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

Whether it’s a backyard BBQ with mates, a picnic at<br />

the beach, cocktails with colleagues or free-ranging<br />

at a festival, whatever your idea of a party is, set to it – ’tis<br />

the season!<br />

I kicked mine off with a sneak peek at Ayrburn,<br />

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lot more (read about it on page 34), and plan to continue with<br />

all of the above once we’ve sent this issue off to print.<br />

With a summer of fun and hopefully sun stretching out<br />

before us, we’ve packed plenty within these pages to entertain<br />

and inspire – from the stylish details of some of our favourite<br />

Kiwi fashion designers’ holiday plans (page 40) and MasterChef<br />

NZ winner Sam Low’s deliciously unique food journey on<br />

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28 Fun in the sun<br />

Sky blue, resort florals and<br />

tropi-cool seasonal accessories<br />

40 Designer holidays<br />

What Aotearoa’s most-loved<br />

designers pack and predict for<br />

summer getaway style<br />

FOOD<br />

58 Yes, chef!<br />

MasterChef NZ winner Sam Low<br />

shares his food journey and<br />

some delicious recipes<br />


26 Most wanted<br />

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A former manure shed at new<br />

Queenstown hotspot Ayrburn<br />

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64 Hidden gems<br />

The significant collection of Old Masters<br />

and contemporary works on display for the<br />

first time in Dunedin<br />

68 Background artist<br />

The daughter of two prominent NZ arts<br />

practitioners finds her own way - in print<br />

72 Book club<br />

Great new reads to please even the<br />

pickiest of bookworms<br />

BEAUTY<br />

30 About face<br />

Sheet masks, serums, skin tints and SPFs<br />


16 Newsfeed<br />

What’s up, in, chat-worthy, cool,<br />

covetable and compelling right now<br />

74 Win<br />

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Newsfeed<br />

What’s up, in, chat-worthy, cool, covetable<br />

and compelling right now.<br />

Art icon<br />

On now at Christchurch’s Centre of<br />

Contemporary Art (CoCA), Tangata<br />

Whenua is celebrated Aotearoa artist Robyn<br />

Kahukiwa’s first solo exhibition in the South<br />

Island for 20 years. Having painted since the<br />

1970s, Robyn is internationally acclaimed for<br />

her distinctive aesthetic and strong political<br />

commentary. Runs until January 14, 2024.<br />

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In the spirit of things<br />

News to have fans of Queenstown distillers<br />

Broken Heart in good spirits (pun intended) – the<br />

multi‐award-winning makers have just launched<br />

New Zealand’s first eco-refill spirits pouch (700ml,<br />

$75). Fully recyclable and requiring less energy to<br />

create, transport and reuse, the boozy little baggies<br />

are also pretty perfect for those occasions where<br />

you can’t/don’t want to take glass.<br />

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Grease, bye<br />

Just in time for what’s shaping up to be a scorcher, Ōtautahi-based<br />

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From theAmazon<br />

to the Urban Jungle<br />

It’s November, a month that<br />

usually brings significant activity<br />

to both the real estate market that<br />

I know and love, and to most of<br />

us personally as we endeavour to<br />

prepare for Christmas.<br />

I always enter this particular month<br />

with a sense of exhilaration and<br />

expectation.<br />

We’re a business that pivots off<br />

whatever momentum is occurring,<br />

and this spring market is certainly<br />

moving. Sales volumes are larger, ours<br />

currently the most significant in the<br />

country for our brand if you look at<br />

regional and national awards, but I’m<br />

also reflecting on two recent events<br />

that have occurred within a few days<br />

of writing this and I’d like to share<br />

these.<br />

One of these was a trip which opened<br />

my eyes further to the shifts happening<br />

in the world from a climate-change<br />

perspective. The other, a burglary.<br />

Bear with me whilst I lay out my<br />

thoughts.<br />

I’ve just returned from a trip to the<br />

Amazon region, having undertaken<br />

what’s known as an expedition cruise.<br />

It’s certainly an adventure and one for<br />

which I had a number of expectations.<br />

The largest being the opportunity to<br />

see some of the numerous bird and<br />

wildlife species which automatically<br />

come to mind when you think of this<br />

incredible region and its position as<br />

one of the world’s most elaborate<br />

and important ecosystems. I’d learnt<br />

prior to going that there are actually<br />

nearly 2,000 different species of birds<br />

and mammals, 40,000 plant species,<br />

millions of insects (which I wasn’t<br />

overly keen to see!) and some of the<br />

world’s most magnificent trees.<br />

This knowledge preset my<br />

expectations; the reality, however, is<br />

certainly different. The part of the river<br />

that we were able to travel to, as far<br />

as Manaus, has been deeply affected<br />

by changes both environmental<br />

and introduced. An unprecedented<br />

drought, numerous wildfires, large<br />

areas of deforestation, a state of<br />

emergency – and all of this means the<br />

animals have well and truly retreated<br />

into areas that will require a deeper<br />

investigation by me in the future.<br />

The numerous birds and few species<br />

we did see, however, especially<br />

the very special pink dolphin, were<br />

greeted with awe which lifted spirits<br />

and hearts.<br />

I know I’m sounding more like a travel<br />

agent than a real estate professional,<br />

but at heart I think everyone has a<br />

bit of the adventurer in them and at<br />

a professional level it reminds me of<br />

what’s precarious and special about<br />

our own country and way of life.<br />

With a growing drive towards more<br />

sustainable choices to protect our<br />

beautiful natural environment – such<br />

a drawcard for immigrants – trips like<br />

this always heighten my awareness<br />

and appreciation of New Zealand.<br />

Now the burglary, which involved one<br />

of the properties that we had staged<br />

through our staging company being<br />

broken into despite electric gates and<br />

a security system.<br />

What was taken included all bedding<br />

(leaving only the mattresses) and<br />

everything that comprises a staged<br />

bedroom. For those of you who don’t<br />

know, that means six pillows, two<br />

covers, three cushions, a rug at the<br />

end of the bed, matching bedside<br />

tables and lamps!<br />

And then let’s mention chairs, all<br />

kitchen items, special decor rugs …<br />

the list continues. I’d imagine for the<br />

scoundrels that committed the crime,<br />

whilst also leaving a half-opened<br />

can of Coke, it was a busy night. To<br />

everyone who has a vacant property<br />

that’s presented for sale, be vigilant,<br />

neighbours listen out and, for me,<br />

I’ve realized how gut-wrenching and<br />

invasive crimes (petty or not) affect<br />

you.<br />

So, November has started with a roar.<br />

I’d imagine that’s likely to continue as<br />

we move forward into <strong>December</strong>. For<br />

me this means do my best, keep my<br />

adventurous heart alive and be aware<br />

of the weight of expectations and the<br />

requirement for keeping things safe.<br />

Take care out there.<br />

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

Chop chop!<br />

A fusion of clever design and<br />

sustainable practises, these<br />

chic chef-grade chopping<br />

boards are the brainchild<br />

of celebrated Auckland<br />

seafood restaurant Kingi,<br />

local plastics recycler Critical<br />

and NGO LegaSea. Created<br />

from fishing nets and other<br />

plastic waste, 100 percent of<br />

the profit from each board<br />

goes directly to LegaSea to<br />

raise awareness of the impact<br />

commercial fishing has on our<br />

ocean’s ecosystem.<br />

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Let them drink cake<br />

Iconic Kiwi cup co Acme and fashion<br />

designer Karen Walker are back with<br />

a fresh take on their covetable Bobby<br />

mug collab. “This year’s collaboration<br />

features contrasting hues that evoke<br />

delightful pairings, from the sweet<br />

allure of ‘Lamington with Chocolate’<br />

to the harmonious ‘Nougat with<br />

Lamington’, each colour duo<br />

embodies that unique KW charm,”<br />

says Karen. “Selected to enhance<br />

your everyday moments, these hues<br />

bring warmth and joy to any home.”<br />

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Nice knickers<br />

Launched to challenge lingerie industry<br />

standards, push boundaries, but also<br />

ensure its wearers look and feel<br />

fabulous, new local brand Ohen’s<br />

initial offering of four interchangeable<br />

bras and four briefs are designed to<br />

fit diverse bodies and sizes and come<br />

in three versatile and compelling<br />

colourways – Black, Toast and Fennel.<br />

Working with technical pattern,<br />

design and grading experts, Ohen<br />

aims to create luxe undies that offer<br />

expert support, comfort, lift and<br />

coverage without compromising on a<br />

contemporary aesthetic.<br />

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Good pud<br />

Iconic Christchurch restaurant Bloody Mary’s recently<br />

celebrated its 10th birthday by bringing back some very<br />

special dishes from across the decade for a limited time only,<br />

and we’re delighted to learn that the seriously decadent<br />

re-released Cambridge Burnt Cream dessert has been so<br />

popular it will remain on the menu throughout the summer.<br />


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

Sweet as<br />

Much-loved Kiwi cocktail company Black<br />

Pineapple is serving up its lavish liquid take<br />

on a world-famous chocolate treat with<br />

a limited-edition cocktail kit release (from<br />

$69) – Rum Rocher. Freshly handcrafted<br />

with Plantation Caribbean rum, Frangelico<br />

hazelnut liqueur, Quick Brown Fox coffee<br />

liqueur and chocolate bitters, the latest<br />

luxe kit comes complete with edible gold<br />

paint, a brush to paint the glass and whole<br />

Ferrero Rocher chocolates for garnishing.<br />

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Works of significance<br />

A major new exhibition from Christchurch Art<br />

Gallery features works that tell stories about<br />

personal and collective histories, communication,<br />

distance and relationships to our environment.<br />

Covering the creative spectrum from textiles,<br />

sculpture, painting and photography to moving<br />

image and sound, the 24 artists in Spring Time is<br />

Heart-break: Contemporary Art in Aotearoa explore<br />

the transitions between places and across time to<br />

compelling, captivating and thought-provoking effect.<br />

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Ilish Thomas, ‘Indira’s Birthday’ (still) 2021. Single-channel<br />

digital video, lace. Courtesy of the artist.<br />

A surprise wing-er<br />

Initially a long-shot and largely unknown contender in<br />

New Zealand’s fiercely fought bird of the century, the now<br />

notorious pūteketeke shot to fame thanks to a passionate<br />

campaign by US chat show host and gatecrasher of bird<br />

elections, John Oliver. To help celebrate this underbird<br />

victory, local co Metalbird have given wings to this tribute<br />

piece (complete with mini John Oliver if you’re that way<br />

inclined), from which 30 percent of proceeds will be<br />

donated to Forest & Bird.<br />


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

Pillow talk<br />

As lovers of stylish snoozing,<br />

we’re more than ready to bed<br />

down with House of March, the<br />

first fairtrade certified luxury<br />

bedding supplier in Aotearoa.<br />

Both chemical-free and made<br />

from fairtrade 100 percent<br />

organic cotton, House of March’s<br />

hot new drop features lush linens<br />

in dreamy colourways from sage<br />

and navy to pounamu green.<br />

We’re particularly partial to their<br />

percale cotton pieces, which are<br />

ideal all year round, but being<br />

crisp, cool, smooth and light are<br />

perfect for the warmer months.<br />

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Summer sippin’<br />

Fresh from Kiwi-made premium<br />

mixer brand Alchemy & Tonic comes<br />

a jazzy, juicy new offering. Crafted<br />

using a unique combination of natural<br />

ingredients, Lemongrass & Yuzu<br />

can be enjoyed equally by itself or as<br />

a counterpart to your favourite spirit.<br />

This refreshing new flavour<br />

combo is the perfect balance of bold,<br />

outside-the-box citrus notes,<br />

crafted with a pinch of sea salt for<br />

a bit of magic in every sip.<br />

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Breathe in<br />

Marlborough-based olfactory wellness trailblazer INXHALE<br />

offers original blends of natural ingredients formulated<br />

to support cognitive function and mood. Founder Kate<br />

Guthrie saw a huge gap in the market while wishing for a<br />

product (that wasn’t caffeinated) to keep her mind alert on<br />

long drives to and from her family farm. Available in Alert<br />

for mental clarity, motivation and cognitive performance,<br />

and Calm for rest, relaxation and emotional restoration,<br />

the innovative inhalers work by engaging with our olfactory<br />

systems – AKA our sense of smell. The aroma follows a<br />

direct pathway to the brain, scientifically proven to impact<br />

our memory function and emotional centres.<br />

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Get some alp<br />

Music-lovers and good vibe-seekers, get set for this year’s<br />

Rhythm & Alps in the stunning surrounds of Wānaka’s<br />

Cardrona Valley. The diverse festival features a blend<br />

of party instigators, including pop sensation Benee, Fat<br />

Freddy’s Drop with their exclusive New Zealand summer<br />

performance, surf-psych collective Ocean Alley, awardwinning<br />

country-pop artist Kaylee Bell and Synthony<br />

presenting a NYE spectacle. <strong>December</strong> 29 to 31, <strong>2023</strong>.<br />


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

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the game up yet again with a bonus<br />

release of three new RTD flavours –<br />

Classic Margarita, Chilli Margarita and Gin<br />

Citrus Twist – as well as a fresh look via a<br />

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The Classic Marg combines authentic<br />

blanco tequila distilled in Jalisco, Mexico,<br />

triple sec, limes and sea salt while its<br />

Chilli counterpart is a well-balanced, spicy<br />

rendition of the classic cocktail, featuring<br />

habanero chillies. Gin Citrus Twist blends<br />

triple-distilled gin, Sicilian lemons and juicy<br />

tangelos for a zesty concoction with Pals’<br />

bespoke mix of juniper-forward botanicals.<br />

All flavours are finished with sparkling<br />

water, making them refreshingly drinkable.<br />

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Totally charming<br />

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Karen<br />

Walker Jewellery has revisited cherished classics<br />

with the ‘Adventure Charms’ collection, which<br />

reimagines nine treasured designs, including the<br />

KW bow, iconic runaway girl, carousel horse, girl<br />

robot and signature axe, in charming (geddit?!)<br />

miniature forms. Karen’s love for integrating<br />

precious pieces into the everyday remains, with<br />

many original designs reissued and adored to this<br />

day – an enduring symbol of their timeless appeal.<br />

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

Most wanted<br />

From pavlova-scented candles and lamington-hued mugs to much-anticipated<br />

autobiographies, vintage-inspired jewels, chequerboard towels, quirky tees and cut crystal,<br />

here’s what <strong>03</strong>’s editor is coveting right now.<br />

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1. My Name is Barbra, Barbra Streisand hardback, $85; 2. Nicole Rebstock Uno leather slides in Camel, $269;<br />

3. Nevé limited edition Passionfruit Pavlova candle bowl in Amber, $180; 4. Marle Nonna hat in Natural, $90;<br />

5. Acme x Karen Walker Bobby mug in Chocolate with Lamington, $32; 6. Waterford Giftology Heart crystal box, $249 at Ballantynes;<br />

7. Meadowlark Bon Bon pearl and sterling silver necklace, $1449; 8. Baina Essential Bathroom Set 16 in Cement & Rhus, $368;<br />

9. RAAIE Cocoon ceramide cream, $145; 10. Untouched World Dione linen dress in Ink Fleck, $389;<br />

11. ghd Helios Professional hair dryer in limited edition Alluring Jade, $385;<br />

12. Jo by Jo Loves fragrance parfum 100ml, $274; 13. Jasmin Sparrow Ines 18k gold-plated earrings, $350; 14. Kowtow Compost t-shirt, $129

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

Fun in the sun<br />

Wear summer on your sleeve with shades of sky blue and sunshine yellow, make a splash<br />

in resort-ready florals or chill out with tropi-cool accessories.<br />

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

About face<br />

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

An all-in good time<br />

Having just thrown open the gates to Ayrburn,<br />

the 60-hectare, $200 million development set on a<br />

160-year-old estate near Arrowtown, visionary Chris<br />

Meehan talks us through what to expect from the<br />

brand-new-but-also-historic precinct that’s shaping<br />

up to be unlike anything else on offer in Aotearoa.<br />


From brunch beside a bubbling brook, laid-back lunches in a woolshed<br />

full of art by the likes of Goldie and McCahon, private fine dining in<br />

a stunningly restored historic homestead, cocktails inside a centuries-old<br />

stone cottage or wine and oysters in a former speakeasy (and manure<br />

shed) to catching kōura for your own pizza/pasta in the on-site lake,<br />

picking your own flowers, licking lush ice creams and a whole lot more<br />

besides – Ayrburn is set to be the hottest new spot in Central Otago<br />

this summer.<br />

How would you describe Ayrburn, in your own words?<br />

A wine and food paradise.<br />

Tell us a bit about each individual area/space?<br />

Ayrburn offers venues that cater to every taste and occasion.<br />

The heart of Ayrburn, The Woolshed offers fireside or alfresco dining<br />

from dawn to dusk, serving uncomplicated comfort for all. It’s a place<br />

where everyone feels welcome whether just for a coffee or a cocktail.<br />

The Manure Room is, as the name suggests, located in what was<br />

originally the old manure room. It was also known as a bit of a speakeasy<br />

during prohibition, so the perfect spot to savour the flavours of Ayrburn’s<br />

latest vintage wines while basking in an atmosphere that combines<br />

comfort and elegance for an all-in, good time.<br />

The Manure Room offers exclusive Ayrburn wines, unavailable<br />

anywhere else in the world, with wine tastings during the day,<br />

transforming into a sophisticated wine bar during the evening.<br />

For the kids and kids at heart, The Dairy is a quaint, nostalgic gelato<br />

parlour that’s like stepping into a storybook of sweetness.<br />

The Burr Bar is a haven where you can sip on whiskey and cocktails<br />

with close friends. Designed to be generous and flamboyant, the venue<br />

pays homage to an iconic local, Adrian Burr.<br />

And finally The Dell is a central lawn to host vibrant markets, alfresco<br />

lunches, and concerts. Savour a picnic from an Ayrburn venue, relish<br />

freshly pressed coffee from The Bakehouse, or enjoy a bottle of our<br />

Ayrburn vintage with friends.<br />

Ayrburn really does have something for everyone.

“Every building at Ayrburn has been meticulously restored,<br />

right down to preserving the natural sag of barn rooftops,<br />

honouring the original character in every decision.”

Feature | <strong>Magazine</strong> 37<br />

Where/how did the concept come about and how long<br />

has the project been in the works?<br />

We bought the property in 2015 and worked on various<br />

ideas. By about 2018 we thought we had the concept right,<br />

and five years later, here we are…<br />

Tell us a little bit about the history of the land/property…<br />

Established in 1864, Ayrburn is reimagining its heritage<br />

by seamlessly blending a world-class wine and culinary<br />

experience and honouring its proud history as one of the<br />

first farms and more successful in the area.<br />

Every building at Ayrburn has been meticulously restored,<br />

right down to preserving the natural sag of barn rooftops,<br />

honouring the original character in every decision.<br />

From the craftsmanship behind each creation to the stories<br />

behind every door, Ayrburn is a celebration of its heritage.<br />

It has been restored stone by stone – honouring its history,<br />

with its original character evident in every building.<br />

Can you talk about the ways in which you’ve utilised<br />

historic materials/elements?<br />

We’ve done everything we can to preserve and enhance the<br />

history of this remarkable place and the fabulous buildings<br />

and trees that sit on it.<br />

We’ve re-used the historic building materials wherever<br />

possible, which was an extraordinarily expensive and timeconsuming<br />

process. But anyone now seeing these buildings<br />

would appreciate the detail and thought that has gone into<br />

respecting their historic significance.

“Ayrburn is first and foremost for<br />

the locals. They will have the greatest<br />

appreciation for the work we’ve<br />

done and the spaces we’ve created.”

Feature | <strong>Magazine</strong> 39<br />

What have been some of the highlights and<br />

challenges along the way?<br />

Highlights have been the amazing group of designers<br />

and artisans who have shared a passion for Ayrburn<br />

and an enthusiasm for their work that I have never<br />

seen in over 30 years of doing this.<br />

The challenges have been the excessive<br />

bureaucracy and resultant time and money wasting<br />

that the local authorities have put us through.<br />

Ayrburn is both for visitors to the region but also<br />

for locals, right?<br />

Ayrburn is first and foremost for the locals. They<br />

will have the greatest appreciation for the work<br />

we’ve done and the spaces we’ve created.<br />

Ayrburn was the social hub of Queenstown back<br />

in the day and played host to the A&P Show and<br />

many district-wide social events for many years.<br />

We hope it again becomes the hub for locals to<br />

get together and have fun, and this is foremost in<br />

our minds.<br />

As well as our locals, we want visitors to treat<br />

Ayrburn as a must-do every time they come<br />

to Queenstown. Book your flights, book your<br />

Ayrburn visit.<br />

What are some of your personal favourite spaces?<br />

My favourite is The Burr Bar. It’s named after a<br />

great mate that I bought the property from, and<br />

is located in what was Billy Paterson’s original<br />

homestead when he settled the farm in 1864.<br />

These very first settlers to Queenstown had<br />

the pick of where to put their houses and it’s no<br />

accident he put this one where he did.<br />

There’s nothing better than sitting outside<br />

The Burr Bar in the late afternoon sun and then<br />

retreating inside to enjoy the character and<br />

ambiance of the old cottage.<br />

How does it feel to have Ayrburn complete and<br />

open to the public?<br />

It’s fantastic. The highlight for me is seeing people of<br />

all generations getting together to have fun among<br />

all the unique treats that Ayrburn has to offer.<br />

Anything you can tell us about future plans/<br />

developments for Ayrburn?<br />

We have one of our upmarket Northbrook luxury<br />

later living villages approved for the grounds of<br />

Ayrburn. With 150 apartments and loads of<br />

amenities, it will also be a fantastic addition to the<br />

district and will be well sought-after.<br />

We also have seven prestige homes and a 20-room<br />

boutique hotel approved for the wider 55ha site.<br />

Anything else people might be surprised/<br />

interested to learn?<br />

That the Ayrburn food and wine precinct is only<br />

half-done. Stage one is complete, but there are at<br />

least another four amazing venues, including the<br />

flagship Billy’s restaurant opening late next year, as<br />

well as The Bakehouse, RM Butcher and a florist.

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

Designer holidays<br />

We check in with some of New Zealand’s most-loved designers on their<br />

oh-so-stylish holiday plans, what they’ll be wearing and what their customers (including<br />

here in the south) are looking to now for the long Kiwi summer.<br />


“In my own backyard and on<br />

Aotea I go very simple – various<br />

cotton items on high repeat.”<br />

KAREN<br />

WALKER<br />

Summer <strong>2023</strong>/2024 is my usual holiday<br />

plan: a week of recovery from the year in<br />

my backyard – napping, reading, swimming,<br />

pottering; a week at the ASB Classic (looking<br />

forward to seeing Coco again!); a week back<br />

in the office; two weeks on Aotea Great<br />

Barrier Island doing nothing much at all<br />

besides beach walks, swims, naps and books.<br />

In my own backyard and on Aotea<br />

I go very simple – various cotton items<br />

on high repeat. This summer I think it’ll<br />

be our Lotus Tiered Dress and Prairie<br />

Organic Cotton Shirred Dress. These will<br />

be paired with a fresh pair of Arizona EVA<br />

Birkenstocks, a Sensi Studio Panama hat and<br />

some great shades.<br />

When I’m on Aotea I always take a fresh<br />

pair of PJs also as friends drop in at any time<br />

of day and, even though I’m at the beach, I<br />

have standards!<br />

What seems to be shaping up to be<br />

hot in holiday attire are striped shirts in<br />

breezy cotton and our Armeria seersucker<br />

midi dresses.<br />

Anywhere in New Zealand summer can<br />

take you by surprise, so having a raincoat<br />

and a layer of cashmere on standby is always<br />

a good idea.

Feature | <strong>Magazine</strong> 41<br />

“We love to take the boat<br />

out and camp in the<br />

many amazing bays on<br />

Lake Benmore.”<br />



hope to take some time out from the shop and studio<br />

I over the summer to head to the lakes, where we love to<br />

take the boat out and camp in the many amazing bays on<br />

Lake Benmore.<br />

Being a North Island girl originally I’m always blown away by<br />

the vast and incredible landscape on our doorstep. Although I<br />

am very much looking forward to getting back to Hawke’s Bay<br />

briefly for Christmas to catch up with the family.<br />

I will definitely be wearing a lot of our summer pieces on<br />

repeat, our It’s A Done Deal collared shirts are the perfect<br />

throw-over on lake days and we have so many amazing<br />

colours about to be released in this style.<br />

And when the weather warms up I look forward to<br />

wearing our new colourway in the Golden Hour Maxi Skirt<br />

and the Follow My Lead short-sleeve linen blouse for the<br />

perfect fresh summer look.<br />

For summer/holiday attire you can’t go wrong with an easy<br />

long-sleeve button down shirt that can be worn as its own<br />

statement or thrown over your togs on a hot day.<br />

South Island summers… A good jumper is always on me,<br />

either on or over my shoulders. I have been pairing a lot of<br />

our summer collection with a range of jumpers from Ohae<br />

Knitwear while the weather warms up, and they have been<br />

the perfect match. My favourite from there at the moment is<br />

the coral stripe organic cotton jumper, a perfect lightweight<br />

piece for summer.

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

“The days are spent<br />

eating, swimming,<br />

walking around the bays,<br />

reading books, building<br />

sandcastles, searching<br />

for pirate money,<br />

collecting tuatua, doing<br />

puzzles and spending<br />

time with the people<br />

you care about most.”<br />


This summer, we’ll be heading up north to the beautiful<br />

Tutukaka Coast for Christmas Day itself and through to<br />

the new year. Mum and dad have a place up there and we,<br />

the whole family, love heading there to be together.<br />

It’s a really social two weeks with loads of people<br />

coming and going. The days are spent eating, swimming,<br />

walking around the bays, reading books, building<br />

sandcastles, searching for pirate money, collecting tuatua,<br />

doing puzzles and spending time with the people you<br />

care about most. The perfect way to see out a year and<br />

welcome in a new one.<br />

I’ve already been loving wearing our summer cotton<br />

prints during the days, and then relaxing in some JHL in<br />

the evenings. I love a matching set, so will be taking a few<br />

to Tutukaka.<br />

Cotton prints are definitely proving super popular so far<br />

this summer, as well as long-sleeve shirts (my Resort shirt<br />

is my favourite beach day shirt), and our summer beach<br />

wraps. I think people have really been gravitating towards<br />

easy and joyful pieces – lots of statement colours.<br />

JHL is a must for a South Island summer – both the shortsleeve<br />

and long-sleeve top options along with the shorts and<br />

trackpants. They are really easy lightweight layering pieces.<br />

I also always pack a puffer jacket [for holidays], even when<br />

heading up north, as I love being wrapped up and warm in<br />

the evenings.

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

“My family arrives from the Netherlands<br />

and I can’t wait to show them all of<br />

Otago’s and the South Island’s finest spots.<br />

We’re going to throw a little wedding in<br />

the mix too, in our garden in Clyde.”<br />


VAN DE VEN,<br />


W<br />

e have quite the line-up this summer!<br />

Next week my family arrives from the<br />

Netherlands, and I can’t wait to show them all<br />

of Otago’s and the South Island’s finest spots.<br />

We’ll be setting up camp at The Camp in<br />

Hāwea, staying at Hooker Hut under Aoraki<br />

Mount Cook and hopefully we’ll catch a good<br />

window of weather to camp at Pūrākaunui Bay<br />

campground in the Catlins. Lots of adventures<br />

and travelling around.<br />

We’re going to throw a little wedding in the<br />

mix too, in our garden in Clyde.<br />

Then, once my family has gone back to the<br />

Netherlands, we’re going to take a month off<br />

work to go camping around the South Island,<br />

before our newest family member arrives.<br />

I’ve been based in Clyde for three years now,<br />

and I’m trying to convince myself that I’m a<br />

‘Lakes girl’, but reality is, I miss the ocean dearly!<br />

So I can’t wait to set up camp at some South<br />

Island beaches. Banks Peninsula, Abel Tasman,<br />

Golden Bay. In between all our adventures,<br />

time at home will be spent in my vege garden.<br />

This summer I’ll be living in my ReCreate<br />

Ash dress, as well as my ReCreate Contour<br />

dress. Both are perfect and very comfy for my<br />

growing belly. I designed the Contour dress<br />

in mind with covering up the chest from the<br />

relentless Central Otago sunshine. For a bit of<br />

layering, I’ll pop the handwoven Charlie top on.<br />

Our ‘Handwoven’ styles have been really<br />

popular this summer, it is such a special and<br />

beautiful fabric. Produced entirely by hand,<br />

the cotton is spun into thread and dyed using<br />

natural and organic materials such as local<br />

barks, vegetable skins and flowers. The thread<br />

is then handwoven on a loom. The finished<br />

fabric is gentle and textured with a ‘perfectly<br />

imperfect’ weave, making each garment unique.<br />

The garments get better and better over time,<br />

they get softer and wear beautifully.

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Bringing the drama indoors<br />

Inspired by its dramatic surrounding landscapes, this new<br />

Queenstown build showcases rich raw texture, organic forms<br />

and lashings of modern, moody hues.<br />


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

“Celebrating the landscape called<br />

for a textured palette, subtle<br />

lighting and earthy colours…”<br />

“B<br />

ring the outside in” was the brief for this stunning<br />

Queenstown home.<br />

Nestled by the lake, flanked by schist rock and towering<br />

mountains, it will eventually become the owners’ permanent<br />

home and needed to cater for both children and grandchildren.<br />

The interiors, designed by Eternodesign in Christchurch,<br />

include an open-plan kitchen-dining-living area with spectacular<br />

lake views, and luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms.<br />

The kitchen features a basalt grey stone benchtop and<br />

blackened wall units with walnut-stained internal shelves.

48 <strong>Magazine</strong> | Interiors<br />

“‘Bring the outside in’<br />

was the brief for this stunning<br />

Queenstown home.”<br />

This moody colour scheme continues into the scullery<br />

but there the dark units contrast with white finger tiles.<br />

Brass pendant lights hang over the dining table, while an<br />

oversized black slatted door leads to an adjacent media room.<br />

Eternodesign director Emma Morris says celebrating the<br />

landscape called for a textured palette, subtle lighting and<br />

earthy colours in the master en suite.<br />

Subtly textured rippled tiles contrast with large,<br />

grey porcelain tiles and make an ideal backdrop to the<br />

freestanding bath with its matte black bath spout. The<br />

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In the separate powder room, a freestanding, floormounted<br />

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is complemented by a brass tap and mixer, and a softly<br />

curved mirror hangs above.<br />

Adding interest to the natural stone walls is the light cast<br />

from hand-blown, brass-detailed opal glass lights that turn<br />

on via a hidden sensor.<br />

Completing the powder room was not without its<br />

challenges, Emma says. Because the natural crevices in the<br />

travertine were left unfilled, the wall tiles were brittle and<br />

tricky to work with.<br />

Secondly, the room needed to not only be beautiful in<br />

its own right but connect with the design features of the<br />

living areas.<br />

“We achieved this with discreet, bespoke, vertical slatted<br />

wall panelling and a hidden door to mesh the spaces<br />

together. When the slatted door is closed, there is no sign<br />

of a powder room.”<br />

The attention to detail paid off as the home was<br />

recognised in recent awards run by the National Kitchen<br />

and Bathroom Association.<br />

The kitchen won the Canterbury designers’ award (for<br />

kitchens costing $90,000 to $120,000) and the master<br />

en suite received a platinum award and the distinction<br />

award (for bathrooms up to $50,000), while the powder<br />

room was a runner-up in this year’s Trends International<br />

Design Awards.

The cherry<br />

on top<br />

Reducing stress, maximise your budget and<br />

getting the very best results – Rangiora-based<br />

Feather & Oak Interiors owner and lead designer<br />

Katy Husband on why you should choose to<br />

work with a qualified interior designer.<br />

Katy Husband<br />

There are many benefits to working with an interior designer<br />

and there can be many misconceptions about our profession.<br />

An interior designer is here to guide you through one of the<br />

most stressful events in life – building and renovating. These<br />

major events are likened to the stress of having a child and for<br />

very good reason!<br />

Building and renovating can take years and turn life upside<br />

down when trying to combine life-as-usual with hundreds of<br />

build decisions on what is often our most expensive asset.<br />

An interior designer will get to know you on a personal level<br />

and understand the way you live your life. Are you a foodie,<br />

an entertainer or a homebody? All of these questions will help<br />

define the design of your home.<br />

An interior designer should be someone you feel at ease<br />

with and build a level of trust.<br />

Building fatigue is something that every client on the building<br />

journey will experience at some point. An interior design<br />

is able to breathe zest into a project when you are feeling<br />

overwhelmed by the process.<br />

Think of us as the cherry on the top of the lengthy building<br />

process – someone that can bring the joy back into the building<br />

or renovating process and help to make your interior dreams<br />

a reality.<br />

During your project a good interior designer can alleviate a<br />

lot of the stress – much like a midwife! An interior designer has<br />

the connections to direct you to the right people and to refine<br />

your decisions and material choices.<br />

You can have confidence that you are selecting the best<br />

when you work with a designer who has done the hard<br />

work for you. We are staying abreast of trends and being<br />

in regular contact with suppliers who are sharing the latest<br />

innovations within the design and build industry – a constantly<br />

evolving space.<br />

A misconception about interior designers is that we’re going<br />

to overshoot the budget. An interior designer is actually your<br />

best choice for maximising your budget and ensuring you<br />

spend in the right places.<br />

There are many ways we can go about saving you money<br />

and still achieve the luxurious interior you desire and with a<br />

network of contacts among artisans and manufacturers you<br />

can often be presented with tailor-made, bespoke solutions for<br />

your build.<br />

If you are embarking on the build or renovation path and<br />

you can relate to any of this then we would love to be your<br />

first port of call. It’s never too early (or too late) to engage<br />

the services of an interior designer. We are a full service<br />

interior design and window furnishings business in the heart of<br />

Rangiora, servicing the South Island.<br />

166 High Street, Rangiora | featherandoak.co.nz

Feature | <strong>Magazine</strong> 51<br />

A secret garden<br />

The first in a series of extracts from gorgeous new gardening tome<br />

Secret Gardens of Aotearoa, we travel to Central Otago’s lake district to see the magic<br />

Ali Soper has worked on a very special 113-year-old former sheep station.<br />

Nestled into the gentle eastern slopes of Mount Maude,<br />

just south of Lake Hāwea in Central Otago’s lakes<br />

district, is Crosshill, an established garden set among centuryold<br />

trees. The massive native beech, birch and flowering<br />

cherry trees stand as a testament to the foresight of the<br />

property’s first gardeners.<br />

Crosshill was established as a sheep station in one of the<br />

area’s early agricultural settlements; the original woolshed now<br />

serves as the potting shed and flower-drying area.<br />

Between the rocky under-bed of its mountainous setting<br />

and pockets of rich, fertile soil redolent of its farming days,<br />

the range of the garden’s soil is as extreme as the Central<br />

Otago seasons.<br />

This is both the coldest and driest region of New Zealand,<br />

with hot summers and harsh winters. Early Māori primarily<br />

occupied the area seasonally by way of routes through the<br />

Nevis Valley from the south and the Clutha River from<br />

the north.<br />


Crosshill is an eclectic garden that includes the original rose<br />

garden, an orchard that is being transformed into a food<br />

forest, a newly created woodland garden, a propagation and<br />

potting shed, a picking garden for the roadside flower stall, a<br />

tea garden and an extensive vegetable garden.<br />

It’s quite a new project for Ali – she and [husband] Nic<br />

bought Crosshill in 2020 – and her vision is still evolving,<br />

guided by her interest in history and observations of the site.<br />

She takes time to be in the garden, to notice what is growing<br />

where, and to plan from there.<br />

Nic is always on hand – often with his tractor, ‘Blue’ –<br />

prepared to drop whatever he’s doing to help Ali realise her<br />

vision. They have banned sprays and replaced much of the<br />

grass with productive plants to feed the soil and their family.<br />

The original double-gabled homestead was built around<br />

1910. A century on, deteriorated beyond repair, it was<br />

provided to the local fire brigade to be burnt to the ground in<br />

a training exercise. At the same time the surrounding gardens<br />

were largely cleared, with the exception of a rose garden<br />

at the front of the house and the magnificent mature trees<br />

planted by the home’s first owners. The native beech, copper<br />

beech, elderberry and liquidambar, as well as heritage plums,<br />

apples and cherries, survived to provide a sense of grandeur<br />

and structure for Ali’s new vision for Crosshill. She suspects<br />

the rose garden was planted around the same time as the<br />

trees, and its original paved walkway connects her to these<br />

gardeners of long ago.<br />

Kānuka and mānuka dotting the old sheep paddocks hint at<br />

what grew here before the land was cleared for agriculture.<br />

In the late nineteenth century the Crown agreed to restore<br />

the land rights to Ngāi Tahu, but the legislation was revoked<br />

in 1909 and the area was divided up for colonial agricultural<br />

settlement. Named after Kati Hāwea, one of the earliest tribes<br />

to occupy the South Island, Lake Hāwea supported seasonal<br />

food resources for Māori, with numerous kāinga mahinga kai<br />

(food-gathering places) and kāinga nōhoanga (settlements)<br />

established around the lake. Edible plants included kāuru<br />

(cabbage tree root), aruhe (bracken fernroot), and māra<br />

(gardens) of potato and turnip.<br />

The hot, dry Central Otago summers facilitate a vegetablegrowing<br />

season that is short, sharp and productive. Everpassionate<br />

about growing food, Ali’s vegetable garden and<br />

adjacent propagation and potting shed are central to Crosshill.<br />

She grows what she and Nic like to eat – brassicas, peas,<br />

cavolo nero (which grows exceptionally well), silverbeet,<br />

potatoes, leeks and carrots. The vegetable beds are fed with<br />

Ali’s own compost, and dotted around the garden are small<br />

fencing-wire bins for collecting weeds as she works. These<br />

self-compost in situ and the contents are returned to the soil<br />

over time.

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

“The many gardens of Crosshill are<br />

connected by the mature trees that form<br />

its bones, and Ali’s overarching meditative<br />

gardening approach.”<br />

The property’s varied terrain contributes to the contrasting environments<br />

– dry, wet, sun-drenched, cool – leading to a wide variety of planting<br />

opportunities, and sometimes new discoveries. One of these has been<br />

xeriscaping, a method of dry landscaping developed in Denver, Colorado, in<br />

response to increasing droughts.<br />

The premise is to design plantings that require little or no watering. Ali has<br />

been researching extensively – and mulching heavily! Like all new methods, it’s<br />

a process of trial and error, she says. She is looking at xeriscaping with both<br />

natives and exotics, and has realised that a lot of plants already in her garden,<br />

once well established and mulched, support her xeriscaping model.<br />

The original orchard is being transformed into a five-layer permaculture food<br />

forest, its clipped lawns and sprayed edges replaced by luscious underplantings<br />

of comfrey, garlic chives, peas, lemon balm and other herbs. The deep taproot<br />

of comfrey brings up nutrients from the soil and makes them more accessible<br />

to the fruit trees, and its leaves are harvested for compost and for laying<br />

underneath potatoes when planting. Ali is planning to add grapevines, which will<br />

ramble through the branches of the existing fruit trees – apples, pears, apricots,<br />

peaches, feijoas and a much-loved quince.<br />

The previous owners of Crosshill were passionate, talented gardeners but<br />

health issues meant that when Ali arrived some areas had been let go. The<br />

woodland area was barely accessible, with branches having been cut and left in<br />

situ. This did mean, however, that when Ali brought in a chipper and cleared the<br />

tangle of branches, she found rich, fertile soil underneath, fed by the decaying<br />

timber. The resulting chip was laid in the woodland, and the routes Ali’s dogs<br />

took through the trees dictated the location of new paths.<br />

Excavating a contained patch of Spanish bluebells, Ali discovered a deep<br />

trench of bulbs packed shoulder to shoulder. After careful lifting, dividing and<br />

replanting, these bluebells now line the woodland paths. In a clearing, a table<br />

enclosed in a halo of rhododendrons serves as a venue for family get-togethers<br />

and garden parties.<br />

The many gardens of Crosshill are connected by the mature trees that form<br />

its bones, and Ali’s overarching meditative gardening approach. The garden is<br />

a space for careful observation of all the elements that contribute to its magic<br />

– the seasons, soil conditions, wind direction, orientation of the sun and, most<br />

importantly, what likes to grow where. The constant conversation between<br />

garden and gardener is how each part of Ali’s garden comes alive.

Feature | <strong>Magazine</strong> 53

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


Xeriscaping is the technical term for dry landscaping, the art<br />

of choosing the right plants for a dry environment. Usually<br />

they are plants that require little to no water, other than what<br />

the natural climate in the area provides.<br />

Simple tips for a dry landscape garden<br />

‘Right plant, right place’ is my mantra when planning a garden.<br />

The starting point is to understand your landscape. All<br />

gardens have their own special requirements.<br />

Cost is also a factor, so we want to ensure our plants<br />

will thrive where they are planted. Make sure you seek out<br />

drought-tolerant plants (or drought-loving plants, as I prefer to<br />

call them) when you are in the planning stage. Pay particular<br />

attention to plants that are native to your region. Silver, furryleaf<br />

plants are naturally more drought tolerant.<br />

Dry landscaping will be more successful if you follow these<br />

planting tips:<br />

Autumn is a good time to plant, as the natural rainfall of the<br />

cooler months will help the plants establish before the more<br />

demanding warmer weather arrives.<br />

Before planting, soak the plant in a bucket of water and<br />

seaweed tonic while you prepare the soil.<br />

Dig a hole twice the size of the root-ball. Add compost and<br />

water, allowing it to drain away before you plant.<br />

Plant to the same level as the plant sat in the pot. Some<br />

suggest agitating the roots a little to stimulate root growth.<br />

Fill the hole, water again, then mulch.<br />

Mulch your xeriscaped garden with either bark chip or<br />

gravel to retain moisture before the ground heats up in<br />

summer and the soil dries out. Mulch will also help keep the<br />

weeds down. I prefer not to use weedmat/landscaping fabric<br />

because they are not biodegradable.<br />

Irrigation systems are not required – that’s the whole point.<br />

Hand-water with a hose if you have to, and if there are no<br />

restrictions in place. Reduce watering over time as the plants<br />

become established in their environment.<br />

What to plant?<br />

Sempervivum (hen and chicks) succulents are a natural<br />

starting point for a dry garden. They are very useful along<br />

the edge of your border and in pots. From there, the list is<br />

endless when you start to look!<br />

Here are some suggestions to get you started:<br />

Native – Coprosma, griselinia, pseudopanax, phormium,<br />

cordyline, libertia, tussock grasses<br />

Exotic – Lomandra, euphorbia, heuchera, hosta, agave,<br />

santolina, stipa<br />

Bulbs – Daffodil, amaryllis, allium, nerine, scilla<br />

Herbs – Rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme<br />

For a touch of colour – Bearded iris, geranium, kangaroo<br />

paw, lavender, salvia, achillea, anemone, echinacea, cistus,<br />

phlomis, rudbeckia.<br />

Extracted from Secret Gardens<br />

of Aotearoa by Jane Mahoney<br />

& Sophie Bannan, photography<br />

by Jane Mahoney, Josephine<br />

Meachen & Sophie Bannan.<br />

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with Tim Goom<br />

The importance of landscape<br />

architects in navigating<br />

council regulations<br />

When planning for a landscape project in Christchurch and the wider<br />

Canterbury region whether it involves installing a pool, undertaking<br />

earthworks, or managing a site near protected trees or flood<br />

management areas, the role of a landscape architect is crucial.<br />

Here we will explore why engaging a landscape architect can be an<br />

essential step in ensuring your project complies with city council<br />

regulations and why their expertise can make a significant difference in<br />

the success of your project.<br />

Understanding the Complex Regulations<br />

Most city councils have regulations in place for various aspects of building<br />

and landscape design. These regulations cover a wide range of areas<br />

including pools, spas, site coverage, earthworks, protected trees, flood<br />

management areas, and road frontage. The rules are detailed and can<br />

be complex, requiring a deep understanding of local planning laws and<br />

building codes. This is where a landscape architect can provide invaluable<br />

support.<br />

A landscape architect is trained and experienced in the design of outdoor<br />

spaces, taking into account both aesthetic and functional considerations.<br />

They also have a comprehensive understanding of the local regulations<br />

and how they apply to different projects. They can guide you through<br />

the intricacies of the laws, ensuring your project is compliant and avoiding<br />

potential legal complications down the track.<br />

Navigating Specific Regulations<br />

Let’s delve into a few specific areas where a landscape architect’s<br />

expertise really shines:<br />

Pools and Spas<br />

Installing a pool or spa involves more than just choosing the right design<br />

and location. It also requires adherence to safety regulations, including<br />

fencing requirements and water quality standards. A landscape architect<br />

by Goom<br />

Rules are<br />

detailed and can<br />

be complex,<br />

requiring a deep<br />

understanding<br />

of local planning<br />

laws and building<br />

codes.<br />

can design a pool or spa that not only meets your needs but also<br />

complies with all relevant regulations.<br />

Site Coverage and Earthworks<br />

When it comes to site coverage and earthworks, there are rules<br />

around how much of a site can be built on and how land can be altered.<br />

This includes restrictions on cut and fill operations, retaining walls,<br />

and impervious surfaces. With their knowledge of these regulations,<br />

landscape architects can create designs that maximize the use of your<br />

site while ensuring regulatory compliance.<br />

Protected Trees<br />

Protected trees cannot be removed or sometimes even pruned without<br />

permission or in some cases resource consent, and given their ecological<br />

training and understanding of local regulations, landscape architects<br />

can help navigate these sensitive issues, balancing the demands of<br />

development with environmental preservation.<br />

Flood Management Areas<br />

If your property is located in a flood management area, there are specific<br />

regulations you need to follow. Developments in flood management<br />

areas must adhere to rules designed to mitigate flood risk.<br />

Road Frontage<br />

Regulations on road frontage impact how a property can be accessed<br />

and how it interacts with the public. This includes requirements on<br />

driveway locations, sightlines, and setbacks. A landscape architect can<br />

design a property’s frontage to provide safe and efficient access while<br />

adhering to council regulations.<br />

While the regulations imposed by city councils are designed to ensure<br />

safety, protect the environment, and maintain the city’s aesthetics,<br />

navigating them can be a complex task. Engaging a landscape architect<br />

can simplify this process. At Goom Landscapes, our qualified landscape<br />

architects knowledge and expertise can help ensure your project is not<br />

only beautiful and functional but also complies with all the necessary<br />

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Food | <strong>Magazine</strong> 59<br />

Cook your own way<br />

Much-loved MasterChef NZ winner Sam Low shares his deliciously unique food journey,<br />

as well as three moreish recipes from his cool new cookbook Modern Chinese.<br />


was born in Fiji. My parents owned a noodle factory so<br />

I I was surrounded by the smell of wheat, wontons and<br />

noodles; I loved jumping on sacks of flour, getting covered in<br />

the stuff. The workers would pack noodles in little tins and<br />

we’d bake them in gigantic ovens. One of my earliest food<br />

memories was hassling the workers for a taste of the roti<br />

and curry they brought from home for their lunches. My<br />

parents kept telling me off but I couldn’t help myself.<br />

I was eight when we moved to New Zealand and my<br />

parents bought a dairy in West Auckland that supplied food<br />

to the largely Pasifika community. Customers could buy taro,<br />

green bananas, cassava, bok choy and kava.<br />

Later, my parents took over a takeaway outlet in the<br />

Māngere town centre, Juan’s Polynesian Takeaway. They<br />

worked all hours selling Polynesian and Chinese fare, including<br />

roasted pigs’ heads, coconut cream and taro leaf.<br />

I helped out from about age 15, the first time I’d cooked in<br />

a commercial environment. I worked the wok station, filling<br />

up the bain-maries with green beans and lamb belly stir-fries<br />

and island-style Chinese chop suey. I loved that what I was<br />

eating on a daily basis was so varied, so full of life and spices<br />

and flavours. I began to understand flavour balance, and I<br />

think this was the first time I really made my parents proud. I<br />

have never seen food as having a hierarchy. Every cuisine has<br />

something to be celebrated.<br />

Da Lin was a pop-up concept where I’d create things like<br />

tofu and century egg purée, salmon roe on steamed salmon,<br />

and my version of char siu (Chinese barbecue pork). Using<br />

the ingredients available around me, I was drawing on my<br />

own experience and influences to assimilate Chinese food<br />

into my environment without even knowing it.<br />

I wasn’t creating the sort of dishes you’d see in a Cantonese<br />

restaurant – it was different. It felt exciting and new, while<br />

still paying homage to my family, and to the cuisine’s place of<br />

origin. Ultimately, my food reflects who I am: this mish-mash<br />

of everywhere and everything I’ve experienced.<br />

It’s taken me a long time to understand the value of the<br />

food I grew up with. Cooking and experimenting with its<br />

flavours feels like a retaliation against the negativity I felt<br />

about my cultural identity when I was younger; it feels like a<br />

political moment where I can go: ‘Hey, this food is worthy<br />

of attention.’<br />

My journey of developing as a cook, and approaching<br />

Chinese food in an unconventional way (my way), has made<br />

me really appreciate the fact that being ‘Chinese’ exists on a<br />

spectrum – everyone has their own way of doing it.<br />

MasterChef felt like a way to do what I loved best: telling<br />

and celebrating diverse food stories. It was, and remains, one<br />

of the hardest things I’ve ever done – physically and mentally.<br />

The show made me a more confident cook, that’s for sure,<br />

and pushed me out of my comfort zone more times than<br />

not. But, more than anything, it gave me an avenue through<br />

which to fully embrace my identity, to cook food that is<br />

meaningful to me, and to spread that to others.

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



This quick and easy flavour-packed creamy noodle<br />

dish is one of my guilty-pleasure dishes for one when<br />

I’m craving a carb-loaded, high-fat meal. It’s one of<br />

those dishes that is often overlooked because of how<br />

easy it is to prepare. This flavour combination of soy<br />

and nut butters or sesame paste is a common mix<br />

known as ‘strange flavour’ in Chinese cooking. When<br />

adapted to the great nut butter options available to<br />

us, it’s a fun pick-your-own-adventure kinda dish,<br />

where you can have infinite combinations like soba<br />

with almond butter, or rice noodles with tahini. The<br />

world is your noodle and butter choice here! You<br />

can get fresh wheat noodles from your local Asian<br />

grocer and you can easily increase the amount of<br />

ingredients to make as many serves as you want.<br />

Serves 1<br />

200g fresh wheat noodles (or a single serve of your<br />

favourite noodle without the seasoning packet)<br />

60g peanut butter or your favourite nut butter<br />

2 teaspoons sugar<br />

1½ tablespoons light soy sauce<br />

2 teaspoons rice vinegar or white vinegar<br />

1 clove garlic, minced<br />


½ spring onion green, sliced diagonally<br />

1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted (optional)<br />

Chilli oil (optional)<br />

Start by boiling a pot of water for your noodles. Follow<br />

packet instructions for the ideal chewy, al dente texture.<br />

Fresh wheat noodles should take about 3–4 minutes to<br />

cook, so make sure to not overcook them. Reserve about<br />

½ cup of the cooking liquid for the sauce.<br />

Mix together the remaining ingredients. Add the reserved<br />

cooking water into the seasoning mix and whisk until a<br />

creamy sauce is formed. Taste and adjust if need be.<br />

Strain the cooked noodles and mix into the sauce. Serve<br />

in a bowl topped with the garnishes. Chilli oil will give it<br />

an extra flavour explosion.

Recipe | <strong>Magazine</strong> 61<br />


Growing up in and around my parents’ Chinese takeaway shop, black bean beef<br />

stir-fries have always been a constant on the menu. For me a great black bean<br />

beef is made with tender, juicy beef, minimal vegetables and a touch of chilli<br />

amping it to another level. Here’s my rendition of this takeaway classic.<br />

Serves 2–4 as a protein side with rice<br />

350g beef steak (sirloin, scotch or eye fillet)<br />

3 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon oil<br />

2 tablespoons fermented black bean<br />

1 tablespoon chilli flakes or 1–2 small fresh red<br />

chillies, finely chopped<br />

10g fresh ginger, finely chopped<br />

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped<br />

1 capsicum, deseeded and cut into 2cm pieces<br />


1 tablespoon rice wine<br />

2 teaspoons salt<br />

1 teaspoon light soy sauce<br />

1 teaspoon dark soy sauce<br />

1 teaspoon sugar<br />

1 tablespoon cornflour<br />

½ teaspoon baking soda (optional)<br />

2 tablespoons water<br />

Thinly slice the beef into 3mm thick strips about 4cm<br />

long and place into a bowl. Add in all the marinade<br />

ingredients, mix through the beef well and let sit<br />

for at least 15 minutes to infuse. The baking soda helps<br />

break down the meat protein, allowing it to get even<br />

more tender.<br />

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a wok/large pan over a high heat<br />

and stir-fry the beef, separating the strips until they are<br />

almost cooked through, about 3–4 minutes. Remove from<br />

the wok and set aside.<br />

In the same wok/pan add the 1 tablespoon oil, black bean,<br />

chilli, ginger and garlic, and stir-fry over a high heat for<br />

30 seconds until aromatic. Add the capsicum and fry for<br />

a further 1 minute. Add the beef back in and fry for a<br />

further 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and serve.

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Fruit-and-cream-filled sandwiches are a popular Asian snack. This incredibly easy, not-too-sweet<br />

treat works for any occasion and for all age groups (just remove the alcohol for kids). They are<br />

visually pleasing and make you feel less guilty than eating cake. The best part is they can be made<br />

the night before, stored in the fridge and sliced right before you serve.<br />

Makes 5 sandwiches<br />

500g strawberries or any ripe fresh<br />

seasonal fruit of your choice<br />

60ml rum for strawberries (optional)<br />

400 ml fresh cream, super cold<br />

¼ cup icing sugar<br />

1 teaspoon vanilla essence<br />

60 ml rum for cream (optional)<br />

10 slices thick white sandwich bread,<br />

Asian milk bread or sliced brioche loaf<br />

Prepare the strawberries first – wash and dry and remove the<br />

stems and stalk. Slice the strawberries in half if large. Place in a<br />

bowl, add rum if using, and gently mix.<br />

In a mixing bowl, whip the cream with a balloon or electric<br />

whisk until it is almost thick (like thick pouring gravy).<br />

Add the icing sugar, vanilla and rum, if using, and continue<br />

whisking until thick.<br />

Spread a generous amount of cream on five slices of bread and<br />

arrange the strawberries on top, being aware of where you’re<br />

going to slice the sandwiches. Fill any gaps with more cream.<br />

Spread the top slices of the bread with more cream and cover.<br />

Individually cling-film the sandos and mark where you want<br />

to slice them. Press them down gently with a flat pan/tray and<br />

refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.<br />

Unwrap and slice with a clean, sharp knife (a bread knife<br />

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Hidden gems<br />

From grand Old Masters to significant contemporary works by<br />

Ngāi Tahu artists, a very special collection of pieces from the<br />

Dunedin Public Art Gallery are now on display for the first time as<br />

part of recently opened exhibition Huikaau – where currents meet.<br />


W<br />

orks from a senior Ngāi Tahu contemporary artist, a Rita Angus watercolour, a<br />

major Joanna Paul work and a monumental urban landscape by an international<br />

artist are among recent acquisitions now on display for the first time in Dunedin.<br />

New exhibition Huikaau – where currents meet celebrates the past, present, and future of<br />

the Dunedin Public Art Gallery (DPAG) collection.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Claude Monet ‘La Débâcle’, 1880; Henri Le Sidaner<br />

‘La Table, Harmonie Verte’, 1927; Lucien Pissarro ‘Landscape through<br />

Trees, Tilty Wood’, 1915; Margaret Fisher Prout ‘In the Garden’, 1936.<br />

Collection of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.<br />

Not only are there significant new works on display, but also for the first time there<br />

are works from the Paemanu contemporary Ngāi Tahu art collection. These are on<br />

loan to the gallery, and are being exhibited alongside selected works from the gallery’s<br />

permanent collection.<br />

For curators Lucy Hammonds and Lauren Gutsell it’s an exciting time.<br />

“It has been a journey of discovery and an opportunity to celebrate some of the major<br />

collecting that has happened over the last few years,” Lucy says.<br />

They include Ross Hemera’s (Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu) ‘Horotea ngā tapuae<br />

i te awa’, which was created in the gallery this year, Rita Angus’ watercolour ‘Lake<br />

Wanaka, Pembroke’ (1939), Joanna Margaret Paul’s ‘Panoply’ (1984) and visiting artist Yang<br />

Yongliang’s ‘Artificial Wonderland II, Travelers among Mountains and Streams’ (2014).<br />

DPAG, which was New Zealand’s first civic collection of art when established in Dunedin<br />

in 1884, regularly showcases its collection in a major exhibition covering its ground floor<br />

galleries with the aim of taking a deeper look at the collection.<br />

In this exhibition, the curators wanted to look at the history of the collection, its<br />

importance nationally and internationally, as well as display works that have not or have<br />

rarely been exhibited.<br />

It has also been a chance for the gallery to continue the collaborative approach it took<br />

with the recent Paemanu: Tauraka Toi exhibition co-curated by a team of senior Ngāi Tahu<br />

contemporary artists and trustees.<br />

For the new exhibition, Te Rūnaka o Ōtākou and Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki,<br />

and in particular Claire Kaahu White, Robert Sullivan and Paulette Tamati-Elliffe have<br />

worked alongside gallery staff to select works in a variety of media that speak of “place and<br />

journeys, of memories and symbols of loss and reclamation”. The works were made from<br />

1914 to 2021.<br />

“In the main, Kai Tahu artists with mana whenua connections to Ōtākou, Puketeraki, and<br />

Moeraki were selected for the taumata toi,” Claire says.<br />

So the exhibition has been named ‘Huikaau’ as it references a particular place at the<br />

mouth of Otago Harbour where the ocean currents join the harbour.<br />

“Conceptually, it’s a way of thinking about the different currents in the collection and<br />

how this exhibition can weave them together and create a meeting point for those<br />

different currents that run through the collection,” Lucy says.<br />

White says those meeting points, or nohoaka, refer to places where Ngāi Tahu stayed to<br />

gather kai and the trails that took Māori from inland to the coast gathering kai.<br />

“The theme of water runs throughout the works, sustainer of life, carrier of voyagers,<br />

the beginning and the end.”<br />

For her, the journey in the gallery begins in D Gallery with the first nohoaka, and from<br />

there visitors can follow the trail through the other galleries to view works that “supported<br />

and sometimes interrupted those themes”.<br />

A key work in D Gallery is the small Eva (Iwa) Burns’ (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Waitaha) oil<br />

painting of Lake Hāwea from 1914, which is on loan from the Hocken Collections.<br />

“That became a critical and important link … ostensibly her work is of the landscape<br />

genre, but the story behind this work became very important to the mauri [life force or<br />

essence] of this exhibition.”<br />

Moving into the Port Otago Gallery those aspects are woven together with Hemera’s<br />

just-completed works referencing the Ngāi Tahu tradition of rock and cave drawings, 2019<br />

Frances Hodgkins’ fellow Imogen Taylor’s ‘Another Word For Abyss’ (2019) and Zanobi<br />

Machiavelli’s 1452 ‘Madonna and Child’.

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ABOVE: Huikaau – where currents meet, <strong>2023</strong>. Installation view, Dunedin Public Art Gallery.<br />

Photo: Justin Spiers<br />

Lucy says the mix of works also acknowledges there is a continuous<br />

and rich visual art tradition in Dunedin and how the gallery’s early<br />

ambitions – to build an important collection of historical art for the benefit<br />

of the community and to support the creation of contemporary art –<br />

continues today.<br />

Another aspect is the recognition of the strong history of significant<br />

donations to the gallery from local families and from the Dunedin Public Art<br />

Gallery Society, such as the recent Taylor work.<br />

The Machiavelli was given to the gallery by Mary, Dora and Esmond de<br />

Beer, three grandchildren of Bendix Hallenstein, to mark the centenary of<br />

the foundation of Hallenstein Brothers. The family played a large part in the<br />

gallery, having one of New Zealand’s most significant collections of historic<br />

European art.<br />

Lucy says it seems fitting to be including the work in an exhibition in<br />

the year Hallenstein Brothers is celebrating its 150th and have it exhibited<br />

alongside two other works donated by the family – Marcus Gheeraerts’<br />

‘Margaret Hay, Countess of Dunfermline’ (1615) and Claude Lorrain’s<br />

‘Landscape with Hagar and the Angel’ (1654).<br />

The gallery also uses exhibitions such as this one to develop new research<br />

and to look at focusing on works that may have not been prioritised much<br />

historically, such as the stories of female artists.<br />

“You find there are challenges in all parts<br />

of collecting.”<br />

In the Port Otago Gallery they have<br />

selected works by Scottish-born, Dunedinraised<br />

artist Edith Bathgate, along with<br />

works by New Zealand painters Doris Lusk<br />

(1916–90), Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947)<br />

and, near the end of the wall, Taylor’s work.<br />

A new find in the collection being<br />

exhibited is British painter Lucy Kemp-<br />

Welch’s (1869–1958) ‘The Harbour’<br />

(20th century).<br />

Lauren says people have been very<br />

interested in the work because the artist<br />

was well known for the painting of horses<br />

in action and war horses.<br />

“She painted the illustrations for<br />

the 1915 edition of Black Beauty [by<br />

Anna Sewell].”<br />

Another work that has not been on<br />

display for a long time, if ever, is Margaret<br />

Fisher Prout’s (1875–1963) oil ‘In the<br />

Garden’ (1936), which sits alongside<br />

works by well-known impressionist artists<br />

Claude Monet, Henri Le Sidaner and<br />

Lucien Pissarro.<br />

“Margaret’s work represents a rare<br />

example of a professional woman artist<br />

working in the Impressionist style.”<br />

Lucy says all of these finds are a<br />

reminder of the depth of the collection and<br />

how much there is still to discover about it.<br />

“I’ve learnt a whole lot of new<br />

information. Some works I’ve worked with<br />

many times over the past few years and<br />

some [I’ve] never seen before. I think that<br />

is true of everyone who has worked on it<br />

and it’s gratifying to see it come out into<br />

the galleries and see the wider team go,<br />

‘Wow I’ve never seen that before’.”<br />

Huikaau – where currents meet runs at Dunedin Public Art Gallery until October 31, 2025.<br />




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An arts background<br />

Despite best intentions (and a successful career in other fields), it was somewhat inevitable that<br />

Dunedin-born Andrea Hotere, daughter of award-winning poet Cilla McQueen and one of the<br />

country’s most significant artists, the late Ralph Hotere, ended up writing a novel about art.<br />


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“She grew up in Port Chalmers,<br />

Dunedin, with a lot of artists<br />

and writers ‘floating around’<br />

her home.”<br />

As a small child, Andrea Hotere was left reading a book in<br />

the Museo del Prado while her parents investigated the<br />

Madrid museum.<br />

Her parents, poet Cilla McQueen and artist Ralph Hotere,<br />

were in Spain on an arts sabbatical and when Andrea got sick<br />

of trailing around after them she was left in a room to read,<br />

where Diego Velázquez’s ‘Las Meninas’ – one of the most<br />

written-about paintings of all time – hung.<br />

“It got into my consciousness. There’s something about it.”<br />

Decades later she returned to the painting as a subject for<br />

her first novel, The Vanishing Point.<br />

She grew up in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, with a lot of artists<br />

and writers “floating around” her home.<br />

“That was normal for me. I was very lucky … it was quite a<br />

rich environment in that regard.”<br />

Her interest in history developed at Logan Park High School<br />

thanks to some good teachers.<br />

“I took myself off to the university library in the sixth form<br />

to work on my school projects and got a kick out of it.”<br />

That led to studying history at the University of Otago.<br />

Enjoying interviewing as part of oral history projects led her<br />

to study journalism.<br />

“I always thought I might do something like writing a novel<br />

early on, but I think I felt I needed life experience before I<br />

ventured down that path.”<br />

In her thirties, when her children were young, she<br />

attempted a historical biography.<br />

“I got a bit frustrated. I thought I’m just going to write<br />

fiction and make it up. My historical bent was there in the<br />

background so I was naturally drawn to something that was<br />

going to be historical fiction.”<br />

About that time, she was at home folding laundry and<br />

tuned in to an interview on Radio New Zealand. It took a<br />

few minutes before she realised the painting they were talking<br />

about sounded familiar, although she wasn’t sure why.<br />

“Then I had a look at it and I remembered I had seen it and<br />

was quite intrigued when I was younger about the young girl<br />

in the painting and I wondered what had happened to her.”<br />

Curious, she began researching the painting to find<br />

out more.<br />

“While there is a huge amount of material written about<br />

the painting, enormous amounts, I couldn’t find that much<br />

about her and I thought that was interesting. She seemed like<br />

a young woman lost in a historical story.”<br />

So she began to dig deeper, especially into the girl, the<br />

Infanta Margaret Theresa, daughter of King Philip IV of Spain.<br />

“It wasn’t that she was ignored. She became an empress<br />

in Austria and celebrated over the years but I didn’t find<br />

a biography of her. The things were quite slight that were<br />

written about her.”<br />

The more Andrea looked at the painting, the more intrigued<br />

she became with the relationship between the people in the<br />

painting and the way it is constructed.<br />

“The way they look out at us to you as the viewer. So I<br />

guess the more I looked at it the more it intrigued me.”<br />

Andrea, who lives in Auckland, began a creative<br />

writing course with the idea of creating a story around<br />

Margaret Theresa.<br />

“Quite what it was going to be at that stage I didn’t really<br />

know. It was an adventure.”<br />

She was determined to produce a piece of creative work<br />

that was her own.<br />

“Taking the leap from expository writing in journalism …<br />

[it] is actually quite hard to let go of that and go somewhere<br />

different. You are trying to give people as few clues as possible<br />

but just enough so they work it out for themselves.

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“In journalism the impulse is to explain and I found when I<br />

started there was far too much of that authorial exposition.”<br />

It has taken a long time for Andrea to get to the end of<br />

the work but she never lost the excitement or interest in<br />

the story.<br />

“When you really launch yourself into the material,<br />

sometimes scenes come to you almost like dreams. It begins<br />

to take over every part of your life, including your sleep.”<br />

She worked on the novel when she could around her<br />

children’s school timetable and the pick-ups and drop-offs,<br />

but came to realise she needed a certain amount of discipline<br />

around when she worked.<br />

Sometimes it was early morning writing sessions, at<br />

other times it was recording her thoughts on her phone in<br />

the car or periods of solid time at home where she could<br />

write full‐time.<br />

“There were times I put it aside for long periods of time. I<br />

put it in a drawer at one point. I certainly wasn’t working on<br />

it full-time. I wasn’t able to work on it full-time, so it has had<br />

bursts of my fervent attention.”<br />

In hindsight, the first drafts of the manuscript did not have<br />

all the components necessary for what she had decided<br />

was going to be a “hidden mystery”, which she found<br />

quite frustrating.<br />

“Some of those final pieces came in within the last two<br />

drafts. Once I had the final revision made, everything<br />

came together.”<br />

Given it was her first novel, Andrea found it hard to stop<br />

wanting to revise it.<br />

“You want to keep improving it and see things you wish<br />

you’d done differently. It had to finish at a certain point.”<br />

Looking back, she especially enjoyed the process of creating<br />

the work as she loved doing research.<br />

“I like being in libraries, I enjoy digging around in archives<br />

and I’ve found the combination of that with trying to work<br />

out from a far distance people’s motivations based on<br />

whatever evidence I can glean and using my own intuition is a<br />

fascinating process. Kind of daunting at times.”<br />

She has been conscious of not wanting to do exactly what<br />

her parents had done, which was one reason she ended up in<br />

journalism. She has also worked in television and production.<br />

“I didn’t write about art really for a long time. Dad’s thing<br />

was his thing and [I] was quietly doing my own thing, looking<br />

at art and having an interest in art.”<br />

It took a while before Andrea felt comfortable about<br />

re‐entering the art world, but she did so with a collaborative<br />

project on 50 years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship with<br />

Priscilla Pitts in 2017.<br />

“It was one of the first phases when I put aside the novel<br />

and worked solidly for 18 months.<br />

“At the time, it was really refreshing, as I needed a break<br />

from the novel.”<br />

Doing that book, which included her father, gave her the<br />

opportunity to enter the world of artists again as she visited<br />

them in their studios for interviews.<br />

“The ways they work can be quite different [and that] was<br />

really interesting to me at that point.<br />

“It’s a great survey of those artists going back 50 years.”<br />

She found in a “parallel” way it helped with the novel<br />

although she did not draw on anything specifically said.<br />

“It was just more time in artists’ studios discussing thought<br />

processes that was really enriching.<br />

“I really believe in what artists do. I believe in artists as<br />

practitioners and writers; those roles in the arts are super<br />

important as they reflect things back to us, if we want<br />

to listen.”<br />

She’s on the eve of returning to her hometown for the<br />

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, her first as an author.<br />

“I’m honoured. I’ll have family there and mum will be at the<br />

same festival. That will be kind of funny.”<br />

Bluff-based Cilla saw part of the book early on. Andrea<br />

described her as “pretty restrained” in her comments and<br />

both realised writing poetry and novels were different.<br />

Sending her mother the manuscript the first time did leave<br />

Andrea on tenterhooks.<br />

“She’s obviously a real literary powerhouse and she has<br />

now read the book. She’s definitely been supportive.”<br />

However, Andrea felt the need to do the work on her own.<br />

“I’ve appreciated the feedback when she’s given me some.”<br />

With her first novel under her belt, Andrea says ideas for<br />

two more have already come to her. They’re in a similar vein<br />

but different.<br />

“I realise I’ve written one book and you think ‘Oh, yay, I<br />

know how to do it’ but as they say I’ve learnt how to write<br />

that book.<br />

“I think I’ll be quicker next time. They can be all different.”<br />

“I didn’t write about art really<br />

for a long time. Dad’s thing was<br />

his thing and [I] was quietly<br />

doing my own thing…”

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