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The south island lifestyle magazine

I’m YOURS | september 2021

the People. The PLACES. ThE TRENDS.

Hair today

Why we’re

losing it

Life in style

Advice from fashionista

Lou Heller

Make pie

When life gives

you lemons

"There's always something going on to help

people get together and do things."

Maureen, Myrtle and Sybil, Ryman residents

Visitors to Ryman villages often say they can’t

quite put their finger on it, but it just feels different.

Something to do with the energy of the people

and the way they interact. We know what they’re

talking about. It’s a genuine reflection of the

community that exists in our villages, and one

example of how we’re pioneering a new way

of living for a new retirement generation.

There are 11 Ryman villages throughout the

South Island. To find the village that's right

for you, give us a call on 0800 279 626



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When we’re buying local food or products

that are manufactured in New Zealand or

even more locally, we not only get to help

our local economy but also importantly, we

are reducing how much pollution we cause

indirectly through consumption. Repertoire’s

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they work with and the manufacturing of

their clothing right here in New Zealand.

Shop their new looks in store like the ‘Modern

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Rollaway Rollers are organic essential oil products for children,

made to be super easy, fun to use and work great too! There’s

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Happy Wholefoods baking mixes are packed full of quality

plant-based ingredients that are good for your tummy and

our environment. Made in New Zealand with locally-grown

grains, organic and fair-trade ingredients. Available at Sollos.


The Humble Co. has been leading

a small revolution in personal care,

developing, manufacturing and

marketing eco-friendly and socially

responsible products. Thanks to the

success of the iconic Humble Brush,

the Humble Smile Foundation has

been able to play a significant

role in providing oral healthcare

to underprivileged areas. The full

range is available at Nordic Chill.


Buy good, live green, speak up, make

change and be kind – here you’ll find

true peace. Trade Aid, which started

here in Christchurch, has incredible

initiatives when it comes to sustainability,

supporting local economies and those

in need. By purchasing anything in store

you support their cause. We love their

full chocolate and tea range!


This year, Nudie Jeans became GOTS certified

– an awesome milestone for their industry. They

continued to have a high percentage of sustainable

products in their collection this season, and for

the second year, they mapped their entire supply

chain’s water data and CO2 emissions and invested

in carbon offsetting to cover their business’s full

emissions. Periods of local and national lockdowns

due to the pandemic were also reflected in the

opening hours of their stores. This in turn affected

repairs and sales of secondhand products, but even

so, they managed to repair 45,900 pairs in total

globally. Find yours at Stencil.

“Fun and incredibly

romantic. A jewel that

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Light hearted and funny! Antoinette, a school

teacher, is looking forward to her long planned

summer holidays with her secret lover Vladimir,

the father of one of her pupils. When learning that

Vladimir cannot come because his wife organized a

surprise trekking holiday in the Cévennes National

Park with their daughter and a donkey to carry their

load, Antoinette decides to follow their track, by

herself, with Patrick, a protective donkey.


The Abundant Garden has simple, reliable

strategies and techniques to help maximise

your ability to feed yourself and share with

those around you. With information on

growing a wide variety of vegetables, there

are also helpful charts to help you plan and

plant your garden year-round.

A note to you


Charlotte Smith-Smulders

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Ady Shannon, Deanna Copland, Getty Images,

Hayden Preece, Juliet Speedy, Kelsi Boocock,

Kim Dungey, Krystle Photography,

Simon Devitt

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

local and international home, lifestyle and fashion with its discerning readers.

Enjoy Style online (ISSN 2624-4918) at stylemagazine.co.nz

Do you know what day it is? If you do, some semblance of

normality must have been restored.

Level 4 lockdown was a Groundhog Day reality in our

household, with little to distinguish one day from the next

– though we did try.

We went for walks, had Zoom meetings, baked biscuits,

watched MasterChef and, then, did it all again.

On one day in particular, though, we made a concerted

effort to mix things up. On August 25, our daughter, Ava,

turned 11.

We cancelled work, skipped home school and ate a doublelayered

lemon cake. Friends sent videos, called and did their

best to virtually be there, while my husband recreated the

crispy duck pancake meal we would have ordered – sides,

entrées and all – at her favourite Chinese restaurant.

It was a fantastic day. It was a Wednesday Ava will

remember, lockdown and all.

In times of such uncertainty, it’s important to take the wins

– every day. And, repeat.

Kate Preece


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Designer bag hire & more




Facing up to the issue of

women’s hair loss


Caroline Sills’ fashion brand

is stitched together by family


Lou Heller empowers us to

ditch the self-loathing


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A peek at two artworks to

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New releases & the winner

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The first juniper berry-flavoured sip always goes down nicely.

Regardless of your day’s pursuits, Queenstown’s first

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Just in case

Cell phones are slippery and end

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of your handbag, under your car

seat, and into your dog or toddler’s

mouth. So when Style designer

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recently, she made sure to get a

protective add-on. “I discovered

a cool Karen Walker phone case

which I treated myself to – it’s super

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Limited release

Coming from the West Coast,

it’s apt that the Little Biddy Gin

– Cask Aged (Port) is a rich gold

colour (thanks to being rested in

an oak cask). Distiller Beth Scott,

of Reefton Distilling Co., is behind

the limited release with its vapour

infusion of 13 botanicals, many

of which are foraged from the

nearby rainforest. We say chinchin

to hints of spiced fruit cake,

maple, citrus, cloves and cinnamon.


Guilty of

Phub (verb): ignore (one’s companion

or companions) in order to pay

attention to one’s phone or other

mobile device. Have you been phubbed?

Well, now you’ve got a name for it.

Our designer Rodney’s sure known a

few phubbers in his time!

Virgin vegan

“One morning, frozen after netball and in need of sustenance, we

rushed to Grater Goods (105 Orbell Street, Christchurch). I like

that the bistro and its neighbour, Junk & Disorderly, are housed

in a converted old glass factory. We didn’t know it was vegan so,

like visitors to the moon, we trepidatiously sipped hot drinks made

of coconut and oat milk, and marvelled at how the bagel’s shaved

carrot and filling really did look like salmon and cream cheese!

Marco greeted us newbies with a warm smile and seated us on the

mezzanine, where we could people watch to our heart’s content.”

– Anna Wallace, deputy editor

Nice and natural

Most of us have worn a good

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Breathability and comfort go a

long way (although protection is

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Virtual improvement

“Halfway through Level 4 I finished my one library book. Out

of desperation, I found I could access free ebooks on the

Christchurch City Libraries site (my.christchurchcitylibraries.com).

I started on April Ieremia’s April Loses It: Lose 30 Kilos in 30

Weeks. Having eaten my way through each lockdown,

it seemed a good choice. I’m booked in for the Sotheby’s

Queenstown 10km, and it would be nice to run lighter.”

– Anna Wallace, deputy editor

Grateful son

“My mother-in-law, Marie, was the best thing about lockdown

for our clan. Breakfast was served every morning at 8 on

the dot – poached eggs on crumpets with home fries, smoothies,

bacon and pikelets with maple syrup! She did the

chores while we worked and was a great laugh!”

– Gary Condon, account manager

Slice of heaven

“As well as making the crowd-favourite lolly

cake with my two preschoolers (see Style

Instagram), I also decided to give a recipe

shared by All Caked Up by Lisa, a crack.

‘Pinky Bar Slice’ – how could I not?

I’m a huge fan of her work. Lisa makes

amazing cakes (we even had her make

our son George’s 2nd birthday cake).

Baking, it’s good for the soul.”

– Emma Rogers, designer

’Tis our lot

“One Sunday morning in

lockdown, we moved a bunch

of self-sown hebes to make

way for a family vege garden. I

shovelled dirt and my husband

put the digger to good use.

As lockdown extended, so

too did the boxed gardens –

our patch now allotment size!

I’ve sown broccoli, shallots,

rocket, carrots and radishes,

and can’t wait till we can get

more materials to finish the


– Kate Preece, editor

Home chemistry

It’s hard to hide from housework

when you’re at home 24/7.

The weeds loved the sunshine

and a dirty oven is hard to ignore

when it’s on the way to the kettle.

So our team got practical on it.

Sales manager Viv Montgomerie

decided she’d fight weeds with...

baking ingredients. “My mum and I

made our own weed spray

with white vinegar, detergent

and baking soda.” Zoe Williams,

marketing manager, was similarly

inspired: “I had a burst of

motivation and cleaned the oven

with baking soda and water, then

left it for a day and washed it off

with white vinegar. It worked!”


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b y L ynette McFadden

‘Locked down but looking up’ is

how I’d describe this, our

second national Level 4


What have you made of

it? Did you survive, thrive,

walk daily, bake madly,

online shop gladly, consider

other job prospects, think

about those that are finding

themselves in tremendously

vulnerable positions and, more

importantly, what did you learn

about yourself and the worlds –

personal and professional – that you


I’ve learnt so much about myself and

about the resilience and compassion that

exists around us all. In 2020, when we went

into our first lockdown, my major emotion

was fear. Fear of the unknown, fears for our

business, our family, our friends.

You name it I was scared silly about it.

Strategy, support and structure got me

through – as they probably did for many

others – but this time it’s different. You’re

not as scared when you know a bit, or

should I say a lot, more about what you’re

dealing with. Here’s some of what I’ve


1. Business hasn’t completely stopped.

Auctions were able to be undertaken

utilizing the Zoom platform and this

allowed us to sell unconditionally 20 out

of 22 properties at a full range of prices

and across a myriad of locations. That’s

a massive change from last year and it’s

gone a long way to ensuring confidence

in the market for all participants. For me,

the standouts from the auctions have

included the huge benefit to vendors of

having property videos and floor plans,

the increase in buying without seeing and

the continued strong demand for property

despite everything, as evidenced by

multiple bidders and some bidding wars

between highly motivated parties. People

are calmer, me included. As a business

we have daily (usually six days a week)

meetings which have been proactive and

constructive, training, company meetings,

Q & A, recruitment meetings and team

yoga. This rhythm ensures and engenders

a quiet confidence and has enabled a

different level of leadership effectiveness.

2. Thinking forward to the future has

also been more evident. What if this is an

ongoing part of our reality? What changes

need to keep occurring to remain relevant

and productive? And then processing

these thoughts into an actionable plan.

3. At a personal level, last year’s bubble

was a biggie. Five beautiful members of my

family all together with John and I made

for a noisy, busy time. This time, with only

the two of us, it’s been so different. No

more Warriors reruns, war movies or gentle

walks with my dad, no more ten meals

a day, care of my mum or dance lessons

from our niece. I’ve missed that.

Whatever your lockdown has looked or

felt like, I hope there’s been a quiet lesson

somewhere in it.

Here’s mine:

“Happiness is being able to enjoy

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See you


Don’t stop eventing

Motivate yourself with an exercise

goal by joining the Virtual Events Club

(virtualeventsclub.co.nz). Enter a walking,

biking, running or swimming event with

other people from New Zealand and the

world – without even seeing each other!

Log your results from the 20th until the

end of each month. Enter one event or the

whole Series. All profit goes to

Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Skill up Saturdays

DIY workshops run every

weekend. Learn about houseplants

and make stencil art.

Tool Lendery,

178 Cashel Street, Christchurch,

September 18, 25


An exhibition featuring art from the

trio of printmaker Ben Reid, multidisciplinary

artist Hamish Southcott

and painter Tania Bostock.

Works viewable online too.

Little River Gallery, Canterbury,

Until September 22

Toga mo Bolata’ane

This ngatu tā’uli (blackened tapa

cloth), by artist Kulimoe’anga

Stone Maka, tells the story of

the meeting and relationship

between the queens of Tonga

and Britain in the mid 1900s.

Christchurch Art Gallery

Te Puna o Waiwhetū

September 24 –

October 25

Eat your way

If you’re visiting another

region, or re-discovering

your own, these area

lists of cafès, bars, tours,

restaurants, farmers’

markets, and festivals

will help you to build a

taste-filled itinerary.


Until September 19 Until September 19


Large-scale film photographs

by Emily Parr (Ngāi Te Rangi,

Moana, Pākehā), whose

practice is orientated by the

ocean and, in particular, whales.

The Physics Room,

The Arts Centre,


Eat. Taste. Central

Local cafés, restaurants

and cellar doors put on a

collective ‘Central Otago

Regional Menu’ that

celebrates the region’s

culinary story and produce.

Various locations,

Central Otago


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Hair for you

Science tells us that women of all ages can experience hair loss, for one of

many reasons. Four Canterbury ladies speak up in the hope of banishing shame

and highlighting the options available.

Words Anna Wallace

Style | Feature 21

22 Style | Feature

Dr Padmaja Redekar,

trichologist and owner,


Janine Gräter,

hairdresser and owner,

Black Hairdressing

If you’ve had that sinking feeling as clumps of hair slide

unceremoniously down the shower drain, you’re not

alone. By 50, around 40 per cent of women will show signs

of hair loss. Christchurch experts, hairdresser Janine Gräter

and trichologist Dr Padmaja Redekar, attest to the growing

frequency of alopecia (the medical name for hair loss) and

its causes.

In the last decade, salon owner Janine Gräter has seen

a dramatic rise in the number of females experiencing

hair loss, about half of whom are under 30. Yet, common

conditions such as alopecia areata and female-pattern

baldness (or thinning) still remain “taboo subjects” in New

Zealand, she says.

Dr Padmaja Redekar recalls her surprise when, upon

emigrating from India and hoping to work under a local

trichologist (hair and scalp specialist), she found there wasn’t

one. Having set up her own clinic, she’s currently one of two

New Zealand professionals registered with the International

Association of Trichologists. Four years later, she’s still amazed

at how little awareness Kiwis have of female hair loss.

“Many women are in denial, or find the idea of facing up

to it daunting. Shame and low self-esteem are a big part

of it,” Padmaja says. “Hair loss is not just about hair, it’s all

about emotion.”

Be it a temporary or permanent condition, hair specialists

like Janine and Padmaja can help to stop further progression,

stimulate regrowth and conceal hair loss. They also

understand – as they’ve both experienced it for themselves.


Janine’s frank, authoritative manner is reassuring. It’s born from

over three decades’ hairdressing experience, and knowing

what it feels like to see a different person in the mirror. You

quickly get the sense that her knowledge and passion are of

huge benefit to hair-loss clients visiting Black Hairdressing in

The Colombo.

Many years ago, unbeknown to colleagues, the young

hairdresser worked at New Zealand Fashion Week while

wearing a wig.

“No one knew. Because I was a hairdresser, people thought

my attempts to hide it were just me being cool.”

Janine’s alopecia was triggered by cosmetic surgery (surgery

of any kind can put stress on the body).

“It’s gotten better over time and at one point I was in

Causes of hair loss in women

• During life stages such as puberty

and menopause, oestrogen

(female sex hormone) levels

change. Less oestrogen allows

the dihydrotestosterone (DHT)

androgen to dominate, which can

stop or slow hair growth when it

enters the hair follicle and root cells.

• After childbirth, it’s common for

women to shed some of the hair

gained during pregnancy.

• A hysterectomy, endometriosis

and polycystic ovary syndrome can

affect hormone levels too, resulting

in androgen excess.

• Some contraceptive pills can lead

to a hormonal imbalance over time.

• Hereditary hair loss accounts for

the majority of cases.

• In any form, stress produces

hormones that bind with enzymes

to create DHT.

• A shocking event can distress your

body and result in abnormal or

excessive hair shedding.

• Poor diet can cause an imbalance

of nutrients to the hair roots.

Common causes of hair loss

include mineral deficiencies (iron,

vitamin D, zinc and iodine), thyroid

dysfunction and protein deficiency.

• Dramatic weight loss can be

a trigger.

• Chemical hair products, such as

straightening products, can cause

hair to fall out and thin over time.

As can tight hairstyles.

• Even contact with makeup and

sunscreens can affect the frontal

hair regions.

• Severe illness, disease (including

autoimmune and inflammatory

skin diseases), surgery and

chemotherapy can trigger hair

loss, as can heavy medication, such

as steroids or growth hormone


Style | Feature 23

remission, but I now know I’ll always have to deal with the

hair loss coming back.”

Poor hair doesn’t just happen, says Janine. She observes

that unless it’s genetic, the underlying factor is usually

poor health. Her gluten allergy, anaemia and fibroids are

contributing aspects too.

“I had to adjust my diet to manage my symptoms and after

that, my hair did change. I still take B vitamins and iron.”

When the hair loss came back a few years ago, Janine

made a choice.

“I had an opportunity to show everybody what I was going

through. I wanted to help women by showing how hair

pieces can help.”

After 20 years working with hair extensions, Janine could

see the issues clients were experiencing so started designing

her own products.

“I’m a doer; I knew I had to take action to change it.”

Her research led to simple innovations, such as decreasing

the number of extensions, switching from methyl to silicone

material for comfort, and providing more hair than less to

cover the bare bits. Manufactured in China or the US, the

pieces are made from real hair and trialled first.

Black Hairdressing also sells wigs and toppers (an

alternative hair clip, cap or small wig to be worn on top of

the head). Janine says the technology is so advanced now

that wearers can shower, exercise and be intimate without

fear of the piece falling off.

The initial assessment is a chance to answer client

questions and discuss different looks to achieve as natural a

result as possible. Depending on what the hair will support,

products can be tried on. If opting for extensions, they take

1.5–2 hours to apply.

“I know how long it takes to be ready to wear hair, so

we’re a place for people to land when they realise they’ve

got options. I commit to staying with each person on their

journey, as it can be an emotional rollercoaster,” Janine says.


When Nici Clark noticed a gap in the front of her hair

parting, she put it down to a “bad head of foils”. It wasn’t

long after she’d given birth to her son and she figured the

post-partum hair loss would grow back. But it didn’t. For a

while she just put her hair up so that it blended in. About five

years ago, when Nici’s hair got even thinner at the front, she

started looking at options.

“I tried some Nioxin products, traditional ‘remedies’, a

female version of Rogaine – I even rubbed coffee into my

head, on a friend’s advice,” she chuckles. “But about a year

ago I decided I had to address the issue head-on.”

The doctor diagnosed alopecia areata, a genetic

autoimmune disorder that can be triggered by a variety of

factors. Nici recalls her periods stopping around two years

ago in what she thought was peri-menopause (she’s in

her mid-forties), but later discovered was ovarian cancer.

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Surgery to remove the ovaries saved her life, but at around

the same time Nici lost her job and her mum became

very unwell. Stress and hormonal changes are well-known

triggers for hair loss.

In time, Nici started studying for a counselling

qualification, and she spoke with her hairdresser, Janine

Gräter, about options. They decided to try a topper to

cover the patch at the front of her head where there was

nothing to clip onto.

Armed with a medical certificate (as the doctor could

find no hair follicles) Nici, with Janine’s help, was able to

apply for the wigs and hairpieces subsidy available from the

Ministry of Health. It assists those who suffer from serious

hair loss due to a medical condition or certain cancer

therapies. The reduced cost helped, and Nici now has three

hairpieces, covering day and night looks.

“I have curly hair, so Janine perms the piece for me. I love

my topper – it’s thick and blends in. It has a fringe in it – I’ve

never had a fringe before! It’s good as you can’t see the

edges, even when it’s windy.

“Janine cuts the hair, colours it, tones it – she matches it

perfectly to your hair. My partner says they’re natural and

pretty, which is huge. I’m so much more confident wearing

one. I see so many women living with hair loss but it’s still

a taboo subject. I want people to know they have a choice.

You can’t live your best life if you’re not embracing yourself.”


Like many new mums, Padmaja Redekar experienced postpartum

hair fall.

“Hair shedding every day was very daunting and it felt like

I was losing confidence slowly. It took me a while to gain

control over my hair again.”

As a trichologist, Dr Padmaja is energised to meet the

hair and scalp problems women face. Proceedings at her

Hairmantra clinic start with a consultation, where she takes

note of a client’s family history, diet, menstrual cycle and

health background.

“By the time they come to me, generally 50 per cent

of the damage is done. Scarring can be quite bad by that

stage,” she explains.

Low-level laser therapy penetrates the scalp to work at the

hair follicle level. This is one of the main treatments Padmaja

offers, with encouraging results.

“Hair grows at about half an inch a month. When I see

reduced swelling and new shoots of hair after a few months

it puts a smile on both our faces – it’s an amazing feeling.”

Lindy Cai, a university student in her early twenties,

experienced female-pattern thinning while still at high school.

“It was very bad… I would always get huge clumps of hair

landing on my clothes.”

Lacking in belief after several failed attempts to find help,

Lindy’s laser treatment sessions with Padmaja “helped with

my confidence and gave me useful advice for my thinning

hair”. She started to see results after two months, and new

hair had emerged within six months.

“The empty gaps were becoming less visible and I could

feel it was thicker than before.”

Lindy encourages others to take note of their health and

lifestyle. “I used to suffer from stress and sleep deprivation; I

knew I wasn’t in good health, but I ignored it.”

Depending on the diagnosis, Padmaja also offers chemicalfree

and anti-DHT treatments, supplements and concealing

nano fibres to temporarily cover gaps and provide a fuller look.

Post-Covid, the trichologist noticed a spike in enquiries and

credits that to the stress many people were under. “Balanced

emotions help keep hair balanced,” she says.

Padmaja hopes that women will talk about this issue more,

and come forward earlier. Janine agrees: “If we can just drop

some of the shame around the issue of women’s hair loss, we

can get to the solution quicker. You don’t have to suffer in

pain – you can have hair.”

ABOVE FROM LEFT: Nici Clark conceals her condition with a topper, designed and styled by Janine

Gräter; Dr Padmaja Redekar assesses the health of a client’s hair and scalp.

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The Sills stable

With youngsters in tow, Caroline Sills grew her fashion label from basement beginnings.

Four decades later, those children now lead key aspects of the iconic retail brand.

Words Juliet Speedy

ABOVE: Caroline Sills is now a fully fledged family business, with daughters

Toni and Christina – and husband Lloyd – on board.

28 Style | Feature

When I ask fashion legend Caroline Sills what

her role in the business is these days, there’s

a slight pause before she turns to daughter Toni,

who’s in the same room. “Hold on, I’d like to get it

from the horse’s mouth. Toni, what’s my role now?”

Her daughter is handed the phone, “Oh hi – she’s

good at doing that – passing the buck,” Toni laughs.

Toni now has a crucial role in the sales and

marketing of the business, and it’s very clear from

talking with the successful pair that they have a

fabulous relationship in work and life. When we

talk on a winter weekday morning, the two of them

are in the shop together going through the new

collection and all the luxurious cashmere knitwear

that the label is famous for.



The iconic Caroline Sills label is now a fully fledged

family business. Both daughters, Toni and Christina,

work there, as does Caroline’s husband, accountant

Lloyd Sills. The businesswoman started out when

the children were small. A trained nurse, she

needed a new direction that suited her family

better, so she moved into fashion.

It was small to start with, but soon Caroline was

selling in a boutique on Queen Street. “And that

grew like topsy because it was all hand-knitted,

you know, ladies on hand-knitting machines.” The

label’s popularity was unstoppable, all while she was

balancing a young family.

“It just kept growing and growing. I don’t think

I had a meal sitting down for about three years. It

was very intense, we used to work in the basement

of my home,” Caroline recalls.

Her daughter Toni was about three years old

when the Sills brand spread across the country. The

South Island has always been an important market.

Iconic Christchurch fashion store Quinns, which

no longer exists, was the first home for the label. It

was after owner Margaret Quinn died that Caroline

decided to open her own store in Merivale.

“Margaret and I had a really nice relationship

and I sold to her for at least 30 years. She was an

absolute powerhouse, a pocket rocket. When she

died, for such a long time it was a really sad area

for Merivale, because Quinns was such a hub of

influence. So that was when we decided to open up

a shop, to give back on some of that commitment

people had to our product.”

They now own six stores across New Zealand,

the most recent opening in Wānaka just over a

year ago. Wholesaling had become more difficult;

boutiques were closing because it was getting

harder to make money. “I also wanted to display

our own collection and how I felt I wanted it to be

represented. So that’s been the newest evolvement

in our business.”

ABOVE: The first South Island Sills + Co store opened in Merivale, Christchurch, four years ago.

Style | Feature 29


The label is renowned for its knitwear,

but these days the designs are more

diverse and just as divine. Caroline is

innovative and often the person in the

family pushing most for change.

“I really embrace change, thank

goodness, because it certainly is the

industry that allows you that.”

The ladies in the basement on

hand-knitting machines are a distant

memory, with all their woollens now

made in China.

“We tried a lot of New Zealand

factories but they had more interest

in their own range, so it was just too

hard to meet deadlines for us. We’ve

had a really good relationship with the

same knitter in China for a long time;

their quality is amazing.”

Around 70 per cent of the woven

garments are still New Zealand-made

and they’re always looking for new

ways to be sustainable. “We’re not

making a song and dance about it,

we’re just trying to quietly do the

right thing and not make exaggerated

claims,” Caroline says.

TOP: The label’s fashion and lifestyle range is divinely diverse.

ABOVE: As someone who embraces change, Caroline is always looking for new ways to innovate and be sustainable.

30 Style | Feature


Toni always knew she’d end up working in

the business as an adult, but she wanted to

get her own experience first. Both she and

Christina spent their school holidays helping

out in the warehouse and were entrenched

in the brand from a young age. Toni studied

and spread her wings, getting experience with

other companies in New Zealand and abroad,

so she could contribute her own skillset to the

Caroline Sills brand.

“I really started full time when I came back

from my OE. I think we had one computer, so

there was a lot that I could add through my

experience of other companies, which I thought

was important.”

Toni says opening up their own stores has

been a game changer for the label because

people can see the entire range.

“Having our own stores has made us much

more in touch. It keeps us honest about what

sells and what doesn’t sell – what people are

wanting. It’s made us much more astute, having

our ear on the ground, rather than just having

wholesale alone. And hopefully it’s made us

produce better ranges because we feel the pain

of the retail store, because we are the retail store

now too,” says Toni.

When I ask who their market is, Caroline

laughs. “I always used to joke and say it’s anybody

with a credit card.”


Caroline is not so active in designing now and

works more as a consultant, but Toni says her

contribution is still the backbone of the business.

“Her role is very much as a mentor to the

design and the stores. Everyone is very mindful

that it’s Caroline’s name on everything, so she

has a standard that she expects because it’s

her name on the window. She’s very involved

– being in the stores and making sure there’s a

consistency in the aesthetic.”

It’s obviously working. Covid-19 and a more

competitive fashion market hasn’t seen a

slowdown of the Sills empire. Its success and

subsequent workload are punctuated for the

family with regular get-togethers in Waiheke.

Toni and Christina both have their own children,

so the family now consists of three generations.

Toni says they all have their own lanes at work.

Lloyd Sills sits downstairs sorting the money and

Christina focuses on the merchandising. “We all

work well together and have enough respect for

each other, we know each other’s strengths, and

it just works.”

ABOVE: Toni believes having their own stores ensures they’re in touch with what people want.


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Ironically for someone who’s a Cup Day judge, stylist Lou Heller is about

the least judgemental person you’ll meet. Her mission is to empower others

through their own personal style evolution.

Words Anna Wallace

Style | Feature 33

34 Style | Feature

Of course Lou Heller has opinions and favourites, as

you’d expect of a stylist. She can foretell a fashion

moment, nails a first impression and lives for true design.

“Clothing is my passion; it’s how I speak to the world,”

she says.

Yet Lou goes beyond quick fixes – she likes going “deep”

with her clients, beyond the latest silhouette or hue. With

each connection Lou makes, she encourages women to

lean on each other, listen to themselves and allow their soul

to sparkle. Her clients gain personal style awareness that

steers them through the years, not just the next season.

It’s no surprise, then, that empathetic yet on-point Lou

chooses “chameleon” as her style word. Who better to

be judging the looks at the IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup

Day on November 9, than someone who does the tango

between gut instinct and thought-out look for a living?


Lou challenges clients to tune into their self-talk. You know,

the bullying chatterbox in your head that drowns out any

nice comments your friend or partner makes.

Transforming a person’s look is less about waving a style

wand, says Lou, than giving their confidence a shake-up and

that dastardly inner saboteur a good talking to. It only takes

a few minutes of her opening a wardrobe door before the

anxieties appear. We all have them, she assures us.

“As I’ve grown in the role of stylist, I’ve come to

understand it’s not just about clothing. It’s so much deeper

than that – it’s about being heard.”

What was the little girl who ran to the farm letterbox to

fetch her mum’s EziBuy catalogue and cut out the pictures

trying to say?

“Enough with the track pants, let’s turn them into stirrup

pants!” she laughs.

“I’ve been on a massive journey. I had negative selftalk

too. We aren’t born thinking this, but someone else

conditions us or projects their insecurities onto us. You

hear something negative repeated two or three times and

you’re going to believe the story. These wrong words can

cause wounds that last for years.”

She often hears comments like: “I can’t wear that colour

or style”; “I have nothing to wear”; or “I don’t know how to

put an outfit together.”

At times, women and men are too scared to stand out,

says Lou. And that’s what she wants to change. In her talks,

she doesn’t focus on the latest trends; rather, she asks the

audience, “Who are you getting dressed for and why?”

Lou keeps her confidence afloat through positive self-talk.

“The earthquakes really shifted something in me and in

the last few years in particular, I feel like I’ve woken up.

I’ve had to work hard to fall in love with parts of myself

again, as at times I’d let others define who I thought I

needed to be.”

The stylist suggests it’s helpful to focus on one thing at

a time.

“I learnt to like my eyes, so I say that to myself now,”

she admits. “Talking differently to yourself makes you dress

better, eat better. Making sure your internal voice is kind

– it’s huge. Words can be powerful, words carry energy.”

“It’s hard to watch with my teen daughter... I tell her to

trust her gut, to spend time on things, experiences and

people that make her feel like ‘her’. I believe this can change

the whole narrative.

“I have a much stronger sense of self now, which helps

me to connect with my clients.”


Lou is in Auckland shopping with clients when we speak.

She’s just been helping a successful businesswoman whose

black-and-white wardrobe is full of the same type of

clothes. Lou is just the person to change things up.

“It’s been a re-education for my client. She lost a parent

when she was 12 – her inner child, her voice, got drowned

out as she was forced to grow up quickly and look after

others. The experience meant she forgot how to have fun,”

says Lou empathetically.

“I’ve been helping her to rediscover the beautiful tones

that suit her so well, to reassure her that she deserves to

be fashionable.”

The last few years, Lou has seen a change within people.

Her business has “gone gung ho”, perhaps because people

are prioritising themselves more.

Lou plays an active educator role. Focused on equipping

as many people as possible with knowledge, she provides

group sessions, public talks and Instagram videos. In autumn

she held ‘The Style Fundamentals with Lou Heller’ events

across the country.

“I get so frustrated that women are still wedded to

an eighties colour palette! People need to re-learn the

fundamentals, based on their own style.

“I think in the past, stylists imposed a fashion trend

without giving their clients the tools to see what works for

them, without teaching them how to approach decisions

in the future. People just ended up with clothes they don’t

wear. It’s time for them to trust their gut.”


Teenage Lou was always shopping with and styling her

friends. “I could see things other people couldn’t.”

The career advice she received was to work the store

floor in retail or go to design school, neither of which

appealed. Coming from a horticultural family, creative

Lou first trained as a florist. Ten years ago, while raising

her three kids, she took the leap and started an online

clothing store that sold brands new to our shores (think

Camilla and Marc). It was when working for a designer

retailer that the penny dropped.

“True designers know what their clothes mean to a

person and how it feels to wear that item every day.

However, a lot of stores are packed full of ‘wardrobe-

Style | Feature 35

stuffers’. I could see a massive gap

in the market. We were selling the

same thing each season, items that

appealed to the big spenders, but I

felt something was missing between

what was on offer and what

customers needed.”

Thus, a professional stylist was

born, one who sees the power in

her work.

“I find it humbling to see women

change – from not being able to

look in the mirror to saying out

loud how amazing they look! I can

read it all over their faces and half

the time we both end up in tears.”

People are keen to learn from

Lou – when she posts a video on

Instagram, she reaches thousands of

viewers, mostly Kiwis and Aussies.

While she can’t get to each

wardrobe, she can encourage

people to learn more about

themselves and listen to their

inner voice. This is a large part of

why she travels, does events and

delivers presentations. That’s why

she’s channelling her energy into

a new education tool available to

the masses.

“I’m looking at producing a book

as e-modules, teaching customers

how to do the work themselves.”

As for shopping, yes, Lou

does spend much of her time

in Auckland and Christchurch,

helping clients with vastly different

budgets. She’s as much at home

with designers or hunting looks

out around town as she is in a

second-hand shop or reselling her

ensembles on Instagram.

One of Lou’s packages is helping a

client to reorganise their wardrobe.

“There’s power in your

wardrobe and what you can get

out of it, people just need to know

how to pull from it.”

LEFT: For Lou, clothing is how she

“speaks to the world”, sharing her

knowledge at events as well as through

personal styling sessions (see overleaf

for Lou’s spring fashion tips). The stylist

will be a judge at The Crossing Fashion

Starts Here competition at Addington’s

IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day – find her

race day notes on pages 38–39.

36 Style | Feature



Show some skin in new

and unexpected ways



Like, next-level




CUP DAY 2021




Exaggerated sleeves aren’t

going anywhere




Think high rise and

wide leg, with a bit

of detail


Stylist Lou Heller shares her

picks for the season.





the high







An evolution

of last year’s

colour trends



From blazers

to shirts, the


look reigns


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True and blue

As one of the judges presiding over IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day’s

famous ‘The Crossing Fashion Starts Here’ competition, stylist Lou Heller

talks us through the themes – including two new categories.

The iconic Best Dressed Man

and Lady categories remain a

showcase of demure, elegant

refinement and classic lines.

For Lou, these outfits need

“a high level of detail – it’s got to

be a seamless look”.

New: Contemporary

It’s time to up the stakes – in a modern way.

Lou anticipates seeing a high standard of

fashion, with a twist. “Whether it’s a new-age

vibe, elevated street style or more modern

accessories, I’m sure people will get creative.

Check out runway websites for inspiration.”

Laura Byrne gave

off a summery,

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Modern accessories

like Kate Peck’s racy


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First-time Cup Day attendees,

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Achieve track-worthy status with a

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New: IRT Something Blue

In honour of sponsor IRT, anyone wearing something

blue can make the photo wall (finalists will be contacted

later in the day). Lou wonders if the latest trend

of pastel blues will appear, and how many racegoers

will combine the two new categories. “This theme

may feel more casual, but I’d still love to see people

making the effort Cup Day is known for.”



Australasia’s biggest harness

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This rock-solid home near Queenstown was designed to

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ABOVE: This Jacks Point home is clad in stone excavated from the building site.

Style | Home 41

More than 200 tonnes of stone

quarried from the Jacks Point site

was used in the home’s cladding, access

road and retaining walls. A massive

rock, weighing nearly 20 tonnes, greets

visitors at the entry, while a 15-tonne

stone is used to hem in the outdoor

area to the north.

DCD Ltd owner Dennis Dowling says

building the home was a “huge amount

of fun” because it tested his team’s

ability to deliver to the highest standard

they were capable of.

Te Toka (The Rock) was named

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Designed by Rafe Maclean Architects,

the home sits on 4.8ha of land above

Lake Wakatipu and is used as a parttime

residence by its international


Those owners wanted a home that

was “anchored, strong, earthquakeresilient

and able to be completely off

grid”, Dennis explains.

“It was just as much about building

something that was going to last as

creating something beautiful.”

Spread over 820sqm, the property

includes a “great room”, four en suite

bedrooms, a gym and an indooroutdoor

room with an open fire.

Steel-framed, timber sun shades roll

across the outside of the west-facing

windows, and a wide cantilevered

opening allows the owners to open up

the entire southwest corner of the home.

Serving as a family hub, the “great

room” has space for dining, socialising

at the pool table and lounging in front

of the television. Coffered and recessed

ceilings made of engineered European

oak create zones within this large space

and hide access to air conditioning units

located above the ceiling.

An expanse of glass, 3m tall and nearly

10m long, offers stunning views of Lake

Wakatipu and Cecil Peak.

The property was modelled in the

same way as a passive house, with

60cm external walls providing significant

thermal performance and earthquake

resilience. Triple-glazing and spruce

window frames were used throughout,

and the internal insulation is wool.

A timber roof reduced the use of

concrete and steel while also eliminating

thermal bridging.

A 25kW solar array feeds a 20kWh

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Marble and glass give the master bedroom en suite a simple but sophisticated feel;

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delineate different zones within the ‘‘great room’’; The awards recognised the home’s craftsmanship, sustainability, bathrooms

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46 Style | Art

Sculpture on the Peninsula

After two iconic decades, the upcoming exhibition will be the last.

Ady Shannon talks with two of the local artists who’ll feature.

From January 28–30, on the beautiful grounds of

Loudon Farm in Banks Peninsula, a selection of

New Zealand’s best sculptors will vie to impress the

public and the judges.

Organised by the Lombardy Charitable Trust, many

volunteers have been involved since Geoff Swinard

kicked things off in 2000. The event has raised more

than $750,000 for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre

and the committee hopes thousands of attendees will

support this cause in the new year.

ABOVE: Inspired by her vintage mannequin collection and love of family,

Rebecca Stewart’s Till They Have Faces installation features flower stems set in resin arms.

Style | Art 47


Work is underway to renovate an old army barracks in Phillipstown to provide a

fit-for-purpose studio for Papanui High School art teacher, Rebecca Stewart.

Rebecca in her studio.

At the end of this year, Rebecca

is taking a year out from

teaching students to focus on her

own artistic pursuits. Having juggled

the demands of full-time teaching,

parenting and regular exhibitions

for the past 17 years, she is looking

forward to concentrating on her

own art work and spending more

time with her family.

In the meantime, she is working

to complete an installation for

Sculpture on the Peninsula. The

event takes place on a working

farm and participating artists are

encouraged to create site-specific

works. The venue includes grassed

paddocks, hills and ridgelines,

woodland areas, and numerous

barns and outbuildings. Rebecca’s

delighted that she has been

assured of her first pick; the former


“I was really stoked to get that

venue. My installation – flower stems

set in resin arms – reminds me of

arteries, so that resonates in that


For many years, Rebecca has

collected vintage mannequins and

uses the limbs and body forms

in her art. Her event installation

involves 15 individual artworks

made of arm and hand moulds from

female and child mannequins. Each

piece will be suspended on vintage

hooks and pulleys from the ceiling of

the small, cylinder-shaped building.

The title Till They Have Faces is

about family relationships, growth

and touch.

“Hands are so tactile. The pieces

range in size – representing mothers,

children, family bonds. These are

themes that resonate with me,”

Rebecca says.

Each piece requires hours of

work. First, Rebecca makes a silicone

mould from a mannequin. This

is embedded with a floral stem

created from assorted colourful

artificial flowers, bamboo shoots

and fern fronds then filled with

resin. Once the mould is removed,

Rebecca painstakingly sands back the

finished product to create a crystalclear


She is reluctant to quantify the

time involved in completing each

work. “Oh my goodness, I try not to

think about that otherwise it simply

wouldn’t be worth it.”

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Stories of the sea, shipwrecks and ocean voyages have long

captivated Banks Peninsula artist Anna Dalzell.

Anna Dalzell at work

(photo by Rewa Randall).

RIGHT: The Ship Girl

and Body Post – invisible

women of the sea

by Anna Dalzell.

When Anna was offered an artist’s passage to travel

around the sub-Antarctic islands, she leapt at the rare

opportunity to be part of the Heritage Expeditions voyage.

Memories and images from that trip have inspired her work

for Sculpture on the Peninsula.

Setting off from Bluff in February – along with other

intrepid explorers, artists, scientists, and crew members

– was the culmination of a long-time interest in the

southern seas for Anna.

“I have always been fascinated by the region and the

notorious stories of discovery, survival shipwrecks and

disaster. There is a particular dry-plate glass negative taken

by David De Maus in 1887 of the Derry Castle figurehead

that fascinated me. The vessel was shipwrecked on the

notorious reef surrounding the Auckland Islands with the

figurehead propped up, as if a headstone for the drowned

seafarers,” she explains.

The original image in the Alexander Turnbull Library

shows a makeshift memorial on the coastline, created from

debris that resurfaced from the wrecks. The figurehead and

other relics are now in the Canterbury Museum collection.

That photo, along with her experiences, sketchings and

journal records from the 18-day voyage, are the inspiration

behind the work she is creating, titled The Ship Girl and Body

Post – invisible women of the sea.

This is the third time Anna has participated in the South

Island’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition, and she is excited

by the scale offered by the unique outdoor venue.

“This event provides a good excuse to make something

quite different and specifically for the site. I can be less

constrained and more creative than if I was creating

something for a gallery.”

Her work will take advantage of the event’s lack of size

restrictions, plus the backdrop of Lyttelton Harbour. The

installation features her interpretation of a carved

wooden ship’s bow, topped by a bronze bust figurehead.

Behind the bow, a tall mast pole supports a sail created

from linen, muslin and silk to resemble a deconstructed


The sculpture is also a tribute to Elizabeth Farr, an Irish

convict’s daughter who left the penal colony on Norfolk

Island at the age of 13, to be the captain’s ‘ship girl’ on a

passing vessel, Perseverance. The captain, two crew members

and Elizabeth perished when their rowboat capsized as they

attempted to land at Campbell Island. Her body was buried

in what Anna calls, “a lonely grave at the bottom of the


Anna is keen to see the tale’s false history, romanticised

in early novels, made real. The sail represents the dress

that Elizabeth might have worn, complete with whalebone

corsetry sewn into the ethereal, ghost-like dress design.

Anna’s work-in-progress is coming together “bit by bit” in

time for January.

“The figure in wax is ready to cast, the milled redwood

for the bow is lying on my drive, and I have had a lesson in

how to use a chainsaw.”

Bookings for Friday’s Grand Opening are available from November 21 ($90). Saturday and Sunday tickets

will be sold on the gate 9.30am – 5.00pm ($20 adult, U15 free). sculpturenz.co.nz


with Tim Goom

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The recent resurgence of COVID in the community and the

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With two young kids, I spent last lockdown constructing a

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52 Style | Promotion

Eye care

Are your eyes feeling dry, blurry or irritated? You could be suffering from

dry eye, a common condition which can be treated.

Affecting 20 per cent of adults in New Zealand and

Australia, dry eye can be frustrating, especially when it

interferes with your day-to-day activities.

Dry eye refers to a range of factors that reduce the

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“The oily layer in tears is particularly important for

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“Dry eye is often overlooked but tears are our outermost

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Dry eye symptoms include:

• Blurry or fluctuating vision

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Sufferers try an average of four different types of eye

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Style | Wellbeing 53

Catching enough Zs

Time spent in the land of nod affects our appearance, health,

mood and performance. Just because you can survive with less sleep,

doesn’t mean you wouldn’t benefit from more of it,

says naturopath Deanna Copland.

One night without sleep is manageable, but over time the accumulation

of sleep debt can impact the quality of your life.

Lack of sleep can also increase the risk of serious conditions, including chronic pain.

Sleep is restorative and enables your body to re-energise – no other

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54 Style | Wellbeing

Calm the nerves

To be able to fall sleep, your nervous system has to calm

down. This is easier said than done in today’s fast-paced,

‘always-on’ world, where your nervous system is constantly

thrown into overdrive. If you have chronic pain, you already

have a more active nervous system. Here’s some ways you

can support your nervous system before the lights go out.


Breathing properly can support the transition from your

sympathetic nervous system (‘fight or flight’ response) to

your parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic

nervous system is responsible for rest, digestion, hormonal

balance and relaxation. A growing number of studies show

that breathing techniques are effective against anxiety and


Alternate nostril breathing is thought to allow both sides of

your brain to function optimally, which in turn calms the mind.

Use your thumb and fourth finger to do this:

1. Inhale through the left nostril, while closing the right with

your thumb. Hold the breath, covering both nostrils.

Release your right nostril and exhale completely, slowly.

2. Inhale through your right nostril, while closing the left with

your fourth finger. Hold the breath while covering both

nostrils, and then release your left nostril and exhale.

This counts as one round: try to do 6–8 rounds each day and

see if you notice any improvement.

The price of sleep debt

Adults need seven to nine hours of

sleep per night, and it’s estimated that

over 30 per cent of New Zealanders

and Australians get less than this. A

study across four large US companies

found that insufficient sleep costs

almost US$2000 in lost productivity

per employee each year. That amount

rose to over US$3500 in those

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Rest easy

Feel and operate better by adjusting your sleep

routine. If you get stuck, these tips might help

you fall asleep.

• Avoid alcohol on weeknights – save it for


• Dim the lights after dinner – bright lights

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• Read something light (not work-related).

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• Diffuse lavender essential oil.

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• Write down any thoughts or worries to get

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• Be inspired by the 94% of our Style followers

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Style | Recipe 59

Raw Lemon and Coconut Pie

This pie is a fantastic balance of sweet and zesty,

countered beautifully by the sticky buckwheat crust.

Words and photo Kelsi Boocock









• 1 Tbsp coconut oil

• 1 cup ground almonds

• 1 cup desiccated coconut

• ½ cup buckwheat

• 12 medjool dates, pitted

• zest from 3 small lemons

• 1 tsp vanilla essence

• 1 Tbsp maple syrup


• 2 cups cashews, soaked for at

least 3 hours (or overnight)

• 1 ½ cups coconut yoghurt

• zest from 2 lemons

• juice from 3 lemons

• ¼ cup maple syrup

• 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil

To serve

sliced lemons, shredded coconut

and edible flowers


1. Grease a 20–25cm tart tin with coconut oil.

2. Place all the base ingredients together in a food

processor and blend to a semi-fine texture.

3. Tip the mixture into a tart tin and press down firmly with

your fingers, creating a raised edge around the sides of

the tin. Place in the freezer to set while making the filling.

4. In a food processor or high-powered blender, blend all

the filling ingredients together until smooth.

5. Pour filling on top of the base and spread evenly. Place

back in the freezer for at least 2 hours to set.

6. Remove pie from tart tin and serve topped with sliced

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60 Style | Drink

The four pillars

When it comes to Scotland’s whisky regions, Hayden Preece

says there are only four worth knowing about.


From the west of the Spey River (near Kingussie)

to Buckie and back north up to near Forres.

Number of single malt distilleries:

50 (approximately)

The Speyside (Strathspey) region is where the

majority of Scotch whisky comes from, be it for

blends or sold as single malt. It’s a region that offers

diversity in style, covering the spectrum from light

to robust, sweet to peated, but each one is a

flavour bomb.

Staple brands: While the most recognisable would

be Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, if you want a meaty

Speyside that packs a punch go for Aberlour.

The Glenfarclas family casks are phenomenal.






At the southern end of the Mull of Kintyre.

Number of single malt distilleries: 3

Once the ‘whisky capital of the world’, the closure

of a vast number of distilleries sees only Glengyle

(Kilkerran), Springbank and Glen Scotia in production

today. Broad yet distinctive in style, the Scots describe

the Campbeltown character as being ‘foosty’ – as in

musty or earthy.

Staple brands: The most recognisable is Springbank,

with its Longrow Red being phenomenal. Glen Scotia

Victoriana is excellent and great value for money.


In the southern Inner Hebrides.

Number of single malt distilleries: 9

One of the main islands of the Inner Hebrides, Islay

(pronounced eye-la) is known for its heavily peated,

smoky whiskies, as well as being the home to some

of Scotland’s most famous whiskies – Laphroaig,

Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila.

Staple brands: The more discerning palate might

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From the Orkney Islands, down to just above Edinburgh

and Glasgow, and including six whisky-producing islands –

the Orkney Islands, Lewis, Mull, Skye, Jura and Arran.

Number of single malt distilleries: 39

Highland is the biggest whisky-producing region in

Scotland, in terms of area. It’s known for a broad

range of flavour profiles, which vary between distillery,

meaning you can have anything from heavy fruit to light

vanilla flavours, and even a hint of salt in coastal blends.

Staple brands: If I could only drink two Highlands,

forever, it would be GlenDronach – my favourite,

which falls right on the Speyside boundary – and


62 Style | Beauty

Tried and tested

The Style team trial the latest beauty products.

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide

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64 Style | Read

The book nook

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


Still Standing: What I’ve

Learnt from a Life Lived


Jess Quinn

(Allen & Unwin, $36.99)

This is Jess’s inspirational story of losing her leg to an

aggressive cancer as a nine-year-old and how she’s come

to accept this, channelling her experience into helping

others. As a successful model, social media phenomenon,

and participant on Dancing with the Stars, Jess has become

a spokesperson for body diversity. An advocate for

resilience and normalising different, her messages are hugely

important for us all.

I Laugh Me Broken

Bridget van der Zijpp

(Victoria University of Wellington

Press, $30)

Upon learning of a devastating genetic inheritance, Ginny

gains new understanding of her mother’s love and death.

Leaving her fiancé in the dark, Ginny flees to Germany to

research a novel about a maverick sea captain who was

lauded for his courage. Navigating transient, hedonistic

Berlin on her own, she absorbs the city’s tangle of stories as

she tries to gather the strength to face her future.

The Magician

Colm Tóibín

(Macmillan, $37.99)

When the Great War breaks out Thomas Mann is fired up

with patriotism, but his flawed vision signals the start of a

complex relationship with his German homeland and great

conflict within his own troubled family. Although famous as

a writer, Thomas’s inner life is fearful and secretive. Blind to

impending disaster in the Great War, he is forced to rethink

his relationship to Germany as Hitler comes to power. In

exile, he and his wife Katia try to keep their family safe, yet

suffering ensues.

The Silence Between Us:

A Mother and Daughter’s

Conversation Through

Suicide and Into Life

Oceane Campbell with

Cécile Barral

(Hardie Grant Books, $32.99)

A double memoir tracing a mother and daughter as they

rebuild their relationship after the daughter’s suicide

attempt. Oceane’s story is pieced together through original

records, interspersed with Cécile’s own account. We learn

about the intergenerational trauma that forced their divide,

as well as the sexual assault that pushed Oceane over the

edge. As they attempt to negotiate the mental health and

legal systems, we see the fractures start to mend.





The Silent Patient

Alex Michaelides

(Celadon Books, $25)

If artist Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life, why then

did she shoot her husband five times in the head and never

speak again? Psychotherapist Theo Faber makes it his mission to

get Alicia to talk again. Constant unexpected twists, especially

the ending, make this book a riveting, compelling read.

– Susan Peake

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The Girl Behind the Wall

Mandy Robotham

(HarperCollins, $32.99)

This historical novel is a heart-warming and sad story of how the

Berlin Wall divided a city, families and friends.

In 1961, the German city of Berlin is divided between West Berlin

and East Berlin. West Berliners work in the East and some East

Berliners work and shop in the West. Then one day, when people

wake up, there’s a barbed wire wall keeping the East Berliners in and

the West Berliners out. Soon, it’s made of concrete.

Two sisters are left divided, with Karin on the wrong side of the

city. Overnight, she’s trapped under Soviet rule in unforgiving East

Berlin and separated from her twin, Jutta. Karin is refused passage

home to the West, so she builds a life in the East, falling in love

with Otto.

One day, Jutta finds a way from West Berlin to East Berlin.

She calls it a “rabbit hole”. Slipping through it, she visits her sister.

It is very dangerous to go through the passage as the Stasi are

everywhere, they even have informers in West Berlin. Her sister

must make a choice: stay in East Berlin or make a desperate escape

to the West and leave the boy she loves behind.

If you enjoyed Mandy Robotham’s other books, The German

Midwife and Berlin Girl, you’ll enjoy this too.

– Robyn Joplin, Piccadilly Bookshop

The Riviera House

Natasha Lester

(Hachette Australia, $34.99)

Set during the Second World War, this book is

inspired by a true story. Eliane works in the Louvre

Museum and is cataloguing the art that the Nazis

are taking away. They think she can’t understand

German, but they’re wrong. She is carefully recording

the paintings for the Resistance.

Eliane’s pre-war love affair with an Englishman

catches up with her while she is working with the

Nazis at a stunning home on the French Riviera.

In the present day, we find Remy Lang has gone

to her inherited home on the Riviera to forget a

tragedy. She finds a picture in a book – of a painting

that hung on her childhood bedroom wall. The two

stories start to intertwine, making Remy wonder

who her family is.

Few books have woven fact and fiction to such

a fine blend, showing the strain people of the

early 40s had to endure. I highly recommend this

historical romance.

– Robyn Joplin, Piccadilly Bookshop


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Back on deck

What does the future hold for those of us yearning to travel the high seas once more?

Ady Shannon discovers how cruise operators are charting a new era.

Pre-pandemic, the growth of the cruise

industry saw ships and their international

guests descend on an increasing number of

ports, rivers, lakes and fiords around the world.

From Italy and the Greek Isles to Scandinavia,

the Caribbean, Asia and even Antarctica, these

floating hotels on picturesque waterways offered

an appealing travel option.

While Covid-19 may have taken the wind out

of the sails for vessels, operators have used the

downtime to renovate, replace and revamp their

ships and the packages on offer.

ABOVE: The Viking Venus entering Valletta’s Grand Harbour. The ship has been cruising there this northern summer.

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“Ocean cruises are now operating again

in the UK, Europe, Iceland, Singapore,

Hong Kong, Alaska and the largest

cruise market, the Caribbean. River

cruises are slowly re-starting in Europe

on regional rivers and also in the USA

on the likes of the Mississippi.”

– Jeff Leckey, House of Travel


Jeff Leckey, the general manager of cruises for House

of Travel, is excited about the future of the industry.

“The cruise lines have not slowed down. Many

operators have embarked on building newer,

more environmentally friendly ships and a lot took

the opportunity to retire older, less efficient ships

during the shutdown. Right now there is a great

opportunity for guests to enjoy brand new ships

with some fantastic, innovative on-board features.”

Jeff acknowledges there are limited opportunities

in New Zealand currently; however, the rest of the

world is gearing up for the 2022 season.

“Ocean cruises are now operating again in the

UK, Europe, Iceland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Alaska

and the largest cruise market, the Caribbean. River

cruises are slowly re-starting in Europe on regional

rivers and also in the USA on the likes of the

Mississippi,” he says.

Michelle Black, managing director for Viking

Cruises, reiterates Jeff’s enthusiasm for the new style

of cruise holiday on offer.

“The future for cruising is bright and we firmly

believe there will be no safer way to travel. Viking

has a number of exciting new products on the

horizon that will take our guests to new frontiers,”

says Michelle.


• In 2019, over 120,000 Kiwis opted for a cruise holiday.

• The South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia made up

60 per cent of the destinations they travelled to.


• This northern summer, the

UK had over 18 different

cruise lines offering

domestic cruises for fully

vaccinated guests.

• Ships are operating at a

reduced capacity to

ensure social distancing

can be maintained.

• Viking is launching two

custom-built, ocean-going

ships in 2022–23.

• Cruise lines are taking

bookings for 2022 through

to 2024.

• The Oceania

circumnavigation of

Australia (happening in

December 2023) sold out

in just two days.

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Viking started out in 1997 with four river ships; 24

years on, they’re the world’s largest river cruise line

with a fleet of 70 throughout Europe and Russia. New

ships are launching on the Nile, Mekong and Mississippi

in 2022.

Their first ocean ship, the Viking Star, launched

in 2015. Since then, they have grown to become

the world’s largest small ship cruise line offering

experiences on rivers, oceans and lakes; they even visit

the polar regions.

“It’s very exciting times for Viking. The innovation in

cruising and the diversity of options appeals to guests.

Demand has never been greater, with guests wanting

to experience what they love so much about cruising:

unpacking once, exceptional service and the friendships

formed on board with other like-minded travellers,“

says Michelle.

“Our guests are culturally curious, well-travelled

and interested in immersing themselves in their

destination through its history, landscapes, culture

and, of course, food.”

Both Michelle and Jeff are optimistic that demand

for ocean cruises will grow, especially given what we’re

seeing overseas, explains Michelle.

“Viking restarted operations in May for UK guests,

with cruises sailing around England. In June, we

welcomed US guests back on board in Bermuda and

Iceland. This month, we will also launch additional

‘Welcome Back’ sailings in the Mediterranean with

three ocean ships homeported in Valletta, Malta – and

we will restart our European river operations with

select itineraries in Portugal, France and along the

Rhine,” she says.

Jeff is confident that the industry will re-establish

itself back to pre-Covid levels and House of Travel is

gearing up for the anticipated demand.

“Cruise bookings are now open for the majority of

2022 and 2023 sailings, with some lines even opening

up for 2024, due to huge pent-up demand to cruise.

We have seen some world cruises completely sell out

on the first day of sale. Even local cruises, such as the

Oceania circumnavigation of Australia in December

2023, sold out in just two days,” says Jeff.


Operators have introduced well-researched,

comprehensive health and safety protocols to ensure

the safety of guests and crew.

“No part of the travel-and-tourism industry has done

as much as the cruise lines to ensure a safe re-start,”

says Jeff.

New protocols include:

• Contactless boarding.

• Enhanced medical services, including non-invasive

saliva PCR tests for all guests and crew.

• On-board laboratories.

• Better use of technology to allow bookings and

contact tracing in restaurants and shows, and for

on-shore excursions.

• Staff service has replaced the traditional buffets

(which some cruise lines had already introduced


• Most cruise lines have fully vaccinated crew.

• In many of the countries that have re-started,

guests must be fully vaccinated.

• Viking is engaging artificial intelligence, with

sanitation robots treating surfaces in public areas,

and every ship has been fitted with new air

purification technology.

LEFT: Admiring the view from a Viking Star lounge.

ABOVE: Sanitation robots are employed in the Viking Venus kitchen.

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“Our 2022 ocean season is almost

sold out. Australian and

New Zealand guests need to

remember that we are feeding into

global stock levels, and the rest of the

world is travelling and booking.”

– Michelle Black, Viking Cruises


When asked if she anticipates demand for

bookings to increase, Michelle is unequivocal

in her response.

“Absolutely! There is an element of

demand exceeding supply at present.

We are booking quite far ahead, with the

majority of bookings for travel in 2023.

Our 2022 ocean season is almost sold out.

Australian and New Zealand guests need to

remember that we are feeding into global

stock levels, and the rest of the world is

travelling and booking. Hesitancy will mean

people miss out on their preferred options

when we are able to travel freely again.”

Jeff has similar advice for those considering

future holiday options.

“With the whole world competing for

space on these future cruise holidays, it

has never been more important for Kiwis

to book early to secure their choice of

itinerary and room preference. There are

some fantastic early booking incentives,

including promotions with low deposits, free

drinks packages and free on-board spending

money, plus there are flexible booking

conditions from a lot of cruise lines.”

Around the world in 107 days

Christchurch couple Alice and Murray love

to cruise, and not even an intrepid adventure

pre-Covid-19 has dulled their love of holidaying

by boat. In 2020, they were partway through a

45-day cruise when Covid-19 hit. There followed

19 days straight sailing as they were refused

entry into several Indian Ocean ports. Finally, the

ship turned around and went full steam ahead

for Freemantle. From there, the couple flew to

Melbourne and home to Christchurch on the

last plane out, arriving just 24 hours before New

Zealand went into lockdown.

Alice and Murray, both in their mid-80s, were

not bothered by the experience.

“It was very relaxing actually. I am an avid

reader and there was a very good on-board

gym. Alice loves to walk so she did a lot of that

around the ship,” says Murray.

Long-time intrepid travellers – they have

trekked to Base Camp, visited Cuba and walked

a portion of the Camino trail – Murray admits he

once vowed and declared he would never go on

a cruise. That changed in 2014 when Alice urged

him to give it a go. Their first experience on a

Princess Line cruise from Vancouver to Alaska

concluded with an eight-day tramp. Since then

the couple have enjoyed many cruises, usually

in conjunction with overland excursions and

activities. The vessels have ranged in capacity

from 600 to 4000 guests.

They have already secured a cabin on their

next adventure; in May 2022, the adventurous

couple depart Auckland for a 107-day aroundthe-world

cruise. “Can’t wait,” says Murray.



The Westpac Chopper Gala and Charity Auction filled the

Christchurch Town Hall with 250 guests from the business

community on August 5. The event raised more than $90,000

for the Canterbury rescue helicopter service and followed on

from the annual Westpac Chopper Appeal in May (which raised

$1.1 million nationwide).

Photography: Krystle Photography






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pods on our wee farm,” Rachaelle Stidder; 3 “Keeping lockdown a little bit more stylish,” Hannah Buckby; 4 “This is Bolt, our one-year-old border collie,” Kelly Fay;

5 “Here is a photo of me drawing – working,” Miranda Brown; 6 “I’m pleased to say that amongst sending out Doggone tags to customers around the country, I’ve

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terrific weather we had at the start of the lockdown. It sure helped!” Tracy Austin; 7. “Lockdown walking,” Chris Korako;

8. “Ted, our black lab, getting to know his new brother,” Lucy Watson; 9. “Photo from lockdown!” Ineke Chan;

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