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Is your belief system leading you into stress?

Words Shelley Robinson Photos Charlie Rose Creative

ABOVE Christchurch’s Kayo Gill finally listened to her body when it gave out on her.

Her healing journey has led her to teach meditation and yoga.

22 STYLE | feature

Kayo Gill pushed herself to the brink, thinking she had to work

harder to be a better person.

By the numbers

• 68 per cent of greater Christchurch residents have

experienced stress in the past year that has had a

negative effect on them

• Nearly 1 in 4 New Zealand adults experienced ‘poor’

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Kayo Gill was collapsed on her bed, unable to

move, with tears streaming down her face.

A simple walk around the block had broken her,

and it made no sense to her. Kayo pushed herself

at the gym and thought she was a healthy woman.

But she felt like she had just run a marathon.

There was nothing left in her tank. But then

there hadn’t been for years.

Like so many, the February 22, 2011,

Christchurch earthquake shook Kayo, 41, to her

core. The constant aftershocks left her in a state of

fight or flight, ripping away her sense of safety. Her

job as a special education teacher was challenging

and filled not just her waking moments.

“I would wake up tired because I was dreaming

about work at 3 or 4am in the morning. [I would]

go back to sleep, then dream of work again and

then roll out of bed finally,” she says.

Her breaks at work consisted of a quick drink

of water and a bite of food while managing

incidents and paperwork. Then, at 6pm, she

would drag her aching body to the gym.

“The body was saying, ‘I’m tired’, but I was like,

‘I’m just being lazy,’” she says.

“I got more tired, but I kept punishing myself by

working out harder. Because I wouldn’t feel good

about myself, I would go to the gym because

I thought I would then feel good about myself

physically,” she says.

But she didn’t. In 2012, her body could no

longer sustain the beating she was putting it


“I couldn’t lie to my body anymore. I couldn’t

mask it,” she says.

Kayo quit her job and moved to Australia

thinking it would give her a fresh start. Instead,

her body crashed.

“I became really sick. Like I had the flu, but it

got worse,” she says.

She slept for 30 hours straight after that walk

around the block. Moving between the bedroom

and bathroom left her breathless.

Kayo went to a doctor, but he sent her away

with a prescription for antidepressants and the

advice to “get off the couch and get moving”.

But that is what she had been mercilessly doing

to herself and it hadn’t worked. So, she went with

her gut and saw a naturopath.

She was asked to collect her saliva for a week

for testing. The test showed Kayo had adrenal


“It is where the adrenal glands are overworked

for a long time, producing too much cortisol.

Cortisol is produced when we go into fightor-flight

mode. But due to longer-term chronic

stress, the cortisol was out of balance.

STYLE | feature 23

Kayo with her Tibetan

singing bowls, which

she uses in the classes

she teaches.

“It is meant to rise slowly when you wake up to help

you get out of bed. But because you are out of balance, it

doesn’t,” she says.

It took about a year and a half “of hell” for Kayo to get it

back into balance. Her confused body would wake up in the

dead of night when it should be resting, and fatigue would

strike without warning during the day.

And so, she began meditating.

“I felt like I needed to just breathe. That was the one thing I

could do. I couldn’t do yoga, I couldn’t go for a walk in nature,

but I could sit and breathe,” she said.

In those quiet moments, Kayo found and attended to the

thoughts and beliefs that had driven her into stress.

Growing up in Japan, she felt she never fit in.

“At high school, it was work hard; get yourself strong. The

fitter you were the more resilient you are so you can deal

with more and work harder,” she says.

Rowing at a competitive level, her coach would barrage her

with comments like she “wasn’t good enough”.

Those beliefs went to Kayo’s very core, permeating into her

mind until they fuelled her everyday existence.

They were in her head as she rolled out of bed each

morning, exhausted. While she taught children. While she

tried to live her life.

The belief system of ‘I’m not good enough’ is something

North Canterbury intuitive wellness coach Charmaine

McGregor sees often with her clients and in the workshops

she runs with Kayo.

“It is that thought, ‘I am in myself not good enough and I

need to do more and more. More at work, more at home,’”

she says.

It’s a message reinforced by external messaging from

advertising and social media. The idea you should strive to be

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Kayo and Charmaine McGregor

run workshops that equip

people with the tools to reduce

stress in their lives.

It is something Charmaine, a working mum of two, has


“My biggest wake-up call was a few years ago when I went

into work and I could feel my heart racing and I was shaking.

That was my worst experience of stress. But most of that

stress was coming from within. I was trying to be everything to

everyone – to my children, my work, my family,” she says.

Charmaine used to have a run “of constant colds” but she

pushed aside what her body was trying to tell her and dug in,

working harder and giving more.

Now, she has addressed her own belief system that led to

her stress.

“I have a daily practice and am a big believer of taking care

of myself first thing in the morning,” she says.

She sees people using ‘distraction’ as a way to avoid looking

at the true reasons behind their stress.

“We are given a society where it is easy to be distracted

– ‘busy’ is the new buzzword because it is socially acceptable

to be so,” she says.

People will keep busy, work more, be with friends constantly

– anything to stop thinking about what is going on with them.

“Sometimes it is easier to be distracted than looking at our

own stuff because it can be hard dealing with it. We may

have to start saying ‘no’ to things. We may need to make life

changes, like a different job, a different partner. And that can

be uncomfortable,” she says.

Simply acknowledging that the belief system you have in

place is not working for you is a good first step, she says.

“You have the personal choice and power to change. It is all

in the power of the intention. Believe you can do this. You can

choose the life you want to lead.”

Seven years after her walk around the block, Kayo teaches

meditation and yoga in Christchurch and is a pranic healer,

drawing on life energy to heal the physical body. She has

committed to healing her life.

She sees many people who believe they cannot meditate

due to the incessant white noise of their thoughts.

“Meditation is not about stopping the mind. Meditation is to

stop the mind from controlling you,” she says.

“One minute a day, every day, is far more beneficial than

one 20-minute hit a week, because it gives the body time each

day to recharge, be calm and slowly build up the length of

time,” she says.

Looking back, Kayo doesn’t know how she sustained herself.

“But I am grateful I experienced all of that because now I

help others. I don’t want anyone else to get to that stage,”

she says.

“Really listen to your body. Being tired doesn’t mean you

are lazy. Being tired means you have been working too hard

for too long. And you cannot sustain that.”

STYLE | feature 25


Many of us don’t notice that we have a constant stream of thoughts.

But you can turn them down with intentional control.

Image: Hindustan Times / Getty Images

Brendan Sillifant studied mindfulness with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (right), learning how to turn down thoughts and turn up the senses.

Brendan Sillifant was a young man in the 1980s, seeking a

way of living well to help navigate the ups and downs of life.

The Christchurch psychotherapist’s search led him to the

practice of “being present”. His travels took him to the South

of France, where he studied mindfulness with Zen Master

Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village from 1989–2003.

“This was early before mindfulness was popular in the West,

and he was one of the people involved in popularising it early

on,” says Brendan.

“Mindfulness is learning to be more attentive to our daily life,

through giving our attention to what is happening in the present

moment, rather than getting caught up in the past or the future

and, in doing so, developing a more serviceable mind.”

When Brendan returned to New Zealand in 2003, he was

pleasantly surprised.

“I came back expecting to be quite fringe in my interest,

but when I did some counselling training on my master’s

thesis, I found mindfulness had become a very core theory to

psychological practice,” he says.

But how does something that appears so simple work?

It is, says Brendan, about turning down thoughts and turning

up senses.

“Thinking is very tiring. I hear a lot of people tell me that

they don’t know how to slow their thinking and they want a

button to turn it off.

“In our daily lives, we often have continual thinking going on

Mindfulness practice

1. Take a 20-minute walk, noticing the feeling of each

foot on the pavement; the wind on your face.

2. Close your eyes and concentrate on your

breathing; the feeling of your breath as it enters

your nose, and how it feels as it leaves.

that we are not aware of. Like we don’t notice our nose in

our field of vision because it is always there.

“And because we have this constant stream of thinking

we don’t really notice it.”

Through “intentional control”, Brendan says you can

choose where you place your attention.

“If we get home a bit tired and our child approaches

us and wants to play, intentional control of our focus lets

us place our attention with a child wholeheartedly at that

moment and enjoy playing with them.

“We are learning to interrupt that constant stream

of thought, particularly the constant stream of

stressful thoughts.”

STYLE | report 27


Data on the wellbeing of children in New Zealand makes for sobering reading. But

has introducing mindfulness into the classroom made a difference? Shelley Robinson

talks to schools, teachers and experts on the mindful movement.

bell has rung at North Canterbury’s

A Leithfield School. But the children

do not tear out the door clutching their

school bags.

Instead, they find a space to lie down

in front of principal Sharon Marsh on

the classroom floor.

The children put a piece of paper on

their bellies, a tool used to show them

they are breathing properly, and close

their eyes. Sharon reads out a guided

belly breathing exercise and before long

the paper rises and falls rhythmically.

It is in stark contrast to three years

ago, when pupils slept on the classroom

floor as tsunami sirens wailed distantly.

The 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura

earthquake had struck just after

midnight on November 14, 2016. A

reported record 21 fault lines fractured

as the earth groaned and tore apart.

Two people died and the township of

Kaikoura was cut off, as highways were

twisted and broken.

Most of the children slept through the

earthquake, says Sharon. But, two hours

later, the sirens began.

“It was the noise and the evacuation

that traumatised our kids more than the

earthquake itself,” she says.

Dazed children who lived in the

nearby small settlement of Leithfield

Beach were bundled into cars. Most

headed towards the school elevated

on a slight hill about 2.5km away, even

though it wasn’t a Civil Defence centre.

“In a way that was a good thing,

because the children felt safe here, it

was familiar. So, they went to sleep in

their classrooms,” says Sharon.

With a school roll of 130 and six

classrooms, Sharon and her staff knew

their children well. And they knew in

the aftermath of the evacuation the

children were struggling. Sleep was

elusive, children and parents struggled

to let go at the school gate and loud

noises spiked nerves.

In the classroom, children became

“overly extroverted” or withdrew.

Sharon and the community knew they

needed help.

So, Sharon got to work. She

researched the concept of mindfulness

28 STYLE | report

Leithfield School principal Sharon Marsh leads pupils in a mindful breathing

exercise. The tsunami evacuation after the 2016 Kaikoura quake left

children “traumatised” but mindfulness has played a part in helping them.

Grant Rix’s mindfulness programme is in 600 schools across the country,

with 325 trained teachers in Christchurch and 62 in Otago.

after reading an article in the Education

Gazette. She found the Mindfulness

Education Group’s Pause, Breathe,

Smile programme and was impressed

with how it linked to the curriculum.

She applied and was successful in

getting a Red Cross Earthquake

Recovery grant so all teachers at the

school could be trained on-site.

Tinkle, tinkle. The ‘mindfulness bell’ has

rung again.

Some children sit up straight away

while others take time to open

their eyes.

They tell Sharon they feel “relaxed”,

“focused” and “sleepy”. A pupil is keen

to tell her that they heard that the

Warriors and All Blacks use mindfulness

too. They all get up and move to their

maths lesson.

Six months after the programme was

introduced, Sharon read some of the

feedback from the children.

“I remember thinking, ‘Wow. This was

more than I had probably observed.’”

The children wrote how they use it

when they can’t get to sleep at night and

“when I’m waiting to go on the rugby

field, and I feel nervous.”

“It was really amazing,” says Sharon.

It wasn’t the only thing the school and

parents were doing for wellbeing, so it is

hard, she says, to pin the success just on

the programme.

“But it definitely contributed to the

de-escalation. But more importantly to

me, because we know that this is not

going to be the only traumatic event

these kids are going to face in their lives,

it proved to me that these kids are now

equipped with a set of tools they didn’t

have before,” she says.

Grant Rix chuckles on the phone from

his base near Katikati, Bay of Plenty.

He’s just been asked if he thought his

Pause, Breathe, Smile programme would

get so big.

More than 600 schools now have the

programme. About 325 teachers and

mental health professionals in greater

Christchurch have been trained, with 62

in the Otago region.

In 2012, his interest was purely at a

research-level after he saw mindfulness

take off in overseas schools.

“I didn’t have any big thoughts about

where it would go beyond that. But it

has taken on a life of its own,” he says.

The eight-week programme has

morphed from being taught by

specifically trained facilitators visiting

schools, to training teachers, therefore

ensuring the sustainability of the

programme within the school, he says.

The modules teach children how

to regulate their emotions through

mindful breathing, mindful eating, mindful

movements and, as the name indicates,

pausing, breathing and smiling.

“It brings their attention to where

their body is in the present moment,

when that mental chatter is running away

on them and causing issues. It helps to

strengthen that attention regulation,”

Grant says.

The programme was put to the

test after Christchurch’s devastating

February 22, 2011 earthquake.

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake killed

185 and devastated the region. About

7000 homes were demolished after they

were deemed uninhabitable or the land

unsafe. It forced families into a pressurecooker

situation of dealing with the

Earthquake Commission and insurance

companies, while trying to process their

grief and fear as significant aftershocks

continued to rattle the region.

A study by University of Canterbury

associate professor Kathleen Liberty

showed about 70 per cent of children

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Image: Hannah Peters / Getty images

In the aftermath of the February 22, 2011 earthquake, there has been a 146 per cent increase of new cases

at the Canterbury District Health Board’s specialist mental health services for children and young people.

who experienced the earthquake had

at least one symptom of post-traumatic

stress disorder – double the rate of

children surveyed before the quakes.

Time has not lessened the pressure

on families, children and schools.

There has been a 146 per

cent increase of new cases at the

Canterbury District Health Board’s

specialist mental health services for

children and young people since the

2009/2010 financial year – that’s 500

more people each month for the

service. There has also been a 69 per

cent increase in the number of new

adult mental health cases.

In 2017, six years after the earthquake,

University of Canterbury clinical

psychologist Ann Huggett was one of

20 Pause, Breathe, Smile facilitators,

funded by a one-off grant from the Rata

Foundation, who worked in 12 schools.

“I was immediately struck in the first

couple of sessions by the number of

children that were saying, ‘I find it really

hard to sleep’ or ‘I sleep with Mum or

Dad’,” she says.

Ann got to work and after a few

weeks, feedback from teachers

indicated the children were calmer and

able to concentrate better.

“I remember a teacher saying a

parent had said, ‘I don’t know what has

been happening at school, but my child

is sleeping better or in their own bed

for the first time in ages’,” she says.

“After a couple of years in the

classroom, I could see benefits across

the board.”

Ann now uses the programme in

a clinical setting at the university’s

Psychology Centre, for children with

heightened anxiety issues.

The bookcase in her office houses

a colourful array of jars. She takes one

off the shelf and shakes it. Like a snow

globe, bits of glitter begin to fall to

the bottom.

It’s a ‘mind jar’, she says, a tool to show

children how thoughts and feelings work.

“The glitter is our thoughts and

feelings, and sometimes when you

are stressed you feel all shook up and

everything is swirling around.”

We watch as the glitter slowly stops

its manic whirling and falls quietly to the

bottom of the jar.

“When we take a breath and pause,

what do we notice? We notice over

time the swirling in the jar slows down

and things start to settle. It is the same

idea for our thoughts,” she says.

Image: Charlie Rose Photography

A ‘mind jar’.

“After a couple of

years in the classroom,

I could see benefits

across the board.”

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Image: Charlie Rose Photography

Canterbury University

clinical psychologist Ann

Huggett taught mindfulness

in schools in the aftermath

of the February 22, 2011,

earthquake. She is now using

it in a clinical setting to help

children with anxiety and has

seen some interesting results.

When children begin in her group,

they are diagnosed across five categories:

generalised anxiety, school anxiety,

separation anxiety, social anxiety and

panic. The average was for the children

to have three diagnoses, with some as

high as five, says Ann.

“By the time they leave after eight

weeks, we are getting a significant

reduction in those diagnoses. Five areas

of difficulty to one or none,” she says.

“It is not a fix-all, but what it

offers in a short amount of time is

quite amazing.”

Ann remembers an emotional

response a mother had, when she was

asked what differences she had noticed

in her child.

“Her eyes welled up and she said, ‘I

have evenings, I’ve never had evenings’.”

The child never slept as a baby or as a

toddler, and the mother’s evenings were

spent with the child until they fell asleep.

The knackered mother would go straight

to bed herself.

“It was just mind-blowing for her, that

she now had time in the evenings.”

Feedback has indicated that

mindfulness has bonded families, as it has

created a “shared language” to discuss

emotions, says Ann.

“Parents say they’ve completely

changed their parenting styles. They say,

‘I’ve realised how busy and rushed I was

and that needed to change’,” says Ann.

Her enthusiasm for the programme is

obvious. After the interview, she finally

takes a breath and laughs, apologising

for talking for so long. But every word

she says is fascinating and has resonance

for adults and children. She has another

group open for enrolments this year,

which will further add to the data for

analysis. That research is, in part, being

conducted by master’s student Georgie


She has a wry laugh when describing if

the programme would have helped her

at school.

“I really wish I had known what to

do when I was sitting there in class

absolutely panicking before a times table

recital – I can’t even express how much

I wish I had known about emotional

management as a child.

“A lot of kids are emotionally reactive.

They feel that feeling and it overwhelms

them – it is the same for adults. And that

feeling complete dictates how we react,”

she says.

Georgie has seen the benefits of the

programme flow from child to adult.

“A lot of that generation missed out

on being taught about wellbeing at

school, and for some, this is probably

the first time they’ve been taught about

mindfulness or emotional regulation. It is

really exciting to be able to help not just

the kids but the parents as well.”

She says the idea is that, if parents

become less emotionally reactive, it

leads to less conflict at home.

“And hopefully better-quality

relationships,” she says.

The school day has started in Janey

Winders’ classroom.

She sits cross-legged on the floor with

her eyes closed, while her Arrowtown

School pupils are lying down. Some are

curled on their sides, while another wears

a cozy-looking giraffe onesie.

Playing is a mindful breathing exercise

from the Smiling Mind app.

A teacher for more than 25

years, Janey has observed a lot in

her classroom – and she’s noticed

a difference since the school introduced


“The key thing is what kind of

behaviours do you not see? You don’t

see children frantically running around.

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“The key thing

is what kind of

behaviours do

you not see?”

They are listening to each other better

and they are caring for each other,”

she says.

“Their empathy is growing because of

it. They are sharing how they are feeling

and offering support to others.”

When some in the class heard of

others struggling to sleep, they decided

to help, she said.

“They’re actually creating a slide show

of tips on how to keep calm and get to

sleep, using mindfulness,” she says.

The school introduced mindfulness

after being shocked by data at an

Australian conference over the rise of

anxiety, depression and suicide in

young people.

It was something Janey had noted

herself, particularly in the last five years.

“We thought we have to start right

down here at this age and start to give

our children the strategies to regulate

themselves and calm themselves and let

go of issues,” she says.

All teachers were trained in the

Pause, Breathe, Smile programme. A

mindfulness practitioner also came in for

an eight-week course to help teachers

with their own personal practice. Janey

has noticed the difference in herself.

“I don’t seem to react to things. I

let them happen and just have a calm

approach. I notice that in my teaching.

It’s been great,” she says.

It should be a case of “all hands on

deck,” says Grant Rix.

Arrowtown School teacher Janey Winders starts the day with a mindfulness exercise with her

pupils. She has noticed changes in the classroom since the school invested in mindfulness.

He knows the bleak data on the

wellbeing of children after co-authoring

academic papers on the effectiveness

of mindfulness in schools.

New Zealand ranked near the

bottom for overall childhood wellbeing

and had the highest adolescent suicide

rate among developed nations, said a

2017 UNICEF report.

“Antidepressants being prescribed

to children under the age of 13 has

significantly increased in the past 10

years – but that could be because

there is far greater awareness,” he says.

“People are on struggle street,

and if we’ve got anything that can

help, then it should be all hands

on deck providing solutions to the

problems we are seeing in modern

society, and certainly mindfulness has

a role to play.”

Psychologists, like Ann, are “all

over” mindfulness, he says, because

it works.

“We’ve really got to be doing

something to help our children to

manage the everyday stressors of

growing up but also to equip them

with the skills to help them to face a

future that is increasingly uncertain.”

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Shocking Pink’s chairperson Anna Manson recently won a Kiwibank

Local Hero medal. She talks to Shelley Robinson about impromptu

speeches, scan anxiety, and the ‘other side’ of cancer.

had seven surgeries. It was a helluva lot. You go full thrust

straight into it. The year before my relationship had ended,

and everything was back on track, I had a good job and yeah.

Anna Manson

Congratulations Anna on your award – did you partake in

a few celebration reds last night?

[Laughs] Yeah, it was a good night. Gosh, you should’ve seen

the calibre of people, I felt really out of my league. There was

a guy who was there after the mosque attack [March 15] and

a guy who had served for St John for 60 years. I was just like,

‘Wow.’ It was humbling, really humbling.

You are not so shabby yourself I hear.

I don’t know about that! But they didn’t warn us that we

could speak when we got our medal and then everyone

started speaking and I was like, ‘Oh no, I should have had

more wine at the start of the night!’ So I had to do an offthe-cuff

speech, it was really embarrassing.

Oh no, you didn’t go all Kanye (West) did you?

[Laughs] No! I just talked about this argument I had with my

friend on the night the awards were first announced. She

was on Facebook commenting on the post saying, ‘Anna, you

got an award’, and I was like, ‘No, don’t be ridiculous there is

more than one Anna Manson’ and she was like ‘I really think

you need to take this seriously’, and I was like ‘Whatever.’

And then the woman from Kiwibank contacted me on

Facebook and said, ‘Anna, it is you’ and I was like ‘Oh!’ So

yeah, that is what I said in my speech!

So, where have I caught you today?

I’m just at Christchurch Hospital getting chemo with my

son. It’s not for me this time. He’s got a brain tumour that

is benign, so the chemo is trying to reduce the size of the


You’ve had a heck of a journey to Shocking Pink. Talk to

me about that.

I was diagnosed at 31 with breast cancer, so it’s about

seven and a half years ago. It’s all a bit hazy now, which is

probably a good thing. I’ve had a mastectomy, done chemo

and radiation, been through umpteen amounts of drugs and

And then you got told the news?

Yeah. Well, after two weeks of biopsies, scans and blood

tests they called me to the office. And they told me to bring

a support person, so I guess I kind of knew then. And they

said, unfortunately, it is breast cancer. I said a few choice

words and then I didn’t really hear anything after that.

Within seven days I was having surgery. You don’t have time

to adjust.

What is your role with Shocking Pink?

I’m the chairperson and oversee the organisation of the

charity. I just organised the getaway too. This year, 30 went

to Queenstown. We joke that between us we have about

10 breasts [laughing] so yeah, there is a bit of dry humour

that goes around. Shocking Pink helps young women with

any concerns they have and also financially, because having

cancer is really expensive, we just help get you through to

the other side.

What does the other side look like?

It can be frightening. Your world becomes full of scans,

tests and treatment, and then it is all quiet and that can be

terrifying. Suddenly, you are on your own and that is when

the post-traumatic stress can really start to kick in. You are

you, but you are totally different. And that can be really

scary. We have people say who are 10 years on, saying they

still have bad days and they feel guilty. But that is just what

happens. Like scan anxiety. Getting a mammogram can bring

up the emotions of the time when you were diagnosed. And

suddenly you are back there again. Your hair has grown back

and you have two breasts again, but that doesn’t stop the

memories or the emotions.

How did you get through?

A lot of wine, I’m not going to lie [laughing]! Just putting one

foot in front of the other. If I was having a terrible time I’d lie

in bed and hop online [to the Facebook page] and instantly

there was this support from women. You know, they’d say,

‘Oh my gosh, I’ve been there.’

That is quite a whirlwind. Where do you call home now?

I live in Springfield, just out of Christchurch. It’s my little spot

of paradise. I have cows, calves and turkeys. We’re having a

party out there for Shocking Pink. Everyone is just going to

pitch up a tent out the back.

I bet there will be a bit of wine involved too?

[Laughs] There will be a lot of wine and laughter and tears.


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A certified passive house, this Dunedin home stays at a comfortable

temperature year-round while needing very little energy to operate.

Words Kim Dungey Photos Otago Daily Times

ABOVE: The house is perched on a native-clad hiillside overlooking Leith Stream at Maori Hill.

STYLE | architecture 35

Corrugated cladding provides a crisp contrast to the green surroundings.

No one else was brave enough to build

on the steeply sloping plot.

Architect Rafe Maclean and his family

have taken a while to adjust to

the warm, dry conditions inside their

Dunedin passive house.

Before moving in, they spent two

years in a cold rental property, where

the heat pumps were on year-round

and they slept with several blankets on

each bed.

In their newly built Maori Hill home,

the indoor temperature is always

20–23 degrees, and their energy bills

are low thanks to the extremely airtight

building envelope and the high-spec

triple-glazed windows, insulation and

heat recovery ventilation system.

The family have swapped woollen

tops for T-shirts and shorts, and often

sleep under only a sheet.

“Living in the house, we’ve become

quite sensitive to the temperature,”

Rafe says, smiling. “If it’s sitting at

20 degrees, everyone’s thinking it’s a bit

chilly and putting on jerseys.”

Two asthmatic members of the family

who are sensitive to mould, damp and

pollen have not had any problems

since moving in, and all of them enjoy

not having to think about fresh air,

temperature and humidity.

“Here it’s all controlled and we have

much more energy to do other things.

We’re not scrambling over a fireplace

or chopping wood or adjusting heaters.”

Developed in Germany and applying

to all kinds of buildings, not just houses,

the passive house standard results in

homes that use about 90 per cent less

heating energy than existing buildings

and 75 per cent less than an average

new build.

Rafe, who designed the South Island’s

first certified passive house in Wanaka

in 2015, says it is not only focused

on energy efficiency. It also produces

indoor environments that are quiet,

comfortable and have excellent

air quality.

Kowhai House, named after a native

tree on the site, is perched high on a

hillside overlooking Leith Stream.

No one else was brave enough to

build on the steeply sloping plot, which

drops away about 50m from the top

and has a no-build 5m-wide council

wastewater easement running through

the only flat area. But where others

saw only pitfalls, Rafe saw potential: the

section faced northeast, it was near his

daughters’ high school, and his 20-plus

years as an architect had given him the

skills to address the site’s challenges.

Because of the difficult access and

marginal soil, the three-bedroom home

was designed to be simple in form and

“buildability”. The shape is a gabled

36 STYLE | architecture

The terrain on site and the access to it were both challenging.

Tilt-and-turn windows, standard in much of Europe, can swing open

like a door or tilt inwards.

rectangle but with one face of the gable roof

sloped up from the ridgeline, not down, to provide

internal space for mezzanine beds.

The simple form also makes the home more

thermally efficient: compared with a more complex

design with lots of corners, there is less envelope

surface area through which heat can escape.

With 70sqm on each of the two floors (including

walls), the home is compact but big enough for the

four family members to live together and still have

their own space.

The inter-floor structure is exposed to give more

height to the space under it, with wastewater lines

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Zincalume corrugate on the exterior provides a

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kowhai that flowers outside the living area in spring.

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After designing passive houses for his clients, architect Rafe Maclean wanted to experience the benefits first hand.

Prefabricated structural insulated

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The mechanical heat recovery

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utility room.

In theory, the family needs a heater

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on a cold day. In fact, they have two

panel heaters – one upstairs and

one downstairs to spread warmth

throughout the home – and these are

1kW because they couldn’t find smaller

ones, Rafe says: “Dunedin just doesn’t

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In one of the coldest months last

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Creating a great first impression with your house begins with the driveway.

Words Craig Wilson

One of the more commonly

overlooked elements of

residential landscape design is the

driveway area.

Often it’s left as a purely functional

slab of concrete, despite it typically

being the first impression visitors will

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thoughtful design consideration, our

driveway spaces can set the desired

‘tone’ for our property and introduce

design and material concepts that

continue through to the rest of the

garden and outdoor spaces.

If you are planning how your

driveway will work with your house

and property, first think about what

you need to allow for from a practical

perspective. Do you need off-street

visitor parking, a trailer park, a

basketball hoop or a place to store the

boat? If space allows, be careful not

to make these areas too small. Allow

for generous vehicle turning circles,

especially where you have space for it

on a rural lifestyle property.

Think about the materials you’ll use

– they’ll need to be durable. Concrete

fits the bill well here, especially

exposed aggregate, which looks

good, performs well and won’t get

the unsightly tyre marks that lightcoloured

plain concrete can. Asphalt

will make a great smooth surface for

kids to play on with balls, scooters

and skateboards, but it may not be

the best surface if you own a 4WD

with chunky off-road tyres.

Mixing driveway materials can

add a great design element, with

contrasting borders and decorative

banding. Exposed aggregate concrete

can be mixed with roller-finished,

lightly textured coloured concretes

or granite cobbles to create a more

refined ‘driveway courtyard’ aesthetic,

while also breaking up the visual

impact of a single material being used

over the entire space. The designed

effect can be reinforced with discrete

surface-mounted light fittings or

well-placed light bollards that can

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taking the entry experience at your

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Lastly, ensure you allow plenty

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Be intentional and create some

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payoff will be a visual softening of the

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42 STYLE | art


A visiting artist encourages us to explore the impact of CCTV surveillance.

Sarah Hudson

Sarah Hudson’s headwear workshop will see participants make

items to protect against surveillance out of natural materials.

elving into the ideas of agency, privacy and identity

Din a world with increasing CCTV coverage,

Sarah Hudson’s (Ngati Awa, Ngai Tuhoe) Headwear

Workshop is a thought-provoking offering.

The Whakatane-based artist invites participants to

create headwear to protect from surveillance and facial

recognition technology and, in a world where our image

is constantly captured, this is a timely theme.

Sarah says the workshops, and her video and

photography series called Opotiki, were inspired by issues

occurring in the small Bay of Plenty town of Opotiki.

“In 2015, the district council in Opotiki established

blanket approval for the recreational use of drones on

council land, including playgrounds, parks, reserves and

roads,” she says.

“In this project, I spent a few months working

alongside residents to discuss privacy and explore

agency in the wake of the council’s decision.”

The central themes that inform Sarah’s work are an

investigation of matauranga Maori, mana wahine, popular

media culture, gender and sport.

She encourages her workshops to open up

conversations on social and political issues, while people

sit and create.

A range of fresh and dried materials, including

harakeke, the versatile New Zealand flax, will be

supplied, or workshop participants can bring along their

own favourite materials.

Sarah has exhibited widely in her individual practice

and with the Mata Aho Collective.

The collective, made up of Sarah and fellow Maori

artists Bridget Reweti, Terri Te Tau and Erena Baker, was

shown at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and

in 2017 they were included in one of the world’s most

prestigious art exhibitions, Documenta 14, in Germany.

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu , Education

Centre, January 22, 5.30pm–6.30pm

Artistic EndEAvours

A collection of artists explore

the concepts of James Cooks

charting of Banks Peninsula,

February 16th, 250 years ago.

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intrigue and provoke.

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Words Kate Preece


We can’t get enough of Maggie

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Models and designer Maggie Hewitt (far right) in the Somewhere line.


With wedding season in full force, the finer details become

ever more important – and it’s not all about the dress.

Shoes that complete your look have not always been an

easy find. Yet Kathryn Wilson is doing her darnedest to

make it easy pickings. Happily Ever After is the shoe queen’s

hand-picked collection, which features limited-edition

designs. Bring in ‘something blue’ with the Going to the

Chapel Heel, or boost the comfort levels with the Together

Forever Trainer. And it’s not all about the bride, either, as

the mothers and relevant entourage are just as likely to

enjoy these elegant and timeless styles.

Going to the Chapel Heel

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Our seasons are unpredictable and our sun is fierce; the time is nigh for the maxi

dress. When exploring the world of the maxi, flattering silhouettes and light,

flowing fabrics are a winning combination. Fortunately, Bird + Knoll agrees. In its

latest resort collection, you’ll find it hard to decide between Clemence (pictured)

and Margeaux, both made using natural fibres and designed with a romantic

sensibility in mind. Consider them your beach-ready yoga pants.


It’s important to consider what products you

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Everyone loves a natural, beachy

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46 STYLE | fashion




Step out of the rat race and into the heart of nature.

Olivia wears Opia Clover Blouse $130, Co.Locale; Rolla’s Old Mate Overall in Stella Blues $149.99, Uncommon Ground Boutique.

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Keniesha and Olivia,

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52 STYLE | beauty


Words Kate Preece


Some clever clogs across the ditch have designed customisable 100%

natural wax fragrances that are not only vegan and cruelty free, but

contain no alcohol. Good so far, right? It gets better. The Narrative Lab

(narrativelab.co) 5g solid fragrance palette ($99) lasts as long as a 50ml

liquid version, with the added bonus that you can order refills. There’s

also a text service whereby you can tell them your current fave scent

and they will reply with shopping advice, based on what fragrance

notes are in your preferred bottle. The travel-friendly compact contains

a base and two variants of your desired fragrance – one ‘subtle’ and

one ‘intense’, each developed using the same heart notes of the base

fragrance. This is a truly buildable scent that you can wear your way.


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Having recently become a convert

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Moana Williams started as a gym instructor at 17. Now, she owns Bodyfix gym, where

she has created a community that cares about each other.

Tell me a little about yourself.

Well, my name is Moana Williams, but everyone calls me

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seven-year-old called Mercedes and three dogs called

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I was born in Christchurch and was head girl at Hornby

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Where does the Bodyfix story begin?

At the age of 17, I started work at Pro-Fitness as a group

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What is your ethos at the gym?

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56 STYLE | beauty


There’s no excuses for not putting your skin first when it comes to sun exposure.

Words Clemency Alice


un exposure is one of the

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well and is a contributing factor

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There was a time when Shelley Robinson was so stressed that she lost her appetite for

chocolate biscuits. That was unacceptable, of course, so off she went on a ‘journey’.

If you’d told me five years ago that I’d start my day

with meditation, I’d have clucked my tongue in

sympathy and administered you two Panadol. Because

quite obviously you had hit your head.

I was a woman of action, you see, because isn’t

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supposed to be easy, so head down, work hard and

you’ll be grand.

But it’s also likely to drive you mad. To the point

you may find yourself with the frightening notion of

not wanting to eat Tim Tams anymore and spending

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My twenties were a delicate shell of overachieving

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issued a running commentary of ‘must do better’ and

lists that were never-ending.

My friends said a wine a day helped them ‘chill out’.

So I thought, quite logically, the whole bottle might

help me.

By my thirties, my body was full of aches no

doctor, physiotherapist or gym session could fix. In

a fit of desperation, I tried a YouTube yoga video

and upended into a graceless downward dog. After

a week, I was alarmed to feel calmer. Then came

a video spouting the tree-hugging notion that is

meditation. Feeling foolish, I started with two minutes

each day. Now, three years later, it is 30 minutes

morning and night.

I’ve since learned that this is the story of many.

The story of pushing until your body gives you a

ferocious clip around the ears. I have a daily practice

of wellbeing, and thankfully my appetite for Tim Tams

has returned. I’m not blissed out all the time – I agree

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1. Meditation – start small

‘Uh-uh,’ I hear you say, ‘Shelley, I’ve currently got a

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from a four-year-old. I’m due at work and don’t have

time for this carry-on.’

Meditation doesn’t need to be an hour-long

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Guided meditations are a good place to start. There

are apps such as Smiling Mind with meditations that

are only a few minutes long.

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For example, the hugs of your children, your cup of

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62 STYLE | travel

The mountain view from Te Waonui’s lobby.



Gaynor Stanley slows down on the well-travelled route to Franz Josef to check

in with the primordial power of Mother Nature at Te Waonui Forest Retreat.

He had me at “a glimpse”.

I’d leapt out of bed after waking with the birds to

confirm an unexpectedly clear sky signalling through a tiny

gap in the moss-green drapes. My arrival in Franz Josef

coincided with the ‘weather bomb’ that detonated across

the country in the first week of December, and heavy rain

was forecast for the duration of my two-night stay.

Mightily surprised at this snatch of blue sky, I dialled the

front desk to ask whether there was a glacier viewpoint

I could quickly walk to before the clouds rolled in again.

Having not seen the glacier for more than 20 years, I

wasn’t going to miss the chance now. When Jason, the

man on that morning, replied he’d had “a glimpse” of it

walking to work I began throwing on clothes and was

nearly dressed before he’d even hung up the receiver.

I didn’t have to walk far. Walking into the lobby, a

stupendous mountain view greeted me through the open

front door. I was barely out of the car park when the

glacier’s intoxicating heights were revealed. If this was a

mere glimpse, I wanted a closer encounter.

Tuis sang as they flitted around the harakeke, still dewy

from the night’s downpour, as I retraced my footsteps

to arrange a plan for the day with the concierge. Then,

a distinctive ‘whapp whapp’ joined the avian choir as

the town’s helicopter operators prepared to seize the

precious weather window, fulfilling every visitor’s wish of

an immersive wilderness experience. And I was prepared

to invest the necessary big bucks to join them.

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Dine with a glacier view in The Canopy Restaurant.

But first there was a small problem to

resolve, due to the backlog of cancelled

flights from the previous days. General

manager Brad McGlynn directs Jason to

“work his magic” while he and I head

upstairs for breakfast in The Canopy

Restaurant, where yet more glacier vistas are

framed by carefully positioned windows.

Te Waonui strives to be as one with its

rainforest setting as possible. There are no

dud rooms here, explains Brad, as every one

of the 100 guest or spa treatment rooms has

the same Amazonian-like outlook. Four guest

wings enclose a square of rainforest so dense

you cannot see the rooms opposite.

As I break my fast on muesli with figs, fresh

strawberries, kiwifruit, and a rhubarb and

redcurrant compote, Brad and I watch for

the paradise duck couple that has, bizarrely,

set up home in one of the kahikatea trees.

However, what Brad dubs the “A380s of the

duck world” are having a sleep-in today.

I’d happily linger for a glimpse of the ducks,

or the resident kakapo, but I learn I have a

helicopter to catch. I have the last available

seat depending on how much the five

passengers who’ve already booked plus me

weigh! Fortunately, I’d opted for my included

degustation dinner on my second night so

I’m still light enough to be issued a boarding

pass for Glacier Helicopters’ 20-minute Franz

Josef Glacier Snow Landing (longer flights

aren’t running because of the forecasted

return of the storms).

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All guest rooms face into an internal square, where the rainforest is left intact.

Baked rawaru

(blue cod) with

wild beetroot

and red endive.

Not so long ago, Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, unique

in the world for descending to sea level, were highly

accessible. The volatile Franz Josef moves faster than

the average glacier too – at least 50cm per day. Since

2008 it has retreated 800 metres, most rapidly between

2015 and 2017. Ice and rocks collapse continuously at

the terminal face in haphazard chunks that can be larger

than a campervan. And all that rainfall can see creeks

rise to dangerous levels with little warning. To keep

visitors safe, barricades now terminate the track 750m

away from the glacier face. To get nearer, you must now

join a guided tour.

We fly alongside rugged forested slopes up the righthand

side of the glacier far below and steeply climb some

3000 metres. I’m shocked at how long the rocky river

now extends before it meets the snout of the ice flow,

indicating how much the glacier appears to have shrunk

since I last saw it in the late 1990s. Soon though, I am

peering into the blue depths of ice crevasses compacted

over thousands of years as the glacier splinters on the

frozen bends of what is still a phenomenal 11km-long

river of ice. Then I realise something else is amiss. The

Te Waonui cuisine

All guests enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast ahead of

their day of sightseeing or retreating within Te Waonui.

With Franz Josef a long day of tiring travel from any

direction, Te Waonui recommends at least a two-night

stay. The five-course degustation menu is perfect for

the second night. Executive Chef Sylvester Nair hails

from South Africa, where he was regularly on television

demonstrating the talents that see me degusting

smoked butternut soup with a turmeric foam, West

Coast whitebait with a lemon and ponzu dressing,

baked rawaru (blue cod) with wild beetroot and red

endive, and a taste of my companion’s superlative

horopito-rubbed lamb loin and a black truffle brie.

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I am peering into

the blue depths

of ice crevasses

compacted over

thousands of years

as the glacier

splinters on the

frozen bends of

what is still a

phenomenal 11kmlong

river of ice.

higher up the glacier we fly, the more

discoloured it is becoming. Instead of the

traditionally dirtier ice at lower altitude,

rising to blue fissures and pristine fresh white

snow, today almost the entire length of the

glacier is dusted grimy pink.

“Ash from the Australian bushfires,” our

pilot Sebastian explains through the headset.

Musing on global warming, we land and

disembark for a few precious minutes to

walk in the snow and pause to marvel at

this extraordinary environment. That and

the four helicopters now ducking and diving

around the same limited airspace between

peaks without colliding.

Back down to earth, the rain returns soon

after and the choppers fall silent once more.

Their rotor blades won’t turn for days.

It is time to raise my core temperature. I

don a towelling robe and my jandals to pad

my way around the hotel perimeter to a

corner where a guest path cuts through the

forest to the Glacier Hot Pools right next

Franz Josef glacier.

Image: Ngai Tahu Tourism

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Wandering through the forest to the Glacier Hot Pools.

Sleek grey-tiled changing rooms

and exquisite landscaping remind

me of luxurious spas in Thailand.

door. I’m soon languishing in hot water as warm rain

pelts down between canvas canopies, drowning out a

cacophony of accents mingling in the mist. Compared to

Hanmer or even Tekapo, this is a boutique experience,

with just three public pools heated to 36, 38 and 40

degrees, along with some private pools hidden in

the native bush. Sleek grey-tiled changing rooms and

exquisite landscaping remind me of luxurious spas in

Thailand. It is part of Ngai Tahu Tourism’s portfolio

of iconic tourism experiences, along with Franz Josef

Glacier Guides and the West Coast’s newest helicopter

company Vantage Helicopters.

I reflect on what a great leveller the public pools

are. Stripped of their diamonds or group tour T-shirts,

backpackers and wealthy FITs (free and independent

travellers) alike steep like different herbal tea bags

together in the same pot, no doubt all quietly marvelling

at their shared sensational experience.

“You shouldn’t be able to do this at home,” says

general manager Brad. “If you can, congratulations, we’re

coming to yours.”

Amaia Luxury Spa

As I relax on my side on a massage table I watch a

bright orange butterfly dancing around the lush green

forest through the window. It is only when I see the

reflection of my therapist, Hathai, approach that I realise

it is the flickering flame on the candle she’s holding

for an ear candling treatment. I am also treated to a

warm bamboo massage, where Hathai applies deep,

firm strokes to release muscles taut from driving and

computer work before rolling various-sized warmed

bamboo sticks over my back, arms and legs. Her expert

technique, honed over years working in leading resort

spas in Phuket, soon kneads every ounce of tension out

of my body. It is undoubtedly one of the best massages

I’ve experienced.

Thai therapist Hathai is a master of South East Asian spa

treatments, including Indonesian warm bamboo massage.

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You’re in for the trifecta. You are part of a well-honed

team for the Otago Community Trust NZ Masters

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of Sir Elton John’s bon voyage tour (February 4). Then

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With a group of your hardiest friends gathered, you get

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Fortunately, Dunedin is an excellent host with an intriguing

mix of beautiful places to visit. Of course, you’ll need a

few beverages. Luckily Dunedin has a plethora of bars and

restaurants for different types of appetites.

From its incredible beaches to its vibrant city life, Dunedin

is a delicious place for an end-of-summer jaunt.

Olivier Home


If you’re looking for something

with European edge, or fancy

a little bit of joie de vivre in

your home, Olivier Home is a

must-visit. Always something

different, explore two levels

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furniture, homeware and gifts.


Vanguard Specialty

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Whether you’re on the run

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Known for her use of directional

shapes, exciting colour

combinations and unique, yet

wearable, pieces, Dunedin’s

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72 STYLE | motoring

Kate wears Samba Dress, $725, Jane Daniels; Hair: Peter, VIVO Hair Salon, The Colombo; Makeup: Jessie, Lovoir


Kate Preece takes the latest in the BMW 1 Series for a spin and reconnects with days gone by.

Photos Charlie Rose Creative

Do you remember a time when you

didn’t need an SUV? For me, it was

before someone crashed into my Mazda

3 and the panic of what would have

happened if the child’s car seat wasn’t

empty prompted me to go up in the

world. Yet, that small hatchback had so

much going for it – as the BMW 1 Series

reminded me.

Clearly, we are not comparing apples

with apples here. The BMW 118i M

Sport I drove around Christchurch was a

chart-topper, decked out with much of

the same styling seen in its big brothers

in the 8 Series. It had me thinking that

B-SUV wasn’t such a bad era. I turned

the music up loud and absorbed every

note of Radio Ga Ga in tribute.

The only thing likely to interrupt your

full-volume singalong is a female voice

politely telling you exactly where to go.

And she does a very, very good job. A

true navigator, she doesn’t just tell you

to turn left; she also informs you that

it’s the second right after that. I have

been in older BMW’s where the phrase

“prepare to turn left” can confuse

the matter, but not so in the 1 Series.

Added to that are the three ways to see

where you’re going; either on the headup

display, amongst the dials or on the

26cm touchscreen control panel. I might

finally have found a true way to avoid

getting lost.

You’ll be pleased to know this car

makes it very easy to turn off any safety

settings that get on your nerves too.

Though, in this case, you might not find

the front collision, lane departure (with

steering intervention) and lane changing

warnings that offensive. Despite being

able to adjust to various levels (early,

medium, late/reduced, off), I left all

in their standard settings and wasn’t

particularly chastised. However, with an

easily found button on the dash, I could

have changed this at any time.

Going backwards often gets us

nowhere, but with the Reversing

Assistant, you at least get back to where

you started. Select this standard option

and the car will retrace your exact path,

up to 50m. You remain in control of the

accelerator and brake, but the steering

wheel will whirl around as you glide

back out of the tricky situation you have

found yourself in. (Brilliant for when you

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The ‘Option’ button by the gearstick

makes turning off the control display

easy. The nearby ‘Auto H’ button,

when on, will keep the vehicle

stationary once you have braked (at

the lights). I could talk to it and it

understood what I wanted it to do.


It’s not the quickest off the mark,

even in Sport.


Real Time Traffic Information. Apple

CarPlay. BMW Connected app.

Wireless smartphone charging. A digital

key can be installed on a compatible



Length 4319mm; width 1799mm;

height 1434mm


Euro NCAP 5 out of 5 stars


42 litres


5 out of 6 stars; 5.9l/100km


3-cylinder, 1499cc, petrol


7-speed automatic


103kW, 220Nm; 0–100km/h 8.5sec

From $49,900+orc

enter a narrow customer car

park only to find there are no

spaces, but perhaps redundant

for those confident in reverse.)

If you’re not shy about handing

over the controls, the selfparking

system in this model

leaves very little to the driver.

Once it’s found an appropriate

space you simply confirm that’s

where you’d like to go, and the

car will switch between drive

and reverse, swinging the wheel

this way and that, until you are

in that space like a hand in the

proverbial glove. I’ve never

been game enough to try this

in a built-up area, but when

city limits are down to 30km/h,

suddenly it feels like a great

option. There’s no pressure

of holding up traffic when you

know you’re only going to take

one go to get it in.

If you have a deep-set love

for rear-wheel-drive, the 2019

BMW 118i is not for you. It’s

the first generation to be frontwheel

based, so purists would

turn to the 2 Series. The fourcylinder

BMW M135i xDrive is

an eight-speed all-wheel-drive

option. There’s at least a little

extra leg room for those in the

back seat with this iteration.

The others firsts for the 1 Series

include some snazzy aesthetic

ones. The electric panoramic roof

is a standard feature (winning!)

and you can have backlit trim

strips – new to the entire BMW

group – that boast three designs

and six switchable colours.

(I didn’t drive in the dark, but I

have it on good authority that

these are pretty flash.)

Overall, I found the BMW 118i

M Sport to be a logical, clever

little number that punches above

its weight. I was reluctant to

hand back the keys, which was

not something I had anticipated,

especially after all my time

behind the wheel of a hefty SUV.

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From eatery updates to delicious dishes, we provide

the scoop on the latest taste sensations.


In recognition of the extra stamina required

to hit the shops with children in tow,

Muffin Break at Northlands is giving parents

a... break! Pick up a free VIP card from the

counter and for every purchase of a hot

drink, you can purchase a muffin for just $2.

Exclusive to Muffin Break at Northlands.


If you missed out on grabbing warm cookies

from the yellow cookie bus on Manchester

Street, don’t despair. Moustache Milk & Cookie

Bar has opened permanent pink digs on High

Street beside Stranges Lane, as well as residing at

Riverside Market. A must-visit for their cookie pies

and milkshakes, they’re also doing a version with

liquor that’s definitely worth sampling.


Whether it be with a smear of dairy-free

cream cheese on a bagel or part of an

antipasto platter, Carrot Lox from Grater

Goods (105 Orbell Street, Christchurch) is

a tantalising treat. This carrot-based vegan

smoked salmon gets all the ticks from us

– low-fat, gluten-free and vegan-friendly.

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You’ve just finished the seafood sizzle plate at

Fisherman’s Wharf (39 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton)

and wondered what kind of marvel can create such

a treat. Out of the corner of your eye, you catch

a glimpse of a familiar face and hiss to your dining

companion, “Isn’t that that chef from TV?” Rob

Dickey featured alongside owner PJ on My Restaurant

Rules, serving up dishes of his own creation. He’s

been with the restaurant for three years and was

head chef at Volcano. His take on classic Kiwi

kaimoana is something you won’t forget.


Visiting Central Otago wineries over the

summer months is essential for any South

Islander. One of our favourites, Kinross,

offers bang for your buck, representing

six internationally awarded Central Otago

wineries in the heart of Gibbston Valley. Their

talented kitchen team is known for keeping

it fresh and local. We tried their blue cod

recently on a Progressive Dinner Tour and

we’ll be back again soon.


Ah gin. The refreshing friend who is always there. And

who does gin better than those clever folks at The Spirits

Workshop (11 Sandyford Street, Christchurch)? We

particularly like their Pinot Barrel Sloe for something that is

tantalisingly different. This delectable liqueur is made when

European sloe plum slowly steeps in Curiosity Gin for three

months, while encased in a pinot noir barrel from Otago.

And it isn’t just for summer drinking – when the cooler

seasons strike, a sloe gin on the rocks will keep you warm

from the inside out.

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A passion for delicious cuisine that’s made from

scratch is one of the reasons we love Akarua

Wines & Kitchen by Artisan (265 Arrowtown-

Lake Hayes Road, Lake Hayes). Using some of

New Zealand’s finest sustainable ingredients

sourced in and around the coasts of the South

Island, their food is comforting and full of flavour.

Whether you’re visiting for breakfast or lunch,

the focus is on quality, taste and seasonality. On a

sunny day, there’s nowhere we’d rather be than

sitting in their beautiful garden outside the historic

cottage for a meal and wine with friends.



The Burger Joint (78 Brighton Mall, New

Brighton) is a perfect place for your postswim

snacks during the summer months.

We’re partial to their kimcheese burger as

well as the basic burger with cheese – ask

for it on a pretzel bun and you won’t

be disappointed.


We’ve declared our love for Ramen Ria (3/112

Oxford Terrace, Christchurch) on a few occasions,

but we haven’t yet told you about their side

dishes. From spicy edamame (a must-try) to

dumplings and baos, you’re going to want to visit

with an empty stomach.


Add some flair to brunch with Untouched World

Kitchen’s (155 Roydvale Avenue, Christchurch)

Smashed Avo and Edamame Stack. This edible

masterpiece marries together feta, beetroot miso,

house pickles, dukkah and a poached egg – that takes

avocado toast to a whole new level of deliciousness.







from Oamaru & Wanaka







12-5PM Market Place, Twizel

Rowing Complex, Lake Ruataniwha – Twizel


Presales * $20

Gate sales $25

free festival shuttle

available throughout the

day from Market Place

Delicious food—wine & beer

Local salmon—live music

Spot prizes

Delicious food

wine and beer

Local salmon

live music








*Presale tickets available online: eventfinda.co.nz

or from Twizel Info Centre. Children under 16

free when accompanied by an adult.

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from Twizel Info centre. Children under 16 free

when accompanied by an adult.

Buy your ticket early through eventfinda to

enter the draw for either a scenic flight for

2 with Mt Cook Helicopter line or a skydive

package with Skydive Mt. Cook.

Visit www.facebook.com/TwizelSalmonandWine/ for

more info. This event is proudly brought to you by the

Twizel Promoons and Development Associaon.

Proceeds from this event go towards

the Twizel Promotions Community Fund.

Visit www.twizel.info or www.facebook.com/TwizelSalmonandWine for more info.

This event is proudly brought to you by the Twizel Promotions and Development Association.

ENTRY Presales* $15 Gate Sales $20


More than 200 guests joined this year’s Queenstown

Supper Club, where $97,000 was raised for Ronald

McDonald House South Island. With a stellar line-up of

chefs, such as Corey Hume and Ben Bayly, and locations

including the Pacific Jemm superyacht, it’s not surprising

the event sold out weeks prior!

Photography: Still Vision Photography


In celebration of the hottest new event spaces on Welles

Street, special guests enjoyed an afternoon off, enjoying

delicious food, cocktails, champagne and generous goodie

bags thanks to The Welder and Burger Burger. The private

progressive lunch showcased two new event spaces and

catering options.


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The Charity Hospital Christmas Gala held in the Air

Force Museum of New Zealand was a great night out

for guests who enjoyed fine dining, fabulous auctions and

the opportunity to kick up their heels. The Gala is the main

fundraising event for the Canterbury Charity Hospital, which

provides free medical, surgical, dental and counselling

services for Cantabrians in need.




1. Kia Dirkson, MC/Auctioneer Nick Henare; 2. Mark and Anna Schroder, Jereme and Leonie Usselman; 3. Liz and Hank Van Til; 4. Ross Armstrong, Kerrie Fitzgerald,

Barb Taylor, Ralph Edinger; 5. Michael and Jo Carrell; 6. Dean Leabourn, Lisa Dawber, Lucas Trevathan, Jemma Appleton, Simon O’Dowd, Katie Clarke.




All Black Sam Whitelock has been chosen as an

ambassador for the New Zealand Flying Doctor Service,

established in 1995, this service operates 24/7 and

completes more than 1000 lifesaving missions a year across

the country.




1. Dr David Bowie; 2. NZFD Crew with Sam; 3. NZFD Trustee Cilla Glasson, Lisa and Steve Parkinson; 4. Murray Ireland, Annie Govan; 5. NZFD Trust Team with Sam.


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The Bayleys Canterbury Real Estate Ferrymead office

kicked off summer by holding their Christmas Client

Celebration at Ten27 restaurant, where “Miss Bubbles”

appeared in her champagne dress and clients mingled,

enjoying the festive cheer.




1. Kirsteen, Chris; 2. Helen, Dawn; 3. Michelle, Robin; 4. Justin, Sophie; 5. Andrea, Debbie; 6. Brendan, Chris; 7. Debbie, Andrea, Brian, Marilyn, Gill.


Four seasons in one day wasn’t enough to stop more than

300 people having the time of their lives at the 11th annual

‘A Day at the Polo’ fundraising event for Ronald McDonald

House South Island. As guests started to arrive, thunder and

lightning turned into clear skies, setting the scene for what was

an incredible day of food, wine and polo.

Photography: Forever Young Photography

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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 January 30.

Sleep easy

To create the perfect sleep-worthy nest, make sure your bed

is dressed in high-quality sheets. Sleepyhead’s luxurious sheet

set, with the beautiful softness of Supima cotton and the

temperature control feature of Tencel, will keep your bedding

feeling softer and fresher for longer. We have one king-sized

Tencel cotton sheet set, valued at $299, to give away.

Sun smarts

For the past four years, Topfoxx sunglasses have been

lighting up faces around the world (including that of Hrush

Acheyam, the Kardashian’s makeup artist). We have two pairs

to give away, each valued at $108. Will it be Marilyn (rose

gold mirrored and polarised sunnies) or Candy (silver framed

sunnies with silver lens)?

Family favourite

The millennia-old symbols of family and personal identity are

experiencing a popular resurgence. In response, Nikki Ross

Jewellery has created a modern signet ring detailed with a

black diamond set in a North Star. Shaped with precision, the

weighty ring is designed for everyday wear. Win your own

sterling silver Black Diamond Signet Ring, valued at $389.

Herbal goodness

Harnessing the power of New Zealand wild and native

plants, Wild Dispensary has created a core range of

medicinal tonics to support your health and wellbeing.

We have a treasure trove of goodness for you. Valued at

$147.75, this giveaway includes Kids’ Rest & Calm, Golden

Skin Repair Oil, Defence Elixir, Chest Tonic and Switchel.



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