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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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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.
Luxury, it’s a state we all wish to be in. We hope you enjoy
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Have you jumped on the gin bandwagon yet?
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For healthy baking options, Hill Street Wholefoods
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Boliwood Indian Restaurant has joined the ranks at Five
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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
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For umbrella lovers, the BLUNT x Flox collab will
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Shopping can be an exhausting experience, but not
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Vegetarians, turn away. In Auckland, Meatstock will
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16 & 20
BLACKCAPS V BANGLADESH ODI
As part of the Bangladesh tour of New
16: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
20: University Oval, Dunedin
17 & 23
3X3 BASKETBALL QUEST TOUR
Streetball brings the skills of 5-aside
basketball outdoors in a fast-paced
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23: Hagley Park Netball Courts,
HEINEKEN URBAN POLO
Three adrenaline-filled 30-minute polo
games, live music from hottest DJs, plus
on and off field entertainment.
Hagley Park North, Christchurch
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The award-winning Ali Harper celebrates
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8: Mosgiel Coronation Hall, Dunedin
10 & 11
MICHELLE A’COURT & JEREMY
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This well-known comedic duo have
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11: Lake Hawea Community Centre
14 – 17
MADIBA THE MUSICAL
A soul-stirring celebration of the visionary
leader Nelson Mandela.
Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
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The Shades and guest artist Pascale
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22 – 24
SOUTH ISLAND LANTERN FESTIVAL
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The Avon River Precinct, Christchurch
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Ben Lomond Station, Queenstown
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Let's Enjoy 2019!
and be a little more green and mindful!
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
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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A LIFE LESS
Ella James talks to those whose everyday pursuits see them rubbing shoulders with
high-flying celebrities, sporting greats and walruses.
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OF TRISH PENG BRIDAL
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
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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
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.
AARON & NATHAN RUSS
OF HERITAGE EXPEDITIONS
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
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
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
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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.
COLLECTOR & PROFESSIONAL
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
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
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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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:
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
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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.
An Eichholtz chandlier hangs beneath a mirrored ceiling in the
entry, where CDK Neolith marble soars the full two-storey
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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
I think that flexibility is the key
to allowing guests to live to the
time zone they feel like.
elegance and sophistication.
synonyms: flair, grace, poise, polish, suaveness,
urbanity, chic, finesse, taste, class, comfort,
luxury, affluence, wealth, opulence, lavishness.
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Image: Stephen Goodenough
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
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
virgin rainforest at this hotel, from your guest
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A GREEN APPROACH
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.
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.
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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HOLDING ON TO SUMMER
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
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
to make your
space a reality.
0800 555 100
with Tim Goom
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.
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
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
Call Goom Landscapes and one of our team will be happy to visit
you to discuss which shade structures will work perfectly for
Get the most out of your home and property with landscaping that
reflects your taste and lifestyle.
0800 GOOM LS
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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.
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SUMMER YOUR WAY
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
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
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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DENTISTRY ON MERIVALE
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.
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CHICOTI’S FINE FOOD
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 • eccoshoes.co.nz
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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.
A GOOD FILTER
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
green tea and vitamin E, it’s
a two-pronged approach
to skin protection in a daily
use, breathable product.
YOUR NEW AT-HOME
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 • www.lotusspa.co.nz
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TAKE THE TIME
TO TREAT YOURSELF
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
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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’. cloud9floatclub.co.nz
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.
THURSDAY 14TH FEBRUARY
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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
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
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. lotusspa.co.nz
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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WITH THESE LITTLE BEAUTIES AT THE READY, SUMMER
WON’T LEAVE ITS MARK ON YOU.
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.
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
Evo The Great Hydrator
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.
MISSFQ • THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S WEEKLY • NEW ZEALAND WOMAN’S WEEKLY • NEXT • SIMPLY YOU • WOMAN’S DAY • FASHION QUARTERLY • GOOD HEALTH CHOICES •
TIME SAVING SUPER HEROES!
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
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!
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A WHOLE BODY
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
REVITALISING BODY OIL
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
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
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.
SKIN REPAIR SERUM
This luxurious light body
oil leaves no residue on
clothing yet intensely
nourishes with skinboosting,
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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MV ORGANIC SKINCARE
AROMATIC BODY OIL
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.
ELEMIS FABULOUS FRANGIPANI
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
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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.
TOTES ON TREND
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. federation.co.nz
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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SLIP ON STYLE
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! headoverheels.co.nz
THE END OF A LABEL
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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NOT SO UNIFORM
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
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
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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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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
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are apps of choice.
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66 STYLE | fashion
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
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
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
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Designer Liam Bowden (left)
thanks the Sydney audience
after the Deadly Ponies show
at Mercedes-Benz Fashion
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New Fall 19 collection styles: Mini Tulip Shearling in Sage,
above, and Mini Armadillo in black, below left.
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
garments that never go out of style,
and that, perhaps, is what makes them
so very luxurious.
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OF ESSENTIAL INVESTMENT PIECES FOR MEN
Words Ella James
So exactly what are you going to write for letters v, w, x, y and z? I’ve been
asked numerous times since embarking on the A to Z of men’s fashion. I’ll
tackle that obstacle when I come to it, I kept telling myself. Luckily when the time
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
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
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
Chalamet at the Golden
Globes and get your get your
mitts on his designs, pronto.
W is for
In a city full to the brim with
business men, waistcoats will
never be considered ground
breaking fashion. However,
seeing one being worn well
is as rare as someone smiling
at you on the underground.
Choose one that fits like
a glove, in a fabric that
complements the occasion
and leave that bottom
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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
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
absorbing the rough stuff, and
with 190mm of ground clearance,
travel over undulating ground isn’t
The PHEV also has composure
on the highway, it travels very
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
(XLS), and it would most definitely
be my choice.
The evaluation car was VRXspec’ed,
which adds an extra
$5000, and for that you get all the
Mitsubishi high-grade kit – leather
trim, heated front seats, paddle
gearing shifters, and keyless entry,
along with a host of extra safety
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80 STYLE | travel
BY FINE WINE
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
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
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
- TOP TIPS -
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
Christchurch if you can’t wangle a sober driver.
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 (petalandco.nz). 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.
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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WHERE TO FIND THEM
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.
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
Image: Vanessa Ortynsky
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86 STYLE | food
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
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
Even plants often classed as weeds
can have beautiful and tasty edible
flowers. Young dandelion flowers are
beautiful and clover flowers are sweet
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
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
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
Image: Vanessa Ortynsky
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
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
UNTOUCHED WORLD KITCHEN
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
• 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
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
Dot Bottle With Hydration Tracking Lid
by Joseph Joseph
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
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
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
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 vbase.co.nz for more information.
with Les Mills
Sunday 24 March 2019
with Les Mills
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
STYLE MARQUEE AT THE
HAGLEY PARK POLO
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
HAGLEY PARK POLO TEAM SHIRT PRESENTATION
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
Briony Rodden, Nicole Knapp, Debbie Moore, Robyn Mehlhopt
KNOW YOU CAN.
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conditions: xSand, xGravel, xSnow, and xRock. Inside, dual 12.3” high-definition screens provide unparalleled control and
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Visit Christchurhc BMW to find out more.
Book your test drive today, bmw.co.nz/X5
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98 STYLE | win
WIN WITH STYLE
Every month, Style sources a range of exceptional prizes to give away.
It’s easy to enter, simply go to www.style.kiwi 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.
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.
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.
LAST MONTH’S WINNERS: LIVING GREEN: Emily Russell. UE BOOM 3: Robert Weir.
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
month’s edition. By registering your details, entrants give permission for Star Media to send further correspondence, which you can opt out of at any stage.
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