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Diffusing the hype
What essential oils
From ginger crunch
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Take a hike
Insider know-how to
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A note to you
Awaken. It’s a powerful word. It suggests not only new
beginnings but realisations, becoming aware of what’s going
on around us. ‘Awakening’ is the driver behind this edition’s
content as we continue to adjust to our new reality.
Full immersion into the New Zealand landscape is becoming
an increasingly popular way to reset your mind, and die-hard
hikers will be particularly miffed their secrets are out. The
checklist to get started really isn’t as intimidating as one might
think. (Trust me, I’m a convert.) Let us show you the way.
Connecting to nature and its extraordinary power is seeing
a hike in essential oil sales too. Shelley Robinson often has her
diffuser puffing away as she types and, having spoken to some
local experts, is now honing her blends like a pro.
Nostalgia was what it was all about when we came up with
our ‘recipes reinvented’ spread. I was constantly on the phone
to Mum as I baked the fudge cake slice, not only asking advice,
but talking about Nana’s version. Up until now, I had no idea
they both used the same recipe. Nana always iced hers and
Mum obliterated the biscuits in the kitchen whizz. (It took me
so long with the rolling pin, I’ll follow suit next time!) Realising
three generations had followed the same steps, in different
kitchens over different times, was surprisingly sentimental. Food
stirs the mind in a myriad of ways.
I hope you find something that resonates with you, in Style.
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90 WIN WITH STYLE
A $469 new skincare regime, tea
treats & other good things!
17 WALK THIS WAY
The guides’ advice to Routeburn &
23 NATURE’S OILS
Delving into the business of
29 SKIN OBSESSION
The active skincare range 16 years
in the making
Beauty & Fashion
52 SEASONAL ANALYSIS
What to keep, buy & recycle
Floral inspiration from the runway
The hues, the quirk & the layers
58 TIER IT UP
Save or splash with new season
skirts & dresses
62 WE TRIED . . .
Beauty products as tested
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Designed by O’Neil Architecture and
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lines, was well suited to the 10
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with block walls cleverly designed
to resemble a ‘pinwheel’.
But 2010 saw a rebuild having
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earthquakes. Owners Gabrielle
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with just a few tweaks. A glowing
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38 OUTDOOR AMBIENCE
Play with light & bring in comfort
44 AT THE BAR
Save or splash with the latest trends
48 TOMATO BOUNTY
Get the most out of your crop
50 HERBAL HELP
Your quick ‘how-to’ guide
80 SIX FRIENDS VS MT SOMERS
All good walks end with gin, right?
86 WE’RE WATCHING ...
88 BOOKS TO DISCOVER
66 WOMEN’S HEALTH
It happens to 50 per cent of women,
but there is a treatment
68 LONGEVITY LASTS
Adopt the lifestyles of those who live the longest
Food & Drink
70 TRUFFLE DELIGHTS
To pair with green tea
72 INFUSING BOTANICALS
Journey through nature’s fields with gin
74 ORIGINAL INSPIRATION
Reinventing classic Kiwi recipes
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Joining Cavalier Bremworth
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In a recently announced move, Cavalier Bremworth are
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of people and the planet without compromising the
design and performance attributes customers care about.
“We at Floorpride Mandeville Street have always been champions
of pure wool carpet,” explains owner Alastair Murcott, “so we are
very happy to be joining Cavalier Bremworth on this journey.”
Why choose wool carpet for your home?
“Floorpride’s 20+ years of experience tells us that wool is the best
carpet fibre to use from a design, innovation and performance
perspective,” Alastair continues.
In addition to this, wool has a host of benefits
that quietly work away to enhance your home:
• Warmer/cooler/dryer – wool is thermally smart and acts
as a natural dehumidifier absorbing and releasing moisture
to stabilise temperatures.
• Non-allergenic – wool carpet naturally absorbs and filters
toxins and odours that can cause irritation.
• Warm and soft to touch.
• Naturally resilient – Wool fibre has a unique spiral crimp
which naturally springs back into shape year after year.
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Get your jog on
One of the best motivators to get moving is getting friends
to exercise with you – or to train for an event, like the
Queenstown marathon. Both of these aspects prompted The
Joggers Club to form. Behind the free weekly runs are Stirling
Sports, O-Studio, The Hiit Squad and The Welder, from
where the runs start every Tuesday at 5.40pm.
Shopping made easy
Looking for some statement earrings? The ones by
Ear Confetti are one of a kind, lovingly made in a
little Christchurch kitchen. Colours are blended and
clay is shaped by hand, before being baked in the
oven. Find yours at Industria (The Colombo).
Making great sweatshirts is one of Nudie Jeans’
specialties. Made in a heavy, organic jersey with a
soft, brushed inside, this crew neck boasts an ontrend
vintage look. The beautiful shade is a result
of the pigment-dyeing process and garment stone
wash and will continue to fade with time as you
wear and wash it. Try one on for size at Stencil
Beauty inside out
How’s this for a collab: Lewis Road Creamery and
Jeuneora. The result? Jersey milk with 5g of bovine collagen
in every serve. Jeuneora, a beauty company that started in
Christchurch four years ago, is launching a bunch of products
this year, including vegan supplement Beauty Brain, designed
to boost skin health and support cognitive awareness.
Satisfy the craving
Discover the guilt-free pleasure of the Dark Chocolate
Raspberry Tart at Christchurch’s Untouched World Kitchen
(155 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside). The intense bold flavour
of dark chocolate is beautifully balanced with fresh raspberry
to deliver you a decadent dairy-free, refined sugar-free and
in the Current
Every now and then (think maybe once
or twice in a decade), I’ve been witness
to a form of general real estate madness.
Good madness, but madness nevertheless –
unforeseen and unexplainable.
Against every prediction, including the
predictions of expert economists and bankers,
and despite everything that has happened, real
estate sales (both in terms of volume and value)
are exceptional right now.
There’s an incredible hunger to purchase, to
push higher than expected when buying, to
compete and to utilize auction.
Unlike in other periods, this phenomenon
doesn’t restrict itself to one particular price point
or demographic: it’s every price point and over a
great variety of locations.
We have had spectacular results in our auction
rooms, and it’s a sure sign that the market
is favouring owners when they request an
auction campaign for their property rather than
challenging the idea.
So, here are some personal observations:
July, August and September, so far, have been
extraordinary, with July’s figures showing the
highest number of sales in five years nationwide.
I’m expecting this to be no different for August
and September, with our own company
seeing lofty sales records exceeded and then
Interest Rates and Interest Returns
Yes, interest rates are low, in fact, they are tiny
in comparison to anything any of us (including
those with memories of up to 21% in the ‘80s)
have ever had.
And this is giving people the chance to upgrade,
get on the property ladder and make lots of
property decisions, e.g. why rent when I can buy
for the same, if not less, weekly outgoings?
It’s also creating a massive dilemma for those
with bank investments who are seeing changes
to their life and retirement choices pushing them
into property purchases. This group is looking
to create returns that, whilst lower from a yield
perspective, are still better than the banks.
This pool of buyers sitting on savings or large
equity in their properties is buying in force and
it’s easy to see why.
Is having no discernible effect on people’s
And if that’s a surprise, it’s supported by a recent
study undertaken by Trade Me, where 82% of the
1,700 survey respondents said the timing and
result of the election had no bearing on their
decision to buy or sell.
As I told someone recently, who asked, ‘is it true
expats are coming home and buying?’, I can only
reply ‘yes’ and ‘yes’.
Even with border restrictions, Statistics NZ has
reported that up until June, annual migration
showed a net 79,400.
What are they looking for? It appears to be
location, which is everything. New is preferred,
proximity to schools, cafés, the parks and city
centre is desired, and they are shopping with big
sums. Family members are often scouting and
Less Available Listings
Which feeds the elements already mentioned,
pushing prices – and, sometimes, tempers –
and generally adding to the current state of
‘madness’ in the current market.
My final observations are probably the most
important. Despite the current climate,
most buyers are still tough on compromised
properties, those poorly presented and with title
or structural issues.
And please work with professionals rather than
risk underselling. Just one of our recent success
stories had owners enjoy a campaign that saw
them sell for 68% above RV, creating a new local
For results, or even just a conversation about real
estate, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Summer is on its way!
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Fun, yet fierce
Tony’s Chocolonely has landed on our shelves to treat taste
buds and banish slavery. Its six flavours (including a delicious
milk chocolate with caramel and sea salt) are not presented
in straight rows, but rather irregular shapes that represent the
social inequality in the chocolate industry. It’s the best-selling
chocolate brand in the Netherlands and it takes fair trade very
seriously for something that looks like it’s come straight out of
Willy Wonka’s factory. (Available at New World)
Wash Creek Organic Lamb Rack with double reduction red wine and
mint sauce, mashed potato, and pumpkin puree, served with sweet
pea, asparagus and courgettes.
For the best-tasting rack, you’ll want the natural flavours
of organic meat to be the hero. The Wash Creek Organic
Meat team told us to go easy on the seasoning and never
overcook it. Get it right every time with this simple method:
1. Sear both sides of lamb rack in a cast iron pan for 1
minute (with plenty of oil).
2. Cook for 10 minutes at 200°C in the oven.
3. Rest for 10 minutes.
4. Serve with seasonal vegetables.
We’ll cheers to that
It is the month of wine – according to the old Anglo
Saxon calendar. October was referred to as Win Monath,
which means ‘wine month’, because it was a fine time for
making (and presumably drinking?) wine. When the French
revolutionaries were brewing up their Republican Calendar in
1792, they called the period from September 22 to October
22 Vendémiaire, the time of vintage in the wine districts of
They say the early bird
catches the worm, but the
catch of the day seems far
more appealing if you ask
us. A recent dish du jour
at Lyttelton’s Fisherman’s
Wharf (Norwich Quay) saw
salmon served on a ricotta
and spinach filled cannelloni
with chilli and pesto cream,
topped with a Parmesan
crisp and served alongside
stuffed with chorizo and
onion. On sunny spring
afternoons, you won’t want
to miss what the new day
could bring to your table.
You said it
The crew at Wanaka’s Edgewater Hotel are still on a high
having recently been awarded a 2020 Travellers’ Choice award
from Tripadvisor. Based on guest reviews and feedback, it’s a
darn good pat on the back, positioning the hotel among the
top 10 per cent of those listed on the travel platform.
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Walk among the creations of New Zealand’s
leading and emerging artists and sculptors at
the SMC Foundation Art Exhibition & Sculpture
Garden. Featuring over 300 works, this event
is not to be missed. November 7 and 8, St
Margaret’s College, Christchurch. Entry is free.
If you’re planning on a trip north, hone in on Hawke’s Bay
as they’re pulling out all the stops for this year’s F.A.W.C!
(Food and Wine Classic). From November 6–15, long
lunches, dinner deals and special guests are in the makeup
of 60 wine and food experiences.
North Canterbury’s Paul
Ouakli grew up surrounded
by the hustle and bustle of his
mother’s busy Paris restaurant.
Fascinated by the creation
behind the dishes, he trained
as a chef and worked around
France and London before
moving to New Zealand 30
years ago. He has owned
several restaurants, including
Michael’s in Christchurch, and
is the founder of the Frenchies
range of keto products. His
take on a Ginger Crunch slice
is served up on page 76.
Sara Faull is a Christchurch
stylist on a mission to help
people ‘find their fabulous’.
Armed with years of
experience, her business Sage
Styling is about empowering
people through fashion. Sara is
a voracious reader of anything
from magazines through to
novels. To rejuvenate, she
walks through Hagley Park
each day, and is kept busy
with four adult children and
three grandchildren. Wake up
your wardrobe using her style
advice on page 52.
MARY’S TOP TIPS
for the Spring Market
Great presentation is critical when you are looking
for the best price. Keep these tips in mind when
presenting your home to it’s potential new owner:
Declutter!! But don’t necessarily
Embrace the Spring market
by arranging seasonal blooms
in decorative vases around
Clean windows make rooms look more
inviting, brighter and help highlight
fresh paint, hardwood floors and other
characteristics of the home.
Keep lawns mowed,
paths edged, hedges
outdoor flow. Open
make your outdoor
living space inviting.
what sellers say:
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approachable, sincere, looks after
her clients’ interest, and always
available. The best agent ever!
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The insider’s guide
Ready to connect back to yourself and nature? Two local guides
describe how to find that bit of magic on the Milford and Routeburn tracks.
Words Shelley Robinson
ABOVE: At the end of the Milford Track walk, you may be greeted by a spectacular view of Mitre Peak.
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Tony Phillips has a way of talking about Milford Track
that makes you want to send a quick note to your
boss and say you’ll see them in five to six days.
He is describing a part of the track where he is still,
even after nine years of leading groups, awed by the
“sheer power of Mother Nature”. Just with his words he
transports you straight on to the track, to the point you
can almost smell the forest.
“The rains bring out the waterfalls. When you see just
the sheer amount of walls on the mountain that come
alive with water and the greenness of the forest that
shortly follows – you just don’t know how many shades
of green there are until you see a wet Milford forest in
all its glory. It brings you to life,” says Ultimate Hikes’
There is a bit of silence down the line after that,
because, well, what can you say?
To hear someone who has done thousands of walks on
the 54km track through Fiordland National Park to Milford
Sound still talk with reverence, makes you understand the
type of beating-heart relationship tramping guides develop
with an area.
In a year where things have certainly not been the
norm, with Covid-19 lockdowns creating upheaval and
international travel off the cards, many New Zealanders
have a new-found fervour to rediscover what is closest to
home – and what we have is quite extraordinary.
Ultimate Hikes Track Operations Manager Shaun Liddy
agrees. Like Tony, he has been finding adventures in New
Zealand’s vast natural playground since he was a teenager
on school camps. And after he finished a Bachelor of
Physical Education degree at Otago University, he got a
job with Ultimate Hikes and never left.
Yes, the views are majestic, he says, but for him, there
is another layer. The tracks provide the medium where
what he calls the “real magic” happens. People not only
form a connection within themselves but with others
“You’ll often get people who’ll say they’ve read about
Milford Track and Routeburn at school and have wanted
to do it since. They say, ‘I’ve finally got here and I want to
do this.’ But often they are a bit sceptical as to whether
they can do it.”
For them, he says, these tracks are “their Everest”.
“They may not do it again or anything like it again, but
when you get these people through to the end and you
can see they’ve grown as a person as well through it, that
is so rewarding.”
The bonds that are formed on the track between
people can develop into life-long friendships, he adds.
“I think the tracks are a great leveller; it is a shared
effort. You take out the distractions of everyday life, you
can’t use a cellphone or internet, and it comes down to
the basics of living. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in
your life or your job. You are a person walking these tracks
with other people and that shared experience is the glue
– and it is pretty strong glue, I’ve got to tell you,” he says.
And that is why guides keep coming back year after year.
“The guides are also making those connections and
it is a real thing – we’re not just putting it on. You are
influenced by those people. The place has a strong pull,
but it is the people who set it apart,” says Shaun.
ABOVE: The 32km long Routeburn Track is filled with natural wonders with a range of ecosystems.
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Routeburn Track – Fiordland National Park
Distance: 33km Walking: 2–4 days
The Routeburn Track is pretty special, says
Tony, because it changes around each corner.
“You go through a whole range of ecosystems,
which is really cool.”
Day 1: 12km, 4–6 hours
If it is a warm day, you may find yourself
swimming underneath Earland Falls, a
174m-high marvel, while looking across at
glaciated mountains on the first day.
“You’ll pass waterfalls and kind of skirt
along the edge of the rainforest, so you are
seeing that slow change through to the alpine
environment,” says Tony.
Day 2: 11km, 5–6 hours
Most of your time will be spent above the tree
line, enjoying incredible views while immersed
in the subalpine area with tussocks and hebes.
Day 3: 9km 3–4 hours
On the third day, the descent begins through
a forest of big red beech trees and into the
Routeburn Valley. You’ll see birds that prefer
to hang out in the lower altitudes.
“There are some rare species you don’t
get to see a lot in other areas, like the mohua
(yellowhead). You may seem them a bit
on other parts of the track but their real
stronghold is in that valley. Same with k k riki,
the whio (blue duck), and some other rarer
birds who seem to make it home,” says Tony.
Tony: “It’s hard to beat the Harris Saddle. It is
after lunch on the second day. You are sidling
along the mountain looking over Lake Harris
and you are in an amphitheatre, just about 360
degrees of surrounding mountains, overlooking
the lake. It is just a really special place to be.”
Shaun: “There is a valley right at the head
of the lake [Lake Harris] called the Valley of
the Trolls, and the views up through there are
pretty special. You feel like you are above any
care in the world. Walking down to Routeburn
Falls Lodge, you head into the hanging valley that
has these amazing cascading waterfalls down
from Lake Harris. It is just a special place.”
Tip: Your feet aren’t the view
Tony: “It can be easy just to look at your feet
then stop. Look up. It can be easy to miss some
of the views just because you didn’t look behind
you, especially on the Hollyford Face. If you take
the time to do a 180, you get a whole different
perspective behind you. In the forest, look up
because lots of the birds are up in the canopy
of the trees.”
ABOVE: Ultimate Hikes’ Tony Phillips (left) and Shaun
Liddy. TOP: Lush views of the forest can be enjoyed
on the Routeburn.
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Milford Track – Fiordland National Park
Distance: 53km Walking: 4–5 days
With thousands of waterfalls,
including New Zealand’s
highest permanent waterfall,
Sutherland Falls, Milford
Track is quite different to the
Routeburn, says Shaun.
“On the Routeburn, you
get above the tree line for
a bit of it and look down
on the landscapes. On the
Milford, you are actually in
the valley for the most part,
looking up at the vertical
cliffs with these sheer granite
faces. It’s a completely
NOTE: The descriptions are
based on the guided walks
and not the Department
of Conservation walks.
The two are booked
separately and have
different opening seasons.
Day 1: 1.6km
On the Ultimate Hikes trek, you access
the Milford Track by taking a boat across
Lake Te Anau to the Glade Wharf.
With just over a kilometre to the night’s
accommodation, it’s a nice easy start to the
track, says Shaun.
Day 2: 16km, 6–7 hours
Walk through the Clinton Valley next to
the Clinton River and over a swing bridge.
It is a good way to get an introduction to
what will come on the third day, which is
climbing the steep Fiordland mountains,
says Shaun. Enjoy the beech forest as you
go, and you can also take a side track to
Prairie Lake for a swim.
Day 3: 14km, 6–7 hours
This is the day not only when your legs
will get a thoroughly good workout, but
where you can opt to see the incredible
Walk through Clinton Valley before
the climb begins over the Mackinnon Pass
via the “famous” Milford Track zig-zags.
Vegetation changes from rainforest into the
“You’ll get some amazing views back
down into the Clinton Valley and into
the Arthur Valley. You are surrounded by
impressive mountain peaks, including snowcovered
mountains even in summer. The
glacier across the way is pretty impressive.
There is a side walk option to see
Sutherland Falls, the world’s fifth-highest
waterfall and New Zealand highest
permanent waterfall. The 580m waterfall
doesn’t rely on rain, but is fed by a lake and
a glacier, says Shaun, which means it is a
pretty spectacular sight all year round.
“It was one of the main reasons the
track was put through in the first place,
other than getting through to Milford
Sound, because at the time it was the
highest known waterfall in the world to
Day 4: 21km 6-7 hours
Because there can never be too many
waterfalls, this day has even more water
features on the way to Milford Sound,
including Mackay Falls followed by Giant
Gate Falls. Then it is off to Sandfly Point
(aptly named, according to Shaun) before a
boat ride to Milford Sound.
ABOVE FROM LEFT: Reach the summit of Mackinnon Pass by the ‘famous’ Milford Track zig-zags;
Sutherland Falls is New Zealand’s highest permanent waterfall.
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Tip: Take your time
Shaun: “Walk at your own pace, there
is plenty of time in the day. I always say
to people at the back, you are getting
the best value for money because you
are interacting with what is around you.
I like being the back guide because you
are really enjoying the journey.”
LEFT: A 360-degree photo of Milford
Sound showcases the ‘eighth’ wonder
of the world.
Shaun: “When you get on the boat to
Milford Sound, as you come out of the
Arthur River and hit Milford Sound itself,
the sounds just open up before you. It’s
just an amazing sense of arrival to this
eighth wonder of the world. It is a pretty
Tony: “Spotting the rare rock wren up
in the alpine environment. You can hear
it squeaking away but it can take you
half an hour to spot it. Sharing that buzz
with a walker is quite cool. The birds are
really special because they are our only
full-time alpine bird. The kea will duck
into the forest when the weather isn’t
flash, whereas the rock wren will tough it
out, diving around the rocks in metres of
snow to keep warm.”
There are Department of Conversation huts on
both walkways and camping sites available on
the Routeburn. They need to be booked. If you
walk with Ultimate Hikes, they have their own
lodges on the track, complete with three-course
meals and beer and wine available.
No, helicopters do not take your packs into
the accommodation for you, says Shaun.
You are expected to carry your pack, which
weighs around 5–7kg.
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Jytte Glintborg has always felt a connection to nature to support her wellbeing.
After her husband had a health scare, it led them on a journey
to source top-quality essential oils from around the globe.
Words Shelley Robinson
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Was it a whim or intuition? Jytte Glintborg ponders
out loud and surmises she possibly still doesn’t
know. Eight years ago, when the existing owners of
Christchurch’s Zurma Botanical Oil Studio, an essential oil
and natural health business, said it was for sale, within a
split second Jytte had offered to buy it.
Perhaps it was an unconscious decision, she decides,
as she has always had a deep connection to nature and
its healing benefits. And after 40 years as a massage
was a practical drawcard that it could be something for
her to do next.
But life, as it sometimes tends to do, delivered Jytte
and her husband Tremane Barr, a curveball. Tremane
was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer that had
spread to his liver.
“He was given about six months. We declined
treatment because they couldn’t offer much anyway. But
it set us on a course that we were very dedicated to
finding everything natural that could help and essential
oils were part of that, as well as a large range of other
things,” she says.
And now, hearing Tremane pottering away in the
background, it means this story has a happy ending.
Seven years after the diagnosis at Christchurch Hospital,
he is still alive and well.
“But it was the catalyst, and we became very serious
about optimal health and wellbeing because we know
how important it is,” she says.
Their journey to find the “absolute best quality oils”
led them via the internet all around the globe, developing
a network of professionals who guided them to the best
“For every oil we get a report which specifies each
component in the oil so we can see the quality. Some
companies won’t supply this, so we buy from suppliers
who have that documentation so we know what we
stock is very potent. We don’t go for price, we go for
quality,” she says.
Simply because, she says, their family knows how
important health is, and people need to have trust that a
product will help support it.
“We have a few key people we work with; very small
companies that specialise. Some of them are a little bit
of a closed group and to get in took recommendations
from other people. This is because they are exceptionally
dedicated to quality,” she says.
The rise of essential oil in recent years has led to
harmful improper use, says Jytte, and though essential oils
are natural, they are a hundred times more concentrated
than their plant counterparts and must be used properly.
Working with Jytte and Tremane is their daughter Kiri
Barr-Glintborg, Matt Wilham and two aromatherapists,
Belinda Nicholls and Gillian Parkinson. The team has
been kept busy as people seek support for anxiety and
health boosters with the onset of Covid-19. The team
their own blends, which can take weeks to test.
Jytte’s passion for essential oils is evident throughout
the conversation. She speaks knowledgeably about them,
in a way that only people with a true connection to their
work do. She describes recently opening a new box of
oils like an excited child would when opening a present.
Even though it made no sense at the time, trusting her
intuition all those years ago has led Jytte and her family
very much in the right direction.
ABOVE: Zurma Botanical Oil Studio is family owned and operated.
From left: Tremane Barr, Kiri Barr-Glintborg and Jytte Glintborg.
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The don’t dos
Never apply undiluted oils topically to your
skin. Essential oils are a hundred times more
concentrated than their plant counterparts; if
they’re not diluted with a carrier oil before applying
to skin, you could get a rash, feel sick or develop
other symptoms. For those who have been using
them a long time undiluted, they may no longer
work and be tolerated by the body, says Jytte.
Never ingest essential oils. They are very strong
and can cause damage to the oesophagus and liver.
How do essential oils work?
Each essential oil has different benefits
and gets into the bloodstream by being
absorbed through the skin or when
“They can also work locally. For
example, if you have an essential oil which
is an anti-inflammatory, it will work on
that area,” Jytte says.
Oil and water don’t mix. Some people think if they
put essential oils in water it means they can ingest
them. But even if you shake the bottle, says Jytte,
they don’t mix; instead, they become little particles.
This is important when using essential oils in baths.
“Think about what hits the water first on your
body, the very delicate skin; you can really burn
yourself,” she says. Dilute them first in a carrier oil.
Diffusers are the exception, as they are not
applied to the body but inhaled.
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For using topically, the safe amount is 1 per cent dilution with a
carrier oil (see below). As a guide, 3 drops of essential oil to 10ml
carrier oil; 6 drops to 20ml carrier oil and 15 drops to 50ml carrier
oil. But it is always important to check the instructions that come
with the essential oil.
There are different dilution rates for babies and the elderly,
so care is required. Only those professionally trained use higher
percentages, and then only for a very short time, says Jytte.
The ‘carrier oil’ is what you use to dilute your essential oil in order
for it to be used on your skin. Look to nut or seed oils, like almond,
apricot or blackcurrant. You can also use lotions and moisturisers
with the same dilution rate of 1 per cent.
“Carrier oils can have their own wonderful properties; they can
be so moisturising. Some are very calming, like tamanu oil, which
can help eczema and psoriasis,” says Jytte.
In an average-sized room, aim for about six drops of essential oil to
100ml of water, and don’t have it going for more than an hour. You can,
however, switch it back on after another hour has lapsed. Have it on too
long and you may start to feel unwell – with a headache or nausea, for
“After a while, the scent disappears because you have become so
infused and can’t smell it anymore. The enjoyment is no longer there.”
How do I know which oil to use?
Consider what you are trying to achieve (calm, motivation, health) and do
some research around which oils are known for supporting the desired
result. Not every essential oil will resonate the same way with everyone,
however, so trust what you are drawn to.
“For example, vetiver is very grounding and soothes the nervous
system, but not everyone responds well to it,” Jytte explains. “For some
it is lavender; others don’t respond to lavender. At different times we will
be drawn to different oils, depending on what we need at that time.”
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The idea to create a New Zealand-made active skincare range was hatched 16 years ago.
A few babies and a pampered pug later, it became a reality for
Julia Heywood and Adele Harrison.
Words Shelley Robinson
ABOVE: Adele Harrison (left) and Julia Heywood, the Christchurch-based duo behind Phi Cosmeceutical.
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It wasn’t the telltale little finger marks that gave
away an eight-year-old’s dalliance with her mum’s
face cream, but the angry red rash emblazoned on
her face by night-time.
Julia Heywood is laughing as she recalls how long
she yearned to smear her mum’s cold cream on
her face, only to have it backfire so spectacularly.
“Mum said, ‘What have you done?’ And I said,
‘Nothing!’” Julia comedically pulls the innocent
face of her eight-year-old self and, because her
storytelling is so infectious, her business partner
Adele Harrison starts chuckling alongside her.
The two are the founders of Phi Cosmeceutical,
a Christchurch-made and developed range of
cosmeceutical-grade active skincare – and they’re
great friends, if the way they finish off each other’s
sentences is any indicator.
Julia’s skin journey has been a fickle one. Her skin
is “ridiculously” sensitive and she also has melasma,
a pigmentation disorder that causes brown patches
to appear on the skin. None of the numerous
products that came to her as business manager at
KM Surgical did the trick. In 2004, she pondered
developing her own active skincare range. She had
a good professional network around her, including
her husband and dermatologist Dr Ken Macdonald,
owner of KM Surgical.
“Lots of people were trying to sell us their stuff,
but there were no [active] New Zealand-made
products and I thought, ‘Why are people not
making this?’” she says.
It lurked in the back of her mind until three years
ago, when she hit her forties.
“I said, ‘Right this is it. You’re getting old.’ You
know when you hit your forties and you think, ‘I’ve
got to do something? It’s either now or never. Let’s
do this. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. If it does,
great,’” she says.
“And then you say, ‘Adele, do you want to get
on board?’” grins Adele.
Julia met Adele when she joined the KM Surgical
team in 2016 as a registered nurse and skincare
educator, after managing a Christchurch day
spa. Adele has been an advanced skin therapist
for more than 12 years and has always had a
fascination with skin.
“When I was about eight, I started to notice
good skin. My aunty always used good skincare and
my mum never used it. My aunty has got beautiful
skin and there was a big difference. I don’t know
why that became something I noticed, but I started
using skincare at age 10,” she says.
With their shared knowledge, the duo began
developing their own products. They knew what
ABOVE: Launching with five products last year, Phi Cosmeceutical is now steadily expanding its range.
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active ingredients worked well and got to work with
the biochemist at a Christchurch lab.
There is a difference between active skincare and
other products. We turn to Adele, who has a knack
for explaining things that sound a bit scientific.
“A lot of products you will see, mainstream brands,
they’ll say retinol and vitamin C, but they will be very
low quality. Whereas with active [skincare] you go
for what is actually going to get into the skin and
work within the skin cell at a rate that is going to
make a change to the skin. [Active skincare products]
contain more active and higher concentrations
of ingredients in order to get optimal results. It is
scientifically backed with clinical studies, such as antiageing
and removing pigmentation,” she explains.
People will know the difference straight away, she
says, because it doesn’t get a “film on the skin” as it
actually absorbs into the skin.
Their range, says Julia, is not a “coat and cover”
fix – unlike many others on the market, from major
brands to natural products. Real skincare is about
creating and supporting a good skin barrier, so you
are not turning to things to fix it later in life.
The duo are realists when it comes to life and
skincare. Both work, and Adele, who lives in Pegasus,
has two children, including six-month-old Roczen
who is having a great time bouncing on his mum’s
knee as she talks. Julia has two “grown-up” children
and a very “pampered” pug dog called Boo, aka
Queen Bee. Not only does this particular pug have
its own TikTok and Instagram page, but she has been
dubbed the Queen of Cashmere (soon to be the
Queen of Swannanoa, when Julia moves). “Very high
maintenance indeed,” grins Julia, as she whips out her
phone to show photos.
So, skincare must be easy because people don’t
have time to be involved in a rigorous routine.
They also set realistic expectations. In spite of what
the photos on social media platforms suggest, no
one has flawless skin, says Adele. She sees the results
of the anxiety created with young girls worrying
over whether their lips are too small, or they don’t
have big enough cheeks. Instead, Adele and Julia are
committed to “functioning skin”. That means it is
healthy and, as a result, it looks good.
Last year, Julia and Adele launched their first five
products – moisturisers, a cleanser and an all-in-one
product – and they have steadily added to the range.
They now have 11 products.
Word of mouth quickly spread due to the
effectiveness of their products, says Julia, and seeing
their products finally give people healthy skin makes
it all worth it.
“We had this guy that came in, in his nineties,
and he wanted IPL, but his skin was so fragile and
we said, ‘Look, we need to build your skin barrier.’
He started using our Hero and Repair products. A
month later he didn’t need IPL, he was really happy
with his skin and how it was looking,” says Julia.
It has been a bit of journey, 16 years from when
Julia first had that initial thought, with a few babies
and a pampered pug dotted in between.
It was a shared passion that drove Julia and Adele
past the burnout and through the long delays
involved with setting up a business from scratch. But
it was also made easier, they say, when you have a
business partner who you can share a few chuckles
“We are a bit crazy,” admits Julia, smiling. “We
have nicknames for each other, but we aren’t going
to tell you what they are... Adele is looking at me
with dagger eyes now!”
And once again, their laughter bells out while baby
Roczen gurgles happily away.
Their range, says Julia, is not a “coat and cover” fix – unlike many others on the
market, from major brands to natural products.
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Considering New Zealand’s harsh sunlight, melanin inhibitors are
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Contains a combination of various
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Polish is a deep exfoliating cleanser
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The skin’s hero is for anyone who is
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Change has been a regular occurrence for this
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Day and while you’re there enjoy a
relaxing hand massage or soothing
back massage on the massage chair.
Ph: 03 260 0406 or book online
has you covered for any occasion you might
be planning for at a low price. Come and
try on our latest spring/summer styles. We
have a great range of women’s, men’s and
children’s clothing from pinafore suits,
merino and puff sleeve tops, t-shirts, denim
wear, embroidered dresses, linen culottes &
an organic range. Plus boys and men’s short
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Hayley King, aka FLOX, has built
her artistry on street art and her
trademark native birds, ferns
and flowers are a celebration
of Aotearoa’s environmental
taonga (treasures). Her works are
always vibrant and confident in
colour. Check out her bamboo
plates, cards, jigsaws, teatowels
and journals at Industria. Call
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38 Style | Home
Taking a hard look at your outdoor area?
With a few easy additions you can turn it into a place to while away the spring days.
Words Michelle Laming
Style | Home 39
Preferring the shade to the sun doesn’t mean
you have to stay inside. Lush pergolas and
sculptural trellises aren’t just for looks; they
provide relief from the sun’s harsh rays while
still allowing for a cool breeze to pass through.
The options to create an outdoor room vary,
from a gazebo to adding an extensive covered
barbecue area, but the end result is always
worth it. Simply sit back with a refreshing drink
and a good book, while taking in the view of a
spring garden in bloom, a gleaming skyline or a
sparkling swimming pool.
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Manage light with retractable
canvas or metal fins so they can
be automated to close with the
onset of inclement weather.
Express yourself through light
Exterior rooms can be witty and have
beautiful patterned trellis to enhance the
way the light falls through the day or walls
that slide away or close up to protect from
the elements. Fireplaces and pizza ovens are
now commonplace to create a cosy feel.
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grills, pot roasts and pizzas to
your skill set — all sorts of tasty
dishes and finger food with the
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Create luxury through daybeds
with big squishy cushions that
have self-drying inners. Make
good use of the wide range of
outdoor fabrics available to bring
in a whole new feel, through
texture and colour palettes.
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42 Style | Home
Time to eat
Dining tables with mediums of
metal, ceramic and glass with timber
or metal bring in a unique new
direction to outdoor furniture.
Add flair to outdoor dining with unique sculptural elements like David Shaw’s River Chair.
For a cohesive
look, ensure your
the architecture of
the exterior room.
pots and planters
into your outdoor
space, and don’t
be afraid to mix
real and faux
plants into the
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Take it outside
Outdoor living at its best this summer.
A timeless classic, the
Siena range is a Kiwi
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6mm wicker. Durable
olefin cushions and GRC
coffee table, $2899.
Montego Sun Lounger
The Montego Range is defined
by its fashionable use of premium
Costa Rican teak, bold aluminium
frames and soft, long-lasting olefin.
Brings a contemporary look to
your deck or outdoor area, $799.
Siena 3 Piece Bistro Set
This stunning setting encapsulates
style with comfort and practicality.
With a rust resistant power coated
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wicker chairs, you can easily enjoy
all of that summer sun, $499.
style with classic
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for dining alfresco, this summer, $2399.
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Designed to be
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passed through the
generations. Designed in
New Zealand and handcarved
in Kenya within a
Influenced by the motorcycle heyday of the 1960s bikes,
when the Café Racers and California Beach Cruisers ruled,
the Rayvolt Cruzer e-bike is a head-turner. Paired with smart
technology and powerful dual batteries, it’s a new classic.
Test ride one today at 484 Cranford Street.
The ever-popular bronze hare
sculptures from Folklore are back
on the shelves and ready to add a
twist of character to your home or
workspace. Don’t be fooled by their
laid-back charm – these critters run
out the door! From $89.
If you are looking for a gift for that person
who seems to have it all, look no further
than this timber Armchair Rest ($44.99).
Fitting over any furniture arm, it creates a
flat surface right where you need to rest
that drink. Available in natural or black.
Style | Promotion 47
GALLERY DE NOVO
Nationally acclaimed artist Sofia
Minson’s works are in public
collections and could now be in
your home. Gallery De Novo
has some of her incredible
works available as high quality,
limited reproduction prints.
Pictured is Sophia, measuring
107 x 107cm, framed and
priced at $2750.
A more nutritious and
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baking kits has arrived thanks
to Hill St. Available in four
delicious flavours, each ‘Base’ is
carefully crafted with everything
you need to create a variety of
home-baked treats. All proudly
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With a nip still in the
air some mornings,
Rush Vest ($249.99)
is just the ticket when
you are pounding
the pavement. With
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while actively wicking
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48 Style | Gardening
Make room for tomatoes
Rachel Vogan shares with us the secrets to
a successful crop of home-grown toms.
• ‘Beefsteak’ – a large, flat, round,
fleshy tomato, with exceptional
• ‘Moneymaker’ – medium-sized,
tasty fruit, with a long and
heavy cropping season.
• ‘Potentate’ – a popular midseason
tomato, with good
flavour and cropping capacity.
• ‘Russian Red’ – reliable in cooler
climates, producing masses of
good-flavoured, round fruits.
• ‘Tasty Tom’ – a seasoned
campaigner, it’s one of the
most reliable, medium-sized
• ‘Black Cherry’ – dark purple,
almost black, cherry-sized
tomatoes, with a sweet flavour.
• ‘Gum Drop Black’ – expect
tangy, sweet, juicy dark-plumcoloured
cherry tomatoes to
hang in clusters from the rather
tall plant. Firm fruit, ideal for
using in any fresh dish.
• ‘Sweet 100’ – quick-growing,
mini cherry tomatoes that are
sweet. Needs plenty of room
to grow and is an abundant
• ‘Tomaccio’ – the raisin tomato
is the sweetest variety. It’s a
vigorous grower, too.
• ‘Tumbling Tom’ – a compact,
low-growing variety perfect
for tubs, hanging baskets and
• ‘Yellow Pear’ – super-sweet,
Left to their own devices,
tomatoes will fruit and, in some
cases, flourish. However, with a little
attention and care you will easily
double the bounty and its quality.
Do not compromise on full sun,
as this produces the best flavour. It
ensures the maximum number of
flowers and ripening of the fruit.
When growing outdoors, dig over
the soil prior to planting and work
in sheep pellets and tomato-growing
mix, providing the best platform for
For an under-cover crop, replenish
last year’s beds with tomato fertiliser,
compost and SaturAid (or a waterstoring
crystal) to help keep the root
zone cool and moist.
Put a stake in the ground, then
plant the seedling next to it. If added
later, the stake could sever the root
ball from the plant. Choose only
the healthiest seedlings, avoiding tall,
straggly ones with yellow leaves. The
shorter the plant, the stronger the
root system will be. Then tie the stem
to the stake and water in.
For more practical advice for gardeners of all levels,
pick up the latest edition of Kiwi Gardener.
As the plants begin to grow, remove
the laterals as they appear. Laterals
are leafy side branches that divert the
plant’s energy into producing more
leaves than flowers.
Plant at least two per person in the
household to enjoy fresh tomatoes,
and four to six per person if you wish
to have extra to preserve and pickle.
Tomatoes enjoy fertiliser, but don’t
overload them with nitrogen. Apply
specific tomato fertiliser that is high
in potash as potassium is essential for
enhancing fruit, flower production, and
the ‘juiciness’ of the fruit.
Tomatoes are a top crop for pots
and containers. Choose something at
least 20 litres or bigger to cope with a
fully mature plant. Full sun and staking
remain necessary. Cherry tomatoes
and dwarf varieties are good options.
Ensure tomato plants are well
watered during dry periods.
For the best flavour, allow tomatoes
to fully ripen on the plant, which can
be a challenge as birds enjoy ripening
tomatoes. Netting and fine mesh will
keep the birds at bay.
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Gardening for the kitchen
Plucking herbs from the garden and adding them straight to food is about as fresh
as you can get – but where do you start if you want to grow your own?
Words Marilyn Wightman
What is in your herb
garden will depend
on the culinary tastes of
There are two groups of
culinary herbs: those that
flavour cooked meals and
those that can be added
fresh to food as a garnish, as
well as to add flavour.
Draw up a list of what is required. A starting point can be all
the familiar herbs used most commonly in cookbooks: start
with herbs such as parsley, chives, rosemary, sage, marjoram
and thyme. Then you can add some other options to
diversify the mix, including basil, rocket, tarragon, chilli, dill,
mint and coriander.
Seeking the sun
Most culinary herbs
prefer as much
sunlight as they can
get. They thrive in hot
and sunny spots so
all day sun is the best,
but it’s often hard to
achieve on a smallsized
section. If your
garden is north-facing
and sunny, you will be
fine. If the light is just
on the eastern side
of the garden, then
as long as it gets all
morning sun things
will be okay.
Herbs gain their fragrance and taste from tiny oil sacs on their
stems, leaves and flowers. Plucking out the top growth and tips
encourages the plant to grow more shoots and leaves, so you
can enjoy even more fresh herbs in your cooking.
Containers allow you to grow herbs where they will capture the
most sun and warmth. Herbs grown in pots absorb heat too,
encouraging good growth. Containers can be moved and sited
in a dedicated area, preferably near the kitchen door for easiest
access when cooking.
The best tip for growing herbs in containers or pots is to plant
just one variety per pot. This allows each herb to absorb all
the nutrients it needs without any competition from another
Container growing is contrived in a way, as the plant isn’t
growing as nature intended. Most slow-release fertilisers work for
a few months or more before the soil needs a boost, so repot
and refresh every year, replanting back into the same container
after a root trim or moving up a pot size as the plant gets bigger.
with Tim Goom
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Andy Ellis: diving into summer with Compass Pools
Andy Ellis: devoted family man, rugby player and Cantabrian.
The former All Black and Crusader is known for his positive
down to earth attitude and zest for outdoor living, so it was no
surprise when he chose to install a Compass pool during the
recent construction of his stunning Fendalton property. He was
so thrilled with the ease of the installation process and the end
result, he was happy to come on board as brand ambassador
for Compass Pools Christchurch, part of the Goom Group. I sat
down with Andy for a quick chat.
You were in Japan playing rugby until recently when
the current pandemic kicked off, it must have been
surreal deciding whether to stay or return home?
One minute I was captaining my team, the Kobelco Steelers,
during my farewell season - the next I was on a plane back to
Christchurch to join my family after the competition was shut
down by Covid. With all the enforced home time that came
with the lockdown, I was incredibly grateful to have our pool.
It provided hours of entertainment for the kids and kept us all
active. I missed seeing family and friends but having our pool
made it more of a holiday than a prison sentence.
We were lucky that we had such warm weather
during lockdown - what has been happening with
your pool since temperatures dropped?
During the cooler months, I consider our pool the ultimate winter
water feature. Because Compass pools self-clean, there is no need
to have an unsightly pool cover keeping out leaves and debris.
Our pool is perfectly
situated close to our
indoor living. During the
day, the reflections dance
off the water, and in the
evening with the lights
on the pool it becomes a
pretty impressive focal
point. Day or night, looking
out onto the crystal-clear
water is soothing. We
had a spa pool installed
by Compass adjoining
our pool. The spa gets
lots of use when it’s
colder, we love to relax
in the warmth on a crisp
Christchurch evening and
it’s the perfect way for
the kids to unwind before
bed. My wife Emma and
I have also been known
to use our pool for a bit
of homegrown cold-water therapy! As a rugby player, I’ve
experienced how an ice bath reduces inflammation after
a game - but we’ve also read it can boost immunity and
circulation. It’s also highly entertaining for the kids to see
Mum and Dad gasping in shock during a quick plunge in the
unheated pool - needless to say, we climb back into the spa
What is next for you?
I’m kept pretty busy with a number of business interests
I’m involved in. My continuing passion for rugby may see
the family and I on our way to New York shortly for a few
months to get involved with a rugby team there - which is an
incredible opportunity. Like everyone else, I’m aware of the
need to be adaptable in these uncertain times. If Covid forces
a change in plans, I can’t complain about a summer relaxing
around my pool! With warmer weather coming, flicking the
switch on the heat pump isn’t too far away. There are many
benefits to a Compass pool, but for me the best thing about
Compass pools is the unique Vantage self-cleaning system.
I spend my time enjoying my pool not cleaning it. The friendly
team at Compass are fantastic to deal with - if you want to
talk pools, give them a call.
Call Deacon to arrange a consultation - 03 343 3040
52 Style | Fashion
Before you splurge on the latest spring sensations, stylist Sara Faull
has six tips for you to consider first.
ANALYSE YOUR WARDROBE
Not analysing your
heading to the boutiques
is like not writing a
grocery list before you go
Yes, those new season
dresses may be as
tempting as a Pinky bar
in the confectionery aisle,
but in the same way you
can’t make a healthy meal
out of a marshmallow
treat, a wardrobe full of
dresses can’t effectively
earn its keep.
1. Before you even touch a hanger,
allow some time with pen and
paper. Partition the time you
spend at each activity in your life
and really think about whether
you have the appropriate clothes
in the right amounts for your
real life, or whether you need to
address the balance. Do you have
a large amount of sparkly goingout
tops but yet you only go out
once a month?
2. Now, either take all your clothes
out, or systematically work
through the hangers and drawers.
Look at the clothes you really
like and ask why. You may find
that not only do they suit your
body shape and colouring, they
also reflect your lifestyle and your
3. Next, address those that you
don’t wear often. Why don’t you
wear them? If they don’t suit your
shape, your face, your personality
or your lifestyle, it is time to ditch
4. Assess whether you have enough
investment pieces. The timeless
staples of a classic jacket, white
shirt, straight-legged pant, trench
coat and jeans are the best
ingredients because they allow
you to effortlessly mix and match.
5. Garments should span the
seasons. Layering up or down
is the key. A stylish dress that
works with a merino cardigan
and coat plus tights and boots
on cold days, may only need a
denim jacket and ankle boot for
spring, and nothing but a sandal
in the heat.
6. Don’t underestimate the crosspollination
of modern styling.
The days of off-duty-denim and
dresses-for-dress-ups are long
gone. We expect to get dressed
once and have our clothes
collude with our busy lives. Shoes
and accessories are key. Dresses
or jeans with flats/sneakers by
day turn into party-perfect pieces
when paired with heels.
So, write a list of investment pieces or missing linking/layering elements.
The challenge is for your wardrobe to reflect the authentic
you and your real life, rather than current fashions.
When you do this, you will awaken the full potential of
your wardrobe and save money to boot.
Shoes effortlessly transition an outfit from day into night. Swap out a casual shoe, like Miss Wilson by Kathryn Wilson’s Candy Trainer (top centre, $299), Kathryn
Wilson’s Sienna Trainer (bottom centre, $369) or La Tribe’s Studded Sandal (right, $319.90), for high heels like these Kathryn Wilson Deanna Sandals (left, $320).
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A stylish dress can be interchangeable
with the seasons through use
of shoes, jackets and accessories.
Kathleen Frock, $412, CHARMAINE REVELEY
Minson Blazer $749, HARRIS TAPPER
Timeless staples like this
Beau Shirt by Juliette Hogan
($499) and Harris Tapper’s
Minson Blazer ($749) are
worth investing in.
Beau Shirt $499, JULIETTE HOGAN
The Indiana Dress $250,
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54 Style | Fashion
Emerge and discover something new by embracing florals
in different hues, in forms both structured and free.
ABOVE FROM LEFT: Baum und Pferdgarten; Pertegaz; Zimmermann; Leonard Paris; Victor Virgile
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56 Style | Fashion
Top trends that you won’t want to miss out on this spring.
Pink and cornflower blue give a softer edge,
even when paired with strong silhouettes.
ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT: CHANEL; Suit Trouser $179.90, Double Breasted Jacket, $349.90, WITCHERY; Get ’Em Girl Dress 2.0 $865, MAGGIE MARILYN;
I Want Candy Blazer $449, I Want Candy Trousers $359, STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB; Fern Pinafore $449, JULIETTE HOGAN
And we don’t want to be. A bit
of quirk works, such as teaming
a spring jersey or statement
T-shirt with a light-layer bottom.
Pick Pocket T-Shirt $249,
Cross Town Sweater $350, STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB
Bowie Tiger Tee
The Sweet Pleat Skirt
$599, TRELISE COOPER
ALLEY CAT JUMPER $269, KATE SYLVESTER
Tilt Sweater $327, Washed Mode Slip Dress $297, Washed
Station Pant $397, Convex Bag $697, TAYLOR
Tunics in different colours.
Transparency Jacket $557, Groundwork Tee $89, Belted Transpire
Pant $447, External Pocket Wrap $267, TAYLOR
58 Style | Fashion
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62 Style | Beauty
Tried and tested
The Style team trial the latest beauty products.
Mita GEMTIPS Detangling Brush
I can finally brush my five-year-old’s hair.
With ultra-soft, flexible bristles as pretty as
they are practical, the latest Mita brush truly
does as it promises. The gem shapes at the
end of each bristle are designed to detangle,
as well as deal with dandruff and support
scalp health. Highly recommended!
Weleda Skin Food
This cream has been heavenly during the cold winter
months, a time when dry skin is a very common problem
for me. With natural ingredients like organic sunflower
oil and skin-calming extracts of wild pansy, organic
chamomile, calendula and rosemary, it has been both
soothing and hydrating. A little goes a long way as well!
If used too liberally, I found it didn’t absorb as well and
was a bit heavy (though great if using as a night cream).
In the mornings, it worked best to apply a small amount
all over my face and then add a bit extra to any problem
areas. My skin felt hydrated for the whole day – plus,
Skin Food smells delicious!
“TIME IS A CREATED THING. TO SAY ‘I DON’T HAVE TIME’ IS TO SAY ‘I DON’T WANT TO’” – LAO TZU
Style | Beauty 63
Ardell Nail Addict Premium Artificial
When I put on fake nails, I want two things. One,
to make that fake-nail-tapping sound; and two,
to still be able to go about my daily routine. This
set had a lot of flexibility in the tips, so they failed
on the tapping sound and, being overall a lighter
product, after making my daughter’s bed, they tore
at the ends. Disappointed, I managed to salvage the
situation as I still loved the nail design (Matte Blue)
and wanted to wear them out! I cut the fake nails
to my natural length and off I went.
Each kit contains 24 nails, nail glue, file, a cuticle
stick, and easy-to-follow instructions. I found the
selection of sizings a little limiting, but loved the
‘squoval’ (square/oval) shape tip and was attracted
to the different shades of blue, glitter and design.
In conclusion, these aren’t daily nails, but they’re
a great ‘pop them on before you go out’ option.
Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant
Fresh on the shelves is this five-minute masque that
combines exfoliation and hydration in one clean
sweep, ideally saving you precious time.
The thick aqua-coloured mixture is complete
with slightly darker biodegradable spheres, which
are rubbed into the skin on application. Apply
generously, pop a timer on and go have a cuppa.
A lingering smell of the cucumber extract will
have you conjuring images of vege slices on your
eyes, but there’s no need for that. It’s actually the
snow mushroom doing the hard work, providing
extra moisture, antioxidants and vitamin D.
Bamboo is in charge of the exfoliation, which you
won’t feel until you wash off the masque, when a
fine grittiness becomes noticeable.
It feels luxurious to use and there is no doubt it
leaves the skin silky smooth. Great remedy for a
dehydrating weekend or general pick-me-up.
64 Style | Promotion
The Style team trial the latest
Best aspect? Though taking more time than my
usual cleanse-and-moisturise routine, I felt I had
given my face (and neck) some good quality
loving with these Arbonne products. They all
had earthy aromas that complemented the
range’s vegan ethos.
I wish… my eyes weren’t so sensitive to eye
creams, as this one is so creamy.
Results? My favourite product was the Collagen
Nurturing Serum. You don’t use a lot but it
glided on so smoothly and seemed to refresh
the skin. Overall, my face felt smoother and
more hydrated. If your husband compliments
your glowing skin, it must be working, right?!
Best aspect? The thickness of both the day
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of luxury to the six-product regime. Going
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welcome bit of me-time snuck into the day.
I wish… I had started on such a regime earlier.
Results? I experienced no breakouts with the
change of routine and, while my skin became
dry at times, it seemed to be remedied through
continued use of the range. I enjoyed the glow
the products gave my skin for those nonmakeup
days and looked forward to going
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2. Alcohol-free AgeWell Refreshing Toning Mist with vitamin
3. AgeWell Collagen Nurturing Serum with 2% bakuchiol and
stabilised vitamin C;
4. Ophthalmologist-tested AgeWell Enriching Eye Cream with
caffeine, bakuchiol and stabilised vitamin C;
5. AgeWell Moisture Restoring Cream with 0.5% bakuchiol,
shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil and squalane complex;
6. AgeWell Intense Repairing Night Cream with 2% bakuchiol
and beech tree bud extract.
Best aspect? The products soaked straight into
my skin, leaving no greasy film. I felt like they
were actually working, penetrating the skin, not
wasted by simply sitting on the surface.
I wish… I had tried the day cream option with
SPF15. I’m a sunscreen fanatic and so needed
to pop my sunscreen on top. Mind you, as the
moisturiser melted into my skin so beautifully
I didn’t end up with the usual ‘balling effect’
I have experienced with other brands when
layering them up.
Results? My favourite product was the eye
cream. I have never drunk coffee, but totally
feel like the caffeine ‘woke up’ my eyes
perfectly every morning.
Discover Arbonne’s new new
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Arbonne Arbonne presents presents the AgeWell the AgeWell Trifecta. Trifecta.
Formulated Formulated using a using range a of range unique of unique
ingredients ingredients that work that to work deliver to deliver more more
youthful youthful looking looking skin with skin a with vibrant a vibrant glow. glow.
The trifecta The includes trifecta includes the latest the must-have latest must-have ingredient ingredient
in skincare skincare – a plant-based – a plant-based alternative alternative to retinol to called retinol called
Bakuchiol Bakuchiol (pronounced (pronounced “buh-koo-chee-all”).
Bakuchiol Bakuchiol helps target helps the target look the of wrinkles look of wrinkles and uneven and uneven
skin tone, skin without tone, without retinol’s retinol’s harsh effects. harsh The effects. super The super
ingredient ingredient is better is tolerated better tolerated on skin and on skin is gentle and is gentle
enough enough to be used to be morning used morning and night, and plus night, it is plus derived it is derived
from plants! from plants!
The AgeWell The AgeWell Trifecta Trifecta also includes also includes another another top top
ingredient: ingredient: Vitamin Vitamin C, to help C, support to help support the skin’s the collagen skin’s collagen
by providing by providing moisture. moisture. Completing Completing the AgeWell the AgeWell Trifecta Trifecta
is Arbonne’s is Arbonne’s Sustainable Sustainable Plant Stem Plant Cell Stem Extract, Cell Extract, which which
helps skin helps to look skin more to look vibrant more and vibrant improves and improves firmness. firmness.
For a For powerful a powerful skin skin routine routine follow follow
these these steps: steps:
Use the Use AgeWell the AgeWell Silky Cleanser Silky Cleanser with Vegan with Surfactants
morning morning and night and to night sweep to away sweep impurities away impurities helping helping skin skin
to feel soft, to feel smooth soft, smooth and supple. and supple.
Use the Use AgeWell the AgeWell Refreshing Refreshing Toning Toning Mist with Mist Vitamin with Vitamin B3 B3
morning morning and night. and The night. non-drying, The non-drying, alcohol-free alcohol-free spray spray
instantly instantly refreshes refreshes the skin’s the look skin’s and look feel and by delivering feel by delivering
nourishing nourishing hydration. hydration.
Apply AgeWell Apply AgeWell Collagen Collagen Nurturing Nurturing Serum Serum with 2% with 2%
Bakuchiol Bakuchiol morning morning and night. and This night. silky This concentrated
serum helps serum nurture helps nurture skin and skin reduce and the reduce appearance the appearance of of
3. fine lines fine and lines wrinkles, and wrinkles, helping helping skin appear skin appear even-toned, even-toned,
smooth smooth and firm. and firm.
This harmony This harmony of three of ingredients three ingredients works to works target to visible target visible
signs of signs ageing, of without ageing, without being harsh being on harsh your on skin. your That’s skin. That’s
the power the of power the AgeWell of the AgeWell Trifecta. Trifecta.
The new The AgeWell new AgeWell range from range Arbonne from Arbonne is made is up made of up of
eight gorgeous eight gorgeous products products including including a Silky Cleanser, a Silky Cleanser,
Refreshing Refreshing Toning Mist, Toning Collagen Mist, Collagen Nurturing Nurturing Serum, Serum,
Enriching Enriching Eye Cream, Eye Moisture Cream, Moisture Restoring Restoring Cream, Cream,
Moisture Moisture Restoring Restoring Cream Broad Cream Spectrum Broad Spectrum SPF 15, SPF 15,
Intense Intense Repairing Repairing Night Cream Night and Cream Firming and Firming Neck Cream. Neck Cream.
Gently apply Gently the apply AgeWell the AgeWell Enriching Enriching Eye Cream Eye with Cream with
Caffeine Caffeine + Bakuchiol + Bakuchiol to the eye to the area. eye The area. enriching The enriching
formula formula reduces reduces the appearance the appearance of the key of the signs key of signs ageing of ageing
around around the eye the area eye such area as such puffiness, as puffiness, fine lines, fine wrinkles lines, wrinkles
and dark and circles. dark circles.
Customise Customise your moisturiser your moisturiser for the day. for the day.
Apply the Apply AgeWell the AgeWell Moisture Moisture Restoring Restoring Cream Broad Cream Broad
Spectrum Spectrum SPF 15. SPF This 15. multipurpose This multipurpose formula formula provides provides
critical moisture critical moisture to the skin to the to hydrate, skin to hydrate, smooth smooth and firm and its firm its
appearance appearance while also while protecting also protecting against against UVA / UVB UVA rays. / UVB rays.
Or Apply Or AgeWell Apply AgeWell Moisture Moisture Restoring Restoring Cream with Cream 0.5% with 0.5%
Bakuchiol. Bakuchiol. The go-to, The daily go-to, plant-powered daily plant-powered cream helps cream helps
replenish replenish the skin’s the natural skin’s natural moisture moisture barrier, barrier, leaving leaving it it
feeling soft feeling and soft smooth. and smooth.
Apply AgeWell Apply AgeWell Intense Intense Repairing Repairing Night Cream Night with Cream with
2% Bakuchiol 2% Bakuchiol to enhance to enhance your skin’s your nightly skin’s nightly reparative reparative
cycle with cycle intense with intense moisture, moisture, so you can so you wake-up can wake-up feeling feeling
Enhance Enhance your skin your routine skin routine with the with AgeWell the AgeWell Firming Firming Neck Neck
Cream with Cream 0.5% with Bakuchiol. 0.5% Bakuchiol. By targeting By targeting the appearance the appearance
of wrinkles of wrinkles fragile in skin fragile like skin your like neck, your décolletage neck, décolletage and and
jawline, jawline, the skin the can skin appear can appear redefined redefined as it regains as it regains a a
smoother, smoother, toned and toned youthful and youthful appearance. appearance.
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visit *These ingredients *These ingredients support the support overall the benefits overall when benefits used when as a part used of as the a part complete of the AgeWell complete skincare AgeWell regimen. skincare regimen.
66 Style | Wellbeing
Living with Genitourinary Syndrome
of Menopause can be a painful and
uncomfortable experience, affecting about
half of all women at some point in their
lives. Painful sex, genital dryness, burning,
irritation and recurring urinary tract
infections are among the symptoms.
The good news is that MonaLisa Touch, a
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Syndrome of Menopause, previously known
as vaginal atrophy.
By stimulating the body’s regenerative
processes, MonaLisa Touch works to
create healthy, hydrated cells, improving the
vagina’s health and function.
and treatment for
every stage of a
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What can I expect when I have the MonaLisa Touch treatment?
Each session only takes 10 minutes and there is no downtime required! A course
of treatment requires three to four appointments, staggered one month apart, and
most patients start to notice an improvement after their very first treatment.
Is it painful?
MonaLisa Touch is a quick, pain-free treatment for Genitourinary Syndrome of
Menopause. It uses a laser treatment and has a low risk of side effects.
What changes will I notice?
MonaLisa Touch stimulates the fibroblast cells in the skin to promote the natural
regeneration process. In just 30 days, new tissue regenerates in the vaginal walls.
After the treatment, the natural pH balance of the vaginal mucosa is restored, and
many symptoms will greatly reduce or disappear in 8 out of 10 women.
Will every woman who has gone through menopause get
No. It is estimated that about 50 percent of menopausal and post-menopausal
women will develop symptoms of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause.
Sadly, it can affect women both physically and emotionally, and have an impact
on intimate relationships.
Can Genitourinary Syndrome happen to younger women?
Yes, it can happen to younger women, who have prematurely gone through
menopause. Because it is a non-hormonal treatment, it can be used in conjunction
with or independent of hormone therapy, and is suitable for women who have
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68 Style | Wellbeing
Ready to include a new healthy habit in your day?
Naturopath Deanna Copland has some suggestions, based on
the lifestyles of those who live the longest in the world.
What do areas around the world that have higher concentrations
of centenarians have in common? Well, researchers have
been exploring more into the Blue Zones, where people seem to
live the longest, to find the commonalities. The areas are: Ikaria
(Greece), Okinawa (Japan), the Ogliastra region (Sardinia), Loma Linda
(California) and the Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica).
Of course, not everyone in any given place lives a long life, and no
set of behaviours can guarantee someone will make it past 100. But
healthier communities tend to have healthier people.
Here are some of the things people who live in the Blue Zones have
in common and what we can learn from and perhaps start including in
our own lifestyles.
They have cheap,
easily accessible produce,
and eat plenty of fruits
Their kitchens are set up
so it’s easier to make healthy food,
and meals are usually celebrated
with friends and family.
They have plant-based
diets, often high
in complex carbohydrates
and beans. This is
New Zealand has one
of the highest
red meat intakes
and also one of the
highest bowel cancer
rates in the world.
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They don’t overeat.
Okinawans say, “Hara hachi
bu,” which means “Belly
80 per cent full.”
Maintaining a healthy
weight is paramount
to good health.
They drink four to five cups of
green tea a day. This is the go-to
drink for those in Okinawa and
also for the people of Bama,
China, who also live
for a long time.
They walk more places,
often because their
They don’t lead
sedentary lives. They do
regular movement for
about 20 minutes a day.
in pleasurable, productive
activities has been associated
with lower levels of
C-Reactive Protein (CRP),
an inflammatory marker
in the body. Volunteering,
especially in older age,
is thought to be
They do tasks that could be
done with a machine
by hand, like chopping wood,
gardening and cleaning.
There is a sense
Close family networks
or a sense of
belonging in a group
has been shown
to improve mental
isolation has been
shown to do the
opposite, as well
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Pair it with some of these
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best when made with 80°C
water, not boiling water,
which destroys some of the
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8 medjool dates, pitted
¼ cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder), plus extra for rolling
1 vanilla pod, split and scraped (or a dash of vanilla extract)
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
pinch of salt flakes
1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until
well combined and starting to stick together.
2. Using damp hands, roll the mixture into balls then
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72 Style | Drink
Busting out the botanicals
Give your senses a wake-up call with gins
known for their flower power.
Words Kate Preece
Mother Earth approved
From a family farm on the Kapiti Coast comes the key ingredient
that will see a fresh flavour in your liquor cabinet. Kawakawa has
long been a plant praised for its medicinal properties, which surely
means you can only feel better from having it infused in a gin, right?
The Bond Store Kawakawa Gin smells earthy, has a clean finish,
without a lingering aftertaste, and is a rather refreshing number
overall. My fellow tasters described it as a trip through nature. It’s
also incredibly reasonable on price point (around $40), so there’s
little reason not to give this one a whirl.
‘Botanicals’ is the buzzword
you’ll hear as soon as you
step into the world of gin.
This is because gin starts its
life as a neutral white spirit,
which is then flavoured with
an array of tasty herbs and
spices. There will always be
juniper berries, as this is
what defines gin (a three-letter
term itself derived from
French and Dutch names for
juniper), but don’t be surprised
to find kitchen spices
and native plants in your
next favourite drink.
West Coast in a bottle
There’s a lovely story behind this Reefton number, but I’ll leave
you to discover that one for yourself. Let me instead guide your
senses around a glass of Little Biddy. For me, it was the liquorice
and cardamom that leapt out of the open bottle first. Then, with a
sip, you will wander through the other Kiwi natives (horopito, rimu
and tarata, to name but a few) and experience the spiced citrus
as the grand finale. In short, if botanicals and citrus are your thing,
you’ll be in there like swimwear.
Less is more
This is a crowd-pleaser. From the Bay of Islands, the rather
unassuming Black Collar Gin quickly makes its mark and demands
a refill. It’s not heavy-handed with the botanicals, but its choice
of coriander, liquorice and marshmallow do good things with the
juniper. This is one I’ll buy again.
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It’s not that I could distinguish the wild gorse flowers from the
other 15 botanicals (including lavender, bay leaf, basil, verbena,
nutmeg and ginger), but it’s wrapped up in lashings of spice and a
side of citrus, cued by the black lemon (aka dried lime). I enjoyed
every drop. It’s another one to serve nice and strong, to appreciate
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74 Style | Food
There are some quintessentially Kiwi slices that most people have grown up with.
But that doesn’t mean they can’t be made a bit
differently to cater to a range of preferences.
Fudge Cake Slice
Words Shelley Robinson
One of my first memories of baking is standing
on a stool over the sink, crushing biscuits by
hand in a blue plastic bowl with my sister next to
me doing the same in hers. Though your fingers
were rubbed red by the end, you knew the reward
– a tasty treat in your lunchbox – was worth it.
These days, of course, you can use a blender to
blitz up the biscuits. Don’t reduce them to crumbs
though; leave a good amount of medium-sized
pieces, because that’s what makes this slice extra
This is one of those recipes many Kiwi
households have grown up with. Our editor Kate
Preece remembers both her mum and nana making
their own versions of this family favourite.
So, straight from the worn covers of our
mothers’ handwritten cookbooks, we bring to you
this classic slice.
2–3 Tbsp cocoa
2 packets wine biscuits (500g), crushed
1 cup sultanas (optional)
1. On a low temperature, melt the butter, sugar and
cocoa in a saucepan.
2. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
3. Add in two beaten eggs and mix thoroughly.
4. Add in the crushed wine biscuits (and sultanas)
and mix until well combined.
5. Press into a greased sponge roll tin.
6. Leave to set in the fridge and cut into squares.
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Healthier Chocolate and Berry Brownie
Words Nadia Lim
Got no flour, but got a can of
beans? Well, you can still treat
yourself to a chocolate brownie. The
beans act as the starch that helps
bind the brownie together, and it
makes it extra moist and fudgey.
125g butter or coconut oil
½ cup brown or white sugar
250g good quality dark (60–75%) chocolate, chopped
2 x 400g cans black beans or kidney beans (rinsed and drained well)
2 tsp baking powder
a handful of berries or nuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 150°C. Line a 20cm x 20cm (or similar size)
square tin or baking dish with baking paper.
2. Place butter/coconut oil, sugar and chocolate in a medium pot
and heat gently, stirring frequently, until chocolate has melted.
Allow to cool slightly.
3. Transfer to a food processor or blender and add eggs, beans
and baking powder. Blend until smooth and well combined
(scrape down the sides as necessary).
4. Pour mixture into prepared tin and scatter with berries or nuts
(if using). Bake for 20–25 minutes (20 minutes if you like a
fudgey brownie, 25 minutes if you like it firmer).
5. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes to allow to set slightly. Eat at
room temperature or cold. The brownies will keep in an airtight
container in the fridge for up to a week, or they can be frozen.
76 Style | Food
Words Paul Ouakli
had never heard of Ginger
I Crunch until I came to
New Zealand, but I soon
discovered just how sacred
this neat wee slice is to Kiwis.
It was also one of the first
things people asked me to
create when I started doing
keto recipes and products.
The topping can be a bit
controversial. Those with a
sweet tooth like to pile it on,
whereas others like it thinner,
with a thicker base. But, like
all cooking, simply adapt it to
suit your tastes.
How you treat the topping
is the difference between
a good ginger slice and an
exceptional one. You are
almost creating a caramel
with the topping, so patience
is required. Nurse it on the
stove, stirring constantly until
it becomes thick and glossy.
½ cup sugar
1½ cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
(half the amounts if
you want less)
2¼ cup icing sugar
6 Tbsp golden syrup
1½–2 Tbsp ground
on how strong you
1. Preheat oven to 190°C and line a slice pan with
2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
3. Mix in flour, baking powder and ground ginger
until thoroughly mixed.
4. Press into a slice tin about 20cm in size. You can
use a wet teaspoon to help spread it and neaten
5. Put in the oven and cook for about 10–12
minutes, until it is golden brown.
6. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes to allow it to
7. Put all ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat
8. Once it has blended and is thick and glossy,
remove from heat.
9. Add to the base while the topping is still warm.
(The base can be warm, but not hot.)
10. Refrigerate and cut into squares when set. Eat at
room temperature or cold. It’ll keep in an airtight
container in the fridge for up to a week, or it can
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Keto Ginger Crunch
110g butter, melted
2 cups ground almonds
½ cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp erythritol (or your keto-friendly
sweetener of choice)
1 tsp ground ginger
pinch of salt
1 cup erythritol (or your keto-friendly
sweetener of choice)
1½–2 Tbsp ground ginger
¾ cup cream
1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a slice pan
with baking paper.
2. Mix all base ingredients in a bowl to make a
3. Press the base into the slice pan, using a wet
teaspoon to help spread it and smooth the
4. Put in the oven and cook for 10–12 minutes or
until it is golden brown.
5. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes to allow it to
6. Over a gentle heat, melt butter and add
erythritol (or your chosen sweetener), stirring for
about 3 minutes until it starts to froth.
7. Add ginger and cream and bring to the boil,
continuing to stir.
8. Simmer for 10–15 minutes until it has thickened.
It will be ready when it coats and stays on the
surface of a spoon.
9. Pour onto the base while the topping is still
10. Refrigerate until set and cut into squares.
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A tour of great taste
The South Island is the drinks destination you didn’t know existed… until now.
Words Lucy Evans
The South Island spirits scene is constantly changing
with bucket list distilleries and breweries popping up
throughout small towns everywhere. Discover the best
of the best, while supporting local businesses and creative
start-ups, on a five day tour, flying around the South Island,
departing from Auckland
Blenheim, the home of great wine and cider, right? Now
add gin. Like the wine of the region, the gin is delicious and
world-class. Enjoy a tasting and tour at Elemental Distillers.
The Roots Dry Gin is worth the visit in itself, as is their
range of Elemental Bitters.
With flavours including grapefruit and hops, coffee
and pimento, and blackberry and balsamic, don’t expect
your normal gin cocktail. Tanked on the world stage for
a reason, their bitters have received awards at the Los
Angeles International Spirits Competition in 2018 and the
London Spirits Competition in 2019.
West Coast: Monteith’s Brewery & The
Reefton Distilling Co.
What happens when creative West Coasters get together?
Some delicious great tasting drinks!
After flying from Blenheim to Hokitika, refresh the palate
with a cold beer and a West Coast lunch at the Monteith’s
Brewery. Monteith’s has been brewing its family of fine
beers and ciders for near on 150 years, staying true to
the authentic process and recipes of the classic styles they
Inland from Greymouth is the small town of Reefton.
Explore a curious mix of funky antique shops, art galleries,
a museum to celebrate light and, our favourite little place,
the Reefton Distilling Co. The distillery is housed in one of
Reefton’s original buildings which has been carefully restored
to accommodate the working distillery and tasting bar.
The team will provide you with a truly unique West Coast
experience as they share the story behind the crafting of
their botanical gins, seasonal fruit liqueurs and vodka.
Wānaka: The Cardrona Distillery
Is there a better way to get to your next distillery than by
flying through the Southern Alps? We think not!
Within the Cardrona Valley, discover the famous Source
gin created by a family owned boutique. The Cardrona
Distillery has a reputation for premium artisanal spirits.
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ABOVE: Blenheim’s Elemental Distillers home base; Shane Thrower and ‘George’ (1800L copper pot still) at the Reefton
Distilling Co.; The Cardrona Distillery.
80 Style | Travel
What a hike
Feel like it’s time you headed for the hills? Kate Preece proves a day walk
is within reach for even the most sedentary among us.
ABOVE: Woolshed Creek Hut. Photo: Tomas Sobek Photography
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Somewhere between Covid-19 outbreaks
came a time a five-hour Mt Somers walk
sounded like a good idea.
The WhatsApp group was duly formed and
the instructions shared. Six great girlfriends, who
normally convened for gin, would start walking
at 10am, equipped with a packed lunch, drink
bottle, extra layers and toilet roll, and be back
at the cars by 4pm at the latest. What could
possibly go wrong?
I am not a hiker. Had it not been for
lockdown, I would not have classed myself as
much of a walker either. However, my friend
Eila had recently walked the Mt Somers Track to
Woolshed Creek Hut, retracing steps from when
she was young and, while there were a couple of
uphill bits, she said the two-and-a-half-hour walk
to the hut wouldn’t be beyond us.
In fact, the return walk from the Jig Road car
park (10km from the Mt Somers township)
to the hut is described by the Department of
Conservation as suitable for children. And we
did meet a family along the way. We thought
they were crazy (we had left ours behind), but
it certainly motivated us to keep moving. The
thought of being overtaken by toddlers was
With sweeping views of Ashburton Gorge and
Alford Forest and an ever-changing landscape as
we crossed through both open country and rich
forest, the vista was impressive. Time seemed
to fly by as the chatter carried on down the
line, which was mostly single file but switching
in order, as different members of our newbie
walking party paused for a drink or to simply soak
in the surroundings.
The highest point gave us a clear view down to
the hut, our lunch spot, as a cheeky snowball flew
through the air.
Impressed by the standard of the hut
(complete with 26 bunks) and its amenities
(clean long drops), we unpacked our various
lunches – from borrowed children’s lunchboxes
– and watched as two, more serious-looking
hikers with poles and packs, emerged from the
It wasn’t the first time the two Brazilians had
been to this hut, and they were soon keenly
sharing photos of our surroundings coated with
last winter’s snow. They had walked in from
the Staveley car park, past the other shared
accommodation option, the Pinnacles Hut.
It was in that direction a swing bridge
beckoned. We packed up and rock-hopped
across the narrow creek to see it up close.
Before reaching it, a couple emerged. They had
followed an alternative trail that also led back to
our starting point.
“It’s a steep uphill climb for the first hour, but
then it’s flat,” he said. The pair looked about
as prepared as we were and what would be
downhill for us sounded easy enough, so we
decided to follow in their footsteps instead of
backtracking on ours.
We crossed the single-person swing bridge
spanning a spectacular gorge, high enough to give
some the jitters.
The Brazilian friends caught us up, concern on
“Make sure you turn off at the bus stop.”
Confident in what had so far been a very
well-marked, well-trodden track, we nodded our
heads and brushed off the peculiarity of what
they had said.
The other hikers had mentioned a waterfall
detour that was well worth taking and it was due
to this golden insider information we chanced
upon Mother Nature in all her glory.
The water ran thick and fast in relentless
cascades, blocking our ears with its roar. Blasts of
polar-cold air came at us in waves and the spray
of water bouncing off the rock face was a source
of new energy. It was the highlight of my day
and the type of city contrast that makes such an
adventure all the more fulfilling.
We continued up and up. Our most intense
and longest climb, it was 500m to an 1143m
pinnacle along the Mt Somers Track’s south face.
Between pauses to ease searing legs, we were
acutely aware we still needed to find a ‘bus stop’.
Not a turn-off at all, the ‘bus stop’ proved to
be a rocky overhang (thanks Google), a steady
trail of fluorescent markers dotting the way to it
across the steep mountainside and beyond.
It became a little less glamorous as the
kilometres wore on. The eventual plateau proved
uninspiring, its flatness just flat – no comparison
to the dramatic landscapes we had scaled, from
rocky steps that required both hands and feet to
keep steady to winding trails through cold beech
forest scented by honeydew.
The last hour down the Rhyolite Ridge Track
taught us downhill could be as taxing as uphill
and it was suddenly every woman for herself.
But, we made it.
Back at our friend’s home in Glentunnel, we
sat on the floor, in various yoga positions, flicking
through photos of what we had achieved. We
felt like champions.
As we sipped on our gins, I realised just how
much ground we’d covered – and not just
literally. On a walk such as this, you’re seldom
out of breath and always with a friend nearby.
It was such a good way to have a decent catchup,
we had the chance to cover more topics
than our busy lifestyles would normally allow.
We now know what’s out there and are keen
to repeat the experience, somewhere new,
sometime soon. With this challenge under our
belts, we can do anything.
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The swing bridge that prompted a change of plans. Photo: Tomas Sobek Photography; Kate in her happy place – the
memorable hidden waterfall. Photo: Catherine Ericson; Tussock-clad hillside made spectacular by the snow-topped mountain range. Photo: Catherine Ericson;
The river crossed. Photo: Catherine Ericson; The group en route with the Canterbury Plains in the distance. Photo: Catherine Ericson
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• Don’t make significant deviations from your
planned path. We followed known Department of
Conservation routes. It is important for people at
home to know what you are doing, and when you
are expected home.
• Do your research. Forewarned is forearmed! Be
aware of the track’s skill level and approximate
• Take a map. Technology won’t necessarily be
available when you need it.
• Know what the weather is expected to do. We
would not have been smiling if we had to complete
the last few hours in the rain.
• Carry a First-Aid kit within your group.
• Take more water than you think you’ll need. Yes,
it will add to the weight of your daypack, but you
need at least two drink bottles.
• Snacks are good. Sustenance will get you through
that last hour, when your legs are over it. A bit of
chocolate will lift your spirits.
Lessons from a first-timer
• Layers are important. During our walk, I went down
to a singlet at one point; full hat, jacket and gloves at
• Footwear is important too. You don’t have to spend
a lot, but make sure the shoe is up to the task. A
trail or hiking shoe will be rigid, with extra ankle
support should you want it, and is designed for
this purpose. A trail running shoe will have more
flexibility and could see you walking off-road, rather
than just up the mountainside.
• Be prepared for the wet. We ended up crossing a
small creek, with most taking off their shoes to do
so. A small towel would have been handy.
• Throw in toilet paper and hand sanitiser. We had
toilets everywhere we went, but I could’ve done
with the hand sanitiser for a quick wash when the
taps didn’t run at the hut.
• Find yourself an easy track and just get out there and
do it. If the toddlers can do it, so can you! You will
feel much better for it.
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Experience the adventure and the romance of steam train travel.
ABOVE: Experience the Ab608 Passchendaele steam train, Moeraki Boulders, Milford Sound, Larnach Castle and more!
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Step aboard and straight into a bygone era,
all while exploring South Island’s majestic
ODT Journeys together with Pounamu
Tourism Group have created something quite
special to help us explore the beauty between
Christchurch and Invercargill, all while taking an
epic heritage steam train journey.
There are tour options from seven- to13-
day options, which take place in April.
13-Day Tour departing
The journey through postcard-perfect vistas
and dramatic scenery begins from Christchurch
via Arthur’s Pass on the TranzAlpine. The
transverse starts inland along the West Coast
on luxury coaches to explore the wonders of
Queenstown, Milford Sound and Te Anau.
At Invercargill, you will meet the star of the
show; the historic World War 1 memorial
steam locomotive Ab608 Passchendaele,
named honour of New Zealand’s fallen
soldiers at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.
Passchendaele is a “living, breathing, working
monument” to railway heritage and is quite
something to behold when it is thundering
down the track under full steam, says Pounamu
Tourism Group director Paul Jackson.
Travelling in the comfort of its vintage
carriers and a lounge car, the train explores
the length of the South Island: Invercargill to
Dunedin, amaru, Christchurch, Kaik ura and
The guided tour is escorted by a fleet of
luxury coaches that provide seamless transfers
from the train to the hotel each evening.
Franz Josef Hot Pools; Walter Peak Homestead
visit; Arrowtown Lakes District Museum;
Bill Richardson Transport World; OCHO
chocolate factory tour; Moeraki Boulders;
up close with Blue Penguins and takah ; TSS
Earnslaw visit followed by homestead dinner at
Walter Peak; high tea and garden tour
at Larnach Castle; seal colony guided walk
in Kaik ura.
Food and accommodation
Accommodation of at least 4-star rated
properties. Cooked breakfasts and sumptuous
dinners including: dinners at Walter Peak
Homestead and Wither Hills in Blenheim;
lunches at Tuatapere, Southland and at The
Store, Kekerengu; and high tea at Larnach
Castle. A fleet of luxury coaches will escort
the train throughout the journey, providing
seamless transfers to your accommodation
13-day tour departing Christchurch 24 April, 2021; 10-day tour departing Christchurch (return)
24 April, 2021; 7-day tour departing Invercargill 30 April, 2021.
journeys.odt.nz or 03 974 1812
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What to watch
A nostalgic look to the past plus a bit of light viewing
fits the bill for this month.
High Score (Netflix)
If you’d like to inspire the gamers in your household
to stare at something a little more educational on
their screens, Netflix’s docuseries High Score may
be just the ticket.
Industry veterans behind famous retro classics
such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders share the
experiences, inspirations and hardships encountered
as they laid the foundations for all that was to follow.
Although it is, perhaps, not quite as comprehensive
as it could be, the series is a fun nostalgia-trip, and
the pixel-art animations that help to tell its stories
are a nice touch.
Even if you don’t know your Italian plumbers
from your blue hedgehogs, High Score is a fascinating
insight into the origins of the video-game industry
and the legacy that continues to inspire today.
Love Life (TVNZ)
I admit I first tuned into romantic comedy series Love Life simply because
Anna Kendrick is the lead (and executive producer). However, ‘Darby Carter’
has pulling power all of her own.
Each episode opens with a rather lovely narration in the dulcet British tones
of Lesley Manville. The scene is set and we launch into the latest of Darby’s
It’s not a string of love affairs gone wrong, nor is it wholly predictable or
overcooked. Instead it travels through the significant moments of a woman
navigating through her twenties, from first love to all the learnings that come
It nearly lost me around episode seven, when it steps into familiar and friend
relationships, but I still consumed the relatable 10-episode series at pace.
A second series has been confirmed, though, true to its anthology series
genre, not with Darby as the lead character. It will be very interesting to see
whose journey will be exposed next.
RIGHT: Anna Kendrick plays Darby Carter in Love Life, a
series that avoids being too “predictable or overcooked”.
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With the school holidays upon us, bedtimes are suddenly less important and popcorn is welcomed.
So, what could you actually sit through with the kids?
The Greatest Showman (Disney+)
How To Train Your Dragon series (Netflix)
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji:
The Next Level (Neon)
Any of the latest Star Wars films (Disney+)
Any Marvel film (Disney+)
Classics to share
Forrest Gump (Netflix)
The Princess Bride (Disney+)
Back to the Future (Netflix)
Edward Scissorhands (Disney+)
Jurassic Park series (Google Play)
Indiana Jones series (Google Play)
Anything by Pixar: Up, Inside Out, Wall-E (Disney+)
Crazy Delicious (Netflix). A cooking reality TV series
that pushes contestants to create the opposite of
what you see – like a watermelon ‘ham’. Features Heston
Blumenthal as one of the judging panel of ‘food gods’.
Mythbusters Jr (TVNZ). Adam Savage returns to guide a
team of clever kids (12–15) through some seriously cool
experiments. Can a single domino create a chain reaction
powerful enough to crush a car?
Australian Ninja Warrior (ThreeNow). Crowd favourites like
Olivia Vivian and Ashlin ‘Flashlin’ Herbert will have you on
the edge of your seat as real-life super stars try their
hardest to complete the impossible. Better still, the little
guys have a winning chance!
Magic for Humans (Netflix). Mind-blowing magic and
comedy combine as hilarious magician Justin Willman
baffles and amazes unsuspecting onlookers with his
incredible illusions and belly-laugh-inducing humour.
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The book nook
A place to discover what deserves a spot in your TBR pile.
The Silence of Snow (NZ)
(Penguin Random House, $36)
After a routine procedure goes wrong, anaesthetic fellow Rory McBride is plagued
with anxiety and flashbacks and begins to treat his hidden inner pain with sedatives
and painkillers. He forms a bond with first-year doctor Jodi Waterstone who is
barely surviving the long hours and impossible workload at the hospital.
Merriman presents a wincingly real portrayal of the inner turmoil and voice of
someone who knows they’re descending into darkness as they grapple to maintain
a ruse of normality. Crafted beautifully alongside the development of a new
relationship, with all its heady wonder, readers will be swept into a book that shows
how we use masks to hide what we fear people will struggle to love – because we
see them as our greatest shame. And it also makes you start to grapple with the – at
times horrendous – burden and workload those in our medical professions can face.
– Shelley Robinson
The Smallest Lights in the Universe
The darkest night can be illuminated by a myriad of shining stars, a reminder of the
sheer enormity of the universe around us. MIT astrophysicist Sara Seager – whose
career has been built on scanning the sky for signs of life – had never felt alone in the
universe, but the certainty of her work was spun into chaos when her husband died.
This artful memoir explores Sara’s grief through the prism of her research, her
relationships with others and her relationship with herself. As she grapples with her
loss – armed only with her husband’s thoughtfully compiled ‘Guide to Life on Earth’
to help solve such mysteries as how to run a home or find a plumber – she finds
comfort in an unexpected support network: the Widows of Concord. Sara balances
her story by revealing the progress of her research alongside the process of her grief
unfolding. Her personal and professional achievements – from fixing a light fitting to
securing a ‘genius’ grant – carry her towards an unexpected encounter that offers a
glimmer of hope for the future.
You don’t need a degree in astrophysics to appreciate Sara’s pursuit of novel ways
to view and understand the universe – and the people within it. It is a journey well
– Kerry Laundon
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(Penguin Random House,
Eliza Miller grew up as the only daughter of a
troubled young mother, but with two watchful
godmothers, Olivia and Maxie, she always
felt loved and secure – until just before her
eighteenth birthday, when a tragic event changed
her life. Thirteen years on, Eliza is deliberately
living as safely as possible, avoiding relationships
and working hard. Out of the blue, an enticing
invitation from one of her godmothers prompts
a leap into the unknown. Eliza begins to blossom
and is ready to explore her past, including
solving the biggest mystery – who is her father?
The Mystery Woman
(Harper Collins, $35)
Fleeing from scandal in Sydney, new postmistress Rebecca
Wood thought Shipwreck Bay was a sleepy remote town in
which people were bored senseless with their little lives. But
its virtuous facade hides something darker and Rebecca is
confronted by a disturbing discovery. Her hopes for a quiet life
are soon threatened by the attentions of a dashing doctor, as
well as the watchful eyes of the town gossips.
Remote Sympathy (NZ)
(Victoria University Press, $35)
Moving away from their lovely apartment in Munich isn’t
nearly as wrenching an experience for Frau Greta Hahn
as she had feared. Her husband takes up a position as an
administrator at the work camp that lies just beyond the
nearby forest. Life in Buchenwald appears to be idyllic.
When Frau Hahn is forced into an unlikely alliance with
one of Buchenwald’s prisoners, Dr Lenard Weber, her naïve
obtuseness about what is going on around her is challenged.
Raymond Huber & Sandra
Severgnini (foreword by Dr
(Exisle Publishing, $34.99)
Tree Beings takes a fresh look at trees – not as
silent statues but as beings that enrich the whole
planet. Readers get to know trees through the
inspiring true stories of people who love trees
(scientists, protesters, planters): a scientist who
discovered how trees ‘talk’; a boy who mobilised
children to fight climate change; a young woman
with the world record for living up a tree; the
first brave tree-hugging women; and a man
responsible for trillions of tree-plantings.
The Meaning of Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey with Michaela Angela Davis
Award-winning singer Mariah Carey’s story is an improbable
and inspiring journey of survival and resilience as she struggles
through complex issues of race, identity, class, childhood and
family trauma during her meteoric rise to music superstardom.
Carey walks through her battles with gender and power
dynamics, emotional abuse, public embarrassments, personal
failures, and phenomenal victories.
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Win with Style
Every month, Style sources a range of exceptional prizes to give away.
It’s easy to enter, simply go to www.style.kiwi and fill in your details on the
‘Win With Style’ page. Entries close October 22.
GIVE IT A TRY
Discover the performance-driven trio of bakuchiol
(a vegan alternative to retinol), stabilised vitamin C
and plant stem cells with the Arbonne AgeWell range.
Individually, the ingredients are powerful, but together
in one regimen, the trio delivers a potent boost to your
skincare routine, enabling this recently released range
to reduce the look of wrinkles and visibly firm skin. We
have one six-product set (the same as trialled by the
Style team on page 64), valued at $469, for you to try.
MAKE TIME FOR TEA
With T Ani tea founder Annette Eggers now based in
Christchurch, we thought you’d enjoy a cuppa. Packaged
in compostable 20g packs, all teas are 100% organic or
harvested from the wild in New Zealand. We have one
Kotahi gift pack, valued at $70, which will introduce you
to five T Ani organic and wild crafted teas. tiani.co.nz
GIFT FOR YOU
Love From You is a new wellbeing and self-care
subscription box filled with self-care treats. Every product
is carefully sourced from local New Zealand businesses.
We have the $69.99 November/December box, filled
with full-sized products valued at more than $120, to
give away. lovefromyoubox.co.nz
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DALTON’S PRIZE PACK: Joanne Rodger,
Kevin Rait, Trish Allen
JOANNA SALMOND BRACELET: Judy Gillan
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may enter all giveaways. If you are selected as a winner,
your name will be published in the following month’s
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for Star Media to send further correspondence, which you
can opt out of at any stage.
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