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Dunedin jeweller Debra Fallowfield, with
rescue dog Maia, at home in her creative zone.
Read about Debra’s creative path on page 13.
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They create with their hands pieces of exceptional quality and into each
item weave the love of their craft. Meet the artisans.
She is straight-talking,
funny and her creative
process is completely organic.
Port Chalmers’ Debra
Fallowfield is the jeweller
for “uncommon people”.
t appears to be a problem with no
Debra Fallowfield is trying to get
an eternity ring to Australia by Friday.
It’s Tuesday. The man who ordered
it doesn’t care how much it costs to
get it there. Debra has spent the
morning trying to solve the problem,
but despite the formidable force that
she is, she cannot speed up transit
Rescue dog Maia keeps Debra company in her Port Chalmers workshop. Photo Acorn photography
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Self-taught, Debra prides herself on pushing her craft beyond its limits. Photo Acorn photography
“It’s just not going to happen with Covid-19,” she
But with whiplash-like quickness, she is cheerful once
again. You get the sense there is not much that can keep
the Port Chalmers jeweller down, not even the February
22, 2011 earthquake, which tried its best to decimate
She was in her Lichfield Street gallery, by Poplar Lane,
when she got a phone call from a neighbour that her
two mastiff-cross dogs were barking up a storm in the
neighbourhood. And now noise control was sitting outside
“So I went home, put the dogs on the couch and put the
TV on and told them [the dogs] I had to go back to work,”
she says. “Then the bloody earthquake hit. I was really
lucky, the dogs must’ve known.”
The back of her building had fallen off and, like many
businesses, it was about six months before she was given
10 minutes in her studio to fill a wheelie bin and get out.
Debra never returned to the building after that.
It was the middle of wedding ring season and Debra
had to get back to work. Her husband and builder, Dean
Brewster, divided their bedroom, creating a workroom for
Debra to continue her craft while the city slowly put itself
A couple of years later, Debra and Dean moved to
Port Chalmers, charmed by its eclectic artistic vibe. She
now manufactures from her Dunedin home and Dean
has joined her in the workroom after hanging up his tools.
Their constant companion is rescue dog Maia.
“I’d say you are a wee bit needy, aren’t you,” Debra
murmurs to Maia, as she pats her, reassuring the pooch
that they will go for a walk soon.
“All she wants is cuddles, hugs and love. Even if I have a
fire going on in the other room, she still has to be in the
studio,” she says.
Debra became a jeweller quite by accident. She has
always been a bit of magpie, she says, the child in the ballet
class who had to have the dress with the most sparkles. At
12, she was at flea markets with her polymer clay jewellery,
making enough to visit her aunt in Australia. At 19, as
many people did in the 1980s, she packed her bags and
left Dunedin for Australia, where she worked in publishing.
When the industry started appreciating a more digital
presence, she had to upskill, which is how, surprisingly, she
stumbled upon crafting jewellery.
“I was supposed to do a computer course that had been
cancelled in Sydney and they said, ‘Do you want to do this
jewellery course or do you want your money back?’ ”
She opted for the course. Though if you say the
word “training” to Debra, she’ll have a chuckle and a bit
of a snort. For this self-taught jeweller, there was no
“I have no manufacturing experience and I have no art
school background either. It was just a hobby and it wasn’t
until I moved back to New Zealand pregnant, 31 years
old and living with my parents that I took it up seriously,”
The tagline on her website is: ‘Extraordinary jewellery for
“I did wonder if that sounded a bit pretentious,” says
Debra in that way she has of thinking out loud.
“But it means that it is OK not to be completely
normal. I’ve learned over the years, that you can’t please
everybody. The world would be a boring place if people
liked the same things, so that is kind of what my jewellery
She has developed her own techniques, always
challenging the “right way” of doing things.
“I would ask, ‘Why can’t we do it this way?’ Often the
answer was because ‘that’s not the way it is done’. To
me, that is not an answer, that’s just a brush-off. Well, why
isn’t it done that way? What happens if it is done this way?”
Debra is not afraid of failing with her experiments either,
because they have led to her “quite different techniques”
and bespoke pieces.
Rattling sounds ramp up in the background. It is time
for Debra to head off to her gallery in George Street. It is
already shaping up to be a busy day for the jeweller, but
she wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Kathryn’s experience ranges from catwalks to dog collars. Photo Danielle Colvin
If you see a dog sporting a leather
collar adorned with crystals,
cameos and studs, it is highly likely
it is a Kathryn Payne original.
The view from Kathryn Payne’s
Mount Pleasant workroom is rather
spectacular. The Christchurch estuary
melds with the light in different ways
throughout the day. But today the
Christchurch fashion and accessories
designer may not see it as much. She has
a very busy day ahead with a large list of
orders for her bespoke dog collars. She
has just done the dash from her Lyttelton
home to drop off two-year-old Ottó to
preschool and then to her mum’s house
at Mt Pleasant where she occupies three
rooms on the top floor of the house and
part of the garage.
Kathryn has seemingly done it all in
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“Sometimes you end up
on the path you weren’t
necessarily intending to end
up on, but things work out
that way,” she says.
Kathryn’s collars are made to last.
popular collars are injected with
signature flair in the form of crystals,
cameos and studs, but are made
to be incredibly robust, with
premium quality saddlery leathers
and rust-free hardware.
Her design journey started when
she was a child and was fascinated
by a sewing machine and all it could
produce. Fashion was also in her
blood, she says, as her grandfather
was a master pattern cutter and
tailor, while her mother was a keen
sewer. Kathryn went from high
school into an advanced diploma
in fashion technology and design at
Christchurch Polytech (today’s Ara
Institute of Canterbury). It was there
she became fascinated with leather.
“I wanted to make a leather jacket
and one of the tutors there had
some knowledge about working
with it. I’ve actually still got that
jacket. It is a pretty beautiful; I did a
good job with it for my first piece of
leatherwork,” she says with a laugh.
She began making a leather
accessories range. It included leather
belts and chokers twisted in unique
3D patterns and was sold to places
like Workshop under her Kathryn
Leah Payne label. At age 25, London
beckoned and it was there that
she worked for fashion houses like
Caroline Charles and Bolongaro
Trevor. When she returned to
Christchurch in 2008, she resumed
her clothing and accessories line and
Kathryn was chosen to show
at New Zealand Fashion Week
2010, but didn’t quite have a
fairytale journey to the catwalk. The
September 4, 2010 earthquake hit
and her Cathedral Square workroom
was “trashed”. Her garments,
fortunately, were not damaged and
she was still able to make it to the
catwalk on time.
But afterwards, Kathryn felt it
was time to change gears and
concentrate on small goods like
accessories and homewares.
“The fashion world in New
Zealand is quite a competitive
environment and you need to invest
a lot of money upfront to really get
your brand out there,” she says. “I
was just a one-woman band.”
And one thing Kathryn refuses to
compromise on is quality.
“I only use good quality materials
and hardware because longevity
is really important to me. I source
the very best raw materials and
my pieces ended up being quite
expensive by the time they reached
the customer, especially if I sold
through a shop,” she says.
Enter the MoWoof Collar Co
and a dog called Bo. When Kathryn
got Bo, she was more than a little
perturbed at the lack of quality dog
collars on the market.
“They were made with really
cheap leather that has a fake coating
that cracks and peels, and hardware
rusts. I could see straight away, what
was available was just not going to
“I set myself on a path of learning
saddlery techniques and sourcing
saddlery leathers to make the best
quality dog collars,” she says.
And happy dogs are apparently
the best marketing tool. Soon her
friends wanted designer dog collars
and word of mouth quickly spread
and continues to do so today.
She works closely with her
clientele, suggesting items that would
go well with the colour of their dog’s
fur and selects from the leather hide
the perfect piece to make the collar.
It has been an interesting journey,
“Sometimes you end up on
the path you weren’t necessarily
intending to end up on, but things
work out that way,” she says.
“You can’t just stop at the first ‘no’
you get. You have to really believe in
your product and push through until
you find the people who get what
you are doing. That gives you more
and more confidence.”
And that path for Kathryn right
now, has her happily working away
on the top storey of her mum’s
house, creating beautiful designer
leather collars for our furry friends.
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THE NATURAL SOAP MAKER
Kirstin Dana’s battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma saw a surprise
skincare business emerge from the experience.
The range of products Kirstin creates are all free from nasties.
Kirstin Dana sat on her bathroom
floor with a laptop and the contents
of her cupboard strewn around her.
It was 2012 and her skin was suffering
badly from the assault of radiation and
chemotherapy fed into her body to
treat Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was
looking for something gentle to soothe
and cleanse her skin and had tried a
natural soap. But to her disappointment,
she found one of the ingredients was
palm oil, the production of which has
been reported widely as being linked
to deforestation and the destruction of
“I thought, ‘I just can’t support this.’ ”
She already had a love for soaps,
hoarding beautiful bars her aunty gifted
her and making her own as a teenager.
So, she toyed with the idea of making
“Because I came away from chemo
with a brain injury, I wasn’t confident
about doing it,” Kirstin says. “A local lady
showed me and after that I was away.
And I thought, ‘Right, if I am making
this it is going to be no additives, no
chemicals and no synthetics.’ Our body
does not need this kind of stuff.”
Which is how she ended up on the
bathroom floor on a Saturday afternoon.
“I needed to be clear about what
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ingredients I didn’t know and researched
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made it difficult for her to continue her
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“My friend said, ‘Right you need do
something that gets you out of bed
every day. You cannot stay at home
hiding from the world.’ And I thought,
well, maybe I should get into making
more soap,” says Kirstin.
Pushing through nerves and fears
she would not be able to support
herself, she began creating natural
soaps concocted only with the
hand of nature. Clays, spices, herbs,
seaweed, superfoods, coffee and
essential oils are just some of the
things she uses to make her colourful
soaps with swirls and stripes. They
are quite delicious looking, to the
point they have disappointed hungry
children at markets.
“They go, ‘Look mum, cake!’ ”
she laughs. “It is quite funny watching
their faces light up at how ‘big’ the
cakes are. The poor things, they get
so disappointed when they can’t
With her wicked sense of humour,
she has even invented a soap made
from Speight’s beer.
The Bloke Soap Beer & Mud was
born when Kirstin was concerned
about the soap her housemate was
using because of the ingredients in it.
“He’s your typical southern man.
truck driver. I offered him some of
my natural soap and he looks at it
and says, ‘Put some beer in it and I
might consider it.’ ”
Challenged accepted, says Kirstin
with a laugh.
She found some beer in the back
of the fridge and got to work. Before
long she was handing him the first
piece of Bloke Soap.
“He just kept using it. He’s realised
skin is your biggest organ and you
have to look after it,” she says.
Kirstin’s path to finding her passion
has not been an easy one, but
she wouldn’t want the story to be
written any differently.
“I think my life is better now, even
with the difficulties from treatment.
To do something that I love every
day is just so amazing.”
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The Covid-19 experience has varied
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A few extra winter additions will give you
that relaxed feeling when you walk in the
door. Consider a new wood basket, a
snuggly throw, or a perfumed candle that
reflects the season to settle you into the
next phase of the year.
Home may now be your entertainment
centre. For cosy nights watching movies, add
in a dimmable floor lamp. A foot stool or
velvet beanbag and some great platters for
serving popcorn and sweets will go down a
treat and create an intimate feeling.
The wellbeing gym
To turn a part of your home into a
wellbeing area, look at creating a quiet
corner for yoga, meditation and other
calming practices. Add indoor plants in
pretty wicker and metallic pots, a soy-melt
burner and a soothing playlist to enhance
the feeling of peace.
“HANG CURTAINS. THEY COMPLETE
A ROOM. THINK OF THEM AS THE
MASCARA OF DECORATING.”
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Interiors we are passionate about helping clients select the best
treatments for their windows.
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window furnishings, interior design, styling and manufacture. Our
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If you have been looking at
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to get some expert help and
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What does Covid-19 mean for real estate? We asked Cowdy’s
Nick Cowdy and Tom Rennie for their expert advice.
How has Covid-19 impacted the real estate market?
Nick: Obviously, the market isn’t as confident when compared
to pre-Covid-19, which was a real sellers’ market. Now
I would consider it to be more balanced but with signs
of increasing confidence from buyers. There is very little
housing stock on the market, record low interest rates and
Christchurch is one of the most affordable cities in the country
and this will cause demand to exceed supply and see a rise in
What do vendors and buyers need to know in order to
manoeuvre the post-Covid environment?
Tom: For owners, we would suggest a good analysis of
the property to help confirm a good sales strategy. The
fundamentals haven’t changed; invest in good advertising so
consumers know the property is available. For buyers, look
at property as a long-term investment and don’t be afraid of
having a go.
What is your advice to people who are feeling apprehensive
about the market?
Nick: No one has a crystal ball and it is a big financial decision.
If you are buying and selling in the same market, then there is
nothing to worry about. If you are a bargain hunter, put in
as many offers as you can. But don’t get your hopes up as
there are plenty of other buyers out there happy to pay fair
What have been some of the highlights for Cowdy over the
past 12 months?
Tom: One of the sale highlights was definitely a property on
Hewitts Road, Merivale. The property held great memories
from my adolescent years. We were in competition for the
business, so to have my friend’s parents put their trust in me,
in a professional sense, was really rewarding. We ran a fourweek
deadline-sale campaign, received seven offers and a final
sale price that exceeded expectations. The strategy and effort
we put in really paid dividends and our clients walked away
with a transparent and successful experience.
Nick: I spend a lot of time learning about 1950s, ’60s and ’70s
Christchurch architecture. I am very passionate about it and
do a bit of writing on it, when I get time. Selling a beautifully
renovated Warren and Mahoney property on Office Road,
Merivale was a real pleasure. While my writing and research
came about because of an interest, it is incredibly rewarding to
have owners of these special properties recognise my efforts.
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LEFT TO RIGHT: Tom Rennie, Jacob Wieblitz and Nick Cowdy
TO REAL ESTATE
From corporate to Cowdy, Jacob Wieblitz is now part of the team.
You’ve just joined the team, what drew you to Cowdy?
I’ve come from a large corporate real estate brand so it is
really interesting to see how an independent brand works.
When I had the opportunity to come and have a look
behind the scenes at Cowdy, I was immediately impressed
by what I saw. The time and research that goes into
clients’ properties, the quality of the marketing and the
office vibe was something I knew I wanted to be a part of.
I’m also a real family man, so it’s great to be working for a
family-owned and operated business. A definite bonus is
being able to sit with the owner of the company and use
that knowledge and experience to my client’s advantage.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Prior to real estate, I was based in Los Angeles for a few
years working with a band that toured the world. This
was only at certain times of the year, so during my off
time I found a passion for volunteer work. I worked in
Peru, the Dominican Republic and Haiti for months at a
time and was eventually hired on as a project coordinator
of programmes that help regions recover after natural
disasters. Dealing with cultural differences, language
barriers, impossible-to-find resources and even armed
hold-ups were just some of the day-to-day experiences.
I learnt a lot during this time, but, after a few years,
was ready to return home and get into my other passion
What is your goal when working with clients?
I’ve always aimed for 10 out of 10 feedback. Every client
is different and for me that means finding out what their
needs are. I want to ensure the client gets the result they
are after, with some fun along the way.
What is your point of difference from other agents?
The ability to keep both the buyer and seller happy.
There is a skill in being able to achieve results for a
vendor without making a buyer feel like they are not
being looked after. It’s important for everyone to enjoy
24 STYLE | art
Heather Brown was a busy business owner. But bubbling beneath was
her artist’s soul waiting to be released. She talks to Shelley Robinson about her
latest exhibition and finding her ‘soul dance’.
For hours on end, Heather Brown will work. Frenetically
stroking layers of paint in sweeping motions across her
canvas. Clad in her slippers and pyjamas, she had only intended
to pop across the driveway to her studio for a moment. But
when she reemerges from the place she goes to create, she
realises the day has slipped away.
Heather laughs and shakes her head at herself. When we
meet, she is wearing an apron splattered with paint and classical
music plays softly in the background. Her Christchurch studio
is filled with early afternoon light, bouncing off the resin on her
artwork. Paintings are propped on walls, tables and easels and
wait, like expectant children, to be packed into the car. At the
time of publishing, they will be on display at the SCAPE Public
Art exhibition, In the Stillness.
Heather has led life at a swift pace. With her husband Neville,
she owns FreshChoice City Market and Barrington, working
together while juggling family life. All the while, however,
bubbling beneath the surface has been a stream of creative
energy waiting patiently to be released.
It was when the Browns were building a new home
in 2003 that inspiration struck. The white walls suddenly
beckoned to Heather, asking to be completed with works
of art that were of her own hand. So, she bought some
canvases and headed to her garage to respond.
“It [the garage] was a place where I got my joy, where
time became expanded, irrelevant,” she says. “It was restful
to my mind, but at the same time energising because I was
only thinking of one thing, instead of the life I would lead
outside of the garage.”
She still had the business to run, so the garage was
abandoned once the artwork were complete.
A chance meeting with renowned New Zealand artist
Max Gimblett saw her take up an invitation to spend time
with him in New York in 2012. Then, on a trip to France,
she had an opportunity to paint one-on-one with a French
American painter, Véronique Porter, in a small town called
“We painted all day in her atelier [studio] and she would
invite her other artist friends to join us. They would come
and paint and then disappear and then someone else
would come and join us,” she says.
In 2015, Heather went to Tuscany, Italy and this time
sought out a painting class. In an old watermill building in a
village of Posara, she joined 10 other artists to study with
With her creative fire thoroughly stoked, Heather
returned to New Zealand and she knew it was time to get
“cracking”. She purchased a building at 125 Aikmans Road,
Merivale, to use as a working studio and gallery, which she
would later call Studio 125 Gallery. While she waited for
the then occupier’s lease to run out, she found a space
three doors down to serve as her temporary studio.
“I would go there and paint all day, every day. I couldn’t
get the paint on the canvas quick enough,” she smiles.
When Heather was working on opening FreshChoice
City Market, she offered use of the building to SCAPE
Public Art. Heather is showing her series Psalm 46:10 there
alongside other artists for the In the Stillness exhibition. She
donates a portion of her sales to SCAPE.
Heather has a wonderful way of talking; gesticulating with
her elegant artist’s hands. But this shifts into another gear
when she talks about her series.
She rises from her chair and moves across the studio to
where her painting Shepherd’s Delight rests on an easel. The
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light streaming in from the skylights almost illuminates her
and the painting.
“It is like the series came up in my spirit almost. When
I pray about what I should create, I like to tap into a place
that is much higher than myself,” she says.
The words ‘Psalm 46:10’ sprang into her mind and she
didn’t know what they meant. Her bible revealed it was, ‘Be
still, and know that I am God.’
“The whole collection is about the stilling of your mind.
To bring you down from the frenetic pace that most of us
live our lives. We almost race every day to get to the end
of the day.
“And so, the whole collection in my mind was about
creating something that didn’t demand too much of the
viewer but still the mind of the viewer a little,” she says.
She turns towards the painting, the resin reflecting her
“When you look at the painting you are then part of it
when you gaze in.”
She moves deftly once again to where another piece,
Morning Glory, rests. They work together, she explains,
representing the start and the end of the day, and an
opportunity to live better with each new dawn. Clarity, a
black and white piece, explores the stillness of the day at
which time wisdom can be heard.
“In the busyness of the day there is noise and we
can’t actually hear the wisdom. And the voice of wisdom
is calling out to us all the time, to lead us in the right
Heather smiles as she moves back to her chair.
“And now it is like I can’t actually do anything else. I
believe it is what I am meant to be doing. Finally, after all
these years I’ve found the sweet spot. I’ve found the dance
of my soul. Because that is what it feels like when I am
painting, like my soul is dancing.
“It heals, it makes something whole within you. I feel as a
woman it is a very important part of who we are and when
we don’t allow it to express itself, I do feel like something is
missing,” she says.
And now it is time for us to leave, for Heather’s soul is
beckoning her to dance once more.
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IT’S A TEAM EFFORT
Dr Michele McMaster understands how stressful it can be when our pets
are unwell. She explains how McMaster & Heap Veterinary
Practice has built a specialised team and facility to support its clients.
What has been a highlight on your
journey so far?
We completed our 350sqm expansion
last year and are thrilled we can offer
our clients and their pets a completely
separate cat reception, alongside
dedicated cat consulting rooms, a
special cat intensive care and treatment
area. I’m very proud of our stateof-the-art
theatre and surgical suite,
where complex orthopaedic cases,
like spinal surgeries, take place. We
have created a one-stop-shop, where
all your pets’ needs are catered for
with exceptional care, attention to
detail and, collectively, decades of vet
It seems you just keep expanding but
still keep personalised service. What
is your secret?
Steve Heap and I are just a great team.
He is definitely the big picture thinker
and I deal with day-to-day running.
Our practice is independently owned
and has a family friendly feel to it. We
try hard to see our own clients so
there is better follow-through of cases
and clients get to form trusting, lasting
relationships with each of us.
We still love what we do 30 years
on and a big part of that is because
we regard our staff as our biggest
asset. We have nine highly-skilled
veterinarians and 21 support staff. We
don’t micromanage because we trust
and enable them to make day-to-day
decisions and be their best at work. As
a result, we have a great team culture
and have retained key people with
special skills allowing us to offer a wide
range of services to pet owners.
Tell us about your own furry friends.
Lola, our 11-year-old black Labrador is
just about more famous than both of
us! Lola has been meeting and greeting
our clients since she was 12 weeks old.
She is a frequent flier on Facebook and
our clients love seeing her holidaying
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Sara Hodgson, Steve Heap, Michele McMaster, LOLA the Labrador,
Kirsty Thompson, Helen Milner, Richard Lucy.
in the Bay of Islands, fishing, swimming
and watching our sons at tennis. She is
a kidney cancer survivor and is utterly
beautiful and kind.
Maximus, our chunky ginger baby,
is the laziest cat I’ve ever met! But he
adores us and Lola and keeps the feisty
neighbours’ cat away and blobs on any
cosy lap he can find.
What is the most valuable thing you
do for people and their pets?
We love making a positive difference
by solving their problems, quickly
and professionally. It is a fantastic
feeling when you are responsible for
improving the quality of life of a muchloved
For instance, Steve operates on blind
dogs with bilateral cataracts. After
surgery, these dogs are able to see
immediately and the smiles on their
and their owner’s faces are priceless.
We never turn clients away and will
always squeeze in a sick patient.
What might people be surprised
We offer chemotherapy. Lola had
chemotherapy after her kidney tumour
was surgically removed about five
years ago. She hardly experienced side
effects and she really fought to survive
and to date is cancer-free and living
her best life. We have a highly-skilled
committed team of passionate vets
and nurses who get huge rewards
treating these amazing animals, often
very successfully. It’s certainly not for
every patient or every family but we
always give our clients all the options,
discussing, in-depth, the side effects,
what chemo looks like for their pet,
financial costs and the expected
The Club House is our socialising hub. It’s my favourite
place to spend time with friends over a cup of tea or be
part of the organised activities on offer.
The Club House is our socialising hub. It’s my favourite
place to spend time with friends over a cup of tea or be
part of the organised activities on offer.
Lady Wigram Village living includes spacious villas and elegant apartments,
surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds.
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a hospital care home, rest home or dedicated dementia unit. Construction is
well under way and due for completion soon.
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a hospital care home, rest home or dedicated dementia unit. Construction is
well under way and due for completion soon.
Call in for a visit or contact:
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Phone 03 341 0543
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Call in for a visit or contact:
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Phone 03 341 0543
Mobile Email 027 3411 464
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THE LEISURE LAWN
If you’d rather spend your time with a latte and not on the end of a lawnmower,
let us introduce you to the wonders of fake lawn.
Words Sue Witteman
Back in the day, plastic grass was a bit of a joke – it
looked so bad that it could not be taken seriously.
But now, premium grass at the dearer end of the scale
looks and feels like real grass.
Made of hard-wearing polypropylene and
polyethylene, not only can you get it in different
shades of green, but it can come with built-in thatch
(that stuff we try to get rid of in our real lawns!). If
you look closely, you can see brown blades of grass
amongst the green, which adds a realistic touch.
WHY CHOOSE AN ARTIFICIAL LAWN?
Maintenance is probably top of the list of reasons.
This type of lawn is (mostly) maintenance-free (no
watering) and this may be desirable if you have limited
leisure time and don’t want to spend it mowing.
Depending on your climate and the wear and tear,
an artificial lawn will look good all year round whereas
a real grass lawn can be an eyesore for large parts of
the year. You can walk on it when wet with no mud
being trekked inside and those with allergies can finally
enjoy lawn-time. It is great around a swimming pool to
prevent bare feet landing on bees.
It is easy to install, so soon you will be having a
lawn experience with time leftover to go and have
DRAWBACKS TO AN ARTIFICIAL LAWN?
Nothing is perfect. It can still get weeds (blown in or
dropped by birds) and moss, though nowhere near
as much as on a real lawn. You can weed by hand or
spray, or use a stiff broom to dislodge the moss.
After three or so years, your lawn may be looking
a bit uneven with humps and hollows and the seams
may be pulling apart – this will be the sand moving
underneath it. Time to lift it, rake it flat and consolidate
the sand again.
In the summer months, the grass can get hot. If this
happens, particularly if kids are playing on it, then you
can hose it with water to cool it down. Note that you
shouldn’t get grass burn with the newer grasses.
Because artificial grass is not a living thing and
therefore acts more like paving, you may need a
resource consent if it takes up a certain percentage of
your section or covers a big area.
with Tim Goom
We’ve made it through lockdown and maybe learned a few
lessons along the way! We can now celebrate beyond our
bubble and welcome increasing numbers of guests back into
our homes and gardens.
Hopefully, our Covid journey will carry on in its current direction as
restrictions continue to relax, although the general consensus is border
restrictions beyond the Australia/Pacific region will remain for at least
another 12 months. With the recent enforced home time, many have
gained clarity regarding which changes would vastly improve their
living, both indoors and out- and acquired a renewed enthusiasm
New Building Act Opens Up Opportunity!
The Government’s announcement of changes to the Building Act
for low-risk building work is big news as it will make revamping your
outdoor living space simpler and more cost-effective (not to mention
help aid economic recovery and fire up our construction industry).
This is exciting for Homeowners and Landscapers alike!
In a nutshell, from August single-storey detached buildings of up to
30 square metres (including outdoor rooms, sleep outs, home offices,
carports and detached pergolas) will no longer require a building
consent. Outdoor fires and ovens will also be exempted. This means
homeowners won’t have to pay or apply for consents and there
won’t be regular council inspections of progress. Greater efficiency in
completing your project and less red tape to navigate!
Lockdown brought home to me the huge benefits of having options
and usable outdoor spaces even when the days get shorter and the
temperatures dip. Why invest time and money in creating an outdoor
space which is limited to only being used during summer? A covered
space with an outdoor fire can still be cosy and inviting for guests whilst
providing a point of difference from being cooped up inside- and there’s
an option to suit every budget in terms of heating and shelter.
With the exemptions approaching,
if you were ever considering
constructing a heated sheltered
outdoor space, now is the time!
Investing In Your Backyard:
Families with pools were counting
their blessings during lockdown
(while those without may have
experienced regret!). The weather
was mild enough that many pools
were used throughout- expending the energy of the kids and conserving
it for the parents supervising poolside. Spa pools are a stand-alone
feature that can transform your outdoor space but are increasingly
being seen as an accessory to a pool. A spa pool comes into its own
during winter- soaking away the worries of the day, with a red in hand,
under a crisp starry sky!
New Offices: The Outdoor Lifestyle Centre!
The doors of our new Goom Landscapes office will be opening on 22
June at Sawyers Arms Road, beside our other businesses The Little
Big Tree Company and Compass Pools Christchurch. Whether you’re
seeking advice on plants, planting design, pools, spas, landscape design
or construction- we will have you covered, all from the same location-
The Outdoor Lifestyle Centre! In conjunction with Pottery World,
which is also on-site, we can help you realise the outdoor lifestyle of
your dreams. Don’t delay, call Goom Landscapes and we can help you
realise the full potential of your outdoor space.
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A carefully curated showcase of local businesses and their gorgeous wares.
LITTLE RIVER GALLERY
Keith Grinter, art with a purpose. Glass art begins in the furnace, a
blob is blown and a beautiful vase is born. A vessel or objet d’art
transformed by the light for your delight. 32 x 21 x 8cm, $300.
Basketball fans will be
pumped to see Puma
has released a new
version of the Ralph
Sampson sneaker. With
a clean and classic look,
the Lo Vintage ($140)
brings old-school vibes
to the fore.
VILLAGE ART STUDIO
Meander out to the beautiful township of
Little River, Banks Peninsula to immerse
yourself in the world of art. Village Art is
not just a gallery but a place for people to
connect through art classes and workshops,
and top up on art supplies and giftware too.
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Known for her bold designs and
true old-school craftsmanship,
Debra Fallowfield creates bespoke
jewellery, her work a refreshing
alternative to mass-produced
products. One-off pieces include
those refashioned from heirlooms,
such as this rose gold, sapphire
and diamond ring. With Debra,
expect carefully crafted pieces
made especially for you.
New to the Southern Lakes
Tartan range is this stylish
shoulder bag. Timeless yet
contemporary, with soft
leather and antique brass
hardware, it is ideal for a
special occasion – or enjoy
its luxury every day. Proudly
New Zealand made.
To nourish and enhance curls, not alter them,
every type of curl needs a specific product. So,
Evo has done the testing and research to create
a range of five curl products to empower the
natural curl pattern of each and every curl type.
GALLERY DE NOVO
Feast on the distinctive fluid style of Otago artist
Maria Kemp at Gallery De Novo. The online
show, Follow the Cloud, features 13 of Kemp’s
original oil paintings, including The Remnant
(below). You will not only see Kemp’s signature
landscape style but a view upward to the sky.
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Be inspired by the hues and vibes in our
own backyard as we celebrate our own
beautiful country. Aoraki/Mount Cook’s
raw beauty is set among the cool blues and
soft pinks cast by the light. A spectacular
view worthy of taking a moment or two.
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1. Twist Tank, $399, GEORGIA ALICE 2. Salvadore Cashmere Tee, $369, CAROLINE SILLS 3. Panache Envy
in Cornflower Blue, Bra $94.95, Brief $49.95, THE FITTING ROOM 4. Go Ahead Top, $145, KETZ-KE
5. Oversized Boxy Tee, $89, KOWTOW
1. Studio Pant, $260, MINA 2. Mimi Jumper, $380, MARLE 3. Inflection Dress, $427, TAYLOR 4. Blockbuster
Bomber, $199, LEO+BE 5. Claw Ring Rose Quartz and Rose Gold, $2999, STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB
6. Emmeline Western Boot, $289.90, MERCHANT
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PEAK GUIDING PERFECTION LIGHTS
The Catlins’ iconic Nugget Point is a place where the beautiful greens of
nature collide with rough, wave-eroded rocks playing in the ocean, all set
against a backdrop of the sky’s warm orange, gold and yellow hues. Another
place awaiting exploration as we rediscover our local wonderlands.
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1. Winter Blazer in Navy, $369.90, WITCHERY 2. Henri Roll Neck Jumper, $299, KOWTOW 3. Apres
Sweater, $698, ELLE+RILEY 4. Sculptor Jeans, $269, KOWTOW 5. Polo Sleeve, $299.99, MOOCHI
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THE TEMPORARY ‘I DO’
Say ‘I do’ with an interim ring that says all the
right things. New Zealand brand Meadowlark has
released the Stand In Ring (from $675) so that
you can propose to your intended, get the nod
and then pop off to find the dream engagement
ring together. The 2mm band (in either yellow or
white gold) has ‘Will you marry me?’ engraved on
the inside and comes with the option of including
a diamond set into the message too.
AN ART COLLABORATION
Looking for an accessory that engages a bit of artistic
licence? Deadly Ponies x Anni Albers is the result of a
special collaboration between the luxury leather brand
and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. Anni Albers
(June 12, 1989–May 9, 1994) was a German textile
artist and it is her 1969 Red Meander design (as shown)
that sparked a series of pieces released by Kiwi designer
Deadly Ponies. Beautifully screen-printed onto American
small-grain calf, each piece stands alone as a work of art.
TIME TO CREATE
During the Covid-19 lockdown, New Zealand fashion designer Caitlin Crisp
developed a construction collection to encourage people to dust off their sewing
machines and get busy. The Create Your Own range features three patterns: Mini
Bow Bag ($30), The ‘Iso’ Dress ($35) and Oversized Carryall ($35), all of which
come with instructions on how to construct each piece. So, find yourself some
fabric and get the old gang together for an evening of crafts (and cocktails).
Winter Goodness in-store now!
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Getting an up close and personal view of Wanaka’s beauty
needn’t be a strenuous ordeal.
Well, as long as your battery doesn’t run out.
Words Justine Tyerman
From Lake Wanaka, the Clutha River continues 338km to the sea.
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conked out at
the foot of the
last hill so we
and I coasted
home with the
aid of the turbo
Chris got a
in one hit.
Autumn sets a stunning backdrop for a bike ride along the Clutha River.
Whizzing up a steep hill on my e-bike,
passing my super-fit husband is an
experience I will always treasure. I stopped at
the top with a look of triumph on my face and
cheered Chris on as he heroically pedalled
his way up to meet me, sweat pouring from
It was the end of our first ever e-bike
expedition and I had unwisely squandered
my battery during our 50km ride while
my chivalrous husband had conserved his,
suspecting I would need it to get back to home
base. As anticipated, my battery conked out at
the foot of the last hill so we swapped bikes and
I coasted home with the aid of the turbo boost
while Chris had a week’s exercise in one hit.
Justine on the cycle track from Wanaka to Luggate.
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High above the Clutha River on the track from Wanaka to Luggate.
The return track can be seen on the other side of the river.
ABOVE: Chris on a bridge over the Clutha River. TOP: The cycle
track to Luggate viewed from the opposite side of the river on the
way back to Wanaka.
Pedalling an ordinary bike uphill is tough enough, but
an unpowered electric bike is a different story altogether.
They are heavier than their traditional cousins, thanks to
the grunty battery pack attached to the frame.
We were riding SmartMotion (smartmotionbikes.co.nz)
e-bikes designed by a clever Kiwi called Anthony
Clyde. They were simple to operate for novices and
We spent the day cycling along the banks of the mighty
Clutha River on a gloriously clear autumn day with a fresh
dusting of snow on the mountains.
The loop track took us along the edge of Lake Wanaka
to the outlet where the aqua-turquoise Clutha, one of
the swiftest rivers in the world, begins its 338km journey
to the sea. We followed a narrow, rocky, uppy-downy
path right on the water’s edge for about 25km, crossing
a bridge just before the small township of Luggate. The
return trip on the other side of the river was on a broad,
straight, relatively-smooth track high above the river with
magnificent views of the ancient glacial terraces enclosed
within a necklace of mountains. En route, we stopped
beside the river in the warm sunshine for a picnic lunch.
The ride was quite an adventure. The terrain was
probably too technical for me as a novice rider, but the
experience was hugely exhilarating. The exercise factor
was as strenuous as I wanted it to be and when I was
tired, I relied on the battery to assist my pedalling and just
cruised for a while. I obviously cruised a little too much,
but Chris saved the day.
A former flat-terrain-only cyclist, the e-bike concept has
opened up a vast world of possibilities to me. It’s levelled
the pedalling field for Chris and me, and means we can
enjoy cycling together . . . up and down.
The ride was quite an adventure.
The terrain was probably too
technical for me as a novice
rider, but the experience was
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THE WINTERLESS NORTH
Inspired New Zealand Travel’s Nic Gregory highlights ways
to get the most from a Bay of Islands experience.
Take in the splendour from above, with local operators like Salt Air.
The Bay of Islands is an aquatic playground, with
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historical towns speaking of New Zealand’s past,
including our most historic site, Waitangi.
Paihia offers incredible beaches and is a great
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Russell. This gorgeous waterfront village is easily
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Twenty minutes north and you’ll find yourself in
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Hika, a Maori chief who terrorised many tribes in
the early 1800s, it is also where Samuel Marsden
established New Zealand’s second mission station,
in 1821. It is here you will find our oldest building,
Kemp House (1821–1822), and the Stone Store
(1832), which still operates as a general store.
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Sail away in Paihia
Spend a full day with Carino Wildlife Cruises,
a local family-run business that has been
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Atlantic Ocean as well as being involved
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hands out on the water.
Onboard the 50ft catamaran,
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This day trip not only offers spectacular
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ABOVE: Little blue penguins are among the sights to see.
TOP: Bottlenose dolphins put on a display for travellers with
Carino Wildlife Cruises.
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Walk among the giants
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Cape Reinga by air
Explore the top of New Zealand with Salt Air’s Fly/Drive
tour. By plane or helicopter, take in spectacular views
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around the Cape Reinga lighthouse, see where the two
oceans meet, and visit the giant Te Paki sand dunes for
some sand-tobogganing fun. Finally, rejoin the pilot to
return via the stunning eastern coastline, where many of
the beaches are untouched and inaccessible by road.
Where to stay
Walking distance from Russell is the Eagles Nest
(60 Tapeka Road), a luxury retreat set on 75 acres and
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of the Bay of Islands. Four of the five private villas have a
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views of the bay, harbour, or garden. Outside, a lagoonstyle
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46 STYLE | wellbeing
Workplaces and learning environments have experienced intense upheaval
during the past few months. Focus may be hard to find as you settle into yet
another new pattern. Naturopath Dee Copland offers some ways
to help bring back your concentration.
We have spent many weeks trying
to adjust to the ever-changing
patterns the Covid-19 lockdown
brought us. Workplaces and learning
moved from their typical environments
into ones that required us to adapt
quickly. Now, with fewer restrictions,
things may have changed for you once
again. While settling into a new pattern,
focus may be more difficult to find. The
good news is through a few tweaks
to diet and lifestyle, you can make the
transition that little bit easier.
Diet and lifestyle can play a major
role in both disrupting and correcting
neurotransmitter pathways, which are
relied upon during times when focus is
The brain is an organ and each
cell has a high demand for nutrients.
Preparing healthy snacks and meals is
a way to keep the brain fuelled and
focused. Some handy snacks include
raw mixed nuts and seeds (portioned
to avoid overeating); boiled eggs;
carrot, capsicum, cucumber and celery
sticks; fresh fruit, such as blueberries
(which protect the brain), roast
vegetable salad; shredded chicken or
turkey; and canned salmon.
Gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA)
is the brain’s peacemaker, regulating
stress hormones and creating a
sense of calm. A deficiency sign
can be anxiety and panic attacks.
The precursor to making GABA is
glutamine, which helps improve both
mental energy and relaxation, reduce
alcohol cravings and addiction, stabilise
blood sugar and promote memory.
Cabbage-based sauerkraut raises
glutamine levels and improves healthy
bacteria in the gut. Beef, chicken, fish
and eggs are good food sources.
Green tea contains the amino acid
L-theanine, which antagonises the
stimulating effect of caffeine, promoting
a sense of calm. It also modifies the
brain’s serotonin levels. Look for
organic green teas to avoid spray
exposure and add a little cold water to
the cup first to avoid drawing out the
bitterness. Herbal teas and water are
great for keeping the brain hydrated.
Fuel your brain through complex
carbohydrates like wholegrains, such
as oats and quinoa, or root vegetables.
These are essential to fuel the brain.
Refined carbohydrates, such as biscuits
and sweets, create an imbalance in
blood sugar levels, which contribute
to mood disorders and poor
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B vitamins are essential
During times of learning, a vitamin B complex
supplement can be worthwhile, helping to improve
mood, motivation, concentration and energy levels.
Deficiencies in B vitamins can result in mood and
Low B1 and B2 – poor concentration/attention;
Low B3 – depression, psychosis;
Low B6 – irritability, depression, poor memory;
Low B9 (folic acid) – depression, dementia;
Low B12 – depression, pain, irritability, lack of
Getting plenty of sleep is also important for memory and
concentration. The most beneficial sleep is before 2am,
when cortisol starts to be manufactured for the following
day. Ideally, seven to nine hours of sleep from 9–10pm
onwards is ideal. We are better to rise and fall with the
sun to keep hormones and other body rhythms balanced.
Essential oils can be used in a diffuser or dabbed onto
wrists or temples. Lemon has been shown to support
focus and clear thinking, peppermint energises and boosts
mood, while lavender calms and promotes relaxation.
A typical day to support concentration and
focus might look something like this:
7am – Rise, shower, cup of herbal tea, and
short walk in the fresh air.
8.30am – Settle into your work or study
space. A lemon essential oil in the diffuser,
with water nearby in a glass or stainlesssteel
bottle. Sit and get started for the day.
9am – Have a good breakfast, such as
porridge, blueberries, lecithin granules,
coconut yoghurt and sunflower seeds.
10.30am – Cup of green tea plus fresh air
and a change of scenery for 15 minutes.
12.30pm – 30-minute brisk walk outside
followed by a lunch of leftover warmed
roast vegetables with brown rice, rocket
leaves, salmon and plenty of water.
1.30pm – Back to work/study with
peppermint and lavender oils in the diffuser.
3.30pm – Break for 15–30 minutes sitting
barefoot on a patch of grass or in the fresh
air. Some stretching to correct posture may
also be beneficial after sitting for prolonged
periods. Cup of herbal tea, vegetable sticks
and pesto or handful of blueberries.
6pm – Dinner of quinoa, broccoli, feta and
egg fritters with salad.
7–8pm – Ideally no screens in the evening.
Wind down for bed. Dim the lights, have
a warm bath with Epsom salts added if
stressed or sore, put on some calming
music, do some deep breathing exercises
and have a relaxing herbal tea.
9.30pm – Lights out for a restful sleep to
be ready to do it all over again tomorrow.
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STICKY DATE COOKIES
Love the pudding, now love the cookies. Sam Parish shares
her recipe for a decadent treat that is sure to be a hit in the household on those
days when a cup of tea and a cookie are required.
100g pitted dates
½ cup firmly packed
80g unsalted butter, chopped
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 Tbsp sour cream
1 cup almond meal
cup plain flour
2 Tbsp milk powder (optional)
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ cup crushed biscuits
(I use Golden Gaytime Crumbs,
but shortbread would
work well here also).
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line two baking trays with
2. Place dates, brown sugar, butter, vanilla essence, cinnamon and
baking soda in a heatproof bowl and microwave on high for two
minutes or until mixture is bubbling. Mix well to combine until
dates have mostly dissolved, leaving some small chunks.
3. To make a caramel topping, transfer two tablespoons of the date
mixture to a separate small bowl and combine with sour cream
and a pinch of salt. Stand until required.
4. Add remaining ingredients, except biscuit crumbs, to the butterdate
mixture and mix to combine into a cookie dough.
5. Divide into heaped tablespoons and, with wet hands, roll into
smooth balls. On lined trays, press into 1cm thick rounds.
6. Use a wet thumb to create an indent in the centre of each
cookie then fill with a heaped teaspoon of the caramel mixture.
7. Scatter cookies with biscuit crumb and bake for 12–14 minutes
or until golden. Cool completely on trays before serving.
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From eatery updates to delicious dishes, we provide
the scoop on the latest taste sensations.
Raw sweet goodness is now a part of the
Riverside Collective. Based at Riverside Market
(96 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch), The KUKA
Unbakery delivers its plant-based wizardry under
the watchful eye of nutritionist Zané Stankuna,
the creator behind these gems that see our taste
buds twitch. Fancy a strawberry or peanut butter
cheesecake? How about a carrot cake with cream
cheese frosting? We know we’re tempted.
A cake involving apple, whiskey and butterscotch?
We are so in for this one. Cakes by Anna (149
High Street) is behind this delicious bundt cake,
which comes with its very own jar of butterscotch
caramel for you to heat up and drizzle all over
your cake at home. Dinner party anyone?
START THE DAY RIGHT
Like a hug for your soul, there’s nothing better
than hot porridge on a cold, rainy morning.
At 155 Roydvale Avenue, Untouched World
Kitchen’s divine new vegan-friendly offering
will fill your belly with creamy oats, sweet
coconut caramel sauce, black doris plums and
nutty granola, and keep you going all day long.
Fancy trying something new in a very old setting? You may
have already visited for the high teas and lunch, but now it
is time to enjoy Eliza’s Manor Boutique Hotel (92 Bealey
Avenue) for dinner. Feast on dishes such as confit duck
leg, braised leeks, rhubarb and sherry jus.
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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 June 26.
Know your skin
Hitting the shelves this month (June 26) is a go-to book
for all ages and skin types. In skinCARE: The Ultimate No-
Nonsense Guide, globally qualified aesthetician Caroline
Hirons provides knowhow that will see you understanding
ingredient lists and choosing what’s right for your skin. We
have two copies ($45 each) to give away.
Feed the furry ones
Animal lovers and Kiwi fashion royalty Annah and Sami
Stretton founded Olive’s Kitchen with holistic vet Dr Heidi
Ward-McGrath to provide superfood supplements for
both cats and dogs. We have one Moggy Immunity Bundle
($49) and one Doggy Immunity Bundle ($59) to give away
to two lucky human owners. oliveskitchen.co.nz
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one ghd helios, valued at $330, to give away.
Based on a scientifically proven mindfulness-based approach
called ‘Acceptance and Commitment Therapy’ (ACT), The
Reality Slap: How to Find Fulfilment When Life Hurts helps
readers learn how to cope effectively through hard times.
Dr Russ Harris highlights not just how to survive, but how
to thrive. Style is giving away three copies ($34.99 each).
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