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They’re teaching coding and robotics to primary school
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technology is accelerating, you can understand why.
Automation will see the end to many jobs familiar to us
today, with certain professions heading the way of dial-up
internet and landlines.
Fortunately for Canterbury kids, they’re in the right place
to board a technology train that could not only see them as
not only irreplaceable in their vocation, but tackling the final
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world that is develping in the ‘Garden City’, where the space
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The 2018 winner of Ballantynes’ biennial ‘Bring it to the
Boardroom’ competition is set to have her children’s
clothing collection sold exclusively by the department
store from March 6. From a pool of 80 applicants, full-time
teacher and mother-of-two Delwyn Wright came out the
victor with Lily Mae, a brand made in Christchurch using
natural fibres. The autumn/winter range boasts vintage
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Whittaker’s is putting the controversy back into
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Coconut Ice Surprise is a new flavour that comes in
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to Plunket’s ‘Raise a Bundle’ campaign, funding the
support of new families all over New Zealand.
Reminisce with your kids by celebrating Sesame Street’s
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At the recently opened distillery, tasting room and
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Street, Christchurch), you can get the full lowdown on
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To mark International Women’s Day, five venues will
host more than 20 of the country’s finest female artists.
The Milk and Honey Festival brings Bic Runga and
French Concession to Blue Smoke, Christchurch, and Mel
Parsons and Dana Sipos to Sherwood, Queenstown, on
March 8. milkandhoneyfestival.co.nz
In the market for more local talent? The Tannery
Autumn Market (March 23) will showcase home-grown
craft and design, fantastic food vendors and tunes by
Ryan Ferris. Those lovely boutiques will have promos too!
A group of experienced musos, including Fiona Pears, Ali
Haper, Graham Wardrop and the New Zealand Army
Band, are gifting their time to raise funds for those set to
ensure winter on our city streets. One hundred per cent
of the proceeds raised at The Gift of Music (March 30,
Christchurch Transitional Cathedral) will go to registered
charity Street Wise, who will distribute the funds.
The M Factor Fashion Show is celebrating its 10th
anniversary, on April 4 at The Tannery. In support of the
Ronald McDonald House South Island, the family friendly
event showcases the likes of Anna Stretton, Trelise
Cooper, Kathryn Wilson, Working Style, Augustine and
many more. Models include members of families who
have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House.
The University of Otago is marking 150 years with a long
string of events worthy of busting out the kilt. Queen’s
Birthday Weekend boasts everything from fireworks to
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Bianca Del Rio: It’s Jester Joke
The comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag
Race champion tells tales of her travels
and the outrageous circus that is her life.
Isaac Theatre Royal
7 & 10
Greg Johnson – Every Song Has A Story
Each song in intimate duo mode, with
special guest guitarist Ben King.
7: Fifty Gorillas, Dunedin
10: Sherwood, Queenstown
The most played artist in NZ on Spotify
this year, Six60 returns to its roots.
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Starring Mark Hadlow and Ross Gumbley
as two middle-aged misfits forced to
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16 & 17
Comedy Night with Paul Ego and
16: SkyCity Queenstown
17: Gin and Raspberry Boutique Bar,
The Nelson-bred, LA-based duo celebrate
the release of their third album, Don’t
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Christchurch Town Hall
23 & 26
Kevin Fraser Live: Leave The World
Using stereotypical South African
personas, Kevin is bringing his unique
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26: SkyCity Queenstown
29 March – 7 April
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Showbiz Christchurch presents this
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The Gift of Music
Fiona Pears, Ali Harper, Graham Wardrop
and the NZ Army Band raise funds for
Street Wise to keep our city’s homeless
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SKY’S NO LIMIT
FOR OUR NEW BUSINESS THINKERS
Gaynor Stanley spoke with some thought-leaders around town as to why Christchurch is
soaring towards the stratosphere when it comes to tech industries and entrepreneurs.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, a new
business scene has been quietly emerging in the
resurgent Christchurch and making noise loud enough
for the world to hear. Gone are the days when the old
boys’ network, or your school or suburb were paramount
influences to succeed in business; today, it is more about
what you can contribute to a new breed of industries and
social enterprises putting Christchurch, representing New
Zealand, in the global spotlight.
The city is now New Zealand’s second largest tech
centre, after Auckland. “Canterbury tech industries
contribute $2.4 billion to the GDP and employ over
15,000 people,” says Canterbury Tech chair David Carter.
A hallmark, he says, is that this region has relatively few
companies generating massive revenues, like the Xeros
of the world. Instead the local tech sector is made up of
a large number of small- to mid-size companies across a
wide variety of business domains. “This gives us resilience;
we don’t have all our eggs in one basket.”
As well, a large number of foreign companies have
development centres in Christchurch, partly a legacy of
local companies exiting and selling to foreign entities.
“Reassuringly, they haven’t subsequently moved the
development back to the US or offshore to China or
ABOVE: The International Space Station under construction above New Zealand in 2006 – the same year local space entrepreneur
Mark Rocket bought his ticket to space aboard Virgin Galactic. Since then, Mark has co-founded pioneering
New Zealand business Rocket Lab and last year launched his latest venture in Christchurch. Image courtesy of NASA.
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Michael Read, CEO of
Skybase, addressing the
latest packed Christchurch
Aerospace Centre meetup.
India. They’ve seen significant value in the extremely
talented development resource that we have available
locally,” says David, referring to companies like Verizon,
which bought fleet tracking software firm Telogis, and
Insight Venture Partners, which purchased another
software firm Diligent.
He attributes Canterbury’s tech success to “amazing
tertiary institutions producing world-class engineers”,
Christchurch’s relatively cheap cost of living compared to
other major centres and fantastic lifestyle opportunities
to attract talent. “We also don’t suffer from the tyranny
of distance that Auckland does, which means we have
a very connected technology community. We have an
active angel investment community and the support for
While he believes Canterbury is not likely to overtake
Auckland anytime soon, due to the large disparity in
population size, David does believe “a doubling of
our tech sector within the next five to 10 years is
HEALTH TECH AND AEROSPACE FLYING HIGH
Christchurch has particular strength in health IT and
medical device companies and the city played host last
year to the national Emerging Tech in Health event. “Our
local District Health Board is known globally as being
extremely innovative and forward-thinking and this has
played no small part in the development of some worldclass
companies such as Orion Health and ARANZ
medical,” says David.
We also have a nascent aerospace industry with
the NZ Space Challenge being launched and run from
Christchurch and the Christchurch Aerospace Centre
initiated last year by one of New Zealand’s space
pioneers Mark Rocket. (Yes, really. Mark changed his
surname by deed poll in 2000 and says it has become an
affirmation of an area he’s always been interested in.)
Mark was seed investor and co-Director, with Peter
Beck, of Rocket Lab from 2007 to 2011, and is on first
name terms with Sir Richard Branson as he was the
first New Zealander to sign up for a Virgin Galactic
flight, back in 2006. Virgin Galactic has commenced its
test flights and Mark hopes commercial flights will start
within a year or so. Meanwhile, he’s moved south to
begin his second aerospace venture in Christchurch,
Kea Aerospace, which is a research partner with the
University of Canterbury developing projects from
prototype through to commercialisation. Mark has
also instigated regular Aerospace Centre meetups that
have quickly grown to standing room only. Six founding
aerospace businesses, supported by ChristchurchNZ,
NZ Trade and Enterprise and the New Zealand Space
Agency, are leading the way to grow the economic
wealth and aerospace capability of Christchurch.
“In the same way that Christchurch is a main gateway
to the Antarctic, in the future Christchurch could be
a significant southern hemisphere gateway to space,”
says Mark. “There are already dozens of companies in
Canterbury working in the aerospace industry – from
a manufacturer of high-performance cryocoolers for
NASA [Fabrum as part of the Mars Lander project],
to a developer of ‘beyond line of sight’ unmanned
vehicles [Skybase] through to component contractors
to Rocket Lab.
“If Christchurch develops a cohesive city aerospace
strategy, before 2030 we could easily see hundreds of
aerospace companies emerge providing thousands of
jobs. A facet of that strategy could be developing launch
and test facilities in Canterbury.”
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The partnership between Ara Institute of Canterbury and the
Ministry of Awesome sees the latter now based in Kahukura,
Ara’s Engineering and Architectural Studies building.
WHAT’S FUELLING CANTERBURY
Exciting partnerships between tertiary
institutions and the community are fast-tracking
high potential local start-ups.
• The University of Canterbury has established
the XStart Accelerator programme
• Ara is in partnership with Ministry of Awesome
• In the AgTech space, Lincoln University has
the Blinc Innovation centre
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UNEARTHED BY THE QUAKES
David Carter’s predecessor at Canterbury Tech, Michael
Trengrove, commented in a 2016 report that the terrible
circumstances brought upon by the earthquakes led to
the development of some exceptional initiatives and
forced our local tech sector to share more knowledge, be
bolder and think bigger.
Another who attributes the earthquakes to a
transformation in the way Christchurch ticks is Parry Fields
lawyer Steven Moe, who says the changing culture of the
genteel Christchurch he grew up in is one of the reasons
he moved back in 2016 after 11 years overseas living in
Tokyo, London and Sydney.
“I was doing major deals and helping many wealthy
people become wealthier and I kind of came to a
realisation that maybe this isn’t what I wanted. Maybe I
wanted to live more with no regrets,” says Steven. So he
and his wife decided to move back home with their four
children and, since coming back, he has been focused on
ways that business can combine profit with purpose and
writing a book on social enterprise. “It’s been a fascinating
journey to learn more about this idea of taking the heart of
charity and the mind of business and fusing them together
to create social enterprise.”
Discovering many other likeminded locals challenging
ways of doing things, open to new ideas and “thinking
beyond how much money can I make”, Steven launched
his weekly podcast Seeds to interview, so far, 85 mainly
Canterbury locals leading what he terms “lives of positive
“The quakes shook up the earth and buildings and
they also shook up the way people think. A key thing
that people are realising is that maybe it’s their time to
try something new and that now is their greatest shot at
It’s this realisation of the temporary nature of life that
has caused many people to reprioritise what they value, he
says, and to proactively build a new culture alongside the
new buildings and infrastructure.
LEADING SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
MARS Bioimaging is a local superstar leading the world in nextgeneration
colour X-ray technology with its incredible advances in
medical scanners. With 300 million people getting a CT scan around
the world, getting better information, less invasively on cancers,
cardiac conditions, and bone calcium levels and how these conditions
respond to treatment is hugely impactful and satisfying work for good.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that in 30 years all medical imaging will
be in colour,” says Professor Anthony Butler, who co-founded the
Christchurch firm with his father Professor Phil Butler, who also founded
Science Alive. The company has grown from just the two of them in
2007 to 50 people partly because of the Christchurch environment that
fosters multi-disciplinary work because everyone knows each other.
Camia Young’s Collett’s Corner is a community-owned property
development initiative in Lyttelton, which Steven Moe describes as
bumping up against current conceptions of property ownership in a
radical way. The building has been developed in close collaboration
with the community after a design competition and will include an
extraordinary 22% public space alongside a wellness centre, retail and
apartments. In just a few weeks over $150,000 has been committed to a
crowdfunding campaign closing March 21 to kickstart the next phase of
the project and get the building out of the ground.
Kilmarnock Enterprises’ Michelle Sharp is empowering people with
disabilities by employing 100 staff.
Profits from Alanna and Pete Chapman’s 27seconds wine go to
reduce human slavery in SE Asia.
Cookie Time founder Michael Mayell has now set up Nutrient
Rescue to ensure more Kiwis get our ‘five a day’ of fruit and vegetables
and avoid micronutrient-poor diets he says contribute to the modern
epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and dementia.
ABOVE: Collett’s Corner
crowdfunded property development
in Lyttelton, image courtesy
Warren and Mahoney
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A 3D MARS Bioimaging
image of a wrist,
completed with watch,
showing part of the
finger bones in white
and soft tissue in red.
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Seequent’s geological modelling tool Leapfrog Works is being used by Golder on the West Gate Tunnel Project under construction in Melbourne.
Seequent, named Supreme Winner in the 2018 New
Zealand International Business Awards, is a global
leader in the development of visual data science
software and collaborative technologies. Formed in
2004, the Christchurch firm’s 3D modelling products,
like Leapfrog, enable clients to uncover valuable
insights from complex geotechnical data to ultimately
make better decisions about their earth, environment
and energy challenges. Formerly ARANZ Geo,
Seequent has evolved to acquire three other
companies and offer technology solutions for many
industries, including road and rail tunnel construction,
groundwater detection and management, geothermal
exploration, resource evaluation and estimation,
subterranean storage of spent nuclear fuel, mining
ARANZ Medical, arose out of the Applied Research
Associates NZ Ltd, a private R&D organisation that
developed an innovative handheld 3-D laser scanner
and ground-breaking software to model very large
3-D datasets for the worldwide market.
Datacom, the firm handling many of our salaries and
wages, began in Christchurch 50 years ago, is still
New Zealand’s largest tech company and now one of
Asia Pacific’s leading locally-owned IT-based service
Tait Communications, a forerunner on the
Christchurch tech scene starting in 1969 as
Tait Electronics with its groundbreaking radio
communications, today Tait employs more than 650
people around the world and exports around 95% of
products from Christchurch.
Orbica was founded in 2017 to explore technology
frontiers in the geospatial industry, using powerful
location data to evolve the mapping of the world
around us in projects like hyper-realisation imaging of
Antarctica from satellites. Within a year its big thinkers’
pioneering work saw Orbica beat 220 other start-ups
from around the world with its pitch to automate
build progress reporting through geospatial artificial
intelligence (GeoAI). In September 2018 it was named
as One to Watch in the Deloitte Fast 50 and in
October for its enviable client base, technology exports
and office in Germany.
Skybase is sending the dreaded drone in far more
positive directions with former jetpack pilot Michael
Read’s vision of Beyond Light of Sight flights. These
take pilots out of the cockpits to fly unmanned
drones autonomously from Christchurch anywhere
in the world – with the intention of advancing drone
technology to improve our lives by assisting in areas
like search and rescue and farming.
Electric Air is taking the idea of electric cars to the
sky with ambitious plans to bring the first electric light
aircraft to New Zealand. Gary Freedman is a renewable
energy specialist and private pilot and says New
Zealand is ideal because of our high rate of renewable
energy (85%), one of the highest proportions of short
haul flights in the world, large number of recreational
and light aircraft and innovative and flexible Civil
Aviation Authority. In particular, he sees Christchurch
as the future hub because of the vision of bodies like
ChristchurchNZ to focus on an innovation sector.
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to find clothing that offered both comfort and style, Kirsty identified a gap in the
market and so, with the support of her husband and family, Death By Denim was
born. Despite only being in its third year of trade, Death By Denim has already
positioned itself as a major player on the Christchurch shopping scene. Now,
with two stores under her belt, Kirsty intends to focus on providing unrivalled
customer service, which entails personal styling and even a glass of champagne.
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Caroline left a corporate role in London to pursue a more creative career.
She began by working with Posh Porridge, a company originally founded by
her cousin. In 2016, said founder left the company to Caroline, and she’s been
stirring up deliciousness at pop-ups and farmers’ markets ever since, with a takeaway
shop opening this year. Caroline’s recipe for success is simple and sweet:
do what you love and do it well, focus on one thing rather than getting swept
up with trends that come and go and, above all, keep a good work/life balance.
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St Margaret’s College is the only girls’ school in
the South Island to offer a dual-academic
pathway with the International Baccalaureate
Diploma as an alternative to NCEA.
We talk to Georgia Benton (Year 13), who is
part-way through the two-year programme.
What made you decide to study for the International
My personal philosophy is one of continual self-improvement
and I thought the IB Diploma would challenge me to step out
of my comfort zone to open my mind to new ways of learning
and thinking. I also hoped I would learn valuable lessons that
would take me through university and beyond. The holistic
values of the programme aligned with my own of being
How does the programme affect your workload?
The workload is varied and definitely makes you think critically!
We are encouraged to drive our own learning, which was a
shock to the system to start off with, but it ensures we are
always studying our own interests. The course is interesting,
which ensures studying doesn’t feel like ‘studying’ rather learning
and expanding my horizons. The workload is manageable
and through the course I have learnt the importance of time
management and discipline.
How do you balance your study and co-curricular activities?
I love being involved in all areas that SMC provides such as the
amazing arts groups, tutoring, sport and community service
opportunities. To ensure I balance all of this with my academics,
I have learnt to work and study in a smart and efficient way.
This involves focus, effective time management and prioritising
some interests. I’ve learnt you need to be realistic. Soul-food
activities, such as hanging out with friends and family, are a
crucial element of my life to ensure balance and happiness
is achieved. The amazing support from the SMC teachers is
second to none. They really care about us and empower and
encourage us to excel and be the best version of ourselves.
Who can study IB?
Anyone can seize the opportunity of this internationallyrecognised
qualification. Students who are wanting to create
beneficial habits of time management, motivation and global
awareness would thrive in IB. Because we are going through
the same experiences we have become like a family. We are
all forward-thinking individuals, who want to make an impact
on the world. Being part of the IB cohort is empowering
How do you hope IB will help you once you leave
I’m not sure what I want to study when I leave SMC, but
because of the IB programme I have become more aware of
the issues, both nationally and internationally, that I would love
to find solutions to. I am a more consciously and ethically aware
person now. I have opened my mind to different opinions,
ways of learning and the endless possibilities of putting my little
positive dent on the world.
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24 STYLE | special feature
Christchurch is absolutely buzzing with start-up businesses.
There is some seriously impressive home-grown talent right on our doorstep.
Words Ella James
THE KITE PROGRAM
Making parenthood a breeze.
The Kite Program (thekiteprogram.com) is an app for
mothers, created by a mother. Ask any mother or father if
parenting is hard, the answer will invariably be “Oh yes”. So,
founder and mother-of-two, Hannah Hardy-Jones created
The Kite Program; a beautifully modern, non-judgemental
guide to the mammoth journey that is parenthood. The
idea came to life after the birth of her first child and, when
following a career in HR, the new mum felt as though
she now needed a HR manager of her own to guide her
through her new-found role as a mother.
The app guides mothers though 14 separate courses
called ‘Kites’; each one tackling a different topic from stress
and sleep management to mindfulness and relationship
issues once your new born has arrived. Each ‘Kite’ is comprised
of a number of daily activities that new mums can
work through at their own pace. This app is a helping hand
that parents so deserve.
The Kite app puts new parenthood advice at your fingertips.
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JIX is one of the clever kids leading XR (Cross Reality
From within GreenHouse, one of the coolest coworking
spaces in Christchurch, the JIX team
(jix.co.nz) is busily creating immersive experiences
that entertain and educate their audience using only
the most advanced Cross Reality (XR) technologies.
Their other-worldly experiences are popping up all
over Canterbury and beyond, virtually transporting
people to new and exciting places for purposes
both educational and enjoyable. From trade shows
and events to school programmes, JIX can create
simulations for any given brief, no matter how far-flung
your needs may be. Their impressive resume even
includes creating virtual training simulations for doctors.
So, you fancy taking a vacation to Mars? That’s easily
done with a little help from JIX, so put your headset
on and get ready for take-off. To infinity and beyond.
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When Debi Pratt returned to Christchurch
to set up a real estate business, she never
expected such a warm welcome. It seems we
Cantabs like the Tall Poppy treatment.
What state is the Christchurch real estate market in today?
As always, Christchurch has a very stable market overall. There
has been a slight increase in the average time it takes to sell
and it’s fair to say it’s not a hot market, although many of our
properties have had strong competition.
What should vendors be aware of when it comes to
Commission has become out of kilter with the job done. Some
of the corporate fees, at the end of the day, are as much as a
deposit on a house. That’s why I went researching global trends
to see what was going on.
How have you reacted to the growth of demand since
opening Tall Poppy’s Canterbury branch?
The demand almost knocked me over! I knew Christchurch
needed another alternative, but thought I would quietly just
provide my own services to my old clients. I now have eight
staff, mostly from other brands who saw what I was doing and
contacted me about getting on board. The amount of enquiry
from the public asking for an assessment of value on their
homes just from hearing about the Tall Poppy model has blown
What’s your process for finding the right people for your
I have actually turned people away as I’m determined to have an
amazing team. This may sound corny, but my top attribute for
anybody I take on board has to be kindness. I think if somebody
is kind, they will naturally always do the right thing. We are in
an industry that has a challenging reputation and I want to be
known for our own Tall Poppy brand of genuine Kiwi helpfulness
and fairness. Of course, I need to have a level of confidence
in capability and industry knowledge as well. My team has an
incredible wealth of understanding both of insurance issues,
property itself and marketing and facilitating skills.
What does a modern working model look like in the real
Globally, the shift has moved dramatically away from large office
buildings and the associated overheads. There is also a move
away from top-heavy management structures. Good salespeople
around the world are starting to align with models like Tall
Poppy, take responsibility for their own working environment
and are just getting on with doing the business. That’s what
I’m doing and the results are speaking for themselves. Some of
our unsolicited client testimonials have really touched me. My
favourite one was, “You said you would look after me and you
kept your promise.” That’s what we’re about.
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A NEW DAWN
The Christchurch Town Hall is once again the place that
commands attention, not just for the performances that resound within,
but for the commanding architecture throughout.
Words Richard Dalman
Those familiar carpets look brand new, joining 2100sqm of marble and 2500sqm of timber flooring in the restored Christchurch Town Hall.
Christchurch has lost many great buildings as
a result of the Canterbury earthquakes. The
Lyttelton Tunnel building by Peter Beaven, The Press
building by Armson, Collins and Harman, and the
Catholic Cathedral by Francis Petre are a few that
come to mind, although the latter still has a chance to
For a long time, the Christchurch Town Hall was
at risk due to the considerable structural damage
incurred, and the high cost to strengthen and
I remember quite a debate at the time as to
whether the cost was going to be worth it. I can tell
you, now that it has opened, it most definitely is! I
was a strong supporter of repairing the Town Hall
and, having visited last month before its reopening, I
feel so glad that I was.
If you are a regular reader of this column you will
know that I am a fan. The unashamedly modernist
architecture of 1972 makes no apologies. Raw
concrete, stone aggregate-faced concrete panels, 600
copper fins and glass form the exterior palette.
The form of the building is derived from the
internal floor plans of the individual spaces and the
volume of space required for each of them, such that
the three main wings extending out from the main
entrance area create their own individual architecture.
The oval-shaped Douglas Lilburn Auditorium breaks
out above its octagonal concrete base with its paired
columns that feature around the building, the James
Hay Theatre’s fly tower extends to the sky promoting
its theatre function, and the glazed restaurant and
Limes Room extend out over the Avon and open up
to Victoria Square and the community.
On my recent visit I was delighted to see how
much attention to conserving the original architecture
there had been. All of the timber work, the Pat Hanly
mural, and even the spikey ceiling mouldings in the
foyer that project towards you from above were
removed, refurbished off-site and reinstated.
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Final touches to the
Auditorium before its
of Warren and
There has been considerable strengthening,
including the replacement of most of the structural
columns, with their new concrete finish exactly
replicating the originals.
Where new exposed steel was required it has
been generally well integrated into the building. For
instance, just look at how the new steel supports
sit comfortably with the original structure in the
As well as the restoration and rebuild, the
Town Hall has benefited from many modern
enhancements, such as the latest integrated
technologies, retractable theatre seating, a full
commercial kitchen, improved accessibility,
extensive heating and cooling systems, and
reconfigured backstage facilities.
The acoustics have always been one of the
Town Hall’s key attributes. The lateral reflection of
sound in the auditorium was a key concept new
to any auditorium around the world. I recall the
acoustic engineer, Sir Harold Marshall, in a lecture
at architecture school telling us how on opening
night he asked the audience to be quiet while he
dropped a pin on the stage, then he asked for a
show of hands for who heard it. To his delight, just
about everyone put their hand up!
The original Town Hall design was by Warren
and Mahoney, a Christchurch firm that won
the commission in a nationwide architectural
competition. It is quite fitting that the same
company has led the re-opening project over the
last three years. Project Principal Peter Marshall
says: “The strengthening and restoration of the
Town Hall is a significant moment in the rebuild
of Christchurch. Completed nearly 50 years ago,
it has hosted a vast array of events, occasions,
and performances, and frequently referred to as
Christchurch’s ‘living room’.
“As well as being regarded as an architectural
icon within the city, it also continues to feature in
the top 10 auditorium spaces in the world due to
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River view of the Town Hall soon after its completion in 1972, courtesy of Warren and Mahoney.
“Completion of the building is
testament to the vision of the council,
the commitment of the design
team, and the efforts of countless
contractors who have undertaken this
complex project,” says Peter Marshall.
For me, the newly opened
Christchurch Town Hall is one of the
post-earthquakes success stories. It
is both a pleasure and privilege to
have the old lady up and running
again – to experience the variety of
well-crafted spaces, to see shows and
attend events, to remember the good
times had in the building, and to now
create a new series of personal and
community collective memories.
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A shout out
and a word
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, as
we navigate our way through the first few
months of the year.
Some of that is directly due to a recent
set of experiences and my observations
of how individuals perform when they
are encouraged and praised. I know
there’s nothing earth-shattering in
that observation, but there’s definitely
Praise is defined as: The expression of approval
or admiration for someone or something.
And here’s the connection:
Over the past weekend, I attended an event
to support friends who were taking part in a
regional sports challenge. Having seen them
through their various transitions, I was off to find
a spot on one of the backroads where I could
wholeheartedly cheer them on.
What I got to experience has given me a whole
new insight into the value of praise because,
on my small corner of the course, I was able
to acknowledge and cheer on some 200
athletes. The reaction to a simple sentence of
encouragement was profound. To a man (and
woman) many of the competitors picked their
pace up, took the time to nod or smile and even
(despite the difficulty of that moment in the
event) shout out a quick ‘thank you’. All of us felt
better for the exchange. It made me wonder
how often we hinder each other’s progress by
not positively acknowledging good work or
offering praise based on a positive action.
At this time of the year we are preparing for
business planning, one of the most significant
and serious parts of our annual calendar.
Inevitably, we spend time analysing different
aspects of the year, including our strengths,
challenges and opportunities. Being in business,
the opportunity to berate yourself for missing
a target or botching a new process – or
interacting without always considering the 100
other agendas – is always on the cards but the
simple experience of being praised for the items
done well goes a long way.
A Stamford professor, Carol Dweck, has spent
some 40 years studying the growth mindset
and the part praise plays in it. Although her
studies captured the responses of children
when praised, I think the passage of years
doesn’t make too much difference.
So, make someone’s day by offering genuine
encouragement and praise. For me, that shout
out goes to homeowners, especially those that
assist in the transaction process by heeding
the recommendations of their property
professionals and remaining open to measured,
Like the cyclists I watched climbing steep
hills, I also get to work with some consultants
climbing incredible mountains of their own.
Here’s to that ascent being praiseworthy and
wholehearted whilst they deliver results for
And, as far as the business planning we
have ahead of us goes, another sportsbased
analogy comes to mind:
Strengthen the core and disrupt the edges.
Thank you, Bert.
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Five ludicrous ways to splash that cash.
Words Ella James
Signing on the dotted line has never felt so good.
Since 1919, Aurora has been producing a range
of high-quality products from its base in Turin,
Italy. Among them, and still in production today,
is the $1.9-million-dollar Diamante fountain pen,
encrusted with 30 carats of De Beers diamonds
and boasting an 18ct gold nib. Don’t all go
rushing in though – there’s only one of these
beauties made each year. At least you get the
option of having it personalised – with your coat
of arms or perhaps a return address in case you
lose a pen worth more than your house.
A SUPER PRICE TAG
All in the name of Super Bowl Sunday.
At the time of writing, social media was buzzing with
all things Super Bowl. Celebrities filled our screens with
posts of themselves in the colours and jerseys of the
team they support, while we all awaited that infamous
half-time show (namely Maroon 5).
Naturally, the crescendo of NFL’s calendar conjured
up quite the crowd. A crowd that isn’t afraid to cough
up in order to support their team. While suites can
cost upwards of $100,000, even a regular seat costs an
average of $6346, so a trip to the Super Bowl is sure
to leave your bank account a shell of its former self – a
hard pill to swallow should your team underperform.
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An artist makes his mark.
Now, graffiti on the side of a garage in South Wales, UK
hardly screams luxury, but budding art collectors should
hear us out.
In a small Welsh town just one week before
Christmas, a steel worker named Ian Lewis woke up to
a rather interesting new addition to his garage wall – a
spray-painted image of a child catching what looks like
a snowflake on his tongue. Then, on the other side of
the wall, an image dictates that it is not a snowflake, but
ash; a political statement about the pollution from local
factories and the effect that it has on the residents of
the town. It was soon confirmed that it was, of course,
the work of famous street artist Banksy.
If you’re thinking about taking your art collection up a
notch with the addition of this pimped out garage wall,
then you’ve missed your slot. Said wall has since been
purchased by a collector of Banksy pieces for $189,581.
Ample reimbursement for having your wall vandalised,
we think. But hey, perhaps Banksy will tag your wall
with a priceless piece of art soon.
Step out in the style you choose.
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your favourite new shoes, you’re first required to
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GET HYGGE WITH IT
It’s hard to pronounce (hue-geh) and even harder to describe but the Danish concept
of hygge is worth getting cosy with as we approach the cooler months.
Words Gaynor Stanley
You’ve likely seen references to hygge in your favourite
homewares outlets and wondered just what does
that mean? Cosiness comes close to describing hygge, but
stops short of fully embracing the warm and openhearted
atmosphere that every Dane feels quintessentially at
home with. So entrenched in Denmark’s culture are
things hyggeligt that Denmark is actively pushing for hygge
to be given World Heritage status by UNESCO.
I sought clarification from my Danish friend, Janni, who
introduced me to hygge when she was a young traveller
pining for its genial values in brash Sydney 15 years ago.
Now all grown up, for Janni hygge is all about sharing
good times with favourite people in cosy surroundings.
“Hygge is quality time with family and good friends and
it often includes candlelights, a fireplace, food, coffee and/
or a glass of red wine.
“My kids sometimes say: ‘Mum, are we going to hygge
tonight?’ It means we are all together, eat candy, play a
board game, watch a movie or just talk together. Hygge is
a positive word and makes me smile.”
This convivial vibe isn’t the exclusive domain of the
Danes. Kiwis are expressing its ‘feel good factor’ in small
bars like OGB’s Parlour, The Poplar Social Club and
The Last Word, as well as Kadett Café, Earl and No. 4
Restaurant, Queenstown’s Canyon Food & Brew Co., and
Argo Beach Co-working in New Brighton.
I experienced a hygge feeling while preparing to write
this story cosseted in a Banks Peninsula bach. Its the
Christchurch owners have painted feature walls of their
1930s weatherboard a warm navy to complement the
kauri floorboards and ceiling, gathered comfy wooden
retro furniture strewn with cushions repurposed from
Kaiapoi Woollen Mill blankets on a jute rug in front of a
russet-coloured Bosco firebox, a timber chest laden with
board games and a small TV yet large DVD selection.
With no Wi-Fi, yet ample supplies of coffee and red wine,
joy was sparked to see our 18 and 10 year olds happily
bent over books and bonding with Mum and Dad as
Jenga towers fell and Mr Bean’s Holiday and Some Mothers
Do ’Ave ’Em tickled genetic funny bones.
“For us Danes, hygge is the pursuit of happiness,”
says the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute Meik
Wiking, who is championing the UNESCO bid.
For the rest of us, we can envy the Danes channelling
hygge in their inviting interior design, fashion (chunky
layers, oversized scarves) and even bicycles (those cargo
bikes with pint-sized passenger seats over the front
wheel). As a Dane will tell you, everything is hyggeligt.
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A warming cuppa, soft lighting
and blankets, flickering flame
and a furry friend all make
feel-good hygge elements.
Style’s how-to hygge guide
As we bid long summer days farewell and
prepare to hunker down for autumn, I
recommend following the Danes’ lead and
warming your living space with some hygge.
Visit Denmark proclaims Danes are the
masters of smart, minimal, and intentional
design, where ‘less is more’. When aiming
to make your home more hygge, if an item,
piece of furniture or area doesn’t make you
feel more relaxed or cosy, either restyle
it, move it or give it away. And, if that’s
sounding a bit Marie Kondo, you’re right –
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Local places with a warm and welcoming Danish hygge
vibe. FROM TOP: OGB’s Parlour, Christchurch; Earl,
Christchurch; Canyon Food & Brew Co., Queenstown.
OPPOSITE Kadett Café, Christchurch.
“For us Danes, hygge is the
pursuit of happiness,”
CEO Happiness Research Institute
Flickering flame – candles are essential, a
Cuddly blankets or soft, chunky throws
Soft lighting – natural daylight, warm
rather than cool-toned light bulbs, add
table, floor or wall lamps or a dimmer
Slippers or socks
Warm colours and paint hues
Uncluttered, relaxing furnishings
Comfy seating and squishy cushions
Good friends and family
Glass of red, dark beer or a whisky
A tea set filled with something warm
Coloured sheepskins and natural hides
Tactile or richly coloured rugs
Humourous art, books or DVDs
Timber accents in furniture, floors, walls
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Board games and jigsaws
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Swedish Death Cleaning aka the gentle art of decluttering
The Scandinavians really do have the knack of
how-to achieve stylish comfortable homes down
pat. We’ve IKEA on the way to show us how the
Swedes master design balance; they call that lagom.
But another Swedish concept having a moment
is döstädning – dö meaning “death” and städning
Yes, it’s not just Marie Kondo and her KonMari
tidying techniques trending, Swedish Death Cleaning
is also a thing. In her 2017 book The Gentle Art
of Swedish Death Cleaning, Margareta Magnusson
instructs readers, with Scandinavian humour and
wisdom, to embrace minimalism and free yourself
and your family from a lifetime of clutter. It’s all
about letting go, she says, as we prepare for the
inevitable and to respect those who come after you.
I first experienced this cathartism clearing out
my father’s Woodend home when he moved to a
nursing home. It took months to deal with a lifetime
of hoarding. Most of the linen, kitchenware, books,
accounting records (the worst; needed security
bins to dispose of umpteen client records) should
never have moved with him, when he downsized
after my mother’s death. Some items were still as
they’d been packed 15 years’ prior. It was a good
learning curve for my own subsequent moves –
from a Sydney family home into an apartment in
preparation to relocate back across the Tasman.
My method, similarly inspired by Australian
organiser guru Peter Walsh, was to tackle one room
at a time; tip everything out of drawers and shelves
and sort into piles of must-keep, definitely discard,
and undecided – then be ruthless with the maybes.
If you haven’t worn or used it recently and it’s not
a treasured memento (or as Ms Kondo would
say ‘sparks joy’) put it in a garage sale or give it to
charity. Paring down our materialistic possessions
is cleansing for the soul and when you learn to live
with less you really do feel freer and happier.
If only I could master the art of getting my
gigantic iPhone photo library sorted. I know
there’s an app for that… just need to find time to
download, settle down with a cuppa and a cake
and get hygge with it.
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The era of central heating is coming of
age. “New Zealanders for decades have
had the mindset of heating the room
they’re in, but today that is changing.
We are now seeing more people
selecting the option of centrally ducted
heating and cooling systems,” says NZ
Heat Pumps Managing Director Aaron
Trotter. He says homeowners are
realising that ducted solutions allow for
their whole home to be heated to the
desired temperature, whether it’s 0°C
outside or 30°C. A just-released market
game changer is the ability to control
the temperature of multiple zones
within a home. This gives endless scope
to design complete solutions for any
home whether it’s traditional in style or
an architectural build.
LOOK AND FEEL
Now you’ve learned how make your home more welcoming with a touch of hygge,
may we suggest complementing the look with one of the clever new heating
arrivals that make you feel toasty too.
With the arrival of ultra-low
emission burner (ULEB) fires,
Christchurch urban householders
can once again install a wood
fire in their homes. “To feel
glowing radiant heat and the
visual pleasure of flames is what
many home owners or planners
have been waiting for,” says
Simply Heat’s Steve Waring.
“Several kinds of the latest ULEBs
are among the huge variety of
fires and heat pumps we have
in the showroom so customers
can compare both radiant and
ambient heating options to find
their best solution when planning
a new installation or an upgrade.”
INFRARED PANEL HEATERS
One of the newest ways to warm ourselves
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40 STYLE | landscaping
IT’S A JUNGLE
Adding greenery to your workspace isn’t just good for the aesthetic,
it might just improve your productivity, too.
Words Craig Wilson
Whether you’ve been aware of it or not, a
quiet revolution has been taking place in the
offices in our city and our places of work. Some
might call it a green revolution – but I’d prefer to
call it what it is… a plant revolution.
Even a casual observer will probably have
noticed that indoor plants have very much
become the norm in offices, retail spaces and
our homes too. So, what’s behind this ‘plant
movement’? It’s a desire to bring the outdoors in,
to reconnect with nature… especially when you’re
tapping away on the laptop.
Research claims that plants in a workspace will
help reduce stress, increase productivity, reduce
sickness and absence rates, clean the air, boost
creativity and help to refocus attention. All of
that while helping to make the office look a lot
friendlier and more inviting.
Possibly the best news in all of this is that indoor
plants can be amongst the easiest plants to look
after. Some will even thrive on neglect. Most
indoor plants like a light space away from direct
sunlight. They’ll typically like less watering so hold
back on the urge to water them every day or you
may well kill them with kindness. An occasional
liquid feed will keep them looking great.
To bring some green goodness to your space – these five
uber trendy selections might be just what you’re after:
1. Zamioculcas zamiifolia (aka ZZ plant)
This native of East Africa has distinctive ladder-like
thick, lush leaves and thrives on low water away from
2. Ficus lyrata (aka fiddle-leaf fig)
Again, right on trend, with large oval leaves. Can be
kept trimmed to around one metre. Allow the potting mix
to dry out between waterings.
3. Sansevieria trifasciata (aka mother-in-law’s tongue)
For that in-demand retro look with impressive vertical
form. Thrives on low light.
4. Monstera deliciosa (aka fruit salad plant)
Very much back in vogue, this plant boasts sculptural
leaves. Capable of growth of up to nine metres, it can be
quite the ‘monster’.
5. Asplenium nidus (aka bird’s nest fern)
Upright, bright green foliage with a distinct tropical look.
Keep away from the air-con unit airflow and ensure the
potting mix stays moist.
with Tim Goom
Senior Architect, Goom Landscapes
Emma Johnston is the first to admit she likes nothing
more than being confronted with a challengethe
bigger the better!
The Goom Landscapes award winning Senior Landscape Architect is
highly regarded for her problem solving skills, honed over a career which
has seen her helping a broad spectrum of clients. From the vast grounds
of a Cayman Islands resort to tight residential hill sites in Auckland,
Emma thrives on finding innovative solutions, whatever the environment.
Emma worked overseas for a decade before returning to Auckland
where she established her own design and construction company, so
knows the detail of full delivery inside out. Returning to her hometown
of Christchurch with her family, Emma joined Goom Landscapes as a
Senior Landscape Architect in 2014 where she wanted to be part of a
larger creative team again. Since then she has amassed an impressive
array of awards, most recently two national Gold awards for Design and
Build. But accolades are not the main motivator for Emma. What drives
Emma is working closely with clients throughout the entire process. “I
get enormous satisfaction from gaining an understanding of my clients
exact aspirations for their outdoor space and then collaborating with
them to bring this to life in a creative and functional way. I’m very hands
on throughout, you’ll often find me on site in my work boots overseeing
construction of the project to ensure it is to the highest standard.”
Pools, parks, courtyards, planting design, lifestyle blocks; all feature in
Emma’s impressive body of work. But it is the attention to detail which is
a hallmark of her design, often including bespoke features.
Another big passion for Emma is the approach pioneered by Goom
Landscapes of ‘design to construction’. “Our process is transparent,
and our clients remain aware of the costs throughout, so there are no
surprises. It is so rewarding to complete the design and then with my
team, make it a reality for my clients”
A big challenge in any design
project is to create a solution
which assimilates and balances the
needs and vision of the client with
the expertise and creativity of the
designer. For Emma, the key to
this is taking time from the outset
to get to know her clients, their
lifestyle and what they dream of
in their landscape. Every project is
unique, as is every client.
A reverence for the outdoors
and the environment is
understandably a common
focus in landscape architecture.
New products are always entering the market, many with a focus on
sustainability. Emma has the technical expertise and knowledge to
work across any medium but considers it vital to remain informed on
new products and techniques in the industry. “I am continually looking
for better methods and products which provide a superior result for
Emma thoroughly enjoys the process of meeting new clients and getting
a sense of the potential of a site, but her biggest satisfaction is seeing
the joy of her clients at the completion of the project. As one delighted
client commented: “We really valued Emma’s ability to listen and
translate our vision into the stunning end result we enjoy today.”
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42 STYLE | art
Words Gaynor Stanley
BRING TE PAPA WORKS
TO YOUR LIVING ROOM
First get hold of Samsung’s latest
release Frame TV, then visit the Art
Store and review its new Museum of
New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
collection. Among the 13 works
curated to disguise your uninspiring
black TV screen are a painting of
Kororareka Beach, Bay of Islands
by Thomas Gardiner (1840), a
watercolour of the extinct huia bird
species by Johannes Keulemans
(1900) and a Mount Cook landscape
by Charles Barraud (1884). Te
Papa’s contributions join more than
750 masterpieces from esteemed
museums and galleries from around
the globe. Jens Anders, Director of
Samsung New Zealand’s Consumer
Electronics division, said it was time for
arty Aotearoa to adorn the platform.
“Kiwis have truly embraced the Art
Store, with New Zealand being one of
the top five countries globally when it
comes to Frame TV owners activating
Look again: Ornithoptera priamus urvillianus (Guérin-Méneville, 1830) from our
national art collection is on TV.
CAPTURING CHANGE & A MOMENT OF RESPITE IN CHRISTCHURCH
Cultivated is an exhibition of Selwyn-based Master of Fine Arts graduate Mitchell Bright’s photography
investigating how the outer edges of Christchurch are changing in the post-quake landscape.
“Cultivated came as a reaction to the intense change I was witnessing in my hometown,” he says. “It is a
photographic exploration of the re-identification of a place and the repurposing of land.”
As large areas of land were rezoned and fields became construction sites for the Southern Motorway,
Cultivated examines the landscape in its in-between state, when isolated residences were suddenly next
door to large new subdivisions. It examines both the complex realities of the new land use and the
human relationship to the landscape.
CoCA until March 17 – along with a new film work by Emma Wallbanks and landscapes by Viv Wotton
Ngai Tahu artist, Turumeke Harrington, has created a new installation-cum-playground occupying the
entire gallery space at The Physics Room. Titled Hey mama, come play with me, Turumeke hopes to give
audiences a small moment of respite from daily life with her large-scale interactive sculptures.
The Physics Room until March 31
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Head to Dunedin to get up to speed with
one of the most dynamic areas of global
art. New Networks brings New Zealand
audiences works created since the rise of
the Chinese contemporary art movement
in the 1970s by 16 artists who’ve led the
way, including Ai Weiwei, Yang Fudong, Xu
Zhen, Wu Hung and Xu Bing. Drawn from
art collections in both New Zealand and
Australia, this will be the first time that many
of these significant artworks have been shown
in this country.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery until April 28
Yang Fudong, The Coloured Sky: New Women II, 1,
2014, colour inkjet print on paper,
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of the
Auckland Contemporary Art Trust, 2015
GIANT PUKEKO TO
STRUT CITY LANEWAY
Congratulations to Jake Clark for his
clean sweep in the Laneway Street
Art Competition for Guthrey Lane,
off Cashel Mall, near Ballantynes. The
Christchurch-based artist won $3000
from Peebles Group for his designs
for three laneway walls: a giant
pukeko, flying kereru and entrance
mural combining the taurapa
(symbolising the journey early Maori
made to get here) and tekoteko
(welcoming figure). The works are
in production now, so watch those
walls over winter.
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Class: Thursday 9.15am, interval.
Best aspect? I loved the way I could
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difficult to know if you’re pushing
yourself too hard or too little, so
having to hit the ‘orange zone’ made
I wish… I didn’t sweat so much! I
would recommend a headband or
wristband, because you will sweat!
Results? I enjoyed my session. The
whole process was clean-cut, simple
and effective. The trainer worked
me hard and to my fitness level,
which is unique to everyone.
Class: Tuesday 9.15am, strength.
Best aspect? Being able to take
everything at your own pace. On
the treadmill, I found the ‘power
walk’ the best option for someone
who has fallen off the fitness wagon.
Also, the heart monitors – you’re all
on an even playing field, all aiming to
push yourselves into the right zone,
as directed by the coach.
I wish… the timetable suited my
Results? My legs were like jelly
by the end of class! Knowing the
calories continue to burn long after
you’ve shed the gym gear was
Class: Friday 5.30pm, strength.
Best aspect? Individualised, yet
motivating group environment with
really attentive staff, fab facilities
and good to see a range of ages
sweating it out alongside me. I like
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each workout designed to keep the
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for 12 minutes.
I wish… I didn’t feel like a sparrow
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46 STYLE | beauty
Words Kate Preece
Makeup artist Emma Peters is focused on all things natural. Unsurprisingly,
then, her recently launched cosmetics brand Aleph is 100% cruelty-free and
vegan, as well as friendly to both people and the planet, with sustainable
packaging a given. The likes of organic totarol (sourced from totara), a natural
preservative, is used for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties to defend
the skin from environmental stress, and combat acne.
STYLE VERDICT? The packaging gets the big tick, with perfectly formed glass
pottles and metal screw tops packed away inside smart white, simple boxes.
The cheek/lip tint (I tried the coral ‘Ascend’) is great atop a lip balm, and when
used on the cheeks is a buildable colour option that will avoid the stripe effect.
The foundation/concealer is a great go-to for touch-ups through the day,
buttery soft to the touch and has a slight reflective sheen to give that muchdesired
While many foundations today include some level of
SPF, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation, it’s
not enough. So, keep that sun-smart routine February
enforced on us rolling – 365 days a year.
Apply a board-spectrum SPF30+ sunscreen onto
a cleansed face, wait for the skin to absorb, and
then proceed with the rest of your skincare regime
(moisturiser, serum, primer). If you are using a mineralbased
sunscreen, the order changes slightly – it goes
after your moisturiser and any other serum-type
products you use.
One reason a foundation and SPF combo isn’t a
winning one is that a lot of sunscreen is needed for full
protection. If you’re into numbers: two milligrams of
sunscreen per square centimetre of skin – or about half
a teaspoon. In other words, you need more sunscreen
than foundation. Perhaps consider pairing your primer
with SPF as there are ones that are clear (colour-free),
such as Urban Defense Complexion Primer Broad
Spectrum SPF30 by Urban Decay.
So, this is a friendly reminder that: 1. SPF protection
is required all year round; 2. Factor 30 should be
considered a minimum; and 3. You can never be too
stingy when it comes to sunscreen application.
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48 STYLE | beauty
SKIN LIKE A
Clemency Alice looks at the growth of marine
ingredients in the beauty world.
The ocean hosts a rich biodiversity and vast amount
of ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. Extracts
from sea plants, seawater and even fish scales are highly
compatible to the skin’s structure on a molecular level. An
example is the similarity between the cellular structure of
algae and our skin. The discovery of new marine-based
ingredients are increasing each year, contributing to thirdgeneration
skincare. The cosmetic industry is reaping the
benefits of these scientific breakthroughs, offering more
advanced formulas that are providing outstanding results.
Why are marine extracts so valuable and reputable
in skincare? Because they exhibit a complexity of highly
effective properties and mineral actives. Regular topical
application of marine-based skincare can provide firmness
and suppleness to the outer layers of the skin so that the
dermal condition is significantly improved.
When selecting your go-to marine beauty product,
look out for these effective key ingredients to ensure your
skin reaps the benefits from the ocean: collagen (waterbinding
and skin-protecting), seawater (antiseptic and
stimulating), seaweed extract also labelled as algae, kelp,
Fucus vesiculosus (healing, revitalising, nourishing, antiinflammatory),
caviar extract (revitalising, hydrating, firming).
French brand La Mer is recognised for its marine
botanical formulas and its Crème de la Mer has gained
cult status worldwide. This legendary cream’s foremost
ingredient is algae extract derived from seaweed and
enriched with nutrients, minerals and peptides. It helps heal
dryness and the result is an intensely conditioned, hydrated,
smoother skin. To apply, warm a small amount between
the fingers until it becomes translucent, then gently press
into the skin.
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ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is an awardwinning
moisturiser that provides firmness, suppleness
and moisture to the skin. Its star ingredient, Padina
pavonica, is a brown algae derived from Mediterranean
seaweed that contains water-attracting molecules,
which assist in maintaining the skin’s moisture and
result in a nourished, beautiful skin finish. All it takes is
one hour for Pro-Collagen Marine Cream to increase
hydration by up to 248%, while 14 days will see a
significant reduction in lines and wrinkles (Independent
Consumer Trials 2015).
Caviar extract is an exclusive precious ingredient
that is gaining momentum in the beauty industry.
What makes caviar a stellar standout is its nutrientdense
omega, vitamin, lipids and protein content
resulting in a rejuvenated, firmer and more contoured
skin. La Prairie’s Skin Caviar collection contains an
exclusive type of caviar, which is extracted using
an innovative, precise extraction method through
distillation, centrifugation and blending. The caviar
extract is rich in omega-3 and sourced from aqua
farms along the coast of Brittany in France. For an
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golden gleaming caviar beads that aid in boosting the
skin’s defenses and supporting an enhanced barrier
function of the skin. The result is a luminous, brighter
and smoother complexion. Perfect as a weekly ritual
and leading up to special events.
Eminence Organics Marine Flower Peptide Serum
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red seaweed algae complex. This effective, skinenhancing
serum utilises the vitamin, minerals and
amino-acid content of sea algae. It aids in diminishing
the appearance of wrinkles and provides a more
Through regular topical application of your
marine-based skincare, you will notice a significant
improvement in the overall appearance and
texture of your skin. Remember ‘less is more’ with
these products, since the ingredients have such a
concentration of actives and the skin will only absorb
what is necessary.
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50 STYLE | promotion
Kacey Louise, aka the ‘Brow Queen’,
knows what it takes to keep those
eyebrows in line.
What are the no-nos when it comes to brows?
For me, it’s plucking! It will always look messy as your
hair grows at different times, you’ll be constantly trying
to make them look neat. Plucking is where most brow
disaster stories start.
Can an over-plucked brow ever recover?
Not always. Sometimes we can definitely improve them,
however it depends on the severity of the damage. This
is actually why I trained in cosmetic brows – if I can’t
re-train a pair of brows, I can offer cosmetic tattooing
to give my clients the next best outcome.
What are the options when it comes to
micropigmentation and microblading?
I just love microblading, which is individual hair strokes
that offer an extremely natural, yet defined look.
‘Powder brows’ deliver a finish just like you’ve applied
makeup and ‘combination brows’ are individual hair
strokes closest to the nose then blending into a
But I like to customise each treatment to suit. For
example, oily skin isn’t so great for microblading,
however some clients still want the very subtle look.
In this case I would dilute pigments and create a very
soft powder or combination brow. This is one of my
favourite natural finishes.
How long do these treatments last?
Cosmetic tattooing is a more gentle treatment than
regular tattooing so the colour will fade after 12 to 18
months and you will need a top up. The length of time
all depends on your skin and lifestyle.
How do we get the right tint? Are there many shades?
The first step is a consultation so I’m clear on what my
client wants. Again, everyone is very different so I often
customise colours to suit. Just like a hairdresser – I have
many shades of tint to offer.
“I like to customise each treatment to suit.
For example, oily skin isn’t so
great for microblading, however some clients
still want the very subtle look.”
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52 STYLE | promotion
From a mobile business to one of
bricks and mortar, Charlotte Dawes is headed
in a very fashionable direction.
What encouraged your career change into one
focused on fashion?
I felt like it was time to do something new and of my
own. I was also very frustrated with what I saw as a
lack of good customer service and variety, especially
in chain stores and malls, etc. I knew it needed to be
based around things I was passionate about, so why
not combine my love of fashion and good customer
How did your mobile fashion store run – and do
you still operate this?
Yes, we do still operate this, and it is so much fun!
Basically, think of a combination of good old-fashioned
party plan with having a private boutique in your own
home. All the host needs to do is get a bunch of
friends together for a couple of hours (at their place
or ours), relax and enjoy some shopping fun… and
then get rewarded for it.
What are your most coveted brands right now?
Oh, this is hard to answer as there are so many. I
would have to say White Chalk (this was our first ever
label to come on board and I feel we have grown with
it), also brands like Anyone’s Daughter, Lemon Tree,
Tuesday and Junkfood Jeans are also highly sought
after… there are too many to mention!
Where does your love for fashion come from?
I think it has always been there… right back to my
dress-up box as a child and my love of paper dolls. I
always enjoy searching for new and interesting pieces
and I love nothing more than helping someone find
something that is “perfect” for them. Whether it be
a dress for something special or just a great pair of
comfy shorts or jeans.
Any tips for putting together a complete outfit?
Start with something you love and add to it! Whilst
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you really enjoy and that is comfortable is top of my
list. I always encourage our customers to find pieces
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54 STYLE | promotion
ONE OF A KIND
A great ring will last more than a lifetime, which can put a bit
of pressure on the choice and design. We speak to the team at Via Sollertia
about how to get it right – and keep it that way.
What are our options with rings that we wish to see
Anyone that brings in pieces to be remade is first
concerned with keeping components of the ring (metal
and stones), as the sentimental value is far greater than the
physical value. We ensure that we breathe new life into
a piece and keep the integrity of the sentimental by using
existing elements. Because everything is created on site we
can guarantee that it is the same metal, same stones, same
How does the design process traditionally play out for
those starting from scratch?
It always begins with a conversation. The key is to really
listen to what the client is looking for. It’s not about
showing them what you think they should have, but to
create a piece that will fulfil what they’re looking for. The
rest is straightforward. Choose your stones, metal and then
the fun begins – design!
What sort of designs are truly timeless?
Solitaires, three stones and halos/clusters will forever
remain timeless. And they certainly don’t have to be boring.
You can choose how the setting will look, its shape and
profile. There are some great, timeless designs coming
through with a very modern, contemporary twist.
Is it easy to source diamonds and other precious stones?
We have fabulous suppliers who can source us almost any
stone we require with ease. We pride ourselves on being
able to go above and beyond when it comes to sourcing a
particular store within budgets and timeframes.
How do we know who to trust with an heirloom?
Any jeweller with a reputable background can be trusted
with heirloom pieces. We love the fact that nothing leaves
our site and that our master jeweller has 20-plus years’
experience with incredibly special pieces of jewellery. For
example, one of our clients owns a ring that survived the
Great Fire of London (1666) and comes to see us when
the ring needs to be serviced. Whether it’s creating a new
heirloom piece or bringing life back to one that has been
passed through generations, the utmost care is taken.
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Words Kate Preece
We love it when fashion stores
descend on Canterbury – and there’s
been quite the flurry recently.
Kartel has branched out from its
Twizel store to now also be serving
up urban cool wares at The Colombo.
Expect neutral sophistication from
Amaya, the edgy versatility of Minx,
striking simplicity of Stitch Ministry
and colourful signature pieces from
Over in Merivale, newcomer
Fix Fashion has left Wellington
for greener plains, making very
fashionable waves at 121 Papanui
Road. Under new ownership, it’s a
hangout for White Chalk, Trelise
Cooper, Mooi bags, and more of the
super on-trend brands we love.
On the horizon, and worth the
wait, is Mikko Shoes, which intends
to add Christchurch to its list of six
North Island stores. The January
announcement has been met with
much excitement, with it meaning
more of the likes of Hispanitas, Hogl,
Saben, well within our reach, at 143
Victoria Street. Now, we just need to
wait for the ribbon cutting.
NEED TO KNOW:
If you haven’t heard of Ingrid
Starnes, you’re missing out. The
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garments designed and made here.
Known for its signature prints,
custom colourways and quality,
you know you’re on to a good
thing when you find it so very hard
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from the latest collection.
Autumn 2019, dubbed
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DRESS LIKE A BOSS
In the right outfit you can conquer the work commute, unruly clients, and the
entire world. So, give your working wardrobe the promotion it deserves.
Words Ella James
ow before we begin,
it’s to be noted that
this article isn’t about
the outfits that will get
you that pay rise. Outfits
can’t do that. Only you
can do that. Outfits can,
however, elevate your
mood to new levels,
and motivate you
entirely, which is always
greatly appreciated in
any workplace. Here
are three sensationally
inspiring women who
are making waves in their
given industries while
declining the all-toooften-prescribed
skirt and blouse.
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -
American activist, politician and educator.
“Next time someone tells Bronx
girls to take off their hoops, they
can just say they’re dressing like a
Congresswoman,” said Alexandria
Whilst it’s her trailblazing efforts
in American politics that deserve
the limelight, her brazen choice of
fashions simply can’t go unmentioned.
Alexandria has taken power dressing
and statement-making up a notch, all
in the name of her home borough
in New York City, the Bronx. In a
political environment that sees the
very few women within it dressed
in standard suit, traditional gender
norms are expected to be obeyed.
The young politician recently
made the headlines for being the
youngest ever female to be elected
into Congress, and she did so in
spectacular fashion. Donning a white
suit, fierce red lip and gold hoops,
the young politician made a visual
statement that she’s here to shake
things up, and she has.
Alexandria took inspiration from
Sonia Sotomayor, an Associate Justice
of the Supreme Court of the United
States, who was advised to trade in
her red lipstick and gold hoops for
more neutral alternatives in order
to avoid scrutiny by the press. This
Bronx-born go-getter has rather
different ideas, and it’s fast becoming
her signature look.
Alexandria is making waves in
modern politics and in abolishing
gender norms. The suffragettes wore
bold, red lipstick, and so does this
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- Whitney Wolfe Herd -
Founder of dating app Bumble.
While you may not be familiar with Whitney Wolfe,
you’re bound to have heard of Bumble. The dating app
launched in 2014, when 100,000 people downloaded
it within the first month, and it’s showing no signs of
slowing down. The innovative narrative behind Bumble
is most different to other dating apps. Bumble puts the
women in control in enabling them to make the first
move by initiating conversation with males on the app.
Her approach to fashion has a real sting to it, and
while the app founder has been a very busy bee indeed,
she’s not one to turn up in an outfit anything less
than sharp. Always making an entrance in bold, bright
ensembles, you just can’t deny her your undivided
attention. The millionaire tech guru is close friends with
rebel female entrepreneur Diane Von Furstenberg and
it would appear that Furstenberg’s iconic sense of style
is rubbing off on her.
Whitney has recently been spotted at numerous
work functions sporting wild and vibrant Furstenberg
designs, and it’s definitely a work uniform that we can
get behind. Whitney symbolises bold, unapologetic
femininity at its most stylish.
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- Noor Tagouri -
Libyan American journalist, producer,
activist and motivational speaker.
“I realised that my strength
lies in using my own identity,”
said Noor Tagouri.
Noor Tagouri’s presence
really encapsulates the room,
and her personal sense of
style makes this impressive
young woman even harder to
ignore. She isn’t afraid to be
herself in the workplace, and
it’s refreshing and empowering
in equal measure.
The most important aspect
of her signature style is, of
course, her hijab. As a young
child and during her early
career, Noor was told by
others that a woman veiled
in a hijab simply couldn’t exist
in such a ruthless industry.
Yet, despite being met
with anger and prejudice
by many, she kept working
hard and furthermore, kept
wearing her hijab as a symbol
of her Muslim faith. Now,
with 391,000 followers on
Instagram, she’s inspiring a
generation to be proud of
Noor does power dressing
a little differently. Instead of
opting for structured suits and
sky-high heels, she dresses in
soft silhouettes and calming
tones that prove timeless,
practical and stylish; most
perfect for a busy professional
lifestyle. Always adorned
in perfectly paired gold
accessories, Noor is capable
of commanding a room,
before she’s even spoken
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Let effortless style rule the workplace.
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ahead of the rest.
From Left to Right: Charley, Caro (rent-a-chair), Tamara, Chelsea, Sandy, Stewart
“The ‘friends’ part
draws on the immense support
we felt during and after the
earthquakes from our clients,
suppliers and reps.”
What’s the story behind the business name?
The name was established in 2010. Though it might
seem quite straigthforward, as it includes my surname,
the “friends” part draws on the immense support we
felt during and after the earthquakes from our clients,
suppliers and reps. When you are forced out of your
place of business, it is this type of support that enables
you to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get
back to that chair – giving back to those friends by
delivering the top service that formed this loyalty in
the first place.
What are you expecting from 2019?
It’s definitely going to be a year of expansion – watch
What experience do you bring to your chair?
I’ve been in the industry for 26 years, training
in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand,
and also managed some of Christchurch’s
What brings you the most joy in the salon?
I love curly hair and using free-hand balayage
to create natural sun-kissed blonde looks.
FRONT OF HOUSE
How important are first impressions?
Very. It is the first experience of the salon
the client gets. I enjoy being that friendly and
welcoming face for people to see, making
them feel comfortable.
What is your area of expertise?
I am a total perfectionist when it comes
to colour. Colour is my passion, and I love
getting blonde tones just right. It was great
to have this recognised at the 2018 NZARH
hairdressing awards too.
Why made you choose this career?
I have always been interested in the hair and
beauty industry – being creative is something
I love! I also love making a difference and
helping people feel good about themselves.
70 STYLE | beauty
Amidst the incredible display of fashion, hair and makeup that is awards season; we’ve been
getting side-tracked by one show-stopping hair style in particular – the side parting.
Words Ella James
Capable of adding instant glamour, it’s little surprise that so
many A-listers choose to rock the swept-over look for their
red carpet appearances. Here are two sterling examples from
the Grammy’s that will have you flipping your hair to one side.
- KYLIE JENNER -
When wearing couture Balmain, there’s simply no need to go
overboard with hairstyling. The lush pink jumpsuit that Jenner
wore required very little else, so a soft, flirty up-do was the
perfect option. Kylie’s style is pinned at the back, allowing the
outfit to take centre stage.
- MILEY CYRUS -
Miley’s beachy look appears almost effortless, but it does,
of course, require that little bit of work. However, it’s
totally possible to recreate this look at home with a bit of
preparation and the help of a few magic ingredients.
TIPS & TRICKS:
For this style, you’re after a more undone wave, which
is best achieved by plaiting your hair. So, shampoo and
condition your hair as normal.
Apply a smoothing cream to wet hair. This isn’t the time
for frizz or fly-aways.
Once you’ve combed your product through, allow your
hair to dry naturally or use a dryer, but don’t completely
dry your locks.
When your hair is still slightly damp, section into three
pieces and plait each one. Secure each section with a thin
hair tie. At this stage keep your parting neutral, as creating
the side parting when the hair is dry and wavy will aid in
achieving more volume.
For best results, keep the plaits in overnight or until hair is
completely dry. Then, gently loosen each plait with your
Go crazy with sea salt spray, scrunching the sections of
your hair as you go.
Now is the time to position your parting. We love the
look that Miley’s achieved here by tucking one side behind
the ear to reveal statement ear cuffs.
Keep that undone, rockstar look in place with the help of
some trusty hairspray, and you’re ready to rock.
TIPS & TRICKS:
After applying plentiful heat protection spray, use a curling
tong to create some thick, gentle waves.
Achieve texture and grip by applying texturising spray at the
roots. Tousle large sections of waves with fingers as you apply.
Allow the spray to settle and dry on the hair.
To the left or the right, section the hair to achieve that deep,
Use a hairdryer to gently blow the hair from the face, fixing
into place with hairspray as you go.
Pin the hair back in the desired style. Low buns and ponytails
are great options.
Pull down a few strands of hair to frame the face and apply a
generous amount of hairspray.
72 STYLE | fashion
OF ESSENTIAL INVESTMENT PIECES FOR MEN
Words Ella James
Welcome to the final instalment of our A to
Z of essential investment pieces for men.
By now you’re sure to have built up a most
impressive clothing rack, leaving your partner with
significantly less room on their side of the pole.
The last two items on the list are binary
opposites, but the integration of both into
any modern wardrobe is of equal importance.
Life is all about balance, after all. The following
letters both came to me on a recent trip to
London, where the two were seen living in
total, contrasting harmony.
Y is for yoga wear.
Yoga is the perfect way to counteract an
increasingly hectic city lifestyle, so I wasn’t
shocked to see masses of men sporting yoga
wear as I hopped around the city. Here in New
Zealand, we’re lucky to enjoy a more naturally
balanced lifestyle, but surely it’s high time
Kiwis stocked up too. On or off the yoga mat,
comfortable, stretch materials will only enhance
your performance. Opt for subtle, neutral
colours for optimum versatility. Downwardfacing
dog has never looked so stylish.
Z is for zebra print.
Yes, this was the best I could do. But seriously, some of our
favourite high street names, including Zara, are serving up
some wonderfully wild zebra print shirts. Let the wild design
do the talking and keep the rest of your outfit minimal; rolled
up chinos or slim cut jeans complement the look perfectly.
Wearing this particular print takes guts, but the risk will
definitely pay off. After all, leopard print is so 2018.
And so our alphabet of essential investment pieces for men
draws to a close. Next up – the ABCs of essential investment
pieces for children. I am, of course, joking.
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74 STYLE | motoring
A HYBRID OF LUXURY
Motoring writer Ross Kiddie discovers the Lexus ES hybrid offers
just the right combination of what he likes best.
Lexus has come a long way in the
last 26 years. The launch in New
Zealand of the LS400 luxury sedan in
1992 has since paved the way for some
Sure, today’s emphasis is on hybrid
technology and sport utility vehicles,
much of it a combination, but there
are still surprises in the company’s
extensive line-up; take the amazing V8
performance models – LC500, RC-F
and GS-F – the latter there for those
who still like sedans.
I recently drove the GS-F 10th
anniversary model and enjoyed it
immensely, however, there is another
sedan in the Lexus line-up – the ES –
and although it doesn’t have a highperformance
power plant, it is there
for those who feel they need to do
something for the environment.
The reason being is that the
ES300h, as its nomenclature suggests,
is only available in hybrid form only,
although there are two specification
levels – effectively low and high grade
The test car was the latter, it carries
a further development of the driveline
that I claim is the best hybrid on the
market, and that is the 2.5-litre unit
that we have come to know and love
in Toyota Camry.
The ES300h has just entered a new
generation, it is a totally new shape
and there have been many engineering
changes to complement the upgraded
Effectively, the fundamental
engineering aspects have been retained.
It’s a front-drive car and the hybrid
system channels through a continuously
variable automatic transmission.
However, it must be said that the
entire package reeks of quality and
appeal, and it looks stunning. Everyone
who laid eyes on the evaluation car
commented on its style and presence,
and inside the trim is exquisite –
notable through white and soft red
leather with lashings of woodgrain.
While it looks a million dollars, the
ES300h starts at just $76,990, the
Limited version adding $16,000. For
that money not only are you getting a
car which oozes presence, there are
all the bits and bobs you would expect
in a luxury car. Column space won’t
allow for comprehensive detailing, but I
can report that any buyer wouldn’t be
disappointed with the level of fitment.
The ES300h also feels good to be in,
that’s no surprise, Lexus is a luxury car
maker of true quality and it just feels
In recent years Lexus has broadened
its focus, and even though luxury is still
the key manufacturing ingredient, the
ES300h has been built with a sporty
emphasis as well. The suspension is all
new and it feels taut and tight through
the chassis and the steering is weighted
so that there is a constantly involving
feel. Lexus says the handling is biased
towards a European feel and it is not
wrong, it is a true competitor for any
luxury car out of the Continent.
The new hybrid driveline, along
with the latest generation nickel
metal hydride batteries, provides a
combination of power and economy.
Lexus claim a total power output of
160kW, while bottom end strength
is garnered through a combination of
electric boost and the natural torque
large capacity four-cylinder engines
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- Sleek styling
- Involving driving experience
- Fuel economy
$16,000 price gap
between base and high
Lexus ES300h Limited,
2487cc, 160kW, continuously
Just to prove the ES300h can
compete on the global stage as
a luxury/performance model, it
will accelerate to 100km/h from
a standstill in 8.9sec, and for that
highway overtake the petrol/
electric combination will force a
5sec time to make 120km/h from
The big ES sedan is also a
gigantic fuel miser. Lexus claims
a 4.6-litre per 100km/h (61mpg)
combined cycle rating. During my
testing time the best I could come
up with was 6.6l/100km (43mpg),
which was a mixture of city driving
and my open road evaluation, and
wasn’t far distant from Lexus’ claim,
and I didn’t have to try hard to get
that figure, fuel savings come just as
a matter of course.
On the open road the Lexus
ES300h is a car which covers
distance quickly and quietly. It feels
relaxed and sits well attached to
the road, the steering is beautifully
weighted and directional when
pushed quickly into a corner.
Ride quality is simply superb yet
handling-wise nothing has been
compromised. The ES300h isn’t a
total sports sedan, but it does have
handling ability which offers safety
and satisfaction if a quick burst
through the high country hills is
If you are a luxury car buyer yet
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been on a solid development path
for many years now with a major
focus on sport utility vehicles – take
the exciting new UX that has just
been released into our market, it’s
a funky, cheeky model yet it is still
built with Lexus’ values of luxury
However, for me, I still like the
quintessential sedan, and as my
time in hybrids further increases so
are they are increasingly appealing
to me. The ES300h is a further
example of the overall quality of
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76 STYLE | travel
Colours and contrasts of Morocco
THE REAL MOROCCO
Ricci Harbuck takes her family on a 10-day discovery tour of Marrakech,
the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara regions of Morocco.
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Inside Marrakech's ancient medina
The cab ride from Marrakech’s Menara Airport to our
riad seemed unremarkable at first. Then, with one right
turn through the arches of the ancient medina wall, we
began our ride into organised chaos. Donkey carts, delivery
trucks, scooters, street vendors and tourists all competed
for any open patch of the road.
With eyes seemingly in the back of his head, our driver,
Ibrahim, took it all in his stride; weaving through narrow
alleyways and finally parking near our Airbnb. He walked
us through the ancient and narrow cobblestoned alleys;
four left turns and then two rights. Upon arriving, we were
greeted by our housekeeper Naima and the aroma of her
lamb and apricot tagine.
The next day, wanting to stretch our legs and craving
some adventure, we booked a full day’s dune buggy ride
with Dunes and Desert through the Agafey Stone Desert
and up into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Driving
up the steep foothills transformed my partner into a little
boy and tested my comfort levels once or twice. Having
managed to climb to a high point, we were rewarded with
stunning 360-degree views of villages, abandoned ancient
casbahs, and shepherds tending flocks of sheep and goats. A
lunch of chicken tagine and Moroccan mint tea was served
under a Berber tent against the backdrop of the snowcapped
Anxious to taste the local specialities, our food tour
through Tours by Locals also proved a great way to get
familiar with the souks (markets). Over the next three
hours, Amie guided us through the busy commercial
quarter, filling us up with olives, dates, almond pastries,
stories and history. The final bite was of tangia; beef that
had been slow-cooked over hot coals inside a clay urn.
The next morning our private driver/guide, Abdul from
Marrakech Specialists, arrived in his SUV for the start of
our five-day/four-night private tour of the Atlas Mountains
and the Sahara. We set off into the mountains, stopping
to explore the Ait Benhaddou Kasbah (known as the
Moroccan Hollywood) and spent the night in Skoura.
A traditional Moroccan breakfast kick-started day two,
through which we visited a range of kasbahs and ventured
off the beaten path. Memorable was the Kasbah Amridil,
rich with history and beautiful architecture, which was all
brought to life by our hysterically funny guide. Dades and
Todgha Gorges delighted us with views of towering canyon
walls, small villages nestled in strips of lush vegetation along
the riverbanks and winding, desolate roads.
Then, Abdul changed our itinerary. Heading off-road
for an hour, we stopped in the middle of nowhere and
found a family of Berber nomads living in two caves with
their livestock and 12 children. One little boy shyly gave
me his hard, calloused hand and led us into the main cave
for a cup of Moroccan tea. In stark contrast, the night’s
accommodation was inside a luxury cave at the Auberage
du Festival in Tamtatoucht.
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Nomads of Todgha Plains; Skoura rest stop; Kasbah Amridil views; Camel jockeys
Most of our third day was spent driving through to
the Merzouga Dunes, just 15km from the Algerian
border. Our camels were ready for the hour trek to
camp. Abdul had joked that after three hours on a
camel one is ready for the hospital and, after barely an
hour, we wondered if that was true.
Arriving at camp, we were just in time for a
spectacular view of the dunes bathed in the golden
glow of the setting sun. Sunlight and shadows created
mosaics all around us as we watched the sun set.
Red Berber carpets were spread across the camp
like ribbons over caramel-covered sand. After dinner
the local boy band played drums in front of a roaring
The tent did little to shield us from the freezing
temperatures that night, but the blankets kept the edge
off. We caught the sunrise the following day by hiking
up the dunes, fuelling up on breakfast before climbing
on our camels to head back to Erg Chebbi.
After returning to Marrakech, Abdul recommended
a traditional hammam – Turkish bath. TripAdvisor
highly rated Alphais Spa, so we promptly booked
their massage/hammam package in a bid to ease away
the last impressions of our camel transportation. We
entered the steamy cave-like room and lay down on
a marble slab. We were quietly enjoying the zen-like
calm, when suddenly, without warning, a large bucket of
hot water drenched us. Black henna-soap was applied
head to toe before attendants donned a scrubbing
mitt and proceeded to scour us – essentially rubbing
raw every square inch of our exposed bodies. Another
rinse followed and a ghassoul (a clay mask) was applied
and allowed to dry. We were rinsed again with bucket
after bucket of hot water. The treatment ended with a
fragrant rose moisturiser and a shampoo. An authentic
Moroccan experience not to be missed.
To celebrate our last evening in Morocco, we made
our way through the souks to Jemaa el-Fna Square for
dinner at Nomad. The crowds that night were crushing,
and we made slow progress moving forward. Dinner
on the roof-top terrace gave us a safe bird’s eye view
of snake charmers, belly dancers and Berber dancers
mixed with juice stands, fake Nike shoes and iPhones.
Morocco is a country where African, Arab and
European cultures are intertwined to create a most
delightful and unique travel destination. You can ski,
mountain bike, surf, or ride camels if you are prepared
to travel. You can enjoy luxury resorts, ancient riads,
golf courses and spas. But the best part of Morocco,
without a doubt, is its gracious people.
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• Don’t overschedule: allow for some downtime
• Leave your passport and valuables at the hotel
• Consider private vs group tours
• Visit during shoulder season (April to May and
September to November) when it’s
• Carry small cash for tips and bathrooms
• Vendors expect to bargain, never pay
• Expect lots of driving to attractions
outside of Marrakech
• Beware of locals who offer to guide
you through the souks
• Respect local customs and cover legs
• Emirates or Qatar Airways are recommended,
as is a day or two stopover in Dubai or Doha
to break up the trip. (Ricci flew into Madrid and
spent a week in Costa del Sol, booking a
regional carrier for return flights to Marrakech.)
Moroccan tea time
Ricci Harbuck is Managing Director and
Dry Feet Specialist for Wet Feet Dry Feet Travel.
PLANNING YOUR WEDDING AND
LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?
A visit to BLOOM at The Tannery on Sunday 7th April is a must!
We are excited to bring you this inaugural wedding event at The Tannery.
Join us at The Tannery and see how this iconic retail destination is transformed
into a magical wedding venue after hours, with four unique spaces to suit
weddings of all sizes and styles. BLOOM brings togethers a thoughtfully curated
collection of wedding vendors who share our love of boutique weddings,
embody old world charm and contemporary flair!
From stylists to makeup artists, florists to jewellers, celebrants to
photographers and everything in between.
Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to hear a selection
of local wedding artists perform and we will be closing the event with
a fashion show in the main atrium under the fairy lights.
NO ORDINARY BRIDAL FAYRE
Sunday April 7th – 10am to 5pm
3 Garlands Road, Woolston
· Kelly Shakespeare
· Johannes van Kan
· Susannah Blatchford
· Ingrid BROOK.
IB Fashion & Bridal
· Brides of Merivale
· Mrs Bottomley’s
· Charmed Flowers
· Debbie Hawker -
· Katerina Boutique
· Beauty at the Tannery
· The Filing Kabinett
· The Cake Eating
· Harpers House Ltd
· The Little Hire
· The China Cabinet
· Run Wild Events
· The Event Boutique
· Renee Hay Make Up
· Canterbury Bride
· Little Paper Store
· Blue’s Booth
80 STYLE | travel
If our Morocco feature has you daydreaming about
which kaftans you’ll be packing, here are some neighbouring
Arabian destinations to work into a stopover.
Words Gaynor Stanley
ABOVE: One of the highest luxury resorts in the world, Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, opened two years ago near Muscat, Oman. Its stunning location
2000m above sea level overlooking the Green Mountain canyon was visited by HRH Princess of Wales in 1986 and, today,
Diana’s Point is a favourite spot for guest dining and sunrise yoga.
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The United Arab Emirates revolves around all things
bigger, better, blingier so it’s no surprise to learn its
newest indoor theme park made it on to Time magazine’s
World’s Greatest Places 2018 within a month of opening.
Costing a cool $1 billion, Warner Bros. World Abu
Dhabi presents all the characters and stories from
DC Comics, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera in 29
attractions across six ‘lands’. Step through the iconic
Warner Bros. shield to enter a hedonistic world where
Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman fight for justice,
the Flinstones and Jetsons flit by and Bugs Bunny and
Scooby-Doo come to life in awe-inspiring ways.
Wandering 15 air-conditioned hectares from ride
to ride must feel a bit Truman Show-esque, yet with
temperature highs that average well over 30°C and into
the 40s for eight months of the year, trust me, you’re
going to want to be inside.
Anything you can do
Meanwhile the one-up-sheik-ship continues next door, where the USD1.4 billion Royal
Atlantis Resort Dubai is due to open later this year along the beach from the original Atlantis
– the resort which redefined tourism in Dubai when it opened on revolutionary manmade
island The Palm, in 2008. Unlike its older sister, resplendent in Arabian pink and minarets, the
Royal Atlantis Resort will be a contemporary design by New York firm Kohn Pedersen Fox
Associates that stacks curvy boxes housing 231 residences and 795 guest rooms in Jenga-like
precipitousness above the Arabian Sea. Among the host of planned amenities is an infinity
pool situated 90m above the ground, reminiscent of Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands icon.
Not to be outshone, Atlantis The Palm – where a night in the Royal Bridge Suite averages
$33,000 – continues to evolve its opulence-meets-entertainment niche. Last month it opened
Wavehouse, which it claims is another first-of-its-kind for Dubai. Overlooking the resort’s
Aquaventure Waterpark (famous for the Leap of Faith slide dropping riders at an 86-degree
angle from the top of a replica Mayan temple through a clear acrylic tunnel to emerge in a
shark-filled lagoon), Wavehouse now brings guests the rush of surfing in a beach-bar-meetsgastropub
setting, complete with artificial wave outdoor pool and indoor bowling arcade.
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Ultimate meets unique
Along with the aforementioned world’s largest
cartoon strip (Warner Bros. World) Abu Dhabi’s
Yas Island is also home to another indoor theme
park, Ferrari World – boasting the world’s fastest
rollercoaster Formula Rossa (240kmh at full
throttle) and Yas Marina Circuit – home of the
Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Warner Bros. World’s October 2018
launch was heralded as another milestone in
Abu Dhabi’s journey to become one of the
world’s leading tourist destinations; and, don’t
mind if we do, nab some visitor share from its
overshadowing next-door emirate, Dubai.
One of the other jewels in its casket is the
Louvre Abu Dhabi (also on Time’s World’s
Greatest Places list), which has welcomed more
than a million visitors since opening just over a
year ago. International visitors accounted for 60%
of them, attracted by the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s
remarkable architecture and buying clout with
France’s finest institutions that see it hosting
exhibitions like Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden
Age: Masterpieces of the Leiden Collection and
the Musée du Louvre (until May 18). Inspired
by traditional Islamic architecture, the Jean
Nouvel-designed building features a monumental
perforated dome of star shapes that create a ‘rain
of light’ effect within the museum.
If you plan to self-drive between the emirates
you can enjoy the Louvre’s Highway Gallery, the
world’s first roadside gallery, spanning 100km of
the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway. Let the locals pass
by in their Bentleys and Maseratis as you tune
in to local radio stations and listen to a curator’s
presentation on each billboard-displayed work.
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Heights of fancy
Elsewhere in the Gulf States, Oman also has many
superlative attractions and places to stay – including
one of the world’s highest luxury hotels Anantara’s
Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort (pictured p. 80). Crowning
the fabled Green Mountain, two hours inland from
Muscat, the 82 canyon view guest rooms, 33 private
pool villas and modern Omani architecture elevate
luxury to new heights.
Emiratis don’t shy from taking something
extraordinary and trouncing it so in Saudi Arabia,
the world’s first kilometre high building is due for
completion in 2020. The Jeddah Tower will surpass
the current tallest skyscraper, Burj Khalifa, in (no
surprise here) Dubai by a heart pounding 180 metres.
Those who thrill to new heights will be poised to
make their reservation for the Four Seasons hotel or
ride the elevators to the observation deck that will
cling like a spaceship landing disc to the 652m point.
Inspired by a bundle of leaves shooting up from the
ground, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
designed Jeddah’s highest rise to emanate the growth,
prosperity, and regional emergence of its homeland on
the global stage. Indeed.
JOIN US FOR THE TANNERY
MARKET DAY AS WE WELCOME
The eagerly anticipated Tannery Autumn Market will kick off on
Saturday 23rd March, 10 – 5pm.
Packed full of sale tables and store specials, talented local
crafts and designers, live music, your favourite food vendors
plus entertainment for the kids with Melanie Poppins.
Live music from Ryan Ferris in The Tannery Atrium
from 11am – 3.30pm.
We have some of the best local talented craft and design stall
holders joining us for the day... your favourites are back plus
some new additions for 2019!
SATURDAY 23RD MARCH
10 – 5 PM
Zippity Doo Dah
Sarah Geary Pottery
Ruby and Bear
Straws x KAY
Jet Black Design
Village Leather Craft
Lemon and Sunshine
Take advantage of the sales and promotions on offer from
our boutique retailers on Market Day. Deals to be had across
men’s and women’s fashion, childrenswear, jewellery, bags and
accessories, health, fabrics, books & homewares.
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JOURNEY IN STYLE,
There are limitless ocean-cruising options, but these only take
you to the edge of the country. Rail touring takes you to the very heart of it.
Nikki Ford from Dunedin Railways discusses options
for rail touring in the South Island.
Where would be the best place to start in
planning a journey by rail?
Thanks to New Zealand’s railway pioneers, who
created railroads through some of the most
inaccessible areas of the South Island, Dunedin
Railways can travel to the most remote, yet
beautiful locations so we are spoilt for choice!
Departing from either Christchurch or Dunedin,
this iconic company offers three specialised rail
touring options: the West Coast, East Coast, or our
flagship Southern tour.
Which rail touring option is best for me?
Departing from Christchurch, the Southern rail tour
takes guests as far as Stewart Island and has a real
focus on New Zealand’s history with stopovers in
Oamaru’s historic precinct or visits to Dunedin’s
Larnach Castle and the stunning viaducts of Taieri
Gorge. If you love the mountains and breathtaking
vistas inaccessible by road, then the West Coast
tour is the tour for you. If ocean views are more
your style, the East Coast tour travels from Dunedin
to Picton, culminating in a cruise in the Queen
Charlotte Sounds before returning south.
Are there opportunities to look around the
stop-over destinations independently?
Dunedin Railways prides itself on looking after
its guests’ every need, but we don’t want to
overwhelm guests with strict, inflexible itineraries,
which is why there are add-on tour options at
most of the stopover destinations. For those who
would like some independence, guests are welcome
to explore the stop-over destinations of their
What sort of travellers will be on board the train?
Guests tell us they have made life-long friends during
their journey and continue to catch up regularly.
In fact, a lot of our repeat guests book their next
tours with people they met on their previous tours!
In short, our rail tours are for those who love
the nostalgia of rail travel, who have a sense of
adventure, but who also like to be taken care of!
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WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL
It’s been dubbed ‘the coolest little wine festival in the country’, and with so many
wonderful wine producers on board, it’s bound to be a corker.
The dark soils, clear skies and warm breezes are what make North Canterbury
such a special place, and Muddy Water Wines has captured this essence
in a wine. Just take a sip of their certified-organic wine at the festival and you’re
transported to that serenity in an instant.
Mt. Beautiful Wines believes that it’s the exact wild, rugged and breathtakingly
scenic region of North Canterbury that produces such beautiful wine, and we
absolutely agree. So, enjoy a tipple of Mt. Beautiful wine and take in your wonderful
surroundings. Continue your hazy morning at the festival with a glass or more of
fine, handcrafted Waipara wine from Ataahua Wines. Best served with good food
and great company, fill up your cup and explore the fantastic fare with friends.
As lunchtime approaches, you will be even more keen to try your next wine
and food match, so be sure to head to The Crater Rim stand where the team
from the rolling hills of Waipara will oh so perfectly match your next glass with
the fresh, locally produced foods that are available at the festival. With market
limited quantities of terroir-specific wines produced in their own two vineyards
and contracted sites in the Canterbury sub-regions of Waipara, Omihi and Banks
Peninsula and in Central Otago, there’s something for everyone’s palette. The team
behind the magic that is The Crater Rim Ltd very much look forward to seeing you
at their stand, where they’ll happily talk you through their range, pouring samples
along the way.
If the copious amounts of delectable food leave you feeling somewhat sluggish
after lunch, head to Mischief Wines and perk yourself back up with funky and
engaging whites and a moreish Pinot Noir and let the mischief quite literally ensue,
just in time to dance along to the DJ’s beats.
Feeling a little guilty about guzzling all of that wine? With Waipara producers
such as Silver Wing making natural, preservative-free wines, there’s never been
a better excuse to indulge. Don’t dash away without visiting the stand of 2018’s
‘Winery of the Year’, Greystone, either. Known for its 33-hectare organic vineyard
perched on the unique limestone hills of the Waipara Valley, visit their stall for the
certified-organic wines that won their very own Dom Maxwell the title of Gourmet
Traveller ‘Winemaker of the Year’.
After just one sip of Dunnolly wine, you’ll be sure to pine after the offerings from
the father-and-daughter winemaking duo, but fear not, their sumptuous wines are
available online for you to enjoy long after the festival ends.
Be sure to round off your day with Black Estate’s minimal intervention,
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This month, we get a taste for Eastern European cuisine.
Words & Photos Vanessa Ortynsky
recently visited Kate Grater at The Pierogi Joint, a café in
I Hillsborough that’s introducing Christchurch to Eastern
Europe’s favourite dish. Originally from Canada, Kate
has been living in Christchurch since 2013 and educating
Kiwis on one of Canada’s most popular foods, the humble
pierogi (which takes various spellings and forms!). Kate
describes the pierogi as a European dumpling, making it
a bit easier for New Zealanders to get their head around
this culinary delight.
If you’re wondering why so many Canadians have an
affinity for Eastern European cuisine, you’re not alone.
Following the Brits and the French, the next large wave
of immigrants to Canada came from Eastern Europe,
many making central Canada – Alberta, Saskatchewan and
Manitoba, in particular – their home. As a multicultural
country, Canadians of all culture have retained many of the
traditions to this day. Given my background as a Ukrainian
Canadian (just look at my surname if you need proof), I
was delighted when a friend mentioned The Pierogi Joint
was becoming a permanent fixture in our fine city.
Kate initially launched her business in 2014 and you may
have tried her pierogi at markets and events. Following a
brief hiatus, she’s now back in full force with the café. As
well as connecting to her own heritage, Kate loves that she
is introducing New Zealanders to an entirely new culture.
The menu changes regularly and is inspired by what’s
local, in season and fresh. When I visit, she’s serving up
cranberry cheeseburger and, my personal favourite, The
Gourmet, which is filled with kumara, feta and pine nuts! If
you’re a bit of a purist, she’s also got the original, humble
pierogi, which pays homage to that which is filled with
potato and served with fried onions and sour cream.
The Pierogi Joint also caters to all dietary requirements,
including vegan and gluten-free. Oh, and she’s introducing
sausage, like the traditional kubasa as well as a vegan
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Pirogi, pirohy, pyrohy, varenyky are filled
dumplings made by wrapping unleavened
dough around a savoury or sweet filling
then cooking in boiling water or panfrying.
Pierogi, which consist of noodle
dough and have to be cooked in boiling
water, are associated with the Central
and Eastern European kitchens where
they are considered national dishes. Their
variant varenyky and pyrohy are popular in
Ukrainian and Russian cuisine. The dumplings
may be served with a topping, such as
melted butter, sour cream or fried onion or
a combination of those ingredients.
Where to find them
Kate’s pierogies can be found at The
Pierogi Joint, her café on 7a Nuttall Drive,
Hillsborough (enter from Desi Street) and
a variety of local markets, including the
Christchurch Farmers’ Market. She has
regular nights at Level One in New Brighton
(1/217 Marine Parade).
Making the perfect pierogi takes skill and
dedication. Not only has Kate nailed down
the pinching technique, she also loves
sharing her love of pierogi by hosting regular
cooking classes. Invite your friends over for
a few fun-filled hours learning the art of
pierogi making and testing out new fillings.
Sweet or Savoury
Growing up, we regularly had savoury
pierogies, often with potato, potato and
cheese, sauerkraut or prune (yes, prune)
filling. When we visited the motherland for
the first time, I was surprised to see sweet
pierogies a permanent fixture at the dinner
table. Blueberry and cherry pierogies were
popular, but Kate is offering more gourmet
options like apple pie and sweet cheese
vanilla custard (served with ice cream,
caramel and dusted with cinnamon!)
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Words Kate Preece
If you need another reason to make
your way north of the Waimak, Little
Vintage Espresso (20 Markham Street,
Amberley) is worth a visit. In fact, Trip
Advisor reviewers have let the cat out
of the bag, collectively deciding it’s the
best place to eat in Amberley. The
health-driven smoothie collection was
proving popular when we visited on a
busy Saturday morning. With flavours
such as beetroot, apple and ginger, or
coconut and manjo, we were surely
tempted too. We instead joined the
queue of coffee drinkers, enjoying our
fuel up before setting course for a day
Bay Road Peanut Butter
Factory & Café Opens
What could improve on having a factory
making super fresh peanut butter in Dunedin?
Having a café on the factory site – that’s
what! Bay Road Peanut Butter has infused the
food and beverages menu with seriously local
flavour, with Common Ground Espresso,
Windy Ridge Milk, toast from Spelt Bakery
and jams from Eat with Kate all close at hand.
Make a show of it
Foodies will be starting to get their drool
on in anticipation of The Food Show’s
arrival next month. Christchurch kicks
off the tour, which brings celebrity chefs,
masterclasses, demonstrations and a
host of products to Horncastle Arena on
April 5-7. Healthy options will be in full
force, with the likes of Green Meadows
showing off their 50/50 meat and
vegetable patties, or this could be the
time you try your first hemp cookie. You
can count on everybody’s tastes being
well catered for.
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Australia’s clean-living expert Luke Hines
lives by a food philosophy based on clean
living, paleo and keto. Determined to
showcase how fresh healthy food is
accessible to everyday eating, he will be
hosting live cooking demonstrations at
The Food Show in Christchurch.
You got your start on My Kitchen Rules in Australia and you
were a finalist, would you do it again?
I certainly would! I had such a great time filming My Kitchen
Rules and it was six months of boot camp for cooking! It really
puts you through your paces and it taught me so much about
food, but also myself in regards to confidence and stamina in
Why do you think people are so scared of diets such as
paleo and keto?
I think when anything in life is new and unfamiliar our initial
reaction can be a mix between nervous and sceptical. Which
is understandable, it would be like getting somewhere new
without a map. My advice is to equip yourself with the
knowledge to make a well-educated, informed decision about
which way of eating may be right for you. I highly recommend
paleo and keto due to the huge range of nutrient diversity,
delicious recipes and profound health benefits.
What are your tips for anyone starting out on keto?
The best news about keto is that you are actually never
hungry. That’s because there is no calorie restriction and
the foods celebrated as part of the keto lifestyle are all very
nutrient dense, which means they keep us feeling fuller for
longer. I’ve had many clients who feel so nourished from their
breakfast they have stopped snacking and over-drinking coffee.
Keto isn’t about deprivation or starvation, it’s about smart fuel
sources that reduce cravings and improve our mood! What is
not to love, right?
Favourite keto/paleo recipe that people would be surprised
is keto or paleo?
Crispy skin pork belly with roasted pumpkin doused in a
creamy tahini dressing.
How do you eat healthy when you’re not organised?
That’s sort of like saying how do you drive somewhere when
you don’t fill your car with petrol. If you fail to prepare, then
prepare to fail. Looking after ourselves isn’t hard work, but
it does require a little effort on your part. Planning your
shopping lists, cooking in bulk, some simple quick food prep
and you’re sorted! Nothing worth achieving or having in life is
free without some form of commitment. If you really want to
be healthy and eat well, you will make the effort!
Pete Evans, fittingly known as Paleo Pete, is a fan of yours,
that’s pretty exciting…
That is a massive pinch-myself moment! Having met him
when filming MKR and now to call him both a friend and
colleague is pretty damn cool. I look up to Pete in many
ways and am excited that we both have this opportunity to
share our passion and expertise in living a great life with
those around us.
What will you be doing at The Food Show this year?
I’ll be sharing a bunch of my favourite paleo and keto recipes
that anyone can do. My aim is for my cooking demonstrations
to be so easy and inspiring that you can race home and make
the dishes for yourself.
See Luke Hines live at The Food Show Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. foodshow.co.nz
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You Hanoi Me
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Red Light District
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The new look Untouched World Kitchen
is a perfect oasis away from the hustle
for a relaxed breakfast, brunch or lunch.
Serving up delicious seasonal dishes that
will delight your taste buds. Dine al fresco
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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
Striking the right chord with its foodcentric
wine bar and bistro, Earl has
brought welcoming fine casual dining
style to Christchurch. A friendly allday
venue that’s laid back while still
delivering an around-the-clock sense of
occasion. Earl truly captures the essence
of the city lifestyle with its buzzy local
vibe. Concerned only with doing simple
things well, the menu is inspired by the
flavours, energy and relaxed atmosphere
synonymous of a coastal European
culture. This inner-city local bistro can be
both intimate and convivial, ideal for a
group dinner or one-on-one encounters.
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You Hanoi Me
The newest and most exciting modern
Vietnamese dining experience in the city,
part of Jason Whitelaw’s Victoria Street
Precinct. Be sure to check out Uncle
Nam Cam’s crowd favourites: Saigon
chicken, Viet fried disco eggs and his
classic pho. Fresh, vibrant Viet food - just
as it should be.
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Red Light District
Red Light District is a hidden bar with
access through an (almost) functioning
drycleaner’s, Charlie Winston’s of Chelsea.
Themed around a Chinese opium den,
the highly experienced RLD team of
mixologists focus on creating exclusive
cocktails & mixed drinks you won’t find
123 Victoria Street
Louis offers a Euro-chic feel and the
perfect spot for a little bit of sophistication
that is still relaxed enough to not feel
pretentious. More than 25 different
champagnes, beautiful wines, cocktails
and oysters complement a finely crafted
menu varied enough to cater for the most
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The culinary team at Fisherman’s Wharf in Lyttelton know
all there is know about seafood. So, it makes sense that we turn to them to
get the lowdown on the most morish of seafood chowders.
500g firm fish (gurnard, elephant fish)
500g seafood marinara mix (prawns,
mussels, squid tentacles, clams)
4 onions, sliced
6-8 carrots, cut into strips
½ celery, chopped
1/4 cup dashi (shrimp stock)
salt & pepper (to taste)
100g garlic butter
fresh ciabatta loaf
1. Add dashi to water, then combine water with milk in a
big pot, slowly bringing to a simmer. Don’t let it boil.
2. Fry onions and carrots until soft and put to one side.
3. In a large pot, melt butter then add flour, mixing slowly
to make a roux.
4. Slowly add dashi, water and milk mix, 1 litre at a time,
each time mixing until smooth.
5. Once combined, add onions and carrots and cook out
for about half an hour.
6. Add seafood, fish and celery and turn off the heat.
7. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Ladle into bowls, garnish with croutons and chopped
parsley and serve with a lemon wedge and warm garlic
bread on the side.
To Make Croutons
Take 2-3 slices from a fresh ciabatta loaf and cut into
cubes. Melt butter in a large frying pan and, over
medium heat, toss the bread in the butter to coat it
before spreading the croutons out over a baking tray.
Pop into a pre-heated 180°C oven for 10 minutes, until
crisp and golden. Slice the remaining ciabatta, lather with
garlic butter and warm in the oven ahead of serving.
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BUSINESS AFTER FIVE
The Five Mile Centre Queenstown and the New
Zealand Open hosted a ‘Business After Five’ event
at the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce where 140
like-minded people had a great time networking.
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Craig Greenwood, Anna Mickell, Michael Glading
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World famous ‘vlogger’ Sam Fane attended an Archibalds
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wanting to get involved. As a result, it was arranged that he use
a #DriveForGood branded Porsche Macan for the South Island
leg of his New Zealand journey. It was also announced that an
additional $50,000 will be gifted to the charities by Archibalds.
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UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
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AD of Merivale held a night of celebrations as a
result of their new ownership. Guests dressed up
as they browsed the beautiful store, whilst sipping on
bubbly – a concept we could get used to!
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Amy Wallace-Peddie, Caryn Hardy
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Raylene McMeekan, Jade Bentham
Frobisher held a free designer workshop hosted
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Ryan Twomey. Guests enjoyed delicious canapes,
refreshments and goodie bags as they learnt from
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Find new flavours
Each year, foodies get together en masse to enjoy all
The Food Show has to offer. With Annabel Langbein, Jax
Hamilton, Annabelle White, and Giulio Sturla sharing their
knowledge, we know you’ll learn some great new tricks
this year too. We have three double passes (valued at $40
each) to attend any day (April 5-7) at Horncastle Arena.
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Kacey Louise is brow obsessed and, if you are too, here’s
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Discover a new look
Furnishscene is evolving in to Design + Supply Co
(75 Peterborough Street, Christchurch), a one-stop
shop for interior design services and an ever-expanding
collection of the best interior products. To celebrate, we
have a charming and playful hand-painted Citta Vitra Doll
($174.90) to give away. This whimsical figure was originally
created by architect and designer Alexander Girard in 1953.
Define your style
Bibi Maber, of Studio Bibi in Christchurch, is a personal stylist
dedicated to helping women discover and embrace their
unique personal style. We have one two-hour Colour, Shape
& Style session, valued at $229, to get you started. Uncover
the colours that compliment you best, then outline the
silhouette and styles that will suit your lifestyle and budget so
that you can dress (and shop) with confidence.
LAST MONTH’S WINNERS: ROYAL NZ BALLET: Jane Meaclem. UE MEGABOOM 3: Belinda Boyles.
NORTH CANTERBURY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: Karen Bradley. GLOW WORKS: Cheryl Graham.
*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.
20-60 % OFF
ALL FLOOR STOCK BEDS
ALL SLAT BEDS
484 Cranford Street, Christchurch - 03 354 5026 | 12 Hawthorne Drive, Queenstown - 03 442 3435
EXPERIENCE THE VERY BEST OF
10 DAYS - HANOI TO HO CHI MINH CITY
2 FOR 1 DEAL
From charming Hanoi with its fading colonial architecture & national monuments,
to the spellbinding scenery of Halong Bay and bustling Ho Chi Minh City on the
edge of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam is as colourful as it is diverse.
HIGHLIGHTS: HANOI – HUE – TRA QUE VILLAGE – MEKONG DELTA
– HALONG BAY – HOI AN – HO CHI MINH CITY
share twin flights are additional. Travel until 07 December 2019
PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES
Guided sightseeing - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Mekong Delta and Ho Chi
Minh City • Bicycle ride to Tra Que village and cooking demonstration • 7 nights 4
star and special class hotels, 1-night deluxe junk boat and 1 overnight sleeper train •
Halong Bay Junk boat cruise • Sampan boat trips in the Mekong Delta • 9 breakfasts, 4
lunches and 1 dinner • Economy class flight Danang - Ho Chi Minh City • Transfers and
transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
BARRINGTON 331 7182 I CHRISTCHURCH CITY 365 7687 I FERRYMEAD 376 4022 I HIGH ST LANES 339 3440
HORNBY 344 3070 I MERIVALE 355 2200 I NORTHLANDS 352 4578 I RANGIORA 313 0288 I RICCARTON 341 3900
SHIRLEY 385 0710 I UPPER RICCARTON 343 0869
CONDITIONS: Valid for new bookings only until 31 March 2019. Prices are per person in in NZ dollars based on share twin. Prices shown reflect the 2 for 1
Discount and is valid for 13 and 27 July 2019 departures. Other dates are available but prices will vary. Airfares are additional. Full payment is due within 48
hours of booking. Travel Insurance: It is a requirement of this travel arrangement that all travellers must take out a fully comprehensive travel insurance for the
full duration of this trip. For full booking terms & conditions please ask your House of Travel consultant.