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6 <strong>Magazine</strong> | Editor’s note<br />

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Time travel<br />

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collection, unveiling a trove of historical artefacts and artworks, some dating<br />

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stories and creators, including a previously unpublished folio of Indian bird<br />

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were painted collaboratively in the spring of 1826, with Elizabeth credited<br />

for the birds, flowers and foliage and Charles for the backgrounds.<br />

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Elizabeth D’Oyly and Charles D’Oyly, ‘Blue Honey Sucker’, 1826. Watercolour on<br />

paper. Private collection, Christchurch.<br />

Hot in the city<br />

Ōtepoti vibes were strong in the heart of Auckland when<br />

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THE<br />

Why<br />

Who amongst us as parents hasn’t been driven mad with that very simple word and the<br />

repetitive nature with which it is used, often by those who are our nearest and dearest?<br />

Cries of ‘why do I have to do it?’, ‘why can’t<br />

someone else?’, ‘why are you asking me?’ are<br />

common, and the list goes on. But now I find<br />

myself diving headfirst into the ‘Why?’ question<br />

and actually enjoying it.<br />

I’m currently reading and working on the<br />

bigger questions the word ‘Why’ opens up as<br />

part of my own professional development and<br />

leadership undertaking.<br />

It’s often said that when you know your ‘Why’,<br />

you know your journey and your purpose, so<br />

I’m doing my utmost to help people uncover<br />

their own ‘Why’ and I’m finding out a lot.<br />

Some of the people I talk with either don’t<br />

know, don’t want to or don’t know how to find<br />

the clarity required to identify their true ‘Why’,<br />

believing it to be too daunting.<br />

Other individuals are very certain and some of<br />

the articles and podcasts I’ve discovered lately<br />

have provided additional insight into this. They<br />

identify the benefits of knowing what your<br />

purpose is and how because of that knowledge<br />

you can make certain choices with confidence.<br />

One of the standout experts in this field is<br />

Simon Sinek.<br />

Sinek is an English-born American author and<br />

inspirational speaker.<br />

His many publications and podcasts are readily<br />

available and have, in the case of his podcasts,<br />

been listened to by millions.<br />

Two of his books – Start with Why and Find Your<br />

Why are excellent at providing structure and<br />

exercises aimed at helping both individuals and<br />

groups to excel, whilst also setting a platform<br />

for leadership.<br />

One of Sinek’s main theories is that when<br />

you successfully articulate your passion, you<br />

connect with the listener’s limbic brain.<br />

This is the part of your brain that is involved<br />

with behavior and emotions, as well as where<br />

trust and loyalty derive from.<br />

This is so critical from a leadership perspective<br />

and leaders able to communicate to their team<br />

exactly why they do certain things have got a<br />

huge opportunity to motivate and guide others,<br />

especially if the ‘Why’ is known and supported.<br />

At an organizational level, this also allows you<br />

to identify a strong value proposition and brand<br />

differentiation.<br />

There are so many positives and in my<br />

professional capacity I’m regularly called on to<br />

articulate these.<br />

The most common question being: why did<br />

you choose real estate for a career? The other<br />

is: why would I join your company and what<br />

makes it different from all the others?<br />

Great questions and both relevant when<br />

someone is at a career crossroad.<br />

For me, real estate started with choice,<br />

especially around how and when I worked and<br />

determining my own income potential based<br />

on those choices.<br />

I loved the idea of flexibility and the possibility<br />

of greater financial freedom, and both have<br />

occurred.<br />

Because of this, I’m passionate – in fact,<br />

obsessed – with helping others enjoy the same<br />

opportunities and within our company we<br />

have a great number of individuals and teams<br />

successfully scaling the heights that a career in<br />

real estate can offer due to being surrounded by<br />

incredible leaders and holistic processes.<br />

As to why join our own particular company?<br />

It would have to be summed up in the simple<br />

saying: ‘success leaves clues’. And given our<br />

largest office, Harcourts Papanui, has just<br />

been named the most successful office in New<br />

Zealand across all real estate brands, there are<br />

certainly a lot of clues.<br />

What for me started with a ‘why don’t I challenge<br />

myself to provide the best possible opportunity<br />

for others?’ has now become a mission that is<br />

never likely to leave me.<br />

Maybe rather than ‘Why’ it’s ‘Why Not?’.<br />

Why not try a path that could open up an<br />

entirely new world?<br />

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by hosting shared dining experiences around New Zealand at the<br />

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Smooth operator<br />

Created in Christchurch by<br />

leading gynaecologist Olivia<br />

Smart with co-founders Niamh<br />

Clerkin and Tessa Kain, inside<br />

Nu Balm’s sleek and chic<br />

packaging is a 100 percent<br />

natural, Aotearoa-sourced<br />

intimate balm. Containing<br />

kanuka essential oil, oilbased<br />

lubricant Nu Balm is<br />

hormone-free and can be used<br />

anywhere, on anybody. Better<br />

yet, Nu ($30 for 50ml) doubles<br />

as an all-round moisturiser and<br />

massage balm.<br />

nubalm.co<br />

Light weights<br />

As this spring has already shown, luxe<br />

knitwear shouldn’t be considered only for the<br />

winter months – there’s space for wool in<br />

our wardrobes year-round. Perriam’s spring/<br />

summer collection of feather-soft natural<br />

fibres perfect for trans-seasonal dressing is<br />

a collaboration between founder Christina<br />

Grant and artist and Dunedin-based artist/<br />

designer Meg Gallagher, recently returned<br />

from working in Australia for Camilla and<br />

Marc. Each sustainably produced piece is<br />

made to encourage the wearer to pause<br />

and feel the fabric, which includes a merino<br />

cotton blend sourced from Central Otago’s<br />

Bendigo Station where Christina grew up.<br />

Drawing inspiration from the station’s setting,<br />

the collection includes warm nutmeg and<br />

soothing milk tones and versatile, lightweight<br />

fabrications and pieces that embody the<br />

Perriam ethos: buy once, treasure forever.<br />

perriam.co.nz<br />

Home style<br />

The latest outpost of design store Addy and Lou has found the<br />

perfect home on Battersea St in Sydenham, with the new spot also<br />

housing a cafe ‘nook’ – Little Battersea, featuring food from Grizzly,<br />

Underground Coffee brews and Bellbird Bakery – and boutique<br />

flower merchants A Little Bit Floral. At the hub of the architecturally<br />

designed space is Addy and Lou’s thoughtful range of home goods,<br />

baby clothes and furniture, all curated by Amy Hislop and her<br />

tastemaking team, which includes her mum, Steph.<br />

addyandlou.co.nz<br />

Get wild in Whakatū<br />

The top of the island’s favourite fest is back, with Nelson Arts Festival offering up<br />

theatre, dance, comedy music, poetry, visual art, literary talks, a masked carnivale and the<br />

world’s only olive-fuelled, award-winning comedy circus power trio over the course of<br />

11 art-filled, mind-altering days. Ockham Book Award winner Tusiata Avia, alt pop/folk<br />

superstar Theia/Te Kaahu, The Great Kiwi Bake Off’s Hayley Sproull’s sell-out 2<strong>02</strong>3 NZ<br />

Comedy Festival show and the aforementioned circus trio Laser Kiwi’s Rise of the Olive<br />

are just some of the highlights of what promises to be a supremely entertaining festival<br />

run. Starting at the airport with artist Elisabeth Pointon’s 7-metre inflatable monolith<br />

installation, the organisers promise an inclusive programme including free events and a<br />

pay-what-you-can ticketing structure. The 29th annual festival runs <strong>October</strong> 19–29.<br />


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稀 攀 戀 爀 愀 渀 漀<br />

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18 <strong>Magazine</strong> | Newsfeed<br />

Stepping up<br />

Christchurch retail institution Ballantynes has elevated its unparalleled footwear offering with a chic new ladies shoes department.<br />

With a concept created by designer Charlotte McLachlan, the revamped space draws on the interior expert’s overseas travels<br />

with a contemporary nod to the Greek island of Santorini. “I was taken by the curved archways, plaster facades with hints of<br />

pastel colour,” says Charlotte. “My vision was to incorporate the historic inspiration of Greek architecture and to modernise it for<br />

a unique aesthetic appeal. Not only do the archways link to the Greek inspiration, but they also provide a dynamic backdrop and<br />

focal point for products and infuse instant grace and glamour into this space. The furniture mimics these features and impacts the<br />

customer experience in a variety of ways, not just in terms of the aesthetic benefits it has, but through comfort and functionality<br />

also.” CEO Maria O’Halloran says they are delighted with the finished look. “It has been more than 10 years since we completely<br />

revamped this department; with so many exciting developments in retail design materials, lighting and display techniques, we<br />

felt it was time to invest and offer our customers a truly world-class destination. We hope they will love it as much as we do.”<br />

Ballantynes ladies shoes buyer Sally McCance says to be able to showcase both their much-loved longstanding suppliers and new<br />

brands in the new space is “really wonderful.”<br />

ballantynes.co.nz<br />

Full bloom<br />

<strong>03</strong> fashion favourite Untouched World has launched a literally<br />

groundbreaking floral for spring in the form of its Bloom Print<br />

capsule. Cut from 100 percent tencel extracted from sustainably<br />

grown wood that’s durable, wrinkle resistant, antibacterial and<br />

50 percent more absorbent than cotton, with a captivating<br />

flower print, this beautifully innovative fabrication comes in a<br />

selection of versatile and wearable designs including the Gia<br />

short-sleeved top and maxi skirt and sleeveless Lotta dress.<br />


20 <strong>Magazine</strong> | Newsfeed<br />

On in Ōtautahi<br />

Te Whare Tapere, a multidisciplinary, indigenous<br />

artspace curated by Māori artists has opened at Te<br />

Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre in Christchurch.<br />

To underline its difference from the traditional gallery<br />

environment, the once-white walls of the space have<br />

been adorned with messages and drawings using<br />

natural pigment from whenua, collected locally. The<br />

names and aspirations of local artists, rangatahi and<br />

tamariki, have literally been written into the walls, an<br />

instant and ephemeral way to transfer mauri into the<br />

space until they are eventually covered over. Also at<br />

the Arts Centre, the annual Sculpture Festival – now<br />

in its fourth year – celebrates three-dimensional art,<br />

showcasing 300+ works by 40 artists, with pieces<br />

ranging from glass and ceramics to sculpture and<br />

jewellery. The festival runs from <strong>October</strong> 14 to 29,<br />

with creative workshops (book online) and free entry.<br />

artscentre.org.nz<br />

Sweet dreams<br />

If you’re not already part of the ‘mattress in a box’<br />

movement, might we suggest taking yourself to cloud nine<br />

with Emma Sleep’s latest release – the Diamond Hybrid.<br />

This innovative beauty boasts both next-level cooling and<br />

heat dissipation features via a layer of patented Diamond<br />

Degree graphite foam (infused with diamond and graphite<br />

particles), which helps your body maintain the ideal sleeping<br />

temperature, enabling you to stay in deep sleep longer. As<br />

well as further smart layers of flexible foam, the Diamond<br />

Hybrid also features individually working pocket springs<br />

that allow it to contour to your body regardless of your<br />

sleeping position, so you wake up refreshed and free from<br />

niggly aches and pains. A fully breathable and washable<br />

cover completes a match made in snoozing heaven. Design<br />

fans will be further comforted to learn the mattress was<br />

the 2<strong>02</strong>2 winner at Australia’s International Good Design<br />

Awards and was voted Product of the Year 2<strong>02</strong>3 for the<br />

Premium Mattress category in a recent NielsenIQ survey.<br />

emma-sleep.co.nz<br />

Spark joy<br />

Fairtrade slow-fashion merchants Kowtow are<br />

finally making inroads into menswear, with six items<br />

in their latest line destined to be mens’ wardrobe<br />

staples. The inspiration behind all of the pieces in<br />

the Simple Pleasures collection is just that – small<br />

moments of everyday sensory joy, from warm<br />

pebbles underfoot to biting into a strawberry grown<br />

in your own garden. Highlights include a signature<br />

Iridescent print that references bioluminescent<br />

sea life and “the shifts in colour as light dances on<br />

the water,” while the Flowerbed vest captures the<br />

intricacy of a garden in bloom and is individually<br />

knitted from the surplus organic cotton yarn of past<br />

collections. Weaving together quieter colours from<br />

nature and the bursts of blooming colour happening<br />

around us right now, the collection is being rolled<br />

out in monthly drops until December, so keep your<br />

eyes peeled for your new forever Kowtow favourite.<br />


the coast is calling<br />

Deck shoes, tweeds, accessories and more.<br />

Available exclusively from Rangiora Equestrian Supplies.<br />

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Most wanted<br />

From bold florals, fresh brights, molten metallics and fancy frills to decadent nods to<br />

deliciousness (think dark chocolate, croissants, banana pudding, cakes and coffee),<br />

sweeten up your <strong>October</strong> with a few of our favourite things.<br />

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1. Moochi Bevel skirt, $330; 2. ‘Not To Worry No 2’, 1200 x 1200mm, acrylic on canvas, Carmel Van Der Hoeven, $POA at Little River Gallery;<br />

3. Meadowlark Anemone sterling silver medium hoops, $335; 4. Boy Smells X Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding candle, $87 at Mecca;<br />

5. RUBY Symphony silk dress in Lolly Floral, $399; 6. Lemaire Small Croissant bag in Dark Chocolate, $1729 at Workshop;<br />

7. Nicole Rebstock Nemesis limited edition heels in Rosé Glitter, $349; 8. Bluebells Cakery Classics, Karla Goodwin, $50;<br />

9. MM Linen Ashanti Euro pillowcase 2-set, $120 at Ballantynes; 10. Cora table lamp in Blue/White, $350 at A&C Homestore;<br />

11. Kathmandu Pocket-It Two Layer rain jacket in Lizzard, $130; 12. Nespresso Vertuo Creatista coffee maker, $1249;<br />

13. New Balance WRPD Runner sneakers in Sea Salt, $270; 14. The Penguin New Zealand Anthology: 50 Stories for 50 Years in Aotearoa, $45

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24 <strong>Magazine</strong> | Fashion<br />

Power pastels<br />

From playful pale pinks and punchy powder-blues to joyful gelato-inspired greens<br />

and luxe lilacs and lavenders, hit your wardrobe with a lick of pastel power this season – or better<br />

yet wear these mood-enhancing, subtly statement-making hues from head to toe.<br />

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1. Juliette Hogan Mia top in Pastel Stripe, $399, and Robin shorts, $349; 2. Siren Flare Play dress in Vintage Floral, $257 at Zebrano;<br />

3. Saben Coco Mini bag in Meadow Braid, $399; 4. ReCreate Roam sweatshirt in Peony, $170, and Cas skirt in Watermelon, $170;<br />

5. Briarwood Thea dress in Red Floral, $349; 6. Kate Sylvester Violet sunglasses in Rose, $199; 7. Kowtow Mirror denim jacket, $349, and Straight Leg jeans, $289;<br />

8. Veja V-10 sneakers in Petale, $295 at Karen Walker; 9. Curate By Trelise Cooper Romance is Born dress, $379 at Zebrano;<br />

10. Birkenstock Arizona Suede Shearling sandals in Purple Fog, $350 at Karen Walker;<br />

11. Juliette Hogan Hana dress, $899; 12. New Lands Grace blazer in Orchid, $555, and Romance dress in Purple Smoke, $649

BACK TO<br />


BASICS.<br />

REWILD<br />



26 <strong>Magazine</strong> | Beauty<br />

About face<br />

From skin-balancing biotechnology and beloved French serums to groundbreaking bronzing<br />

and body washes for those sensitive types, here’s what the <strong>03</strong> team are trying this month.<br />

1. Sweet tan<br />

Aussie faux bronze brand SugarBaby<br />

has launched two groundbreaking new<br />

products to ensure you’re tan-ready for<br />

summer. For a deep colour, SugarBaby<br />

Tan Of The Hour Ultra Dark Instant<br />

Bronze ($33) is an ultra-dark instant<br />

self-tan crème that instantly tints skin<br />

as it effortlessly glides on. For a more<br />

gradual glow, Get Glowing Glow Drops<br />

(pictured, $27) can be customised by<br />

simply adding the desired amount to<br />

your moisturiser, serum or oil.<br />

5. Good one<br />

Part of newly relaunched<br />

Kiwi body care co Only<br />

Good, this creamy<br />

Sensitive Coconut Milk<br />

Body Wash (900ml,<br />

$19) has a nutrient-rich<br />

formula designed to<br />

nurture and nourish<br />

your body – even if your<br />

skin is a little touchy.<br />

SyriCalm (a natural<br />

ingredient derived from<br />

mushrooms) reduces<br />

inflammation, while<br />

prickly pear protects skin<br />

and jojoba oil supports<br />

the lipid barrier. We’re<br />

also partial to the chic<br />

packaging – perfect for<br />

stylish showers.<br />

4. Here comes the sun<br />

For those days when all your skin needs is a powerful sunscreen plus a<br />

hint of colour, Bondi Sands’ new addition to its Fragrance Free range – SPF<br />

50+ Fragrance Free Tinted Face Fluid ($21) – combines broad spectrum<br />

UVA and UVB protection with instant skin hydration, with a universal<br />

sheer tint for subtle coverage. This ultra-lightweight formula can be worn<br />

alone or under makeup and also boasts up to 72 hours of hydration.<br />

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Created by Kiwi cell<br />

biologist and scientist<br />

Dr Iona Weir, skin science<br />

company Atopis has<br />

released two powerful<br />

reformulations of its<br />

bestselling ranges – the<br />

Intensive Restore and<br />

Radiant Balance systems<br />

– featuring Dr Weir’s<br />

breakthrough invention<br />

Myrecil, an internationally<br />

patented, New Zealandmade<br />

biotechnology using<br />

all-natural ingredients that<br />

works with the body’s<br />

inbuilt cellular systems to<br />

reverse damage, reduce<br />

breakouts, sensitivities and<br />

irritations and boost skin<br />

health. Pictured: Radiant<br />

Balance Cream, $69.<br />

3. Bonjour to beautiful skin<br />

Beloved of celebs and already<br />

sold out around the world, NZers<br />

can now finally get their hands<br />

on French favourite Avène’s<br />

groundbreaking Hyaluron Activ<br />

B3 anti-ageing range (pictured:<br />

Concentrated Plumping Serum,<br />

$82). Put simply, the range promises<br />

to go a step further than just<br />

fighting the signs of ageing – instead<br />

actually stopping the ageing process<br />

spreading to other cells, by using key<br />

ingredients such as hyaluronic acid<br />

and niacinamide to help re-plump<br />

skin that has lost its natural volume.


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Life’s a bach<br />

Kiwi chef Al Brown muses on his passion for baches (that’s cribs to<br />

you down south) and shares some favourite recipes from<br />

the new edition of his much-loved cookbook Eat Up New Zealand.<br />


Feature | <strong>Magazine</strong> 33<br />

“Bach food … is about feeding loved ones who are<br />

famished with food that is simple, fresh, delicious and, thank<br />

goodness, sometimes a little down and dirty.”<br />

The word ‘bach’ is such an evocative word. When I hear it<br />

or see it written in any form, a wave of joy always washes<br />

over me. It’s a funny old word, as it doesn’t really look the way<br />

that it is actually pronounced.<br />

There are two schools of thought on where the word<br />

‘bach’ originated from. The first is that it’s shortened from<br />

the words ‘bachelor pad’, which is okay, but it doesn’t fit the<br />

narrative in my head of what a bach represents.<br />

‘Bachelor pad’ feels a little lonely, sad and disingenuous, and<br />

feels more like the opposite of the vision I get in my mind<br />

when I hear the word ‘bach’. The other theory, and the one<br />

that I prefer, is that it is derived from a Welsh word meaning<br />

small or little. The early Welsh immigrant miners used the<br />

term ‘ty bach’, which means a small house or outbuilding.<br />

Both work, so I guess just go with whatever theory suits<br />

you. You may of course have another idea of where the<br />

word came from. And for all you folks from the deep south<br />

of Aotearoa, please don’t be too put out, just substitute the<br />

word ‘bach’ with your favoured term of ‘crib’ (which I also<br />

dig) wherever you see fit. ‘Kōpuha’ is the reo name for bach,<br />

and that has got a beautiful ring to it too.<br />

As it turns out, I’m actually writing this at my bach up north.<br />

It’s not quite considered the ‘far north’, but it’s a little north of<br />

Whangārei with east coast pōhutukawa-tree vibes.<br />

I spend as much time up here as I possibly can. All of<br />

January and any holiday periods see a steady procession of<br />

family, friends and whānau come and go. The dynamic changes<br />

with each new bunch of arrivals. A week of my two daughters<br />

and their friends sees me become camp dad, hanging out with<br />

a posse of 20-somethings: feeding, watering, continuously<br />

telling them to put their shit away or yelling ‘KEEP IT DOWN’<br />

as my tolerance batteries begin to run low. Next it might be<br />

a few close friends in for a spell, which is super easy as these<br />

kind of folks know what is required to keep bach life floating<br />

on easy street with everyone pitching in.<br />

It is a special time of the year when fun and good times<br />

reign supreme. I wouldn’t have it any other way, exhausting as<br />

it is sometimes. The rest of the year, while friends and family<br />

come and go, I actually spend a lot of time up here just by<br />

myself. I rent a small apartment in downtown Auckland, so I<br />

consider my bach my actual home. The juxtaposition couldn’t<br />

be more pronounced. While I love city living, I need to<br />

balance the sirens, late-night screams and rubbish trucks with<br />

solitude, nature and sunsets. It’s critical for my mental game to<br />

get away from the masses, with the silence and the tranquillity<br />

giving me peace of mind.<br />

When I was young, our holidays were spent at the<br />

Castlepoint campground, in an old wooden caravan nicknamed<br />

‘The Pie-Cart’. We had a bunch of friends who also<br />

had baches out at Castlepoint, so I would have been three<br />

or four years old when I was first introduced to these special<br />

dwellings that have had an indelible and enduring effect on me<br />

for as long as I can remember.<br />

Recollections and memories from that long ago are<br />

sketchy at the best, but I swear I can still close my eyes now<br />

and recall in quite a bit of detail the Falloons’, the Maxwells’<br />

and the Whites’ baches dotted along the foreshore of this<br />

extraordinary location on the east coast of Wairarapa.<br />

These three, along with the other 100-odd baches there,<br />

are still standing in that beautiful, salty, wind-blown, weathered<br />

environment. No two baches are the same. Most are devoid<br />

of maintained gardens, with just the odd shrub or native tree,<br />

their front and back yards all covered with thick spongy kikuyu<br />

grass that feels like you are walking on nature’s duvet.<br />

The once-bright colours from the original paintwork are<br />

now all washed-out blues, greens, reds, yellows and oranges,<br />

with the old nail-heads bleeding that deep golden rust<br />

colour down the weatherboards, linking them all together<br />

like a coastal badge of honour.<br />

I find baches such sensory dwellings … from every angle<br />

their individual unique character is evident. And not just from<br />

the outside, but also from the inside looking out. Small paintchipped<br />

windowsills, often hard to open, frame the views that<br />

have been etched into your mind since you first looked out as<br />

a child.<br />

The layouts inside are each original in their simple and<br />

humble form. Small modest bedrooms, narrow hallways,<br />

cramped bathrooms with paltry washbasins and inadequate<br />

shelves for storage are all signs of a bygone era that we still<br />

fondly think of with nostalgia.<br />

Living rooms with mismatched old armchairs and couches<br />

that are not particularly generous in size and are always<br />

ranked from least comfortable to most comfortable. If you<br />

are lucky enough to find yourself in the family favourite, you<br />

won’t be surprised to find it occupied after you pop out<br />

of the room for a second or two. Over the years I have<br />

witnessed many a squabble in that arena, along with fights<br />

over the favourite pillow, favourite mug, best beach towel…<br />

Bookshelves with old encyclopaedias, reference books on<br />

native fauna and wildlife, stacks of old National Geographic<br />

mags and an abundance of well-worn paperbacks with<br />

swollen pages from inadvertently having had a cup of ‘instant’<br />

spilled on them.<br />

There are often old dressers, too good to discard<br />

and perfectly adequate for the bach, their hard-to-open<br />

drawers filled with a plethora of board games with missing<br />

components, jigsaw puzzles with missing pieces, multiple packs<br />

of cards with missing jokers etc, and notepads with faded 500<br />

scores and doodles from years ago. Time capsules of summers<br />

and winters past.<br />

It won’t come as too much of a surprise, but the room that<br />

inspires the most affection for me is, of course, the kitchen.

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The kitchen is the space in any abode (old or new) that<br />

embodies and welcomes all the senses.<br />

The familiar sight of a faded formica kitchen table<br />

anchoring the room, the whistle of the old kettle, the sweet<br />

smell of fresh baking escaping from the worn-out seals of an<br />

old Shacklock electric oven, the feel of that favourite teacup<br />

clasped between your hands first thing in the morning; and,<br />

of course, the taste of some sort of fritter fresh from the<br />

skillet or being passed about with the first round of G&Ts in<br />

the late afternoon.<br />

I often speak of the importance of people and place and<br />

how those two simple ingredients – who you are with and<br />

where you are physically located – play such a significant role<br />

in our most vivid and influential food memories. Bach kitchens<br />

evoke that narrative. The kitchen of course is the heart and<br />

the hub of the bach: from a pre-dawn early morning cuppa<br />

to those welcome impromptu visits throughout the day, as<br />

friends drop in unannounced.<br />

I love the way we forgo our regular lives of formality and<br />

structure: lunch often gets eaten mid-afternoon, which then<br />

pushes out dinner well into the night. Once the dishes are<br />

washed, dried and put away, the kitchen table then hosts the<br />

obligatory late‐night card game or some version of Scrabble.<br />

The whisky bottle will usually make an appearance, along<br />

with half a packet of chocolate biscuits or the last few pieces<br />

of ginger crunch, which – while still tasty – by now have<br />

unfortunately lost their ‘crunch’!<br />

And that’s the thing: baches seem to bring a liberating sense<br />

of freedom, where life’s regular timing is simply ignored or<br />

paid no mind. The somewhat rigidity of formal everyday life,<br />

with its protocols and established ways, is replaced with a<br />

spirit of generosity, nourishing hospitality, and tolerance for<br />

bouts of harmless lawlessness.<br />

I think it’s the misfit-ness and informality of baches that<br />

seems to strike a chord in our collective character as a country.<br />

There is a sense of letting go, and a comfort that comes with<br />

familiarity and simplicity.<br />

There is something almost sacred that most baches<br />

embody, which I believe stems from the original family or<br />

whānau who built or moved the dwelling to its location. As<br />

the decades pass, each new generation and the descendants<br />

of these original families continue to add layer upon layer of<br />

that spiritual DNA to each humble residence.<br />

“If these walls could talk” is the line that always comes<br />

to my mind when I’m lucky enough to be staying in a<br />

classic bach.<br />

It has been fun updating and re-releasing Eat Up as the<br />

‘Bach Edition’. I get another bite of the cherry as it were.<br />

I have always been super proud of the ‘original’, and, even<br />

though it was released in 2017, the recipes still ring true to<br />

me. The vision was always to celebrate where we had come<br />

from with our food, and where we are currently.<br />

I have penned five cookbooks over the past 15 years or<br />

so. I recently got them all out and spent an afternoon reading<br />

some of the text, looking at the photos and going over<br />

many of the recipes. I found it cathartic, as well as reassuring.<br />

My philosophy around how I like to cook and serve hasn’t<br />

changed much at all in the past 20 years. I have never really<br />

been swayed by trends that become popular for a time, then<br />

come and go over the years.<br />

I am always inspired by clever food, no matter where it<br />

originates from. But I believe there is a fine line between<br />

clever food and overly worked pretentious food, which I think<br />

is more about the personal ego of the chef who created the<br />

dish. As in “Look at me, I am so clever” rather than looking<br />

at it from the diners’ perspective: Is it tasty? Is it generous? Is<br />

there textural contrast in the components? Are the layers of<br />

flavour balanced? Was it a satisfying plate of food that left you<br />

feeling I would, or I could, order that again?<br />

To be totally honest, I don’t believe I’m an overly talented<br />

chef. What I do know is that I understand the fundamentals<br />

of a well-executed dish. I am relatively confident in my ability<br />

to cook a lot of decent-tasting food, and I also think I have<br />

a good handle on, or understanding of, what people enjoy<br />

– and why.<br />

The two main drivers when I am cooking are generosity<br />

and fun. They are kind of like insurance policies around how<br />

the dish will be perceived. Both of these components are at<br />

the basis of my thinking with every dish that I think up and<br />

work on. I like to trust there is some creativity in there too,<br />

but being generous and having fun is what I think eating is<br />

all about.<br />

Bach food is all about that … it is not complicated, it<br />

doesn’t require a trip to a specialty food store or taking out<br />

a second mortgage to purchase a bloody sous vide machine,<br />

etc. It is about feeding loved ones who are famished with<br />

food that is simple, fresh, delicious and, thank goodness,<br />

sometimes a little down and dirty.<br />

Anyway, I hope you love it, share it, use and abuse it.<br />

Always keep in mind that nothing pleases a cookbook<br />

author more than a wine-splashed, sauce-splattered and<br />

oil-stained cover!






36 <strong>Magazine</strong> | Recipe<br />



This is probably my favourite dish in the book. It just speaks volumes to me of New Zealand on many<br />

levels. It’s a dish made with one of our most precious seasonal delicacies, but served in such a<br />

humble, no-fuss sort of manner. A similar version of this dish would have been eaten hundreds of<br />

thousands of times on the riverside or in baches and cribs up and down the country,<br />

ever since we figured out how to catch these slippery, mysterious little fish.<br />

Serves 6<br />


1 cup mayonnaise<br />

¼ cup finely diced red onion<br />

¼ cup roughly chopped capers<br />

⅓ cup finely diced gherkins<br />

⅓ cup finely chopped parsley<br />

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon,<br />

plus 1 tablespoon juice<br />

Flaky sea salt and freshly ground<br />

black pepper<br />


Cooking oil, for frying<br />

Butter, for frying<br />

6 eggs<br />

500g fresh whitebait<br />

Plain flour, to dust<br />

Flaky sea salt and freshly ground<br />

black pepper<br />

6 pieces toast-slice bread<br />

Lemon wedges, to serve<br />

To make the tartare sauce, mix all the ingredients except the salt and<br />

pepper together in a bowl. Taste and season accordingly with salt and<br />

pepper. Refrigerate until required.<br />

Turn on your warming drawer or preheat your oven to 90°C.<br />

Place a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add a little<br />

oil and a knob of butter and fry your eggs. Remove and place on a<br />

tray lined with kitchen paper, and keep warm in the oven or warming<br />

drawer.<br />

Wipe clean the pan, then place back over medium-high heat and add a<br />

liberal amount of oil. Pat your whitebait dry with kitchen paper. Place<br />

a large sieve over a large bowl. Add a handful of whitebait to the sieve,<br />

then cover with a liberal amount of flour.<br />

Shake the sieve and, with clean hands, toss the whitebait until the<br />

excess flour falls through the sieve and there is just a micro covering of<br />

flour on the individual whitebait.<br />

Sprinkle the flour-dusted whitebait over the bottom of the pan and<br />

season with salt and pepper. Let the whitebait cook for at least a<br />

minute, so it starts to caramelise, before turning. Add a knob of butter<br />

and continue cooking for a further minute or so. Place the cooked<br />

whitebait on a tray lined with kitchen paper, and place in the oven to<br />

keep warm while you repeat the process with the remaining whitebait.<br />

Toast and butter your bread.<br />

To plate, place a piece of toast in the centre of each plate. Schmear<br />

over a liberal amount of tartare sauce, divvy up the cooked whitebait,<br />

then top each with a fried egg. Lemon on the side and you’re good to<br />

go. Eat now!

38 <strong>Magazine</strong> | Recipe<br />



MAYO<br />

A good friend of mine, Rob Pooley,<br />

introduced me to the glorious world of<br />

deep-fried mussels a number of years<br />

back when he and I cooked at a large<br />

event on the banks of Lake Wakatipu.<br />

If you like fried oysters, well,<br />

this is the poor man’s version. But I<br />

swear if you close your eyes, you’ll be<br />

convinced that you are actually eating<br />

fried oysters. No joking, I swear!<br />

Makes 24<br />


4 egg yolks<br />

½ tablespoon Dijon mustard<br />

75ml malt vinegar<br />

2 teaspoons sugar<br />

1½ cups canola oil<br />

Flaky sea salt and freshly ground black<br />

pepper<br />


2 egg yolks<br />

½ cup canola oil, plus 2 litres for deep-frying<br />

1½ cups soda water<br />

1 cup self-raising flour<br />

24 freshly shucked mussels<br />

Lemon halves, to serve<br />

To make the malt vinegar mayo, place the egg yolks, mustard,<br />

vinegar and sugar in a jar or jug. Using a stick blender, blitz for<br />

10 seconds, then slowly drizzle in the oil, blitzing all the time, to<br />

form an emulsion. Taste, season with flaky salt and pepper, and<br />

refrigerate until required.<br />

For the batter, in a clean bowl lightly whisk the egg yolks and<br />

canola oil together. Stir through the soda water. Using a fork, gently<br />

stir in the flour until just incorporated – be careful not to over-mix.<br />

Refrigerate for 20–30 minutes.<br />

Heat the remaining oil in your deep-fryer to 180°C. Alternatively,<br />

heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. You can gauge this by<br />

adding a piece of bread to the oil; if it’s at around 180°C, it will<br />

take about a minute for the bread to turn golden and crisp.<br />

Working in batches, dip the mussels into the tempura batter then<br />

carefully place in the hot oil. Cook for a couple of minutes, until<br />

golden all over. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen<br />

towels. Keep warm while you finish cooking the rest of<br />

the mussels.<br />

To serve, season with salt and pepper. Place the deep-fried mussels<br />

on a platter with the malt vinegar mayo on the side and a bunch of<br />

lemon halves for squeezing. Eat now.

40 <strong>Magazine</strong> | Recipe<br />


I do love a fresh cream-filled lamington. They are such a distinctive sweet baking treat.<br />

Lamingtons take a bit of effort, but if made as part of a big afternoon tea spread they will inevitably<br />

be the first empty plate to be removed. Personally, I’ve always been a pink lamington guy over<br />

the chocolate variety. You’ll love this slightly modern idea of using passionfruit,<br />

which creates a striking yellow and particularly delicious lamington.<br />

If you’re short on passionfruit juice, use half orange juice.<br />

Makes 10–12<br />

SPONGE<br />

4 eggs, at room temperature, separated<br />

1 teaspoon cream of tartar<br />

1 cup sugar<br />

¾ cup plain flour<br />

1 cup cornflour<br />

2 teaspoons baking powder<br />


2 gelatine leaves<br />

1 cup passionfruit juice<br />

1 cup sugar<br />


2 cups coarse desiccated coconut<br />

1 cup cream<br />

¼ cup icing sugar<br />

6 passionfruit (optional), to serve<br />

Extracted from Eat Up New<br />

Zealand: The Bach Edition<br />

by Al Brown, photography<br />

by Josh Griggs, published by<br />

Allen & Unwin NZ.<br />

RRP$49.99.<br />

Preheat your oven to 170°C. Grease and line a 30 x 24 x 5cm<br />

rectangular cake tin with butter or oil.<br />

In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or using<br />

a handheld electric whisk, beat the egg whites with the<br />

cream of tartar until stiff, then slowly incorporate the sugar,<br />

beating until the granules are dissolved. Now add the egg<br />

yolks, beating in one at a time.<br />

Pour the batter into a large bowl, then, as lightly as possible,<br />

sift and fold in the flour, cornflour and baking powder.<br />

Pour the sponge batter into the prepared cake tin. Place in<br />

the centre of the oven and bake for 20–25 minutes, until<br />

lightly golden and a skewer inserted into the centre of the<br />

sponge comes out clean.<br />

Remove from the oven and let the sponge cool completely in<br />

the tin.<br />

For the passionfruit syrup, bloom the gelatine leaves in a<br />

small bowl of cold water for 5 minutes, until soft and pliable.<br />

In a small saucepan, combine the passionfruit juice and<br />

sugar. Place over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar<br />

has dissolved. Remove and let cool slightly.<br />

While the passionfruit syrup is still hot, drain and squeeze<br />

dry the gelatine leaves, and stir into the syrup. Set aside.<br />

Take a serrated knife and carefully trim and slice a couple of<br />

millimetres from the outer layer of the sponge, then cut into<br />

lamington squares.<br />

To finish, dip the edges of the sponge squares into the<br />

passionfruit syrup, then press into the coconut. Repeat until<br />

complete, then refrigerate.<br />

Split the lamingtons in half and place on a clean tray.<br />

Whip the cream and sugar together to form semi-soft peaks.<br />

Top one inner side of a lamington half with cream then top<br />

with the other half. Refrigerate until required.<br />

Serve on a small plate with a fork, add extra cream if you<br />

like and, if you have fresh passionfruit, I like to serve a little<br />

fresh pulp on the side.




42 <strong>Magazine</strong> | Promotion<br />


We catch up with Kiwi footwear queen Nicole Rebstock on shifting careers, blue-sky thinking – and<br />

of course her eponymously named (and highly sought-after) shoe brand.<br />


At that moment something clicked, and I thought,<br />

“Nobody is born with the ability to create a shoe business<br />

or design things, you have to learn, and if other people can<br />

do it, so can I”.<br />

I ran downstairs, grabbed a pen, and drew my first<br />

shoe. It wasn’t a particularly good drawing, but it was<br />

the start of something.<br />

From that moment on I started gearing my life to<br />

make the leap. I got a job in a shoe store, I went to China<br />

with one of my classmates to meet shoe manufacturers, I<br />

enrolled in some courses at the London College of Fashion<br />

and ultimately opened my first store on High Street in<br />

2017, where I worked 6–7 days a week.<br />

Now I have three physical boutiques (two in Auckland<br />

– Newmarket and Commercial Bay – and The Crossing in<br />

Christchurch) and an online boutique.<br />

How did the brand start out, and where is it now?<br />

I always loved fashion, and shoes in particular, but this was<br />

never something I had considered as a career path as I<br />

didn’t have the background I considered necessary. I studied<br />

conjoint law and business at university.<br />

I grew up in a very business-minded family, which is why I<br />

think business resonated more with me than law.<br />

I remember being halfway through my law degree and<br />

thinking, “I don’t think I can wake up every day and do this as<br />

a job”. I would daydream about having my own shoe label but<br />

never thought I could actually bring the dream to life.<br />

However, one day something sort of clicked. It was the<br />

first day of the semester break and I was dreading the three<br />

legal opinions I had been assigned to write. I remember sitting<br />

up in bed and thinking, yet again, about the shoe label.<br />

Also tell us about your personal growth during this<br />

period…<br />

Starting a business is hard work, especially in the fashion<br />

industry. There are so many things to learn and navigate<br />

and you have to have both business and creative sense,<br />

which often don’t come hand in hand.<br />

Covid was an incredibly challenging time for business<br />

and my business was only about 2–3 years old when the<br />

pandemic hit so it really felt like a shock to the system.<br />

But now that I’ve come out the other side of it, I feel I<br />

have a sense of personal strength and peace that I would<br />

not have had otherwise. When you’re in the middle of a<br />

crisis, it can be difficult to zoom out and look at the bigger<br />

picture.<br />

There are days where you feel you are going around in<br />

circles or even backward but if you can just persist and<br />

push through, there is reward on the other side. There’s<br />

a sense of ‘if we can make it through that then we can<br />

make it through anything’.<br />

You learn that not everything is worth worrying about<br />

and how to prioritise your ‘worries’ and time. In some ways<br />

I feel I’m lucky to have learnt that at a relatively young age.<br />

What was the first shoe you designed for your label?<br />

Nemesis – our iconic pointed stilettos were the first shoe<br />

I ever designed. You can’t beat a pointed stiletto and the<br />

overall silhouette and comfort of these pumps is just<br />


Promotion | <strong>Magazine</strong> 43<br />

We seem to have built a devoted Nemesis community and<br />

each season our customers wait in anticipation to see<br />

what colours we’re doing next. Powder blue, ruby red<br />

and our latest limited edition finish: sparkling rose, are my<br />

all-time favourites!<br />

And a shoe from the latest collection you’re particularly<br />

proud of/obsessed with?<br />

I’m obsessed with our new Nina pumps in ivory and black.<br />

They are a play on our classic Nemesis pumps and it was a<br />

bit of a risk as we weren’t sure if people would be upset that<br />

we’d reworked the go-to shoe.<br />

It seems we didn’t need to worry as people are adoring<br />

these. They have a beautiful trim and slanted cut across the<br />

toe, which makes them particularly flattering.<br />

The other style would have to be Zola. I just think<br />

they’re the perfect meeting of playful and elegant. The unique<br />

heel and custom-made bows make for a real standout piece<br />

this season.<br />

This season sees a subtle but marked change in design. Tell<br />

us about this, and about the new collection generally…<br />

We’re known for our femininity and classic styling. I love to<br />

touch on trends but use them in a way that transcends time.<br />

We’ve established ourselves as the go-to for classic styling and<br />

we are conscious of preserving this.<br />

However, more recently we’ve been focused on details.<br />

Bringing something special and unique to every piece we<br />

create. Something can still be classic but have that ‘something<br />

special’ that sets it apart from the crowd.<br />

It’s those subtle details that make women feel special and<br />

give them a unique edge without being over the top. Those<br />

are the details we are bringing to life as we move into the<br />

next chapter of our business.<br />

You have a new partnership in the works to help execute<br />

ideas and bring collections to life…<br />

We’ve recently partnered with a studio in Auckland called<br />

Thievery: The Execution Agency, which has been an<br />

exciting new chapter for us. It has always been a dream of<br />

mine to create campaigns that don’t just bring our brand to<br />

life, but are creatively captivating. The owners of the studio<br />

are extremely passionate about what they do, and we<br />

really respect and value the creative direction they bring to<br />

our business.<br />

This season’s accompanying campaign is called The Blue<br />

Sky Project, based on the premise of blue-sky thinking, which<br />

is conceptualising without the constraints of reality. It’s a<br />

portrayal of joy, optimism, and a space to dream. The studio<br />

was able to create our own blue sky with washed white<br />

clouds – the Kiwi summer we all yearn for, painted on a<br />

gigantic canvas.<br />

The imagery, being released weekly, is captivating and<br />

brings to life that indescribable feeling we all get when<br />

sunshine is upon us. You can see some of this imagery on our<br />

social media @nicole.rebstock.<br />

What else is new/upcoming?<br />

We are currently looking at a new store location in a new city,<br />

but you’ll have to stay tuned for more information on that!

Feature | <strong>Magazine</strong> 45<br />

Living big<br />

Kiwi creative, actor and environmentalist Bryce Langston launched his<br />

YouTube channel Living Big in a Tiny House in 2013, and a decade later, with partner<br />

Rasa Pescud, has more than 4.5 million subscribers and a global following. Here he shares<br />

a peek inside two of his own New Zealand-based tiny homes.<br />



In 2019, I finished building my original tiny home in<br />

New Zealand.<br />

After many years of dreaming, the project finally<br />

became reality. I called this home the Seed of Life, because<br />

that’s exactly what it was for me. A new beginning. A launch<br />

pad for a whole new life, one that contained everything<br />

I needed to be safe and secure. It was also a nod to my love<br />

of sacred geometry.<br />

Since its completion, the Seed of Life has been a fulltime<br />

home for Rasa and me. Roughly 15 square metres, it<br />

measures approximately 6 x 2.5 metres.<br />

Despite its compact footprint, I designed the Seed of<br />

Life to be almost like a life raft, housing everything that we<br />

would need. It has a compact kitchen, living room, bathroom,<br />

sleeping loft and plenty of storage.<br />

The seed of life<br />

It’s also completely off the grid, with solar power and<br />

rainwater collection, although it also has the ability to connect<br />

to services. There’s a wood-burning stove for cooking and<br />

heating in the winter, and gas for cooking and water heating<br />

during the warmer months.<br />

The home is filled with artistic touches that my friends<br />

helped build into it. My favourite is the gorgeous pāua<br />

inlays, shaped like seeds, that add a tremendous amount<br />

of character.<br />

My friends Jake and Kasia own a company called Variant<br />

Spaces, which is dedicated to creating custom, small-space<br />

furniture. They helped to design and build all of the furniture<br />

and cabinetry inside the home, maximising the use of space<br />

while allowing ample storage – something very important<br />

when living full-time in a tiny house.

Feature | <strong>Magazine</strong> 47<br />

We finished building the Seed of Life on a friend’s farm.<br />

Before leaving to travel in 2019, we moved the house to my<br />

parents’ home in Auckland, so they could look after it while<br />

we were away. We had planned to visit Australia first, before<br />

travelling the globe during the majority of 2<strong>02</strong>0.<br />

The world had other plans for us. As the pandemic<br />

grounded us in 2<strong>02</strong>0, we were forced to return home to<br />

New Zealand. Lockdown provided a unique opportunity<br />

to really enjoy our home. There was also the added benefit<br />

of multi-generational living. Being on the same property<br />

as my parents provided the opportunity to build a deeper<br />

relationship with them.<br />

Multi-generational living is common among those who<br />

choose to live in tiny houses, as the high cost of land<br />

drives many families into cooperative living arrangements.<br />

Personally, it’s something I’m a huge fan of. Western culture<br />

often idealises self-reliance and downplays the benefits of<br />

community and combining resources. Tiny homes allow<br />

multiple generations to live near each other, with all the<br />

benefits of this, while still retaining a degree of separate,<br />

independent space.<br />

As travel remained difficult, Rasa and I relished our<br />

extended time in the Seed of Life. I’ve enjoyed planting trees<br />

and working in the garden. It’s been wonderful to be a bit<br />

more stationary for a while.<br />

Building the Seed of Life cost roughly $100,000, spread<br />

over the several years it took to complete it. This includes<br />

labour costs and elements such as the solar system. That<br />

makes the home about one-tenth the cost of the average<br />

home in Auckland, unquestionably making it a really affordable<br />

option. Striving to live without debt is one of my principles<br />

for remaining financially free. The Seed of Life has helped<br />

tremendously to make that possible.<br />

The next phase will be moving it onto our own property to<br />

serve as the cornerstone of a homestead where we plan to<br />

grow food and live close to the land.

Feature | <strong>Magazine</strong> 49<br />

The traveller<br />

There’s a saying in architecture that you should design your first home for<br />

an enemy, your second for a friend and the third for yourself. Getting the<br />

design right takes time and practice. And there’s no doubt that you learn a lot<br />

through not only designing a home but also living in it.<br />

After selling our Little Zen tiny house in the USA, Rasa and I decided to<br />

construct another, smaller, home which we could use as a travel model house<br />

in New Zealand. It could also serve as extra accommodation for guests when<br />

they came to visit us. We wanted to have the ability to host people who had<br />

welcomed us as guests on our own travels.<br />

The Traveller was designed in collaboration with builders from Cocoon<br />

Tiny Homes in Auckland. Together we created something special. The home is<br />

ultra‐modern and compact (5 x 2.5 metres), yet spacious.<br />

It’s designed to maximise the living experience of a tiny house while<br />

remaining as small and travel-ready as possible.<br />

The house is completely off the grid, with a state-of-the-art solar system, as<br />

well as water storage tanks. This means the house can remain disconnected<br />

from any services while we travel, often for days at a time.<br />

To remain as low profile as possible, we gave the house a slick, almost<br />

entirely black exterior, with pops of cedar for interest. The home has an<br />

unusual shape, provided by a roofline designed to maximise space, yet also<br />

provide a nod to the aerodynamics important for any travelling house.<br />

Inside, we kept the home functional and minimal, yet beautiful. We’ve used a<br />

combination of lightweight birch and poplar plywood, with black negative detail<br />

(which also hides the home’s lighting). This contrasts with the black-stained ash<br />

we used for the furniture and bench tops, created by our friends Jake and Kasia<br />

at Variant Spaces.<br />

To maximise space, we placed the lounge loft on electric actuators, which<br />

can be lowered during the day, then raised up at night to reveal the queen bed<br />

underneath. This means the bedroom remains separate, but does not take up<br />

additional floor space.

50 <strong>Magazine</strong> | Feature<br />

“Out of all the spaces I’ve had a hand in<br />

designing, I’m most proud of this one.”<br />

I’m especially proud of the bathroom. In<br />

many tiny houses, the bathroom is often the<br />

only space that offers any kind of separation or<br />

privacy. For this reason, I’ve always tried to treat<br />

a tiny house bathroom a bit like a sanctuary. In<br />

this case, I created a bathroom with the look of<br />

dark stone or concrete.<br />

This is a tiny house that hasn’t been designed<br />

to be a full-time home. It was designed for<br />

travelling, or for guest accommodation. For this<br />

reason, we were able to be really creative with<br />

the space, as we didn’t need to prioritise storage.<br />

Out of all the spaces I’ve had a hand in<br />

designing, I’m most proud of this one. In a<br />

world where tiny homes are becoming larger,<br />

and wheels are becoming more redundant,<br />

the Traveller speaks volumes about what makes<br />

a tiny home special.<br />

Extracted from Living Big<br />

in a Tiny House by Bryce<br />

Langston, published<br />

by Potton & Burton.<br />


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Held in Dunedin last month by Registered Master Landscapers, the<br />

2<strong>02</strong>3 Landscapes of Distinction Awards’ big winners included well-known Christchurch-based<br />

Goom Landscapes, who won a total of nine awards for four projects, while a small but elegant<br />

courtyard in Auckland’s Point Chevalier took out three top awards.

Feature | <strong>Magazine</strong> 53<br />

Modernist charm<br />



“The deceptively simple<br />

design demonstrates a clear<br />

appreciation and thorough<br />

understanding of the midcentury<br />

aesthetic.”<br />

Goom Landscapes’ ‘Mid-Century Cool’ project won the<br />

Judges Special Recognition Award for a Heritage project.<br />

The landscape surrounding this funky Fendalton home<br />

has been transformed into a harmonious oasis, seamlessly<br />

integrating the indoor and outdoor living spaces.<br />

The outdoor living space created goes beyond aesthetics,<br />

offering functionality that enhances everyday life, whether<br />

relaxing with a book in a cosy corner, entertaining guests<br />

in an inviting patio area or being immersed in nature’s<br />

tranquillity, this stunning design has it all.<br />

Judges loved the way the deceptively simple design<br />

demonstrates a clear appreciation and thorough<br />

understanding of the mid-century aesthetic.<br />

“The sensitive insertion of new landscape features,<br />

coupled with the meticulous renovation of the circular<br />

staircase and upper deck are in total harmony with the<br />

architecture of the house.<br />

“This relationship is further augmented by the new<br />

ground-level deck, the shape of which complements and<br />

captures the era of the home by replicating the saw-tooth<br />

roof pitch.<br />

“The re-use of existing paving elements and the<br />

introduction of new, period-appropriate materials fully<br />

support the design intent.<br />

“This beautifully crafted design enhances the special<br />

character of the house in a simple, yet effective, way.”

54 <strong>Magazine</strong> | Feature<br />

Petite urban chic<br />



atural Urban Courtyard’ in Point Chevalier won three awards<br />

‘Nin total. Second Nature won the Supreme Award for Best<br />

Landscape Project of the Year and the Premier Best Horticultural<br />

Project of the Year Award for the project, while designer Andy<br />

Hamilton Studio won Best Sustainable Design for his work on<br />

the garden.<br />

Created for a new property built on the back garden of a 1920s<br />

villa, the courtyard is compact and built within a limited budget but<br />

with no compromise on quality or feelings of lightness and space.<br />

The project includes flowering plants, herbs and fruit trees,<br />

to provide both aesthetic pleasure and sources of food for the<br />

clients and for bees and other insects, supporting pollination in the<br />

community garden to the rear of the property.

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“The courtyard is compact and<br />

built within a limited budget but<br />

with no compromise on quality or<br />

feelings of lightness and space.”<br />

Judges of the 2<strong>02</strong>3 Landscapes of Distinction Awards<br />

said the design of this small, elegant, urban courtyard<br />

demonstrates a rare sophistication and is in perfect<br />

harmony with the architecture.<br />

“There is a genuine attempt to reduce the footprint<br />

associated with this garden, as evidenced by the high<br />

levels of permeability, careful material selection and a<br />

desire to support pollinator species.<br />

“There is an exceptional interest in plants for their own<br />

sake, and these have been combined with a sure hand.<br />

“The courtyard demonstrates how even a small space<br />

can be designed to bring people and nature together in a<br />

truly delightful way.”

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All about the vibe<br />



Goom Landscapes also won the Premier Best Design Award for their<br />

work on a project titled ‘The Vibe’.<br />

The Vibe, located in Merivale, Christchurch, is a beautifully crafted space<br />

that seamlessly blends functionality and beauty. One of the most outstanding<br />

features of this project is the incorporation of white lines, which skilfully<br />

create shelter without compromising the influx of natural light into the house.<br />

The crowning jewel is the bespoke louvre-style roof, using glass and slats to<br />

provide control over the amount of sunlight and shade.<br />

A cosy gas fire instantly transforms the outdoor area into a welcoming<br />

sanctuary during chilly evenings, for either relaxed solitude or socialising.<br />

“A beautifully crafted space<br />

that seamlessly blends<br />

functionality and beauty.”

The new Grecale Modena.<br />

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with Tim Goom<br />

Goom<br />

wins Gold!<br />

Premier Best Design<br />

Award winner, ‘The Vibe’<br />

by Goom<br />

The Goom Landscapes team had a fantastic time at the recent<br />

Registered Master Landscapers Landscapes of Distinction Awards held<br />

in Dunedin at the beginning of the month. It was wonderful to be in a<br />

room with so much talent and a feeling of success for the betterment<br />

of the industry overall.<br />

Our Landscape Architects dedication to creating beautiful outdoor spaces<br />

that harmonize with the surrounding environment and working alongside our<br />

clients is vitally important. Our Merivale project titled “The Vibe” won the<br />

Premier Best Design. The judges said one of the most outstanding features<br />

of this project is the incorporation of white lines, which skilfully create shelter<br />

without compromising the influx of natural light into the house. The crowning<br />

jewel is the bespoke louvre-style roof, using glass and slats to provide control<br />

over the amount of sunlight and shade. A cosy gas fire instantly transforms<br />

the outdoor area into a welcoming sanctuary during chilly evenings for either<br />

relaxed solitude or socialising. The Vibe also won Gold medals for Landscape<br />

Construction and Landscape Horticulture.<br />

Judges Special Recognition Award<br />

winner, ‘Mid-Century Cool’<br />

There was a also a Judges Special Recognition Award for a Heritage project<br />

named “Mid-Century Cool” for a Fendalton property that integrates indoor<br />

outdoor flow. “The outdoor living space created goes beyond functionality<br />

that enhances everyday life” the judges noted. Whether to relax with a<br />

book in a cosy corner, entertain guests in an inviting patio area, or become<br />

immersed in natures tranquillity, this stunning design has it all. They said they<br />

loved the deceptively simple design which demonstrates a clear appreciation<br />

of mid-century aesthetic. Mid-Century Cool also won a Gold medal for<br />

Design and Construction.<br />

The team also celebrated hard when<br />

Caleb Washington, son and nephew<br />

of both Directors, Ant Washington<br />

and Tim Goom respectively,<br />

won the Young Landscaper of<br />

the Year award. Caleb presented<br />

a great speech on the on going<br />

sustainability of forestry slash and<br />

did exceptionally well in the plant ID,<br />

interview and practical skills tests.<br />

“I’m so proud of my achievement<br />

in winning this award. I am really<br />

passionate about the industry<br />

and hope to share my learnings<br />

and experience with the younger<br />

members of the team to encourage<br />

them to lean into making a great<br />

career choice”. Caleb will continue<br />

his upskilling in the hope of being a<br />

competitive delegate in the Young<br />

Horticulturist Competition in November which pits the best candidates from<br />

each of the Horticultural sectors to win Young Horticulturist of the Year.<br />

By entering and supporting the awards, we strive for continual growth and<br />

innovation. Our team work together to create these amazing spaces, and we<br />

love to recognise and acknowledge everyone involved in all these projects<br />

and are very excited to get into our upcoming projects.<br />

The champions<br />

of landscape<br />

design and build.<br />

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<strong>03</strong>’s editor discovers a sophisticated mode of self-care in the form of the<br />

mindfully designed new Maserati from Euromarque.<br />


had something of an epiphany while test driving the<br />

I brand new Maserati Grecale Modena one recent<br />

spring weekend in Christchurch – that luxury can be<br />

quiet, understated, and that quiet luxury is a current<br />

mood I’m all about – whether it’s behind the wheel of<br />

a car like the Grecale (low-key opulence at its best),<br />

experiencing a long moment of calm and clarity, or<br />

simply enjoying a double scoop of handmade artisan ice<br />

cream from Sumner’s Utopia Ice while passing through<br />

the beachside suburb. Or, as in my case, all three at once.<br />

Quiet luxury in this busy, noisy world translates into a<br />

kind of self-care, a space for moments of mindfulness, to<br />

breathe deeply and find joy and beauty in small details.<br />

How did I get all this from just driving a car? You’ll have<br />

to take a test drive of your own, but the dream team at<br />

Euromarque tell me the manifesto for creating Maserati’s<br />

newest SUV was ‘everyday exceptional’ – to make luxury<br />

and next-level performance part of the daily routine,<br />

and ensure the thrill of luxury and pure innovation,<br />

sportiness and elegance were in perfect balance.<br />

I can concur, it has achieved that. It’s a gorgeous car,<br />

inside, outside and under the hood.<br />

While the name Maserati might initially conjure<br />

roaring engines, racing speeds and bold Italian-ness (and<br />

it certainly can be all those things too), my Grecale<br />

Modena spoke of a more considered style.<br />

It’s a hybrid, for starters, so you won’t be able to rev<br />

the engine or gun it loudly at traffic lights (NB: if that’s<br />

your jam, opt instead for the V6 Twin Turbo 530 HP<br />

Grecale Trofeo) but why would you want to when you<br />

can sit encased in a bubble of decadent calm before<br />

sailing smoothly forth (though rest assured, if you wanted<br />

to, you can still go from 0–100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds).<br />

One of the very special design cues that contributes<br />

to the aforementioned bubble vibe comes via the light<br />

emanating behind the central display, which produces a<br />

‘living room’ effect by using soft, diffused lighting. Another<br />

are the laminated windows, that guarantee optimal<br />

sound absorption but with no loss in the pleasure and<br />

uniqueness of the Maserati sound.<br />

Everything offered in the Grecale Modena is focused<br />

on simplification, to offer a space where the occupants<br />

feel at ease and where the most cutting-edge technology<br />

only comes into play when needed.<br />

Aesthetically, the Grecale is uniquely stylish while still<br />

immediately recognisable as a Maserati, but without<br />

being showy, with high quality interiors and impeccable<br />

attention to detail that makes for an elevated experience.<br />

But somehow it resists feeling too precious – you can<br />

eat a towering cone of dark chocolate and sea salt gelato<br />

in it, load groceries into the enormous boot or sandy<br />

dogs/muddy kids into the soothingly spacious, butter-soft<br />

leather back seats, without stressing.<br />

Then there’s the high technical specifications<br />

(Euromarque can tell you more) and the 360° sound<br />

experience, which takes as a starting point the<br />

typical Maserati roar of the engine to the immersive<br />

acoustic experience provided by Sonus faber Premium<br />

(standard) and High Premium (optional) sound system.<br />

To make the driving experience even more<br />

immediate and enable the driver to configure the car<br />

according to their needs, the Grecale comes with five<br />

different drive modes: COMFORT, GT, SPORT, RACE<br />

and OFF-ROAD.<br />

In my continuing quest for inner peace, I stuck mostly<br />

to COMFORT mode, which is the ideal drive mode<br />

for everyday use, guaranteeing maximum usability and<br />

comfort. Engine boost and kickdown are limited and<br />

improve peak efficiency, while gear changes are gradual.<br />

The suspension is reduced in rigidity and the electric<br />

power steering is set to ensure maximum, effortless<br />

driving pleasure.<br />

It didn’t hurt that the exterior paint colour of my test<br />

model – Bianco Astro – a stunningly beautiful metallic<br />

silver/white (again with the subtle sophistication) – to my<br />

delight matched my nails. As I said, sometimes it’s the<br />

little things.<br />

On that note, one of the most exciting features of all,<br />

in my opinion, is Euromarque’s in-showroom Build Your<br />

Own option, where from the comfort of a designer<br />

couch you can fully customise pretty much every detail<br />

of your soon-to-be new wheels from exterior paint<br />

hues, trims, wheel rims and internal leatherware right<br />

down to the colour of the stitching on the seats.<br />

To learn more, drop by the Euromarque showroom at 120 St Asaph Street in<br />

Christchurch Central or go to euromarque.co.nz.

Another day in paradise<br />

Swap the South Island for the island of Rarotonga –<br />

a slice of heaven in the Pacific that offers everything<br />

from brimming ocean life and brilliant white sand<br />

to decadent cocktails and a rich cultural heritage.<br />


E<br />

scape the humdrum of the daily grind to<br />

the quintessential South Pacific island<br />

paradise of Rarotonga, steeped in heritage<br />

and culture. The bewitching blend of serrated<br />

mountains, sawtooth hills, dense tropical jungle,<br />

bountiful plantations and deliciously sugar-white<br />

beaches sets the stage for great adventures.<br />

Encircled by a coral reef, the Rarotongan<br />

lagoon supports a dazzling variety of tropical<br />

fish, with an even greater array of sea life in the<br />

deep water outside the reef, including eagle<br />

rays, sea turtles and black-tipped reef sharks.<br />

But what makes the Rarotongan lagoon so<br />

family-pleasing is the shallowness of the crystal<br />

clear water, preventing sharks from being able<br />

to enter.<br />

The resolutely island time tempo of<br />

Rarotonga is as pervasive as it is infectious. I<br />

loved going on improvised drives around the<br />

main coastal road, Ara Tapu, marvelling over<br />

the colourful shop fronts, roadside fruit stalls,<br />

flower-laden gravesites, groaning banana trees<br />

and vast taro plantations.

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ABOVE: Photo: Alexandra Adoncello<br />

OPPOSITE: Photo: Ben Teina<br />

Rarotonga exudes an instant likeability that only grows<br />

stronger the longer you stay. Of course, your idea of South<br />

Pacific holiday heaven may well be confined to lounging on<br />

the sand and dabbling in the turquoise lagoon, in search of<br />

Nemo. But if you want to dig a little deeper at Rarotonga’s<br />

roots, the island offers a wealth of profoundly enriching and<br />

authentic encounters, with nature and the culture to the fore.<br />

It’s absolutely where the magic happens. Beyond the beach,<br />

the broad arc of pale sands and the crisp lagoon palette of<br />

electric blues and turquoise hues, the backroads of Rarotonga<br />

vividly reveal the life and soul of this South Pacific jewel.<br />

Tear yourself away from the beach to dig a little deeper at<br />

the roots of the island. Locals loosely consider the coastlinehugging<br />

main circle island road as the ‘tourist road’. The<br />

backroad, Ara Metua, and its adjoining lanes, is like entering<br />

another world, where the beating heart of Rarotongan<br />

authenticity slaps you in the face at every turn with its living<br />

history and village vitality.<br />

Much of the backroad is 1000 years old, constructed from<br />

coral stone and basalt rock, by the great chief Toi. Prior to<br />

European contact, Rarotongans predominantly lived in the<br />

foothills of the island, in the shadow of the towering volcanic<br />

peaks that serrate the skyline with a Jurassic Park-style aura.<br />

Villagers would only venture down to the coastline to fish<br />

and collect seafood.<br />

The interior provided much greater protection from<br />

tropical cyclones and potential enemy attacks. Ireland’s<br />

fabled ‘40 shades of green’ would meet their match on<br />

Rarotonga’s backroads, crowned by mighty peaks like<br />

Te Manga.<br />

The rich, volcanic soils and tropical climate conspire<br />

to produce rampantly fertile growing conditions for a<br />

kaleidoscope of lush and verdant vegetation. The backroad<br />

is like an open-air supermarket and pharmacy, where trees<br />

heave with succulent fruit ripe for the picking, alongside an<br />

encyclopaedia of traditional medicinal plants.<br />

As I picked giant paw-paws from a roadside tree,<br />

playful piglets cavorted in paddocks while goats munched<br />

contentedly on the leftovers of a freshly harvested taro<br />

plantation. The backroad ushers you into a timeless<br />

world of free-range harmony in abundance. Rarotonga<br />

has become a byword for mango, guava, star fruit and<br />

candlenuts, in my book.<br />

If you’re doing a self-drive, keep an eye out for roaming<br />

animals. On one occasion, a massive pig barrelled out<br />

in front of me, staring at me in panic before frantically<br />

hoofing it across the road. I slammed on the brakes of<br />

my rental, gripped by the fear of the insurance excess,<br />

managing to save his bacon and my bank account.<br />

Just past Muri village, definitely call into the sacred site<br />

of Avana Harbour. It was here in 700BC that Polynesian<br />

voyaging canoes made their first Rarotonga landing,<br />

arriving from Tahiti and Samoa. Avana Passage was also<br />

the departure point for the great migration to Aotearoa,<br />

in approximately 1350AD.<br />

The names of the seven lead canoes are proudly<br />

emblazoned on the hoardings at Avana, although some<br />

locals told me their oral history suggests 200 canoes<br />

actually took part in the Great Migration. Today, Avana and<br />

Avatiu Harbours are regularly home to marumaru atua, a<br />

traditional double-hulled voyaging canoe. It’s an evocative<br />

sight, binding the ocean-faring past with the present.<br />

For holiday hijinks, I jumped behind the wheel of a<br />

Rarotonga Buggy Tour buggy. These grunty off-road<br />

vehicles are a cross between a go-kart and a beach buggy,<br />

highly manoeuvrable and hard – or hard on the butt. You’ll<br />

feel every bump.<br />

They’re kitted out with roll cages if it all goes badly<br />

wrong. These wildly popular buggy tours have been<br />

making quite a splash, with the seriously muddy puddles<br />

proving to be the big magnet. Our conga line of yellow<br />

buggies looked like a slithering giant snake, as we rattled<br />

along the main road, backroad and off-road.<br />

The biggest mud pits awaited us at the site of an ill-fated<br />

and abandoned Sheraton Hotel development. Our touring<br />

route also romped into the hinterland and the Turangi<br />

Valley, thickly carpeted with tropical rainforest.

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LEFT: Photo: Nick Paulson<br />

“Rarotonga exudes<br />

an instant likeability<br />

that only grows<br />

stronger the longer<br />

you stay.”<br />

I can certainly see why you’re advised to wear old clothes,<br />

because I was caked in mud, from head to toe. A rendezvous<br />

with Wigmore’s Waterfall provided a welcome chance to<br />

have a cleansing dip in the pool at the fall’s base.<br />

As twilight beckoned, I joined some fellow Kiwis from<br />

Tauranga on a sunset cocktail tour aboard Tik-e Tours’ tuk-tuk<br />

train. This enterprising tour company, run by Kiwis Karl and<br />

Tania, offers a variety of guided sightseeing experiences on<br />

their fleet of electric tuk-tuks, dinner, wedding and airport<br />

transfers, plus they also have e-bikes for hire.<br />

As we merrily gazed over the setting sun, we bar hopped<br />

heartily along Arorangi’s necklace of beachfront hot spots, on<br />

the sunset coast. From the road, you would never know what<br />

jewel-like bars and nightspots are discreetly tucked away.<br />

We called into Shipwreck Hut for an obligatory pina<br />

colada. It has previously been voted one of the best beach<br />

bars in the world by CNN and it’s the larger-than-life bar<br />

staff who seal the deal. Alone and Stephanie should be a<br />

double act on stage.<br />

My runaway favourite haunt was On the Beach Bar (OTB)<br />

at Manuia Beach Resort. Fanning out from the glorious<br />

kikau-thatched restaurant, picnic tables were scattered across<br />

the sand, where we downed a Manuia Kiss (vodka, peach<br />

liqueur, blue curaçao, grenadine and lemonade) over some<br />

scrumptious seafood nibbles.<br />

Don’t miss Wilson’s Beach Bar, which features bonfires<br />

on the beach as you sip on sundowners and nibble on<br />

yakitori skewers. I ordered up some Blow Me Ups, the most<br />

extravagant cocktail, comprising a variety of hard spirits,<br />

liqueurs, hazelnut and chocolate sauce. It doubled as dessert.<br />

An indelible dinner experience awaits you at the iconic<br />

Trader Jacks, on the Avarua waterfront. Rarotonga’s bestknown<br />

bar and restaurant has been a labour of love for<br />

its colourful and often controversial owner, Kiwi-born Jack<br />

Cooper, who sadly passed away last year in Rarotonga.<br />

Ripped apart by three cyclones since it was first established<br />

in 1986, there are numerous stories associated with the pub,<br />

including Zac Guildford’s notoriously naked appearance at<br />

the bar, some years ago. Needless to stay, catch of the day<br />

seafood is a hot seller. I highly rated the Cajun parrotfish<br />

fillets with roast vegetables, pesto rice, pawpaw salsa and<br />

turmeric aioli.<br />

Let’s be honest, island night shows can be a bit of a tourist<br />

trap. But if you want to partake in a mix of local music,<br />

dancing and food, with a heightened sense of authenticity and<br />

heritage, Highland Paradise is an excellent choice.<br />

Perched on the slopes of the sacred peak of Maungaroa<br />

stands the site of the ancient mountain refuge of the<br />

Tinomana people. Abandoned in the 19th century, following<br />

the tribe’s conversion to Christianity, the village was<br />

reclaimed from the jungle just 35 years ago by Raymond<br />

Pirangi, a descendant of the last pre-Christian high chief<br />

(ariki) of the Tinomana.<br />

Amongst 25 developed acres of magnificent gardens and<br />

views you’ll experience drumming, singing, dancing, weaving,<br />

carving, medicine making, storytelling and umu feasting just as<br />

they were doing more than 600 years ago on this very spot!<br />

The lush botanical garden commands soul-stirring views<br />

across the west coast of Rarotonga, yet the highlight for me<br />

was seeing the remains of the ancient marae, which has been<br />

carbon-dated to 500AD.<br />

Danny Mataroa has a personal connection through tribal<br />

links to the village and guides people through the cultural<br />

history of Highland Paradise. He pointed out, as we stood<br />

in the lush grounds, the neighbouring flat-top mountain of<br />

Raemaru. Legend has it that a major tribal conquest led to<br />

the top of the mountain being sliced off and spirited away to<br />

Aitutaki, because the locals didn’t have a decent sized hill on<br />

their island.<br />

After a moving tapu lifting ceremony in which offerings<br />

are made to the ancestors of the marae, guests are<br />

welcomed into the cultural centre for an ebullient showcase<br />

of traditional entertainment, as you tuck into a hearty<br />

buffet dinner, replete with traditional foods including taro,<br />

arrowroot, wahoo fish and rukau (the young leaves of a taro<br />

plant, very high in iron, which after being boiled for several<br />

hours are mixed with coconut cream to produce a delightful<br />

dish – and a staple for Rarotongans.)

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QT Auckland<br />



Residing in the more chill part of the Viaduct, QT Auckland<br />

opens up a realm of relaxed seaside opportunities offered<br />

by the up-and-coming Westhaven quarter, from cafes and<br />

eateries to parks, playgrounds and strolling spots to the very<br />

good New Zealand Marine Museum – while also being a<br />

hop, skip and jump to other city hotspots such as Britomart,<br />

Queen Street and Ponsonby.<br />


Having only opened in November 2<strong>02</strong>0, Auckland’s QT<br />

boasts 150 super stylish rooms and suites of nine different<br />

types, as well as Sean Connolly-led restaurant and bar Esther<br />

on the ground floor and appropriately named Rooftop bar<br />

on, you guessed it, the 6th floor rooftop.<br />


Appreciators of design and the finer things in life will feel<br />

right at home here. The unique aesthetic is strongly inspired<br />

by the hotel’s harbourside locale, starting dramatically with<br />

a stunning hanging sculpture of coloured glass globes (think<br />

jellyfish, seaglass or maybe buoys?) in the lobby created by<br />

NSW artist Minka Gillian and a mesmerising digital work by<br />

New York artist Jennifer Steinkamp installed on a giant LED<br />

screen by the elevators.<br />

The oceanic theme continues into the rooms, designed by<br />

Nic Graham, which nod surprisingly chicly to oysters, and<br />

where the QT chain’s signature attention to detail features<br />

cool local artisanal touches such as resin soap dishes by<br />

Auckland artist Chan Andreassend and handblown Lava<br />

Glass lamps and bathroom cups that Nic found while on<br />

holiday in Taupo.<br />

There are water filters installed in the spacious hallway,<br />

perfect for topping up water bottles (there are spares in the<br />

room if you forgot to bring your own), striking bathrooms<br />

you’ll enjoy lingering in (ours had a clever internal sliding<br />

window, perfect for talking to partners while brushing teeth<br />

or keeping the sea in view while you shower) and as with all<br />

QTs around the globe, the beds are large and heavenly.<br />

Led by its ‘Director of Chaos’, the hotel’s front-of-house<br />

team provided dynamic and impeccable service and were<br />

dressed to suit in custom uniforms designed by sustainable<br />

Kiwi fashion darling Maggie Marilyn.<br />


Far from an afterthought, the eating/drinking options here<br />

pack as much punch as the accommodation – whether it’s<br />

relaxed brunches, long lunches or lavish dinners at Sean<br />

Connolly’s renowned Mediterranean-focused Esther (which<br />

spills onto the lawn and terrace outside on a nice day) or<br />

elevated tapas, craft cocktails and fabulous views at Rooftop.<br />

Again, design fans: don’t miss the gold Marana Forni disco<br />

ball oven or Molteni stove in custom green hue in Esther’s<br />

captivating open kitchen.<br />


Room rates start at $280. See qthotels.com/auckland for<br />

more info and special offers.

A storybook life<br />

Having recently resided at the historic Robert Lord cottage as this year’s University of Otago<br />

Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence Fellow, Ruth Paul will be returning south<br />

this month as part of the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival.<br />


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Sid, the cocky, talking cockatoo from Dunedin Botanic<br />

Garden, has a new fan – writer Ruth Paul.<br />

“He became a good friend,” Ruth, this year’s University<br />

of Otago College of Education Creative New Zealand<br />

Children’s Writer in Residence Fellow, says.<br />

The gardens, and a visit to see Sid, became a regular<br />

activity for Ruth, who made the most of getting to know<br />

Dunedin and its wildlife for the first time during the<br />

fellowship when she was based at the Robert Lord cottage.<br />

An award-winning children’s picture book author and<br />

illustrator of 30 titles, Ruth admits Sid might even be<br />

immortalised in a future book.<br />

“Living in Dunedin is a bit like living in a picture book,<br />

full stop.<br />

“The experiences I’ve had will slowly filter through … it’ll<br />

suddenly coalesce and the subconscious stuff will pop out,<br />

but I can never quite tell when that’ll be.<br />

“Sometimes it’s serendipity, sometimes you have to sit<br />

down and squeeze out some ideas.”<br />

Animals have always featured heavily in Ruth’s books –<br />

lions, dogs, frogs and even jellyfish – I Am Jellyfish won picture<br />

book of the year at the New Zealand Post Book Awards in<br />

2018 – and dolphins.<br />

“I love animals and kids love them. They are a stand-in for<br />

a lot of human emotions, but you don’t have the issues of<br />

race and ability and age. There are all sorts of things you can<br />

do with animals that you can’t do depicting humans.”<br />

Many come with known qualities, such as the brave lion or<br />

shy mouse, so they are the perfect vessels for storytelling.<br />

“I seem to use them more by accident than design.”<br />

Ruth, who lives on a small farm in the Wellington region,<br />

illustrates as well as writes the books, although she started<br />

off as an illustrator after doing an arts degree at Victoria<br />

University and a diploma of visual communication design at<br />

what is now Massey University in Wellington.<br />

It was not until she had children that Ruth began to write<br />

as well as illustrate books, something that worked well<br />

around raising children.<br />

She studied English at Victoria University and art at Massey,<br />

so putting the two sets of skills together “works really well”.<br />

“I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do it.”<br />

However, she discovered doing both gave her greater<br />

control of the story and enabled her to change either aspect<br />

part way through a project if something was not working,<br />

something she was loath to do with another writer.<br />

“I can adjust things to fit, so the drawings and story are<br />

more locked in step.”<br />

There is also the practical side – doing both the writing and<br />

illustrating meant all of the royalties went to her, not half.<br />

“If you can double up it can make a financially unrewarding<br />

career less financially unrewarding.”<br />

Surprisingly, she discovered that, for her, writing was<br />

actually easier than illustrating a children’s book,<br />

Her first book as author and illustrator was The Animal<br />

Undie Ball, and she has gone on to write many more.<br />

Many have been translated into a variety of languages<br />

and published in Australia, the United States, the United<br />

Kingdom, China and Korea.<br />

“Living in Dunedin is a bit like living<br />

in a picture book, full stop.”<br />

Some, such as The Animal Undie Ball, have been produced<br />

as stage performances and others – Superpotamus and Two<br />

Little Pirates – have featured on an Australian preschool<br />

television series. Bad Dog Flash was published as an e-book<br />

in the US.<br />

As a new mum 20 years ago, she was reading more<br />

picture books but did not share her own work with her<br />

children as they had watched her making them.<br />

“At the end of it they were completely over it.<br />

“When they have children they might read them and go<br />

‘Oh, is that what mum did’.”<br />

These days she still reads picture books, but admits it is<br />

not the same unless she borrows a great-niece or nephew<br />

to read to.<br />

“Now I just read that stuff myself anyway, but it’s not<br />

quite the same as reading as an interaction.”<br />

Ruth came to Dunedin for the fellowship with plans to<br />

finish three picture book stories – The Farmer’s Pyjamas, You<br />

Can’t Pat a Fish and Candy Rapper and the Flash Trash Crew –<br />

and, if she had time, work on a mid-grade novel.<br />

“Picture books are my stock and trade and generally I<br />

don’t have that many words.<br />

“It seemed a good place to attempt something you might<br />

fail at, as you have the space and the time, which is usually<br />

unheard of creatively, as you are trying to pay the bills.”<br />

Not only did she have time, she wrote 25,000 words<br />

for the novel she describes as “magical realism based in the<br />

natural world”, thanks to the luxury of not having the usual<br />

requirements of everyday life intrude.<br />

“But I don’t know if any of its good or not. That is<br />

something you work on next. I don’t know what its value is<br />

yet.”<br />

It didn’t come easy, as picture book writing requires being<br />

economical with words and simple with storylines.<br />

“Writing a novel is as complicated as putting both<br />

forms together.<br />

“A picture book is concise, you have to work within about<br />

500 words, but the complexity of a larger novel with plot<br />

twists and different settings is a lot to get your head around<br />

and you have to keep tabs on everyone.”<br />

For the first time she discovered why other writers use<br />

spreadsheets.<br />

“It’s been a good opportunity to learn.”<br />

She also enjoyed having an office at the College of<br />

Education and the opportunity to talk with educators about<br />

children’s books.<br />

“They understood children making the link between<br />

images and words when learning to read, and how children<br />

read the pictures while adults are reading the words. They<br />

are learning to scan the page looking for symbols and clues.”

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It also came with access to a photocopier, something<br />

Ruth enjoyed the use of when trying out a new drawing<br />

technique using charcoal, for a book that just got a contract.<br />

It meant she was able to scan her drawings into the<br />

computer.<br />

“I find for me, every book, I try to find a style that suits<br />

the story.”<br />

It was a far cry from her straw-bale studio in the middle<br />

of a field. Working alone in her studio meant she had found<br />

a rhythm where she wrote in the mornings, spent the<br />

afternoon doing chores and farm work before getting back<br />

to work late afternoon.<br />

“I’m an extrovert in many ways, so I’m quite good at<br />

keeping my friends and community stuff up, so I have a<br />

social life that makes up for it.”<br />

Ruth always has three projects on the go at one time, as it<br />

can take upwards of two years for one to come to fruition.<br />

The rest of this year will be spent finishing off projects.<br />

“I feel like I made progress on a lot of things but came out<br />

with nothing tied up in a bundle, but if you’re a writer you<br />

are used to that.”<br />

Now back in Wellington, Ruth says the experience<br />

already seems like a long time ago, but it was a wonderful<br />

opportunity to see more of a region she had only visited<br />

briefly in the past while visiting her husband’s family when<br />

they lived on a West Otago farm.<br />

“I’d never really explored Dunedin. I loved doing the ghost<br />

walk because of the history, it really took you back to what<br />

the people were doing around those buildings.”<br />

Another favourite experience was watching the penguins<br />

come in at Pilots Beach and trips to Aramoana.<br />

“There is a thriving children’s book community in Dunedin<br />

which took me under their wing, which was really nice.”<br />

She found getting to know the other Otago fellows a<br />

real pleasure, especially one lunch where they began talking<br />

about their creative processes and fellowship projects.<br />

“I wouldn’t have sat down with a musician, a fine artist, an<br />

adult writer and a dancer before, all in one hit.<br />

“Honestly, when we all got to the end, among all<br />

the different art forms, the process was so familiar – the<br />

feelings, the emotions, the stages – it was so good to have<br />

that discussion.”<br />

Ruth Paul, Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival,<br />

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Jools Topp and Lynda Topp | Allen & Unwin, $50 (hardback)<br />

The incredible story of how a couple of country kids from<br />

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Lee Child & Andrew Child | Penguin, $37<br />

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The death generates some unexpected attention from the<br />

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Kate Morton<br />

Allen & Unwin, $37<br />

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Dawn French | Penguin, $42<br />

“When I was younger I wanted to be an interesting, sophisticated,<br />

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Andrea Hotere | Ultimo Press, $35<br />

Dunedin-raised and daughter of poet Cilla McQueen and artist<br />

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“This is an astonishing and beautiful novel that brings the art<br />

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Isabel Allende<br />

Bloomsbury, $40<br />

A story of two child immigrants<br />

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Anita, a young girl caught up with<br />

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Samuel survives several foster homes in England until<br />

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Anita, whose experiences with foster homes parallel<br />

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Lou Berney<br />

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Hardly is 21 and works part<br />

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lack of motivation, earning<br />

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He sees two children, and<br />

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and rushes the children out of the building.<br />

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His surveillance is spotted and it’s not long before<br />

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This book is a clever blend of humour and danger with<br />

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