Style: June 16, 2020

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JUNE 2020

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8 INSIDE WORD

13 CREATIVE JOURNEYS

Three Creators Of

Exceptional Goods

18 NURTURE AT HOME

Little Items That Add

The Comfort Element

49 FOOD FINDS

Of Porridge & Whiskey

Bundt Cake

50 WIN

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24 CREATING STILLNESS

Finding A ‘Soul Dance’

Through Art

28 PLASTIC FANTASTIC

No Time? Try The

Leisure Lawn

32 LAND TO SEA LOOKS

Fashion Faves Inspired

By Kiwi Landscapes

COVER

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36 FASHION NEWS

38 WANAKA TRAIL

On The E-bike Buzz

42 ESCAPE AHEAD

Journey North To The

Bay Of Islands

46 FOCUS PLEASE

Tips To Settle Into

New Patterns

48 MAKE YOUR OWN

Sticky Date Cookies

Dunedin jeweller Debra Fallowfield, with

rescue dog Maia, at home in her creative zone.

Read about Debra’s creative path on page 13.

Photo Acorn Photography

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As Kiwis, we’re known for our

No 8 wire mentality. The idea

that we will always find a solution,

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Yet, with our fast-paced lifestyles, it’s

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When we are once more forced

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us it can be surprising what results

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but there is something great about

trusting in your own abilities to

reach that solution by yourself. The

satisfaction I felt using a mitre saw to

turn construction waste into fire fuel

remains a lockdown highlight and I’m

sure you’ll have your own high-five

moments, be it baking bread or fixing

something with your own two hands.

Artisans, like the ones we feature

in this issue, are often set on their

paths by realising there’s no one

doing quite what they’d like to see

done. Then comes the turning point

when they see that they truly can do

things in a better way.

Starting a new venture or changing

our behaviour is often the scarier

option, but great things come as a

result. And hey, a few batches of

burnt biscuits never hurt anyone.

So, let’s support those who

are giving Kiwis a good name,

encouraging us all to give it a go and

delivering some amazing results.

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INSIDE WORD

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Escape to Milford Sound

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Feast on a free-range egg poached in geothermal water, with

a crispy polenta cake, blackened garlic and thyme mushrooms,

tasty garlic noir pesto and organic alfalfa sprouts. Maruia Hot

Springs (1513 State Highway 7, Lewis Pass) head chef Tom

Tulk has created a new lunch menu that includes delicious

temptations such as this. So, if you fancy a luxurious soak

in the hot springs, while gazing at the Southern Alps, we’ve

found you your slice of paradise.

A café where you can enjoy a mocha while spending time

with rescue dogs? Yes, please. Christchurch is well on its way

to getting such a destination. The Barkery will reportedly be

the first adoptable dog café in the country and the design for

the space on New Brighton Road is set to be released soon.

SUPPORT LOCAL

You know the drill. There has never been a better time to get

out and explore all the nooks and crannies in our beautiful

backyards. Queenstown, Wanaka and Milford Sound tourism

operators are all offering great specials at the moment,

whether its discounts on helicopter rides or adventure tourism.

For a school holiday escape – or an escape from the school

holidays, these regions are doing their darnedest to open the

doors to the domestic traveller.

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INSIDE WORD

WELLBEING

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Hanging out for the time when

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Facebook page set to the calming

sounds of the island. From the

Mele Cascades waterfall to the

sounds of waves lapping at Port

Olry in Santo and the rainforest in

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The good folk over at Three Boys Brewery have done it

again. The Belgian-style witbier has made it onto the 2020

New World Beer & Cider Awards Top 30. The judges called

Three Boys Wheat a “world-class example” with a Kiwi twist;

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It’s June and our company is back and busy,

equally challenged and excited despite the

unpredictable post-lockdown world.

I can share that there’s a strong rhythm to our

office routines, which includes the ongoing

requirements for sanitization, contact tracing

and social distancing, and a sense of optimism,

a must-have in all business environments, is

palpable. Where it gets interesting is that there’s

also endless market rhetoric, swirling around

everything, some of it valuable, some of it barely

relevant, but the overwhelming narrative is based

around ‘certainty’ and ‘uncertainty’.

What’s going to happen this month or the next?

What about spring or even the rest of the year?

Who will enter or exit the market and what can

people expect, be they buyers, owners, investors

or agents, and I won’t forget the opportunists who

are also gathering?

Before I attempt to answer these questions, I’d like

to look at the power of both elements: certainty

and uncertainty.

Certainty, beloved and sought-after, is the

confidence we have in our beliefs.

It can profoundly shape behaviour and will often

provide the catalyst for converting thoughts into

action. Studies indicate that people who are

certain are more likely to express their opinions

and beliefs – and this can be regardless of

accuracy! A certain international figure comes to

mind here, but I won’t take that any further.

Although certainty is subjective, it can be measured

empirically, and factors affecting its acceptance

should include accuracy and relevance.

Some of the strongest themes currently being

promoted with certainty in real estate include: the

potential for a mixed winter (traditionally a slower

time anyway); a five- to ten-percent reduction in

property values (likely); and a strong re-emergence

of activity from first-home buyers and expats (a

‘yes’ from me to both of these).

The other indication that certainty provides

comfort can be seen in owners preferring

unconditional cash offers over conditional offers,

even if they’re for a larger dollar amount. This

trend is always noticeable in times of change, with

one owner recently telling me about the value of

knowing he could move on versus the prospect of

an unknown period of waiting.

Uncertainty, on the other hand, involves

unpredictability. It’s often heard that markets

– for both property and shares – fall in the face

of uncertainty and, from experience, they do.

But that very unpredictability can open-up new

opportunities and I’m sure we will see that as the

year progresses.

Personally, I’m in the camp that acknowledges

there is no 100% right or wrong. Instead, there

are numerous choices and from this a variety of

possible results. I’m choosing hard work in the

right places as a measurement of activity, good

people as a framework for what can be achieved,

and the absolute rock-solid belief that the one and

only thing I can be truly certain about is change!

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STYLE | feature 13

THE ARTISANS

They create with their hands pieces of exceptional quality and into each

item weave the love of their craft. Meet the artisans.

THE UNCOMMON

JEWELLER

She is straight-talking,

funny and her creative

process is completely organic.

Port Chalmers’ Debra

Fallowfield is the jeweller

for “uncommon people”.

I

t appears to be a problem with no

solution.

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

between countries.

Rescue dog Maia keeps Debra company in her Port Chalmers workshop. Photo Acorn photography


14 STYLE | feature

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

reluctantly concedes.

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

her business.

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

her home.

“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

back together.

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

“classical training”.

“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,”

she says.

The tagline on her website is: ‘Extraordinary jewellery for

uncommon people.’

“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

is about.”

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.


STYLE | feature 15

Kathryn’s experience ranges from catwalks to dog collars. Photo Danielle Colvin

THE LEATHER

GOODS DESIGNER

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

fashion, from garments to homewares

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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

found success.

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

cut it.

“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,

Kathryn says.

“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.


STYLE | feature 17

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

animal habitats.

“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

cold-process soap.

“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

I had in my own cupboards. I took

everything out and I googled all the

ingredients I didn’t know and researched

them. I was shocked. I was like, ‘Why is

all this stuff in soap, lotions and balms?’ ”

And that was the start of Bare Naked

Soap in Wanaka. It became a full-time

business for her when her brain injury

made it difficult for her to continue her

work in aviation maintenance.

“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

eat it.”

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.

Beer-drinking, number-one-haircut

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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LITTLE PIECES

OF LUXURY

After experiencing rapidly changing times, it may be that you need some

extra comfort, nurture and peace in your abode. This can be found through

small items of luxury, writes Katy Husband.


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The Covid-19 experience has varied

greatly, person to person. The

lockdown weeks may have presented

you with a calm, connected journey;

a precious gift, or it may have been a

more difficult time, marked by feelings of

unease and distress.

For me, the journey was a combination

of both sides of the coin. A roller-coaster

of emotions as I navigated a business

through an unknown landscape, hoping

desperately for the credits to roll up

and the movie to end so I could exit

the theatre! But I was also able to spend

treasured time with family at home.

What do you need from your place

right now? It is important that your

home speaks to you. As we take on the

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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.

Entertainment base

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

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THE MARKET

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

house prices.

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.

Nick Cowdy

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

market value.

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.

Tom Rennie

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

THE JOURNEY

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

of property.

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

the process.

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SOUL DANCE

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

Vence.

“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

Sandra Iafrate.

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

own image.

“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

direction.”

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.

In the Stillness, SCAPE Public Art exhibition, Studio 125 Gallery,

125 Aikmans Road, Merivale, 11am–4pm or by appointment.

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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

experience.

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

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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

family pet.

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

to know?

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

survival times.

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Ready for

your future

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.

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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

that latte.

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.


EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

with Tim Goom

Lockdown

Landscape

Lessons

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

for entertaining!

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!

by Goom

Investing In Your Backyard:

A Haven!

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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MARKETPLACE

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.

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PUMA

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.

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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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DEBRA FALLOWFIELD

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.

debrafallowfield.com

SOUTHERN LAKES

TARTAN

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.

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EVO CURL

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.

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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.

gallerydenovo.co.nz


32 STYLE | fashion

PEAK PERFECTION

6.

5.

4.

3.

1.

2.

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.

1. Louis Vuitton 2. Balenciaga 3. Jacquemus Menswear 4. Junko Shimada 5. Giambattista Valli 6. Vivienne Westwood


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1.

5.

3.

2.

4.

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.

3.

4.

2.

5.

6.

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


34 STYLE | fashion

PEAK GUIDING PERFECTION LIGHTS

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

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.

1. Dior 2. Rokh 3. Dior 4. Fendi 5. Balmain


STYLE | fashion 35

1.

4.

5.

2.

3.

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

3.

2.

4.

1.

5.

1. Valentina Check Trench, $429, SILLS 2. Portal Tie Sweater Dress, $495, WYNN HAMLYN 3. Double Layer

Dress, $169, KOWTOW 4. Leaf Sweater, $379, UNTOUCHED WORLD 5. Baabuk Sky Wooler, $229,

UNTOUCHED WORLD


36 STYLE | fashion

FASHION NEWS

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).


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38 STYLE | travel

PEDAL POWERED

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.


STYLE | travel 39

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 got a

week’s exercise

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

his brow.

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.


40 STYLE | travel

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

incredibly zippy.

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

hugely exhilarating.


STYLE | promotion 41

What are some of your favourite

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Having worked in the industry for over 20 years,

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42 STYLE | travel

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

144 subtropical islands scattered between

the boundaries of Cape Brett and the Purerua

Peninsula. History runs equally as deep, with many

historical towns speaking of New Zealand’s past,

including our most historic site, Waitangi.

Paihia offers incredible beaches and is a great

spot for those who enjoy fishing, cruising and

kayaking. It’s also the gateway to our first capital,

Russell. This gorgeous waterfront village is easily

accessible by ferry from Paihia or by car ferry from

Opua and also boasts our oldest church, Christ

Church (1835), which still bears the scars from

musket ball holes following the battle in 1845.

Twenty minutes north and you’ll find yourself in

Northland’s largest town, Kerikeri. Home to Hongi

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

boating for 45 years. Their experience

includes sailing from the South Pacific to the

Atlantic Ocean as well as being involved

with Team New Zealand and defending the

America’s Cup, so you know you’re in safe

hands out on the water.

Onboard the 50ft catamaran,

circumnavigate the islands to view wild

bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat

and see various ocean birds, including

the world’s smallest penguin – the little

blue penguin. An island stopover allows

snorkelling, nature walks or relaxing on the

beach with a proper Kiwi lunch. Throughout

the day, choose to lend a hand to hoist the

mainsail and jib or simply sit back and relax as

the sails catch the breeze.

This day trip not only offers spectacular

scenery and sea life, but a portion of every

trip contributes directly to marine mammal

conservation to protect our future.

ABOVE: Little blue penguins are among the sights to see.

TOP: Bottlenose dolphins put on a display for travellers with

Carino Wildlife Cruises.


44 STYLE | travel

Walk among the giants

Join Barbara and Ian of Adventure Puketi for a personalised

walk and forest experience through the majestic Puketi

Forest. This stunning subtropical forest offers ancient

kauri, native birdlife, rare plant species, large flowing rivers

and epic waterfalls. Choose from a half or full day walk

to share in this natural beauty and listen to the native

birdsong. Alternatively, head into the forest at night with a

headlamp to listen to the birdsong change and observe the

nocturnal wildlife of the forest – you might even see a kiwi,

if you’re lucky.

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

of the islands and Ninety Mile Beach, then land to walk

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

atop its own private ridgeline that boasts spectacular views

of the Bay of Islands. Four of the five private villas have a

heated horizon-edged lap pool and all have private jacuzzis

and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen. A private chef is

available to prepare a magnificent five-course degustation

dinner in your own villa.

Adventure Puketi will guide you through the subtropical kauri forest.

The Duke of Marlborough (35 The Strand, Russell) is

a historic beauty that has been loving restored with an

outstanding restaurant and accommodation. Choose from

classic rooms with views over Russell village to exquisite

waterfront rooms and apartments, that look out to the

bay and Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Copthorne Bay of Islands Hotel (1 Tau Henare Drive,

Waitangi) has a waterfront location nestled in 60 acres of

subtropical gardens and within the Waitangi National Trust

Reserve. The hotel offers various levels of accommodation

with each featuring its own patio or balcony to take in

views of the bay, harbour, or garden. Outside, a lagoonstyle

swimming pool and rock pools of cascading water set

the mood.

Untouched beauty in Cape Reinga.

Getting there

It’s a short 50-minute flight to Kerikeri from Auckland,

though if you have time to explore Northland, consider

a round trip from Auckland by rental vehicle. It will take

three and a half hours to drive north along the east coast

and then four and a half hours back to Auckland via the

gorgeous Hokianga Harbour, where a stop at Waipoua

Forest is a must. Home to our giant kauri tree Tane

Mahuta, ‘The God of the Forest’, estimated to be between

1250 and 2500 years old.


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46 STYLE | wellbeing

FIND FOCUS

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

required.

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

concentration.


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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

behavioural changes.

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

motivation.

Sleep well

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.

Oil options

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.

In focus

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.


48 STYLE | food

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.

MAKES

12-15

INGREDIENTS

100g pitted dates

½ cup firmly packed

brown sugar

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

1 egg

¼ cup crushed biscuits

(I use Golden Gaytime Crumbs,

but shortbread would

work well here also).

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line two baking trays with

baking paper.

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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FOOD FINDS

From eatery updates to delicious dishes, we provide

the scoop on the latest taste sensations.

VEGAN-FRIENDLY

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.

DESSERT TIME

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.

DINNER SERVICE

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.


50 STYLE | win

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

Turn heads

Say goodbye to frizz and flyaways and achieve your

ultimate blow-dry goals from the comfort of your own

home with the latest innovation from ghd. Resulting in a

beautifully smooth finish every time, the ghd helios will help

to achieve that salon-quality hair on a daily basis. We have

one ghd helios, valued at $330, to give away.

Read up

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).

LAST MONTH’S WINNERS: CURRANZ: Elizabeth Shaw, RAWKANVAS: Kim Lloyd,

MOUNT SOMERS HONEY: Catherine Collings, OMEGANZ OILS: Monique Korndorffer.

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