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our October issue with a considered
dose of culture.
A good show starts with a great
story, but a story comes to life in the
right setting. It makes sense, then,
that the South Island is attracting an
increasing amount of attention, as
its expansive landscapes provide for
instant filter-free backdrops. Currently
being filmed in Queenstown is the
Great Southern Television crimedrama
One Lane Bridge, with a cast
that includes Dominic Ona-Ariki, Sara
Wiseman and Michelle Langstone.
Juliet Speedy caught up with its
executive producer Philip Smith, as
well as Dame Gaylene Preston, to
discuss the future of the film industry
in the South.
We mix up food and culture with
a look at what our venues have to
offer to satisfy our senses, while
Richard Dalman highlights the most
awe-inspiring opera house I’ve ever
seen (page 35). We also have your
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the best ways to make your outdoor
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the arrival of Sills + Co to their
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For 73 years, Colombus & Ware
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Also sporting a fresh makeover
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collages that now grace the store’s
freshly painted walls. Available as
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1-6 & 9-12 OCTOBER
Isaac Theatre Royal
Christchurch Town Hall
CSO: LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS
Christchurch Town Hall
8 & 9
See the original A Star is Born legend
performing hits from his extensive
songbook with The Strangers.
8: Regent Theatre, Dunedin
9: Christchurch Town Hall
17 & 19
A rare up-close and personal acoustic
show with brother Jay for full
appreciation of her soulful songs and
17: Mayfair Theatre, Dunedin
19: The Piano, Christchurch
19 & 20
Get ready for the most sensational
’20s party this side of The Great
Gatsby when Welcome to the
Twenties 2.0 comes to town.
19: Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
20: Regent Theatre, Dunedin
Women’s Lifestyle Expo
Everything from jewellery and beauty
to business products, crafts, fitness,
food and wine sampling.
Horncastle Arena, Christchurch
SCAPE Season Opening
A family fun day to kick off SCAPE’s
six-week festival of free-to-view
public artworks popping up around
Margaret Mahy Playground,
A weekend of French culture,
entertainment and romance
celebrating Akaroa’s unique history,
kicking off with a Friday night
Akaroa Recreation Ground
Rugby World Cup
NZ takes on Italy in the countdown
to the quarter-finals.
13 & 19
Pink Star Walk
Remember those lost, celebrate
survivors, and help raise funds
towards eliminating deaths from
13: Queenstown Gardens
19: North Hagley Park,
Dress up – or dress up your bike
– to frighten the trick-or-treaters
on a 7km Beckenham Loop cycle
to conclude Biketober, starting
Corner Sandwich Road and
Eastern Terrace, Christchurch
Escape from Haunted House
Interactive school holiday fun for kids
Court Theatre, Christchurch
It’s Showtime: Magic & Illusion
An all-ages show from leading
magician Mike Lindsay assisted by his
sidekicks, Jazz the Dove and Nugget
Villa Maria College, Christchurch
15 & 19
Mr Red Light
Four strangers form an unlikely
bond when, fleeing police, Mr Red
Light seeks refuge in a pie shop.
An absurdly funny new play
15: Regent Theatre, Dunedin
19: Lake Wanaka Centre
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It’s that time of year, when the weekends get longer because they start on Thursday.
We’re a bit of a predictable bunch, but it’s good to know that your fave event is coming
around for another year. So, we are delivering you your social calendar must-attends,
but ensuring you know a little more than you thought you would, this year.
Words Kate Preece
5 OCTOBER – 16 NOVEMBER
SCAPE Public Art Season 2019
Your opinion on art could see you winging
your way to China with your bestie. Yes, as
you wind your way along the SCAPE Public
Art Walkway that connects the 14 artworks
that make up the 2019 season, keep a
mental note and then enter your standout
via the online survey (scapepublicart.org.nz)
to be in to win flights with China Southern
Airlines. A walk and a win.
The Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival
A crowd favourite in this town, you need to
be quick off the mark to secure your tickets.
Entertainment from the Phoenix Foundation,
The Chills, Hollie Smith and more will make
for a great atmosphere. The ultimate for
beer aficionados, who can put their money
($10) where their mouths are and enter their
own homebrew for assessment. All in New
Zealand’s largest indoor events arena.
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Image: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images
12 & 15 NOVEMBER
Addington Cup Week
There’s a petting zoo at Addington Raceway
on Friday 15 November. Truly. And that’s no
reference to the scenes that unfurl after the
last horse has crossed the line on Tuesday.
Entry to the public areas is by way of a gold
coin donation on Canterbury Anniversary
Day, and your cash goes to the Maia Health
Foundation. Expect a far more PG affair to
that of the NZ Trotting Cup Day.
The New Zealand Agricultural Show
Cows, sheep, horses and wine. Yes, the 16th
annual New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition
takes place in conjunction with this agricultural
event in Christchurch. So, be it riesling, sauvignon
blanc, pinot gris, gewürztraminer, viognier or
muscat, verdelho, arneis, rosé, sauvignon gris... pay
attention before you swill to see whether you
are enjoying what has been decreed as the best
available in New Zealand.
In addition, it’s at this time of year that the New
Zealand Winemaker of the Year is crowned. Each
competing winemaker puts forward the three
wines of different varieties and styles that best
show off their skills. Last year’s accolade went to
Jen Parr from Valli Vineyard.
Jen Parr, Valli Vineyard.
Image: Phil Walker/Getty Images
27 & 28 NOVEMBER
Fashion for a Cure
Dunedin and Christchurch have had their run, but this truly
fashionable event has two more southern stops for 2019:
Rippon Hall, Lake Wanaka on 27 November and inside a
Nordic teepee at Lake Hayes on 28 November. You’ll see
the latest collections by Trelise Cooper, Zambesi, Kathryn
Wilson, Carlson, Augustine and more, but really, this is
about more than that.
Breast Cancer Cure (BCC) is New Zealand’s only not-forprofit
organisation dedicated to funding scientific research to
find a cure for breast cancer. Trelise Cooper is the patron
for the trust, which was founded in 1997, and its long list of
ambassadors include Petra Bagust, Karen Walker and Shane
Cortese. More than $6 million of grants have ensued since
Dr John Harman’s vision became a reality, with the funding
of a Chair in Breast Cancer at the Auckland University
School of Medicine a significant step to boost research into
diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in New Zealand.
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A Day at the Polo
Now in its 11th year, this award-winning
event is set in the stunning private
grounds of the Port Hills Polo Club in
Tai Tapu and plays host to two polo
matches, including the rare opportunity
to watch polo at a high level in the New
Zealand vs. Australia match. Guests
enjoy the relaxed garden party feel while
enjoying a luncheon by Twentyfour
Catering, live and silent auctions, the
fashion in the field and, of course, the
traditional stomping of the divots.
All proceeds raised support Ronald
McDonald House South Island – sounds
like a winning Christmas function idea.
South Island Wine & Food Festival
There are only certain times of the year when
you can drink in Hagley Park, and this is one
of them. There will be 40 boutique wineries
out enjoying the sunshine, with plenty of
foodie events to balance the palate and the...
balance. Go all out and be a VIP for the best
of both food and wine worlds, without having
to lift more than your little pinky.
Image: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Wanaka Beer Festival
Another event that will gladly assess the brews from
your garage, this three-year-old festival cites beer,
cocktails and disc golf among the reasons you’ll want
to fill your cup at the Wanaka Show Grounds.
Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert
Too slow. Sold out. Better luck next year.
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23 JANUARY – 16 FEBRUARY
Bread & Circus – World Buskers Festival 2020
If there’s anything we learnt from last year’s
event it’s that you should believe the hype.
Sure, those who didn’t make it to Limbo don’t
know what they missed out on, but the ones
who did go, well, they’ll not be sluggish when
the early bird tickets come out. Heck, they’ve
probably already booked their seats for the
2020 headline act, Blanc de Blanc, as it has the
same naughty cabaret flavour that left Limbo
lovers wanting more. Why? Oh, the same
creatives are behind both.
The Great Kiwi Beer Festival
It’s never too early to be an early bird – so you’ve missed
the first tickets off the rank already. Don’t dismay, just get
your act together and you could find yourself drinking
highlights, such as the World’s Best Milk Stout, in Hagley
Park. Shout out to Christchurch brewery Cassels, which
claimed this title at the 2019 World Beer Awards in London.
Formerly known as Rippon Festival
(New Zealand’s longest-running
festival that stopped in 2014), this
revamped smorgasbord of sound
sees the likes of Tami Neilson, Tiki
Taane, Anika Moa, TrinityRoots
and more exude their talent on
Glendhu Bay. Who doesn’t like a
Waitangi Weekend in Wanaka?
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Have you changed your ways post-children and fallen off
the festival bandwagon? Well, here’s your opportunity to get
back in amongst it once again. This seriously laid-back day at
Ferrymead’s Heritage Park is super family-friendly and can
include steam train jaunts, market stall purchases and constant
snacking and/or drinking. For those who’ve already boarded this
train, 2020 brings another stage (now three), even more for the
children, and your headliners include Ladyhawke. Enough said.
Two words: Ben Harper. This
R18 music festival should deliver
12 hours of good noise across
multiple stages, that will be graced
by as many as 25 different artists,
if 2018 is anything to go by.
Image: Paul Morigi/Getty Images
A SEASON OF COMEDY AT
THE COURT THEATRE
Fresh Off The Boat
Written by Oscar Kightley and Simon Small
For Samoan immigrant Charles, the reality of Christchurch in the ‘90s
ain’t the fantasy he was promised. Alternatively hilarious and sobering,
this milestone Pasifika play offers up a culturally challenging yet
universally Kiwi story.
19 OCT - 9 NOV
The Wind In The Willows
Written by Kenneth Grahame | Adapted for the stage by Alan Bennett
Packed full of humour and heart, The Wind in the Willows is a spectacular
summer production that’s fun for the whole family. Following lovable
characters Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad, this charming play provides
true theatrical magic.
RUNNING FROM 23 NOV
A Christmas Carol
Written and directed by Dan Bain
Back by popular demand, don’t miss this beloved adaptation
of Charles Dickens’ classic Yuletide tale. Perfect for staff functions
and family outings alike, A Christmas Carol is the perfect silly
season outing, full of improvised fun!
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STYLE | report 25
The cat’s out of the bag: the South Island is where it’s at, for beauty,
for lifestyle and for natural film sets. Juliet Speedy speaks to local
producer Phil Smith and filmmaker Gaylene Preston about homegrown
TV series and what’s holding our film industry back.
ABOVE: Mount Cook, New Zealand.
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One Lane Bridge actor,
Great Southern TV producer, Phil Smith.
It’s been said by many people that the vast natural beauty of
the South Island looks like one giant film set. Some of the
landscapes and cityscapes are so beautiful they almost look
make-believe. What some studios overseas spend years trying
to create artificially, we have right here in front of our eyes
and under our feet. And it’s catching on.
More and more local and international film and
TV makers are using various parts of the South Island as
the main backdrop for their productions. We offer not
only the scenery, but an increasing pool of remarkable local
The enormously successful Top of the Lake (2013) was
filmed entirely on location in Queenstown and Glenorchy.
The first series took 18 weeks to film, and although
Queenstown is referred to by name in the series, Glenorchy
doubles as the fictitious town of ‘Laketop’. Jane Campion cowrote
and directed the film with some overseas funding and
a mixture of cast and crew from here and overseas. It was a
mystery/ drama series in which the engrossing storyline was
offset by the stunning, eerie landscapes. It’s hard to imagine it
being made so beautifully or successfully anywhere else.
Now, another drama is about to start production in
Queenstown. This one is totally home-grown. It’s called One
Lane Bridge and is the baby of Queenstown-based Phil Smith,
who runs Great Southern TV. Smith describes the series as a
gritty drama with a murderous edge. “It’s down-on-the-farm,
down-to-earth New Zealand telly, no Chablis-swilling urban
folk. Hardcore Speight’s and lamingtons for morning tea.” The
characters talk “real Kiwi” and he wanted it to feel real, not
like a pantomime. “It also has a fascinating spiritual edge that
ekes its way into the story… but that’s all we can say. And
Smith had the idea for One Lane Bridge 13 years ago when
he drove over one of 25 one-lane bridges on the West Coast
and thought it a great name for a drama. “Recently we spent
a year developing the drama with Carmen Leonard and Pip
Hall. They added a lot to the series.”
Smith said it’s being shot in his home town of Queenstown
because he always wanted to film something there. He said its
appeal is obvious. “Central [Otago] is stunning, vast, cinematic,
and so the people are also larger than life.” He loves the
diversity in the area, too. “Super rich, super struggling, super
ambitious and super traffic jams. Just super all round!”
Unlike many productions in the area, the cast is a
powerhouse of talented locals. “No tax-break actors where
you suddenly see an Alaskan in a drama and see at the end it
was made in conjunction with the Alaskan Film Development
Tax Office.” The casting announcement released in
September confirmed some top Kiwi talent, including Dominic
Ona-Ariki, Joel Tobeck and Alison Bruce.
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PICTURED AND ABOVE:
Scenes from Hope and Wire.
Smith is passionate about the entire South
Island. “Well, point a camera in any direction
here and you’ve got a shot.” He says the
canvas of it is emerging and is about to erupt
internationally in terms of the new vanguard that
is: streaming television. “That’s the Hulu; Disney;
Netflix; Warner; Amazon; Apple; Facebook
collective.” They’re all pouring tens of billions
into dramas globally, and Smith says it’s inevitable
that New Zealand will catch more and more
of this money. Smith says yes, he’s a proud
Southlander, but it also has to make creative
sense to make TV here. “The South Island does.
It provides scale – the canvas is vast. I always
love the way Sydneysiders fly in here and say
‘Holy sh*t! It took me less than three hours and
I’m in f**king Switzerland!’.”
Smith says the crews here are also very good.
“The team we have are world-class. We have
people on our shoot who have just returned
from Game of Thrones. They are amazing.” And
he says getting atop of the lake round is also
easy for a local team. “We found the big hurdles
easy to jump. We found the accommodation
and the locations easily.” They were told they
wouldn’t. “But it’s great when someone tells you
‘it’s impossible’ and then you do it.”
Acclaimed filmmaker Dame Gaylene Preston
also has much experience filming in the South
Island, with two main projects amidst a few
other smaller things. The first was her feature
film, Perfect Strangers starring Sam Neill. It
was shot in Punakaiki, Westport and the
Marlborough Sounds. And, more recently, she
made Hope and Wire, which was a six-part TV
drama set in Christchurch after the earthquakes.
Preston says Perfect Strangers was a feminist
allegory that came out of her head and was
always hard-wired to the South. “The landscape
is constructed to be an island, which is a
character, rather than a backdrop.”
Phil Smith says the biggest negative to the
South Island is “the ‘S’ word”. That is, a studio.
“Please someone build a studio here. I feel we
would book it for four to five months a year –
we are talking with local visionaries who get it. I
believe a studio will be built here.” Smith says it’s
a field of dreams.
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A Wrinkle in Time.
“Build it and they will come.” He says an amazing studio
based in Queenstown would guarantee a 12-month-a-year,
vibrant industry driving the Queenstown economy. “Oh,
alongside the three million bed nights a year!”
Preston agrees with the need for a studio. She says the
obvious positives about the South Island “are the place itself –
breathtaking”. But the negatives are infrastructure “anywhere
other than Queenstown”. She says the South Island certainly
needs a studio, but it should be in Christchurch. “Because that
is the international gateway to the South. At the moment, the
internationals fly in and out to Queenstown.”
There have been many international shows shot in Central
Otago. Wanted for 7 was filmed there recently, and they’ve
just announced The Lord of the Rings TV series will be shot in
New Zealand. It is mostly Auckland, but Smith is anticipating
possibly some second unit content coming south. Straight
Forward – a Nordic co-production with Screentime, was
also shot in Central. A Wrinkle in Time was filmed there with
Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon; Mission: Impossible
– Fallout was filmed with Tom Cruise; and Disney shot Mulan
in the South Island last year. “But TV series that could run for
multiple seasons are rare – so One Lane Bridge is quite unique.
Our goal is a second and third season.”
Smith says producers choose parts of the South Island
over other parts of the world because of the vast landscape.
“Internationally, people love coming here. Reece Witherspoon
and Oprah slayed it on social media – they were staggered
by the beauty of Wanaka. I mean, have you ever had a wine
at Rippon? It’s the best looking vineyard in the world.” But he
says it’s also the crews and expertise. Peter Jackson opened
it up by shooting The Lord of the Rings here. This not only
boosted New Zealand’s profile but also gave hundreds of
Kiwis the credits on their CVs to able to work on other major
projects, without question. “So scenery and skill – but we do
need a bump in facilities – the missing ‘S’ – studio.”
The economy and country as a whole benefit from both
local and international content being filmed here because it
stimulates work in the region. “I have just left our offices and
I was surprised by how many locals we have employed.”
The crews then spend big capital in the district. “We
are running over 100 people for five months – houses,
restaurants, locations, vehicles, food.” Smith says any drama
production is spending millions locally, in fact many are
spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per day. “So I
say it is all good. The only limitation going forward will be
a shortage of skilled locals.”
Smith says it would be great if there was more packaging
of regional incentives backed locally. “Drama projects need
multiple streams of funding to get green-lit.” A good example
of this is the Invercargill Licensing Trust backing the film The
World’s Fastest Indian, directed by Kiwi Roger Donaldson and
starring megastar Anthony Hopkins. It was shot largely in
Invercargill and employed many locals both on and off screen.
On release in 2005, the film quickly became the highestgrossing
local film ever at the New Zealand box office, taking
in over $7 million.
Gaylene Preston says other drivers to get more filmmakers
to the South Island would be deals with Kiwi Rail that moved
gear and people at a reduced cost, and also location subsidies
for local films, “such as exist on the Isle of Man etc.”
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Many parts of the South Island make for ideal and
stunning backdrops for many and varied productions.
Being remote isn’t a big barrier, because crews are
like a moving city, Smith says, with everything they
need inside their large trucks. “So we can pretty
much go anywhere if it’s pretty.” Smith says, in fact,
the South Island is like a smorgasbord. “It has the
Marlborough Sounds, then Kaikoura, the city of
Christchurch and its heritage, the wild West Coast,
Queenstown and Wanaka, Fiordland, the charm of
Dunners and then the Catlins area – that I love.” Plus
Stewart Island, which Smith calls “the big one”. “With
global warming, buy real estate there. They have
pure white sand beaches. I don’t think many people
realise how mind-blowing it is.”
Almost as mind-blowing as the potential of what
could happen in the south if the film and TV industry
further erupts here. The South Island is often
revered in travel guides as having majestic landscapes
offering awe and adventure in equal measure. Local
filmmakers have known this for a long time, and
the international community is quickly switching
on. Now we also have an increasing pool of local
talent to complement this. With more funding and
infrastructure, it could quickly become a top spot
worldwide for film production, benefitting many.
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When it comes to settings for romance novels, Invercargill does not immediately
spring to mind. But if anyone could make the southern city sound wild and
steamy, it would be international bestselling author Paullina Simons.
Words John Lewis
he Russian-born American writer of Tully, Red
Leaves, Eleven Hours and The Bronze Horseman
recently toured New Zealand to talk about her
latest series of books – a trilogy called End
In a departure from traditional publishing, the
trilogy is being released in quick succession – within
six months – so fans do not have to wait with bated
breath for the closure her books demand.
The first in the trilogy, The Tiger Catcher, was
released in May; the second, A Beggar’s Kingdom, was
released recently; and the third, Inexpressible Island,
will be released in November.
A Beggar’s Kingdom is set in Invercargill, much to
the surprise of locals.
“Invercargill may not be romantic for you, but for
a Soviet girl from Leningrad who only imagined what
it’s like to be in the Southern Ocean, what it’s like to
be near Antarctica, it is romance,’’ Simons said.
The novel follows a man who, despite grave
danger and impossible odds, is determined to save
the woman he loves.
“I imagined a man, who is not from Invercargill,
walking through its flat lands into the town, and the
town people being very perturbed, troubled and
distressed by his arrival.’’
When asked if she thought the book would make
the city a tourist attraction for those who did not
know the city, she said “probably not’’, because the
book was not set in the present.
“I think everyone’s going to want to go and stand
on the bluffs and to take one of those whale ships
out south,’’ she joked.
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With the opening of the Christchurch Town Hall and planning underway for
new performance venues in Christchurch, architect Richard Dalman takes a
timely look overseas at what the latest in theatre designs might look like.
ABOVE: The lobby of the grand theatre.
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esigned by Ma Yansong from MAD
Architects, the new opera house
in the northern Chinese city of Harbin
not only displays the latest in theatre
and architectural design, but it also
responds positively to its location and
Yansong says, “We envisage Harbin
Opera House as a cultural centre of
the future – a tremendous performance
venue, as well as a dramatic public
space that embodies the integration
of human, art and the city identity,
while synergistically blending with the
The 79,000m² building features two
theatres, a roof performance space, and
associated support spaces.
There are many things I like about
this building, all of which can be divided
into the plan, the form and materiality.
The plan of a building really
indicates how it “works”. By this
I mean how people – in this case
the visitors, the performers and
the staff – use it.
There is one very large exterior
entrance court acting as a public
space on a grand scale. From here,
people are led into two foyers,
each relating to their specific
While the main theatre might
appear large in a photograph,
when you view it in plan it is
dwarfed by the back-of-house and
stage areas. This really shows the
number of support areas required
for such a building.
The overall form of the plan is
very curvaceous, and this has been
extended into the third dimension,
into the form of the building.
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I attended a presentation by
Yansong earlier this year and was
most impressed by the scale and
sensitivity of his architecture, and
his ability to create elegant organic
forms, and then get them built.
The aerial view best shows
off the form of this building. Its
curvaceous shapes flow up and
around the building, enclosing
spaces with ease.
The opera house was designed
to respond to the force and
spirit of the local environment:
an untamed wilderness and harsh
climate. The building appears as if
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Grand theatre balcony detail.
The curvilinear façades are composed
of smooth white aluminium panels that
highlight the building forms through the
play of shadow and light.
Upon entering the lobby, you are
greeted with large glazed walls and a
crystalline roof structure.
The form of the grand theatre is
introduced by a massive Manchurian ash
object that appears to have eroded away,
creating layered openings. The ash provides
a warm contrast to the icy cold exterior,
and it has been described as evoking the
interior of a musical instrument.
Inside the grand theatre, the same timber
object is sculptured to provide seating and
the main stage. This space, as with much
traditional theatre design, has a real sense
of drama and performance.
Simple materials have been used to
create and emphasise complex and
elegant forms that create the poetry of
Says Yansong: “Harbin Opera House
deepens the emotional connection of
the public with the environment, and the
architecture is consequently theatrical in
both its performance of narrative spaces
and its context within the landscape.”
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Whether you are starting with a blank slate or
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Heating - Extend the time you can be outside all-yearround
with outdoor heating. There are many options
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to fit your budget and space. Gas outdoor heaters will
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will provide ambience.
Shelter and shade - If privacy from neighbours or
protection from prevailing winds is required, use materials
that will enhance and become a part of your design.
Trellis panels and strategically placed plant combinations
can create a more intimate area for socialising, while
incorporating pots and planters can add texture and colour.
If you don’t have any natural shade from trees, consider
how you will protect the area from the summer sun.
Options can include shade sails, pergolas or a cantilevered
Cooking - Often entertaining equals food. With the
BBQ being a staple of many Kiwi summer evenings it’s
important you consider this space. Do you prefer a freestanding
BBQ, or do you have room for an inbuilt unit?
Pizza ovens are also becoming more popular, creating not
only yummy food but ambience and warmth on cooler
Seating and furniture - With so many options on the
market it can be hard to choose the right furniture. Think
about how the area will be used. Perhaps you dream of a
relaxing drink, curled up with a book; if so, loungers may be
a good fit. If you intend to dine outdoors, why not consider
an outdoor dining set? If are you looking for practical Kwila
timber box seating, built-in seating can provide structure,
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Lighting - Choosing the right lighting can set the mood
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STYLE | home 41
WORK WITH THE
When creating your dream outdoor area, there are at least five
elements that should not be overlooked.
Words Gaynor Stanley
42 STYLE | home
roof louvre (this
one by Aurae)
length of time
you can enjoy an
- AIR -
Gathering around a barbie on the deck is a national
summer pastime but, with the trend to outdoor
rooms fast gaining traction, maybe it’s time to consider
upping your game this season.
Taking the inside outside is what outdoor living is
all about in 2019. Essentially, an outdoor room extends
your living area outside for extra space to relax or
entertain in. The best designs are a natural extension
from indoor living areas that flow seamlessly to the
garden. What distinguishes outdoor rooms from
patios gone by is their feeling of enclosure, delivered
by a ‘ceiling’ or ‘walls’ that frame a space which remains
open to the elements. It’s also important to aim for
a level of decoration and comfort akin to your indoor
Your outdoor room needs to be functional in all
seasons and offer adjustable protection from the sun,
wind or rain. It also needs to look good, and attractive,
operable roof and wall louvres in timber, metal or glass
are now abundantly available from local specialists like
Outdoor Style, Aurae, Stratco and Johnson & Couzins.
Fixed or sliding panels or fabric screens are other good
options to provide shade, privacy and styling for your
easy, breezy outdoor room.
Next comes the fun stuff. Furnish your al fresco living
room so it’s ready for you or your guests to sink into
a comfy couch at the first hint of a mojito. The newest
outdoor designs rival indoor ranges for appealing soft
furnishings, while upping the ante for practicality. So
forget wooden benches and ditch the cushion box, and
instead invest in quality all-weather fabrics that allow
you to leave your room ready to receive people 24/7.
Add some ambient lighting, speakers and inconspicuous
heating – Goom Landscapes recommends radiant heat
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No self-respecting outdoor room or entertainment area
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so plan a freestanding fire or fireplace built into a feature
wall to become your focal social point. If space, or council
regulations, are prohibitive, have a look at the options for
fire pits and fire tables. Alternative heat sources, like gas or
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- FIRE -
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outer rim that doubles as a high-efficiency grill plate. An
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the surrounding hot plate. Think of it like a giant fondue set
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When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s
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is that they are designed to keep the heat in and not warm
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- EARTH -
Landscaping your surroundings contributes invaluably to
that sense of enclosure and feeling of being in the great
outdoors that you want for your outdoor room. You might
grow a grape or passion fruit vine up ceiling posts or across
fixed louvres or pretty things up with some mini citrus in
colourful pots. Frame your outdoor space naturally with
plants that double as privacy screening, and think about using
potted plants to augment your colour theme. Try sculptural
beauties like succulents, cacti or agaves in statement planters,
or source vertical garden planters (try Outland Living) for a
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arranged to screen and enclose seating areas.
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- WATER -
Set your soundtrack to soothing with
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PUTTING ON A GOOD SHOW
We talk to Debi Pratt about how to use video to add a little
something extra to your house listing.
What homework do you do before the camera starts
I’ve usually got all my study done about the house, the
area, the owner and our ultimate potential buyers. I
would love to see some of my vendors get involved
in their own videos (just as tiny cameos), but they are
generally fairly camera-shy.
You seem a natural in front of the camera, are you?
I guess I am now. Having worked eight years in
Auckland, where you couldn’t go to market without a
good video, I became very used to it. Giggling when the
camera rolled has become a distant memory thankfully.
What’s the blooper reel like?
I do have the odd segue into ‘what on earth was I just
talking about?’ mode, and the odd tongue tie makes for
a great laugh for the videographer. We do have a lot of
fun doing them.
How long does it take for a video to be produced?
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How effective have you found the use of video, in
conjunction with traditional means?
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marketed and find that being able to bring that into
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social media, and engagement is great. It’s all in the
name of getting in front of a buyer who may not have
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Growing up has never looked so good.
Words Craig Wilson
One of the most often overlooked components in a
landscape project is the treatment of vertical surfaces.
These typically take the form of fences, walls or the
exterior of a building, and they often define the extent
of the space being considered. These vertical elements
present a design opportunity for a range of creative
responses or can equally be left as clever negative space to
highlight a specific design feature.
In recent years a favoured treatment of vertical surfaces
has been a ‘living green wall’. These are a unique way to
introduce plant material on a vertical plane in that they
afford the opportunity to create a varied plant matrix with
a wide range of texture, colour and flower that will change
over the seasons, just like any other garden would.
An effective living green wall or ‘vertical garden’ requires
a proven system to ensure the selected plant material
will thrive. This will require a thorough consideration of
automated irrigation, fertilisation, growing media and an
effective drainage solution. Lower-cost DIY systems can be
an option for some residential settings, but they can be
difficult to maintain and keep well irrigated, resulting in
poor plant health. The vertical surface for installation may
need to be engineered to handle the significant weight of
the planted modules.
Once a reliable system is in place, and the amount of
sun and shade the wall will receive has been understood,
the fun of the plant selection can begin. The planted effect
created can range from a simple block of lush green foliage
with a mix of ferns and grasses, through to an intricate
tapestry effect with a wide plant palette that includes
flowering perennials, herbs, bold foliage specimens and
even vegetables. The plant selection will need to be mainly
evergreen to avoid ‘blank’ patches in winter, but with
careful choice it will create year-round seasonal interest.
Once installed, it’s guaranteed to create a bit of a stir.
You’ll notice people instinctively want to go up and touch
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The fleet of Goom Landscaping trucks with their distinctive
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Cantabrians, leaving HQ on Fendalton Road destined for
projects throughout Canterbury and beyond.
With their reputation for designing and constructing landscapes to an
exceptional standard, it is unsurprising that team Goom have again come
away with outstanding results at the 2019 Registered Master Landscaper
‘Landscapes of Distinction’ awards in Auckland.
The nationally recognised awards acknowledge the best in landscape
design, construction horticulture and maintenance. Director Tim Goom
commented, “We take enormous pride as a team in completing every
project to the highest standard, so to gain national recognition, not to
mention armloads of awards, is deeply gratifying”.
4 projects were entered in both design and construction categories.
Receiving 4 gold medals for construction and 3 gold and a silver medal for
design, the team were a regular presence on stage at the awards function.
The projects included transforming a tight hillside site in Queenstown,
creating a new riverside urban residential landscape in Christchurch and
updating and expanding a high-country haven.
In addition to these 8 medals, Goom also won the premier ‘Best
Construction of the Year’ award for its project at Canterbury luxury resort
Terrace Downs. The judges noted the project was a very worthy winner
of this top award as it demonstrated “outstanding workmanship using
various materials and finishes, bringing to life the vision and design.” It was
further commented that “the key ingredient is the water at the entry. An
elegant feature with granite tiles, the pools are designed to action planes
of water, cascading it beautifully into the pools below. The complicated
pools have been constructed to perfection to create even flows from
numerous levels and are complimented at night by clever lighting.”
Young Landscaper of the Year!
The final big award for the night went to
Goom’s George Trower (pictured), who
was named Young Landscaper of the Year
from a tough field of 9 finalists. This award
considers attributes of the contestants
in terms of innovation, communication,
leadership, career development and
construction. “It was such an honour to
pick the award up and receive recognition
from across the industry, especially
considering the calibre of the other
finalists. I was so humbled that the team
at Goom seemed to be as excited about my individual award as they were
the numerous awards they received on the night.”
George now progresses to compete in the Young Horticulturist of the
Year awards in November in which finalists across 6 industries battle it out
for top honours. With his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (honours)
degree from Lincoln University and his exceptional practical skills honed at
Goom landscapes, George is definitely one to watch out for.
The 2019 ‘award hoard’ again confirms the commitment of our team to
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50 STYLE | art
Sculptors all over the country are busy finalising their artworks in preparation for the
largest sculpture exhibition in the South Island, Sculpture on the Peninsula
(8-10 November). We invited four to comment on their works.
Words Ady Shannon
Featuring selected works from more than 70 sculptors, Sculpture on
the Peninsula provides an opportunity to take home some spectacular
art. Transforming Loudon Farm in Teddington, Banks Peninsula, visitors
can expect everything from mighty installations to marvellous mini models.
Sculptures include recycled plastic, plaster, kauri, brass, bronze, ceramics,
wood, woven flax, flora, fauna, metal, marble and more. Monkeys, moths,
hives, heads and hearts, water tanks and whimsical creations… the works
are as stunning as the setting, the ‘gallery’ a working farm located on
rolling hills overlooking the harbour.
by Abby Taylor.
Rock Pops by Tatyana Meharry.
ICE, ICE BABY
Last time I participated I produced ice
creams and they were really popular. I really
like working with iconic and nostalgic food
shapes. I wanted to do something that people
could connect with. Popsicles and rocky road
ice creams are a reminder of summer outings
and weekend drives to the beach.
I use ceramics, local sand and materials
from my giant kauri larder; rocks, and earth.
I am fascinated with colours. I mix the
materials up, bake the sheets and then smash
them up to make colourful gravel. That is the
crunchy nut topping.
TURNING TRASH INTO TREASURE
I am a chef by trade, with an interest in photography and the
environment. This is my first time exhibiting at Sculpture on the Peninsula.
I only use what I pick up from the streets, the gutter and the riverbank.
Sometimes I paint it. I hope to draw the viewer in with a beautiful image
and then confront them with the actual content. I’m hoping to provoke
the viewer into examining their consumption habits, items used once and
discarded, plastic pollution in our waterways and rubbish littered on our
streets and parks. Every plastic item we have ever purchased, used and
discarded still exists.
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Portent, a life-size
bronze by Alison
One midsummer night, I was sitting
with my back against a beech tree,
in the Lewis Pass, listening for kiwi
calls. As the forest shuffled and
settled, an unusual and haunting
song filled the gaps between the
trees, something like church bells
but light as pollen. It went straight
to my heart. I didn’t know then
about the ‘grey ghost’, the South
Island’s own kokako, until recently
thought to be extinct. I believe I
heard the grey ghost singing its own
death song that night. Or maybe it
was singing for me – a lyrical thread
of beautiful despair.
These birds, like the long lost
huia, mate for life. The nesting pairs
preen each other while incubating
eggs. As a country we have a
terrible record of destruction of
habitat and currently hold the
record for the greatest rate of
biodiversity loss. However, I love
the story of the grey ghost. It’s a
little fleeting gasp of hope amongst
all of our problems.
CIRCLES AND CYCLES OF LIFE
I am a first generation New Zealander of Chinese
and British descent. I am currently wrestling with
identity and ‘meaning of life’ questions, and this is
reflected in my work. Circles and cycles in their
many forms resonate strongly with me. They
symbolise wholeness, nothingness, spirituality and
connection to prehistoric Chinese artefacts.
The women of my mother’s family kept silk
moths. My mother’s stories and the garden
insects of my childhood are memories captured
in an installation of ceramic moths. Moths
are usually hidden; they are like ghosts in the
shadows. When we do notice them, they are
often surprisingly beautiful.
The moths are made of stoneware clay with
feathers for antennae. Friends have kindly given
me small dead birds for feathers for the moths
for Sculpture on the Peninsula – I have a little box
of them in my freezer.
Moths by Jenny Wilson.
FLIGHT AND FLOURISH
21 September to 15 October 2019
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FAME & FORTUNE
Ella James discovers the lingerie brand that’s giving
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Most of us will know Rihanna’s top hits word for word, but
her triumphs in the fashion and beauty sphere were lesser
known, until now.
It’s been an incredibly busy and hugely successful few
years for the songstress, whose beauty brand Fenty Beauty
raked in €500,000,000 (NZD $879,000,000) in its first
year alone. Early this year, Rihanna’s high-end fashion line
Fenty Maison was also revealed, making waves as the first
celebrity-created brand to be tucked under the wing of
French luxury goods business LVMH (born from the 1987
merger of Moët Hennessy and Louis Vuitton).
Oh and in case you’re wondering what ‘Fenty’ means, it’s
actually Rihanna’s surname.
MEET SAVAGE X FENTY
This is clearly not Rihanna’s first rodeo, but it’s certainly the
venture that has us all talking today.
Savage X Fenty is the sell-out lingerie line that can do
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witnessed coveted collections, stellar marketing and sublime
fashion shows to boot. The product itself, gorgeous lingerie
with a fair price point and inclusive size range, almost takes
a backseat to the empowering narrative that has made this
celebrity brand a massive success.
Image: Anna Webber/Getty Images
Models backstage at a
Savage X Fenty Show.
THE SHOW THAT STOLE FASHION WEEK
No stranger when it comes to putting on a performance,
Rihanna’s lingerie brand was one of the most talked about
shows during the recent New York Fashion Week. Combining
world-class models, unrivalled musical acts, immersive stage
sets and sensational choreography, Rihanna put on the Super
Bowl of fashion week, and she’s only just getting started. A joy
for all females, the show that spanned over 40 minutes sent a
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beautiful and confident.
Truly the show that keeps on giving, 200 million viewers
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DIVERSITY IS THE DIFFERENCE
A key to the success of Savage X Fenty is, without a doubt,
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Models Cara Delevingne, Joan Smalls and Gigi Hadid attend the
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THE SOCIAL STATISTICS
In a world of start-ups desperate for recognition, what is it
that makes celebrity fashion brands so successful? A strong
online presence and a loyal social following is a good start. In
the wake of the second fashion show, models who took part,
including Cara Delevingne (43.4 million Instagram followers)
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their platforms to applaud Rihanna and her brand. Combined
with Rihanna’s 75.3 million followers, it’s little wonder that
Savage X Fenty has amassed a serious amount of buzz.
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Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Models onstage during the
Savage X Fenty show on
10 September, 2019 in
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TAKING THE HALO FROM VICTORIA’S
In recent times, the once iconic Victoria’s Secret (Rihanna’s
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Unsavoury allegations, a stale outlook and over-priced
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future of Victoria’s Secret looks more uncertain than ever.
Appeasing the male gaze and the male gaze alone, the
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TAKE A BOW, RIHANNA
It would appear that every business venture that Rihanna
takes on turns to gold, but this isn’t down to sheer luck.
This celebrity has put her strong social standing to good
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and inspirational narrative that can be obtained and
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tailor-made a lingerie brand that encapsulates everything
society craves. With diversity, inclusivity, quality and a
leader to look up to, Savage X Fenty has it all. Now if you
don’t mind, I have some online shopping to do.
64 STYLE | fashion
Words Kate Preece
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Words Kate Preece
Scrub yourself new with the latest line-up from
Kiwi brand Ahhh. Using natural and organic
ingredients, the new body scrub bars feature
a nourishing coconut oil and sugar base that’s
topped off with delicious scent combinations.
There’s lemongrass for your hands, peppermint
for your feet, and raspberry/vanilla, summer
melon and peach smoothie for the body.
Who says adults can’t have a little fun on Halloween?
Whether it’s swapping out the ‘candy’ for bath bombs
and glow-in-the-dark soap, or you want to lather up
with some shower slime, the limited-edition range
at Lush will add a little ghoulish humour to the daily
ablutions. My fave would have to be the Bewitched
Bubble Bar. As the black cat mould crumbles, its lather
gives off a beguiling bergamot and blackberry scent –
and the water goes black!
Mark the diaries for 21 October,
as that is when the first of
Dermalogica’s Body Collection
will hit the shops. There are four
products in the range, which has
been designed with natural scents
and active botanicals to promote the
addition of a little quiet reflection in
your day. Our new go-tos are the
Thermafoliant Body Scrub and Phyto
Replenish Body Oil. We all know
the importance of an exfoliator, so
it makes sense to start your own
home-spa experience with one
that refines skin texture with Indian
bamboo stem and removes dead
cells with papain (from papaya)
and lactic acid. The body oil is
lightweight, with a combination of
delicious ingredients set to protect,
nourish, soften and scent the skin.
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HOW TO INSPIRE
The teenage years are daunting for all parents. We asked Dr John Demartini
for help, in a bid to find some common ground and household peace.
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It’s also important to allow
your teen to have adequate
personal freedom and
autonomy to explore and
experience what is truly most
meaningful to them
As a parent, it can be challenging to watch your teen
be uninspired, bored and unfulfilled during possibly
the most opportune, and potentially the most promising
and most energetic days of their lives. As Irish playwright,
George Bernard Shaw, once pronounced, “Youth is
the most beautiful thing in this world – and what a pity
that it has to be wasted on children!” He may well have
been speaking for every parent of a listless, uninterested,
uncommunicative and uninspired teenager.
This is a common issue parents of teenagers face, and
often well-intentioned parents will try to fruitlessly change
the situation through strict discipline and force. Yet,
attempting to inspire your teen by autocratically telling
them what they must or must not do only results in them
becoming hesitant, frustrated, defiant or more likely to
procrastinate. This is because whatever they are being told
to do is not linked to, or congruent with, what they feel is
currently most important to them
– their highest values.
Whatever is highest on your teenager’s list of values is
what they spontaneously would love to do or fulfil. Their
highest values are not right or wrong, they are simply what
is most important to them at the time, or at least at that
moment. Values are evolving, and months or years later
these values will probably transform. This list is what they
identify themselves by at that moment.
Like when selling a product, service or idea to a
customer, the customer is not wrong for having their top
three highest values or dominant buying motives – they are
simply unique themselves. They deserve to be respected
for whatever these values are. When you care enough to
discover and confirm what their highest values are (their
dominant buying motives) and then communicate what you
would love to sell them (ideas or responsibilities) in terms
of their highest values, you more effectively engage them in
the buying process.
In the case of your teenagers, they are consumers of
ideas. If you respect them as individuals and communicate
what ideas or actions you would love for them to do
or fulfil, you will discover that they are more responsive,
receptive and flexible than first labelled. When you help
your teenagers achieve what they would love, they are
more receptive to doing what you would love.
Like all of us, teenagers want to be loved and appreciated
for who they are and not necessarily what we want to make
them. Who they feel they are in each moment is a reflection
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of what they value most. One of the wisest ways to inspire
teens is to first help them determine their true and current
highest values – and secondly, to help them fill their day with
meaningful activities that are congruent with those highest values
(or at least link the activities requested of them to their top
three highest values), so they feel they are achieving what they
would love and doing something meaningful.
Everyone, regardless of age, culture or gender, lives by a
unique set of values – a hierarchy of values or priorities. When
your teen aligns their daily actions with that which is most
important to them, it awakens greater competence and allows
them to fill their day with spontaneously inspired actions. It
encourages discussion about the goals that inspire them and
what they can pursue to help fulfil those aims. When you help
them fulfil what is truly most important to them, they are more
resilient to including other requested activities.
It’s also important to allow your teen to have adequate
personal freedom and autonomy to explore and experience
what is truly most meaningful to them. In doing so, they learn
to embrace the balance of the challenges and opportunities
that come with it. With a loving balance of parental challenge
and support, your teen will naturally develop the habits and
self-confidence to solve any challenges they encounter in their
evolving life… now that is inspiring!
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5 IN MUNICH
HofbräuHaus For a quintessential Bavarian experience,
visit this historic 16th century beer hall. Drink Hofbräu
original beer by the stein with a slowly roasted pork
knuckle that flakes off the bone and listen to traditional
Bavarian music. You share long tables with strangers, but
after your second stein you will all be the best of friends.
oktoberfest Originally a celebration of the wedding
of Crown Price Ludwig and Princess Therese in October
1810, now the largest beer drinking festival in the world.
It takes place over 2 weeks in September-October. Dress
in traditional dirndl or lederhosen, seat yourself at a
table in one of many beer tents, order steins of beer with
roast chicken or bierwurst while singing along to the
bMW MuseuM An architectural landmark of both
Bayerische Motoren Werke and Munich’s cultural life.
The BMW Museum has a fascinating and informative
exhibition of the more than 100-year history of the BMW
Group, its brands and products. You don’t even have to
be a car lover to enjoy this museum.
ViktualienMarkt The city’s oldest farmers market,
with stalls offering traditional Weisswurst sausage, bread,
cheeses and fresh produce. A great place to take a
break and relax in the shady beer garden while exploring
Munich’s historic centre.
neuscHWanstein castle This 19th century castle
with its towers, turrets, frescoes and throne hall looks
like it was plucked straight from your favourite fairy tale.
Nestled in the Bavarian Alps this is an easy day trip from
Munich and the setting is spectacular.
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SEA IT ALL
Sarah Bright discovers that it is possible for grandparents, parents and
children to travel together in harmony, to the other side of the world.
Manoeuvring our multi-generation family of
six from Christchurch around European
highlights always seemed too momentous
a task, and certainly out of budget, but this
winter I was proved wrong when we managed
to see it all aboard the Norwegian Cruise
Line’s (NCL) Norwegian Jade. This method of
holidaying not only exceeded expectations but
alleviated all the usual stresses and strains of
travelling in a group while fulfilling everyone’s
individual needs. I cannot recommend enough
how effective a cruise can be to bring families
together to experience multiple destinations,
with minimal dramas, in a short space of time.
Image: Sarah Bright
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We unpacked once, travelled while we slept, and
woke refreshed and excited in a different bucket-list
destination daily. The adults didn’t have to worry about
transport, time, itineraries, entertainment, excursions,
or where to sleep or eat. What could we possibly
argue about? Perhaps never being further than a few
steps away from an alcoholic beverage was what
made it all so amenable, but, nevertheless, the children
never made so much as a whisper of the usual “I’m
hungry/tired/bored” for the entire fortnight. Equipped
to perfection, and with Wi-Fi on board, Norwegian
Jade more than had everyone’s bases covered, making
this trip a smooth and calm experience, just like the
Mediterranean on which we sailed.
It goes without saying that food was high on
everyone’s priorities. The array of 14 palate-pleasing
dining options on board this ship made eating gratifying
for all. The formal dining rooms served nightly à la
carte menus and were far from ‘formal’ – instead a
relaxed affair with casual dress code and ‘anytime’
dining. O’Sheehan’s Irish Pub served comfort food
24/7, so the kids took up residence there, chowing
burgers, fries, nachos and soda to their hearts’ content
– with not a dollar in their pocket. The oldies, pretty
set in their routine, enjoyed ‘picking and choosing’
what they fancied at the Garden Café Buffet at 5pm
sharp. As for my husband and I, we revelled in the
time by ourselves to try four of the seven fine dining
restaurants that were included in our ‘NCL Free At
Sea Package’. (This perk, alongside a complimentary
all-inclusive alcohol package, was available to those
booking the ‘Free At Sea’ fare.) An evening all spent
together in Cagney’s Steakhouse, however, was by far
the highlight of our culinary escapades on board. The
quality of food, wines, service and atmosphere was top
notch and more than worth the modest cover-charge.
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Staterooms on Norwegian Jade come in all shapes
and sizes (some inter-connecting) to suit all wallets,
and we were all enthusiastic to find ours upon
embarkation. We opted for balconies for the adults
(the oldies liked sitting and “watching the view”)
and a nearby inside option for the kids. Rooms are
available that sleep four; however, I don’t suggest this
unless you have small children, as it would otherwise
be rather a squish. The cabins didn’t disappoint,
and even the inside one was spacious; in fact, the
bathroom was bigger!
Although standard in facilities, what set this ship
apart for us was the personalised level of service from
100 per cent of the staff. Our room attendants were
advocates of this and always greeted us by name
– quite a feat considering there were more than
2400 passengers on board. They went above and
beyond, servicing the room twice a day, with a
nightly turn-down as well. They even sorted, folded
and put away my daughter’s clothes – a gesture
beyond the call of duty!
When it comes to entertainment on Norwegian
Jade, there’s never a dull moment. A diverse blend
of comedy, singing, dancing, acrobatics, magic,
game shows, discos, pools for relaxing, pools for
partying and many other diversions... there was
a lot that kept us busy. For the youngsters, there
were complimentary supervised, age-appropriate
Image: Sarah Bright
Image: Sarah Bright
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Cagney’s Steakhouse – one of the specialty restaurants on board the Norwegian
Jade; Dining at Cagney’s was a highlight; The gleaming white houses of Santorini, Montenegro; Pisa, Italy.
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Image: Sarah Bright
Top of the city wall in Kotor, Montenegro
kids’ clubs running from early morning until late at
night, allowing parents freedom to relax and enjoy
the facilities of the ship. My personal favourite was
the spa, where I relished in an indulgent reflexology
session. My husband was particularly smitten with the
lengthy cocktail menu in the Spinnaker Lounge, which
had a commanding view of the ocean. You could find
the oldies conquering the trivia and bingo, or making
new friends at the onboard Starbucks.
Although we mainly organised our own adventures,
we did sample one ship-organised shore excursion to
Pisa and Florence. For those whose priority is to know
in advance what’s what, have a guide and eliminate
any guesswork, these tours are invaluable. The oldies
particularly appreciated being driven and escorted, and
having no worries about missing the boat!
There is a lot more to tell about the ship, but
the most memorable aspect of this cruise were its
destinations. In the space of 12 days we visited 12
incredible ports, something that’s hard to match with
any other means of transport. For me, the feeling while
departing out of Venice, gliding past the rooftops and
St Mark’s Square, was spine-tingling; sailing down the
fjord into Kotor and seeing the city walls looming was
thrillingly beautiful; watching the white houses perched
on the cliffs of Santorini getting closer on the horizon
was momentous. I had to pinch myself. What was so
special was that we were experiencing it all together.
The children benefitted from visiting such historical
icons as Malta, Pompeii, Rome and Pisa. And as for the
oldies, who may not have many trips left before health
becomes a hindrance, it was truly priceless.
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SHOWS TO SHORTLIST
When it comes to theatre, the stage doesn’t get any bigger than Broadway in New
York and the West End in London. Here’s our picks from the current playlist.
Words Gaynor Stanley
The biggest show on Broadway right now is Hadestown, picking up Best Musical in
this year’s Tony Awards, among eight wins from 14 nominations.
Hadestown is the blockbuster new musical following
two intertwining love stories – that of young dreamers
Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife,
Persephone – as it invites audiences on an epic journey to the
underworld and back. It is playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre
and booking until July 2020.
Ain’t Too Proud is another new musical about the life and
times of The Temptations. Recalling 42 Top 10 hits, 14
number ones and many signature dance moves, the show
scored a multitude of Tony nominations, though bagged just
the one award for Best Choreography. It is playing at the
Imperial Theatre and booking until June 2020.
In Tootsie, Santino Fontana won himself a Tony reinventing
Dustin Hoffman’s Dorothy Michaels (aka Michael Dorsey)
role for this comedy musical adaptation of the film. It’s playing
at the Marquis Theatre and booking until April 2020.
Hamilton’s hip-hop version of American history has been
playing at the Richard Rogers Theatre since 2016, when it
picked up a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations and 11
wins. Booking to June 2020.
Tina transferring from London’s West End this month
The Inheritance transferred just last month from a
smash run in London’s West End (where it won
Best New Play in this year’s Olivier Awards) to
the Barrymore Theatre. The two-part play (each 3
hours, 15 mins) re-envisions EM Forster’s Howards
End to 21st century New York, following the
interlinking lives of three generations of gay men.
Booking until March 2020.
To Kill a Mockingbird is Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of
the classic Harper Lee novel, with Jeff Daniels playing
Atticus Finch and Celia Keenan-Bolger in the role
of Scout, which won her this year’s Tony Award for
Best Actress. At the Shubert Theatre, it’s booking
until April 2020.
Betrayal is another West End transfer, following an
acclaimed sold-out run there. Catch Tom Hiddleston
and Charlie Cox in their Broadway debuts in the
Harold Pinter classic. Booking until December 2019
at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre.
Diana opening March 2020
Times Square in New York at the heart
of the Broadway theatre district.
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In Britain, the Olivier
Awards are the most
prestigious stage honours,
established in 1976. Sir
Laurence Olivier gave
consent for the awards to
be renamed in his honour
in 1984 when a bronze
statuette of Olivier replaced
a blue Wedgwood urn
(‘urnie’) as the trophy.
The cast of Six at this year’s Olivier Awards in London.
West End Musicals
Come from Away is a Canadian musical
that first trumped the Tonys then the British
equivalent, the Olivier Awards. It recounts true
stories from the aftermath of 9/11 when a
small Newfoundland town was inundated with
diverted flight passengers. Now opening around
the world, it is booking at London’s Phoenix
Theatre until February 2020 and also just opened
Six has taken London by storm with its history
lesson of the six wives of Henry the VIII and five
Olivier nods. Get your Catherines, Annes and
Jane sorted in a score combining power ballads
with techno beats. Booking until July 2020 at the
Waitress is a feel-good Broadway hit with a
country-rock beat based on a 2007 indie film of
the same name about Jenna, a waitress, and her
solution to an unhappy marriage. Booking until
January 2020 at the Adelphi Theatre.
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical had its world
premiere at the Aldwych Theatre last year,
with Adrienne Warren’s title role performance
acclaimed by The Best herself. Booking to
January 2020, but Warren is about to transfer to
the Broadway production.
Girl from the North Country – reimagining the
music of Bob Dylan
Hailed by The
Observer as the
No 1 Theatre
Show of the
Year, Girl from
in December to
bring the music
of Bob Dylan to
the West End.
West End Plays
Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Others
and YOU sees Sir Ian celebrate his 80th birthday in a oneman
anecdotal show booking at the Harold Pinter Theatre
until January 2020.
The Man in the White Suit has just opened with comedian
Stephen Mangan playing the lead role in this stage
adaptation of a classic 1950s film. Booking until January
2020 at the Wyndham’s Theatre.
Death of a Salesman returns to the West End this month in
a production directed by Marianne Elliott, after her Oliviers
triumph with Company, and starring Wendell Pierce (Suits).
Booking until January 2020 at Piccadilly Theatre.
My Brilliant Friend opening November 2019
Leopoldstadt brand new from Tom Stoppard, opening
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This year has seen a new Citroën C4 Cactus Hatch arrive,
and it’s most certainly growing on us.
Words Kate Preece Photography Charlie Rose Creative
Kate wears Darya Knit
Pant in Navy $399,
Santiago Jacket in Blue/
Red/White $745 and
Camisole Plain Knit in
White $195, Jane Daniels
Hair by Stacy, Head Rush,
Merivale; Makeup by
Krista, Nirvana Beauty
It all starts with an award-winning engine. Sure it’s
little, but the three-cylinder Turbo PureTech most
certainly punches above its 1.2-litre weight and is the
reason you can’t dismiss the Citroën C4 Cactus Hatch
before taking it for a drive.
Sporting the same engine as the previous model
(why change a good thing?), it’s a nippy wee wagon
that won’t leave you with driver’s remorse. Zip
confidently into a gap in traffic knowing you won’t
mar the day of the driver you’ve slipped in front
of. Better still, you get to do all this in a vehicle
kind to the bank balance when it comes to its fuel
consumption – a mere 5.3-litres to every 100km.
Hills are no issue either. Tackling the steep roads
of Mount Pleasant was, well, pleasant, with no engine
struggle nor suggestion you’ll need a push. You’ll also
not need a second pair of eyes to help guide you out
of any precarious pitched driveways, as the reversing
camera and easily spun steering wheel ensure that you
manoeuvre like a pro.
So, you know your place on the road, but what
about the ride? Good news. Even Christchurch’s postquake
roads lose their impact in a Citroën equipped
with progressive hydraulic cushion suspension.
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Basically, as well as shock
absorbers and springs, there’s a
third element there to literally
cushion your ride and mitigate
the impact felt by passengers.
The seats themselves add to the
good feeling you get behind the
wheel. Consider them the memoryfoam
mattresses of the car world.
Designed to adapt to each driver’s
physical shape, the 15mm layer of
foam that tops the seat squabs is
doing all the hard work to make sure
you travel in comfort.
Not a huge vehicle, and far from
a people-mover. The back seat is
adequate, though its dimensions are
more set to runway model than All
Black prop. There’s no fear of dogs
or small children disappearing out
the back windows as these do not
wind down, but rather ‘pop-out’
via a clip – as per my husband’s
ute. “Why?” I hear you ask. Well,
we’re talking Citroën here, and if
you want something sans quirk, best
look elsewhere. Further elements of
funkiness are presented through the
luggage-strap interior door handles
and glovebox that opens upwards.
Sport mode is its not-so-secret
weapon and a must for all those who
like a bit of a thrill. I referred to it as
‘go-cart’ mode, and I liked it, a lot.
The new Citroën C4 Cactus has
the basics covered, and covered well.
It has personality and a slight sense
of the underdog that makes it all the
more appealing when you leave those
larger cars lagging in the distance.
CITROËN C4 CACTUS
THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT CAN
The 1.2-litre three-cylinder Turbo PureTech engine has won
Engine of the Year for four consecutive years in a row, in the
1-litre to 1.4-litre category. It was launched five years ago in
the Citroën C4 Picasso and the Peugeot 308, but features in
more than 60 models worldwide, including the C4 Cactus. The
engine has 120 patents and holds two fuel economy records
– one of which was in 2016, when an automatic model
achieved 2.93l/100km, travelling 1878km on one tank.
Super comfortable seats.
The rear manual windows
open via clips.
Start button being further
away from the steering
wheel than is usual.
Length 4170mm; width
1710mm; height 1480mm
Euro NCAP 4 out of 5 stars
FUEL TANK CAPACITY:
1199cc, 3-cylinder Turbo
81kW, 205Nm; 0-100km/h
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FOOD & CULTURE
Vanessa Ortynsky highlights ways to satisfy multiple cravings simultaneously.
s there anything better than combining our two favourite things, food and culture?
Lucky for us, the South Island is home to a whole range of cultural institutions,
from art galleries to boutique cinemas and must-visit museums, with in-house
restaurants and cafés. Here are a few that are bound to whet your appetite.
We couldn’t be more excited
about the arrival of Lumière
Cinemas (in The Arts Centre),
which is home to two theatres
and a snack bar to rival all snack
bars. Like the films it shows, its
snack options are diverse and
of the highest quality. Tuck into
truffles from Banks Peninsula’s own
She Universe, or order a glass of
rosé, a coffee with beans from
Lyttelton Coffee Co. or a freshly
baked croissant. In the warmer
months, we won’t be able to resist
a scoop or two of Rollickin’ Gelato.
Lumière is also home to Bijou
Bar, an art-deco style cocktail bar
that makes for the ideal pre-movie
drink or nightcap before heading
home. With so many enticing
options, we’ll be hanging out here
long after the movie has ended.
Image: Vanessa Ortynsky
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Perhaps Invercargill isn’t the first place you’d think of
going to get a dose of culture, but Bill Richardson
Transport World (491 Tay Street) is well worth a
visit. Established by a Southland family with a serious
interest in wheels, Transport World has an incredible
selection of vintage vehicles and old-fashioned petrol
pumps. The in-house restaurant, The Grille, is a big
part of the experience and popular with both visitors
and locals. Showcasing the very best of New Zealand
and Southland cuisine, a visit here is always memorable.
Try the pancakes with Canadian maple syrup or the
potato and pea gnocchi. Served with field mushrooms,
spinach, walnuts and blue cheese, it’s positively divine.
Image: Mr Red Light
The 25th Nelson Arts Festival
The Nelson Arts Festival takes place every spring, with a
jam-packed programme of theatre, dance, circus, writers’
talks, comedy and visual arts. From 18-28 October, this year
marks its 25th anniversary, kicking off with the iconic Masked
Parade and Carnivale with a theme of ‘discovery’. Following
the parade, there is music, street performances and food stalls.
A feast for the senses, the Nelson Arts Festival is a must. Our
pick of the festival? Mr Red Light. It’s about a man who attracts
bad luck, so, naturally, when he tries to rob a bank he fails
miserably – and ends up in a pie shop dealing with three very
The Grille (Bill Richardson Transport World).
Image: Transport World
A Day at the Market
We couldn’t forget Riccarton
House & Bush and Dean’s Cottage,
which was built over 175 years
ago. The grounds are home to the
Christchurch Farmers’ Market, a
Christchurch institution that supports
the best food growers and producers
in the region. Take a tour of the
historic homestead then pick up some
fresh bread from Bellbird, some vegan
cheese from Vegan Deli Diva, wine
from Terrace Edge, plus plenty of
other ready-to-eat goodies including
pierogi from The Pierogi Joint.
Image: Ana Galloway
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Image: Vanessa Ortynsky
A Day Trip to Oamaru
Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct is a busy hub filled with
shops and galleries, plus a handful of excellent cafés and
restaurants. Our favourites include Cucina (1 Tees Street)
for an Italian feast and Tees Street café (No. 3) for lunch
and coffee. Both are right in the heart of the precinct and
an integral part of the city’s fabric. For a nutritious breakfast
or lunch, we can’t resist tucking into the açai and green
bowls at Tees Street.
Image: Vanessa Ortynsky
Tees Street café.
This highly anticipated wellness hotspot has
brought together a mix of like-minded retail
and hospitality businesses in one South
Town spot. Six character buildings, which
date back as far as 1880, leave behind their
past as places for trades (from black smith
to welder) to take on a bright new future
where yoga and natural wine rule, among
a few indulgences. Noteworthy openings
include Two Raw Sisters, Barefoot Eatery
by Greenroots Juicery and The Great
To celebrate the opening of The Welder
(22-26 Welles Street) in Christchurch,
Well-Fest will take over the place on
2 November. The day-long festival not only
coincides with the final of the Rugby World
Cup but the opening of yakitori restaurant
Bar Yoku. Former All Black Andy Ellis has
teamed up with the dynamic duo behind
Sister Kong, Sam and Sally Hooper, to add
some serious Japanese flair – and plenty of
wagyu – to the precinct.
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Q & A WITH
What drink says celebrate to you?
The ‘Addiction’ is a very unique drink that
we make at the Vices & Virtues bar. With its
chilli and ginger flavours it can pack a punch
that leaves your taste buds tingling. It is my
personal favourite cocktail and is always the
one I will first recommend our customers.
What’s your favourite ingredient?
I always love it when we make the
ingredients ourselves. In the Addiction
we will infuse a bottle of vodka with fresh
chillies for at least 48 hours to give us the
flavoured spirit to use as the base, and in
another cocktail of ours, the apple, rum
and raisin flavoured ‘Deception’, we use
a puree made specially by our chefs from
fresh granny smith apples and raisins. For
me, whenever a bar has ingredients made
by themselves it means that they can
produce drinks that you aren’t going to find
anywhere else and it always feels good to
be making a unique drink.
IT’S TIME TO
Celebrating your latest milestone, catching up with
friends or hosting a business meeting? Everyone can
indulge at Vices & Virtues with tasty vegan, vegetarian,
gluten-free and dairy-free options available.
What is the most versatile cocktail base?
Vodka; classic and simple vodka. The
smooth and delicate flavour profile of a
good vodka means that it can be used in a
wide range of cocktails that vary hugely in
flavours. As well as adding fresh chillies for
the Addiction’s spicy flavour, the vodka in
‘Passion’ is mixed with crushed raspberries
and lime juice to give a fresh fruity taste and
a bright pink colour.
Do people really tell you their problems?
Oh the stories I have from my time as a
bartender! From elderly men complaining
about the failures of modern politics and
helping two friends plan a road trip, to
separately meeting both sides of an ugly
break-up over the course of an evening and
giving my opinion of growing up in New
Zealand to a young Irish couple thinking of
starting a family here. Being a bartender can
be as much about careful word choice and
tact as it is about making drinks.
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30ml chilli vodka (Blue Duck)
15ml lemon juice
3 sticks of ginger,
Muddle ginger, add lemon
juice, chilli vodka, top up with
ice and shake. Pour into glass,
top with ginger beer and
garnish with candied ginger.
Glass: chilled martini
10ml balsamic vinegar
20ml raisin puree
Shake and double strain
with a spoon. Put sugar
syrup on rim of the glass
and dip in cinnamon
powder and sugar.
47–49 Salisbury Street, Christchurch
03 930 7001
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From eatery updates to delicious dishes, we provide
the scoop on the latest taste sensations.
Image: Vanessa Ortynsky
The Permit Room (779 Colombo Street)
has revealed a brand new range of Indianstyle
cocktails, including a refreshing gin and
tonic with coriander, cumin and ginger, plus a
delicious pomegranate concoction.
Bursting with flavour and nutrients, the Super
Food Salad at Untouched World Kitchen (155
Roydvale Avenue) certainly packs a punch. The
symphony of tastes and textures will astonish
your palate, and the offering of wholesome
seeds, cashew nuts, crisp celery and protein-rich
beans is completed by a zesty ginger dressing.
FRESH ON THE CONE
Everybody’s favourite ice cream joint, Utopia, is set to
open new digs on High Street this month. Known for its
delightfully icy creations, a recent concoction features
pumpkin and white chocolate and we’re here for it.
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Rua Pinot Rosé 2019 at Fisherman’s Wharf. This Central
Otago gem from Akarua vineyards is the cherry on top
of what is a spectacular view across Lyttelton Harbour.
The vegan-friendly drop is favoured for its strawberry
finish, and it sits particularly well alongside the moreish
scallops wrapped in bacon or the seafood sizzle plate,
which features pan-seared fish, scallops, prawns, mussels
and squid. Or, save the best till last and drink it in with
the view, while the kids tuck into a mini sundae.
Calling all lovers of South American cuisine,
Castro’s Tapas & Bar needs to be on your
radar. Located at the Riverside Market, you
can expect paella, empanadas and a whole
range of delicious Spanish flavours. By the
same team as El Fogón and Caribe Latin
Kitchen, their latest spot overlooks Oxford
Terrace and the Avon. Look out for the
beautiful painted bull.
FRIENDLY FOR VEGANS
Vegans can now order more than a salad
and fries at Monza Sports Bar (Christchurch
Casino), where a new range of delicious
vegan-friendly handcrafted pizzas will see
tablemates green-eyed. The Fiat pizza – based
with oven-roasted tomato and topped with
roasted cauliflower, vegan cream cheese,
Indian curry-flavoured vegan mayonnaise and
kumara chips – is quickly becoming a Monza
favourite for vegans and non-vegans alike!
Get your sports fix live and loud on the 208”
LCD screen knowing there’s something on
the menu for every member of your team.
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Images: Vanessa Ortynsky
3 O’CLOCK FLAVOUR SAVIOUR
Our favourite Riccarton café has arrived in the central
city and we’re absolutely chuffed. Taking over what was
formerly The Anchorage on Walker Street, Park Ranger
Central has filled the industrial space with plants and their
signature green espresso machine. They consistently serve
up some of the best brews in town alongside a delicious
range of cabinet food and a tight menu with locallysourced,
hand-picked ingredients. Our pick is the highly
’grammable açai bowl that’s super filling and wholesome.
GO BACK TO…
Pembroke Patisserie in Wanaka needs no
introduction. Get your coffee and pastry fix just
10 minutes outside town with mouth-watering
doughnuts, tasty tarts and flaky croissants. And
if you haven’t yet tried their custard slice, you
need to get on that right away.
If there’s one to watch, it’s Simon Levy,
who recently took home Chef of the
Year at the Christchurch Hospitality
Awards. After working for several
impressive outlets overseas, Simon
Levy’s fine-dining restaurant, Inati
(48 Hereford Street), is the place to
go for a truly special meal. The menu
showcases the finest Canterbury and
New Zealand produce in an elegant
and approachable way.
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1 2 3
NEW KATE SYLVESTER
Renowned New Zealand fashion designer Kate Sylvester
opened a beautiful new store in Christchurch’s CBD.
Situated at 112 Cashel Street, the store is the brand’s
second within Christchurch after opening its Merivale store
1. Kate Sylvester, Wayne Conway; 2. Rachel Smart, Bailey Mark; 3. Johanna Mouncey-Reedy, Alice Barham; 4. Kirsty Gilcrest, Sophie Donovan;
5. Jessie Shuker, Abby Button; 6. Jacqui Moorfield, Andrea Rickerby, Kate Robertson, Michelle Dixon; 7. Katie Brown, Claudia Hanna
COURT X CAXTON
The opening night of The Pink Hammer was sponsored by
Caxton Design and Print, which held an exclusive gala
night for its clients at The Court Theatre. Bubbles, woodfired
pizza and cheese platters made for a warm and inviting
evening ahead of the show.
1. Liz and Vanessa Neho; 2. Angela Petersen, Antonia Maynard; 3. Phillipa van Irsel, Karen Sherriff; 4. Marie Reynolds, Blair Andrews;
5. Steve Brooker, Rachel Sears, Layla Moutrib; 6. Tracey Shields, Donna Ball
elegance and sophistication.
synonyms: flair, grace, poise,
polish, suaveness, urbanity,
chic, finesse, taste, class,
comfort, luxury, affluence,
wealth, opulence, lavishness.
The Westpac Champion Business Awards were a
night of glitz, glamour and entertainment, where the
achievements of people and organisations from around the
region were celebrated in style.
Photography: Tony Stewart & Nancy Zhou
MEDBURY QUIZ NIGHT
he Medbury Parents’ Association hosted a Rugby World
Cup Quiz Night in the Cardboard Cathedral, which saw
teams dressing up as different countries. The competitive
streak came out in many, and the bidding on the live and
silent auctions was off the chart!
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WIN WITH STYLE
Every month, Style sources a range of exceptional prizes to give away.
It’s easy to enter, simply go to www.style.kiwi and fill in your details on the
‘Win With Style’ page. Entries close October 23.
Clear the skin
Most people experience problem skin at some stage in their
lifetime, but it shouldn’t be something they have to live with.
New Logic is a protein-powered solution to support the
struggle with acne, combining breakthrough technology and
proven active ingredients to target the source of breakouts.
We have three Essentials Kits, valued at $99, to give away.
Celebrating 20 years as a leading boutique travel agency in
Christchurch, Discover Travel also helps solo travellers enjoy
cost-effective travel. Some travellers are no longer able to
travel as a pair, others just prefer to travel on their own! One
lucky winner will receive a copy of Lonely Planet’s The Solo
Travel Handbook and a travel voucher – valued at $75.
Designed in Melbourne, Elk jewellery presents sculptural
statement pieces in metal, wood, resin, velvet, ceramic and
enamel in an extensive range of necklaces, bracelets, rings and
earrings, all in striking seasonal colours. The Flock stocks the
range at The Tannery and has given us two beautiful necklaces
to give away, each valued at $55.
Make a date
The Court Theatre is bringing a tried-and-tested favourite
to a local stage, and Curtis Vision is providing the tickets
for one lucky Style winner. We have a double pass (valued
at up to $144) to The Wind in the Willows, directed by Ross
Gumbley, which can be redeemed between 23 November
and 18 January. Toot-toot!
LAST MONTH’S WINNERS: BLUEMLY: Shirley Curgenven, LUNA AND ROSE: Vivian Todd,
FILIGREE: Sarah-Jane Rennie, WOMEN’S EXPO: Sam Gooday, Sandi Harnett, Paula Ludemann
*Conditions: Each entry is limited to one per person. You may enter all giveaways. If you are selected as a winner, your name will be published in the following
month’s edition. By registering your details, entrants give permission for Star Media to send further correspondence, which you can opt out of at any stage.
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Madrid Coffee Table
Oasis 12 Queen Bed
Regal Stress-free Recliner
Astana Stressless Chair
Coronet 3+2.5 Seater Suite
Nordik Table / Clara
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3 seater with chaise
The Jag corner outdoor corner lounge suite a brand new The Vogue is our new 3 seat outdoor chaise. A
piece in our outdoor massive furniture range. discounts Its modern lines right will fit across stunning the new floor piece with here at Simply up toFurniture this
into any contemporary outdoor setting. The Jag’s cushions season. Constructed with powder coated aluminium
comfortable to sit back and relax on
frames and olefin outdoor cushions, relax in style
provide the perfect way to wind down after a long day.
484 Cranford Street, Christchurch - 03 354 5026
DISCOVER THE SPECTACULAR SIGHTS
OF INDIA’S FAMED GOLDEN TRIANGLE
7 nights/8 days Delhi return
Share twin. Flights are additional.
Travel until 31 March 2020.
• 3-4* and heritage hotels
• Air conditioned private vehicle
• 7 breakfasts & 2 dinners
• Airport transfers
• Specialist local guides
• English speaking Indian Tour Guide
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Abhaneri,
Keoladeo Ghana NP, Jaipur, Fatephur Sikri, Delhi
SOUTH AFRICA SAFARI HOLIDAYS
JO’BURG TO FALLS
Starting in Jo’burg and world famous Kruger National Park,
travel to Victoria Falls, en route you’ll visit the breathtaking
scenery and wildlife of Zimbabwe. Visit the Great Zimbabwe
Ruins as well as the abundant Hwange National Park.
11 nights/12 days Jo’burg to Victoria Falls
Share twin. Flights are additional.
Travel until 30 June 2020.
• Fully Equipped overland truck
• All camping fees and equipment
• Park Entry – Victoria Falls NP
• Park Entry & Game Drives – Kruger NP
• 1 night dormitory accommodation
• 10 nights camping
• All road taxes & Tolls
• 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
• 3 Crew – Leader, Driver, Cook
Johannesburg - Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe Ruins –
Hawange National Park – Bulawayo & Matobo National
Park – Kruger National Park
BARRINGTON 331 7182 I CHRISTCHURCH CITY 365 7687 I FERRYMEAD 376 4022 I HIGH ST LANES 335 3722
HORNBY 344 3070 I MERIVALE 355 2200 I NORTHLANDS 352 4578 I RANGIORA 313 0288 I RICCARTON 341 3900
SHIRLEY 385 0710 I UPPER RICCARTON 343 0869
CONDITIONS: Valid for new bookings only until 07 Nov 19. Prices are per person in in NZ dollars based on share twin. Prices shown reflect the 2 for 1 discount. Taj
Traveller valid for travel 01 Oct 19 – 31 Mar 20, Jo ’burg to Falls valid for travel 01 Oct 19 – 30 Jun 20 and visas, sleeping bag and local payment of NZD590 pp are
not included. Airfares are additional. Full payment is due within 48 hours of optioning the tour. Tours are subject to availability, non-refundable and non-transferable.
Travel Insurance: It is a requirement of this travel arrangement that all travellers must take out a fully comprehensive travel insurance for the full duration of this trip.
For full booking terms & conditions please ask your House of Travel consultant..