Style: August 07, 2020

StarMedia.Digital

august 2020

for the love of local

Waste-saving vege soup

+ beetroot brownie & beef rendang RECIPES

It’s what’s on the inside

How to master the

looks you love

A tale of two cafés

Why one took four days,

the other seven years

Read, watch, repeat

Our suggestions to keep

you entertained


GREEN BOTANIC

If you’re looking to buy a plant

and planter all at once, Green

Botanic is the place to shop. With

their beautiful selection of plants

and variety of unique planter

styles, it’s hard not to want

everything from The Colombo’s

small boutique plant store.

THE COLOMBO BOOKSTORE

The latest store to open at The Colombo

is their Independent bookstore. It is

absolutely worth popping in and signing

up to the book club to attend all the up

and coming events this season.

GRECH & CO

The gorgeous danish

eyewear has finally arrived

and is unique to The Collective.

With six carefully designed

colours and inspired by the

essence of Nature, this brand

is one to watch between the

little ones this season.


NEW ADDITIONS

You can always find

something unique and

different at The Colombo

homewares stores, no

matter the setting. Get

ready for spring with all their

fun textures and colours!

TO bRUNCH OR lUNCH?

The Colombo’s European influenced Foodhall was the first of its kind in

Christchurch and about to hit it’s first decade after setting up nearly 10 years ago.

From a selected amount of food offerings and perfect stall to table ratio, The

Colombo makes it easy to dine with any friend and family every day of the week!

The Cheeky Sparrow

The Serious Sandwich

INSPIRE WORKSHOPS

Weekly workshops are on a Thursday morning at the Colombo and

can be booked directly at the Colombo Bookshop in the middle

of the complex or buy tickets online at georgiwaddy.com/workshops/

Georgi Waddy plucks out local talent to create informative workshops

on a big range of topics. Local producers and creative individuals share

their knowledge and skills in a purposeful way.

6 AUGUST, 11.00Am

House plants, horticulture and

building a terrarium

27 AUGUST, 11.00Am

A Pickle, Cure and Bake workshop

10 SEPTEmbER, 11.00Am

Foraging plants for health and

beauty and eating!


Christchurch | 12 Papanui Rd | Tel. 03 356 1115

BoConcept.com


Discover

The Tannery

This WinTer

inTroDUcinG The PeoPLe BehinD The BranDs

Catherine

Cosi Fan Tutte

For the perfect gift to

lift the spirit and touch

the soul.

Dani

BoMBo

Beautiful reclaimed,

revamped, and

sustainable new wares,

for the home and body.

Sarah

Morgan and Page

Embracing femininity.

Edgy designer fashion

with a mix of classic and

contemporary styles.

Jeremy, Elfi, Lynn

The Filing Kabinett

Shared studio and

showroom space for

contemporary jewellery.

Paula

Penny Black

Tearoom

Our vision: to create a

unique hospitality venue in

Christchurch.

For Gifts

Natural Gem Healing

Bracelets from Palas now

available at Cosi Fan Tutte.

Wear on their own or

stack together.

cosifantutte.co.nz

For Sustainability

Revamped antique chaise

in mushroom linen $1950,

fairtrade throws from $69,

velvet cushions from $59.

bombo.co.nz

For ‘Nice Things’

The 2020 Nice Things

collection displays the

freshness of summer, while

paying homage to Swedish

artist Hilma Af Klint.

MorganAndPage

For Special Gifts

Handmade bespoke

pieces and limited editions

created on-site.

thefilingkabinett

Your destination for premium shopping and spectacular events in Christchurch

For Time out

Arguably Christchurch’s

finest High Tea destination.

Serving light breakfast,

lunch, morning/afternoon

teas, cakes and beverages.

penny-black.co.nz


Sophie Foote

Fashion Society

www.tannery.co.nz @TheTannery.co.nz @thetanneryemporium

Sophie Foote

Fashion Society

High-end boutique

offering exclusive women’s

fashion brands.

Suz

Bolt of Cloth

Contemporary colourful

fabrics, homewares,

cushions & gifts.

Liz, Hannah & team

Mrs Bottomley’s

Flowers

Creating beautiful, wild

and whimsical blooms for

your special occasion.

Ingrid Brook

IB Fashion

& Bridal

Multi-award winning

designer.

Mark

Munns

Established in 1918

and Restored at The

Tannery 2020.

For Style

$1,499 Smythe - Patch

Pocket Duchess Blazer.

fashionsociety.co.nz

For the Home

Exclusive retailer of

Marimekko in NZ. Find

iconic designs & limited

edition collections in-store.

boltofcloth.co.nz

For Fine Florals

Purveyors of fine florals

& whimsy. Only ever and

always using florals and

foliage grown in Aotearoa.

mrsbottomleysflowers.nz

For Ever

Retailer and custom

maker of elegant wedding

dresses, hair accessories,

veils. Made in NZ.

Exclusively sophisticated.

ingridbrook.nz

For the Ball

Suits and smart casual at

munns the man’s store.

munns.co.nz


PUBLISHER

Charlotte Smulders

Star Media

Level One, 359 Lincoln Road, Christchurch 8024

03 379 7100

EDITORIAL

Kate Preece

Group Editor

kate@starmedia.kiwi

Shelley Robinson

Deputy Editor

shelley.robinson@starmedia.kiwi

Kerry Laundon

Proofreader

Zoe Williams

Social Editor

DESIGN

Emma Rogers, Rodney Grey

ADVERTISING

Vivienne Montgomerie

Sales Manager

03 364 7494 / 021 914 428

viv.montgomerie@starmedia.kiwi

Janine Oldfield

Account Executive

03 962 0743 / 027 654 5367

janine.oldfield@starmedia.kiwi

Gary Condon

Account Executive

021 902 208

gary.condon@starmedia.kiwi

CONTRIBUTORS

Ady Shannon, Deanna Copland, Emma Peters, Getty Images,

Jet Campbell, Kristina Jensen, Michelle Laming,

Olivia Woodward, Sarah Burtscher, Sue Witteman

Every month, Style (ISSN 2624-4314) shares the latest in

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A note to you

Kate Preece

EDITOR

Have you looked up and suddenly found yourself in August?

You’re not alone. I’m feeling as though the lockdown

slowdown has passed and a ground-rush type of existence has

taken back its place.

A friend and I were talking about the underappreciation of

‘mental load’, despite its ongoing effects. We seem to more

easily accept that someone is tired or less enthusiastic when it’s

the result of physical exertion, yet a frenetic mind will have you

run down in no time. The pressure of organising a household

and/or caring for dependents is part of the mental load – and

you haven’t even left the house yet. Add to that the pressures

of work and it’s little wonder you can find yourself with little left

in the tank at the end of the week.

With Style, we offer you a moment to pause. It might seem

a frivolous notion in such turbulent times – and, of course,

everyone is going through their own challenges – but only you

can care for yourself, no matter what else is going on. Dip your

toes into our wellbeing section, discover what you could be

reading, and see what we’re watching. Give your brain some

time to unwind and reset.

If lockdown taught us anything, it was the value of slowing

down. So, let us help you, in Style.

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CONTENTS

In this issue

66

Regulars

14 NEWSFEED

Things that have caught

our fancy

98 WIN WITH STYLE

A $500 dinner for two in

Auckland and more!

Design

21 CAFÉ CULTURE

The stories behind two very

different settings

28 STILL LIFE GOES ON

Part two: artist Gill Hay

35 MAKE IT YOUR OWN

How to master those interior

looks you love

41 RIGHT FIRST TIME

The Robinsons’ dream home and

what you can learn from them

49 SMALL ON SPACE?

Entertaining goals for outside

55 BEYOND THE HYPE

Which plants you actually want

in your house

60 SAVE NOW OR PAY

LATER?

Stylish side table options to suit

your bank balance

96

55

RESENE

PADDOCK

RESENE

BOTANIC

COLOURS OF

THE MONTH

THE BEST OF HOME, LIFE & FASHION

Style is something unique to each of us. Each month Style encapsulates what’s remarkable, exciting or

emerging in the vibrant communities from Canterbury down to the Southern Lakes. Be assured, the

best of lifestyle, home and fashion will always be in Style.


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NATIONAL TOURING

75

Fashion, Beauty &

Wellbeing

62 FAIRYTALE FASHION

Own your character

66 FOR THE FRILL OF IT

Embracing a romantic feel

70 HUMAN EXPERIMENTS

Testing beauty products on our team

72 GLOW ON

Expert tips for looking fresh

86 PUT YOURSELF FIRST

Ways to winter wellness

90 BREATHE

Tips to help ease the mind

92 FIVE COMMON QUESTIONS

Shining the light on endometriosis

14

Travel

75 SOUTHERN DELIGHTS

Why Dunedin has you sorted

Entertainment

80 VIEWS AND HITS

On the home screen

82 THE BOOK NOOK

Literary escapes

RESENE ALERT TAN

Cover

72

Food & Drink

92 WASTE NOT, WANT NOT

Vege soup from odds and sods

94 SWEET TREAT

Beetroot, chocolate and ginger brownie

96 BE-GIN-NER’S LUCK

Learning to love gin

Transform vege stragglers into

soup superstars with Sarah

Burtscher’s recipe (page 92).

Photo: Jet Campbell

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14 Style | Newsfeed

NEWSFEED

Tasty treat

The perfect pick-me-up, Untouched World

Kitchen’s gluten-free and vegan Protein

Power Balls are drizzled with chocolate

and packed with delicious dates and nuts.

untouchedworldkitchen.com

Newness

Designer Jamie Richards is very excited to have opened a new studio

in Clyde. Her bridal and tailoring boutique, Margaret Wray, can now

be found on Holloway Street. A destination for bespoke evening

attire to boot.

The world’s largest volksfest might have been cancelled in Munich,

but you can still go to Oktoberfest in Lincoln. The new eatery and

bar (9/4 Eastfield Drive) is owned by German-born and trained

chef Jan Fryczewski, who is set to ensure Christchurch gets its hit of

German flavours.

Mid-week movie night

The last three movies in the Ghostlight Film Series will see What

We Do in the Shadows, Fight Club and The Greatest Showman

screening at the Isaac Theatre Royal on the first three Wednesdays

this month. A great cure for hump-day-itis.

Metallic edge

Cooking up a storm is all the more

appealing in rose gold, don’t you think?

Kenwood has released a

limited-edition metallic kMix

range, which really does

make baking look good.

The little cinema that can

Catching a movie at Lincoln’s Apollo Cinema (17 West Belt) has

been on the to-do list for quite some time. A friend’s birthday

finally saw me arrive with pre-booked ticket on phone at the

15-seat theatre, which is part of The Laboratory (restaurant, bar

and brewery). Behind the ‘ticket holders only’ door, I discovered

the plush seats and warm environs where movie-goers watch

a curated collection of flicks. For my party, it was A Bump Along

the Way – a comedy/drama, set in Northern Ireland, about what

happens when an immature 44-year-old single mum ends up

pregnant after a one-night stand! Grab a drink at the bar and

take it and a Kapiti ice cream cone across the cobble stones with

you. There’s no popcorn, but with the likes of hot chips or an

antipasto board on the cinema menu, there are plenty of treats

to top off a great night out. – Kate Preece


Okay, so this year – this most unusual of

years – it’s all about home.

Staying home, enjoying your very own

backyard or that beautiful expanse we

know as our entire countryside here in New

Zealand.

Holidays, breaks, refreshers, little weekends

away are all to be enjoyed within our own

boundaries and borders.

Unlike other years, it’s about discovering

or rediscovering what many Kiwis take for

granted. Large, green open spaces, public

galleries and museums (that unlike those

in many cities around the world are free to

visit), and rivers, lakes and mountains within

driving distance for most.

I can vividly remember being on a European

trip with my family when the guide asked

where we came from. After listening to our

response, a long pause occurred, then a

rather loud, disapproving Gaelic sniff. “Noo

Zeeland, zee end of zee earth.” And at the

time I thought it was, having taken 30 hours

to arrive at our destination, but today that

very isolation feels like a blessing. It’s easy

to see why so many are also taking time

to reinvest some love and attention in

their own properties due to staying home

rather than traveling, and businesses such

as landscapers, renovation builders and

interior designers are seeing the benefits of

that change.

If a staycation is currently on your radar and

you want to take the time to focus on your

own home, here are some options that

might give you some satisfaction, add value

… or both.

First, Declutter

Nail that garage first. Get rid of all the stuff

that’s broken, outdated or no longer useful.

If it’s still functional but of no use to you, give

it away, recycle or dispose of it in a method

that’s environmentally mindful, if possible.

I personally use the garage as a bit of a

dumping ground, much to the frustration

of my husband, but I also love the feeling of

nailing an area that’s long needed a tidy-up.

Once you’ve done that, move inside and see

if you can improve your surroundings and

wellbeing by editing some of the stuff that

fills your space.

Gentle Changes

With these two areas decluttered, let’s go for

some interior changes.

Move furniture, move art, have some fun and

enjoy the changes.

Edit, and what you don’t edit, use. Nothing

needs to occupy a precious space where

items are relegated as being ‘just for good’.

Use everything you have, no matter its value

or composition, and have fun.

Your family space should convey a feeling of

warmth, wellbeing and welcome.

Step Outside

During the lockdown period, I remember

watching people in Spain and thinking, what

must it be like not being permitted to go

outside?

This is where so many of us are fortunate.

No matter your home’s size, your property

address, whether you’re in a large residence

or a compact unit, try to make the most of

the outdoors. Your outdoors. Follow the

sun (if there is any!) and give thanks that

although we might not be able to travel the

world, you’d travel the world to find what we

have in our own backyard.

It seems that not only myself but others have

had a chance to stop chasing everything that

appears greener somewhere else, instead

appreciating what’s been in front of our

noses the whole time. Home.

Here’s to your home and mine, and here’s to

a staycation.

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16 Style | Newsfeed

NEWSFEED

LIFE HACK:

How to set your iPhone

to turn off automatically

after 30 minutes of

watching Netflix.

On your Clock app, set your

timer to your preferred timeframe

and instead of choosing a

cheesy tune to chirrup

when the time is up, set

‘When Timer Ends’ to

‘Stop Playing’.

Winter by the water

Whether it’s one of those blissful

sunny surprise days or a chilly

number, your spirits will be lifted

by pan-seared Chatham Island blue

cod. This tasty treat will have you

considering life as a pescetarian.

Sample the goods for yourself

at Fisherman’s Wharf (Norwich

Quay, Lyttelton), where they

dish it up with herb and garlic

roasted potatoes, steamed

seasonable vegetables and a

drizzle of herb butter.

In the wings

October will see Smiths City reimagined in The Colombo. Under

new ownership, the store is expected to showcase the company’s

fresh developments with a concept store feel. Electronics, whiteware,

TV and audio, beds, camping gear and more will soon be found where

Spotlight once was.

Clean up for good

Support the Starship Foundation

by adding a fresh tea towel to

the drawer. For the past 10 years,

cancer survivor Ruby Seeto has

created a new design for this

annual fundraiser, which sees $6

of every sale go to projects that

improve the facilities at Starship

Hospital. The ‘Starship Spritzer’

design is the 10th to be sold

through Wallace Cotton.

Better living

Still a little miffed that not all plastic goes in the yellow bin? A free way

to get certain brands away from landfill is to check out your options

with TerraCycle. Whether it’s The Collective Suckies or Glad bag

and clingfilm products, sign up and you’ll receive free postage labels to

send boxloads off to be recycled. terracycle.com/en-NZ

Keep running

A running and walking series kicks off in August from Homestead Bay

in Queenstown. There are 5km and 10km events every month until

November. activeqt.co.nz


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NEWSFEED

His and hers

Freshen up ahead

of the new season

with a shopping date

at The Colombo.

While she’s

perusing the likes

of Annah Stretton,

the Collective and

Repertoire, he

can deck himself

out at Stencil and

Frontrunner.

Flashback

Back to Vogue’s cover of

August 1923. We were

apparently very fond of

looking rather demure

while wearing a rather

fetching pink shawl and

plaid dress. This edition

was on New Ideas for

Interior Decorating;

flower arranging on

mantlepieces was very in.

Sweet beer, bro

Moa and Lewis Road Creamery have combined their awesome

powers to deliver you a significant stout. The Salted Caramel

Chocolate Stout is doing the rounds, following up on the tasty

success of the sweet chocolate combos that have gone before it.

With caramel qualities and a smidge of Marlborough sea salt to boot,

sneak a glass in while winter provides a chilly excuse.

August dates to note – or not

5 National Work Like a Dog Day

7 International Beer Day

9 National Book Lovers Day

10 National Lazy Day

13 International Left-handers Day

13 National Prosecco Day

21 Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

25 National Kiss and Make Up Day

28 National Red Wine Day

28 Crackers Over the Keyboard Day

TikTok TV

If you thought your TV was

swanky because you can manually

tilt it on its bracket, you’re not as

up with the play as you thought.

The Samsung Sero 43-inch Smart

TV automatically swivels from

horizontal to vertical depending

on what is being viewed – from

movies to mobile apps.


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Debi Pratt

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Style | Feature 21

Recreators

Designing a café takes careful consideration. For some, the visions

could take an intensive four-day blitz to create; for others,

the transformation could take seven and a half years.

Words Shelley Robinson

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Aimee and Samuel Nimmo recreated an existing inner city café in four days; Dried flower arrangments

add to the beach vibe at Ally & Sid; Storybook perfection at a café and restaurant tucked away in Springston.


22 Style | Feature

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: A white interior showcases thoughtful

trinkets and floral arrangements; The mural has proved to be an

Instagram hit; Wicker chairs and natural materials add to the chilled

beachside vibe.

It is a dingy overcast day, where winter has definitely

come out to play. The Montreal Street area by

Moorhouse Avenue is ramping up with the flow of

trucks and cars. But on Walker Street, just around the

corner, there is a curious aberration.

Meet Ally & Sid: the café recreated in just four days.

And it is like a little light beacon, brightening the street

from what used to be a rubber moulding factory.

Samuel and Aimee Nimmo took over the lease for

the café, which was formerly the Anchorage and then

the Park Ranger, on a Friday in November last year.

That left four days to turn it from a darkened café

with walls, floors and tables coloured black, into their

vision of a light, beach-inspired café.

“We spent all day and night with our church friends,

painting to 3am. Building counters, chopping up tables.

We were honestly exhausted, it was crazy,” says

Samuel.

He felt his first inkling of dismay on Monday night

when he looked around and saw there was much still to

be painted, including the floor.

“If we don’t get this done, we’re not going to be able

to open. So we put the message out [on social media]

and literally within half an hour, 20 people had shown

up,” he says.

His father, Lachlan Nimmo, a builder by trade, made

smart work of a large black banquet table running

through the length of the café, chopping it into smaller

tables within 20 minutes.

“I’ve never seen anyone work so hard,” says Samuel

with a smile.

It was the same for Aimee’s father, Danny Steel, a

painter, who attacked the walls with his spray gun.

The tables and benches were all stripped back: the

tables to their raw beginnings, and the benches coated

in white paint with a shabby chic look. Just a hint of

the black peeks through in the in-between spaces, a

reminder that these tables carry with them a history.

The walls were painted a shade of white, as were

the bookcase structures over the counters, where pot

plants and keepsakes now reside.

A softness is added through the peach-coloured

feature wall at the back, but it is the mural on the white

brick wall by the entrance that suddenly became a hit,

appearing in Instagram feeds. Hues of peach in almost

wave shapes cascade over themselves in the mural.

“Our friend Saskia [Hoekendijk] had a dream. In the

dream she saw a pink wall in our café, because we

already had the apricotty colours going on. We said

sweet, let’s do it,” says Samuel.

“Once we did that, honestly it blew up on Instagram.

Every person that came in was getting photos in front

of it. We were stoked,” says Samuel.

The garage door, which once saw customers roaring

into the rubber moulding factory, now adds just

the perfect touch to the café, where you imagine in

summer it is thrown open so the café chatter and vibes

continue into the street.


Style | Feature 23

The neon sign was used at Aimee and Samuel’s wedding and inspired

the café’s name.

With the colours and paint in place, it was time for Aimee, or

“design genius” as Samuel likes to call her, to come in with her

subtle touch to add in a distinct beach vibe with the décor.

An area with wicker seats, a wooden table and a rug makes

you feel as though this café could be happily ensconced on

any beach location. Above the couch is an A+S neon sign that

doesn’t detract but somehow seems to enhance the space.

Perhaps it is because it is from Aimee and Samuel’s wedding.

It sat on the reception table, and the couple wanted to reuse it

in the café. Which is how the name came about.

“We said, ‘How can we come up

with a name that works with it?’ It was

random, but it works,” says Samuel.

He’s right. The name itself has that

youthful and chilled exuberance that

sticks out on the industrial street.

The look is signed off with a beautiful

arrangement from the Dried Flower

Company.

But make no mistake: although

the vibe is chilled, Samuel’s approach

to coffee is not. He is a true barista

captivated by coffee, which means you

are guaranteed a true brew.

He grins and laughs when asked if

he has a signature coffee. The short

answer is yes, but, as it’s a bit of

convoluted process to make, it’s only

made for his special customers. Our lips

are sealed!

It’s late afternoon now and heading

into the weekend. The lawyers, doctors,

car salespeople and office workers that

are their customers will swap out for

families and friends.

And so, the story has just begun for

this haven settled amidst an industrial

area, and created in just four days.


24 Style | Feature

You won’t find a coffee machine at Sue Gidden’s café

and restaurant tucked away in the countryside. Though

it raised a few eyebrows and her family tried to talk her out

of it, Sue knew what she wanted to create in her foodie

Springston sanctuary: a place where people could sit and let

their senses be charmed. And there was certainly no place

for a rude machine spouting steam and disrupting that peace.

“I do live by my own rules,” she laughs. But that is why

her café, Memorys, works so well: because she doesn’t

conform to what ‘ought’ to be in eateries.

And yes, you can still get a cup of coffee, but Sue wants

to make sure you only get the best. That means beautiful

French press and drip coffee, created from what she

considers to be the finest beans. She pays a bit extra to

make sure it is so. Because for this creator and collector of

memories, every person must depart with a little bit of that

special magic she has created in her Springston sanctuary.

Sue has always found beauty in what people no longer

want; a “magpie”, she grins.

And that is no more so than when she and her husband

Chris stumbled upon an overgrown property in Springston

12 years ago.

“The poor land agent was ready to shoot the gap. But we

promised we wouldn’t be long. We walked in through the

Labour of love

back entrance and there was an accumulation of debris. We

did a wander and the brains started whirring. We looked at

each other and said, ‘Bugger’.”

The property had snared its way into their hearts. Fortyfive

years earlier Sue had worked in hospitality and had

wanted to open her own place. But with family and life,

the timing just wasn’t right. But it looks like this property

was winking at them, telling them that now was the time.

Though they gave it a good nudge to convince themselves

otherwise.

“I suppose most people would say, ‘Walk away, don’t be

stupid.’ We went back four times to convince ourselves not

to take the step, but each time we felt more enthusiastic,”

she says.

She chuckles when she remembers the reactions of their

three daughters as they looked at the property.

“They stood with their mouths open,” she says.

It took seven and a half years for Sue and Chris to clear,

gut and renovate the property. Sue at the time was working

as a homestay coordinator at Lincoln High School, while

Chris was an engineer.

The property was a plant nursery and had a house and

three concrete block structures, two of which Sue suspects

were potting sheds. The third had a small kitchenette, toilet

ABOVE: Sue Gidden’s Springston café, Memorys, was created over 12 years. OPPOSITE CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Thoughtful mementos

add to the traditional style of the restaurant; The Boardroom’s private dining caters for 6–12 people; The Gallery Room is rich with

wooden interiors; There are all sorts of thoughtful details; Sue cooks “food from the heart to feed the soul”.


Style | Feature 25


26 Style | Feature

and bathroom; likely, former staff amenities. And so

once the paperwork had been signed, Sue and Chris

got on with the job of creating the café and restaurant

they had so often dreamed about.

The staff amenities building was to be the restaurant:

stripped back to its bones, insulated, plastered and

completed with textured paint on the walls. The ceiling

was lined with recycled rimu.

Walking into it is like walking into the handsome

pages of a leather-bound storybook. Beautiful wooden

interiors, with thoughtful little trinkets, weave together.

“I didn’t want any commercial-type furniture in there.

After the [Canterbury] earthquakes [September 2010,

February 2011] people who had lost their homes were

going into new ones and decided they didn’t want their

old furniture, so I just gave it a new home,” she says.

Some she managed to save just as a bulldozer was

about to flatten them. Because for her, it is a terrible

thing to see good furniture come to a sad demise.

Walk through the restaurant and into the courtyard

and gardens and it is difficult to think it was once a

potholed, overgrown jungle. You’ll walk on the 15,000

recycled bricks laid by Sue and Chris, while in Sue’s

“pop it in” garden (called so because of her approach

to gardening) you’ll find memories of the couples’

walks and weekend trips – like the daisies grown from

a cutting taken during a walk in Diamond Harbour.

In spring, the courtyard will be dusted with blossoms,

while in autumn it’s a haven for a golden mix of leaves.

Across the courtyard, the two potting sheds have

been transformed into elegant rooms, where intimate

dinners of 6–12 people can be held.

The Gallery Room is Chris’s wish of a tin shed come

to life, with recycled corrugated iron as the cladding

while it’s lined with recycled rimu. Charming leather

couches, animal skin rugs and memorabilia create an

almost hunting lodge feel.

“You can go in there, take your coffee and just sit.

Like yesterday, I just opened the doors and the sun

streamed in. People who go in there are inclined to sit

there all day and don’t want to leave,” Sue chuckles.

It has an old coal range, butter churn and a rather

interesting looking “slasher” in the rafters: a gorse

cutter.

“My father-in-law as a teenager used to cut back

10 miles of gorse hedge around Tai Tapu with that,”

Sue says.

The second potting shed is now the Boardroom and

also lined with recycled rimu. It has a charming fireplace,

the sort you seldom see these days, and a dining table,

etched with the memories of family and friends laughing

and chatting while feasting on Sue’s fare.

It is not a “bums on seats place” where your table is

keenly eyed-up by the wait staff. Sue won’t be having any

of that. And she’ll cook for you with the same passion

and love she cooks for her own family and friends.

Though the menu changes fortnightly, you could feast

on such things as a yoga bowl, with warmed dahl on

a bed of spinach, roasted vegetables, mango chutney,

yoghurt and chapati pieces. Or perhaps you might try

an Italian pasta filled with pumpkin, served with a brown

butter Portobello sauce, pesto, pancetta and pecorino

cheese. Or maybe baked brie with shaved truffle and

truffle honey... or perhaps bruschetta with whipped goat’s

cheese, preserved figs and m nuka smoked bacon is

more your style?

When first starting out, Sue admits she was nervous

and thought she ought to follow trends. But she

squared up her shoulders, reminded herself she doesn’t

like conforming, and cooked “food from the heart to

feed the soul”.

Likewise, Sue refuses to be seduced by other

wineries trying to woo her because she considers

Burnham’s Straight 8 Estate to be just the ticket.

“I wouldn’t change the wine for anything. They are

a small boutique winery; we complement each other,”

she says.

And so if the city has been chasing at your feet, seek

out the cottage-like, memory-laden haven hidden away

down a long drive in Springston. Relax and chatter

away, while eating the gorgeous fare of a woman who

knows just what you need. Food for your soul.

ABOVE: The Gallery Room has a hunting lodge-type feel.


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28 Style | Art

Still life in lockdown

In the final part of this exhibition series,

Ady Shannon speaks to Gill Hay about what emerged

on her canvas during lockdown.

Artist Gill Hay works from a studio in her home

overlooking Lyttelton Harbour. Large wooden easels

are poised to take in the views of the working port, the

sea and the landscape beyond. Inevitably, her work spreads

throughout her home. The spare bedroom acts as a drying

room for wet canvases, and brushes soak in turps on the

kitchen bench. Her tools of the trade – canvases, paint pots,

oil tubes and brushes – contribute to a colourful interior

along with a sizeable collection of art and sculpture. Pieces

of her own hang alongside the work of other New Zealand

artists, many from Banks Peninsula. As a founding member

of the crew responsible for Sculpture on the Peninsula and

the event organiser of the biennial event, Gill is an artist

immersed in her passion.

Lockdown provided a rare opportunity for the usually

busy artist-in-residence to focus on her work, with few

distractions.

“It was a luxury to have uninterrupted time like that for

me,” Gill says, almost apologetically.

When the Prime Minister announced the Level 4

alert status was imminent, while many converged on

supermarkets to stockpile toilet paper, Gill headed to an art

supply depot to source canvases. The run on those outlets

was as frantic as the run on supermarkets.

“I went in to The Drawing Room on the afternoon of

the Monday Level 4 was announced and there was hardly

anything left on the shelves. Usually I plan the canvas sizes I

want to purchase in advance. That day I just decided to get

a few blank canvases and see what happens.”

She purchased six canvases in varying sizes and over the

course of lockdown, spent a good part of each day working

to fill the blank space.

She admits, “Not everything was successful, but that is

normal. It’s a case of working things out as you go.”

There is the possibility of swiping a canvas with turps

when the paint doesn’t produce the desired effect, but as

Gill says, “There is some scope for reinventing a canvas but

there is something about a new and fresh canvas that you

only get once.”

In response to the Covid-19-inspired situation, this body

of work has been inspired by the work of the still life Dutch

masters, creating compositions with the objects at hand.

ABOVE: Artillery Shell Vase with Violets, oil on canvas, by Gill Hay.


Style | Art 29

Painting Red Delicious on an easel in the Lyttelton studio.

“During lockdown life was quite still,

so I tied my work in with the lifestyle

I was experiencing. Lockdown provided

a unique chance to focus on something

and not be distracted or disturbed by

life or visitors. My dog was my constant

companion during the time in isolation.

She lay on the couch and watched

me paint. I felt her scrutiny, but she

doesn’t criticise.”

“During lockdown life was quite still, so I tied

my work in with the lifestyle I was experiencing.

Lockdown provided a unique chance to focus on

something and not be distracted or disturbed by

life or visitors. My dog was my constant companion

during the time in isolation. She lay on the couch and

watched me paint. I felt her scrutiny, but she doesn’t

criticise,” she says.

Gill, a co-director of NZ Artbroker, was surprised

by the level of interest in the artworks on their

website during the lockdown period.

“We had a record number of views and sold

several works, including one to a buyer in Ireland and

another to a buyer in Australia. Our sales have hardly

been affected. In fact, they may be slightly up on this

time last year.”

She attributes the surge in sales to the impact of the

lockdown and people having more time to spend on

their computers.

“People cancelling trips were probably wanting to

buy something special to compensate. As an online

business we were able to maintain the site and put

up new works created as a response to the unique

situation,” she says.

Gill is optimistic the situation for New Zealand

artists going forward will be positive.

“Art is a luxury item and many people in that

market have not been affected by the economic

outfall. The government has put a lot of money into

the arts. Once that is allocated, we will see some

interesting work based on a time when people really

had time to think. In New Zealand, many artists have

work space and studios based in their homes and they

were able to continue to work. In Europe and the UK

space is limited, so they are not as fortunate.”

The exhibition featuring work

from Anna Dalzell, Gill Hay and Alison Erikson

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30 Style | Promotion

Style starts in the showroom

Frobisher National Retail Manager Jessica Beavon gives us

behind-the-scenes intel as to how showroom pieces come together.

How do you select pieces for your

showroom?

This is certainly the most enjoyable

part of my job. In this day and age

we are spoilt for choice in just about

everything from fashion to furniture.

But there is a lot to take into

consideration. For example, does this

piece of furniture have a story? From

where is it sourced? What inspired

them to design this? Is it sustainable?

Will our clients love it or hate it? Am

I pushing the boundaries a little too

much? I take all this and much more

into consideration when selecting the

perfect piece for our Christchurch and

Auckland showrooms.

What are your favourite items in the

showroom right now?

Because I hand-pick the items, it is

particularly hard for me to have one

favourite piece. For its functionality,

design and comfort, I must say that

I love the new Hulsta 414 sofa

designed by Hoffmann-Kahleyss,

made in Germany. The new sofa

‘wraps around’ people sitting on it

in a uniquely soft and wonderful

way. Plus, the look matches its

style: a sophisticated lounge sofa

featuring upholstered units that can

be combined in many different ways.

For its unique style and individuality,

I love the Casey Credenza chest by

Maison 55. It is crafted from a steel

cantilevered ‘L’ base in an oiled bronze

finish. A dry, open-grain grey oak case

surrounds the solid walnut drawer

fronts, each featuring a handsome

geometric diamond pattern.

How does a showroom bring a

different experience to a client than

simply looking online?

As consumers, we bounce between

stores, desktops and mobile devices.

The main difference here is the

human interaction; the one-on-one

conversation about a piece you are

interested in. But most importantly,

Image: Olivia Woodward Photography

it enables the customer to be able

to see and feel the materials. The

showroom features products in room

settings, which helps clients who find it

difficult to visualise these pieces in-situ.

We have the flexibility to change this

around for our customers so they can

see a piece in a different setting.

For someone who is looking for

individuality, what would you

recommend?

Frobisher Interiors pride themselves

on stocking bespoke unique pieces.

Our exclusive range of products, from

renowned designers like Kelly Hoppen,

offers ever-evolving style defined by

a subtle fusion of East meets West:

clean lines and neutral tones. We have

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Frobisher Interiors has something for

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What would be your advice for

someone who knows they want to

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Ask the important question of what

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Creating

nooks

Utilise space in open-plan

living by creating cosy

areas that won’t cramp your

family’s style.

Open-plan homes have become the

people’s choice in recent decades; a

development that has necessitated some

creative thinking. Pockets of abundant space

can end up being wasted. Put a stop to that

with some cunning tactics that utilise every

inch. With a clever use of colour, texture

and furniture you can improve functionality

and not clutter up your home.

Take a seat

Modular seating is ideal for allowing spaces in an

open-plan living area to do double duty. An L-shaped

sofa will define your main relaxation area and you

could reconfigure additional modules with some easily

moved chairs to form a separate conversation zone,

with or without a coffee table on castor wheels that’s

also a cinch to reposition. Matching ottomans and

oversized cushions are great for children to move

from A to B.

Resene Duck Egg Blue, Resene Inside Back and Resene

Black White. Photo: Melanie Jenkins

The book nook

How about turning that disused corner in your central

seating area into a snug with a comfortable armchair

you can quietly read in? Create zonal definition within

a neutral colour scheme by painting the walls in a

contemplative counterpart, such as perennial favourite

Resene Quarter Duck Egg Blue, calm-and-misty green

Resene Pale Leaf or dusty umber Resene Soothe.

Cosy textiles such as linen cushions, or a woollen

throw will further invite relaxation and you could

extend this sentiment to your walls with a textured

design from the Resene Wallpaper Collection to

provide both colour and depth.

Crafty storage

Storage can be at a premium in open-plan homes.

Remedy the issue in a generous master bedroom by

installing a half-wall that can become a headboard

on one side and cupboards on the other, painted in

a hue that complements your décor. Running out

of storage for children’s toys? Paint timber cubes or

wooden boxes in playful pastels like Resene Tuft

Bush, Resene Onahau and Resene Snowy Mint. If

there’s a underutilised void under your stairs, you

might wish to store them here and turn the space

into a children’s craft station with a desk painted in a

pale primrose like Resene Shalimar.


Business and pleasure

A study nook neatly housed in your living area is a

hack that lets you clock up extra hours while keeping

up with the everyday play. A built-in desk will truly

maximise the space or bargain hunt for a second-hand

desk and chair to update with paint. Opt for a distinct

colour or one that ties in with the rest of the room.

Wipe it with a clean dry cloth, then apply Resene

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Separate your study zone from the rest of an

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• A bank of freestanding open shelving in a chic

shade, like pale green Resene Edgewater or

Resene Colorwood Driftwood timber stain.

• A curtain you can draw around your nook when

you’re working and fling open when you’re not.

An ethereal sheer or heavier weight to mitigate

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designs from the Resene Curtain Collection.

• A screen you can fold away. A timber or rattan

room divider could also be customised with

Resene paint or timber stain in the same way

you would a desk.

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Resene King Tide, Resene Soulful, Resene Mid Greywash.

Photo: Bryce Carleton

Top tips:

• Colour code individual zones within an

open-plan space, but include key accents

from your home’s overall palette as a

unifying constant.

• A change in flooring can be useful to

announce a shift in purpose or set a new

mood. Use a rug to herald the transition

from social to solitude or paint a concrete

floor with Resene Walk-on tinted to the hue

of your choice.

• You could also turn redundant space into an

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it to dry between applications.

Resene Alabaster, Resene Neutral Bay, Resene Putty,

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creating individual and beautiful spaces

At Ellen Estate Interiors creating individual and beautiful spaces is at the core

of what I do. I believe that great design is a process of communication, shared

inspiration with the client, whilst facilitating the experience from within my extensive

knowledge for a positive outcome. I am happily involved in new build, re-build,

renovations or zhoosing up an existing home environment meshing old with new to

create a whole new take on things.

My passion is creating elegant, stylish homes designed to reflect the client’s brief.

Good design stands the test of time, be it architecture, interiors or landscapes.

I use the best craftspeople – be it furniture makers, upholsters, joiners for kitchens and

bathroom or curtain makers to achieve an immaculate result. The showroom itself

is a ‘must visit’ destination, a constantly changing and evolving environment which

invites our clients to come in and experience beautiful ranges of interior products.

My experience and passion for comfortable luxury design is visible in every project,

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Style | Interiors 35

Image: Horgans

Palette pleasers

Interior designer Michelle Laming explores the relationship

between colour and style.


36 Style | Interiors

T

he meshing together of –

at times opposing – trends

has seen a beautiful cohesion

emerge in interior design.

It is simple to recreate

these looks, and you don’t

need to go big each time.

Often a thoughtful addition,

such as a wishbone-backed

chair with a linen throw, can

conjure the vibe. Or, simply

update the colour palette

because, where once styles

drove the colour, it is now

colour that leads the way.

Back to earth

The urge to reconnect to our natural

environment has influenced today’s colour

palettes.

• Calibrate – explore and embrace

changes in a positive way. Tones

include soft coral and rose, with silver

and gold as an antidote.

• Balance – achieved with colours of sky,

sand, rose terracottas, smudgy neutrals

and, of course, everlasting green.

• Equilibrium – reflects what we see in

our natural environment, particularly in

the leafy green palette.

• Light – inspired by the ocean, with

vibrant and deep blues, and a whisper

of fragility in the lighter shades.

• Neutrals – celebrate that home is

truly where the heart is. A warm and

relaxed palette, from beige through

to a beautiful soft range of browns

with red undertones. Neutrals are

rich, soothing and provide a sense of

harmony within the home.

• Structurals – lead the way with black,

brown, dark grey and muddy/burnt

caramels to encase all other colours.


Style | Interiors 37

Trending now

These colour palettes come to life in the latest interior trends.

Image: Horgans

Japandi

A trend that combines the elegant

mix of Japanese minimalism and

Scandinavian simplicity. Think clean

lines with a subdued colour palette and

touches of wabi-sabi (imperfection) that

juxtapose the minimalist effect. Japandi

is centred on the acceptance of

transience and imperfection, sometimes

described as perfectly imperfect.

The minimalist look leaves space for

organic materials to breathe within the

discipline of these different styles.

Recreate this look in your home with

an organic linen throw on a wishbonebacked

chair or a natural wooden

hand-carved bowl on a Scandi marbletop

coffee table. This is about pairing

the beauty of craftsmanship with raw

materials and simple natural elements.

Transitional

Imagine the seamless meshing of the

traditional with the modern, through a

marriage of youthful exuberance and

time-honoured wisdom.

A very popular trend at the

moment, transitional furniture lines

are simple yet sophisticated, featuring

either straight lines or rounded profiles.

Think of an old villa with white internal

walls that are rich in architectural

features, such as cornices, ceiling roses

and Paris moulding.

Introduce this style with modern

pendants and a marble-top French

sideboard, a straight-armed sofa with a

white slipcover, and modern dark/jute

rugs. Cushions and other accessories

bring the old and the new together.


38 Style | Interiors

Luxe

Hark back to the sophistication and

refinement of the early Hollywood

era. Luxe interiors are sometimes

more expensive because they can

include investment pieces, such as

furniture, art, mirrors or chandeliers.

Metallic elements in gold,

champagne or copper are a must,

as are curves, perhaps from sofas

or chairs. Over-sized pieces are to

be expected. This style sees large

art above a fireplace, big lamps and

arched mirrors with gilt frames,

velvets and sateens, and large

feather-filled leopard-print cushions

with the odd tassel.

Introduce a good splash of colour

on curved sofas, but keep the base in

a coloured neutral (like Paris Grey).


Style | Interiors 39

Image: Xavier Furniture

Yin and yang

For the first time in interior styling,

we have what is referred to as the

‘mirror’ or ‘yin and yang’ style: white

one side, black the other, but with

the same design structure within both

styles. Heavily tilted towards rattan

and bamboo furniture or visible timber

grains on side tables, headboards and

drinks trolleys, the interesting thing is

how different a style can be created

purely through colour. The Hamptons

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The mainstay Hamptons Ocean

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Managing a building project

can be stressful at the best of

times, but managing a project in

Christchurch whilst the owners

lived in Australia, even more so.

Although when Lana and Aaron,

the owners of this modernist

rebuild of a 1960’s retreat on

Mt Pleasant reflect, they recall

feeling as though the stressful

part of their project was behind

them the minute the building

commenced.

“DJ Hewitt Builders exceptional

reputation for hill building was only

complimented by their exceptional

project management ability, easing

our concern of being overseas.

Assisting the development of plans

with our designer, Urban Function

Architecture and collectively making

project decisions seemed far less

stressful also. As was getting

agreement between our insurance

representatives and the quantity

surveyors determining the cost of

the project, ultimately key to the

affordability of the rebuild project.

Daryl was very persistent and

eventually helped us secure an

agreement that was acceptable

to everyone,” says Lana.

READ THE FULL STORY AT

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First-time

winner

A sanctuary of light and

warmth, this new build in

St Albans saw owners Emma

and Logan Robinson end their

two-year search in peace.

Words Shelley Robinson

Photos DJ Hewitt


42 Style | Architecture

It was the cedar panelling that got

people talking.

Emma Robinson laughs as she

recalls the builders saying people were

pulling up in their vehicles to ask about

the colour of the cedar on the garage.

And it’s easy to see why. The stunning

tone of the cedar, especially when lit

up with the subtle outdoor lighting,

encompasses the key objective for this

build – to provide warmth.

Despite a two-year search, Emma

and her husband Logan couldn’t find

the right property that spoke to them.

After a stint in the United Kingdom,

where even older homes are doubleglazed

and have central heating, they

wanted a place where their family

would be snug. Instead of adapting

to what someone else had built, they

decided to tailor-make their home.

Feature wallpaper in the media room

creates a textured look.

TOP: Emma and Logan wanted wood floors, but with two children who love to play

the scratch-proof laminate was a perfect compromise. ABOVE: The window seat

with bookcase is a family-favourite place.

Though they hadn’t built before, they didn’t

let that deter them. Instead they brought

in a team from DJ Hewitt who managed

everything for them, from the due diligence

on the land before the auction and relocation

of the existing house to the landscape and

interiors.

“Daryl [Hewitt] came to visit us and

everything snowballed from there,” says

Emma. “He helped us find our architect and

came to all our architect meetings as well,

which is what we needed because we were a

bit naïve.”

Emma was apprehensive about her own

design nous and initially veered towards

simple colours. But soon she had eye-catching

feature wallpaper in the media room and by

the entrance. And that was due to not only a

clever design friend, but the expertise of Tara

Hewitt of DJ Hewitt.

“She took me around all the bathroom,

tile and appliance shops and pointed me

in the right direction. She was so good at

narrowing it down before I even got there,”

Emma enthuses. “I’ve had friends that have

built and they have said, ‘I’ve got a thousand

choices of door handles,’ whereas it was so

straightforward with Tara.”

And the result is a beautiful cohesion

from outside to in. The home is filled with

a wondrous amount of light from the many

windows. The sliding doors that lead to the

deck open from both sides at an almost right

angle, creating a seamless joining of living

room, dining room and deck.

What the family wanted was a warm home

filled with light. They achieved that and so

much more in their personalised paradise.


Style | Architecture 43

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44 Style | Architecture

LOCATION: St Albans, Christchurch

BUILDERS AND PROJECT

MANAGERS: DJ Hewitt

ARCHITECT: O’Neil Architecture Ltd

SECTION: 920sqm

HOUSE: 290sqm

PLANNING & BUILD TIME: Two years

COMPLETED: November 2019

LAYOUT:

DOWNSTAIRS: Living room, dining

room, kitchen, media room, bedroom

with bathroom, office, laundry and

cloakroom.

UPSTAIRS: Three bedrooms, with

a bathroom between the children’s

bedrooms and an en suite in the

master bedroom.

MATERIALS: Laminate flooring by

Nextdore; bathroom tiles from Brymac

Tiles; living room colour is Resene

Double White Pointer; joinery by Lyall

Park Joinery and Sydenham Joinery;

feature wallpaper from Nextdore.

HEATING: Central heating through

a hydraulic heat pump, with ducted

heating upstairs.

TOP: The cedar garage adds a beauty and warmth. MIDDLE: Beautiful wallpaper adds

an elegance to the entrance hall. BOTTOM: Gunmetal was preferred over chrome.


Style | Architecture 45

Owner’s feedback

MAKE SURE: “If you really want something,

don’t be afraid to speak up and voice it. If

you have the right team, they will advise you

on the pros and cons.”

CHALLENGE: The budget. “We were lucky

we had a builder who was meticulous in his

quotes from the get-go.”

FAVOURITE PLACE: The window seat with

a bookshelf by it. “Sunny, warm and we find

ourselves curled up reading books and the

cat joins us.”

CLEVER SOLUTION: “We wanted wooden

floors in the kitchen but knew they would

get ruined with two boys who love to play.

Nextdore showed us a product that looks

like wood and is water and scratch-proof. It

has been incredible and people are surprised

to learn it is a laminate.”

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Style | Promotion 47

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Style | Landscaping 49

Outer space

The brief was small, as was the area. Turning a backyard into

a haven of entertainment means crafty thinking.

Words Shelley Robinson

Photos Goom Landscapes

ABOVE: There was a lot to fit in a small space, but it was seamlessly done at this inner-city property.


50 Style | Landscaping

LOCATION: Christchurch

COMPLETED: November 2019

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT AND

BUILDERS: Goom Landscapes

SIZE: 8 x 7.5m

PLAN & BUILD TIME: Two months

BRIEF: Outdoor living; ‘wow factor’;

something that doesn’t block out the

light; low maintenance.

ELEMENTS: Spa pool, bar, cooking

area and structure for shelter.

PLANTINGS: Ligularia reniformis; Fairy

bamboo (Bambusa gracilis); Lomandra

‘Lime Tuff’; Jasmine (Jasminum sp.);

Camellia ’Fairy Blush’.

MATERIALS: Silencio louvre system;

barbecue black mosaic bench tiles

from Nextdore; purple heart decking;

Xtone Kala White bar and kitchen

benches from Stone & Tile Wholesale.


Style | Landscaping 51

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:

The finished backyard, with

barbecue, spa pool and kitchen

area nestled comfortably together;

Planning and construction took

about two months; In spite of the

small space, there is plenty of room

to move around; The property

before the transformation.

spa pool, barbecue, kitchen area

A and a bar, all to fit into a rather snug

inner-city backyard?

Landscape architect Emma Johnston

has been designing for more than 27

years, including in the Cayman Islands

and the United Kingdom, but even she

sucks in her breath, with a bit of a laugh,

when she recalls the project.

“It was a challenge, for sure. It is a

pretty tiny area and when he [the client]

started reeling off what he wanted to fit

in, that was my challenge,” she says.

But the end result is seamless. Cook

on the barbecue, while chatting to

people enjoying a few brews at the bar,

then clean up in the outdoor kitchen

without breaking up the party. The bar

table even has a gas burner in the middle

for warmth. Not too shabby indeed.

An intimate vibe is created from the

thoughtful use of planting and louvre

shutters; it is almost as though the busy

city streets outside the walls don’t exist.

Intricate planning was required for this

project. Emma started by tackling the

best place for the covered area. This was

not as easy as it may seem because the

structure could not block the flow of

light into the home.

“That’s why I left the middle bit open

and pushed all the covered area to

the outside. The sun still goes into the

house,” she says. “If you had done it

around the other way, it would have

blocked the sun.”

The shelter was created with a louvre

system. When the sun shines, they are


52 Style | Landscaping

open, and if the heavens decide to fall, a

simple press on a remote closes them back

to their rain-proof form.

Somehow, the area retains an illusion of

space. Though we marvel at the magicians

that landscape artists must surely be, it

comes down to using “every little bit of

space” in a thoughtful way, says Emma.

“All the posts of the overhead structure, I

needed them to belong somewhere. That’s

why they come into the bench wall so they

are not taking up valuable space in the deck.”

Cages are ready to capture the evergreen

plantings as they grow to ensure they don’t

encroach on the space.

Emma prefers a design and build approach

to her projects.

“When you have the same company doing

design and build, it helps deal with all the

challenges when they arise. The designer is

on-site the whole time and available for all

decisions to be made. When that doesn’t

happen it can be a bit disjointed.”

But there is nothing disjointed about this

space. It is the backyard for those who love

to host and proves you don’t need a huge

space to create an entertainment area. Just a

very crafty landscape architect.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The barbecue area fits seamlessly with the rest of the

outdoor dining area; The tiles on the barbecue are a standout feature; The plantings

have cages to help stop encroachment into the area when they are fully grown; Goom

Landscapes senior landscape architect Emma Johnston designed the space.


EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

with Tim Goom

Spring

into Spring!

It probably seems like the best place to be at the

moment is hiding indoors in the warmth - especially

when it might appear there isn’t much happening in

the garden. If you’re wanting your garden to flourish,

take action now to ensure when growth erupts it’s

ready to handle it!

Pruning

Roses should have been pruned by now- if not, don’t dally- sharpen

secateurs and get cracking! If you’ve procrastinated because you’re

worried you’ll get it wrong, just get stuck in. Roses are more robust

than you might think. Any dead or diseased stems need the chop!

Winter has plenty of pests and disease hiding amongst the leaf litter

so after pruning, give the canes and surrounding soil a good spray of

copper followed up two weeks later with spraying oil. Your herbaceous

perennials will have died back above ground so ensure you cut these

back to provide the best chance for spring growth. Under the ground,

the roots are alive and well and ready for action.

Mulching/Composting

To ensure your plants are primed, make sure your composting and

mulching is up to speed. August is a great time to get your first dose

of slow release fertiliser on the ground and applying light mulch at the

base of your plants will add a layer of protection to keep moisture in

and frost out.

Tools & Safety

Your gardening tools are probably tucked away out of sight in the

garden shed. What better time to check them out, undertake any

repairs and ensure any blades are sharpened. Obviously one of the

most vital pieces of equipment during spring and summer is your

lawn mower. Having this serviced now will ensure it is primed for the

coming lawn growth explosion.

by Goom

Safety first! It’s that time of the year when moss can get away on younot

just unsightly but also hazardous. A quick spray of Wet & Forget

will help keep things at bay and ensure visitors can make it to your front

door without running the gauntlet of a slippery path. Moss might be

attractive on a forest floor but not creeping over your paths!

Deck cleaning/Oiling

In the throes of winter, relaxing outdoors on your deck probably seems

a way off- but preparing your deck for the warmer weather can start

now. Regularly removing debris and dirt is vital to keep your deck

looking great- even when not in use. For oiling, hold fire until Spring

when the weather is slightly warmer to maximise absorption.

Maintenance Service

Goom Landscapes is well known throughout Canterbury for its

Iconic Landscape design and quality construction- but we also have a

dedicated team available to keep your garden looking fantastic yearround.

Our team of gardening and maintenance experts are on hand to

breathe life back into tired hardscaping, overhaul your greenery or have

a good clear out before summer entertaining season.

Recently, Goom Landscapes welcomed Pete Pithcaithly

on board as Manager of our maintenance team. You

might recognise Pete from Colombus & Ware, where

I first met him hiring a suit for my first formal! Over the

years since, I learned he is a passionate gardener and

has an outstanding wealth of knowledge about all things

garden related. If you want advice on how to get the best out of the

garden you have, Pete can assist.

To talk to the experts in Landscape design, construction and

maintenance, call Goom Landscapes today.

The champions of

landscape design & build.

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Style | Home 55

Breathe easy

The indoor plant fad is back with gusto.

And in today’s modern environment, air-purifying

plants need to stick around.

Words Sue Witteman


56 Style | Home

M

any fads come and go in the world of what’s fashionable,

and while some should never come back into our lives

– leg warmers, tight perms, yellow conifers – others should

always be in fashion. Into this category I place indoor plants

and, in particular, air-purifying plants.


Style | Home 57

The why

We live and work in houses and offices that are

constantly giving off chemicals, many of which are

really not good for us. And this is where we introduce

our cape-wearing heroes, the indoor plants, for they

can do something that borders on the miraculous

– transform those chemicals from nasty to harmless.

Worse still are hermetically sealed buildings, both

offices and homes, in which there is a lack of fresh air

blowing through. The air in the building can be more

polluted than the air outside.

Our heroes

Different plants absorb differing amounts of toxins,

and different plants deal with different toxins, so the

clever thing is to have a variety of plants to cover all

the toxic bases. Each person has a personal breathing

space of about 0.2 cubic metres and most people

occupy this space for long periods of time – when at

the computer, watching TV, sleeping – and by adding

a plant to this breathing zone you are not only

getting something pleasing to look at, you are getting

a biological system that will filter the nasties out of

your air – with very little input from you.

How many should I get?

To work out how many plants to use, aim for one

15cm plant for every 10sqm of home or office, or

15 to 18 plants for an area of 170sqm (which is the

average size of a Kiwi home).


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What plants to use

The answer is basically all plants, though there are some that will be more effective than others.

Also, the size of the plant will dictate its ability to do the job – bigger is better. The following is a selection of those

effective, readily available plants to begin your clean-air family:

• Peace lily

• Mother-in-law’s tongue – Sansevieria

• Flamingo flower – Anthurium

• Ivy – Hedera helix (surprisingly, this scores high in its

ability to remove toxins)

• Weeping fig – Ficus benjamina

• Rubber plant – Ficus robusta

• Dracaena sp.

• Boston fern – Nephrolepis exaltata

• Aloe vera

• Bamboo or reed palm – Chamaedorea seifrizii

• Dwarf date palm – Phoenix roebelenii

• Chinese evergreen – Aglaonema modestum

• Heartleaf philodendron – Philodendron scandens

• Spider plant – Chlorophytum comosum

• Broadleaf lady palm – Rhapis excelsa

• Devil’s ivy – Epipremnum aureum

• Kentia palm – Howea forsteriana

• Chrysanthemums – though last on this list, they

actually score up the top of the scale in terms of

air-filtering ability. Plant in the garden when flowering

has finished and buy more to put back inside.


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68 Style | Promotion

Face to face

After a busy first year in business, Lovoir Beauty’s Teresa Sime says

it is just the beginning for the salon.

What are some of your achievements from the

past year?

I built this salon from scratch within a year, working

countless hours to get it exactly the way I wanted it to

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I think it is really important also to look after your staff

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70 Style | Beauty

Tried and tested

The Style team trial the latest in beauty products.

MARKETING

MANAGER AND

SNACK-LOVER

ZOE

WILLIAMS

Ahhh Shower Steamer –

Lavender Relax

“This was a very relaxing scent with a

nice strong lavender aroma. I would

recommend using this in the evening

as part of a pamper routine before

a beauty sleep! I wished it lasted

longer as mine dissolved relatively

quickly once placed directly under

the stream of water. Next time, I’ll

pop it in the corner of my shower to

extend its use.”

Retails at $4.99

Te Wai Hydrating Fine-mist

Facial Spray

“With facial mists designed to refresh and

rejuvenate the skin, as well as help extend

your makeup, it’s great to turn to something

natural – and oh so Kiwi. Te Wai (the water)

is an infusion of kawakawa, m nuka, k whai,

mamaku and p hutukawa in artesian water.

With all these native plants known for healing,

soothing and moisturising properties, a spritz

now and again is like taking a vitamin for

your skin. An ‘added-extra’ sort of product,

it would be nice to have in the travel kit

or gym bag.”

Retails at $55

EDITOR AND

BANANAGRAMS

ENTHUSIAST

KATE PREECE

“‘IF YOU’RE GONNA BE TWO-FACED AT LEAST MAKE

ONE OF THEM PRETTY” – MARILYN MONROE


Style | Beauty 71

DESIGNER

AND BUSY

MUM-OF-TWO

EMMA

ROGERS

Manicare Glam Xpress Lashes

“I’m going to be honest. I love a

bit of fake; there’s nothing wrong

with some enhancement here

and there, and that’s what the

Glam Xpress Ella-Rose Natural

lashes did. As a first-time fake lash

applier, I found these very easy

to apply. I wore them for a day

without any hiccups and I had a

few people comment. Bonus!

Did someone say party? A 40th

birthday party and we have a

babysitter; music to my ears!

Time for the Glam Xpress Mia-

Louise Intense lashes. Easy to

apply, even with two little rug

rats at my feet. They definitely

were made to party. Longer,

fuller but still felt natural without

looking over the top. There is

a bit of blending to be done

with the eyeshadow due to the

adhesive glue, but they were light

so I could blink away without

feeling like something was heavy

and pushing on my own lashes.

I had many compliments on

how brilliant they looked. Highly

recommend both sets and, even

better, they are reusable. What

more could a girl want?”

Both retail at $39.99

Linden Leaves

Regenerating Elixir

“This serum was lightweight, easily

absorbed and made my skin feel supersoft.

It instantly lifted and tightened my

skin. It has a moderate rose scent that

lingers for a long time, so you may wish

to keep that in mind if you prefer your

face to be fragrance-free. I used it by

itself in place of my regular moisturiser,

which worked well for my normal-oily

skin type – but for those of you with

dry skin, you may wish to mix it in with

your moisturiser. It was very gentle

and didn’t sting or burn.”

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MANAGER AND

SNACK-LOVER

ZOE

WILLIAMS


72 Style | Beauty

5 tips for that

winter glow

Nourish, protect and adjust to warmer colour tones.

Words Emma Peters

1. Proper cleansing

Daily cleansing and regular exfoliating encourage

the turnover of new skin cells. This will remove

excess dead skin cells from the surface, allowing

for better absorption of your skincare products.

2. Skin prep

In the winter months, the skin has a tendency

to be lacklustre and drier than usual. To counter

this, step up your ‘skin food’. Choose a rich

moisturiser that will add extra hydration to the

skin. A great bonus step is to seal moisture

in with a serum or primer that will prep

the skin for flawless foundation application.

Aleph Serum/Primer contains nourishing

and regenerating ingredients to offer extra

protection to the skin barrier, while enhancing

its appearance over time.

3. Choose cream-based products

Selecting a cream-based concealer, foundation

and cheek colour is a must for winter skin. Not

only will this look and feel better on dry skin, it

will continue to nourish the skin throughout the

day, adding an extra layer of protection against

the elements.

4. Blush those cheeks

Year round, blush is important. It’s even more

so in the winter months when the skin is at its

palest. Once you even out your skin tone with

foundation, it’s crucial to add some colour back

in the right areas with a little cheek tint. This

often seems counter-intuitive to those with

high colour in their cheeks, but it will mean the

difference between a pallid complexion and a

healthy glow.

5. Select warm rich tones

Winter is a great excuse to choose shades that

you might shy away from otherwise. Warm, rich

tones, such as plum, terracotta and burgundy on

the cheeks, lips and eyes, are a great way to give

winter skin a boost and lend a bit of comforting

creativity to your look.


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Delve into Plan D

It’s been called “a pretty good Plan D” since international travel is

off the cards. So, let’s delve into the D-Lights of Dunedin.

ABOVE: Allans Beach View. Photo: DunedinNZ


76 Style | Travel

Doctors Point

Head north from Dunedin for 25km and at low tide

you can wander along the beach and black stone

caves to little Canoe Beach and the small Mapoutahi

headland, once a fortified Maori p . There is a sandy

track and staircase across the headland’s neck to reach

the longer Purakaunui Beach. Or retrace your steps to

Doctors Point, stopping for a coffee at Waitati, or head

up to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary to see some local

wildlife.

Discovery World

Otago Museum’s Discovery World is now known as

the T hura Otago Community Trust Science Centre

and has 45 hands-on science interactive displays,

including the three-tier Tropical Forest. Then there is

the digitally interactive Beautiful Science gallery and the

Perpetual Guardian Planetarium to wow visitors.

Dunking

Moana Pool is open for swimming, and its leisure, dive

and spa pools are also open, as are its hydroslides. If

you are into surfing, Dunedin has a wealth of beaches

known for producing good waves, from St Clair and St

Kilda to Aramoana and Allans Beach.

Doctors Point

Betty the Bedford van

Dessert

Small-batch ice cream handmade in Dunedin is served

from Betty the Bedford van, which is regularly parked on

the Esplanade at St Clair. Unique flavours include doublefold

vanilla and doughnut berry ripple. Or, if you prefer

something a little sweeter, Nova Cafe’s world famous in

Dunedin injectable brioche doughnuts are available in salted

caramel, chocolate hazelnut, bavarian apple, and white

chocolate, pistachio and rosewater flavours.

Dresses

Now is the time to update our wardrobes with some

cosy winter pieces, from designer boutiques like Plume or

Belle Bird to main street chains. Plus there are plenty of

options to find fine merino to go under summer dresses

or chunky cardigans to go over them, or wool dresses and

jumpers for those frosty winter days.

Dungeon

Dunedin Prison is a rare example of a purpose-built

courtyard prison. Designed by John Campbell and built

in 1896, the Heritage NZ Category 1 listed building was

operational until 2017 and is now looked after by the

Dunedin Prison Trust. Tours will restart in November. It is

just one of Dunedin’s historical buildings to have a look at

in the central city, including the well-photographed Dunedin

Railway Station and the First Church.

Dunedin Prison


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Dune

Dunedin has some spectacular beaches if you

have a few hours to kill and are reasonably fit,

especially Sandfly Bay on Otago Peninsula, which

has awesome dunes to climb – or you can take

in the spectacular views from the top viewing

platform. More easily accessible are Boulder Beach

and Victory Beach further down the peninsula. At

all these beaches, you have a chance of seeing sea

lions, seals or penguins.

Aramoana

Drive

There are plenty of options for going for a nice

Sunday drive from Dunedin, but you can also find

several good drives within the city. A nice afternoon

out is a trip to Aramoana for a walk along the pier,

stopping for lunch at Careys Bay Historic Hotel on

the way there and maybe a coffee on the way back

at Port Chalmers, along with a browse of the shops.

In the other direction, head to Brighton for a walk

along the beach and a coffee.

Dowling Street

Home to some of the city’s most popular street

art and art galleries, including Milford Galleries, the

Blue Oyster Art Project Space, the Artist’s Room

and the Brett McDowell Gallery. All feature work

by New Zealand artists, from the emerging and

experimental artists at Blue Oyster to the more

established at Milford Galleries. Within a couple

of blocks are the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the

Gallery De Novo and the RDS Gallery, which

have just opened their first exhibitions post-Covid

lockdown.

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Dine

After lockdown rained on their

opening day parade, Dunedin’s

most influential hospitality couple,

chef Hannes Bareiter and Melanie

Hartmann, have finally opened their

new offering, T t (24 The Esplanade).

ABOVE: Woof! Photo: Facebook

RIGHT: T t . Photo: Facebook

For a late-night tipple coupled with

eclectic ambience, check out Woof!

(368 Moray Place). Scottish author

and cocktail writer Damian Barr lent

his experience to the cocktail menu,

while musician Stef Animal heads up

the kitchen team.

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With retro fittings and the team from Dunedin’s iconic

Perc eateries behind it, The Swan Café and Bar (23

Bath Street) is a must visit for those fond of a brew

with some toe-tappers.

With a rumoured ‘cult-like following’, add Beam Me

Up Bagels (9 North Road, North East Valley; 102

Great King Street) to your Google Maps. Because who

doesn’t love a good bagel? It is arguably the hair of the

dog of the food world.

Vegans rejoice! Try The Vegan and Vegetarian Vault

(4 Wharf Street), a one-stop-shop of sorts, with all

kinds of goodies. And, of course, you’ll need a solid

burger, so check out Burger Plant (654 Great King St),

a fully plant-based fast food restaurant with delights

such as the Mexi Burger and the Big Boi.

The Swan Cafe and Bar. Photo: Facebook

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80 Style | Watch

Views and hits

Our guilty and not-so-guilty pleasures on the home screens.

What we’re watching

Umbrella Academy

season two – July 31

Good Girls

season three – July 26

Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of

the Songwing – July 24

Kiwi flavour

Go Girls

(TVNZ)

Light-hearted Rachel Lang comedy

based on the lives of a bunch of

25-year-olds going through their

quarter-life crises… with plenty of

bumps along the way.

The Bad Seed

(TVNZ)

The loyalty of two brothers is truly

tested in this twisted tale of murder,

deception and down and out lies.

David Lomas Investigates

(ThreeNow)

We challenge you not to get

emotional as the stories of broken

Kiwi ties cumulate with incredible

family connections, all

over the world.

RODNEY IS

WATCHING

Dead to Me

After losing her husband in a late night hit-and-run, grieving

and angry mother-of-two Jen (Christina Applegate) joins

a grief support group in an effort to cope with her loss. It

is here that she meets the lovely, free-spirited Judy (Linda

Cardellini), complete with her own baggage, and the two

quickly strike up a friendship.

But Judy is keeping a devastating secret that would most

certainly put an end to their friendship if the truth should

ever emerge.

Made up of equal parts drama, comedy and suspense,

Netflix’s Dead to Me adds new twists and revelations to

almost every episode of its two excellent seasons.

The brilliant performances from the two leads coupled

with the ever-twisting story make this a treat worth digesting.


Style | Watch 81

EDITOR KATE

RECOMMENDS

The Foreigner

Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) takes on the IRA,

leaving Northern Ireland’s deputy First Minister

Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan) out of his depth

and looking like half the man he used to be.

Hennessy, a former IRA leader himself, is

covertly working with the British to expose the

rogue group detonating bombs around London

and wipe his own slate clean.

Quan, having experienced significant loss, is

after revenge.

Based on the novel The Chinaman (Stephen

Leather, 1992) and directed by New Zealandborn

Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale,

Green Lantern), this is a proper action flick that

will keep your attention for more than just its

impressive cast. Who will you back in this battle

to settle old debts? How many men will it take

to stop Jackie Chan? And why are Irish actors so

good at playing bad guys?

Guilty pleasures

Family Karma (ThreeNow)

Jane the Virgin (Netflix)

Blown Away (Netflix)

Your Home Made Perfect (TVNZ)

Styling Hollywood (Netflix)

Playing for Keeps (TVNZ)

Below Deck Mediterranean (ThreeNow)

Crime/thrillers

Jack Irish (Netflix)

Line of Duty (Netflix)

The Nest (TVNZ)

Janet King (Netflix)

EDITOR KATE

WATCHED

Stateless

Inspired by true events, this limited Netflix series is based on four

main characters, whose lives collide in an immigration detention

centre in the desert-like setting of Port Augusta, South Australia.

There’s the flight attendant buckling under life’s pressures, the

Afghanistan refugee fighting for a better future for his family, the

security guard wrestling with his own morality and the bureaucrat

battling for control in an emotionally charged environment.

Produced and co-created by Cate Blanchett (who also plays

an unsettling cult leader), the casting is great, as is the character

development. You’ll find yourself at the end of the six episodes of

Stateless with ground rush.


82 Style | Read

The book nook

A place to discover what deserves a spot in your TBR pile.

NEW

RELEASES

Olive

Emma Gannon

(Harper Collins, $32.99)

Anxious People

Fredrik Backman

(Penguin Random House, $37)

A bank robber on the run locks himself in

with an overenthusiastic estate agent, two

bitter IKEA-addicts, a pregnant woman, a

suicidal multi-millionaire and a rabbit.

But when the police storm the apartment

it is... empty.

Olive knows her own mind. But life comes with expectations;

choices to be made and stereotypes to fulfil. So, when her best

friends’ lives branch away towards marriage and motherhood,

leaving the path they’ve always followed together, she starts to

question her choices – because life according to Olive looks a

little bit different.

The Tally Stick (NZ)

Carl Nixon

(Penguin Random House, $36)

After being in the country for only five days, the Chamberlain

family vanished in 1978. In 2010, the remains of the eldest

Chamberlain child are found in a remote part of the West

Coast, showing he lived for four years after the family

disappeared. Found alongside him are his father’s watch and a

mysterious tally stick...

The Jacaranda

House

Deborah Challinor

(Harper Collins, $36.99)

Exotic dancer Polly Manaia lives in Sydney’s

notorious Kings Cross. She’s desperate

to bring her young daughter, Gina, to live

with her, but beneath her brash confidence

lie dark secrets that threaten to drag

her under. Rhoda and Star, transgender

performers and Polly’s flatmates, bring

stability to Polly and Gina’s lives. Yet this

unlikely little family will find themselves

threatened.

7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every

Day of the Week

Jamie Oliver

(Penguin Random House, $60)

Jamie’s done his homework and looked at the top items we

buy each week on autopilot, like chicken breasts, salmon

fillets, mince, eggs, potatoes and broccoli. Rather than trying to

change what we buy, Jamie wants to give everyone brand new

inspiration for their favourite ingredients.


Style | Read 83

OUR PICK

KIDS’ CORNER

Ephemera (NZ)

Tina Shaw

(Bateman Books, $29.99)

What inkling did Tina Shaw have that the New Zealand

she so deftly creates in Ephemera would be so relatable

amid the global Covid-19 pandemic?

After a worldwide crisis, life has come to a

standstill. Airports closed. No electricity, broadband

or, horrifyingly, coffee. Supermarkets, hospitals and

medicine are all a thing of the distant past.

And what protagonist Ruth desperately needs is

medicine for her sister, who is dying from tuberculosis.

There are whispers of an arsenal of drugs at Huka

Lodge, so the former ephemera librarian, somewhat

foolhardily, travels up the Waikato River via a DIY

steamboat with two men. Ruth, who thinks she has led

a sheltered life, soon learns that not even New Zealand

society is immune to the unpalatable parts of basic

survival instincts.

An absolute marvel of a book. Humour is inserted at

just the right time to catch your breath, but be warned;

within the first few sentences, you are sucked into a

world where to survive the choices you make may

mean you no longer recognise yourself.

– Shelley Robinson

Nicola Berry Series

Liane Moriarty

(Penguin Random House, $15 each)

In book one, Nicola Berry and the Petrifying Problem with

Princess Petronella, Nicola is surprised to see a stranger

arrive in her geography class. The stranger’s name is

Georgio and he has come to Earth from his planet,

Globagaskar. He makes the whole class (except Mrs

‘Zucchini’, their teacher) take an odd test to see who

will be the so-called Earthling Ambassador.

My favourite character is Shimlara, Georgio’s

daughter, because, like all Globagaskarians, she can read

minds. According to Georgio, Globagaskar is 2000 years

more technologically advanced than Earth.

I enjoyed this book because it has enough suspense

to keep you reading. If you enjoy adventure, this series

is for you! I devoured all three within a few days.

– Ava Preece (age 9)

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84 Style | Wellbeing

It is a disease that cannot be seen, but

many women suffer from it, often feeling

like they are alone. Oxford Women’s

Health gynaecologist Simon Jones

explains the facts behind endometriosis

and what treatment can look like.

Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that affects

up to one in 10 New Zealand women. Because it has

many symptoms, diagnosing the condition can be difficult,

and often women don’t realise that issues such as period

pain, bowel problems, pain during sex, and tiredness can

be an indication that they have the disease.

If women have period pain, that lasts more than one

or two days, and prevents them from attending work or

school, they should definitely talk to their GP or contact

us at Oxford Women’s Health. It is important not to leave

symptoms too long before seeking advice, as it is much

easier to manage the disease when it is in its early stages.

At Oxford Women’s Health, we see many women

every year with endometriosis and offer a range of

options for alleviating symptoms and treating the disease.

This includes everything from lifestyle coaching and

nutritional advice to surgery.

Specialist care

and treatment for

every stage of a

woman’s life.


Style | Wellbeing 85

Oxford Women’s Health specialist Simon Jones

answers 5 common questions on endometriosis.

I get painful periods. Does this mean I have endometriosis?

Not necessarily. It is normal for some girls to experience painful or erratic

periods in their first few years of menstruation. However, if the pain lasts

more than one or two days and is preventing you from doing the things

you enjoy in life, you should talk to your GP or book an appointment with

a gynaecologist.

Is there a “cure” for endometriosis?

There is no guaranteed cure for endometriosis but once diagnosed it can

be managed by using a variety of treatment options. At Oxford Women’s

Health, we perform laparoscopic operations to both diagnose and remove

endometriosis. We also use offer hormonal medications (like the pill),

physiotherapy, coaching, and lifestyle advice to help minimise the impact

of the disease.

What is the easiest way of explaining endometriosis to people?

Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that normally lines the uterus

– the endometrium – grows outside the uterus. It usually affects fallopian

tubes, ovaries and tissue lining the pelvis. Surrounding tissue can also

become irritated. The disease causes pain, which can be severe when you

are having a period. Thankfully, effective treatments are available.

I feel quite alone because people struggle to understand the

pain I am in. Is this normal? What can I do?

This is normal but you are definitely not alone in living with endometriosis.

Oxford Women’s Health is lucky to have Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain

Coach and Consultant, Deborah Bush, as part of the team. She is available

to provide coaching and lifestyle advice to our patients. The Endometriosis

NZ website https://nzendo.org.nz/ also offers ways to access support.

Taking time off work because of endometriosis is not always

easy, or understood by management. Are there ways to lessen

the impact on our daily lives?

It is a good idea to speak to your manager about your condition and

the support you may need. You can then find solutions that work for

both of you. There are a number of lifestyle changes that women with

endometriosis find useful. For example, regular exercise and avoiding

certain foods are often beneficial. Physiotherapy can also be helpful.

At Oxford Women’s Health, we want you to leave every

appointment feeling better than when you arrived.

We understand it can be difficult living with health problems but

sometimes finding sympathetic expert help can feel even harder.

Our staff are friendly, respectful and professional, so you can feel

comfortable while receiving the very best advice and treatment.

We have 15 health professionals who are highly-respected leaders

in their fields of gynaecology, obstetrics, oncoplastic breast and

general surgery, physiotherapy, nutrition and endocrinology.

Women of all ages come to us for advice and treatment, including

those with endometriosis, menstrual problems, pelvic pain,

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Call us today on 03 379 0555.

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86 Style | Wellbeing

Cocoon comfort

Fire up your wellbeing in dreary winter months.

Words Deanna Copland

Wellbeing (n.)

A state characterised by health,

happiness and prosperity,

according to the dictionary.

In other words, wellbeing is

that desirable condition where

we thrive (prosperity) both

physically (health) and mentally

(happiness).

And yes, that can even

be found on those grey old

winter days; after all, home

is where the heart is. There

is something quite warming

about the memories created

in the cooler months: a

fire crackling away, candles

flickering, slippers, stacks of

good books and the aromas

of slow-cooked hearty meals.

You can make a big impact on

your health by making a few

changes to your lifestyle in

your winter home to keep it a

sanctuary for your wellbeing.

Restorative rest, not binge-watching

Bunker down and get into bed earlier to read. As

appealing as it is to binge-watch crime series, this

is not the most restorative way to unwind after

a day at work so try to set a bedtime that allows

seven to eight hours of overnight repair. Being

well-rested helps with stress adaption, tolerance of

others, pain sensitivity and blood sugar regulation,

so this is a great time to recharge.

Smell = digestion

Digestion starts through the olfactory system

(smell), so a slow cooker is a wonderful

investment. You can make an array of things

in them, from vegetarian curries to self-saucing

puddings. The Beef Rendang Curry (page 88),

for example, uses cheaper cuts of meat to

provide a good source of collagen for skin,

hair and joint health. Make a double batch and

freeze one to enjoy another time.


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Air it out

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, stated centuries ago that

“What you eat, your lifestyle and the place in which you live affects

your health.” Health issues from asthma, allergies, attention deficit

hyperactivity disorder and eczema to hormonal imbalances, infertility

and chronic fatigue syndrome may be caused or exacerbated by

environmental exposure. Spending more time indoors can mean

you are exposed to more pollutants. Healthy Home, Healthy

Family author Nicole Bijlsma writes about how indoor air has been

estimated to be five to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air.

This is due to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released

by building materials, glues, cleaning and air freshening products, etc.

There are currently 145 million chemicals registered for use on the

world’s largest chemical database, and every 60 seconds another 20

chemicals are registered; we are exposed to more chemicals than

ever before.

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88 Style | Wellbeing

Beef Rendang Curry

INGREDIENTS

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp cardamom seeds

1 star anise

1 tsp clove powder (or 4 cloves)

1 chilli (optional)

5 garlic cloves

3cm piece ginger, peeled

2 stalks fresh lemongrass, white part only, cut into pieces

6 macadamia nuts

40g shredded coconut, toasted

1 Tbsp peanut oil

1kg gravy beef, cut into 2–3cm pieces

1 can coconut milk

½ tsp salt

1 tsp palm sugar, to taste

METHOD

1. Place cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and

cloves into a frying pan and heat until fragrant.

Allow to cool slightly. Use a food processor

to crush into a powder along with macadamia

nuts.

2. Add chilli (if using), garlic cloves, ginger and

lemongrass to food processor and mix. Scrape

down the sides of the mixing bowl with a

spatula and repeat the process, until a smooth

paste consistency is achieved.

3. Add peanut oil to a pan and cook beef on a

high setting for 1–2 minutes on each side, until

browned.

4. Place browned meat, spice paste, shredded

coconut, coconut milk, salt and sugar into a

slow-cooker and set on low for 6–7 hours.

5. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving on

a bed of steamed rice or cauliflower rice.


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90 Style | Wellbeing

Breathe

Tips for finding a bit of ease, and does collagen in your coffee work?

Essentially

Cursing through gritted teeth those

jolly grey days when the washing is

piling up? Try some instant sunshine

by putting pink grapefruit essential

oil in your diffuser and let the sweet

fragrance sweep over you, reviving

your body and mind. It is reported to

refresh a fatigued, stressed mind and

thought to help release anger.

Instant bliss

Could the “World’s most relaxing song” send your frazzled weekday

into a Sunday? In 2016, UK band Marconi Union released ‘Weightless’,

a song they developed with sound therapists to help reduce anxiety,

blood pressure and heart rate. Mindlab International research says it

reduces anxiety by 65 per cent. We gave it a whirl on deadline day,

and well, it’s like a warm cup of tea right in your heart space. It does

come with a warning not to listen to it while driving, so perhaps don’t

use it in the car – even if the kids are yelling at each other.

Kondo your newsfeed

In the wake of the overconsumption

of everything Covid-19-related, people

are opting to be very mindful of what

they absorb through their social media

scroll. So is it time to Marie Kondo

your newsfeed by asking, “Does this

bring me joy?” If it makes you feel

anxiety, shame, guilt or anger, hit

‘unfollow’. Instead, choose things that

make you laugh, think and smile. Yes,

even cat videos. Or take a break from

the scroll. That’s the real tonic.

Can collagen in your

coffee really help? Or

are we just buying

expensive coffee?

Naturopath Deanna Copland

says: “Supplemental collagen has

a specific amino acid formulation

that targets the production of new

collagen. As a major component

of connective tissue in the body,

adding collagen to soups, smoothies

or your daily coffee should actually

be of benefit if you feel your diet

is lacking in gelatinous-based foods.

Diets used to have more gelatinous

cuts of meat, like shanks, tendons

and oxtail, but nowadays we opt

for different cuts, which means we

may need a supplemental boost.

Interestingly, research investigating

collagen supplementation for

patients with fibromyalgia showed

positive effects on all symptoms.

There is also evidence to show that

chronic bursitis and osteoarthritis

are improved with collagen

supplementation.”

Do you have a question for Dee? Email

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92 Style | Food

Soup from scraps

Before you hiff out the stragglers in the vege drawer,

take Sarah Burtscher’s advice and save money, food and

the planet with soup.

Photos Jet Campbell


Style | Food 93

TIP

Do this the day before

you go shopping so

you have a clean vege

drawer and no veges to

throw out.

Forgotten Vege Soup

This soup sees a fabulous clean out of the fridge.

Look at what you have neglected in the fridge

vege drawer, and this is literally what this meal is

made from. I call it a ‘flexible framework’ recipe,

as you can use all sorts of different ingredients

but the ‘basic frame ingredients’ remain the same.

You can include most fridge-kept veges, or potato

or k mara, remembering they are all going to be

whizzed up together at the end.

BASIC FRAME INGREDIENTS

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 onion (use up odds and ends if need be)

2–4 garlic cloves

1–1½ cups milk or milk alternative

2 dried bay leaves

2 cups chicken or vegetable stock

salt and pepper to taste

For years I’ve been clearing out the fridge

and using up the ugly and forgotten

foods by cooking up what I’ve termed a

‘fridge cleaner’. This could be a soup, cake,

casserole, or whatever. I started looking into

food waste, and, wow, do we throw out a

lot of food in New Zealand!

According to Love Food Hate Waste

NZ: “New Zealanders throw away 157,389

tonnes of food a year. That is equivalent

to 271 jumbo jets of food that has to go

somewhere to rot, instead of being eaten.

[...] All of this food is worth about

$1.17 billion each year.”

A lot of household cooks just don’t know

what to do with the sad-looking fruit in their

fruit bowl, or the limp carrots in their vege

drawer. So, I started Fridge Cleaner Cooking

(fridgecleaner.co.nz) to showcase how to

make forgotten everyday ingredients into

delicious, nutritious meals.

FLEXIBLE INGREDIENTS

¾ of a very limp cauliflower/broccoli or

2 medium potatoes/k mara

parsnip

4 stalks celery

2 rashers bacon

METHOD

1. Roughly chop all veges, including your celery

leaves if they are not too old.

2. Sauté bacon, onion and garlic in olive oil in a

heavy-based pot.

3. Add the rest of the ingredients, including

a handful of celery leaves, and cook off for

approximately 10 minutes.

4. Pour in enough stock to just cover

all ingredients.

5. Add bay leaves and remaining celery leaves,

then simmer until all veges are tender.

6. Remove from the heat, fish out the bay leaves

and blend till smooth (I like to use a wand).

7. Add milk, stir well and put the bay leaves

back in.

8. Taste and season, adding more salt or

pepper as required.


94 Style | Food

One square meal

For those who love beetroot, chocolate and ginger, you are in for a

treat with this delectable brownie recipe.

Words Kristina Jensen


Style | Food 95

Beetroot Chocolate

Ginger Brownie

TIP

Cook beetroot whole

whenever possible.

If they have been cut

in any way, they bleed

their juice into the boiling

water and the flesh

tastes rather insipid.

It is a vegetable that the Romans considered

to be an aphrodisiac – and when teamed with

chocolate in this delicious brownie recipe, well,

that is quite a combination.

The natural earthy sweetness of beetroot

makes it excellent for baking, and it also contains

betaine, which is a mood enhancer. So get your

measuring cups out and get baking this deliciously

healthy treat that can actually make you feel good.

Note: It is important to have the ingredients for this

brownie ready to mix together, as the chocolate tends

to go hard as soon as it is mixed in with the beetroot.

INGREDIENTS

2 large beetroot (roughly 500g)

200g plain chocolate (70% cocoa)

or dark chocolate melts

200g brown sugar

3 eggs

¾ cup plain flour (for gluten free,

use fine rice flour)

¼ cup cocoa powder

2 tsp powdered ginger

100g butter, melted

2 tsp vanilla extract

METHOD

1. Line a sponge roll baking tin with baking paper.

2. Place the whole unpeeled beetroot in a pot and

cover with water. With the lid on, bring to the boil,

then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

3. Remove the pot from the heat, tip off the water and

leave the beetroot to cool for half an hour with the

lid off the pot.

4. Once cool, carefully peel off the beetroot skin and

grate.

5. Melt the chocolate gently in a bain-marie.

6. While the chocolate is melting, whisk or beat

together the sugar and eggs in a large bowl for about

two minutes, until the mix is thick.

7. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and powdered ginger

together and add to the egg/sugar mix, folding in

gently until combined.

8. In the following order, add the grated beetroot,

melted butter, vanilla extract and lastly the melted

chocolate to the large bowl, and mix together until

the ingredients are well integrated.

9. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 20 minutes

at 180°C (fan oven if possible). Then drop the

temperature to 150°C for a further five minutes.

The brownie should be just cooked and caramelising

slightly around the edges.

10. Allow to cool in the tray and then cut into squares.

Dust with icing sugar if desired.

HOW TO MELT CHOCOLATE IN A BAIN-MARIE

Break the chocolate into pieces and place in a small

pot. Place the small pot inside a slightly larger pot

containing 2–4cm of water. Bring the water in the

larger pot up to a simmer and stir the chocolate

pieces in the small pot until they melt.


96 Style | Drink

Let us be-gin

Boutique gin production is booming, but are you too afraid to go near a

potential tearjerker? Kate Preece shares some game-changers.

I

f the thought of a tall glass of G&T has

you suppressing a sob, it’s time to make

new memories. Like chardonnay, tastes

have changed, and as such the range of gins

readily available will make for much happier

experiences all round. The flavours this

juniper-based spirit can boast range from

grapefruit to gingerbread – and that’s not

gin-snobbery talking, that’s a fact. So why

not start with one that will truly challenge

those reoccurring preconceptions?

Currently pouring

If you’ve dabbled in the

Japanese gin world you’ll

know that their range of

botanicals, unsurprisingly,

delivers a range of tastes

distinctively different to those

of other countries. With

very little English writing on

the bottle to guide me, my

taste buds yelled ‘lemongrass’

when I first sipped my Nikka

Coffey G&T. Upon further

research, it’s likely the result

of the combination of four

types of Japanese citrus (none

of which I had heard of) and

a bit of pepper. Best served

strong to make the most of

the subtle nuances.

Spanish flair

Transport yourself to a place far, far

away with this doosy of a Galician

gin. Even the novice will be able to

taste liquorice in an ice-filled glass

of Nordés gin, but there’s also sage,

verbena and mint among its 11

botanicals. Named after the Nordés

wind that blasts in from the Atlantic

Ocean, it a fresh pick-me-up that

demands another round.

Wine or what?

For the last month of winter, it’s okay to mix your

wine and your spirits. The Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz

Gin adds Australian grapes to its solid white spirit

base. It’s a good way to pull the wool over the eyes

of non-believers as it truly does blend these two top

drops in one. For something quieter (i.e. under 30%

alcohol), a sloe gin (infused with English sloe berries)

will keep the home fires burning too.

Spicy number

The Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin

comes in at the cheaper end of the

boutique gin scale (as low as $56),

but brings with it a mighty impact.

Imagine you’re eating a fragrant

curry and finish off with a slice of

citrus. With cardamom and cumin in

its ingredient list, the Opihr is much

easier to drink than to say or spell.


Style | Promotion 97

ClemenGold Livener

(Livener definition: something with an effect,

especially an alcoholic drink)

RECIPE

60ml ClemenGold gin

50ml Black Doris plum and

blackcurrant juice

10ml orange juice

10ml lemon juice

2 slices ginger

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Candied orange slice

METHOD

Muddle ginger – add other ingredients then ice and shake.

Double strain over large ice block and garnish.

DESCRIPTION

The sweet hints of citrus notes of the ClemenGold gin marry

beautifully with the delicate yet refreshing profile of the plum and

blackcurrant, with a warmth added by the ginger that is well balanced

by the cinnamon and candied orange garnish.

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