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<strong>January</strong> <strong>2020</strong><br />

the mindful issue<br />



IS It WORkINg?<br />

real stOries<br />

BREAkINg tHE<br />






<strong>January</strong> <strong>2020</strong><br />



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t was a midweek summer’s evening<br />

I and we had just finished dinner at<br />

my family’s favourite restaurant.<br />

Sated and happy, we returned<br />

to the car, walking down a busy<br />

Christchurch road, one child clasping<br />

my left hand and another mini mitt<br />

ensconced in my right.<br />

We didn’t go straight home. We<br />

took a detour, as the summer light<br />

allowed, and discovered a new park.<br />

The children leapt out of the car<br />

and ran across the road, over the<br />

chain fence and into the playground.<br />

They climbed up ladders, slid down<br />

slides, and went around and around<br />

on merry-go-rounds. Their cheerful<br />

cries were no distraction to the two<br />

boys playing soccer on the field.<br />

I dragged the long flying fox to the<br />

wooden platform. I did so again and,<br />

on the third time, had it given back to<br />

me. “But I’m wearing a dress,” I said to<br />

the six-year-old. He didn’t understand<br />

my trepidation.<br />

I threw caution to the wind. I<br />

jumped on. I held tight.<br />

The air rushed by and the moment<br />

was mine.<br />

Make your moments matter. Pause<br />

to take breath and discover the true<br />

meaning of mindfulness as we launch<br />

into the new year with <strong>Style</strong>.<br />

Kate Preece<br />

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cotton. The collection of hand, bath and pool towels come<br />

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We may have reached that time of the holidays where we’re<br />

feeling a bit worse for wear. We got through Christmas with<br />

the in-laws and danced ourselves to our last breath while<br />

bringing in the new year. Now, it’s time to replenish our<br />

frayed skin. Dermalogica’s sassy-looking Holiday Collection,<br />

with cleansing and rejuvenating gels, balms and oils, may go<br />

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Chef Vaughan Mabee<br />

If you want to dine on what has been called the “most<br />

spectacular meal” in New Zealand, it may be time for a visit to<br />

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Winery Restaurant. As for Restaurant of the Year? Well, that<br />

went to Auckland’s Sidart, which was praised for its “progressive<br />

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The combined forces behind Christchurch’s edgy and distinctive<br />

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16 STYLE | inside word<br />



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places an emphasis on fresh Otahuna estate-grown offerings<br />

incorporated into a five-course degustation menu.<br />

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18 STYLE | events<br />


JANUARY <strong>2020</strong> | EMAIL YOUR EVENTS TO editor@style.kiwi<br />

Blanc de Blanc<br />

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James Hay Theatre, Christchurch<br />

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Bar Number 8, Wanaka<br />

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Ziggy Alberts Laps Around The Sun<br />

World Tour<br />

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Lake Hawea Hotel, Wanaka<br />

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Jackie Bristow<br />

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Deep South Lazy Sundays<br />

Free Sunday afternoon live music in<br />

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6 & 8 February<br />

Fat Freddy’s Drop<br />

The Summer Record tour.<br />

6: North Hagley Park, Christchurch<br />

8: Queenstown Events Centre<br />


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The Rocky Horror Picture Show<br />

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With special guest Richard O’Brien!<br />

Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch<br />

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Harry Potter & the Chamber of<br />

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The Blues Brothers – 40th<br />

Anniversary Film Screening<br />

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23 <strong>January</strong> – 15 February<br />

Blanc de Blanc<br />

The finest cabaret and acrobatic<br />

talent, blended with vintage glamour.<br />

The Spiegeltent, cnr Worcester Blvd<br />

& Oxford Tce, Christchurch<br />

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Flo & Joan<br />

The musical comedy sisters making<br />

their mark on the UK festival circuit<br />

bring us their dark and waggish songs.<br />

The Spiegeltent, cnr Worcester Blvd<br />

& Oxford Tce, Christchurch<br />

SPORT<br />

5, 7 & 14<br />

Super Smash 2019/20 Season<br />

Five games of action-packed cricket.<br />

5: Canterbury Magicians v Northern<br />

Spirit; Canterbury Kings v Knights<br />

7: Canterbury Kings v Central Stags<br />

14: Canterbury Magicians v Otago<br />

Sparks; Canterbury Kings v Otago Volts<br />

Hagley Oval, South Hagley Park,<br />

Christchurch<br />

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Open water swim event.<br />

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25<br />

<strong>2020</strong> NZ Jet Sprint Championship<br />

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Vine Run<br />

An 18km run or walk, supporting the<br />

NZ Brain Research Institute.<br />

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15 February – 1 March<br />

FIH Hockey Pro League<br />

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STYLE | feature 21<br />

‘I’M NOT ENOUGH’:<br />



Is your belief system leading you into stress?<br />

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

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

22 STYLE | feature<br />

Kayo Gill pushed herself to the brink, thinking she had to work<br />

harder to be a better person.<br />

By the numbers<br />

• 68 per cent of greater Christchurch residents have<br />

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Kayo Gill was collapsed on her bed, unable to<br />

move, with tears streaming down her face.<br />

A simple walk around the block had broken her,<br />

and it made no sense to her. Kayo pushed herself<br />

at the gym and thought she was a healthy woman.<br />

But she felt like she had just run a marathon.<br />

There was nothing left in her tank. But then<br />

there hadn’t been for years.<br />

Like so many, the February 22, 2011,<br />

Christchurch earthquake shook Kayo, 41, to her<br />

core. The constant aftershocks left her in a state of<br />

fight or flight, ripping away her sense of safety. Her<br />

job as a special education teacher was challenging<br />

and filled not just her waking moments.<br />

“I would wake up tired because I was dreaming<br />

about work at 3 or 4am in the morning. [I would]<br />

go back to sleep, then dream of work again and<br />

then roll out of bed finally,” she says.<br />

Her breaks at work consisted of a quick drink<br />

of water and a bite of food while managing<br />

incidents and paperwork. Then, at 6pm, she<br />

would drag her aching body to the gym.<br />

“The body was saying, ‘I’m tired’, but I was like,<br />

‘I’m just being lazy,’” she says.<br />

“I got more tired, but I kept punishing myself by<br />

working out harder. Because I wouldn’t feel good<br />

about myself, I would go to the gym because<br />

I thought I would then feel good about myself<br />

physically,” she says.<br />

But she didn’t. In 2012, her body could no<br />

longer sustain the beating she was putting it<br />

through.<br />

“I couldn’t lie to my body anymore. I couldn’t<br />

mask it,” she says.<br />

Kayo quit her job and moved to Australia<br />

thinking it would give her a fresh start. Instead,<br />

her body crashed.<br />

“I became really sick. Like I had the flu, but it<br />

got worse,” she says.<br />

She slept for 30 hours straight after that walk<br />

around the block. Moving between the bedroom<br />

and bathroom left her breathless.<br />

Kayo went to a doctor, but he sent her away<br />

with a prescription for antidepressants and the<br />

advice to “get off the couch and get moving”.<br />

But that is what she had been mercilessly doing<br />

to herself and it hadn’t worked. So, she went with<br />

her gut and saw a naturopath.<br />

She was asked to collect her saliva for a week<br />

for testing. The test showed Kayo had adrenal<br />

fatigue.<br />

“It is where the adrenal glands are overworked<br />

for a long time, producing too much cortisol.<br />

Cortisol is produced when we go into fightor-flight<br />

mode. But due to longer-term chronic<br />

stress, the cortisol was out of balance.

STYLE | feature 23<br />

Kayo with her Tibetan<br />

singing bowls, which<br />

she uses in the classes<br />

she teaches.<br />

“It is meant to rise slowly when you wake up to help<br />

you get out of bed. But because you are out of balance, it<br />

doesn’t,” she says.<br />

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

back into balance. Her confused body would wake up in the<br />

dead of night when it should be resting, and fatigue would<br />

strike without warning during the day.<br />

And so, she began meditating.<br />

“I felt like I needed to just breathe. That was the one thing I<br />

could do. I couldn’t do yoga, I couldn’t go for a walk in nature,<br />

but I could sit and breathe,” she said.<br />

In those quiet moments, Kayo found and attended to the<br />

thoughts and beliefs that had driven her into stress.<br />

Growing up in Japan, she felt she never fit in.<br />

“At high school, it was work hard; get yourself strong. The<br />

fitter you were the more resilient you are so you can deal<br />

with more and work harder,” she says.<br />

Rowing at a competitive level, her coach would barrage her<br />

with comments like she “wasn’t good enough”.<br />

Those beliefs went to Kayo’s very core, permeating into her<br />

mind until they fuelled her everyday existence.<br />

They were in her head as she rolled out of bed each<br />

morning, exhausted. While she taught children. While she<br />

tried to live her life.<br />

The belief system of ‘I’m not good enough’ is something<br />

North Canterbury intuitive wellness coach Charmaine<br />

McGregor sees often with her clients and in the workshops<br />

she runs with Kayo.<br />

“It is that thought, ‘I am in myself not good enough and I<br />

need to do more and more. More at work, more at home,’”<br />

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Kayo and Charmaine McGregor<br />

run workshops that equip<br />

people with the tools to reduce<br />

stress in their lives.<br />

It is something Charmaine, a working mum of two, has<br />

experienced.<br />

“My biggest wake-up call was a few years ago when I went<br />

into work and I could feel my heart racing and I was shaking.<br />

That was my worst experience of stress. But most of that<br />

stress was coming from within. I was trying to be everything to<br />

everyone – to my children, my work, my family,” she says.<br />

Charmaine used to have a run “of constant colds” but she<br />

pushed aside what her body was trying to tell her and dug in,<br />

working harder and giving more.<br />

Now, she has addressed her own belief system that led to<br />

her stress.<br />

“I have a daily practice and am a big believer of taking care<br />

of myself first thing in the morning,” she says.<br />

She sees people using ‘distraction’ as a way to avoid looking<br />

at the true reasons behind their stress.<br />

“We are given a society where it is easy to be distracted<br />

– ‘busy’ is the new buzzword because it is socially acceptable<br />

to be so,” she says.<br />

People will keep busy, work more, be with friends constantly<br />

– anything to stop thinking about what is going on with them.<br />

“Sometimes it is easier to be distracted than looking at our<br />

own stuff because it can be hard dealing with it. We may<br />

have to start saying ‘no’ to things. We may need to make life<br />

changes, like a different job, a different partner. And that can<br />

be uncomfortable,” she says.<br />

Simply acknowledging that the belief system you have in<br />

place is not working for you is a good first step, she says.<br />

“You have the personal choice and power to change. It is all<br />

in the power of the intention. Believe you can do this. You can<br />

choose the life you want to lead.”<br />

Seven years after her walk around the block, Kayo teaches<br />

meditation and yoga in Christchurch and is a pranic healer,<br />

drawing on life energy to heal the physical body. She has<br />

committed to healing her life.<br />

She sees many people who believe they cannot meditate<br />

due to the incessant white noise of their thoughts.<br />

“Meditation is not about stopping the mind. Meditation is to<br />

stop the mind from controlling you,” she says.<br />

“One minute a day, every day, is far more beneficial than<br />

one 20-minute hit a week, because it gives the body time each<br />

day to recharge, be calm and slowly build up the length of<br />

time,” she says.<br />

Looking back, Kayo doesn’t know how she sustained herself.<br />

“But I am grateful I experienced all of that because now I<br />

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

she says.<br />

“Really listen to your body. Being tired doesn’t mean you<br />

are lazy. Being tired means you have been working too hard<br />

for too long. And you cannot sustain that.”

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Many of us don’t notice that we have a constant stream of thoughts.<br />

But you can turn them down with intentional control.<br />

Image: Hindustan Times / Getty Images<br />

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

Brendan Sillifant was a young man in the 1980s, seeking a<br />

way of living well to help navigate the ups and downs of life.<br />

The Christchurch psychotherapist’s search led him to the<br />

practice of “being present”. His travels took him to the South<br />

of France, where he studied mindfulness with Zen Master<br />

Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village from 1989–2003.<br />

“This was early before mindfulness was popular in the West,<br />

and he was one of the people involved in popularising it early<br />

on,” says Brendan.<br />

“Mindfulness is learning to be more attentive to our daily life,<br />

through giving our attention to what is happening in the present<br />

moment, rather than getting caught up in the past or the future<br />

and, in doing so, developing a more serviceable mind.”<br />

When Brendan returned to New Zealand in 2003, he was<br />

pleasantly surprised.<br />

“I came back expecting to be quite fringe in my interest,<br />

but when I did some counselling training on my master’s<br />

thesis, I found mindfulness had become a very core theory to<br />

psychological practice,” he says.<br />

But how does something that appears so simple work?<br />

It is, says Brendan, about turning down thoughts and turning<br />

up senses.<br />

“Thinking is very tiring. I hear a lot of people tell me that<br />

they don’t know how to slow their thinking and they want a<br />

button to turn it off.<br />

“In our daily lives, we often have continual thinking going on<br />

Mindfulness practice<br />

1. Take a 20-minute walk, noticing the feeling of each<br />

foot on the pavement; the wind on your face.<br />

2. Close your eyes and concentrate on your<br />

breathing; the feeling of your breath as it enters<br />

your nose, and how it feels as it leaves.<br />

that we are not aware of. Like we don’t notice our nose in<br />

our field of vision because it is always there.<br />

“And because we have this constant stream of thinking<br />

we don’t really notice it.”<br />

Through “intentional control”, Brendan says you can<br />

choose where you place your attention.<br />

“If we get home a bit tired and our child approaches<br />

us and wants to play, intentional control of our focus lets<br />

us place our attention with a child wholeheartedly at that<br />

moment and enjoy playing with them.<br />

“We are learning to interrupt that constant stream<br />

of thought, particularly the constant stream of<br />

stressful thoughts.”

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Data on the wellbeing of children in New Zealand makes for sobering reading. But<br />

has introducing mindfulness into the classroom made a difference? Shelley Robinson<br />

talks to schools, teachers and experts on the mindful movement.<br />

bell has rung at North Canterbury’s<br />

A Leithfield School. But the children<br />

do not tear out the door clutching their<br />

school bags.<br />

Instead, they find a space to lie down<br />

in front of principal Sharon Marsh on<br />

the classroom floor.<br />

The children put a piece of paper on<br />

their bellies, a tool used to show them<br />

they are breathing properly, and close<br />

their eyes. Sharon reads out a guided<br />

belly breathing exercise and before long<br />

the paper rises and falls rhythmically.<br />

It is in stark contrast to three years<br />

ago, when pupils slept on the classroom<br />

floor as tsunami sirens wailed distantly.<br />

The 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura<br />

earthquake had struck just after<br />

midnight on November 14, 2016. A<br />

reported record 21 fault lines fractured<br />

as the earth groaned and tore apart.<br />

Two people died and the township of<br />

Kaikoura was cut off, as highways were<br />

twisted and broken.<br />

Most of the children slept through the<br />

earthquake, says Sharon. But, two hours<br />

later, the sirens began.<br />

“It was the noise and the evacuation<br />

that traumatised our kids more than the<br />

earthquake itself,” she says.<br />

Dazed children who lived in the<br />

nearby small settlement of Leithfield<br />

Beach were bundled into cars. Most<br />

headed towards the school elevated<br />

on a slight hill about 2.5km away, even<br />

though it wasn’t a Civil Defence centre.<br />

“In a way that was a good thing,<br />

because the children felt safe here, it<br />

was familiar. So, they went to sleep in<br />

their classrooms,” says Sharon.<br />

With a school roll of 130 and six<br />

classrooms, Sharon and her staff knew<br />

their children well. And they knew in<br />

the aftermath of the evacuation the<br />

children were struggling. Sleep was<br />

elusive, children and parents struggled<br />

to let go at the school gate and loud<br />

noises spiked nerves.<br />

In the classroom, children became<br />

“overly extroverted” or withdrew.<br />

Sharon and the community knew they<br />

needed help.<br />

So, Sharon got to work. She<br />

researched the concept of mindfulness

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Leithfield School principal Sharon Marsh leads pupils in a mindful breathing<br />

exercise. The tsunami evacuation after the 2016 Kaikoura quake left<br />

children “traumatised” but mindfulness has played a part in helping them.<br />

Grant Rix’s mindfulness programme is in 600 schools across the country,<br />

with 325 trained teachers in Christchurch and 62 in Otago.<br />

after reading an article in the Education<br />

Gazette. She found the Mindfulness<br />

Education Group’s Pause, Breathe,<br />

Smile programme and was impressed<br />

with how it linked to the curriculum.<br />

She applied and was successful in<br />

getting a Red Cross Earthquake<br />

Recovery grant so all teachers at the<br />

school could be trained on-site.<br />

Tinkle, tinkle. The ‘mindfulness bell’ has<br />

rung again.<br />

Some children sit up straight away<br />

while others take time to open<br />

their eyes.<br />

They tell Sharon they feel “relaxed”,<br />

“focused” and “sleepy”. A pupil is keen<br />

to tell her that they heard that the<br />

Warriors and All Blacks use mindfulness<br />

too. They all get up and move to their<br />

maths lesson.<br />

Six months after the programme was<br />

introduced, Sharon read some of the<br />

feedback from the children.<br />

“I remember thinking, ‘Wow. This was<br />

more than I had probably observed.’”<br />

The children wrote how they use it<br />

when they can’t get to sleep at night and<br />

“when I’m waiting to go on the rugby<br />

field, and I feel nervous.”<br />

“It was really amazing,” says Sharon.<br />

It wasn’t the only thing the school and<br />

parents were doing for wellbeing, so it is<br />

hard, she says, to pin the success just on<br />

the programme.<br />

“But it definitely contributed to the<br />

de-escalation. But more importantly to<br />

me, because we know that this is not<br />

going to be the only traumatic event<br />

these kids are going to face in their lives,<br />

it proved to me that these kids are now<br />

equipped with a set of tools they didn’t<br />

have before,” she says.<br />

Grant Rix chuckles on the phone from<br />

his base near Katikati, Bay of Plenty.<br />

He’s just been asked if he thought his<br />

Pause, Breathe, Smile programme would<br />

get so big.<br />

More than 600 schools now have the<br />

programme. About 325 teachers and<br />

mental health professionals in greater<br />

Christchurch have been trained, with 62<br />

in the Otago region.<br />

In 2012, his interest was purely at a<br />

research-level after he saw mindfulness<br />

take off in overseas schools.<br />

“I didn’t have any big thoughts about<br />

where it would go beyond that. But it<br />

has taken on a life of its own,” he says.<br />

The eight-week programme has<br />

morphed from being taught by<br />

specifically trained facilitators visiting<br />

schools, to training teachers, therefore<br />

ensuring the sustainability of the<br />

programme within the school, he says.<br />

The modules teach children how<br />

to regulate their emotions through<br />

mindful breathing, mindful eating, mindful<br />

movements and, as the name indicates,<br />

pausing, breathing and smiling.<br />

“It brings their attention to where<br />

their body is in the present moment,<br />

when that mental chatter is running away<br />

on them and causing issues. It helps to<br />

strengthen that attention regulation,”<br />

Grant says.<br />

The programme was put to the<br />

test after Christchurch’s devastating<br />

February 22, 2011 earthquake.<br />

The 6.3-magnitude earthquake killed<br />

185 and devastated the region. About<br />

7000 homes were demolished after they<br />

were deemed uninhabitable or the land<br />

unsafe. It forced families into a pressurecooker<br />

situation of dealing with the<br />

Earthquake Commission and insurance<br />

companies, while trying to process their<br />

grief and fear as significant aftershocks<br />

continued to rattle the region.<br />

A study by University of Canterbury<br />

associate professor Kathleen Liberty<br />

showed about 70 per cent of children

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Image: Hannah Peters / Getty images<br />

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

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

who experienced the earthquake had<br />

at least one symptom of post-traumatic<br />

stress disorder – double the rate of<br />

children surveyed before the quakes.<br />

Time has not lessened the pressure<br />

on families, children and schools.<br />

There has been a 146 per<br />

cent increase of new cases at the<br />

Canterbury District Health Board’s<br />

specialist mental health services for<br />

children and young people since the<br />

2009/2010 financial year – that’s 500<br />

more people each month for the<br />

service. There has also been a 69 per<br />

cent increase in the number of new<br />

adult mental health cases.<br />

In 2017, six years after the earthquake,<br />

University of Canterbury clinical<br />

psychologist Ann Huggett was one of<br />

20 Pause, Breathe, Smile facilitators,<br />

funded by a one-off grant from the Rata<br />

Foundation, who worked in 12 schools.<br />

“I was immediately struck in the first<br />

couple of sessions by the number of<br />

children that were saying, ‘I find it really<br />

hard to sleep’ or ‘I sleep with Mum or<br />

Dad’,” she says.<br />

Ann got to work and after a few<br />

weeks, feedback from teachers<br />

indicated the children were calmer and<br />

able to concentrate better.<br />

“I remember a teacher saying a<br />

parent had said, ‘I don’t know what has<br />

been happening at school, but my child<br />

is sleeping better or in their own bed<br />

for the first time in ages’,” she says.<br />

“After a couple of years in the<br />

classroom, I could see benefits across<br />

the board.”<br />

Ann now uses the programme in<br />

a clinical setting at the university’s<br />

Psychology Centre, for children with<br />

heightened anxiety issues.<br />

The bookcase in her office houses<br />

a colourful array of jars. She takes one<br />

off the shelf and shakes it. Like a snow<br />

globe, bits of glitter begin to fall to<br />

the bottom.<br />

It’s a ‘mind jar’, she says, a tool to show<br />

children how thoughts and feelings work.<br />

“The glitter is our thoughts and<br />

feelings, and sometimes when you<br />

are stressed you feel all shook up and<br />

everything is swirling around.”<br />

We watch as the glitter slowly stops<br />

its manic whirling and falls quietly to the<br />

bottom of the jar.<br />

“When we take a breath and pause,<br />

what do we notice? We notice over<br />

time the swirling in the jar slows down<br />

and things start to settle. It is the same<br />

idea for our thoughts,” she says.<br />

Image: Charlie Rose Photography<br />

A ‘mind jar’.<br />

“After a couple of<br />

years in the classroom,<br />

I could see benefits<br />

across the board.”

30 STYLE | report<br />

Image: Charlie Rose Photography<br />

Canterbury University<br />

clinical psychologist Ann<br />

Huggett taught mindfulness<br />

in schools in the aftermath<br />

of the February 22, 2011,<br />

earthquake. She is now using<br />

it in a clinical setting to help<br />

children with anxiety and has<br />

seen some interesting results.<br />

When children begin in her group,<br />

they are diagnosed across five categories:<br />

generalised anxiety, school anxiety,<br />

separation anxiety, social anxiety and<br />

panic. The average was for the children<br />

to have three diagnoses, with some as<br />

high as five, says Ann.<br />

“By the time they leave after eight<br />

weeks, we are getting a significant<br />

reduction in those diagnoses. Five areas<br />

of difficulty to one or none,” she says.<br />

“It is not a fix-all, but what it<br />

offers in a short amount of time is<br />

quite amazing.”<br />

Ann remembers an emotional<br />

response a mother had, when she was<br />

asked what differences she had noticed<br />

in her child.<br />

“Her eyes welled up and she said, ‘I<br />

have evenings, I’ve never had evenings’.”<br />

The child never slept as a baby or as a<br />

toddler, and the mother’s evenings were<br />

spent with the child until they fell asleep.<br />

The knackered mother would go straight<br />

to bed herself.<br />

“It was just mind-blowing for her, that<br />

she now had time in the evenings.”<br />

Feedback has indicated that<br />

mindfulness has bonded families, as it has<br />

created a “shared language” to discuss<br />

emotions, says Ann.<br />

“Parents say they’ve completely<br />

changed their parenting styles. They say,<br />

‘I’ve realised how busy and rushed I was<br />

and that needed to change’,” says Ann.<br />

Her enthusiasm for the programme is<br />

obvious. After the interview, she finally<br />

takes a breath and laughs, apologising<br />

for talking for so long. But every word<br />

she says is fascinating and has resonance<br />

for adults and children. She has another<br />

group open for enrolments this year,<br />

which will further add to the data for<br />

analysis. That research is, in part, being<br />

conducted by master’s student Georgie<br />

Davis.<br />

She has a wry laugh when describing if<br />

the programme would have helped her<br />

at school.<br />

“I really wish I had known what to<br />

do when I was sitting there in class<br />

absolutely panicking before a times table<br />

recital – I can’t even express how much<br />

I wish I had known about emotional<br />

management as a child.<br />

“A lot of kids are emotionally reactive.<br />

They feel that feeling and it overwhelms<br />

them – it is the same for adults. And that<br />

feeling complete dictates how we react,”<br />

she says.<br />

Georgie has seen the benefits of the<br />

programme flow from child to adult.<br />

“A lot of that generation missed out<br />

on being taught about wellbeing at<br />

school, and for some, this is probably<br />

the first time they’ve been taught about<br />

mindfulness or emotional regulation. It is<br />

really exciting to be able to help not just<br />

the kids but the parents as well.”<br />

She says the idea is that, if parents<br />

become less emotionally reactive, it<br />

leads to less conflict at home.<br />

“And hopefully better-quality<br />

relationships,” she says.<br />

The school day has started in Janey<br />

Winders’ classroom.<br />

She sits cross-legged on the floor with<br />

her eyes closed, while her Arrowtown<br />

School pupils are lying down. Some are<br />

curled on their sides, while another wears<br />

a cozy-looking giraffe onesie.<br />

Playing is a mindful breathing exercise<br />

from the Smiling Mind app.<br />

A teacher for more than 25<br />

years, Janey has observed a lot in<br />

her classroom – and she’s noticed<br />

a difference since the school introduced<br />

mindfulness.<br />

“The key thing is what kind of<br />

behaviours do you not see? You don’t<br />

see children frantically running around.

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“The key thing<br />

is what kind of<br />

behaviours do<br />

you not see?”<br />

They are listening to each other better<br />

and they are caring for each other,”<br />

she says.<br />

“Their empathy is growing because of<br />

it. They are sharing how they are feeling<br />

and offering support to others.”<br />

When some in the class heard of<br />

others struggling to sleep, they decided<br />

to help, she said.<br />

“They’re actually creating a slide show<br />

of tips on how to keep calm and get to<br />

sleep, using mindfulness,” she says.<br />

The school introduced mindfulness<br />

after being shocked by data at an<br />

Australian conference over the rise of<br />

anxiety, depression and suicide in<br />

young people.<br />

It was something Janey had noted<br />

herself, particularly in the last five years.<br />

“We thought we have to start right<br />

down here at this age and start to give<br />

our children the strategies to regulate<br />

themselves and calm themselves and let<br />

go of issues,” she says.<br />

All teachers were trained in the<br />

Pause, Breathe, Smile programme. A<br />

mindfulness practitioner also came in for<br />

an eight-week course to help teachers<br />

with their own personal practice. Janey<br />

has noticed the difference in herself.<br />

“I don’t seem to react to things. I<br />

let them happen and just have a calm<br />

approach. I notice that in my teaching.<br />

It’s been great,” she says.<br />

It should be a case of “all hands on<br />

deck,” says Grant Rix.<br />

Arrowtown School teacher Janey Winders starts the day with a mindfulness exercise with her<br />

pupils. She has noticed changes in the classroom since the school invested in mindfulness.<br />

He knows the bleak data on the<br />

wellbeing of children after co-authoring<br />

academic papers on the effectiveness<br />

of mindfulness in schools.<br />

New Zealand ranked near the<br />

bottom for overall childhood wellbeing<br />

and had the highest adolescent suicide<br />

rate among developed nations, said a<br />

2017 UNICEF report.<br />

“Antidepressants being prescribed<br />

to children under the age of 13 has<br />

significantly increased in the past 10<br />

years – but that could be because<br />

there is far greater awareness,” he says.<br />

“People are on struggle street,<br />

and if we’ve got anything that can<br />

help, then it should be all hands<br />

on deck providing solutions to the<br />

problems we are seeing in modern<br />

society, and certainly mindfulness has<br />

a role to play.”<br />

Psychologists, like Ann, are “all<br />

over” mindfulness, he says, because<br />

it works.<br />

“We’ve really got to be doing<br />

something to help our children to<br />

manage the everyday stressors of<br />

growing up but also to equip them<br />

with the skills to help them to face a<br />

future that is increasingly uncertain.”

32 STYLE | people<br />


Shocking Pink’s chairperson Anna Manson recently won a Kiwibank<br />

Local Hero medal. She talks to Shelley Robinson about impromptu<br />

speeches, scan anxiety, and the ‘other side’ of cancer.<br />

had seven surgeries. It was a helluva lot. You go full thrust<br />

straight into it. The year before my relationship had ended,<br />

and everything was back on track, I had a good job and yeah.<br />

Anna Manson<br />

Congratulations Anna on your award – did you partake in<br />

a few celebration reds last night?<br />

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

the calibre of people, I felt really out of my league. There was<br />

a guy who was there after the mosque attack [March 15] and<br />

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

‘Wow.’ It was humbling, really humbling.<br />

You are not so shabby yourself I hear.<br />

I don’t know about that! But they didn’t warn us that we<br />

could speak when we got our medal and then everyone<br />

started speaking and I was like, ‘Oh no, I should have had<br />

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

speech, it was really embarrassing.<br />

Oh no, you didn’t go all Kanye (West) did you?<br />

[Laughs] No! I just talked about this argument I had with my<br />

friend on the night the awards were first announced. She<br />

was on Facebook commenting on the post saying, ‘Anna, you<br />

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

more than one Anna Manson’ and she was like ‘I really think<br />

you need to take this seriously’, and I was like ‘Whatever.’<br />

And then the woman from Kiwibank contacted me on<br />

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

yeah, that is what I said in my speech!<br />

So, where have I caught you today?<br />

I’m just at Christchurch Hospital getting chemo with my<br />

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

is benign, so the chemo is trying to reduce the size of the<br />

tumour.<br />

You’ve had a heck of a journey to Shocking Pink. Talk to<br />

me about that.<br />

I was diagnosed at 31 with breast cancer, so it’s about<br />

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

probably a good thing. I’ve had a mastectomy, done chemo<br />

and radiation, been through umpteen amounts of drugs and<br />

And then you got told the news?<br />

Yeah. Well, after two weeks of biopsies, scans and blood<br />

tests they called me to the office. And they told me to bring<br />

a support person, so I guess I kind of knew then. And they<br />

said, unfortunately, it is breast cancer. I said a few choice<br />

words and then I didn’t really hear anything after that.<br />

Within seven days I was having surgery. You don’t have time<br />

to adjust.<br />

What is your role with Shocking Pink?<br />

I’m the chairperson and oversee the organisation of the<br />

charity. I just organised the getaway too. This year, 30 went<br />

to Queenstown. We joke that between us we have about<br />

10 breasts [laughing] so yeah, there is a bit of dry humour<br />

that goes around. Shocking Pink helps young women with<br />

any concerns they have and also financially, because having<br />

cancer is really expensive, we just help get you through to<br />

the other side.<br />

What does the other side look like?<br />

It can be frightening. Your world becomes full of scans,<br />

tests and treatment, and then it is all quiet and that can be<br />

terrifying. Suddenly, you are on your own and that is when<br />

the post-traumatic stress can really start to kick in. You are<br />

you, but you are totally different. And that can be really<br />

scary. We have people say who are 10 years on, saying they<br />

still have bad days and they feel guilty. But that is just what<br />

happens. Like scan anxiety. Getting a mammogram can bring<br />

up the emotions of the time when you were diagnosed. And<br />

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34 STYLE | architecture<br />


A certified passive house, this Dunedin home stays at a comfortable<br />

temperature year-round while needing very little energy to operate.<br />

Words Kim Dungey Photos Otago Daily Times<br />

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

STYLE | architecture 35<br />

Corrugated cladding provides a crisp contrast to the green surroundings.<br />

No one else was brave enough to build<br />

on the steeply sloping plot.<br />

Architect Rafe Maclean and his family<br />

have taken a while to adjust to<br />

the warm, dry conditions inside their<br />

Dunedin passive house.<br />

Before moving in, they spent two<br />

years in a cold rental property, where<br />

the heat pumps were on year-round<br />

and they slept with several blankets on<br />

each bed.<br />

In their newly built Maori Hill home,<br />

the indoor temperature is always<br />

20–23 degrees, and their energy bills<br />

are low thanks to the extremely airtight<br />

building envelope and the high-spec<br />

triple-glazed windows, insulation and<br />

heat recovery ventilation system.<br />

The family have swapped woollen<br />

tops for T-shirts and shorts, and often<br />

sleep under only a sheet.<br />

“Living in the house, we’ve become<br />

quite sensitive to the temperature,”<br />

Rafe says, smiling. “If it’s sitting at<br />

20 degrees, everyone’s thinking it’s a bit<br />

chilly and putting on jerseys.”<br />

Two asthmatic members of the family<br />

who are sensitive to mould, damp and<br />

pollen have not had any problems<br />

since moving in, and all of them enjoy<br />

not having to think about fresh air,<br />

temperature and humidity.<br />

“Here it’s all controlled and we have<br />

much more energy to do other things.<br />

We’re not scrambling over a fireplace<br />

or chopping wood or adjusting heaters.”<br />

Developed in Germany and applying<br />

to all kinds of buildings, not just houses,<br />

the passive house standard results in<br />

homes that use about 90 per cent less<br />

heating energy than existing buildings<br />

and 75 per cent less than an average<br />

new build.<br />

Rafe, who designed the South Island’s<br />

first certified passive house in Wanaka<br />

in 2015, says it is not only focused<br />

on energy efficiency. It also produces<br />

indoor environments that are quiet,<br />

comfortable and have excellent<br />

air quality.<br />

Kowhai House, named after a native<br />

tree on the site, is perched high on a<br />

hillside overlooking Leith Stream.<br />

No one else was brave enough to<br />

build on the steeply sloping plot, which<br />

drops away about 50m from the top<br />

and has a no-build 5m-wide council<br />

wastewater easement running through<br />

the only flat area. But where others<br />

saw only pitfalls, Rafe saw potential: the<br />

section faced northeast, it was near his<br />

daughters’ high school, and his 20-plus<br />

years as an architect had given him the<br />

skills to address the site’s challenges.<br />

Because of the difficult access and<br />

marginal soil, the three-bedroom home<br />

was designed to be simple in form and<br />

“buildability”. The shape is a gabled

36 STYLE | architecture<br />

The terrain on site and the access to it were both challenging.<br />

Tilt-and-turn windows, standard in much of Europe, can swing open<br />

like a door or tilt inwards.<br />

rectangle but with one face of the gable roof<br />

sloped up from the ridgeline, not down, to provide<br />

internal space for mezzanine beds.<br />

The simple form also makes the home more<br />

thermally efficient: compared with a more complex<br />

design with lots of corners, there is less envelope<br />

surface area through which heat can escape.<br />

With 70sqm on each of the two floors (including<br />

walls), the home is compact but big enough for the<br />

four family members to live together and still have<br />

their own space.<br />

The inter-floor structure is exposed to give more<br />

height to the space under it, with wastewater lines<br />

and ventilation ducting carefully concealed behind a<br />

partial floating ceiling aligned with interior cabinetry.<br />

Zincalume corrugate on the exterior provides a<br />

crisp contrast to the green surroundings, while yellow<br />

highlights inside and out are a visual salute to the<br />

kowhai that flowers outside the living area in spring.<br />

Interior finishes are warm and welcoming, and<br />

the extensive use of pine plywood includes a pale<br />

painted floor.<br />

“I’d always wanted a white floor but forgot we<br />

had a black dog,” he jokes.<br />

The yellow<br />

highlights<br />

inside and<br />

out are a<br />

visual salute<br />

to the<br />

flower of the<br />

kowhai tree.<br />

With the<br />

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STYLE | architecture 37<br />

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

Prefabricated structural insulated<br />

panels (SIPs from NZSIP) provided<br />

good insulation and reduced the time<br />

that builders Stevenson & Williams<br />

were on site.<br />

The mechanical heat recovery<br />

ventilation system, which supplies fresh,<br />

pre-warmed air, is housed in a small<br />

utility room.<br />

In theory, the family needs a heater<br />

of just under 1kW to heat the house<br />

on a cold day. In fact, they have two<br />

panel heaters – one upstairs and<br />

one downstairs to spread warmth<br />

throughout the home – and these are<br />

1kW because they couldn’t find smaller<br />

ones, Rafe says: “Dunedin just doesn’t<br />

sell them, it would seem.”<br />

In one of the coldest months last<br />

winter, the house used 540kWh, which<br />

was mostly for hot water, computers<br />

and appliances, not solely heating. The<br />

annual heating demand is 15.4kWh per<br />

square metre; installing photovoltaic<br />

panels on the roof would have offset<br />

this, but the panels would have been<br />

difficult to access for cleaning.<br />

The use of interconnected<br />

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of passive houses to be accurately<br />

modelled before construction and is<br />

based on climate data for each location.<br />

In Wanaka, where he also works, Rafe<br />

would typically specify more sun shading<br />

and more insulation.<br />

While the passive house standard<br />

is mostly a voluntary one, a growing<br />

number of European cities and<br />

districts are requiring that all new<br />

buildings meet it.<br />

Rafe says because the buildings use<br />

much less energy, it is one way to<br />

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38 STYLE | luxe<br />


The enviable objects that have got us all talking.<br />

Words Ella James<br />



You can’t put a price on happiness,<br />

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Lightweight yet suitably warm, this<br />

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Harrods has just taken the humble tea break up a notch,<br />

with its offering of Hawaiian green loose tea. This exclusive<br />

blend is produced using only traditional Japanese practices,<br />

and it certainly pays off. Delivering a wonderfully flowery<br />

taste, subtle hints of fennel and anise add excitement to<br />

every pour. You’re sure to be saving this beautiful brew<br />

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If designer kitchenware is your thing, you’re going to<br />

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Ralph Lauren. Sure, you can pick up a coffee cup for as<br />

little as a dollar, but they lack the classic retro style and<br />

sophistication that this particular gem has in abundance.<br />

Despite the $55 price tag, this fine porcelain coffee<br />

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There are few things as cultural and<br />

entertaining as Paris Fashion Week,<br />

and this year’s pick of the bunch, Louis<br />

Vuitton, did not disappoint. The Louis<br />

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was overgrown with romantic pastels<br />

and floral details galore. The standout<br />

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silhouette. With a deep, daring<br />

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40 STYLE | landscaping<br />


Creating a great first impression with your house begins with the driveway.<br />

Words Craig Wilson<br />

One of the more commonly<br />

overlooked elements of<br />

residential landscape design is the<br />

driveway area.<br />

Often it’s left as a purely functional<br />

slab of concrete, despite it typically<br />

being the first impression visitors will<br />

have of your property. With some<br />

thoughtful design consideration, our<br />

driveway spaces can set the desired<br />

‘tone’ for our property and introduce<br />

design and material concepts that<br />

continue through to the rest of the<br />

garden and outdoor spaces.<br />

If you are planning how your<br />

driveway will work with your house<br />

and property, first think about what<br />

you need to allow for from a practical<br />

perspective. Do you need off-street<br />

visitor parking, a trailer park, a<br />

basketball hoop or a place to store the<br />

boat? If space allows, be careful not<br />

to make these areas too small. Allow<br />

for generous vehicle turning circles,<br />

especially where you have space for it<br />

on a rural lifestyle property.<br />

Think about the materials you’ll use<br />

– they’ll need to be durable. Concrete<br />

fits the bill well here, especially<br />

exposed aggregate, which looks<br />

good, performs well and won’t get<br />

the unsightly tyre marks that lightcoloured<br />

plain concrete can. Asphalt<br />

will make a great smooth surface for<br />

kids to play on with balls, scooters<br />

and skateboards, but it may not be<br />

the best surface if you own a 4WD<br />

with chunky off-road tyres.<br />

Mixing driveway materials can<br />

add a great design element, with<br />

contrasting borders and decorative<br />

banding. Exposed aggregate concrete<br />

can be mixed with roller-finished,<br />

lightly textured coloured concretes<br />

or granite cobbles to create a more<br />

refined ‘driveway courtyard’ aesthetic,<br />

while also breaking up the visual<br />

impact of a single material being used<br />

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effect can be reinforced with discrete<br />

surface-mounted light fittings or<br />

well-placed light bollards that can<br />

add a sophisticated touch of drama,<br />

taking the entry experience at your<br />

property to the next level.<br />

Lastly, ensure you allow plenty<br />

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planting. Don’t settle for throwing a<br />

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too small for a meaningful bit of lawn.<br />

Be intentional and create some<br />

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hard surfaces.<br />

Use higher boundary hedges to<br />

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42 STYLE | art<br />


A visiting artist encourages us to explore the impact of CCTV surveillance.<br />

Sarah Hudson<br />

Sarah Hudson’s headwear workshop will see participants make<br />

items to protect against surveillance out of natural materials.<br />

elving into the ideas of agency, privacy and identity<br />

Din a world with increasing CCTV coverage,<br />

Sarah Hudson’s (Ngati Awa, Ngai Tuhoe) Headwear<br />

Workshop is a thought-provoking offering.<br />

The Whakatane-based artist invites participants to<br />

create headwear to protect from surveillance and facial<br />

recognition technology and, in a world where our image<br />

is constantly captured, this is a timely theme.<br />

Sarah says the workshops, and her video and<br />

photography series called Opotiki, were inspired by issues<br />

occurring in the small Bay of Plenty town of Opotiki.<br />

“In 2015, the district council in Opotiki established<br />

blanket approval for the recreational use of drones on<br />

council land, including playgrounds, parks, reserves and<br />

roads,” she says.<br />

“In this project, I spent a few months working<br />

alongside residents to discuss privacy and explore<br />

agency in the wake of the council’s decision.”<br />

The central themes that inform Sarah’s work are an<br />

investigation of matauranga Maori, mana wahine, popular<br />

media culture, gender and sport.<br />

She encourages her workshops to open up<br />

conversations on social and political issues, while people<br />

sit and create.<br />

A range of fresh and dried materials, including<br />

harakeke, the versatile New Zealand flax, will be<br />

supplied, or workshop participants can bring along their<br />

own favourite materials.<br />

Sarah has exhibited widely in her individual practice<br />

and with the Mata Aho Collective.<br />

The collective, made up of Sarah and fellow Maori<br />

artists Bridget Reweti, Terri Te Tau and Erena Baker, was<br />

shown at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and<br />

in 2017 they were included in one of the world’s most<br />

prestigious art exhibitions, Documenta 14, in Germany.<br />

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu , Education<br />

Centre, <strong>January</strong> 22, 5.30pm–6.30pm<br />

Artistic EndEAvours<br />

A collection of artists explore<br />

the concepts of James Cooks<br />

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February 16th, 250 years ago.<br />

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44 STYLE | fashion<br />


Words Kate Preece<br />


We can’t get enough of Maggie<br />

Hewitt’s progressive fashion<br />

journey. The latest from the<br />

Kiwi designer sees a collection<br />

called Somewhere join the<br />

Maggie Marilyn brand, with each<br />

tier of the supply chain of every<br />

piece able to be traced back<br />

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and this ultimate transparency,<br />

they offer more than lasting<br />

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In fact, once an item has done<br />

its dash in your wardrobe, it can<br />

be sent back to Maggie Marilyn<br />

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something new.<br />

Models and designer Maggie Hewitt (far right) in the Somewhere line.<br />


With wedding season in full force, the finer details become<br />

ever more important – and it’s not all about the dress.<br />

Shoes that complete your look have not always been an<br />

easy find. Yet Kathryn Wilson is doing her darnedest to<br />

make it easy pickings. Happily Ever After is the shoe queen’s<br />

hand-picked collection, which features limited-edition<br />

designs. Bring in ‘something blue’ with the Going to the<br />

Chapel Heel, or boost the comfort levels with the Together<br />

Forever Trainer. And it’s not all about the bride, either, as<br />

the mothers and relevant entourage are just as likely to<br />

enjoy these elegant and timeless styles.<br />

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Our seasons are unpredictable and our sun is fierce; the time is nigh for the maxi<br />

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achieve the same from home.<br />

STEP 2 – SECTION<br />

Take small sections, each about the width of<br />

two fingers. Spray the hair with hairspray (MHC<br />

Medium Hold) to ensure the waves hold.<br />

STEP 3 – WAVE<br />

Use a medium-barrel waving wand to create a<br />

natural, textured look. Alternate the direction<br />

with each section. Allow hair to cool down<br />

and set.<br />

STEP 4 – COMB<br />

Apply more hairspray, then, using a wide-tooth<br />

comb, comb out the hair from top to bottom.<br />

This relaxes the wave, making it look softer.<br />

STEP 5 – STYLE<br />

Use MHC Tease It Powder and run through<br />

the hair with your hands to mess it up and<br />

create more texture and volume.<br />

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46 STYLE | fashion<br />

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50 STYLE | fashion<br />

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52 STYLE | beauty<br />


Words Kate Preece<br />


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

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Tell me a little about yourself.<br />

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I was born in Christchurch and was head girl at Hornby<br />

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Where does the Bodyfix story begin?<br />

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What is your ethos at the gym?<br />

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You were voted best gym in Christchurch, what is your<br />

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56 STYLE | beauty<br />

SUN & SKIN<br />

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

Words Clemency Alice<br />

S<br />

un exposure is one of the<br />

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well and is a contributing factor<br />

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sun does provide the benefits<br />

of vitamin D (produced when<br />

your skin is exposed to the<br />

sun’s UVB rays), sun exposure<br />

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causing pigmentation and<br />

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58 STYLE | wellbeing<br />



There was a time when Shelley Robinson was so stressed that she lost her appetite for<br />

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

If you’d told me five years ago that I’d start my day<br />

with meditation, I’d have clucked my tongue in<br />

sympathy and administered you two Panadol. Because<br />

quite obviously you had hit your head.<br />

I was a woman of action, you see, because isn’t<br />

that what we’ve been trained to do? Life is not<br />

supposed to be easy, so head down, work hard and<br />

you’ll be grand.<br />

But it’s also likely to drive you mad. To the point<br />

you may find yourself with the frightening notion of<br />

not wanting to eat Tim Tams anymore and spending<br />

far too much time getting to know your duvet.<br />

My twenties were a delicate shell of overachieving<br />

appearances all tightly controlled by eating disorders,<br />

with anxiety and depression thrown in for good<br />

measure. From the moment I woke up, my mind<br />

issued a running commentary of ‘must do better’ and<br />

lists that were never-ending.<br />

My friends said a wine a day helped them ‘chill out’.<br />

So I thought, quite logically, the whole bottle might<br />

help me.<br />

By my thirties, my body was full of aches no<br />

doctor, physiotherapist or gym session could fix. In<br />

a fit of desperation, I tried a YouTube yoga video<br />

and upended into a graceless downward dog. After<br />

a week, I was alarmed to feel calmer. Then came<br />

a video spouting the tree-hugging notion that is<br />

meditation. Feeling foolish, I started with two minutes<br />

each day. Now, three years later, it is 30 minutes<br />

morning and night.<br />

I’ve since learned that this is the story of many.<br />

The story of pushing until your body gives you a<br />

ferocious clip around the ears. I have a daily practice<br />

of wellbeing, and thankfully my appetite for Tim Tams<br />

has returned. I’m not blissed out all the time – I agree<br />

those people are quite annoying – but I can recognise<br />

now when I’m heading towards stress. If you are ready<br />

for some small changes, try this:<br />

1. Meditation – start small<br />

‘Uh-uh,’ I hear you say, ‘Shelley, I’ve currently got a<br />

Marmite palm print on the butt of my tracksuit pants<br />

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

time for this carry-on.’<br />

Meditation doesn’t need to be an hour-long<br />

‘omming’ session (though you may suddenly find<br />

yourself, two years later, doing this – just a warning).<br />

Guided meditations are a good place to start. There<br />

are apps such as Smiling Mind with meditations that<br />

are only a few minutes long.<br />

2. What are you grateful for?<br />

Now, before you roll your eyes, I’ll show you why this<br />

works. Say out loud five things that you are worried<br />

about. Notice how your chest and body probably<br />

feels heavy and your stress levels may have tooted<br />

a hello? Now, say five things you are grateful for.<br />

For example, the hugs of your children, your cup of<br />

tea, or your desk-mate with the cracking yarns. Feels<br />

different and lighter huh? Give it a go. I do mine in the<br />

car on the way to work.<br />

3. Deep belly breathing<br />

You’ve got half an hour before the boss is due to<br />

walk past for that report useless Bruce should be<br />

doing. And you’ve just realised your washing is likely<br />

a smelly heap because you forgot to put it out.<br />

Stop. Put your hands on your belly and breathe in<br />

slowly through your nose for three seconds while<br />

you feel your hands rise. Then let it out through your<br />

mouth for three seconds. Do this twice more. Straight<br />

away your system will respond. This break brings<br />

your focus into the present moment, with other<br />

benefits like slowing your heartbeat and stabilising<br />

your blood pressure. And perhaps you’ll forgive<br />

Bruce eventually. Maybe.<br />

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With the whir of things going around in your head,<br />

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is truthfully going on for you and around you? How are<br />

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62 STYLE | travel<br />

The mountain view from Te Waonui’s lobby.<br />



Gaynor Stanley slows down on the well-travelled route to Franz Josef to check<br />

in with the primordial power of Mother Nature at Te Waonui Forest Retreat.<br />

He had me at “a glimpse”.<br />

I’d leapt out of bed after waking with the birds to<br />

confirm an unexpectedly clear sky signalling through a tiny<br />

gap in the moss-green drapes. My arrival in Franz Josef<br />

coincided with the ‘weather bomb’ that detonated across<br />

the country in the first week of December, and heavy rain<br />

was forecast for the duration of my two-night stay.<br />

Mightily surprised at this snatch of blue sky, I dialled the<br />

front desk to ask whether there was a glacier viewpoint<br />

I could quickly walk to before the clouds rolled in again.<br />

Having not seen the glacier for more than 20 years, I<br />

wasn’t going to miss the chance now. When Jason, the<br />

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

walking to work I began throwing on clothes and was<br />

nearly dressed before he’d even hung up the receiver.<br />

I didn’t have to walk far. Walking into the lobby, a<br />

stupendous mountain view greeted me through the open<br />

front door. I was barely out of the car park when the<br />

glacier’s intoxicating heights were revealed. If this was a<br />

mere glimpse, I wanted a closer encounter.<br />

Tuis sang as they flitted around the harakeke, still dewy<br />

from the night’s downpour, as I retraced my footsteps<br />

to arrange a plan for the day with the concierge. Then,<br />

a distinctive ‘whapp whapp’ joined the avian choir as<br />

the town’s helicopter operators prepared to seize the<br />

precious weather window, fulfilling every visitor’s wish of<br />

an immersive wilderness experience. And I was prepared<br />

to invest the necessary big bucks to join them.

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Dine with a glacier view in The Canopy Restaurant.<br />

But first there was a small problem to<br />

resolve, due to the backlog of cancelled<br />

flights from the previous days. General<br />

manager Brad McGlynn directs Jason to<br />

“work his magic” while he and I head<br />

upstairs for breakfast in The Canopy<br />

Restaurant, where yet more glacier vistas are<br />

framed by carefully positioned windows.<br />

Te Waonui strives to be as one with its<br />

rainforest setting as possible. There are no<br />

dud rooms here, explains Brad, as every one<br />

of the 100 guest or spa treatment rooms has<br />

the same Amazonian-like outlook. Four guest<br />

wings enclose a square of rainforest so dense<br />

you cannot see the rooms opposite.<br />

As I break my fast on muesli with figs, fresh<br />

strawberries, kiwifruit, and a rhubarb and<br />

redcurrant compote, Brad and I watch for<br />

the paradise duck couple that has, bizarrely,<br />

set up home in one of the kahikatea trees.<br />

However, what Brad dubs the “A380s of the<br />

duck world” are having a sleep-in today.<br />

I’d happily linger for a glimpse of the ducks,<br />

or the resident kakapo, but I learn I have a<br />

helicopter to catch. I have the last available<br />

seat depending on how much the five<br />

passengers who’ve already booked plus me<br />

weigh! Fortunately, I’d opted for my included<br />

degustation dinner on my second night so<br />

I’m still light enough to be issued a boarding<br />

pass for Glacier Helicopters’ 20-minute Franz<br />

Josef Glacier Snow Landing (longer flights<br />

aren’t running because of the forecasted<br />

return of the storms).

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

Baked rawaru<br />

(blue cod) with<br />

wild beetroot<br />

and red endive.<br />

Not so long ago, Franz Josef and Fox glaciers, unique<br />

in the world for descending to sea level, were highly<br />

accessible. The volatile Franz Josef moves faster than<br />

the average glacier too – at least 50cm per day. Since<br />

20<strong>08</strong> it has retreated 800 metres, most rapidly between<br />

2015 and 2017. Ice and rocks collapse continuously at<br />

the terminal face in haphazard chunks that can be larger<br />

than a campervan. And all that rainfall can see creeks<br />

rise to dangerous levels with little warning. To keep<br />

visitors safe, barricades now terminate the track 750m<br />

away from the glacier face. To get nearer, you must now<br />

join a guided tour.<br />

We fly alongside rugged forested slopes up the righthand<br />

side of the glacier far below and steeply climb some<br />

3000 metres. I’m shocked at how long the rocky river<br />

now extends before it meets the snout of the ice flow,<br />

indicating how much the glacier appears to have shrunk<br />

since I last saw it in the late 1990s. Soon though, I am<br />

peering into the blue depths of ice crevasses compacted<br />

over thousands of years as the glacier splinters on the<br />

frozen bends of what is still a phenomenal 11km-long<br />

river of ice. Then I realise something else is amiss. The<br />

Te Waonui cuisine<br />

All guests enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast ahead of<br />

their day of sightseeing or retreating within Te Waonui.<br />

With Franz Josef a long day of tiring travel from any<br />

direction, Te Waonui recommends at least a two-night<br />

stay. The five-course degustation menu is perfect for<br />

the second night. Executive Chef Sylvester Nair hails<br />

from South Africa, where he was regularly on television<br />

demonstrating the talents that see me degusting<br />

smoked butternut soup with a turmeric foam, West<br />

Coast whitebait with a lemon and ponzu dressing,<br />

baked rawaru (blue cod) with wild beetroot and red<br />

endive, and a taste of my companion’s superlative<br />

horopito-rubbed lamb loin and a black truffle brie.

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I am peering into<br />

the blue depths<br />

of ice crevasses<br />

compacted over<br />

thousands of years<br />

as the glacier<br />

splinters on the<br />

frozen bends of<br />

what is still a<br />

phenomenal 11kmlong<br />

river of ice.<br />

higher up the glacier we fly, the more<br />

discoloured it is becoming. Instead of the<br />

traditionally dirtier ice at lower altitude,<br />

rising to blue fissures and pristine fresh white<br />

snow, today almost the entire length of the<br />

glacier is dusted grimy pink.<br />

“Ash from the Australian bushfires,” our<br />

pilot Sebastian explains through the headset.<br />

Musing on global warming, we land and<br />

disembark for a few precious minutes to<br />

walk in the snow and pause to marvel at<br />

this extraordinary environment. That and<br />

the four helicopters now ducking and diving<br />

around the same limited airspace between<br />

peaks without colliding.<br />

Back down to earth, the rain returns soon<br />

after and the choppers fall silent once more.<br />

Their rotor blades won’t turn for days.<br />

It is time to raise my core temperature. I<br />

don a towelling robe and my jandals to pad<br />

my way around the hotel perimeter to a<br />

corner where a guest path cuts through the<br />

forest to the Glacier Hot Pools right next<br />

Franz Josef glacier.<br />

Image: Ngai Tahu Tourism

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Wandering through the forest to the Glacier Hot Pools.<br />

Sleek grey-tiled changing rooms<br />

and exquisite landscaping remind<br />

me of luxurious spas in Thailand.<br />

door. I’m soon languishing in hot water as warm rain<br />

pelts down between canvas canopies, drowning out a<br />

cacophony of accents mingling in the mist. Compared to<br />

Hanmer or even Tekapo, this is a boutique experience,<br />

with just three public pools heated to 36, 38 and 40<br />

degrees, along with some private pools hidden in<br />

the native bush. Sleek grey-tiled changing rooms and<br />

exquisite landscaping remind me of luxurious spas in<br />

Thailand. It is part of Ngai Tahu Tourism’s portfolio<br />

of iconic tourism experiences, along with Franz Josef<br />

Glacier Guides and the West Coast’s newest helicopter<br />

company Vantage Helicopters.<br />

I reflect on what a great leveller the public pools<br />

are. Stripped of their diamonds or group tour T-shirts,<br />

backpackers and wealthy FITs (free and independent<br />

travellers) alike steep like different herbal tea bags<br />

together in the same pot, no doubt all quietly marvelling<br />

at their shared sensational experience.<br />

“You shouldn’t be able to do this at home,” says<br />

general manager Brad. “If you can, congratulations, we’re<br />

coming to yours.”<br />

Amaia Luxury Spa<br />

As I relax on my side on a massage table I watch a<br />

bright orange butterfly dancing around the lush green<br />

forest through the window. It is only when I see the<br />

reflection of my therapist, Hathai, approach that I realise<br />

it is the flickering flame on the candle she’s holding<br />

for an ear candling treatment. I am also treated to a<br />

warm bamboo massage, where Hathai applies deep,<br />

firm strokes to release muscles taut from driving and<br />

computer work before rolling various-sized warmed<br />

bamboo sticks over my back, arms and legs. Her expert<br />

technique, honed over years working in leading resort<br />

spas in Phuket, soon kneads every ounce of tension out<br />

of my body. It is undoubtedly one of the best massages<br />

I’ve experienced.<br />

Thai therapist Hathai is a master of South East Asian spa<br />

treatments, including Indonesian warm bamboo massage.

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72 STYLE | motoring<br />

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


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

Photos Charlie Rose Creative<br />

Do you remember a time when you<br />

didn’t need an SUV? For me, it was<br />

before someone crashed into my Mazda<br />

3 and the panic of what would have<br />

happened if the child’s car seat wasn’t<br />

empty prompted me to go up in the<br />

world. Yet, that small hatchback had so<br />

much going for it – as the BMW 1 Series<br />

reminded me.<br />

Clearly, we are not comparing apples<br />

with apples here. The BMW 118i M<br />

Sport I drove around Christchurch was a<br />

chart-topper, decked out with much of<br />

the same styling seen in its big brothers<br />

in the 8 Series. It had me thinking that<br />

B-SUV wasn’t such a bad era. I turned<br />

the music up loud and absorbed every<br />

note of Radio Ga Ga in tribute.<br />

The only thing likely to interrupt your<br />

full-volume singalong is a female voice<br />

politely telling you exactly where to go.<br />

And she does a very, very good job. A<br />

true navigator, she doesn’t just tell you<br />

to turn left; she also informs you that<br />

it’s the second right after that. I have<br />

been in older BMW’s where the phrase<br />

“prepare to turn left” can confuse<br />

the matter, but not so in the 1 Series.<br />

Added to that are the three ways to see<br />

where you’re going; either on the headup<br />

display, amongst the dials or on the<br />

26cm touchscreen control panel. I might<br />

finally have found a true way to avoid<br />

getting lost.<br />

You’ll be pleased to know this car<br />

makes it very easy to turn off any safety<br />

settings that get on your nerves too.<br />

Though, in this case, you might not find<br />

the front collision, lane departure (with<br />

steering intervention) and lane changing<br />

warnings that offensive. Despite being<br />

able to adjust to various levels (early,<br />

medium, late/reduced, off), I left all<br />

in their standard settings and wasn’t<br />

particularly chastised. However, with an<br />

easily found button on the dash, I could<br />

have changed this at any time.<br />

Going backwards often gets us<br />

nowhere, but with the Reversing<br />

Assistant, you at least get back to where<br />

you started. Select this standard option<br />

and the car will retrace your exact path,<br />

up to 50m. You remain in control of the<br />

accelerator and brake, but the steering<br />

wheel will whirl around as you glide<br />

back out of the tricky situation you have<br />

found yourself in. (Brilliant for when you

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BMW 118i M SPORT<br />

LIKES:<br />

The ‘Option’ button by the gearstick<br />

makes turning off the control display<br />

easy. The nearby ‘Auto H’ button,<br />

when on, will keep the vehicle<br />

stationary once you have braked (at<br />

the lights). I could talk to it and it<br />

understood what I wanted it to do.<br />


It’s not the quickest off the mark,<br />

even in Sport.<br />


Real Time Traffic Information. Apple<br />

CarPlay. BMW Connected app.<br />

Wireless smartphone charging. A digital<br />

key can be installed on a compatible<br />

smartphone.<br />


Length 4319mm; width 1799mm;<br />

height 1434mm<br />


Euro NCAP 5 out of 5 stars<br />


42 litres<br />


5 out of 6 stars; 5.9l/100km<br />

ENGINE:<br />

3-cylinder, 1499cc, petrol<br />


7-speed automatic<br />


103kW, 220Nm; 0–100km/h 8.5sec<br />

From $49,900+orc<br />

enter a narrow customer car<br />

park only to find there are no<br />

spaces, but perhaps redundant<br />

for those confident in reverse.)<br />

If you’re not shy about handing<br />

over the controls, the selfparking<br />

system in this model<br />

leaves very little to the driver.<br />

Once it’s found an appropriate<br />

space you simply confirm that’s<br />

where you’d like to go, and the<br />

car will switch between drive<br />

and reverse, swinging the wheel<br />

this way and that, until you are<br />

in that space like a hand in the<br />

proverbial glove. I’ve never<br />

been game enough to try this<br />

in a built-up area, but when<br />

city limits are down to 30km/h,<br />

suddenly it feels like a great<br />

option. There’s no pressure<br />

of holding up traffic when you<br />

know you’re only going to take<br />

one go to get it in.<br />

If you have a deep-set love<br />

for rear-wheel-drive, the 2019<br />

BMW 118i is not for you. It’s<br />

the first generation to be frontwheel<br />

based, so purists would<br />

turn to the 2 Series. The fourcylinder<br />

BMW M135i xDrive is<br />

an eight-speed all-wheel-drive<br />

option. There’s at least a little<br />

extra leg room for those in the<br />

back seat with this iteration.<br />

The others firsts for the 1 Series<br />

include some snazzy aesthetic<br />

ones. The electric panoramic roof<br />

is a standard feature (winning!)<br />

and you can have backlit trim<br />

strips – new to the entire BMW<br />

group – that boast three designs<br />

and six switchable colours.<br />

(I didn’t drive in the dark, but I<br />

have it on good authority that<br />

these are pretty flash.)<br />

Overall, I found the BMW 118i<br />

M Sport to be a logical, clever<br />

little number that punches above<br />

its weight. I was reluctant to<br />

hand back the keys, which was<br />

not something I had anticipated,<br />

especially after all my time<br />

behind the wheel of a hefty SUV.

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From eatery updates to delicious dishes, we provide<br />

the scoop on the latest taste sensations.<br />


In recognition of the extra stamina required<br />

to hit the shops with children in tow,<br />

Muffin Break at Northlands is giving parents<br />

a... break! Pick up a free VIP card from the<br />

counter and for every purchase of a hot<br />

drink, you can purchase a muffin for just $2.<br />

Exclusive to Muffin Break at Northlands.<br />


If you missed out on grabbing warm cookies<br />

from the yellow cookie bus on Manchester<br />

Street, don’t despair. Moustache Milk & Cookie<br />

Bar has opened permanent pink digs on High<br />

Street beside Stranges Lane, as well as residing at<br />

Riverside Market. A must-visit for their cookie pies<br />

and milkshakes, they’re also doing a version with<br />

liquor that’s definitely worth sampling.<br />


Whether it be with a smear of dairy-free<br />

cream cheese on a bagel or part of an<br />

antipasto platter, Carrot Lox from Grater<br />

Goods (105 Orbell Street, Christchurch) is<br />

a tantalising treat. This carrot-based vegan<br />

smoked salmon gets all the ticks from us<br />

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

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You’ve just finished the seafood sizzle plate at<br />

Fisherman’s Wharf (39 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton)<br />

and wondered what kind of marvel can create such<br />

a treat. Out of the corner of your eye, you catch<br />

a glimpse of a familiar face and hiss to your dining<br />

companion, “Isn’t that that chef from TV?” Rob<br />

Dickey featured alongside owner PJ on My Restaurant<br />

Rules, serving up dishes of his own creation. He’s<br />

been with the restaurant for three years and was<br />

head chef at Volcano. His take on classic Kiwi<br />

kaimoana is something you won’t forget.<br />

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Visiting Central Otago wineries over the<br />

summer months is essential for any South<br />

Islander. One of our favourites, Kinross,<br />

offers bang for your buck, representing<br />

six internationally awarded Central Otago<br />

wineries in the heart of Gibbston Valley. Their<br />

talented kitchen team is known for keeping<br />

it fresh and local. We tried their blue cod<br />

recently on a Progressive Dinner Tour and<br />

we’ll be back again soon.<br />


Ah gin. The refreshing friend who is always there. And<br />

who does gin better than those clever folks at The Spirits<br />

Workshop (11 Sandyford Street, Christchurch)? We<br />

particularly like their Pinot Barrel Sloe for something that is<br />

tantalisingly different. This delectable liqueur is made when<br />

European sloe plum slowly steeps in Curiosity Gin for three<br />

months, while encased in a pinot noir barrel from Otago.<br />

And it isn’t just for summer drinking – when the cooler<br />

seasons strike, a sloe gin on the rocks will keep you warm<br />

from the inside out.

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A passion for delicious cuisine that’s made from<br />

scratch is one of the reasons we love Akarua<br />

Wines & Kitchen by Artisan (265 Arrowtown-<br />

Lake Hayes Road, Lake Hayes). Using some of<br />

New Zealand’s finest sustainable ingredients<br />

sourced in and around the coasts of the South<br />

Island, their food is comforting and full of flavour.<br />

Whether you’re visiting for breakfast or lunch,<br />

the focus is on quality, taste and seasonality. On a<br />

sunny day, there’s nowhere we’d rather be than<br />

sitting in their beautiful garden outside the historic<br />

cottage for a meal and wine with friends.<br />

3 O’CLOCK<br />


The Burger Joint (78 Brighton Mall, New<br />

Brighton) is a perfect place for your postswim<br />

snacks during the summer months.<br />

We’re partial to their kimcheese burger as<br />

well as the basic burger with cheese – ask<br />

for it on a pretzel bun and you won’t<br />

be disappointed.<br />


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

Oxford Terrace, Christchurch) on a few occasions,<br />

but we haven’t yet told you about their side<br />

dishes. From spicy edamame (a must-try) to<br />

dumplings and baos, you’re going to want to visit<br />

with an empty stomach.<br />


Add some flair to brunch with Untouched World<br />

Kitchen’s (155 Roydvale Avenue, Christchurch)<br />

Smashed Avo and Edamame Stack. This edible<br />

masterpiece marries together feta, beetroot miso,<br />

house pickles, dukkah and a poached egg – that takes<br />

avocado toast to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Twizel<br />

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Fesval<br />

Salmon<br />


from Oamaru & Wanaka<br />

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Wine<br />


SATURDAY 29 FEB <strong>2020</strong><br />


11AM-5PM<br />

12-5PM Market Place, Twizel<br />

Rowing Complex, Lake Ruataniwha – Twizel<br />

Entry<br />

Presales * $20<br />

Gate sales $25<br />

free festival shuttle<br />

available throughout the<br />

day from Market Place<br />

Delicious food—wine & beer<br />

Local salmon—live music<br />

Spot prizes<br />

Delicious food<br />

wine and beer<br />

Local salmon<br />

live music<br />

Busker<br />

Entertainment<br />






*Presale tickets available online: eventfinda.co.nz<br />

or from Twizel Info Centre. Children under 16<br />

free when accompanied by an adult.<br />

*Presale ckets available online eveninda.co.nz or<br />

from Twizel Info centre. Children under 16 free<br />

when accompanied by an adult.<br />

Buy your ticket early through eventfinda to<br />

enter the draw for either a scenic flight for<br />

2 with Mt Cook Helicopter line or a skydive<br />

package with Skydive Mt. Cook.<br />

Visit www.facebook.com/TwizelSalmonandWine/ for<br />

more info. This event is proudly brought to you by the<br />

Twizel Promoons and Development Associaon.<br />

Proceeds from this event go towards<br />

the Twizel Promotions Community Fund.<br />

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

This event is proudly brought to you by the Twizel Promotions and Development Association.<br />

ENTRY Presales* $15 Gate Sales $20


More than 200 guests joined this year’s Queenstown<br />

Supper Club, where $97,000 was raised for Ronald<br />

McDonald House South Island. With a stellar line-up of<br />

chefs, such as Corey Hume and Ben Bayly, and locations<br />

including the Pacific Jemm superyacht, it’s not surprising<br />

the event sold out weeks prior!<br />

Photography: Still Vision Photography


In celebration of the hottest new event spaces on Welles<br />

Street, special guests enjoyed an afternoon off, enjoying<br />

delicious food, cocktails, champagne and generous goodie<br />

bags thanks to The Welder and Burger Burger. The private<br />

progressive lunch showcased two new event spaces and<br />

catering options.<br />

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The Charity Hospital Christmas Gala held in the Air<br />

Force Museum of New Zealand was a great night out<br />

for guests who enjoyed fine dining, fabulous auctions and<br />

the opportunity to kick up their heels. The Gala is the main<br />

fundraising event for the Canterbury Charity Hospital, which<br />

provides free medical, surgical, dental and counselling<br />

services for Cantabrians in need.<br />

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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,<br />

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

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All Black Sam Whitelock has been chosen as an<br />

ambassador for the New Zealand Flying Doctor Service,<br />

established in 1995, this service operates 24/7 and<br />

completes more than 1000 lifesaving missions a year across<br />

the country.<br />

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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.<br />

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The Bayleys Canterbury Real Estate Ferrymead office<br />

kicked off summer by holding their Christmas Client<br />

Celebration at Ten27 restaurant, where “Miss Bubbles”<br />

appeared in her champagne dress and clients mingled,<br />

enjoying the festive cheer.<br />

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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<br />

300 people having the time of their lives at the 11th annual<br />

‘A Day at the Polo’ fundraising event for Ronald McDonald<br />

House South Island. As guests started to arrive, thunder and<br />

lightning turned into clear skies, setting the scene for what was<br />

an incredible day of food, wine and polo.<br />

Photography: Forever Young Photography

82 STYLE | win<br />


Every month, <strong>Style</strong> sources a range of exceptional prizes to give away.<br />

It’s easy to enter, simply go to www.style.kiwi and fill in your details on the<br />

‘Win With <strong>Style</strong>’ page. Entries close <strong>January</strong> 30.<br />

Sleep easy<br />

To create the perfect sleep-worthy nest, make sure your bed<br />

is dressed in high-quality sheets. Sleepyhead’s luxurious sheet<br />

set, with the beautiful softness of Supima cotton and the<br />

temperature control feature of Tencel, will keep your bedding<br />

feeling softer and fresher for longer. We have one king-sized<br />

Tencel cotton sheet set, valued at $299, to give away.<br />

Sun smarts<br />

For the past four years, Topfoxx sunglasses have been<br />

lighting up faces around the world (including that of Hrush<br />

Acheyam, the Kardashian’s makeup artist). We have two pairs<br />

to give away, each valued at $1<strong>08</strong>. Will it be Marilyn (rose<br />

gold mirrored and polarised sunnies) or Candy (silver framed<br />

sunnies with silver lens)?<br />

Family favourite<br />

The millennia-old symbols of family and personal identity are<br />

experiencing a popular resurgence. In response, Nikki Ross<br />

Jewellery has created a modern signet ring detailed with a<br />

black diamond set in a North Star. Shaped with precision, the<br />

weighty ring is designed for everyday wear. Win your own<br />

sterling silver Black Diamond Signet Ring, valued at $389.<br />

Herbal goodness<br />

Harnessing the power of New Zealand wild and native<br />

plants, Wild Dispensary has created a core range of<br />

medicinal tonics to support your health and wellbeing.<br />

We have a treasure trove of goodness for you. Valued at<br />

$147.75, this giveaway includes Kids’ Rest & Calm, Golden<br />

Skin Repair Oil, Defence Elixir, Chest Tonic and Switchel.<br />

LAST MONTH’S WINNERS: COOK & NELSON GIFT BOX: Haley Passmore, JABRA ELITE EARBUDS: Becky Hourston, Ella Zarifeh,<br />

NZ POLO OPEN TICKETS: Jocelyn Henderson, JOANNA SALMOND EARRINGS: Evelyn Scott.<br />

*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<br />

month’s edition. By registering your details, entrants give permission for Star Media to send further correspondence, which you can opt out of at any stage.

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