Style: August 02, 2019


August 2019




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August 2019



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Fashion Giants In The

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When Creative Minds



An Eye-Opening



A New Cinema, A Gift

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Winter Highs



Delicious Discoveries









Style is something unique to each of us. Each month Style encapsulates what’s remarkable, exciting or

emerging in the vibrant communities from Canterbury down to the Southern Lakes. Be assured, the best

of lifestyle, home and fashion will always be in Style.

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10 STYLE | inside word


Kicking off the NZIFF programme in Christchurch is

French romantic comedy La Belle Époque.

Rebecca Smallbridge’s Biophilia, one of 30 works

in the Reverie exhibition at the BNZ Centre.


Cinephiles should nab a five-trip pass

to winter enlivenment enjoying this

month’s New Zealand International

Film Festival – showing in Christchurch,

(8-25 August) Timaru (15-25 August)

and Dunedin (1-18 August). From

crowd pleasers (Photograph from The

Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra and The

Biggest Little Farm) to quirky (Deerskin,

a French homage to a fringed deerskin

jacket); local heroes (Helen Kelly –

Together), China noir in neon (Wild

Goose Lake) and thrillers (Kiwi festival

champion Ant Timpson’s directorial

debut Come to Daddy, starring Elijah

Wood. and The Nightingale follow-up

to Australia’s The Babadook). Expect

cinematic triumphs (Apocalypse Now:

Final Cut) and docos on Leonard

Cohen, Aretha Franklin, Halston and

Yves Saint Laurent. Yes, there’s a fab

flick on the bill for all.

Alpine Wine Tours is adding the

cherry on top to evening fun in

Queenstown by embracing the return

to fashion of the ‘progressive dinner’.

Hop in the Mercedes Sprinter for a

‘safari supper’ around the sights of

Gibbston Valley, Shotover River and

Arrowtown whilst savouring some of

the best food, wines and craft beers

the region can offer. You’ll be back in

town with a sober driver before the

bars shut!

Christchurch’s inner city laneways will

be injected with an invigorating dose of

arty fun and colour during the Winter

Wander (3-11 August). Flex your

creative muscles joining a Lunchtime

Sketch Club taught by artists working

in the windows of Ballantynes, Scorpio

Books and The Crossing Airbridge.

Free art supplies and easels provided

from 11.30am-1.30pm. Explore the

Guthrey Centre and The Terrace paths

to temporary installations and a pop-up

exhibition at the BNZ Centre.

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12 STYLE | inside word


Grizzly Baked


Boba Bear


We don’t know about you, but we’re constantly on

the lookout for Hong Kong waffles. Christchurch is

well into this trend and the newest place for this

delightful dessert is Boba Bear. If you’re catching a

flick at Ent X, stop in for a drink (they have bubble

tea and espresso-based drinks) or this delicious

dessert, or check out its new site at Westfield

Riccarton. Made fresh, their bubbly Hong Kong

waffles are served warm with a scoop of ice cream

and your choice of toppings. Try the sprinkles with

chocolate sauce poured over vanilla ice cream and

thank us later.

Grizzly Baked Goods (33 Buchan Street, Sydenham)

is known for its sinful doughnuts and morning buns,

but they’ve now released a Christmas morning bun

that pairs perfectly with coffee on a cold morning.

They’re so good we could easily eat two in one

sitting – or settle for a doughnut six-pack... to share.

Fennel and Fig is a little green food truck and catering

company in Selwyn. On the Christchurch food circuit,

if you happen to spot it, make sure to try the pulled

pork, spiced lamb shoulder or polenta-crusted tofu –

all delicious options.

Image: Vanessa Ortynsky

Boba Bear


Congrats to Christchurch’s Davinia Sutton who must

have felt like ‘queen of the world’ ascending the

podium more times than James Cameron at the 1998

Oscars, during the National Kitchen and Bathroom

Association Excellence in Design awards. Detail by

Davinia Sutton scored 12 out of 40 awards, including

the gong for Designer of the Year.

We can all look forward to more designer choices for

every room in our homes with the news Pottery Barn,

Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm are the next batch

of big international brands heading Christchurch’s way.

Thanks to a New Zealand exclusive partnership with

Ballantynes, the three concept stores will open within

two new floors of homewares in October this year.

Our menswear scene is shaping up nicely too. Hugo

Boss and Sergios have added some handsome

cachet to the river end of Cashel Street Mall. And,

synonymous with quality men’s attire for decades,

Columbus & Ware is about to rebrand as Rembrandt

at its Merivale Mall location.

Image: Vanessa Ortynsky Image: Vanessa Ortynsky

14 STYLE | events





Christchurch Town Hall



The Piano: Centre for Music and

the Arts, Christchurch






Louis Baker – Open Album Tour

Celebrating the launch of his debut album,

the soulful singer, with full band, stops in

Christchurch as part of his nationwide tour.

Blue Smoke, Christchurch


The Morton Trio

The Melbourne-based Kiwi professionals

return to Christchurch to perform the

classics with a horn, violin and piano.

The Piano: Centre for Music and the

Arts, Christchurch


Symphonic Spectacular – Dunedin

Symphony Orchestra

Performing for the first time in

Queenstown with music from a host of

composers including Mozart and Schubert.

Wakatipu High School, Queenstown

1 September

The Ultimate Queen Celebration

Hear Marc Martel, one of the voices of

Freddie Mercury in the smash hit biopic

Bohemian Rhapsody. He’s also performed

with Roger Taylor and Brian May.

Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch



Open Christchurch: Christ’s College

Memorial Dining Hall

This sensational heritage building opens its

doors for the public to enjoy the work of

designer Cecil Woods.

Christ’s College, Christchurch


Women of Influence – Speaker Series

Motivating speeches from the likes of

radio presenter Brodie Kane, Olympian

Anna Willcox and adventurer Jo Morgan.

Christchurch Town Hall


Whisky Tasting with Whisky Galore

Indulge in an evening of enjoyment

and education with five varying malt

whiskies to sample with perfectly

paired nibbles. You’ll leave somewhat

of an expert.

Christchurch Adventure Park

30 August – 8 September

Winter Pride Queenstown 2019

Celebrating love, community, visibility and

inclusion, this festival encourages locals

and visitors alike to come together and

celebrate diversity.




One Day Ahead

A documentary film following the journey

of eight New Zealand amateur cyclists

who attempted to complete the 2018

Tour de France a day ahead of the


St Margaret’s College, Christchurch

3, 7 & 10

Grand National Festival of Racing

Experience winter racing with incredible

fashion, wonderful food and the very best

racing that the country has to offer.

Riccarton Racecourse, Christchurch


Monteith’s Clyde to Alexandra 10km

Road Race

Enjoy the Central Otago scenery on a

pure road race that starts on the Clyde

Dam and concludes near Alexandra.

Alexandra, Otago


1 – 25

New Zealand International Film Festival

Celebrating the finest films and screens

across New Zealand, this cultural winter

highlight will delight all film buffs.

1-18: Rialto Cinemas & Regent Dunedin

8-25: Isaac Theatre Royal & Lumiere

Cinemas, Christchurch

3 – 24

The Father

Smashing our misconceptions of time,

memory and dementia in this profoundly

moving and darkly comic masterpiece that

stars Mark Hadlow and Luanne Gordon.

The Court Theatre, Christchurch

17 & 18

Disney On Ice Celebrates Mickey and


Commemorating 90 magical years of

Mickey Mouse, join Donald Duck, Goofy

and the rest of the gang in this wonderful

musical on ice.

Horncastle Arena, Christchurch

17 August – 7 September

The Arsonists

Enjoy the story of arsonists M and H, who

don’t usually get things wrong, until now.

The Court Theatre, Christchurch

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Lately I’ve found myself writing a lot

about people rather than our real

estate market. But given this is a

people-focused industry, I’m going to

continue the theme this month and

look at what it means to be a mentor

– and the art of mentoring. Part of the

rationale for this is the recent parting

of an incredible mentor, one of two

mentors that my husband and I have

had at our side for our entire careers.

Their guidance and care over the

decades has been enormous.

When I entered this occupation I’d never

even heard of the word ‘mentor’ and yet

now, 25 years later, it’s considered a vital

component for success and industry

longevity. It is something that I subscribe to

and now also find myself in the role of being.

The word ‘mentor’ is defined as an

experienced and trusted advisor, someone

who guides and trains, and the recipient of

this support is known as a ‘mentee’. Simply

put, it could be described as helping out, but

there’s nothing simple about being a mentor

or mentoring.

Mentors can, and often do, share

information and insights about their own

career choices, providing wise counsel,

emotional support and motivation, and

acting as a vital role model. It’s not an easy

path, especially the practice of being a role

model, because you can’t rest on the adage

of ‘do what I say, not what I do’. The bar for a

mentor is higher than that.

The mentoring I’ve been given has included

having opportunities identified that I was

either too busy or short-sighted to see,

being assisted with solutions that my limited

expertise at the time didn’t grasp, and being

chastised from time to time (sometimes

more severely than others!!!). I learnt lessons

that were for life and I tried not to duplicate

mistakes. They have been honest and open

relationships lasting many, many years.

Now I find myself in the role of a mentor and

the bar has been set at a very high level given

the experiences I’ve had. Some of the tasks

I’m involved with are totally industry-driven,

others of a more personal nature, and a good

mentor can manage both without leaving

you feeling lost or belittled.

I’m finding more and more people are looking

for wise guidance, as it seems wisdom is

in short supply, replaced instead with trite,

prescriptive advice that relies on ‘greeting card’

sentiments and clichéd phrases.

The four pillars of mentoring are these:

trust over theories; wisdom (that

beautiful word again); time (your mentor

shouldn’t be looking at their watch whilst

you talk with them); and, here’s the

biggie, no agenda.

So, if you are searching for the right person

who is deeply in your corner and committed

to your professional and personal wellbeing,

look for these qualities. You never know, it

might be the mentor that actually finds you.

If you’re having trouble finding someone who

encompasses this, email me and I’ll do my

best to point you in the right direction.

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STYLE | report 17



While you wouldn’t want to assume that those who can design a perfectly

fitted garment could fit out a living room with ease, there are many that can.

Turns out, in case you weren’t watching, some of the biggest names in fashion,

dabble, very well, in the world of home design.

Words Kate Preece

ABOVE: OBI rug by Armani/Casa.

18 STYLE | report

Umbrella stand – Ceci n’est pas un vase (This is

Not a Vase), Dior Maison x Dimore Studio.

Even some of the biggest names in

fashion are not replete with apparel

alone. Neither are some small designers,

to be fair. And I suppose it makes sense

when you imagine what sort of brains are

at work behind those catwalk looks that stir

up murmurs of complimentary architectural

lines, perfectly mismatched materials and

colour combinations worthy of much more

than one statement alone. So, we went

looking for a few of our own matching sets,

discovering the 58th annual Milan Furniture

Fair to be a great gauge on just how well

these fashion names are doing in the

homewares world.

Two of the three

vases in the Basket

series, Dior Maison x

Dimore Studio.

Ginkgo table

collection by

Cordelia de

Castellane for

Dior Maison.

- Dior Maison -

Christian Dior studied architecture. He never overlooked

the connection between interiors and fashion, which

itself prompted him to employ two decorators, Victor

Grandpierre and Georges Geffroy, to design his Parisian

home and headquarters. From here the ‘New Look’ was

revealed in 1947, as was a new type of fashion show (as

ordained by then Vogue fashion editor Bettina Ballard).

Not to be confused with Maison Christian Dior – the

luxury fragrance line with candles, soaps and a scarf line

(for perfuming purposes) formerly known as La Collection

Privee, displayed at the Maison Christian Dior apartment in

the heart of Paris, Dior Maison relates to an in-house brand

launched in 2016. The first collection saw 11 designers

contribute such items as hand-embroidered linens, handblown

glass carafes and Dior-printed playing cards, but this is

not a brand likely to rest on its lapels.

At this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, Dior Maison joined

forces with Dimore Studio, an Italian-American duo based

in Milan and known for a particularly luxurious aesthetic.

Sounds like a match made in heaven, and the resulting vases

and candelabra, frames and umbrella stand are most worthy

of their special order status and one year only in production.

STYLE | report 19

Tiger Face print

wallpaper by

Gucci, influenced

by its women’s

wear line and

set against a pink

background for

Pre-Fall 2019.

- Gucci Décor -


ou know this one. We’ve featured the creative flair that is the result of this

two-years-young fashion baby many a time. It perfectly highlights what happens

when an Italian fashion house answers the question of how to add class and colour

in one swish movement. It’s all about candles, cushions and chairs, with folding

tables and even wallpaper to make your room oh-so fashionable. Go for the Tiger

Face print wallpaper or folding table and you’ll be fierce day in and day out.

20 STYLE | report

Versace Home’s 2019 offerings includes

the brand’s first outdoor pieces – the

Jungle collection, inspired by a print

from Spring/Summer 2000.

- Versace Home -

Another goodie. With absolutely nothing

subtle about its approach to meal time,

Versace invites Medusa into your house,

emblazoned in gold across porcelain plates

or else lets you go for baroque on your

salt shaker. Never feel you need leave the

Versace touch on the table however, as the

range even extends to a kettle ball and set

of dumbbells complete with that tell-tale

Medusa head.

This year’s furniture show was the

platform on which to debut the 2019

collection, which boasts Versace Home’s

first outdoor items. Find a hanging bed, sun

bed, lanterns, fire pit table, water-resistant

chairs and a glass cube – ideal for resting

one’s champagne glass on. It’s all about

pop culture and mythology, which basically

means you get in-your-face colours bound

to create an anything-goes ambience.

A sofa from the Rhapsody line, known for its gold. accents.

The Pop Medusa chair has a

revamp in 2019, arriving in

both pink and yellow.

STYLE | report 21

- Dolce & Gabbana x SMEG -

What better way to ramp up style points in the

kitchen than to bring in a touch of Dolce &

Gabbana. For the fourth consecutive year, the fashion

icon teamed up with SMEG to create unforgettable

fridges – and more, for a vibrant display at the Milan

Furniture Fair. What started with 100 hand-painted

fridges has moved on to bring us kettles, juicers,

blenders, coffee machines and toasters that ooze

artisanal charm and are potently laced with pops of

colour. Just look at the ‘Sicily in my Love’ range to

understand how a splash of southern Italy, complete

with Sicilian cart motifs, could radically change your

kitchen vibe.

The latest collection by Dolce & Gabanna x SMEG

as shown at the Metropol Cinema in Milan.

3 August 2019

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22 STYLE | report

Armani/Casa at

this year’s Milan

Furniture Fair.

- Armani/Casa -

With a name that speaks proudly of sleek lines,

sophistication and heady scents, Armani

hasn’t shied away from turning its hands to interior

design. For the past 19 years, Armani/Casa has been

producing items for every room of the house, and it all

started with a lamp Giorgio Armani designed in 1982.

From the Logo lamp came the first store in 2000,

but four years on, it was time to add an interior design

studio to satisfy clients who just couldn’t get enough of

that Armani touch – one that is all about subtle luxury,

achieved through meticulous detail, fine materials and

nothing positioned without a purpose.

The new collection was revealed in Milan, where,

once again, the brand’s Oriental influences were seen

in motifs and patterns throughout textile, accessory

and tableware items. Light blue, blue, red and pale

gold formed the palette, with the design dialogue

including clean, contemporary and exotic. Whether it’s

a rug, the woven leather Onda chaise lounge or a set

of playing cards (for a game of memory), if the bank

balance allowed, we can certainly see how Giorgio’s

promised sense of well-being could be achieved when

surrounded by such items.

FROM LEFT: Limited-edition Club cocktail cabinet in Ocean Lacquer;

Onda chaise longue; Olsen three-seater sofa.


Unique, hand-finished pieces, designed to delight, built to last –

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Framed Prints,

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Ava Cushion

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Madeleine Chaise

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Table, $799

Asawa Handwoven

Wool Rug, $1299

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STYLE | design 25



Life-changing prosthetic hands, artisan watches, the Blunt treatment for pet

bowls, and plastic that really is fantastic: Style profiles some of the

inventive new talents on the New Zealand design scene.

Words Gaynor Stanley

26 STYLE | design

Sangfroid’s low-profile, unisize and unisex timeless

design suits any wrist or occasion.

Paceracer is about to release its next model, the PS Sangfroid, a bronze

pocket watch that pairs with a handcrafted kwila display cassette.


Brett Band has long had a fascination with watches – reading

about them and taking them apart to see how they work and fit

together. “I just think they’re awesome.”

Brett Band’s knowledge and

passion for watches grew to the

point where the industrial designer

for Methven prototyped his own,

painstakingly spending a year working

out how to hand-make his design from

scratch in New Zealand. “I want to

create watches that bring a different

take from a different place in the

world,” he says.

Wanting to prove to himself that he

could reproduce his prototype to a

deadline, Band entered it as Sangfroid

by Paceracer in The Designers Institute

of New Zealand’s 2018 Best Awards

and set about making 20. Paceracer

won bronze and the 20 were

quickly snapped up by cherishers of

Band’s artisanal approach and novel


Band is now making his eloquently

contoured and impeccably finished

36mm unisex Sangfroid to order

in stainless steel, bronze or brass

and gearing up to distribute the steel

version through an Auckland jeweller

for around $1400.

People are buying them for the

craft, he says, responding to the ethos

of Paceracer’s name that references a

pace race, where the objective is not

to finish the fastest, but to finish in the

best condition.

“It’s the intricacy that draws the

interest, the details as well as the

aesthetic,” says Band. Working after

hours, he has refined the 100 processes

involved to a three- to five-week

production schedule, depending on

the case material. Meticulous surface

finishing, using old-school techniques,

involves 12 hours alone tumbling

the watch dial in a concoction of

ingredients to perfectly abrade it. While

he has to source some components

like sapphire glass (second only to

diamonds in hardness) from overseas,

he assembles, buffs and polishes

everything himself.

Band also designed the striking

Paceracer branding and aluminium

frame packaging, with magnetic closure,

that has helped to distinctly position his

unique product.

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Waste plastic transforms into useful and unique stool and desk tops in the sustainably sourced birch

plywood furniture range made by Critical. in its Mt Roskill factory.


This Auckland-based start-up, led by co-founders Rui Peng and Adam

Ransfield, is on a mission to tackle New Zealand’s plastic stockpiling.

Critical. is winning kudos for its modus operandi

of providing the plastic upcycling technology and

design concepts that help corporates transform their

hard-to-recycle plastic waste (both soft and hard

plastics) into inventively designed, beautifully crafted

and scalable products.

“We work with significant New Zealand brands to

transform their plastic waste streams into products they

use and sell, creating commercial viability by making

plastic waste useful and profitable,” says Rui Peng.

What he calls its ‘circular economy programme’

has Critical. partnering on confidential projects with

some of New Zealand’s biggest companies in primary

industries, retail, technology and freight to turn their

waste plastic bags, packaging, bubble wrap, polystyrene

and more into purposeful and desirable products.

Already on the market is a range of designer furniture

including the 145 Stools, developed in partnership with

PLN Group, which each divert 145 pieces of plastic

packaging from landfill, and the Critical Desk made from

850 recycled milk bottles.

Critical. is also working with museum retailers to turn

plastic packaging discarded by gift shop visitors into its

Tumbling Blocks game and other gift lines.

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After breaking both arms in a mountain biking accident gave him an insight

into what life was like for an amputee, Christchurch engineer Mathew Jury

determined the world needed a more robust prosthetic hand.

Eight years after a life-changing accident,

Mathew Jury’s invention – the Taska myolectic

hand – is changing lives around the globe. And its

Christchurch manufacturing facility is ramping up

production to meet demand for the world’s first

water-resistant and multi-articulating hand. The

company began exporting to the United States in

December 2017 and has since added a Germanbased

European distributor.

“Those who’ve lost an upper limb are often very

active people who have suffered a traumatic injury.

We aspire to provide a device that is more robust

than anything else on the market and to continually

push this boundary,” says Jury.

Myolectic prosthetic devices are designed to

mimic human anatomy and function, but other

brands tend to be fragile and more cosmetic than

functional. Taska’s hand has more than 400 parts

and uses technology that is several years ahead of its

competitors to deliver a hand that feels more natural

and with which people can do more – anything from

peeling a potato and tying shoelaces to shooting

with a bow and arrow and riding skidoos.

The user controls the prosthesis using sensors

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placed on the muscles in the remaining

part of their limb. The sensor technology in

the device reads the movement and, once

it is calibrated to the wearer, it becomes a

functioning replacement hand.

Taska’s research and development

has been supported by New Zealand’s

Innovation Agency Callaghan Innovation

and the potential for further export growth

is huge. Taska was recently approached

by US researchers doing work on force

feedback sensors, which mean the patient

will be able to feel the prosthesis as part

of their own body. “That’s a whole new

level,” says Jury.

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The Kiwi designers behind Blunt umbrellas have now reinvented

the humble pet food bowl.

Design fans with fur babies equally as precious as the

humans in their life are taking note of Furf Pets, a new

venture for Auckland’s Makeshi-Thappen & Co that responds

to the flourishing pet industry. Its design team is led by

Blunt Umbrella’s co-founder Scott Kington who recruited

internationally acclaimed Kiwi designer David Haythornthwaite

to create a pet bowl that looks as good on the dining room

table as it does on the kitchen floor.

Not only is the bowl aesthetically pleasing – in black

stone, bone white and dusky pink – it is designed with

functionality and sustainability top of mind. Non-spill, anti-slip

and dishwasher safe, the bowl is made of quality, food-grade

silicone and stainless steel to protect both your pet’s health

and your floor. Furf decided on these human-grade materials

after discovering commonly used materials like plastic, ceramics

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dogs. The Furf bowls and matching silicone feeding mat are

made to last in an internationally-certified facility that ensures

a commitment to living wages and fair working conditions.

Qualities that saw it pick up Australia’s coveted Good Design

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“My dog, Buddy, is my best mate,” says Kington. “He has

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of having ugly dog bowls lying around. The minute I found out

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Step inside a 1927 Dunedin house that has undergone a transformation

of mammoth proportions.

Words Kim Dungey Photography Otago Daily Times

A year-long renovation has transformed this Dunedin property. On this side of the house,

part of the porch was absorbed into the master bedroom and a bay window was

added to what is now the snug.

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Designed by Hayley Shaw from

Melanie Craig Design, the kitchen

has solid American oak joinery.

The counters and splashback are

Corian Rain Cloud.

Bright red and blue paint covered the walls. In one place, a

rotten floor had been topped with layers of carpet. The

bath was pink and a plastic shower curtain was permanently

fixed to one wall as waterproofing. The basement laundry still

contained an old copper.

Susan Peters says when she and husband David Monteath

moved into the area, the home was owned by an elderly

couple, but later it became a “very sad” rental.

Despite this, they saw potential and when the opportunity

arose, they bought it.

“We always thought it was such a great section and had said

to [the previous owner] it would make a great family home.”

Dismissing advice from some to “bowl” the house, they

continued to live across the road with their two teenagers

while embarking on an ambitious year-long renovation.

The couple were keen for the house to be light, airy and

welcoming, and to have a contemporary edge. But they also

wanted to retain the character of the 235sqm four-bedroom

property that had been built in 1927.

“That’s why we chose [architectural designer] Julie-Ann Ross

– she’s very good at taking something old and working with it

rather than changing it completely.”

When it came to the budget, the owners prioritised the

kitchen and bathrooms, as well as fixtures and fittings that are

used daily. New carpet and bamboo flooring were big costs,

while new plugs, wiring and LED lighting helped future-proof

the property.

“The [diesel central] heating was also a large cost, so it was

important that it did what we wanted.”

As with many builds, the budget “went completely out the


Restoring or recreating original features can be costly and

with this in mind, the couple opted for a mix of old and new.

This meant constantly having to weigh up how far to go to

“redo” what was originally there.

The scullery contains a pantry with a roll-up door,

a steam oven and dishwasher.

The old kitchen.


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The old sunroom, which now houses the living room and dining areas.

One example, Julie-Ann Ross says, was

wooden panelling that disintegrated when

they started to touch it and that, in any case,

would probably have looked too busy. Most

of the damaged moulded ceilings could not be

salvaged economically and the wooden floor

was replaced because once walls were moved,

it would have required considerable patching.

However, all of the home’s leadlight

windows were taken out and double glazed

before being put back into the original sashes.

Other windows were made to match or

rescued from other old houses. They also

added traditional ceiling roses and cornices in

some areas.

The main priorities were making the

house more liveable, improving the flow and

providing access to outdoors, says Ross, adding

that the only way to get outside previously

was through the front door.

The property was in “dire straits”, but there

was a lot to work with. It had good bones,

north-facing living areas and a brand-new roof;

the “openness” of the sunroom was a bonus.

Builder John McLaren, joiner Ian Abernethy

and the staff of Melanie Craig Design worked

mostly within the original footprint. However,

part of the porch was absorbed into the

master bedroom.

Before, the only way to get outside was through the front door. Now, several sets of

glass doors create an easy indoor-outdoor flow.

The open-plan living area has sweeping views and leads

out to about 80sqm of decking.

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“We love the space we have, but when

people ask ‘would you do it again?’, the

answer is a resounding ‘no’.”



The basin in the family bathroom echoes

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The old bathroom and its shower

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This bedroom features one of the moulded

ceilings that could be salvaged.

Another bedroom near the living areas was given a new

use, becoming a snug that can be closed off when needed.

The biggest change took place at the rear where the

removal of walls and addition of steel beams created a large

open-plan space. Part of this is occupied by the kitchen

and scullery. The rest was previously the sunroom, now

transformed into a living-dining area with a wall of glass

providing panoramic views of Pine Hill, Dalmore and Mt

Cargill. Bifold doors lead on to a sprawling deck, with a

smaller, more private deck below.

The project also included new plumbing and insulation.

Not afraid to get their hands dirty, the owners spent many

nights and weekends lifting floorboards and carpet, removing

scrim and painting the exterior weatherboards. While all

this was happening, they were also renovating their other

property in preparation for it going on the market.

“We love the space we have, but when people ask ‘would

you do it again?’, the answer is a resounding ‘no’,” Susan

Peters says. “We would build, but we would never take on

another doer-upper – at least not one which required the

massive amount of work to make this place what it is today.”

Despite the “all consuming” nature of the renovation, the

end result was “definitely worth it”, she adds. The house

works well for them and is “very homely”.

“It’s a great family home and I see us staying here for a

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Homeowner Susan Peters’ tips

for renovating.

• Do your homework really thoroughly.

• Be honest with yourself when doing your

budget. Think about how much things cost and

include everything, from door handles to light

fittings and switch covers.

• Don’t skimp on kitchen and bathroom

joinery that you want to last a long time or

componentry that you will use daily.

• Surround yourself with good people. We had

a very good experience with our tradespeople,

but if it’s not working out, look elsewhere.

• Be realistic about the time and energy required

for a renovation. We grossly underestimated

how consuming this project was going to be.

An entire year of late nights and weekends

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and with a young teenage family to take into

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After an eight-year absence, the magic of the silver

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A major painting by one of

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Séraphine Pick’s monumental

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renowned local artist Bill

Sutton. The five-and-a-halfmetre

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Séraphine Pick’s Everything Old is New Again.

The Peninsula Art Auction returns

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on 3-4 August, supported by several

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Jason Greig, Ben Reid and long-time

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paintings to support the Lyttelton

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A growing priority in landscaping briefs is prioritising a patch to

enjoy the bounty of homegrown produce.

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In recent years there has been a genuine and sustained

revival of interest in growing our own veges and fruit.

For some of my design clients the productive, edible part of

their garden is the most important space to get right.

There are a few key influences driving this focus in

backyards all over our region. Firstly, we’ve all become

more aware of what’s in the food we consume. There are

concerns about pesticides and herbicides in our food chain

and some would argue that nutrient levels in our fruit and

veges are not what they used to be. Growing our own

food in a small way gives us a little more control over what

we are putting into our bodies.

A vege garden is also a great way to educate kids on

where our food comes from – not from the supermarket,

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sweet peas or corn cobs when we visited our grandparents

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You want planters that are rectangular and narrow – so

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make them too wide you’ll have to stand in your planters

to harvest your crops and risk compacting your beautiful

tilth at the same time.

Find a spot where the planters will receive the most sun

possible for your section. However, a little afternoon shade

will be okay if you’re looking to grow brassicas or a lettuce

or two.

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With a comparably small effort on your part and the

‘miracle’ of nature, in no time you’ll be rewarded with an

abundant supply of fresh veges for the coming months

and also have the distinct pleasure of giving away your

homegrown produce to friends and neighbours.


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Mulling over your

wine; outdoor


in winter.

by Goom

Although temperatures have plummeted, there is no need

to dive for cover indoors like a bear going into hibernation.

Entertaining and relaxing outside in the cooler seasons can be

very invigorating, and stave off dreaded cabin fever.

The key to enjoying your outdoor entertaining space during the winter

is to have an appropriate heat source. Nothing beats a roaring wood fire

to keep you toasty whilst also creating a cosy aesthetic visually. Gas fires,

pizza ovens, electric fires, ethanol and infrared heaters are also wonderful

solutions to keep the chills at bay.

Sleekly designed inconspicuous heaters (heat strips) can be attached

to your home or walls, preserving precious entertaining space in your

courtyard or outdoor room- no more awkward manoeuvring around a

gas heater plonked in the middle of your space. Heating from below using

heated pipes in concrete formed seats or outdoor flooring is possibly the

most discreet form of outdoor heating available. This system of heating is

also very practical for dangerous frosty areas on driveways, maintaining

safe access to your home and preventing snow from settling.

Once you have chosen your heat source, containing that heat will further

ensure your outdoor space remains inviting whatever the temperature.

An outdoor room is the ultimate solution to create a cosy space within

your garden. Alternatively louvres, roofs, and glass or perspex covered

areas are great options for trapping heat in. Vertical louvres, side shelters

and mesh screens will provide protection from heat robbing winds.

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Designer Alessandro

Michele has spun an

everyday essential

that still incorporates

his runway flare. The

crystal-embellished tiger

with all of the glorious

rows of braided fringe

will have you longing for

winter to stick around.


Quite frankly, winter renders all party

attire useless. Instead, get cosy and invest

in a most luxurious pair of pyjamas. Olivia

Von Halle has long been on our radars

for producing decadent silk garments,

and the Lila Ariadne silk pyjamas are no

exception. Despite the $725 price tag,

these pyjamas are the brand’s best sellers.

Perhaps down to the sublime print,

mother-of-pearl buttons and, of course,

the very finest silk. We’ll see you in the



Cosy days spent in the comfort of your own home are only ever elevated

with the addition of lit candles. Fornasetti Profumi is well known for

gorgeous candles that make for wonderful ornamental vases once the hours

of burn time have fizzled out. The 1900g Ortensia candle comes decorated

with the face of opera singer Lina Cavalieri, a muse of the designer. For 200

hours, the three-wick candle will emit its alluring scent of white rose, iris and

jasmine, perfectly created by Cire Trudon perfumer Emmanuel Philip. But

at what cost, I hear you ask? Take a deep breath and quite literally smell the

roses, because this candle costs $731. Almost too good to light.

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These chilly months can often leave us with

seemingly relentless sore throats, having us gulping

honey and ginger tea at double time. But if your

humble jar of honey set you back $1888, you may

just sip a little more slowly. While the price of the

250g Limited Reserve pot delivers a sting, Manuka

South believes that the cost is justified by the

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(their beekeepers access the hives via helicopter).

At roughly $50 per teaspoon, we think we’ll be

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Synonymous with winter wear that’s stylish and

practical in equal measure, Italian apparel brand

Moncler has got the season covered once more.

While $544 seems somewhat steep for what is

essentially a bobble hat, this bright pink beanie with

classic Moncler branding will ensure you stand out

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The Farrah Jumper in

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Words Kate Preece


Season 4 of Muse Cashmere sees the

Auckland-based brand bring 10 classic styles to

the fore in hues reflecting the autumn/winter

palette – think heather greys and mushroom

through to pops of blush, lilac and rust.

Says owner Olivia Healy, “Cashmere is

timeless, it can work within anyone’s wardrobe,

no matter their age or style. It’s incredibly

functional because it’s lightweight, doesn’t

crinkle and can be worn year round.”

The double-faced cashmere wrap has been

a prominent piece through each season, while

a touch of the 70s has been introduced with

the 70/30 cashmere-merino blend, ankle-length

Fleur dress (above) and its ribbed detailing.


The first full collection of

Harris Tapper sees designers

Sarah Harris and Lauren

Tapper go beyond the

signature tailored shirting for

which the brand has gained

popularity. In Pre Fall 2019,

the duo adds matching loose

slacks, tailored wide leg pants,

skirts and blazers.

“We want women

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feel powerful, refined and

armed to take on whatever

challenges come their way,”

says Lauren Tapper.

The pair called in their

friends for a campaign shoot,

styled to represent the

modern woman.

Owner and director of Hawke’s Bay Art Gallery Sophie Wallace wears the

Kate Shirt in White, $399, and Soft Slacks in Sage, $599.


One of Puma’s latest collabs is with Chinatown Market.

Designed by Mike Cherman, Chinatown Market brings with it

the promise of fun graphics and cheeky prints, all drawn from

the fast-paced existence of New York’s Canal Street.

Whether it’s the Puma Suede Chinatown Market, with its

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interchangeable stripes of the Ralph Sampson Lo Chinatown

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The latest collection by Luna &

Rose has just dropped. The brand,

established by Christchurch-born

Rosie Shelton, brings us ethical

jewellery produced in Bali, using

99 per cent recycled silver (and

18-carat gold plating). Aperitivo

celebrates the rich vibrancy of the

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Thanks to a host of wonderful designers, our fashion industry continues to blossom.

This year from 26 August to 1 September, an ever-thriving New Zealand Fashion

Week returns with a focus on sustainability, inclusivity and business success.

Words Ella James

Returning to its roots, NZFW19 will be held at

the Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square,

the location of the very first New Zealand Fashion

Week some 15 years ago.

“The bustling arts and culture precinct is at the

heart of Auckland city, and the close proximity

to the city’s most popular retail spaces and iconic

destinations – such as Queen Street, K’ Road

and Ponsonby – means the event will be more

accessible than ever,” rightfully boasts NZFW

founder and managing director, Dame Pieter


And as for the talent? Well, the bar is already set

very high. “We’re thrilled with the calibre of the

designers, buyers and brands already on board for

New Zealand Fashion Week this year and there

are many more to come.”

So, let’s take a look at just some of the

sensational designers that will be wowing New

Zealand, and indeed the world, this August.

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“Expect to see beautiful clothing and walk away

with new insight into how the clothing was made

and the sustainable fabrications we’ve used.”

– Maggie Hewitt

Maggie Marilyn

Having emerged as a trailblazing leader in sustainable fashion, it’s

hard to believe that NZFW19 will be Maggie Marilyn’s debut

show globally. Proud of her New Zealand roots, Hewitt states

that: “It felt really important for us to do it here in New Zealand

as this is home and we wouldn’t be where we are without the

constant support of our incredible local makers and supporters.”

And while there’s no denying the brand’s success here at home,

Maggie Marilyn has been donned by A-listers the world over,

including Karlie Kloss, Kris Jenner and Kate Hudson.

With an ethos that champions a balance of style and

sustainability, Maggie Marilyn and being planet conscious go hand

in hand, dubbing this fashion favourite the perfect fit for this

year’s overriding theme. “We believe in a fashion industry that

is regenerative and inclusive. This has inspired our collection and

will be clearly visible in our NZFW 2019 show,” says Hewitt.

Kathryn Wilson

Since 2003, Kathryn Wilson has had the fashion

industry firmly under her foot, thanks to her aweinspiring

collections, season after season.

Wilson’s designs and shows absolutely never

lack colour and excitement, and this year’s NZFW

show looks to be no exception.

“We are putting together a fun, uplifting

catwalk presentation, which will be entertaining

and energetic. We will be showcasing 80 pairs

of women’s footwear from both S’19 and W’20

collections from Kathryn Wilson and Miss Wilson

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Kate Sylvester

Kate Sylvester is a brand that has been positioned

at the forefront of the New Zealand fashion

industry for almost 25 years. Whilst NZFW

changes and evolves each year, Kate Sylvester

is not alone in recognising the wonderful

opportunity to be able to return to its original


“We are looking forward to participating in

NZFW this year and returning to where this

iconic event all began at the new Aotea Square

venue,” says Sylvester.

Kate Sylvester’s live shows are always

abundantly cool and creative, so you can bet your

last dollar that 2019 will be no exception.

Sew sustainable

The focus on sustainability for this year’s show

comes not only through those walking the talk

down the runway, but with an accompanying

sustainable design exhibition within the Central

City Library, as well as a range of free fashion

activations around the city centre, including

sewing and textile upcycling workshops and the

Swap it Like it’s Hot 3.0 Recycled Clothing Swap.

“We are looking forward to participating in NZFW

this year and returning to where this iconic event all

began at the new Aotea Square venue.”

– Kate Sylvester

Who else?

Maggie Marilyn, Kate Sylvester and

Kathryn Wilson are in stellar company.

Zambesi, Benjamin Alexander, Adrian

Hailwood, Stolen Girlfriends Club,

Jockey, and Wicken are amongst many

others set to impress the front row

and beyond with their own shows.


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Dressing your tot can be a tricky task, especially when the temperatures

drop. But winter needn’t mean that the small ones sacrifice on style. Here are

four things to consider when working on those winter wardrobes.

Words Ella James

Nature Baby.



It’s in their nature, after all.

They scream and they shout,

they bounce and they dance;

children are wild creatures that

cannot be tamed, so why not

dress them up in animal print?

A real crowd-pleaser amongst

children and adults alike, animal

print is beautifully versatile and

makes a fierce fashion statement

no matter the season. Be it for

a girl or boy; try pairing a bold,

animal print garment with muted,

everyday staples for an effortlessly

cool look.



Add a splash of sunshine to a

winter wardrobe.

During winter, we’re all guilty of

letting the weather dictate our

moods and wardrobes, but it really

should be time to shine, especially

for children. So, this season, try

adding a few happy hues into

circulation. A single garment in

a whimsical colour looks oh so

stylish but in reality, can be thrown

on quickly and easily; perfect for

playdates at home. Cheerful colours

including yellow and light blue are

more than capable of warming up

the months, so brighten up!

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Seed Heritage.

Nature Baby.


Because waffles aren’t just for breakfast.

Any budding fashionista knows that adding some

texture to an outfit can really take it to the

next level, and this certainly applies to children’s

clothing as well. Picking a textured fabric, be it

waffled or ribbed, makes everyday outfits seem

all the more put-together. Whether napping at

home or meeting friends at childcare, a little bit of

texture contrast makes for an easy-to-style outfit

that never fails to look cute and cool. Perfect for

these wintry days and nights, such fabrics will do a

much better job at retaining heat whilst remaining

breathable. Bonus!


Looking cute is key, but being comfortable

is imperative.

Babies are sensitive, often perturbed by the smallest

of inconveniences, but their skin? Well that’s a whole

different story. Extremely sensitive and prone to all

manner of itches and rashes, it really is best to wrap

up these fragile wee beings in the right fabrics.

Picking garments made from pure, organic cotton is

a great place to start, and getting your mitts on fabric

certified by the ‘Global Organic Textile Standard’ will

only further help in keeping your baby as happy as,

well, a baby. After all, who wouldn’t smile wearing

clothes free from harmful chemicals?

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Winter pushes our skin to its limits, but these new ‘high altitude’

products will keep its harsh effects at bay.

Words Clemency Alice

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During winter our skin is exposed to extreme

temperatures – from sitting in front of a yule log fire

listening to Mendelssohn’s piano works to bleak wintry

walks along desolate beaches; from exhilarating snowtopped

ski slopes to soaking in a Santa Maria Novella

aromatic rose-infused bath. It is essential to ‘protect and

prepare’ our skin from environmental skin stressors.

There has been a new wave of ‘high altitude’ beauty

products designed to combat a compromised skin

barrier and address that dry, flaky, sensitive and windburned

situation. High altitude skincare fortifies your skin,

making it more resilient and resistant to the effects of

harsh elements.

La Prairie’s Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal collection

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composed of purple saxifrage, Soldanella alpina and

snow algae. This helps support the skin’s defence system

against oxidative damage. The sheer, moisture-binding

Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil helps relieve signs

of fatigue, dryness and dullness. During the winter

months, it is vital to continue protecting the skin from

the sun. The Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil SPF50

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After an eventful winter’s day outdoors, gently

massaging your skin with a nourishing face oil will help

replenish and restore the skin. Phyt’s Sérum Nutrition

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prevent the sensation of discomfort and tautness. Infused

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a skin compromised through extreme weather conditions.

During the winter, step up your beauty mask routine

to two to three times per week. This will assist in

providing a suppleness and softness to your complexion.

Before your early morning walk, cocoon your skin with

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ELEMIS Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask will cushion

your skin with an intensive hydration boost. Delicately

scented with healing, rejuvenating plant essences and

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Organic muslin cloths are a simple yet effective way

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So, the next time you brave those arctic winter

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Words Kate Preece

The 9th Annual World Luxury Spa Awards

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Competing with all those within the Australia

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Now you can live like a – very comfortable – local by booking Ian Fleming’s Jamaican

villa or a French chateau, or house swapping to the other side of the globe.

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Expect no less than the

finest materials and finishes,

chef-grade appliances, and a

bathroom to every bedroom.

No doubt Te Kahu (top and below) will have you feeling a little more

attached to Wanaka after your three-night minimum stay (at $3900

a night) in architectural marvellousness. Awarded 2010 ‘Home of the

Year’ and 2011 NZIA New Zealand Award for Architecture, the three

bedroom home designed by Stevens Lawson Architects rests on 20

hectares en route to Treble Cone.

Airbnb has just launched a new luxury tier that

offers 2000 handpicked luxury homes around the

globe to travellers who seek a stay less ordinary.

Airbnb Luxe provides access to unique and

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It’s the latest evolution of the brand that disrupted

travel forever when Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia

inflated three airbeds in the living room of their San

Francisco apartment 11 years ago to launch Airbnb.

Having acquired luxury holiday rental company Luxury

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for luxury travel that saw the number of Airbnb

bookings for listings worth at least US$1000 per night

increase more than 60 per cent in 2018.

“Today’s luxury traveller is craving more than just

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Those craving privacy and exclusivity can book an entire island

in French Polynesia with its very own self-declared time zone at

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If your loose change pile doesn’t quite tally to the

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home of your own, house swapping could be your

bargain holiday solution. It’s especially popular with

families keen to avoid the hefty price tag of hotels

or serviced apartments while enjoying far more

space, full kitchens, laundries and, perhaps best of

all, a ready supply of toys.

The world’s biggest home exchange platform

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You’ll earn points when another member stays

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listings at any time. Either way, a cleaning fee is

likely to be the only bill on checkout.


Next time you’re looking for London accommodation,

there’s a novel new contender. The Boathouse is a

designer boutique hotel on a canal boat permanently

moored near picturesque Little Venice, close to the

central city. The contemporary barge was launched in

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In Melbourne, you can stay in one of six Airstream trailers

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One of the world’s greatest stars as a singer, comedian and actress, Cher

might have had an even more successful career as a real estate developer.

Photos Hualalai Realty

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From Florida to California and Hawaii, Cher has had

her hand in designing and decorating a number

of homes including on the Big Island in Hawaii at the

exclusive gated Hualalai Resort. There, she and her

architect-partner William Long designed a stunning

ocean-view, Hawaii-meets-Bali style contemporary

house. The current owner, billionaire businessman Bob

Parsons (GoDaddy), has the home on the market, fully

furnished, for US$10.955m (approximately NZ$16m).

Since 1970, when Cher and Sonny Bono bought

their first serious home, Cher has been fully engaged in

managing the décor, first in conjunction with decorator

Ron Wilson. She would tell him what she wanted, he

would say it was impossible, and she would say, “Just do

it.” He always did and worked with Cher on her next

five home acquisitions through 1991.

In 1996, she bought a property in Miami Beach and

took over the decorating herself and also launched

Sanctuary, her mail-order catalogue. By now, Cher’s

style was permanently grounded using large pieces and

varied textures, simply, without clutter. After selling

the Miami Beach mansion in 2002, she bought and

decorated another grand mansion in Malibu, then, in

2008, advanced from decorating to designing the actual

home in Hawaii with the assistance of William Long.

Taking full advantage of Hawaii’s perfect weather

and gentle tradewinds, Cher’s design maximised these

climate elements by emulating the Balinese open-pod

architectural style with great expanses of movable

glass walls that create a vanishing threshold for indooroutdoor

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By now, Cher’s style was permanently grounded using large

pieces and varied textures, simply, without clutter.

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The master suite faces the ocean,

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Spread across just over 3000sqm, the 875sqm house

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main living area when coming and going. Overall, the

home includes six bedrooms, and six full and two half

baths. Some of the baths open to private gardens for

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The master suite faces the ocean, has an office and

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Hoi An StreetS Get lost in and amongst the golden

hued streets of Hoi An and discover boutique galleries,

cute cafes, restaurants and a multitude of tailor shops.

This ancient town offers an alluring atmosphere and is a

buzz with travellers day and night.

Dine on VietnAmeSe CuiSine Vietnamese cuisine

boasts aromatic flavours, fresh ingredients and differs in

each region — look out for Pho, Banh Xeo, Banh mi, Bun

cha and Goi cuon. Much talked about Vietnamese street

food also offers a great opportunity to pull up a plastic

chair, enjoy a Bia Hoi (local beer) and sit amid the locals.

CruiSe HAlong BAy Cruise the limestone karsts of

Halong Bay and admire the spectacular scenery. The

towering karsts and rock island formations jut from the

sea creating a breath-taking panorama. With majority of

the islands uninhabited this is nature at its best.

SCooter or SiDeCAr experienCe Saigon streets

bustle with scooters at every corner. Explore the hidden

alleys, shops and street food stalls of Saigon riding

pillion on a scooter or in the sidecar of an old Russian

army motorbike. Surrounded by commotion, it offers an

endearing experience.

mekong DeltA life The mighty Mekong River flows

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a labyrinth of major currents and secluded canals.

Providing a lifeline to millions of people, a cruise along

the river offers a fascinating insight into the daily life of

the locals.

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Six flights, five cities and four hotels in eight days.

Kate Preece dips her toes into a culture influenced

by many, yet still very much its own entity.


ou’re going to

love it,” a friend

said, days before we left

Christchurch for Vietnam.

He wasn’t wrong.

Our whirlwind trip saw

us overnight in Singapore

before spending two

nights each in Ho Chi

Minh and Hoi An, one

in Hue and the last in

Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi.

“That’s too short,” said

our Active Asia guide.

He wasn’t wrong either.

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Saigon/Ho Chi Minh

There are only two seasons in

Saigon – wet (May-November)

and dry (December-April). Though

a rapid downpour isn’t going to

deter a Kiwi, especially when the

temperatures remain in the high


Along with the humidity (80 per

cent), it’s a bit of a shock to the

system, as are the seven-million

scooters that weave through the

streets with incessant honking – the

background noise to all cities on

our south to north trip.

I’m not going to lie; I had as much

apprehension around making our

way through Ben Thanh Market,

the city’s largest, than I had for

crossing the road. I had read that

the stall holders can be aggressive

and persistent, and you must cling

to your bags to spite pickpockets.

However, we made it past the

weaved bags and placemats,

‘branded’ clothing and coffee beans

without being accosted in any way. If

we had been tempted, however, we

would have started our bidding at

30 per cent of the offered price, and

paid no more than 50%, as advised

by our Active Asia guide.

The stories of Saigon’s past are

told at numerous tourist hotspots

today, including the War Remnants

Museum and Independence/

Reunification Palace. However, for

a truly eye-opening experience, Cu

Chi Tunnels is a must.

While many tourists make their

way by bus to the site of the Viet

Cong’s intricate underground

system, we travelled by speedboat.

An hour along the Saigon River

enabled us to take in scenes of

lifestyles unfolding around this key

waterway, saved us up to two extra

hours in traffic jams and included

the most delicious pain au chocolat

(Pat’a Chou French bakery).

The 250km of tunnels saw

soldiers live, work (making weapons

and clothing), fight and die within

underground rooms that were up

to three levels deep. Above ground

they spread hand-made land mines

and booby traps designed to slow

everything from American foot

soldiers to military tanks.

As tourists visiting the Ben Dinh

Tunnel site, we can slip down

into a hole barely wider than

one’s shoulders, pull the cover

over top and ‘disappear’ into the

ground below. A replicated tunnel

structure two times the original

size (still only a metre tall by 30cm

wide), better ventilated and well

lit, enables visitors to meet the

challenge of going 100m. The

majority of our group escape after


Extra purchases could see you

try your hand at AK-47 shooting

at the firing range ($40 for 10

rounds) or come home with a pair

of shoes made from tyres that

leave footprints that suggest you’re

walking in the opposite direction.

The art of war is a clever one.

Style tips for the Cu Chi Tunnels

• Don’t wear white if you think you will venture

into the tunnels.

• Time your trip for the morning – for less people

and a lower temperature. (In the peak season,

40,000 people go through this site every day).

• Consider bug repellent – you are walking

through a jungle after all.

• Be brave; you know you’re safe in the tunnels.

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A history of a different kind can

be discovered at Fito Museum,

which tracks the development of

traditional Vietnamese medicine

from the Stone Age to today.

One of the first private museums

in Vietnam, the six-storey building

itself is of interest. Moved from

Hanoi, it is remarkably bigger than

it first appears, with 14 exhibition

rooms exploring different fields of


Whether it’s the bamboo houses

of the Mekong Delta, the carved

figures of the north or the motherof-pearl

use of the south, there’s

also an opportunity to become

more familiar with Vietnam’s four

spiritual animals: dragon (power),

phoenix (beauty), turtle (longevity)

and unicorn (prosperity). These

animals line the roofs of pagodas –

with the unicorn more of a lion than

what the western world depicts

– and the turtle often represented

through a circular symbol, which,

once you start taking notice of it,

you will see everywhere.

We finish our journey, aptly, with

a cup of tea infused with both lotus

flower and the highly revered li minh

mushroom. We are told, one cup will

add one year to one’s life. Well, then,

drink up.

Hoi An

There is something about Hoi An.

A 45-minute drive from Danang

airport, it’s warmer than Ho

Chi Minh, with a much smaller

population (around 150,000, versus

8.5 million of Vietnam’s largest city).

It almost feels as though you are

walking through people’s backyards

once you start winding your way

through the city streets. Houses are

being built, reels of wire are being

straightened out and, down an

alleyway, you see normal family life

taking place.

There are tailors aplenty, though I

settled on purchasing some custommade

shoes. A bit of bartering and

24 hours later, I’m picking up a pair

of sandals in Vietnamese leather that

truly do boast an amazing fit – all

for $30.

The half-day cycle tour became

a trip highlight – despite not being

able to remember the last time I

was on a bike and the ‘anything

goes’ approach to road rules. Water

poured from the sky, pooled on the

roads and had us completely soaked,

but we weren’t cold and we gained

a much wider view of life in Hoi An.

From rice paddy fields and their

free-ranging water buffalo, to shrimp

farms and the rivers complete with

fish traps (bamboo sticks arranged in

large circles), we rode easily among

the lush landscapes that surrounded

them. At the Thanh Ha pottery

village, where 300 families live today

(not all making a living from pottery

any more), we try our hand at

making small vessels from the clay

sourced from the nearby river.

The houses here are raised well

above ground level. Vu, our Active

Asia guide, explains that this is due

to flooding that was once an annual

event, with river water rushing in

through the village to heights of two

metres. Yet, never was this seen as a

catastrophe. Rather, a way to wash

away pests – from termites to rats,

and fertilise the rice paddy fields. It

was good luck. Today, man-made

dams in the mountains see the

floods less frequent and Mother

Nature’s way stymied.

At Tra Que ‘farming’ village we

see perfectly maintained strips

of lettuce, mint, spring onion and

morning glory create a patchwork

of green, in all its shades. Each

family owns 100–200sqm of space,

which they tend laboriously, using

only homemade seaweed tonics to

boost growth of their year-round

gardens. These organic vegetables

are then taken to the market

and sold. The leaves of the water

coconut are used like netting,

fending off birds and providing

shelter from the sun.

As night falls, the streets become

aglow with brightly coloured lanterns

and the Thu Bon River covered in

sampan and floating candles. Flanking

both sides of the river are eateries

serving everything from pizza and

beer to traditional Vietnamese food.

While deciding, we stopped in on

the 300-metre-long Nguyen Hoang

Night Market, a place for souvenirs

and snacks – a fried frog perhaps?

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One of the best reasons to add

Hue to your itinerary is so you can

experience the 21km Hai Van Pass

that serves as the border between

what was the former capital and

Danang. There’s a 6km tunnel (the

longest in South East Asia), but it’s

all about the views on this journey.

A quaint pitstop, halfway up

(500m), is enough to cast views

down over a picturesque village (a

former leper colony), across the sea

to the Marble Mountains, Monkey

Island and everything in between.

Once back at ground level, a

myriad of shops sell eucalyptus oil,

as the surrounding hills are covered

with gum trees that are felled and

replanted for use as wood chip and

paper. There are lotus farms, which

send the flowers and seed off to

be used in cooking and tea, and the

largest lagoon, Tam Giang (20,000

hectares), on which entire families

live in boats.

Then, you reach Hue, another

city in which history has left many a

story worth hearing.

The fourth emperor of Vietnam’s

Nguyen dynasty, Tu Duc (1829-

1883) had 104 wives, more than

100 concubines, three adopted

sons and an incredible tomb. He

created a sanctuary across 12

hectares, on which 40 buildings

were built from 1864 and at which

he spent many a day before he

died. His final resting place is a

secret – one that saw all his 200

servants beheaded upon his death.

From the peaceful oasis planted

with jack fruit, frangipani and pine

trees, we head into the city centre’s

most revered icon – the Imperial


Designed by the French, it is

10km in diameter, with walls

21-metres thick. After the war, the

140 buildings once held inside were

reduced to 20, but restoration is

big in Vietnam, whether it’s the

preservation of their centuriesold

pagoda, or the restoration of

what is, today, one of Hue’s tourist

hotspots – and a UNESCO World

Heritage Site.

We reflect on a busy day of

history lessons sipping on local

Hue beer in a place that sells New

Zealand ice cream.


In the north of this long country,

Hanoi is the only city we visited

that can attest to experiencing four


We pondered whether another

‘bike tour’ was a good decision

as rain (heavier than that of Hoi

An) persisted, but a ‘cyclo-tour’ is

exactly what you should do in such

weather. Passengers sit pretty in a

covered seat, while a driver pedals

and steers this three-wheeled

chariot from behind. We smugly

toured the city while watching,

in pity, tourists atop real bicycles,

form poncho rainbows of unrest

as they passed our rather royal


Our Active Asia guide stopped

us at key points of interest – from

the Ho Chi Minh’s tomb (closed

to visitors June to August), to the

railway line (curiously flanked by

cutely curated coffee shops), the

government buildings and the north

gate of this city’s citadel. The ‘old

quarter’ offers narrow streets and

tall buildings, clearly home to many,

with plants trailing over balconies

stacked with bonsai and even the

odd pot plant hanging off the crisscross

of power lines.

Our visit to Hanoi was all too

brief, with one night to take in the

sights. For those staying longer,

there is every kind of shop you

could imagine here – from fashion

to manchester and designer

homewares. Start the day with a

good coffee, and you could wander

the streets all day long.

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Singapore Airlines makes it easy for South Island travellers

to land in Vietnam. Fly from Christchurch to Singapore

direct (10 hours) and refuel at the award-winning

destination that is Changi Airport. Explore its newest

attraction, Jewel – the huge shopping mall an easy walk

from Terminals 2 and 3, and connected to the arrival hall

of Terminal 1. It has oodles of shops as well as the world’s

tallest indoor waterfall (40m) with its own evening light

show (similar to that of Gardens by the Bay).

From there, Singapore Airlines can fly you to Ho Chi

Minh (two hours 10 minutes), Danang (two hours 45

minutes) or Hanoi (three hours 25 minutes). Hop between

these wonderful cities using Vietnamese Airlines.

For Business Class and Premium Economy travellers,

make sure to utilise the Book The Cook option. Up to 24

hours ahead of your flight, peruse a mind-bogglingly vast

range of dining options that will have you watching the

aisles in eager anticipation.

The Almanity Resort and Spa


The Myst Dong Khoi

Saigon: The Myst Dong Khoi

6-8 Ho Huan Nghiep Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1

This two-year-old hotel was an absolute treat – and it

wasn’t just because of the complimentary beer in the

mini bar. Its quirky décor saw a mix of old-school accents

(working dial telephone) alongside the modernity we seek.

The outdoor bath was an absolute highlight, and there’s no

excuse not to use it given there’s a complimentary bikini

hanging with the robe and slippers. The perks extended to

‘tea time’ at which you gained another opportunity to dig

into their most impressive buffet offerings, from 3pm. Then,

there are the astounding views from the 12th-floor rooftop

bar and pool – though you’ll want to book in quick, before

the next-door building obscures the river-side view. With

a central-city location to boot, the worst thing about The

Myst is that you’ll be comparing all your other hotels to it!

Hoi An: The Almanity Resort and Spa

326 Ly Thuong Kiet, Tan An Ward

Highly regarded for its spa, the wellness resort comes

complete with complimentary – and highly recommended

– yoga to start the day (7am-8.30am). We experienced

a 45-minute aromatherapy massage before imbibing in

the sauna and steam room, to emerge as relaxed and

refreshed as one should, especially when on holiday.

While we were there, each day was given a colour and a

meaning, so love – red, and courage – orange, were the

themes that uplifted us through our stay.

Hue: The Saigon Morin

30 Le Loi Street, Phu Hoi

This French-colonial-style home-away-from-home is one

of grand proportions – its rooms expansive in both height

and grandeur. Ideally located alongside the Perfume River,

the complex also boasts a wonderful outdoor dining facility

that ensures your day starts off well with an al fresco


Hanoi: Silk Path Hotel

195-199 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District

Inner-city apartment is what comes to mind when thinking

of a room at the Silk Path. Well-appointed, with a marble

bathroom, the view from the 7th floor balcony gives the

bird’s eye perspective a traveller doesn’t always get to

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From Saigon to Hanoi, the street food is extraordinary. However, you

don’t have to brave the street stalls either, with many napkin and cutlery

equipped restaurants leaving you sated at $20 per head.

Words Kate Preece

- EAT -



Beef cooked on lemongrass skewers, served

with a peanut sauce, pineapple, Vietnamese

mint, cucumber, green capsicum, daikon and

some greens. Create your own rice paper

parcel with the aforementioned ingredients for

a flavour hit.


You’ve got to do it. Find a place that smells

delicious and looks busy (our choice was Pho

Ga Nguyet in Hanoi). Then, grab a seat and

go for pho – it’s noodle soup, with meat, in

a flavoursome broth that always comes in a

generous bowl and can be amplified in taste

with various condiments on the table. A splash

of lime and a couple of drops of a mystery chilli

sauce seemed to do the trick.



Our guide directed us to this place, and

thankfully even picked our dishes, because

this might not have made the list otherwise.

Shrimp, pork and noodles were within a

crispy Vietnamese pancake, that was just

one ingredient to again layer into rice paper

with assorted leaves for the ultimate flavour



There’s sticky rice and then there’s this, the

street food version. It will arrive as a large

brown balloon, which is then squished flat and

cut into pieces using a pair of scissors. It’s sweet

and very tasty.


They say there are a couple of things the

Vietnamese remain thankful to the French for,

and the baguette is No 1. A very popular meal

is one such bread stick filled with a mix of meat

and salad ingredients, and often paté, that, no

matter how simple, puts any sandwich place we

have in New Zealand to serious shame.

Beef patties

with Citronella

Banh mi

Fried sticky

rice ball

Banh xeo tom thit

Pho (noodle soup)

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Can be bought in the way you’re

accustomed to ($2 for a cappuccino),

and it’s not hard to find a great café.

Vietnamese ice coffee ($1.50) is served

with milk, or condensed milk – don’t

knock until you try it! It’ll hit the spot

for sweet-tooths, or simply dial it back

to a simple black coffee, if preferred.

Remember, Vietnam is the second

largest producer of coffee in the

world, so they do know a thing or two

about the stuff – join them to enjoy a

traditional 'phin' single-cup drip filter.


At as low as $1 (15,000 VMD), it is

cheaper than bottled water. The local

beer – and every city has one – is

typically refreshing and easy drinking,

even for someone who traditionally

wouldn’t drink it at home. You can step

it up a level, though, for craft beer is

certainly a thing.


Not your cheapest option. Can be $8

a glass for the house wine, a bottle of

French red could be found for $40, and

generally, it appeared easier to purchase

by the bottle.


Make a note of these, and their times.

This might see you with cocktails as

cheap as $5, two-for-one beers, or

three for two cocktails.

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If you’re in need of a winter getaway (who isn’t?) with delicious menus to match,

there’s plenty to explore throughout the South Island. From cosy pub meals to

healthy greens to stave off a cold, we’ve travelled around to all the new and

noteworthy places, sampling incredible eats along the way. Trust us, you don’t

want to miss out on these menu items, so let’s dive in.

Words & Photography Vanessa Ortynsky

Miss Lucy’s


The rooftop bar and pizzeria that is Miss Lucy’s (4/47 Camp

Street, Queenstown) recently celebrated its first birthday

with a massive party and a brand new menu to boot. While

it’s near impossible to narrow down the best dishes, we’ve

done our best….

The halloumi mac and cheese is a showstopper and the

perfect comfort food for these frosty evenings, while the

jalapeño poppers are equally delicious, especially if you

like a little kick to start off your meal. Mushrooms feature

heavily on winter menu, so make sure to try the mushroom

dumplings and the vegetarian mushroom pizza. Meat lovers

are in for a treat if they order the spicy lamb pizza – you

can thank us later.

For drinks, the team has created a pink gin that rivals

every other one we’ve tried (and we’ve tried plenty!) plus

serve a decadent dessert drink in the chocolate martini

(made with vodka). And as for dessert, on offer are the

most amazing warm (!) cookies, perfect for dipping in hot

cocoa. Oh, and they’ve managed to create delightful vegan

s’mores. My advice is to grab a pal, sit by the fire and dig in.

Bespoke Kitchen

Though it’s more of an old favourite than newcomer,

Bespoke Kitchen (9 Isle Street) is always worth a repeat

visit. With fried cauliflower, organic brown rice, crispy

tofu, daily greens, coriander, pickled radish, tamari seeds,

tahini and peanut sauce, the seasonal bespoke bowl is

well worth your attention. If you’ve had a few too many

chocolate martinis at Miss Lucy’s, this bowl is the best

antidote. For something a bit heartier, try the hash – Agria,

carrot and kumara hash, with spring onions, crispy corn,

sunflower seeds, watercress aioli, fried egg, cherry and

chilli relish. It’s both filling and nourishing. The Allpress

coffee is consistently excellent as well.

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Our Dog Friday

If you’re guilty of bypassing

Tekapo in favour of Queenstown

and Wanaka, we suggest spending

a bit more time in this gorgeous

alpine town. From an informative

(and photogenic) tour with Lake

Tekapo Farm Tours to ice skating,

hot pools or the new Dark Sky

Project, you won’t be wanting

for things to do. Afterwards, be

sure to stop into newbie Our

Dog Friday (5 Motuariki Lane)

for gourmet burgers, pulled

pork loaded fries, and drinks (be

sure to order a hot toddy). The

restaurant is perfectly situated at

the edge of the lake and the menu

offers the perfect post-activity

feed to keep everyone happy.


The Athens Yacht Club

Up until recently, Christchurch’s options for

a Greek feast were few and far between.

Enter The Athens Yacht Club (179 Victoria

Street). By the team at Bar Bar Blacksheep

(the same name behind Louis, Red Light

District and You Hanoi Me), this wee gem

lives up to its claim to be “Greek food fit for

the gods”. Dig into the grilled pita, tzatziki,

calamari and spanakopita and soak up the

atmosphere at the space that was formerly

Saggio di Vino. The sleek, carefully selected

nautical décor will have you feeling like

you’ve set sail in Greece. It’s a beautiful spot

quickly becoming a local favourite.

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The cosy seaside pub

is an excellent place

for a hearty meal

with friends.

The Pier Hotel


Only a short getaway from Christchurch,

Kaikoura is undoubtedly a foodie

destination. One of our favourite places

for a bite with a view is The Pier Hotel

(1 Avoca Street). The cosy seaside pub

is an excellent place for a hearty meal

with friends and is especially appealing

when the weather turns, as can often be

the case in Kaikoura. We’re partial to the

fish and chips (when in Kaikoura, after all)

and the crayfish with fries. The wine list

is extensive and mostly local, so head on

over with some friends and you might

just find yourselves staying much longer

than you planned.

Slam Club

If you’re in Kaikoura for the weekend, or

even just passing through, dropping into

Slam Club (10 Westend) won’t leave

you disappointed. The beautiful café

serves up some of the best espresso in

the city, alongside sandwiches and baked

goods. And, if you’re in the mood for a

treat, order the rhubarb strudel.

STYLE | wine 101


Words Kate Preece

Mumm Rosé, $69.99

It’s funny what a bottle of Champagne can do to an office

on a Friday afternoon. Deadline chatter was refocused

on how long the bottle should be in the freezer, and

then fridge, to attain the ultimate temperature (8°C) in

anticipation of that celebratory “pop”.

When all were satisfied, and the clock called time, we sat

poised for that first sip.

The fine streams of bubbles fizzed on the tongue and

matched our group’s effervescence.

“I just love it,” Gemma declared, prompting a Mexican

wave of nods. “It’s super lively.”

Despite little action on the nose, the copper-tinged blend

of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier sent the mind

to lasting thoughts of “peaches and cream”, “strawberries”,

“vanilla” and “Granny Smith” apples”. It was fresh, it was

fruity, and we didn’t care that it wasn’t summer.

There’s no doubting this rose put the ‘cool’ back into our

Friday afternoon. What a great bottle to salute something

special or add a bit of colour to a dreary winter’s day.

Te Awa Single Estate

Syrah 2017, $39.99

Having recently found myself at this

particular winery in Napier, it was

pleasing to look back on my tasting

notes and recall this wine with

fondness once more.

Void of any jammy notes, this wee

beauty is bold in colour and deep in

flavour. Realistically, you can expect

to be satisfied by its quality with it

being grown in the world-renowned

Gimblett Gravels district.

Best enjoyed at its own backyard,

where you can stop in for a long lunch,

bookended with (free) wine tastings,

it’s hard not to find a new favourite in

the Te Awa range.

102 STYLE | promotion




ew on the Christchurch food scene, Vices &

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by a stylish, ambient setting. Having rubbed shoulders

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Vices & Virtues’ most popular dishes

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With mixed heritage tomatoes, salanova

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taste, texture and flavour are key to executing a top dish.

Why do you choose to cook using sous vide method?

Sous vide prevents moisture loss and guarantees the besttasting

meats, vegetables or slow-cook cuts. It involves

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and cooking it in a very precisely heated water bath. This

method is healthier and safer.

What is burrata?

Traditionally, burrata is a fresh Italian cows’ milk cheese

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mozzarella, while the inside contains stracciatella and

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one we use here at Vices & Virtues so unique is it is made

using buffalo milk from a local supplier, Wairiri.

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tool that achieves consistently good results.

Guilty pleasure?

It has always been chocolate. Working with the best

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new sweet and savoury dishes is always a fun challenge.

Chocolate decadence is my favourite dessert at Vices &

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combined with flavours like mint, strawberry, rose and





150g Wairiri buffalo burrata

2 red heirloom cherry tomatoes

2 yellow heirloom cherry


2 black heirloom cherry tomatoes

1 red unripe tomato

2 handfuls mesclun leaves

40ml mango nam phrik

20ml olive oil

sea salt to season


50g green chilli

4 garlic cloves

100g ginger, peeled

200ml lime juice

30g mint leaves

100g coriander with stalks

500ml sunflower oil

1 tsp flaky salt

1 litre mango puree



Cut the burrata cheese in half and

let it be on room temperature.

Cut all the heirloom tomatoes

into half and red tomato into

thin slices.

Arrange sliced red tomato on

plate (like carpaccio) and make

a small bed of mesclun leaves

on top.

Place the burrata cheese onto

mesclun leaves and spread tricolour

cherry tomato around the

cheese. Season the tomatoes

with salt.


Cut chilli, ginger and garlic

into small pieces.

Place everything in mixer

except mango puree and salt.

Blend until smooth.

Mix mango puree and salt

and then blitz for 20 seconds.


Dress the burrata cheese

and salad with mango

nam phrik and olive oil. If

desired, sprinkle olive crumbs

over top.

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From eatery updates to delicious dishes, we provide

the scoop on the latest taste sensations.


New to Northlands and beckoning the taste

buds with a new menu is The Coffee Club,

offering a great selection of breakfast and lunch

fare and catering for gluten-free, vegetarian and

vegan diets. The Potato Rosti with Smashed

Avo, Feta and Bacon or Smoked Salmon tempts

and the Pancake Stack with Lemon Cream

Cheese (which just happens to be vegan too)

will sate sweet-tooths. You’ll find The Coffee

Club in Langdons Quarter, near Hoyts.


There’s a new Christchurch eatery worthy of your next

reservation. Designed by Sydney’s award-winning Rachel

Luchetti and with an executive chef from The Sugar

Club in Auckland, Vices & Virtues (Sudima Laneway,

47-49 Salisbury Street) is a synergy of delicious talent.

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Now’s the time of year to enjoy local blue cod and gurnard

straight from Lyttelton Harbour at Fisherman’s Wharf (39

Norwich Quay, Lyttelton) – the cod baked with coconut cream,

lime pickle and seared banana comes highly recommended. Also

especially good, fished in Invercargill waters, are paua (try the

dumplings) and butterfish, those with a penchant for its succulent

white flesh checking ahead for its appearances on the specials

menu. Best enjoyed simply pan seared with a herb crust or butter

and some hearty winter veges. And a cheeky chardonnay.

STYLE | food 105


Cosy up by the fire at Untouched World Kitchen (155

Roydvale Avenue) with super tasty and nutritious comfort

food like this sirloin with Swiss cheese, caramelised onion,

pickled beets, greens, mayo and fried egg, all deliciously

sandwiched between freshly made sourdough.


Enjoying a smoothie bowl is the closest

we’ll get to having dessert for breakfast.

Pixie Bowls in Havelock North (1/19 Joll

Road) is a must-visit the next time you’re

up in the Hawke’s Bay area. The teensy

café and eatery is known for its flavourful

smoothie bowls, which are packed

with fruit, coco whip and a handful of

toppings, from cocoa nibs to peanut.

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If you have an affinity for craft beer and

live music, Ombrellos Kitchen and Bar

(10 Clarendon Street) needs to be on

your radar. One of Dunedin’s most

popular bars, Ombrellos is set amongst

two beautiful houses joined together with

a year-round courtyard. Recently named

the best craft beer bar and restaurant in

Otago and Southland, you won’t regret a

visit here.


Kimchi on everything is still reigning

supreme! Previously reserved for

Korean dishes, we continue to see

kimchi being added to anything and

everything. Try the kimchi toastie

at Kadett (371 St Asaph Street) or

make your own at home. This is

a trend that’s showing no signs of

slowing down.

106 STYLE | motoring


If you haven’t been introduced to the Peugeot 3008 GT

then you’d best make the first move.

Words Kate Preece


The relationship between

the Peugeot and the

Citroen began in 1974,

when Peugeot bought a

38.2 per cent share of its

new French ally, which, two

years later, increased to

89.95% with the formation

of the PSA Group. (Today,

the French manufacturing

company also includes

Opal and Vauxhall).

When driving past a wall of windows,

there’s something satisfying about

taking a fleeting glance at the 3008’s

reflection. You’re not in any old SUV, no;

you’re in one with that je ne sais quoi that

only the French can deliver.

If your day begins early on a winter

morning, it’ll be off to a good start with

the heated seats, auto-defrost switches

for front and rear windows, as well as

the heated side mirrors, but… most

importantly, while waiting for the ice to

clear, you can flick on the driver’s seat

massage. Will it be ‘cat paw’, ‘wave’,

‘stretch’, ‘lumber’ or ‘shoulders’? My vote

goes to cat paw, turned up to high –

along with the radio volume, which will

mask that mechanical whirl of the ‘paws’.

Despite the spa-like environment, you

are still driving and if you’ve spent any

time in a Citroen you will feel quite at

home. You’ll notice the same set-up

on your eight-inch touch-screen display

and same kind of personalisation for

the cockpit.

This Peugeot doesn’t mess about

with six different driving modes, but

instead there is one ‘Sport’ button – by

far my most favourite one to push. This

car comes to life in Sport. I wish I’d

had the chance to make a trip through

the Lyttelton tunnel to hear the roar

reverberating against the concrete

surrounds. Instead, I had to settle for a bit

of a growl through the Merivale shopping

area. It was still enough to make my inner

bogan smile, just a little.

The 3008 is a spacious vehicle that will

easily tick the family wagon box. It was

the kids who discovered that, when the

STYLE | motoring 107

back seat arm rest is pulled down,

you can open up a hole into the

boot. A handy hidey-hole for things

they are likely to forget about in

approximately two seconds flat.

A nice surprise was to open the

door and see a circle of light cast on

the ground, with the Peugeot lion

proudly posed in the middle. Purely

aesthetic, it’s still a pretty good party

trick, adding to the more practical

aspects that include the hands-free

tailgate and wireless charging pad.

The 12.3-inch HD screen that

is the driver’s command centre is

fully customisable – there’s no need

to stick to a couple of simple old

dials. There’s ‘minimum’, ‘personal’

or ‘navigation’, as well as ‘dials’ for

the traditionalist, with each setting

providing different information for

your driving experience.

The dials, whether displayed

two-dimensionally, or as if they are

on their edge, give you that racecar

feel again as you sit in an eightway

adjustable driver’s seat that’s

sculpted comfortably, albeit firmly.

It’s a more race-ready seat than

recliner – though, let’s not forget

about that cat paw setting.

There are two choices for

‘ambience’ and jumping into ‘boost’

was not purely about making

red the dominant accent colour

throughout the displays. No, it

was then I discovered this car has

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