Style: March 06, 2020


march 2020

THE Education issue

Working it

Fashion personalities

in the office

It’s not a chore

Jobs outside the box

A trail


The wonders of

Machu Picchu



their way


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What did you want to be when

you grew up?

I was a farm kid who wanted to

become a vet – until I realised it

wasn’t all rainbows and fluffy kittens.

Instead, when I was about 10, I started

at the Christchurch School for Young

Writers, heading into the Arts Centre

every Saturday to write and learn

among like-minded literary lovers. The

path hasn’t really altered much since

then, but I expect things might not be

so straightforward for my children.

They learn coding in class; they

don’t learn maths the same way we

did, and the traditional teacher/student

paradigm can be turned on its head to

allow for student-led learning. It’s not

about graduating from pencil to pen

but pen to device, and their awareness

of global issues is part of playground

banter. As a parent, keeping up with

‘school admin’ is so much more

than ensuring your child leaves the

house with a clean shirt and a packed


In this issue, we explore the

evolution of education. It would be

great to hear your thoughts on this

too. Then, we follow the journey

into the modern workplace and

how different personalities present

themselves in the office. Which one

are you?

We hope you learn something new,

in Style.




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The North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival (March 8,

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wine festival” and promises to be an aromatic feast. Featuring

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with musicians and DJs laying down mellow tunes and footstompin’


American Express Openair Cinemas (until March 29, Rauora

Park) is keeping the al fresco mood going in Christchurch.

Whether it’s seeing Oscar winners like Jojo Rabbit, making it a

family night out for Spies in Disguise, or heading along with your

furry friend (yes, dogs are allowed) to catch Dolittle, you can

complete the experience with Haagen Dazs and Lillet cocktails.

It is time to buff up those shoes and dust off your finest frock

for a good cause in Christchurch. The MND NZ Charity Gala

(March 27, Sixty6 on Peterborough) is all about raising funds

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The Food Show (April 3–5, Horncastle Arena) is the ultimate

event for foodies. New to 2020 is the must-see Deli Collective

featuring everything you need to create the perfect platter,

while the Ceres Organic Healthy Hub Kitchen will have health

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If you are in Queenstown be sure to pop along to

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Lysander’s Aunty

The world of Shakespeare is turned

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Still Matter

Is it just me, is it the times, is

it the world or have I just been

so busy I haven’t noticed how

some of the deeply personal

and simple practices of life are

being overlooked?

During a year in which we are prioritizing

wellbeing and resilience in our company,

I want to raise a flag for those that feel


It all starts with a greeting. Getting in

the way, of course, is screen time, phone

addiction and just an absence of plain,

old-fashioned good manners; we’re often

so distracted we simply don’t recognize

or notice other people.

I recently read about – and have

witnessed personally – the following:

whole ‘conversations’ undertaken during

a service/purchasing exchange where

no words were even spoken, gestures

making do whilst the purchaser stayed

on the cell phone talking loudly. They

could have been served by a robot, and

maybe one day they will be, for all the

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to communicate their requirements.

I can’t guess them, even though I

sometimes try. Real estate is a service

industry with a great deal of emotion

and money at stake. The best in the

industry are hardwired to connect in an

empathetic and knowledgeable way. Not

communicating is not acceptable, and

I’m not even referring to response times.

I’m meaning response, full-stop. Of all

the feedback we get from clients, lack of

communication sits at the very top of the

list when it comes to unwelcome issues.

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As a competitive high-school swimmer, Hannah Morgan found herself choosing between

her sport and her wellbeing. A couple of years later, the lessons she learned then helped

her swim 130km across Foveaux Strait.

Hannah Morgan

When I was a competitive swimmer at high school, I

struggled quite a bit. I felt lonely a lot of the time,

because I was the oldest female swimmer at 14. I was

uncomfortable being the role model for the younger kids.

Things compounded when I injured my shoulder.

I was constantly feeling pressure to do these amazing

things that my shoulder wouldn’t let me do. My friends were

doing teenage things and I just didn’t know how to balance

everything; I didn’t know how to say no to some things and

yes to others. I would often come home quite upset after


I know now I needed a different type of support

system. For me, I really connect with my emotions. There

was support there – it’s just what worked for me wasn’t

necessarily what worked for others. Sometimes, individuality

gets lost in sport.

So, I quit competitive swimming. Looking back now, I think

I recognised the important thing was my mind and wellbeing

rather than achieving the Olympics.

I remember feeling that it was a relief because I wasn’t

going to have to deal with really heavy emotions anymore.

Though mum helped me with some of the decisions, all the

deeper things she let me work out myself. That was really

important because if I found myself in that situation again,

I wouldn’t know what to do had I not connected the dots


I will always admire my mum. She is the most incredible

person I have ever met.

When I was 20 (2017), I decided to swim Foveaux Strait.

We had lost one of our good friends to a suspected suicide

that year. I was sick of watching my friends struggling and not

knowing where to go or what to do. I had just rediscovered

swimming and how much it meant to my wellbeing. So, I

thought I would combine it with raising awareness of mental

health by swimming across Foveaux Strait. I don’t think my

mum was very happy when I told her!

About two hours into my 10-hour swim I got really badly

seasick. I wasn’t holding any fuel or food and it was freezing

cold and the waves were terrible. I felt really alone, even

though I had support swimmers. I struggled, knowing that

I had to keep on going. I am so very lucky and grateful my

support crew were able to turn that around and change my

fuel method to stop me from vomiting.

I ended up raising $30,000 in total, and half went to

the Mental Health Foundation and the rest to the Otago

University Students’ Association.

It was very humbling when I was asked to speak to high

schools afterwards about mental health. Mental health felt

like a taboo subject when I was in school, so it seemed

like a huge step forward. I told students they are the most

important thing in their lives. If something doesn’t feel right,

re-evaluate what is happening.

I am about to graduate from studying law and a Bachelor

of Arts in anthropology and politics. Already people are

saying, ‘What are you going to do when you graduate?’ I

think everyone is feeling pressure to answer that question.

People are going into jobs because they think they have to

save for their future and the reality is that they do, but then

there is even more pressure. You’ve just got to move with

yourself and realise everyone is different. So, I’m going to

Mexico City to finish my degree and we’ll see what happens

from there.

Happiness for me now is waking up in the morning and

just having clarity. To enjoy walking on the beach and be

surrounded by people who truly add value to me. I’m a

simple life type of girl. I like the small things rather than

competition and achievement. I like this inner-being kind of

stuff. And it’s not necessarily profound stuff either. It is just

being aware and enjoying it, instead of forcing myself to be

other places which don’t fit me.

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The changing blend of traditional and contemporary approaches to education means our

children have more options for their futures – and stronger voices than ever before.

Words Shelley Robinson

Mathematics teacher Rosie Adams remembers using a

bander machine. When she started teaching in 1982,

the manual copy machine, which left teachers with purplestained

hands, was used to make classroom resources.

Most were handwritten, unless you had a typewriter. In her

classroom, she had a blackboard, a stack of textbooks and

log tables for longer equations.

“There were certainly no calculators,” she chuckles down

the phone from South Canterbury’s Mackenzie College.

She taught students in what she calls “transmission mode”

– giving information for students to “regurgitate” later in an

exam. Not ideal at all, she says.

“You get students who are bored because they are forced

to sit and listen to stuff they already know; you get students

who are frustrated because it is too hard for them; and you

get a band of students in the middle who are probably quite

happy with it because it doesn’t require them to make a lot

of mental effort.”

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Dr Herbert Thomas


The blackboard is just a dusty memory for Rosie. She

now teaches by “co-construction of digital learning material

in the classroom to enable personalisation of student


Students are tested to find out their strengths and

weaknesses. From there, students choose what they want to

learn about, then build a website to share the information

in an interactive way. The resource is then available for the

whole class to learn from. Makes copying sums out of a

textbook look a tad dull.

The Mind Lab Master of Contemporary Education

postgraduate director Dr Herbert Thomas says the education

system is rapidly developing from the “one-size-fits-all” model.

But schools are at different places on the education spectrum.

Traditional education, says Herbert, puts children in age

“batches” and teaching from the point of view of the mythical

“average student”, relying on the assumption they have the

same levels of knowledge and skills.

“In a way, because it has been described as Fordist ... it is

almost design based, to some extent, on the production line.

But we know from experience that is not how it works.

“Students come into an educational experience with varying

levels of knowledge, skills – and so you can’t produce a onesize-fits-all

educational experience because you will lose half

of your students, if not more.”

It is an experience, says Think Beyond’s leader, futurist Dr

Cheryl Doig, which can do “real damage” to students and

their families.

“I hear and see young people who are doing well in

the current system; there are others who are doing well

despite the current system, and there are others that are not

served by the current system. And they and their families

can get quite disheartened at the pace of change and the

responsiveness of our schools to make change,” she says.

In a “contemporary” school system model, says Herbert,

learning is more flexible and personalised to individual


“We are suggesting there shouldn’t be just one curriculum

catering to the imaginary ‘average student’. There needs to be

a number of curriculums that cater to the diverse needs of a

whole range of different students in front of you,” he says.

In this model, education is not tied to any particular

institution, such as a school, he says.

“We would argue education shouldn’t be bound to a

particular space anyway. Because we can, and in some cases

more effectively, teach and learn in other spaces: outdoors, at

home, at businesses.”

St Andrew’s College rector Christine Leighton doesn’t

think the system has been a one-size-fits-all in her 40 years

in the profession. Students have been able to pick subjects

that interest them, and “differentiated” learning caters to the

individual learning needs of students, she says.

“Most of us are still doing that in a pretty traditional

environment. We would be the same as most schools in New

Zealand, that when you come into a secondary school your

teachers are specialists in particular areas because that is what

excites kids – when you have a person with a passion in a

particular area.”


It is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of where schools currently

sit, says Herbert. At one end of the spectrum, there’s

traditional education in traditional spaces; in the middle,

traditional education in a modern-learning environment; and

at the far end, personalised learning, created in collaboration

with the student and the community.

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Christine is a “pragmatist” when it comes to futuristic

models of education.

“I’m here on the front line delivering and preparing our kids

for what their next steps are for tomorrow and next year.

I am probably considered quite conservative in this space,

which is the kind of school I am in and the way we like to

think. Which is not to say the futurists are wrong, but our

kids are going into the world of tomorrow. And the world of

tomorrow will be to go to university, and they’ve got to have

the skills to be successful in the university of next year. And

not the university of 20 years’ time,” she says.

No one, she says, knows what the future education system

will look like as change happens in incremental steps, which

allows for self-correction if something doesn’t work.

“How do you meet the needs of the students here and

now and going into the world in three or four years’ time,

and how do you then engage with the big-picture futuristic

thinking? Therein lies the challenge,” she says.


About 5km away in Christchurch’s central city, there is

a school with no playgrounds and no sports fields. But,

what the students do have is the whole city, and beyond,

as their classroom.

At Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery school, students

design what their curriculum will look like. Some pick a

more traditional path in a classroom with six subjects, while

others may opt to have no classes and learn in alternative

environments instead.

Director Steven Mustor says the school was founded on

the idea of giving students an opportunity to follow what they

feel passionate about and lead parts of their journey, if they

want to.

The school works closely with the students and caregivers,

with each student receiving 15 minutes a week to go over

their path and make any changes. As a state school, it offers

the national curriculum, and the student works out with their

teacher how to build it into their programme.

“It can feel really risky [for caregivers]. ‘What if my kid does

nothing all day?’ Well, it is really interesting, we don’t find that.

There are very few students that, when given a choice won’t

do anything ... They do care about their future,” he says.

About 30 per cent of students choose to go to university,

which he says is on par with the national average.

“The big difference is those 30 per cent have already been

to university and taken a course there so they are prepared.”

There is a global movement about learning ecosystems,

which look from the perspective of a whole city, not just a

school or university, as a source of education, say Cheryl.

As a result, equity, innovation and accessibility of education

are enhanced, and it encourages people to move out of their

respective silos, communities, workplaces and schools to

work together for the “good of the bigger picture”.


Futurists like Cheryl say learning systems are not moving

forward as rapidly as they would hope. One of those reasons

is due to the conservative views on education, both within

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the system and from parents, who tightly hold onto their

own schooling traditions.

“If you have been highly successful in education in the

past then you are more inclined to want the same sort of

education for your children,” she says.

But this doesn’t consider the rapidly changing world and

the future young people will enter.

“Doctors, lawyers and accountants would tell you their

professions are rapidly evolving,” she says.

Quite simply, technology is continuing to make redundant

large tracts of people’s work, leaving the future not in

“spreadsheets, but relationships”, she says.

“In turn, this should free up people to do more of the

work that connects humanity, and that is a huge area of need

for our young people and what they are crying out for.”

For Herbert, this means giving his contemporary education

teachers the tools to go engage with the “diversity of

response” and understand that all perspectives add value

to understanding education. By doing so, they can advocate

for change on the basis that they all are working for the

wellbeing of students and the community.


The only predictable thing about the future of education is its


Nor can you predict what professions schools are readying

young people for, says Herbert. Some technology will be

defunct, more will be developed. Global humanitarian issues

and cultural change will continue.

Herbert says the future of education is unpredictable.

Photo: The Mind Lab

“My experience of education, in the traditional sense,

was that it was the bedrock for the scientific method where

you could isolate a variable and test cause and effect, and

everything was very predictable.

“I think what is very different is we now have a better

understanding of the fact the real world we live in is very

complex and consists of interactive systems, and those




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systems are continually developing and changing,” he says.

He prepares teachers by providing them with the tools

and skills to engage with the future complexities of teaching,

learning and leading in this kind of environment, he says.

What is not helpful in the debate over schooling is when the

conversation becomes polarising, pitting one model as being

better than the other, says Cheryl.

“It is not helpful when it turns to ‘this way is better than this

way’. No one way will suit all, and it is important to see that

there are pockets of good in all,” she says.

It is very likely that this generation, says Herbert, will

experience a rate of change far more pronounced than

previous generations.

“I suppose the big thing that has interested some

researchers is, at which point does that rate of change become

unsustainable in terms of our ability to cope or deal with that

increased rate of change? There has to be that tipping point –

the point of no return. As to where that is, when it is, what it

looks like, there is not much agreement on that.”

Dr Cheryl Doig


It started more than 17,000km from our shores.

Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg sat outside Sweden’s

Parliament in August 2018 with a sign saying Skolstrejk

för Klimatet (School Strike for Climate). She was meant

to be in school, but she was so distressed by the inaction

over climate change, she began what would turn into a

global movement of school strikes by young people.

It was reported an estimated 170,000 attended

New Zealand’s third School Strike 4 Climate event in

September, making it one of the biggest strike actions in

the country’s history. It was social media that brought a

global humanitarian issue so quickly to our young people

and into our classrooms. And schools can expect to see

an increase of global issues finding their way into the

educational environment and with it an effect on student


“I think globally there is a huge rise of the citizen –

it’s one of the key changes in society, especially in the

last five years. And young people are finding, especially

through social media and the use of technology, that

they can have a voice where previously they wouldn’t

have access to that,” says Cheryl.

As demonstrated during the school strikes, it won’t

go down well, she says, with those who are used to the

traditional power base of adults leading young people.

“Some citizens will have strong pushback about young

people having a say. I have seen adults behaving very

badly in their bullying of young people because they

don’t like what they are saying,” she says.

Climate activist Mia Sutherland, 18, agrees.

“If you are older you are meant to be somehow

superior and have an opinion that is more valid ... and

while yes, they have more experience, young people –

especially this generation – are the only ones who can

speak on this issue in such a unique way.”

Quite simply, she says, because it is a humanitarian

issue affecting lives.

“We essentially feel powerless to stop ourselves

inheriting something that is essentially dead. I don’t know

what the effects of climate change will do on conflict and

international relations with other relations. I don’t even

know what New Zealand will even look like,” she says.

Schools cannot ignore such issues, she says.

“Some are treating it like it is some inconvenience and

we are making a big deal about nothing . . . but some

people are suffering from eco-anxiety on the issues. It

is a global issue because there are people dying from

climate change either directly or indirectly,” Mia says.

Eco-anxiety, says New Zealand Psychological Society’s

Climate Psychology Taskforce co-leader Dr Jackie

Feather, comes from a chronic fear of environmental

doom through human-induced environmental change.

And it is the “human-induced” part that is causing the

anxiety, she says.

“What comes along with that, of course, is a sense of

responsibility and guilt,” she says.

When the skies over New Zealand turned orange

during January from the Australian wildfires, this made

the threat feel very real to many.

With student wellbeing at the centre of any

educational experience, says Herbert, it would be remiss

not to provide students with skills to address global

challenges in the future.

This includes elevating the “critical capacity” so

young people can evaluate the quality of information to

counter “alarmist” overload from social media.

“Another way is to bring global challenges down to

the local environment and say, ‘Right let’s forget about

the global aspect, let’s look at what those challenges

mean in your community, in your society in your home.’”

By doing this, Herbert says, it reduces the

“insurmountable” feeling of the issue.

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Being part of a community of empowered young women sets St Margaret’s College

apart, says Head of Middle School Kathryn Gray.

How does St Margaret’s nurture growing minds to

meet their potential?

St Margaret’s College’s unique Year 7 to Year 10 Middle

School structure ensures every decision made is based

on what is best for our girls in these formative years.

They are challenged to be themselves in an environment

where it is safe to take risks, as there is always someone

to support them. We are a responsive environment too

and constantly create new opportunities, helping students

be the best they can be so they enter the Senior School

with confidence.

With ever-changing technology, how does St Margaret’s

incorporate this into the classroom?

Technology is an essential part of daily life and we ensure

it is used to support or enhance the learning programmes.

The girls use the technology to co-create work, which

allows for authentic collaboration. This is balanced by our

no-phone policy so when out of the classroom during

the school day, students are away from screens enjoying

co-curricular activities and relaxing together.

What sets St Margaret’s apart for you?

Definitely the genuine family feel – the older ‘big sisters’

looking out for and inspiring the younger ‘little sisters’.

Knowing you are part of a community of empowered

women who enjoy each other’s success and who are

proud to be part of St Margaret’s.

What excites you the most about this year for the girls?

As always, the teachers have worked hard to review the

programmes we offer the girls. They ensure topics are

engaging, relevant and spark their curiosity. I’ll be excited

to see how our incredible Middle Schoolers put their

own slant on their tasks and will continue to be amazed

by their individual talents.



Every child. Every day.

“It is not the strongest of

the species that survives,

nor the most intelligent

that survives. It is the

one most adaptable to

change,” Charles Darwin.

The Cathedral Grammar School, an

integral part of the Christchurch

educational landscape since 1881,

has throughout its proud history

accepted and grown with change

all the while being attentive to its

roots. This has been the exciting

clear theme for our school over

the past four years as we have

refreshed and modernised our

philosophy and approach to ensure

we provide a leading education

experience that prepares our

students to thrive in a rapidly

evolving world.

Our goal is to nurture, to know

and to grow every child, every

day. In a country with ongoing

unenviable teenage mental

health statistics, our relationship

focussed school has adopted a

very clear and deliberate approach

that provides an environment

and culture that focuses on our

students’ hearts as well as their

heads. We are passionate about

being a part of the drive for

change and a shift in focus away

from the stresses and strains we,

as a nation, place on our young

people. A focus that unfortunately

results in New Zealand winning

a race in which it is best to be

last. As educationalists and as a

school community, at Cathedral

Grammar we believe in order for

our students to be successful

it is critical, and possible, to

maintain and provide traditional

expectations and high academic

standards through a heart

focussed, strengths based, holistic

and wellbeing approach.

What is success in 2020 and

beyond? The World Economic

Forum and the OECD provide a

clear picture of the skills, qualities

and dispositions that your children

will require to thrive in the future

and this has challenged the current

education system. The traditional

system has had a focus on the

easily measurable areas of literacy,

numeracy and science - skills and

knowledge. The shift in recent

times has seen these measures of

success expanded to include the

inclusion of capabilities and social

action. Recognising the social,

Nurture. Know. Grow.

"We can't believe how motivated and inspired our

daughter is. We wish we made the move to

Cathedral Grammar earlier."

political, environmental, future

focussed and economical drivers

across the world, the challenge

for schools is to consider how to

measure success across all four

of these important facets of your

child’s education, and as a society

how do we embrace, value and

place importance on these critical,

but more difficult to assess, areas

of success.

These drivers and challenges

have been the catalyst behind

the developments and growth at

The Cathedral Grammar School

over the past four years. We

have established a clear vision

that reflects our strong Anglican

character, proud history and sense

of tradition with a clear focus on

what is best for students’ learning

and teaching in 2020 and beyond.

We have written a brand new

curriculum, expanded the wide

variety of opportunities on offer

and have ensured we utilise our

fantastic central city location as a

part of our everyday offering.

Our specialist team has built upon

our past and created something

special for today and beyond. It

has been heartening to see our

philosophy and approach be

embraced and so well received by

the wider community. Our roll has

increased 15% this year as families

connect with our vision and value

this being transformed into reality

each and every day.

Yes, high quality academic

standards and expectations

together with great sporting/

musical/cultural opportunities with

fantastic teachers in small focussed

classrooms. However, it is our

approach that is key. We welcome

you to experience how we will

nurture, know and grow your child.

Each and every day.

The Cathedral Grammar School

Pre-School to Year 8.

Open Days

All start at 9:15am with Principal’s

address commencing at 9:30am.

• 14 May

• 6 August

• 29 October

P 03 365 0385

26 Park Terrace

Christchurch 8013

PO Box 2244

Christchurch 8140

Academic, Sport, and Music Scholarship applications close 15 May.

Scholarships will be offered on Wednesday 10 June.

Acceptance must be made by 4.00pm on Friday 12 June.

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Meet the Principal





16 March: 9am – noon


11 May: 9am – noon


13 May: 6.30 – 7.30pm

Dr Lyn Bird, Principal


15 May: 4pm


11 November

In a world of accelerating change, it is essential

girls develop an abundance mindset in order

to leverage emerging tools to solve complex

challenges, says Selwyn House School principal

Dr Lyn Bird.

A vital ingredient of a Selwyn House education

is the International Baccalaureate Primary Years

Programme (PYP). The PYP is globally recognised as

a future-focused curriculum based on intercultural

understanding and respect. In effect, the PYP

learner-profile attributes developed in students

embody those needed to be a successful future

global citizen and a leader.

Expert teaching in literacy, mathematics and

science is complimented by transdisciplinary inquiries

and rich tasks, which allow high levels of application,

creativity and problem-solving. Learning is further

enhanced by specialist teachers in mechatronics,

artificial intelligence, robotics, performing arts, music,

physical education, sports, visual arts and Spanish.

“Small class sizes ensure learning is personalised

and teachers build strong personalised connections

with each child. Students learn to take control of

their learning – they know themselves as learners,

can self-regulate and develop self-efficacy. All lifelong

learning skills,” Dr Bird says.

To learn more about Selwyn House School please

attend an Open Day or schedule a personal tour.


• Selwyn House has had

73 recipients of National

and International awards

between 2017–2019.

• 92% of Selwyn House

students from Years 1 to

Year 8 are involved with

at least one sport.


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ogether, building better people for life’ is fundamental

‘Tto the strategic vision at St Andrew’s College, Framing

our Future, which determines its priorities for the coming

year, says Rector Christine Leighton.

“We are strongly committed to the holistic development

of our students, through classroom learning, encouraging

their participation in the many sporting and cultural activities,

spiritual and service commitments, and social activities

on offer at the college. By taking this multi-dimensional

approach, we support our students to build their individual

characters alongside a growth mindset for learning.”

Well-being and positive education are another key focus.

St Andrew’s has a Whole School Well-being Strategy, which

encompasses teachers as well as students, says Christine.

“We support our teachers to value their talents and

character strengths and become role models of resilience

to our students.”

Student leadership is highly valued at St Andrew’s

College. This year’s prefect team, led by head girl, Emily

Tyrrell and head boy Hugh Montgomery, have come up

with a clever theme, 2020 Vision, as their guiding principle

for the year.

“The idea is a play on having 20/20 vision. We are

encouraging students to find clarity within their goals, their

values, and within themselves, as they approach the year

ahead,” says Emily.

As a young Samoan man, Hugh says the cultural diversity

and inclusiveness of life at St Andrew’s “where everyone is

accepted” is something he has appreciated since his arrival

in Year 7.

Students enjoy exceptional facilities at St Andrew’s,

which has invested $110 million in its campus over the last

decade. Current developments include a new purposebuilt

fitness centre, and the Ben Gough Family Theatre,

both due for completion by the end of 2021.

Boarders are well catered for in modern, comfortable

boarding houses, where communal living and socialisation in

the South Island’s only independent co-educational boarding

school helps students to develop important life skills.

Preparing all students for life beyond secondary school

is a significant focus at St Andrew’s College, which is

neatly summed up in its vision statement: ‘To be at the

leading edge of high performance educational practice, in

a community which values caring for others, tradition, and

creativity, in order to provide young people with the roots

and wings to flourish in an ever changing world.’

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With more than 30 years as a specialist in boys’

education, Medbury headmaster, Mr Ian

Macpherson, has seen first-hand the difference a

boy-friendly approach has on maximising academic

engagement and social and emotional development.

This was a key driver in further tailoring Medbury’s subschool

structure to cater for the range of learning styles

and emotional needs of boys at different ages throughout

their primary journey.

This structure works towards Medbury’s Mission to

‘Unlock Every Boy’s Potential’ and builds on the school’s

exciting initiative with Swinburne University of Technology

aimed at developing emotional intelligence (EI) via the

Aristotle-EI programme.

According to Mr Macpherson, helping boys gain a better

understanding of themselves and others, while building

resilience and mastering skills that help them tackle greater

obstacles and ask more ‘why’ questions, are key milestones

to achieving academic success and wellbeing.

“Our passion at Medbury is to unlock the potential

of every boy. It is why we exist – to understand each

boy’s opportunities and challenges, then personalise an

education which encourages him to strive to be the very

best he can be,” Mr Macpherson says.

Medbury boys are challenged in a supportive way, which

adds to their resolve and resilience and provides a long

and successful list of traits from which they can draw upon.

The focus is on the ‘whole boy’ and small class sizes

enable teachers to deliver a personalised learning

programme, ensuring that every boy has the support,

extension and encouragement he needs to discover and

develop his particular strengths.

“Boys learn differently to girls and the school’s learning

programmes are all focused on a boy’s way of learning,

providing him with a structured environment, with

competition, boundaries and an opportunity to succeed,”

Mr Macpherson says.

“When a Medbury boy leaves for secondary school,

he will leave us a well-rounded individual, a motivated

and independent learner and a critical thinker with high

self-esteem, who reacts to others and the changing world

around him, with confidence and good grace.”

Unlocking every

boy’s potential

Thinking Boarding, Think Medbury.

You are invited to attend the

Medbury School Open Day to

discover what makes a Medbury

education unique.

The Open Day is on Tuesday

5 May 2020 from 9.00am to

10.45am. The Headmaster will

speak at 10.15am.

Academic, Boarding and Music

Scholarships are available for


To register online visit Enrolment at


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For some people, work is their happy place.


Leaping and diving under Lake Wakatipu is not your typical

day job, so it is no surprise Ruaidhri De Faoite has a hard

time convincing people he is, in fact, a shark pilot.

Ruaidhri De Faoite

When I say I am a ‘shark pilot’, it

gets a few raised eyebrows for

sure. It’s not a bad gig to have. I’ve

written it down on the customs form

when coming into New Zealand a

few times, which is a bit of fun.

Most of my friends are lawyers

and accountants and things like that

– being a shark pilot is at a pretty

different end of the spectrum.

I’ve mainly worked on sailing

yachts, but when I came to

Queenstown there weren’t too

many opportunities in sailing. I always

thought, before I started working

here, that motorboats were the dark

side, but now that I’ve turned to the

dark side I’m not sure I’ll be going

back anytime soon. Hook, line and

sinker on that one.

I got into it because I had a friend

who was a shark pilot before me at

Hydro Attack. They got a job here

and one of the owners is Irish too, so

it gave me a good foot in the door.

Then I just didn’t leave them alone

until they gave me a job.

When one of the owners, Dave,

first took me underwater and we

were cruising along, doing side rolls,

I was like a fish out of water. It was

just so different from everything else

I had done.

We’ve had a couple of good

reactions over the years, especially

the ones where people don’t realise

that the sharks go underwater!

We often have parents who are

pressured into it by their kids. They

are here for a wine tour and then

they’re dragged out to do this crazy

shark thing. Mums, in particular, come

across pretty well on the video and

the photos, testing out their tonsils

screaming as loud as they can!

The trips we enjoy most are where

the passenger loses it and you just

hear them freaking out. It is definitely

where we get our enjoyment, but

we do have to wear earplugs – we

couldn’t be putting up with that all


You’ll often hear kids walking past

going ‘Look, it’s a dolphin... or a shark’

and the parents are like, ‘Shut up,

there are no dolphins or sharks in the

lake.’ And then they see it launch up

in the air! It’s pretty crack-up.

Shark pilots have to train for

100 hours. It takes 50–60 to get

comfortable and get the dives under

the water and the jumps going well.

On top of that, there is all the safety

aspects of the job. If something was

to hit the fan, we train so we are on

top of our game.

We have nine pilots – the single

shark pilots are flat out on Instagram,

they love it!

I’ve always said to the owners here

that when it comes time to move on

to another job, having ‘shark pilot’ on

my CV should get me in the door

– because they’ll want to know what

that means!

As told to Shelley Robinson

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Ruaidhri De Faoite in action in

his shark on Lake Wakatipu.

Photo: Hydro Attack

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Hannah Watkinson inside Salt

Lane Studios in Christchurch.

Photo: Charlie Rose Creative


Hannah Watkinson’s friends

call her a ‘multi-potentialite’. If

working on four different projects

and two boards wasn’t enough,

the Christchurch creative has just

added another challenge to her list.

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It does get awkward when someone asks, ‘Well,

what do you do?’ One of the words my friends use

to describe what I do is ‘multi-potentialite’ (not that I

like it!).

This morning I have been overlaying a map of the

city’s water services with a disc golf course and the

potential for putting an adoptable dog café and bar in

the red zone. That is for my work with Life in Vacant

Spaces, a Christchurch charity that pairs landowners

with creatives. I am contracted to curate nine hectares

in the red zone they have the licence to. I also do four

hours a week at Three Boys Brewery doing business

development, and I’m also a contract curator for a

project called Art and Architecture, working with

private developers to bring local artists into their

developments. I also own Salt Lane Studios, a base for

20 creatives who would otherwise work from their

garage, kitchen table or spare room. I love, the most,

that no two days are the same.

My background was in starting pop-up galleries

to give people a space to show work, because I

was concerned, post-quake, that young or emerging

artists didn’t have things that would make them want

to stay here.

We’ve been here (Salt Lane Studios) for almost a

year now. I’ve learnt a lot in terms of owning a big old

warehouse that leaks! I joke and say I’ve found a way

to get my friends to pay to hang out with me. I love

working here and I hope that people think of me as

their friend rather than their landlord.

I do get itchy feet if I don’t feel like I am working on

something new or exciting. It is like your project brain

stretches and then when you finish it doesn’t stretch back

straight away, so you’ve got space to think about stuff.

This year, I’m going back to Canterbury University

to complete my Master’s of Fine Arts degree. I sat

down and worked out, in the past five years, in the

six different spaces I’ve operated for creatives, I’ve

supported 80 different artists. I guess I thought maybe

it was time to do that for myself. It feels awkward

because I feel selfish that I am doing this just for myself

– I’m not really good at that. But I want to finish a

long-term project on the extraction industries of the

West Coast.

I think, when you are self-employed, you’ve got to

work out the values you want to get out of it. For

some people, it is to make more money. For me, it is

so I have more flexibility in my life. So, I didn’t really

get out of bed until 8am today and I hung out with my

dog Maisie instead.

There are certain struggles that come with getting

caught up in the identity of the work you do. One of

the best things someone told me recently is that the

success or failure of your current contract is nothing to

do with your worth.

As told to Shelley Robinson

Hiltrun Ratz (left) works on the Otago Peninsula with little blue penguins. Photo: Blue Penguins Pukekura


Dr Hiltrun Ratz works on the Otago Peninsula watching the soap opera that is the

Pukekura little blue penguin colony unfold. Full of divorces, recoupling and swearing,

she has a busy job with her two-legged friends.

don’t think I’ll ever retire. I think I’ll be hobbling around the

I little blue penguin colony with my Zimmer frame saying to my

colleagues, ‘Oi! Go weigh that one!’ I love it.

I live about 10 minutes from work at Pilots Beach on the

Otago Peninsula. I’m a penguin scientist employed by The

Pukekura Trust, a collaboration between The Otago Peninsula

Trust and The Korako Karetai Trust.

In 2016, they were looking for someone to work with the

little blue penguins. I was standing in the colony and asked, ‘Any

idea how many penguins there are?’ The reply was, ‘Oh about

500.’ I thought, well that will take me a week or two – yeah

right. It took me two and a half years to get pretty much all of

them. Then I was told there were nesting boxes. I said, ‘Oh

good, where?’ and they said, ‘Don’t know, somewhere here. We

put numbers on some of them.’ It turned into a treasure hunt.

The boxes were either nailed or screwed shut, so I would have

to pry them open, see if there were penguins in there, microchip

them and then find another box.

Blue penguins are little parcels of fury really. They are offended

when I have to take them out of their box. They are very good

at biting because they have sharp edges to their beaks, and they

know they have this weapon in the middle of their face. They

also scratch, growl and swear at you. The adults are little fury

bundles, the chicks aren’t so bad because they haven’t worked

out that their beak is a formidable weapon. Fortunately, I’ll only

have to bother them once in their life to microchip them.

Before the start of the breeding season, the female and male

sit at home in their box and she says to him, ‘Honey am I fat

enough?’ If there is a nice cold ocean, lots of fish and the female

is getting nice and fat, they’ll start breeding. And, of course, she

is the one that decides because she lays the eggs. She may say,

‘Nah, I’m not fat enough, forget about it.’ But she’ll ask again the

next month.

They usually stick with the same mate, but if the mate

disappears or goes off with someone else, she’ll just find

someone else. The divorce rate is about 18 per cent and

sometimes they even swap partners between clutches! Shortland

Street and Coronation Street is nothing compared to what goes

on in this little blue penguin colony. It is the best soap you can

imagine. ‘Excuse me, this is not your mate from last season, what

have you done with him!’ I say to them.

I talk to them often. They tend to talk back, though we don’t

speak the same language and I think they swear at me a lot, but

that’s okay.

I grew fascinated with biology when I was 14. I had an amazing

biology teacher in high school. Some teachers give you direction

in your life by doing nothing more than just doing their job.

I just have a sense of wonder in the natural world. I’m sitting

here and looking at all these trees and nothing is telling them to

grow, and yet they grow. They do it despite everything – it is a

miracle. We are surrounded by miracles and we are just taking

it for granted. Animals are so resilient and just want to live. It is

that spirit of life that I find fascinating.

As told to Shelley Robinson



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The owners of this home never

planned on undertaking a building

project until they lost their treasured

1920s home to seismic activity.


The owners Michael & Catherine

and their children simply adored

the old charm and character of the

previous building, a beautiful double

brick villa, although they admit the

floor plan was a little bit impractical.

With the goal of designing and

building a home that replicated

the charm and character of their

former home, but with a modern

take, it was imperative to engage an

architectural designer and craftsman

builder to realise their vision.

They looked no further than

architect Boyd Chamberlain and the

team at DJ Hewitt Builders.

“Our original home had lots of detail

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A collaborative effort that would

result in an impressive two storey

wooden home, with steep pitched

rooflines, imitation slate tiles,

generous windows and large bi-fold

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The home office can be a scourge of paperwork and mess.

Interior designer Katy Husband describes how to turn it into a

place of creativity and inspiration.

40 STYLE | home


y home office and I have an intimate, early

morning relationship. We see each other in all

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see my office as the rest of the house slumbers and,

together, we begin our day in peace, getting a jumpstart

on the to-do list for the working day.

There are some quite specific things I love

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An elderly factory full of Vespas has been turned into a shared workspace in

Christchurch, with an almost transcendental feeling due to clever design.

And it all started at a rugby club in Rio de Janeiro.

Words Shelley Robinson Photos Charlie Rose Creative

Qb Studios founders (from left) Alex Brennan, Tom Harding and Mike Fisher at the St Asaph Street shared workspace that was once a warehouse.

44 STYLE | architecture

It was an old Christchurch rubber

factory full of old Vespas and car

parts that caught the eye of three

treasure hunters.

Qb Studios’ Alex Brennan, Michael

Fisher and Tom Harding weren’t

after the shiny and new for their third

shared workspace building – more

the old and charming. And a Vesparidden

warehouse on Southwark Street

certainly fit the bill.

Alex is now sitting in a café-like

cubicle in one of the shared common

areas in the refurbished factory as

he pauses from talking to find the

right words.

“We look for buildings that may have

been forgotten or that some aspect of

their natural character isn’t being fully

displayed or appreciated. And we come

in to reveal that and build a setting like

you almost would for a jewel on a ring,”

he says.

He has a way with words, does Alex.

And what a fine setting the trio

have created. Not only has the former

factory been transformed, but a mirror

copy has been built seamlessly to

enlarge it.

The two halves create a building in

which the new respectfully doffs its hat

to the old. In the café, original brickwork

– both raw and painted – combines

with exposed trusses and an old gantry

crane hanging from the ceiling to

meld with the sleek modern interiors.

The contrast of the white bricks with

cascading greenery creates a certain

ambience of, well, serenity. It seems

such an odd word to use for

a workplace.

When you think of a traditional place

of work, it brings to mind the horrors

of flickering fluorescent lights (which

someone has to hammer at with a

broom handle), bleak rows of desks, the

incessant sound of keyboards clicking

and truly awful coffee bought en masse

on some sort of trade card.

But walking through the bright, airy

corridors of Qb Studios has almost a

transcendental feel to it. Roof windows

send light streaming down through

exposed white pillars. Where there

would be interior walls, there are

windows. The soaring atriums are

a delight, with carefully considered

features, such as a large concrete

culvert, utilised as a plant holder,

which ties to the concrete texture

on the walls.

The courtyard entrance has chilled

inner-city vibes, with bicycles hanging

up on brickwork beside cascading

plants and a cheeky 1971 Alfa Romeo

Duetto Spider.

All the projects are designed by

the trio of owners, right down to

the furniture they have specifically

manufactured. It is somewhat surprising,

therefore, to learn that they have no

background in design.

Alex was once a barrister in Ireland,

but on a trip to Rio de Janeiro he

became rather intoxicated by the

“cultural richness” of the country and

decided to stay. He then met the two

Christchurch lads at the Rio Rugby

Club: Michael, a fifth-generation art

dealer, and Tom, a professional rugby

player. They were all looking for new

opportunities, and when Michael

and Tom talked about the container

development they had in mind before

the February 22, 2011 Christchurch

earthquake scuppered their plans, they

realised there was a shared synergy to

create temporary buildings.

“We took an existing system and

turned it into a giant Meccano system

that would be the bones of any kind of

architectural building,” says Alex.

After supplying the semi-permanent

installations for use at events, mining

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camps and the like, it was time to adapt

the system for permanent installations.

For that, they needed somewhere

to build a prototype, and post-quake

Christchurch beckoned.

The central city workforce was about

50,000 pre-quake. After the heart of

the city was cordoned off, it left many

working from home or trying to find

office space in the outer suburbs.

There was, says Alex, a need for

systems that could build things quickly,

affordably and with a beautiful aesthetic.

So they went on their first treasure

hunt and found a building in Bernard

Street, Addington.

“Addington at that stage was a part

of town really emerging in the aftermath

as a business centre. So, we found an

old warehouse building and, inside the

building, we built a little small village

using our modular construction system,”

he says.

It proved popular, and not just

because of the earthquake. Globally, the

way people were working was changing,

says Alex.

“I have a sense that technology, while

it is making us in some ways more

connected, is making us more isolated.

This is combined with the death of

the town square, in a way, and all the

issues around online shopping, so there

are fewer places where people find

themselves getting together and walking

side by side,” he says.

“These kind of environments

[workspaces] in my view are a new

form of the town square. I think that we

tapped into that latent desire.”

While they were constructing

Addington, the same change in

workplaces was happening in New York

and London.

“A movement was starting in the

way that people were working that was

driven by this need for more flexibility

and the need for community,” he says.

But Christchurch was the trendsetter,

Alex grins.

After Addington came three

Qb Studios in Auckland, and the

Southwark factory project. And their

latest project? Boutique office studios,

with street-front retail and hospitality

in Merivale, Papanui Rd that are due to

open later this year.

Anyone who starts a project knows

that fear comes knocking. So, how did

the trio, who came up with the idea

while playing rugby together, manage to

counter the fear once the after-match

beer had worn off?

Alex is quiet for a moment before

he replies.

“I think fear is really healthy. Fear in

some ways is a gateway, and there is

an intelligence in it. I think it is always

important to listen to it because any

step into the unknown comes with

fear. But sometimes you have to step

into the unknown anyway.”

It wasn’t all smooth sailing, he says.

There was a lot on the line with the

first Addington project – everything

they owned.

“It feels good to transcend the fear.

We often have decisions to make

about new projects. Sometimes the

intelligence of that fear tells us to

stop. And sometimes you have to

learn to balance it right – when to

step into the fear, beyond it, and

when to listen to it.”

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Tall Poppy’s Debi Pratt knows real estate. And now she is making it

easier on vendors by introducing no marketing costs upfront.

What are the changes you have

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There are now three franchises in

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I have been blown away by the

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Uncomfortable Silence

New and recent works by early career artists will

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doubt and unease. Curated by artist and writer Holly

Best, Uncomfortable Silence features works by artists

Jayden Plank, Meg Porteous, Johanna Mechen, Ammon

Ngakuru, Shiraz Sadikeen, Mark Schroder, Clare Logan

and Elisabeth Pointon. Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o

Waiwhet , March 7 – July 19.

Studio 125 Gallery: SCAPE Public Art autumn pop-up

includes two solo shows from Heather Brown and Simon

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John Emery, Attitudes & Latitudes: Objects lift off the

wall in a light and magical way, with John Emery’s threedimensional

exhibition. Little River Gallery, March 7–31.

Frances Hodgkins, European Journeys: Celebrating

one of New Zealand’s most significant expatriate artists.

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhet , until June 1.


A Land of Granite: McCahon and Otago

View the enduring presence of the Otago landscape in the work of

Colin McCahon, from his earliest paintings from the late 1930s to

his severe abstract North Otago series of the late 1960s. Together,

these paintings and drawings offer an intimate view of McCahon’s

Otago landscapes, and explore his position within the artistic fabric

of the region. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, March 7 – June 28.

Ian Scott: Colour Lattices 1986–2009: First exhibited in the late

1970s, Ian Scott’s Lattice paintings represent a comprehensive

engagement with modernist concepts of surface, medium and

abstraction. Milford Galleries Dunedin, until March 17.

Paul Cullen: Building Structures + +: A selection of works drawn

from the artist’s estate and shown together in Dunedin for the first

time. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, March 28 – July 12.

Terry Stringer: The Language of Sculpture: Sculptures that

require the viewer to interact physically in order to experience

them fully. Milford Galleries Dunedin, until March 17.

Michael Hight: Tributary Part 2: A homage to the South Island

landscape, with two distinct responses to each geographical focal

point. Milford Galleries Dunedin, March 21 – April 14.

Chris Heaphy: Arataki: Signifiers are brought together and

rearticulated within an alternative narrative framework. Milford

Galleries Dunedin, March 21 – April 14.


Bill Burke: Southern Splendor

Evocative landscapes capture New Zealand’s unique

light and vibrant colours. Burke began his journey into

creation with pen and ink while at Nelson College and

held his first exhibition at 19 years old, before moving

into watercolour, oils and then pastels. Central Art

Gallery Queenstown, until March 30.

The Earl Street Journal: A group exhibition with a

landscape focus, textural conversation and sculpture.

Milford Galleries Queenstown, until March 31.

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Evocative landscapes capture

New Zealand’s unique light

and vibrant colours.

F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Bill Burke, Changing of the Seasons, Kawarau Gorge.

Artistic accessories

A Louis Vuitton trunk once owned by an American

socialite will be shown at an exhibition at London’s

Victoria & Albert Museum, from April 25.

Emilie Grigsby’s early 20th century trunk will feature

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trunk has stickers of Grigsby’s luxury travels on ocean

liners like the Lusitania and Aquitania, on which she

mingled with F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Also at the exhibition will be a ‘Despatch Box’

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Devote yourself to your lawn this autumn and you will

be living in a greener place by spring.

Words Sue Witteman

So, you have had a good summer on your

lawn – the kids have played their skiddy

games, the paddling pool has left its usual

crop-circle of yellow grass, the dog has had

a little dig and piddle or three and your lawn

is looking like it needs the lawn equivalent of

Botox, dermabrasion and perhaps a filler or

two. It is time for some turf housekeeping, and

what better time to do it than autumn.


This is the lawn equivalent of applying foundation to your

face before the top layer of makeup goes on. Using a

mixture of good topsoil (screened) and a fine sand (river

not sea), spread this over the lawn using the back of your

rake – work it in a bit but don’t bury the existing grass.

Top-dressing like this fills in any undulations and forms a

nice layer for the grass roots to grow into.

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The work done now will set up your

lawn for the rest of the year.

Assess your lawn – if you have bare

or weedy patches, get rid of the weeds

if necessary and fork it over. If your soil

is too cloddy, you will have to use a

spade to chunk it up before using the

fork, and if it has been compacted, you

will need to water it before digging,

or wait for rain to moisten it for you.

Trying to dig dry, compacted soil is its

own form of hell and best avoided.

Loosen the soil up to a depth of

10cm and rake it smooth, ensuring

there are no hollows for water to pool

in. If you find yourself a bit short of

soil when you are doing your levelling,

then bring in some screened topsoil,

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When you have dug the area, smooth it

with a rake and reduce any lumps to crumb

size. Apply a fertiliser a week or two before

you sow your grass seed and rake it in.

Keep in mind the kind of lawn appropriate

to your situation – clay or sandy, shady, kidfriendly,

and so on – when deciding on seed.

Sow evenly, then lightly rake the seed so there

is some contact with the soil. Tamp it down

with the back of the rake and gently water in.

Keep an eye on the watering: if it is still dry,

you may need to water twice a day. I use grass

seed that is coated in some bird-repellent stuff

and, for extra security, I use plastic rats stuck

on bamboo stakes at intervals across the seed

bed. I am not sure of its efficacy, but my last

lawn had a good strike rate even though we

had lots of birds in our trees. If it is a small

area that needs to be repaired, you can buy

a ready-made bag of fast-growing, hardy seed

and fertiliser mixed together.

Do a first cut when the grass is 5–7cm high,

taking just a little bit off, say 1.5cm. An autumnsown

lawn will put in a bit of root growth

before the colder weather arrives, and when

spring comes it will be ready to go.

I must admit that I have been a bit negligent

in the lawn-care department, but in the last

year I have made an effort to love my lawn

and it has paid off – it is green and healthy,

and the annoying weeds that usually bother

me have greatly reduced. But above all is the

satisfaction of doing right by a living thing that

is in my care – it’s a good feeling.

Love your lawn by digging out any weeds that appear

– a knife or narrow hand tool will leave a smaller hole

in your lawn.

Use a good-quality screened soil to top-dress or fill in any hollows.



If you haven’t been using your catcher when mowing

your lawn over the summer, now is the time to

begin using it again. Grass clippings left lying around

can encourage fungal disease in your lawn. Raise

your cutting height and cut back on the frequency of

your mowing.


Feed your lawn during autumn using a fertiliser low in

nitrogen (low nitrogen as you don’t want quick growth

when it’s going to be getting cold). The aim in feeding

at this time of year is to have a thick, healthy lawn going

into the colder weather and to have it in a good state

when spring kicks in. Fertilising makes the lawn more

resilient to cold stress and helps you avoid bare patches

forming, which can lead to unwanted weed invasions. In

addition, you can add a tonic in the form of a seaweed

brew, which you can buy or make yourself.


You can apply lawn weed killer or try using a narrow

hand tool. My dad could often be seen outside with his

pocketknife, flicking out the undesirables.


It pays to make a conscious effort to water in the

morning from now on, as fungal disease can put

in an appearance with the cooler, moister nights.

I have noticed that when the weather starts to

cool off, folk start to put away their hoses, but don’t

be in a hurry to do this. The seasons don’t always

follow the rule book and dry periods can occur, or be

prolonged, at any time.


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After over 20 years in the iconic location of 200

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The evolution of Goom Landscapes during our 20 plus year residency

at 200 Fendalton Road has seen us expand as a business in terms of our

team, our services and our locations. We’ve also acquired The Little

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The Little Big Tree Company is a nursery spread over 10 acres at 489

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together with garden design and planting services. LBT aligns perfectly

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property adjoining LBT became available, we jumped at the opportunity

to be together at one location. We’re currently in the design phase for

creating our new Goom HQ at Sawyers Arms Roads, with a planned

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Attained Pant $467 and Distinction Top $427, TAYLOR

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Fond of listening to podcasts

while drinking a long black,

The Creative is the soul in the

workplace who embraces their

inner creativity on the outside.

They seamlessly merge colour,

form and comfort. And it is quite

likely they will not like being

labelled because they do not like

being put in a box.




Fearless use of bold colours,

patterns and textures.

Likes to play with

schoolesque shoes, boots

or a cheeky sneaker.

Comfort is embraced

through formless but bold


Signature Print

Dress $365,


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1. Moscot Lemtosh Jewel in Red $475, PARKER & CO 2. Canotier Hat $690, RHEMY 3. Utility Shirt $385, Block Socks $28,

Block Skirt in Tomato Mix $335, NOM*D 4. Bundle Cape $399, MOOCHI 5. Knossos Coat $1139, JANE DANIELS

6. Big Asterix Tee $150, Crisscross Dress in Black Mix $440, NOM*D 7. In-Disguise Jacket, Italian Plaid $640, In-Disguise

Dress $395, NOM*D 8. Wynonna Jacket (in hand) $1020, Chloe Shirt $505, Wynonna Trouser $599, CAMILLA AND

MARC 9. Observer Dress $299, KOWTOW 10. Cable Sweater $289, KOWTOW 11. Triple Wrap Bracelet $160, RHEMY

12. Anfield Boot $309.90, MERCHANT 13. Amulet Strength Earrings $2405, MEADOWLARK

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While the rest of us scramble

feverishly around for clothes

while running out the door, The

Classical is the very picture of

refined cool elegance. Audrey

Hepburn and Chanel are their

muses, but they do like to add a

bit of surprise to their ensemble

to keep everyone guessing.




Classical lines, and

silhouettes teamed with

luxurious feeling fabrics.

Colours are more muted,

but a hue surprise is often


Outfit matches from

head to toe, infused with

personal touches for

signature elegance.

Copenhagen Fashion

Week Autumn/

Winter 2020,


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1. Trench Coat $989, HELEN CHERRY 2. Micro Pearl Bracelet $109, MEADOWLARK 3. Francesca Trench $779,

Francesca Pant $399, CAMILLA AND MARC 4. Tie Vest $169.90, WITCHERY 5. Comfort Coat Cardi, $599, Leaf

Boxy Top, $199, Cuff Pencil Pant, $279, UNTOUCHED WORLD 6. Prima Donna Atlas Padded Longline Bikini

Top $173, Full Brief $97, THE FITTING ROOM 7. Yrsa Dress $395, PENNY SAGE 8. Spliced Pleat Skirt $149.90,

WITCHERY 9. Tie Attuned Blazer $647, Molecule Mesh Undone Tunic $237, Attained Pant $467, TAYLOR

10. Empire Heel, Choc Calf $289, KATHRYN WILSON 11. Belted Winter Pant in Black, $169.90, WITCHERY

12. Platinum Tanzanite Engagement Ring $9885, VIA SOLLERTIA 13. Cubic Sweater $299, UNTOUCHED WORLD

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The Free Spirit’s natural habitat is

not the office. They like to make

their own rules for their work

life. But if they do find themselves

accidentally tied to a desk, they’ll

express their freedom through a

curious mix of free-flowing colour

fabrics, teamed with pieces we

wish worked on us.




Statement pieces, including

jewellery and shoes.

Successfully mixing together

pieces that by rights

shouldn’t work.

Fearless use of accessories,

like hats.

Metal Tie Deviation

Shirt $427, Metal

Counteract Skirt

$497, TAYLOR

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1. Stripe Reprise Dress $479, Attained Pant $467, TAYLOR 2. Harp Top $299, INGRID STARNES 3. West Hat $99, MOOCHI

4. Odyssey Coat $650, TWENTY-SEVEN NAMES 5. Yoshi Top in White Check $249, KOWTOW 6. Bibby Dress $349,

MOOCHI 7. Inflection Dress $427, Attained Pant $467, TAYLOR 8. Fernweh Dress $450, PENNY SAGE 9. Sheer Exhibition

Dress $597, TAYLOR 10. Stage Dress, $510, TWENTY-SEVEN NAMES 11. Medium Hoop in Gold Plate $100, Cross Pendant in

Gold Plate $115, NIKKI ROSS 12. Manhattan Boot $419, KATHRYN WILSON 13. The Amity Necklace $349, CATHY POPE

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Take inspiration straight from the runways at New York and Milan fashion weeks and commit to colour. Liven up your

work wardrobe by adding a sash, contrasting colours, prints or a statement jacket.



2. 3.

4. 5.





1. V Neck Loft Knit $149.90, WITCHERY 2. Balloon Sleeve Dress $179.90, WITCHERY 3. Joan Shirt $320, Hector

Trousers $375, Tezeta Coat $995, PENNY SAGE 4. Tube Skirt $629, GEORGIA ALICE 5. Arc Jumper $289, KOWTOW

6. Asymmetric Hem $169.90, WITCHERY 7. Tabasco Long Boot $369.90, MERCHANT

8. Margarita Heel $229.90, MERCHANT 9. Textured Satin Skirt $109.90, WITCHERY

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Words Kate Preece




Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wears a Harman Grubiša coat

to meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris (2018).


They managed a Kiwi first winning the 2017/18

International Woolmark Prize, were the Mercedes-Benz

Presents designer for New Zealand Fashion Week 2016

and have dressed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on

multiple occasions, but Madeleine Harman and Jessica

Grubiša have called time on their six-year-old high-end

fashion brand, Harman Grubiša.

The label behind a pair of pants the PM sported for her

Vogue fashion shoot in 2018 was Herriot – and it’s now

also ceasing its production of any future seasonal capsules.

With a focus on small runs and sustainability, Wellington

designer (and Burnside High alumni) Bron Eichbaum will

continue to supply ‘her riot’ and ‘use less’ products to a

Herriot “re_store”.

Across the ditch, 31 Colette by Colette Hayman stores

will no longer be destinations for designer handbags and

accessories, with the Albany and New Plymouth stores

following the pattern in New Zealand.


The designer baton is being passed on to

the next generation within the Stretton

brand. While Annah Stretton is set to focus

on her philanthropic efforts (through the

Stretton Foundation), daughter Sami is the

new general manager and co-designer.

The designer duo have combined forces

to created Stretton’s autumn/winter 2020

collection, Gypsy Fair.


Step out of the bedroom in

fabrics handwoven in India.

General Sleep has announced

its first collection designed

to be seen by more than just

your bedfellows. The Wrap

Set features a belted, longsleeved

top and wide-legged

trousers that can be mixed

and matched with jeans or

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Words Kate Preece


We all know you should wash your face

twice daily, but good intentions can go

out the window when holiday mode

strikes. So, something to consider adding

to the beauty bag is Ultraceuticals Ultra

B2 Micellar Solution ($49), as it doesn’t

need water to clear your skin of impurities

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There are a couple of good reasons why the eyes

have it, when it comes to ageing. The skin around

your eyes is 10 times thinner than that which covers

the rest of your face and this same area is under

constant strain due to it hosting the body’s most

frequently used muscles too. It makes sense that this

fragile area should receive some serious attention if

we think we are going to fend off the effects of the

screen-squint and the incredulous face-scrunch.

Dermalogica has just released a new product to

support those tired eyes. BioLumin-C Eye Serum

($136) uses vitamin C to help “fight oxidative stress,

brighten, and firm”. It also contains the likes of arjun

tree and micro-algae extracts, tremella and poria

mushroom, and chia seed oil, which culminate to

moisturise, smooth and boost the resilence of the skin.

In a handy dropper-like applicator, the product is

lightweight and easy to use, not clogging pores or

creating any uneasy feeling. Applied morning and night,

it is an easy, feel-good addition to the skincare routine

combating any impending puff.


Our fellow beauty fans in Sydney

are rubbing their perfectly

manicured hands together with

the news that they’re set to have

the biggest beauty store in the

southern hemisphere. Mecca has

announced that in the second half

of 2020 it will be opening its 115th

store across 1200sqm – three

levels of the Gowings building

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Is it time to tackle a new career path? We highlight what might be holding you

back from reaching your full potential.

You’re tracking your boss across the office as you scroll

through your social media feed. It’s 9.30am and you

started at 9am. There’s oodles of work to do, but none of it

appeals. You are daydreaming far too much about writing your

resignation letter.

To top it off, you ran out of time to shower because you

stayed in bed until the last minute. You had friends over on a

school night (consuming a few too many vinos, predominantly

to push down those feelings of how dissatisfied you feel) and

suspect they’re sick of hearing about how uninspired you are

by your current nine-to-five.

You need a change and only you can do it. And yes, it may

feel uncomfortable, but you simply can’t continue like this –

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The invisible binds

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it is time to cut those invisible binds. Society impresses on us

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success to others, but if prestige is the only reason you are at

your job, it will start to get hollow very quickly. Identifying the

invisible binds that keep you in a career is a good starting point

to begin on the path towards setting yourself free to explore an

alternative direction.

Excitement as your gauge

That’s all fine and dandy, I hear you say, but I don’t actually

know what I want to do. This is very common. We have so

much choice in this modern age that it can cause decision

paralysis. Try answering the following questions: What am

I doing when I feel excited? If money was no object, what

would I do? If fear was not in the equation, what would I do?

How do I want to spend my day? What do I want to feel in

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mind. Allow the answers to surprise you.

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parents/friends think less of me? Recognise this for what it is.

Fear. And its job is to keep you small and safe. What if you

succeed? Think of that life. List your self-limiting blurts and

then underneath rewrite them in a positive way. The blurts

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bustle with scooters at every corner. Explore the hidden

alleys, shops and street food stalls of Saigon riding

pillion on a scooter or in the sidecar of an old Russian

army motorbike. Surrounded by commotion, it offers an

endearing experience.

THE CALL OF THE JUNGLE Deep in the region of central

Vietnam lies a hidden subterranean labyrinth that holds

three of the world’s four largest natural caves. Son

Doong is the largest of the four and is an enormous

cavern containing one of the planet’s oldest, most

pristine ecosystems and is undoubtedly one of the most

spectacular sights on earth.

COFFEE OBSESSION Artisanal coffee and community

are at the heart of RuNam d’Or. The coffee culture is so

important to this little café located next to Saigon’s Notre

Dame Cathedral. If you like your coffee served in fancy

surrounds by smartly dressed men, then RuNam d’Or is

your place.


of those Asian countries with a great all year-round

climate for rooftop bars. Finding a good vantage point,

somewhere high up, with commanding views, will give

you a visual grip on your new surroundings. You will

want to celebrate being in Vietnam: Rooftop cocktails

combine the two.

BATTLEFIELDS The Vietnam War polarised the world,

and seeing the historic sites for yourself is an immersive,

rewarding experience for any history buff. Follow in

ANZAC footsteps at the Long Tan memorial and the Kiwi

base at Nui Dat. Explore the DMZ area in central Vietnam

where the tunnels and firebases remain or explore the

‘Hanoi Hilton’, once home to U.S. prisoners of war.

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Justine Tyerman sees the light at Machu Picchu.

ABOVE: The distinctive rhinoceros horn-shaped Wayna Picchu (also known as Huayna Picchu) towers above the ancient city.

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The colourful markets at Aguas Calientes, where we disembarked near the foot of Machu Picchu mountain.

It was such a simple gesture, but one I’ll always treasure. A

Chilean lady was gazing at the sun with a look of wonder and

astonishment on her face. She was wearing 3D sunglasses and

her expression suggested she had just glimpsed the gates of

heaven. As I passed by, she held out the sunglasses to me and

pointed at the sun. I put them on, turned towards the sun and


A solar eclipse was underway... at Machu Picchu... at the

Temple of the Sun.

The Chilean lady and her husband had come all the way

from Santiago to Peru, armed with special glasses to witness

the eclipse at the legendary ‘City of the Incas’ – but I just

happened to be there on the right day at the right time

standing beside a lady with 3D glasses. The sight of the sun

obscured by a black sickle-shaped shadow was spine-tingling.

It was one of many moments of utter disbelief for me that

afternoon as I followed our guide around the vast Inca citadel,

incredulous that, after years of yearning, I was actually there.

Had it not been for photographic evidence, I might still believe

the entire experience to be a fantasy.

The day began early at Poroy train station in Cusco, where

we boarded Great Train Journeys’ Belmond Hiram Bingham for

the three-hour, 20-minute journey to Aguas Calientes at the

foot of Machu Picchu. The trip on the luxury train through the

Sacred Valley of the Incas added to the magic. The champagne,

lavish lunch and entertainment helped too!

After 112km, the train reached its final destination at Aguas

Calientes, where a coach was waiting to take us up the narrow,

zigzag road to the citadel.

When I dared to look down, I could see the railway track

running alongside the Urubamba River and the mountains rising

perpendicularly from the valley floor, their heads in the mist.

My pulse was racing by the time we reached the entrance to

the historical site. The stars and, as it turned out, the sun were

well-aligned for a perfect day. The winter sky was cloudless, the

temperatures mild, I’d adjusted to the high altitude, the crowds

were manageable (thanks to a new system of limiting the

number of people allowed on the site at any given time) and I

was well-prepared for the experience of a lifetime, having done

some reading in advance.

To begin with, we climbed steps and pathways for 20–30

minutes to gain an elevated perspective of the entire site, and

grasp the impact that first glimpse would have on hikers as they

came over the ridge after four days on the Camino Inca.

From above, you see the full extent of Machu Picchu and

the surrounding terrain. It’s a spectacular, heart-stopping sight. I

had a sense of disbelief that the genius of Inca architecture and

engineering, and one of the most famous archaeological sites

on the planet, lay literally at my feet.

The Incas built the citadel in the 15th century (1450 to

1460) on the most improbable of sites – a long narrow ridge

between the mountains of Machu Picchu and the rhinoceros

horn-shaped Wayna Picchu (also known as Huayna Picchu),

2430m above the valley floor.

On three sides of the ridge there are sheer drops to the

valley floor below, where the Urubamba River coils around the

foot of the mountains like a snake.

At the southern end of the city, the Incas cut giant steps

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View of the summit of Wayna Picchu (also known as Huayna Picchu) from Machu Picchu.

A llama at Machu Picchu’s Main Plaza.

into the mountainside to allow the planting and cultivation of

crops such as quinoa, maize and potatoes. These broad terraces

(andenerias) supported by sturdy stone walls also stabilised the

steep hillsides and facilitated drainage. They are now home to

llamas that roam freely around the ruins, much to the delight of


The city itself is divided into zones, with around 140 buildings

and more than 100 flights of stone steps – the Sacred District,

where many important temples are located; the District of

Priests and Nobility, where dwellings of superior architecture,

stonework and size are found; and the Popular District, where

those who served the nobles and priests lived in more modest


The various levels are connected by flights of stone stairs still

in excellent condition after centuries.

For the next few hours we explored the temples, plazas,

dwellings and terraces of the citadel, walking the ancient

pathways and steps the Incas once trod.

A keen reader of information boards, at first I found it odd

there was little signage apart from arrows pointing us in the right

direction. It certainly made for a less cluttered site, but unless

you have a guide and have done some research, Machu Picchu

can be quite bewildering. I had the benefit of both, but the

experience still stretched my imagination to its limits.

The houses are set apart by the style of architecture. The

Casa Del Inka, the Inca king’s dwelling, is a masterpiece of

stonemasonry. The rocks are meticulously carved, polished

smooth and fitted so tightly together you can’t slide a sheet of

paper between them. The walls, like most Inca structures, tilt

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Evidence of the astonishing skill of the Inca stonemasons is visible everywhere.

inwards to stabilise them against all-too-frequent earthquakes.

The king had a garden, a private bath and even his own toilet

– the only private facility on the site.

I traced the flawless joins in the rock with my fingers,

wondering what secrets they could reveal about Inca life. If

rocks could talk...

The homes of commoners also had impressive stonework,

but the workmanship was not quite so perfect.

The semicircular Temple of the Sun, next to the king’s house,

is one of the most important structures at Machu Picchu. Inti,

the sun god, was the chief deity of the Inca people. The interior

of the temple is a small space that only priests and nobles were

permitted to enter. At the centre there’s a rock that probably

served as an altar. The windows of the temple are perfectly

aligned to the summer and winter solstices. It was near here we

met the lovely Chilean lady and observed the solar eclipse.

Beneath the temple, there’s a little natural cave that possibly

served as a royal mausoleum, but its true purpose remains a

topic of conjecture, like many of the structures at Machu Picchu.

One of the most sacred places at Machu Picchu is

Intihuatana, known as ‘the Hitching Post of the Sun’, a stone

the Inca believed helped to hold the sun in place and keep it

on its correct path. It was most likely used for astronomical


The Main or Principal Temple, so named due to its large

size and prominent location on the Sacred Plaza, is where

archaeologists believe large ceremonies would have taken place.

Nearby, the Temple of the Three Windows overlooks the

mountains, with windows aligned to the sunrise.

I traced the flawless joins in the rock

with my fingers, wondering what

secrets they could reveal about Inca

life. If rocks could talk...

Intihuatana stone, or ‘the Hitching Post of the Sun’.

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The Incas constructed

extensive terracing

to stablise the steep

hillsides and allow the

cultivation of crops.

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Mist adds to the mystique of the ancient Inca citadel.

At the far end of Machu Picchu lies the Sacred Stone, a

massive hunk of granite near the foot of Wayna Picchu. The

stone is the same shape as the mountain behind it and was

possibly a place of mountain worship.

The complex was well supplied with water sources,

which the Inca directed via a series of channels for human

and agriculture uses. The whole city is crisscrossed with an

ingenious underground drainage system that still works today

to funnel away rain water during heavy downpours. An

astonishing feat.

After the city was abandoned in the 16th century (around

1572) for reasons unknown, the Andean jungle gradually

reclaimed the land and the site remained hidden from the

world for the next 400 years.

The Spaniards never found Machu Picchu, so the structure

remained remarkably intact until an American historian and

explorer by the name of Hiram Bingham III rediscovered the

ancient site in 1911.

Bingham and his policeman-interpreter, searching for treasure

rumoured to have been hidden from the Spanish conquerors

by the Inca Manco Capac II, chanced upon a local farmer

named Melchor Arteaga, who described extensive ruins at ‘Old

Mountain’, or Machu Picchu in the Quechua language.

On the morning of July 24, 1911, the party climbed up the

steep mountainside in the rain and found a hut occupied by

peasants who were growing crops there. A small boy was

deputised to show Bingham around.

In his book, Lost City of the Incas, published in 1948, Bingham

describes a scene that “took his breath away”.

“An unexpected sight, a great flight of beautifully constructed

stone terraces, perhaps a hundred of them, each hundreds of

feet long and 10 feet high ... suddenly I found myself confronted

with the walls of ruined houses built of the finest quality of

Inca stonework.” The ruins were overgrown by trees and vines

and moss but the white granite walls were “carefully cut and

exquisitely fitted together” ... the scene “fairly took my breath


Bingham mistakenly believed he had discovered Vilcabamba,

the ‘Lost City of the Incas’, the last refuge of the Inca Empire

before it fell to the Spanish conquerors in 1572.

It was not Vilcabamba, but the ruins he stumbled upon that

day became one of the most important archaeological sites on

the planet, one of the Great (New) Wonders of the World

and a UNESCO World Heritage treasure.

Over the decades, many theories have been posited as to

the role played by Machu Picchu.

Archaeologists now believe the complex to have been the

mountain retreat of the great Incan emperor Pachacutec and

his nobles, priests and servants. Known as ‘He who Shakes the

Earth’, Pachacutec lived from 1438 to 1471.

Scholars also agree that Machu Picchu was a sacred place

where the Incas worshipped their gods and observed the

cosmos, the weather and astronomical phenomena. The

Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Three Windows and the

Intihuatana are among structures dedicated to Inti, the sun god.

The architecture there is perfectly aligned with the position of

the sun and stars throughout the year.

The discovery of 170 skeletons at Machu Picchu, of which

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Temple of the High Priest of the Sun in the religious quarters.

150 were female, gave rise to the theory that it was a place

where young virgins were consecrated to Inti and chosen to

serve the Incas.

Also unclear is the reason the Incas abandoned Machu

Picchu in the 16th century – the Spaniards never found it,

so one theory is that the city may have been struck by an

epidemic such as smallpox that killed much of the population,

forcing others to flee. Or that the Inca Civil War waged

between the brothers Huascar and Atahualpa from 1527–1532

may have undermined the supply of food to the city.

The truth may never be known.

After four or five hours at the site I had more questions than

answers, but for me the mystery added to the mystique and

allure of Machu Picchu. In a world obsessed with knowing and

understanding all things, there is nothing more intriguing than

an unsolved puzzle.

Some believe Machu Picchu embodies spiritual or

metaphysical powers. There is certainly an undefinable aura

about the place that awakens a heightened sense of awareness

and inspires philosophical thoughts about time and space,

astrology, the cosmos.

I wanted to stand still and absorb the energy, the genius,

the magnetism and the inherent spirituality of the place. And

also grasp the reality of how it was to create those magnificent

structures, and to live there. I tried to envisage the city alive

with people 500 years ago, craftsmen manoeuvring and shaping

the massive rocks, priests worshipping at the Temple of the

Sun and large gatherings at the Sacred Plaza. My 21st-century

brain could not comprehend how such a city could have

been built without the aid of metal tools or the wheel. I can

understand how some believed it was the work of supernatural


As Bingham said: “In the variety of its charms and the power

of its spell, I know of no place in the world which can compare

with it.”

I could have spent days exploring Machu Picchu but there

are time limits on the admission tickets, a necessary measure to

cope with the vast numbers who visit the site. It’s just as well. I

might still be there.

As I closed my eyes that night, images of the day were on

constant replay inside my head.

An ancient stone city built on the most absurdly inaccessible

of sites surrounded by precipices and encircled by dark green

mountains rising abruptly from the valley floor; the wise old

face of Wayna Picchu, all-knowing, all-seeing, an enigma

shrouded in mist and mystery. I also thought of the kind

Chilean lady who enabled me to witness a solar eclipse... in the

presence of Inti, the Inca sun god.

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your local Machu Picchu sPecialists

Sarah Crowe from House of Travel – High Street Lanes shares her expertise.

How far in advance do I need to book

to do the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu?

Inca Trail permits are sold out at

least six to nine months in advance.

Only 500 permits are issued per day.

February is closed for maintenance and

clean-up, and the rainy season is from

January through to March. Any time

after this works well.

What are the accommodation options?

There is a range of authentic

properties from 3-star small boutique

hotels with dinky courtyards to a

5-star luxury hotel that sits right at the

entrance to Machu Picchu.

Any tips for avoiding crowds?

Earliest is best. Staying at the only hotel

that offers exclusive entrance would be

the best way to absorb this stunning

Wonder of the World without the

crowds. Walking the four-day Inca Trail

gives you amazing views at sunrise and

early access to Machu Picchu also.

Other than the Inca Trail, are there

other ways to explore the area?

If you would prefer to stay in local

lodges, rather than camping on the

Inca Trail, there is the four-day

Lares and the five-day Salkantay trails

that are very scenic and are much

less populated.

How much fitness is required to see

Machu Picchu?

So long as you can walk up some steps,

then anyone can see it. There are buses

that take you to the base of Machu

Picchu and it’s right there.

Even elderly people with walking sticks

can see Machu Picchu with someone

assisting them up the steps.

Why go to House of Travel High

Street Lanes to book your trip to Peru

and Machu Picchu?

We have five travel consultants who

have experienced Peru and Machu

Picchu in different styles. We have the

expertise to tailor your trip to this area

with whatever budget you may have,

and give you an adventure that you will

never forget. Nicola Milne has just come

back and has all the latest information

on this region. At HOT High Street

Lanes, we all agree this is one of our

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Chef Andrew Brown has worked in hospitality for 30 years, both in New Zealand

and around the world. He discusses fish bins, school days and kitchen bullies.

What are you up to these days?

I’ve got Little Fish Co. at Riverside Market. Our gig is direct-tomarket

products. It’s something a bit new for me. I’ve been in

hospitality for 30 years and now I’m lugging around fish bins.

We do fresh seafood, real cool grab-and-go cold items. And we

do old-school fish and chips and do some new off-the-cuff chef

stuff food. I also work at United Fisheries. At The Food Show,

I’m doing a focus on seafood. It’s become a bit of an alternative

protein for people who don’t want red meat. We’ll probably do

a recipe and something to try and take away.

What were you like at school?

I would say I was above average but was school for me? No,

it wasn’t. I’m not an academic, I sit in that creative spectrum. I

left school at 15. I was probably a bit entrepreneurial in a way

because I got a job cleaning windows, built up a client base and

then bought a van and started doing my own thing. I moved

to Hokitika and got a job as a kitchenhand in a little French

restaurant, and then got offered an apprenticeship. After that,

I studied at polytech. In my final year, I got a part-time job at

the Sign of the Takahe. They were super busy. In Hokitika, I

was working in a two- to three-man kitchen doing 30 covers a

night, and I go to this other place and it’s hundreds of people for

breakfast, lunch and dinner. I really liked it.

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?

The biggest lesson in life is how you treat people. I’ve managed

multi-outlets, high-end performance catering teams, hotels at

the top end of my game. Kitchens are synonymous with bullies,

anger and threats. Gordon Ramsay became famous for throwing

stuff at people and swearing. I think you create a culture that is

conducive to the whole team moving in the same direction. You

want to share your passion with people who want to follow you

because they love what is happening and where you are going.

What would we cook you for dinner?

I love the fact that someone goes to the effort. Anyone who

does something nice and special for you deserves your time,

respect and thanks. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter

what it is, it is how it is delivered to you. I’ve eaten at some of

the best restaurants in the world and technically they are good.

But are they the best meals I’ve had? I’ve had better meals with

friends and family. I’ve sat at a little noodle bar in Tokyo and no

one spoke English and had an amazing experience.

You want to share your

passion with people who want

to follow you because they

love what is happening and

where you are going.

See Andrew Brown and more inspiring foodies at The Food Show, April 3–5, Horncastle Arena.

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From eatery updates to delicious dishes, we provide

the scoop on the latest taste sensations.


Crockett (122 Oxford Terrace) is a modern

take on a saloon – rugged yet refined.

Named after infamous Texan Davy Crockett,

the elaborate bar is home to 200 or so

whiskies plus an extensive cocktail list. The

menu is full of shared plates and meaty

favourites cooked in a charcoal oven.


The folks at Roll & Bowl (EntX, 617 Colombo

Street) have married together Asian and

Pacific cuisine, with a touch of Mexican just for

kicks. Meet the sushi burrito! It’s an on-the-go

meal that’s filling, healthy and fresh – and fully

customisable to your tastes, from the type of

rice through to the array of toppings.


Piko Wholefoods (229 Kilmore Street) bowls remain

our favourite for light, fresh lunches during the warmer

months. The version pictured features lentils, a selection

of colourful veggies and healthy romaine lettuce.


Much more than your average omelette, this divine

protein-powered gem from Untouched World Kitchen

(155 Roydvale Avenue) is packed with hearty goodness.

Mexican-style black beans meet spinach, courgettes and

cheese, topped with sour cream, tomato salsa, nuts and

seeds to boost you through the day.

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If you love baking and cake decorating, you can’t

miss Bernadette Gee’s debut at The Christchurch

Food Show. The author of the best-selling

book, Magnolia Kitchen, Bernadette is hilariously

authentic, while baking creations that look more

like edible art. Catch Food Show favourites in

the NEFF Cooking Theatre, including Nadia Lim,

Jax Hamilton, Annabelle White and MasterChef

winners Karena and Kasey Bird. The Food Show

really has all the ingredients for a great day out.


It’s the last few weeks before The Berry

Shop (434 Sawyers Arms Road) closes for

the season. Get your real fruit ice cream

and berry fix before the end of March.

Roll & Bowl


Hanoi Old Quarter (EntX, 617 Colombo Street).

Get your Vietnamese fix of goi (salad), pho (noodle

soup), banh mi (filled baguettes) and more.


You can usually find us at Cellar Door

(1 Hereford Street) at The Arts Centre

for wine flights. The gorgeous space

spills out into the courtyard, ideal for a

summer wine and cheese. We highly

recommend trying their rosé flight.

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If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Sweet Soul Patisserie

(126 Cashel Street) needs to be on your list. Pop

over for an afternoon snack or to pick up desserts

for that dinner party you’re going to. With their

rotating menu of delightful delicacies, everything

is seasonal, freshly made and absolutely beautiful.

They make some of the best matcha lattes in town.


One of our favourite collaborations to

date is Six Barrel Soda x Twenty-Seven

Names’ rose lemonade. Simply mix with

sparkling water and you’ve got yourself

the perfect summer beverage. Available

at Ballantynes, each bottle makes

approximately 15 drinks.



Firm local favourite, Cakes by Anna

has officially moved into the central

city. She’s teamed up with Bunch

Floral at 149 High Street to create the

ultimate one-stop-shop. Cakes are

made to order, so you can place your

order for cake and flowers, then pop

in to pick everything up. Sounds like a

dream team to us.

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Recognise Fisherman’s Wharf owner PJ Gemmell and head chef Rob Dickey

from My Restaurant Rules? We talk shop with PJ about what they have

learned on their journey to success.

We’ve seen Rob and yourself on My Restaurant Rules, but

where did the story begin?

I bought into the business in October 2016, though at the

time I didn’t think I really wanted to own my own business.

But here we go some three and a half years later! And I

just love it. But at the time it was not running at its best.

Hours were not regular, the food lacked consistency and it

didn’t have a great following. But the team was great and

we offered them all jobs. However, there was one main

element missing – a head chef. Through word of mouth, I

heard about Rob. I had never met him before but I knew

about some of the well-known places where he had worked

so I was keen to meet him. Rob and I had the chat and he

was keen to give Fisherman’s Wharf a go.

What have you learned along the way?

Lots! People really love fresh New Zealand seafood. And

people seem to go and dine as a social thing to spend time

with friends. It was different when we were younger. Going

out for dinner was a real treat and saved for a very special


Over the years, Rob and I have learned that we have

some shared synergies, such as a large respect for others,

including our staff and customers.

What goes on behind the scenes to create your dishes?

It’s an open book. Ideas flow around the kitchen and if we’re

stuck there’s always the ol’ family favourites or granny’s


What did you learn about each other on My Restaurant

Rules that you didn’t know before?

We are quite similar in some ways, like our humbleness,

integrity and sense of fairness. It was great to share the

experience with someone you respect. We developed a

really cool friendship.

If you had one piece of advice to those starting out in the

industry what would it be?

Do your homework and be prepared to work hard as the

industry is very demanding. It is a huge balancing act and you

don’t always get it right. But try your best at all times. Don’t

rely on other people to run your business – be hands-on.

And don’t take to heart the negative social media. It can

hurt, but it’s not worth the energy to take on negativity

when you know you do your best – save your best energy

for your business.

“Rob and I have learned that

we have some shared synergies,

such as a large respect for others,

including our staff and customers.”

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Remember those scorching days of summer? Kate Preece keeps the memories

alive in a super-hot Mini Cooper S Convertible.

Photos Charlie Rose Creative

Kate wears Yuma Singlet in Silk Crepe de Chine $345, Delphi Skirt in Italian Printed Mesh $699 and Danon Silver Beaten Disk

Necklace $399, Jane Daniels; Hair: Libby, Vivo Hair Salon, The Colombo; Makeup: Renuka, Benefit Cosmetics, Ballantynes

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’ll never forget the time I picked

a hitchhiker up in Glendhu Bay in

my Mazda MX-5. It was the summer

holidays and my friend and I had taken

the wee car on a camping trip around

the South Island. While this in itself

might seem a small feat, imagine fitting

a third passenger into the two-seater.

With the soft top down, our hitchhiker

sat on chrome bars behind the seat

and all I could see in my rear-view

mirror was his shirtless self.

Fast-forward a decade or two and

the passengers who joined me in

the Mini Cooper S convertible were

my two children. They fit easily

– and legally – in the four-seater, and

appreciated the canvas top as much

as I did.

The roof opens and closes with

an 18-second hold of a switch.

Remembering the times I had to get

out of the old MX-5 and manually

heave up the roof when our darling

Christchurch climes changed, this was

priceless. The test model even featured

a Union Jack pattern interwoven

into the canvas, complementing the

rear LED lights that also feature this

symbolic nod to the marque’s heritage.

The Mini’s dinner-plate-sized central

dial made me smile. It wasn’t the

speedometer I had encountered

in pre-2014 models, now hosting

a touchscreen where the usual

suspects hang out. For me, the rotary

dial by the handbrake was more

straightforward to operate – mostly

as it’s the same as that found in

BMWs, the aspect that displays the

familial connection most blatantly.

There are just some things that you

can’t beat in a small vehicle. Every

corner was a dream as I made my way

around Lyttelton Harbour. I would

never get sick of the accompanying

growl that ensued when the engine

opened up, kicking in when you pushed

through out the other side.

The nine-year-old was more

occupied by the stereo, which also

received a double thumbs-up. The

12-speaker Harman Kardon HiFi

system meant she was busy scrolling

past any radio host voices to seek

another turn-it-up tune. The option of

switching to Spotify is there, of course,

as is having six CDs on heavy rotation.

Much like the Mazda, this car is not

made for carting your life’s possessions

around with you. The Mini’s boot

capacity is 215 litres (160 litres when

the roof is open), though you can pop

the back seats down flat and rest up

to 80kg on the open tailgate. There’s

certainly no room for a spare, but

running on 17" runflat tyres, you’ll make

it safely to a dealer should a puncture

pierce your travel bubble.

There are ISO points to support child

seats, and a booster seat fitted well in

the back seat. However, if you want to

have the wind deflector (stored in the

boot) in place for top-down calm, you’ll

have to leave passengers three and

four at home – the foldable accessory

fits into place behind the front seats.

The zippy Mini Cooper S won me

over because it epitomises everything

that is fun about driving. It’s a little bit

quirky, a whole lot cool and even has

room for a hitchhiker or two.




That the convertible top has a

‘sunroof’ mode, opening a 40cm gap.

There’s a button that puts all

windows up or down at once.

The wireless charge station is

tucked away within the armrest,

so your phone is out of sight.


The boot’s ‘Easy Load’ system that

lifts the soft top (making the opening

taller), is a manual two-hand job

that’s fiddly for what it achieves.


Length 3850mm; width 1727mm;

height 1415mm


ANCAP 3 stars


44 litres


5 out of 6 stars; 6.5l/100km


4-cylinder, 1998cc, petrol


7-speed automatic (standard

6-speed manual)


141kW, 280Nm; 0–100km/h 7.2sec

From $55,770+ORC











he new-look McKenzie & Willis refurbished

Christchurch showroom held its grand reopening,

where guests explored the new design

store and enjoyed canapes whilst sampling

delicious 27 Seconds wines.


2 3



Wild in Art NZ, in partnership with Harcourts,

launched their second art trail for

Christchurch – Pop Up Penguins, in the stunning

Turanga. Guests were invited to join the “waddle”

and support the trail that will arrive in our city in

September. The penguins will be sold at the end of

the year to support Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.

Photos: Dice Sales Photography

5 4

1. Arron Perriam; 2. Jane Broughton; 3. Tanya Cooke, Don MacKenzie, Andre Hofenk; 4. Bridget Gabites; 5. Charlie Langhorne; 6. Alex Skinner.


There’s a very good chance

you’ve seen our work.

But you would never know.

For a personal consultation at no charge,

please call 03 363 8810

145 Innes Rd, Merivale

(Corner of Rutland St and Innes Rd)




he annual Armstrong Prestige Christchurch

Mercedes Trophy Golf Day, hosted at Clearwater

Golf Club, attracted over 80 golfers. The tournament

hosted a full field of Mercedes-Benz owners and VIP

guests, with the overall winners announced as Maria

Lee (Division A) and Wendy Timbs (Division B).


Brow artistry available now with

Sarah Mathieson

Beautiful, natural looking brows

to enhance your natural beauty.

For appointment time, please

call 03 363 8810

145 Innes Rd, Merivale

(Corner of Rutland St and Innes Rd)



Clients joined the team at Face Value to

celebrate the opening of their new Merivale

clinic. Finger food, gift bags, bubbly and live music

by Mandy Pickering set the mood and a lucky guest

walked away with a Skinbetter Science skin care

package valued at $850 and a $300 Face Value

gift voucher.

Photos: Olivia Woodward



Aquapure Hydrafacial

normally $190,

this month only, $120

For appointment time, please

call 03 363 8810

145 Innes Rd, Merivale

(Corner of Rutland St and Innes Rd)

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Every month, Style sources a range of exceptional prizes to give away.

It’s easy to enter, simply go to and fill in your details on the

‘Win With Style’ page. Entries close March 27.

Cravings covered

A must-attend event for all food lovers, The Food Show is

a culinary calendar highlight in Christchurch, Wellington and

Auckland. Discover more than 120 stands of the tastiest food

and drink, and so much more, when it arrives in the South

Island – April 3–5, Horncastle Arena. We have double passes,

worth $40, for three lucky readers.

Delizioso caffè

The Nepresso story starts in Italy, with Luigi Bezzera the man

we can thank for great coffee made with ease. This year, two

more flavours join the permanent Ispirazione (intense) Italiana

range, all of which are inspired by Italy’s cities. Try newcomers

Ispirazione Napoli and Ispirazione Venezia, along with the

other five in the range, by winning our $63.30 Nespresso pack.

Body boost

No matter what your training goal may be, UltraBLIS

offers immune support for optimal performance. Its unique

combination of probiotic strains support both our oral and

gut microbiomes to support and strengthen overall immunity.

We have a three months’ supply of BLIS Probiotics –

UltraBLIS to give away, valued at $105.

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Maggie Eyre provides practical tips to land your message in

Being You: How to Build Your Personal Brand and Confidence.

This practical book teaches effective tips and techniques for

all forms of personal branding, drawing on the secrets of

some of the world’s biggest names. We have three copies

($32.99) to give away.


Trish Clothier, ULTRACEUTICALS: Anna Frost, MARIMEKKO: Deirdre Sheppard.

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Extraordinary ideas start small

Christchurch | 12 Papanui Road





On this four day hike along the famous Inca Highway you’ll enjoy

stunning mountain and cloud forest scenery and explore ruins dating

back to Inca times. Surrounded by such beauty and mystery, you will

soon see why this is South Americas’ most popular trek!




An ideal introduction to Cuzco and Machu Picchu and the delightful

Sacred Valley of the Incas. This area is very rich in history and culture,

being the heartland of the Inca Empire when it was at its peak. You’ll

visit the amazing Inca sites of Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo in

addition to the jewel in the crown, Machu Picchu. End your time in

charming Cuzco, once the Inca ‘Capital of the World’.



$ 1530pp



$ 2260pp

Twin share, flights additional

Twin share, flights additional


Trekking to Machu Picchu - Porters and all meals

- Incredible scenery - Ancient ruins - Aguas Calientes Market


Cuzco - Sacred Valley of the Incas - The Lost City of Machu Picchu

- Pisac Markets - Ollantaytambo Fortress - Sacsayhuaman

INCLUDES: Inca Trail Trek permit • Specialist English speaking

guide • Porters who carry up to 7kg of your equipment • Return

transportation from Cuzco aboard Peru Rail’s Expedition Train

• Sleeping bag & tent • 3x breakfasts, 3x lunches, 3x dinners

INCLUDES: Tailor-made journey with English speaking local

guides • 5 nights’ in your selected category of accommodation

• Transfers and transport • Sightseeing & entrance fees

• 5x breakfasts, 2x lunches, 1x dinner






HORNBY 344 3070 I MERIVALE 355 2200 NORTHLANDS 352 4578 I RANGIORA 313 0288 I RICCARTON 341 3900


CONDITIONS: Prices correct as of 27 Feb 2020 & are subject to availability. All prices are per person in NZ dollars and based twin share. Flights are additional. A non-refundable nontransferable

deposit of 20% is required within 7 days of booking confirmation and full payment due 60 days prior to departure. Travel Insurance: It is a requirement of this travel arrangement

that all travellers must take out a fully comprehensive travel insurance for the full duration of this trip. For full booking terms & conditions please ask your House of Travel consultant.

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