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The Colombo have kicked off their Soul Traders
campaign highlighting awesome independent
businesses within the Sydenham community.
Featuring a number of popular venues, Soul
Traders collaborates with; Hello Sunday, Curiosity
Gin Distillery, Junk & disorderly, The Fermentist,
Form Gallery and Frontal Lobe to name a few. The
campaign will also draw attention to the many
independent, locally owned and operated businesses
within The Colombo.
As an anchor tenant of the innovative suburb,
the team at The Colombo wanted to do something
to support Sydenham in the wake of the Covid-19
lockdown. “The campaign’s purpose is to form an
umbrella for our Business Community post Covid.
We want to make people feel connected to each
other again. Sydenham is a cool area, it’s edgy, it’s
downtown and it hosts a number of independent
businesses. There is soul and substance to the place;
it’s a community of local people, businesses and
families. “ Says Caroline Cooper-Dixon from Cooper
To see what’s happening in the area, read some of
the local stories and see whos’ who in the Sydenham
business community, follow The Colombo via
Instagram and Facebook.
ntroducing you to our Sydenham neighbours, Frontal Lobe. They are local creators
Iof bespoke furniture design, renewable furniture and lighting. Their workshop
located across the road from The Colombo on Stanley Street is full of music, art
and creative design projects. With a portfolio of bespoke work there is not much
the duo can not create. a combination of modern joinery techniques and old world
quality provides an end product that is designed to grow with you not fall out of
fashion and end up back in the ground.
Their brand, which is built on a foundation of sustainability is a source of
inspiration. We spoke to Co-Owners Bevan Whiting & Andrew Veitch to find out
more about their innovative brand, and why they have chosen to do what they do.
ay hello to Jaya Allen, the manager of The Rabbit Club in The Colombo! The
SRabbit Club is best known for its wholesome canteen-style eatery with a
delectable selection of homemade salads and soup.
Jaya loves the community spirit of The Colombo and enjoys serving their
customers who “appreciate the wholesome homemade kai that we provide”.
The Rabbit Club has branched out from soups and salads and added in some
incredible baking to their offering. Apparently their peanut butter and chocolate
chip cookies are heaven and an absolute must-try.
e caught up with Ben Scott, the owner of the infamous Benny’s Barber
WShop, to find out more about his story and why he chose to set up shop in
Sydenham. Here’s what he had to say:
What made you want to start your business? I loved hanging out with mates getting
paid to do what I love. I moved to Auckland after the quakes to study to become a
Barber, and then I had an epic opportunity to start a business during the rebuild.
Why did you choose to locate your business in Sydenham? I really loved the
buildings and never saw us in a CBD location - I prefer the outskirts.
Benny Barbers is an entertainment hub with arcade machines, a basketball court,
PS4s, and “bloody good barista slinging coffees.” So if you’re in need of a tidy up,
head down and see Ben and his talented team. They’ll look after you.
nspired by French bakeries, Sweet Societe delivers an exclusive range of designer
Iand boutique donuts, cakes, macaroons and more, Handcrafted with love, the
magical bakery will entice you with the sensational smells of fresh locally baked
sourdough donuts with flavours like snickers bar, strawberry and cream and
Owner Janette, loves sharing the joy around The Colombo and says “Our shop is
about providing people with unique, fresh and inspiring quality products. Whether
you’re buying for joy, to cheer a friend, celebrate an occasion or a work shout, we
have just what you’re looking for”.
Next time you visit The Colombo, be sure to pop into The Sweet Societe and treat
yourself. We highly recommend the Chocolate Caramel Lamington Cake!
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Here we are in July and the world for
many of us continues to offer both
significant challenges and unexpected
opportunities. It’s relevant to note that
one of the biggest questions ( for myself
included) is: which of these challenges
or opportunities should I truly focus on
and which should I leave behind?
Can you envisage the future?
Are you like me and astounded at the
choices – and at the constant rhetoric about
the economy and our community – or are
you one for just moving forward anyway?
Remaining pragmatic and purposeful in a
sea of uncertainty. At an industry level, and
being collaborative by nature, I’m intuitively
choosing the latter: to work hard within the
current marketplace. And, to be fair, there’s
plenty to work with.
Here are some of the themes I’m noticing.
It’s busy out there.
Yes, it is. It may not stay that way, but at this
point in time there’s a massive push from
buyers to be settled and that demand is
creating some very strong results, especially
in the auction rooms. Three properties that
went to auction at Harcourts gold over a
recent ten-day period stand out:
3 Ashdale Lane – 6 bidders and sold for
506 Ilam Road – 2 bidders, “on the market”
(selling) at $1,050,000 and additional
bidding saw it sell for $1,143,000
7 Wherstead Road – 3 bidders, “on the
market” (selling) at $340,000 and sold for
The position of property owners in all of
this is interesting. At a time when many are
choosing to wait-out the post-COVID-19-
lockdown world, the shortage of properties
available for sale (usually referred to in our
industry as ‘stock’, a term I use for soup
rather than property!) means those actually
on the market are getting excellent prices
based on scarcity. Markets universally work
this way and to those securing the benefits
of that, well done.
overseas working adventures – is now
determined to make the most of carefully
accumulated savings. Purchasing property
is high on the list, in fact, it’s at the top and
this is fuelling interest in both new homes in
outlying locations and character properties
in well-regarded areas (think good schools
close by). This is proving a positive in so
many ways: earlier access to the property
ladder for buyers and large open home
attendance numbers for sellers.
"I’ve got to get some investments."
Yes, at the other end of the property
spectrum are those that are wondering
and, in some cases, worrying about their
retirement futures and therefore looking to
supplement their KiwiSaver with additional
Buoyed by enticing lending rates and
disappointed with the corresponding
extremely low interest rates for savings,
these are active, educated and cautious
purchasers. If you are a member of this group,
work with a consultant who understands
your requirements, appetite for risk and
timeframes. Better still, work with someone
who actually has investment property (for
Now, the last of the trends and perhaps the
Many of us have come out of lockdown with a
new set of values and thoughts. I’m noticing
that people are genuinely trying to be kinder
and more connected. Coupled with this is a
requirement for more: more service; more
value; and not just occasionally but every
time. It’s a time for being customer/clientobsessed
– and adaptive.
So, are you up to it? Are these the challenges
and changes you’ve been noticing?
Remember, it’s all part of a bigger set of
opportunities that everyone and every
industry can take part in. I’m definitely up for
it and here’s a good luck wish if you are too!
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The big OE has been part of
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it’s inscribed in the dictionary. Yet,
secretly, we have always known
there’s no better place than right
here. There is beauty on every
coast and unfathomable sights to
discover en route to practically
every destination you can conjure
in your mind.
In 2009, my honeymoon was
in Te Anau. Admittedly, it wasn’t
my first choice. We had grand
plans of going to Hawaii, but the
dollar was against us. Instead, my
new relations generously gifted
us a bucket-list-worthy boat trip
through Doubtful Sound and a stay
in a family bach. Te Anau did not
As newlyweds-on-tour, Hokitika
turned on the charm for us too.
When it was revealed that we
were on honeymoon, the local pub
called in a band especially to help
us celebrate. You wouldn’t get that
And so, in this issue of Style, we
find it only right to showcase just
some of the places that make being
a local such a very special thing.
We have achieved so much by
keeping everything we do that little
bit closer to home. Let’s keep it up
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This journey started with a
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Sarah Jessica Parker tastes her new wine.
Russell Crowe in NZIFF highlight True History of the Kelly Gang.
Covid-19 will see the fifth Whanau Marama: New
Zealand International Film Festival (July 24 to
August 1) delivered with a difference. As well as
screening in selected cinemas and venues in eight
cities, including Christchurch and Dunedin, ‘NZIFF
At Home – Online’ will enable 48-hour ‘rentals’
of more than 80 films and short film collections.
It’s worth securing your spot at The Early Early Late
Show, which is set to entertain those aged seven to
12. Shown at The Court Theatre from July 5–13,
it’s improvised comedy without the R18 rating.
Kiwi wine producer Invivo & Co teamed up with
Irish talkshow host Graham Norton to bring
us SauviGNon Blanc in 2014. And, it certainly
didn’t stop there. The latest wine on the shelf is
a collaboration with Sarah Jessica Parker. Grapes
from the South of France have been transformed
to create the Invivo X, SJP Rosé 2019 – something
fruity, refreshing and fun to remind us of our longedfor
Annah Stretton (The Colombo, 363 Colombo
Street, Sydenham) is taking a stand. After Covid-19,
the iconic fashion label says it realises some
households may be experiencing financial hardship.
Prices have been slashed, which is nothing to do
with a one-off sale event and everything to do with
a return to its “more inclusive roots”. Annah and
Sami Stretton want all women to be able to express
themselves and so have made this transition a
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Christchurch’s newest hotel, The Muse.
There’s a new spot to stay in Christchurch that
embraces art on every level. At 159 Manchester
Street, The Muse is a 40-room boutique art hotel
in which each floor has been brought to life by a
local Christchurch artist.
Camp Wondergirl has landed at The Colombo
(363 Colombo Street, Sydenham) and they are
on a mission to make sure every girl knows they
have superpowers within. Through specialised
programmes, they support, equip and help girls
explore who they are, so they are inspired to
follow their passions and make empowered
For a dose of culture on tour, the Marlborough
Art & Wine Fair is currently running at The
Wine Station (Blenheim Railway Station, 2
Sinclair Street), where you can taste any of
the 80 Marlborough wines on tap. Running
until September 27, the group of four artists
on show changes every two weeks, as does
the local charity benefiting from artwork sales.
Arrowtown is offering extra entertainment too,
thanks to Creative Queenstown and as part
of Arts on Tour. At Athenaeum Hall, see The
Daylight Atheist (July 25) to laugh at ageing Irish
raconteur Danny Moffat’s recollections and
regrets, then the children can get a giggle out of
Kitchen Chaos (July 26) and its clever mix of circus,
slapstick and magic.
The Wine Station plays host to the Marlborough Art & Wine Fair.
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THE RETREAT ON
From sunrise to sunset, visitors to the Fiordland Eco Retreat enjoy
views of dramatic mountain ranges and Lake Te Anau,
all from the serenity of a house nestled in the hills.
Words Shelley Robinson
ABOVE: Immerse yourself in the hot tub, powered by solar panels, while you enjoy the incredible views of Lake Te Anau.
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On a steep hill overlooking the town
of Te Anau, there appeared to be
a section of land that no one wanted.
After 10 years on the market, it was yet
to entice its new caretakers.
But could this be the one? The
telltale sign of dust drifting up from the
gravel road below indicated someone
had pulled up. Soon after, over a
barbed-wire fence and weaving his
way through matagouri and bracken
leaves, Glen Greaves emerged and
stepped onto the Ramparts Road
section for the first time. He and his
partner Susanna Graveley had been
searching for a section in Te Anau with
A few minutes later, Susanna’s
phone pinged in England, where she
was visiting family. It was a panoramic
video of the section showing the gentle
slopes that led down to Lake Te Anau
and the dramatic soaring slopes of the
Kepler and Murchison Mountains.
“I thought, ‘Wow, that’s pretty
nice,’” says Susanna with a laugh.
And so, the land had found its
new caretakers. A young couple who
would live in a caravan for one and
a half years to get to know the land
and understand how it interacted with
the sun and the wind. And when they
were ready, the couple would begin
building what would be known as the
Fiordland Eco Retreat, a home that
would welcome many.
In 2010, Susanna was working for
a sustainable buildings company in
West Yorkshire, England, when she
had a nagging feeling that it was time
to go see the world. She packed a
backpack and headed to her first stop,
It turned out to be her only stop.
“I just decided that I didn’t ever
want to leave,” she laughs.
When deciding where to retire her
admittedly not-well-used backpack, it
was Te Anau, Fiordland that beckoned.
“I thought this was the most
beautiful part of the most beautiful
country in the world, so this is where I
am going to go,” she says.
It’s funny how history can repeat,
albeit this time in reverse. Susanna’s
grandmother Kathleen Wolner
travelled from New Zealand to
England on her OE. She, too, decided
to stay at her first stop.
It may have been Te Anau’s scenery
that drew Susanna in, but it was the
community who made it impossible
for her to leave.
“Everybody who walks down the
street says hello. Just coming from
England where it is a bit different, it
was beautiful. There is a real sense of
belonging,” she says.
She secured a job at the Fiordland
National Park Visitor Centre helping
tourists plan their days and it was
there that she met ecologist and
Department of Conservation’s Takahe
Recovery Team senior ranger Glen
And the rest? Well, that is
something Susanna’s dad likes to tease
his daughter about, the way only dads
can. When Susanna set out from
England, she had a blog called Just Me
and My Backpack. The name aged
“My dad now calls it Just Me and My
Backpack, My Partner, My House, My
Dogs and My Baby!”
After purchasing the Ramparts Rd
land in 2013 the couple set to work
creating an eco-home on the hill,
hunched over spreadsheets in their
caravan. In a close-knit town like
Te Anau such projects are closely
monitored by the community.
“I managed the local cinema and
bar at the time and you could see the
driveway from town because it is up
on the hill. One of the regulars came
in and said, ‘You’ve made a bit of scar
on the landscape, haven’t you?’”
TOP: Glen Greaves and Susanna Graveley with their son Harrison. ABOVE: The self-contained, three-bedroom eco-retreat is powered by solar
panels, which have been pitched to the ideal angle to soak in the winter sun.
STYLE | feature 21
Even from the bathtub, you can lie back and enjoy watching the stars at night.
Susanna laughs at the memory and says she was quick to reassure him
that it was only while the power and internet services were put in and then
it would be grassed over, because how the home merged with nature was
important to the couple.
“We were very conscious when we designed it; it would blend into the
landscape. The actual house, you can hardly see it from a distance. It all
looks like part of the hill,” she says.
The design has been an amalgamation of Susanna’s knowledge from her
master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Consultancy from the
University of Leeds and Glen’s knack for interior design.
The home has been built as two. Susanna and Glen’s home with twoyear-old
Harrison on one side, with the self-contained three-bedroom,
kitchenette, living room and 1.5 bathroom eco-retreat for the guests. A
hallway divides the two spaces.
With central heating commonplace in England, Susanna was a bit
perturbed by the approach to heating in most New Zealand homes.
“I found it bizarre to come here and kind of have to waft heat through
the house from the fireplace,” says Susanna.
So, underfloor heating was chosen, which, along with other nifty wee heat
retainers, make the home a snug temperature for a cozy winter retreat.
The house is timber-framed and filled with wool insulation. The pad (or
house foundations) is also fully insulated, retaining heat. In the northernfacing
rooms, passive solar gains are made from the polished concrete
floors that draw in the sun and radiate it out
into the home. The roof has a steep pitch
to make sure the solar panels soak up the
winter sun, powering the house and hot
tub. Rainwater is collected and stored, while
wastewater is managed on-site. Up the
back of the house, there is a fruit orchard
alongside young gum trees that, once
matured, will fuel the fireplace.
But for many of the eco-retreat’s
visitors, it is the view alone that creates the
experience. In the morning, people wake to
the sun dancing with the mountains, while
the light show is reflected in the waters of
Lake Te Anau. As the sun moves across the
sky, the shadows change over the different
mountain ranges as the sun begins to set.
The township lights up in the distance when
darkness falls while the stars put on the last
act, all of which can be enjoyed from the
They are views that can become etched
on the soul.
Susanna received a message from an
American woman who stayed with them
“She said the memories of our place is
what has got her and her family through
lockdown and she holds it really dear.”
Susanna’s mother agrees. On a visit, she
travelled around the South Island. On her
return she told her daughter, “I’ve seen
New Zealand and my favourite part of it is
sitting on your deck looking at your view.”
It is a place of peace. Where the only
sound is of the bellbirds and tui as they
discover the kowhai trees Glen and Susanna
have planted. Where visitors are greeted
by Harrison toddling towards them with a
big smile on his face and his parents not far
behind, before being tucked away in their
cozy warm place of retreat.
It is a true winter getaway.
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Recessed into a high country station is a house made predominantly of glass,
where you can tuck yourself away for views of the Mackenzie Country
and its brilliant night sky.
Words Shelley Robinson Photos Skyscape
With soaring views of sky, Skyscape is something that becomes etched in the memory of its visitors.
STYLE | feature 23
ABOVE: Skyscape is recessed into the ground so visitors feel immersed in the Mackenzie Country landscape.
BELOW: Bevan and Bridget Newslands with their two sons William (left) and Dominic. Photo: Evan Wallis
It was one of the more “eventful”
school trips Bevan Newlands had
As head of sport and outdoor
education at Pembroke House in
Gilgil, Kenya, he took 30 children to
Loisaba Conservancy, a 23,067ha
wildlife conservation area. During
their stay, lions casually sauntered
through the camp. And then there
was the hasty retreat to the school
bus when a bull elephant wandered
through the site.
But it was also where Bevan saw
Loisaba’s Starbeds for the first time.
“It was literally a bed, built on
railway irons so they could roll the
bed out of the room and you could
sleep under the stars,” says Bevan.
The seed had been planted for
what would later be Bevan and his
wife Bridget’s tourism venture in the
Mackenzie Country. But like all good
seedings, it would emerge when the
timing was right. Bevan and Bridget
returned from Kenya in 2009 and
it wasn’t until 2013 that the idea of
accommodation built predominantly
of glass showcasing both the
Mackenzie Country and its night sky
began to take form.
Bevan had been chatting with his
father-in-law Michael Lindsay up at
the Omahau Hill Station, a 2428ha
farm near Twizel he owned with
wife Elaine, when he noted how
hard his son-in-law was working as a
housemaster at Waihi School.
“He said, ‘Why don’t you and
Bridget come up to the farm? I need
some help and you could come
up with something in tourism for
The idea resonated. Bevan and
Bridget had grown up on farms and
wanted to raise their two children,
William and Dominic, in a rural
setting. And those skybeds still
lingered at the back of their minds.
So while driving home through
the Pukaki area, Bridget uttered the
sentence that started the project.
“Why don’t we just dig a hole
in the ground and put Perspex
Bevan got straight to work that
evening, sketching ideas for how the
concept might evolve.
“Then we said, ‘If we are going
to do this, let’s make it a bit more
upmarket.’ We threw lots of ideas
out there. Slowly, I taught myself to
do Google SketchUp. We created
something a bit more dynamic and
closer to what Skyscape is today,”
And that is a place of tranquillity,
nestled half a metre into Omahau
Hill Station with uninterrupted views
of the Mackenzie Country through a
bedroom built of glass.
But it took a lot of hard yards to
get the building there. Bevan took a
business course and spoke to a wide
range of people about the concept,
from eco-house specialists to glass
manufacturers. The couple even
stood on the streets of Geraldine and
surveyed popular opinion.
“We met so many people who said
we couldn’t do this. There were two
different types of people; some who
looked and said, ‘Too hard can’t do
this’ – and there were lots of those –
and then there were those who loved
it and jumped on board,” says Bevan.
He visited his former basketball
coach and managing director of de
Geest Construction, Brian de Geest,
to talk it over.
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ABOVE: Skyscape is predominantly glass, with a living roof at
the back over the bathroom and kitchenette.
LEFT: The rocks in the courtyard fence are from the
“We’ve also had people fly in,
especially from Australia, just to
take photos. And that was one of our
objectives, we wanted to create an
“What gave us the confidence to do it was he said, ‘Bevan
if you don’t do this, I will.’”
It was the green light for the couple. Construction began
in April 2016.
Skyscape was a tricky design though, with no straight lines
and glass everywhere other than for the kitchenette and
bathroom, which are polished concrete under a living roof.
The build took a year, hustled along in part by Bridget’s
“We say the first Skyscape was built by chocolate cakes
because Bridget bribed people to help us,” chuckles Bevan.
“We were doing it on a shoestring.”
But the chocolate cakes worked a treat. On May 1, 2017,
Bevan and Bridget opened their off-the-grid sanctuary.
“People in the tourism industry said, ‘Why would you build
that? What are people going to do?’ And we said, ‘Nothing.
That is the point.’ This world is so filled with busyness,
with people feeling they have to do something all the time.
Skyscape is a place where you can come and do nothing.”
With tussocks and, in winter, snow at eye-level, visitors
can lie in bed and feel truly connected to the world around
them, immersed in the quiet beauty of the Mackenzie
Country. A quiet drink can be enjoyed in the sunken
courtyard made from stones from the surrounding paddocks
or in the outdoor stainless-steel cedar-clad bath.
And at night? Well, that is another story. Skyscape is
located within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark
Sky Reserve, which means magic happens with a celestial
Within three months, Bevan and Bridget knew they had
created an attraction. A woman flew in from Hong Kong
specifically to stay in Skyscape for two nights.
“We’ve also had people fly in, especially from Australia,
just to take photos. And that was one of our objectives, we
wanted to create an experience,” he says.
And people kept coming. So much so, Bevan and
Bridget have now opened the first of two new Skyscape
“The new buildings are fully integrated into the ground like
a cave; the earth flows down over the back of the roof and
down the walls. You hardly notice them when you drive up,”
The idea may have been seeded in Kenya, but it took
the unflinching belief in their concept for Bevan and
Bridget’s haven in the hills to be built. And just a few cheeky
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Just outside of Queenstown is a 27km loop track dug entirely by hand.
Tom O’Brien’s journey on the end of a pick mattock has led to
an authentic high country experience.
Words Shelley Robinson
ABOVE: From the Slate Hut you can enjoy the sun setting over Mataura Valley and the Eyre Mountains,
with a 1000ha playground at your fingertips. Photo: Mickey Ross
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Photo: Ben Arthur
Photo: Mickey Ross
Photo: Marina Mathews
Photo: Ben Arthur
Photo: Marina Mathews
The deep soul-crushing doubt struck
three weeks in. But lasted just
Tom O’Brien was heaving his pick
mattock into slate rock and snow
tussocks, painstakingly carving a track
some 1100 metres above sea level
on his parents’ farm. It was a beautiful
“bluebird” winter’s day at Blackmore
It was the look back that did it.
“I’d dug 25 metres and that’s when
it hit me. ‘You know what? You’re
potentially looking at hand-digging this
thing for 22km. Is this really tenable,
sustainable on any sort of level? Am I
“I just placed my pick down and sat
on the ground and put my head in my
hands,” Tom says.
A moment later, he looked up at the
vast valleys and six distinct silhouettes
of the Southland mountain ranges that
surrounded him, and took a breath.
He picked up his pick and began again.
And didn’t stop until he finished, some
two years later.
He’s a bit of a wise sage, is Tom,
cleverly disguised by his cracking sense of
humour. If you were feeling a bit under
the weather, you can imagine him being
the sort of person to sit you down with
a beer (his a Harrington’s Rogue Hop)
and, after a natter, see you leaving with a
smile on your face.
The idea of building a 27km track
was brewed over the boundary fence.
Tom was yarning to cartographer Gary
Patterson, who has built an impressive
number of cycle tracks across the world,
including in the sub-Antarctic South
Georgia, Macquarie Islands, Africa and
“Fast forward to him coming down to
the property and saying this is a pretty
special place, with amazing history,
ecology, landscape and a river made
by goldminers. Then he asked if I was
interested in mountain biking,” says Tom.
Tom admitted he was more familiar
with Land Rovers and tractors and
didn’t know the front end from the
back where a bike was concerned. That
soon changed, however, and Tom found
himself with a new hobby.
A few months later, Gary made the
suggestion. What about building a trail
on the property?
“I asked him, ‘Well, what’s involved?’”
Well, a fair bit, admitted Gary. He gave
Tom a few books to read and Tom was
“I just couldn’t stop thinking about it.
He was a bit cunning really. I assumed I
would be able to do a lot by mechanical
But Blackmore Station was not just
any piece of land. Not only is it where
about 30 goldminers built a water race
by hand 100-odd years ago, but is a
nationally protected ecological area
with a Class One Heritage Order from
Heritage New Zealand.
In 1990, just after the period when
accountants and bank managers would
sit around the farm house kitchen table
with bad news in the aftermath of
soaring interest rates, and falling wool
and dairy prices, Tom’s parents decided
to put half of their farm, some 405ha,
under a voluntary conservation covenant
to allow it to regenerate.
“It was the perfect storm of economic
ABOVE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Each hut has an outdoor bath; Welcome Rock has incredible views of Southland’s high country;
The Red Shed is a converted former woolshed; Outdoor baths at the Red Shed; The Mud Hut was originally built by goldminers during the
1890s and was reconstructed in 1990; Katie and Tom O’Brien. Photo: Mickey Ross
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“I just kind of
dropped my pick,
looked around and
just let out this
sigh. I just felt this
sense of calmness.”
What could be better after exploring the 27km loop track than a nice soak in an outdoor
bath? Photo: Marina Mathews
times and they locked the place up. They were well
ahead of their time,” says Tom, almost in disbelief.
Thirty years later, ecology surveys have shown a
beautiful natural regeneration process, says Tom. The
flora and fauna within 200ha of native beech forest are
And with all that, Gary though it was important to
build the track by hand, says Tom.
“I said, ‘Alright, OK’. Clearly, I didn’t think about it too
much, if I had of, I don’t think I would have done it!” he
Ground was broken on June 8, 2012. Rakes,
wheelbarrows and picks were broken until Tom found
his “mainstay”: a five-pound pick mattock. He had help
from a team of dedicated WWOOFers (international
farm volunteers), drawn to the ecological and history
behind the project, as well as a few mates.
Tom admits his wife Katie thought he was a “bit nuts”
when he decided to build the track.
“It was a relationship that revolved around, ‘Well
he’s gone for the day, with the pick and international
travellers. But they’ve got lots of food, a boom box, so I’ll
just leave them to it and hope for the best,’” he chuckles.
For 5500 hours, they slowly dug out the 27 km track.
Of course, it wasn’t always smooth sailing. There was
that time Tom read the clinometer wrong and dug 25
metres at the wrong angle.
But on November 30, 2014, Tom put down his pick.
“We’d come down this ridge and been digging away
all day and had linked up to where the join was. I just
kind of dropped my pick, looked around and just let out
this really contented sigh. I just felt this really amazing
sense of calmness.”
People now come from across the world to play, rest
and experience the magic of the trail of Welcome Rock,
the accommodation, recreation and event business Tom
and Katie operate.
It seems only fitting that Tom, the great-great-grandson
of the first person to farm the land in 1911, receives
deep nourishment from the “absolute peace” ‘Welcome
Rock’ brings its visitors.
“When you get here [to Welcome Rock] all you want
to do is sit down in a bit of snow tussock and look out
at the Eyre Mountains and just breathe, really. You won’t
hear a sound.
“You’ve got this massive skyscape and landscape with
the pure simplicity of being in a place that makes you
feel what a human being should feel like; relaxed and
ultimately energised at the same time,” he says.
True rustic high country accommodation is on offer.
The Mud Hut was originally built by gold miners and
restored by Tom’s family, and the Slate Hut has bunks
and an outdoor cooking area. A renovated wool shed a
bit more like a “studio apartment” also has a sleepout.
All of them have outdoor baths.
Tom and Katie also host two events. A 47km cross
country mountain bike race called The Brew Chop,
where the entry fee is a warm beer and a cold chop
and the first person home gets the honour of firing up
the barbecue. But for those after something a bit more
competitive, the Revenant, an ultra-adventure run, may
beckon. In what sounds like a terrifying ordeal to the
non-superhuman, competitors run 190km, including
a 16,000-metre vertical ascent. Unsurprisingly, it is
an event that attracts the likes of former Special Air
Service soldiers, says Tom. Only three people have ever
Tom thrives on seeing people enjoying the land and
meeting new people, which he say is likely due to his
parents’ open-house policy after Sunday mass in Garston.
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“I just have very fond memories growing up
and engaging with these people from all over the
world in complete wonderment. It installed in
me a real love of wanting to know more and be
curious,” he says.
Though that curiosity also got him in a bit of
trouble, he chuckles. He was the type of lad who
would get distracted on the way to school by the
“She’d [mum] get the phone call, ‘Where’s
Tom, he hasn’t shown up to school?’ And there I
would be in the bloody duck pond, enjoying the
birds and dragonflies because it was fun and cool
and way better than school,” he laughs.
Time hasn’t really changed things, he admits.
The tussocks and valley in the distance are
blanketed in snow.
Tom sits in one of the outdoor baths with an
orange and tan crocheted beanie on his head
and his Harrington’s Rogue Hop in hand.
“I do not have a care in the world. I’m sitting
in a bath at about 1100 metres [above sea level],
in the snow, enjoying a beer,” he tells his social
Simplicity. Just how a human being should feel.
Welcome Rock is a place to truly get away and disconnect from the world.
Photo: Mickey Ross
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Kerrin, you sold 17 houses in your first year in real
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I love the list-and-sell model at Tall Poppy and that is
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Working in Christchurch, Debbie, your experience
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Visitors to this Wanaka crib can find
themselves slightly bewildered.
Words Kim Dungey Photos Simon Devitt
hile completed late last year, this endearing
Wanaka bach already has the feeling of
having been lived in for a long time.
“We’ve had friends turn up who knew we
were building a house and they’re kind of
confused when they’re in it,” says owner, Katrina
Toovey. “They say it looks like we’ve been in
here quite a while.”
The homely atmosphere is exactly what
Katrina – owner of Dunedin restaurants No 7
Balmac and the Esplanade, and husband Kim
Maiai, a GP – wanted.
Filled with vintage furniture, it also features
native timbers that they had been collecting for
years and storing in an old stables.
The Dunedin couple had bought the 0.2ha
section beside historic Wanaka Station Park
when their children were young. However, two
decades later the only thing on the site was a
hedge they had planted.
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“We were both working and busy and the house just
didn’t eventuate,” says Katrina, who grew up in Cromwell
and spent holidays in Wanaka as a child.
“Then Wanaka started growing and we didn’t know if
we wanted to be there any longer.”
Although they had plans drawn up, the proposed house
was too big and too costly so they bought in Ohau and
spent 13 happy years holidaying there with their children.
“Two years ago the children all started travelling and
doing other things and suddenly Wanaka felt like a nice
spot for us to be in,” she explains. “We had quite a few
friends up there and it was close to an airport for the kids
to come back to. We also had a half-acre section quite
close to town.”
Having admired several of their timber-clad houses
online, the couple approached Auckland-based Pac Studio
and Steven Lloyd.
“We wanted a cabin feel and a pitched roof,” Katrina
says. “And we didn’t want it to feel like a permanent home
so we don’t have any wardrobes in the house – just hooks
to hang clothes on in the bedrooms. There’s no en suite.
There’s open shelving so you can see pots and pans. Things
aren’t tucked away. It’s not all super-tidy.”
They also wanted the sense of a small house on a big
section, like old cribs where cricket could be played in the
backyard: “All the space is in the kitchen and living and
then everything else is really small.”
Pac Studio director Aaron Paterson says the site might
seem remote but, in fact, it is close to the Wanaka
township with a busy main road at the back. Another
constraint was the European lime trees that were planted
at the entrance to Wanaka Station in the 19th century and
that had grown large enough to block light.
As a result, the house turns its back to the road and is
located on a man-made rise away from shadows cast by
The home comprises a pair of 45-degree gables and a
half-chisel roof that “slip past one another” to create three
The lounge and dining area spill out to a north-facing
patio with an angular concrete cooking fire. The kitchen
connects to a sheltered south garden enclosed by
espaliered quince. The east terrace provides the only
access to the self-contained bunk room.
Because it is a relatively simple building in terms of its
form, the architects tried to “push certain details a long
way”, Aaron says.
The entry is reached via a floating boardwalk, a popout
window is edged in mustard and the rusticated cedar
weatherboards are staggered in size, becoming larger
closer to the building’s apex. The weatherboards and green
corrugated roof evoke traditional rural sheds, but with
a contemporary twist: the roof has a razor-thin fascia. A
gable vent uses the gaps in the weatherboards to allow
airflow and can be shut from the inside.
Built by Dunlop Builders, the 150sqm home can
comfortably sleep 10 people in the two bedrooms, a
sleeping loft and the bunk room.
Interior linings and joinery are a combination of plywood,
beech, kauri and rimu – finished, not with polyurethane,
but with a low VOC oil made from sunflower, soya and
The rimu came from the old Earnscleugh school house.
Kauri salvaged when the Esplanade restaurant was gutted
in 2012 became cabinet fronts and shelving in the kitchen.
Tiles, pendants and leather from Katrina’s restaurants were
also repurposed. The offcuts of leather were salvaged from
No 7 Balmac after a fire in 2018 and jigsawed together to
be made into a patchwork window seat.
The kitchen has a sightline to the adjacent living room
and plenty of space for friends and family to cook together
in a relaxed, social way.
“The benchtop is Brazilian granite,” Katrina says. “The
green caught our eye early on in the planning so was key
to choosing the other tones for the space. The hobs
are on the island bench as we like facing into the space
The only new items of furniture are the dining chairs; the
rest simply transferred from their old place in Ohau.
Katrina says she had mixed feelings about doing that
when the house was feeling so “considered”. But furnishing
with a mix of old and new meant it “immediately felt
comfortable and relaxed”.
It’s a holiday home where no one has to worry about
damaging white walls or putting their feet up on the
“We just wanted to enjoy it and not feel too precious
about it,” she says.
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BABY, IT’S COLD
Make your nest super cosy by addressing the best options for inner warm.
Words Katy Husband
ABOVE: Kina pendant light by David Trubridge. Photo: Simon Devitt
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Snowflake pendant light by David Trubridge. Photo: Sarah Wood
s the nights draw in
and the mornings are
frosty we turn to ways to
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COLOUR is a great way to create appealing spaces when the temperature
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LIGHTING is a winter décor musthave.
There is something enticing
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Careful selection of fit-for-purpose lining gives you the advantage of being
able to select a fabric for your curtains that you love.
CURTAINS provide one of the best
ways to insulate your home at one of
the greatest exit points of heat – your
windows. Plus, they give your room
with that coveted feeling of cosiness.
A long-term winter-proof solution,
curtains really up the ante against
chilly temperatures. To get the best
insulation possible you need to hang
your curtains above the window frame,
wider than the sides of the window
and down to the floor. This enables the
fabric to trap the cooler air against the
glass and create a layer of defence for
The unsung hero in the battle of
curtains versus winter is the humble
lining. Linings come in a number of
different varieties depending on what
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include thermal, block-out, dim-out,
sateen, interlining and so on. Linings
work to aid warmth in your room by
creating layers of fabric so that the cool
air is caught between these layers and
not released into the room.
Layers of lining are a more effective
insulator than a thermal-backed fabric.
Thermal-backed fabrics have a sprayed
coating on the back of the fabric
that has tiny holes that trap the air.
Although this method works, ultimately
having multiple layers of fabric will be a
more effective method of insulation.
Careful selection of fit-for-purpose
lining gives you the advantage of
being able to select a fabric for your
curtains that you love – you don’t
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When selecting curtain fabric also
think about colour and texture so
that your curtains enhance those cosy
winter vibes you’ve created so well
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With a background in photography, real
estate agent Jo Grams finds it easy to
see the potential of your home and ‘sell
Where does your creative expertise
I became a professional photographer
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As a result, I love designing family
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STILL LIFE IN
Later this year, Anna Dalzell will join two other local artists in an exhibition
at Christchurch’s NZ Artbroker Gallery. She shares with
Ady Shannon the impact of Covid-19 on her creative outputs.
Photos Rewa Rendall
rtist Anna Dalzell lives in the Banks Peninsula settlement of Pigeon Bay and works from a studio
20 minutes away in Duvauchelle. The studio offers views over the harbour to Onawe Peninsula
and Dalzell has long been fascinated by the beauty and history of the volcanic land mass. A former
Ngai Tahu pa, in 1831 the site was captured by Te Rauparaha, chief of the Ngati Toa. Up to 1200
people were killed in the battle and the land is sacred to Ngai Tahu.
Dalzell’s interest covers the past and the present. “I became fascinated with the land; its history
and infamous battles. I wanted to look further into stories of the area little known as the dwelling
place of the goddess of the wind.”
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Last year she began creating four large-scale oil panels replicating the
landscape. Each panel stands 1.1 metre high and 0.8 metre wide. The
work she was planning pre-lockdown was a progression of that series;
a folding screen depicting a more stylised version of the landscape seen
from her studio.
“I was basing my paintings on the early landscape studies and
experimenting with positive and negative shape, drawing the eye into
the composition, creating landscapes to immerse oneself in.”
The arrival of Covid-19 interrupted her routine. Suddenly she was
no longer able to hunker down in her waterfront studio, instead she
was at home on the farm in Pigeon Bay with three children aged 7, 11
“It was an unplanned break from my studio and from my flow
of work. Instead of coming into my studio, I was living the chaos of
That time-out gave her a new perspective on her art and she
approached things differently when she returned to the studio in June.
“Everything has changed so much. Not so much for me personally,
but the world and people’s outlooks.”
Last year Dalzell’s work was influenced by the story of refugees,
displacement and journeys of those leaving the known for the
“The stories of hope and freedom are playing into my work now.
With so many people displaced and so much pressure on many, it
feels even more important.”
She is happy to be able to return to her usual work-home routine
now lockdown is over. Having a studio space separated from her
living environment offers her the opportunity to concentrate on her
upcoming exhibition works.
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Dalzell typically exhibits once each year in addition to working on
commissions for buyers from all around the world. She enjoys focusing
on the land and telling historical stories through her art.
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Discover a love of terrariums and you will soon find
yourself surrounded by glass-bound marvels.
Words Sue Witteman
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Sometimes you are given a gift that inspires you to
do something creative. Recently, my aunt gave me a
handsome large glass bottle and I could not wait to turn
it into a terrarium. These miniature glass-bound gardens
are not only a delight to have in your home but also to
create. You don’t need a large bottle to play with; smaller
containers can be used – even jars.
CHOOSING YOUR TERRARIUM PLANTS
The plants you choose for your terrariums will all have one
thing in common; they will either like humidity or, at the
very least, be able to tolerate humidity. It is an opportunity
to use those plants that crave moist air, as often these
are the hardest to cater for in the dry air of a house
environment. Also choose plants that remain smallish or
are happy to be trimmed if they get a bit overgrown.
If you include flowering plants, such as the African violet,
make sure you remove the flowers as soon as they start
to die off as old flowers can turn mouldy and infect the
Use a selection with different leaf shapes, colours and
textures to give a more interesting look.
PLACEMENT AND VIEW
Use a piece of paper or cardboard and draw around the
bottle to replicate the size of the bottom of your terrariumto-be.
You can then play with possible options on the circle
without going crazy trying to do it in the bottle and causing
damage to the plants in the process.
You need to decide whether you want the planting
to be viewed from just one side or if you want it to
be viewed from all sides. If you want a front view, then
your taller plants can go at the back. If you want an allrounder,
then your taller plants will be positioned in the
middle of the bottle.
BUILD THE FOUNDATION
It is time to add the growing media to the bottle. Begin by
putting down a layer of gravel. I put in about 8cm, but this
measurement is flexible depending on how tall the bottle is
and how much gravel you have on hand. I used small-sized
brownish gravel because I like the colour. When pouring
your gravel in, place a soft cloth or paper towel on the
bottom to stop the gravel hitting the glass with any force –
especially important if you are using big stones.
Next, if you have any charcoal, add it on top of the gravel
to keep your little ecosystem from going sour. If you don’t
have any charcoal then don’t fret: not everyone uses it. Just
be extra careful with your watering.
Time now to add your “soil” layer. For this use seedraising
mix instead of normal potting mix. The reason is
there is less in the way of fertiliser in the seed-raising mix
than you will find in potting mix. This distinction is important
because you don’t want your plants to grow too well or to
their optimum size. This is a small world you are creating
and you want your plants to stay in scale visually and to fit
within the confines of their container.
I put in a layer of mix about 7cm deep and probably
wouldn’t want to go much shallower than this, though it
does depend to some extent on the size of the plants you
are using. I then added some cinnamon as an insurance
against any potential fungal or bacterial issues.
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If your plants are dry, water them well before planting.
It is tricky to do it adequately afterwards. It is not only
difficult to water individual plants when they are planted
closely together, but you don’t want to be pouring a
lot of water into your container. Groom the plants by
cutting off any old leaves because this is hard to do once
they are planted.
Plant around the outside first. Once you have done
the circle of planting, finish off by adding your taller
plants in the middle. Use this procedure for both the
front viewing and the all-round viewing, though your
taller plants will be planted at the back on the perimeter
before you put the medium-sized plants in the centre.
Place your plants a few centimetres apart; you want
to find that sweet spot where there is still room for the
plants to grow a little, but, at the same time, you want it
to look lush and not too bare.
Snuggle your plants in as you plant them. I found I had
to trickle some more soil in to fill gaps that were proving
tricky to fill with the available soil.
Adding ornaments adds a bit of fun, especially if you
are doing this with children. Dinosaurs, frogs and all sorts
of other creatures can add a nice touch.
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Sparingly water your plants. You want the soil to be just
moist but not saturated. Use a watering can or similar
with a fine spout and a thin trickle. While you were
planting, you may have got some soil on the glass, so use
this watering time to wash it off or, if this doesn’t work,
use a long paintbrush to brush the soil off. If you are going
to have an enclosed system with a lid on, or the neck of
your bottle is small, then the water has less chance to
escape and watering correctly is more crucial.
Your bottle garden is done so pour yourself a
wine, sit back and admire it!
Place your freshly planted terrarium out of
any direct sun because it will heat up surprisingly
quickly and probably cook your plants. If
condensation occurs in a closed vessel, then
remove the lid to let some of the moisture out.
There will be a little maintenance down the
line, perhaps a bit more water will be required,
or some vigorous growth or a wayward leaf will
need to be snipped off, but for the most part it
will take care of itself.
PLANTS TO CONSIDER
• Japanese sweet flag for a grass-like look.
• Maidenhair ferns absolutely love the
humidity in a terrarium and provide a lacy
look. Also try button fern and the foxtail
fern useful for providing spires.
• Spider plant for its green and white
• Earth stars provide interest at ground level.
• The ivies, particularly the small-leaved
varieties, are hardy and great fillers.
• Prayer plants are for bigger containers, but
provide horizontal interest.
• Moon valley has green and burgundy
leaves to bring in another colour and the
aluminum plant for its silver striped leaves.
• African violets are good, especially the
• Baby’s tears is a useful small-leaved ground
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Go with the flow
Indoor Outdoor Flowmore
than just a cliché!
The phrase ‘indoor-outdoor flow’ may be a repeat
offender in real estate jargon- but for good reason!
Functionality is now a huge priority for homeownersand
creating easy access between your indoor and
outdoor areas enables the extension and better use
of standard living spaces.
New builds will generally have this concept built into the design from
the outset but for older homes, constructed before kiwis started to
take their living outside, some thoughtful design may be required to
link the indoor living space with the outdoors.
To maximise its worth, this nebulous concept of flow needs to run
in both directions between spaces and connecting the indoor and
outdoor spaces which fit together. It’s not quite as straightforward as
installing big bi-fold doors to outside! Ensuring the indoor kitchen links
directly to the outdoor kitchen or cooking area will make things far
more efficient with the ebb and flow of dishes and meals.
You don’t want to be traipsing the length of the house from the
outdoors to your kitchen carrying dirty dishes and sloshing half-empty
wine glasses. Likewise, placing your spa with easy access to the master
bedroom will ensure you can step swiftly from your soak straight to
your bedroom rather than instantly losing your relaxed glow due to a
chilly dash across the garden, through the house to your room.
A pool will generally be used during the warmer months when
minimising the distance between the pool and indoors to maintain
warmth isn’t such a consideration, although even when not in active
use during winter, looking from the indoors out to a well-lit beautifully
landscaped pool provides a spectacular water feature. Connecting your
laundry to the outdoor space housing your washing line is another
example where good flow aids functionality.
Guide your guests
Smart landscape design will enable you to lead visitors to the spaces
you want them to enter (and avoid others). The landscaping at the front
of your property has a huge impact on its overall street appeal (and
accordingly value!). Keeping design structured and simple at your frontage
will create the first impression of a well-tended tidy property. With bold
choices in planting and hardscaping, it doesn’t have to be dull. We’ve all
been to those properties where you are left to-ing and fro-ing wondering
which direction to proceed- a clear path from the street to the home
entrance at which you expect to greet visitors will avoid any confusion.
Safety is an important consideration for entrances. Installing lighting to
ensure dinner guests can proceed to and from your door after dark is
important- and doesn’t have to carry a hefty price tag. At this time of
year, things can get pretty slippery overnight on driveways and pathways
- especially further South. One solution is to incorporate a heating
system within concrete during construction so icy hazards never get a
chance to form. This can also be used in any concrete seating to keep
backsides comfortable when temperatures drop.
Often the entrance to a property is shared by vehicles and pedestrianswhich
presents safety challenges, especially if there are kids in and
out of the property. Redesigning your frontage so that vehicles and
pedestrians have separate entry points is a simple way to reduce this
risk. From a discreet gate within the fencing to a bespoke contrasting
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Along with playing a vital role in our eye health, lashes
and brows have long been a symbol of beauty.
“Whether it is a bold statement
or a more natural look, strong
healthy and beautiful lashes
are always on trend.”
Beauty trends have come and gone but beautiful
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globally. Having been around since 2004, RevitaLash
Cosmetics knows a thing or two about beauty trends.
They say that with ‘natural’ and ‘clean’ as the two
biggest terms in beauty right now, people are wanting
to emphasise naturally beautiful lashes and brows more
One constant look on the runway is the Twiggy –
an iconic look that Lori Jacobus, President RevitaLash
Cosmetics, says will never go out of style. “Whether
it is a bold statement or a more natural look, strong
healthy and beautiful lashes are always on trend.”
Lash extensions have been available for years and
Lori does not see this trend slowing down any time
soon, especially with the number of lash bars and
salons continuing to grow. When lash extensions first
became popular, the trend was to get dramatic, longer
lashes. What we are seeing now is more natural-inappearance
lash extension, especially among younger
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The drive for more ‘natural’ beauty has also seen lash
lifts increase in popularity. People are liking the idea of
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lash lift with a good quality lash serum to achieve that
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The focus is not only on lashes, it also on brows with
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A new trend just beginning to see gain traction in
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Hark back to a time when sneaking away for a
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cinched waist. Now, would you fancy a Tom
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The latest looks for winter are all about ease and comfort.
Words Shelley Robinson
Neither slinky nor shapeless, this season’s dress of comfort is typically made of a winter
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A Rotorua Canopy Tours customer high above the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve.
It happened about 50 metres from
the ground, soaring high above a
forest with only a minor wedgie from
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Complete and utter surrender.
That leaky window? Forgotten. All
hell breaking loose when the partner
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Who knew that Rotorua was like
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I was as hungry as he was. Never a good combination, particularly after
a fraught airport-parking experience. With a few hours to kill before our
first activity, we were on the hunt for food. But within minutes of walking
down Rotorua’s city centre, he realised with a start he was quite alone.
I’d found McLeods Booksellers (1148 Pukuatua Street), a giddy place
full of titles not seen in mainstream shops, where you find yourself tenderly
stroking the covers to the immense understanding of staff. Then there was
Atlantis Books (1206 Eruera Street). A second-hand bookshop, complete
with multi-shaped bookcases choking from the sheer number of titles,
classical music gently playing, three or four very studious-looking customers
and the lovely gentleman behind the counter. Bliss. With four books in
tow and promises to close my eyes should another bookshop try to
seduce me, it was time to eat.
Now, before we go any further, there’s one thing you have to know
about him – he can be a tad fussy about his food when we dine out. He’s
a chef, which doesn’t help things at all. Hand on heart, this is the first time
in our many years together that I have heard him be so effusive in his
praise of a café. Over a hefty offering of bacon, eggs on toast at Scope
Rotorua (1296 Tutanekai Street), he enthused how the vinaigrette was “a
very nice touch to bring a bit of acidity to the richness of the eggs”. Their
big slices wink at you so alluringly that it would be rude not to indulge
a little. A walnut caramel slice went down the hatch and the coffee was
deemed “incredible”. Rotorua, what magic have you cast on thee?
64 STYLE | travel
- RETREAT TO THE FOREST -
There are people in this world who
have such a way of talking that you
immediately trust them implicitly and
do their bidding without much thought.
Guides Paul and Jess, of Rotorua
Canopy Tours, are two such people. So
much so that you’ll find yourself hanging
upside down with the grace of a cow
after you have said over and over again
that you wouldn’t. And they are very
forgiving should you utter a phrase on
your way down that would make your
mother blush with mortification.
Rotorua Canopy Tours (147 Fairy
Springs Road, Fairy Springs) is a zip-line
and swing-bridge adventure high above
the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve.
You’ll duck and weave your way up the
road, passing farmers on quad bikes
wearing rugby shirts to find where
the ponga, rimu, tawa and silver ferns
have gathered. It is “virgin” forest, says
Paul, untouched by humans and their
chainsaws with some of the trees more
than 1000 years old.
With six 1200-metre long zip lines
and three swing bridges, you can
choose between the Original or the
Ultimate Canopy Tour. We were on
the Ultimate and it included a nifty
tandem zip line, the Back to Earth
controlled descent (the upside-down
flailing cow moment) and the 70-metre
high Rocky Cliff Walk.
It is a truly humbling experience to
look down from a zip line into a vast
ocean of ponga and silver ferns, their
leaves spread as if clasped together in a
bouquet. You’ll laugh for the sheer joy
General manager Paul Button calls it
“emotional tourism”; stripping back the
layers by immersing you in the forest.
The idea was born when James
Fitzgerald wanted to create the “best
visitor experience in New Zealand”.
He had searched the country but,
turns out, the perfect location was 10
minutes from his house. James asked an
engineering friend from university, Andy
Blackford, if he could whip up a zip-line
course for him. He reckoned he could,
so the two founders set to work and
opened in 2012.
The Inferno Crater Lake at Waimangu Volcanic Valley is almost an other-worldly sight.
“Every piece of wood was carried
into that forest and lofted into the
trees,” says Paul. “James lost 17
When they extended the course,
due to customer demand, they used
prefabrication and helicopters, but
installed it all by hand.
But this is also a restoration project
of a forest once hauntingly silent of bird
call due to predators. To date, more
than $500,000 of customer money has
purchased traps that see thousands of
rats and possums removed every day.
Native birds, including the long-tailed
cuckoo, tomtit and North Island robin,
have now returned. And, on the tour,
you’ll have the opportunity to feed
birds straight from your hand.
You will be entertained but, more
importantly, experience the sheer
tranquillity of Mother Nature as you
glide high above. canopytours.co.nz
It was like a scene out of Peter
Pan; 28 suspension bridges strung
between century-old redwood trees,
some nine to 20 metres above the
Whakarewarewa forest. Suddenly
around the darkened forest, came
an audible collective gasp. The lights
had been turned on at Redwood
Nightlights (1 Long Mile Road,
Whakarewarewa). Trees suddenly
danced with pink and purple spotlights,
while 30 lanterns, designed by Kiwi
David Trubridge, seemingly floated.
Clever lighting made it appear as
though thousands of fireflies had
descended on the forest. It is the type
of experience where children (and
adults) dream of lands with fairies
and mystical creatures. Go for the
experience, stay for the magic. treewalk.
“It’s a bit like being in Jurassic Park, isn’t
it?” he says.
With bubbling rivers, in lurid colours
of green and yellow, steaming lakes
and expansive views of the forest,
Waimangu Volcanic Valley (587
Waimangu Road) really does feel
other-worldly. We were 20 minutes
in, exploring the world’s youngest
geothermal valley and the stories of the
Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption, during a
roughly two-hour walk.
On June 10, 1886, when Mount
Tarawera’s foul breath of lava
erupted, it decimated the area. Now
regenerated, it has a rather mesmerising
and almost apocalyptic landscape
seldom seen elsewhere. A boat trip
around Lake Rotomahana will see you
marvel at geysers and hear the story of
the acclaimed Pink and White Terraces.
STYLE | travel 65
- THE CLEVER KOLVER BROTHERS -
Immerse your body in a cedar hot tub
or enjoy a drink and a Shinny Dip with
friends at the Secret Spot.
A “brainstorm in a rainstorm” is how it
happened, says Keith Kolver with a grin.
He and his brother Eric were on one
of their outdoor “missions”; a 60km
two-day paddle down the Whakatane
River, when inspiration struck to create
a hot tub experience in a forest setting.
“On the last day, we got caught in a
whole heap of rain. We were freezing
and while paddling we started thinking
happy warm thoughts. Mulled wine, hot
chocolate, mulled wine in a hot tub,”
Typically after their trips, they would
enjoy a warm soak in their “secret
spot” with a “beersie and a reflection
on the adventure”. And that is what
they wanted to create for everyone to
After borrowing a few shovels
from their dad Rudie’s shed with
promises they would “bring them
back eventually”, they got to work.
They chose a site by the popular
Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain
Biking car park, where more than
3000 people enjoy the forest at the
weekend, and began creating the
Secret Spot (13/33 Waipa State Mill
They added 3000 plants, including
some rescued ponga trees, created a
river plus a “camping site” and spent
three hours jackhammering a rock to
create a burner to light up the night.
Water is pumped down from a large
pool in the forest, going through all
types of filtration, before it supplies a
40-degree immersion experience in one
of 12 cedar hot tubs.
It is pretty special, says Keith, working
on a project like this with your brother
who you’ve gone on adventures and
built huts with all your life.
Staring out into the almost ethereal
forest, where dew glistens on the ferns
and river gently flows, while relaxing
in our hot tub we surmised the Kolver
boys had outdone themselves.
The tubs are booked in 45-minute
slots so you can enjoy your time
without a stranger helicoptering in
on the experience, plus enjoy a drink
while your bones relax. The brothers’
tongue-in-cheek humour is on display
with pool names like O for Awesome,
Boil Up, Bush Medicine and The Wasted
There is also the very clever Shinny
Dips, where you can come in for a
coffee and use the hot tubs for your feet
for free. It is a place where strangers
who have had a shared experience of
biking through the nearby forest, strike
up conversation across the tubs.
More so, it is a place where worldweariness
cannot find you. For you
are nestled in a forest, in a hot tub, in
But did they return those shovels to
Keith grins sheepishly.
“There is a head of a spade at my
house waiting for a new handle,” he
admits. But he thinks they may have got
away with it.
“Dad sees his two sons doing
something special together. He’s our
strongest support person and was even
handing out brochures the other day
outside a dairy. A guy showed up and
told us that he had met our dad handing
them out and that’s why he was here.”
Good blokes those Kolvers.
66 STYLE | travel
- SOUL REST -
Everybody needs a Buela in their life. And a mischievous sheep that thinks
it’s a donkey.
Our raggedy selves showed up at Peppers On The Point (214
Kawaha Point Road, Kawaha Point) late in the evening and straight into
the soothing hands of the staff. It was a bit like being greeted at your
favourite aunt’s house. A big warm hug was created by the combination of
sumptuous décor and a wonderful woman named Buela. She took note of
our state and knew just the remedy. Drinks and nourishment. Bless her.
Now, I consider myself to be a rather together sort of person (I’m
lying), but even I’m not immune to leaping onto a super king-sized bed in
excitement when presented with such luxurious lodgings. The bathroom
was bigger than my first flat and had underfloor heating, a spa bath and
a shower with jets in every direction. A handsome living and dining area
meant he could watch the television without offending me and my books
or I could pop into a delightful study overlooking the lake.
It was time for dinner downstairs. I admit you do feel a bit regal as
you saucily sashay down the beautiful wooden staircase into the softly
chandelier-lit dining area, while Édith Piaf and Nina Simone croon, gently
releasing those last tendrils of stress from your shoulders.
Owners Ron and Jamie Main decided to throw open the doors of the
1930s mansion with 80-degree views of Lake Rotorua, after their four
children left home, explains lodge manager Ann Gregor-Greene.
Peppers has adapted in the post Covid-19 environment to not only
hold weddings in their chapel with glorious lake views, but add a new
dining experience, The Mains (themainsatpeppers.co.nz). Dining used to
be available only to lodge visitors, but now it’s available to all. Dinner plus
brunch on Saturdays and Sundays has proven to be very popular, says Ann.
And we know why. They have very clever chefs in Ali Wakefield and
Mirai Sato. We feasted on delights such as Crispy Sesame Coated Tofu,
Seared Ora King Salmon, Portobello and Oyster Mushroom Croquette,
Bitter Chocolate Coconut Parfait and Chocolate Fondant. “Clean, fresh,
delightfully plated; just how food should be,” was the verdict from Mr
Fusspot chef-on-tour. Me? Well, it would have been highly improper
to trade my fella in for one of Peppers’ chefs, just so they could make
me that tofu and decadent parfait every night, so I kept that particular
thought to myself.
It feels a bit transcendental waking up bathed in the morning sunrise.
The mist drifts up from the lake as the sun peeks out from Mokoia Island,
while a cacophony of birds gentle rouses you awake. It’ll be all you can
do not to send an email to your boss and children saying you’ve decided
never to return. (Indeed, a photo of the view buoyed my soul during the
following seven days of rain at home.)
Suddenly, a curious noise, much like a naughty granddad’s belch after
Christmas dinner. Donkeys! Like children, we clattered downstairs through
the terraced gardens where we found grounds assistants Helen and Jules
feeding two donkeys, four sheep and two miniature horses. River the
sheep hangs with the donkeys. She was rescued from a river and tended
to until she developed into a mischievous wee minx; she is fond of leaping
Back in the lodge, while munching on yet another particularly wonderful
breakfast, he suddenly spoke.
“It really puts into perspective what’s important and what’s not, doesn’t
it? People get caught up in daily life and sheltered from what really
matters,” he says looking out at the view of the lake.
It really does.
The chefs at Peppers create a taste
sensation dish by dish.
The dining room is lit by chandeliers and
offers incredible views of Lake Rotorua.
Enjoy a soak in the spa bath with some bubbles.
Style’s trip to Rotorua was courtesy of Destination Rotorua
Rental car: RaD Car Hire, 39 Fairy Springs Road, Fairy Springs, radcarhire.co.nz
Pure Luxury in Rotorua
After arriving into Rotorua, settle into your lakeside retreat at Peppers on
the Point. This former 1930s mansion not only offers amazing views out to
Mokoia Island but their talented chefs will provide a fine dining experience
you won’t forget.
During your stay in Rotorua, board a private helicopter and fly to Mount
Tarawera. Landing on Mount Tarawera offers a privileged view of spectacular
craters and domes formed by the massive 1886 eruption. Learn about
the region’s history, culture and geology and take in expansive views of
Rotorua’s lakes and National Parks from above.
At Lake Rotoiti, disembark your helicopter to spend the afternoon exploring
the stunning bays and coves onboard a private luxury 53 foot sailing
catamaran, Tiua. The freshwater lake is steeped in cultural history and
legends that the crew are happy to share. Spend the afternoon being as
energetic as you like. Help sail the yacht, swim in the waters through caves,
soak in the lake-edge thermal pools (accessible only by boat) or relax in the
bean bags and watch the native scenery slip by under full sail. Then, nestle
into a cove, where a gourmet barbecue will be prepared and complemented
with local beverages.
Spend day two experiencing the region’s nature and culture. Start with a
short walk in Otanewainuku Forest, home to giant trees and a strong kiwi
and kokako population. Following lunch at Mount Maunganui, travel to the
private studio of Todd Couper. Todd is a contemporary Māori artist who
specialises in wood carving and sculptures. Todd will share his story of how
his culture inspires his art practice.
You also have a chance to spend a day taking in some of Rotorua’s local
activities. Our recommendations include Rotorua Canopy Tours, Waimangu
Volcanic Valley and the Polynesian Spa Pools. We would be happy to help
plan out another special day trip for you, perhaps visiting the nearby
Hobbiton Movie Set and Caveworld in Waitomo.
End your Rotorua escape with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.
(Note, flights not included.)
Pricing from $4,500.00 per person* based on Double or Twin Room and
minimum of four persons travelling together.
For more information about this itinerary or for a personalised quote, please
contact us directly.
Email Nic Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 03 3555 990 or 021 461 971
68 STYLE | wellbeing
It is time to give your immune system a good boost. Naturopath Dee Copland
looks at lifestyle and diet tips to help keep the sniffles at bay.
o you dread the winter months when you
and your family easily succumb to coughs
and colds? These symptoms, while normally
mild, are the leading causes of days off work
There are many factors that may contribute
to a weakened immune system, including
stress, poor sleep, lack of regular exercise, not
enough rest and relaxation, and poor food
choices. A healthy, robust immune system
helps to keep us well, even when those
around us are coughing and sneezing.
STYLE | wellbeing 69
Soups and stews
A varied and nutrient-dense diet will
help to support a healthy immune
system. Tuck into homemade soups
created from a base of good oldfashioned
bone broth, with lots of garlic,
onions and other vegetables. Wintry
stews with lots of veggies are also
beneficial. Try to eat foods that are in
season. Turn to warm meals, such as
cooked veggies rather than summer
salads, especially when it is cold. This can
help with circulation and digestion, and
is a practice encouraged by traditional
Chinese medicine, which has been
around for 4000 years.
The antimicrobial herb
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a wonderful
herb, which you may already have
growing in your garden. It has
antimicrobial and aromatic properties,
so if you feel congested or detect the
telltale signs of a cold, add a few sprigs
of thyme to a cup of boiling water.
Leave it for 10 minutes, strain and drink.
You can add some manuka honey
for sweetness as well, as it also has
antibacterial effects. Thyme is an easy
herb to add while sautéing onions in any
leftover cooked bones from a roast meal
chicken necks and feet (optional, but very beneficial as they
supply collagen for skin health, gut and joint support)
2 medium onions, halved, skins included
4–5 carrots, washed and cut in half
6–8 celery stalks and leaves, washed and cut into thirds
6–8 garlic cloves
1 tsp mineral salt
a few sprigs of thyme, stalk and leaves
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
3.5 litres cold water
1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker with enough
water to cover the ingredients (use more than 3.5 litres
2. Cover and set on low. Leave chicken bones for 24
hours and beef/lamb bones for 48 hours to draw out the
nutrients from the bones and marrow.
3. Use a colander to strain all the liquid into glass jars and
keep for up to three days in the fridge.
Zinc and vitamin C are nutrients
essential to good health. There is a
growing body of scientific evidence
that supports their benefits in boosting
immunity and strengthening the healing
process. Oysters, beef and pumpkin
seeds are all good sources of zinc. But if
you have frequent infections, skin issues
and/or white flecks on your nails, you
may need to supplement with a zinc
powder or drops to increase your levels.
Good food sources of vitamin C include
raw capsicums, fresh or frozen berries
and sauerkraut, among many others.
Slower pace of life
We get such a diverse range of seasons
here in New Zealand, so use this time
to take a break, get cosy and read a
good book in the evenings or weekends.
FOMO (fear of missing out) has been
replaced with JOMO (joy of missing
out). Post-lockdown, more people seem
to be enjoying the slower pace of life.
Ensure you get plenty of restorative
sleep too. For adults that is between
seven to nine hours per night.
NOTE: You can drink the broth as is or use as a base for
soups or add to risotto/mince etc. If you don’t need to use
it right away, store it in the freezer for up to three months.
70 STYLE | food
From eatery updates to delicious dishes, we provide
the scoop on the latest taste sensations.
Embrace the winter chill with
the ‘Impossible to Eat Burger’
at Ben & Jerry’s (100 Oxford
Terrace). Yes, that’s right, ice
cream in a brioche bun – with
waffle pieces, biscoff (biscuit)
spread and hot fudge or caramel
sauce. Sounds messy alright!
For a delicious and nourishing breakfast
or brunch that tastes more like dessert,
try the new Banana and Walnut Bread at
Untouched World Kitchen (155 Roydvale
Avenue, Burnside). Gluten-free and vegan,
this guilt-free delight is served up with lashings
of stewed fruit, apple, ginger crumble and
comforting coconut whip.
ON THE MOVE
There’s a new rig on the
Dunedin food scene and it has
a very familiar name. Emerson’s
Food Truck (facebook.com/
Emersonsfoodtruck) is serving
up the likes of mushroom and
tofu baos and Cardrona merino
lamb ribs with a click-and-collect
pre-order beer service, from
5.30pm–8pm, in South Dunedin.
The Great NZ Toastie Takeover will see
toasted sandwiches already on the menu of 83
establishments around the country. It’s a great
excuse to experience Christchurch’s Bottle & Stone
(opening early July at 20-26 Welles Street), with
their entry the Muffaletta: “Dirty Italian, pork and
fennel meatloaf sub, napoli, mozzarella, McClure’s
Sweet & Spicy Pickles, milk sub roll and garlic aioli.”
The Cook & Nelson and McClure’s Pickles clan will
announce 12 finalists on August 3. And, if you think
you can do better – and want to win a year’s supply
of pickles, head to toastietakeover.com to take part in
the ‘home chef competition’.
A sustainable source
When Sumner couple Deneale and Charlie couldn’t
find sustainable lifestyle products close to home,
they decided to be part of the solution. Their aim is to
reduce our ecological footprint by avoiding unnecessary
plastic use. Thus, Food for Thought was born. Based
at The Tannery, it's a destination to discover organic
nut butters (with a jar exchange reward), grind fresh
Lyttelton Coffee Co beans and stock up on a wide
range of organic, bulk pantry goods that you can turn
into scrumptious, healthy meals – such as Deneale's
delicious dahl below.
Kumara and red lentil dahl
• 1 orange pre-boiled or
roasted kumara, peeled
• 2 cups dry red lentils*
• 1 small can coconut
• 3 cups vegetable/
• 1 tin chopped
• ½ onion, diced
• 3 garlic cloves, crushed
• 1 tsp ground cumin*
• 1 tsp tumeric powder*
• 1 tsp curry powder*
• ¼ tsp chilli powder*
• 1 tsp paprika*
1. Fry off onion and garlic for four
minutes, add spices and cook
for a couple of minutes until
2. Add kumara and lentils, cook
for a further two minutes, then
add coconut cream, stock and
3. Cover and cook for approx. 30
minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Serve with or without rice, but
definitely with mint yoghurt.
Mix four chopped mint leaves with
¼ cup natural yoghurt and season
with salt and pepper.
*Ingredients available from Food for Thought
Shop 59b, The Tannery, located on the Boardwalk // Open 10am-4pm, 7 days a week
PHOTO: Sam Parish
STYLE | food 73
Winter calls for food that nourishes and warms the soul.
With this recipe by Sam Parish, a common curry gets a revamp with
cauliflower stepping up to the plate.
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 cauliflower, cut into eight
400g chicken breast*, sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4cm piece ginger, finely
1 cup Greek yoghurt
2 Tbsp sour cream
¼ cup tomato paste
handful of curry leaves
lemon juice to taste
*substitute with canned
chickpeas or lentils for a
‘BUTTER UP’ SPICE MIX
1 small piece cinnamon
¼ tsp each of ground nutmeg, black mustard seeds,
ground cloves, ground cardamom, saffron threads
3 tsp each of ground cumin, ground coriander, Kashmiri
chilli powder (found at Indian supermarkets)
1. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
2. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil and add cauliflower
pieces, cut side down, and season with salt and
3. Put cauliflower in oven (cold) and set
temperature to 220°C. (The cauliflower stays in
until the very end, approximately 20–25 minutes.)
4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a wide saucepan or
deep-sided frypan over medium heat.
5. Add the ‘butter up’ spice mix and cook until
aromatic and a beautiful red colour.
6. Transfer mixture to a heatproof bowl. Add
chicken pieces (or chickpeas/lentils), yoghurt and
sour cream. Mix to combine.
7. Return uncleaned pan to medium heat and add
remaining 2 Tbsp oil and onion. Cook for three
minutes or until softened.
8. Add ginger and garlic and cook for a minute or
9. Add tomato paste and cook for one to two
minutes or until it starts to stick to the bottom of
10. Add spiced chicken mixture and a splash of water.
11. Bring to a simmer for five minutes or until chicken
is just cooked through.
12. Transfer to an ovenproof serving dish and scatter
with curry leaves. Add to the oven with the
cauliflower (which should be looking pretty good
by now) and cook for a further eight minutes
or until cauliflower is cooked through, chicken
charred slightly, and sauce bubbling and reduced
13. Stir through lemon juice to taste.
14. Serve with naan and steamed rice.
74 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 July 31.
The Tannery’s Penny Black Victorian Tearoom has joined
forces with Francesca of Villa del Vento to add wedding
cakes to its tasteful offerings. One lucky reader will win
a $500 Bridal Shower Tea for up to 15 guests, featuring
a delectable Celebration Cake and accompanied by tea,
coffee and bubbles all round.
Refuel with plants
The plant-based range of chilled meals by Kiwi brand
Naked Kitchen uses premium, natural ingredients and
no preservatives, artificial colours or flavours. The new
Eat Well series includes green pea broccoli mint soup,
cauliflower coconut turmeric dahl and more, and we have
two eight-pack sets ($47.90 each) for you to try.
Experience the dark side
Whittaker’s new Cocoa Lovers Collection is its darkest
chocolate range yet. The four 100g blocks are 70–92% cocoa,
showcasing the distinctive flavours of beans sourced from
artisan producers in Samoa and Nicaragua alongside 100%
Rainforest Alliance Certified Ghanaian cocoa. We have four full
sets ($20 each) for four lucky winners.
Hold the alcohol
The Espresso Martino cocktail kit has the tools, recipe and
ingredients needed to create an alcohol-free showstopper.
Seedlip Spice 94, Harpoon Cold Brew coffee concentrate,
Noble Maple Syrup, a stunning Seedlip copper jigger and a
garnish pack will make each drink look like a bought one.
We have one $109.95 kit to give away. cookandnelson.com
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