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veryone has their favourite foodie haunts, whether

it’s for a casual drink, indulgent dinner or guilty

pleasure.

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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24 FOOD PROFILE

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27 FOOD FEATURE

Why Dark Chocolate

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30 FOOD BUSINESS

The Merits Of First

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78 FOOD FINDS

The Places & Flavours

You Simply Must Try

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Nori Table Photo: Vanessa Ortynsky

TASTE

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.

EXPERIENCE

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

rave reviews in Queensland and Seattle. nzopera.com

Another unmissable performance is Cellfish. After sell-out seasons at

Auckland’s Silo Theatre and the 2017 Auckland Arts Festival, the acclaimed

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

rehabilitation method used in the US – and laced with dark comedy.

The Barber of Seville, NZ Opera

A view across Lake Wanaka from Treble Cone ski resort. Photo Getty

WINTER WARM-UP

Though die-hard ski bunnies won’t need reminding, the

ski season kicks off this month. A number of fields have

opening dates set for June, including: Mt Hutt (8), The

Remarkables (9), Mt Dobson (mid-June), Cardrona

Alpine Resort (16), Coronet Peak (16), Mt Lyford

(22), Treble Cone (28), Roundhill (30) and Porters

(late June), with Ohau Snow Fields on 1 July.

If your favourite slope is the one created when pouring

a glass of Central Otago wine into your mouth,

look to the Gibbston Valley Long Lunch. Part of the

Queenstown Winter Festival (20-30 June), the threecourse

tasting menu follows a wine masterclass, all at

Gibbston Valley Winery.


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realities of redundancy – including mental illness. She has

since developed online clothing store, Notion Fashion, and

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‘Chocolate King’ from which proceeds are sent to I AM

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Backyard not the winter wonderland you expected? Goom

Landscapes (200 Fendalton Road) is opening the doors on

9 June, to welcome everyone in to meet the design team,

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

from 14 June, at artsfestival.co.nz

INDULGE

If our food issue has you chomping at the bit, Hawke’s

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

this month – you’ll be plotting 179 Victoria Street into your

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QUEENSTOWN

WINTER FESTIVAL

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FESTIVALS

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Dunedin Midwinter Carnival 2019

A spectacle of giant lanterns, costumed

stilt walkers, dancers and musicians.

The Octagon, Dunedin

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Mardi Gras

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

Matariki 2019

Celebrate Matariki with a variety of

activities – workshops, makete (market),

speakers, performance, and more.

The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora,

Christchurch

PERFORMING ARTS

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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

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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

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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.

27-29: Isaac Theatre Royal

3 July: Regent Theatre, Dunedin

MUSIC

8 June

The Monkees Present: The Mike &

Micky Show

Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz

serve up Micky hit singles plus many of

Nesmith’s compositions.

Isaac Theatre Royal

14–16

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

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Lamb & Hayward Masterworks: Organic

Featuring Chinese pianist Moye Chen,

Christchurch-born composer Salina Fisher

and conductor Hamish McKeich.

Christchurch Town Hall

5 July

Simon O’Neill in Concert

“The Wagnerian tenor of his generation”.

The Piano: Centre for Music and the

Arts, Christchurch

SPORT

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Highlanders v Bulls

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SOUTHERN

FLAVOURS

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

the traditional.

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

vineyard view.

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

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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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- CHRISTCHURCH & BEYOND -

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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- NELSON -

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

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24 STYLE | food

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

Maker2UCellar.com.

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

for food?

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.


STYLE | food 25

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

together and then actively sharing

new alternative technologies or

thinking with that growing community,

Maker2U can help our makers to

move away from plastics. Plastic is a

very big problem that we are really

looking forward to collaborating on

with makers and shoppers.


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.

ALSO WHETTING

OUR APPETITE

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.


STYLE | food 27

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.


28 STYLE | food

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.


STYLE | food 29

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

us re-educated.


30 STYLE | food

FIRST COME,

FIRST SERVED

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.

I

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.


STYLE | food 31

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.

Strawberry Fare,

Christchurch

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

to afford.

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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SPOT-ON FLOORING

In an unusual choice for New Zealanders, the Hindsons selected

spotted gum flooring to characterise their new home.

Words Gaynor Stanley Photography Charlie Jackson


STYLE | home 35

F

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

earthquake damage.

“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

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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

adds.

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

upstairs hallway.

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.


STYLE | home 37

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

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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

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ART NEWS

Words Gaynor Stanley

Huts built by Borchgrevink’s party at

Cape Adare.

Photos: Courtesy of the Antarctic Heritage Trust

CENTURY-OLD FRUIT CAKE ANYONE?

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

Antarctic exploration.

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Nadene Milne Gallery (NMG) moves into a beautiful

new space this month in prime contemporary

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of Wynn Williams House (corner of Montreal and

Hereford streets). The space has been designed by

Phil Redmond Architects, built by Pomeroy Builders

and will be furnished by Ross Morison from Mr

Mod. The first exhibition to grace the new gallery

is Gretchen Albrecht: Coming of the light, opening

Friday 14 June. The leading contemporary abstract

expressionist painter is known for geometry, an

emotional use of colour and a constant evolution

of influences, media and technique. In association

with Massey University Press (MUP), NMG will also

be launching Albrecht’s new monograph that same

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TOP TWENTY

CONSULTANTS

2018/19

Top 02

05 Regional

06 Regional

17 National

25 National

03

08 Regional

32 National

04

11 Regional

36 National

RICHARD DAWSON

Ilam 2

05

CHRIS LEWIS

Fendalton

06

JAMIN MARSHALL

Merivale

07

PAUL NICHOLS

Fendalton

08

17 Regional

62 National

25 Regional

29 Regional

30 Regional

JENNI ROLTON

St Albans

09

CATHY CARTER

Fendalton

10

CORINA GREY

Ilam

11

CINDY-LEE SINCLAIR

Merivale

12

STEVEN MARSHALL

Fendalton

13

PETER HAMPTON

St Albans

14

JANINE LANEY

Ilam 2

15

TRACY THOMSON

St Albans

16

EMMA LUXTON

Ilam 2

17

FIONA NANKIVELL

Fendalton

18

LUCY ZHOU

Ilam 2

19

CHRIS CAMPBELL

Merivale

20

BLAIR EARNSHAW

St Albans

MITCHELL MACDONALD

St Albans

PETER FITZHARDINGE

Ilam 2

LESLEY FALCONER

Merivale


44 STYLE | architecture

Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France.

CHURCH

& STATE

Following the fire at Notre-Dame, Richard Dalman discusses

the architectural strength of his favourite chapels, churches

and cathedrals around the world.


STYLE | architecture 45

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.

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

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.


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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

worship spaces.

Cappadocia cave chapels. Photo: Richard Dalman

Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp,

France

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

architecture.

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College House Chapel,

Christchurch

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

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

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

driveway.

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

created with a blend of privacy and security in a welcoming,

inclusive space.


EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

with Tim Goom

Laying down

the lawn!

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.

New lawns

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.

Established lawns

Aeration

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.

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Scarifying/dethatching

Over time dead stems and roots build up between the top of the

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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.

General tips

• 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

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54 STYLE | fashion

LUXE LIVING

When only the very best will do.

Words Gaynor Stanley

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LAMBO LONGINGS

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DRESS-UP PARTY

Be the belle of the ball.

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Dylan Kain The Melrose Bag $329, Superette; Four

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Olga Berg Pewter Clutch $89, Biani Treasure Box,

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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


62 STYLE | fashion

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.


STYLE | fashion 63

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

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COMFORT IS KING

You’ve been dreaming about this night for months, so make

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The tennis superstar teamed her sensational Versace

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FASHION NEWS

Words Kate Preece

SLEEP WELL

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

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FAUX FABULOUS

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.

SOFTLY, SOFTLY

Comfort has slouched its

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It’s Christchurch’s turn to benefit from Liz Richardson’s extensive

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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

new clients?

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

IPL treatments?

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.

christchurchipl.co.nz

open Mon – Thurs and Sat


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SWANNING AROUND

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.

lotusspa.co.nz


RAW BEAUTY

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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NATURAL

BENEFITS

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.

RMS Beauty


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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

content and nourishing healing properties. Luxury British brand

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.

lotusspa.co.nz

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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THE PANEL

OUR TEAM PUTS PRODUCTS TO THE TEST TO SEE IF

THEY LIVE UP TO THEIR PROMISES.

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

prescribed. Massaged across oiled and naked

bodies for an hour (RRP $149). Was this the

tonic our stressed minds and bodies craved?

Alice Bush

20-SOMETHING #ECOWARRIOR

Frank Greenslade

60-SOMETHING #KIWIBLOKE

Gaynor Stanley

50-SOMETHING #SEACHANGER

I almost feel asleep right there on the

table, I was so relaxed by the time it

was over. I didn’t want it to end!

Best aspect? Great setting, a kind

masseuse and beautiful essential oils.

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

worthwhile.

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

ready to deal with day-to-day

stresses of work and home life.

It’s something I would love to be

able to splash out on, on a more

regular basis.

I honed in on this like a heatseeking

missile. But would the hot

stones have me sizzling like a steak?

Best aspect? Opening the door

to a calm and elegant mansion,

all varnished timber and French

antiques, unlike any spa decor I’ve

experienced before.

I wish… this was mandatory

workplace health and safety.

Results? Warm (I could’ve gone

hotter), smooth stones combined

with long strokes to gently relax

and release my knotted muscles in

a blissful haze of cloves, rosemary

and wintergarden. Hot rocks make

for a surprisingly mellow massage.

Purchase yours at Champs-Elysees Day Spa or champs-elysees.co.nz


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DRINK UP

PRODUCTS THAT WILL TOP UP YOUR SKIN’S HYDRATION NEEDS.

Hourglass Unreal

High Shine Volumising

Lip Gloss

A lip-plumping gloss with

shea butter and avocado

oil for hydration and lightreflecting

shimmer for

a brilliant shine.

$47,

meccabeauty.co.nz

ELEMIS Superfood

Skincare System

Formulated with plant-based,

nutrient-dense superfoods,

this vegan-friendly skincare

replenishes with hydrating

nourishment, for a healthy,

outdoor-fresh glow.

$324,

lotusspa.co.nz

Bondi Sands Coconut

& Sea Salt Body Scrub

Wash away the dull, grey

day with naturally-derived

exfoliating ingredients,

including coconut husk

and walnut shell.

$23.99,

lifepharmacy.co.nz

Natio Daily Defence

Face Moisturiser

SPF 50+

Enriched with vitamin

E and aloe to nourish

delicate facial skin as it

protects. Lightweight and

suitable for daily use.

$21.50,

farmers.co.nz

Dermalogica

Moisture Cleanser

This creamy cleanser

removes impurities and

makeup while actively

nourishing dry, depleted

skin, leaving it feeling

hydrated and clean.

From $69,

dermalogica.co.nz

Clinique Moisture

Surge Eye

Instantly tighten and

brighten with a cool watery

gel texture that drenches

skin with 96 hours of

crease-plumping hydration.

$79,

clinique.co.nz


STYLE | fashion 77

YES, CHEF

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 T-SHIRTS

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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FOOD FINDS

From eatery updates to delicious dishes, we provide the scoop on the

latest taste sensations.

WE’RE DRINKING...

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.

SOMETHING FISHY

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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HEALTH HIT

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!

WHO’S COOKING?

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).

AFTER FIVE

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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NEW LOCAL

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.

WINTER WARMER

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.

GOOD DRINKING

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

momentcafe.co.nz

Lemon Meringue Pie cake,

$8 from Little Poms Cafe,

Burly Cakes

burlycakes.co.nz

SWEETS FOR

THE SWEET

Destinations to sate your sugar craving.

Three layer raspberry and white

chocolate sweetheart with fresh flower

garnish, $125, Cakes by Anna

cakesbyanna.co.nz

Kahurangi Wildberry 1-litre ice cream,

$8.99, Motueka Creamery

talleys.co.nz/ice-cream/motueka-creamery

Gluten-free passionfruit

cheesecake,

Large $42.50,

Medium $27.95,

Traiteur of Merivale

traiteur.co.nz


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INTRODUCING…

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

every day.

What is one product you find you can never leave the

supermarket without?

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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FOOD EXTRA

BUST OUT

A BUNDT

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

Method

Apple and olive oil

bundt cake with

caramel sauce

INGREDIENTS

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,

sultanas, etc

CARAMEL SAUCE

(approx. 300ml)

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,”

says Katrina.

LA za’atar

(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.

INGREDIENTS

1 Tbsp toasted white

sesame seeds

1 Tbsp sumac

1 Tbsp dried oregano

METHOD

Combine ingredients and use on

meats and vegetables.

It is especially good finished

with a drizzle of olive oil and a

squeeze of lemon.


TM


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AMONG THE

SKYSCRAPERS

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.

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Skye Suites Sydney’s

masonry facade on the

lower levels reflects its

heritage surroundings.

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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BARANGAROO

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

sunset.

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.

FRIDAY FEELING

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.

RACE DAY

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

Bluewater Resort

A taste

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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GREAT ESCAPES

MACKENZIE

COUNTRY

There is so much to discover in the

heart of the Southern Alps.

Shawtys Cafe

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.

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Lake Tekapo Holiday Homes

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Greedy Cow

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.

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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.

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Lake Tekapo

Cottages

Looking for a little

independence with your

accommodation? Separate,

self-contained and secluded

cottages await you, all

conveniently located near

the lake, church and shops.

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Challenge Tekapo

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.

challenge.net.nz

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.

hermitage.co.nz


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Alpine Guides

Ski the Tasman with

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Perfect for intermediates,

expect green to blue

runs and a relaxed pace,

friendly professional

guides, three spectacular

flights with snow landings

and a picnic lunch on the

snow. Flying every fine

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The Cairns

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

Tekapo.


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YHA Lake Tekapo

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astronomy telescopes to zoom in on our universe.

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Air Safaris

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

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glaciers (Tasman, Fox and Franz Josef) and 200km of New

Zealand’s most memorable and breath-taking scenery.

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Mt Dobson

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!

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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

trip south.

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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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Tekapo Springs

Need an amazing winter getaway? Try

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try the in-house 720 coffee blend,

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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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TRAVEL NEWS

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.

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Hacienda Bar, Sydney

@haciendasydney

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

@sketchlondon

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

@thenomadhotel

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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MON AMIE

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

camera situation.


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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.

LIKES:

‘Guide-me-home’ headlamp function.

Wireless changing pad.

That zippy three-cylinder turbo.

DISLIKES:

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.

PERSONALISATION:

You can set up a profile, which

keeps your stereo settings and

colour scheme (five options for

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