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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
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Writers, heading into the Arts Centre
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among like-minded literary lovers. The
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then, but I expect things might not be
so straightforward for my children.
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of global issues is part of playground
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In this issue, we explore the
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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.
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
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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MORE THAN MATHS
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
TRADITIONAL VERSUS CONTEMPORARY
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
“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
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
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
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”.
THE PROGRESS DEBATE
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.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
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
“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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THE MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS
Being part of a community of empowered young women sets St Margaret’s College
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How does St Margaret’s nurture growing minds to
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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
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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 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
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Knowing you are part of a community of empowered
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What excites you the most about this year for the girls?
As always, the teachers have worked hard to review the
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“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
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,
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political, environmental, future
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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
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
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Meet the Principal
- SELWYN HOUSE SCHOOL -
16 March: 9am – noon
11 May: 9am – noon
13 May: 6.30 – 7.30pm
Dr Lyn Bird, Principal
15 May: 4pm
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.
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- ST ANDREW’S COLLEGE -
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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- MEDBURY SCHOOL -
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
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.”
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For some people, work is their happy place.
THE SHARK PILOT
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
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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
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
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.
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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
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
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.
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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
doors reflecting the American East
Coast architectural style.
With a complex design & build such
as this, a high level of communication
and transparency was required right
from the first meeting.
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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
sorts of attire, but generally, at 5am, pyjamas, dressing
gown and slippers is the mode of dress. I sneak in to
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
about my home office. I am lucky enough to
have a separate office. This enables me to work
whenever I want – I’m looking at you, 3am. The
other advantage is that with the door shut, my
focus turns fully to work. I cannot see a myriad of
other distractions fighting for my attention – and the
distractions cannot see me.
Not everyone wants or needs a whole room
dedicated to office space. However, most people
need an area to keep the laptop, paperwork
and household communication, as well as the
proliferation of charging cords required to run our
collection of devices. Whether you are managing a
small business or household from your home office
space, you need to find a style and system that is
both inspirational and functional.
Firstly, let’s be realistic about your needs. If you
have a variety of bills and documents, a sleek,
minimal desk is not going to provide the storage
capacity you require – things are likely to get pretty
messy. My desk surface area is large (and, of course,
always utterly organised), but for those times when
multiple projects and paper combine to create a
sort of admin level five weather system, I appreciate
the surface to spread my ideas.
Look at the function of your home office space.
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STYLE | architecture 43
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.
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It was an old Christchurch rubber
factory full of old Vespas and car
parts that caught the eye of three
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
“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 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
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
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
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
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
“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,”
It proved popular, and not just
because of the earthquake. Globally, the
way people were working was changing,
“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
“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,
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
“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
“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
introduced since you started here
There are now three franchises in
Canterbury, which is really exciting.
I have been blown away by the
response to the new brand. It is
playing out exactly how these new
models are working globally, with the
customer demanding fairness in the
fee structure. We’ve also done a lot
of research and understand that over
50 per cent of families have less than
$5000 in resources to put their hands
on for unexpected purchases. Because
of this, we now have a marketing
launch bundle with all our residential
listings that includes significant
marketing that we organise and the
client doesn’t have to pay for.
Why have you made the change?
This makes it so much easier for
families to get their home on the
market and ensures great promotion,
while they get to keep money in their
pocket for other expenses.
How will this benefit the vendor?
It really is about making things
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marketing package that we provide
as standard. And vendors think the
change is marvellous!
What do you hope this will
introduce to the real estate industry?
I would love for the overall perception
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We want our clients to be relaxed
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50 STYLE | art
– CHRISTCHURCH –
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paint, polished hand-wrought nails. Image: Collection of the artist
New and recent works by early career artists will
be showcased in an exhibition provoking feelings of
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
Kaan. 125 Aikmans Road, Merivale, March 20 – April 24.
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.
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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
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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
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Galleries Dunedin, March 21 – April 14.
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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
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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.
A Louis Vuitton trunk once owned by an American
socialite will be shown at an exhibition at London’s
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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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Seal of England, 1558–1603.
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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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LAWN REPAIR OR
SOWING A NEW LAWN
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,
or get a lawn mix from a landscape
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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.
AUTUMN LAWN TIPS
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
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
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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
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I have noticed that when the weather starts to
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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
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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
Fearless use of accessories,
Metal Tie Deviation
Shirt $427, Metal
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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
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Gold Plate $115, NIKKI ROSS 12. Manhattan Boot $419, KATHRYN WILSON 13. The Amity Necklace $349, CATHY POPE
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OSCAR DE LA RENTA
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.
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6. Asymmetric Hem $169.90, WITCHERY 7. Tabasco Long Boot $369.90, MERCHANT
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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
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
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your bedfellows. The Wrap
Set features a belted, longsleeved
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fully traceable manufacturing
and all leftover fabric turned
into paper, it’s a brand that
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wealth, opulence, lavishness.
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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
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A new fave!
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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
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brighten, and firm”. It also contains the likes of arjun
tree and micro-algae extracts, tremella and poria
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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
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the news that they’re set to have
the biggest beauty store in the
southern hemisphere. Mecca has
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of 2020 it will be opening its 115th
store across 1200sqm – three
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SET ME FREE
Is it time to tackle a new career path? We highlight what might be holding you
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You’re tracking your boss across the office as you scroll
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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
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You need a change and only you can do it. And yes, it may
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The invisible binds
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it is time to cut those invisible binds. Society impresses on us
the importance of having a good job so we can display our
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
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
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mind. Allow the answers to surprise you.
‘What-ifs’ and ‘blurts’
After finding the answer to the questions, you’ll likely get a
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my rent/mortgage if I leave this job? What if I fail? What if my
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
will continue to leap out when you are planning, but just keep
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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
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
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
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
How much fitness is required to see
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
most favourite destinations in the world!
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Best of Peru with Eclipse Travel
This 9-day tailor made adventure delivers the many wonders
of Peru including Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, Lima,
and, of course, Machu Picchu - perhaps the most breathtaking
archaeological site in the world. You will begin by exploring the
colonial grandeur and excellent museums of Lima before heading
to Cusco to get a taste of Andean culture through fascinating
archaeological sites, bustling markets and impressive scenery.
The world-renowned highlights of Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
will leave you in awe of this truly unique destination. Eclipse
Travel packages are completely tailor made, meaning you
can decide your schedule, standard of accommodation,
additional activities and more.
9 day package from
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facilities and breakfast included
9 Internal airfare from Lima to Cusco
9 Tours with English speaking guides
9 Hotel taxes & entrance fees
International Flights are additional
per person share twin
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86 STYLE | promotion
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. foodshow.co.nz
88 STYLE | food
From eatery updates to delicious dishes, we provide
the scoop on the latest taste sensations.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
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.
FRESH ON THE PLATE
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
AROUND THE WORLD WITH...
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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GO BACK TO…
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.
IN THE PANTRY
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.
3 O’CLOCK FLAVOUR
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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FRIENDSHIP: A RECIPE
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.”
92 STYLE | motoring
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
STYLE | motoring 93
’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.
2020 MINI COOPER S
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;
ANCAP 3 stars
FUEL TANK CAPACITY:
5 out of 6 stars; 6.5l/100km
4-cylinder, 1998cc, petrol
7-speed automatic (standard
141kW, 280Nm; 0–100km/h 7.2sec
IS WHEN THE
INSIDE IS AS
MCKENZIE & WILLIS
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.
POP UP PENGUINS
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
1. Arron Perriam; 2. Jane Broughton; 3. Tanya Cooke, Don MacKenzie, Andre Hofenk; 4. Bridget Gabites; 5. Charlie Langhorne; 6. Alex Skinner.
ARE YOU CAMERA READY?
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)
TROPHY GOLF DAY
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).
FRAME YOUR FACE
Brow artistry available now with
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)
FACE VALUE OPENS
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
Photos: Olivia Woodward
LOVE YOUR SKIN
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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WIN WITH STYLE
Every month, Style sources a range of exceptional prizes to give away.
It’s easy to enter, simply go to www.style.kiwi and fill in your details on the
‘Win With Style’ page. Entries close March 27.
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. foodshow.co.nz
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.
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. blis.co.nz
Be the brand
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. exislepublishing.com
LAST MONTH’S WINNERS: NOVOTEL RESTAURANT VOUCHER: Rachael van Hilten, HANMER SPRINGS TREATMENT:
Trish Clothier, ULTRACEUTICALS: Anna Frost, MARIMEKKO: Deirdre Sheppard.
*Conditions: Each entry is limited to one per person. You may enter all giveaways. If you are selected as a winner, your name will be published in the following
month’s edition. By registering your details, entrants give permission for Star Media to send further correspondence, which you can opt out of at any stage.
Extraordinary ideas start small
Christchurch | 12 Papanui Road
THE INCA TRAIL
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!
CUZCO, SACRED VALLEY
& MACHU PICCHU
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’.
4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS
6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS
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
“DISCOVER MYSTERY, CHARM & CULTURE
IN THE HEARTLAND OF THE INCA EMPIRE!”
COME IN STORE | HOT.CO.NZ
BARRINGTON 331 7182 I CHRISTCHURCH CITY 365 7687 I FERRYMEAD 376 4022 I HIGH ST LANES 335 3722
HORNBY 344 3070 I MERIVALE 355 2200 NORTHLANDS 352 4578 I RANGIORA 313 0288 I RICCARTON 341 3900
SHIRLEY 385 0710 I UPPER RICCARTON 343 0869
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.