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A NOTE TO YOU
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.
Whether you’re sticking around or flying the coup, we
hope you can find something to savour in Style.
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Getting to the top.
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
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if you do the work required. And ‘doing’ is not
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spending endless time on social media. Real
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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
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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
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James Hay Theatre
7:00pm – 8:10pm
Julia Deans, Bella Kalolo,
Flip Grater & Bel Canto
Saturday 3 August
Christchurch Town Hall
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BRIGHT BLUE SKIES TOUR
Dunedin Town Hall
13 – 14 JULY
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
Tiny Pieces Of Eight with Tom Maxwell
The Dunedin musical collective briefly
returns to New Zealand ahead of further
travels to the United Kingdom.
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:
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
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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ART & ABOUT
Words Gaynor Stanley
CHRISTCHURCH ARTS FESTIVAL
26 JULY – 4 AUGUST
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
Catch Julia Deans in Like Water,
with Bella Kalolo, Flip Grater and
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NOT TO MISS
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.
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UNTIL 20 JULY
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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
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
but I just try and
relax. If something
doesn’t go to plan,
it’s not the end of
- 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
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
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
Knowing and playing to your strengths, being an openminded
and flexible thinker, having confidence in your own
skills and abilities, practising well-developed interpersonal and
collaborative skills to be able to work well with others, and
perhaps most importantly, demonstrating the resilience to
embrace failure as a necessary means to realising a solution to
new challenges – these are invaluable life skills for all ages and
ones that parents can assist with developing at home.
The development of these powerful graduate attributes
is intrinsic to the academic, social, physical and spiritual
programmes we afford our girls. In this way, any concerns for
the unknown aspects of their future can become a tailwind that
propels them forward and not a headwind to hold them back.
What is the biggest challenge facing educators today?
It is the aspiration of St Margaret’s College to set our students
up for success in all its variations for each girl. Building
knowledge and understanding, resilience and adaptation
to a rapidly changing world is certainly a challenge for us
as we empower our young women to step into positions
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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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NO LONGER A TABOO SUBJECT
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
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 itstimewetalked.com 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
• 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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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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So, neutral is still the way to go?
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Should our approach to presenting a
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Do you have any simple tricks to
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Do you think we should be updating
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How did the business relationship
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36 STYLE | architecture
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
STYLE | architecture 37
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
that could possibly
go wrong and
design it out ahead
of time. And we
only get one chance
to get it right.
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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,
but also all the services throughout the building.
BIM involves creating three-dimensional buildings
in digital form. It is a process of collaboration and
communication between all members of the design
team. Each designer creates a 3D digital model of
their building element and the models are combined
into one ‘virtual’ building. Specialist software is used
to analyse the models and identify clashes early in
the design process, so they can be resolved before
construction begins. This helps us coordinate all the
small details that make the building function. We are
essentially constructing the building in a digital format,
so we can highlight and resolve issues before the
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
quantities of materials required. Contractors can
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
for automated off-site prefabrication of building
elements, such as structural steel. Building owners
are also increasingly using BIM to assist with facilities
management once the building is complete.
Dalman Architects has recently completed the
architectural documentation on Hotel 4, a new 146-
room hotel at Auckland Airport. We are the BIM
Manager on the project and have combined models
from nine different consultants and managed the
BIM coordination process from early concept design
through to construction.
The building has been digitally constructed and
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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
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
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
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
To extend the al fresco dining season
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Stratco has a range of options to suit your
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42 STYLE | art
Words Gaynor Stanley
FILMS FOR DESIGN AND
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
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)
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
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.
1 – 7 AUGUST
A COMEDY OF
LOVE, LAUGHS &
Installation view of Reuben Paterson’s
Te Putahitanga o Rehua (2005), DVD.
44 STYLE | landscaping
Image: Courtesy of Plants Management Australia www.pma.com.au
Helleborus, ‘Ruby Daydream’.
LIGHT IN THE STORM
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 came to Goom Landscapes 10 years ago
with an already well established landscaping portfolio
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
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
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
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.
Get the most out of your home and property with landscaping that
reflects your taste and lifestyle.
0800 GOOM LS
CHRISTCHURCH QUEENSTOWN WANAKA
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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Neil and Trisha Ockwell,
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We meet some of those who are
making Merivale Retirement Village
the place to be.
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
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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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
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
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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First year birthday celebration.
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A timeless ankle boot is a must for
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Men’s jacket (Turner Anti Series Jacket
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ONE SIZE FITS ALL
Gift Cards are available in any
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Business trousers, $20,
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Featuring Zeke the dog.
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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 (littleoutfitters.nz), 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.
Women’s Tree Breezers
New Kapua ’19 arrivals...
Beautifully crafted in New Zealand from a silky soft blend of luxurious
Cashmere, Brushtail possum and Mulberry silk. This is Cashmere reimagined.
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OUR TEAM PUTS PRODUCTS TO THE TEST TO SEE IF
THEY LIVE UP TO THEIR PROMISES.
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.
A great product with excellent
environmentally friendly packaging.
The shampoo whip is just the icing
(whip) on the cake.
Best aspect? Excellent packaging
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I wish… this product didn’t make
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The shampoo whip has the texture
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I wish… more companies would
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FLYING THE FLAG
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
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
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
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,
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.
elegance and sophistication.
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comfort, luxury, affluence,
wealth, opulence, lavishness.
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MAKING IT COUNT
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
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
lives, we were awarded 9Round Australasia Franchisees of
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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,
however most commonly it refers to lightening and
lifting pigment from the skin caused through scarring
(from acne, dark spots), sun damage and fluctuations
in hormones (melasma). Occasionally it can be used
to promote increased cellular turnover through
mechanical or chemical exfoliation so that the skin
becomes ‘brightened’, i.e. glowing and softer.
Key ingredients to look out for in brightening
products are antioxidant vitamin C, alpha and beta
hydroxy acids, liquorice root, glycolic acid and retinol.
Some of these ingredients can make your skin more
photosensitive and more vulnerable to sunburn and
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
select ones that address a multitude of issues. One
particular product that does exactly this is La Prairie’s
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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
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White Mask and Boscia Sake Hydrating and Brightening
Serum. The skin is immediately hydrated and brightened,
leaving it silky, soft and smooth.
A series of brightening-specific facials with more
active concentrated formulas can work well in
conjunction with home care. Due to the 28-day
skin cycle, the ideal goal is a brightening treatment
once a week over a period of six weeks, then
once a month for maintenance.
Lotus Spa offers a highly effective, luxurious
60-minute facial that will leave your skin more
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even skin tone and increase brightness after just
one treatment. For optimum results, it is best to
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the ELEMIS White Brightening Even Tone range
that includes cleanser, lotion and serum products.
When introducing brightening steps to your
beauty regime, patience and dedication is key.
If you are wanting to lift pigmentation, due to
the complexity of its nature, it may take some
time to begin seeing the results. Through using
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perseverance and by pairing these with adequate
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Words Kate Preece
SEPHORA LANDS IN
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
beauty retailer is making itself quite the
home within the 1928 Keans building
(146-152 Queens Street), which has
undergone a reported $5-million-plus fitout
over three storeys. The characteristic
black and white stripes will be luring in
young and old to experience the brands
from Artemes to Zorva.
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6 MUST-DO TREATMENTS
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can help reduce the
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TAJ MAHAL Counted among the wonders of the world,
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FESTIVAL & FAIRS India’s cultural and religious diversity
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WILD THINGS ARE
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
- WILD LIFE -
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.
OTHER PLACES TO TRY NATURAL WINE:
• 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
- WILD IMAGINATION -
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.
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
there for European and Japanese designer threads. Precinct 35.
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asked Alana how she can help make the most of our holidays too.
Package deals make booking a cruise seem pretty
straightforward, but what are we missing out on when we
do it ourselves?
We can often get lower prices than you can find or access
packages that have added bonuses, like on-board credits. We
have great relationships with our cruise lines and certainly can
negotiate exclusive offers for our clients. We also help you
understand the value of all types of cruise ships. For example,
in Europe, a small ship cruise provides close access and often
guests disembark directly onto the sidewalk from the vessel.
This allows more time to explore, with no wasted time on
In what ways do you find yourself personalising people’s
No travel is ever the same. While you could go on the same
holiday as your friends, there may be a far better, more
economical and more suitable option for you with another
cruise line, tour company, or hotel. Spending almost 20 years
helping thousands of travellers and using the vast knowledge
that we all have acquired far enables us to show you all
Only recently I had a customer wanting to walk the Inca
Trail, however was dubious about the trek and tenting. She
didn’t realise you can do a similar trek in small lodges, with far
fewer people and on a far less beaten track.
Are you still the point of contact for clients if that ‘worstcase
scenario’ eventuates during their holiday?
Absolutely, we have 24-hour assistance for all our clients.
Even if I’m on holiday myself, there is always a staff member
to answer your call. Don’t rely on trailing through Google
when things go pear-shaped, call us for an immediate answer.
What gives you the most satisfaction in your role?
Going through the itinerary with clients after all the planning
and seeing the excitement they have about their trip. Knowing
you have helped make their dreams become a reality is such
a nice feeling. Also, when they get home, hearing about all the
memories they have made and will treasure forever.
What are you looking forward to most about your next
So many things… R&R by the pool, seeing some new
destinations (Palawan and Kota Kinabalu), experiencing the
many dining and entertainment options, and just getting to
see a new ship and all she has to offer.
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Four corners of the globe to escape the cold without running
into peak season crowds or a rainy season.
Words Gaynor Stanley
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,
Robert Mondavi and Louis M. Martini Winery.
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.
Peles Castle in Sinaia, Romania
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
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Warm the soul in hot pools, in front
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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
- ILEX CAFÉ, BOTANIC GARDENS -
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.
- COFFEE SUPREME -
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
- DINE AT 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 -
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
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- THE COW -
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.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
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
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!
IN THE PANTRY
Hemp is in vogue. Luckily The Brothers
Green (thebrothersgreen.co) 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
FRESH ON THE PLATE
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.
GO BACK TO...
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
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
clearing to celebrate…
SUBARU FORESTER PREMIUM AWD
The ease and speed to put
the car into the two X-Mode
settings – Snow/Dirt or Deep
The electric sunroof for perfect
in-car makeup application
and mountain views.
Its 220mm ground clearance.
The ‘call-in-progress’ message
obscuring the digital speed
Having to remember to look
ahead to be scanned for the
car to identify and activate
The sound of the car when
Driver Monitoring System will
recognise up to five set driver
profiles using facial recognition.
This will adjust interior settings,
including seat positions,
door mirror angles and air
Plug in to use Apple CarPlay
or Android Auto. Standard
Bluetooth hands-free calling.
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FUEL TANK CAPACITY:
4.5 stars out of 6 (Right Car);
4-cylinder, petrol engine
0-100 km/h: 9.5 sec
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and owners, by invitation only, to compete for the coveted
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to capture all the excitement!
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Antony and Louisa Powell
Karen Breckon, Glenys Kennard,
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SUPPER CLUB 2019
Sandra and Brent Hodder
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
Jim, Ian and Janette Borthwick
NADENE MILNE GALLERY
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
27TH ANNUAL WALLACE
ART AWARDS 2018 AT CoCA
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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Daily Defense Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 35.
This 45ml cream moisturiser extends the iconic Eight Hour line
to an all-in-one protector and perfector, valued at $69. We
have two to give away.
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