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s it just me, or is everyone either on holiday, about to

go, or just back – with a tan and a chill? Winter’s arrival

can be the last motivation we South Islanders need to

jump on a plane or cruise ship and get the heck out of

town. Though, of course, there remain some people that

stay put by choice.

Those with a love for slippery slopes count down to

the time when the snow starts falling and the ski fields

flip over their closed signs. And, if you can manage to

look as good as our model, Lucy, did during our fashion

shoot at Porters Lodge, well, why wouldn’t you?

While sitting with a cup of mulled wine and watching

the action is possibly the safest place for a novice such

as myself to be, Queenstown’s Alice Robinson carves up

the powder regularly, and not just here in New Zealand.

Ella James spoke to the rapidly rising star to see how she

balances what it takes to be a medal-winning champion

with being 17.

For those in hibernation mode, perhaps you’re looking

sadly at the furniture around you and dreaming of pieces

with more pizazz. Gaynor Stanley caught up with four

Christchurch people who know a thing or two about

design, and talked about their most favourite things.

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Getting to the top.

Staying there.

In a month that has seen our company

acknowledged for excellence and for being

the No. 1 business in our brand across the

real estate spectrum – for performance

as a franchise, for auction excellence, for

having the No. 1 Office in New Zealand

and Internationally (out of over 900 offices)

and for having two consultants in the top

ten – I’m reminded of what it takes to

reach these challenging heights and to

stay there. It’s not only the journey and the

accolades that are worthy of consideration,

it’s also about where and how you started.

Over the years, one of the questions I’m

repeatedly asked is: “How do you identify

someone who is going to excel in real estate?”

To be fair, it’s neither straightforward nor easy.

No-one truly knows exactly who will flourish

and who will falter, and occasionally you can be

blindsided by the most unlikely of applicants.

After many interviews, too many to count,

and with 22 years of experience, I’ve learnt to

apply all my senses to the task of determining

if someone has the attributes required to


At these meetings I’m looking, listening,

assessing and hoping that the story I’m hearing

is true and the attributes I’m seeking are

present. I’ve met individuals who have turned

up wearing ripped jeans and an attitude (that’s

a ‘no’ from me!), who have borrowed a mate’s

suit and car (points for trying), and everyone in

between, including academic theorists (who are

busier thinking than doing). I’ve worked with

people who spent their entire (short) careers

looking for overseas buyers when the actual

buyer was the neighbor next-door. Individuals

who can’t engage as part of a team can also

struggle to get the leverage or support they

need, as teamwork and teams are now an

established prerequisite within the industry.

I’ve met amazing people from every walk

of life and with every qualification, and I’ve

distilled all this history into the following:

You will succeed if you want to, if you are

deeply passionate about the opportunity and

if you do the work required. And ‘doing’ is not

sitting, waiting, thinking and overthinking,

drinking coffee, avoiding making the calls or

spending endless time on social media. Real

estate success, contrary to popular belief, is not

a part-time job nor is it something you ‘fall into’

– because you can just as easily fall out.

The individuals I’ve seen succeed at the highest

levels have incredible resilience, an astonishing

work ethic and deliver year after year. The

common thread that binds them is their

persistent consistency, ability to think out of the

square, care for others and high energy. When

you look at it, that’s the real secret to success in

every field. To the group of professionals that I

have the privilege of working with, I’d like to say,

well done! You truly are champions – and world

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Elms on Lake Hayes


Get over the mid-year blues with a luxury stay at the

Elms on Lake Hayes. Developed by Imperium Collection

(owners of Eichardt’s Private Hotel) and designed by

Patterson Architects, the three exclusive villas are

dangerously close to Amisfield, not to mention Millbrook,

The Hills, and Coronet Peak, though it might be hard to leave

the patio fireplaces, hot tubs and grand sweeping views…

If it’s your muscles that need to go on holiday, you’ll want to

visit a spa that is certifiably awesome. Lotus at Siam Thai Day

Spa (9 Ernlea Terrace, Cashmere) has received the thumbs

up from its global visitors, receiving not only a Trip Advisor

Certificate of Excellence for a third year in a row, but being

shortlisted as a finalist in the 5th Annual World Spa Awards, in

Oceania’s Best Spa category.


The pre-winter opening of Nespresso’s boutique in

Christchurch’s Cashel Street couldn’t have been better

timed. A place to recycle your capsules or enjoy a tasting

session, it’s only the second of its type in New Zealand, but

has a distinctive local feel due to its décor. Next time you’re

finessing your coffee-making skills in the ‘lab kitchen’, check

out the replica brick wall – a enlarged print of an original

photographic work by Sarah Rowlands, which pays homage

to the city’s historic buildings.

The Food Chase is back. Showcasing the very best in

Christchurch hospitality for the month of August, it’s all

about sipping and sampling around town, and casting votes

for your faves. Year one saw a tie for ‘tastiest dish’ between

Arbo’s (265 High Street) crispy chicken salad with cabbage,

apple and mint slaw with chilli and roasted peanuts, and

creamy coconut quinoa porridge with fresh fruit and

coconut cream by Native (383 Colombo Street).



Feel like you’ve only just got the knack of looking out for

Lime scooter riders when driving around the city? Well,

now there’s a new fleet on Christchurch’s streets. Beam

e-scooters are not green, but rather blue (and black), and

operate in the same ride-share fashion to the Lime ones.

Can’t beat them? Join them.

A Mouse Called Bean has found a new hole in the wall for

Christchurch’s caffeine aficionados. Now at home in the Les

Mills gym at 203 Cashel Street, the popular coffee outlet

has popped up in various locations since the February 2011

earthquakes, when it first began operating in Re:Start Mall.

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A week of winter-themed fun with comfort food and

hot toddies at Welles Street’s Winter Fest (8-14 July)

is here to tempt us off the couch. Book a bean bag and

a blanket for a Cool Runnings screening, try Cheesy Trivia

with a side of fondue, or don your ugliest jumper for the

Saturday night party with Jed Parsons performing.

Westfield Riccarton has just completed a massive

upgrade of the food court, which boasts fresh new décor,

lush greenery, open-plan seating and plenty of delicious

restaurants – from Katsubi to Pita Pit. To celebrate,

Thursdays and Fridays from 25 July to 9 August will see

a whole host of entertainment that will include face

painting, balloon twisting, and plenty of giveaways.

New Regent Street will be the place to be on 20 July,

when the Latin Street Party kicks off at 8pm. With a live

DJ, band and Latin street food, it promises to be a great

way to shake off those winter blues.


Warm up a chilly July weekend at the Christchurch

Art Gallery, where the Art Do will combine art,

fashion, food, design and music across two evenings of

extravagance. There’s a five-course 100-seat gala dinner

on Friday, 26 July, followed by an all-out party on the

Saturday – where party-goers will enjoy espresso martinis

and feast at a banquet table. Both nights are to raise

funds that will enable more Kiwi artists to make their

mark on Christchurch.

If Victorian finery and grand occasions are more your

style, how about taking to the ballroom floor in Dunedin’s

stunningly restored Larnach Castle at its winter ball

(19 July). A rare chance to see the castle lit up in all its

night-time glory.

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The Clearing

Like Water

Footnote New Zealand


Wednesday 31 July

James Hay Theatre

7:00pm – 8:10pm

Julia Deans, Bella Kalolo,

Flip Grater & Bel Canto

Saturday 3 August

Christchurch Town Hall

7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Dunedin Town Hall

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Horncastle Arena



Simon O’Neill in Concert

Concert-goers will witness Simon O’Neill

at his finest, alongside Ian Paterson (bassbaritone)

and Terence Dennis (piano).

The Piano: Centre for Music and the

Arts, Christchurch


Tiny Pieces Of Eight with Tom Maxwell

The Dunedin musical collective briefly

returns to New Zealand ahead of further

travels to the United Kingdom.

Sherwood, Queenstown


NZ String Quartet: National Tour 2019

Performing works from the 18th to

21st centuries, the New Zealand String

Quartet pays homage to composers,

including Mozart and Tolstoy.

The Dunedin Art Gallery



Camino Skies South Island Film Premiere

Alongside five strangers, Christchurch’s

own Julie Zarifeh features in this inspiring

story of the 800km Camino De Santiago


Isaac Theatre Royal


Pulp Fiction 25th Anniversary Screening

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of

Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning classic,

Pulp Fiction. As enjoyable today as it was

all those years ago.

Isaac Theatre Royal

6, 7, 13, 14 & 20

Once Upon A Happy Ending

Interactive theatre for children of all ages.

Your usual fairy story with a difference –

you, the audience, make it happen.

The Malthouse, Christchurch

10 – 20

The Princess and The Frog (and the


To stop a sneaky robber, the princess and

the frog must work together in this brandnew

adaptation of the classic fairy-tale.

The Court Theatre

1 – 7 August

New Zealand Opera: The Barber of


An operatic comedy that’s not short of

thrills or wit, watch Figaro, aka the Barber

of Seville, take to the stage with schemes


Isaac Theatre Royal




A benefit concert for the Tourette’s

Association NZ, Tiki Taane and Hollie

Smith are teaming up with aspiring

performers to celebrate the differences

that make us all unique.

Isaac Theatre Royal

6 & 7

Winter Encraftment Market

Enjoy an indoor market that champions

fresh, local and homemade. Dubbed

‘Canterbury’s freshest craft and design

market’, supporting small businesses has

never been more appealing.

Pioneer Leisure Centre, Christchurch


A Day Out With Park Rangers:

Halswell Quarry

Children will love a day out spent with the

Park Rangers at Halswell Quarry. They will

make canoes, learn about the traditional

uses of wetland plants and more.

Halswell Quarry Park

26 July – 4 August

Christchurch Arts Festival 2019

Artists and producers come together for

a festival that explores movement, sound,

light and food. An opportunity to enjoy

Canterbury’s vivid creativity.

Central City, Christchurch


12 & 14

SKYCITY Stampede vs Canterbury Red


Another chance to watch Christchurch

and Queenstown battle it out following

their Canterbury ice hockey meet. Expect

speed and excitement.

Queenstown Ice Arena

20 & 21

Final 4s

This is the last chance to see the Tall

Blacks in action before they head for

the FIBA World Cup in September. The

Final 4s will see four top basketball teams

playing it out in the name of the league


Horncastle Arena, Christchurch

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A grand winter spectacle is the promise of a reimagined festival

under new Artistic Director, George Parker. Showcasing the very

best in contemporary music, performance and visual arts, the

specially curated programme reflects the extraordinary creativity

and diversity of both local and Aotearoa artists, he says. “The

programme sets out to explore what makes Otautahi such a

special place. This is the new Otautahi – bold, brave and brilliant!”

Footnote Dance Company’s

The Clearing.

Catch Julia Deans in Like Water,

with Bella Kalolo, Flip Grater and

Bel Canto Choir.



Opening weekend – 26 & 27 July: A free,

family friendly spectacle of light, sound and

performance along the new City Promenade

featuring giant puppets, light projections and

performers on balconies and riverbanks.

Theatre: Multi award-winners Meremere, the

extraordinary life journey of dancer Rodney Bell

(1-3 August) and Aranui’s Tusiata Ava’s Wild

Dogs Under My Skirt (25-27 July).

Dance: Footnote Dance Company’s new work

The Clearing (31 July), designed and directed

by Ross McCormack; Onepu (2 August),

choreographed by Louise Potiki-Bryant.

Music: Tami Neilson and Delaney Davidson

(1 August), Julia Deans with Bella Kalolo, Flip

Grater, and Burnside High’s Bel Canto Girls

Choir (3 August), soulful starlet Nadia Reid

(28 July), Ladi6 & Parks on the Meet me at the

Doghouse bill (3 August).

Closing night – 3 August: The festival ends

with a special winter night market and hangi

for 1000 at The Commons presented by Ngai

Tuahuriri and Ngai Tahu.



Catch the final weeks of the annual pop-up

at Studio 125 Gallery, 125 Aikmans Road,

Merivale, in support of SCAPE Public Art.

The gallery is a partnership between Heather

and Neville Brown and SCAPE to promote

and fundraise for public art in the city. This

year is the fifth collaborative showcase.

Leading an eclectic and impressive list of

artists in the group exhibition are established

British artist Kevin Osmond, who is currently

living and working in Auckland, and a hot

new young talent from Brisbane, Bridie

Gillman, who just added the Moreton

Bay Art Award to her portfolio. Bridie is

exhibiting in New Zealand for the first time

at Studio 125 with Before the leaves turn, a

seductive colour-saturated series of abstract,

expressive paintings, inspired by visits to

family in Wanaka.

Kevin Osmond, Wormhole In Space, 2019

(hand-printed embossed woodblock print

on 300gsm Hahnemühle deckled edge

etching paper 810mm x 890mm).

Image: Courtesy of the artist

Bridie Gillman, Deep, 2019 (oil and pastel

on linen 1250mm x 1000mm).

Image: Courtesy of the artist

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Boasting no end of wins and titles, Olympian skier Alice Robinson

has achieved more than most her age, but this hard-working

Queenstown teen shows no signs of slowing down.

Words Ella James

ABOVE: Alice Robinson takes second place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men’s

Slalom and Women’s Giant Slalom on March 17, 2019 in Soldeu Andorra.

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Alice Robinson competing at a Europa Cup

in Italy, December 2018.


It’s been during the 2018-19 northern

hemisphere season that Alice Robinson has

truly made a name for herself. The teen picked

up New Zealand’s first World Cup medal in

17 years, placing a phenomenal second, just 30

seconds behind the world number one at the

World Cup Finals Giant Slalom in Andorra. Let’s

not forget her stunning participation in the 2018

Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, where Alice

was the youngest member of the team at just 16

years of age, plus a National Champion Super-G

win in 2017. Oh, and she was also named Otago

Junior Sportswoman of the year at the 2019

Otago Sports Awards. Not bad for a 17-year-old.

Keeping up with Alice Robinson on the slopes

is one thing, but even her day-to-day life seems

more fast paced than most. We scheduled a

phone call for when she had finished her day at

Wakatipu High School and, down the line, from

her Queenstown home, came a chirpy and fresh

voice, seemingly unaffected by a day of exams.

Alice’s favourite subject is history, but despite

her stellar performances on the slopes clearly

showcasing that she knows a thing or two about

gravity, physics is her least favourite.

As an adult who sometimes struggles to

balance work, walking the dog and a decent

social life, I was desperate to learn how Alice

juggles studying, skiing and socialising. “I put all

of my effort into one thing at one time,” she

quickly responds. For this young star, skiing never

overlaps with studying and vice versa. Skiing can

often leave Alice missing up to eight weeks of

school, but it doesn’t cross her mind when she’s

competing all over the globe (Italy is one of her

favourite places so far). During that time, it’s all

about skiing. When she’s back in class, Alice is

fully dedicated to the cause – yes, even if it’s

physics. “Never do anything by halves,” she says.

Of course, there are times when it can all seem

too much to handle. At just 17 years of age,

spending extended periods of time away from

family and friends in high-pressure situations can

be incredibly hard. Yet Alice’s attitude is as cool

as ice. “Sure, sometimes it’s overwhelming, but I

just try and relax. If something doesn’t go to plan,

it’s not the end of the world.”

Before a big competition, it’s all about staying

‘chilled’, which is achieved by allowing herself

time to relax and recover. Proving she’s just a

regular teenager at heart, Alice confesses that

Love Island is her guilty pleasure when she’s having

some downtime.

I’m convinced that you won’t find this feisty

teen snacking on chips and pizza whilst enjoying

reality television. So what kind of diet does a

world-class skier stick to? “Nothing too ridiculous

actually. I just try and eat decently, healthily, but I’ll

still eat out occasionally. I don’t limit myself.” And

neither should she. After all, while in training Alice

will attend the gym both before and after school.

Free time at home means hanging out with

friends and dedicating some to hiking

around Arrowtown. I’m sure that all of this

fresh air contributes to Alice’s relaxed and

confident demeanour.

“Sure, sometimes

it’s overwhelming,

but I just try and

relax. If something

doesn’t go to plan,

it’s not the end of

the world.”

- Alice Robinson

Alice appears level-headed, calm and undoubtedly

capable of incredible things on and off the slopes.

The secret? Alice’s biggest support; her parents

and two siblings, of course. Born in Sydney,

when Alice was four, the Robinson family moved

to Queenstown, after falling in love with the

mountains; the perfect location for this ski-loving

family and an unparalleled training ground for Alice.

Having skied for pleasure from a young age, her

professional career began to blossom at Coronet

Peak with the Queenstown Alpine Ski Team,

later training with the Sugar Bowl Ski Team and

Academy in Tahoe, California, during the northern

hemisphere winter.

When back at her desk, Alice isn’t daydreaming

about Italian slopes and podium finishes. She speaks

ever so fondly of her teachers, who help keep her

organised every step of the way. Naturally, when

Alice returns from training and competing, there

is some catching up to be done, but her teachers

“always allow for late hand-ins” and “never make

things harder than they should be”.

Seemingly able to balance all manner of

commitments, Alice doesn’t rule out further study

in the future either. ‘I’d like to go to university at

a later date, but I’m not sure what I’d study yet.

Perhaps marketing and advertising. Something

like that.”

Showing no end of dedication to both ski and

study, we can’t wait to see what’s next for the

young super star.

Image: James Jubb/Getty Images

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Who better than St Margaret’s College Executive Principal, Diana Patchett, to

provide a snapshot of what life’s like for tomorrow’s leading ladies.

us as educators to continue the work of these early Cantabrian

pioneers and push beyond where society is already.

What can parents and family members do to support

students on their journey?

Amplify the positive messages. It can be too easy for our young

people to feel overwhelmed by the challenges and the issues of

global concern.

Knowing and playing to your strengths, being an openminded

and flexible thinker, having confidence in your own

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It is the aspiration of St Margaret’s College to set our students

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knowledge and understanding, resilience and adaptation

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Christchurch holds pride of place in the nation as the

catalysing focal point for the successful 1892 suffrage petition,

and Aotearoa New Zealand continues to exceed the statistics

internationally for female representation in leadership.

However, there is still some way to go to realising new

combinations of leadership across the country and it falls to

What have been some of your high points during your first

year as principal of St Margaret’s?

Being a girls’ school offers us a tremendous opportunity to

provide an environment free from gender expectations,

enabling our girls to step into any space to which they aspire

and allowing them to admire the incredible diversity of talents

among their female peers. Here we celebrate girls who are

good with technology, girls who write poetry, girls who are

fierce on the sports field, girls who bring you to tears with their

musical prowess and girls who are a lovely mix of everything!

Connecting with our boarding families and Old Girls at

community events around the country and abroad has also

been a highlight. Without fail, our Old Girls reflect the culture

of encouragement that pervades SMC. They recall a school that

brings out the best in all girls and has led to lifelong friendships.

What would you tell your younger self, if you had the chance?

Stop worrying so much about what other people think and be

who you want to be, not who you think your peers expect you

to be. Embrace your individuality. In the words of Coco Chanel,

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”

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It used to be the dreaded sex talk, now experts are urging parents

to talk to our children about porn.

Words Juliet Speedy

Pornography and its impact on children and teenagers is

a large and growing issue. Research both here in New

Zealand and around the world shows teenagers are watching

more porn than ever. It’s affecting the way they think, act and

view relationships. Although porn has been around for many

years, never has it been so accessible. And on top of that,

never has it been more aggressive or degrading.

Australian educator Maree Crabbe is the director of

Reality & Risk. She is an international speaker on the topic

of porn and young people and has recently been to New

Zealand giving talks throughout the country.

Maree first became interested in the subject of teenagers

and porn after working in schools teaching about sexuality.

“Over the years I asked people where they were learning

about sex, and they increasingly spoke about porn. It kept

coming up as a source of education.” She realised more

and more kids were watching porn and using it as their

sole source of sexual education. “So, I started a three-year

project. That was 11 years ago. There’s a lot more work to

be done.”

Maree is one of only a few people in the world educating

people on this topic. Through her subsequent research, she

found pornography certainly is now the most prominent

sex educator for many young people. Most young people

discover porn well before they encounter sex and sometimes

before they have even kissed a partner.

The statistics are blatant and can’t be ignored. More than

90 per cent of boys have seen online porn. More than 60%

of girls have. Nearly 90% of scenes of the most popular porn

include physical aggression.

Maree says there’s some great work being done in New

Zealand, citing particular recent research. The New Zealand

Office of Film and Literature did significant research last year

into young people’s porn exposure in New Zealand. They

surveyed more than 2000 teenagers on how and why they

view online pornography.

The research found porn is a fact of life for young New

Zealanders. They discovered porn influences the way young

people think and act. The research also found porn is

complicated and often troubling for young people and that

teenagers themselves think there should be limits.

Some troubling data came out of the research. One in

four said they first saw porn before the age of 12, but 71% of

those were not seeking out pornography when they first saw

it. Some teens are watching porn regularly and the majority

of that group started watching it regularly by age 14.

24 STYLE | education

Young people did think there were negative things about

porn. They cited the fact it promotes unhealthy views and

false expectations about sex and relationships and that

it normalises violence and aggressive behaviour. But the

majority of teens also thought it had some positive influences

as well. Many thought porn was a good learning tool and it

helped them learn about sex. For some it was the primary

way they learnt about sex and one in five people who’ve

seen porn in the past six months said they’ve tried doing

something they’d seen in porn.

The research found some sort of regulation around

access to porn could provide some valuable protection for

young people, especially children. And that young people

want more and better education on sex and sexuality.

Many were dissatisfied with the sex education they were

offered at school.

Maree says parents and educators now need to face up

to the fact this is an issue no one can ignore. Research now

shows it’s not a question of ‘if’ young people will watch porn,

it’s ‘when’. Children as young as six are either accidentally

coming across it or being exposed to it by others. She says

later on (but again as young as eight), some are actively

seeking it out.

And porn has changed. Modern porn is very different

from the softly lit, badly filmed soft core that once was.

Porn producers are now constantly looking for new angles

to get their porn to be the popular one and what sells is

much rougher and harder than ever before. Aggressive acts

like gagging, choking and slapping are common. Women’s

degradation is also common. In fact, 94% of porn aggression

is directed at women.

Maree says the industry is also implying that porn’s

signature sex acts are ‘normal’. Young people are left thinking

ejaculation on faces, deep throating fellatio and anal sex are

things that most people do.

But it’s something that needs to be talked about. It affects

both genders and shapes their sexual experiences for years

to come. Some young men are genuinely surprised when

their partner doesn’t want to or doesn’t enjoy what they

have seen people “enjoying” in porn. Young people’s sexual

understandings, expectations and practices are being shaped

by what they – or their partners or peers – see online.

Maree says her single biggest piece of advice for parents is

they need to be involved supporting young people through

this new reality, even if it feels uncomfortable.

She also says that although schools are getting better,

there is still a long way to go. Because equipping children for

sexuality in the 21st century has to involve education around

porn. Schools need to equip their staff, have a high quality

of professional learning around the topic and good quality

resources. They need to engage the parent community as

partners and have a good curriculum around it.

But it also starts in the home and with help from the

parent. It’s tough territory but it’s crucial. Maree says it’s

understandable that parents and children want to avoid the

porn talk. But they shouldn’t and there are different ways she


Create a private, unpressured time to talk.

Think through what you want to ask and say and do it

privately. If it’s too awkward, the car is always a great place

to talk where you have a captive audience, but can avoid eye

contact if your child is embarrassed.

Use an outside media source as a springboard.

Using something you or your child have seen or read can be a

good starting point. A newspaper article about the influence

of porn or a website such as is helpful.

This shows the child, it’s an issue not just in your home.

Use a story or personal experience.

If you hear a story of another child accessing porn, talk to

your child about it. Then it’s not directly related to them. If

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you discover your child has searched out or been exposed

to porn, stay calm and have a porn talk.

Write a letter.

If it all feels too hard or awkward or your child responds

badly to a talk, try writing them a letter. Then you can

carefully think about what you’d like to say and how you’d

like to it, plus give them time to absorb it.

Laws around the world will soon start moving to keep up

with this evolving industry and the easy access to it. The UK

is about to introduce restrictions on watching pornography

of a kind never seen before in the world.

The government there is planning to stop children being

damaged by watching adult porn content by introducing a

rigorous age-verification process. Websites that aren’t part

of the system could find themselves blocked entirely within

the UK. There’s no indication the New Zealand government

is looking at doing the same but no doubt legislative eyes

around the world will be watching with interest.

Maree Crabbe says one of the most important things

young people need to understand is pornography is not

reality. That people in porn are actors and that they are

performing for the viewer. And that what is portrayed in

porn is not only make believe, it also carries dangerous


Maree Crabbe says the other messages young

people need to hear are:

• Porn bodies are not normal, actors have surgery

to make their genitals and bodies look like that.

And that normal people do grow body hair.

• Also, porn sex is not safe sex. Multiple partners

without condoms often leads to sexually

transmitted diseases in the porn industry and

some performers suffer long-term damage to

their bodies.

• Porn misrepresents pleasure. These people are

paid to look like they’re enjoying it.

• Sex is not just for men to enjoy. The majority of

porn shows men pursuing and getting what they

want. Sex should feel good, both emotionally

and physically for both partners.

• Consent is crucial to good sex and sex is not a


• Sex can be so much better than what you

see in porn. The keys to good sex are

communication, consent and respect.

• Porn can shape sexual tastes. If you watch

enough of it, your arousal is led by the things

you are seeing and you will start to crave that


• Maree says because a lot of porn is

accidentally viewed, particularly by younger

children, it’s important to have filters on

modems and devices. “We know children

who want to see porn can get around those

filters but 71% of people who viewed porn

were not looking for it so filters can help

unintentional viewing.” She says keeping

devices in a shared space is good and also

limiting time on devices. “That’s good for our

wellbeing generally.”

These are all messages age-appropriate children

need to hear. It can no longer be a taboo subject

because the statistics and research are undeniable.

The more we talk with each other, in schools and

within our families, the message will be clear. Porn

is not reality, in neither a physical or emotional

sense. It can damage children and their future

relationships if we don’t address it with them.

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Gaynor Stanley asked those about town with a fascination for

furniture to tell Style a little about their favourite personal piece.

Photography Charlotte Jackson

28 STYLE | home


Lisa West, owner of Haunt Antiques for

the modern interior.


A leatherette chair dating from the second

half of the 19th century – the Second

Empire or Napoleon III period, which

borrowed heavily from many historical

styles. There are elements of Louis XV

and Empire styles in it, along with the

typical Napoleon III consideration given to

comfort with its generous proportions and

deep buttoned upholstery. The frame has

an ebonised finish – a black painted finish

intended to resemble ebony. The chair has

unusually elongated and sinuous lines and

exaggerated proportions giving it an almost

Renaissance mannerist feel and a unique

whimsical charm.

Why I love it?

When I sit in this chair I am always

reminded of that delicious long summer

living in a small village in northern Provence.

The heat, the delightful food, the fun times

with friends and the thrill of finding and

gathering wonderful pieces of furniture. This

chair rekindles so many happy memories

for me and still makes me smile whenever

I see it.

It is undeniably ‘dans son jus’ as the

French say – in original condition. My

personal bête noire is over-zealous

restoration of antique furniture – it is a

tragedy when the visible layers of history

are destroyed. There is something magical

about a piece of furniture that is untouched,

plucked, as it were, from another century to

the present day with its authenticity intact

and its passage through time evident. The

original condition of the chair also brings

to mind the notion of memento mori – a

reminder that nothing lasts forever. This

chair encapsulates beauty, holds personal

memories and has gravitas.

When and where did you get it?

Over 20 years ago at the annual summer

antiques fair at L’Isle sur la Sorgue in the

South of France, a large and popular event

frequented by dealers, tourists and locals. It

was pure serendipity that I discovered this

exquisite chair before it was snapped up by

another dealer.

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Angelique Armstrong, interior

designer and owner of The Work



Antique timber console with brass

details referencing the Japanese

Tansu-style. While the front is a

deep mid-brown, the sides are black.

Why I love it?

I love its solidness and height and

the thickness of the timber, it’s not

your typical veneer timber which

most things are made of these days.

I’m not sure what the timber is,

but I really like its rich colour and

distressed patina, about 50 per cent

gloss, that leaves it with a reclaimed

feel. It goes well with the eclectic

look of my home. I couldn’t have

a whole house full of it – I have to

have modern, but I will always keep

it. It’s now on its fourth house.

When and where did you

get it?

I purchased it a good 20 years ago

from a pop-up store in Christchurch.


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Bron Corbet, owner of The Quaint and

the Curious.


An ebonised, Victorian chair with Mother

of Pearl inlay and hand-painted floral

work. I’ve seen them called ‘parlour’

chairs and also ‘opera’ chairs. It probably

dates from around 1860-1880 and would

have been made in Europe or England.

The Victorians went through a massive

stage of Chinoiserie where they copied

the Chinese in a lot of their decoration

like the Willow Pattern and that’s possibly

influenced its style, though some of the

painting has a Dutch style too.


I love the form, I love the decoration, I

love its little dinky legs. I love the drama

of ebonised furniture, which makes any

colour near it really stand out so the

Mother of Pearl in this chair positively

glows. I have a real obsession with chairs

and just love the form and function of

them. This one comes from a period

when things were highly decorative and

enormous effort and craftsmanship was

put into making them so detailed and

beautiful. It’s not only practical but very

clever artistry in my opinion. It’s in rubbish

condition but I don’t care, it’s so pretty.

When and where did you get it?

Around five years ago now. I did a swap

with a friend for something that he

preferred so it really was a total win-win!

Actually, no, I really think I came out on

top – I love this chair so much. It may be

one of those odd pieces that I will have

for my life – most things I can tire of and

move on but my love for this particular

chair hasn’t waned.

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“I love the drama of

ebonised furniture,

which makes any

colour near it really

stand out so the

Mother of Pearl in this

chair positively glows.”

– Bron Corbet.


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Ross Morrison, owner of Mr Mod and midcentury

furniture expert.


LCM (Lounge Chair Metal) moulded

plywood chair, designed by Charles &

Ray Eames in the 1940s, sometimes

called the ‘potato chip’ chair. Born from

technologies the husband and wife used

in the Second World War when they

worked for the military making surgical

splints out of laminated veneer. The Eames

then pioneered the moulding of plywood

in making furniture for the masses. They

spent two and a half years in production,

perfecting a virtually indestructible chair

designed to follow the body’s contours.

The original design is still manufactured

today by Vitra and Herman Miller.

Why I love it?

I really like the simplicity of the design, the

comfort, and that it was one of the first

pieces they designed. It was so advanced,

though the Eames name is pretty up there

in the world of mid-century furniture now.

When you look at the 1940s and what else

was being produced, it was way ahead of

its time.

It’s also one of the most comfortable

chairs, even though it’s got a very firm

seat and back – you can tell the difference

between this, which is an original, and a

fake, which they make in China, by sitting

on this. You can sit on this for hours,

whereas the other ones are far too hard

because the design is wrong.

It’s got really nice patina, it’s unrestored,

it’s laminated ash so you can see the grain

even though it’s ebonised. It’s stamped with

LCM underneath, has the original metal feet

and equally inventive rubber shock mounts

flexing between the ply and metal frame.

When and where did you get it?

I’ve had it for 13 or 14 years. Bought off a

friend in California and he got it from an

architect’s house in the Oakland Hills. It

probably sat in the same house until I got it.


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A digital construction of Hotel 4, being developed for Auckland Airport,

combines the design plans of nine consultants into one virtual building.



Turning grand designs on paper into a bricks-and-mortar

structure is no mean feat – especially when you have to work

around a bunch of other specialists and their requirements too.

We look at how technology is building in architecture.

Words Richard Dalman and Jennie Lee

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New modelling software allows more cohesive design of the various building systems.

substantial part of an architect’s job is to coordinate the

A work of a team of other specialist designers. Building systems,

such as structure, plumbing, drainage, air-conditioning, electrical

and fire protection, are all designed by individual specialists, and,

as architects, we have to combine all these elements into one

building. We have to ensure that, for example, an air-conditioning

duct doesn’t collide with a structural beam. We have to look into

the future and imagine everything that could possibly go wrong

and design it out ahead of time. And we only get one chance to

get it right.

Let’s say you were the designer of a smart phone. You can

design several prototypes, build them, test them and make

improvements. Periodically you can produce new versions, or issue

software updates. Buildings, on the other hand, are large, complex

and expensive, so you only get one chance to get it right. There

are no ‘practice’ buildings.

In the past, architects had to imagine three-dimensional buildings

in their minds and translate them onto to two-dimensional paper.

Then, the builder would have to reverse the process and turn the

two-dimensional drawings into a three-dimensional building. You

can imagine that sometimes things could get lost in translation.

We have to look

into the future and

imagine everything

that could possibly

go wrong and

design it out ahead

of time. And we

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Enter Building Information Modelling, or BIM. The

building industry has been using Computer Aided

Design for decades, but until recently, it was largely

replicating the analogue 2D drawing process in a

digital format. The advent of BIM has revolutionised

the way architects and engineers design and visualise

buildings in 3D – not only the façade and structure,

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BIM involves creating three-dimensional buildings

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the design process, so they can be resolved before

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small details that make the building function. We are

essentially constructing the building in a digital format,

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contractor sets foot on site.

BIM is also becoming more common in other parts

of the building industry. Quantity Surveyors can use

the models for cost management, quickly calculating

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use the model during construction to help visualise

spaces and details before they are built. Fabricators

can import the model into their own CAD systems

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Steve and Belinda Ellis are partners in both life and business, living

and breathing the Bayleys brand they love. What’s their secret?

What do you believe is key to success in today’s real

estate world?

Steve: It has always been our belief that our job is not just

to sell our clients’ properties but to find the buyer who will

pay the most. Too many agents just look to get a quick sale

and move on, but our whole business culture has always

been about working hard for our vendors and making sure

we are genuinely adding value to their whole process. If you

make it about your clients’ well-being first, then success in

your business will follow. That satisfied client always comes

back and also refers you passionately to all their friends

and family.

How do your individual skillsets complement one


Steve: Belinda’s background as a successful artist and a

school teacher means she has a creativity and attention to

detail that ensures our marketing and client follow up is

second to none.

Belinda: Steve’s management and sales experience brings

empathy and negotiation skills that ensures we can bring

buyers and sellers together in what can often be a very

challenging task to get a deal together. We often say that

our business is not a job but our joint lifestyle.

Keeping the business in the family doesn’t stop with the

pair of you either, does it?

Belinda: It has been very rewarding to be able to bring both

our daughter and daughter-in-law into our team as both

personal assistants and sales agents. It means our staff can

bring a passion to their roles as a family business and not just

a job.

When did you decide to become shareholders in Bayleys


Steve: The Bayleys brand’s culture of excellence and clientfirst

approach is such a great fit to our own way of doing

business it made huge sense for both parties to lock in our

relationship long-term, partnering in a new office based in

the Fendalton area.

Belinda: Steve and I do business all over Canterbury, this

location offered a great opportunity to continue to build

the brand’s business in the north-west community. We are

experiencing great growth and now are actively recruiting

for agents keen to take their business to new levels.

How do you keep connected to your local community?

Belinda: Our Fendalton office is working hard to give back

and connect with our community. We have sponsorships

in place with a number of our local schools and have just

launched a major partnership with the Burnside Rugby Club,

which was an easy fit with Steve’s 10 years as the club’s

Senior Division 1 coach, over a number of stints.

Steve: Bayleys Canterbury also has many community

projects on the go with the most significant currently

being The Cans for A Cause drive, collecting food for the

Christchurch Central City Mission. The community is our

lifeblood and no business like ours should expect support

without putting back with passion and effort.

What do you do to unwind?

Belinda: We now have four grandchildren, with another on

the way, so a lot of our spare time now goes to them. We

are very passionate about our health and fitness with regular

sessions with our son Mitch, who is our personal trainer.

Steve is a road biker and is big into his interest in rugby

Steve: Belinda is a keen gardener and was a successful artist

in the past and plans to return to that when the busy work

commitments allow.

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42 STYLE | art


Words Gaynor Stanley



Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater has been called the greatest

house of the twentieth century. You can take a virtual tour

of this incredible home, built in 1935 over a waterfall in rural

Pennsylvania, USA, watching Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who

Built America at the Deluxe Cinema (3 July). Leading Welsh

architect Johnathan Adams sets off across America to explore

the man and his genius and the film promises exceptional

footage of Fallingwater as well as his spiralling Guggenheim

Museum in New York and winter home and school in the

desert, Taliesen West Estate in Arizona. It is screening as part

of the national Resene Architecture & Design Film Festival

(until 10 July, Christchurch), the second largest of its genre in

the world.

Other highlights include a two-part documentary The

Genesis of a Collection about the design challenges of the

incredible domed Louvre Abu Dhabi (featured in Style’s

March issue) and the creative process behind putting together

the collection for the first universal museum in the Persian

Gulf, screening 5 July at the Alice Cinema. On 6 July at

Deluxe, 100 years of Bauhaus, considered one of the most

significant contributions to everyday 20th-century culture and

influential contemporary designs, is explored in Bauhaus Spirit.


Expect even more wow factor when the next edition of

World of WearableArt Awards returns to Wellington,

26 September to 13 October. The designer whose

entry exemplifies ‘exceptional cutting-edge design’ will

win a new award from WOW and The Residency, a

Hollywood public relations agency dedicated to assisting

established and emerging designers take their brands to

the next level.

The winner will be chosen by The Residency’s cofounder

and revolutionary fashion activist, stylist and

costume designer, B. Akerlund who counts Lady Gaga,

Britney Spears and Madonna among her clients.

Along with $5000 cash and $2500 towards visiting Los

Angeles, the winner will receive the opportunity to show

up to five pieces of their work at the exclusive Residency

Experience showroom for a three-month period,

supported by exposure to all the right influencers through

The Residency’s social channels.

B. Akerlund attends The

19th CDGA (Costume

Designers Guild Awards)

in 2017.

Image: Courtesy of Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

Born in Lahore, Pakistan, as a child Anila Quayyum Agha had

always wanted to see inside the most sacred rooms of the

mosques that only boys and men were allowed to enter. She

captures that yearning in her lacquered steel work Shimmering

Mirage (2016).


With 130,000 New Zealanders drawn to Sydney’s bright

lights during Vivid, we’re expecting a dazzling collection

of light-based works from artists around the globe will

have us flocking like moths to Christchurch Art Gallery

Te Puna o Waiwhetu.

Wheriko – Brilliant! is a new exhibition (until 16

February 2020) immersing visitors in the many roles light

can play in the making and experiencing of art.

“In te reo Maori, ‘wheriko’ can mean to sparkle,

flash or glisten. It can also describe something dazzlingly

beautiful or brilliant,” says curator Felicity Milburn.

“This exhibition features works where artists play with

shadows, throw glittering shards of colour and transform

the everyday into the extraordinary.”

The fun and family-friendly show includes diverse

works in video, photography and sculpture. There’s a

robotic light specially programmed by artist Daniel von

Sturmer and a kaleidoscopic digital landscape by Reuben

Paterson, inspired by Maori mythology connected with

water, cleansing, transformation and stars.


The Barber

of Seville



1 – 7 AUGUST






Installation view of Reuben Paterson’s

Te Putahitanga o Rehua (2005), DVD.


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Image: Courtesy of Plants Management Australia

Helleborus, ‘Ruby Daydream’.


Winter in the garden doesn’t need to be a bleak, grey affair. In fact, with the

right planting, the season can look particularly bright.

Words Craig Wilson

By the time winter has made its presence known in our

gardens, it’s nice to think we’ve pruned the hedges,

raked the final few leaves and deadheaded the last of

autumn’s flowers. All we really want to do when the

mornings are frosty is look out at the garden from the

couch, scanning for the first signs of the coming spring.

But don’t discount winter as a ‘dead’ season in the

garden – there is still much to appreciate, if we take

the time to look.

While flowers are the true garden stars of summer,

winter has its own flowering favourites that you could use

to lighten up that dull winter corner in your garden.

Start with Helleborus sp. or winter roses. These

evergreen perennials will put on a great winter display in a

shady position in your garden. In recent years, there’s been

some amazing flowering hybrids released that you’ll be able

to pick up at your local garden centre. These range from

beautiful pure whites to moody deep claret reds, with a

wide range of flower form and evergreen foliage texture.

Check out ‘White Tutu’ or ‘Spectrum Double’ and you’ll

see what I mean.

Another traditional winter-flowering favourite is daphne.

It does have the reputation of being a bit fickle to get

going, and most gardeners have lost a new daphne or two

over the years with no rhyme or reason, but, if you can

persist, the winter fragrance is worth the effort. Daphne

is one of those memory-evoking plants – it might be time

to rekindle the fragrant experience. Pick a sprig and bring

it indoors for you and the kids or grandkids to enjoy. If

you’re planting a daphne why not investigate the upright

Himalayan version, Daphne bholua. It will sit well beside a

wall or fence and again offers that same fragrant effect.

As winter stretches closer to spring, the flower action

really kicks in with our early camellias and rhododendrons

taking their cue. Smaller, free-flowering camellia hybrids

seem to be more in fashion these days… think ‘Cinnamon

Cindy’ or ‘Fairy Blush’, and I always notice ‘Christmas

Cheer’ as the first rhodo to break bud.

Not to be overlooked are primulas, pansies, polyanthus,

snowdrops, wintersweet and dianthus, too. All of which

will hit their stride well before spring.

So, with a bit of planning and planting, your winterscape

can easily be transformed into one filled with colour,

fragrance and warmth.


with Tim Goom

Dishing the dirt.

Project Manager Goom Landscapes:

Steve Vabulis

Steve Vabulis came to Goom Landscapes 10 years ago

with an already well established landscaping portfolio

behind him.

After travelling to London and a foray in the hospitality and banking

industries (like many kiwis!) his travels took him to Sydney, where the

stunning climate enticed Steve outdoors into his first landscaping role,

and he has never looked back. His next stop was Auckland, where he

further honed his landscaping skills on the tools and met his wife, also a

displaced Cantabrian. They returned to Christchurch 10 years ago, and

Goom Landscapes snapped him up in the role of foreman.

This cemented his already formidable problem solving skills in terms

of understanding the ‘big picture’ of any project. As his role evolved,

he soon established himself as a highly respected Project Manager for

Goom Landscapes, a role he has now held for 4 years. Outside of work,

Steve is a passionate sportsman, with a keen interest in the outdoors.

He is also a busy Dad to two young Children - so he’s in a phase where

his exercise (apart from the odd stolen box fit class) is most likely on

the beach chasing his kids. He likes to think it is after the annual summer

Kaiteriteri pilgrimage with his family that he is in peak physical condition!

Steve is proud of the breadth of services offered by Goom Landscapes.

“Often people don’t understand that landscaping is much more than

shovelling dirt around, it is full construction in the same way as building.

In my role as Project Manager I oversee all those involved in bringing

a project to fruition. At Goom, we have everything under one roof -

landscape architects, project management, and the landscapers on the

ground. If any issues arise, as they invariably do with any landscaping

project, communication and problem solving happens in a seamless

and efficient manner. Time is not lost seeking external advice or waiting

for replies.”

by Goom

Steve enjoys the challenges of project management, at any one

time he will lead 5 to 6 projects. He is involved from the concept

design presentation phase to completion. This enables him to work

alongside the landscape architect and the client in synergy to really

understand exactly what the client wants. Aside from establishing

strong relationships and open communication with clients, the biggest

satisfaction of his role is project completion. “It is enormously rewarding

to visit a client absolutely delighted with the lifespace we have created

for them”.

During his time at Goom, Steve has noted a significant trend in

Christchurch towards outdoor living, including outdoor rooms, bespoke

fire places and built in barbeques. “I think people better understand

that investing in quality landscaping is equally as important in terms of

the overall value and enjoyment of your property as anything which

happens inside.”

Steve defines his role as smoothly transitioning a project through it’s

different phases and communicating constantly with all involved. “When

you are constructing in the outdoors, curveballs are the nature of the

beast, but that’s what keeps my job varied and interesting. I love nothing

more than switching into problem solving mode.

Steve will get a chance to stop and smell the roses when he attends

the Registered Master Landscapers Landscapes of Distinction Awards

2019 in Auckland in August, where he has four projects entered,

demonstrating how actively involved he is in raising standards nationally

within the landscape construction industry. In the meantime, if you

have a landscaping vision but need to discuss how to ‘get it done’,

call Goom Landscapes.


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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Neil and Trisha Ockwell,

Tim Belcher, Val Melhop.

We meet some of those who are

making Merivale Retirement Village

the place to be.

Tim Belcher


What has been your most popular event you’ve

organised to date?

We have such a wide variety of activities, but I would say

that Poetry and Prose, Tai Chi and the Quizzes are always

popular choices. Outings to such places as Akaroa, Lincoln

and Oxford are always enjoyable, while our monthly Wine

and Cheese and the Village luncheon are more great ways

for the residents to get together and enjoy each other’s


How busy can a resident be, if they were to follow all

your suggestions?

Our activities are tailored to offer something for everyone,

so residents can be as busy as they choose to be. Whilst

the monthly calendar features regular activities, we are

always introducing new ones throughout the year. As

the residents in our village come to us with a wealth of

knowledge and interests, we are always encouraging them

to also suggest things they would like to experience.

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Val Melhop


What led you to choose this establishment, as you

were previously in Queenstown?

Queenstown is beautiful, but it’s a town geared for

tourists. When my husband died I felt isolated and lonely

down there, so decided to move back to Christchurch.

Security was a major priority for me as my four

children all live overseas. A retirement village seemed

my best option. Merivale, as a location, ticked all the

boxes and my daughter and I visited several retirement

establishments in the area. But when Leah of Merivale

Retirement Village showed me the two-bedroom

independent villa with its surrounding garden and a

raised vegetable plot for my lime tree and herbs I started

to get excited. Inside, I just gazed at the light, sunny and

astoundingly large living area, fabulous kitchen, bench

space galore, and got that 1-hope-nobody-bags-thisbefore-I-can-arrange-to-purchase-it


What have you been most surprised to discover in

your first year here?

It isn’t what I imagined retirement homes to be like. This

is really quite special, and the best of both worlds – a

private home, but with staff to do the maintenance.

I think the staff are the most remarkable surprise

to me. They have gone above and beyond the call of

duty to make me happy – from the gardener digging

a deep hole in the garden for me to plant my heritage

apple tree to the chef who so charmingly sharpened my

kitchen knife.

Trisha & Neil Ockwell


Was it difficult to decide, as a couple, to move here?

Neil: Location and proximity to services were the most

appealing factors, but we were also impressed with

the individual designs of villas and boutique nature of

the village; important matters for our post-earthquake


What are the benefits you have found in living in a

retirement village?

Trisha: I greatly appreciate having lawns and gardens

maintained at a high level, windows cleaned and, just

last week, the house and roof were washed down and

cleaned by a professional cleaning firm.

How has the move affected your lifestyle?

Trisha: Our villa provides extreme privacy, is easily

heated with two heat pumps and a gas fire, and

we are left to live our lives peacefully and happily,

always having the opportunity to summons assistance

or have meals delivered to our villa. We have had

the opportunity of selecting our own furniture and

furnishings and have the villa decorated to our own

personal taste. My husband is in a wheelchair and the

villa is perfectly set up to cater for his disability. The

entrance is flat, the two bathrooms are wheelchair

friendly, and the whole unit enables him to move

around safely and easily.

What might people be surprised to know?

Neil: The total cost of maintenance and outgoings is

less than rates, body corporate fees and insurance of

our previous apartment.








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Words Kate Preece


In appreciation for the increased demand for fashionistas to know

the story behind a garment’s manufacture, Maggie Marilyn has

laid it all out on the table. The company website now features

information on everything from the different people making

the clothes at various Kiwi factories through to the brand’s

sustainability strategy and how it plans to achieve its goals by the

end of 2020. There’s quite a bit of learning that can be had along

the way – like how putting polyester garments in Guppyfrield

washing bags will prevent microfibers heading into our waterways

and that purchases of Maggie Marilyn’s Billie T-shirts see profits

go to Sweet Charity (collab between The Grief Centre and

Supporting Families in Mental Illness). We look forward to seeing

the brand’s evolution into a more sustainable world.

Nearly There Knit and Lady Danger Skirt

Kate's Fashions, based in Auckland, is one of the

smaller factories used by Maggie Marilyn.


Are your little ones growing too quickly

to get enough wears from those designer

threads? Coming to the rescue is Little

Outfitters (, an online

“re-loved” marketplace that will not only

enable you to sell on the myriad of pieces

worn just the once, but shop around

for the spoils from other households’

clear-outs. Freshly launched on 1 July, it’s

bringing together the best of both worlds

– giving a special piece the chance to

be loved once again, and giving you the

money to buy another in its place.

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Allbirds is another brand doing its

bit to leave less of a mark on our

planet. Already well on the way with

its laces made from recycled plastic

bottles and a sugarcane byproduct

used to produce the SweetFoam

soles, the latest development

has been a self-imposed internal

carbon tax. Since the beginning of

the year, every tonne of carbon

produced through the Allbirds

business is offset through projects

such as planting trees, building wind

farms and collecting methane from

landfills. Customers get to choose

which project they support – be it

land, energy or air.

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We reviewed Mike Hamel of GM Hair’s own-brand

shampoo and conditioner last November and loved

the quality of these all-natural products, made in

Christchurch, but weren’t so enamoured with their

plastic packaging. Neither was Mike. To address

plastic bottle waste, he moved on to screw-top tin

containers, and is currently developing an even better

flip-top option (as pictured). We put this prototype –

and Mike’s refreshed shampoo formula – to the test

to see if he’s heading in the right direction.

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A great product with excellent

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It’s a controversial material the world over, but the fur is flying in

Dunedin. We discuss the realities of ‘eco-fur’ with designer Jane Avery,

who produces bespoke garments and accessories using wild rabbit pelts.

Words Ella James

64 STYLE | fashion

The use of fur in fashion has long been a taboo,

seeing big changes disrupting the industry in very

recent years. With high-end brands including Stella

McCartney, Versace and Gucci all culling the use of fur

from their collections, it certainly seems as though the

fashion industry is giving fur the cold shoulder. From

2021, even the city of Los Angeles will introduce a

new ordinance making it illegal to sell, manufacture

and trade furs. Leaving me asking the question, what

makes Lapin so successful here in New Zealand? With

a personal stance that’s very much anti-fur, I was eager

to find out more about Lapin, so stepping forward with

an unbiased mind-set, I got in touch with owner and

designer, Jane Avery.

So, let’s start from the top. How did Lapin begin and

what inspired you to use rabbit furs for your designs?

I conceived the Lapin concept in Dunedin about four years

ago, although the seed was planted many moons ago when

I was a television reporter working out of Christchurch.

In the mid-90s I filmed a story about a Mackenzie

Country run-holder who, due to the plague proportions

of rabbits, had to employ a full-time rabbiter. Even years

later, whenever I was in Central Otago I remembered the

story due to the rabbits always taking my attention. With a

long-held desire to start a fashion label, my creative mind

started combining rabbit furs with gorgeous fabrics. An

‘eco-couture’ concept; a solution to the rabbit issue on the

South Island.

Then, I discovered that the well-regarded Mooney’s

Furriers was still operating in Dunedin. They were

instrumental in getting my business off the ground. I

ostensibly became a furrier’s apprentice, learning a timehonoured

craft which I combined with my love for beautiful

fabrics and my experience in tailoring garments.

Now, let’s talk about that ‘Eco-fur’…

‘Eco-fur’ serves as a signpost. It ensures people that

purchasing garments made with New Zealand wild rabbit

fur is a choice that can truly benefit the environment. After

all, rabbits’ incessant breeding, nibbling and digging prevents

native plant regeneration and is a massive challenge to

maintaining high country farmland. Lapin furs are sourced

from a Central Otago rabbiter whose eradication work

takes him onto high country stations. I also source from a

pet food manufacturer, who shoots rabbits mainly in the

稀 攀 戀 爀 愀 渀 漀

taking of animal lives is certainly a question

worth pondering and something to find

your comfort zone with, it is imperative to

remember that the creatures I source are

not farmed for their fur. They do not spend

their lives in a cage, instead, they spend

their lives in the wild.

When it’s so blatant to see that these

animals are a threat rather than threatened,

people are much more understanding and

supportive. In addition, I’ve never had a

client request for their bespoke order to

be made with a faux-fur alternative, which

is a win for me because these so called

faux furs are made from petrochemicals

of which the microparticles pollute the

environment and never biodegrade.

Mackenzie Basin. Both of these gentlemen

have developed an eye for rabbits suitable

for Lapin and they select only the best furs

that they can for me. These rabbits aren’t

eradicated for the fashion alone.

My mandate for Lapin is integrity, and the

story of my brand is anchored in making

use of an under-utilised New Zealand pest

resource. While fur from rabbits bred in

cages could be an ‘easier’, more consistent

product to work with, my conscience

simply wouldn’t allow me to do that. Along

with the environmental credentials, New

Zealand wild rabbit fur makes for extremely

warm and practical garments. If well cared

for, Lapin garments will last for many years

and I hope become treasured heirlooms.

Then, at the end of its useful life, the fur will

naturally biodegrade.

How do people react to Lapin’s use of fur?

Within New Zealand I think there is a

general understanding that making use

of wild rabbit fur is acceptable. It is an

unfortunate fact of our history that rabbits

are an introduced species that cause

considerable damage to the high country

environment. Most people acknowledge

they are a pest that must be controlled.

Of course, there are individuals who are

opposed to the use of fur, and while the

Lapin is in good company, with other

brands putting pests to good use too,


I certainly admire how Peri Drysdale of

Untouched World took New Zealand

possum fur and merino wool and

delivered it to the world in the form of

Merino Mink. It charted new territory and

inspired an industry where pest resources

are concerned.

What does the future hold for Lapin?

My dream is to take my designs to

international audiences. With the

right opportunity I hope to make

a key investment in my future and

grow recognition for Lapin and New

Zealand rabbit fur as a fashion-forward,

responsible product.

Jane has a confident stance on Lapin’s

narrative, supported by an argument

that showcases the use of these furs in

a positive light. So, let’s have one more

question for the road.

Who would you most love to see

wearing a Lapin design?

I’d be very thrilled to see Mr Sam Neill in

my Lapin man’s coat. I think it would suit

him very well indeed. It would take him

effortlessly from his Central Otago vineyard

life to the hardworking yet glamorous

movie world. I believe he would be a

great ambassador for Lapin because he

understands first-hand the devastation

rabbits cause to our land.



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When is a gym, more than a gym? We talk to Paige and Ellis Powerman about how

they’re making a difference with their three Christchurch 9Round franchises.

When we last caught up, you owned two 9Rounds, and

now you’ve added a third with Barrington. Will you use

the same business approach for all of them?

Ellis: Most definitely. Owning a gym is more than just owning

a business. It’s about leading a community to live a truly

happier and healthier life. That means educating everyone,

bringing people closer together, making new friends, having

24/7 support and helping this planet become better.

What actions have you taken to make each more than just

a work-out space?

Paige: We are currently working on a lot of new ideas.

Some things we have already put into place are simple, like

having members’ nights and having a social Facebook group

where people can share their awesome achievements,

support each other and post funny things.

Ellis: We have also bought some “reusable” cups and will

be holding weekend workouts that will include planting

trees and a car wash to fundraise for We Love The Earth,

a project that has been put together and created by

Leonardo DiCaprio.

How have you generated community spirit among gym


Paige: Any culture is shaped from the top. It is all about

practising what we preach. We want team members to

be talking to members about their goals, so we talk to

members about their goals constantly; we want members to

talk to each other, so we introduce members to each other;

we want people laughing, making jokes and ultimately having

fun so we ensure we are always smiling, laughing, making

jokes and having the time of our lives when we are in club.

This feeds through to the staff and to the members, which

creates a community spirit like no other.

Which charities have you chosen to support so far?

Ellis: Mental Health Foundation (helped raise $130,000),

NoH8 Foundation ($2000 between two clubs) and

Meningitis Foundation ($3000 between two clubs). We are

now doing our part to support the Cancer Society and We

Love The Earth.

On the business front, what impact has this direction had?

Paige: Despite what some people think about “business

people”, not all business is bad. Ours is actually the best kind

of business we could have ever asked to run. While some

members know we own the gyms, most don’t. Yet they

see the sheer amount of work, time and effort we put into

helping them change their lives.

Member consult with Paige Powerman.

After trying for their whole lives to be happy with their

bodies, many members have seen dramatic improvements

in their mental health. Some of whom have admitted that if

it wasn’t for 9Round, they may not be in this world today. It

is pretty hard to put a “business” impact on something like

that. It is not the business that has made an impact on our

lives. It is the lives that have had an impact on our business.

Ellis: 9Round Papanui has now been awarded 9Round

Australasia Community Club of the Year and, for our

dedication, commitment and courage to helping change

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It’s a term that can raise undue concerns by those unaware of

its place in the beauty world, but, as Clemency Alice outlines,

‘brightening’ instead puts your skin in a whole new light.

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In today’s beauty world, we are becoming

increasingly familiarised with skincare buzzwords

and jargon. While cosmeceutical (having medicinal

properties), hypoallergenic (unlikely to cause allergic

reaction) and non-comedogenic (formulated to not

block pores) are fairly straightforward, others, such as

‘brightening’, may need a little more clarification.

This term can have a multitude of meanings,

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(from acne, dark spots), sun damage and fluctuations

in hormones (melasma). Occasionally it can be used

to promote increased cellular turnover through

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becomes ‘brightened’, i.e. glowing and softer.

Key ingredients to look out for in brightening

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Some of these ingredients can make your skin more

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sun damage, so be sure to wear an adequate layer of

sun protection (yes, even in the cooler months).

When purchasing your brightening product, aim to

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There are emerging breakthrough discoveries within

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ingredients coming to the forefront. Sake is rich in minerals

and vitamins that work as an instant brightening boost for

the skin. It aids in evening out skin tone and can reduce

hyperpigmentation and features in the Boscia Sake Bright

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leaving it silky, soft and smooth.

A series of brightening-specific facials with more

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When introducing brightening steps to your

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If you are wanting to lift pigmentation, due to

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Words Kate Preece



Southerners may find themselves with

a sudden ‘need’ to fly north following

the opening of Sephora’s first Kiwi store

this month. Owned by LVMH Moet

Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the French

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home within the 1928 Keans building

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Gaynor Stanley follows capital trails to wild wine,

wild life and wild creativity.

Zealandia is the world’s first fully fenced urban ecosanctuary.

Image: Rob Suisted

I had smelled a kiwi – sweet and earthy – in the new

Te Taiao Nature exhibition at Te Papa. I had heard the

male’s high-pitched call across the dark native bush-clad

valley and the female’s low grunt in reply. And now I

was standing about 10 metres away from one on the

Zealandia By Night Tour. At least 140 kiwi are known to

be roaming predator-free in this remarkable urban wildlife

sanctuary, located just minutes from parliament in the

Karori Hills. The tail end of our group had seen one kiwi

scurry under a log earlier, but it was swallowed into the

undergrowth before I doubled back. Now the German

bird watcher, who’d also spotted a tuatara popping

its gnarly head out of its burrow earlier, the French


conservationists stopped in their tracks by criticallyendangered

takahe and paths illuminated by glow worms

(their romanticism dims when our guide Peregrine tell us

we’re entranced by fungus gnats) and most of my family

have the little spotted fella in their red torch beams. Alas,

despite my daughter’s excitedly whispered directions,

could I see the kiwi? Its camouflage and my night vision

defeat me. Still, I leave seriously impressed having learned

the female gives birth to the equivalent of a four-year-old

child and of Zealandia’s 500-year vision (they’re 20 years

in so far) to restore this fully-fenced 225-hectare valley to

the environment our rarest wildlife enjoyed before man

and introduced predators descended.

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First there was the obsession with coffee. Then it was craft

beer. And right now our culinary capital is embracing the

wine world’s newest fascination with gusto. Natural wine

is introducing a whole new lexicon to wine lists at bars

and restaurants across town like ‘pet nat’ (pétillant naturel,

French for natural sparkling) and ‘carbonic maceration’.

Don’t be mistaken in thinking natural (or, as Garage Project

terms their locally produced range, ‘wild wine’) is simply

another term for organic or biodynamic wine. While it’s likely

those with a bent for making it have chosen to grow the

grapes organically, that’s not essential. Natural wine actually

means wine made with minimal intervention and little or

no additives, allowing the grapes to ferment as naturally as

possible with skins and stems on. When I ask the waiter at

foodie hotspot Loretta (181 Cuba Street) for advice, she

cautions the wines are likely to be cloudy with flavours unlike

those we’re used to and offers a tasting of two orange wines.

Not Orange as in the New South Wales wine region, but

actually orange in colour due to the skin contact. The pinot

gris/gewurtraminer from Waipara’s Tongue in Groove tastes

like a bone dry fortified wine so I play tame with a glass of

Loveblock Orange Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. It’s a

decent match for the buffalo mozzarella with cucumber and

feijoa entrée. But as I devour an aubergine, farro, kale, feta

and mint pie, with a side of wood oven roasted Jerusalem

artichokes and a Ottolenghi-like salmon and freekeh salad,

Loretta’s food is the only thing I’m going wild for.


• 1154 Pastaria (132 Cuba Street) – unpretentious

newcomer serving classic pasta dishes lovingly

made from scratch.

• Glass (Chews Lane) – French bistro favourites in

a new window-walled restaurant-cum-wine bar.

• Golding’s Free Dive – a cool pub in the mustvisit

Hannahs Laneways between Leeds and Eve

streets strewn with artisan food producers like

Fix & Fogg Peanut Butter, Lashings specialising

in seriously good brownies (try the Vegemite),

Wellington Chocolate Company, Leeds Street

Bakery, one-hatted Shepherd restaurant, and

Fortune Favours Craft Beer Brewery.

• Garage Project (91 Aro Street) – the Taproom

just up the road from the cellar door.

Overlooking pounding waves, the quirkily restored

surf club that is Maranui Café (Lyall Bay waterfront)

doesn’t have natural wine, but instead delicious

wholesome food that makes it a must-visit too.

Fix & Fogg on Hannahs Laneways.

Natural wines are often bottled with a crown top, like Garage Project’s.

Maranui Café at Lyall Bay.

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FROM TOP: Warren Beaton; Tracy Island set from Thunderbirds Are Go.

You can also get up close and personal with

Weta Workshop’s amazing talent in Gallipoli:

The Scale of Our War at Te Papa. This truly

immersive exhibition recounts the chaos of

Gallipoli through moving first-hand stories of

eight New Zealanders who were there. Like

the unfortunate Private Jack Dunn (sentenced

to death after a bout of pneumonia saw him fall

asleep at his post, his sentence was overturned

only for him to die in combat four days later).

The 2.4 times lifesize sculptures of Private Dunn

and the other giants were created by Weta

with Te Papa in models so detailed you can

almost see the flies on the canned meat flap

their wings and the beads of glistening sweat fall

from soldiers’ painstakingly applied whiskers.

Warren Beaton, aka Doc Brown, greets us in his lab coat

in the Weta Cave Workshop where he’s working on

models of Easter Island heads, a roll of tinfoil in one hand,

a teaspoon in the other. Despite being one of Sir Richard

Taylor’s best friends and creative collaborators from way

back (Warren made the goo that Neo wakes up in in

The Matrix) he’s disarmingly honest when it comes to

talking about his craft. We meet Warren at the end of

a 45-minute tour that, to protect Hollywood studios’

intellectual property, is tight-lipped about Weta’s current

movie projects and where you can look, but for the most

part not touch or photograph the incredible practical

effects created for the blockbusters we’re so familiar with.

Warren explains how he starts all his sculptures the same

way as he proceeds to scrunch metres of tinfoil into a

fluffy ball that he then kneads with his bare hands into

a skull shape, perfecting the eyes with “my second best

sculpting tool, the humble teaspoon”. Modelling, he says,

is highly addictive and “one of the most calming, centring

things you can do without all that climbing Everest, meet

the Dalai Lama, meditating sort of rubbish”. He’s met


a soul mate in my daughter who he’s inspired to start

moulding some plasticine put out for visitors and she

departs for ‘Thunderbird 6’ with Warren’s tinfoil skull as a

souvenir to treasure.

‘Thunderbird 6’ is what we dub the minivan that takes

us to the Miniatures Shooting Stage for Thunderbirds

Are Go, Sir Richard Taylor’s reinvented version of the

1960s TV classic, in partnership with ITV. We learn the

marionettes and seductive Tracy Island sets are what

inspired many of the modelmakers at Weta, but that

today’s children don’t connect with puppets the same

way so the Tracy family, Lady Penelope and Parker are

now animated. Fab Lady P’s vice, these days, is pug dogs

rather than smoking and though Parker is still voiced by

the original actor he’s had to give up drinking on the job.

One of the coolest things – apart from the still-sunken

living room and levering back the palm trees to reveal

Thunderbird 2’s iconic runway – is spotting the everyday

junk the Weta team has ingeniously recycled into the

models – everything from old mattresses, to washing

machine and computer parts, and lemon squeezers.

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- STAY -

Lovers of grand hotels will delight in a stay in Wellington’s

newest luxury offering. The DoubleTree by Hilton opened

last year in a heritage building on the Lambton Quay and Grey

Street corner that was once one of the city’s first office towers.

Built in 1928, the former T&G Building is considered one of the

capital’s finest examples of the Chicago style of architecture.

Fortunately, it remains standing only because developer Mark

Dunajtschik lost an Environment Court case to demolish it and

instead had to spend millions restoring it. Millions more have

been spent on the hotel fitout to restore and complement its

art deco interiors like the chandeliered marble lobby, wooden

staircase, polished copper lifts and entry doors.

The 106 elegant guest rooms, many in family friendly

configurations, are distinguished by exceptionally high ceilings,

soaring over 4.5m in our junior suite, where tall arched windows

overlook Lambton Quay seven storeys below. We make

espresso and munch on the signature warm chocolate and

walnut cookies that welcome guests to all 525 DoubleTrees

across the globe (one of the world’s fastest growing brands with

more heading our way). It’s our first taste of the upscale brand

that shares the same high service standards of its five-star Hilton

sister, but is more personable in touches like the cookies, the

towels shaped into an elephant on the supremely comfortable

bed and the yellow ducky on the bathtub. And mouthwash,

which is the first time I’ve encountered that in a hotel bathroom.

There’s room service, a mini bar and a gym fitted with the

latest Precor video workout machines and a restaurant that

surpasses expectations. Spring is a sophisticated bar and dining

room attracting attention from Wellington’s discerning foodies

for standout Indian cuisine. Forget butter chicken and vindaloos,

here Vaibhav Vishen is fusing subtle, fragrant Indian flavours

with classic dishes like the venison loin in Nihari jus and smoked

aubergine tortellini in masala green jus that we devour with a

sensational spicy roti stuffed with black olives.

The DoubleTree by Hilton lobby, off Grey Street.

Spring restaurant.

Glamorous art deco style guest rooms are wallpapered,

and decorated with rich materials and curvy chairs.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Kowtow, Mandatory, The Service Depot, Tea Pea.

- SHOP -

One of the DoubleTree hotel’s best features is

its location. It’s a block from David Jones and the

Lambton Quay big names, two blocks to Queen’s

Wharf and restaurant stars of old, like Dockside

and Charley Noble, and new, see Two Grey.

Trelise Cooper and Dyrberg Kern are right

behind on Featherston Street, and just along Grey

Street is a great little homewares find in Tea Pea.

It’s a 10-minute stroll to Cuba Street’s retro

gems (trilbies and German scarves at Tangent,

American Vintage at Emporium and pricey

premium labels at Hunters & Collectors) but do

keep walking to Ghuznee Street for Precinct 35’s

uniquely beautiful homewares, made-to-measure

menswear at Mandatory, New Zealand designer

stars at The Service Depot and ENA (including

Yu Mei’s locally made handbags) and Deadly

Ponies. College Street boasts carefully curated

Japanese ceramics at Orient, gourmet food

shopping at Moore Wilson, Kowtow’s flagship

store, Nood, Citta and Ekor Bookshop, while

just across Tory Street, on Jessie Street, No 16 is

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House of Travel’s Alana Aldridge knows a thing or two about cruising

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asked Alana how she can help make the most of our holidays too.

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have great relationships with our cruise lines and certainly can

negotiate exclusive offers for our clients. We also help you

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The song promises it never rains in California, but it must

do sometimes to nurture Napa Valley’s 400 wineries. A visit

during summer will have you enjoying one of the world’s

most beautiful wine valleys in temperatures regularly tipping

into the 30s, though perhaps not as many of its famed

cabernet sauvignons as you’d like. Multi-faceted hedonism is in

store with charming bed and breakfasts, poolside resorts, elite

golf courses, hot springs, day spas and spa hotels, Michelinstarred

restaurants and an artisan food trail that will sate the

most discerning gourmands. Fly into San Francisco and it’s a

mere hour’s drive north to delicious drops like Mumm Napa,

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Robert Mondavi winery, Napa, California



We’re so lucky to have the unspoiled islands of the

Pacific in our backyard and thousands of Kiwis make like

godwits on an annual pilgrimage to sunny Rarotonga as

winter starts to bite. Far fewer, though, venture to its 14

sister islands, partly because Raro has so much to do, so

easily, but partly because the inter-island flight prices deter

them. But if there’s one island to empty the piggy bank

for, it’s Aitutaki. It doesn’t have the volcanic peaks and

verdant rainforest of Rarotonga, nor as many restaurants,

activities or accommodation choices (though the upscale

options will not disappoint). What it does have is the same

infectiously happy people and arguably the most beautiful

lagoon on the planet. Cruise, kite board or kayak the most

astoundingly turquoise waters you’ll ever see. The visibility

and abundance of sea life make for unforgettable snorkelling

and diving and a barefoot stroll along a pristine white sand

motu (islet) will soon put a spring back in your step.

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Take the path less travelled by European summer

vacationers and discover what many consider

Eastern Europe’s most beautiful country. It’s

definitely one of Europe’s least expensive (five

star Grand Hotel Continental in peak season

NZ$150 a night). In the bustling capital Bucharest,

aka Little Paris, enjoy wide tree-lined boulevards,

glorious Belle Epoque architecture and a plethora

of museums, galleries and palaces. Cruise along

the Romanian section of the Danube River to

Roman ruins, the narrow Irongate gorge between

the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains, and

exquisite medieval cities and towns. Or drive the

winding roads of Transylvania through dense,

dark, ancient forests and over mountain passes on

the trail of Dracula.

Bucharest, Romania

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For a trans-Tasman winter sojourn with guaranteed temps in the high 20s you’ve

got to head above the Tropic of Capricorn, so while the gorgeous Whitsundays and

newly redeveloped Daydream Island Resort tempt, it may be too chilly for sunbaking

until September. A few hundred kilometres further north, just 8km off the coast of

Townsville, Magnetic Island may not be on your radar but it makes a compelling winter

destination. This tropical beauty is two thirds national park with stunning beaches,

cool cafés and a holiday vibe, especially in Horseshoe Bay at the northern end of the

island. It’s home to 2500 residents, many of whom commute to the mainland on the

20-minute ferry. There are plenty of family-friendly attractions, including the mustdo

Forts Walk. This will have you climbing high to striking WWII fortifications with

breathtaking coastal views, but it’s the readily spotted koalas lazing in the gums along

the track that really warm the heart.

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There is so much to discover in the heart of the Southern Alps.

It’s no exaggeration to say the

Mackenzie Country’s attractions rival

the best in the world for winter thrills.

If you can ski a blue run, you can glacier

ski. A ski plane will lift you to land atop

Tasman Glacier for a 10km downhill run

with a mere handful of fellow skiers and

awesome glacial formations for company.

Non-skiers can immerse themselves in

winter’s glory on a scenic flight or the rare

chance to soar over the alps in a glider.

Cruise around icebergs in the Tasman’s

terminal lake, hike in the splendour of

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park or

be mesmerised by some of the best

stargazing on the planet.

Warm the soul in hot pools, in front

of roaring fires or devouring hearty

winter fare. Then regenerate for another

exhilarating day getting all snuggly at

winter havens as varied as the iconic

Hermitage Hotel to character alpine huts.

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Surrounded by the wondrous Aoraki/Mt Cook National

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escape. Relax and dine in one of the hotel’s many restaurants.

Experience the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre to learn the

history behind our great global explorer, or explore the galaxy

yourself in the planetarium or Big Sky Stargazing tour.

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As the temperatures drop, the South Island is getting warmer with enticing winter

menus available at all our favourite local haunts. From tasting menus to seasonal

delights, these are the places we’ll be dining this month.

Words & Photos Vanessa Ortynsky


If you haven’t been to Ilex Café in a while, it’s about time you

planned a return visit. The greenhouse café, situated in the middle

of Christchurch’s beautiful Botanic Gardens, has an updated menu,

just in time for winter – and it’s one worth writing home about. The

sandwich menu, which changes daily, is definitely a highlight. Order

either the pastrami or Reuben with a side of fries. If you’re in need

of some greens, the seasonal salad is a fresh option, topped with

halloumi and both filling and tasty.

Federal Diner


Back on the scene, Coffee Supreme reopened at the end of May

with the same excellent coffee and a smaller menu, at 10 Welles

Street. While the focus remains on coffee, there’s also a sandwich

menu, ideal for the lunch crowd. You can also expect the usual

baked goods, legendary cheese scones and Swedish cinnamon buns.

The Britten Stables


A collaboration between The Britten Stables and The Bespoke

Chef, you’re invited to come try out their brand new celebrations

concept. Offering winter dining experiences in the most beautiful

setting, Celebrate With Us is ideal for mid-winter gatherings,

exclusive corporate events, weddings, engagement parties and

intimate dinners of all kinds.

Image: Ana Galloway


Federal Diner is our go-to spot for

breakfast in Wanaka (47 Helwick

Street). With classics like their

vege stack and eggs Benedict, you

really can’t go wrong. For those

on the run, the cheese scones are

a forever favourite, as is anything

from the extensive range of baked

goods in the cabinet. For lunch,

there’s a selection of sandwiches

in addition to heartier options like

slow-roasted lamb.

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The Cow is a true Queenstown

institution. The casual restaurant

is situated in an actual cow shed

and legend has it that dairy

farmers used to walk through

the lane (now named Cow

Lane) to get to the milking

shed more than 100 years

ago. Embracing the theory that

you should never mess with

a winning formula, the iconic

pizza menu has remained

unchanged since opening day.

We suggest ordering Her

Majesty’s Pleasure, which is

topped with mushrooms, ham,

pepperoni, onions, tomato

and herbs or the Napolitana

spaghetti with chunky tomato

and basil sauce. (If you’re in

Wanaka, try the The Cow

there too (33 Ardmore Street).

Fairlie Bakehouse


Winter road trips aren’t complete without a stop at Fairlie Bakehouse. While

our editor highlighted the pork belly and apple in last month’s issue, taking out

second equal would be the salmon and bacon or the vegetarian option, which

often features root vegetables in their many forms.


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

latest taste sensations.


IPPIN Ramen & Bowl at Langdons Quarter,

Northlands, specialises in traditional Tonkotsu

ramen and the Japanese comfort food we know

as donburi. Using locally sourced ingredients

and freshly cooked toppings, together with

their own secret recipe for ramen soup, there

are no nasties, just healthy everyday food.


Leave your lunchbox at home and head to The Yard (173 St

Asaph Street) newcomer Otto Delicatessen. This hole-in-thewall

sandwich bar is the best thing since sliced bread. Focusing on

well-made classics as well as their own signatures, on offer each

weekday is a rotating selection of European-style sandwiches

with fresh seasonal fillings between two slices of house-made

bread. With batch brew from Flight Coffee in Wellington

and sweet treats baked in-house, that’s a combo to solve any

lunchtime dilemma.


Brrr, there’s a definite chill in the air and now’s

the time to turn to warming comfort food.

Fisherman’s Wharf (39 Norwich Quay) has a

new winter menu that features a range of suitably

satisfying temptations. Delicious mains include

honey soy salmon with creamy risotto or slowly

braised pork belly with crispy crackle, herbroasted

potatoes and rich apple cider jus. Our

pick from the light options is the beef hot pot

– for its tender beef cheeks slowly braised in red

wine and beef jus with winter veges, topped with

a crispy puff pastry. What a way to warm up!

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Start your day the right way with the new breakfast

board from Untouched World Kitchen (155

Roydvale Avenue). The perfect balance of savoury

and sweet, it combines a delicious spread of housemade

granola and stewed fruit with sourdough,

poached egg and house-made bacon jam. Delish!


Hemp is in vogue. Luckily The Brothers

Green ( are here

to help. As the winners of last year’s

FoodStarter (a partnership between New

World and Ministry of Awesome) for a

hemp seed protein bar, The Brothers Green

continue to offer healthy and nutritious

hemp foods for Kiwis. Hemp hearts can be

used in smoothies, salads or blended with

water to make hemp milk – latte anyone?

Image: Vanessa Ortynsky


We’re seeing red cabbage pop up on a few menus

within the city. It’s well worth trying the red cabbage

cured salmon at Town Tonic (335 Lincoln Road,

Addington), which is served with black olive caramel,

citrus crème fraiche and sourdough.


Craggy Range in Hawke’s Bay needs no

introduction. The winner of Two Hats at the

Cuisine Good Food Awards is a delightful

establishment we’ll return to again and again.

The tasting menu changes with the seasons,

but always pairs perfectly with their awardwinning

wines. We loved the fresh ceviche

and radishes, buffalo curd and chips as well as

their potato bread.

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An opportunity to get a Subaru Forester wheel-deep in

snow was too good a temptation to resist.

Words Kate Preece Photography Charlotte Jackson

You can cover this car with snow, she said. It won’t get

stuck, she said. We’ll see.

As it happened, we were looking for a cool white

backdrop to show off some hot fashion, so it seemed

like just the journey to experience what the 2019 Subaru

Forester had to offer.

Before going anywhere, I was given an extensive rundown

on how to get the most out of this Premium model, and

it was just as well. It prevented me calling my air traffic

controller friend for guidance. Though, once you’ve used

the facial scanner to set up your seat preference and settled

on the radio to dominate the eight-inch touch screen, you

can mostly ignore the myriad of buttons – unless you want

to turn off some of the many features.

Piling the fashion shoot crew and their regalia into the car

wasn’t hard. No one called shotgun either, as the back seat,

with its own recline feature, was just as comfy. With one

seat folded forward, the snow board and skis had oodles of

room. We plotted our way to the slopes on the Tom Tom

navigation module and didn’t stop until hunger caught up

on us (about Springfield).

With Adaptive Cruise Control, it was easy to set the

speed and retire the lead foot. The ‘adaptive’ bit means

you won’t rear-end any Sunday drivers you come across,

as the Forester uses the cameras that make up the

EyeSight system to detect vehicles ahead of you. The

car automatically matched that of the pace car, keeping

the distance between the two consistent – a car-length

measurement adjusted via buttons on the steering wheel.

There’s much to be said about what this car can do by

itself. It will keep you in a lane, shine the headlights in the

direction you steer, tell you off if you’re not watching the

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road, monitor your tyre pressure and even do

the braking for you – in a few different ways.

Auto Vehicle Hold will make the manual drivers

envious as, by pressing slightly more firmly on

the brake pedal, AVH will then keep the vehicle

stationary until you tap the accelerator. There

are also mechanisms to automatically stop you

crashing into the unexpected (Pre-Collision

Braking) – including if it’s behind you (Reverse

Automatic Braking). It will also remind you to get

a move on if the vehicle in front has left its mark

(Lead Vehicle Start Alert).

So, it almost drives itself and when it isn’t doing

the work for you, has all the tools you need to

engage your own brain and drive yourself, but

what about that snow?

The snow gods had been kind and sent down

a special delivery of the white stuff. It was easy

driving, but there were pristine patches that

begged to be ripped up if only we knew what

lay beneath them. But there was one slightly

more daring way to leave the car park at Porters

Lodge and now was the time to do it. Over the

edge we went, like an elephant tiptoeing down

the stairs.

Our ascent stopped. The wheels spun. The

vehicle did little more than rock. But this was a

car that doesn’t get stuck.

Foot down, snow and mud flicking out in all

directions, X-Mode in ‘Deep Snow/Mud’, it was

only a matter of time before a bit of forward and

back turned into a satisfying crawl forward and

back onto firmer ground. Target met, it would

seem. And now, a doughnut in that untouched

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uests congregated at the Isaac Theatre Royal to learn

at which of Christchurch’s finest culinary destinations

they were destined to dine that evening. After drinks,

canapes and a live auction, tables of eight left merrily for

their special night. The mystery dining event is an annual

fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House South Island,

providing free accommodation for families who must travel

to Christchurch for their child’s medical treatment.

Lee and Geri Nolan

Leeann Collins, Brenie Robinson, Ange Bachip

Mandy Kennedy, Regan DeBurgh, Tania Butterfield, Paul Deavoll, Jodie Gill, Jen Middleton, Jemma Balmer

Jeff and Kelly Root, Alistar and Janine Rance, Lisa and Jorgen Anderson

Paige Fisher, Trent Beckett

Nadene Milne

Jim, Ian and Janette Borthwick


Jeanette Forbes

We attended the first exhibition opening in Nadene Milne

Gallery’s brand new space at 47 Hereford Street. The ‘Coming

of the light’ exhibition showcased a suite of paintings by celebrated

abstract expressionist painter, Gretchen Albrecht CNZM.

Deb Crosby, Robyn Bannerman

Guy Hargreaves, Chris Moore

Cam Whyte, Sally Smith



Murray Gorton, Gemma Keene, Garry Steere

Rebecca Connolly, Steven Park


rchibalds in partnership with CoCA held an opening

preview of the 27th Annual Wallace Art Awards and

unveiled the new Jaguar I-PACE, their first all-electric

performance SUV. This was the first time the awards exhibition

had been brought to Christchurch in over 20 years, thanks to

the generous support of Archibalds Motors Limited.

Glenn Harrington, Karl Stohr, Darren Griffith

Kate Johnstone, Martin Donnithorne

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‘Win With Style’ page. Entries close July 26.

Slope off mid-week

Enjoy the closest ski area to Christchurch, shorter queues

and quieter slopes, skiing and riding in a relaxed weekday

atmosphere at Porters Ski Area. We have two mid-week lift

passes to give away (valid Monday to Friday, excluding school

holidays) valued at $158.

Boost your winter health

One lucky reader will win the ultimate winter wellness pack

from Greenleaf Organics, including their newly released

Switchel tonics with live prebiotics, Glo immunity shots to

boost your immune system through the colder months, and

healthy blends from their smoothie range, valued at $100.

Double fun at Cardrona

Brush up on your skills with a lift, lesson and rental package

for two on the wide, open basins of Cardrona Alpine

Resort. This package, valued at $480, includes a full day lift

pass, rental skis/boots/poles or snowboard/boots, and two x

two-hour group lessons for each of you.

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to an all-in-one protector and perfector, valued at $69. We

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