interior of Studio

125 Gallery. The gathering crowd drifted between the various rooms,

admiring the works and making time to meet and chat. Rich colours along

with bold shapes tugged at and teased the eyes and imaginations, both

stimulating and satisfying. Outside, the crunch of feet on the snow-white

gravel signalled the burgeoning party in the courtyard, where guests basked

in the gentle twilight. A brilliant end to the day.

Dr David and Joy Coles

Heather and Neville Brown

Kate Patchett, Sally Wynn-Williams, Lynnie Garrett

Michelle Callaghan, Nettles Lamont


phone: 03 374 5858

363 lincoln road, addington

mon - fri 9am - 5pm saturday 10am-4pm

sunday 10am – 2pm

Lynn Woods, Michelle Anderson

Oksana Nykytenko, Svetlana Robinson

Ali McGregor, Lois Spence

Karen Ryall, Dianne Chaney


Jane Sherriff, Shelagh Murray

The magic of fabric, cut, bent and stitched to enhance the wearer, to take her to the

land where dreams of elegance do come true, was cast at Lynn Woods early one

golden spring evening. Awaiting guests, as they entered the boutique, was a glittering

presentation of fashion and a generously laden board of comestibles. As friends met

and conversed, they also surveyed the racks of garments which seductively called to

the style centre of the soul. The marvellous party was the perfect way to prepare for the

refreshment of one’s wardrobe, as spring trembles bashfully on the edge of summer.

Loryn Kazianis, Amanda Irving

Vanessa Leeming,

Nicola Fitzsimmons, Shayle Fleming

Laura Palamino de Forbes,

Honor and Clara Forbes

Gill Walker, Jane Jones, Cheryl Avery

Bill, Chris and Sam Atkinson


Mary-Pat and Paul Heveldt



Music blazed around the ultra modern interior of the Transitional Cathedral,

but where the songs of praise are usually heard, tunes of other descriptions

were being pumped out. Trumpets sounded as the brass band ignited the

atmosphere and the programmed pieces alternated between both the sacred

and secular. Opera contrasted with traditional Celtic folk as a company of

youthful dancers brought a dizzying energy to the concert. All this jollity was a

fundraiser in support of St George’s Cancer Institute.

Bernie and Michelle Lagan


Kim and Matilda Booth, Rebecca Tavete

Phil Jones, Maria Scott-Toft



Bill and Jock Herbison

Within earshot of the mighty Pacific Ocean terminating its

journey from the Americas on the shore at New Brighton,

Pier Law threw a party to celebrate the company’s new office.

From far and wide, clients and friends came to join the festivities

and partake in some truly remarkable and imaginative catering.

Despite the dull weather, the mood was uplifted with everyone’s

spirits and hopes for the future high and happy.

Andrew Swift, Linda de Paor

Sarah Tuiletufuga, Renee Dey

Claudia Watts, Carmel Gregan-Ford, Rae Thomas

Bryony Simcock, Sue Idiens

Olivia Smart, Lisa Clark

Rebecca Allan, Katrina Dyne

Carrie Innes, Sarah Platt


Around 80 people gathered to make merry and although it was a small party, it

was fired with enthusiasm. One of the most potent weapons in the fight against

gynaecological cancers is money and replenishing the financial arsenal was the purpose

of the evening. The Graci Foundation welcomed guests to the festivities where the drinks

and canapés passed by in a never-ending procession as dulcet music filled the air.

The merriment was but a brief respite, as the battle to rid women from these horrible

diseases continues with dedication, determination and thanks to people such as those

who attended, generous donations.

Belinda and Tim Barclay


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• General Dentistry

• Cosmetic Dentistry

(Crowns, Veneers,


• Zoom Whitening

• Denture Services

• Sedation Available

• Free Dental Care for

High School Students

• ACC Treatment Provider

• Oral Surgery

• Implants

Shane Summerfield B.D.S. B.Sc | Kelly Li B.D.S.

Mary-Clare Clemence B.D.S. | Roly Tennekoon B.DSc.

186 Main North Road, Redwood, Christchurch

Phone: 03 352 6186 or 03 352 6187 | Fax: 03 352 6180

open hours:

Mon 8.30am - 5pm

Tue 9am - 5pm

Wed 9am - 5pm

Thurs 9am - 5pm

Fri 8am - 4.30pm

sat 9am - 4.30pm

Kate Taylor, Samantha O’Neill

Claudia Elze Weersing, Juanita O’Connell

Jo Bremford, Cindy Smythe


Car headlights glinted in the puddles which sat like tarnished silver

platters on the pavement. Pedestrians scurried under a barrage

of illuminated raindrops which hung like a curtain of liquid diamonds

draping the door of Euromarque. Within the palace of motoring finery,

the tune of cocktail glasses touching in toast rang like church bells

on a Sunday morning, calling the faithful not to prayer but to witness

fine fashion, of which there was an abundance. Breast Cancer Cure

staged the show, boldly reiterating their mission to purge the world of

this vile plague.

Sarah Roberts, Sarah Thom

Beth Davies, Alan Cowie

Jenny Joblin, Andrea Moore

Nicky Vincent, Greta Henley

Jason Bonham, Jade Patel, Dedan Percy

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Entries close November 30.


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Over 10 days and 11 nights this January, the

World Buskers Festival is set to light up the city

with incredible street theatre. Headline acts this

summer include Tape Face, Le Gateau Chocolat,

The Topp Twins, Urzila Carlson, Ginger Minj and

Ali McGregor. We have tickets for you and three

friends to enjoy a night at Ali McGregor’s show

Decadence at the beautiful Christchurch Arts

Centre Great Hall.


Kitchen blogger Sarah Tuck’s

recipes are described as “feel good

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A cookbook like no other, Coming

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recipes and tips for entertaining.

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Sip, savour and taste your way around 40

wineries, 30 gourmet food producers and nine

top local restaurants at the South Island Wine

and Food Festival in Hagley Park on Saturday,

December 2. See top local chefs in action in the

Chefs Kitchen, learn something new at a free wine

tasting seminar or kick back to a live music line-up

featuring the Black Seeds. This month one lucky

winner will receive a double pass to the festival

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