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veryone has their favourite foodie haunts, whether
it’s for a casual drink, indulgent dinner or guilty
My husband, for example, can’t pass the Fairlie
Bakehouse without stopping in for a Lieber pie (try
the pork belly with apple sauce and crackling), while
my eight-year-old daughter loves the Peking duck with
pancakes at North & South (Addington).
When after a takeaway solution, a ‘fish and chip Friday’
is not the same unless we’ve picked up our standard
order from Sparks Road in Halswell, but if we’re out
North Canterbury way, it’s straight to the Cambodian
restaurant in Kaiapoi, Khmer Angkor.
Road trips often take me to the character-rich town of
Oamaru, where we find ourselves eating slice after slice
of gourmet pizza from Scotts Brewery – if we haven’t
over-indulged on Whitestone cheese – before heading
further south to Hampden’s Four Square for the best
value ice creams I’ve found.
The list of places to visit back home in Christchurch
shows no sign of stagnating. And, if you take the chance
to meet some of the clever foodies behind these
ventures, you’ll find their menus even more irresistible.
It’s been a fun, hunger-inducing time producing Style’s
food issue and, hopefully, we are able expand your
foodie horizons even further. Enjoy!
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We’re crazy for sushi at Style, and it’s always exciting
when another show-stopper comes to light. Our food
writer, Vanessa Ortynsky, recommends Nori Table at The
Tannery. The beautifully presented grab-and-go sushi is
served in an equally gorgeous environment.
Grater Goods is a pocket of Europe in the middle of
Sydenham’s industrial area (105 Orbell Street). Part plantbased
butchery, part deli, part café, it’s soon to add a
French-style wine bar –the Pinot Cave – to its appealing
offerings. There’s already bottomless French Press coffee
and Lyttel Ninja kombucha too!
Gourmands will be rejoicing with the truffle season on the
horizon once again. Black Estate is going to make the most
of it with five-course truffle lunches with matching wines on
6 July with Limestone Hills and 7 July with Kings Truffles.
Moraine Lodge at Lake Pukaki is hosting its first Gala Charity Ball on
22 June, to raise funds for the Malaghan Institute. The independent
biomedical research institute is currently working towards New Zealand’s
first CAR T-cell trial, which looks to fight cancer using a patient’s own
immune cells. So, don the kilt and head to Mackenzie High Country.
A comedy of love, laughs and hair-brained schemes is coming to the Isaac
Theatre Royal, 1–7 August. The Barber of Seville is bursting with energy,
sass and colour. Rossini’s crazy comic opera arrives at our shores, after
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theatre work is on tour. At Christchurch’s Papa Hou (YMCA), 6–7 June,
the play is inspired by the Shakespeare Behind Bars programme – a real
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Remarkables (9), Mt Dobson (mid-June), Cardrona
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Megan Fairley supported her staff as they dealt with the
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Backyard not the winter wonderland you expected? Goom
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architects, and planting and maintenance experts who just
love to muck in.
As the nights grow long and the temperatures drop, the
scene is set for Christchurch’s bold and dynamic new Arts
Festival – a carnival of delights that ignites the heart of the
city, bringing light and warmth to the depths of winter. From
the free opening extravaganza to shows, talks, workshops and
performances, the programme will be available to check out
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Bay is dishing out plenty of culinary excitement during
Winter F.A.W.C! From 7 to 30 June, all manner of events
fill the calendar, from champagne and whisky weekends at
Cape Kidnappers to eateries serving special wine and food
matches around Napier, Hastings, Havelock North and
Te Wanga. If you miss it this time, there’s always Summer
F.A.W.C! in November.
Christchurch eateries are flinging their doors open left,
right and centre. Auckland’s Burger Burger has made the
long journey south to share space with Supreme Supreme
at 10 Welles Street (down from Winnie Bagoes’ new city
locale). The burger joint boasts everything from charred
broccoli and kombucha to fried chicken, beer and cocktails.
Meanwhile, Greek restaurant The Athens Yacht Club opens
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Various venues, Queenstown
Dunedin Midwinter Carnival 2019
A spectacle of giant lanterns, costumed
stilt walkers, dancers and musicians.
The Octagon, Dunedin
In addition to Ohakune Mardi Gras
(22 June), a crowd of 3000 atop Coronet
Peak will experience that street party vibe
and those colourful and vibrant outfits.
Coronet Peak Ski Area, Queenstown
25 June – 7 July
Celebrate Matariki with a variety of
activities – workshops, makete (market),
speakers, performance, and more.
The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora,
7 Days Winter Trip
Jeremy Corbett “leads” Paul Ego, Dai
Henwood, Ben Hurley, Cori Gonzalez
Macuer, Hayley Sproull and Mel Bracewell
as they dissect the week’s news.
Queenstown Memorial Centre
20 June – 20 July
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
The Marquise de Merteuil and the
Vicomte de Valmont have ruined dozens
of reputations, but their lives of supreme
self-indulgence are about to fall apart...
one of them is about to fall in love.
The Court Theatre
The Menagerie Variety Show
A unique blend of high quality, talented
specialty acts – think The Muppet Show
meets The Royal Variety Performance.
Isaac Theatre Royal
Nick Offerman – All Rise Tour
Award-winning actor and comedian
Nick Offerman, of Parks and Recreation
and Fargo fame, promises an evening of
deliberative talking... and light dancing.
Isaac Theatre Royal
25–29 June & 12–20 July
Pop-up Globe NZ Tour
Auckland’s Pop-up Globe takes
Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Measure for
Measure to theatres around the nation.
25–29 June: Regent Theatre, Dunedin
12–20 July: Isaac Theatre Royal
27–29 June & 3 July
Black Swan, White Swan
Witness one man’s struggle with love
and betrayal as the Royal New Zealand
Ballet presents Mario Radacovsky’s daring
retelling of Swan Lake.
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3 July: Regent Theatre, Dunedin
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The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
Showbiz Christchurch presents fully
staged and choreographed production
numbers from hit Lloyd Webber shows
The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,
Evita and more.
Isaac Theatre Royal
Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Organic
Featuring Chinese pianist Moye Chen,
Christchurch-born composer Salina Fisher
and conductor Hamish McKeich.
Christchurch Town Hall
Simon O’Neill in Concert
“The Wagnerian tenor of his generation”.
The Piano: Centre for Music and the
Highlanders v Bulls
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Crusaders v Rebels
8 & 9
Canterbury Red Devils vs Skycity
The teams from Christchurch and
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The South Island’s culinary scene is constantly evolving and we’re not complaining.
Whether you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful spot to refuel on a weekend road trip
or a fine dining restaurant to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, there are heaps of
options from which to choose. We know it can all get a bit overwhelming, so we’ve
done the legwork for you. These are the must-visit spots around the South Island.
Words Vanessa Ortynsky
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Foodie ‘must’ Amisfield Bistro, above and opposite.
- QUEENSTOWN -
It’s no secret that Queenstown has its fair share of
incredible eateries to rival its laundry list of activities.
Locals continue to flock to Rata (43 Ballarat Street)
and it’s easy to see why. The food on offer is diverse,
with starters ranging from venison carpaccio, cured
salmon and pork belly served with Bluff octopus,
butternut squash, new season quince and pearl
barley. The Southland cheese rolls are a must.
Made with Otago honeycomb, organic mustard and
pickled cauliflower, they’re decidedly better than
Renowned for its extensive cocktail list and
outstanding menu full of locally-sourced northern
Italian and Mediterranean-style cuisine, No5
Church Lane is another unmissable restaurant in
Queenstown. We love the grilled bruschetta duo
with heirloom tomato, grana padano parmesan, basil,
roast eggplant, confit tomato and feta or any of their
sourdough pizzas. Their bar snacks are also particularly
noteworthy, try the bocconcini. Discerning drinkers
should try one of their world-class cocktails.
Everything about Amisfield Winery & Bistro
reflects Central Otago, especially the beautiful stone
building that houses its bistro and cellar door at
10 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Road, Frankton. Since
opening in 2005, Amisfield Bistro has become a foodie
destination. Executive chef Vaughan Mabee’s dishes
are truly a work of art and perfectly complemented
by Amisfied’s award-winning wines in a relaxed
environment. Opt for the Trust the Chef degustation
menu, which has been an Amisfield signature since
it opened. With three to five courses for lunch and
seven courses for dinner, the food is designed to
be lingered over. So, pull up a seat and soak in the
A culinary highlight since 2008, you can’t go past
Botswana Butchery (17 Marine Parade). Just pause a
moment to imagine red deer loin, braised osso bucco,
brown butter kumara, cherries, forest mushrooms, puff
pastry, cavolo nero, and pancetta... need we say more?
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Meat eaters’ go-to
Prohibition Smoke House
- DUNEDIN -
Vietnamese pork banh mi and shoestring fries at Kiki Beware.
Photo: Vanessa Ortynsky
No trip to Dunedin is complete without a stop at
Good Good at 22 Vogel Street. A simple concept done
exceptionally well, Good Good’s menu is limited to three
burgers, each served on a lightly toasted milk bun. The
beef is served with American cheddar, iceberg lettuce,
tomato, onion and pickles, all taken to the next level by their
signature Good Good sauce, ketchup and mustard. There is
also a chicken and vegetarian burger – think barbecue pulled
jackfruit with melted American cheddar, lettuce pickles,
onion and dripping in creamy maple dressing.
Kiki Beware (344 George Street) is unlike any other
Dunedin cafe. Frequented by members of Dunedin’s creative
crowd, the space hosts the work of emerging artists every
month. Grab a seat at the bar and order a Vietnamese pork
banh mi and a bowl of shoestring fries, which are served
with a range of different salts and sauces. The espresso bar is
also a licenced refreshment room, so, in addition to expertly
made Supreme coffee, sodas and lemonades, you’ll find a
selection of tap beer, liquors and wines.
As far as BYOs go, Best Café is one of the best. A
Dunedin institution since 1932, the charming fish and chip
shop is straight out of the 1970s. Look out for the neon sign
on Stuart Street, and you’ve found the spot. Go classic or
try the whitebait fritters, or treat yourself to an ice cream
sundae with pink wafer cookies and chocolate fish.
For American-style pit food using the best quality
New Zealand meats, Prohibition Smoke House (10 The
Octagon) is our go-to. Known for slow cooking and wood
smoking, the menu features both small plates, not so meaty
mains and main plates from the grill. You can’t miss the beef
brisket with roasted shallot pickle and watercress truffle
mayo. The crispy pork belly is another favourite, served
with red onion jam, citrus slaw and whisky jus. There’s also
a gorgeous outdoor seating area with a fire pit and heated
gas lamps, ideal for festivities of all kinds.
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From the team at Eaton Drink and Southside Social,
Barberra (151 Cambridge Terrace) is a fresh, modern
take on flavours from the Pacific Rim. Part of a
collective on Cambridge Terrace, which includes café
City Social and bar Sawyer, Barberra’s atmosphere is
certainly part of its charm. The wasabi popcorn to start
is a treat, as
is the matcha pistachio cake.
Kaiapoi isn’t the first place we think of when it comes
to flash waterfront breweries, but Port & Eagle (184
Williams Street) is a must-visit. Open since March,
the brewpub continues to attract locals and visitors
alike. The modern interior showcases a vast selection
of award-winning Eagle creations, but on a sunny
day, there’s no better place than outside, overlooking
the Waimakariri river. Order some calamari or the
Wharfside burger, made with black bean, beetroot and
basil patty and topped with avocado. We’re also partial
to the Sunday Roast, which pairs nicely with the Eagle
South Island Pale Ale.
Waikuku is a perfect Sunday drive away from
Christchurch. When you next go, you’ll want to stop at
Old School Collective to peruse the collection of shops
that occupy the former school and enjoy a warm cup of
Supreme coffee and delicious lunch at The Office Cafe
(1429 Main North Road). The menu features the usual
suspects like eggs Benedict and organic granola, but the
cabinet options are equally enticing. If you’re wanting
something light, we highly recommend the Green
Goddess smoothies, packed with greens, mango,
chia seeds, lemon and ginger. Oh, and they’re made
with The Brothers Green hemp hearts.
Port & Eagle, Kaiapoi. Photo: Vanessa Ortynsky
Matcha pistachio cake at Barberra. Photo: Vanessa Ortynsky
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Start your day off with breakfast at The Kitchen
(111 Bridge Street), a light-filled, gorgeous café with
health-focused meals and quality coffee. Otherwise,
enjoy a quiet start to the day at DeVille (22 New
Street), which has a beautiful garden setting.
Later on in the day, head to Arden Bar and
Kitchen (216 Hardy Street), a casual-yet-considered
spot that celebrates all the good stuff from local
growers, brewers and makers. Cod & Lobster (300
Trafalgar Street) is another great choice for seafood
and cocktail lovers set in a beautiful historic building
in the centre of the city.
If it’s sunny (who are we kidding, we’re in
Nelson?) grab fish and chips on the Boulder Bank.
Otherwise, on the off-chance the forecast isn’t on
your side, Stefano’s Pizzeria (91 Trafalgar Street) is
an equally smart option for the best slices in town.
Rose latte at The Kitchen. Photo: Vanessa Ortynsky
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NZ’S NEWEST FARMERS’
MARKET COMES TO YOU
New Zealand’s sensational produce sees the artisan food scene flourishing the length of
the country. But these generally small businesses often find the recipe for traditional
retail success elusive. Enter Maker2U, an online artisan food market to bring passionate
maker and discerning shopper together. We talked with the foodies and digital
marketing experts behind the May launch, Hamish and Suzy Hutton.
What inspired Maker2U’s development?
We have lots of friends with small businesses making
amazing food and wine and we were always hearing about
their struggles growing viable businesses. Their products
were great but they found that traditional retail channels
took away all their margin and they didn’t have much
success when they tried to sell directly over the web.
Hamish has one of those brains that always comes up
with something new and he was the one who thought of
creating a large online farmers market where all of New
Zealand’s artisan makers could sell their products directly.
Where Kiwi families, like ours, could browse all of the
wonderful makers around the country and buy their healthy,
sustainably produced products at good prices.
What’s been the journey to launch?
We introduced Maker2U.com to makers in January and
received an amazing response with eight stores a week
setting up on our platform. By the beginning of May,
120 businesses had joined Maker2U to offer more than
750 products. We secured an alcohol licence so NZ’s
community of wine makers and craft beer and cider makers
could sell directly to the public, even if they don’t have a
licence, as we manage the sales process for them via a subsite
Meanwhile we have been expanding our team and
reviewing every aspect of the website to ensure the best
possible experience for shoppers. We have fully integrated
with the Courier Post logistics system to make shipping
very simple, and have created a wholesale feature to allow
cafes, bar, restaurants and hotels to buy in volume from our
makers, and we have a heap of other innovations coming.
We love online shopping for clothes, how does it work
There are a lot of advantages to shopping directly from
artisan makers on Maker2U. Kiwi households will now
be able to search out all of the best artisan products that
New Zealand has to offer in one enjoyable environment.
Many of the artisan businesses on Maker2U are small but
highly innovative and are offering Kiwi families healthy new
products like kombucha, quinoa, matcha and sauerkraut
that are good for our wellbeing but not yet common
in the Kiwi diet. Maker2U will provide families the ability
ABOVE FROM LEFT: Salmon Heaven, Viberi organic blackcurrants and Kosmic Kombucha are among 120-plus small producers who’ve joined Maker2U.
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Suzy and Hamish Hutton
to explore and learn from makers who
have often travelled the world and
brought back the amazing foods from
other cultures. It’s a great place to find
those niche businesses around the
country making the products people
on different diets want. [Style likes the
‘Shop by Diet’ tab for an easy way to
hone in on vegan, keto, gut health,
gluten-free products and more.]
Costs and packaging impacts?
It is free for makers to create their
store on Maker2U. The marketplace
only charges a 13.5% commission on
sales and that covers a wide range
of costs the maker would normally
shoulder including credit card fees
and website expenses. So our makers
are gaining a lot more scope to offer
shoppers discounted prices.
The cost of shipping is being
reduced by the Maker2U model
as well. By representing 120 small
businesses as one large group buyer of
freight, Maker2U has already secured
a good discount from NZ Post, which
already handles large numbers of
perishable items for businesses around
New Zealand, and over time we
expect to do even better. Makers have
the option to use alternative shipping
providers where necessary.
Like most families we have become
very conscious of the damage
plastic is doing to our oceans and
our environment. We think that by
bringing the whole maker community
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26 STYLE | food
What is your favourite New Zealand region for food
and wine, and why?
We are a little bit biased. We happen to live in North
Canterbury where there is an amazing community of
artisan food producers, growers, brewers, wine makers
and more. It has been a lovely part of our life here going
to the markets and vineyards exploring the products
these amazingly talented people make.
Is there one New Zealand food experience you crave
above all else?
For Suzy, it’s fresh and smoked salmon. For Hamish, it’s
craft beer. He was very happy when his favourite craft
brewery, the Brew Moon in Amberley opened a store
on Maker2UCellar. For their boys, kombucha is their
favourite drink at the moment. It has been fun for them
seeing several kombucha stores going live in the market.
What should we be eating in June and July?
At this time of year I think that it is great to eat lovely
healthy hearty meals, with ingredients like the incredible
bone broths being made by several of our makers.
Sauerkraut is a really interesting and healthy addition to
meals in winter to help your immunity. There are a lot
of very good natural health supplements being made
around New Zealand now too. They are a good way to
stay strong through the winter.
Fermented food lovers can look forward to favourites, like
sauerkraut from Goodbugs, delivered to their door.
Not long now until Riverside Market
opens to put Christchurch up
there with foodie faves Adelaide
and Melbourne with our own
undercover farmers’ market trading
seven days a week in the heart of
the city. Forty stalls will hawk the
best of locally grown and produced
fresh, organic produce, meat,
seafood, freshly baked goods, coffee
and more alongside restaurants,
cafes and rooftop bars, a cooking
school and Riverside Lanes retail
outlets. Designed to tempt locals
and visitors alike, it’s anticipated
10,000 patrons a day will be drawn
to the Market at the corner of
Lichfield Street and Oxford Terrace.
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THE DARK SIDE
When Cadbury manufacturing went to Tasmania, it could have spelt the end
of Dunedin’s rich chocolate history. However, up stepped OCHO, and the new
chocolate factory tour might change your cravings forever.
Words Kate Preece Photography Stephen Jaquiery
will never eat white chocolate again. I had been told it
I wasn’t ‘real’ chocolate, but I assumed those saying so
were merely biased. The ‘healthy’ ones swear by dark
chocolate, but, for me, dark has always been too bitter
and drying – and any perceived connection between
health and chocolate delusional. It all changed with a trip
to Dunedin’s bean-to-bar chocolate factory.
When Liz Rowe was on a language exchange
programme in Mexico eight years ago, she had a
hankering for chocolate. Always one to have a bar
of dark chocolate in the fridge, her craving led her to
a local market where she tasted chocolate like she’d
never tasted it before: “It wasn’t chocolate as I knew
it.” It turns out, what we’re used to consuming in New
Zealand doesn’t do the flavour of the humble cocoa
bean justice – masking it with lashings of cocoa butter
and an unidentified smattering of unknowns. So, when Liz
returned home, she set about replicating this pure recipe
of cacao bean and sugar.
In 2013, the Otago Chocolate Company Ltd (OCHO)
became one of the few chocolate companies in New
Zealand making chocolate from the bean stage. Often,
what we know as ‘craft chocolate’ is finished chocolate,
imported from places such as Belgium, then melted down
and reprocessed by the chocolatier. Taking it a few steps
back up the chain, Liz established connections with Papua
New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji cacao farmers,
who now send sacks full to Dunedin.
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Step inside the door of 10 Robert Road and
you are immediately struck by the intense
chocolate smell. During a factory tour, video
footage tells the story of a bean’s journey
from tree to table. It takes five years for a tree
to start producing cacao pods, but harvest is
then fairly consistent with both ripe and unripe
pods present on the tree at the same time.
Farmers scoop 20 to 40 ‘wet beans’ out of
each pod and leave these in wooden boxes to
ferment naturally. During this time, the white
matter surrounding the beans disappears. The
beans are then dried (either in the sun or
with the assistance of fire), weighed, quality
controlled, and packaged into sacks for export.
In a 24-hour period, OCHO creates 250kg of
chocolate from this raw material.
From an octagonal, glassed-in viewing
space, you can watch all the different parts
of the chocolate-making process at play.
Beans are roasted, winnowed and refined,
then conched before forming solid blocks of
chocolate. These blocks are tempered, poured
into moulds, agitated to ensure there are no
bubbles and then cooled – passing along a
conveyor belt so slowly it is hard to tell there
is any movement at all.
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The shiny stainless-steel machinery from Italy was
bought using money raised through crowd-funding.
When Mondelez International closed the Cadbury
factory in May 2017, 300 people lost their jobs, but the
Dunedin community didn’t want to lose that chocolate
connection. In less than 48 hours, in November
2017, the maximum of $2-million was raised by 3549
pledgers, who gained a share of the OCHO Newco
and 20% discount for life for each $100 donation.
Somewhat ironically, the tasting part of an OCHO
tour might put you off your go-to supermarket brands.
And it comes down to what, other than cocoa and
sugar, makes up your bar. The 66% Cacao PNG,
contains 66% cocoa and 30% sugar; that’s it. No cocoa
butter, miscellaneous numbers, flavours or emulsifiers.
It tastes fruity – to the point that when I first tasted it,
it reminded me of a traditional fruit and nut variety.
Yet, all the fruity flavour is coming from that Papua
New Guinean bean. You won’t find yourself munching
through block after block, either. Liz explains that the
higher sugar content of rival brands gives a quick flavour
hit, but also one that leaves as rapidly as it arrived.
I nibbled on the slightly acidic-tasting fermented
cacao bean and nutty, toast-flavoured roasted nib
(broken up bean) as we progressed through to the
shelf-ready product. Along the way, there’s pure cacao
and pure cocoa butter. The latter was my undoing.
It’s the fat of the bean, squeezed out, and, in its purest
form, personally, much better rubbed on the hand than
put anywhere near the tongue. And thus came the
unravelling of my white chocolate love. “You may as
well make butter cream icing,” shrugs Liz.
It’s all about the cacao. I went through the tour
twice, the second time taking someone who described
herself as not much of a chocolate fan. Well, consider
30 STYLE | food
With so many incredible eateries springing up around town, there’s
never been a better time to tuck in. Ella James discovers the merits
of First Table, a business that makes chowing down with friends
and family more affordable than ever.
Ulu Cliffhouse is one of the high-end
restaurants listed in Bali.
f you’ve yet to hear of First Table, allow us to rock
your culinary world. It’s a simple concept whereby
restaurants offer diners 50 per cent off food for their
(often barren) first tables of the night, in the hope of
attracting diners for the rest of the evening. Talk about
the early bird catches the worm. Since being founded
by Mat Weir in Queenstown in 2014, First Table has
signed up over 1100 restaurants and more than 330,000
ravenous diners worldwide. With all parties involved
getting a cut of this undeniably successful pie, it would
appear First Table has perfected a recipe for success.
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A WIN FOR RESTAURANTS
The idea for First Table was conceived in our very own
Queenstown. A small, French restaurant used to offer
50 per cent off the bill of the first diners of the evening.
Seating said diners at the table in the window, passers-by
would then be encouraged to dine in the restaurant as
a result of seeing those early tables filled up. We’re all
guilty of walking past empty eateries in search of ones
with more happy customers inside, but, as is the case for
even the most sought-after eateries, early dining times
can be hard to fill.
Needless to say, the largest win for restaurants is
when customers who have experienced a discounted
meal come back to pay full price, which I’m told is a
most regular occurrence.
A WIN FOR DINERS
With such busy, often financially demanding lives,
dining out becomes reserved for those special
occasions, and even then, we choose to eat
somewhere that we’ve visited before in order to
eliminate the risk of spending too much money on
a meal we do not enjoy. But First Tables’ business
model encourages diners to cease neglecting the
possibility of a well-fed social life.
Using the user-friendly website, future diners can
browse restaurants in their area and book a table for
a date and time that best suits. With a $10 deposit
upfront, they can then enjoy all of their food halfprice,
at a restaurant they might not usually be able
Belgo is a popular choice in the London options.
A WIN FOR FIRST TABLE
First Table has distinguished a point of difference.
Compared to other competitors, only restaurants
of the highest quality are endorsed, and so they’ve
positioned themselves as a premium service.
Opposed to the word ‘discount’, First Table
Communications Manager Laura Nicol insists they
instead offer a win-win incentive; they make affiliated
restaurants more accessible to the masses.
Hungry for more, First Table shows no signs
of slowing down. While challenges such as time
differences and language barriers put the small team
through their paces, they let nothing get in the way
of their global aspirations. Already operating across
the world, from Christchurch, Auckland, Sydney and
Melbourne to Bali, Jakarta, London and Dublin, we’re
sure it’s only a matter of time until First Table is
serving up delicious dining incentives the world over.
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In an unusual choice for New Zealanders, the Hindsons selected
spotted gum flooring to characterise their new home.
Words Gaynor Stanley Photography Charlie Jackson
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loors really are a giant canvas to express
our personality and influence the feel of
our home, yet we tend to underrate their
impact. Not so Anne and Barry Hindson,
who put a lot of consideration into their
floor coverings when they decided to rebuild
rather than repair their Fendalton home after
“We really dwelled on the floor,” says Barry.
Having enjoyed the beauty of rimu floors in
their old 1946 home, timber flooring was a
paramount consideration. “We wanted timber
that was smooth, with colour and something
that was a bit different to the blonder tones
you see in so many new homes,” says Barry,
noting they’d opted for oak when installing
a new kitchen in the old house but found its
“little grooves” hard to keep clean.
Drawn to richer colour hues, they narrowed
their choices to walnut and spotted gum, an
Australian hardwood, but walnut didn’t come
in the wider widths they preferred. It took
some convincing to be confident Spotted
Gum from the Naturals Collection by Godfrey
Hirst would deliver the look and feel they
were after. Anne had struggled to find photos
that did justice to the multi-hued timber
with distinctive black knots or ‘spots’. Several
samples were ordered to confirm they were
on the right track before the spotted gum
was finally ordered. “Spotted gum can look
a little scary on the samples with its unique
appearance that varies from light blonds
through to darker browns. The variance is
what gives the beautiful end appearance, but
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As timber is a natural product, colours
can vary as it ages and fades, hence the
difficulty in choosing from the samples, he
Their installer then insisted on
painstakingly laying out the whole floor in a
test pattern to ensure the colour variations
and black spots or streaks would be evenly
distributed from the entrance along the
short hallway to the spacious living area.
The result is a rich textural floor that
adds much warmth to their high-ceilinged
living space painted in white. “We love it,”
say Anne and Barry.
The timber beautifully complements
the deep grey textured wool carpet that
it meets at the lounge, alongside an Escea
gas fire that doubles as a room divider. The
fashionable and luxurious loop pile carpet,
Godfrey Hirst’s Ravine in Pewter, also
cushions the three bedrooms, stairs and
RIGHT AND BELOW LEFT: Spotted
gum meets textured wool. BELOW
RIGHT: The much-loved sculpture,
acquired years ago at Sculpture on the
Peninsula, was one of the few items
that moved from the old to new home.
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The carpet feels amazing to
walk on as well as adding
extra insulation to the floor
and helping regulate the
temperature of a home built
with energy efficiency in mind.
The couple find the contrast of natural materials
appealing and practical. “My father worked for Feltex
all his life and would’ve killed me if I’d chosen anything
other than wool carpet,” jokes Barry.
The carpet feels amazing to walk on as well as adding
extra insulation to the floor and helping regulate the
temperature of a home built with energy efficiency
in mind. There are 20 solar panels on the monopitch
roof, thick Hebel walls to boost insulation and thermally
broken E Max aluminium windows with a UV resistant
coating to protect the matt timber floors from fading.
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It also works to delineate and up the comfort
factor of the lounge area, which opens to a pool
and a lawn sloping gently to the river at the foot
of the garden. The light and relaxed space and
easy indoor-outdoor flow of what Barry deems
a home aiming for “the feel of a bach” makes
it ideal for entertaining two-year-old grandson
Arthur when he comes over and races around.
“We like a very simple style, nothing too
complicated,” he continues and you’ll find this
again reflected in the stylish bathroom flooring.
In both main bathrooms the couple chose Evoke
60cm square tiles, Ash grey in the master and a
lighter Grigio grey in the guest bathroom. These
softly patterned limestone tiles have a gentle
surface texture and are suitable for both floors
and walls. To add a subtle 3D effect to the walls,
the Hindsons opted for Evoke’s complementary
rectangular embossed decor tiles.
Both main bathroooms are tiled in Evoke limestone
tiles while the downstairs powder room contrasts
spotted gum with a stylish wallpaper.
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Words Gaynor Stanley
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A perfectly preserved cake thought to have been taken to Antarctica on Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition
(1910–1913) is displayed in the new Canterbury Museum exhibition, Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica.
Made by Huntley & Palmers, known to provision the Terra Nova expedition, the fruit cake was found still wrapped
in paper and encased in the remains of a tin-plated iron alloy tin. Whether due to the alcohol content or the cold, the
cake itself looked and smelt almost edible when discovered. It was found among 1500 artefacts in Antarctica’s first
buildings at Cape Adare, which Antarctic Heritage Trust conservators brought back to Christchurch for conservation.
Under the government permit required to remove the items from Antarctica, they must be returned to the huts
– you have until 13 October to see them. Even earlier items of scientific equipment, clothing and sledging supplies,
tell the story of Carsten Borchgrevink’s Southern Cross 1899 expedition that marked the start of the heroic age of
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44 STYLE | architecture
Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France.
Following the fire at Notre-Dame, Richard Dalman discusses
the architectural strength of his favourite chapels, churches
and cathedrals around the world.
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Sainte-Chapelle. Photo: Richard Dalman
La Sagrada Familia. Photo: Richard Dalman
With the recent fire at Paris’ Notre-Dame
Cathedral, the Christ Church Cathedral rebuild
starting, and speculation of a new Catholic Cathedral
in central Christchurch, I thought it timely to write
about this building type.
The earthquakes damaged many of Canterbury’s
fine historic churches, and in particular it was the
stone and brick churches worst hit. While the timber
churches, such as St Michael’s in Lichfield Street and
St James in Papanui, were flexible enough to remain
standing, most of the stone churches, such as St
Mary’s in Merivale, were damaged beyond repair.
And, of course, some, such as the Durham Street
Methodist Church, collapsed during the earthquake.
After the earthquakes we have seen the
construction of many new churches around the city,
including the North Methodist Chapel Street Centre
in Harewood Road and St Patrick’s in Lincoln.
Here are some of my architectural favourites of
chapels, churches and cathedrals that I have visited
around the world.
Wow! While Notre-Dame is grand beyond most
cathedrals, it is Sainte-Chapelle around the corner
that, for me, epitomises the Gothic desire for vertical
free space and lightness of structure. It was built by
Louis XIV in the 13th century. This royal chapel is
more intimate, yet is still grand and awe-inspiring
at the same time. Fifteen stained glass windows, 15
metres high, create a special and unique quality of
light that must be experienced to be believed.
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
On the grand scale, there is not much grander than
this! Still under construction, La Sagrada Familia
is architect Antonio Gaudi’s masterpiece. The
completion of the cathedral has been led for four
decades by New Zealand architect Mark Burry. He
has been amazed at how Gaudi, over 100 years
ago, could have calculated the complex structural
geometrics that they now have computers to help
figure out. It is due for completion in 2026.
46 STYLE | architecture
Cave Churches, Goreme, Turkey
In Cappadocia, central Turkey, there are a number
of underground houses and chapels carved into
the soft rock by Christians in the 4th century and
onwards, in order to escape the heat and also
their persecutors. The cave chapel interiors were
at one stage decorated with colourful frescos, but
many have deteriorated over time. These modest
holes in a mountain are in stark contrast to the
last two chapels, but still served their function as
Cappadocia cave chapels. Photo: Richard Dalman
Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp,
Any architect’s list of favourite churches surely
could not be complete without Le Corbusier’s
sculptural concrete creation in northern France.
This is a pilgrimage chapel on top of a hill, and
visiting is best by foot, walking up the hill from
the small country town below. It was completed
in 1954. When I visited a priest was giving
communion, and when he snapped the wafer I
felt the sound reverberate around the concrete
interior (floors, walls and ceiling!) to the back
of the chapel where I was, and into my whole
being. An amazing experience created by great
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College House Chapel,
Designed by Sir Miles Warren, completed
in 1964, and located in the heart of the
halls of residence off Waimairi Road, this
chapel is a hidden gem. It is one of my
favourite New Zealand buildings of any
type and is a modernist masterpiece.
Entry is via a very low lobby to a stair at
the end, then, climbing, you turn around
and emerge up into a tall rectangular
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memorable and meaningful journey with
an architecturally delightful destination: a
peaceful and inspirational worship space.
College House Chapel. Photo: Richard Dalman
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50 STYLE | landscaping
Street appeal is more than just real estate jargon – it defines the experience
of your visitors and the perception of passers-by alike.
Words Craig Wilson
In a residential design brief, often my clients request
that the garden and landscape create ‘street appeal’ for
the front of their property. What this constitutes varies,
depending on where the property is, how much space is
involved and also the individual preference of the owners.
When considering ‘front yard’ spatial layout, a number
of factors come into play that, when well composed and
thoughtfully resolved, can both create a great look from the
street and say something about the people who live there.
One of the issues in ‘front yard’ design to work through
is creating a layout that satisfies the requirement for both
privacy and security.
Driving around Christchurch you’ll notice that the answer
to this for many has been a solid 1.8-metre high fence and
gate right across the front boundary. For some, this would
meet the privacy brief, however, invariably, it will do little
to foster any impression of ‘street appeal’ or streetscape
‘activation’. These linear frontages would benefit from a
setback in the fence layout that allows some planting to the
streetscape and perhaps a modest section of see-through,
but secure, fencing that gives a glimpse of the house and
garden behind the front wall.
In a newly developed subdivision section, fencing
covenants will typically determine open frontages with no
1.8-metre high fences in sight. Instead, security and privacy
fences are well back in the property. The resulting open
space needs balancing with appropriately scaled garden beds,
and design elements that draw the eye and break up an
otherwise open blank lawn.
The journey to the front door at any home should be well
defined and not leave anyone guessing as to where they’re
going. This access should interact well with the fences and
gates of established urban sections. An inner-suburb villa
may have a straight path from sidewalk to front door that
passes through a wrought-iron gate, set back from the street
front. The house and its architectural detail is on display
from the street and becomes a memorable landmark in its
locale. A newer home in a subdivision with no front fencing
as entry context may be better accessed from a path off the
An entry courtyard can be created that makes a gathering
space for visitors to congregate while being welcomed in
to the house. This also avoids the awkward narrow strip
between the driveway and a parallel footpath that no one’s
sure what to do with.
With thoughtful and personal design, street appeal can be
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with Tim Goom
The chilly weather heralds the hibernation of garden
growth (and a few gardeners!). Whilst you may be
welcoming a rest from the rigours of warm weather
gardening, some maintenance will ensure a healthy head
start come spring. Over the summer your lawn has
provided you with a lush backdrop for your backyard
cricket and family barbeques so now it’s your turn.
Whether your existing lawn needs replacing completely or you are
sewing a brand new lawn, or you are simply undertaking maintenance,
preparation is vital to ensure optimal lawn health.
For those landscaping a new subdivision or a new site, it is important to
analyse and potentially amend soil structure before seeding your lawn.
Many subdivisions/new builds are being constructed over compacted
clay with little top soil. Clay soil can be very dense, and significantly limit
root growth, moisture retention and drainage - the perfect storm for a
struggling lawn. Aeration and a top dressing of 10cm soil will be essential
before seeding. Adding Gypsum will also improve the texture of your
soil by breaking it up, better enabling germination.
Aeration involves perforating the lawn with small holes and is a MUST
for lawn health - it enhances water absorption, improves fertiliser
effectiveness, reduces water run-off and puddling, improves turf
resistance, enhances heat and drought stress tolerance and improves
overall air flow. Most lawns should be aerated annually. Heavily used
lawns, or those growing on dense clay or subsoil may need aerating
more frequently. Pay particular attention to gateways and other areas of
concentrated use. Aeration is best carried out when the lawns are under
less stress, so Autumn is a good time. You can manually aerate with
a garden fork by spiking the entire lawn using a straight up and down
motion or hire an aeration machine. Holes should be around 10cm deep
and 15cm apart.
Over time dead stems and roots build up between the top of the
soil and the grass blades, and this ‘thatch’ prevents water and air
penetration. This in turn encourages pests and disease. If your lawn
is thick, spongy or browns off quickly when dry, it is probably time to
scarify/dethatch. You can do this manually (with a dethatching rake) or
mechanically, ideally in Autumn or Spring. Top dressing after scarifying
will encourage lush growth. Scarifying will also help remove moss from
lawns, as will pruning nearby trees to improve light levels.
• The pH of your lawn soil should be tested every couple of years
to maintain a neutral/slightly alkaline pH (6-6.5). Garden lime or
dolomite will reduce acidity, sulphur of ammonia will reduce alkalinity.
• Ensure lawn irrigation is reduced over the colder months, over
watering can cause a raft of issues, such as fungal growth. Once
temperatures start to rise again in September, test your irrigation
system hasn’t been damaged over winter.
• For quick lawn weeding maintenance, it is best to hand remove
weeds, then sow seed over any bare patches. You can sew seed
straight away rather than waiting for weed spray to take effect - and
avoid chemical use.
• Raise the mower height another notch for the all-important final
pre winter cut. Mowing provides an instant facelift to your lawn but
be careful not to mow too short, grass blades should be 25mm and
over. Winter is a good time for lawn mower maintenance, especially
ensuring blades are sharp and clean and rearing to go for spring.
Call Goom Landscapes to discuss how to attain the perfect lawn
which will be the envy of your neighbourhood!
Get the most out of your home and property with landscaping that
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Style’s round-up of all the things we covet.
Add art to any room with
IXXI. As shown by van
Gogh’s Almond Blossom
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fixed to the wall using Tesa
Powerstrips, removing the
need for drilling. Explore
IXXI and the curated
collection of artisanal and
sustainable lifestyle products
at Room Six.
Rose gold, grey and white
diamond rings are just part
of the vast collection of bold,
covetable pieces by Debra
Fallowfield – a jeweller who
hand-crafts each piece,
down to the finest of details.
Peruse online or visit her
showroom, just 15 minutes’
drive out of Dunedin.
The LSA Whisky Islay
Decanter combines a curved
silhouette with a commanding
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is shaped to match the
body and ground by hand
to fit within the neck of
the individual mouthblown
decanter. A wonderful gift for
a whisky connosiuer.
Lyttelton Lights produces
luxury soy wax candles and
room fragrances found in
homes around the world.
From small ($23) to large
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so many levels.
The winter shipment of
Scandi goodness has arrived
and the new collection
promises to keep you cosy
and stylish all season long.
To achieve that ultimate hygge
feeling, we’re loving the Saaga
Mohair Throw ($249) and
Katti Hot Water bottle with
Wool cover ($65).
Behold the Spiral Rivoli,
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of the seven layers spins
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configurations of pure Parisian
style with a contemporary
twist. Frobisher offers a free
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long-term finance to help
achieve your dream home.
Little River Gallery
Fane Flaws is celebrated as
Little River Gallery’s featured
artist this month. Experience
his visually powerful,
humorous and cunningly
poignant artworks, including
Big Tiki – constructed from
salvaged materials and more
than a metre tall ($2000).
The gallery is also home to
a vast collection of jewellery,
ceramics and giftware.
Whether you’re looking
for knowledgeable advice
about the best colours for
your living space or for
those statement pieces to
finish off any room, White
Room Interiors’ input comes
second to none. They offer
inhouse consultation, too, on
blinds, drapes, shutters and
handwoven designer rugs.
Danish brand Markberg
represents the simplicity of
clean Scandinavian design
in handbags, clutches and
gloves. Functionality and
handmade details are key to
the unique style – as seen in
the Elinor Bum Bag (preorder
now). Explore the
extensive range in the new
Merivale Mall concept store.
Kowtow’s Notebook Check
Dress ($359) can be worn
with an effortless off-thebody
fit or cinched in at
the waist with a fabric belt.
Made using renewable and
sustainable fibres and ethical
manufacturing, it’s great
wearing something from a
label committed to creating
Wilson & Dorset
Wilson & Dorset has
reimagined the bean bag
with tactile New Zealand
sheepskin in its Shaggy Bag.
Available in a choice of six
natural colours, in either a
10mm or 50mm pile, it’s a
standout in their range of
rugs, skins and cushions.
Designed by Tauranga brand
Helga May, the Annie in Pink
Leopard sneakers make a
bold, on-trend statement.
Also available in Giraffe,
comfort is king with these
flexible, cushioned, genuine
leather beauties. While in
store, the floral print leather
boots are another must-see!
The 9ct yellow gold
Pelagus ring, featuring a
gorgeous teal Queensland
sapphire ($1390), is the
work of jeweller Sophie
Divett. Known for her
low-key, organic style, the
Christchurch artisan has
recently opened her own
jewellery studio and art
space in Cashmere.
Cosi Fan Tutte
For a rain jacket that
exudes style and femininity
while remaining practical
and functional, this Isle
Jacobsen beauty in Adobe
Rose has you covered.
The relaxed, elegant A line
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See the full range of Danish
designed rainwear in store.
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When only the very best will do.
Words Gaynor Stanley
WORLD’S BEST RESTAURANTS
Seems the mantle for best dining in Asia may be
passing from Bangkok to Singapore. In March,
Odette became the first Singapore restaurant to
take the top spot in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019
Awards. Serving Asian-inspired modern French
cuisine, chef Julien Royer’s Odette pushed four-time
winner Gaggan in Bangkok to second billing in the
coveted annual listing, determined from the votes
of leading gastronomic influencers from across the
region. Expect to see Odette ranking highly in the
World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 when the highly
anticipated list is announced 25 June for the first
time in an Asian city – you guessed it, Singapore.
Gaggan is currently ranked number 5 in the world
(Odette 28), behind world number 1: Massimo
Botura’s Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy; 2:
El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain; 3: Mirazur
in Menton, France; and 4: Eleven Madison Park in
New York, USA.
BEST OF THE REST IN ASIA:
Japan – Den in Tokyo; China – Ultraviolet by
Paul Pairet in Shanghai; Taiwan – Mume in
Taipei; India – Indian Accent in New Delhi;
Indonesia – Locavore in Bali.
Odette’s signature dish organic egg smoked with rosemary, smoked potato syphon,
crispy chorizo, meuniere and fried japanese buckwheat.
“Creating affordable luxury.”
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When it comes time to upgrade the Forester, keep in
mind the Lamborghini Urus is now available in New
Zealand. Billed as the world’s first Super Sport Utility
Vehicle, Urus imbues the soul of a super sports car
into the functional body of an SUV, albeit a body that’s
faster, more extreme, and ever so much sexier. It has
all the hallmark sharp lines of its siblings, alas no gullwing
doors. Officially the world’s fastest SUV, you may not
get much chance to clock 305km/h on your next off
road, sand or snow expedition, but propelling Urus’
flying coupé silhouette from 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds
is decidedly going to rev up your school run. Don’t have
$339,000 just now? Live vicariously through your minime
with a ride-on Urus available from toystore.co.nz
CRYSTAL FOR THE TABLE
“It’s interesting, isn’t it? … the chandelier
… it reminds me of mushroom soup,”
Tennessee Williams once mused. Excusezmoi,
no less than Paul Bocuse’s Black
Truffle Soup surely is being served at the
tables of the tastefully wealthy gathering
beneath this ravishing beauty. Designed by
Pierre-Yves Rochon the Perles Chandelier
is an exquisite crafting of satin-finished
crystal with polished nickel. It’s the latest
addition to revered French crystal house
Lalique’s Signature Collection, inspired by
the eponymous luminaires created by Rene
Lalique in the 1930s. Every one of them
way too good for swinging from.
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Be the belle of the ball.
Charlie Rose Creative
Evie Pit, MUA
Mike Hamel, GM Hair
Ruby and Gabriella,
Portfolio Model Agency
Jessica Amor, Alchemy Styling
Ruby wears Four Corners
Earrings $99.90, Biani
Treasure Box; Mandalay
Lace Sequin Gown
$1995 from Madisons off
Broadway; NUDE Verita
Metallic Heels $199.90 from
Gabriella wears Betsy
Adam Gown $389.90,
Madisons off Broadway;
Four Corners Earrings
$89.90 and Bracelet
$109.90, Biani Treasure
Box; NUDE Ellie Black Heel
$189.90, Andrea Biani.
Ruby wears Bec and Bridge Lady Sparkle Blazer
$479, Bec and Bridge Lady Sparkle Pant $279.90, and
Dylan Kain The Melrose Bag $329, Superette; Four
Corners earrings $99.90, Biani Treasure Box; NUDE
Ellie Black Heels $189.90, Andrea Biani.
Gabriella wears Four Corners headband $119.90,
and earrings 149.90, Biani Treasure Box; Calvin Klein
Printed Dress $330 from Madisons off Broadway;
Olga Berg Pewter Clutch $89, Biani Treasure Box,
NUDE Ellie Nude Heels $189.90, Andrea Biani.
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JS Collection Gown
$479, Madisons off
$64.90, and Four
Corners Belt $99.90,
Biani Treasure Box.
Ruby wears Four
Corners Earrings $69.90,
and Olga Berg Clutch
$89.90, Biani Treasure
Box; Nicole Millar
Dress $379, Madisons
off Broadway; La Tribe
Penny Heel $329,
Gabriella wears Four
Corners Earrings Biani
Treasure Box; Xscape
Gown $555, Madisons
off Broadway; NUDE
Ellie Black Heels $189.90,
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363 Colombo Street, Sydenham
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YOU SHALL GO
TO THE BALL
With formal season just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to
take some serious style inspiration from the attendees of this year’s Met Gala.
Words Ella James
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TOP IT ALL OFF
Sure, you’ve got the dress, shoes and jewellery planned to a tee. But don’t
even think about leaving your hair accessories to the last minute.
A crucial element to any outfit, hair accessories are capable of tying
your entire outfit together. At the Met Gala this year, Lady Gaga
sported an oversized bow; an easy look to recreate for your own
formal. Meanwhile, model Ashley Graham turned heads with a
seemingly never-ending ponytail, adorned with clips, gems and bows.
Whether you’re getting your hair done at a salon or taking the reins
and doing it at home, these celebrity styles can be easily replicated.
Oh, and bonus points if you commit as fully as Kylie Jenner did, by
dying your hair to match your gown.
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SHORT AND SWEET
Short dresses are giving long, puffy gowns a
run for their money.
Model Alexa Chung caught our eye as she
demonstrated just how glamorous a short
dress can look. The wonderfully detailed
dress with a fur trim, covered the arms
and revealed the legs; a fun, youthful look
that was somewhat refreshing to see.
While traditionally, female attendees
opt for a longer gown when it comes to
formal events, this is 2019, and if you feel
more comfortable rocking a shorter dress,
then you damn well should. Plus, you
won’t require any staff to shuffle around
you as they rearrange your train. Will you
dare to bare?
COMFORT IS KING
You’ve been dreaming about this night for months, so make
sure that nothing keeps you from dancing long after curfew.
We’re all painfully aware of the toll that high heels can
take on our feet, and blisters just aren’t glamorous. So,
follow in Serena Williams’ steps and kick off the stilettos
in exchange for a more comfortable, yet equally eyecatching
The tennis superstar teamed her sensational Versace
dress with neon yellow Off-White x Air Force 1 Nike
sneakers, for a wonderfully contrasting look. Serena
Williams, proving that trainers can be just as effective at
a high-fashion event as they are on the tennis court. So,
start lacing up.
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Words Kate Preece
It’s cold. The shortest day looms, and the warmth of
our bed calls – if we can manage to get out from under
the blanket on the couch. Kiwi brand General Sleep will
help you hold on to that cosy feeling with its range of
sleepwear made from sustainably sourced cotton, woven
on hand looms in India. From bed socks to shirt and
trouser sets and robes, it’s a lounge-about look that won’t
see you caught short by an unexpected doorbell.
Regan in Leopard,
Mi Piaci, $280
Is it the year of the animal print? It’s
easy to argue a big yes, with brands
continuing to wheel out ranges that
appeal to our wild side. So much so, that
Mi Piaci is calling such prints ‘the new
neutral’. I’m not so sure I’d go that far,
but I can’t deny that the sharp silhouettes
of the autumn/winter collection have a
little extra something-something when
sporting snake, leopard or crocodile.
Comfort has slouched its
way into women’s fashion
with ease, but the men’s
wardrobe isn’t as forgiving
– not if we’re still looking
for something sophisticated.
Working Style offers a
happy medium between
dress trousers and
trackpants in the woollen
draw string trouser.
Featuring an elasticated
waistband for a bit of
stretch, the merino-flannel
cloth isn’t fully lined like
the standard suit trouser,
so the comfy material rests
against the skin – for that
The new ‘boyfriend pant’?
Blue Woollen Draw String Trouser
by Working Style, $349
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It’s Christchurch’s turn to benefit from Liz Richardson’s extensive
IPL knowledge now she’s returned home to her roots.
What brought you back to Christchurch?
My family. After 20 years, I have returned home to achieve
a balance in my life and be where my heart is. I volunteer
on Fridays, doing volunteer work around the city.
Where have you been?
In London, where I was a maternity nurse and nanny to
friends of the Royal Family, then, helping look after my
niece and nephew while starting a beauty and IPL business
on Ponsonby Road, Auckland. I ran that business for 18
years before taking it to Hamilton for a further three.
What were the most important lessons you learnt
during that time?
You must love your career. It’s all-consuming and takes up
a large slice of your life. A job that looks after people and
helps them achieve results is so rewarding – particularly
when they are initially nervous about starting their journey,
and the end result is life-changing.
What are you most excited to be offering your
The benefit of my experience, professionalism, affordable
and competitive pricing options. Over the years I have
noticed the human body has changed significantly due
to diet, stress, medications and environmental pressures.
Even hormonal cycles are occurring earlier. The skin
doesn’t need chemicals and prescribed medications;
in fact, I believe the body thrives best with natural
alternatives and sometimes less is best. For these reasons I
am always focussed on organic products.
What are some of the common queries around
What can you use it for? Does it hurt? How many sessions
will I need? To which I answer: IPL is an organic and
permanent-result treatment for issues such as hair removal
(all skin tones), acne, aging and weight issues; my machine
is gentle and only takes 15 minutes per appointment;
everybody varies depending on DNA and hormones, but
on average eight to 12 sessions for hair removal and three
to five for acne, pigmentation and red vein treatment.
What do you wish all people knew?
That the three best things you can do for yourself is use
sunblock every single day, drink plenty of water, and
exercise – for both your physical and mental health.
Who’s that furry friend with you?
Toby Richardson, he is my best friend. I rescued him 18
months ago and I’m not sure what I would do without
him today. Everybody loves Toby.
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Kate Preece experiences Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa,
a place where every little detail counts.
As I sip house-made ginger tea, overlooking a lake
complete with a pair of white swans, I can feel the stress
of Colombo Street chaos – and life in general – begin to
melt away. I have come upon a suburban oasis, and have
hours of pampering ahead.
The magnificent home, in which my day of decadence
awaits, was transformed into Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa
10 years ago. Owned and operated by Duncan and Jeerana
Laing, the former family home has been renovated to host
four two-person treatment rooms, two of which are in a
second building on this 5691m² property.
I sit on a leather-studded couch, in what must have been
the living room, while senior therapist, L, presents me with
two trays laden with products. There are two mineral-rich
options to add to the water of my spa bath – either ELEMIS
Skin Nourishing Milk or ELEMIS Aching Muscle Super Soak. I
opt for the former, as, let’s be honest, my return to the gym
is long overdue. The next decision is a little harder – which
of the five body oils will be used for the massages? Each are
tailored to different purposes: treating cellulite, nourishing
the skin, rehydrating the skin, de-stressing the mind and body
and soothing muscles. None of them are overpowering in
scent, which appeals to me. I settle on the ELEMIS Cellutox
Active Body Oil, with its powerful combination of sea
buckthorn, sea fennel extracts, lemon and juniper essential
oils and a good body detox.
I am led out of the main house and down towards my
private room, where my oil-enriched spa bath awaits heated
to 40 degrees – as does a robe, slippers and a small table
of cheese and crackers, a nut selection and a glass each of
orange juice and water. L tells me she will ring the phone
once when my 30 minutes are up.
More heat is on the menu as the two-hour hot stone
massage begins with me comfortably horizontal on one of
the room’s two beds. In my pre-treatment questionnaire I
had opted for ‘firm’ for the massage – between ‘medium’
and ‘deep’. The full body treatment saw the hot stones leave
trails of heat over my body. With all therapists at Lotus at
Siam heralding from Thailand, you are going to get exactly
what you request – in other words, firm leads to the type of
muscle pain that you are sure has got to be good for you.
Robed and slippered, with my body feeling like liquid, it
was time to head back into the main house for lunch.
The intentional nature of this day spa means you are
unlikely to see anyone bar the therapists, as you journey
between rooms. As Jeerana later tells me, it’s about creating
an exclusive, luxury experience – one which you need
only share if you wish to bring along a significant other.
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So, I found myself seated at a 10-seater dining table,
beneath chandeliers and ceiling roses and surrounded by
ornately framed mirrors and select antique pieces.
However, most commanding of my attention was the
generously portioned lunch set before me. Slices of smoked
chicken lay beside a mesclun salad with cherry tomatoes,
capsicum, rocket, red onion and cucumber. The two
proffered dressings – Thai vinaigrette and balsamic vinegar
– brought the flavours to life, while a two-tiered fruit platter
filled with raspberries, blueberries, orange pieces and grapes
refreshed the palate.
The luxury continued with an hour-long Swedish
massage, back in my treatment room – a space that was
beginning to feel comfortingly familiar. L suggested this
be a more relaxing experience, so we took the pressure
down a notch, to medium. It was heavenly. So much so
that I caught myself dozing off at different points, though
still felt the muscles being worked – especially through the
shoulders and neck (my problem areas). L says the Swedish
massage focuses more on the muscles and is ideal for those
after relaxation, while the hot stone option utilises heat
to treat the whole body – great for the tired and stressed
among us who are also looking for something that could
help them sleep better.
We seamlessly transition into what is most certainly the
cherry on top of this sweet day – the 60-minute ELEMIS
Pro-Collagen Age Defy Facial. As if she is a conductor of
some beautiful symphony, L’s movements follow a rhythm
that further cements my relaxed state. While the mask sets,
arm and hand massages make it ever-harder not to drift
into sleep. The mind wanders, but not to deadlines and todo
lists, but to faraway dreamscapes.
The facial sees a variety of cleansers and toners,
moisturiser and eye creams applied one after the other.
The Hydra-Gel Eye Masks were a favourite – not just
because I saw the difference afterwards, but because of
the cooling and skin-tightening effect they provided almost
immediately. It’s little wonder clinical trials conducted
around this facial saw clients declare the depth of fine lines
and wrinkles diminished and skin left firmer and with more
elasticity than before. Sign me up.
The time comes to return to the real world – but not
without one more cup of ginger tea. It’s these small, but
significant touches that make all the difference at Lotus at
Siam Thai Day Spa.
Days later, when the experience felt like a dream yet
my skin still felt soft, I looked up ‘lotus’ in the dictionary.
In Greek mythology, the fruit of the lotus plant was said
to “induce a dreamy forgetfulness and an unwillingness to
leave”… a coincidence? I think not.
Mike Hamel is the only Christchurch hairdresser
selected as a finalist in the New Zealand
Hairdresser of the Year 2019 category in the
Australian Hair Expo Awards. We, Mike and Glynis Hamel,
wish to thank everyone who was involved as this wouldn't
have been possible without the entire creative team. It is
truly a celebration for Christchurch and its creativity.
This commendable collection evolved from a collaboration
of creative people, who came together for a couple
of weekends to create a story of ‘Raw Beauty’. Our
photographer Robert (Art and Coco) – home from Paris
to see his daughter and partner, Suzannah – gave us a
vision for natural lighting and street scenes. We used
young Christchurch designer Steven Junil Park (6x4) to
achieve organic and edgy looks with makeup that reflected
the natural but dark elements.
The makeup artists were Leisha Hulse and Laura Simôn,
the shoot was styled by Suzannah and Glynis (who also
took on the assistant art director role), and models
featured are Alannah Kwant (Unique Model Management),
Aasha Mallard, Bleuette Hille and Lucy Kenny (Portfolio
Models). Christchurch is fortunate to have so many
creative people that do such amazing things.
Alongside this achievement we are excited to announce
that GM Hair Salon has been selected as a finalist in
the Salon Design Of The Year 2019 at the Australian
Hair Expo Awards. We are so humbled and proud to
represent Christchurch with our novel design, which
our family created for us to enjoy working in and for
our clients and the wider Christchurch to love as we do.
We would like to thank the landlord and all the builders
involved for bringing this vision to life.
GM Hair Gallery | 300 Cashel Street, Christchurch | 0800 464 247 | gmhair.nz
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Turning to plants for skincare, makeup and perfume ingredients
is most certainly a growing movement.
Words Clemency Alice
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Favouring nature-based beauty – from
skincare and makeup to perfumery
– enables us access to gentle organic
ingredients. These active elements boast a
wealth of olfactory benefits and are biocompatible
to the skin, as opposed to the
average mass-market cosmetics.
Botanicals and plant essences are enriched
with pure medicinal healing properties and
plant compounds that, when harnessed in
our favourite beauty product, can be used to
increase the skin’s capacity to replenish and
renew its cells. Synthetic chemical substances
and petroleum-based products may be a
‘quick fix’ providing short-term benefits, but
the long-term outcome may have adverse
consequences – hypersensitivity, accelerated
ageing, inflammation, discolouration, rosacea
and/or acne. When selecting your naturebased
products, look for quality and integrity
in their plant-based formulas.
Within the cosmetics industry, there
has been a steady rise in toxin-free, plantbased
organic makeup, which functions also
as a ‘skin food’. International brand RMS
Beauty, based in New York, is the pioneer
in organic makeup and adored by starlets,
models and beauty writers worldwide. Pure
raw ingredients come together to offer
an effortless, seamless application within
products beautifully presented in miniature,
recyclable glass jars.
Aleph Beauty, created by Kiwi Emma
Peters, is a new luxurious makeup collection
that utilises only the purest, plant-infused
active ingredients to boost cellular
metabolism and repair and protect the skin
from external environmental aggressors.
The range is packaged in travel-friendly glass
miniatures and offers exquisite foundations,
lip/cheek tints and iridescent pearly moonlit
creams to provide radiance and a subtle
glow to the skin.
In fragrance, the benefits of natural
perfumery surpass synthetic fragrance. The
mysterious language of scent is expressed
most through essences sourced from
nature’s bounty, providing psychotherapeutic
properties while having an affinity with
the skin. Virginia Di Somma, curator and
perfumer of The Olfactory in New Zealand,
Botanical skincare is on the
rise, revered for its active
antioxidant content and
nourishing healing properties.
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offers an exquisite collection of natural perfumes, connecting their
wearers “...back to themselves through nature”. Their recent release
NONNI – a pure expression of timeless femininely and a tribute to
Virginia Di Somma’s mother, Nina – is a spicy warm floral, elegantly
and intricately constructed utilising only the most premium natural
perfume extracts and essences.
Botanical skincare is on the rise, revered for its active antioxidant
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ELEMIS offers a diverse selection of the highest quality vegan-friendly
plant-based actives sourced from all corners of the globe. Nourishing,
hydrating and smoothing Superfood Facial Oil is a natural blend of
highly concentrated plant-based superfoods. Lightweight and nongreasy,
it is enriched with antioxidant and omega-rich daikon radish
extract, broccoli and flax seed, which contribute to that radiant,
healthy glow for which we all look to achieve.
Other effective, natural skincare beauty brands to keep your eye
on are Audra James Botanicals from Australia, Dr. Hauschka and
Keely Watson’s exquisite New-Zealand made Aromatology range.
These natural botanical skincare and perfumery brands will add another dimension to
your beauty routine and provide a surplus of benefits – from aromatherapeutic to
natural skin-enhancing properties. It all comes naturally.
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HOT STONE MASSAGE
After yet another week of the demands
and deadlines of publishing, the Style team
was in desperate need of some pampering.
We’d tried cake, we’d tried lollies, we’d
exhausted the wine and even the kombucha
(researching the food issue, you understand).
“Help,” we cried to the experts at Champs-
Elysees Day Spa. Hot volcanic stones, they
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bodies for an hour (RRP $149). Was this the
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I almost feel asleep right there on the
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was over. I didn’t want it to end!
Best aspect? Great setting, a kind
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I wish… the stones weren’t quite
hot enough for my taste! But they
still seemed to do their job.
Results? I often get pain across
my shoulder blades, the masseuse
worked the tension out of those
muscles and the heat from the hot
stones and essential oils really helped.
As someone who doesn’t have a
massage often I was a little nervous
but the staff at Champs-Elysées were
really welcoming and set me at ease.
The hot stone massage at Champs-
Elysées Day Spa is a treat that is well
Best aspect? It left me feeling a lot
less tense in both the muscles and
the mind and I think this was all to
do with the heat. This made it better
than any other massage I’ve had.
I wish… that it had been a longer
session as I didn’t want it to end.
Results? I felt more relaxed and
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It’s something I would love to be
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I honed in on this like a heatseeking
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Best aspect? Opening the door
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I wish… this was mandatory
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He brings sophistication and substance to his wardrobe as well as his dishes.
This is a recipe for style success, as worn by British chef Gordon Ramsay.
Words Ella James
MIX UP BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE
When Gordon Ramsay isn’t sporting his
signature chef whites in the kitchen, he’s often
gliding down the red carpet, and it would
certainly appear that he’s mastered the art of
splicing casual and formal. Styling a classic suit
jacket and a crisp white shirt with slim-fitting,
coated denim and a casual pair of suede shoes
to boot is on point.
Creating a similar look is easy to achieve.
Ensure your shoes, jeans and jacket are of a
similar shade for a seamless finish that doesn’t
look quickly put together.
There’s little wonder why the undeniably
dapper Ramsay is just as respected in the
kitchen as he is out of it.
PICK A HIGH QUALITY
PIECE OF LEATHER
Just like a pantry should always be
stocked with key ingredients, your
wardrobe should be home to a
number of menswear staples, and
the leather jacket is one of them.
Whether paired with denim
shirts, knitwear or a casual top,
a good leather jacket is always a
crowd-pleaser. We recommend
investing in a jacket that, like a fine
wine, will only get better with age.
ALLOW THE SHIRT TO BREATHE
Gordon Ramsay has well and truly put his own
spin on formal attire; mixing up red carpet dress
codes with a pinch of casual styling. When
donning a traditional suit jacket with a more
casual garment, such as jeans and trainers, it’s
important to create a careful balance. In these
instances, wearing a tie would simply overpower
the outfit, so keep that top button undone and
allow your outfit to get some air. An undone
collar creates a sense of both confidence and
comfortableness that can’t be replicated when
restricted with a tie.
CUT A DEEP V INTO YOUR
Casual garments can still look
suave, but you’ve got to consider
the finer details. V-necks are
capable of injecting a little bit
of sharpness into those more
laid-back looks. Pepper these
everyday looks with a statement
watch; the icing on the cake.
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From eatery updates to delicious dishes, we provide the scoop on the
latest taste sensations.
Bach Brewing’s multi-award-winning American
Pale Ale has come up trumps again. In addition
to Champion Pale Ale in New Zealand and
Australia last year, it’s just scooped Gold and a
place in the Top 30 at this year’s New World
Beer & Cider awards. Packed to the gunnels with
New Zealand, American and Aussie hops for a
boatload of flavour, find yours at your nearest
New World supermarket.
3 O’CLOCK FLAVOUR SAVIOUR
The Burger Joint in New Brighton (78 Brighton Mall) is a
must-visit for its delectable and interesting burgers. We’re fans
of the classic cheeseburger and kimchi fries. The fit-out is also
noteworthy. We’re all about the clean, minimalist aesthetic and
beachy surfer vibes.
When it comes to seafood, fresh is not only best,
it’s paramount. So, when you find yourself sitting
in a restaurant perched on the edge of Lyttelton
Harbour, you know you’ve come to the right place.
Fisherman’s Wharf (39 Norwich Quay) has a longstanding
reputation for great food that’s developed
from its commitment to serving fish caught locally
on the restaurant’s own trawler. With sustainable
seafood at its heart, dishes are prepared with a
simplicity that lets the heroes make the statement.
Not just for pescatarians, meat dishes sit among
the breakfast, lunch and dinner options, which have
craft beer and fine wines to match.
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This beautiful fusion of texture and
taste is the work of Untouched
World’s head chef Kerry Wellman.
House-made activated charcoal bread
is topped with smashed seasonal veges,
poached egg, beetroot miso, feta, house
pickles and seeds. Who knew getting
your vitamins could be so tasty!
Kavan Kuttappa, head chef of
The Permit Room, is dishing up
incredible South Indian cuisine
in the beautifully restored Isaac
House (779 Colombo Street).
With a focus on vegetarian and
seafood offerings, you’ll want to
try the fermented rice and lentil
dosa and the okra fries. Three
Boys Brewery has also brewed
a beer especially for The Permit
Room, a wheat beer infused
with cardamom and ginger.
GO BACK TO...
Earl (128 Lichfield Street). And if you haven’t dined at this
joy yet, discover the re-imagined classics that have made
Earl an institution from day one. There’s now a new menu
inspired by modern European flavours. “It’s a tight list of
hits,” says owner Tom Newfield, “With features such as
seared duck breast with heirloom carrots and confit leeks
with fromage de chèvre or a wholesome bowl of mussels
and clams with nduja and chilli.” Plus, you can counter
the mid-week lunch monotony with house-made pasta,
matched with a red or white wine (Wednesdays, just $25).
If you’re going to choose organic,
why not start with an awardwinner?
Crowned Champion Pinot
Noir and Riedel Wine of the Show
at the 2019 NZ Organic Wine
Awards, the Domaine-Thomson
Surveyor Thomson 2015 Single
Vineyard Pinot Noir should be on
your must-try list. It’s the south, in
a glass. domainethomsonwines.com
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Alex Davies and Omer Shadich of Gatherings are opening a
neighbourhood drinking spot, Alfred’s on the 22 June. Located
next door to Gatherings, the space will feature a casual snack menu
and is sure to become a regular hangout. Plus, if you happen to
over-indulge... Gatherings recently launched a brunch menu on
Saturdays and Sundays that features sweet and savoury waffles,
chilli scrambled eggs and filter coffee. Yum!
SO HOT RIGHT NOW
If you’ve never been to a New York
pizzeria, then you’ll leave Sal’s Pizza
at Langdons Quarter, Northlands,
with the thought, “that’s what it must
be like...”. Head there for the full
experience – from the smells, to the
ovens, the cosy booths, the hustle
and bustle, and watching your pizzas
being made right in front of you.
The colour of the season is red – pinot
noir red, that is. For dark berry fruit
aromas and savoury, smoky undertones,
we’re sipping on Ara Single Estate Pinot
Noir 2018 (RRP $22.99). The palate
is medium-bodied with a soft, supple
texture and bright strawberry flavours
intertwined with a cocoa finish.
Dairy lovers should scour the fridge aisles for the new
Jersey Milk range from Lewis Road Creamery. The
milk is sourced solely from Jersey cows, renowned
for producing richer, creamier milk due to the higher
butterfat content. It also contains less water, less lactose
and high levels of calcium. It’s available from June 1 in
Homogenised (blue top), Non-Homogenised (silver top)
and Light (light blue top) in 1.5l ($5.75) or 750ml ($3.49)
bottles. The Jersey Milk range is permeate-free, PKE-free
and bottled in the company’s award-winning recyclable
bottles made from 100% recycled plastic.
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Japanese Pancakes, $22, Moment Café
Lemon Meringue Pie cake,
$8 from Little Poms Cafe,
Destinations to sate your sugar craving.
Three layer raspberry and white
chocolate sweetheart with fresh flower
garnish, $125, Cakes by Anna
Kahurangi Wildberry 1-litre ice cream,
$8.99, Motueka Creamery
Traiteur of Merivale
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Justin and Claire Vaudrey, owner/operators of New World Durham Street.
Moorhouse Avenue and Durham Street. We were even
more excited when we were given the green light to run
the store and take our team on an amazing journey!
Is it normal for a New World to take more than a
decade in its planning stages, or is this one extra special?
Claire: It is not uncommon for land purchases to take a
long time and it was also important this store was built at
a time that coincided with the regeneration of the city.
We really wanted to take this store to another level in
terms of design and offering. Everything has been built
from the ground up with one person in mind… the
customer! We wanted to create a place where people
want to be; a place where shopping is a pleasure, not
a chore. There are lots of design ideas that have been
taken from some fantastic retail stores overseas and, since
opening, we have received great feedback from welltravelled
people backing this up.
Which stores have you been involved with over your 20 years
with New World?
Justin: I commenced a part-time position in 1989, at Centre City
New World in Dunedin. Over the subsequent years I gained
experience in several positions and moved up through the
business to the role of Store Manager. Claire is a qualified primary
school teacher and, in 2010, together with our three children,
we moved to Westport to purchase our first New World store,
which we ran for four years. This was a fantastic experience and
we learned a lot about running a supermarket in a small isolated
town. Being part of a tight-knit community was a lot of fun! In
2014, we joined the Christchurch rebuild and purchased South
City New World. Then, in late 2016, we learnt Foodstuffs South
Island intended to build a new flagship store on the corner of
What do you expect customers to be most excited by?
Justin: We think people will love having all of our fresh
food departments in one courtyard. It’s like a modern-day
farmers’ market. The layout of the store is very intuitive
too. Meal solutions, food-to-go, entertaining options and
indulgence are all catered for in the first half of the store,
allowing people to get in and out quickly. Weekly fullshop
items are located in the second half of the store with
a wonderful full-service café to finish your journey.
Claire: We think people will also love our self-serve salad
bar, dry-aged beef, Ecostore refill station, nut butter mills
and over 300 craft beers. Can’t be bothered cooking after
work? We think a roast dinner ready to eat from our deli
is something to cheer about!
Have you seen a lot of change in our shopping habits?
Justin: Absolutely! People are time-poor and looking for
inspiration when it comes to meal solutions. It’s our job to
provide these solutions.
Claire: Large weekly shops are being replaced with
smaller frequent visits where customers are eating fresh
What is one product you find you can never leave the
Justin: A small treat from the bakery or a craft beer is
pretty hard to ignore on the way out the door!
175 Durham Street, Christchurch
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Anna Worthington is the queen of cakes.
We asked her to share something with us that
would fend off any winter blues.
Recipe Cakes by Anna
Apple and olive oil
bundt cake with
3 unpeeled apples
(Granny Smith if possible)
½ cup olive oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup date puree (see Method)
½ tsp good quality vanilla extract
3 cups ground almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
2 tsp baking soda
Good pinch of salt
Optional (encouraged) extras:
1 cup chopped walnuts/cranberries,
400g caster sugar
190g butter, cubed
1 cup cream
½ tsp vanilla extract
Good pinch of salt
Ten months after Dunedin’s
No 7 Balmac was severely damaged by
a fire, a reincarnation has emerged.
Owner Katrina Toovey and chef Penny
Allan spent a week in Los Angeles,
visiting as many eateries as they could,
especially those that cook over wood
like they do. Armed with plenty of
inspiration, the resulting new menu is
further influenced by Penny’s Greek and
Lebanese heritage. “Just like we did with
the fit-out, we are keeping the old bones
and adding a bit of freshness,”
(Middle Eastern spice mix)
I use a 25cm x 8cm non-stick bundt tin,
which produces a lovely high cake.
Turn your oven on to 180°C.
Grease your bundt tin well.
Grate two of the apples and dice the other.
To make date puree:
Put a heaped cup of dates in a saucepan
and cover with water. Bring to the boil
and simmer for five minutes, or until soft.
Drain and whizz in a food processor (or
with a fork/potato masher). In a large bowl,
combine the grated apples and the wet
ingredients. Mix well. Throw in the dry
ingredients and mix. Add the chopped
apples – and nuts or dried fruit if you are
using them. Mix again. Pour into your tin
and smooth the top.
The cake will pull away slightly from the
sides of the tin when ready – approximately
40 minutes. Leave for 10 minutes before
flipping it out.
To make caramel sauce:
Using a heavy-bottomed saucepan, gently
melt the sugar, stirring as little as possible.
When it has turned a golden-amber colour,
remove from the heat and add the butter,
stirring until melted. Return to a low heat
and add the cream. Stir till smooth, then
add vanilla and salt. If you have a few lumps,
you can strain the caramel through a sieve.
Drizzle caramel around the top of the
cooled cake and let it naturally fall down
the sides of the cake. (Store left-over sauce
in the fridge for up to two weeks.)
Garnish with toasted nuts, freeze-dried
berries, dehydrated apple chips, or (as
pictured) a whole apple. Add some colour
with a few edible flowers from your garden
– I used marigolds and broccoli flowers
here, as well as some rosehips. This cake is
perfect as is, or you can serve with a dollop
of thick unsweetened yoghurt.
Inspired by the zingy spice mix enjoyed
on pickled carrots at Los Angeles cafe
Sqirl, No 7 Balmac plans to serve this
with woodfired chicken, spring onion
labneh and a salted cucumber salad.
1 Tbsp toasted white
1 Tbsp sumac
1 Tbsp dried oregano
Combine ingredients and use on
meats and vegetables.
It is especially good finished
with a drizzle of olive oil and a
squeeze of lemon.
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Synonymous with Bondi’s perfectly formed waves and perfectly formed
beachgoers, it’s all too easy to overlook the more cosmopolitan side of
Sydney. Ella James leaves her surfboard at home, and spends a long
weekend exploring what the inner-city has to offer.
The new Barangaroo precinct in Sydney’s CBD extends from the headland park towards King St Wharf in Darling Harbour.
Image: Barangaroo Delivery Authority
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Skye Suites Sydney’s
masonry facade on the
lower levels reflects its
THE SKYE IS THE LIMIT
I believe that one of the finer things in life, is
arriving at your hotel after an early morning
flight. This is when the hotel beds feel their
plumpest, and the robes their softest.
For my first two evenings of
accommodation I taxied to Kent Street,
where I would be staying at Skye Suites
Sydney. The new kid on the block bringing
boutique luxury to serviced apartments.
Immediately I was greeted by authentically
enthusiastic staff who were clearly excited
to be a part of Skye Suites’ story, and it’s
easy to see why. Designed by the seriously
well regarded Koichi Takada, every inch
of this sensational 25-storey masterpiece
is as sleek as the last. Whilst Takada took
inspiration from an ice cave for the lobby, a
warmer reception you’d be hard pushed to
find. Visibly delighted and already dreaming
up ways to move in permanently (the upper
levels are residential), I was besotted.
The expansive suite was equally as
impressive. An inviting bed with a mattress
menu (yes, if you fancy a softer or harder
mattress, all you have to do is ask), an iPad
capable of controlling the lights and the
heating, and a fully equipped kitchen including
a coffee machine. This is accommodation that
truly is a cut above the rest. The fridge was
also stocked with gourmet, ready-to-drink
cocktails including a cold brew, espresso
martini – my tipple of choice.
A few days before I departed for Sydney,
I’d ordered a designer dress to rent for the
weekend from a savvy Australian service
called Her Wardrobe and was delighted
to find a striking pink box ready and waiting
for me in my suite, chosen dress within.
Pleading guilty to not wearing anything that
I own more than once, renting my outfit for
Saturday horse racing at Royal Randwick
appealed as a better option for both my
wardrobe and my bank balance.
The Daily Edited’s flagship store in Westfield, Pitt Street Mall is a millennial’s dream.
Pale pink throughout, Instagrammable interiors and vegan leather options.
THE PERSONAL TOUCH
Whilst in Sydney, one must always set aside time for shopping.
Time for a spree at The Daily Edited. The young, trailblazing brand
specialises in personalised products including handbags and phone
cases. With a personalisation station in store and wonderfully stylish
and knowledgeable staff, it was too difficult to walk away empty
handed. I left beaming, and with a classic leather bag embossed with
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It was time for lunch with a friend in the new
inner-city precinct of Barangaroo – which has
returned a huge foreshore area just west of
the Harbour Bridge to public use. This adults’
playground is alive with restaurants and bars that
buzz with businessmen and tourists in harmony.
And a branch of Sydney’s esteemed David Jones
department store tucked among skyscrapers rivalling
Skye Suites for architectural flair.
We opted for classic Thai food at Muum Maam,
a Barangaroo favourite so I’m told. With extensive
food and cocktail menus, I asked the chef for his
personal suggestions and boy, he didn’t disappoint.
A whole fried snapper was brought to my table,
fish eye and all. Curled on the plate, the magnificent
fish was threatening but worth the fork fight. As
we washed it down with a Thai Iced Tea, I chatted
with the chef who radiated passion and love for his
dishes, for which he sources all of the ingredients
from Sydney’s markets.
Happy hour called for the first official stop on my
espresso martini tour – Zephyr bar, situated on the
12th floor of the Hyatt Regency (nearby on Sussex
Street) to savour an espresso martini topped with
nitro-charged salted caramel foam and enjoy the
peachy sunset. Ten out of 10 to both martini and
The perfect place back in Barangaroo for dinner?
Smoke, Anason and Love Fish tempted but I’m not
even slightly embarrassed to admit that it was back
to Muum Maam to order the phenomenal whole
fried snapper for the second time that day.
Muum Maam is one of many temptations for
eating and drinking in happening Barangaroo.
At the Skye Suites, waking up on the right side of the bed was
always guaranteed thanks to the mood lighting and sumptuous
mattress. I started my day with a dip in the futuristic pool located
off the lobby. I had been dreaming about it all night after all.
Curved white walls fold in, separating lucky swimmers away from
the woes and worries of the outside world.
As more friends clocked off for the weekend, we Ubered to
the CBD fringe suburb of Surry Hills for dinner at Chin Chin,
where a quintessentially Australian take on Asian food would be
on the menu. Our large party opted for the set menu, and we
welcomed plate after plate to our Lazy Susan.
When you can’t get a reservation until 9pm, you can be sure
to expect the finest fare. Sensational it was, but this proved too
late having devoted pre-dinner to espresso martini sampling at
the neighbourhood’s equally legendary bars. Before long our
Lazy Susan was being used as a tool for tequila shot roulette.
Skye Suites’ pool area is instantly calming and hugely impressive.
It pained me so to get down
from cloud nine and check out of
the Skye Suites but breakfast and
a caffeine fix at the ever-cool East
Village rooftop bar called. This
next instalment on my Espresso
Martini tour came infused with
coconut milk and topped with
popcorn, ranking second place
only by a fraction, to Zephyr
bar’s sticky sweet offering. Royal
Randwick itself was breathtaking
for the fashion, the racing, the
crowds and the sheer scale of the
racecourse and delivered masses
of inspiration for my outfit and
headwear choices ahead of this
year’s Cup and Show week.
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A DARLING OF A HOTEL
After a long day at the races, I spent my final night
in Sydney at the Sofitel Hotel across the bay from
Barangaroo at Darling Harbour; a grand hotel in
every sense. In my undeniably chic room, decked out
with plush furnishings and a mesmerising harbour
view, a welcome slate of miniature desserts was just
the tantalising treat to perk me back up before a
drink at their regal Champagne Bar. Our intentions
were always to explore the city by night, but with an
extensive bubbles list, a sensational view of Darling
Harbour’s Saturday night fireworks and service that
was second to none, we failed to leave the hotel,
instead ordering room service mozzarella sticks to
soak up the champagne.
The following morning, admittedly a little dusty,
I indulged in breakfast in bed; fresh bowl of fruits
and an espresso (sans martini). Having begrudgingly
packed my suitcase, it was time to spend the rest of
the day enjoying the hotel’s famous pool before the
evening flight home. Stepping out onto the pool deck,
I was instantly transported to the south of France.
Further away from a busy city you couldn’t feel. The
sun hit the deck at just the right angle, creating the
perfect temperature for a mid-morning dip. The hours
slid away all too quickly as I watched the superlative
yachts bob around the harbour.
Checking out was smooth and the concierge was all
too happy to send my rental dress back on my behalf.
A text alerted me of a flight delay, so it was back
to the pool deck to enjoy another balmy Australian
sunset. Until next time, Sydney.
It was impossible not to sink into the standalone bathtub (complete with Lanvin
bath products) – the perfect vantage point to observe the city lights.
Sofitel’s infinity pool.
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A cheese platter at Peppers
of the south
No matter where your travels take you,
there’s good food to be had throughout
the Mackenzie Country.
Weekends always start well at Our Dog Friday.
The Hermitages serves its pizza alongside a spectacular view of Mt Cook.
When in the Mackenzie Country, there’s no need to limit
yourself to rabbit food. Here are just a few of the culinary
highlights to include in your itinerary.
The Hermitage Hotel caters for a wide range of tastes at
the foot of Mount Cook. Kickstart a day of adventure with
a quick bite at the Sir Edmund Hillary Cafe, then return to
the Snowline Bar for a well-earned 5 o’clock beverage. The
Alpine Restaurant is set up for buffet-style dining, while a
reservation at The Panorama Room is a top tier delight.
At Peppers Bluewater Resort, Rakinui Restaurant
captures the flavours of the region, with its farm-to-table
philosophy, all while you soak in the views of Lake Tekapo.
High country salmon is a must-try.
The Greedy Cow doesn’t want to see you hangry. Get
your caffeine fix, nab a pastry treat from the cabinet or
settle in for something more substantial, such as Turkish
eggs – poached free-range eggs with garlic yoghurt, paprika
chilli butter toasted bread, topped with chopped sundried
tomato and rosemary.
Tekapo newcomer Our Dog Friday is all about the
burger – though will get you through the day with a
hearty breakfast too. With sides that include miso-charred
broccoli, you can dine guilt-free lakeside.
After a day at the slopes, warm yourself up at Lake Ohau
Lodge. With a reputation for quality food, made from
scratch, it’s sure to warm you from the inside, while the
roaring fire does the rest.
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There is so much to discover in the
heart of the Southern Alps.
It’s worth discovering this iconic Twizel destination for
breakfast or lunch over winter. Select a dish from the modern
menu or an enticing option from the cabinet to enjoy in the
contemporary interior. You’ll find the best espresso in the
heart of the Mackenzie region, great craft beers and a carefully
curated wine list.
Lake Tekapo Holiday Homes
Experience the tranquility of Lake Tekapo while
enjoying the comfort of a fully self-contained holiday
home. Choose from modern homes with stunning
views to rustic cottages with cosy wood fires.
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Creative breakfast menu
as well as an assortment
of cabinet creations,
including pastries made
in-house. Best barista
made coffee in Lake
Tekapo! Busy cafe with
friendly staff, quirky
surroundings and fresh
flowers on the tables.
Mackenzies Café & Bar
Enjoy great food and spectacular views in a beautiful
environment. Casual café meals for brunch and lunch and
a relaxed atmosphere for evening a la carte dining. For
something a little different try the stone grill menu. Proud
purveyors of great food, Allpress coffee, New Zealand
wines and Monteith’s craft beer. Open 10am every day.
Looking for a little
independence with your
self-contained and secluded
cottages await you, all
conveniently located near
the lake, church and shops.
When you need to refuel, look for this modern independent
service station, well-situated right on the main highway next
door to the fire station. Open 7am to 8pm seven days for all
fuels, LPG swap bottles, oil, convenience food, camping gas,
hardware, newspapers and magazines, And there’s an outside
terminal for fuelling up outside these hours.
The Hermitage Hotel
Surrounded by the wondrous Aoraki/Mt Cook National
Park, the iconic Hermitage Hotel makes a perfect winter
escape. Relax and dine in one of the hotel’s many restaurants.
Experience the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre to learn the
history behind our great global explorer, or explore the galaxy
yourself in the planetarium or Big Sky Stargazing tour.
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Ski the Tasman with
Alpine Guides at
Mt Cook. The thrill
of 8–10km ski runs,
seracs and azure ice
caves beckons on New
Zealand’s largest glacier.
Perfect for intermediates,
expect green to blue
runs and a relaxed pace,
guides, three spectacular
flights with snow landings
and a picnic lunch on the
snow. Flying every fine
day from 1 July to 30
Looking for a welcoming haven from the hustle and
bustle to enjoy with your family or friends, then look no
further than the Mt John Homestead. Perfect for a winter
escape, this historical station homestead surrounded by
mature gardens and trees offers a stunning outlook over
Lake Tekapo and beyond.
Should there only be two of you, the Red Hut is ideal
for romance. This idyllic retreat oozes character and
charm, also set amongst mature trees to cosset you
in seclusion while also framing lovely views over Lake
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Stay at New Zealand’s
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a range of contemporary
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with private ensuite and four
bed multi-share rooms (ideal
for groups), right on the
lakefront. Guests also enjoy
a modern large kitchen and
communal lounge area with
outstanding views of the lake
and mountains, as well 2GB
of free WiFi a day and an
on-site gourmet burger café
and bar, Our Dog Friday. Pay
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Big Sky Stargazing
The Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve
is unbeatable – and that’s official! Let Big Sky Stargazing
introduce you to its celestial wonders on a flight through
the galaxy within New Zealand’s first 360 digital Dome
Planetarium theatre or, on a clear night, outdoor stargazing
with astro-binoculars and state-of-the-art 14" and 11"
astronomy telescopes to zoom in on our universe.
Air Safaris has operated scenic flights throughout the
World Heritage National Parks of Aoraki Mount Cook and
Westland Tai Poutini since 1970. The ‘Grand Traverse’ is an
experience of a lifetime, recognised as the premier Aoraki
Mount Cook flight-seeing experience and New Zealand’s
“must do” scenic flight. Over 50 minutes, the magnificent
flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks,
glaciers (Tasman, Fox and Franz Josef) and 200km of New
Zealand’s most memorable and breath-taking scenery.
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Natural dry powder snow, all day sun and wide open trails
to suit all abilities mean Mt Dobson has it all. Conveniently
located between Fairlie and Lake Tekapo, 2.5 hours from
Christchurch and 3 hours from Queenstown, Mt Dobson is
a perfect winter holiday destination. The Ski Area has a cosy
café, ski and snowboard rental as well as a snow school with
a crew of passionate international instructors. Everything you
need for fun on the slopes!
Mt Cook Alpine Salmon
Stop at the Mt Cook Alpine Salmon Shop on Lake Pukaki
to experience the taste of Freshwater King Salmon, while
taking in an iconic view of Mt Cook. Raised in the glacial
waters of the Southern Alps, this very special fish has a
clean subtle taste and delicate texture. A “must do” on the
Roundhill Ski Field
Roundhill is a fantastic family ski
field with breath-taking views of
Aoraki Mt Cook, the Southern Alps
and Lake Tekapo. There is terrain
for all ages and stages, from a huge
beginner’s area to the big mountain
terrain accessed by the Heritage
Express tow. With a sunny aspect,
easy 8km access road and a fully
licensed café, Roundhill is the perfect
place to enjoy a day on the slopes.
Open 29th June until mid September.
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Need an amazing winter getaway? Try
Tekapo Springs for the perfect mix
of relaxation and recreation in the
stunning alpine environment of Lake
Tekapo! Soak up the mountain and
lake views from the three hot pools,
detox in the steam and sauna rooms
or indulge yourself at the luxurious
day spa. Keep up your fitness on
the spacious outdoor ice rink, or
experience the thrill of a 150-metre
snow tube! Warm up in our café and
try the in-house 720 coffee blend,
the highest-altitude roasted coffee in
New Zealand. By night, soak in the
stars with Tekapo Star Gazing; learn
about the amazing southern skies
with high-powered telescopes then
slip into a 38°C hot pool and marvel
at the universe!
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Peppers Bluewater Resort
You know your accommodation is going to have a bit of spice when you check-in to a Peppers property.
Near the shores of Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort offers high-end rooms, suites and villas all
featuring large windows or balconies to optimise the alpine outlook. Rakinui Restaurant & Bar opens for
breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks and brings the best of the region’s fine fare from farm-to-table to serve
with a side of lake and mountain views. The resort is perfectly located to experience all of the attractions
Tekapo and the glorious Mackenzie region have to offer all year round.
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Food miles you can justify.
Words Gaynor Stanley
RENEW THAT PASSPORT, LADIES
Janeice Young was seeking food for the soul when she moved to
Clyde four years ago after the death of her husband. Finding her
“new normal” saw Janeice seek solace flying solo on what had
previously been shared travel adventures. “Navigating the world
by myself brought up a number of challenges but I’m lucky that
my passion for travel was greater than my fear of doing it alone,”
she says. Her single-occupancy journeys sparked the business
idea of tours for other widowers or women who don’t have the
confidence to travel alone. She launched Joy of Travel Ladies
Tours a year ago, with travel broker Debbie Bradford in Cromwell,
to guide small groups of women to thrilling events around the
world like Andrea Bocelli performing in his Tuscan home village.
Foodies will enjoy next April’s European spring tour visiting
Amsterdam’s tulips, Paris and Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny,
and Lyon to experience what Janeice calls “the best food market
in all of France”, the historic Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.
Closer to home in November is an Akaroa long weekend to
attend a cooking class at the Akaroa Cooking School creating and
enjoying a five-course Christmas dinner with perfectly matched
wines. The itinerary also includes swimming with Hector’s dolphins
and a day shopping in Christchurch. Incidentally, the cooking
school was named by Lonely Planet as one of the World’s Top 10
Places to Learn to Cook the Local Cuisine’.
A patisserie display at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse.
FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH
Ever popular Singapore Airlines was named
Best Airline in the World in TripAdvisor’s
Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019 for the
second consecutive year based on reviews
for outstanding service, quality and value.
Hacienda Bar, Sydney
Sip a rum-inspired cocktail and drink
in the stunning Sydney Harbour
Bridge views at this hip Circular
Quay drinking hole. The interior is as
Insta-worthy as the view, with a nod
to the grand plantation architecture
of Cuba and a touch of 1950s Miami
with lots of botanicals, pastel pink
seating and neon signage.
The Gallery at Sketch, London
The aesthetically inclined with
afternoon tea in mind are zooming
in on this this plush and pink (make
that millennial) restaurant-meets-art
gallery to quaff Champagne over
chai or Earl Grey in the midst of 300
sketches by David Shrigley.
Library Bar, New York
Many a grammer books in for
brunch or a cocktail in this fully
curated, two-level library within the
Nomad Hotel in the iconic Flatiron
Building to capture old-world charm
from floor to ceiling, The original
spiral staircase imported from the
South of France pulls focus often.
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Kate Preece gets to know one of Citroen’s C3 Aircross SUVs.
didn’t want to like ‘Michelle’. (That’s Michelle à la Beatles
I 1965.) It’s wasn’t so much her French marque or look-atme
appearance, but her measly 1.2-litre petrol engine that
had me gunning for a French revolt.
Yet, the days turned to weeks and she never did me
wrong. She flew up the hills without complaint and overtook
cars as if she was flicking snails out of their shells.
One night, when a Mazda CX-9 took off just out of Tai
Tapu, making its way up to the 100km/h speed limit at pace,
I gave the Frenchie the opportunity to prove me wrong. She
was no match for a big vehicle, I thought. But, we matched
it round the corners, kept up on the straights, and could’ve
taken it, if we had really put our mind to it.
Night driving was great. Turn off the seven-inch touch
screen, set the cruise control and watch as the headlights
automatically flick full beam off and on to keep your view
clear and to ensure oncoming drivers aren’t prompted to
utter any French expletives.
It wasn’t even tricked by fog so thick it closed Christchurch
International Airport. This impressed me – to the point I
thought I had turned it off somehow, as it (correctly) never
once went to full beam. My favourite light trick, though,
was the ‘guide-me-home’ headlamp function and it will be
something I’ll miss. Winding my way up hills it’s as though
you have someone out with a spotlight, sending light around
corners so you can feel completely confident in what’s ahead.
Testing out Park Assist was more hit and miss. It’s always
going to be hard to truly hand over the controls to any
car, but in a fairly quiet parking lot in Little River I handed
Michelle the reins. We were backing into parallel and bay
parks with ease. Michelle would even do the hard yards and
drive us back out of a parallel park, which is just as strange a
feeling. Sit back and follow the prompts as the wheel spins
this way and that. It’s a foreign takeover that still makes me
a little uneasy, but it is a more effective feature than the
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There are front and back parking sensors and a reversing
camera that offers a 180-degree top view. You’ll get a warning if
you get too close to something, but, realistically, you’re not going
to want to take your eye off the ball for this manoeuvre. Visibility
is good enough to – go on – just use your mirrors and windows.
Michelle is a headturner. Totally French, and a little like
something from the Mod era. With exterior accents (roof,
roof bars, wing mirrors, headlamp surrrounds and rear quarter
windows) in ‘Spicy Orange’, she’s not to everyone’s tastes, but
other models are a simple one tone throughout. Inside, light
grey material features on the dash and throughout. Anyone with
children would break out in a nervous rash at the sight of it, but
again, there are other options.
For the professional who wants a stand-out runabout and
has no need to fit baby paraphernalia in the boot, Michelle
could well be the one. The Aircross feels a little like a Mini
Countryman in size, providing good height off the ground, but
without being as cumbersome as a fully fledged SUV.
Another aspect that endeared me to this wee French number
was that she wasn’t so over the top with automation that you
lose out on the feel of the drive. The automatic six-speed shifts
through the gears and you do notice it. When you plant your
foot, you feel it. All while the lights and windscreen wipers step
in to take care of the less interesting aspects of a journey.
I tried not to like Michelle, but her French charm won me
over. We parted ways as good friends.
‘Guide-me-home’ headlamp function.
Wireless changing pad.
That zippy three-cylinder turbo.
The driver’s armrest, when folded
down for use, is best put away to
release the handbrake.
No central cup holders.
The stereo sound was all enveloping.
You can set up a profile, which
keeps your stereo settings and
colour scheme (five options for
display) the same.
Plug in to use Apple Car Play,
Android Auto or Mirror Link.
Length 4155mm; width 1825mm;
European ENCAP 5 stars
FUEL TANK CAPACITY:
5 out of 6 (Right Car); 5.7l/100km
1.2l turbo petrol engine
6 speed automatic
THE CREATORS’ ROOM
Jan Pinckney, Jen Black
The Creators’ Room held its inaugural art exhibition in
the Deloitte building, called ‘Uncovering Hidden Talent’
which showcased a collection of artworks from Christchurch
Secondary School Visual Arts Students.
Charlotte Sherratt, Sophie Paterson
Carole Hopkins, Amanda Sullivan Chelsea, Oliver, Han Edward and Fiona Eaton Jayne Bell, Mary Anne Adams
Brian Thompson, Peter FitzSimons,
Joanne McMaster, Gary McCormick
RAMBLING, RUGBY & RACING
Guests gathered for a two-course lunch, drinks and
entertainment at Addington Raceway to hear from journalist,
author and sporting star Peter FitzSimons.
Ian Dallison, James Judd, Peter Murphy
Anita Dean, Markus Gabrielle, Tracey Gordon
Michelle Noonan, Ruth Dunne
Gareth Lewis, Ashley Newsome, Angela Lewis
Lynnette and Noel Gillman
Kevin Osmond, Deborah McCormick, Karen and Hamish Doig
STUDIO 125 GALLERY GALA
SCAPE Public Art, along with Studio 125, gathered
Christchurch art supporters for its exclusive annual
gala opening. Guests were treated to two solo shows, from
Bridie Gillman and Kevin Osmond, plus an impressive group
Jade Cavalcante, Bruce Baxter
Anna Colthart, Carolyne Grant
Jannie, Bridie and Brian Gillman
Benji Andrews, Bryan Andrews, Pamela and Bruce Lindsay
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Mark Robberds, Julie Zariteh, Kaye Farmer, Johnny Harcourt
Jo Bailey, Jendy Harper
uests gathered in the Avon Room at the Christchurch Town Hall
to celebrate the launch of the 2019 Christchurch Arts Festival.
On the bill were drinks, nibbles and an exclusive sneak peek of what’s
in store. The Christchurch Arts Festival will officially run from 26 July
to 4 August.
Richard and Lizzie Ineson
Alex Lemon, George Parker
Sally MacGeorge, Prue Manji
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Measure for Measure
Experience the critically-acclaimed
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After playing to over 600,000 people across Australasia in
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hits the road in New Zealand for the first time, taking their
critically-acclaimed productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and
Measure for Measure to theatres around the nation.
Both productions will feature stunning bespoke Jacobean
costumes, a specially-designed touring set that recreates
the beautiful scenic design of Pop-up Globe Auckland,
and the extraordinary lively performances of Shakespeare’s
masterworks by a highly-experienced cast of local and
international actors from around the world.
Experience the “show-stopping” (NZ Herald) Moulin Rouge,
Shakespeare-style in the wild comedy Measure for Measure,
or witness the “theatrical triumph (Broadway World NZ) Hamlet,
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culminating in a breathtaking duel in the blood-drenched finale.
Book now to experience the “best night of theatre ever”
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