Style: July 10, 2020


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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

banoffee pie.

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

rental income.

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

obvious reasons).

Now, the last of the trends and perhaps the

most important.


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!

Stay warm this winter.

"I’m not travelling, so I’m definitely


That’s right, a whole new demographic –

mostly would-be first-home buyers who

had planned to travel or to take up lengthy

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The big OE has been part of

the Kiwi vernacular for so long

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

in Hawaii.

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

and be the tourists we need to be

right now. After all, it’s hardly a bad

plan B.

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This journey started with a

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When Mark and Julia viewed the

cottage in 2008, Julia knew she

could transform it. The 1930s

bungalow had been relocated

from central Christchurch to the

country 15 years prior and although

it had been in situ for more than a

decade, it still looked like ‘a cottage

in a paddock’ Julia says. A friend

suggested they contact DJ Hewitt

to discuss a renovation. They

liked his approach and his obvious

attention to detail.


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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

tropical holidays.

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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To achieve the best result when selling your

home, you need an agent that is streets

ahead in service, marketing, communication

and negotiation.

In April I was the top consultant at Harcourts Grenadier for sales

revenue but more importantly, client experience.

I believe this reinforces that “Streets ahead in real estate” is not

just a slogan, it is a reality.

If you are considering buying or selling in Christchurch now

or in the future, get in touch with me today.

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He was personable, authentic,

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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

little success.

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,

New Zealand.

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.

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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

hot tub.

They are views that can become etched

on the soul.

Susanna received a message from an

American woman who stayed with them

over Christmas.

“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.

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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

been on.

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 farm.’”

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

over it?”

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,”

says Bevan.

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

surrounding paddocks.

“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

culinary skills.

“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

playground overhead.

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,”

says Bevan.

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

chocolate cakes.

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Be the stone and skim your way down through Tekapo

to rest a while at the base of the Southern Alps.

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There’s no denying the magnificence of the South Island landscape. As the odometer

ticks along, views shift from concrete jungle to small town main streets, with long

stretches of patchwork paddocks in between. And among the many jaw-dropping

highlights that will put this filmstrip on pause are the Southern Lakes.

Nestled in the Mackenzie Country, just three hours’ drive from Christchurch is Lake

Tekapo. It barely needs an introduction and always deserves more of your time. To take

in the hot pools and astonishingly clear sky, stay for a while. Lake Tekapo Cottages offers

separate, self-contained and secluded accommodation all conveniently located near the

lake, as well as that postcard-worthy church and the main street of shops and eateries.

With access via a footbridge, it’s an easy amble home after an evening of relaxed dining.

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Lake Ohau is the last and smallest on our mini-break trifecta and the Lake Ohau

Lodge is in prime position to take in its majesty. Each evening the lodge restaurant serves

a three-course set menu that you can enjoy by the open fire, with panoramic views

across the deep-blue water. A stay here wouldn’t be complete without some snow fun,

which is but a 20-minute drive away. As a guest, you receive special lift pass rates at the

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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

20 minutes.

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

Station, Garston.

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

being irresponsible?’

“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

really contented

sigh. I just felt this

really amazing

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

laughs wryly.

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

completed it.

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

duck pond.

“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

media audience.

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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Tall Poppy’s Debi Pratt introduces

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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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Visitors to this Wanaka crib can find

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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 trees.

The home comprises a pair of 45-degree gables and a

half-chisel roof that “slip past one another” to create three

private courtyards.

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

thistle oils.

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

while cooking.”

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

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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

dress for warmth. To dial

up the feeling of warmth

in our homes and

create an inviting winter

environment, we can not

only utilise colour, texture

and lighting, but one

important unsung hero in

the curtain department.

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Their students achieve excellent academic results and internationally

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As well as being able to explore their passions in specialist

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and community problem solving tasks and leadership initiatives.

“At Selwyn House School, the critical skills of creativity, self-regulation,

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“Employers across the world have emphasised the need for today’s

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COLOUR is a great way to create appealing spaces when the temperature

outside is cold. There is a lot of colour around in home décor at the

moment from deep saturated colours (think emerald, navy and gold),

through to warm, muddy tones (consider plums, mustards and yellows).

TEXTURE is also a key way to create visual warmth in a space. Faux fur

throws, nubbly wool rugs, cushions that use a variety of weaves and velvets

all work together to enliven a winter space.

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LIGHTING is a winter décor musthave.

There is something enticing

about crackling open fires, but, as

many of us cannot have these, we

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using candles, and occasional table

and floor lamps.

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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,

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chilly temperatures. To get the best

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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

your room.

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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Layers of lining are a more effective

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Thermal-backed fabrics have a sprayed

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Careful selection of fit-for-purpose

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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

the dream’.

Where does your creative expertise

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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

and 14.

“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

domestic life.”

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.

“It feels like a luxury now, having time to spend on my work. I

missed that.”

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.


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.


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.


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.


• 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

strappy leaves.

• 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

miniature ones.

• Baby’s tears is a useful small-leaved ground

cover and comes in green, lime and

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with Tim Goom

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.

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by Goom

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 first!

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

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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

lashes and brows are still a major beauty focus

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

than ever.

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

people in the millennial demographic, says Lori.

The drive for more ‘natural’ beauty has also seen lash

lifts increase in popularity. People are liking the idea of

enhancing the look of their own lashes and often pair a

lash lift with a good quality lash serum to achieve that

coveted, long, natural lash look.

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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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

warmer material, like Harris Tapper’s alpaca and merino blend or a jersey knit. Throw

over a blazer with some boots for an effortless elegance at work, add a touch of

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Wide-legged pants are striding

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Soar high above forest canopies and soak in hot tubs immersed in a sanctuary

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ABOVE: Connect to the magic of the Redwood Nightlights, where 30 beautiful lanterns are suspended in the forest.

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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

the safety harness.

Complete and utter surrender.

That leaky window? Forgotten. All

hell breaking loose when the partner

tried to reverse from the airport

parking barrier because he was in the

wrong lane? Gone.

Who knew that Rotorua was like

drinking a large cup of chamomile tea?

Because if you knew, you really ought

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pile of washing. Have a lie-down and

let Rotorua soothe your furrowed

brow with its hypnotic magical charms.


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?

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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

of it.

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.


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.

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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,”

says Keith.

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

Road, Whakarewarewa).

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

complete retreat.

But did they return those shovels to

their dad?

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


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 ( 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

over fences.

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,

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 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

and school.

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

savoury dish.



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

if required).

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.

Nutrient-dense foods

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.


There’s a new rig on the

Dunedin food scene and it has

a very familiar name. Emerson’s

Food Truck (

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 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

and diced

• 2 cups dry red lentils*

• 1 small can coconut


• 3 cups vegetable/

chicken stock*

• 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

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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

80g butter

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

vegetarian option


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

until aromatic.

9. Add tomato paste and cook for one to two

minutes or until it starts to stick to the bottom of

the pan.

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


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

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

‘Win With Style’ page. Entries close July 31.

Party on

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.


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GHD HELIOS: Monica Leslie

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