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At home in WĀnaka
Geared to snow
The Kingswood skis story
Means for extraction
The Crywolf collection is a favourite for the kids this season!
With their gumboots, fully adjustable Rain Overalls and jackets - made using recycled materials and
waterproof to keep little ones dry. Babynosie is home to the original wooden percussion toys since 2017.
Creative play for your little ones or beautiful wooden décor display items.
Make sure you out
in your pre order
for the HUFFER
that can easily
be mixed and
and used in the
or anywhere that
needs that touch
The Gingham Pleat Skirt
in a Lime Gingham print,
by The Others is based off the
all time favourite sunray
pleat skirt featuring a self ruffle
at the waist over a contrast
ribbed inset elastic waistband
and a contrast waist tie.
Sollos is an artisan homewares and
gift store, featuring ethically-sourced
products from Aotearoa New Zealand
and beyond – now moved from The
Welder to The Colombo, celebrating the
beautiful and useful. Adjoining the shop,
the working artisan studio hosts creative
workshops and classes, perfect for
individuals or groups.
New sale Items at
ISSIMO from brands
like New Balance,
LK Bennett, Mara
Saben, SKA, Ivy Lee
Woden, Dr Martens,
Thomas Pakenham is an
Anglo-Irish historian and
arborist who has published
many books on diverse
subjects, including trees. In
Meetings with Remarkable
Trees he divides his
selection into fascinating
five groupings that hint at
the joys to be had: Natives,
Travellers, Shrines, Fantasies
A tailored leg
with a subtle
flare towards the
hem. This pant
works with all of
and jackets and
teams with the
Martini top for
a jumpsuit look.
It suits all figure
types but especially
loves pear shapes.
AcAdemy Gold cinemA
My plan was to die before the money ran out,” says
60-year-old penniless Manhattan socialite Frances
Price (Michelle Pfeiffer), but things didn’t go as
planned. Her husband Franklin has been dead for 12
years and with his vast inheritance gone, she cashes
in the last of her possessions and resolves to live
out her twilight days anonymously in a borrowed
apartment in Paris, accompanied by her directionless
son Malcolm (Lucas Hedges) and a cat named Small
Frank—who may or may not embody the spirit of
Frances’s dead husband.
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WANT STYLE DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR LETTERBOX?
There is a chill in the air and the trees are freely rubbing
shoulders in a manner far removed from our Covidaltered
instincts. There are school holidays on the horizon and
whether that means Easter hunts at home or roadies extended
by Mondayised reflections, a break in normality is on April’s
cards – and we’ve got your back.
You don’t have to be a parent to be affected by the school
holidays, nor do you need children to be the ‘excuse’ for a
little indulgence of the chocolate kind. The traffic will be easier
or more congested, depending on where you point your
wheels, and the chocolate wrappers will add a glitter garnish to
your wheelie bin. (For naturopath Deanna Copland’s advice on
healthy moderation, see page 56.)
For those with little ones, we have roads trip they will
love – filled with wildlife and sandy beaches (p. 68). There’s a
recipe (p. 60) and a book (p. 64) that already have stamps of
approval from a couple of tweens, too.
Those hanging out for the long weekends can finesse their
Wānaka itinerary (p. 21) or check whether their ski gear needs
an update ahead of the 2021 season. If you’re anything like
Alex Herbert, it’s bespoke fat skis all the way (p. 17).
Perhaps you’ll finally order that new rangehood (p. 41) or
luxuriate in the discovery of the new season’s fashions to put
the cosy in the cool (p. 54). Heck, you might even find a new
favourite drink (p. 62).
However your mid-autumn plans play out, we hope you
enjoy some rest and relaxation with Style.
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A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART HOME FOR CMG MOTORCYCLES
Next time you’re out for a ride, come by
and check out the newly reopened and purpose
built showroom and service centre for
CMG Motorcycles; back at their original location
of 122 Saint Asaph Street. It really is
It’s now an expansive light-filled space that
houses and displays their flagship brands,
along with riding apparel and OEM parts
and accessories. It has to be the South Islands
biggest range of Indian and Triumph
The new showroom is only part of the story.
Upstairs in the Collectors Lounge you’ll find
one of the best collections in the world of
Bimota Super Bikes and Motorcycles. Back
downstairs there’s a Display Workshop for
those really special projects. Well worth a
look at any time.
The custom built service centre with a tyre
machine, new hoists, mobile tool chests and
cabinetry is every mechanics dream. Your
bike will receive 5 star treatment every time.
CMG Motorcycles are really excited about
their new showroom and invite you to drop
by and experience a new level of motorcycle
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In this issue
74 WIN WITH STYLE
Boots, pearl lace earrings
64 BOOK NOOK
New releases & the winner of
our reader reviews
66 WHERE IN THE
Guess this mystery location
72 SEE BE SEEN
Were you at this
17 SKI CRAFTSMAN
Meet the creator who put fat
skis on Kiwi slopes
21 HOMESTEAD INSTEAD
A retreat that highlights the
best of Wānaka
26 CULTURE CHECK
We are schooled in the ways
of authentic Mexican cuisine
68 CALL OF THE WILD
Road trippin’ around Otago
THE BEST OF HOME, LIFE & FASHION
Style is something unique to each of us. Each month Style encapsulates what’s remarkable, exciting or
emerging in the vibrant communities from Canterbury down to the Southern Lakes. Be assured, the
best of lifestyle, home and fashion will always be in Style.
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An evocative collection of night-songs for the piano, played by internationally celebrated
concert pianist, chamber musician and educator Professor Jian Liu. Journey through a
dreamscape of lilting lullabies and cradle songs alongside night-music of mystery and
mischief. Beloved nocturnes by Chopin and Liszt light the way for other gems in an intimate
evening that celebrates the purity and power of solo piano.
For tickets and more
Photo: Maarten Holl/STUFF
RESENE BROWN POD
29 WALLS BEGONE
With views like these, you don’t
want anything standing in the
36 LEADING LAWNS
Revamp your forlorn lawn to
become centre-stage worthy
41 EXTRACT IT
It’s not sexy but a rangehood is a
50 SAVE OR SPLASH
Bathing in style
Fashion & Wellbeing
52 TRIED & TESTED
We take the latest skincare
products for a whirl
Burrow into cosy knits
56 MODERATE INDULGENCE
Turn too much into just enough
Food & Drink
59 GIULIO’S NEW DIRECTION
From Roots to a single table
60 LEMON MISTAKES
The perfect recipe to make these
62 TREAT THYSELF
Explorations into the world of gin
This stunning Wānaka house has been
designed to capture all the best aspects of
its surroundings (page 29).
Photo Simon Larkin Photography
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䐀 攀 攀 愀 渀 渀 攀 䠀 漀 戀 戀 猀 䴀 攀 最 愀 渀 匀 愀 氀 洀 漀 渀
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10 Style | Newsfeed
Photo: Onsen Hot Pool Facebook
Believe the hype – Onsen Hot Pools (162
Arthurs Point Road, Queenstown) is an incredible
experience. This mum-of-two was more than ready
for a little pampering. The experience began as soon
as I walked into the lounge gallery, where scented
candles filled the room and soothing music played as
I gazed out to the hills. Once you have chosen your
spa package, you are served a drink and snack of
choice – wine and chocolate for me. It was bliss! It
was such an amazingly serene experience to be in a
hot pool while overlooking the Shotover River – can
I go back now, please?
– Style designer Emma Rogers
We feel this is a suitably epic way to start compensating
for the year 2020 that wasn’t. Europe’s biggest music
festival Snowboxx, in collaboration with Rhythm & Alps,
is making its southern hemisphere debut right in our
own backyards. Cardrona Alpine Resort (Cardrona
Valley Road) will play host from September 7–14 to DJs,
parties and pistes. We reckon you better get planning
now because it’s time to party like it’s 2021.
What the word?
Another term for the hash sign – #whoknew
Shopping is easy at the
Avonhead Shopping Centre
available from Piccadilly Books or the
Centre Management Office
Cnr Withells Rd and Merrin St
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12 Style | Newsfeed
You have to check out Gatto’s Churros along Queenstown’s waterfront
(21 Marine Parade). It’s in the cutest little retro trailer. I tried one of the dulce
de leche churros and was in absolute heaven. The owner is super lovely, too, so
go on and support local.
– Style designer Emma Rogers
In other news...
Here are some days to mark in your calendar, which are reportedly
actual things. We feel the second one is particularly poignant.
April 6: New Beer’s Eve
April 7: National No Housework Day
April 17: Blah, Blah, Blah Day
Wānaka bookworms are
enjoying the arrival of
The Next Chapter, an
that’s popped up at 72
Brownston Street. With its
own book club and author
events, it’s a hub for literary
Have you found yourself
lost in Christchurch’s
Stranges Lane? It’s all
different – Capa, Strange
& Co and Orleans are no
more. Instead, find café and
cocktail/wine bar Rascal
(225a High Street), cocktail
bar Cascade (219 High
Street) and its courtyard
A Little Strange, and
restaurant Soul Quarter.
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The best jeans?
You can call off the search. Our
advertising executive Janine Oldfield
thinks she has finally found the
perfect pair of jeans. She has been
raving about IVY Copenhagen jeans
and she is one of those fashionistas
who does it all so effortlessly that we
trust her when it comes to all things
threads-related. She found hers at
Fashion Society in Christchurch but,
for our readers further south, they
are also available from the DEVàL
Boutique in Wānaka.
We know. The school holidays have rolled around again and that jolly
autumn chill is creasing your brow. Try floating your troubles away.
The doors have opened at City Cave Queenstown (Remarkables
Park Town Centre, 12 Hawthorne Drive). Its float pools are filled with
1000 litres of water and 400kg of Epsom salts, in rooms (not enclosed
floatation tanks) heated by infrared panels and offering the sensory
deprivation that triggers deep relaxation.
With the right mix of raw beauty
and tough femininity, Aje has
found a place in our fashion hearts.
Fortunately for us, Lynn Woods (182
Papanui Road) now has this label in
store and online, which means our
wardrobes are going to need a bit of
Marie Kondo-ing to make room.
for a unique engagement ring or a
special piece for your mum or partner
is the place to go
UniqUe: Your custom piece is something no
one else has owned or worn before. Even if it’s
just a little different than a ring you’ve seen at
the store, it still has your own unique input and
creative thought woven into it.
roMantic: Although not all bespoke
jewellery is bridal jewellery, a large proportion
is engagement rings and wedding bands.
There’s just something extra special about
creating a ring for your loved one.
cost effective: Yes, you read that
right. Jewellery stores mark up their prices
extensively to cover their costs. Work with
Marc Bendall and you’re likely to find the final
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a completely different experience that goes
far beyond the standard ‘jewellery shopping’
experience. It’s a very personal journey that
involves your creativity and imagination.
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Every week in our auction rooms I get
to see a huge range of emotions playing
out. I’m often very moved by the drama
that a competitive process can create for
attendees and my heart goes out to them.
There are tears about missing a muchwanted
but very sought-after property,
there’s elation at successfully purchasing,
there’s a genuine pride at finally getting on
the property ladder and, for some parents,
there’s the realisation that without them
the purchase would not have been possible.
These are tears that I can definitely relate to.
It seems more and more parents are seeing
withdrawals from the trusty, rusty or even
crusty ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ and as we
personally get a little bit nearer to that time
ourselves, I thought I’d take a closer look.
Obtaining funds from family is not a new
phenomenon, but it is a very important
one for some first-home buyers – and with
lofty deposits often required, it can involve
big numbers. It’s essential parents are
aware of this and that’s why we will often
see parents not just on auction day but
throughout the whole process, including
open home attendances, and second and
third visits. Being part of a very close family,
I imagine that I’d want to do this as well
and whilst some real estate professionals
struggle with large family viewings – and
even larger post-visit family debates – best
you get used to it!
During my research, I’ve also discovered that
providing funds is not as straightforward as
it once was.
Originally the main means of assisting
were, firstly, contributing to the deposit,
to a level the lender was happy with, and,
secondly, supplementing additional funds
to ensure the debt-servicing criteria were
met. It’s often referred to as a guarantee.
This second method needs to be carefully
thought through by parents, as a default by
their son or daughter (and much as we don’t
like to imagine it, this can happen) could
see them shouldering the responsibility
for the loan themselves. This can become
extremely uncomfortable, especially if they
have their own financial commitments
and pending retirement. To address this,
there have been changes to the legislation
deeming that any and all guarantors to
a loan need to demonstrate the ability
to meet the required loan payments to
avoid the worst from happening.
As much as we all love our families, if you
are considering helping in this particular
way it’s essential to get independent advice.
So, what are these purchasers buying?
It seems they are trying everything.
First-home buyers with limited budgets
are thinking outside the square and in
some cases the market is giving them a
robust education in looking at properties
that buyers might have had the luxury of
excluding in the past.
Varied locations, new subdivisions made
infinitely more desirable due to improved
motorway access, new schools and
communities, are all hugely popular.
We are also encountering parents looking
on behalf of overseas offspring with British
Pounds and American Dollars burning a
hole in their pockets and those budgets are
extraordinary when compared with what
was once considered necessary for making
a purchase in our local market.
So much of what we achieve as human
beings relates to how we have helped or
been helped by others, and I imagine one
day I’ll be in an auction room helping one
of our family members make a withdrawal
from the trusty bank of Mum and Dad too!
So, to all those parents in the same position,
well done, without you a whole generation
wouldn’t get to enjoy what we thought of as
a right – and that’s home ownership.
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Style | Feature 17
Had Kingswood Skis’ Alex Herbert not experienced disappointment as
an 18-year-old, it may have taken him longer to find his true passion.
Words Shelley Robinson
ABOVE: Alex Herbert turned his love of snow into a career creating bespoke skis.
18 Style | Feature
You can imagine it in your mind as Alex Herbert
describes the scene. His three-year-old face
forlornly pressed up to the back of the car window
as his parents drove away from the snow. They were
in Europe, Alex can’t remember exactly where, but
he does remember the feeling that came with his first
experience with snow.
“I was so amazed by it [the snow]. We didn’t have
any gear with us or anything, so I slid around on my
tummy and on my back. It was probably only a really
small patch of snow and seeing it through kids’ eyes
made it bigger, but I think that’s what triggered my
desire to chase the snow. I remember it having a
profound effect on me – when we were driving away
I was looking out the window back at it,” he chuckles
from his Lyttelton home.
And he has turned it into one heck of a relationship.
Alex is the owner and creator behind Kingswood Skis,
where you won’t get a factory-created pair of skis, but
custom fat skis created by Alex’s own hands.
It was disappointment as an 18-year-old that actually
sent him into the industry of ski repairs and then ski
creation. After spending time each year in Austria,
where his mum Heidi Herbert is from, Alex was more
than a bit handy on the old skis. In Austria, he says,
skiing is the national sport, with people popping out in
their lunch break to have a play. In spite of this, when
Alex went to get a coveted gig as a ski instructor at
Thredbo, a ski and resort village in Australia, he didn’t
make the grade. So, he had to do something – it was
either washing dishes or ski repair.
He chose the latter and it turns out that things really
do happen for a reason.
“It was a pivotal point in my life. I really got into ski
repair and learned that I’m better using my hands,”
Alex worked in Austria, Canada and Australia,
honing and developing his skills. He did insurance
work; damaged snowboards would be replaced with
new boards. But this gave him an opportunity to
develop his repair skills.
“Even if it was pretty minor, they’d throw it in the
bin. So, I started taking it out of the bin and fixing it
up,” he says.
“It was really good gear, so I’d ride on it. When I left,
I just gave it all back.”
While the pinnacle of tuning and repair work is
considered to be out on the competitive circuit with
professional teams, that life didn’t appeal to Alex. He
wanted something different and so went about quietly
developing his own way of doing things, evolving his
skills with what he learned on the way.
Fast forward to 1996, when Alex was competing
in the World Heli Challenge in Wānaka and was a
touch frustrated at how the United States team was
“blitzing” his team on their “fat skis” – a wider ski than
New Zealanders had at the time.
Alex couldn’t find fat skis anywhere and wholesalers
told him there wasn’t a market for them in New
Zealand. So in the summer of 2002, he sourced the
material to make a pair. Then, it was off to the Broken
River skifield to test them.
ABOVE & OPPOSITE: The tools of the trade. Each pair of Kingswood Skis takes about 10 hours to make,
with Alex at the helm for most of the process.
Style | Feature 19
“It was off-piste, no groomers. I tested them out by
going skiing with my mates – it wasn’t a clinical test.
And then I could see why the US team was blitzing
us – the skis really made a difference. I was like, ‘No
wonder they had the upper hand!’”
Alex’s mates asked for a pair and word spread. So
much so, Alex’s wife Kris suggested it might be time he
started charging for them.
Things evolved from there. Along with his ski repair
shop, Ski & Snowboard Surgery, Alex now crafts
custom fat skis under his Kingswood Skis brand. It
takes between 10 to 12 hours for him to create a pair
“It is quite a meticulous job and can be quite boring,
but I get a real buzz when I peel off the protective
layer – as long as I still get that buzz, I’ll keep doing it.”
With success, it would be easy to get caught up, as
some do, in that need to go “bigger”. But Alex wants
to keep his business in a model that is authentic to him.
“I‘ve seen businesses where they start out with a few
guys and got bigger and bigger and they said the best days
were actually the early days, when they had spare time to
do their own thing. I’m acutely aware of that,” he says.
So, he wants to keep it just him because that is
what brings him the joy – though he feels a “bit
guilty” for not employing anyone and “giving back to
the community”. But he does in a way, because he
outsources the screen-printing and shaping of the cores
to local businesses.
Alex spends his days working away in the factory, on
the lower storey of his family home, which used to be
the Lyttelton Rugby Club’s rooms, creating bespoke
skis for people like him who love to look up at the
mountains and see them blanketed in snow.
And with that, it’s time for him to finish chatting
because his coffee is finished and he has a factory full
of materials waiting patiently to be crafted into skis.
The slopes are beckoning.
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Style | Feature 21
It looks like an overseas ski lodge, but it is very much in our own backyard and
has the history of Wānaka woven into its architecture.
ABOVE: Built on part of the historic Wānaka Station is the picture-perfect Wānaka Homestead.
Photo: Oscar Hetherington
22 Style | Feature
Kaalene Shale may have been from Auckland, but she
was a South Islander at heart. All she wanted was a
ute, two dogs and a gravel driveway that crunched to let
you know your children had made it home safely at night.
It is apt, then, that she and her Scottish husband, Allan
McAndie, found themselves the owners and operators of
Wānaka Homestead Lodge and Cottages.
It is a beautiful sprawling getaway built on Wānaka
Station – a former sheep station that once covered the
south side of Lake Wānaka before the township was even
a twinkle in the eye of developers.
The lodge at the homestead is like something straight
out of those ski brochures you had on the kitchen bench
before you turfed them out because of Covid-19. With
rustic schist stonework combined with earthy timbers
on the exterior, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had
inadvertently wandered into a Hallmark Christmas special.
Inside, soaring exposed rafters and wrought-iron light
fixtures continue the ambience, while a sense of replete
luxury is brought in with soothing colour hues. If that
wasn’t enough, there are also two delightful self-contained
cottages: Ruby and Lismore.
The journey to this idyllic slice of Wānaka life was equal
parts Hallmark and hard work for this duo.
Kaalene and Allan met when he lived next door to her
sister in Muscat, Oman. Kaalene had popped over to visit
her sister from where she was teaching in London. They
became good friends but it appeared as though their
family had other ideas for the duo. They were made the
godparents of Kaalene’s sister’s second child, Henrik – all
part of their cunning plan, laughs Kaalene.
“We call it an arranged marriage, because our family
were adamant that we should be together!”
But it worked. The couple married in the Bombay Hills
while still living in the Middle East, where Kaalene taught at
a British International School and Allan worked in oil and
gas. Fast-forward a few years and along came twin boys
– and a certain feeling from Allan.
“He got this look on his face, like, ‘I need to figure out
where we are going to land, where we are going to be
and where our littlies will grow,’” says Kaalene.
So Allan began the hunt. His family had operated a
guest house in St Andrew’s, Scotland, around the corner
from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. He shared
Kaalene’s dream of a simple, small-town home where their
boys could grow up running around, perhaps getting up
to a delightful amount of mischief. In other words, New
Zealand was beckoning.
There were two options on Trade Me – a Hawke’s Bay
property and the Wānaka Homestead.
“He fell in love with Wānaka and we literally bought it
online, subject to seeing it. He flew out from Dubai when
the boys were five months while my mum was with me
and came here for a week,” says Kaalene.
A few days later she got a phone call: “Kaalene, I think
this is it, this feels like home.” And so it was.
ABOVE: Allan and Kaalene with their twins, Joe and Gabe.
Photo: Stephanie Hamilton
Style | Feature 23
Local builder Phil Beaufoy was going about the business
of building a house, when a man suddenly appeared in
front of him. He told him that he liked the look of what
he was building and was after the same kind of thing,
but across the road. Was the builder free?
That man was Roger North, who along with his
wife Shonagh, are the original owners of the Wānaka
Homestead. As it turns out the builder was free, so he
walked across the road and began building in 2003.
The homestead is built on the site where Wānaka
Station’s sheds, barn and outbuildings once were.
The buildings had fallen into disrepair, but instead
of consigning them to landfill, Roger chose to have
history preserved by weaving the beech and rimu
timbers into furnishings, the stairway and fences on
Kaalene and Allan are grateful Roger embraced the
heritage of the site.
“He made sure he kept some of the history in
alignment with the area – he was really specific about
keeping these elements which connect the homestead
to the past very much alive and the property as
sustainable as possible, with solar power, for example.
Very forward thinking. There are parts of Wānaka
that are very new and a lot has been let go, but there
are people working within the community who try to
keep it alive,” says Kaalene.
So, Kaalene and Allan became the owners of a
beautiful piece of Wānaka history, with Wānaka Station
Park right across the road in their ‘backyard’. With its
soaring redwoods, it also has an orchard where people
can pluck fruit from the trees, while children play in
the park or people stop to smell the heritage roses.
Then, they can wander down to the lakefront and the
infamous Wānaka Tree – a willow that has become
rather Instagram-famous for growing in Lake Wānaka.
The couple put a manager in place until they
came home in July 2019, when they began operating
For Kaalene and Allan, the building is only part of the
experience. They wanted to create a home away from
home for people. And, after chatting to Kaalene, you
sense this is something that comes naturally to them –
an amazing couple who seem able to make people feel
instantly at ease and know their needs before they do.
And if you are anything like us when you pop away
for your winter skifield escape, you want to know, first,
where to get the best coffee and, second, where to
find some brews that you haven’t tried before – and
Kaalene and Allan have ample knowledge on both.
It is the part Kaalene loves most.
“The building is the building, the place is the place.
But it’s about the people, the connection to them.
Our guests come to our ‘home away from home’ to
experience Wānaka – they want to know what life is
like in the area. They want to experience it and talk
about it... Everything we do is about connection – and
we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
ABOVE FROM LEFT: There are also two cottages on the homestead, two-bedroom Ruby (pictured) and three-bedroom Lismore;
The beautiful exposed beams add to the warmth of the lodge’s interior. Photos: Oscar Hetherington
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Kaalene & Allan’s degustation
guide to Wānaka
Florence’s Foodstore & Café (corner Cardrona Valley and
Orchard roads) serves up Atomic Coffee. Their barista,
Keighley, gives a hug when it is needed (and allowed!) and
makes a mean flat white.
For Allpress coffee, head to Pembroke Patisserie
(20 Alison Avenue, Albert Town). You’ll be hard pressed to
resist a pastry… or two. The almond croissant is sublime!
If you want Supreme coffee, visit Kai Whakapai
(121 Ardmore Street). Look for Cam on the machine, he
works some serious magic with those beans.
Talented Bonnie at The Coffee Shack (75 Brownston
Street) will serve up some delicious Flight Coffee, extracted
For such a small place, we are full of
For cafés, Federal Diner (47
Helwick Street), Relishes Café (1/99
Ardmore Street), Ritual Espresso
Café (18 Helwick Street), Urban
Grind (72 Ardmore Street), Big Fig
(105 Ardmore Street) and Alchemy
(151 Ardmore Street) each offer
something a little different, but all
serve great food with a friendly smile
– and, later in the day, a brew or two.
If you are talking restaurants, KIKA
(2 Dunmore Street) has good, fresh,
original food – they just consistently
deliver and it would be our guests’
number one pick, as it is ours. Make
sure to book in advance.
The food is amazing at Ode (Post
Office Lane, 33 Ardmore Street)
too. We highly recommend their
‘test kitchen’ nights, at which you
can provide feedback on their new
experimental dishes. Certainly worth
making a reservation for.
Photo: Nanny Goat Vineyard Facebook
We’re a bit partial to the Super Nanny Pinot Noir, from Nanny
Goat Vineyard (68 Queensberry Terrace, Queensberry). It’s a
superstar in the making. We advise guests to go there because
it is a bit different. It is about a 10- to 15-minute drive to get
there, plus the winemaker is awesome and is usually there to
tell a story.
A lot of guests also go to Rippon winery (246 Wānaka-
Mount Aspiring Road) for breathtaking views while tasting the
fruits of local labour.
Of course, you have the Maude Tasting Room (76 Golf
Course Road), which is a lovely wee spot to have an awardwinning
Aitken’s Folly Vineyard (246 Riverbank Road) has lovely
wines and a great little rosé, if you’re quick enough to get it!
Rhyme and Reason Brewery
(17 Gordon Road), Ground Up
Brewing (4 Gordon Road), Wanaka
Beerworks (891 Wānaka-Luggate
Highway) and b.effect brewing co.
(60 Anderson Road) provide great
tasting experiences and personalities
that speak to the flavour of where
Notable mention: the diverse
tastings and platters at Pembroke
Wines & Spirits (24 Dungarvon
Street). Sam’s expertise about the
area’s beverages is impressive and
worth seeking out.
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Kate Preece’s taste
buds journeyed to
Mexico via a food
trail led by Citlalli
In a Wigram kitchen, Citlalli ‘Ally’
Fernandez Anaya tells tales of a
childhood in Mexico City, where food
has its place in the heart of the home.
Her six-person audience has come
together to absorb the lessons she
learnt alongside her grandmother,
mother and sister (now a Le Cordon
Bleu chef), and gain an understanding
of what authentic Mexican food is
“I cannot remember a time I have
not been in love with food,” says
Ally. “From the time I could reach my
grandmother’s and mother’s apron I
was on a stool in the kitchen making
masa [maize dough] for tortillas, an
Ally created Kahlo, her Mexican
cooking school, to pass on her
culinary secrets, off the back of
some rather successful Mexican
Independence Day celebrations.
Ally would spend days preparing
food in the kitchen in the leadup
to the annual event, which
saw her friends treated to a feast
that commemorated Mexico’s
independence from Spain. Being
able to present an evolving range
of dishes to households around
Christchurch seemed just the way to
extend the party.
With Mexican ingredients more
available than ever before, a good
supermarket is a Kiwi’s pantry for a
favourable range of dried and tinned
chillies, and the tomatillo that’s key to
a true salsa verde. Alongside frozen
chillies found at Asian supermarkets,
we have little excuse not to follow
While Ally no longer feels the need
to bring food-filled suitcases back with
her from Mexico, she is very specific
about which ingredients are used –
particularly in the Tacos Al Pastor she
creates for us. If you haven’t found
achiote paste (a Mexican condiment
made from annatto seeds), do not
even consider making the pork
marinade that’s essential for this
recipe. Another sin would be to skip
topping the taco with pineapple.
Authenticity is key to what Kahlo is
all about. Ally’s classes offer a chance
to learn about the staples of Mexican
cuisine (chillies, lemon, lime, salt and
garlic) and how they work together
– not to create the Tex-Mex recipes
we are more used to consuming at
our ‘Mexican’ restaurants.
Take, for example, Ally’s signature
guacamole. It includes no tomato
or red onion. There is white onion
in the recipe, but it’s blended, not
diced, into a smooth dip that has
extra silkiness due to its milk content.
We can all attest to its taste – chips
were constantly diving into the
moreish green mix as the rest of the
menu unfolded over the course of
My favourite dish was the grand
finale to our night of Mexican street
food. Corn cobs were boiled in a
mix of herbs and spices, before being
coated in lashings of mayonnaise,
rolled in grated white cheese, and
sprinkled with cayenne pepper. It was
not only delicious, but brought to life
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With a view that could be gazed at all day, Pete Barham wanted to make sure
this was actually possible – from any room in the house.
Words Shelley Robinson Photos Simon Larkin Photography
ABOVE: The holiday home has an expansive view of Lake Wānaka, including
Ruby Island and the mountains, which is visible from most rooms.
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A perfect design for a holiday home,
where the lure of the water
will prove to be too much to leave
those kayaks in storage over winter.
ABOVE: In Wānaka, views come with wind. The house wraps around the central courtyard to enable outdoor living all year round.
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t was a build led by the view. The expanse of
Lake Wānaka beckoned from the north, with
Ruby Island beautifully picture-framed by the
distant mountains. It would have been a shame
for those who dwelt within the house not to be
able to see it from every room, so architectural
designer Pete Barham made it happen.
Where traditionally there may have been
walls, Pete and the client decided there
needed to be three-metre floor-to-ceiling
windows in order to encapsulate the view.
This means there is a bit of wizardry going
on – you can see right through the dwelling,
from the hidden lounge area at the back of the
house through to the central courtyard and
the front living room, out to the stage that is
It’s a marvel for the unlearned, but, according
to Pete, it makes good architectural common
“You don’t want to be hidden from it
[the view]; you want to arrange the building
around these things in order to have the view
throughout. The east, west and south views are
nondescript, with large retaining walls and other
houses, so you have to do what you can to
look out to that north view,” he says.
“A lot of structure and work has gone into
the front elevation to make sure it’s totally
glazed so every room and every space within
the house can see the view.”
The external use of materials also seems
to build on that view. The cold, solid metal
exterior alludes to the mountains and the
stillness of the lake, while the cedar timber
cladding brings in the warmth of the natural
environment. The cedar softens the places
where you may engage with the building: the
central courtyard and the battens near the front
“The battens to the entry tie it into the
ground and create a bit of separation from the
outdoor living,” says Pete.
A perfect design for a holiday home, where
the lure of the water will prove to be too much
to leave those kayaks in storage over winter.
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Pete Barham of Open Architecture
Christie Brothers Building
Nigel Harwood, Engineering Consultant
304m² – four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two
lounge areas, hallway and dining area.
Otago/Southland ADNZ Resene Architectural
Design Awards 2020 highly commended
“A corridor runs the length of the house, north to
south, with a full height window at the northern
end of it. The intent was for that window to pick up
Ruby Island front and centre. It is not until you get a
timber frame on site and scaffolding down that you
can really assess that and make sure you’ve got what
“And I really enjoyed the process of working
with the clients and builders. Ideas were challenged
– we bounced off each other and that saw the
thinking grow. At the early concept stage, you want
engagement; you don’t want someone to say yes if
they don’t mean it.”
“Though it is a large site, the developers had built
schist retaining walls to the north of this site and
the south, which dictated the driveway position and
reduced the buildable area. Ultimately we were
working with a tight building platform. What we have
built is quite an achievement.”
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OPPOSITE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Pete designed the home so the view could be seen even from the hidden rear lounge area, by placing
ceiling-to-floor windows through three areas; The hallway was designed to have a view of Ruby Island; The view from the front living room.
ABOVE: Cedar battens create warmth and soften the solid metal exterior.
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A lawn worthy
If you want glorious summer garden parties on emerald-green
lawns, you’d best get busy now.
Words Janice Marriott
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Summer soirées need that emerald-green
star of the show to be at its best. And if
it’s looking a bit raggedy and needs a bit of a
lift, now is the time to tend to it.
TYPES OF SEED
Don’t try and be the expert at everything.
Ask the experts or your landscaper to help
you select the appropriate seed for you.
You can tell a lot from the names of the
seed mixes. ‘Survivor’ is obviously really
tough. ’Stadium Blend’ is going to work for
you if you want to put up some goalposts
and be a Richie McCaw or Cristiano
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WHEN TO SOW?
The answer to this is: do you want
nature to help you out with seed
germination? Yes. Of course you do, so
autumn, with its rain showers, is going
to be the best time.
The two things that grass seeds
need to germinate are warmth and
moisture. You want rainwater rather
than a baking sun that will dry out the
seeds and soil, but you don’t want it
to be too cold. Now is, on balance,
the best time.
You can also lay an instant turf lawn,
often called ready lawn. As with
seeds, these huge rolls of turf come
in different varieties. Some use coarse
grasses, which could be great if you just
want to mow a strip for the kids to kick
balls around on. Look for a fine fescue
or a browntop if you want to lie on the
lawn in summer with a long drink.
YOUR NEW LAWN
Don’t mow your new lawn as soon
as you see that green glow where once
there was just soil. Wait until it has grown
to at least 5cm so the root system has
had time to develop. After that, use
sharp blades and set your mower to
the highest level. You can gradually lower
this level as the grass settles in.
Don’t walk on the new lawn until
the grass is well established.
This includes dogs. How do you teach
them this? I don’t know.
Perfectionists will have started their lawn
planning in summer by spraying the area
thoroughly. After waiting patiently for the weeds
to die off and regrow, another spray takes place.
That way they are ensuring a good start to a
weed-free lawn. If you missed the memo to do
this, you can get busy spraying now. It takes two
to three weeks for the weeds to die off.
Raking and rolling is the name of the game here.
Remove the dead plants then rotary hoe or just
rake the area (depending on the lawn’s size) to
smooth the soil out. Then, compact the ground
with a roller or your boots. Water the soil.
SOW YOUR SEED
Sow seed on a fine day at the rate set out on the pack.
Scatter seed by swinging your arm in one direction, then
turn 90 degrees and repeat. That way you should get an
At this point you can scatter lawn mix or lawn builder
lightly on top. Rake the bed lightly to make sure the seed
is covered. Then, it’s a matter of watering. Often. Regularly.
Keep the soil moist on a daily basis during the crucial
germination period. Try to avoid making puddles with the
water from your hose or sprinkler as this can move the lawn
Moist soil brings up the worms. Worms attract blackbirds.
Blackbirds seem to encourage sparrows. Watch out for
these birds eating your precious seeds. I put a net over the
seed, raised up on posts so the birds can’t reach the seed.
You’ll need this net and posts if you have a cat, too.
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
The idea is to make sure your patch of soon-to-be-lawn
doesn’t dry out until the grass has become established. After
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What’s your extraction?
With delivery of whiteware taking as long as six months due to Covid-19,
now is the time to get ordering. Interior designer Michelle Laming takes a look at
extraction systems to help guide your buying.
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In the kitchen, most of us know
how we like to cook – be it gas or
induction. We also know what oven
size and design of refrigeration we
are expecting to install. Remember
that at the end of the day, a kitchen
is a kitchen and it will encompass the
typical elements – no matter how
elaborate the design.
Extraction systems are sometimes
the least alluring but one of the most
important elements in a kitchen.
The supply of whiteware and
kitchenware is at an all-time low due
to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
It is now commonplace to wait
six months or so for goods, as
manufacturing has been severely
impacted due to problems with
sourcing supplies from overseas. I
would highly recommend ordering as
soon as possible.
Air extraction or recirculation?
The air extraction system (ducting) uses aluminium filters
to absorb all the grease, which can be washed in warm
soapy water when cleaning is required. If you are just using
aluminium filters then you will need a ducting kit for the
cooker canopy to send the air outside.
The air recirculation method also uses aluminium filters
to absorb the grease, but the air is then passed through a
carbon/charcoal filter to clean it before the clean air is then
passed back into the kitchen.
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A cooker canopy hood is a
very simple and convenient
way of removing smells and
odours from your kitchen.
The canopy fits neatly on
either side of a kitchen
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They come in a wide range
of styles, with one to suit
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Integrated cooker hoods attach to
the front of the hood unit, while built-in
models have the chimney
concealed by the kitchen cabinetry.
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Hide it away
If you don’t have space for a traditional option or simply
don’t like the sight of them, there are solutions available.
A downdraft extractor slots into your kitchen worktop,
rising up at the touch of a button, as and when it’s required.
It is ventilated through the wall to an outdoor zone.
Updraft extractors are mounted flush to the ceiling and
controlled remotely. They are visually effective for those
who don’t like anything above the benchtop.
Kitchen island hoods are big in
size and in cost. But if you have
the space for a kitchen island and
you are planning on doing all the
cooking on it, then you are going
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Cylinder wall and island hoods
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52 Style | Beauty
Tried and tested
The Style team trial the latest beauty products.
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I found this was a light and
refreshing spritz to freshen
up my face and body. It was
especially helpful after I’d been
for my lunchtime walk and
needed to freshen up. The
fragrance came through ever
so slightly but not enough to
be overpowering. A handy
item to have in your handbag.
Bulldog Original Stubble Moisturiser 100ml
A stubble moisturiser is not something I would have ever thought
I needed, but as it turns out, it has been an excellent product to
use, especially post-shave when my skin feels raw and sensitive. The
ingredients include camelina oil, green tea and aloe vera, which all
work in unison to soothe the skin without the common side-effects
of dryness or flakiness.
I don’t tend to grow my beard particularly long, but what’s there is
left soft to the touch with no sticky residue and with a natural, nonoverpowering
scent. A little goes a long way and it’s super-quick to
apply so it’s unlikely to add time or hassle to your daily routine.
Even my hands feel comfortable and moisturised after use. A
Style | Beauty 53
Clio – Peachy Nude Lipstick
Now, I know what you’re thinking
– coral is a shade that sparks fear, and
I’ll admit to feeling a bit of trepidation.
But this shade was very complementary
to my skin tone and didn’t scream ‘nana
at the family wedding’ (where you’re left
with an apricot hue smeared on your
cheek from a big smooch).
This formula is so silky and moistening
to the lips that it’s delightful to apply.
Admittedly, the wear is like a sheer
lipstick formulation, but really this
doesn’t pose too much of a challenge
around the office – with a quick
reapplication, you’re good to go.
I also value that this product is
New Zealand-made; I think everyone
is experiencing a re-established
relationship with Kiwi brands and
actively looking to support local.
Bondi Sands Pure Self
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Well, here’s a game changer – for me
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(To be honest, I haven’t mastered
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to my face without it looking like I’ve
been in a mud bath.) But then this
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56 Style | Wellbeing
It may all turn into a bit of an indulgence haze this month – two long
weekends plus the school holidays. But naturopath Deanna Copland
has it in hand for you with these tips.
It’s that time of the year.
We have two long
weekends, with Easter
(cue chocolate) and then
Anzac Day, where we not
only observe the holiday
but tend to luxuriate and
treat ourselves. And then
come the school holidays.
Phew. So you may find
yourself in a bit of an
indulgence haze over the
next month. Here are
some tips to help you
keep the balance.
Chocolate that satisfies
If, like me, you love chocolate,
choose something that is really
good quality, perhaps a dark
option. Dark chocolate is an
acquired taste, but it satisfies you
much sooner without the need
to overindulge. Ideally, something
with at least 70 per cent dark
cocoa is great because it has the
added bonus of antioxidants.
Higher levels of cocoa have also
been shown to lower blood
pressure. As a rule, never eat
chocolate on an empty stomach
as this will cause havoc with your
blood sugar levels for the rest of
the day. And remember, ultimately
everything is fine in moderation.
Style | Wellbeing 57
Back to the table
If reaching or maintaining a healthy
weight is something on your mind,
here are a few tips to stay on track.
The conditions will never be perfect
– there will always be busy periods,
trips away, and so on – so making
good choices the majority of the time
pays off. Just remember the tale of
the tortoise and the hare: slow and
steady wins the race.
Television is so distracting that
it makes it harder to realise when
we’re actually satiated – in addition
to commercials of unhealthy food
and drinks increasing our cravings.
A study in The American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition says paying attention
while eating can aid weight loss
efforts, while distracted eating can
lead to a long-term increase in food
consumption. Try to go back to
basics and sit at a dining table or
breakfast bar to make the mealtime
about the meal. Sitting upright with
a long spine also helps your digestive
organs to function properly.
Hard to ignore
Buy a fruit bowl and place it in a prominent spot on your
benchtop. You’re more likely to grab fruits and veges over less
healthy options if they’re ready to eat and in sight. We know that
eating seven to nine servings of fresh fruit and veges daily helps to
reduce the waistline and meet our daily fibre requirements. Keep
washed and prepared veges like cucumbers, celery sticks, peppers,
sugar snap peas and carrots in the front of the fridge so they aren’t
overlooked. Bananas, apples, pears, oranges and cherry tomatoes
fare well as sweet snacks and should be kept on the counter
where everyone can see them. Aim to have about two pieces of
fresh fruit each day and then as many veges as desired.
Repetition builds rhythm. Be boring. Those on a successful weight
loss journey have just a couple of go-to healthy breakfasts or
snacks. This might be a smoothie with plant protein powder,
frozen berries, baby spinach and almond milk; scrambled eggs with
mushrooms and tomato; or perhaps overnight oats soaked with
coconut milk, chia seeds, grated apple and cinnamon.
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58 Style | Wellbeing
Flat or fizz it?
Choose to drink water little and often, and avoid
juice and fizzy drinks. A study published in the
journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice aimed
to see whether it could be the carbonation in
soft drinks, rather than the sugar, that explains
the link between soft drinks and obesity.
Overall, the study found that rats which drank
diet or regular fizzy drinks ate more and gained
more weight over six months than rats that
drank flat soft drinks or water. The weight gain
was associated with increased production of the
appetite hormone ghrelin, which is produced by
both rodents and humans.
The researchers then looked at the effects of
carbonated drinks in young men and found they
also had higher blood ghrelin levels after drinking
fizzy drinks than after flat soda or water.
Obesity is caused by multiple environmental,
social and lifestyle factors (rather than
carbonation on its own), but this is one factor
we can address by easily switching fizzy drinks
and Nut Chocolate
½ cup coconut oil, melted
2 Tbsp cacao butter * , melted
¼ cup nut butter, such as almond butter
cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped
3 Tbsp cacao powder
2 Tbsp maple syrup/rice malt syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
small pinch of salt
1. Mix all ingredients together and pour into a tin
lined with baking paper.
2. Pop into the fridge for at least one hour to set.
Cacao butter is optional but helps it to set better
Move your body, especially when you have
some time. Interestingly, low thigh muscle mass
(quadriceps) is linked with insulin resistance, so
activities like hill walking, swimming, lunges and
squats are particularly beneficial for improving
diabetes risk factors, as well as the waistline.
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It seems you have been creating something from the
heart of late. Tell us about your latest offering, Mapu.
Yes, it takes time and a lot of courage to start something
very, very different. But it pays off. I had that when I
opened Roots – you need to be very persistent with
what you are doing.
I was looking at opening a bigger restaurant after
Roots, but Covid happened and I’m glad I didn’t. It was
also becoming obvious to me the restaurant system was
not working because it is dependent on so many things.
You can have passion and will, but still be dependent on
the landlord giving you a good price, on produce prices,
staff, customers and tourists – too many things. I didn’t
want to do anything like that anymore, but I knew there
were still people in Christchurch who love to go out
Photo: Charlotte Clements
After closing his award-winning
Lyttelton restaurant Roots, Giulio
Sturla decided to pare everything right
back to a new style of dining that
embraces what he loves – without
giving him a ‘headache’.
See Giulio Sturla at The Christchurch Food Show
April 9-11, Christchurch Arena.
So, you started exploring other ways of operating?
Yes, I asked, ‘Why are we being so dependent on all
this? Why do we continue to have this headache?’ We
know things will not change, so we need to change the
mentality around it – it was as simple as that. So I created
Mapu with a totally different mentality, but still centred
on making people happy and giving them an incredible
experience and incredible product. Mapu is a six-person
restaurant, but I call it a ‘test kitchen’. It is one table so
it is very different to what people think a restaurant is
– even the word doesn’t fit what I am doing. It is more
of a private experience in the kitchen with one person
You seem to have a real connection to the
environment and ingredients around you?
The ingredients are one thing, but the people who
look after the ingredients are the important part. I love
relationships with people – if there is anything that
will save you when things are bad, it is sharing a good
conversation and cup of coffee with someone.
I’m using 100 per cent New Zealand ingredients. I
make my food with whatever I have here. We can’t
go anywhere else so let’s enjoy what we have here
– elevate it to the point of being a superstar. It is
about celebrating what we have here, and this is the
opportunity we have been presented with Covid.
What have you been experimenting with lately?
I’m focusing a lot on fermentation. I love to study the
chemistry and science behind cooking. For me, soy sauce
is very important and so I looked into how I can make
my own. I love creating flavour – looking at all cultures
but creating flavour with New Zealand products, using
pāua, clams, kina, crayfish; things that nobody thought
could be done. And that is the uniqueness of my menu.
What can we expect to see from you at The
Christchurch Food Show?
I want to create a few dishes that are very simple with
local produce, but will create such a memory that it stays
in your mind. I don’t want you to tell me this is good; I
want you to tell me you will never forget this flavour.
60 Style | Food
Photo: Sarah Burtscher
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Lemon Mistakes Cookies
To help you out these school holidays when your children look like they
are ready to utter the ‘b’ word, Sarah Burtscher and her daughter
Edie share a recipe they developed together.
When mum was developing her cookbook project
during last year’s Level 4 Covid-19 lockdown, I
decided I wanted to do some baking, too.
I thought we had plenty of cornflakes to get through
and decided that making Afghan biscuits would be
yum. Mum pretty much said, “Go for it,” and then
went to hang out the washing or something.
But as I was creaming the butter, I realised we had
no cornflakes or cocoa powder left, as well as no
walnuts for the decoration on top! I thought, ‘Uh oh.’
But mum came back in and said, “Don’t worry; we’ll
just make something up.”
I made the biscuit base and we added in extra
flour to make up for the cocoa powder, and then we
made the icing using lemon juice. I was a little sceptical
at first, but it turns out they are super tasty with a
delicious and zesty lemon crunch.
– Edie Burtscher, 12
Check out Sarah’s
Fridge Cleaner Cooking:
Waste Not Want Not,
published by SJKB Ltd
by Bateman Books,
April 10, 2021,
½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 Weet-Bix, crushed
(or 1½ cups cornflakes)
1¼ cups plain flour
1 cup icing sugar
1 lemon (juice and zest)
1 tsp water (approx.)
1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Cream butter and sugar
until it is light and fluffy.
3. Beat in vanilla essence.
4. Stir in flour.
5. Gently fold in the Weet-
Bix (or cornflakes).
6. Place spoonfuls of the
mixture onto a greased
or lined oven tray, and
press down gently with
7. Bake for 15 minutes
or until set.
8. Wait until the cookies are
cold before icing. Mix all
icing ingredients in a bowl,
being careful not to add
too much water. It needs
to be spreadable, but
9. Ice the cookies – we put
on lots of icing!
62 Style | Drink
Kate Preece enjoys the spoils
from her birthday, and a glass
from someone else’s.
must say, 2021 was a good birthday year
I for me. No, it wasn’t a significant number,
but it was just one of those wonderful days
different enough to mark it as the special
day it deserves to be. And, of course, who
can complain when the end result sees
more gin to enjoy.
I first tried the Isle of Harris gin at the Christchurch
Gindulgence festival some years ago, and it was a winner
from the first sip. Distilled in Tarbert, on Scotland’s Outer
Hebrides, it’s the locally sourced, hand-picked sugar kelp
seaweed that will pique a gin fancier’s interest.
Smooth and balanced, the citrus notes don’t dominate
this dry gin. I didn’t have a grapefruit to hand, but I
appreciate it would be a good way to drink it.
For those who like a good-looking bottle, it gets the
tick, with enough finesse to garner a reaction simply by
putting it on the table.
Hold the lime, caller
An established Tanqueray fan, I was unsure
messing with this recipe could be a good
thing, even with a high-roller ingredient such
as lime. I imagined that Tanqueray Rangpur
had an injection of fake lime essence, which
isn’t exactly fair, and instead I found myself
going back for more.
The drop takes its name from the rangpur
lime – a mandarin-orange-citron hybrid that
looks like a mandarin but is as zesty as a lime.
The result? It’s going to give you more of a hit
than a slice of lime in your glass, yet it boosts
the taste like the real deal.
No. 3 revisited
This one has me slightly baffled. I have tried the No. 3
before, but it arrived in a different bottle – and what’s
inside seems a cut above. Today’s bottle is clear (not
green), still brandishes the stuck-on key and comes with
a bevy of awards – the ‘world’s best’ four times at the
International Spirits Challenge, with the distiller, Dr David
Clutton, described as the “only man to hold a PhD in gin”.
When poured today, I can appreciate its accolades and
know anyone after a classic drop will find this smooth,
uncomplicated and satisfying.
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64 Style | Read
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A place to discover what deserves a spot in your TBR pile.
WE’VE BEEN READING
(Simon & Schuster, $35)
A sliding-doors reimagining of the passionate life of the
first woman to win the Nobel Prize – and the life Marie
Curie might have led if she had chosen love over science.
In 1891, Marie Curie was engaged to mathematician,
Kazimierz Zorawski. But when his mother insisted she
was too poor and not good enough, he broke off the
engagement. Eventually, Marie Curie would go on to
change the course of science forever. But what if Marie
had married Kazimierz and never attended the Sorbonne
or discovered radium?
Two Shakes of
a Lamb’s Tail:
The Diary of a Country Vet
The funny, illuminating diary of a year
in the life of a New Zealand farm vet. From calving cows
to constipated dogs, weddings to weaning lambs, each
season brings new challenges and delights. Sometimes it’s
exhausting – but it’s almost always a lot of fun.
(Pan Macmillan, $18)
Roy Eberhardt despised having to move
to Florida. New school. New friends. New
bullies. Dana Matherson, the biggest bully in
Florida, constantly has a bone to pick with
Roy and will do anything to snag a pack of
One Monday morning, Dana ambushes
Roy on the bus and smooshes Roy’s face
into the window. There Roy sees a boy, but
no ordinary boy. This boy has no shoes, no
backpack, and if this boy was going to school
he’d probably be sent back home to change.
Roy couldn’t stop thinking about the
running boy all day. He had to investigate.
Along with Beatrice Leep, Roy uncovers more
secrets about the boy than you’d think.
My favourite character is Beatrice Leep,
because she’s a bit like a Cadbury Dairy
Milk Caramello in some ways – hard on the
outside and soft on the inside; strong and
tough, as well as kind-hearted and friendly.
– Ava Preece, age 10
The Husband’s Secret
Liane Moriarty (Pan Macmillan)
This is a good book to start you reading again.
Between busy schedules, children and housework,
the story is captivating enough to make you find
time to read. Discover the husband’s secret,
which unfolds from a letter that wasn’t supposed
to be read until after he died.
– Sandra Tuckwell
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Land: How the Hunger
for Ownership Shaped
the Modern World
This is a fascinating view of how we are attached to
land and how societies have accepted the concept of
Bestselling author Simon Winchester takes us
across the globe, from the transition of communal
land to individual ownership – changes brought
about by kings, queens, invaders, colonisers and
governments. The effects of mass appropriation
of land, former and current relocation of peoples,
pollution and climate change are considered – and,
with particular relevance for New Zealanders, it
looks at “Māori approaches to the guardianship and
preservation of land”.
– Neville Templeton, Piccadilly Bookshop
Perfection: The Life and
Times of Sir William
Earle Brown and
Michael F. Klaassen
(Mary Egan Publishing, $39.99)
Sir William ‘Bill’ Manchester was born and raised in
Waimate and trained in medicine at the University
of Otago. After graduating, he volunteered with
the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps
during World War II and undertook further training
in England. After the war he was instrumental in
establishing plastic surgery units at Burwood and
Middlemore, developing a world-wide reputation.
This biography will appeal to members of the
medical profession and defence forces, past and
present – and particularly those interested in plastic
surgery and the setting up of units at Burwood and
Middlemore. A good local history for those with
Canterbury and Otago connections.
– Helen Templeton, Piccadilly Bookshop
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66 Style | Travel
Where in the world?
We can’t help but think of faraway places, planning for travels yet to come.
Do you know the destination we’re dreaming about this month?
• Traditional fare includes
apple dessert Gâche Mélée
(pronounced Gosh Mel-are),
and Ormer Casserole – a dish
made from abalone found on
• Known for its beach resorts
and stunning soaring coastal
cliffs, it is a self-governing
British Crown dependency.
• On the island there is a place
called Le Creux ès Faies – a
megalithic passage tomb dated
between 3000 and 2500BC. It
is affectionately known as the
entrance to the fairy kingdom
in island folklore.
68 Style | Travel
The wild road trip
Pristine beaches alongside incredible coastal scenery and penguin watching
makes Otago Harbour a memorable school holiday road trip.
Words Peter Janssen
In recent years the
has gained a
reputation as one of
New Zealand’s best
and more accessible
areas in which to
see wildlife such as
penguins, seals and
the peninsula and
the harbour are an
area of outstanding
natural beauty in their
own right, and all
within a short drive of
Both sides of the harbour
are easily accessible from
central Dunedin. However,
the peninsula is hilly and steep,
and the roads correspondingly
winding and often very narrow.
Sealed for the most part, some
roads around the Hoopers and
Papanui inlets are gravel. The
road out to the albatross colony
can, at times, be very busy.
ABOVE: View from Mount Cargill, showing Otago Harbour and Otago Peninsula.
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Mount Cargill and the Organ Pipes
To drive to the top of Mount Cargill from the city
centre, travel north on Great King Street and follow
Pine Hill Road to Cowan Road, which then continues
to the top; a distance of 10km. This last section of
road is very rough.
Looming over Dunedin from the north, 676-metre
Mount Cargill is very exposed and often shrouded
in cloud, creating a unique subalpine environment
on the summit just a short drive away from the
city. While there is a road to the top (very rough
on the final section), the best way to experience
Mount Cargill is by foot via the Organ Pipes. This
two-hour return walk is not difficult (most of the
climbing is in the first 15 minutes) and the track
winds through fine bush, ferns and mosses. What
look like carefully shaped steps are in fact natural
formations of broken rock from the Organ Pipes.
The mountain is part of the rim of a volcano
and the Pipes are basalt rocks that have been
shaped into very precise geometric forms during
the cooling process. The views from the top
are superb. If you want to walk to the top then
follow North Road in the North East Valley until
it eventually morphs into Mount Cargill Road, a
distance of 8km. The car park is 3km from here on
the left, but there is very limited parking space.
Sunset over Port Chalmers and Mount Cargill.
From the city centre take SH 88 to
Port Chalmers and then continue
following the coast on the Aramoana
Road to the end; a distance of 25km.
Essentially, Aramoana is a large
sandbar protecting the sheltered
waters of the Otago Harbour from
the open sea. Facing the ocean
is a wide sweep of white sand
broken by the long breakwater,
constructed to stop the harbour
channel from silting up. Directly
opposite Taiaroa Head, Aramoana
is a good spot to watch albatross
in flight (binoculars will come in
very handy), and fur seals and
blue penguins are not uncommon
on the beach. Just inside the
breakwater, a track and boardwalk
lead through the wide tidal salt
marshes, home to numerous
wading birds including godwits in
the summer months.
Aramoana Beach and Heyward Point.
70 Style | Travel
Royal Albatross, Taiaroa Head Reserve
From Dunedin take the Portobello Road 19km east; at
Portobello, continue east for a further 12km on Harington
Point Road to the very end.
The site of an unusual mainland colony of northern
royal albatross, there are albatross at Taiaroa Head all
year round, although numbers vary considerably. There
is also a blue penguin colony at the centre. The best
time to view the birds is from December to February,
and you are more likely to see them on the wing when
the weather is rough and windy. The only access to the
colony is by guided tour, and bookings are recommended
as this is a very popular spot to visit. While the albatross
are the undoubted stars of the show, the reserve is home
to another 11 bird species, including the rare Stewart
Views from the Royal Albatross Centre.
Like Banks Peninsula in Canterbury, Otago Harbour is the
drowned crater of a large ancient volcano formed during the
Miocene epoch between 13 and 10 million years ago. The
rugged peaks surrounding the harbour are the relics of the
old crater rim, and the basalt columns at the Organ Pipes
on Mount Cargill and the Pyramids in the Okia Reserve are
graphic reminders of this region’s turbulent geological past.
On the peninsula itself, the highest peak is Mount Charles
(408 metres) near Allans Beach and on the mainland Mount
Cargill reaches over 600 metres. Two shallow inlets on the
southern side of the peninsula are a haven for aquatic birds,
while the undeveloped beaches are famed for wildlife such
as seals and penguins.
The Penguin Place
The Penguin Place is 1km from the albatross
colony on Harington Point Road.
Otago Peninsula is home to both blue and
yellow-eyed/hoiho penguins, but in recent
years the popularity of penguin watching
has placed undue stress on the birds with
visitors unintentionally diminishing the
very wildlife they come to see. There
is a viewing hide at Sandfly Bay near
Sandymount, and little blues come ashore
at Pilots Beach just below the albatross
colony. However, an alternative is to visit
the Penguin Place. A working farm with a
colony of rare yellow-eyed penguins as well
as some blues, the Penguin Place offers a
one-and-a-half-hour tour of the breeding
colony, with specially constructed hides
that permit very close viewing of these
stand-offish birds that prefer to keep their
distance from neighbours by nesting in thick
scrub. The Penguin Place has substantially
replanted the dunes, and while the
replanting takes hold, they have provided
private nesting boxes for the birds. Groups
comprise no more than 15 people, and if
there are no penguins the tours don’t go.
Only afternoon and early evening viewings
are available in winter, with all-day tours
from October to Easter; chicks can be seen
November to February.
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Okia Reserve, Victory Beach
Return towards Portobello village and after 9km
turn left into Weir Road. Follow this road, which
is gravel but in reasonable condition, 5km to
This large coastal reserve comprises an
extensive area of dune, wetland and a pristine
beach, wide open to the Southern Ocean
and about as wild as it gets on the Otago
Peninsula. The dunes behind the beach are
nesting grounds for both hoiho and little blue
penguins and a resting area for Hooker’s
sea lions. Easily camouflaged in the scrubcovered
dunes, be aware that the sea lions
can be quite aggressive and dangerous when
disturbed. The volcanic origin of the Pyramids,
two aptly named small hills guarding the
approach to the coast, is evidenced by the
geometric basalt columns on the seaward side
of the smaller pyramid (similar to the Organ
Pipes on Mount Cargill). There is a short
scramble to the top of the smaller pyramid
that gives a lovely view over the dune country.
Return to Portobello village, but instead of heading back
to Dunedin along the coast veer left into Highcliff Road,
which runs along the spine of the peninsula. After 5km
turn left into Sandymount Road and continue 4km to the
car park. Watch for loose sand over the road.
As the name suggests, Sandymount consists of windblown
sand driven up from Sandfly Bay to cover the
rocky summit that rises to 319 metres. A rough track
leads up from the car park to the top, with spectacular
views south to Nugget Point and north to Moeraki
and a glimpse of Dunedin city. However, the area is
best known for the Chasm and Lover’s Leap, dramatic
coastal cliffs over 200 metres high, both reached by
a short easy walk. The Chasm is a huge slash in the
hillside dropping to a rock base and beyond that to
the sea, while at Lover’s Leap a sheer cliff face plunges
to a large sea arch. From both lookout points the
views along the high cliffs on the southern coast of the
peninsula are fantastic, but in windy weather it can be
very exposed so come prepared.
Karetai Trig Lookout
Continue west along Highcliff Road towards Dunedin and
after 5.5km turn left into Centre Road. Follow Centre Road
for 3km and turn left into Tomahawk Road. The track to
the trig starts at the end of Tomahawk Road.
A steady uphill trudge through farmland leads to a
clifftop trig with excellent views west over the city
beaches: Smaills, Tomahawk, St Kilda and St Clair. Far to
the south lies Nugget Point, and to the east along the
coast dramatic sheer-faced cliffs descend into a rugged
sea. This is a good spot to watch seabirds wheeling far
below along the wave-lashed cliffs, while offshore is the
tiny and appropriately named Bird Island.
Return to Highcliff Road and turn left, and
after 1km turn left again into Seal Point Road
and continue 2km to the very end.
Taking its name not from the bloodsucking
insect but from the exposed nature of
the coast that has driven sand high on to
Sandymount, this beautiful, wide, white-sand
beach is flanked by steep cliffs at either end,
while offshore lie several small rock stacks.
Yellow-eyed penguins nest in the extensive
dunes and seals are common on the beach.
You can also walk from Sandymount to
Sandfly Bay (pictured) in under an hour.
Extract from A New
to Touring Natural
New Zealand: 47
Trips by Peter
by Andrew Fear,
published by New
New Zealand, out
now. RRP $39.99.
Grow tautahi held its exclusive preview evening in
the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, where guests
enjoyed refreshments from the Ilex Café and were given
self-guided access to the full festival site prior to the
three-day public event.
Photography: Olivia Woodward Photography
1. Chris Walsh, Aaron Reilly, Ian Jefferies; 2. Owen and Margie Waters; 3. Lynne McAra Clark, Phil Crisp; 4. Jax Hamilton; 5. Sandi MacRae, Murray Strong,
Lisa Goodman, Chris Walsh, Kiri Jarden; 6. Julia Atkinson-Dunn, Tonia Shuttleworth; 7. Wayne, Julie and Paulette Double; 8. Tony, Wendy and Sandi MacRae.
LEXUS URBAN POLO
The Lexus Urban Polo is a contemporary spin on the
traditional game of polo and returned to Hagley Park
in 2021 to provide an unforgettable day of sport, music,
fashion and food.
LES MILLS CITY2SURF
The Les Mills City2Surf in association with Star Media
marked its 48th year on Sunday 21 March, hosting
11,000 runners who took part in the iconic Christchurch
fun run. It was a gloriously sunny day filled with smiles and
celebration of personal achievements!
Photography: Karen Casey
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