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86 HOME FEATURE

Bathrooms With Impact

97 ARCHITECTURE

The Process Of Design

102 LANDSCAPING

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116 FOOD TRENDS

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LIFE

17 REPORT

The Fashionistas Who

Define The Decades

25 SPECIAL FEATURE

Christchurch’s Fashionforward

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120 FOOD NEWS

122 RECIPE

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123 WINE NEWS

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10 STYLE | inside word

INSIDE WORD

SUPPORT

Like all of you, our hearts broke a couple of weeks ago. But thanks to – to quote Yusuf Islam (Cat

Stevens) speaking at The National Remembrance Service – “love, unity and kindness”, our hearts

are on the mend. Keep those arteries strong and healthy, and get a smile back on your face at the

You Are Us/Aroha Nui concert (April 17) to enjoy Lorde, Dave Dobbyn, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Marlon

Williams and many more stellar New Zealand music talents at Christchurch Stadium.

Beloved comics Ben Hurley, Dai Henwood, Paul Ego, Josh Thomson, Justin Smith, Jeremy Elwood

and Jamaine Ross – to name just a few – will take the stage at The Court Theatre (April 10) for an

equally extraordinary comedy event, Stand Up for Peace. Audiences are asked to choose the amount

they’d like to donate, with tickets priced from $30 to $100, and all proceeds donated to the families

and victims of the attack via Victim Support.

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12 STYLE | inside word

INSIDE WORD

Chris Hemsworth

FIND

It’s been sad to farewell to a few hospo stars in

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newbies like Orleans and Good Home Ferrymead, shut up

shop. So, when you hear names linked to the likes of The

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your intelligence at Turanga, see what Amanda Heasley and

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Expect the unexpected once more when the five-course

‘trust the chef’ menu rolls out April 25.

If you don’t think kombucha is your thing, all that could

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American artist William Wegman will treat Christchurch

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which tracks three decades of relationships between the

enigmatic artist and his iconic dogs. The ticketed exhibition

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Indulge your inner child and join The George on April 21

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hunt and special Easter-themed high tea at 50 Bistro. Or

hop out to Tai Tapu, where Otahuna Lodge will host its

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Time Machine

Family-friendly entertainment for the

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You are Us/Aroha Nui

Some of New Zealand’s biggest acts take

to the stage alongside performers and

speakers of cultural diversity to honour

those who lost their lives and family

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FASHION ICONS

THROUGH THE AGES

Over the decades, fashion trends come and go, some repeat themselves whilst

others become timeless staples that we couldn’t imagine our lives and wardrobes without.

Words Ella James

The fashion shoot in this issue of Style concentrates on the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

So we’re going to delve deeper into these eras, taking time to reflect on the amazing trends,

designers and muses that so shaped them, and continue to do so today.


18 STYLE | report

Four female fashion models, who are wearing some pieces from Mary Quant’s 1975 autumn/winter collection.

THE SIXTIES MEAN

MARY QUANT

The 1960s were arguably the birth of the modern

age and the fashion that came with it. People

were thinking differently and dressing differently.

At the beginning of the sixties, young shoppers

were experiencing their highest incomes since

World War Two and they were evidently eager to

splash the cash on fashion that would allow them

to make a very loud and personal statement. Mods,

hippies and beatnik styles spoke volumes about

the new, free-spirited attitudes of the younger

generations. Attitudes were bold and so were the

prints.

It’s partially thanks to fashion designer Dame Mary

Quant and her now iconic styles, that fashion in the

sixties got a little brighter, a little more fun and, of

course, a little bit shorter. Even if you’re not familiar

with Quant herself, you’ll most definitely recognise

her era-defining designs that include the miniskirt.

Models wearing the 1971 autumn range of Mary Quant shoes.


STYLE | report 19

The budding designer produced

striped sweaters, patterned dresses

and knee-high boots, all of which

remain on the fashion scene today.

Mary Quant oozed the London look.

A fashion model wearing Mary Quant.

Mary Quant with models at the launch of her ‘Quant Afoot’ range.

In 1934, Mary Quant was born in London, the city that

she would one day inspire with her cutting-edge – yet totally

wearable and accessible – designs. The self-taught designer

showed a flare from a young age, and is said to have cut

up her own bedding from the age of six in order to create

new outfits for herself. Her parents, two Welsh teachers,

wouldn’t allow their daughter to attend fashion school, but a

compromise was met and Quant was granted permission to

study art.

Quant achieved a diploma in art from Goldsmiths,

University of London, where she met her future husband and

business partner, Alexander Plunket Greene. Despite her

parents’ initial resistance over their daughter’s voyage into

the fashion industry, she was quick to demonstrate a young,

contemporary and knowledgeable persistence that would

prove to be a huge advantage over older, existing designers

who were unable to relate with the younger generation just

begging to spend their money on statement-making garments.

Hugely aware that there was a gap in the market for

affordable clothing, in 1955 Quant and Plunket Greene

opened a fashion boutique named Bazaar, on the now iconic

Kings Road, London. The budding designer produced striped

sweaters, patterned dresses and knee-high boots, all of which

remain on the fashion scene today. Mary Quant oozed the

London look.

Just as the offering of online shopping has done today,

Quant appeased her youthful market. The retail experience

she provided as a result of creating wonderful window

displays and putting on sociable fashion shows spearheading

the retail experience for the doting customers. Of course,

these tactics still work wonders for retail in 2019.

As the sixties hit, the demand for any item touched by

Mary Quant exceeded all expectations. A second store

opening and her era-defining fashions were exported to USA

in huge volumes. All of this fame and success before Quant’s

most superlative creation; the miniskirt. Females all over the

globe went wild for the miniskirt. After all, it was so much

more than an item of clothing; it was an attitude and an

expression that even now, resonates with females.

In 1966, following roaring success in her own fashion and

cosmetic ranges, Mary Quant accepted her Order of the

British Empire for her contribution to the fashion industry.

Quant picked up her award at Buckingham Palace, wearing a

miniskirt, of course. This year, an exhibition on Mary Quant

will open in London’s Victoria and Albert museum in April,

showcasing the sheer extent of Quant’s incredible reign

on the fashion industry and beyond. After all, miniskirts are

amongst a long list of Quant’s designs that are just as popular

today as they were in the sixties.


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THE SEVENTIES

MEAN BIANCA JAGGER

Bianca Jagger with walking cane.

Despite having being married to Mick Jagger,

Bianca was one stylish rolling stone on her own

accord.

Bianca Jagger, the muse to Yves Saint Laurent,

close friend of Andy Warhol and first wife of Mick

Jagger, was often in the limelight and not solely due

to her famous ring of family and friends. Often, it

was her daring and spectacular sense of style, paired

with unwavering confidence. The seventies fashion

icon knew exactly how to command attention.

Now, we couldn’t possibly list every style triumph

of this bona-fide style icon, but we can certainly pick

a few of our favourite looks that have defined the

way we dress today.

Jagger always made an entrance, and we must

begin by mentioning arguably the most noteable of

them all. In 1977, on her own birthday, the young

starlet arrived at the famous New York nightclub,

Studio 54, atop a white horse. Usually, she left

the livestock at home and let her outfits make

the statements instead – a number of her Studio

54 looks, including chokers, over-sized headwear

and heavily sequined garments and animal print,

continuing to inspire the fashion pack today.


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The former actress was always among the first to embrace the trends of

the seventies, including satin slips (yes, the ones that are trending massively

again), pearls and bell sleeves to name but a few. If Jagger was seen wearing

it, its success and longevity was near guaranteed. However, it’s the twopiece

suit that she really catalysed to the top of the list when it comes to

the best fashion trends of the decade.

Until Jagger’s wedding day in 1971, suits were donned primarily by males.

They signified status and responsibility. It was Bianca Jagger who defied

these gender expectations on numerous occasions, including her special

day, and made them the ultimate statement in power dressing for females.

When the Nicaraguan-born activist married her Rolling Stone in St Tropez,

she shunned the ever-traditional, frilly white dress and opted instead for a

white suit that had been designed and made for her by a Saville Row tailor

Tommy Nutter. This iconic look is still replicated today. In fact, model Emily

Ratajkowski donned a similar suit on her own wedding day in 2018, and

continues to favour two pieces over dresses for many social events, as do

many present day celebrities and influencers.

As with all fashion icons, some fashion faux pas occur; a walking stick

being one of them. Jagger was often seen holding a walking stick at parties

and fashion shows for purely aesthetic purposes. That was until she fell

during a roller-skating accident and actually required the aid.

The seventies have passed, Bianca and Mick’s marriage has ended and

the injury hurts no more, but Jagger’s stance in the fashion industry is still

as strong and sturdy as ever. Today, Bianca Jagger is making waves with

her work as the founder and chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights

Foundation, a trustee of the Amazon Charitable Trust and member of the

Executive Director’s Leadership Council for Amnesty International USA.

But rest assured, her timeless style is still totally flawless.

It was Bianca

Jagger who defied

these gender

expectations

on numerous

occasions, including

her special day,

and made them the

ultimate statement

in power dressing

for females.


22 STYLE | report

THE EIGHTIES

MEANS MADONNA

The eighties were arguably the riskiest years

when it came to envelope-pushing style; not

just for pop icon Madonna, but for anyone looking

to make a personal or even political statement

through dress. Madonna’s music was wild, thoughtprovoking

and rebellious, and so was her wardrobe.

It was Madonna, with the help of a number

or additional fashion icons, who spearheaded

these trends into the spotlight, thus inspiring

the general public to follow suit. At a time

when Madonna was omnipresent on every

stage, television and in every publication, it’s

little mystery the clothing choices she made

somewhat inspired and encouraged observers.

While we’ve toned things down a notch,

there’s no denying the styles that came to life

in the eighties are still present in our wardrobes

today. Let’s take high-waisted jeans for example;

we all own a pair, don’t we? Statement

jewellery, sheer hosiery, leather jackets, bustiers,

leopard print and leggings are amongst a long

list of recognisably eighties-born trends that

have proven their longevity. Even a few of the

more questionable trends of the era have made

numerous reappearances on the fashion scene

in the years since. Neon garments, oversized

logos, scrunchies and even bike shorts (much to

our dismay) have re-emerged; regularly being

sported by celebrities the globe over.

The eighties were truly the era of the

extremes. Shoulder designs were hugely

padded or entirely non-existent. Whilst offthe-shoulder

styles allowed for a rebellious

amount of skin to be on show, it’s a style that

still proves hugely popular (and more widely

accepted) today. Structured shoulders are

still in play and just as popular in 2019, albeit

downsized and more subtle.

Madonna at the Met Ball dressed by Jean Paul Gaultier.


STYLE | report 23

Jean Paul Gaultier Bra

The Queen of Pop has had enough iconic style moments

for an entire book, if not an exhibition. With each of her iconic

albums came an equally iconic reinvention of her personal

style. The most famous designers in the world revelled in the

opportunity to dress Madonna, but when she was looking to

make headlines, Madonna always turned to Jean Paul Gaultier.

The French haute couture designer was the man behind some

of her career-defining looks, including the conical bra (oh you

know the one) that sold for $30,945 at an auction in 2001. The

structured corset and bra has been recreated time and time

again, with many a celebrity eager to cause the same stir that

Madonna did. I’m looking at you, Kim Kardashian.

Madonna’s influence on society was evident to see. Granted,

not all people opted for the tulle dress, fingerless lace gloves

and ribbed corset combination from the Like A Virgin days. But,

in most youngsters, you could spot where Madonna had been

an influence. Bleached hair, ribbons, and perms were never

commonplace before Madonna, ever present in the media,

favoured them.

Fashion and beauty were translated into attitudes, and

Madonna’s attitude was rebellious, determined and exciting.

And whilst her garish eighties looks are recreated for dress-up

parties time and time again, subtle style aspects have almost

certainly made their way into your modern wardrobe. So, next

time you’re rocking a leather jacket or animal print accessories,

you can surely give a nod to Madonna and the eighties trends

that helped define her – and, in turn, us.

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A STITCH IN TIME

Barbara Lee is synonymous with fashion, especially in Christchurch.

Under her undoubtedly stylish belt, she boasts a lengthy career in fashion

that saw the opening of three stores, numerous show-stopping catwalks,

wild success overseas, and a loyal client base comprised of eager Christchurch shoppers,

New Zealand schools and corporate clients.

Ella James looks back on a wonderful career with the icon herself.

Photo: Shar Devine

It’s a near impossible question. When your career

in fashion is as expansive as that of Barbara Lee, a

fashionista who stepped into the limelight in the sixties –

and stayed there – asking for a ‘career highlight’ isn’t easy.

“You are quite right. It is impossible,” says Lee.

There were the three grand openings for her retail

store Panache, she designed and manufactured a uniform

for Air New Zealand that was worn by “national,

international cabin crew, flight crew, airport and travel

centre staff worldwide for almost 15 years”; and she

watched Miss New Zealand win the award for best

gown in the 1997 Miss World competition wearing Lee’s

Seychelles Dress. That’s a pretty good start.


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HOW PANACHE WAS BORN

While working as a receptionist, Lee’s fashion sketches caught

the eye of a manufacturer walking past her desk, and, by the

summer of 1968, her first brand, Granny’s, was born. Despite

being a success in its own right, Lee retired the brand in 1973,

went on an OE with her then-boyfriend William, and focused

on her next label, Panache (1978).

Panache’s offering was just as the name suggests; bold, selfassured

clothing with abundant charisma. With a High Street

location and an on-site workroom, Panache was a favourite of

fashionistas eager to get their hands on the must-have pieces

or draw inspiration from the countless fashion shows – if there

was one thing that Barbara Lee loved as much as fashion, it

was planning and executing wonderfully dramatic events.

When asked about Panache, Lee talks fondly of the opening

of each of its three locations, which were always accompanied

with a fashion parade. “I love fashion shows and the joy,

relief and the thrill that each store was finished and open on

time.” For Lee, the beauty of the retail space was that “it was

possible to display the collections to our fabulous clientele in

the way we liked, with somewhat theatrical parades”.

NZ Designer Parade Sydney and Melbourne 1985.

A DAY IN THE LIFE

Defining a standard working day for Barbara Lee during the Panache Period is no

easy feat, but most days included a morning coffee in the on-site workroom with

the entire team, including husband and business partner William. Here, they would

“discuss anything and everything, and even a bit of business, on occasion”.

While working on a collection, tightly knit teamwork came into play more than

ever. “Pam was in charge of sampling and Lizzy would be working on the patterns.

We all loved creating a new collection,” and it showed. The results of their

unwavering hard work were fun collections of clothes that “make us all smile”.

Always ahead of the game, Barbara Lee was quick to recognise the importance

of visual merchandising. So, many days were spent working on the store’s window

displays with shop manager, Jenny. These displays were undoubtedly part of

Panache’s recipe to success.

Barbara Lee also used New Zealand Fashion Week as a platform on which

to showcase her designs. “Jenny, Pam and I would generally do a show at New

Zealand Fashion Week. We would move to an apartment in Auckland with

tonnes of clothes and accessories. We would set up a temporary workroom with

Pam’s sewing machines so that we could make adjustments to the clothes after

the model’s fittings. What an adrenaline rush Fashion Week is!”

Back in Christchurch, the team flew their flag for working hard and playing hard.

Lee recalls often finishing the day “with a cocktail at the very handy and fabulous

Christchurch Temperance Society bar”. Owned by two local men, the bar was

a popular spot with local businesses and there was even a cocktail named ‘The

Barbara Lee’, which I’m sure tasted just as sweet and fresh as her designs.


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GUSTO, IMPERATIVE

As well as the successes, Lee still appreciates, and looks

back fondly on, the challenges and set-backs that took

tremendous strength to overcome.

“The fashion business is not for the faint-hearted,”

Lee surmises. “You are only as good as your last

collection” – remaining relevant was of gigantic

importance.

A cash flow that included suppliers who needed to

be paid promptly versus retailers who were often slow

to cough up for their stock was always hard to balance.

With challenges that included the Christchurch

earthquakes, a certain strength and determination

was required. Fortunately, Lee has both in abundance.

“The joy of making something that you’re really, really

thrilled with [and] the customers who love wearing our

clothes” made it all worthwhile.

Panache parade circa 1980s.

SUPPORTING ACT

Lee has benefitted from encouraging family and friends

and a husband who “enjoyed the business side” to their

relationship.

It is because of William that Lee believes the business

took off and operated so very well. “Any success

would have been somewhat a non-event if I was left

to organise the business side of things,” she states.

With William’s support, Lee was “able to work on the

garment design, fabric choice, all of the interesting things,

with the help of our remarkably talented production

manager/sample machinist and our brilliant pattern

cutter. How fabulous was that?”

WHAT OF TODAY?

Fashion is the “business where you are only rarely

drinking Champagne”, so Lee is the first to applaud

the young fashion businesses of today. “The challenges

are very different from when we started, therefore the

designers who have continued to flourish or the new

designers who are succeeding in this new era all have

my total admiration.”

She also notes how wonderful it would have been

to study one of the design courses at ARA, because

nothing like that was available when she started out.

More than 50 years since that first collection, Lee is

dressing these future students. Many a New Zealand

school student has Barbara to thank for their modern

uniforms with Lee producing these for a number of

New Zealand schools – including St Margaret’s and

Selwyn House. She says it’s a privilege to be able to

create a unique image for each one.

Panache circa 1995.


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FASHION NEWS

Words Kate Preece

JUST THE JACKET

Autumn brings with it the rains we

need to grow, and you’ll be doing

a rain dance yourself if you have

something from the latest RAINS

collection in your wardrobe. Drawing

from Scandinavian stylishness, it all

started with a desire to “reinterpret

the traditional rubber raincoat in a

novel way” and now we have solid

rainwear that speaks to an on-point

aesthetic. We’re loving the Curve

Jacket (waterproof, breathable and

windproof), inspired by the timeless

trench, with a belt to cinch in at the

waist for shape through every storm.

THE NEW MEI

Those at New Zealand Fashion Week last year

will finally be able to get their pretty little hands

on the Yu Mei collection they saw previewed in

August. The autumn/winter collection has been

dropping into store over the last month, with the

most recent arrivals those in the garnet colourway.

The three-year-old Kiwi brand is the brainchild

of Jessie Wong (25), whose mission is to deliver

premium leather bags that fit everyday needs –

such as the Vi Bag, a party bag named after Jessie’s

great grandmother Violet, whose only regret was

“not going to the parties she missed”. Sand, sage

and black complete the colour range that gives

extra warmth to one stylish season.


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OPEN FOR BUSINESS

The ANZ Centre (133 Cashel Street)

is the new home for the latest Mi Piaci

store. The latest collection, Four Corners,

brings together utility, athleticism, frontier

and vacation – as that’s the recipe for the

modern woman’s lifestyle. Expect a touch

of cowboy, a splash of 80s and a rich

palette this autumn/winter season.

The heart of Christchurch is also the

locale for a new concept store by Moochi.

Moochi Heights (next to Ballantynes) is

the largest for the brand that first started

19 years ago in Mount Maunganui. Kellie

and Chris Taylor lost Moochi Inn on High

Street after the Canterbury earthquakes

and so spent six years in Ballantynes’

fashion atrium before this, the twelfth

store, cut its red ribbon in February.


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MAN ABOUT TOWN

Ella James sought out some style tips for men, from

one seriously well-dressed Kiwi.

Spaceworks is a commercial interior design specialist

company putting its mark on offices, restaurants and

retail spaces across Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington.

Trendy spaces aren’t their only forte, however; commercial

director Bradley Keys also knows a thing or two about

personal style. Here are his six tips for dressing in the most

suave way, for both work and play.

1

“First and foremost, get yourself a good barber and

dare to be different. Your look starts at the top

and it’s your first impression. With a good barber

you’ll be more confident in trying something new.”

2

“The second impression is the shoes. People start

with the hair and then immediately go to the shoes.

Sneakers are a no-go at work, unless you’re tucked

away in the office for the day. Low-cut shoes with

a small amount of detail are the way to go.”

3

“Nail the fit. At home, you might still enjoy wearing

those baggy shorts or oversized shirts. But outside,

remember that fit is king. It’s a high-up concern in

the style pyramid.”

4

“Casual and business wear can be at one. Try

sporting jeans and a T-shirt with a blazer and

pocket square for a corporate – yet approachable

– appearance.”

5

“If you’re wearing a tie and pocket square, ensure

that your pocket square has contrast from your

tie rather than matching it. And, whatever you do,

don’t fold your pocket square. Lay it flat; pinch it in

the middle and stuff gently into your top pocket.”

6

“Choose quality over quantity. What good is a

wardrobe that’s oversaturated with items that

either don’t feel good to wear or are too difficult

to match with one another?”

P.S.

“Understand that a big chunk of style depends on

a confident attitude. Be confident in what you’re

wearing and just own it.”


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LUXE LIVING

Looking this good doesn’t come cheap.

Words Ella James

THAT WARM FUZZY

FEELING

Purchasing or receiving a luxury

fashion item should induce total

euphoria, and with a bag from

Mansur Gavriel’s new collection,

that feeling comes pretty much

guaranteed. The New York-come-

Italian brand has a rather loyal

cult-like following due to its offering

of quite frankly, the most gorgeous,

leather bucket bags you could wish

to lay eyes on. In keeping with the

bucket bag theme, the new collection

dabbles with experimental fabrics

such as Italian shearling. This fluffy

baby will cost you $1050, so get

fluttering those puppy dog eyes. Oh,

and we hear they offer After Pay…

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LEATHER FOREVER

Look, I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t really need a

pair of $4971 leather trousers in my closet” … but, well,

you do. So, let Brunello Cucinelli deliver the goods. The

brand is redefining the often grungy stereotypes of leather

by creating wonderfully sleek garments that look at home

on a city getaway or even in the boardroom. Stand-out

pieces in their own right, these leather beauties can be

worn every damn day when teamed with minimal tops,

shoes and accessories. Invest in a pair of leather trousers

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SLEEP EASY

What should one wear at

home when not flouncing

around in Oscar De La

Renta? I hear you ask. The

Nomos velvet-trimmed

printed silk-twill robe from

the sublime sleepwear

brand For Restless

Sleepers, of course. This

wonderfully wild robe was

inspired by the designer’s

trip through India, Shanghai,

Hong Kong and Vietnam.

The printed lions, cheetahs,

toucans and lush greenery

will have you dreaming

of an expedition of your

own, whilst snoozing in

the comfort of your silk

robe with velvet detailing.

And, if you must leave the

house, this dreamy robe

looks fantastic paired with

a turtleneck and bootcut

jeans. forrestlesssleepers.com

NOT SO MELLOW

YELLOW

Few labels do stunning, showstopping

gowns quite as well as

Oscar De La Renta, and that is

a fact. This strapless ruched silk

faille mini dress was seen strutting

its stuff down the runway not

so long ago, but now’s the time

for you to strut it down to your

next social affair. The bright

yellow hue and floor-length

train are bound to brighten your

day. While the $6700 price tag

will make you gawk, so will the

people who observe you wearing

this yellow masterpiece. Thank

you, Oscar, you’ve done it again.

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DIAMONDS ARE A MAN’S

BEST FRIEND

All too often, diamonds are mercilessly

marketed at women, but conceptual artist

Dan Life is giving the lads their time to shine.

With sneakers reigning supreme in the

footwear game, punters are paying above

the odds regularly in order to get their hands

on the best kicks, but this pair of customised

Nike Air Jordan 1s really does set the bar

that little bit higher. It will cost sneaker

fanatics a rather dazzling $8080 to

cop the limited-edition pair that

comes bejewelled with over

15,000 hand-placed crystals.

This is one pair of shoes you

won’t be taking off at the door.

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34 STYLE | wellbeing

IS YOUR BATHROOM

ROUTINE HARMING THE

ENVIRONMENT?

Brianne West discusses what we can do to ensure our beauty

regime doesn’t make the world ugly.

By 2050, it is predicted that there’ll be more plastic in the

sea than fish. My lightbulb moment was realising that one

small tweak to the products you buy can help change this.

As the founder of the world’s first zero-waste full beauty

range, I’m seeing more and more people committed to being

more environmentally conscious, and wanting to reduce their

footprint on the world we live in.

When it comes to your bathroom, there are quite a few

things you can do to lower your impact on the environment.


STYLE | wellbeing 35

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containers and bars

More than 80 billion plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles

are used globally every year. That’s 80 billion, just from two

products that most people use almost every day. The onein-five

people who bother to recycle their personal care

bottles are unfortunately wasting their time, as only nine per

cent of plastic ever made has been recycled. Most of it is sent

offshore to countries such as Indonesia, where they lack

the infrastructure to deal with the incredible amount of

plastic that countries like New Zealand, Australia and the

USA produce.

So, what happens to it? It is either stockpiled and left to rot

(or not rot, of course), or worse, burnt. Both options cause

harm to the environment and the people who live in it, so

- REDUCE YOUR PLASTIC WASTE -

the only option is to reduce this plastic usage. As most of us

know by now, eight million tonnes of plastic hits the ocean

every year (that’s about a full dump truck every minute)

and the majority of this comes from those same countries

accepting our plastic waste. Because their infrastructure

can’t cope with our extra plastic waste, plastic gets washed

down their waterways into the ocean. So it is everyone’s

responsibility to ‘turn the tap off’ and stop using plastic.

What you can do: Where possible avoid buying your personal

care products in plastic bottles, jars or containers. Use products

packaged in metal (which is easily recyclable), in cardboard or

even those that come naked. Solid products, such as shampoo,

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COMPOSTABLE PACKAGING

For hygiene and ease of use, beauty products almost always use packaging – but some types

of packaging are more harmful than others. The cosmetic industry is a huge source of waste

as there are many different types of plastic used in each container – rendering it unrecyclable.

The most environmentally safe products use compostable materials instead of soft plastic

packaging.

What you can do: Check to see if your favourite beauty products use compostable or readily

recyclable (like metal) containers. If not, switch to brands that do.

- DON’T FORGET ABOUT WATER WASTE -

Shampoo or bodywash can be made from up to 80 per cent water. Conditioner can be even

higher, at up to 95 per cent water! Isn’t that crazy? It doesn’t make sense to pay for a product

that’s largely water, and therefore has to be packaged in plastic bottles, when there is water in

your shower already.

What you can do: Look at the first few ingredients in the products you buy. Is it water? Make the

switch to a more concentrated product.

-

AVOID HARMFUL AND

-

UNSUSTAINABLE INGREDIENTS

When it comes to beauty products, there are three questions you need to ask yourself: is this

product safe to use; is it cruelty-free; and is it sustainably produced?

There’s no reason why your daily moisturiser should use ingredients of dubious safety

(which then, of course, end up in our waterways, cause harm to animals, or use ingredients

that deplete the environment in which they are grown).

What you can do: use beauty products that contain no palm oil, and that use 100 per cent

naturally derived and sustainable ingredients. Extra points for ingredients sourced from fair trade

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FROM LEFT: Katrina and Lyndal

RAISING THE BARRE

On Pointe Barre and Wellness Studio owners Lyndal Woodham and Katrina Buchanan

are dedicated to keeping locals fit and healthy.

How do you describe On Pointe to first timers?

Katrina: On Pointe is a warm, welcoming environment

where anyone of any age, gender, level of fitness and ability

is invited to participate in all we have to offer, whether

that be barre, pilates or yoga classes. For most clients

their goal is exercise and maintaining some level of fitness,

but it is also a community of like-minded individuals who

want to feel a sense of connectedness in a friendly space.

This is extremely important to us as we believe wellness

encompasses so much more than physical fitness.

What were you each involved with before opening On

Pointe Barre and Wellness Studio?

Lyndal: I was living in Sydney with my family, but had been

teaching Bootybarre from my home studio in Lincoln

and various dance studios/community centres around

Christchurch and Selwyn, which, while I was away, I had

others teaching for me.

Katrina: Lyndal was actually my boss! I was teaching

Bootybarre classes out in Lincoln, where both Lyndal and I

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What is Bootybarre? And why was this something you

believed was important to bring to New Zealand?

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How is the ‘wellness’ aspect incorporated into

On Pointe?

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it encompasses movement, diet, lifestyle, our mental and

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others. We believe all these aspects need to be balanced

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THE LOOKS

OF THE SEASON

During iD Dunedin Fashion Week, Kate Preece had the opportunity to hear

what L’Oreal Makeup Director Lisa Matson had to say about the trends in make-up.

And – like it or not – her first piece of intel was about glitter.

ALL THAT

GLITTERS…

IS IN

Whether it’s on the

lips, eyes or nails, it’s all

about that sparkle this

autumn/winter season.

As proof, a silver stripe

of it was applied to

the eyelids of all the

models at the 2019 iD

International Emerging

Designer Show. (They

rocked it.)

FRESH AND DEWY

As we age, our skin becomes dull. Sorry, it’s true. Lisa

suggests we mix in a luminising product in with our

foundation to help deliver that much desired – and très

fashionable – dewy finish.

THE DIRTY LOOK

When all that glitters just doesn’t suit, the smoky eye is on

point. Create a “dirty” look with smudges and smears of

browns and bronze – “the biggest shade in fashion”. “If it

looks badly done, it’s probably fashionable,” says Lisa.

I SEE RED

Fortunately, the classic hot red lipstick

remains a hit. However, if you’re not that

daring and concerned with which shade

is best for you, simply turn to a pink-red;

Lisa says it “suits everyone”.

ARE YOU BLUSHING?

On top of a dewy skin, a soft flush is what we want on the

cheeks, so turn to shades of pink and peach.

As with all make-up, the pressure you use on application is

going to have the most impact on the end result. So, when

it comes to blush, go lightly. Knock most of the colour off

your brush, smile, and start with those apples, before fading

out to the temples. Remember, blush is not a contour.


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TRENDS SET TO LAST

Clemency Alice looks into three new waves in the beauty

world and why we should jump on board.

The beauty industry is flourishing with freshness

with a continual stream of product launches

and ever-expanding beauty trends. Some fads have

become more noteworthy than others with original

concepts and breakthrough formulas. With the

increase in exposure to pollutants on our planet, we

are seeing anti-pollution products along with more

ritualistic holistic skincare, probiotic ingredients, new

tools using traditional methods – e.g. gua sha – to

enhance our products and utilise in our daily regimes.

The beauty movement is experiencing a burst of

creativity and openness to new ideas.


STYLE | beauty 41

Gua sha is an ancient East Asian therapy in which

a practitioner takes a flat tool and applies a certain

pressure across the skin to stimulate blood flow.

Tata Harper Skincare has recently partnered with

body and face worker, Sandra Lanshin Chiu, who

has created a Gua Sha Lanshin Tool made from

pink rose quartz. This depuffing, lifting, firming facial

tool is incredibly beneficial to the skin. With its

ritualistic techniques, it helps relax and still the mind.

The result is a complexion that is more contoured,

rejuvenated and brighter. Perfect for those also with

acneic, congested skin. The drainage and musclereleasing

benefits can also help assist with blocked

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How to use gua sha:

Here is a simple way to practice gua sha

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your gua sha tool in the palms of your

hands. Then, starting from your neck,

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along the jawline, across the cheeks to

the ears, under the eyes, and across the

forehead. When introducing this method

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42 STYLE | beauty

With the increase of pollution in our cities and of the

stratosphere, products are being launched to counteract

daily exposure to grime that has adverse effects on our

skin. The consequences can result in premature aging,

dull complexion, hyperpigmentaion and more sensitised

skin. ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix targets

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the breakdown of collagen and cellular ageing. Harnessing

a powerful blend of Padina pavonica, Drone Peptide

Technology, microalgae and wild indigo oligosaccharides,

this revolutionary formula works throughout the night to

help restore the natural balance to the skin, creating a

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What to look for to counter environmental effects:

Antioxidants, green tea, marine algaes and Omega fatty

acids play a vital role in the reparative processes of

skin that has been exposed to extreme environmental

exposure ie. sun, pollutants, wind, extreme temperatures.

Skincare brands are launching probiotic products

that boost the skin’s integral repair processes and

are particularly beneficial to inflamed skin conditions,

such as eczema, acne and rosacea. Highly esteemed

British beauty brand Aurelia is one of the pioneers in

probiotic skincare and has a powerful serum to prove

it. The revolutionary Probiotic Concentrate helps

restore, protect and balance the skin from within and

works in conjunction with Aurelia’s 3-Step Probiotic

Routine. This stellar serum addresses pigmentation,

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Are these the same probiotics we ingest?

When applied topically, the probiotics actively form a

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THE RIGHT LOOK

Looking good and seeing well goes hand in hand at Christchurch’s new offering in

eyewear and optometry care. We speak to Roberta McIlraith of OCULA about achieving

the best possible vision and the importance of exceptional eyewear.

For those who haven’t had an eye assessment before,

what does one entail?

At Ocula, we talk a lot, but more importantly we listen.

What are the patient’s concerns for their vision, what

are the characteristics of their occupation and lifestyle,

what previous history or relevant family history do we

need to consider in the management and monitoring of

their particular ocular issues? We then take a tailored and

specialised approach with the latest in global technologies

and treatment practices for the management of both optical

and ocular health problems. In many cases the solution is

not just a new set of glasses.

What changes have you seen in optometry needs?

Due to environmental changes in the way we live (ie;

time spent on screens and close work), we’re on track to

have 50% of the global population short-sighted by 2050.

It’s now considered a significant public health issue by the

World Health Organisation (WHO) due do inherent risks

short-sighted people face with their eye health. My main

sub-specialty interests are the management of short-sighted

progression primarily among children and teenagers, as

well as dry eye treatments, including the use of IPL laser to

enhance the production and quality of tears.

What should we look for in a good pair of glasses?

Aesthetically the frame must “sing-to-ones-soul”. I think

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FASHION NOTE

Well New Zealand, it’s certainly been a trying few weeks. I hadn’t long finished

writing my piece on the death of the iconic Karl Lagerfeld when news broke

of the horrific attacks on Christchurch. And whilst it’s near impossible to compare

the two events, it was the way in which the creative arts were used to help deal

with grief in both instances that caught my attention. With Karl Lagerfeld, we

witnessed a grand Chanel fashion show that brought the entire industry together

to bid farewell to the inimitable designer. A heart-warming affair, despite the snowy

set design. Then, of course, in Christchurch, a sea of flowers, poems, drawings,

song and dance aided in driving out the dark so that a wounded community could

feel the light. Proof, that now more than ever, allowing ourselves the time and

space to enjoy all that is creative should be well and truly welcomed for its frankly

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50 STYLE | fashion

IN HONOUR OF LAGERFELD

‘I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth.’

– Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel Runway – Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020.

On February 19 this year, the great Karl Lagerfeld passed away in Paris, and we couldn’t possibly publish a fashion issue

without mentioning him and his iconic, inimitable work at Chanel. So, our fashion recap of the year so far is

dedicated to Chanel’s Fall/Winter 2019 show at Paris Fashion Week, the last Chanel show that Karl

himself would ever work on. Boy, did his magic shine through.

The show must go on

The sets of Lagerfeld’s fashion shows have

always been other-worldly, and the show

at Paris’ Grand Palais, this time transformed

into an alpine ski town, was destined to be

a spectacle to behold, despite being mere

days after the designer’s death.

The highly anticipated show opened with

a minute’s silence for the designer, before

one of Lagerfeld’s long-term muses, Cara

Delevingne, stepped out of the alpine lodge

in the most incredible tweed suit, matching

fedora and all. More suits followed, flaunting

Lagerfeld’s terrific tailoring. Chiffon, tan

leather and Fair Isle aplenty made its way

down the snowy runway, peppered with

diamonds and that recognisable, Chanel

chain detailing.

Enter Penelope Cruz. Carrying a single

white rose, Penelope playfully strolled down

the walkway, breathing warmth into the

icy surroundings. Cruz wore a perfectly

ruffled jumper with a fresh, fluffy skirt; a

youthful and joyful look that encouraged

feelings of the fresh beginnings that hatch

after the cold.

Models and muses

Rosy cheeked models and muses were a credit to the

designer, showcasing his last pieces for Chanel, in ultimate

style. Delevingne and Cruz were in good company, joined

by the likes of Cindy Crawford’s supermodel daughter, Kaia

Gerber, whilst Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Kristen

Stewart watched in awe from the front row.

Chanel’s next chapter

The finale of the show, led by Cara Delevingne, was

accompanied by David Bowie’s Heroes. Models wept, smiled,

held hands and hugged before a deserved standing ovation.

Fashion enthusiast or not, I challenge you to watch the video

of this snow-capped show-stopper without getting even

slightly emotional.

Lagerfeld’s personal choice of Chanel successor is Virginie

Viard, the first woman to take the helm of the iconic brand

since Gabrielle Chanel herself, and we think she’s just the

designer to take the reins. Despite often steering clear of the

spotlight, Viard has worked at the French fashion house for

three decades, constantly proving her worth as Lagerfeld’s

right-hand woman. At the end of the show, Viard could be

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WHAT’S HOT &

WHAT’S SERIOUSLY NOT

Ella James assesses the fashion situation so far.

NOT

Nope, no way,

not today

HIGH FASHION LOOFAHS

We’re usually all for an over-the-top

catwalk, especially with an amazing

line-up of models, but there’s

something about the Tom Koizumi

show that we just can’t get our

heads (or hands) around. We all

like a bit of puffed up fashion here

and there, but an entire show of

multi-coloured ruffles alone is rather

the kaleidoscope of ruffle overkill.

HOT

Yes, yup, uh-huh

PRETTY (HANDSOME) IN PINK

Let’s take a moment to appreciate Jason Mamoa’s most marvellous

Oscar’s get-up. The actor, currently in the limelight for smashing records

as Aquaman, wowed film critics and fashion critics alike at the prestigious

award’s ceremony in February. Mamoa dominated in a dusty pink suit by the

late Karl Lagerfeld. Real men wear pink, and this is all the proof we need.

WILD AND FREE

For so long, despite being a taboo, exotic skins have been at the forefront of

the fashion industry, but prominent players in the fashion industry have been

making some overdue amends with the animal kingdom. In recent months,

luxury department store Selfridges has vowed to cease stocking brands that

use exotic skins. Victoria Beckham followed suit by releasing a statement

that explained her fashion label would no longer consider the use of exotic

skins. It’s certainly a slither in the right direction.

PICK AND MIX

Mixing your spirits may not be so wise, but mixing your prints? Now, that

we do recommend. At New York Fashion Week, one of the hottest brands,

Self-Portrait, flew the flag for mixing your prints. There was no end to the

playful clashing of both colours and patterns, and it was a feast for the eyes.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going home to layer up on gingham and floral.

STAY IN THE BIKE LANE

Come on, we’ve been over this,

time and time again. It was a trend

that gained traction last year thanks

to a certain Kim Kardashian and

now, celebrities, including Lottie

Moss, are racing to the racks and

sporting their cycling attire to high

fashion events the world over. Let’s

leave this one for spin class, shall

we?

BAG IT UP

You’ll need your glasses on for this

one.

At Paris Fashion Week, Jacquemus

debuted the smallest handbag that

we’ve, frankly, ever set eyes on.

Said bag, the Mini Le Chiquito bag,

sent the internet into hysterics, and

rather rightly so. The leather bag is

merely large enough for four pieces

of chewing gum, so you can forget

about taking your own lunch to

work.


54 STYLE | fashion

INSIDE VIEW

OF FASHION-FORWARD

NEW YORK

Ella James recalls her two month interning for

Max Mara in New York City.

During my time studying at London College of Fashion, I

soon learnt that interning during term-time was a great

way to earn a semester’s worth of credit without the chore

of assignments. Sure, it was a terrific way to gain industry

experience, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t more lured in

by a daily allowance that would enable me to eat, drink and

shop my way around some of the world’s most fantastic,

fashion forward cities for free.

A few months prior, I’d ticked off Milan and Paris as part of

an internship with Diane Von Furstenberg and I pined

for more adventure. So I threw my CV to the masses, and

much to my delight it was positively received by the evericonic,

Italian fashion brand Max Mara in none other than

New York.

The brand, that so oozes class and timeless style was

established by Achille Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy

where its flagship headquarters remain today. Such is

the brand’s success, it now has 2254 stores that span 90

countries and offices in fashion hot spots the world over,

including New York.

“You’re going where?” my parents exclaimed. “For

how long? ALONE?” After a few beers at a family dinner

I somehow persuaded my, by then, tipsy parents that this

was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so before they had the

chance to sober up, I promptly leased my room in London,

and before I knew it I was heading for two months in the

Big Apple.

Sheer excitement kept me awake for the duration of

the flight. Actually, sheer excitement and a class of loud,

unbearably fidgety school children kept me awake for the

duration of the flight. As we went through the slow security

process at JFK airport, I became tangled up in the class of

American children who couldn’t have been older than 15

years of age. “Now, are your parents meeting you at arrivals

or are they collecting you from the school?” an exhausted

teacher asked me as she ushered them through security.

Equal parts offended and delighted to be mistaken for a

child in their mid-teens, I assured the teacher that I definitely

wasn’t a pupil in her class. That certainly explains my parent’s

initial concern about my solo voyage, I thought.


STYLE | fashion 55

- INIMITABLE PLACES -

I’ve been lucky enough to travel a lot, but the New

York City skyline as you drive in from the airport

is easily one of my favourite moments. It was grey

but still vibrant, urban but still wild. My heart raced.

Two months of pure excitement in the Big Apple

awaited.

As with my previous internships, I had low

expectations for the quality of the accommodation

that I would be staying in. I thought back on my

time in Milan when the cynical hotel receptionist

exclaimed that I wouldn’t last more than two

nights. Surely my New York abode couldn’t

possibly be as poor. Cue hysterical laughter.

I observed layers of paint flaking off the wall and

an old ceiling fan whizzing reluctantly. I was little

deterred though, the dilapidated dormitory was

located on a wonderful street called The Bowery.

Coffee shops, restaurants, fashion boutiques and

cocktail bars peppered either side of the long road.

That first night, I slept surprisingly well, leaving

me fresh and eager for my first day. Subway

card topped up, I set out for work far earlier

than necessary to allow me plenty of time to get

lost on the way. I emerged from the subway in

Times Square. If you haven’t been, book a flight

immediately, because there’s nowhere else quite

like it in the world. The Max Mara office was just

a short stroll away, just around the corner from a

street called Fashion Avenue, of all places.

I took the elevator up to the 39th floor to the

Max Mara reception. You’re picturing the reception

in your head aren’t you? Well, it’s exactly as your

imagining it. Pristine walls with frame after frame of

effortlessly stylish, Italian fashion images showcasing

a few highlights of Max Mara’s most iconic looks,

fresh orchids on every smudge-free, glass surface

and a receptionist who looks so immaculate and

well dressed, she could strut down the Max Mara

runway herself. The office was the binary opposite

of my Bowery abode. You’d be hard pushed to

find a glossier building.

A second pristine member of staff appeared

and showed me around, explaining everything

that I needed to know, barely pausing between

sentences. “It’s all in your guide book,” she

repeated. Then, ushered into what would become

known as the ‘intern’s cupboard’ I met my

peers, a worldly bunch who looked slightly more

dishevelled and coffee deprived in comparison to

the two members of staff that I had met previously.

Day in day out, we worked hard as a team of

interns, determined to impress the staff. We ran

the showroom, assisted in meetings, dealt with the

press and as with any fashion internship, steamed

rail after rail of clothes.

Atmosphere at the Max Mara Celebration of YoungArts NY Gala Kick-Off

Cocktail at Max Mara on March 7, 2017 in New York City.


56 STYLE | fashion

Of Mice And Men with James Franco on Broadway.

The favourite part of my day was always picking garments

to send to different publications like American Vogue. This

task involved getting to chat with Mario, the elderly, Italian

courier who would whizz across the city on his Vespa with

the garment in tow. Mario would never take the elevator to

the 39th floor, he always opted to walk. His face glowed as

he would retell stories from his fashionable past that I was

always happy to leave the intern’s cupboard for.

New York was the first time I found some of the most

well-known fashion industry stereotypes to be true, and it

was all thanks to a burrito. I knew that lunch time had rolled

around because my stomach had started to demonstrate

its impression of a whale song. A steady stream of interns

and employees filtered into the elevator to get their

lunch from one of the many eateries on the street below.

Having worked up quite the appetite during the morning,

I made sure to stock up on calories before the afternoon

commenced. Back in the staff room I unwrapped my burrito,

salivating at the thought of it. After a few bites I had felt

the glare of a few of my peers. Surrounded by salads and

shakes, I soon realised that my less than healthy lunch was a

bold choice rarely opted for in the office. “Is it cheat day?”

- CHARACTERS AND CLICHES -

another intern asked before the recurring conversation

about their 6am spin classes resumed. Noted.

Having been hugely tempted to take a few well-earned

‘sick days’ to explore the city, my rookie lunch choice

inspired me. I could fit in ample sightseeing during my hour

lunch break (Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Bergdorf Goodman

and Dylan’s Candy Bar) and be able to hide all evidence of

my daily burrito before I got back to the office to resume

the day’s work.

From around three o’clock each day, conversation

would break out in the usually quiet work place. Work

would grind to a stop until plans for the evening had been

finalised. Schedules often revolved around rooftop bars

(of which New York is fantastically inundated with) and

Broadway shows (Of Mice and Men with James Franco).

Such a frivolous lifestyle doesn’t come cheap, especially on

an intern’s allowance, but staying in simply wasn’t an option.

Then, each day at four o’clock on the dot, both the interns

and permanent staff would routinely apply teeth whitening

strips for the last hour of the day. Yes, I’m being serious. In

an industry where no working day is complete without up to

four cups of black coffee a day, oral care is deemed crucial.


STYLE | fashion 57

The Oyster Bar, Grand Central Terminal, New York City

- A SURPRISE VISIT -

Two thirds through my time in New York, my mum and sister surprised

me for a long weekend. My sister, a seasoned traveller, had created

a strict itinerary with little margin for compromise. We ate heartily

all over town, from a Sylvia Plath favourite (Grand Central Oyster

Bar) to the famous Chelsea Markets. We explored Central Park by

foot until we could walk no more, and surrendered to a horse drawn

carriage. We rounded off another perfect New York day with my new

found favourite drink, an Aperol Spritz, at the cocktail bar next to my

accommodation. It was often easier to sleep in my accommodation after

sinking a few of the translucent orange cocktails. It had become my goto

place to end many a working day, so they brought over three large

Aperol Spritzes without even needing to ask.

“Can we take a look at your accommodation?” my mother queried.

I flat out refused, painfully aware that if my loving mother caught a

glimpse of this poor excuse of a studio, she’d have me on a flight

home with them. My mother got the gist and didn’t persist. Instead, the

three of us headed back to their hotel, where my mother and sister

reluctantly shared a bed, allowing me to spread out in my own. Fresh

bedding never felt so good. After a jam-packed weekend, my mother

and sister flew back to the United Kingdom (suitcases bulging at the

zips with my new wardrobe that had been purchased courtesy of my

student loan), and I went back to the intern’s cupboard.

As far as work hard, play hard goes, New Yorkers give the rest of the

globe a run for their money. It’s called the city that never sleeps, and

it’s fuelled by black coffee, teeth whitening strips and wonderful souls

like Mario the courier. In true New York fashion, the two months flew

by. My heart was heavy as I hailed that final yellow taxi to the airport.

Although, with my recently acquired New York wardrobe and New

York attitude, I was confident that there was no chance I would be

mistaken for a school child when the plane landed at Heathrow.


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ART NEWS

Words Gaynor Stanley

THE CENTRAL TURNS TWO

The Central Art Gallery celebrated its two year

anniversary with some of Christchurch’s best known

artists for the opening of Neil Dawson’s Clouds

and Feathers. Typifying the site specific aspect of

Dawson’s work, the exhibition revisits a favourite

motif of feathers especially for The Central and

references the gallery’s Arts Centre milieu in intricate

steel and aluminium cloud sculptures. Be quick to

catch these and the exquisitely veined and coloured

polycarbonate feathers quivering in the rafters before

the show closes April 7. Opening next is Fiona Van

Oyen and John Pule, a printmaker and painter known

for works exploring detailed repetitions of floral

and natural pattern (April 11 – May 12), followed

by a show from another much-loved Christchurch

sculptor Bing Dawe to see out autumn.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Two Rooms, Auckland

AUCKLAND ART FAIR

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See works from some of the best artists in our

region and beyond at one of the nation’s premier

contemporary art showcases. Directors Stephanie

Post and Hayley White established the event in 2016

and it is back this year with 41 participating galleries

from across New Zealand and Australia, the Pacific,

Hong Kong, China and Chile exhibiting significant

work from more than 150 artists spanning the globe.

Many of the well-known and emerging talents are

creating new work for the Fair, which is expected to

attract more than 10,000 art lovers to The Cloud at

Queen’s Wharf from May 1-5.

Headcase, 27, 2015. Glazed and painted stoneware.

HEADY DELIGHTS ON DISPLAY

Playfully surreal depictions of the human head are on

display at the Christchurch Art Gallery in Julia Morison’s

latest exhibition Headcase (until July 14). It features an

installation of seven small hexagonal rooms and more

than 100 ceramic heads, each based on the form of the

anonymous hat-maker’s block. Morison says she wanted the

heads to be non-specific and genderless to encourage the

viewer to explore their own interpretation of the artwork.

Each head is distinguished by the addition of exaggerated

features, peculiar appendages and uneasy textures.

MILFORD GALLERIES LATEST

You can also see a Neil Dawson and works by

many other New Zealand artists of national and

international standing, including Ralph Hotere, Lisa

Reihana, and WD Hammond, in Milford Galleries

Queenstown’s Important Works (until April 9). The

Royal Queenstown Easter Show continues at the

gallery until May 7. Now in its tenth iteration, the

Easter Show features works by a wider selection of

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50s

This special edition Poul Henningsen

PH Artichoke light in a brushed

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to mark the 60th anniversary of a

sculptural classic that’s been evolving

since the first model hung in the

Langelinie Pavillonen restaurant in

Copenhagen in 1958.

DESIGN

CLASSICS

Mid-century designs are having a moment

in fashion, but modernist icons such as

these have graced our homes for decades.

Words Gaynor Stanley

60s

In 1962, Italian design maestro Achille

Castiglioni solved the problem of how

to shine light onto a table without the

lamp getting in the way with Arco and its

heavy marble base counterweighting the

one-of-a-kind curved stainless-steel arc and

aluminium reflector.

In 1949, husband and wife American

designers Charles and Ray Eames

developed an innovative system of

freestanding, multifunctional shelves and

desks for Hermann Miller. The Eames

Storage Unit (above) continues to be

reimagined to this day.


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70s

Danish brand VOLA released its first taps and mixers, designed

by legendary designer and architect Arne Jacobsen (also

famous for the Egg and Swan chairs), in 1968. VOLA’s iconic

KV1 design has been elevating kitchen sinks since 1971.

Millions of Billy

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sold since its 1978

launch, so it was

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TODAY

Drawing inspiration from Jacobsen’s Egg chair,

BoConcept’s Reno armchair will seat you in

contemporary Scandi style and comfort.

80s

Instantly recognisable Global Knives cut a big slice of

attention in 1985, when Japanese industrial designer

Komin Yamada debuted his radical design. Carefully

weighted to ensure perfect balance in use, its blend of

Japanese precision, seamless design and exceptionally

sharp blade enjoys global popularity today.


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THE BOLD

& THE BEAUTIFUL

It’s time to make a statement in your bathroom, with bold modernism,

metallics, deep colours, striking textures and focal art taking hold.

Here are a few of our favourite trends.

Words Gaynor Stanley


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BOLD MODERNISM

Haute couture has sashayed off

the runway and into the bathroom.

Form over function is definitely the

rule in the bathroom aesthetics of

the moment. Stunningly innovative

shapes in glamorous materials, often

with strong art deco or mid-century

influences, are dominating the

European design houses that tend to

influence our local trends. Expect to

see designer basins and bath brands

take on strong geometric lines and

edges faceted like a diamond, as in

the Bijoux range by Apaiser designed

in collaboration with Kelly Hoppen.

Others keep shapes smooth, but

dazzle with glass and metal detailing,

high gloss and glitzy gold, industrialinspired

pieces or sculptural

extravagances that bring a degree

of luxury we once reserved for our

living spaces front and centre in the

bathroom domain.

Breathtaking materials and striking

silhouettes are the hallmarks of the

bold new bathroom looks coming

out of Europe, in brands like Maison

Valentina. Locally, Plumbline’s Apaiser

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Metals are spreading

from plumbing to

furniture, as in

this Hidra wire

metal basin.

METALLICS

The goldrush is showing no sign of abating, with ever

more tones – bright, rose, antique or French – being

mined. Jostling for attention alongside gold are copper,

brass, bronze, platinum, gunmetal, nickel and pewter and

traditional chrome in ever more finishes – aged, brushed,

satin or matte. The look isn’t confined to contemporary

styles, with vintage aesthetics featuring aged metal finishes

in elegant spouts, swing handles and exposed plumbing

having a moment too.

At ISH in Frankfurt last month, the world’s leading

trade fair for the combination of water and energy that

sets trends for bathrooms design, it was reported: “As

befits a warm colourway, gold creates optical highlights

in the bathroom. Along with platinum and copper, this

precious metal has become a ready highlight of bathroom

design. Thus, for instance, wash basins are plated with

genuine gold leaf and walls, too, are painted in shades

of gold.”

Blacks, too, are taking on the iridescent quality of metal

in lustrous colours like gleaming greys, iron and charcoal

toned bronzes.

And we’re not just talking tapware. You can now bling

your bathroom light fittings, toilet paper holders and flushplates,

or even select a metallic finish on a basin or bath.

Robertson Bathware’s head of marketing James von

Batenberg reports increasing demand for metallic basins

and says, in line with the current preference for mixing

and matching materials in the bathroom and with the

trend for metals and special finishes currently dominating

bathroom design, it is about to release the Monroe vessel

basin in two distinctive bronze finish options.

STATEMENT PIECES

Just because it’s the smallest room in the house, doesn’t

mean you can’t squeeze in a hit of personality. We’ll see

more bathrooms decorated with a favourite painting

or artwork to express who you are (naturally nothing

that you wouldn’t want affected by moisture). Another

increasingly popular way to add some oomph is to dress a

wall or two in an extravagant tile or marble or a coloursoaked

wallpaper. Don’t be afraid to mix up colour tones,

textures and patterns to ramp up the impact factor.

Expect to see more and more commanding

centrepieces like sculptural furniture and eye catching lights.

Mico’s resident style guru Louise Cook tells us that basins

can be the new hero of the room with designers turning

their attention to this once-overlooked essential in recent

years. She says to avoid the bath and basin competing,

consider a bowl that echoes the look of the tub, tonally

and texturally. While rustic stone options have become

more widespread, in 2019 metallic basins are emerging as

a favourite, with soft gold a particular standout.

To add some statement art to your bathroom, consider

these new Concrete Nation basins from Plumbline.

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Deep green and wood combine in an Adele Lapointe design featuring

dual Chalice Oval basins and nickel Purist mixers (both from Kohler)

and elongated mirrors to create height and intrigue.

DEEP AND DARK

Black is still big, but we’re seeing designers

making things a little less, well, black and

white, by introducing softer tones and differing

textures to avoid the monochrome look. You

might add a charcoal concrete tile in a mosaic or

irregular shape, a shiny black vanity or mix matte

with gloss to ramp up the interest factor.

Or stay dark and interesting by spinning the

colour wheel to moody blues and deep greens.

“I’m really into deep dark bathrooms currently,

dark olive greens, and heavy blue mosaics

which have a hint of Art Deco modernism,”

says bathroom designer Rochelle Foster from

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NATURALS

Not just trending in our living spaces, indoor plants are

taking root in the bathroom too. I’m not talking about

soaking them in the bath to recover from your summer

neglect or to survive a trip away. The thing now is to

make a permanent spot for a beautiful pot on the vanity

or a gorgeous specimen trailing down from a windowsill,

pedestal or hanging basket. Lush greenery both softens

and relaxes all those hard edges going on in the

bathroom and the right plants will even filter the air. And,

if green fingers are not one of your assets, there are now

some remarkably realistic fake plants around!

Echoing the trend to embrace a bit more nature,

wood is becoming the material of choice for vanities

with people who want a light and bright bathroom that

isn’t sterile. Some designers attribute this to the Danish

influence and rise of hygge, as we gravitate to natural

looking spaces that feel comfortable, real and cosy.

A lush green houseplant will

complement metallics and

deep colour palettes

beautifully too.

Aquapro made the most of natural light by placing the vessel basins in front of a

window in this on-trend bathroom combining deep toned tiles, with the natural

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INDOOR OASIS

Aquapro’s Rochelle Foster believes the bathroom should be a room that offers respite

and relaxation. We ask for her pointers on how to perfect this space.

WHEN RENOVATING A BATHROOM, WHERE

DO WE START?

In the initial stages, start looking for inspiration. We

are so well connected to national and international

images of beautiful bathrooms, and trends through both

screen and print. Get as many ideas of what you like

as possible – make a Pinterest board, or start cutting

images out of magazines. Then take these with you,

so the professionals can help turn this inspiration into

a reality. Whether it’s full bathroom renovations or

working through the design stage of building a new

home, our team finds this a helpful part of the process.

WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST NO-NOS WHEN IT

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WHAT PRODUCTS – NEW OR OLD – MAKE THE

MOST IMPACT ON A BATHROOM?

The bath and the shower, I believe, are the impact

pieces of the bathroom or en suite. These two fixtures

relate directly to relaxation; they should be functional,

but should also be somewhere you are able to go

and ‘escape’.

WHAT SHOULD AN EN SUITE OFFER, IN

COMPARISON TO THE MAIN BATHROOM?

The en suite should be more personal. Within a family

home, it should be oasis-like. We often see the en

suite being fitted with double showers and double

basins so that the room can be enjoyed by two. Again,

the ultimate aim is to create a relaxing space with a

functional purpose.

DO YOU SEE TECHNOLOGY MAKING AN

IMPACT IN THIS AREA?

Certainly, in terms of hot water, tapware, lighting and

underfloor heating, technology broadens what we can

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HOW ARCHITECTS

DESIGN

Richard Dalman discusses the processes that a building goes

through to develop from concept to reality.

ABOVE: Acland House – Dalman Architects integrated an extension and alterations into the original design.


98 STYLE | architecture

Last month I was asked by a friend and

teacher at a local high school to give a talk

to his classics class on ‘how architects design’.

This was so the students could compare the

ideas behind classical buildings of the past with

buildings of today, and what the common ideas

behind them were, if any.

Because ‘design’ is what I do every day, I

didn’t have to research too much. But I did have

to have a good think about how and why, I, as

an architect, do what I do.

Some people may think that a great design

comes as a moment of inspiration – an idea of

pure genius. Perhaps, and that is what we like

to tell the world! But mostly it’s about working

through a series of constraints, many of which

become opportunities that positively influence

the design.

There are many things that impact on and

even dictate how architects design; a great

number of considerations that need to be taken

into account before the first line is drawn. I have

listed most of these below.

A pre-existing curved floor plan dictated Dalman Architects’ design for an office

to hotel conversion at Auckland Airport.

Tekapo underground house by Dalman Architects will be invisible when viewed from Mt John.


STYLE | architecture 99

The Brief

People we call clients pay us

money to use their money to

design buildings for them. Brilliant!

What could be a better job? They

normally walk in the door with a set

of requirements for their building.

This is called a ‘brief’. The brief can

range in scope from number and

size of individual rooms to how

spaces are to “feel”.

Site

Usually our client will have a site, most often vacant,

but sometimes it will be a site with a building on it that

needs to be extended or altered. If there is an existing

building it will dictate much of how we design. For

instance, we are extending and converting an existing

office building at Auckland Airport into a hotel. The

existing curved floor plan has resulted in a curvaceous

hotel.

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Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef – covered balconies allow guests to intimately experience the rainforest out of the rain.

Landscape

Are we building on the plains, in the mountains, on the edge

of the sea? All these types of landscapes demand different

approaches. Also, do we want to blend in or stand out?

Both approaches can be appropriate, but require different

responses. We are currently designing a house at Tekapo that

disappears into the landscape. Much of it sits underground

such that it will be invisible when viewed from Mt John. At

Cardrona we designed a small house that stands up proud

and strong in the vast landscape of Central Otago.

Culture and History

New Zealand is a relatively young country. Immigrant

architects often delight in how we are not bound by the

shackles of history. We are aware, however, of what limited

architectural history we have, and do acknowledge historical

context where we can. Our extensions to Acland House

(Girls’ High School boarding hostel) in Papanui Road were

designed to architecturally blend in with the existing building.

Budget

We have worked on over 1000

projects in our 20 years as a

company, and there would only

be two or three where the

budget was not an issue. Most

clients want more than they

can afford. While a tight budget

can be restrictive it can also

lead to creative and innovative

solutions – the New Zealand

number 8 wire mentality is alive

and kicking in New Zealand

architecture. While our budgets

compared to Third World

countries seem large, compared

to London, Paris, New York,

and even Australia, they are

relatively low.


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Small, yet designed to stand proud and tall in the vast Cardrona landscape.

Programme

Most of our clients want their buildings fast! If this is a

critical requirement, the design needs to be adapted

to suit. This is where off-site prefabrication of building

components and even whole buildings can help.

Compliance

There are so, so many acts, codes and regulations we

must follow in the design of our buildings. It seems as

though every day there is a new hoop to jump through

– council, government, iwi, local interest groups. My own

house, currently under construction, spent a year in the

resource consent (town planning) process and six months

in the building consent process before we received final

approval. Phew! (Polite exclamation!)

Architect Individuality

The same brief to two different architects can result in

two completely different designs, but it can also result in

many similarities in design as well. Architects can put their

own “stamp” on a project. While you may have noticed

that some architects’ designs look the same, others

(including ours I think) represent a wide variety of styles,

as responses to each individual situation vary.

Feelings and Experience

While sometimes our clients have strong

requirements along these lines – for example they

may want their building to feel welcoming and

relaxing – sometimes there is no mention of these

things at all in the brief. This is where the architect’s

skill comes in, to analyse the type of experience

that the occupants of a building are to have. I have

spoken about this before regarding the Christchurch

Town Hall. Architects can manipulate and affect how

people feel, act and behave through design. This is

a privilege and responsibility we take seriously and

enjoy having.

Architects can manipulate and

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ALL THE RIGHT CURVES

Perfectly coiffed topiary is a decidedly eye-catching option for

the garden that makes hedging seem very passé.

Words Craig Wilson

One of the best things about designing gardens in

Christchurch is that we are blessed with a temperate

climate. It means we get distinct seasons that our many

exotic plants often respond to wonderfully.

The gradual onset of autumn brings beautiful buttery

yellow, fiery red and sizzling orange tones to our favourite

deciduous trees and shrubs. These stand out even more

when they’re next to a dark green backdrop. Our evergreen

hedges become more than just a background feature – they

become the framework of the garden as autumn moves

closer to winter.

I think it’s fair to say we like our hedges in Canterbury. Our

pastoral landscape is almost defined by its many hedgerows

and there’s equally a fair few of us whose gardens are defined

by a buxus, Portuguese laurel or corokia hedge.

One step further than hedges is an element of design

we don’t often see in Christchurch gardens. For whatever

reason, typically, topiary doesn’t feature in those I visit. In its

simplest form, topiary is the trimming of plants into shapes,

and, while I know some of you are now thinking elaborate

animal shapes and billowy cloud forms, I’m thinking more

simple geometric shapes like cones, pyramids, columns and –

my favourite – a simple round sphere.

A well placed or repeated evergreen topiary is a definite

feature in the garden. It will draw attention to itself and

create a sense of sophistication that few other plants can

evoke. I love the rhythm and repetition that a well-spaced

row of beautifully trimmed buxus spheres brings to a garden

– especially when in front of a perennial border with light airy

flowers behind.

I imagine most are put off introducing topiary in their

garden by the perceived high maintenance requirement.

It’s true that topiary will require some TLC to keep it in its

correct form, but so do those beloved hedges.

Great topiary will only get better with time. I suggest you

dip your toe into this aspect of the gardening world, start

with just one. See how its form complements your garden,

how the eye is drawn to it and then… grow for gold.


EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

with Tim Goom

Autumn:

Perfect for planting

Summer colours will be fading from your flower beds

as sunset tones creep into the leaves overhead. Whilst

autumn can feel like it’s time to shut up shop on the

gardening front, the opposite is true. Now is the

perfect time to review your planting design.

Technique

Transplanting

As temperatures drop, the metabolism of plants also slows, which means

it’s a good time to transplant a plant or tree better suited to a different

position with more sun or shelter. Try and take as much of the rootball with

the plant as possible using a sharp spade. Prune back foliage of deciduous

trees to compensate for any root loss. Do your research- some plants

are readily transplantable, and some are not. Generally larger trees, taller

established shrubs and plants with a long tap root will not transplant well.

Trimming

As winter approaches, plants retreat to conserve energy. Pruning will

encourage stronger growth in spring, control the spread of any disease

and allow more light in to the garden over winter. Pruning is something

of an art form, take care to consider when and how the particular plant

is best trimmed to avoid damaging potential spring buds. A light pruning

every autumn will suffice for deciduous trees and shrubs - evergreens

won’t generally need pruning unless damaged branches need removing or

shaping is required. Calling in an arborist for bigger more challenging trees

is a great investment to ensure the tree is maintained safely

Planting

Whether you are planting vegetables, flowers or shrubs - the first step is

to ensure the soil is prepared properly with mulch and fertiliser. The size

of the hole dug will need to correspond to the size of the plant and it’s

roots. Roots need enough space between the soil particles to grow and

spread so check the soil isn’t too compacted. Whether it is a significant

root ball of a tree or a small root of a flower, the roots and soil will need

to be gently teased out before planting.

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Soil added to the hole after planting will protect the plants stability but

should not be compressed too firmly. Then it’s all about the right amount

of watering!

Design

Although the winter garden can seem drab compared to the bright

hues on show throughout spring and summer, there is still an array

of vibrantly coloured plants which can boost the colour palate in

your landscape.

• Cold hardy flowers such as Hellebores, pansies, marigolds, ericas

and cornflowers are shade resistant and can be potted or planted

in the garden to add a splash of colour.

• Ligularia, Sedums, Mahonia and Pseudowintera colorata have bright

and interesting foliage and/or stems which will maintain interest during

the bleak months.

• Let’s not forget the edible winter garden- time to plant celery,

radishes, brassicas and herbs such as rosemary, thyme, mint and

parsley. These will jazz things up both in your garden and on

your plate.

• As well as considering what to plant, think carefully about what not

to plant. Sorbus acuparia is a deciduous tree currently having a tough

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106 STYLE | motoring

A NEW GENERATION

WITH DIESEL DYNAMICS

Motoring writer Ross Kiddie takes the new

Commodore diesel for a long South Island road trip.

LIKES

– Thrifty on fuel

– Large car feel and comfort

– Base model specification

and price

DISLIKES

Tyre roar off coarse chip seal

PRICE

Holden Commodore LT

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DIMENSIONS

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CONFIGURATION

Four-cylinder, front-wheeldrive,

1956cc, 125kW, 400Nm,

eight-speed automatic.

PERFORMANCE

0-100km/h, 6.9sec

FUEL USAGE

5.6l/100km

It was a Christmas holiday road

trip my wife and I couldn’t resist,

not only for the magnificent scenery

and activities the Tasman and West

Coast regions have to offer, but

as an economy test for Holden’s

Commodore.

The second statement may seem

a little strange for a car that has long

been recognised for big V6 and V8

engines; however, the new generation

European-sourced Commodore also

comes with diesel power and, as I’ve

often eluded to in the past, diesel

economy is certainly something to

envy.

For the record, the new

Commodore still has 3.6-litre V6 and

2-litre, four-cylinder petrol-powered

engines, alongside the 2-litre diesel.

I covered over 1500km in the

latter, and it constantly returned

combined cycle fuel usage figures from

6.3-7 litres per 100km (40-55mpg),

depending on whether I was urban or

open-road driving.

These figures compare favourably

with Holden’s combined cycle claim

of 5.6l/100km (50mpg), and you

don’t have to try hard to better that

claim – sitting at a steady 100km/h the

readout is hovering around 4.4l/100km

(63mpg) with the engine turning over

at a leisurely 1500rpm.

For a big car these figures are

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of around 1000km are possible

between refills. On a long journey it is

merely sipping fuel, and with the cost

of diesel roughly 50c a litre cheaper

than petrol, it doesn’t take long to

counteract the disadvantage of road

user charges.

What’s more, the Commodore is a

genuine touring car. It was comfortable

and quiet on our long journey and if

you weren’t aware there was a diesel

sitting under the bonnet you’d be hard

pressed to notice.


STYLE | motoring 107

The four-cylinder, twin-camshaft,

turbocharged unit has power

outputs of 125kW and 400Nm,

the latter available all of the way

from 1750rpm to 2500rpm, and

that is why driving diesel is also so

rewarding. There is solid response

to any accelerator pressure and

a burst through the rev band is

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overtaking opportunities present

themselves.

Drive is channelled through

a smooth-shifting eight-speed

automatic gearbox, the ratios change

quickly, and because of the number

of gears there is never a point where

the engine is caught out underperforming.

Turbo boost is strong

and acceleration is vivid.

Holden also claims a 6.9sec time

to reach 100km/h from a standstill,

while by my stopwatch it will lunge

through a passing manoeuvre in 5sec.

The new Commodore arrives

here in two variants – liftback and

Tourer (station wagon). Both ooze

character and style; there are strong

lines, and a shape up with the best

to ever come out of the Holden

Australia factory.

It also gets all of the trick gear

that we have come to expect

from Holden, it wants for little, and

particularly appeals to me in LT

form with its cloth trim. Incidentally,

the diesel variant comes in a base

grade only at $48,990. I’m fine with

that and it’s my belief the price is

great value. For the Tourer buyer,

you’d need to front up with an extra

$2000, and that would be a car

which would tempt me.

For the technically minded, the

new Commodore is effectively frontwheel-drive.

The V6 models have allwheel-drive

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That’s no handicap, the Commodore

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At just 1.45m tall there is little body

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design, open fires indoors and out, and a private

swimming cove make this a truly unique stay.

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Glowing Sky

This family owned manufacturer of fine merino clothing brings

its stylish and easy care range for men and women to its retail

store in Akaroa. Made locally from wool grown in the Southern

Alps, Glowing Sky garments are sold exclusively through its own

stores and website.

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La Rochelle Motel

The perfect place to stay and enjoy the village’s quaint charms,

La Rochelle Motel is close to Akaroa’s walking trails, galleries and

some of the top restaurants. Book direct via the website and

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NEW EDINBURGH

Kate Preece spends some time in Dunedin, discovering

it’s not the city she thought it was.

The streets of Dunedin tell an engaging story of heritage and culture. Photo DunedinNZ


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Good Good has its burger recipe right. Photo DunedinNZ

The last time I was in Dunedin, I was 19 and

sporting a nurse’s uniform, thanks to the

debauchery that was the Undie 500. Not part of

the since-banned university pub crawl – I mean,

student-run car rally – from Christchurch to Dunedin

this time, it’s no wonder I saw this Scottish city with

new eyes. Though known for its university culture,

this little city is a destination that suits a wide range

of travellers thanks to many of its alumni choosing

‘home’ as the place to make their mark. Take, for

example, those serving New Zealand’s top burgers.

Having ticked off the classic Kiwi Perth experience,

Reece Turfus was drawn back home to Dunedin.

But, when he and friend Rob Ratten found

themselves caught in the white-collar grindstone, they

decided it was time to do something different. And

so, the Good Good eatery was born. The walls of

22 Vogel Street are decorated with curious animated

scenes and the neon ice creams, and a caravan serves

as the kitchen, from which these notable burgers are

made. Plywood tables with those perpetually ontrend

metal bar stools give way to a cosy couch area,

and a fake-lawn green wall that reaches incredible

heights in this vaulted ceiling warehouse-like setting.

After 18 months serving burgers alongside sweet

potato fries with creamy maple sauce and the

buttermilk-fried chicken bites, travel website Big 7

says this is the place for one of the top three burgers

in New Zealand.

The Otago Farmers’ Market is another foodie

drawcard, not just for the abundance of organic

veges and delicious fruit, but for the names and

businesses born here. Must-visit stalls include Bay

Road Peanut Butter (now also factory and café at

8 Roberts Street); The Tart Tin, where Matt Cross

offers ruby pear tarts and lemon curd-filled doughnut

bites from ‘minty’ the caravan; and, despite the hour

(8.30am–12.30pm), if you so wish, you can wrap

your taste buds around a drop of Urbn Vino too.


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Our first encounter with an Urbn

Vino pinot noir was when dining at

Moiety – another eatery of note in the

culinary circles of this city (42 Queens

Gardens). Accompanying a plate of

lamb neck with endive, granola, soft

herbs and jack fruit, this pinot noir

wasn’t playing second fiddle to the

fine fare. All the more interesting was

being but a curtain-pull away from

where Central Otago grapes become

wine. At the time of print, winemaker

Brendan Seal was waiting for the final

tick from the local council to open this

space in the Warehouse Precinct as

a cellar door, for more tastings of his

pinots, pinot gris and riesling (the latter

two being single vineyard wines bottled

under label The Writer’s Block). Here,

Central Otago grapes are transformed

into something special.

Otago Farmers’ Market – a place when good things grow. Photo DunedinNZ

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A world away from the city, Tunnel Beach shows off Dunedin’s wild side. Photos: DunedinNZ

My previous experience with this seaside city had failed

to provide me with an appreciation of its resounding beauty

– but not this time. I think you’ll agree, especially if you take

the 10-minute drive south to discover Tunnel Beach.

Tunnel Beach is not a secret anymore. During a

weekend, you’ll likely find many people have followed the

particularly steep track (that will take your breath away

on both descent and ascent) down to the safety rails

and promptly stepped over them to strike a pose on the

massive rocky outcrop for the perfect ‘gram update. You

may even have to wait for your turn to walk down the

steps that take you down to the ultimate destination –

the beach. The tight tunnel was cut by hand in the 1870s

at the request of the owner of Cargill’s Castle (in ruins

today), who wished to provide a private bathing spot for

his daughters. Once sand is underfoot, sheer cliffs rise up

around you and the interrupted view out to ships on the

horizon is enough to stop you in your tracks.

After this adventure in mindfulness and muscle strength,

the heated salt water pool at St Clair beach might be just

what you need to freshen up – though if the weather isn’t

kind, take refuge at The Esplanade (2 Esplanade), where

you can enjoy a slice of Italy – be it gorgonzola, mozzarella,

emmental and edam cheese pizza or mussels, clams, white

wine, garlic and parsley pasta. Washed down with NV

Medici Lambrusco, of course.

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Turn up the noise with a thrilling tour on a V8 trike. Photo: STW Studio

Railways is doing a roaring trade thanks to the growing

number of cruise ships pulling into Port Chambers as

the season rolls on through. Passengers board the likes

of the Waitati Seasider, a two-hour roundtrip from

the Dunedin Railway Station (the most photographed

building in New Zealand) to Waititi, to see the dredge

clear the Victoria Channel and the coastline’s journey

around the Harbour. It’s an opportunity to see the

beauty of what lies just slightly out of the city, past

kanuka bush and views of smooth rolling hills, obscured

only by vegetation and a tunnel’s darkness.

For something a little more fast-paced, a v8 trike ride is

an exhilarating scenic tour option. Experience Dunedin

is owned by Andrew Sim, who saw an opportunity

others around Kiwi ports have taken up to show cruise

ship travellers around. The former Speight’s tour guide

invested $130,000 into his five-seater and its 350-Chevy

motor has added a throaty roar that will put a smile

on any motoring aficionado’s face. There’s a range of

tour options and all with this driver/tour guide who calls

Dunedin home. He supplies the jackets, and helmets

aren’t required as the trike is registered as a car.

Andrew had picked us up from outside the Dunedin

Museum of Natural Mystery, an intriguing sort of place

that is likely to leave an impression on you, and we were

off, wind in our hair and road rushing past our feet. A

great way to clear the cobwebs – and nothing like the

Nissan Vanette I’d travelled around in on my last visit.

200 Rattray street, Dunedin

+64 3 477 7697

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There’s more to brewing beer than

meets the eye, and more to brewery

tours than tastings. Learn about

more than 140 years of beer-brewing

history at Dunedin’s most iconic

brewery while a guide takes you

through an interactive tour, which

of course finishes in the tasting

room. Whilst you’re there check out

the new brewery shop with a range

of great merchandise and fill your

own bottles with fresh beer from the

cellar door. Good on ya mate.


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The pick-up point, 61 Royal Terrace, with

its fence painted with the language of Easter

Island, is owned by Bruce Mahalski, who left

his Wellington life a year ago to transform a

1870s cottage into a museum-cum-bed-andbreakfast.

Yes, you can stay at Museum of

Natural Mystery, as it’s only the front three

rooms that are filled with artwork made from

bones, mummified animals (watch out for the

cat), and the wall of sheep skulls. The latter is

rather fascinating, with Bruce describing it as

a homage to this animal we take for granted

– “They all look the same on the outside, but,

underneath, no two sculls are the same.” He’s

right that a wall of human skulls would be

deeply disturbing. With parents both scientists,

as the family travelled, collecting such things

seemed normal practice to Bruce, and now, it’s

all on display on a hill above the city.

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If you prefer your wildlife alive and kicking,

there’s plenty on that front too. We took the

windy ‘top road’ along the peninsula to Taiaroa

Head (an hour’s drive from the CBD), to seek out

korora, the Little Blue Penguin. At the shoreline

beneath The Royal Albatross Centre – a handy

place for a bite or drink ahead of your Blue

Penguins Pukekura tour – the world’s smallest

penguin make their way back into their cliff-face

burrows every evening. Watching these 30cm

tall birds emerge from the surf once darkness has

fallen is quite something – and when the nesting

and chick-rearing season kicks off from September,

there can be 150 birds getting their waddle on.

I returned to Christchurch sated on many levels.

This heritage-rich city has pockets of absolute

brilliance, with eateries up there with the country’s

best. If you, like me, have some preconceptions

about the place, well, it’s time for another roadie.

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• Have a bite to eat at Heritage Coffee (43 Jetty

Street), owned by the clever fellows behind

Vogel St Kitchen (76 Vogel Street). The

décor, including the Lawrie Forbes steel

doorway, alone, is worth a look.

• Stay the night at the Scenic Hotel Southern

Cross (118 High Street). When I was there,

so too were the Crusaders, need I say more?

(Actually, best buffet breakfast I’ve had in ages.)

• Book a chocolate factory and tasting tour at

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FOOD TRENDS

Local chefs are championing a more sustainable

way to source and serve the food we love.

Words Vanessa Ortynsky

Talking Plates/Eat NZ from Nostalgia Festival. Nayhauss Photography.

There’s no doubt about it, New Zealand is a foodie

mecca. We are blessed with incredible produce and

many talented chefs. There are plenty of restaurants and

organisations who are championing our country as one

of the world’s best food destinations. Eat New Zealand

is one such group; a collective of New Zealand’s chefs,

producers, media, tourism and event operators inspired

to create a national platform to promote and champion

our best food, drink, and culinary tourism opportunities.

Established in 2015 by Giulio Sturla (Roots), Eat

New Zealand is helping stimulate the development

of sustainable food systems from source to plate and

beyond. At Christchurch’s recent Nostalgia Festival the

collective hosted Talking Plates, a pop-up kitchen that

travels to events and festivals up and down New Zealand

to dish-up discussion around issues facing our food

businesses (as well as delicious food).

Its aim is to get people thinking about what they can

do to change the way we grow, catch, purchase and

prepare our food here in New Zealand. At Nostalgia,

three of Canterbury’s best chefs cooked for festival

goers: Alex Davies from Gatherings, Aliesha Gabrielle


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from Fresh Press Pizza and Carlos

Rodriguez from Twenty Seven

Steps. Their kitchen served up

a blue cod dish that utilised the

whole fish sourced directly from

the fisher who caught it, heirloom

tomatoes and fresh basil from Spring

Collective, served on chargrilled

seeded sourdough from Bellbird

Bakery using Canterbury-grown

grains. They also prepared a ceviche

with bull kelp, native spinach, wild

fennel, wild parsley, red onion,

celery, green tomato and lemon

juice. Crowdsourcing funded Talking

Plates’ design, signage, set-up, plates,

tees as well as food costs. Money

pledged will also go towards future

Talking Plates events.

Gatherings – the restaurant (5/2 Papanui Road) and its owner and chef Alex Davies.


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SUSTAINABILITY ON

THE MENU

There are many South Island restaurants with

sustainability at their core and consumers are continually

becoming more informed and discerning about their

food choices. More menus around Christchurch

feature pasture-fed meats, farm-raised free range eggs

and organic produce. There’s also increased interest

in supporting smaller, local producers. Gatherings in

Christchurch is leading the way, with produce sourced

from a farm in Swannanoa, where chef Alex Davies

previously worked, and from other local Canterbury

suppliers.

Elsewhere, Nelson’s Hopgood’s & Co. (284 Trafalgar

Street) is all about simple food done well (as above)

and sources many organic vegetables from local farmers

and showcases the best wines the region has to offer.

In Dunedin, I enjoy stopping in at Plato (Birch Street),

where they don’t overcomplicate food. A former hostel

for seafarers around the world, Plato retains links to

the sea through an ever-changing menu with a focus on

seafood, alongside local produce and beverages.

I also like to tuck into some chocolate from OCHO.

This craft bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Dunedin

imports fermented and dried beans from the Pacific to

make chocolate from scratch, which includes roasting,

grinding, conching and tempering the chocolate before

moulding it into bars. There’s no blending, so each batch

is fully traceable back to the farmer co-operative where

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FOOD NEWS

Words Kate Preece

Sweet new addition

While the name isn’t new to the

city, Prohibition Smokehouse’s

location is, as it’s only taken

up its Octagon address since

January. Owned by the very

same clever clogs as are behind

Vault 21, you need to go here

for the décor alone. Think lime

greens and pinks, unravelling

bunches of fake floristry hanging

from the roof, crystal glasses

with marbled plates, and pink

flamingos. Then, order the

chocolate pot – or sour cherry

cheesecake with roasted white

chocolate and Oreo dust, as

one of our well-educated party

deemed the desserts the best

she’d ever had.

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– that will tick off three to

four nights’ meals with fresh,

pre-prepared dinners.

Our own family menu is pretty

basic, with quick go-to meals

that vary little week to week.

So, our Foodie box was a bit of

an eye-opener. Each meal was

set to take 15-20 minutes – and

considering it’s just a matter of

chopping, pouring on pre-made

dressings/sauces/flavour mixes,

and cooking, it is a realistic

timeframe.

I brought my eight-year-old

daughter into the equation and

together we served up oven

baked parmesan and herb-coated

chicken Caesar salad one night

and Tex Mex sirloin steak with

hot wild and brown rice salad,

coriander and chilli oil the next.

Though meant for two adults, we

stretched both (just) to include

the two children, who, because

one had been involved in the

process, ate with gusto. (I wasn’t

there for the creamy pancetta,

courgette and sundried tomato

gnocchi meal, but my husband

assured me it ticked the boxes.)

Starting at $114 for three

Foodie dinners that serve two

adults, is it worth it? It’s not the

cheapest meal kit option, but I

can attest to the easy recipes

filled with flavour, which might be

just what you need to break the

menu melancholy.


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AN ITALIAN CLASSIC

Earl is fast gaining a reputation for fine casual dining done simply and superbly.

We persuaded Chef Dan Smith to share his favourite Gnocchi recipe.

Roman Gnocchi

500ml milk

112g semolina medium/course

25g grated parmesan

1 egg

30g butter

Pinch nutmeg

Salt and pepper to taste

1. Bring milk to boil with nutmeg.

Add semolina in a steady stream,

whisking constantly for 12-15 minutes.

The mixture will become very thick;

this is a work out on the arm but is

sure worth it for light fluffy gnocchi.

2. Take off the heat and cool for

5 minutes.

3. Add remaining ingredients and mix

with a wooden spoon. Transfer mix to

a shallow heatproof dish.

4. Spread out across a tray and cover

with cling film. Then set in the fridge

to cut into pieces later.

Pesto

1 bunch basil

¼ cup walnut

¼ cup parmesan/pecorino

1 garlic clove

1 lemon juiced + zest

Salt and pepper to taste

Extra virgin olive oil to loosen

1. Blend all ingredients in high

powered blender, adding oil to loosen.

Or, for a rustic pesto, do it like my

Nonna and pound everything into a

paste in a mortar and pestle.

Brown Butter &

Pea Sauce

50g unsalted butter

1 shallot

1 clove garlic

½ cup baby peas

1 cup baby spinach

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1. Add butter to a cold pan and bring

the heat up to medium heat. Cook

butter until the milk solids start to

brown, the bubbles will reduce in size

becoming fine and it will smell nutty.

2. Sieve out milk solids, return butter

to pan, add olive oil, shallot and garlic

then cook until soft and translucent.

3. Now add frozen peas and ¼ cup

of water and cook for 5 minutes. Add

spinach and cook for a further

1 minute until spinach is wilted.

4. Add all ingredients to high power

blender and blend on high until

smooth (make sure steam is released)

about 2-3 minutes.

5. Season with salt and white pepper.

Putting it all

together

1. Once gnocchi is set in the fridge

(about 4 hours), take off cling film

and cut into pieces of your liking.

Heat a cast iron or non-stick pan on

medium heat. Add olive oil and sear

each piece until golden brown on

each side.

2. Rub a large heatproof dish with

butter, add gnocchi to it and place

in a preheated 180 degree oven

and bake for 15 minutes.

3. Now heat a pan with olive oil,

add one clove sliced garlic and cook

for 30 secs until starting to colour,

then add mixed greens and saute

for 2 minutes, adding seasoning and

a squeeze of lemon at the end. Set

aside.

4. To finish, drizzle with the brown

butter and pea sauce, saute greens,

pesto and to top it off clouds of

finely grated pecorino or parmesan

cheese.

5. Serve with seasonal greens.


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WINE NEWS

Words Kate Preece

Look out for: sparkling shiraz

I kid you not. Clearly developed with the Aussies in mind – you

know, the ones that drink their red wine with ice? This is something

that is worth experiencing, as we look desperately hold on to the

memories of a hot summer and step gingerly into the season of

the red.

Upon investigation, it seems they come in all guises, from a

Hentley Farm Black Beauty Sparking Shiraz at $99.99 to the geta-taste-for-it

Pirramma Eight Carat Sparkling Shiraz at $23.99. Get

yourself into the swing of things with a Seppelt Original Sparkling

Shiraz – as Seppelt has been producing the stuff since the 1890s.

Get to now:

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There’s a bit of education

required around chenin blanc.

Popular in Europe, we Kiwis

are just catching up on what

California and South Africa

have mastered. The white

grape originates from the

Loire Valley and is considered

a light, dry white.

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unfiltered and un-fined, with

any sediment at the bottom

of the glass simply showing

how pure it is (only a touch

of sulphur is added at the

bottling stage). The cloudy

wine is less tart than a sav,

with spice-based flavours and

a touch of apple. It’s a musttry,

and a good way to start

your chenin blanc journey.

Villa Maria Pinot Gris

Perfectly matched with blue cheese, this

drop had a gooseberry and fresh grass

expression on the nose that was sweeter

than what was to follow. The medium-dry

drop lacks the sweetness that naysayers

avoid the variety for, so get amongst it.

If you go looking for it, expect to find a

spot of honey in there, but otherwise, this

easy-going pinot gris is likely to sit well with

most accompaniments, as a quiet – yet

appreciated – player at the dinner party.

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city. Either the Montreal or the Peterborough will envelop

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Neville and Heather Brown, Deborah McCormick

Stephen Borcoskie, Julianne Liebeck

Mike and Lesley Patton, Jackie and Danny Whiting


Kathy Rankin, Rebecca Gregg, MacKenzie Tait

Kasia Stanicich, Ellie Haines

MERIVALE MALL

FASHION SHOW

Kristina White, Olivia Hale

Merivale Mall’s #ExperienceMerivale Fashion Show

saw guests enjoy an evening of fashion, fun and

fabulous music. As proud supporters of Dress for Success

Christchurch, a clothing donation day in the lead-up to the

show – clearing space for good!

Genevieve Rogers, Kirsty Binnie

Susan Rea, Mary Outram

Alix McConnochie, Denise Leighs


Poasa Alaifea, Stephanie Oberg

Linda and Semisi Potuauine

SCAPE’S EXCLUSIVE

PREVIEW OF VAKA ‘A HINA

Christchurch Tongan Choir

The Christchurch Club was where we joined SCAPE

Public Art and architect and artist Semisi Potauaine for

the first look at Christchurch’s newest 16-metre high public

artwork, VAKA ‘A HINA. In recognition of his contribution

to SCAPE over the last 20 years, attendee Frank van

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on the evening.

Murray Francis, Kate Johnstone

Frank van Schaijik, Dame Adrienne Stewart, Pamela Lindsay

Rod Gardner

Anna Colthart, Jennie Sherwin, Carolyne Grant


Paul Wright, Tony Jenkins, Simon Hollander, Lynne Macdonald, Hayden Broadbelt

HARCOURTS OPENS IN ILAM

Corina Grey, Aaron Jewell

H

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new Ilam office at 292 Clyde Road, where guests had

the opportunity to explore the stunning new building, whilst

enjoying drinks and canapes.

John Morrison, Nick Emery

Candice Toughey, Rebecca Gilbert

Mat, Mike, Ed and Paul Donaldson

Laura Meriluoto, Tessa McKegg

MEET THE PEGASUS BAY

WINERY BROTHERS

Fresh Choice Merivale was excited to have the four Donaldson

brothers of Pegasus Bay Wines present at a wine-tasting evening held

at Aikmans Bar & Eatery. The wines were matched with canapes from the

kitchen as attendees learnt more about the wonderful drops.

Fiona Williams, Jonathan Riddiford

Miranda Hill, Jackie Robins, Ali Chapman

Craig Grant, Jeremy Stevens


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