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hall, Langdons Quarter, with its edgy design and botanic

industrial feel, meets our ever-growing appetite for

eating out in beautiful spaces. Fifteen dining choices,

including grab n’ go, casual and licensed cover your

cravings, whether it’s Mexican, Japanese, French,

Mediterranean, American or New Zealand. Sal’s Pizza,

Nando’s and Lone Star are licensed for late night dining,

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ou should never say no to a little bit of luxury.

What this word means to you could be as simple as an

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it’s a night at a five-star lodge, with views of the ocean and

no cellphone reception. But what if you take it up a notch?

Some people lead the most enviable existences. For this

issue, where ‘luxe’ was the key word, we sought out those

who lead lives that are a little more interesting than just being

sat behind desks all day. Ella James spoke to bridal-designerto-the-stars,

Trish Peng, who splits her time between

Auckland and Los Angeles; a sports enthusiast with so

much memorabilia he had to buy a pub to showcase it; and

a family of biologists whose thirst for intrepid journeys and

desire to share our world’s most special places led them

to set up a business for like-minded adventurers (oh, the

places they go!).

We also step inside a home that’s garnered international

attention due to its interior design. Gaynor Stanley speaks

with the homeowners about living in this well-executed

space, and how design and practicality really play out.

Our fashion team spent a day at Hotel Montreal, where

Jessica Amor styled models in garments that ooze luxury –

be it through texture, colour or pricetag.

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Hotcakes by Hill Street Wholefoods


Have you jumped on the gin bandwagon yet?

Christchurch has. While you can’t go wrong with

the 181 types of gin at Whet Drinking Room (151

Cambridge Tce), there’s now Gin Gin (92 Victoria St)

serving up Red Snappers (gin’s answer to the Bloody

Mary) and a tasting room for Curiosity Gin at The

Spirits Workshop (11 Sandyford St).

For healthy baking options, Hill Street Wholefoods

( has it in the bag. The clean

baking mixes satisfy those after dairy-free, gluten-free,

refined-sugar-free and vegan-friendly treats.

Boliwood Indian Restaurant has joined the ranks at Five

Mile, Frankton – just a stone’s throw from Queenstown

Airport. Naan to go?

Nostalgia Festival by Naomi Haussmann


At Ferrymead Heritage Park, Nostalgia Festival

(February 16) showcases an excellent selection of

feel-good New Zealand and international artists –

from Trinity Roots to Holly Arrowsmith, alongside

an incredible array of local food (Empire Chicken,

BearLion Foods, Smokey T’s) craft drinks and roving

performances by the Free Theatre.

Fashionistas will already be planning their Dunedin

itinerary for March. This year’s iD Dunedin Fashion

Week, March 11–17, will see the International Emerging

Designer Awards and iD Dunedin Fashion Show

merge into one for the first time. Tickets for the 20th

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Do you have issues fighting the frizz? Ghd has heard

your cries and will release its first hot brush on

February 1. The limited-edition product is ideal for

maintaining that blow wave on day two or simply

getting from bed to boardroom a little bit quicker.

For umbrella lovers, the BLUNT x Flox collab will

have you wishing for rain. The bold limited-edition

design includes the native birds, ferns and flowers for

which Kiwi designer Flox is known. From February 7 at

New to the southern hemisphere, Coastal Co

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you a box of six to eight beach-inspired items of

homeware, clothing and/or accessories four times a year.

Life’s a beach, right?


Need a sugar fix? With four candy mixes sourced

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Queenstown, for a converted Italian auto rickshaw,

setting up shop downtown soon.

Shopping can be an exhausting experience, but not

so when there’s coffee within reach. The Untouched

World Kitchen (155 Roydvale Ave, Burnside) has a

new look – with that same seasonally on-point fare.

Vegetarians, turn away. In Auckland, Meatstock will

bring together kings and queens of the barbecue for

this rather unique music and food festival on February

16–17. From international world champion pitmasters to

a certified barbecue expert, the special guests will have

you all fired up to get some of those good fats grilling.

Your future starts here.

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Faringdon’s latest release ‘The Borough’ is a quick walkies away from

Rolleston town centre, and is filled with the things that make life doggone easy.

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The Hills and Millbrook Resort,




Forsyth Barr Stadium,





World-class hockey with the men’s

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playing a match against Germany.

Nga Puna Wai Sports Hub, Christchurch

16 & 20


As part of the Bangladesh tour of New


16: Hagley Oval, Christchurch

20: University Oval, Dunedin

17 & 23


Streetball brings the skills of 5-aside

basketball outdoors in a fast-paced

format. A new game every 15 minutes on

eight courts.

17: The Octagon, Dunedin

23: Hagley Park Netball Courts,




Three adrenaline-filled 30-minute polo

games, live music from hottest DJs, plus

on and off field entertainment.

Hagley Park North, Christchurch




This fast-flat course will give you the

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or 10km runs you’ve ever done.

Nga Puna Wai, Christchurch


6 & 8


The award-winning Ali Harper celebrates

iconic songstresses who have left their

mark on music.

6: Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka

8: Mosgiel Coronation Hall, Dunedin

10 & 11



This well-known comedic duo have

entertained festival audiences from

Adelaide to Edinburgh.

10: Queenstown Memorial Centre

11: Lake Hawea Community Centre

14 – 17


A soul-stirring celebration of the visionary

leader Nelson Mandela.

Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch




One of the world’s most respected

comedians, Eddie has performed sell-out

shows at Madison Square Garden, The

Hollywood Bowl and more.

Horncastle Arena, Christchurch




The Shades and guest artist Pascale

Orchard deliver an evening of operatic

classics to iconic popular music and


Birchwood Garden, Dalefield,


22 – 24


Experience Chinese culture as vibrantly

coloured lanterns light up the central city.

The Avon River Precinct, Christchurch

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Expect yoga, mindfulness, AcroYoga,

parkour, live music, art, and a variety

of workshops and talks throughout the


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A world-class line-up of more than 26

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Headlined by The Black Seeds, funds

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Let's Enjoy 2019!

and be a little more green and mindful!

Happy 2019!

I’ve learnt that most people fit into

one of two camps when it comes to

acknowledging a New Year and the

concept of setting New Year’s resolutions.

They either embrace them and jump

in with the zeal of someone slightly

demented (I’m probably in that camp) or

they side-line the opportunity, comfortable

in the belief that the year will be what

it will be and that no amount of forced

change, good intent or actions can be

carried out for 12 whole months on a

wish alone.

In fact, an American survey conducted in 2018

found that up to 32% of people don’t set any

form of resolution at all, seeing little value in

the process and no likelihood of an outcome.

I’ve never been able to see things through the

lens of ‘relax, breathe, then wait and see’, but I’m

aware that for some individuals this is a positive

choice. In business, however, this approach

could see you falter. Things change, markets

move either up or down, client expectations

grow, technology progresses and expectations

get bigger year on year.

A New Year gives you the chance to really take

stock, to review where you’ve been – I always

do this with someone I trust implicitly – and

then work out where you want to go. You can

consider the challenges, the game-changers,

the small wins and the larger victories. They will

all be there and each of these will provide great

insights as to what comes next. That’s where the

resolutions come in … or, at least, they do for

me. Statistically, the most common resolutions

involve: weight loss (been there) and, let’s

face it, who hasn’t? Eat healthier (another tick),

exercise, read more, make more, save more, it’s

always something more. Bill Gates once said,

“most people overestimate what they can do

in a year and underestimate what they can do

in ten.” This year, personally and in business, I’m

mindful of the word and nature of ‘less’.

As a company, it’s got us focused on some of

the finer aspects of less.

Less paper, less waste, less stress. Which means

more community involvement and more

mindfulness. I’m looking forward to it and I’m

heartened by the fact all of us are aware of the

need to be kinder to ourselves, our community

and our planet. So those are some of my

resolutions. I couldn’t go into 2019 without

some of the old favourites as well (which I’ll

keep to myself ) but I will finally give up on

backing a trailer, or worse, the boat!! No amount

of intention will change the fact that I'm terrible!

Whatever school you subscribe to, all the best

for 2019. It will be no surprise that the year will

be whatever you expect it to be!

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New breath.

New chances.

New dreams,

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Ella James talks to those whose everyday pursuits see them rubbing shoulders with

high-flying celebrities, sporting greats and walruses.

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The run-up to a wedding is a magical whirlwind of love and luxe that many

of us only experience once, but for couture evening and bridal gown designer Trish Peng,

it’s her livelihood. Style caught up with the Auckland-born-and-raised designer to find

out exactly what it is that makes her life a little less conventional.

Whilst Trish Peng spends around sixty per cent of her

time in New Zealand at her Auckland showroom,

her incredibly luxe custom designs and the sheer demand

for them worldwide warrants the designer to spend the

remaining months of the year in the ever-glamorous, Los

Angeles where her second showroom is located.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Los Angeles without a

sprinkling of celebrities. Of which Trish has a handful on

her impressive clientele list. Television personality Kristin

Cavallari and actress Brittany Daniel have both called upon

her to create the dress of their dreams. The designer

and Brittany Daniel formed a special friendship during the

process of creating the exquisite custom wedding dress,

with Trish invited to the incredibly opulent wedding. In fact,

Trish is also the recipient of unique gifts as a token of thanks

from over-the-moon brides. One bride even made Peng a

custom 3D model bobble head of herself, which still takes

pride of place on her bedroom table. No two working days

are the same for this wedding dress designer to the stars.

The star-studded experiences aren’t strictly work-related.

The designer has a close group of foodie friends in Los

Angeles, and whenever they dine out, they’re always in

fantastic company. Trish’s favourite West Hollywood bar

E.P. & L.P. is a hot bed of celebrity talent. British supermodel

Jourdan Dunn is often spotted there enjoying a drink with

friends. No big deal. And when it’s time to eat? Trish’s

preference is a Caesar salad at her local restaurant and

wine bar, Marvin. What celebrities dine here I hear you

ask? Oh, just Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow. Across

the globe, when Trish resides in New Zealand, her top

picks of restaurant and bars are just as enviable. Date night

favourites include Auckland’s Depot as well as the Viaduct’s

most happening new jaunts, Hello Beasty and the sunsoaked

Saint Alice.

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Trish Peng and Brittany Daniel

formed a special friendship during

the process of creating the

exquisite custom wedding dress,

with the designer invited to the

incredibly opulent wedding.

Image: Getty Images

Trish Peng has befriended many a celeb, including Sweet Valley High

actress Brittany Daniel.

Trish is the definition of work hard, play hard. When

the designer isn’t sipping cocktails and rubbing shoulders

with the rich and famous, she’s working in her bridal

showroom, often six days a week. Her Los Angeles

showroom is shared with the famous Panache Bridal

Beverly Hills, ensuring a steady flow of brides-to-be in

search for the most exquisite dress for their big day. For

these customers, nothing less than perfect will suffice.

Naturally, we couldn’t write a piece on a fashion

designer without delving into their predictably sensational

wardrobe. Trish Peng is wardrobe peppered with the

likes of Trelise Cooper and Gucci and a plethora of other

high-end brands,. Trish appreciates Cooper’s knowledge

of a woman’s shape, which enables her to master the cut.

Where Gucci is concerned, it’s the accessories that have

worked their way into both the work wear and casual

wear of this seemingly effortlessly stylish bridal designer.

The classic Gucci belt and velvet handbag are two pieces

of which she’s extremely fond. Her prized possession was

always going to be one of the most sublime nature, and

it comes in the form of a new, custom signet ring from

Naveya and Sloane that she received from her boyfriend

for Christmas. The Auckland-based jeweller engraved the

official Trish Peng symbol on it, making it just as unique as

both her brand and lifestyle.

When taking well-earned vacations, Trish remains

business-conscious – after all, a star-studded lifestyle

doesn’t pay for itself. Even during a New Year’s Eve trip

to Sydney, the designer met with a few future brides.

However, there’s always time for some fun and adrenaline

in this most fanciful lifestyle. Trish can frequently be found

hopping onto a jet ski when beachside. In fact, she pleads

guilty to spending a wedge of her pay cheque on designer

sunglasses, which all too often disappear into the deep

blue when she participates in jet skiing. Though she’s

always prompt to replace them from Gentle Monster, her

favourite brand.

Despite the seemingly endless travel to Los Angeles,

Sydney or elsewhere, Trish’s heart will always belong

in New Zealand. Spending such a large percentage

of the year in Los Angeles and abroad only makes

her appreciate the sheer beauty of New Zealand

whenever she returns. Trish Peng’s life is certainly a

very special one.

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Aaron Russ on a Melanesian expedition.



For most of us, work means sitting at a desk, getting minimal use out of our legs,

staring at our busy screens until it’s time to go home.

We’ll take a vacation once or twice a year, always leaving for home totally envious

of resort staff that get to live and work the experience year round, lapping up the

sun and absorbing unlimited pina coladas, we’re certain.

Well, brothers Aaron and Nathan Russ of Heritage Expeditions take combining

business and leisure to an entirely new level.

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Image: Chris Todd

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Nathan Russ on a polar region zodiac excursion.

Heritage Expeditions was founded in 1984 by Aaron

and Nathan’s father, Rodney Russ, a keen biologist.

Having worked with many endangered species including the

black robin, Rodney came to the conclusion that instead

of shutting these wilderness areas away from humans, they

should be shared so that visitors can become willing, authentic

ambassadors of these incredible environments and the animals

that inhabit them. And so Heritage Expeditions was born.

Today, Aaron and Nathan run the Christchurch-based

family business that has always been a part of their lives.

Aaron went on his first expedition at the tender age of

five and by the time he turned eight, he was travelling on

voyages more than regularly, spending a great deal of time

on the company vessel. Each voyage sees a group of keen

travellers board an expedition cruise ship to head for one of

the far-flung destinations around the globe that the company

explores. From the Solomon Islands to the Russian Far East or

Antarctica, a quick weekend getaway this is not.

Young elephant seal with king penguins on

Macquarie Island.

These expeditions are luxurious in their own right, just not

in the traditional manner. While the vessels are comfortable

and all amenities are within reach during the long voyages at

sea, the real luxury comes in the form of, as corny as this may

sound, the journey. It’s rather hard to categorise the customer

base of this one-of-a-kind tour company. They’re a diverse

bunch of professionals and retired business people from the

world over who quite possibly, after decades of abundant

wealth, have come to the conclusion that luxury isn’t an

object, such as a set of golf clubs or designer bag, it’s an

experience. Expedition leader and zoologist Aaron surmises

the expeditions as boarding a boat with 50 new best friends.

Together, they’ll witness things that most will only ever

dream of. Alien landscapes, polar bears, whales, rare birds

and penguins all delight the eyes. With no strict schedule,

adventure calls. Hiking and kayaking are the best ways to

get up close and personal with the surroundings, and it’s

greatly encouraged.


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Images: ARuss

Top: Passengers experience another way of life on voyages exploring Melanesian culture.

Above: Walrus sit on the ice of Wrangel Island

The busy team are always searching for untapped corners

of the globe, only seen seen by the smallest number of

tourists. They simply won’t settle for anything less than

spectacular for their intimate tours that only a handful of

people are lucky enough to experience. In some instances,

they transport travellers to special destinations that fewer

than 200 people visit annually. Compared even to the 800

people who attempt to climb Mount Everest each year, these

numbers are emotively small.

We really do mean it when we say ‘unique’ destinations.

Aaron recalls a past trip where Heritage Expeditions’

passengers were actually the first tourists to arrive on a

remote island. The crew had to explain to the chief of the

tribe what a tourist was, and why exactly the tourists had

travelled to see their island. The idea of people travelling to

witness the nature and beauty that the island had to offer

was a foreign concept that took quite some illustrating.

After some successful conversing, the vessel set back to an

inhabited island, where they would later receive news that

they had been invited to return and explore the island. Other

trips see guests living, dressing and dancing just as the tribe

do; authenticity at its most sublime. With a new Indonesian

Voyage focusing on some of the most diverse coral on the

globe in sight, more rare opportunities await.

Looking for a downside to this lifestyle isn’t easily done.

Given that a rather large percentage of Aaron and Nathan’s

time is spent at sea, you’d have to wonder if perhaps it was

a struggle to incorporate family life. And while Aaron admits

that he’s reduced his time away due to having two young

children, he still spends around four months of the year at

sea. However, time onboard doesn’t always mean time spent

away from family. Before Christmas, his children experienced

their first expedition. The young ones were treated to a

Fiordland voyage; the first of many sensational experiences

that their own father enjoyed from a similar age. The balance

of land and sea has been mastered it would seem.

Undeniably this is an incredible job that requires huge

amounts of work, knowledge and planning (voyages for 2021

are already in the pipeline), but for both Aaron and Nathan,

the pros outnumber the cons a hundred times over. In fact,

according to Aaron, the only con is that life is too short to

thoroughly explore the whole planet.

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Gary Lawson after a win at the National Bowling Championships Men’s Fours in 2004.




It’s been almost a decade since legendary lawn bowler Gary Lawson has represented

New Zealand in the sport that he dominates so effortlessly. Now, having been picked for

the squad once more, Lawson has his eyes on the prize; the 2020 World Championships

on the Gold Coast. No stranger to cleaning up on the domestic circuit, he has 13

national titles under his belt, but these aren’t the only things he collects.

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Gary’s impressive collection includes silks from jockey Michelle Payne (the first female to win the Melbourne Cup), a rugby jersey signed by

Richie McCaw, and a tennis ball that sports Rafael Nadal’s autograph.

An avid collector of all things sports, Lawson has built up

quite the collection of memorabilia. So much so, Gary,

along with two close friends, purchased a Riccarton-based

pub called The Horse and Jockey just to showcase this most

enviable collection.

When Lawson’s not busy dominating on the lawn, you’ll

find him in the pub keeping a close eye on his prized

possessions while watching all of the current racing action.

With shares in several race horses, including five-year old

bay mare Where Are You, trained by Shaune Ritchie, you

can guarantee that his collection of racing memorabilia is

only set to grow. Time to invest in a second pub, perhaps?

So, if you’re ready for the long, impressive list of Gary’s

collection, I’ll begin.

Even if you’re not well versed on the horse racing

industry, you’ll likely remember hearing the name Michelle

Payne. Yes, the first female jockey to ever win the

Melbourne Cup when she rode Prince of Penzance to

victory in 2015. Over the span of her career, of which she’s

had 756 wins and counting, Payne has amassed $27,255,623

of prize money. So, while the female jockey is hardly

strapped for cash, it’s not often you’ll find a set of her silks

up for grabs. The film Ride Like A Girl, based on Payne’s

historic Melbourne Cup win, is also set to be released

this year, predicting that those already reputable silks will

become more fought after still.

Lawson’s link to the Melbourne Cup doesn’t stop with

Payne. Gary is also the proud owner of signed Jim Cassidy

colours from 1983, when the loveable rogue of a jockey

won the Melbourne Cup riding a horse named Kiwi.

A Dexter Dunn whip is proudly displayed at their pubcum-sporting-museum.

The young harness racer is one of

few to build up an exhilarating 2000 career wins.

Lawson also possesses racing silks and whips from further

notable jockeys including James McDonald, Mark Jones and

João Moreira. As you can imagine, the walls are filling up

rather nicely.

Then, of course, there’s the rugby section. Amongst the

prized goods is a World Cup rugby jersey signed by the

beloved Richie McCaw and Steve Hansen, for neither of

which we need to provide a background. Former All Black

Christian Cullen’s career jersey also sits close by.

Lawson’s modern Merivale home is where you’ll find one

of his most prized possessions from his sporting collection –

a tennis ball signed by the winner of 17 Grand Slam singles

titles and arguably one of the most famous tennis players in

history, Rafael Nadal. This is one tennis ball that he won’t be

throwing for a playful dog anytime soon.

Lawson also managed to get his hands on a vinyl record

and microphone that once belonged to Roger Waters

of Pink Floyd, but we’d better save his music related

collectibles for another time.

Having just been called up to represent the country in

bowls once more, we’re sure that one day his own bowls

will land themselves in the hands of another passionate

collector of all things sporting.



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Style visits the Prossers’ Christchurch home

to learn what it’s like living in interiors exemplifying the

epitome of global design.

Words Gaynor Stanley

Photography Charlie Rose Creative

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Melissa Prosser says Sheppard & Rout Architects positioned the house superbly for both its Wairarapa Stream outlook and optimal sunshine with

outdoor living areas on both its east and west sides.

This quietly elegant family haven has turned the heads

of some of the world’s most discerning interiors

critics. Lounging gracefully on an Avon stream flowing by

to Mona Vale, the home’s blend of equal parts refinement,

equal parts vibrancy has earned it international plaudits.

Melissa and Mark Prosser moved into the warm and

welcoming home they built two years ago, after working

for about 18 months with interior designer Ben Lewis of

Trenzseater to achieve interiors that were new, exciting

and unexpected. Correspondingly, Ben’s brief was to

create a space that was useable, not precious, and could

easily be lived in by a family. The result was a triumph that

saw the interiors shortlisted for London’s International

Design & Architectural Awards 2018 and the SBID

International Design Awards 2018.

The couple, particularly Melissa, had firm ideas on style

having built two prior homes for themselves and many

more for clients of Mark Prosser Builders. The home

demonstrates an appreciable balance of both designer

wants and client needs. Well, the yin and yang of Melissa

and Ben, that is. “Mark doesn’t factor in at all,” laughs

Melissa. His favourite spot is the garage, home to his

prized Toyota Landcruiser BJ40, back-up beer fridge and

beloved 40th birthday gift, chocolate labrador Mac, so

named for Mark’s initials Mark Alexander Cook.

Their 20-year-old son, Alex, also lives here, as did his

22-year-old sister Jessica until recently (she’s now moved

out to her first home). Alex then took the opportunity

to nab the guest bedroom downstairs. “Not sure why

as both his rooms enjoyed the same view over the

Wairarapa Stream. Maybe to do with coming and going

easier,” muses Melissa.

Working in the family business, Melissa had boundless

inspiration to draw on, from fabulous homes she’d

encountered and admired. “But it was information

overload, I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. I moved

past the point of wanting to do it myself, so that’s why I

got Ben in.

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Ralph Lauren seagrass wallpapers

and brass door hardware on cavity

sliders recur from room to room;

Striking yet soft-toned Neolith

marble, brushed-brass Astra

Walker tapware and exquisite

Jonathan Browning crystal pendant

lighting feature throughout the

home, here in the ensuite; The

main living room, with cedar

soffit, encapsulates the warm

textures and classic black, white,

brown with pops of emerald

that so impressed international

design award judges. The living

room opens to favoured spots of

Mark’s – the streamside deck for

breakfast and the barbecue and

pool area for a gin as the sun sets.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Warm tones and textures with a pop of emerald green and a Pietra Grey limestone fireplace feature in the media

room, which includes one of the few gloss pieces Melissa agreed to including – the black lacquer side table to the right; A defining feature of the

home is its lighting – here Venetia Studium gold leaf pendants hang above a Trenzseater parquetry dining table, while black Linden table lamps

by Kelly Wearstler bookend the sideboard; The guest powderroom features Cole & Son flock wallpaper and Jonathan Browning crystal pendants.

Photos supplied by Trenzseater.

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“One of the reasons I chose Ben is he likes to push

the boundaries. However, we don’t like modern. We

wanted enduring and classic.”

Ben then had the challenge of delivering a classic

style that was sophisticated yet inventive. The task was

perhaps made easier by virtually every item of furniture

– bar a chaise lounge in the hallway that was Mark’s

grandfather’s and some pieces from Furnishscene (now

Design Supply Co) – being sourced new or especially

made locally by Trenzseater. Their previous home’s

furniture either went to Jessica’s new house or to the

family holiday house in the Marlborough Sounds being

renovated at the time.

“The design was intentionally designed to be

timeless,” says Ben. “We used a neutral colour palette

accented with strong natural browns and blacks as well

as classic camel accents. We also popped various areas

with fresh emerald green to add visual vibrancy.”

Ben’s brief was for a full interior design package that

also included some architectural elements, kitchen and

bathroom design consultation, door hardware, lighting,

flooring, window furnishings, and wallcoverings.

An inspired architectural contribution was his

suggestion of ‘bookmatched’ Neolith Calacatta Gold

marble, from CDK Stone, to meet the Prossers’ wish to

upgrade the gibboard wall in the stairwell specified in

the original Sheppard & Rout plans they’d bought with

the section. This magnificent feature wall – a feat of

engineering – forms the spine of the house and extends

outside to the entrance porch. The softly veined, greytoned

marble recurs in the kitchen and two of the four


The marble’s lustre is about the extent of the sheen

though. While Ben loves gloss, Melissa restrained its

presence to the occasional black Miyaki sideboard

and side table. “We’re not glossy people,” she says.

Similarly, she curbed his trademark green, which initially

she declared “she was over seeing everywhere”, to a

resplendent dollop of vivid emerald here and there.

“Ben needs to be seen to be evolving and he has

great ideas,” Melissa says. Happy to consider them all,

Ben, in turn, gladly accepted her just saying “yes” or

“no” to his suggestions.

Melissa’s affectionate touch is evident in every

room, but her favourite feature of the 424m² home

on its 1954m² rear section, is its privacy from the road

and the huge amount of space. The Prossers also

negotiated to buy the section in front to build and

sell a single-storey home that protects their secluded

aspect. “We love it. It’s just perfect. We come from the

country and like our space.”

Not that the home feels cavernous. Despite being

spacious and contemporary, that palpable starkness of

many modern dwellings is absent thanks to the classic

furnishings and natural textures in relatable interiors.

“I like snug,” says Melissa, who also channelled that

architecturally by changing the original plans for a

walk-in pantry and media room into the downstairs

bedroom and plans for an indoor pool into an outdoor

room with a fireplace.

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An Antony Gormley from SCAPE Public Art takes pride of place on the media room wall.

Some have queried the lack of a walk-in pantry in such a

prestigious home, but Melissa says this was planned from the outset

of the kitchen she designed with long-time collaborator Richard

Hill of Joinery Scene. She had a massive pantry in her Ohoka

home off the kitchen and “found I was constantly tidying away and

cleaning up after the family”. Here the pantry runs the full width

of the kitchen splashback, hidden behind marble cupboard doors.

Similarly hidden in plain sight are the ovens that blend invisibly

into the end wall of black glass. The kitchen has the largest island

bench Christchurch Corian has ever made at a whopping 4.2m

long by 1.5m wide. Another Melissa specification to get her dream

functional kitchen, was that it be wide enough for two wine fridges

that open to the entertaining area.

Ben says his favourite aspect of this project was collaborating with

the Prossers to ensure all elements of the design and architecture

melded cohesively. “Also pushing the boundaries to offer something

unique and unexpected, such as the combination of parquetry

timber work mixed with banana leaf and seagrass wallpapers

accented with crystal lighting and brushed brass door hardware.”

Oak parquet flooring, dark chocolate American oak timber

joinery, doors and furniture, European rugs and mirrors, flock and

glass wallpapers, fine wools and antiqued leather layer further

natural texture. “We believe it’s the details that offer refinement,

personality, balance, character and luxury,” says Ben.

He certainly nailed the brief for this building duo who may have

laid their final foundation, loving their move to town after decades

living in traditional country homesteads. The Prossers are totally

at home in their contemporary city abode. “For the first time we

actually feel really settled,” says Melissa.

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Image: Richard Dalman



Architect Richard Dalman gives us his definition

of luxury in today’s hotels.

Traditionally, hotels have focussed on quality of service and

product to justify their five star status. By product, I mean the

size of spaces and materials used – cavernous atriums, extravagant

chandeliers and copious amounts of marble and granite equalled

luxury. Also fine dining restaurants were compulsory.

While these hotel attributes can still help to define luxury, there

has been a move towards new kinds of luxury for hotel guests. In

this month’s article, I will discuss what these might be.

Seascape at Annandale, Banks Peninsula

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Architecture and interior design have always

been a way for a hotel to express quality

and their five star status. Think of The Savoy,

London, or Raffles Singapore.

But in recent years, the design ante has been

ramped up to a new level with star architect

designed hotels such as Marqués de Riscal in

Spain by Frank Gehry or the Sheraton Huzhou

Hot Spring Resort in Huzhou, China, and

Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

While the interiors of the first two

aforementioned hotels do not live up to the

excellence of the exterior architecture, the

interior of the Burj Al Arab certainly does, albeit

a bit over the top and dated now – but there is

no doubt that design contributes significantly to

the six-star status of this hotel.


Large amounts of space can equal luxury. It

was the vast atrium of the former Christchurch

Crowne Plaza that was the main reason for

that hotel receiving a five star rating (the rooms

were relatively small).

The Penthouse at Christchurch’s Hotel

Montreal is vast and takes up most of the top

floor. This is probably the central city’s best

hotel room and while you may not use all

the spaces in the living area, its spaciousness

contributes to its luxurious feel.

Small spaces beautifully crafted can still feel

luxurious, like Pescatore’s private dining room at

The George, Christchurch.


Traditionally, luxury hotels have used the finest

materials for their interiors. This tradition

has been maintained with many of the new

Chinese hotels where relatively cheap supplies

of marble and granite have translated into very

rich interiors – not always put together in a

well-designed ensemble unfortunately.

In new hotels, basic materials such as raw

concrete, steel and timber can be used in

clever ways to still create the feeling of luxury,

as in the bathrooms of the Waterhouse at

South Bund in Shanghai.


Whether it be personal service (remembering

not only your name, but also your preferences

for wine, TV stations, pillows, newspapers,

etc), or even a personal chef (which is available

at Seascape at Annandale, Banks Peninsula),

service has always been, and still is, a key factor

in luxury stays.

With the use of databases and big data

applications, individual preferences can be

applied, even at very large hotels with hundreds

of guests at a time.

Image: Richard Dalman

Burj al Arab Hotel, Dubai

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Pescatore private dining room

at The George, Christchurch


Hotels have traditionally pushed the boundaries of

technology. They used to have bigger TVs and better

technology than we had at home. This has now been

reversed, and hotels have struggled to keep up.

However, the latest features like cellphone entry

as at Mi-Pad in Queenstown, and smart rooms

controlled by the guest’s voice are increasingly


Image: Stephen Goodenough


While the previous five

concepts of luxury have always

been part of the agenda for

upmarket hotels, recently three

others have come to the fore.

The first of these is the concept

of “having time”.

In our busy world, time has

become a luxury. Time to relax

and not be bothered; time to

think and not have to react;

time spent with people we care

about and love.

What do hotels offer that

can allow us to take our time?

Very late and flexible breakfasts

so we can sleep in, is one idea.

Instead of a breakFAST, maybe

a breakSLOW!

I think that flexibility is the key

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Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef


Along with time, seclusion can be a new

luxury. Getting away from the world –

no cellphone coverage or emails can,

surprisingly, be a luxury! New Zealand

is perfect for that as there are so many

remote areas.

Seascape is so secluded it takes 40

minutes by four-wheel drive to get there

from Annandale. You are the only guests

in the whole of the bay, and the only

connection to the outside world is a

satellite phone (for emergencies).


For tourists who live in polluted cities such as

London or Beijing, pure air, water and soil can

be a luxury. In New Zealand we have it all (but

perhaps not as much as what we are known for

overseas). This is a concept we are promoting

to the world and they are believing it – we now

need to make sure we deliver.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat in Franz Josef

is a true eco-hotel and offers the “pure”

experience in five star luxury. Experiencing

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room or restaurant balcony, can be a priceless


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The hottest month is upon us and our backyards are feeling the heat.

Mark Rayner provides advice on maintaining an

appealing landscape without relying too heavily on water.

Keep it covered

Covering your soil will help to retain moisture by

reducing the chances of evaporation. This can be

done by using a mulch, such as bark chips or stones,

or by growing dense evergreen ground-cover plants

to shade the soil from the drying effects of the sun.

Covering the soil in this way also helps to keep

weeds at bay – a win-win situation.

Water works

Consider increasing the humidity within a specific

area of the garden by installing a water feature.

More moisture in the air means that surrounding

plants will transpire less. The water in a large natural

pond or still pool will gently and continuously

evaporate on a hot day, increasing the surrounding


Blowing in the wind

Wind can also dry out the garden so consider

additional permanent garden structures (such as a

well-placed gazebo or summer house) or evergreen

structural planting (shrubs and/or hedges) to lessen

the effect of wind on the surrounding soil and plants.

The right start

When establishing individual plants (or a whole

garden for that matter), encourage plants to develop

deeper roots by watering for longer periods of time,

but less often. Periodically saturating the ground

will ensure plants develop strong and deep roots

meaning they’ll require little (or no) watering further

down the track.

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Don’t go potty

Avoid potted plants, if possible, as these will almost certainly

require some form of watering during the warmer weather –

even drought-tolerant plants may struggle in fully dehydrated

potting mix. Small pots are particularly susceptible to drought

and may require watering every day. If you must have potted

beauties, opt for larger containers, mulch the base of the plant,

and ensure the potted plant is shielded from drying wind and

shaded from scorching afternoon sun.

Drought-tolerant beauties

Choose plants that will thrive in your (unwatered) garden’s

conditions. Most succulents will be perfectly happy in the

dry and sandy conditions of a coastal garden and many

Mediterranean and South African favourites are perfectly at

home in hot and dry conditions. As a rule of thumb, a plant’s

foliage is a good indicator to its drought tolerance. Plants with

fine foliage, grey-leafed or waxy-leafed plants, and those with

furry leaves tend to transpire less than their larger, glossierleafed

counterparts – thus requiring less water.

Go with gravel

The classic ‘gravel garden’ is a great way to go lowmaintenance

when it comes to watering. By planting droughttolerant

beauties within a fully gravelled area you’re combining

the moisture-saving benefits of a permanent mulch with plants

that will thrive in these conditions. There’s a wide variety of

plants that will thrive in a gravel garden including lavenders,

many ornamental grasses, daisy-like plants and drought-tolerant

herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage.

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How would you describe your ultimate summer ‘luxe landscape’ experience?

Craig Wilson pauses to contemplate what this could look like.

Work has finished for the day, so ditch the shirt and tie

for the comfy shorts and new favourite T-shirt you

found under the Christmas tree. Step through the stackers

from the living room onto the deck and enjoy the warmth of

the afternoon sun. The feel of the deck underfoot takes you

straight back to the bach. The soft-coloured cushions and

squabs on the built-in seats beg you to linger. You choose to

crash out on the daybed. With the louvred roof remote, the

perfect amount of shade is achieved in mere moments.

Background music emanates from the outdoor sound

system while the last few overs of the cricket play out on the

wall-mounted outdoor screen. Thoughts of the office beat

a hasty retreat… You get up to retrieve a cold one from

the fridge underneath the polished concrete benchtop on

the barbecue island and remind yourself it’ll soon be time to

crank up the gas to preheat the hotplate.

Splashes of water flick across the background view as the

kids take turns jumping into the pool. You look out across the

manicured lawn to the sheltered pool enclosure, bathed in

afternoon sun and nicely sheltered from the easterly breeze.

Perhaps you’ll take a quick dip yourself.

Later in the evening, after a relaxed al fresco dinner on the

paved patio under the cantilevered umbrella, you lean back

and enjoy the lush green foliage of the layered plantings in the

raised beds.

As the night sky fades you flick on the outdoor lights and a

soft ambient hue gently reflects off the paving from a cleverly

recessed LED strip. You smile contentedly, appreciating the

fine work the gardener did today, and think about inviting the

neighbours over this weekend…

Bring your dream landscape to life

• Paths, patios, paving, driveways & concrete

• Timber work – decks, fences, pergolas

• Lawns & turf care

• Planting, garden beds, irrigation

• Excavation & ground preparation

Call our qualified

landscapers today

to make your

dream outdoor

space a reality.

0800 555 100


with Tim Goom

Shedding light

on Shade.

Much of the glum colder months are spent longing

for the scorching heat of summer- but once it arrives,

it quickly becomes apparent that protection from our

searing sun is absolutely essential.

by Goom

From a simple umbrella, to a solid timber or steel structure, cleverly

trained plants draped over man-made structures or sleek louvres, the

options for creating shade are endless. Usually we consider overhead

structures will provide the best shade, but with the amount of low lying

sun we experience in New Zealand, vertical shade casters can be a very

functional solution- whilst also having the added advantage of providing

shelter from prevailing winds.

Shade will extend the usable space of your property - both inside and

out. Shade can be created by a free standing structure in a sunny corner

of a property totally distinct from the home. A separate structure can

provide an alternative focal point in your landscape. Alternatively, a well

designed structure attached to or near your home can cast shadows

outdoors but also indoors - making internal rooms with a tendency

to becoming a furnace in the height of summer much cooler and user

friendly. Scale is an important design decision. Having a structure which

works in with the existing property features and proportions will create

a sense of ‘connectedness’.

Outdoor rooms have had a huge surge in popularity in recent years -

and are a wonderful option for extending outdoor living year round.

Usually an important facet of the outdoor room is an overhead

structure. This can be permanent, moveable or permeable. The outdoor

room will provide a cool haven on a sweltering day but will also lock

in heat from outdoor fires or heaters when the temperatures drop.

Outdoor rooms are a particular speciality of Goom Landscapes, our

team can design a bespoke solution specific to your landscape, lifestyle

and budget.

Peak summer is the perfect time to review whether the shade in your

landscape is sufficient to keep your family and friends protected and

comfortable outside. Our landscape architects are highly knowledgeable

in all aspects of landscaping design. They can advise the shade which

particular structures will provide throughout the year and any

consenting requirements.

Call Goom Landscapes and one of our team will be happy to visit

you to discuss which shade structures will work perfectly for

your property.


Outdoor Lifespace

Get the most out of your home and property with landscaping that

reflects your taste and lifestyle.

by Goom

0800 GOOM LS



We create award winning

outdoor spaces that draw you

outside, and give you a reason

to relax and stay a while.

Redefine how you live outside.

Choose Lifespace TM by Goom.

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Not matter whether you like the sun or the shade, you call the shots

when you have an adjustable louvre system in place.

How do adjustable louvre systems work?

Louvre blades are driven by a silent actuator

connected to each blade via a link rod. What this

means is that if you ever find the sun in your eyes, you

needn’t leave your chair, simply sit back, relax and use

the remote control provided to alter the blades’ angle,

easily filtering out those harsh rays.

Stratco’s systems include a rain sensor as standard,

so, if you are not home when it starts to rain, the unit

will close automatically.

Can you add louvres to an existing veranda?

It’s no problem to retrofit a louvre system into any

veranda/pergola frame – just request a free site

measure to determine the finer details.

How long does the process take from concept to

finished product?

Stratco’s louvre systems can be in place six weeks from

the order date. The time for the qualified professional

to install the system itself is usually two days.

Is it okay to look to this option for an area prone to

strong winds?

Once the unit is measured at your home, Stratco runs

each unit through an engineering programme designed

to confirm strength of system to suit your wind zone.




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A place for fine food, high fashion, the latest trends and designer services.


Sills Brixton Sweater $239


Soft 7 Collection AW19. In stores from February 5.


Olivia by Kathryn Wilson $389


A range of Silicone Pads – designed for the chest, décolletage,

neck, mouth, eyes and forehead from $62.95

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Meet a small but highly experienced team with a simple goal:

to provide state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable and

friendly environment. Properly restored teeth should be

comfortable, look natural, and last many years without the

need for ongoing repair. The amalgam-free practice uses

only the latest techniques and materials to deliver the latest

in cosmetic dentistry. With the advent of bonded ceramics,

implants and the latest composite filling materials, let broken

down dentition and missing teeth be a thing of the past. Visit

Dentistry on Merivale and leave with a smile on your face.

03 355 8297 •


Make a note to seek out this gem of a café tucked into

an arcade off Papanui Road on your next shopping spree.

Paul and his staff serve up a welcome that’s as warm and

robust as their coffee complemented by a tempting array of

delicious home-made specialties.

03 355 1481 • 186 Papanui Road


Casual comfort has always been at the core of ECCO’s story, with a

focus on making the most comfortable shoes and having a relaxed dress

code that matches that. Twenty years ago ECCO was ahead of its time,

with people in the office wearing what they were most comfortable in.

That’s why there’s such a big focus on sneakers; we all wear them, so

that’s what is reflected in the latest collection.

195 Papanui Road •

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Words Kate Preece


It’s all about hydration as the summer heats up and Clinique is serving up a new

type of jelly that you’ll want to try. Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly is a

100% transparent, oil-free water-jelly, which repairs as it protects. It’s Clinique’s

first clear moisturiser, designed to provide 24-hour hydration. It also works to

strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, fending off the environmental assaults

that lead to clogged pores, dark spots and, ultimately, wrinkles. It might be the

featherweight of the range, but it sure sounds like a knockout.


We’ve found a dynamic duo that is a

must-have for the summer holidays.

L’Occitane has developed the first

shower gel that can be used on dry skin,

but, even better, the product then has a

cooling effect when water is added. As

you lather, it releases a delicious scent

of verbena, much like its counterpart,

the Icy Body Gel. The latter can be kept

in the fridge and melts into the skin on

application for a touch of instant cool.

We can see this elevating the senses well

above those campsite showers.


After three years of

research and development,

Aesop has officially stepped

into the sun protection

circle. Its new Protective

Facial Lotion SPF25 is a

hydrating moisturiser that

protects against UVA

and UVB rays while also

delivering the benefits of

antioxidants. Containing

green tea and vitamin E, it’s

a two-pronged approach

to skin protection in a daily

use, breathable product.



Once exclusively available in spas around the world and still lauded as Britain’s #1 luxury skincare brand, ELEMIS

is renowned for their ground-breaking formulas and transformative results. Encompassing the most powerful biological

actives available ELEMIS’ meticulous attention to detail, pioneering formulas and remarkably transformative results

are what truly sets their skincare apart. Proud to be spa partners with ELEMIS, Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa understand

skin needs are different, let us help you find an ELEMIS skincare solution to suit you.








skincare online or

in the Spa


1. ELEMIS Men’s Skin Soothe Shave Gel

This refreshing shave gel is formulated with the skin-soothing Arnica

and Jojoba oil to help calm skin. The active blend of Aloe Vera and

Witch Hazel is expertly combined with Chamomile extract and cooling

Menthol, providing an effective shaving medium for the closest shave.

Post-shave, skin is left soft, smooth and hydrated. 150ml.

2. ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

Clinically proven*, the powerful anti-ageing ingredients of Pro-Collagen

Marine Cream have been shown to reduce the depth of wrinkles,

improve skin firmness, tone and hydration in 14 days. The unique

Mediterranean algae, Padina Pavonica is blended with Ginkgo Biloba

providing superior free-radical protection and precious Rose and

Mimosa Absolutes, thus creating the ultimate anti-ageing

cream from ELEMIS. 50ml. *Independent User Trials, 2014-15

3. ELEMIS Soothing Apricot Toner

This calming treatment toner effectively tones the skin and helps maintain

the pH level, without the use of alcohol or other harsh detergents.

Extracts of Apricot, Quillja Wood and Sweet Betty Flower soothe

and harmonise the skin, leaving a fresh and radiant complexion. For

sensitive skin. 200mls.

4. ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash

Skin refining cleanser. Encourages the skin’s natural cell renewal cycle,

actively smoothing and refining whilst gently exfoliating away any dead

skin cells which can dull the complexion. Skin appears smooth and

radiant as a newly cleansed complexion is revealed, preparing skin for

maximum efficacy. 200mls.

5. ELEMIS White Brightening Even Tone Serum

Clinically proven, this brightening serum helps reduce the appearance

of uneven pigmentation in just 28 days*. The unique ELEMIS

Brightening Complex of Daisy and Pea Extracts with encapsulated

Vitamin C help to visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots, age

spots and existing imperfections, whilst helping to minimise future

formation. Skin looks brighter, clearer and visibly more even. 30mls.

*Independent Clinical Trials 2014

6. ELEMIS Musclease Active Body Oil

Relaxing Body Oil. Perfect as part of a fitness programme the synergy

of ingredients help ease muscle pain and stressed joints. Combining

the richness of the sea with the power of aroma, this powerful synergy

of Maritime Pine, Sea Buckthorn, Sea Fennel extracts and Rosemary

Essential Oil relieve, stimulate and soothe.100ml.

Call us for a phone consultation, or book your free skin consultation with our ELEMIS

certified therapists in the Spa to find out more about how ELEMIS can help you.

03 980 5400 • 9 Ernlea Terrace, Cashmere •

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Champs-Elysées includes a memorable massage in its Exotic Island Spa Retreat.

If spending money on ourselves was an Olympic sport,

we’d all be serious contenders for the gold medal.

But spending time on ourselves? Most of us barely make it to the start line.

Which is why, perhaps, taking time to get pampered is the most luxurious thing of all.

We’ve been speaking to some of the South Island’s most sumptuous spas to

get the low-down on their most luxurious signature treatments.

An appointment at any of the following gems is sure to leave you looking and feeling a

million dollars, so block out a few hours in your hectic schedule and enjoy.

Words Ella James

STYLE | beauty 55

A Sothys Youth Intensive

treatment at Jouvence

Did you know that 80% of ageing is said to

be caused by the environment, while just 20%

is purely biological? Me neither, until I visited

Merivale’s Jouvence for a Sothys Youth Intensive

treatment, which put all of my ageing woes to

bed. This particular treatment targets that 80%

and, in my opinion, hits the bullseye. A sweet,

floral treatment that leaves you smelling like

a lollipop, this is not. Instead, this treatment

gets down to business, and the results are

phenomenal. The most professional Anneka

executed the treatment and I felt in superb hands

from start to finish.

The ultra-sophisticated treatment combats

the signs of ageing, namely slackened skin and

wrinkles. Anneka explains just how wonderful the

results are after just three treatments. It can take

up to six years off the skin, and the satisfaction

rates from Sothys audience speak for themselves.

After three treatments, 100% of people tested

were satisfied with both the overall anti-wrinkle

effect and the firming effect. Anneka pointed to

some before and after photographs, and they

really did speak a thousand words.

This treatment isn’t just water and suds, it’s one

hour and fifteen minutes of pure magic. Actually,

I was so euphoric as a result of the treatment

that when I was getting dressed, I put my shoes

on the wrong feet. I left, face glowing, with an

abundance of information that heightened the

overall experience. Honestly, this treatment is

incredible. Book me in for an appointment every

four weeks, for the rest of my life please.

STYLE SAYS: Make the most of the wonderfully

knowledgeable staff. They can recommend the

best products to use for those long weeks inbetween


A session at Cloud 9 Float Club

With such hectic lifestyles that never seem to give,

taking some time to relax is arguably the biggest luxury

of all. Enter, Cloud 9 Float Club. With benefits including

both muscle tension and stress relief, as well as aiding

productivity and creativity, making an appointment for

late January after a busy festive season seemed like an

obvious thing to do.

After chatting to the radiant staff about the pods,

I floated for 60 blissful minutes, in approximately

450kg of Epsom salts. For the duration, I felt physically

and mentally weightless. This surreal, other worldly

experience is one that I would one hundred per cent

recommend to anyone looking for some high quality

‘me time’.

STYLE SAYS: During your float, your creative juices

will really start to flow. Take a note pad or have your

phone to hand so you can write down all of your new

ideas after your session.













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Indulge in a ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Age

Defy facial at Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa.

The Exotic Island Spa Retreat

at Champs-Elysées

Do you ever feel desperately in need of a

tropical island getaway? All too often, time

and money restraints simply won’t allow

for it. But never fear, the Exotic Island Spa

Retreat at Champs-Elysées will transport

you to that beachside villa.

Whenever I visit a day spa, I find

choosing a treatment from the long list

an almost impossible task. Of course, I

could pick more than one, but really, who

has the time? Well, the team at Champs-

Elysées don’t believe that the time-poor

should miss out, and so they created the

aforementioned package.

In 90 minutes, you’ll feel brand new.

During this time, you’ll experience a back,

neck and shoulder massage, a glorious foot

soak, scrub and massage and an exotic

island facial. The products from Pure Fiji

further enhance the experience. This

treatment really is a one-stop shop to have

you feeling refreshed, as though you’ve

just spent a fortnight in paradise. There’s

little wonder this treatment is such a firm

favourite amongst their client base, old and


STYLE SAYS: Pop in to Champs-Elysées

and pick up a flyer to stick on your fridge.

Valentine’s Day is coming up and it’s high

time to start dropping hints.

The 60-minute ELEMIS

Pro-Collagen Age Defy facial

at Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa

‘That felt amazing, but did it really do

anything for my skin?’ is all too often, the

first thing I ask myself after having a facial.

But with the 60-minute ELEMIS Pro-

Collagen Age Defy facial at the awardwinning

Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa, the

answer is yes. At this spa, surrounded by

expansive gardens and a lake with swans,

you can see and feel the results. From the

opulent lounge that overlooks the tranquil

garden to the light hand and foot massage

that I received as my face mask set, the

whole experience is hugely luxurious.

Oh, and the facial itself? My skin was left

feeling silken yet firm. Said facial is clinically

proven (by independent trials) to reduce

the number of wrinkles by up to 97% and

improve skin firmness by up to 93% after

just one treatment, and that I can believe.

I left the day spa feeling a decade younger

having submerged myself in this most

sumptuous spa treatment.

STYLE SAYS: Book your facial in for a time

that you won’t be required to wear makeup

shortly after. When feeling so radiant, you

surely won’t wish to apply cosmetics.



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Bondi Sands Aloe Vera Sun

Moisturising Gel Spray

Forgot to reapply the sunscreen? This

soothing, cooling spray delivers all the

moisturising benefits of aloe vera in a

lightweight, non-greasy formula.



ELEMIS Pro-Collagen

Oxygenating Night Cream

Wake up to a firmer-looking, more radiant

complexion thanks to a night cream

clinically proven to help your skin’s natural

regeneration process.



Evo The Great Hydrator

Moisture Mask

An intense hydrating treatment

to moisturise, soften, reduce fizz

and add shine. Get your hair back to

its pre-summer condition.



Scotch & Tailor

Flash Firm Eye Gel

A natural alternative to Botox, the unique,

natural proteins in this eye gel immediately

reduces wrinkles and smoothes skin for a

fresh young look.



Urban Decay De-Slick

Oil Control Makeup

A spritz of this setting spray will ensure

your makeup handiwork won’t

move an inch no matter how high

the mercury rises.



Skinbetter Science Protect +

Correct A-team Duo.

Protect skin against daily stress and

correct the appearance of fine lines,

uneven texture and discolouration with this

prescription-only, award-winning duo.




If you’re pressed for time and need a quick fix solution for your beauty needs, we’ve got you

covered! Here’s our handy guide to the beauty secrets that will help you streamline your


LASER HAIR REMOVAL. Laser hair removal is an effective long-term solution for getting rid of any

unwanted hair. It works by passing a light beam down through the targeted area, where it loosens the

hair and disables the hair-forming cells. While it takes a few sessions to get the best results, once it’s

done you won’t have to worry about shaving, waxing or other hair removal methods that take time

and preparation.

SWAP YOUR CLEANSER. One of the most important steps in any skincare routine is

your daily cleanse. However, if you don’t have the time to go through the full step, we’d

recommend switching to a rinse-free product like the new Skinsmiths Water Cleanser

instead – available at Caci below!

BEAUTY SHORTCUTS. Lashes and brows help frame your face and make a big impact

when it comes to makeup – but you don’t always have time to go through your full glam


Our top tip? Cut out these steps completely by getting a lash and brow tint to give

you some natural-looking definition without any makeup products or tools required.

You’ll be ready to go in no time!

Skinsmiths Water

Cleanser $46

Merivale, Riccarton, Sydenham,

Rolleston and Queenstown

0800 458 458






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Getting into a routine that addresses your whole body is key as we make

our way through the months when more than usual is exposed.

Words Clemency Alice



This fast-absorbing, silky soft

body oil is a restorative treat

to the skin. Infused with

essential nutrients, vitamins

and minerals, it promotes

an immediately revitalised,

radiant appearance. Warm

a generous amount in

the palms of your hands,

slowly inhale the luxurious

fragrance then massage

gently, utilising upward

strokes, over the body. Make

sure to include hands, neck

and décolletage.

For maximum hydration,

apply to damp skin daily.


ody care can often be neglected when it

comes to our daily beauty routine. This may

be because it entails more effort, and is more

time consuming. However, it is such a vital step in

self-care and deserves the same attention as the

face. Once a habitual routine has developed, the

skin becomes softer and smoother. The bodyspecific

application methods can be very relaxing

and calming, so that it slows us down in this everincreasing

fast-paced world.

For optimum hydration with your selected

body moisturiser, always apply to a damp skin

after bathing or showering. Either massage your

selected body product using gentle, upward

strokes or press/pat into the skin. To enhance the

ritualistic experience, warm the product between

your hands and first inhale its delicate scent.



This luxurious light body

oil leaves no residue on

clothing yet intensely

nourishes with skinboosting,


antioxidant properties

from carrier oils and

plant extracts. The sweet,

fresh citrus floral notes

of grapefruit, tangerine,

neroli and geranium give

focus and clarity, while

the subtle base notes

of frankincense and

patchouli provide a sense

of inner stillness and


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This deeply nourishing, enlivening skin tonic for

the body is enriched with camellia and avocado

oils. An intoxicating beautiful scent infused with

calming lavender, grounding frankincense and

uplifting bitter orange. This can be used both in

the morning and evening and is best applied to

damp skin. Suitable also for mums-to-be.


Replenish your skin with skin-soothing Tahitian monoi

oil – a pure coconut oil infused with Tahitian gardenia and

frangipani flowers. Cleanse with Frangipani Monoi Shower

Cream, which won’t strip away your protective surface

oils, then exfoliate with the Frangipani Monoi Body Polish

to prepare skin to receive moisturisers. The truly exotic

Frangipani Monoi Body Oil is a real treat, which can be

used on the entire body – including your hair (once a

week). The collection’s hand and nail cream rounds off a

range that boasts the most heavenly scent and will leave

skin feeling soft and supple.

Skin specific facials for men & women

Proud retailer of luxury British

skincare brand ELEMIS including:

Clinically proven Pro-Collagen anti-ageing

NEW! Vegan-friendly Superfood range

Award-winning ELEMIS Bath & Body

View the full range and purchase either

online or in the Spa. Free delivery within NZ

Treat them with a Lotus Gift Voucher

P 980 5400 • 9 Ernlea Terrace, Cashmere •

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Words Kate Preece


Twenty-Seven Names has just dropped the first

of its autumn collection, A Cat May Look At

A Queen. Designers Anjali Stewart and Rachel

Easting say they’ve never had so much fun

creating a collection before and that’s all due to its

colourful, playful nature. Drawing on 70s-inspired

florals and featuring balloons and cats in prints,

there are a range of look-at-me pieces in the mix,

beside denim and oversized knits. With autumn

come the coats – look out for everything from

sleek long green offerings to the Dani coat, a

plush fluffy number in aqua blue.


Simplicity is what we look for in a tote and Federation

has read our minds. Part of the new leather goods

collection, The Always Tote Bag is sleek and subtle,

with its handle details doing all the talking. There’s a

touch of gold on the zip pulls and on the detachable

strap – another winning trait, but other than that, it’s an

all black winner.


How are those New Year’s resolutions going? Perhaps

you need the right kicks to keep to your promise of

plenty of movement in 2019? Fortunately, Puma has

come to the party. Unveiled by none other than Selina

Gomez, the latest Amp XT brings us that go-to black

trainer with a shot of gold. A knitted collar, flex zone

and exaggerated heel offers movement, comfort and

traction all in one.

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If you’re looking for a bit of height paired with a lot

of summer colour fun, look no further than Alias

Mae sandals. The seven-year-old Melbourne-based

brand is known for its high quality leather footwear

that stands out from the crowd, thanks to founder

Tom Kirkhope’s impeccable designs. We’re loving

the Mia Flatform Sandal!


Fans of the celebrated New Zealand brand Miss Crabb

will be weeping into their lattes with the news that

founder and designer Kristine Crabb is shutting up shop.

The flagship Ponsonby shop, first opened in 2004, is set

to close its doors on March 31. The final collection, My

Own Private Idaho, demonstrates key traits to the brand,

with pieces of fluid silk left to speak for themselves from

patterns hand-cut by Kristine. South Island stockists include:

Infinite Definite (Christchurch), Slick WIllys (Dunedin), 47

Frocks (Wanaka) and Angel Divine (Queenstown).




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The different ages and stages of a child’s life bring with them their own range of wants

and needs. Practicality, however, doesn’t need to be at the sacrifice of style.

Words Kate Preece


Custom-made and


Whether they’ve chosen

their own (Super Man)

outfit to wear or dress in

purely thrash-able threads,

the preschool years are

for free-spirited fashion.

Embrace cute while you


Koala Cap

by Seed Heritage

Embroidered Bather

by Seed Heritage

Justice League Backpack by Zara

Initial Mesh Cap

by Seed Heritage


Complete that school look.

Footwear is incredibly important at this age – and

it’s only going to wear out more quickly if you don’t

take time to purchase wisely. Buy cheap, get cheap.

If you have a school newbie that hasn’t embraced

the laces, don’t push it – Velcro will save precious

time as you make your way, at pace, out the door.

Rugby Backpack by Joules

Aqua Mist


and Spray


by Avanti


If you’re finding the stainless-steel bottles are coming

home full, try a mist ‘n’ spray option. These bottles

are equipped with a spray function that can be used

to keep cool on the outside, or simply make water

intake a little more novel.

Swipe Lights E-Pro Street Quest

by Skechers

STYLE NOTE: Be prepared to party.

The ‘fiver’ party is a trend that sees the parents a

little more flush. Attendees needn’t scour the shops

for a make-do gift for your child, instead, they each

bring along $5 and the bounty goes towards the big

ticket item that will outlast the sugar highs.

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Heritage Backpack XL Youth

by Herschel Supply Co

Icon Sleeve with Diamond Ripstop

for Macbook by Incase


They’re old-school and could

easily be slipping down the

slippery slope of becoming

too-cool for, well, most things.

They will be wooed by anything

technology-related. The glue

connecting them to their devices

is starting to stick and they’ll be

‘chatting’ all night long – given the

chance. Instagram and

are apps of choice.

Protect devices with cases that

are plush, yet streamlined, and

take up any insurance your mobile

provider offers!

VS Advantage Clean Shoes by Adidas

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Ella James talks all things high quality with

Deadly Ponies founder and designer Liam Bowden.

Image: Getty Images

The Mini Verne Croc debuted among the Resort 19 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018.

Since 2005, New Zealand-based Deadly Ponies

has become internationally renowned for all of

the right reasons. The leather accessory brand has

wowed us all with their forward-thinking designs,

artisanal quality and ever-relevant collaborations. The

aforementioned combination of traits categorises

Deadly Ponies as a luxury brand, and rightly so, but

it’s the sheer quality of the products that founder

and designer Liam Bowden believes to be the most

important factor when striving for that luxury status.

Firstly, in order to gain a little perspective, I ask Liam

what, exactly, luxury means to him. As surmised in

one word, it means quality. His confident response

assures me that Deadly Ponies is all about getting

bang for your buck. For this brand, a sense of luxury

is achieved only ever considering materials that are

capable of enhancing the product. You won’t find a

scrap of poor quality leather here. For Liam, a luxury

product is well-considered, well-crafted and timeless.

In an industry inundated with fast fashion, it’s

refreshing to come across a brand that sources

materials as meticulously as Deadly Ponies. The

high-quality materials are the backbone of the luxury

brand, and are testament to the relationships Deadly

Ponies has with its suppliers, some of which they

have worked with for almost a decade. That buttery

leather, which is utterly luxurious to the touch, is

sourced locally. The farmed-deer leather comes from

the South Island. In the eyes of Liam, great materials

mean great quality, and great quality is one of the few

things that warrant a luxe price tag.

It’s always easy to gauge a brand’s luxury status by

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“It’s quite simply about beautifully

made garments that never

go out of style, and that,

perhaps, is what makes them so

very luxurious.”

its list of celebrity devotees, and with

famous clients including Lorde, Eva

Longoria and Charlize Theron, Deadly

Ponies has a list as enviable as any

other luxury brand. I asked Liam which

other celebrity he would like to see

captured by the paparazzi wearing one

of his bags. His answer was Michelle

Obama, because she’s a strong, iconic

woman. A quality woman bearing

similar traits to their quality bags, it

would seem.

Longevity is front of mind for Liam.

And when I ask about what garments

any aspiring luxury wardrobe should

include, the answer seems to be cut

from the same cloth. He says, anything

made in a natural material will only get

better with age, so to opt for those

wherever possible.

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Designer Liam Bowden (left)

thanks the Sydney audience

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at Mercedes-Benz Fashion

Week 2018.

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Liam fondly remembers the first

luxury item he treated himself to – a

notebook from French fashion house

Hermès. Although the self-gifted

notebook was an object of simplicity,

he recalls how the amazing materials

that were used to make it elevated

the book to a new, luxurious level. A

timeless item that, when used over

time, would be just as beautiful as it

was when new.

With Liam, and with Deadly Ponies,

it’s not about trends or fads. It’s

quite simply about beautifully made

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Words Ella James

So exactly what are you going to write for letters v, w, x, y and z? I’ve been

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came, I found myself in the United Kingdom, and I was confident that a trip to

London during Men’s Fashion Week would abolish all of my alphabet induced

woes. During my visit to the big smoke I stayed with friends in my old University

accommodation on Old Kent Road (yes, that’s the one on Monopoly that

everyone desperately tries to flog). Oyster card topped up, I set off to address

letters v to z once and for all.

X is for

Xander Zhou.

Will anyone really notice if I

just leave it out of the alphabet

all together? I thought, when

trying to find a worthy option

for the letter ‘x’. Then, when I

was catching up with my sister

(a make-up artist by trade) over

a steeply priced coffee, she

mentioned that she was doing

the make-up at the Xander Zhou

show. Xander Zhou serves up

collections of clothing that are as

futuristic as they are classic and as

absurd as they are wearable. This

young brand is one to watch. You

can thank us later.

V is for

Virgil Abloh.

Just hours into my city

excursion, it was clear to see

that London has Virgil Abloh

fever. Currently designing for

Louis Vuitton and Off-White

whilst collaborating with the

likes of Supreme, it seems that

Abloh has the Midas touch.

So make like actor Timothée

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78 STYLE | motoring



Motoring writer Ross Kiddie gets all charged up over

Mitsubishi’s Outlander plug-in hybrid.

Electric vehicles are the big talking

point. As concern grows over

climate change there is a greater

awareness on how we view transport.

Mitsubishi Motors entered the

electric revolution early with its

cheeky iMiEV i-Car, since then it has

concentrated largely on the plug-in

hybrid Outlander, a vehicle that needs

no introduction here with over 1000

units sold in the New Zealand market.

While that figure doesn’t seem

remarkable against 150,000 units

globally, it is good when you take into

consideration Kiwis are only just getting

their heads around hybrids and electric

vehicles in total.

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand has

just recently made buying an Outlander

PHEV even more tempting; as you

would expect with scale of economies,

the price is lowering, the range-topping

PHEV VRX for 2019 is now listed at

$55,990, which by my reckoning is

amazing value for money.

The concept, shape and ease of use

of the new Outlander PHEV hasn’t

changed one bit, but it is more refined,

and there have been engineering

changes to improve comfort and

stability along with greater steering


That, along with some minor

cosmetic enhancements, make the

model even more desirable, and

you also need to remember that

the Outlander, even in this form, is

a capable cross-country vehicle with

propulsion also delivered to the rear

through an electric motor.

Like most modern electric vehicles,

the Outlander PHEV has a fast charge

connection and AC charging socket.

These offer drivers the best of both

worlds – the ability to charge overnight

(6.5 hours from empty), along with

fast charging from the ever-expanding

nationwide roadside network.

However, there’s more to PHEV

than just plugging in, charging and

then driving off, the hybrid system is

true hybrid. Under the bonnet sits a

four-cylinder, 2-litre engine which is

rated at 88kW. It’s there to charge the

batteries when they run low, as well

as providing drive if there is no charge

available. These functions are available

to the driver at will, there are consolemounted

buttons to either conserve

battery charge or charge batteries

through the forced introduction of the

petrol engine.

Amidst the complexity of the

hybrid system the PHEV is capable

of returning some amazing fuel

usage statistics through the varying

drive modes. At best possible usage,

Mitsubishi rates the PHEV at an

amazing 1.7-litres per 100km (166mpg).

That, of course, can only be achieved

under certain circumstances, but on a

daily commute it can’t be ruled out.

An overnight charge will cost

around $3, depending on your service

provider, and it is good for a 54km

journey, electric propulsion is the

priority. However, bear in mind that

if you drive on petrol power the

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Outlander PHEV is good for almost

600km on a tankful. New Zealand

is rolling out many fast charge

stations on major routes so, if

you are on a journey, a 20 minute

time frame should be expected to

charge from zero to 80 per cent.

Even though the Outlander

PHEV is a complicated car and

takes some understanding, buyers

needn’t be put off by its complexity.

If you just get in and drive it, it

quickly becomes familiar and drives

little differently to the standard

vehicle it is based on.

Even though I didn’t take the

PHEV off-road, you can drive

the PHEV with the mindset it

is a useful off-the-seal traveller

with suspension capable of

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with 190mm of ground clearance,

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quietly – no surprise there – and

it steers and handles like an SUV

should. It feels quite sprightly given

the torque generation of electric

power returning a 10sec time to

make 100km/h from a standstill.

There’s been a common

misconception that you have to

drive hybrids long distances to

recapture the cost of purchase.

That’s now not the case with the

Outlander PHEV. It it available from

a seriously good price of $50,990

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Rosie was ready and waiting, poised to hunt truffles.

Only, where were her visitors?

Words Kate Preece

Overlooking vines at Black Estate.

When you head out to North Canterbury, keeping to a schedule is nigh on impossible. You’ll do

yourself no favours to rush the experience of meeting those who create your favourite drops.

Yet, we tried. We arrived in Waipara at a very civilised 10.30am, discovering you needn’t travel far

beyond Christchurch’s city limits to find New Zealand’s Winemaker of the Year 2018.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP The vine-covered hillside at Greystone Wines; Muddy Water has been a certified-organic winery since 2010;

Vineyard fermentation in action.

Champion New Zealand winemaker Dom Maxwell has

created many a flavoursome vintage at Greystone Wines,

our first destination, though it’s his techniques garnering the

most attention.

We ventured out on the Greystone Wines tour to get a

feel for the environs. Soon, we were looking out across the

35-hectare vineyard from the top of the Teviotdale Hills.

Each stop on our itinerary, as well as an all-glass PurePod,

was duly pointed out.

As we travel the dirt roads that wind through the

vineyard-cum-working-sheep-farm, General Manager Nick

Gill explains the ins and outs of ‘vineyard fermentation’.

The term ‘wild fermentation’ is commonly heard in this

region and refers to the use of the yeast that occurs

naturally on the grapes – an alternative to purchasing

commercial-grade, proven and predictable yeast. Greystone

- Greystone Wines -

takes it one step further by letting this process (turning

sugars into alcohol) play out in the vineyard, in a 2000-litre

black tank positioned among the vines. Depending on the

season (and temperature), fermentation takes anywhere

from 10 days to up to four weeks. “It brings the season’s

weather into the wine,” says Nick. And for those of

us drinking the resulting drop? Expect a wider range

of flavours and complexity – detectable to even wine

newbies, assures Nick.

The tour ends at Muddy Water – Canterbury’s first

certified-organic winery, under the Greystone Wines

umbrella since 2011. I’m encouraged to stick my ear to a

barrel inside the hand-built straw bale winery. Listening to

the fizz gives you an idea of the action going on inside, but

wrapping your taste buds around a chardonnay straight out

of the barrel is something else.

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- Black Estate -

Home, Netherwood and Damsteep are the three vineyards

from which Black Estate creates its rather special drops. All are

certified organic, with biodynamic practices at play to truly let

the wine speak for itself.

On this summer day, it was hard to go past the 2018 Treble

Rosé, made from five grape varieties from all three vineyards.

One taste will prove this is not the typical rosé! The playful drop

is a fruity, sweet number, with a distinctly candy scent on the

nose. Its deep colour comes from the grapes spending 28 days

with their skin on. It’s thick on the mouth, and more beaujoulais

than rosé.

After a generous tasting session, we sat in the restaurant and

gazed out on another truly magnificent Waipara landscape while

exploring a broad range of entrees. From raw fish with avocado,

radish, iceplant and oregano, to fried duck egg with cos lettuce,

goat’s curd and za’atar, the tastes were as varied as the wines

produced by the terrior.

- Limestone Hills -

Rosie is pulling at the lead when we arrive at Limestone Hills.

We are almost an hour behind schedule and she had seen

her owner, Gareth Renowden, get her treats some time ago.

Beagles are motivated by food and she knows that every truffle

she finds for us will result in a treat for her.

Truffles are a particularly special type of underground

mushroom that fetch a price tag as high as $3000 per kilogram

for the bianchetto variety. Limestone Hills, where Gareth lives

with his wife Camille, was the first place in New Zealand to

grow the white truffle, of which Rosie will unearth the most in

May. In mid-winter, the black Perigords will be coming thick and

fast, but now, in summer, Rosie’s hunting out burgundy truffle.

Rosie has been finding this buried treasure since she was

three months old, with her largest discovery to date weighing

500g. Her super sniffer is finely attuned to finding these oddlooking

bundles, which spend their life developing the pungent

aroma that will ensure distribution by animal – be it canine,

boar, mouse, rat, or even fly. (In Australia, where the largest

commercial quantities in the southern hemisphere are grown,

truffles are a favourite of the long-nosed potoroo.)

It isn’t long before Rosie comes up trumps. Scratching at

the ground to mark the spot, she’s rewarded by Gareth, who

then unearths the culinary beauty – this one bound for Inati in

Christchurch. Simon Levy tops of the list of requests on this

day, but Pegasus Bay Restaurant and Auckland’s Pasture will be

hoping for their share of burgundy tout de suite.

A truffle will last two weeks in the fridge, where it must be

stored in an airtight container – unless you want all your high-fat

ingredients truffle-infused. A 100g truffle can flavour a dozen

eggs. Gareth had just finished his truffle-infused brie, but did

share his truffle butter and made our mouths water with tales

of carbonara made using truffle-infused eggs and slices of freshly

grated truffle… He warns us not to be fooled by truffle oil, it’s

not the real deal; the aroma has been artificially created, with

not one truffle harmed in the process.

FROM TOP View from a table at Black Estate; The irresistible Rosie,

truffle dog in residence at Limestone Hills.

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- Pegasus Bay -

By the time we reach Pegasus Bay, we were nearly two hours

behind schedule – what did I tell you? But the welcome is warm

at this family-run establishment.

Winemaking was something neurologist Ivan Donaldson did

in his spare time, at first in the garage of his Christchurch home.

The ever-growing passion led to the purchase of 69 hectares,

which had its first vine cuttings in the ground in 1986.

At the award-winning winery and restaurant there’s yet

another stunning vista to drink in, but this time it’s more about

the established gardens, which boast a myriad of different rooms

and expansive water feature. Ivan’s wife Christine planted it

all – from the herbs and rhubarb through to figs, olives and

stone fruit, all of which can find themselves pride of plate in the

restaurant, run by daughter-in-law Belinda.

Each of the four sons hold key roles, with Matt the winemaker,

overseen by Ivan, who continues to be the master of all things


We meet with son Ed (marketing manager), husband to

Belinda, and the man ensuring the Pegasus Bay story continues

to be heard around the world – the wine already drunk in more

than 20 countries.

Riesling is the variety of highest production at Pegasus Bay

(pinot noir takes out the No 2 spot). Ed says it’s loved by the

“wine geeks”, yet overall underrated as a variety – so we make a

note to try all five types at tasting time.

Also produced here is the Main Divide label, which relates to

wines made using grapes from growers around the region.

We arrive home two and a half hours later than scheduled

– me with only one bottle to savour, but with many others

marked as new faves for another visit to vine country... or the

bottle shop.


At Greystone Wines + Muddy Water

Take the tour.

For $125 per person, be driven around the vineyards

before getting to sample wine straight from the barrel

and enjoy an artisan platter.

At Black Estate

Go for the cheese.

The chef is a true cheese fiend, and our serving

included a five-year-old Karikaas gouda and a Little

River brie (from Nelson), on a platter with locally

sourced honeycomb, chutney and slices of apple.

At Limestone Hills

Buy that truffle.

With every tour to date having unearthed prized

funghi, why not make a foodie weekend out of the


At The Boneline

Take the walk.

Even if it’s just the five-minute wander down to the

amphitheatre, where views showcase the rows of

vines filed in military precision set against a dramatic

hillside backdrop. Though do consider carrying on to

complete the 50-minute 2.1km self-guided amble.

At Pegasus Bay

Try the Bel Canto.

Spicy orange zesty with stone fruit flavours. It will

redefine your understanding of riesling – not quite as

bone dry as Europe’s most arid rieslings, but it’s close.

The North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival

Book it in.

Get to know 28 wineries in one beautiful swoop

when this delicious festival takes over Glenmark

Domain on March 10. There’s even a bus from

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84 STYLE | food



Vanessa Ortynsky catches up with Marion Smith to discover

a growing world of colour and beauty.

Eating our greens is something most of us do every day. Not to mention,

we’d be lost without the tastes and textures of fruit. Yet somehow, over

the years, using flowers in our food and drinks has waned in popularity.

In ancient Chinese and Roman cultures, flowers were frequently used in

cooking, with a resurgence in the 1970s. Fortunately, edible flowers have

once again become popular in Canterbury and throughout the country

with many chefs and bakers, and sometimes bartenders, incorporating their

unique flavours into dishes of all kinds.

Marion Smith is an edible flower

grower who, in 2017, created

Petal & Co ( Her

aim was to provide chefs and

bakers in Christchurch and North

Canterbury with access to local,

fresh, edible flowers and leaves –

and she’s growing strong.

Her flowers are grown and

harvested at her home, just 20

minutes north of Christchurch,

where they grow naturally in

compost-rich soil for optimum

flavour and longevity.

LK Carlton

Image: Malia Rose Photography


A flower is ‘edible’ if it ticks a

couple of boxes. Of course, it

must be intrinsically non-toxic

and cannot have been exposed

to anything toxic (e.g. poisonous

sprays). Attractive in colour, taste

varies from mildly floral (violas),

to savoury (nasturtium) to sweet

and intense (lavender and roses).

Some will have fragrance, but

not all. Lots of flowers can be

used whole (e.g. pansies, violas,

campanulas) but with most it’s

best to pluck off the petals and

add these to the dish.

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Local hospitality providers appreciate the unique

flavours and appearance of edible flowers – here are

some of our favourites:

Tuam Street Kitchen

New on the scene, Tuam Street Kitchen (at No 28)

incorporates edible flowers into many dishes. Think

smoothie bowls, hotcakes and even salads. We love

stopping in for creative meals that are equal parts

beautiful and delicious.

Ivory Bar

A North Canterbury heritage building in Rangiora has

been transformed into upscale bar and restaurant called

Ivory Bar. It’s quickly become known for its delicious

tapas and intricate cocktails, many of which are served

with edible flowers.

Liquor King Carlton

LK Carlton (17 Papanui Road) recently reinvented

itself with a brand new fit-out. The concept store has

different zones: The Conservatory showcases white

wine and clear spirits, The Brewhouse focuses on beer,

and The Distillery is home to all the whiskys and dark

spirits. LK Carlton also stocks plenty of snacks and edible

flowers that pair perfectly with drinks. Believe us, this

isn’t your average bottle shop.

Tuam Street Kitchen

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Adding edible flowers to a dish or

drink will enhance it in so many ways.

Often the first thing noticed will be

the colour and beauty added by the

flowers, next the different textures

and subtle flavours. Food just looks

so good enhanced with petals and


Many flowers are incredibly good

for you as well. Calendula (pot

marigold) for example has all sorts of

benefits including anti-viral and antiinflammatory




Many people are already growing

edible flowers in their gardens

without even realising it! While the

list of everyday edible flowers can

be surprisingly large, many different

groups of plants are represented.

Most common, perhaps, are the

annual edibles including nasturtium,

marigolds, nigella, cornflowers and

zinnia, as well as the ubiquitous viola

and pansies.

Perennials (which don’t need

replanting every year) are represented

with the roses and lavender, as well as

dahlias, phlox, fuchsia and many more.

Lots of herbs have very cute

flowers that usually taste like the

parent plant, but with the bonus of

being oh-so pretty. Think chives, sage,

thyme, rosemary and basil.

Vegetables and salad plants can

often have tasty flowers. Ignore your

broccoli for long and be rewarded by

hundreds of small delicious flowers.

It’s the same with radishes, beetroot,

and rocket – extra tasty in a fresh

green salad.

Even plants often classed as weeds

can have beautiful and tasty edible

flowers. Young dandelion flowers are

beautiful and clover flowers are sweet

and pretty.


Pick flowers in the cool of the

morning and make sure they are clean

and bug free. If you need to store

them, make sure they are dry and

put them in a sealed container in the

fridge. Most flowers will keep for a

couple of days in this way.

Pop a flower into your LK Carlton recipe cocktail


There are a multitude of ways to use edible flowers on your food. Cakes look

extra beautiful decorated with flowers. Try similar sizes (maybe of violas and

cornflowers) in a ring around the outside, or mix it up with a couple of large

flowers centrally surrounded by smaller ones (roses and dianthus are beautiful

together). A combination of complete blooms and petals is also effective.

All plates of food look extra appetising with some judicious edible flower

action. A smattering of chive flowers on soup, a scatter of marigold petals

over a casserole, or a gorgeous primula delicately placed next to that delicious

piece of cheesecake.

As well as serving edible flowers fresh as a garnish, you can also quite

successfully dry many types for future use – useful if you have a glut in

your garden.

Pressing flowers for cake decorations is quite popular at the moment and

this can give a whole new dimension to the bloom by becoming transparent

and ethereal.

Crystallising flowers is a way of preserving them, while giving added visual

and taste appeal. This is a simple process that sees caster sugar dusted onto

petals wetted with whisked egg white (or gum Arabic for a vegan alternative).

Left to dry for at least 24 hours, they become a show-stopping addition to

sweet treats.

Image: Vanessa Ortynsky

Fishermans Wharf

Corner House

Café Kudos




With a fresh summer menu that includes a new breakfast line-up, Café Kudos is a

regular haunt for local business people as well as those travelling through. Open

Monday to Saturday, for breakfast and lunch, the fully licenced café also caters for

functions and offers its own boardroom for corporate gatherings.

235 Annex Road, Middleton

03 338 1801

Instagram @cafe_kudos


Many make a beeline to Church Corner Mall for Corner House’s expansive menu

of Cantonese dishes. From soups to sizzling plates at very reasonable prices. The

menu choices include tofu and vegetable options, plus everyone’s favourite meats,

even venison. Corner House is open for lunch and dinner and offers takeaways

too. They serve dim sum every day and stay open late. Walk-ins welcome.

376 Riccarton Road, Church Corner

03 341 6992


The new look Untouched World Kitchen is the perfect oasis away from the hustle

for a relaxed breakfast, brunch or lunch. With a focus on fresh, seasonal food,

the kitchen serves up exceptional dishes that will surprise and delight your taste

buds. Dine al fresco in the garden, or cosy up with a coffee by the fire. There are

vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options, along with guilt-free (refined

sugar-free) treats, all made in-house. Enjoy easy off-street parking and a spot of

retail therapy at the adjoining Untouched World flagship store.

155 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside

03 357 9499

Untouched World Kitchen


For the freshest seafood and an unrivalled

Christchurch restaurant view, let us

introduce you to Fisherman’s Wharf in

Lyttelton. You’ll enjoy some of the world’s

finest sustainable seafood, caught locally

on the restaurant’s own trawler, prepared

without fuss to let the ingredients shine.

Dine inside in relaxed nautical charm or

on the terrace, both ideally positioned

to overlook the harbour. Enjoy fish and

chips with a craft beer or something more

sophisticated, including meat dishes, with

a fine wine Tuesday to Sunday at lunch

and dinner, and breakfast favourites on

Saturdays and Sundays.

39 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton

03 328 7530

88 STYLE | food


The free-range grazing of holiday life is over and school is back in session.

To help you fill those lunchboxes and tick off the four food

groups, here are a few out-of-the-box ideas.

Words Kate Preece

Vegetables & fruits

• Traffic light skewers: cherry tomato, orange capsicum

and cucumber

• Fruit kebabs: strawberries, orange, banana (tossed in

lemon juice to prevent browning), kiwifruit, grapes

• Lettuce or cabbage wraps: make a bread-free BLT by

wrapping ingredients in leaves

• Roasted nori: these dried seaweed sheets are a

superfood in themselves (high in iodine, protein, fibre,

vitamins and minerals).

Grains, breads & cereals

• Rice balls: cook sushi or short-grain rice and roll around

chopped vegetables (include soy sauce for dipping)

• Wholegrains: opt for wholegrain bread, crackers

or cereals

Milk & milk products

• Plain or fruit yoghurt: tubs of yoghurt kept in the freezer

should defrost by lunchtime

• Frozen smoothies: dairy (banana: 2 bananas, 2 cups

milk/yoghurt, 1 tsp vanilla) or dairy-free (coconut,

pineapple & banana: 200ml coconut milk, 125g

pineapple chunks, 100ml pineapple juice, 2 bananas)

Protein & meat-free alternatives

• Hard-boiled eggs: on their own, as curried eggs or

mashed into sandwiches with mayonnaise and chives

• Hummus: perfect paired with vege sticks

• Roasted chickpeas: dry, then roast in a mix of oil, garlic

salt and dried herbs

STYLE | food 89

Freezable Lunch Bag

by Packit

Dot Bottle With Hydration Tracking Lid

by Joseph Joseph

Planet Box

by Earth Mama




Reusable Food Pouch by Cherub Baby

Stainless Steel 3-in-1 Lunchbox

by Black + Blum

With clingfilm as

frowned upon as

supermarket plastic bags,

lunchboxes and drink

bottles are getting

more attention.

They need to last, they

need to be easy to

clean and they need

to look the part.

Wildflower Drink Bottle by Chunky

Lunch Bag by Seed Heritage

Silicone Freezer Tube

by Haakaa

Bynto Lunchbox by GoodByn

WB-1 Bottle by Healthish

90 STYLE | wine


Words Kate Preece

Rosé all the way

There’s no doubt rosé will be on the drinks menu wherever you

go this summer. Finding it particularly wonderful on a hot day, I

was unaware it was such a divisive drop, but it is one that some

will turn down with gusto. For the fans, we’ve picked one to add

to your must-try list. Rabbit Ranch has released its 2018 vintage,

made entirely from Central Otago pinot noir, and it’s a true

delight. Think summer fruits and berries, crisp white peach and,

according to one of our tasters, vanilla and almond, and you can

see why it was a winner.

Not so tart

If rosé is not your style, but you’re a red

fan looking for something white to chill

with, best seek out a sauvignon sémillon.

It’s a blend the Australians are all over,

but look locally and start with the one

made by Pegasus Bay – where the

sémillon fruit gets lashings of sunshine.

The two grapes are harvested at different

times and fermented separately, with

the sémillon in old French oak barrels

(no oak added). Described as Bordeauxinfluenced

and food-orientated, it’s

complex on the mouth and less sharp

than a straight sauvignon blanc. A great

one to match with freshly caught fish at

the bach.

Meet Maude

Do you want to start the new year off with the

best of the best? Well, find yourself a bottle of

Maude Pinot Noir 2017. At the NZ Wine of the

Year Awards 2018 it was crowned as Best Wine

in NZ, Best Pinot Noir in NZ and Best Wine

from Central Otago. That’s the trifecta right

there. It’s all thanks to the efforts of winemaking

couple Sarah-Kate and Dan Dineen at their Lake

Wanaka winery (try before you buy at Maude

Wines’ tasting room 76a Golf Course Road).

With limited availability, it’s a berry drop to

enjoy now or cellar for five years.

Back in business.

And ready for yours.

Celebrate the return of Christchurch Town Hall by being amongst the first to book it.

With multi-purpose event spaces for meetings, conferences and exhibitions; and a beautiful riverside

backdrop for dinners, cocktail functions and special occasions; it’s hard to find a more impressive

location than Christchurch Town Hall.

Accommodating from 10 to 2,250 guests, there are five key spaces to choose from, including the

celebrated auditorium, a purpose-built theatre and three large rooms that transform effortlessly to

meet your event’s needs.

After a comprehensive rebuild and restoration project, facilities throughout offer improved sound

proofing, acoustics and overall ease of use. Fully integrated and modernised technology enhances

each space further and includes projectors, screens, sound systems and automated blinds.

Call 0800 VBASE NZ or visit for more information.



with Les Mills


Sunday 24 March 2019


with Les Mills


Prestige Hagley

Park Polo



Jack Archibald, George Cooper-Dixon, James Harper, Lachie Appleby

James Harper, Jack Archibald, Kate Preece, Charlotte Smulders,

George Cooper-Dixon, Lachie Appleby

Mike Laney, Monica Ryan, Janene Brown, David Dredge



Stephen and Jane Rennie

The Armstrong Prestige Hagley Park Polo once again

transformed the Garden City’s green heart into a

destination for high-energy action. From talented local

and international polo players and exceptional ponies

to super fast sports cars, it was a day of continued

excitement. The Style marquee was, of course, the place

to be, with guests in a prime position to soak up the

atmosphere, champagne in hand. Congratulations to

Team Waireka for taking out the cup.

Paul and Christelle Dallimore

Shelley and Phil Frost

Cilla Glasson, Diana Smith

Nick and Renee Marfell, Joanne and David Whibley

The winning team – Team Waireka

Megan Evans, Helen Charles, Cindy-Lee Sinclair


Team Waireka

Team Bayleys

Team Louis

Team Style



Gareth Williamson, Kenny Teo

Agroup of travel and plane enthusiasts gathered to

witness the first touchdown by Singapore Airlines’

A350. The onlookers pressed faces to the glass as

plane received its official water salute, then jumped on

board for a quick tour. The welcome party turned green

with envy as they realised they were grounded, and it

was time to let the real passengers set off Singapore.

Photography: Port Hills Productions,

Helen Oakes & Graham Weatherby

Edrea Kher, Justin Watson, Philip Goh, Beth Soh

Annie Crombie, Ian Collier, Dalwyn Sinclair, Sarah Crowe

Sarah Clarke, Warwick Beatson

Jessica Cribbens

Briony Rodden, Nicole Knapp, Debbie Moore, Robyn Mehlhopt

The Ultimate

Driving Machine



Experience new levels of refinement in the all-new BMW X5. Its imposing presence, accentuated by the bold new kidney grille,

alludes to the substantial power concealed beneath the bonnet. The application of intelligent technology ensures that power

delivers extraordinary capability. And, in a BMW first, the xOffroad package provides a choice of driving modes for adverse

conditions: xSand, xGravel, xSnow, and xRock. Inside, dual 12.3” high-definition screens provide unparalleled control and

connectivity. And, with next-level luxury emanating from every detail, driving the all-new BMW X5 is pure pleasure.

Visit Christchurhc BMW to find out more.

Book your test drive today,

Christchurch BMW

30 Manchester Street, Christchurch. 03 363 7240.

98 STYLE | win


Every month, Style sources a range of exceptional prizes to give away.

It’s easy to enter, simply go to and fill in your details on the

‘Win With Style’ page. Entries close February 21.

Experience en pointe talent

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Choreographic Series is

an opportunity to experience four ground-breaking, original

dance works by celebrated choreographers from around

the world. Win two Premium tickets to the March 8

evening show at the Isaac Theatre Royal to enjoy with a

glass of bubbles. A $170 night out, on us.

Go mega

Keep the summer sounds up loud with a wireless UE

MEGABOOM 3 with 20-hours battery life. From campsite

to poolside, it’s dust, drop and water proof – “Dunk it,

splash it, drench it, crank it!” Plus, it sounds amazing. We

have a blue one, valued at $379.90, to give away.

Sip & sup

We have a double pass ($70) to the North Canterbury

Wine & Food Festival on March 10 to give away!

Discover seasonal flavours at an eclectic range of food

stalls, sample an incredible selection of premium North

Canterbury wines, and enjoy local live music at Glenmark

Domain in Waipara.

Scrub up

Start the season with the latest coffee scrub trend! Glow

Works Body Hair Removal Scrub is a natural treatment

that helps remove unwanted hair, by breaking down the

hair follicles from the root. Gluten- and paraben-free, and

completely vegan friendly. Win a twin pack valued at $70.


GREENROOTS JUICERY: Ann Liu. REVLON HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE: Andrina Grigg, Wendy du Toit, Kate Walters.

*Conditions: Each entry is limited to one per person. You may enter all giveaways. If you are selected as a winner, your name will be published in the following

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