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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
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.
Shopping is easy at the
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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
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
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Christchurch Town Hall
A DORIS DAY SPECIAL
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
Symphonic Spectacular – Dunedin
Performing for the first time in
Queenstown with music from a host of
composers including Mozart and Schubert.
Wakatipu High School, Queenstown
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
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
Enjoy the Central Otago scenery on a
pure road race that starts on the Clyde
Dam and concludes near Alexandra.
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
3 – 24
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
Enjoy the story of arsonists M and H, who
don’t usually get things wrong, until now.
The Court Theatre, Christchurch
The gift of
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
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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A HOME BRAND
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.
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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
Two of the three
vases in the Basket
series, Dior Maison x
- 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.
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Tiger Face print
by its women’s
wear line and
set against a pink
- 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.
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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
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.
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- 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
The latest collection by Dolce & Gabanna x SMEG
as shown at the Metropol Cinema in Milan.
3 August 2019 –
19 January 2020
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(detail) 2008. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and McLeavey Gallery
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this year’s Milan
- 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.
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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
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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
“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
Band also designed the striking
Paceracer branding and aluminium
frame packaging, with magnetic closure,
that has helped to distinctly position his
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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
“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
and stoneware were surprisingly dangerous to our cats and
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
Award last month soon after launching.
“My dog, Buddy, is my best mate,” says Kington. “He has
been with me constantly for the last few years, and I was sick
of having ugly dog bowls lying around. The minute I found out
that there were potentially harming materials in his old bowl,
that was it.” From here, Furf was born.
“We wanted to bring the same ethos we created at Blunt
into the homes of pet lovers,” adds co-founder Josh Page. “In
a world of unlimited sustainable design possibilities, you no
longer have to put up with the monstrosity that is the average
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A RENTAL RESCUE
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.
34 STYLE | home
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 [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.
STYLE | home 35
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
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
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
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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
the circular mirror above it.
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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
few years yet. We want to get the landscaping done and
really enjoy it.”
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Homeowner Susan Peters’ tips
• 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
stripping, sanding and painting seemed endless
and with a young teenage family to take into
account, it wasn’t an easy task juggling it all.
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Embracing the dark
Dark hues are cocooning in bedroom and living
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Use a tone on tone palette where the darkest
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versions are added to complete the look.
Remember to add in texture too.
The trend to darker colours is best
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depth and moodiness of dark hues.
Dimension and design are being added to
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be arranged in a variety of designs and add
sophistication, style and beautiful shadowing
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Battens can also be combined with lighter
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Resene Dusted Blue and Resene Silver Chalice
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Tone on tone
While neutral colours are still popular, there is
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colour, such as full strength Resene Black White
for the walls, quarter strength for the ceiling
and double strength for the doors. The look is
now going deeper and starting with the darkest
colour, then adding lighter variations of that
hue, such as dark grey walls, lighter trims and
lighter floor colours, then adding a few pops of
colour in accessories such as cushions, throws
and artworks. It’s an easy look to replicate and
allows you to use a range of tones to get just
the right depth of colour in your room.
For the love of timber
Timber has been increasingly coming indoors
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the colour draws attention. Paired with a neutral
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Words Gaynor Stanley
- CINEMATIC -
Discover the ocean’s
depths in Dunedin.
Otago Museum has just opened James
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shares the mysteries of the oceans’ depths
through the lens of the Oscar-winning director
and acclaimed explorer’s underwater cameras.
Dunedin is New Zealand’s only stop for the
blockbuster exhibition developed by the
Australian National Maritime Museum in
Sydney in collaboration with the Avatar Alliance
Foundation. The exhibition immerses visitors in
an underwater environment using cinema-scale
projections, artefacts and specimens gathered
on Cameron’s expeditions to the lowest points
of the earth exploring deep ocean phenomena,
such as black smoker hydrothermal vents. See
the shipwrecks of RMS Titanic, the German
battleship Bismarck and journey with Cameron
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that he designed and built. Until 9 February 2020.
After an eight-year absence, the magic of the silver
screen has returned to The Arts Centre in resplendent
fashion with the opening of Lumière Cinemas. “Be
prepared for indulgence – we are catering to those
with even the most discerning taste – the magnificent
art deco theme; two theatres decked out in plush,
velvet high-back chairs; a curtain show remnant of
Italian grand theatre; state-of-the-art technology; and a
focus on service,” says well-known cinephile Nick Paris,
who co-owns Lumière with Max Hoffman, a former
Hollywood screenwriter. Located in an award-winning,
gothic revival heritage building overlooking the North
Quad and Peacock Fountain, film lovers can look
forward to a diverse range of quality films and film
festivals. “Then there’s our little secret with the best
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- PHILANTHROPIC -
A major painting by one of
New Zealand’s most highly
regarded artists has been gifted
to Christchurch Art Gallery Te
Puna o Waiwhetu, and is now
on display as part of the newly
opened Now, Then, Next
Séraphine Pick’s monumental
artwork, Everything Old is New
Again (2011), was purchased
earlier this year by the W.A.
Sutton Charitable Trust
and donated to the city of
Christchurch in memory of
renowned local artist Bill
Sutton. The five-and-a-halfmetre
artwork features people
hunched over phones and
laptops while a female guitarist
plays on barren, blasted
ground. Figures in a variety of
historical attire rise like wraiths
at the edges of the image. It
looks like the end of the world,
and it looks like right now.
Bill Sutton (1917-2000)
retired as senior lecturer in
painting at the University of
Canterbury’s School of Fine
Arts just before Séraphine Pick
arrived there as a student in
Séraphine Pick’s Everything Old is New Again.
The Peninsula Art Auction returns
for its much anticipated biennial show
on 3-4 August, supported by several
collectable artists with a connection
to Banks Peninsula. Among them
Jason Greig, Ben Reid and long-time
benefactor Bill Hammond, who has
generously donated two of his soughtafter
paintings to support the Lyttelton
Primary School fundraiser. These are
reserved for the ticketed live auction
event on the Sunday night and can be
viewed at the school (Oxford Street)
throughout the weekend among works
in the silent auction from 70-plus artists.
Also catch Bill Hammond: Playing the
Drums opening at Christchurch Art
Gallery 3 August (until 19 January).
Cornwall Road (2012) is one of two
Bill Hammond works in the Peninsula
Curios and collections, a cluster of local
artists exhibit their treasures over the
month of August at Little River Gallery.
Lee-Ann Dixon, Jane Downes, David
Lloyd, Blanche Fryer and Anthony Savill
exhibit covetable and collectable, tiny
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GROW YOUR OWN
A growing priority in landscaping briefs is prioritising a patch to
enjoy the bounty of homegrown produce.
Words Craig Wilson
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,
but from a process that starts with soil, seeds and a little
hard work. Perhaps there’s a touch of nostalgia at play
as well, as some of us may remember picking and eating
sweet peas or corn cobs when we visited our grandparents
and their gardens as kids ourselves and are looking to
recreate that cherished memory and experience.
If you’re thinking of joining the movement, here are a
few pointers that may help you create your own mini
First, think ‘raised planters’. These work in small or
large spaces and mean you’ll take some of the backache
out of your gardening. I’d recommend setting these up at
400–600mm out of the ground with two to three layers
of untreated macrocarpa timber sleepers. This will ensure
they’ll act as a natural height for an informal seat when
you need a break for a cuppa and you’ll also have the
opportunity to backfill a good growing depth of friable,
nutrient-rich growing media.
You want planters that are rectangular and narrow – so
you can comfortably reach the middle of the beds. If you
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
Lastly, make sure you’ve got a hose or tap nearby so that
it’s easy to give your garden the water it will require.
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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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.
Soft furnishings are also important to make your outdoors appealing.
A hard wooden bench will not look enticing. Cosy chairs, a well padded
outdoor lounge suite, sheepskin rugs, soft cushions, beanbags, lap rugswhat
better setting for curling up with a cup of tea in the winter sun.
Spa’s and sauna areas are wonderful additions to your winter relaxing,
taking in the stars with a glass of red in hand from the warm embrace of
your spa - perfect!
With clever design and good heating there is nothing to prevent you from
enjoying entertaining comfortably outdoors throughout the winter. Take
your lead from the Brazilians, pair your BBQ with a full bodied red wine
for a warming winter dinner, your guests won’t give a second thought to
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Baby it’s cold outside, so warm up with these winter luxuries.
Words Ella James
WRAP IT UP
Combat the New
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Michele has spun an
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with all of the glorious
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will have you longing for
winter to stick around.
Quite frankly, winter renders all party
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and the Lila Ariadne silk pyjamas are no
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Perhaps down to the sublime print,
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LET IT GLOW
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
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Words Kate Preece
Season 4 of Muse Cashmere sees the
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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.
WORK THAT SHIRT
The first full collection of
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The latest collection by Luna &
Rose has just dropped. The brand,
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IN CELEBRATION OF
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
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.
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
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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.
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
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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IT’S CALLED FASHION, BABY
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
LEAVE THEM WILD
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
BRIGHTEN UP THE DAY
Add a splash of sunshine to a
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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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
Looking cute is key, but being comfortable
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
La Prairie’s Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal collection
has been formulated with Swiss ice crystal complex
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
is a powerful sun protection veil essential for outdoor
activities and ski weekends – protecting the skin from
UVA and UVB induced damage.
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
Extrême is a nourishing, reparative serum that will
prevent the sensation of discomfort and tautness. Infused
with antioxidant vitamin E, this is high in essential fatty
acids and omegas 3 and 6, which will moisturise and heal
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
a thin layer of your signature face mask to give added
comfort and protection.
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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
extracts of bergamot, orange and samphire, this makes
a luxurious treat for sensitive or dehydrated skin. It can
also be applied to dry patches of the body, for example
knees, elbows, hands and feet.
Organic muslin cloths are a simple yet effective way
of hydrating your skin from the outside whilst providing
a gentle, non-abrasive exfoliation. Immerse your cloth
into a bowl of spring water and press to the skin for a
slow 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat this sequence for a total
of three times, then immediately apply your selected
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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
has decreed a number of our South Island
sanctuaries as top spots, for a range of decadent
reasons – as voted by the public.
Competing with all those within the Australia
and Oceania boundaries, So Spa at Sofitel
Queenstown took out Luxury Destination Spa;
the oasis that is Lotus at Siam Thai Day Spa
in Christchurch was the winner of the Luxury
Garden Spa award; and the cedar hot tubs of
Onsen Hot Pools Queenstown led to it being
named Luxury Mountain Resort Spa – as well as
the Best Unique Experience Spa in a ‘regional’
grouping. Also coming away with a double win
was Maruia Hot Springs, which won Luxury Eco
Spa and Luxury Mineral Spring Spa across this
expansive ‘continent’ category.
In the ‘country’ section, it is perhaps of little
surprise that the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools
and Spa was decided the best Luxury Mineral
Spring Spa and Luxury Destination Spa; and
Eforea Spa at Hilton Queenstown hit it out of the
park as the country’s Luxury Hotel Spa.
Also, regionally, Forme Spa and Wellbeing
Group, which has locations in the North Island
as well as Christchurch and Queenstown, was
recognised as a Luxury Spa Group winner.
So, while Global Spa of the Year went to a
place on the Canary Islands (Bio-Spa Victoria
Gran Lujo) you needn’t go too far to experience
something exceptional. And, if you do happen to
cross the Strait, best book some time at Luxury
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Expect no less than the
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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
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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
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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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GLAMPING REACHES NEW HEIGHTS
In Melbourne, you can stay in one of six Airstream trailers
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THE HAWAII HOME
DESIGNED BY CHER
One of the world’s greatest stars as a singer, comedian and actress, Cher
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From Florida to California and Hawaii, Cher has had
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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
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varied textures, simply, without clutter. After selling
the Miami Beach mansion in 2002, she bought and
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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
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climate elements by emulating the Balinese open-pod
architectural style with great expanses of movable
glass walls that create a vanishing threshold for indooroutdoor
living. Since air conditioning is rarely necessary
and overhangs prevent rain showers from coming in,
it’s not only refreshing but also a practical approach to
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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suite, while guests have separate individual pods at the
courtyard entrance, so they don’t have to traverse the
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
The master suite faces the ocean, has an office and
private deck with wrap-around water feature. The
master bath has custom-stone sinks and a free-standing
soaking tub open to its own private garden. Outside,
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the resort’s shared amenities, which include tennis, golf,
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5 IN VIETNAM
Hoi An StreetS Get lost in and amongst the golden
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cute cafes, restaurants and a multitude of tailor shops.
This ancient town offers an alluring atmosphere and is a
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CruiSe HAlong BAy Cruise the limestone karsts of
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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.
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pillion on a scooter or in the sidecar of an old Russian
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mekong DeltA life The mighty Mekong River flows
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A FLYING VISIT
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,
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
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
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
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
enjoy. Then, there’s the Jacuzzi on the 10th floor!
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A TASTE OF VIETNAM
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 PATTIES WITH CITRONELLA’ AT
NGOC CHAU GARDEN, SAIGON
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.
PHO ON THE STREETS
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.
BANH XEO TOM THIT AT QUAN AN
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
FRIED STICKY RICE BALL
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.
Banh xeo tom thit
Pho (noodle soup)
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- DRINK -
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.
TOP LEFT: Beer produced in Hanoi;
ABOVE, FROM LEFT: An iced ‘white
coffee’ with milk and condensed
milk alongside an iced ‘milk coffee’ –
coffee and condensed milk.
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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
- QUEENSTOWN -
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.
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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- TEKAPO -
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.
- CHRISTCHURCH -
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
The Pier Hotel
- KAIKOURA -
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.
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
EAT, MEET AND
ew on the Christchurch food scene, Vices &
Virtues has been conscientiously created to
present an on-trend, seasonal menu that’s matched
by a stylish, ambient setting. Having rubbed shoulders
with Peter Gordon and Michelin-star peers, executive
chef Tejas Nikam ensures the contemporary dishes
satisfy all palates – particularly discerning vegetarians
and vegans – and have you keenly booking in breakfast,
lunch, dinner and drink dates at your new local.
Vices & Virtues’ most popular dishes
Wairiri Buffalo Burrata
With mixed heritage tomatoes, salanova
leaves, dried olive crumbs and mango nam
Fresh from the Sea
Sustainable line-caught fish with shrimp
sambal, pumpkin and coconut puree,
fennel and almond dukkah.
30-day Aged Angus Eye Fillet
Pasture-grazed sous vide fillet, truffle Agria,
mushroom purée, puffed buckwheat,
balsamic onion and watercress.
Q & A WITH
What’s your philosophy on food?
Local produce is more important than ever. There’s
nothing better than cooking with delicious ingredients that
are in season – half your work is done, as you can taste
the difference and that’s what gourmet is. The right colour,
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
placing our food in silicone pouches, releasing the air,
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
made from mozzarella and cream. The outer shell is solid
mozzarella, while the inside contains stracciatella and
cream, giving it an unusual, soft texture. What makes the
one we use here at Vices & Virtues so unique is it is made
using buffalo milk from a local supplier, Wairiri.
What’s one kitchen tool you can’t do without?
In a commercial kitchen, it’s a Thermomix – a multipurpose
tool that achieves consistently good results.
It has always been chocolate. Working with the best
quality chocolate from all around the world and creating
new sweet and savoury dishes is always a fun challenge.
Chocolate decadence is my favourite dessert at Vices &
Virtues as I am using Valrhona chocolate from France,
combined with flavours like mint, strawberry, rose and
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 2)
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
MANGO NAM PHRIK
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
Arrange sliced red tomato on
plate (like carpaccio) and make
a small bed of mesclun leaves
Place the burrata cheese onto
mesclun leaves and spread tricolour
cherry tomato around the
cheese. Season the tomatoes
TO MAKE NAM PHRIK
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
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From eatery updates to delicious dishes, we provide
the scoop on the latest taste sensations.
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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.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
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.
Image: Charlie Rose Creative
FRESH ON THE PLATE
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.
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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.
BOWLING US OVER
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.
Image: Vanessa Ortynsky
Image: Gerard O’Brien, Otago Daily Times
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
SO HOT RIGHT NOW
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
106 STYLE | motoring
A RACY LITTLE NUMBER
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
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
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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
options for fragrance. And here’s
me thinking I was merely breathing
in the perfume of the previous
While new cars continue their
journey to autonomous driving,
some also have the ability to target
the senses and create the ultimate
interior setting at the push of a
button or two – and, if you’re lucky,
a touch of massage therapy to boot.
SUV GT DIESEL
Parking brake automatically applying
when the car is turned off.
The handy spaces up front for cups,
pens, sunglasses, plus the cavernous
Subtlety of lane-changing alert lights
on wing mirrors.
The noise of the massage seat
(audible only when all else is quiet).
Reaching into the wireless pad
can result in bumping one of the
Mirror Screen – enabling Apple
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