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‘I’M NOT ENOUGH’:
THE THOUGHTS BEHIND
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.
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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’
mental wellbeing on the World Health Organization’s
• 81.1 per cent of New Zealanders rated their overall life
satisfaction as 7 or above on a 0–10 scale
Stats NZ and The Canterbury
Wellbeing Survey 2018
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
“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,’”
It’s a message reinforced by external messaging from
advertising and social media. The idea you should strive to be
the “perfect parent; the perfect body; the perfect worker”.
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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
“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,”
“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
TURNING DOWN THE WHITE NOISE
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
“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
“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
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
STYLE | report 27
A CLASS ACT
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
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
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
Some children sit up straight away
while others take time to open
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
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
“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,”
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
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
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
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
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
“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,”
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
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
you not see?”
They are listening to each other better
and they are caring for each other,”
“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
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
“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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WINE, LAUGHTER & TEARS
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.
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
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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34 STYLE | architecture
A WARM WELCOME
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.
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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
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
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
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
and ventilation ducting carefully concealed behind a
partial floating ceiling aligned with interior cabinetry.
Zincalume corrugate on the exterior provides a
crisp contrast to the green surroundings, while yellow
highlights inside and out are a visual salute to the
kowhai that flowers outside the living area in spring.
Interior finishes are warm and welcoming, and
the extensive use of pine plywood includes a pale
“I’d always wanted a white floor but forgot we
had a black dog,” he jokes.
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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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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
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Rafe says because the buildings use
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40 STYLE | landscaping
Creating a great first impression with your house begins with the driveway.
Words Craig Wilson
One of the more commonly
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residential landscape design is the
Often it’s left as a purely functional
slab of concrete, despite it typically
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If you are planning how your
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Mixing driveway materials can
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42 STYLE | art
A visiting artist encourages us to explore the impact of CCTV surveillance.
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
A collection of artists explore
the concepts of James Cooks
charting of Banks Peninsula,
February 16th, 250 years ago.
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Words Kate Preece
We can’t get enough of Maggie
Hewitt’s progressive fashion
journey. The latest from the
Kiwi designer sees a collection
called Somewhere join the
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tier of the supply chain of every
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Models and designer Maggie Hewitt (far right) in the Somewhere line.
DOWN THE AISLE
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
Together Forever Trainer
TO THE MAXI
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.
STEP 1 – PREPARE
It’s important to consider what products you
are using both for your hair health and your
own. For this look, I used a thumbnail amount
of MHC Texturising Cream and used my hands
to run it through the hair to create a bit of
texture before styling.
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synonyms: flair, grace, poise,
polish, suaveness, urbanity,
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Everyone loves a natural, beachy
wave and that’s exactly what Tuscany
Hamel (GM Hair) delivered for this
month’s Style fashion shoot. Her goal
was to create wild and floaty hair that
would complement the overall look.
Love it? Well, here’s how you can
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STEP 2 – SECTION
Take small sections, each about the width of
two fingers. Spray the hair with hairspray (MHC
Medium Hold) to ensure the waves hold.
STEP 3 – WAVE
Use a medium-barrel waving wand to create a
natural, textured look. Alternate the direction
with each section. Allow hair to cool down
STEP 4 – COMB
Apply more hairspray, then, using a wide-tooth
comb, comb out the hair from top to bottom.
This relaxes the wave, making it look softer.
STEP 5 – STYLE
Use MHC Tease It Powder and run through
the hair with your hands to mess it up and
create more texture and volume.
Magazine | style.kiwi
46 STYLE | fashion
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
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.
Keniesha wears RUBY Cascade Crush Gown $399, RUBY.
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Keniesha and Olivia,
Charlie Rose Creative
Tuscany Hamel, GM Hair
Pearl Babington and
Bottle Lake Forest
Masha Bow Blouse
Cotton $435, Seletti
Christchurch; Rolla’s Old
Mate Jean Bobby Blue
Ground Boutique; bag
48 STYLE | fashion
Fallen Broken Street
The Half Court Hat in
Green $89, Uncommon
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RUBY Iris Linen Pantsuit
The Bare Road
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52 STYLE | beauty
Words Kate Preece
Some clever clogs across the ditch have designed customisable 100%
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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.
Holiday hair is fine, but it’s time to get back
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weekly applications. Not a conditioner (look
to a mask if your hydration levels are low),
it is instead described as a “home bond
builder” that strengthens hair internally by
improving hair health and further locking in
the results from any salon treatment.
Having recently become a convert
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A GYM WITH SOUL
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
Moo. My husband Brad and I have a beautiful sassy little
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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
SUN & SKIN
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
biggest threats to ageing
well and is a contributing factor
to premature ageing. While the
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your skin is exposed to the
sun’s UVB rays), sun exposure
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If you are prone to sensitive, reactive
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If you use a foundation with SPF15
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On days when the weather is dull,
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Look for sunscreens that not only
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FROM A HOT MESS TO
A DAILY PRACTICE
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
that what we’ve been trained to do? Life is not
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
far too much time getting to know your duvet.
My twenties were a delicate shell of overachieving
appearances all tightly controlled by eating disorders,
with anxiety and depression thrown in for good
measure. From the moment I woke up, my mind
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
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
those people are quite annoying – but I can recognise
now when I’m heading towards stress. If you are ready
for some small changes, try this:
1. Meditation – start small
‘Uh-uh,’ I hear you say, ‘Shelley, I’ve currently got a
Marmite palm print on the butt of my tracksuit pants
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
‘omming’ session (though you may suddenly find
yourself, two years later, doing this – just a warning).
Guided meditations are a good place to start. There
are apps such as Smiling Mind with meditations that
are only a few minutes long.
2. What are you grateful for?
Now, before you roll your eyes, I’ll show you why this
works. Say out loud five things that you are worried
about. Notice how your chest and body probably
feels heavy and your stress levels may have tooted
a hello? Now, say five things you are grateful for.
For example, the hugs of your children, your cup of
tea, or your desk-mate with the cracking yarns. Feels
different and lighter huh? Give it a go. I do mine in the
car on the way to work.
3. Deep belly breathing
You’ve got half an hour before the boss is due to
walk past for that report useless Bruce should be
doing. And you’ve just realised your washing is likely
a smelly heap because you forgot to put it out.
Stop. Put your hands on your belly and breathe in
slowly through your nose for three seconds while
you feel your hands rise. Then let it out through your
mouth for three seconds. Do this twice more. Straight
away your system will respond. This break brings
your focus into the present moment, with other
benefits like slowing your heartbeat and stabilising
your blood pressure. And perhaps you’ll forgive
Bruce eventually. Maybe.
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With the whir of things going around in your head,
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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.
(blue cod) with
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
thousands of years
as the glacier
splinters on the
frozen bends of
what is still a
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
Thai therapist Hathai is a master of South East Asian spa
treatments, including Indonesian warm bamboo massage.
68 STYLE | promotion
From beautiful beaches to urban
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Urban street art by Tyler Kennedy Stent featuring singer Ed Sheeran.
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You’re in for the trifecta. You are part of a well-honed
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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
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From its incredible beaches to its vibrant city life, Dunedin
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Delve into the store
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72 STYLE | motoring
Kate wears Samba Dress, $725, Jane Daniels; Hair: Peter, VIVO Hair Salon, The Colombo; Makeup: Jessie, Lovoir
ONE FOR THE MONEY
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
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
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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BMW 118i M SPORT
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;
Euro NCAP 5 out of 5 stars
FUEL TANK CAPACITY:
5 out of 6 stars; 5.9l/100km
3-cylinder, 1499cc, petrol
103kW, 220Nm; 0–100km/h 8.5sec
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.
74 STYLE | food
From eatery updates to delicious dishes, we provide
the scoop on the latest taste sensations.
A LITTLE SPECIAL
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.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
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.
FRIENDLY FOR VEGANS
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.
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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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FRESH ON THE PLATE
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
SO HOT RIGHT NOW
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.
SALMON & WINE
from Oamaru & Wanaka
SATURDAY 29 FEB 2020
SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2019
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
wine and beer
BUY YOUR TICKET EARLY THROUGH EVENTFINDA TO
ENTER THE DRAW FOR A SCENIC FLIGHT FOR 2
WITH MT COOK HELICOPTER LINE.
PROCEEDS FROM THIS EVENT GO TOWARDS THE
TWIZEL PROMOTIONS COMMUNITY FUND.
*Presale tickets available online: eventfinda.co.nz
or from Twizel Info Centre. Children under 16
free when accompanied by an adult.
*Presale ckets available online eveninda.co.nz or
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
QUEENSTOWN SUPPER CLUB
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
WELLES & GOOD
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
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
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.
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.
A DAY AT THE POLO
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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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 January 30.
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.
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)?
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.
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.
LAST MONTH’S WINNERS: COOK & NELSON GIFT BOX: Haley Passmore, JABRA ELITE EARBUDS: Becky Hourston, Ella Zarifeh,
NZ POLO OPEN TICKETS: Jocelyn Henderson, JOANNA SALMOND EARRINGS: Evelyn Scott.
*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.