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Vietnam<br />


How much time do I need to see the<br />

best of Vietnam?<br />

To see the main highlights, we<br />

recommend a minimum of 10 days, but<br />

ideally three weeks — to see the very<br />

best of Vietnam in its entirety.<br />

Should I travel north-south, or<br />

south-north?<br />

Either. However, if you want to ease your<br />

way into the Vietnamese lifestyle, start in<br />

Hanoi. The north is less chaotic than the<br />

culture-explosion that is Ho Chi Minh<br />

City, in Vietnam’s south. If you're short on<br />

time, we recommend you spend seven<br />

days in either just the north or just the<br />

south. You could fly into Hanoi or Ho Chi<br />

Minh or start centrally — from Danang —<br />

and work your way up or down via<br />

stunning Hoi An.<br />

North. It's cultural, with must-see sights<br />

such as Sapa rice terraces, Halong Bay<br />

and the city of Hanoi<br />

South. It's more chaotic than its northern<br />

counterpart, but fun. Ho Chi Minh City is<br />

bustling.<br />

What if I want all the best bits, plus<br />

beach downtime?<br />

Definitely allocate three weeks. Start in<br />

the north (Hanoi) or south (Ho Chi Minh<br />

City) and halfway through your holiday,<br />

spend 3 to 4 days at a beautiful Hoi An<br />

beach resort. Conveniently, Hoi An is also<br />

midway on the map.<br />

What’s west? Why does no one go<br />

there? Western Vietnam is rural and<br />

there’s little to explore. If you’re after<br />

somewhere less urban, Dalat is a city<br />

surrounded by farmland, and Quay Nhon<br />

is a coastal city, but the ambience is<br />

sedate.<br />

When is the best time to visit<br />

weather-wise?<br />

March and <strong>April</strong> are the ideal months.<br />


Hanoi. The capital. Haggle in the Old<br />

Quarter, where narrow streets erupt with<br />

vendors, and walk around the lake in the<br />

city’s historical centre. Hanoi is also your<br />

easy gateway to Sapa and Halong Bay.<br />

Ho Chi Minh City. Bustling and cluttered,<br />

this city mixes traditional culture with<br />

modern commerce.<br />

Danang. If you’re after some beach<br />

relaxation, Danang Airport is 30 minutes<br />

from Hoi An’s resorts, but don’t spend<br />

long in Danang itself.<br />

Hoi An. The yellow-hued architecture is a<br />

crowd-pleaser, traffic is non-existent and<br />

the food’s sublime. Give yourself time for<br />

beach relaxation, cooking classes,<br />

cycling and exploring.<br />

Halong Bay. Giant limestone karsts,<br />

secret bays, caves, and overnight junk<br />

boat cruises. Spend a night on-board a<br />

junk boat. Fly in by seaplane if you’re<br />

adventurous.<br />

Sara. In the mountains and famed for<br />

emerald rice paddies with beautifully<br />

dressed hill tribes. The trekker’s favourite,<br />

but you’ll want a minimum of 5 days to<br />

hike the best of it.<br />

Hue. The former home of emperors and<br />

grand palaces, imperial Vietnam still<br />

stands strong. Enjoy savoury prawn<br />

pancakes and some tomb tours.<br />


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

As I write this, the leaves that were literally days ago a<br />

lush green swathe are shifting kaleidoscopically into all<br />

kinds of autumnal hues from yellow and gold to orange<br />

and brown, signalling the arrival of what is fast becoming<br />

my favourite season living in the south.<br />

It’s cold but not too cold and the air is crisp and<br />

fresh (but sometimes tinged rather romantically with<br />

woodsmoke), and unless you’re into snowsports, you<br />

might be starting to look indoors a little more.<br />

Perfect timing then, to release a new issue of (South<br />

Island celebrating) <strong>03</strong>, with lashings of authentic content<br />

to keep you content, cosy, informed, inspired and<br />

entertained (and ensuring you and your interiors are<br />

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24 Brown but not out<br />

This season’s delicious chocolatecoloured<br />

fashion favourites<br />

32 Frock stars<br />

Juliette Hogan celebrates a<br />

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22 Most wanted<br />

What the <strong>03</strong> team are coveting<br />

right now<br />

44 Thinking inside the box<br />

The mind-bending refit of a<br />

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34 Pick ’n’ mix<br />

Authors Helen Lehndorf and Liv Sisson<br />

share the risks and rewards of foraging<br />

40 When Jeffrey met Joanne<br />

Jeffrey Harris and Joanna Margaret Paul’s<br />

mutual portraits see the light at last<br />

72 Book club<br />

Great reads to please even the<br />

pickiest of bookworms<br />


54 Red is the new black<br />

Take a ride in the new Alfa Romeo hybrid<br />

FOOD<br />

60 Spice up your life<br />

Ashia Ismail-Singer’s inspired new recipes<br />


14 Newsfeed<br />

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

covetable and compelling right now<br />

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06 <strong>April</strong> 11am<br />



SUMMER<br />

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Designing Interiors<br />

to Treasure<br />

Even as a very young child I had a<br />

fascination with arranging things<br />

and, not unexpectedly, with age I’ve<br />

never lost that passion.<br />

Now I’ve found myself in the most<br />

marvellous position of being able to<br />

expand that interest with a trip that<br />

involves meeting (as part of a small<br />

group) some of the world’s foremost<br />

international design icons.<br />

I’m penning this from London where, in<br />

a few hours, this whole design adventure<br />

starts in earnest.<br />

But why bother? Why travel so far when<br />

you could just buy a book, watch a<br />

YouTube video or listen to a podcast?<br />

And that’s true, but the opportunity to<br />

get up-close and personal to the actual<br />

design process was simply too tempting<br />

and I’ve found myself making the 30-<br />

hour door-to-door journey (on my own)<br />

to add to my knowledge.<br />

Maybe in another life I might have<br />

worked in the design industry rather<br />

than property, but there’s significant<br />

crossover which I enjoy.<br />

The English design perspective/style is a<br />

busy one.<br />

There’s a riot of colour, pattern and<br />

texture at times and it’s fair to say it’s not<br />

for everyone, but the principles behind<br />

good design transfer across multiple<br />

countries and circumstances.<br />

One of those principles can be summed<br />

up by Kit Kemp, whose hotels I’ve had<br />

the pleasure of staying in.<br />

She writes that “the best rooms never<br />

want us to leave” and she’s right.<br />

Whether you’re selling or buying or<br />

simply living in them, it’s rooms with<br />

this ethos that provide emotional<br />

connections and those very same urges<br />

can go on to create the competition<br />

that many real estate professionals see<br />

played out in auction rooms.<br />

So where do we start?<br />

Firstly, light. Everything looks better with<br />

good lighting, be it people, property or<br />

objects.<br />

In residential sales there’s an old adage<br />

that if you turn one light on, turn them<br />

all on, and the selling process is always<br />

helped significantly in homes where<br />

natural light abounds. Whether I’m<br />

staging a property or involved in selling<br />

one I try to capitalize on its ability to<br />

appear light and airy, and knowing that<br />

this is a primary consideration from a<br />

design perspective makes perfect sense.<br />

Next, colour. I’ve got to take care here.<br />

I have a high tolerance for colour – in<br />

fact, it’s more a love of colour, lots of it<br />

– and although I admire the structure<br />

and restraint of monochromatic colour<br />

schemes it’s not something I’ve ever<br />

wanted.<br />

Regardless of whether you favour<br />

colour or not, it’s fair to say if you are<br />

choosing colours for a property with the<br />

specific purpose of selling (go gently!) or<br />

planning to experiment, get advice.<br />

Personalization. If it’s your home, enjoy<br />

filling it or conversely restricting it to<br />

what you love. Not what someone else<br />

tells you to do. For me, that always<br />

includes groupings of the same items.<br />

Books, pictures, flowers and art have<br />

been with me since my first flat, back<br />

when I was nursing, through every home<br />

that I have had since.<br />

These familiar objects ground me, as do<br />

items that we’ve collected as a family.<br />

I know we are all being encouraged to<br />

get rid of surplus ‘stuff’ but one man’s<br />

– or should I say woman’s – stuff is<br />

another’s treasure.<br />

So, there you are, finishing with the word<br />

treasure feels perfect as I will treasure<br />

both this opportunity and this chance<br />

to learn new ways of approaching the<br />

wonderful world of interiors.<br />

Stay warm, autumn is here!<br />

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

Newsfeed<br />

What’s up, in, chat-worthy, cool, covetable and compelling right now,<br />

specially compiled for those in the south.<br />

Love & marriage<br />

A collaboration between the NZ Portrait<br />

Gallery and Heritage New Zealand, Love and<br />

Marriage: Images of Romantic Unions showcases a<br />

selection of paintings and photographs depicting<br />

(as the name suggests) love and marriage in<br />

New Zealand from the 1800s to present day.<br />

On at Kate Sheppard House, Christchurch, until<br />

June 23, <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

katesheppard.co.nz<br />

Photo: Matthew Grace, ‘Gregory O’Brien and Jenny<br />

Bornholdt (after Robin Morrison)’, 2015. Collection of<br />

the New Zealand Portrait Gallery<br />

Te Pūkenga Whakaata.<br />

Giddy up<br />

Two of Deadly Ponies’ coveted<br />

favourites are back for a new<br />

season in fresh, soon-to-besought-after<br />

materials. The<br />

timeless Desert Rider jacket has<br />

been updated in sumptuous Burnt<br />

Toast-hued suede leather while its<br />

cool nod to the biker jacket, the<br />

Pony Rider, has been recut in DP’s<br />

iconic and luxurious textured Bulle<br />

leather. The best part? Buy either<br />

topper before <strong>April</strong> 16, <strong>2024</strong> and<br />

get a free ultra-lush mohair scarf<br />

(see full T&Cs online).<br />

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Call your Bluff<br />

There’s a new Kiwi-made gin on<br />

the block and as you’d guess from<br />

where it’s made, it’s unapologetically<br />

authentic. Clean, bold and pretty<br />

bloody good, Bluff Distillery’s gin<br />

is made on-site by the sea with a<br />

unique twist – the instantly iconic<br />

custom bottle pays homage to an<br />

old glass buoy, reminiscent of the<br />

(sometimes rebellious) maritime<br />

heritage that defines the town.<br />

bluffdistillery.com<br />

On the West Coast<br />

From our fave South Island<br />

candle co Nevé, new limited<br />

edition fragrance West Coast<br />

pays homage to founder Tessa<br />

Lyes’ home region, with the soft<br />

green earthiness of nīkau palm<br />

and harakeke, crisp top notes of<br />

ozone and sea salt and a deep,<br />

woody base of moss, amber<br />

and driftwood. “This unique<br />

fragrance really captures the<br />

West Coast magic. It’s grounded<br />

but fresh, earthy but clean<br />

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to the calm of my birth town,<br />

Hokitika,” says Tessa.<br />




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

Dunedin’s new foodprint<br />

Having extended into the South Island across<br />

Canterbury and Nelson Tasman in 2023, beloved<br />

non-food-wasting app Foodprint has now (finally!)<br />

arrived in Dunedin. Whether you’re after a fresh<br />

loaf from the local bakery, a pile of authentic Italian<br />

pasta, a cabinet treat from a top cafe or a full<br />

Chinese banquet to take away, the innovative app<br />

helps you reduce food waste and enjoy delicious<br />

meals from your favourite eateries at a fraction of<br />

the usual price, with tasty new spots being added<br />

all the time.<br />

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Taste Nature owner Clinton Chambers.<br />

Photo: Linda Robertson<br />

Rain on me<br />

Get set to embrace the wet weather<br />

in top-to-toe style with a trio of<br />

complementary fashion rain gear,<br />

with much-loved Kiwi designer Karen<br />

Walker at the helm. All in an on-trend<br />

Ecru/Chestnut colour combo, start<br />

with Karen’s latest umbrella collab with<br />

a monogrammed Metro brolly from<br />

BLUNT, then add a fully waterproof<br />

rain jacket and puddle-ready signature<br />

Tully boots from her partnership<br />

with makers of playful yet practical<br />

outerwear, Merry People.<br />

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Encountering Aotearoa<br />

In this must-see major body of new work at Christchurch Art Gallery<br />

Te Puna o Waiwhetū, artist Cora-Allan reflects on her recent twoweek<br />

voyage by sea around Aotearoa. Using whenua (land) pigment,<br />

hiapo (Niuean tapa cloth) and other resources from the ngahere<br />

(forest), she has documented the shapes and views of the whenua of<br />

Aotearoa from the perspective of the moana (ocean). Encountering<br />

Aotearoa builds on Cora-Allan’s research into the artists and botanists<br />

aboard the Endeavour during its first exploration of New Zealand’s<br />

waters in 1769, responding to the legacy of colonial mapping and<br />

recording practices and early encounters between Māori and Pākehā.<br />

christchurchartgallery.org.nz<br />

Cora-Allan ‘Ko ao, ko ao, ko Aotearoa!’ 2023 (installation view, Dunedin Public<br />

Art Gallery, 2023). Whenua and kāpia ink on birch plywood panels. Courtesy<br />

of the artist. Photo: Justin Spears

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

Art for art’s sake<br />

Yes, it may be held in Auckland, but we’re able to overlook<br />

this unfortunate detail, as the Aotearoa Art Fair is one of the<br />

most significant art events in New Zealand’s cultural calendar,<br />

and as well as welcoming thousands of local and international<br />

visitors each year, it also represents a wealth of South Island<br />

artists and galleries. The Fair spotlights the breadth and diversity<br />

of contemporary art in our region, bringing together leading<br />

galleries from New Zealand and Australia to showcase a range<br />

of works by emerging and established artists. Whether you’re a<br />

seasoned collector, occasional buyer or just curious about art,<br />

this is your opportunity to browse and buy from hundreds of<br />

works, from painting to sculpture, print to ceramics. Viaduct<br />

Event Centre, Auckland, <strong>April</strong> 18–21, <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

artfair.co.nz<br />

Nuts about chocolate<br />

Get ready to indulge your taste buds once again as nutty<br />

Nelson-based Pic’s announces the triumphant return of its<br />

beloved Peanut & Chocolate Butter made with Whittaker’s.<br />

After a hiatus that left taste buds longing and pantries<br />

incomplete, an army of peanut butter lovers persuaded Pic’s<br />

(yet again) to run an encore release. Pic’s founder Pic Picot isn’t<br />

a chocolate lover himself, so it took approximately every other<br />

Peanut Butter Maker on the team to convince him it deserved<br />

a comeback. And this time it’s here to stay! Packed with<br />

protein from Pic’s signature fresh roasted Hi Oleic peanuts and<br />

mixed with Whittaker’s chocolate, this scrumptious spread is a<br />

perfectly balanced addition to your morning toast, afternoon<br />

snacks, weekend baking or late-night cravings.<br />

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Kick it<br />

One heck of a cool Kiwi footwear collab is back<br />

by pre-order. Staying true to the Commonplace<br />

intention of producing thoughtfully considered<br />

pieces designed for the everyday, the timeless<br />

Commonplace x McKinlays Anderson Slip On<br />

(in black or brown leather or khaki nubuck)<br />

will be your new go-to. McKinlays Footwear is<br />

a fifth generation Dunedin-based shoemaker<br />

with a founding focus on quality and traditional<br />

techniques that has remained the same since its<br />

inception, meaning that every single pair – including<br />

this covetable fashion fusion – is handcrafted in<br />

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

Seeing stars<br />

Experience Pink Floyd’s famous<br />

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Museum’s 360-degree planetarium.<br />

Settle into a reclined seat and enjoy<br />

an immersive experience that pairs<br />

incredible music with psychedelic<br />

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just eight dates running to July 31,<br />

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this phenomenal show, so book<br />

in before the curtain falls on The<br />

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Get fizzed<br />

Mac’s is back with a fresh look and<br />

yum flavours to match: Ginger Beer,<br />

Tropical Pash, Lemon Crush and Feijoa,<br />

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

Most wanted<br />

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

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

Down to the wire<br />

The Christchurch earthquakes were a catalyst for creative soul Miranda<br />

Osborne to take a new direction – and the result is renowned furniture and<br />

homeware company Ico Traders, which focuses on community, sustainability<br />

and celebrating our chic and unique Kiwi lifestyles with family and friends.<br />


Miranda, you have a background in art, textiles and<br />

fashion – tell us a little about that…<br />

My first career out of art school was painting, selling my art<br />

through galleries in and around New Zealand and the UK.<br />

My second ‘career’ was creating fabric designs (painting<br />

patterns by hand) and buying ranges for James Dunlop<br />

Textiles. I travelled overseas on buying trips and became<br />

involved in sales and marketing too. That gave me a<br />

great base of experience across all aspects of the design<br />

business. It also gave me my first taste of working with<br />

international manufacturing companies.<br />

My next career was as a womenswear buyer in the<br />

clothing industry. This involved lots of overseas travel,<br />

selecting, curating and designing ranges for New Zealand<br />

clothing companies and managing the offshore production.<br />

And how (and when) did that evolve into Ico Traders?<br />

When the Christchurch earthquakes turned our lives<br />

upside down, it forced me to rethink many aspects of my<br />

life. I decided to leave my job, which required frequent<br />

overseas trips, and look for a more sustainable career<br />

that allowed me to stay closer to my husband and two<br />

young daughters.<br />

In 2012, I founded Ico Traders. I was working from<br />

home so it was a natural progression for me to start<br />

designing for in and around my environment. Wire<br />

furniture became my obsession and continues to this day.<br />

How has the business evolved over the years?<br />

I actually started selling vintage-style lighting for a short<br />

while, but then I found a factory making wire furniture<br />

and decided this was what I wanted to do. It’s still the<br />

same factory I work with today and we have been able<br />

to build a strong working relationship over the years.<br />

In 2023, we made the exciting step into the Australian<br />

market, joining forces with Forj Living Australia, who<br />

distributes the Ico Traders brand over there.<br />

What do you think sets Ico Traders apart in the market?<br />

I strive to be authentic and transparent in our everyday<br />

running of Ico Traders.<br />

My furniture designs are simple and because they<br />

don’t follow fast trends, I hope they are timeless. My<br />

aim is that a customer will invest in our pieces and keep<br />

them forever. After time they can be recoloured to<br />

bring new life, passed on to others or recycled.<br />

You still run the whole business from home (and<br />

even make team lunches most days?!)…<br />

I wouldn’t have been able to do this for so long if<br />

Bridgett and Georgia were different personalities.<br />

They have worked through renovations of the house<br />

and are surrounded by family life.<br />

Animals are a big part of all of our lives and now<br />

Bridgett brings her new puppy to doggy daycare.<br />

Ted is obsessed with Alfie and cries to get out of the<br />

truck as soon as he realises they’re coming to work.<br />

Making lunch each day is my language of love and<br />

appreciation of those who work with me.<br />

What was the very first Ico Traders piece you<br />

designed, and do you still produce it now?<br />

I started with three designs, I imported them in<br />

and stored them in my mother-in-law’s sitting room<br />

that had been boarded off and deemed unsafe from<br />

the earthquakes (it was later rebuilt). One of those<br />

designs was the Coromandel chair, which is still one<br />

of our favourite Ico Traders pieces.<br />

Tell us about the range of colours you offer…<br />

I hand-mix all the colours myself and they are then<br />

matched into powder paint. These are used in factory<br />

production, but we also work with industrial painters<br />

in Christchurch who hold stock of my powder for<br />

me. This means that if you see a style you like, but it<br />

doesn’t come in the colour you want, we can custom<br />

colour it for you.<br />

What are some of the current bestsellers?<br />

Always the Hokianga hanging chair, it’s a statement<br />

piece and a chair you can take time out in.<br />

The Benmore bench because it’s so versatile, these<br />

are used in so many different ways (at the table, in<br />

hallways, at the end of beds, outside).<br />

The Piha lounger, it looks like it came straight out<br />

of the ’60s (the inspiration came from someone’s<br />

veranda chair I used to walk past all the time, it had<br />

big mattressy cushions on it when in use and a wire<br />

skeleton when not. We modernised it and made it<br />

comfortable to sit in without needing cushioning<br />

(it’s something we pride ourselves on – all of our<br />

chairs are super comfy to sit in, with or without<br />

another layer).

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Quite a number of your designs, including the wood<br />

pieces, are made in Christchurch…<br />

Yes – we work closely with Christchurch craftspeople to<br />

create original designs exclusive to Ico Traders. All of our<br />

cushions and chair pads are made here in Christchurch<br />

too, and a few of our smaller metal designs are made<br />

here too.<br />

Lately you’ve been strongly focused on sustainability<br />

across the business…<br />

Ico Traders is only a small company, but I care deeply<br />

about this issue and I know that lots of small companies<br />

can add up to big numbers of people making changes.<br />

At Ico Traders we design furniture made from steel, a<br />

sustainable resource and a recyclable material. We audit<br />

our business yearly and positively contribute 120 percent<br />

carbon credits to offset our footprint.<br />

All of us at Ico Traders have ties to Banks Peninsula.<br />

Our funds help to grow and protect Waipuna Bush, part<br />

of the Te Ara Pātaka Summit Walkway. Thanks to the<br />

generous hospitality of Bob and Carol, owners of the<br />

land, we have become personally involved, walking the<br />

land, understanding the pest control programme and<br />

learning about the native environment of Waipuna Bush.<br />

We are by no means perfect but we are constantly<br />

reviewing the way we work, removing plastics in our<br />

packaging and reducing waste.<br />

You’ve also done some very cool collaborations with<br />

other Kiwi brands over the years, tell us a bit about<br />

some of those…<br />

Yes it’s pretty amazing to work with the likes of Tanja<br />

from Misery who has a large international following for<br />

her artwork, collaborating with her on our Kailani Girl<br />

range of sand-free towels and sun umbrellas.<br />

Another favourite was working with Wellington artist<br />

Greta Menzies who generously donated her time and<br />

talent, creating an original art piece for the lining of our<br />

charity Sophie tote bags, raising money to buy SOS<br />

HaloGuard smart watches for victims of domestic abuse.<br />

You’re a Canterbury girl, right?<br />

I’m originally from a farm in Woodbury, my husband<br />

Richard is from Christchurch. We moved back down<br />

from Auckland 15 years ago for the quiet life (not so<br />

quiet with all the Christchurch events that life has thrown<br />

us). We said we would only be here for five years, but<br />

both of us have close family around and we’ve become<br />

attached to the place.<br />

What do you love about living here?<br />

It’s exciting to be part of a new city which has still held<br />

onto its community vibe. We’re surrounded by magic<br />

scenery and places to discover that are close by and we<br />

have an incredible close network of family and friends.

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Tell us a bit about the image on our cover…<br />

It started with the tennis shoot, it was meant to be two<br />

models, but friends got involved and it grew from there.<br />

The scenes were meant to be slightly Slim Aarons inspired<br />

but with a comical twist, they have become more slapstick<br />

and less about the furniture over the years.<br />

It’s huge fun to source costumes and dress up and it<br />

means a lot to me as it’s always my friends featuring in<br />

the photos and if we can get the owners of the scene we<br />

are photographing in we will (we haven’t yet failed at this,<br />

Erica is a staff member of Bowls Canterbury and was brave<br />

enough to say yes). You can see the full range of photos on<br />

our website gallery ‘Any Year Anywhere’ page.<br />

OPPOSITE: Miranda’s dog Alfie and daughter<br />

Henrietta, who’s currently interning at Ico Traders.<br />

Photo: Sarah Rowlands<br />

ABOVE: Two recent Ico Traders campaign images.<br />

Photos: Sarah Rowlands<br />

I love the behind-the-scenes/personal vibe of your social<br />

media, how has creating that kind of environment served<br />

you, do you think? (Also, any chance you could share that<br />

carrot cake recipe, even though it didn’t quite work out?!)<br />

I do all the social media myself, I think the behind-thescenes/personal<br />

vibe is really just my unpolished lack of<br />

expertise in this area. Having my friend Sarah Rowlands<br />

who does the majority of photography for Ico Traders<br />

saves me!

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Not all things go well on our Ico Traders product shoots. I made this<br />

carrot cake for a project and thought I’d done a pretty good job, but<br />

when we cut into it, the middle was far from cooked. Sign of a true nonbaker<br />

who thinks it will be okay to double the recipe and the size of<br />

the tin. Safe to assume that I did not get the baking gene in our family!<br />

2 cups (260g) all-purpose flour<br />

2 teaspoons baking soda<br />

½ teaspoon fine sea salt<br />

1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon<br />

1¼ cups vegetable oil<br />

1 cup granulated sugar<br />

1 cup lightly packed brown sugar<br />

1 teaspoon vanilla extract<br />

4 large eggs, at room temperature<br />

3 cups grated peeled carrots (5 to 6 medium carrots)<br />

1 cup chopped walnuts<br />


75g cream cheese, at room temperature<br />

1 cup icing sugar<br />

50g butter<br />

Squeeze of lemon juice<br />

Finely grated rind of one lemon<br />

Edible flowers (you can buy these now at the<br />

supermarket in the herbs section)<br />

Double if you want to ice the sides too.<br />

Mix to create icing.<br />

Preheat the oven to 180°C.<br />

Grease two 22cm round cake pans, line the bottom<br />

with parchment paper – do not put in one big tin like<br />

I tried to… I failed, it did not cook all the way through!<br />

Whisk flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a<br />

bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, granulated<br />

sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.<br />

Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking after each one,<br />

then add the dry ingredients in three parts, gently<br />

stirring until they disappear and the batter is smooth.<br />

Stir in carrots and walnuts. Divide the cake batter<br />

between the prepared cake pans and bake for 35–45<br />

minutes, until the tops of the cake layers are springy<br />

when touched and when a toothpick inserted into the<br />

centre of the cake comes out clean.<br />

Cool the cakes for 15 minutes, then carefully turn out<br />

onto cooling racks and wait until cold.<br />

Ice and decorate with edible flowers.

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

Sew much to celebrate<br />

This year, New Zealand fashion designer Juliette Hogan celebrates 20 years of her<br />

much-loved label. We caught up with Juliette at her South Island flagship store to talk<br />

milestones, bringing the brand to the south, how to get yourself a $50 The Crossing gift<br />

card and where to find the best blow-waves and breakfasts in the city.<br />

Congratulations on the brand turning 20! What have you<br />

been doing to celebrate?<br />

It’s both exciting and surreal to have reached this milestone,<br />

and I wouldn’t be here without all the people who have<br />

been such an important part of the JH journey over the<br />

past 20 years. I am so incredibly grateful for each and every<br />

one of them.<br />

We’re currently planning how we want to celebrate and<br />

recognise this support, as well as reminiscing on our past<br />

collections and milestones to see how far we’ve come. We<br />

have some exciting celebratory events in the works for later<br />

this year. Watch this space!<br />

What have been some of the milestones along the way?<br />

There have been so many, but a couple of major highlights<br />

would be the opening of my very first store, and further<br />

expanding into the South Island in Christchurch in 2022.<br />

Each time I’ve shown at New Zealand Fashion Week – there<br />

really is something special about showcasing our clothes on a<br />

catwalk that nothing else can match.<br />

My first magazine cover was an amazing moment, as was<br />

winning the Supreme Business Excellence Award at the<br />

Westpac Business Awards in 2021.<br />

Why did you choose to locate your Christchurch store<br />

within The Crossing?<br />

I believe the unique and natural landscapes of Canterbury to<br />

be some of the most beautiful in the world and I find so much<br />

inspiration and joy spending time in the region. It had long<br />

been a dream of mine to have our own home for JH in the<br />

South Island and we took our time to find just the right spot.<br />

Christchurch and The Crossing felt like such a natural fit for<br />

us, and it has been wonderful to be able to connect directly<br />

with our loyal following down there. The Crossing is a hub for<br />

all things fashion and I appreciate how many local brands they<br />

support. The environment and the people both contribute<br />

to making it a great place to be. Our clientele are strong and<br />

inspiring – as is the team that have chosen to spend their time<br />

with us in the store. The city has an energy about it that I love.<br />

Tell us about some of the special details of the interiors of<br />

the Ōtautahi store?<br />

I’m constantly inspired by the natural world, and as you walk<br />

in the store you’re greeted by this beautifully curved oak wall<br />

with the rings of the tree trunks still visible – it feels strong and<br />

protective. This wall, alongside the marble counter and the<br />

linen changing room curtains, are reminders of the natural<br />

world around us. They also provide a calm, rich and textural<br />

backdrop to showcase our collections from.<br />

We worked with Ōtautahi local Alice Lines to help bring<br />

our vision for a welcoming and sophisticated space to life<br />

and feel that together we have achieved exactly that.<br />

Anything else people might be interested/surprised to<br />

learn about The Crossing store?<br />

Firstly our in-store team is fantastic – Lara and Courtney are<br />

both passionate about fashion, styling and the local industry.<br />

They form such warm and genuine connections with our<br />

customers and have such inspiring and unique approaches to<br />

help with styling to suit the individual for any occasion.<br />

We sincerely believe the in-store experience is just as<br />

important as our product and it’s so wonderful to know that<br />

our South Island customers are in their very capable hands!<br />

What are some of the most popular JH pieces in the south?<br />

Unsurprisingly, our winter layering pieces tend to be popular,<br />

but I do love to see how our Christchurch clientele loves to<br />

dress up for events too – they know how to celebrate<br />

a special occasion.<br />

Our Collection <strong>2024</strong>.TWO has just launched in store and<br />

we’ve had such a great response. Our moody Dahlia Silk<br />

and playful geometric Motif Crepe prints have been really<br />

popular, alongside new cashmere and merino pieces and<br />

wool-rich statement coats and jackets.<br />

Do you get down south often? What are some favourite<br />

places to visit? And what JH pieces do you like to wear<br />

when you’re here?<br />

I do, I wish I could visit more though. We have great<br />

company around us in The Crossing – Twiggi do the best<br />

blow-wave I’ve had in Christchurch, and Bar Franco is the<br />

perfect spot for a drink and an evening bite. I also enjoy<br />

heading out to Estelle for breakfast when I can.<br />

In terms of my favourite pieces, depending on the time<br />

of year, I tend to have a long coat with me and a trusty<br />

turtleneck like our Roland Cashmere sweater.<br />

Whenever I do pop down I try to organise an overnight<br />

hike to be able to soak up some of the South Island’s unique<br />

landscape so a good pair of walking shoes paired with a JH<br />

puffer are always essential.<br />

GIVEAWAY | Juliette Hogan has fifty $50 The Crossing gift cards for Christchurch shoppers – simply make<br />

a full-priced purchase in-store at Juliette Hogan, The Crossing, and mention this promotion to qualify.<br />

For a limited time only. Full T&Cs at juliettehogan.com

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Feature | <strong>Magazine</strong> 35<br />

Pick ‘n’ mix<br />

The popularity of foraging comes and<br />

goes, but for acclaimed authors and<br />

passionate foragers Helen Lehndorf<br />

and Liv Sisson it’s a lifestyle.<br />


From making your daily walk a bit more<br />

interesting, to creating a dye for textiles or<br />

seeking out a unique ingredient for a gourmet<br />

dinner – the reasons for foraging are many<br />

and varied.<br />

For Manawatū writer Helen Lehndorf, it’s the<br />

medicinal nature of herbs and plants that fascinates<br />

her, while for Christchurch writer Liv Sisson, it’s<br />

fungi and lichen that are her passion.<br />

Helen, author of A Forager’s Life, laughs when the<br />

recent popularity of foraging is mentioned.<br />

“I’m not often a person that hits a trend, so that’s<br />

been delightful and funny. If something is going to be<br />

trendy, I’m really glad it’s that.”<br />

There are many subgroups within foraging<br />

who have different interests such as picking<br />

excess fruit around the neighbourhood, weaving,<br />

seeking out plants for Māori plant medicine,<br />

mushroom-hunters like Liv and people passionate<br />

about seaweed.<br />

“Everyone finds their own way in and some<br />

just want to make their daily walk a little more<br />

interesting or become a little more plant literate.”<br />

Whatever the entry point into foraging, Helen and<br />

Liv say foragers are always learning and expanding their<br />

knowledge of plants and the natural world.<br />

Even now, decades after she began foraging,<br />

Helen, who describes herself as an amateur<br />

herbalist, still makes discoveries as her plant literacy<br />

increases through research.<br />

“All the time I’m finding things that maybe I’ve<br />

been buying to drink as a herbal tea or something.”<br />

Photo: Paula Vigus

Photo: Paula Vigus<br />

“People used to the pace<br />

of everyday life can<br />

struggle with foraging,<br />

as it’s not a fast-paced<br />

activity, even though it<br />

can be fun, joyous and<br />

exciting to do.”<br />

“I’ve thought I had to buy it, then one day I find it out<br />

foraging,” she says.<br />

“A plant you have been blind to before is suddenly<br />

available because of that increased awareness.”<br />

She had that experience with Shepherd’s Purse, a<br />

plant that is good for women’s menstrual health.<br />

“I had always been buying it from the health shop as<br />

I had no idea we could find it locally.<br />

“One day I was down at the Manawatū River and<br />

was absolutely astonished to find it.<br />

“It is a place I forage a lot and had never seen it<br />

before and there it was.”<br />

The question Helen gets asked the most is if she<br />

has poisoned herself or made herself ill from something<br />

she has foraged.<br />

“Touch wood” she never has.<br />

“I see the high level of anxiety around it. It is testament<br />

to how disconnected we are from our food sources that<br />

people have such anxiety about poisoning themselves.”<br />

It is a genuine concern, but she says the golden rule<br />

of foraging is to “never, ever” eat anything you cannot<br />

100 percent positively identify.<br />

“We have some excellent books from New Zealand<br />

writers written for here so they are all excellent sources.<br />

I would say take a foraging book for a walk and really<br />

study those photographs.”<br />

Taking a person with more plant literacy on your walks<br />

is another way to learn.<br />

“Don’t try to learn everything in one walk, as you’ll<br />

just get overwhelmed and confused.”<br />

People used to the pace of everyday life can struggle<br />

with foraging, as it’s not a fast-paced activity where a<br />

person can learn everything in one walk or one foraging<br />

class, even though it can be fun, joyous and exciting to do.<br />

“It’s a very slow practice. That is its beauty. For the<br />

beginning forager I’d say learn one plant a month and go<br />

deep with that one plant. Just 12 a year.”<br />

If people want to get serious about foraging, Lehndorf<br />

advises them to think of plants like a new friend.<br />

“If making a new friend, you don’t meet them once<br />

and go ‘you’re a firm friend’, you spend time with them<br />

and get to know them. And start with something in your<br />

backyard so you can form a deep relationship.”<br />

She recommends starting out with the common<br />

dandelion, as they are very easy to find and easy to dig<br />

up and examine from tip of root to the flower.

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“Dandelions are medicinal powerhouses and full<br />

of beautiful mythology and folklore, art and culture<br />

and medicine.<br />

“I’ve been going a bit deeper with dandelion these<br />

past few years and there’s so much to learn.<br />

“Try to eat different bits of it, try to make different<br />

things with it and then when you feel like you have a bit<br />

of a handle on it try something else.”<br />

It is one of Helen’s favourite plants, along with the<br />

northern hemisphere nettle (not the New Zealand<br />

native nettle).<br />

“I drink a strong infusion of nettle everyday. It is a<br />

strong tonic plant to drink. It’s good for teeth, your hair,<br />

your skin, your vitality and wellbeing, your circulation.<br />

“It doesn’t taste especially good, it tastes like you’ve<br />

made a strong tonic out of grass clippings, but I have got<br />

used to the flavour and if I miss a day I start to crave it.”<br />

Another favourite is the elder tree, which is very easy to<br />

forage in the Manawatū along the river and railway lines.<br />

“If you have a Northern European-Pākehā genealogy,<br />

then it is a sacred tree in our folklore traditions.<br />

“It is another plant full of folklore, history and it’s a<br />

very beautiful, special plant.”<br />

While it does get categorised as a weed in some<br />

places due to its vigorous spreading, it can be harvested<br />

twice a year.<br />

In spring the elderflower can be picked, while in the<br />

autumn its berries can be picked.<br />

“I love that the elderberry can be picked in autumn<br />

when it’s such an amazing cold and flu medicine.<br />

“It appears just before we need it. You harvest in<br />

autumn and make various potions for when struggling<br />

with immunity and cold and flu season.”<br />

She infuses honey with the berries and also makes<br />

oxymels, a mix of honey and vinegar which she adds<br />

the berries to.<br />

Another concern people have about foraging is the<br />

sprays applied by councils and landowners to prevent<br />

weeds growing.<br />

“What I have observed in my wanderings around park<br />

lands and edges, is usually city councils are limited in<br />

budget and time and usually their brief is to make access<br />

ways weed-free, so that usually means about 12m either<br />

side. If walking somewhere frequently, you can see when<br />

the council has been,” Helen says.<br />

“Again, it’s slowing down and observing your local<br />

environment. Generally I advise wandering off the path<br />

a bit, foraging is about wandering off the main paths,<br />

looking around corners and behind things.<br />

“Get out of those spray zones and dog spray<br />

zones. Trust your instincts somewhat and your<br />

powers of observation.”<br />

Having councils take a different approach to<br />

planting fruit trees in reserves is a positive move that<br />

she welcomes.<br />

“There used to be some old-fashioned ideas about<br />

fruit trees on public spaces making a mess, or one person<br />

would strip the tree, that people don’t know how to<br />

share or look after something for all of us and I see that<br />

changing and I’m really heartened by that.”<br />

She’s not concerned about the increased interest<br />

from people.<br />

It is the second “blip” of interest in foraging she has<br />

noticed over the years.<br />

“Because it is such a slow relational pastime, you have<br />

to be committed to go very far and not many people are.”<br />

Richard Mabey, British author of Food is Free calls<br />

foraging ‘inconvenience’ food, which is “hilarious”,<br />

Lehndorf says.<br />

“He’s bang on. You don’t do it because you can get<br />

loads of stuff in 10 minutes. It’s about so many more<br />

things than accessing food.<br />

“Nature is generous – there is plenty there for all of us<br />

and people are pretty good at sharing, on the whole.”<br />

Liv, who grew up in Virginia in the United States, agrees.<br />

“Lots of people think it’s a money-saver, but I haven’t<br />

found that it is. It’s a lovely hobby, but not something that<br />

has saved me any money.”<br />

She became interested in fungi and lichen when<br />

studying geology in the US, especially what she<br />

discovered on field trips in the Blue Ridge Mountains.<br />

“Rocks are changing on a very long timescale, so from<br />

day to day there is little change, so I began to notice all<br />

the cool intricacies in nature around them.<br />

“I’ve always loved nature and tiny things.”<br />

When she moved to New Zealand, she was captured<br />

by the beauty of the country’s native bush and the<br />

“cool” fungi.<br />

She first discovered her interest while living in<br />

Dunedin when she moved here to study.<br />

“I lived on Leith Street North in a student flat and spent<br />

a lot of time wandering around the Botans [Dunedin<br />

Botanic Garden] looking at lichens, moss and fungi.<br />

That’s when I really started researching and getting<br />

very curious.”<br />

While she headed back to the US for a while, she<br />

returned to New Zealand, settling in Christchurch and<br />

picking up her foraging hobby again.<br />

“Dandelions are medicinal powerhouses and full of beautiful<br />

mythology and folklore, art and culture and medicine.”

Photo: Anthony Behrens<br />

“I have been foraging fungi and plants for a while in<br />

Christchurch, it’s been something I’m enjoying and have<br />

been doing for a long time.<br />

“I’m still learning.”<br />

One of her favourites is the werewere-kokako, which<br />

features on the cover of her book Fungi of Aotearoa,<br />

although it is not edible.<br />

“It’s absolutely stunning. The first time I saw it I<br />

couldn’t believe it was that blue. That was pretty cool.”<br />

She was surprised to see one of her favourite eating<br />

mushrooms, porcini, growing in Hagley Park, as it is an<br />

introduced fungi.<br />

“It’s definitely the darling of the edible fungi world as it<br />

is so delicious.”<br />

Lichens are also a passion, as there are so many<br />

interesting ones growing in New Zealand.<br />

Lichens are a fungi and algae living together in symbiosis.<br />

“The colours, textures, shapes and sizes, there are<br />

no bounds.<br />

“I love researching parasitic fungi but I haven’t seen<br />

too many of those in the wild myself.”<br />

The edible fungi Liv does find she likes to dehydrate<br />

and preserve for later use, especially in the winter<br />

to beef up soups and stocks, and for her favourite<br />

porcini pasta.<br />

“I slice them thin and pop on a tray in the sun so<br />

they get a bit of air movement and they dry nicely.”<br />

People often ask her where to find particular types<br />

of mushrooms.<br />

“I’m happy to tell someone where to look, but if<br />

you do that they don’t actually get the joy of looking<br />

for something and they don’t develop the language<br />

of being able to read the land and understand where<br />

to look.<br />

“That kind of learning can be really exciting and fun.<br />

If I told them, they’d miss out on that.<br />

“It’s kind of foragers’ code not to do that.”<br />

She hopes people’s interest in foraging and wild-food<br />

sources translates into a greater passion for protecting<br />

those sources.<br />

“Looking after our wild-food sources is important<br />

for food resiliency. It makes a lot of sense coming off<br />

the back of Covid, when people had more time to<br />

connect with nature.”<br />

The cost of living crisis has also amplified people’s<br />

interest in the food system, which can only be a good<br />

thing if it gets people talking about the issues, she says.<br />

As a result of her interest in foraging, the work she<br />

did for the book, the food writing she does and her<br />

involvement in Eat New Zealand, Liv has become more<br />

aware of the issues with the country’s food system.<br />

“I’m really interested in that topic.”

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When Jeffrey met Joanna<br />

A series of works from the 1970s that celebrated Dunedin-based artists<br />

Jeffrey Harris and the late Joanna Margaret Paul did of each other in the<br />

early years of their marriage are being exhibited for the first time this month.<br />


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Jeffrey Harris was only 21 when he fell head over heels<br />

in love with Joanna Margaret Paul. It was the first time<br />

he had ever been in love.<br />

They met at a party at philanthropist Charles Brasch’s<br />

Dunedin home in 1970. Jeffrey had recently been<br />

invited to Dunedin by mentor Michael Smither, while<br />

Joanna was living in Port Chalmers, part of a charmed<br />

circle of artists which included names like Ralph Hotere<br />

and Colin McCahon.<br />

“I was knocked out by this intelligent person,” Jeffrey says.<br />

“It was all based on art, the same sort of interests.”<br />

The couple were soon sharing a studio in Royal Terrace<br />

and then married in 1971, moving to a small cottage at<br />

Seacliff, where they spent their time painting and drawing.<br />

It only cost $5 a week, and didn’t have hot water.<br />

“It was quite primitive living, but we didn’t mind.”<br />

The besotted artist couldn’t resist sketching his new<br />

wife, whether she was sleeping, reading, playing chess or<br />

just gazing out of the window.<br />

“It was a special time, sort of like a honeymoon period.<br />

It was good times, the best times. There was no pressure,<br />

in a sort of idyllic landscape, a beautiful little house.”<br />

Until now those works have been tucked away in his<br />

studio, but recently Jeffrey felt the time had come to<br />

sort through his studio and exhibit some of the more<br />

historically interesting works. It has also enabled him to<br />

touch up and restore any works that needed it.<br />

“I felt they should be seen. There’s quite a lot of work<br />

that has never been exhibited, it’s time to organise a lot<br />

of it – if I don’t do it, it won’t get done properly. It’s quite<br />

interesting from an historical perspective.”<br />

The drawings and paintings from life are the only ones<br />

Jeffrey has ever done. He has never felt the need to do it<br />

again in other relationships.<br />

“It was just that 12-month, year-and-a-half period that I<br />

did that. I don’t normally paint real people or from life or<br />

real drawings. It was a unique period.<br />

“It was partly the influence of Joanna, she did a lot<br />

of paintings from life. When we met there was this<br />

cross-influence. I was influenced by her work, she was<br />

influenced by mine – but it didn’t last long.”<br />

The exhibition celebrates that period and hence its<br />

name, Portrait of a Marriage.<br />

“It was like a honeymoon period and once it’s over you<br />

can’t get it back. It’s a special time of life if you’re lucky<br />

enough to experience it.”<br />

When the couple moved to Wellington in 1973 life<br />

changed. Children came along, and so did the pressures<br />

of everyday life and a full-time job.<br />

“It was a whole different set of dynamics. That period<br />

of painting, that intimate relationship was over.”<br />

The couple, both of whom were awarded the Frances<br />

Hodgkins Fellowship – Jeffrey in 1977 and Joanna in 1983<br />

– broke up in the 1980s.<br />

In Wellington, Jeffrey moved back to painting in his<br />

own style, based on photographs and featuring religious<br />

iconography such as the crucifixion. He’s not sure where<br />

that interest came from, as he did not come from a<br />

religious family.<br />

“I self-educated myself with art books – I didn’t go to<br />

art school – I used to go to the Christchurch library and<br />

get out all these art books.<br />

“A lot of the ones I was attracted to had religious<br />

imagery, they were of Old Masters and something<br />

connected there with me. So I started doing my own<br />

religious paintings.<br />

“They’re nothing to do with religion, they’re to do<br />

with the intensity and emotions and feelings I saw in<br />

these paintings.”

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Later on he saw the religious paintings of McCahon<br />

and Smither, which were not an influence but more of a<br />

“connection”, he says.<br />

“I’ve always been drawn to religious imagery, for some<br />

reason I don’t know.”<br />

He first started painting in high school at the<br />

encouragement of a good art teacher, but studying<br />

art or a career in art was not an option, as his deeply<br />

conservative parents believed a job and earning money<br />

was the right move.<br />

“My father was anti-university, he was a real conservative<br />

person. He took me to Christchurch one day and said<br />

‘you’re going to get a job by the end of the day’.”<br />

About a year later Jeffrey started painting again, and<br />

never stopped.<br />

“I got a job – I couldn’t care less what the job was or<br />

what I was going to get paid. I just wanted to do my art,<br />

so I did it in my spare time.”<br />

He contacted Smither, who encouraged him in his<br />

painting and helped him to start painting full-time by<br />

providing him with studio space. Smither had moved to<br />

Central Otago in 1969 and came to Dunedin in 1970 for<br />

the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship.<br />

“That’s when I came to Dunedin. He got me out of the<br />

job and away from my parents. I owe him quite a bit. My<br />

parents thought I was crazy, that I’d go back to the real<br />

world, but I never did.”<br />

Over the years, Jeffrey’s work, mainly figurative<br />

painting, has gone through many changes and stages, such<br />

as when he moved to Melbourne in 1986, where his<br />

work became more abstract.<br />

“It hasn’t progressed in a straight line, it has dipped<br />

down and gone around. I couldn’t do that work here, I<br />

don’t know why. It doesn’t fit in with my experience here.”<br />

Much of his work is influenced by places, such as Banks<br />

Peninsula, where he grew up. In Melbourne the heat and<br />

landscape of the area were influences.<br />

“Place is quite important, even if it is unconsciously.”<br />

Dunedin, where he has lived for more than 20 years,<br />

has always appealed because of its history and its<br />

“wintery cold” weather. When he returned to the city he<br />

got a studio in Bond Street, not far from where his old<br />

studio in the Skinner Building was in the 1980s.<br />

“It’s not too new, modern or plastic. I don’t like<br />

Auckland, I couldn’t work there. I can’t work with noise<br />

or distractions.<br />

“The landscape is great. It’s my favourite place in New<br />

Zealand – the other place is Banks Peninsula.”<br />

Jeffrey finds today he is still doing crucifixion paintings,<br />

as well as family groups.

PAGE 40: Jeffrey Harris in his Bond Street studio.<br />

Photo: Gerard O’Brien<br />

LEFT PAGE FROM TOP: ‘Joanna’, Jeffrey Harris, 1971,<br />

pencil, watercolour, pastel, 252×197mm. Photo: ODT files<br />

‘Portrait of Jeffrey Harris’, Joanna Paul c. 1971, oil on board,<br />

350×310mm. Photo: ODT files<br />

LEFT: ‘Jeffrey Harris and Joanna Margaret Paul, in Dunedin,<br />

1977’, silver gelatin print. Photo: Marti Friedlander, courtesy<br />

of the Gerrard and Marti Friedlander Charitable Trust.<br />

“The couple were soon sharing<br />

a studio in Royal Terrace and<br />

then married in 1971, moving to<br />

a small cottage at Seacliff, where<br />

they spent their time painting<br />

and drawing. It only cost $5 a<br />

week, and didn’t have hot water.”<br />

“I’m looking backwards and going through things. It’s<br />

not really new work, it’s reflecting back. I’m revisiting a lot<br />

of those themes, a summing up of all the work I’ve done.”<br />

He admits to not being a “people person” and enjoying<br />

the solitary life of an artist, although that’s not very good<br />

for relationships or having children.<br />

“I’m addicted to it. I get very fidgety if I can’t paint<br />

or get to the studio, I get twitchy. I find it very calming,<br />

painting. I’m at my happiest painting away and the phone<br />

doesn’t ring. It’s always been like that. It’s my life, painting,<br />

my driving force.”<br />

Until recently he hadn’t really been aware of being<br />

part of a significant time in Dunedin’s art history back in<br />

the 1970s.<br />

“People keep talking about it. I feel lucky in a way to<br />

have been part of it, as there were so many great people<br />

around at that time. It was good to have interacted with<br />

those people. It’s a bit thinner on the ground now. I think<br />

it was isolation then, you were in a pocket, you provided<br />

your own cultural stimulus. You were more supportive in<br />

a way, of each other.”<br />

He hopes Portrait of a Marriage will be the first of<br />

many shows featuring his early work in themed groups.<br />

He has hundreds of works stacked up in his studio to<br />

sort through.<br />

“Time is getting on with me. I walk past a lot of these<br />

works as I pass through the studio, they’re lying there.<br />

You think what’s going to happen to them. Getting older,<br />

you think about these things.”<br />

Portrait of a Marriage runs at Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin, until <strong>April</strong> 18, <strong>2024</strong>.

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Thinking inside the box<br />

Having been forced from its original Shirley site to a temporary home after the 2011<br />

earthquake, this year saw Marian College move into its innovative (and world-first)<br />

new space – a retrofitted former Foodstuffs warehouse in Northcote. <strong>03</strong> chatted to<br />

Sheppard & Rout’s design architect/director Jasper van der Lingen and design/project<br />

architect Joff Kennedy about the mind-bending building.<br />


First, congratulations – what an amazing space!<br />

How does it feel to have it completed?<br />

It feels great to have it completed. It has been a long,<br />

complex project that we started back in early 2020, so<br />

it’s a real joy to finally see the school fully move in this<br />

year and start to settle in and enjoy the place.<br />

From the largely abandoned, tired-looking, old,<br />

large industrial warehouse that we visited on day one<br />

to the fresh, vibrant place it is now, full of life and<br />

students, it has been quite a transformative journey<br />

and immensely satisfying.<br />

Have you worked on anything (even remotely)<br />

similar before?<br />

We’ve never worked on placing a school within a<br />

warehouse before, however, we were the architects<br />

for the Majestic Church project on Durham Street that<br />

transformed a series of old industrial buildings into a<br />

modern church and events centre.<br />

There were some similarities to the projects, but we<br />

haven’t been able to find an actual example of a new<br />

school being placed within an old warehouse structure<br />

like this anywhere in the world.<br />

Could you talk us through a brief timeline of how the<br />

project unfolded?<br />

We commenced the project in early 2020 and the college<br />

was fully open and operating for the <strong>2024</strong> school year.<br />

Whose initial vision was it to retrofit a warehouse into<br />

a high school?<br />

The original idea to retain the existing warehouse and<br />

place the school within came from the Catholic Diocese<br />

and Marian College themselves, we understand.<br />

Was there a brief, or how/where does something like<br />

this even begin?<br />

The brief from Marian College was for a fully<br />

functioning state integrated Catholic girls’ school for<br />

years 9–13. The roll was set at 430, but we developed<br />

a masterplan for how this could easily increase to 600<br />

pupils in the future.<br />

Being state integrated, the brief included the standard<br />

Ministry of Education requirements for facilities for a<br />

school of this size. However, due to having the school<br />

beneath the all-encompassing roof of the warehouse,<br />

we were able to achieve benefits beyond a standard<br />

school simply because of this situation. These included<br />

large breakout spaces outside the teaching spaces out of<br />

the weather, four covered sports courts, and generous<br />

upstairs spill-out areas for all to use.<br />

A further addition was the school chapel, a generous<br />

gift from the Bishop and Diocese that has become the<br />

central focus and heart of the school community.<br />

What exactly was already in place when the<br />

project began?<br />

The warehouse was old, with the original portion built<br />

in the 1950s, with further bays added over the decades.<br />

In its day it was the largest warehouse in the country.<br />

When we started the job, it had largely been abandoned<br />

and was feeling derelict in places.<br />

What has remained, what was removed/altered and<br />

what is new?<br />

We kept the majority of the warehouse but<br />

demolished some of the early 1950s bays, which were<br />

in very poor condition. This also allowed space for<br />

outdoor grassed playing fields, to balance the interior<br />

nature of the main school.<br />

What were some of the biggest challenges?<br />

The biggest challenges were budgetary. Money was<br />

tight and the build occurred largely through the Covid<br />

lockdowns and beyond, which saw issues with supply of<br />

materials and sharp cost escalations.<br />

The buildings are largely constructed of engineered<br />

timber, grown and manufactured into prefabricated<br />

building components in New Zealand, which helped<br />

mitigate these challenges somewhat while supporting the<br />

local economy and sequestering carbon.<br />

The chapel is obviously the major jewel in the crown…<br />

The chapel was a separate commission to the school,<br />

which we won in a design competition. It is the ‘jewel in<br />

the crown’ of the school, front and centre as you walk<br />

in. The chapel ceiling reflects the cultural narrative gifted<br />

to Marian College from the local iwi, which was centred<br />

around Te Pae Mahutonga, the Southern Cross. The<br />

ceiling is a representation of the celestial heavens as they<br />

were seen on the night Marian College was founded in<br />

1982 and prominently features Te Pae Mahutonga.

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How have the students responded to their new school?<br />

The students have responded positively to the new<br />

school environment, and we understand have settled<br />

in quickly, finding their favourite spots and enjoying the<br />

sense of community it fosters, being under one large<br />

canopy roof.<br />

Also appreciated is the strong sustainability story it<br />

demonstrates with the adaptive reuse of an existing<br />

structure and the use of timber throughout, a learning<br />

tool in itself.<br />

But perhaps the most appreciated place is the chapel,<br />

a serene spiritual place that is the essence and heart of<br />

what Marian College as a Catholic girls’ school is about.<br />

What are you most pleased with/some favourite details?<br />

We’re most pleased with the sustainability outcomes of<br />

this project.<br />

Our favourite details would have to include the chapel<br />

ceiling with its representation of the heavens above, in<br />

the star pattern that occurred on the day Marian College<br />

was founded.<br />

Also, all the additional learning spaces and<br />

opportunities that have occurred due to the school<br />

being within the warehouse have been a real benefit. In<br />

particular, the central atrium, a courtyard gathering space,<br />

has really proved its worth, being used for multiple large<br />

group activities and events.<br />

Anything else people might be interested /surprised<br />

to learn?<br />

One of the most gratifying aspects of the project was<br />

that it was an economic new build. Due to being inside,<br />

the buildings didn’t need weather protection, roofs,<br />

gutter or exterior grade cladding, meaning the new<br />

buildings were constructed at a significantly lower cost<br />

per square metre than other standard school buildings,<br />

yet the facilities provided were well above those offered<br />

in other schools.<br />

Marian College will be open to the public on Saturday May 4, 10am–2pm (last entry at 1.30pm)<br />

– one of 50 buildings open for exploration during Open Christchurch, May 3–5, <strong>2024</strong>. openchch.nz

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Pounamu & plywood<br />

The Wellington owners of this Nordic<br />

cabin-inspired new build in Central Otago<br />

wanted – and achieved, if recent accolades<br />

are anything to go by – a high quality<br />

but not extravagant holiday home that<br />

showcased the area’s stunning views.<br />



T<br />

his holiday home near Queenstown is inspired by simple<br />

Nordic cabins but its architecture and craftsmanship are<br />

anything but basic.<br />

Rich materials and top-notch carpentry are at the heart of<br />

the project, with pounamu-hued marble on the bench tops,<br />

negative-jointed Meranti Marine plywood on the walls and<br />

custom-made furniture in the bunkroom.<br />

Builder Stu Clark, of the Lakes Building Company,<br />

describes it as a beautiful home with “absolutely ripping<br />

views” of the surrounding area.<br />

The firm received the national award in the new home<br />

$1.5million to $2m category of the recent Master Builders’<br />

House of the Year for its work on the Jack’s Point property.<br />

Wellington-based owners Tim and Fiona Arbuckle say the<br />

cabin concept was about building “something simple and<br />

minimal, informal yet stylish” and which would work well<br />

with the alpine setting under The Remarkables mountains.<br />

The couple wanted a house that was warm, natural and<br />

uncluttered and not “over the top”.<br />

“We didn’t need many of the things you may require in<br />

your permanent home like internal access, a kitchen island or<br />

wardrobes in the bedrooms. It was more important to have<br />

quality fixtures and fittings.”<br />

Pods arranged in a T-shape are wrapped in vertical<br />

Abodo timber cladding with steel-eyebrow eaves and corner<br />

windows with concealed blinds. A separate garage pod has<br />

externally accessed mezzanine storage.<br />

The first plans included a spare room above the garage,<br />

which did not meet local design guidelines.<br />

Instead, Assembly Architects added the extra space into<br />

the main house, extending the living area and including a<br />

bunk room – a layout that worked even better.<br />

The 210m 2 home has four bedrooms, including the bunk<br />

room, and an open-plan living area.

“Earthy-toned tiles and<br />

fabrics were inspired by<br />

the alpine surroundings<br />

and are a significant<br />

departure from the<br />

couple’s Wellington<br />

home, an 1890s villa<br />

with a white interior.”

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A pool table positioned between the dining and living<br />

areas, rather than in a separate room, reinforces the idea<br />

that the holiday home is a place “to relax and have fun”.<br />

“When we have friends and family staying, everyone<br />

gathers around it and has a game,” Fiona says.<br />

The use of plywood was suggested by the architects,<br />

to reduce the number of tradies on-site and to avoid<br />

material shortages during Covid.<br />

“It fitted with our brief of wanting something warm<br />

and cabin-like, so it was a good decision all round.”<br />

The biggest challenge for the builders was the level of<br />

detailing required, says Stu, adding there is “not one scrap<br />

of Gib” in the entire build.<br />

Every sheet of ply on the walls and ceiling has a<br />

negative detail – a 2mm to 3mm blank space between<br />

the panels which creates clean lines and the illusion the<br />

panels are floating.<br />

Care also had to be taken when cutting the pre-finished<br />

plywood, as there would be no paint to cover any marks.<br />

The high level of workmanship did not go unnoticed by<br />

the House of the Year judges, who described the home<br />

as breathtaking and skilfully crafted.<br />

Stu, who started Lakes Building Company with<br />

fellow builder Mark Ladbrook in 2009, says the firm has<br />

received gold awards but never won a national award<br />

before, “so it’s big kudos to all the guys in the team”.<br />

The homeowners were advised by the architects to<br />

keep the house as two simple mono-pitch structures,<br />

which would be more economical to build and allow<br />

them to spend more on fittings.

Those fittings include solid bronze door pulls and a<br />

custom brass pendant LED light in the living area.<br />

The entrance has bespoke coat racks and the<br />

floorboards are solid timber.<br />

There’s also a cast iron woodburner, with a glass front<br />

that slides up to give the effect of an open fire. The<br />

enormous fire surround behind it is made of raw steel.<br />

Earthy-toned tiles and fabrics were inspired by the<br />

alpine surroundings and are a significant departure from<br />

the couple’s Wellington home, an 1890s villa with a<br />

white interior.<br />

Framed views of the mountains are everywhere, with<br />

bedrooms looking directly at The Remarkables, Coronet<br />

Peak visible from the deck and the living room capturing<br />

a glimpse of Lake Wakatipu.<br />

The outdoor areas include a conversation pit off the<br />

deck and a barbecue area that provides shade in summer.<br />

Before building in the south, the couple had holidayed<br />

in Queenstown several times. Now able to work<br />

remotely, they visit for four or five days each month.<br />

They also enjoy sharing the house with their friends and<br />

three adult children.<br />

“We’re excited to explore more of the South Island<br />

and do more activities down there,” they say.

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Why autumn is the ideal<br />

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makeover<br />

Autumn is not the<br />

end of outdoor living;<br />

it’s the beginning of<br />

crafting your ideal<br />

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by Goom<br />

As the vibrant colours of autumn leaves begin to paint the<br />

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taking your coats and scarves out of storage – it’s the perfect<br />

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transformation. Let’s explore why this season of change is your<br />

golden opportunity to create an outdoor oasis ready to bloom for<br />

next summer.<br />

Embrace the design phase without rush<br />

Autumn gifts you the luxury of time. With the bustling activities of<br />

summer behind us, the colder months allow for thoughtful planning<br />

and unhurried creativity. Whether you’re envisioning a serene garden<br />

retreat or a lively entertainment space, you can collaborate with our<br />

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Navigate permits and consents with ease<br />

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looming summer deadlines.<br />

Create cosy corners with outdoor fires and pizza ovens<br />

As the evenings grow crisp, there’s no better time to appreciate<br />

the allure of an outdoor fire feature or the rustic charm of a pizza<br />

oven. Initiating these projects in autumn means they’ll be ready for<br />

those early spring gatherings, extending your outdoor living season.<br />

The completion of these projects in autumn or winter provides an<br />

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In essence, autumn is not the end of outdoor living; it’s the beginning<br />

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

Red is the new black<br />

The ultimate fashion accessory for <strong>2024</strong>? A new Alfa Romeo Tonale<br />

hybrid in signature Alfa Red, according to <strong>03</strong>’s editor Josie Steenhart.<br />

If you’re looking for a new-car write-up that’s heavy on<br />

reviewing revs, speaking specs and talking torque, this<br />

is maybe not the piece for you (though there will still be<br />

some serious car chat – I’m not completely superficial).<br />

But yes, I am focusing this feature around my<br />

recommendation that a luxe red car – and specifically<br />

this one – might be just the ticket to elevate not just<br />

your lifestyle but also your mood, your driveway and<br />

your wardrobe.<br />

Red cars are obviously not revolutionary, in fact it’s<br />

a paint colour that’s probably considered the ultimate<br />

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for speed, but I personally care pretty much not at all<br />

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Ultimate style bible Vogue recently encouraged readers<br />

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Side note: anyone that knows me will know I’m really<br />

going out on a limb with this colour call, as someone<br />

who previously, when it came to clothing and cars, would<br />

almost always have said “black is best”.<br />

Side side note: the new Tonale does have a gorgeous<br />

all-black interior, so still goes a long way to appease<br />

that aesthetic attitude, and some would argue that true<br />

beauty is on the inside anyway, right?!<br />

And side side side note: it does also come in a<br />

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But back to my new red whip (for the weekend,<br />

anyway, thanks to Euromarque), there is actually a lot<br />

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The first thing of note? The price point. I’m quite<br />

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The excellent Euromarque team, who patiently answer<br />

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gelato (they have Nutella on tap, again, you’re welcome).<br />

It has three drive modes – D (Dynamic), N (Natural)<br />

and A (Advanced efficiency). I stay largely in the sportyfeeling<br />

Dynamic because I like the va-va-voom, but it’s<br />

nice to have options – especially an eco one.<br />

The steering is light and agile (made extra luxe with<br />

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While the interior is spacious, this is unashamedly a<br />

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The telescopic digital instrument panel Alfa Romeo<br />

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Promotion | <strong>Magazine</strong> 55

The Paris of the Pacific<br />

New Caledonia’s bustling capital, Nouméa, proudly flaunts<br />

its oh là là influence as a French overseas territory, where<br />

European chic mingles with laid-back Melanesian charm.<br />


If you want a tropical island getaway with a little<br />

Parisian panache and the best baguettes in the South<br />

Pacific, you’ve come to the right place. Nouméa is an<br />

instantly appealing city with its irrepressible botanical<br />

beauty. You won’t just be fanned by coconut palms, but<br />

banyans, breadfruit trees, and the ever-present column<br />

pines – so iconic of New Caledonia.<br />

I began my city exploratory in the heart of town,<br />

under lush palms and the radiant grace of those<br />

flamboyant trees that flank Place des Cocotiers (Coconut<br />

Square). Meticulously maintained, locals chatted and<br />

munched on lunch under the verdant canopy, while some<br />

played at the pétanque pitch or cooled themselves from<br />

the statuesque Celeste fountain.<br />

At the southern end of the square, two Kanak girls<br />

played at the foot of the Peacemakers Statue. Installed<br />

just two years ago, the statue represents the famous<br />

handshake between the anti-independence leader Jacques<br />

Lafleur and the independence leader, Jean-Marie Tjibaou,<br />

settling the troubles of the 1980s.<br />

From its hillside perch, grand old St Joseph’s<br />

Cathedral, built by convicts in 1888, casts a sentinel-like<br />

gaze over downtown Nouméa, seemingly visible all over<br />

town. There’s a generous sprinkling of colonial heritage<br />

and character villas peppering Nouméa. An evocative<br />

neighbourhood to stroll through is the Latin Quarter,<br />

where storied architecture abounds and the hilltop<br />

views are epic.

Travel | <strong>Magazine</strong> 57<br />

“What really stands out about these glossy beachside<br />

neighbourhoods is they’re so integrated with the<br />

local community, not just tourist confections.”<br />

The buzzing Port Moselle Markets are well worth a<br />

morning visit for the chance to mingle with the purveyors<br />

of the fresh produce on display, from the ocean and the<br />

land. The earlier you get here, the busier it will be as locals<br />

hustle for the catch of the day. Mangrove crab, coconut<br />

crab, lobster and blue prawns are always hot sellers.<br />

The craft stalls are equally enticing, with an enterprising<br />

array of Kanak handicrafts and souvenirs for sale – many<br />

of which are produced in nearby villages. The stylised<br />

and glazed coconut shells, artfully crafted into serving<br />

dishes, are particularly good. Then there’s the profusion<br />

of artisan goods, whether you’re eager to try some local<br />

liqueurs or New Caledonian-grown vanilla beans.<br />

Pull up a stool at the unpretentious central cafe, La<br />

Buvette du Marché, whistle up a croque madame and<br />

café au lait, and soak up the Franco-Pacific vibes. I was<br />

intrigued to discover how incredibly cosmopolitan<br />

Nouméa is, with strong populations of Middle Eastern,<br />

African and Caribbean French nationals all adding to<br />

her melting pot.<br />

There’s no denying a deliciously persuasive reward<br />

for visiting Nouméa is the fact that it boasts some<br />

of the best boulangeries, fromageries, patisseries and<br />

chocolatiers this side of the Arc de Triomphe. Péché<br />

Mignon on Rue Jules Garnier is the fan-favourite<br />

for art-gallery-worthy cakes and pastries, while for<br />

handmade soft and hard centres, the locals swear by<br />

Chocolats Morand in the Latin Quarter. The flavour<br />

range is astounding.<br />

I also took quite a liking to the irresistible range of<br />

macarons at Passion Macaron at the Promenade Complex<br />

in Anse Vata Bay. The macaron masters of Ladurée would<br />

be suitably impressed. Truth be told, they became my<br />

recidivist guilty pleasure while staying at Anse Vata.<br />

Nouméa is blessed with two glittery beach strips,<br />

Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons. They’re like slices of<br />

the French Riviera in miniature, with sweeping crescentshaped<br />

promenades, white-blonde sands and velvety<br />

lawn frontages. Unlike a lot of South Pacific destinations,<br />

what really stands out about these glossy beachside<br />

neighbourhoods is they’re so integrated with the local<br />

community, not just tourist confections.<br />

Fancy a wine and cheese tasting? I highly recommend<br />

popping in to Chai de l’Hippodrome, next door to<br />

my hotel in Anse Vata. Romain Brousseau opened this<br />

convivial wine bar several years ago and as I watched the<br />

friendly locals drift in and out, this place pulses with an<br />

unmistakable feel-good neighbourhood vibe.

58 <strong>Magazine</strong> | Travel<br />

Romain whipped me up a fabulous flight of four wines<br />

and cheeses. The oh-so-gooey brie with a sprinkling of<br />

truffle, accompanied with a glass of cabernet sauvignon<br />

sure worked its magic on me! (If you’re wondering<br />

about the hippodrome reference, Nouméa’s delightful<br />

racecourse is right across the road.)<br />

Another dining must? Le Roof is designed like a<br />

thatched overwater bungalow, reached via a longcovered<br />

pier from Anse Vata beach. Straddling the<br />

emerald-blue waters, the restaurant’s terrace seating<br />

means your dining experience is likely to be accompanied<br />

with an aquatic show.<br />

A splashy, playful pod of dolphins delivered quite the<br />

cabaret act as I blissfully breezed through a selection of<br />

dishes, spanning lagoon fish carpaccio, pan-fried shrimp<br />

in a creamy bisque, coconut crab and the most divine<br />

raspberry nougat ice cream for dessert.<br />

New Caledonia’s World Heritage-listed lagoon and<br />

reef is a colossus. Spanning more than 1.3 million square<br />

kilometres, Le Parc Naturel de la Mer de Corail is one<br />

of the largest nature preserves on Earth – twice the size<br />

of Texas!<br />

“Sitting pretty in a marine reserve, this<br />

alluring island resort has serious bragfactor,<br />

home to New Caledonia’s only<br />

overwater bungalows.”

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I enjoyed an incredible overnight stay at Doubletree<br />

by Hilton Ilot Maitre Resort. Sitting pretty in a marine<br />

reserve, this alluring island resort has serious brag-factor,<br />

home to New Caledonia’s only overwater bungalows.<br />

Moreover, they’re the closest overwater bungalows to<br />

New Zealand – and unlike other South Pacific overwater<br />

offerings, they won’t cost you the earth.<br />

Just a 20-minute boat ride from Port Moselle in<br />

Nouméa, Ilot Maitre is a stupendous island escape,<br />

with all the trimmings. Stand-up paddle boarding is<br />

wildly popular given the languid, benign waters of the<br />

lagoon, while a spot of snorkelling here is instantly and<br />

repeatedly rewarding with the marine reserve status<br />

revving up the aquatic show. Best of all, the lagoon<br />

brims with green sea turtles. Over the course of an<br />

hour snorkelling in the lagoon, I encountered a dozen<br />

of these graceful mammals.<br />

But the pièce de résistance is undoubtedly the<br />

unfurling necklace of overwater bungalows, fanning out<br />

into the lagoon. Sumptuously designed and generously<br />

sized, savouring a sunset in such a setting is beyond<br />

dreamy – it’s delirious.<br />

“If you want a tropical island getaway<br />

with a little Parisian panache and the<br />

best baguettes in the South Pacific, you’ve<br />

come to the right place.”

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

Spice up your life<br />

Between cooking feasts for her family and friends and her ‘day job’ as a nurse,<br />

fabulous foodie Ashia Ismail-Singer has somehow found time to cook up a delicious<br />

new book of recipes drawing on her time in Africa, the UK and New Zealand.<br />


Mine is an immigrant’s cuisine, of sorts, merging old<br />

traditions with new ones, creating food that spans<br />

generations, geography and ethnicities. Food evokes a<br />

passion in me that I cherish, one that has grown from my<br />

early childhood days in Malawi, Africa, to my teenage years<br />

in England, and the last twenty-plus years in my beautiful,<br />

adopted home country of New Zealand.<br />

Being of Indian heritage, my love of cooking first started<br />

at an early age, and some of my favourite recipes are ones<br />

that have been passed down through my family, adapted<br />

by each generation to suit the ingredients available. As<br />

someone who wears many hats, I cook and create recipes,<br />

source props and style. As well as this, I have a ‘day job’ as<br />

a nurse and I have just retrained to start a career in real<br />

estate, with the hope of making real estate and food writing<br />

my full-time gigs.<br />

My grandparents were Memon Muslims who came from<br />

Gujarat, on the western coast of India. Sometime in the late<br />

1930s to early 1940s, they emigrated to Malawi, Africa. My<br />

dad was born in India, in Jamnagar, in the southwestern part<br />

of Gujarat. He was only one year old when his family left for<br />

Malawi, known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’. My mother’s<br />

family was already in Malawi, and she was born there.<br />

My sisters and I were all also born in Malawi. Because of<br />

political instability, we left as a family in 1987 to immigrate<br />

to the UK. We all had British passports, as Malawi is part of<br />

the Commonwealth, and my father had lived and studied in<br />

the UK during the 1960s. It was a chance for a better life<br />

for us all.<br />

Regardless of where we lived, cooking was always a<br />

big part of our upbringing. My parents loved to entertain,<br />

and my mum had no qualms about cooking a biryani, a<br />

layered meat and rice dish, for a hundred guests on special<br />

occasions. Together, my mum and dad always planned<br />

what dishes were to be served at family gatherings. We<br />

celebrated every festival and special family occasion with an<br />

abundance of food. My parents loved having parties for our<br />

birthdays, especially since my sister and I are twins. There<br />

weren’t very many twins in our social circle, so we were a<br />

bit of a novelty!<br />

I loved being in the kitchen with my mum, and with my<br />

aunts who would visit. Families always had an open-door<br />

policy, so you never needed an invite. Our cook, Medson,<br />

prepared the ingredients, and then mum would come in<br />

and finish things off. He would make excellent rotis; my<br />

mum taught him, too. I remember the fragrant smells of<br />

spices cooking, beautifully aromatic, heady, a mixture of hot,<br />

salty, sweet and sour, perfectly balanced.<br />

Recipes were never written down but remembered by<br />

taking part, helping and learning as you went, developing<br />

your tastebuds, which became more attuned with age and<br />

experience. And this led to cooking by instinct, which is<br />

how I cook now.<br />

In Malawi when I was growing up, fruit, vegetables and<br />

meat did not come packaged. We grew our produce or<br />

slaughtered the animals ourselves. We had a chicken coop,<br />

which also housed goats. I have fond memories of going<br />

to the dairy farm with my sisters, my cousin, my mum<br />

and aunt to collect our milk, which we would carry home,<br />

sloshing about in a big aluminium milk pail.<br />

The ingredients we used were always fresh, and the<br />

dishes were predominantly Indian. But Mum was making<br />

‘fusion food’ long before fusion was fashionable. A confident<br />

cook, she effortlessly adapted Western recipes – Sunday<br />

roasts, casseroles and shepherd’s pie – to incorporate<br />

Indian flavours.<br />

Moving to the UK from Malawi was an eye-opening<br />

journey. Although my father had lived in the UK in the<br />

1960s, things had changed a lot when we immigrated<br />

there as a family in 1987. I navigated this new life with<br />

apprehension. But what brought me comfort and joy was<br />

being part of a close-knit family and coming home from<br />

college and cooking dinner. Both my parents worked, and<br />

my sister and I, being the eldest of four girls, would come<br />

home and start cooking the family meal. I was studying<br />

fashion and design at art school, and I loved getting<br />

creative in the kitchen, too. It was here that my love of<br />

cooking blossomed.<br />

There was a large population of South Asians in the<br />

UK, and we could go to the Indian grocery stores and get<br />

spices and vegetables that we were used to. But we also<br />

started using ingredients that we hadn’t been able to get<br />

in Malawi and so the melding of food cultures continued,<br />

creating recipes which built bridges between all the<br />

countries I have called home.<br />

Moving countries on my own in 1997 was probably the<br />

most exciting – and also the hardest – thing I ever did.<br />

Always outspoken, adventurous and passionate, I followed<br />

my wanderlust. I eventually arrived in New Zealand,<br />

falling in love not just with the country but with one Kiwi<br />

in particular, who I ended up marrying and having two<br />

amazing children with. Now, having spent more of my life<br />

in New Zealand than anywhere else, I truly call it home.<br />

But that doesn’t stop me from being an immigrant and<br />

missing ‘home’, which is ultimately wherever the rest of<br />

my family is.

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



& MAYO<br />

Paneer is quite a bland source of protein usually<br />

dressed up with a spicy curry sauce. Using<br />

parmesan in the crumb gives a lovely, strong,<br />

nutty flavour which works well with paneer. It<br />

is a perfect addition to a mezze or finger food<br />

platter. Serve with a chilli and mayo dipping<br />

sauce, or any other sauce that takes your fancy.<br />

Serves 6–8 as an appetiser<br />

2 blocks (400–500g) paneer cheese<br />

1 cup panko breadcrumbs<br />

½ cup grated parmesan<br />

Salt and pepper<br />

1 egg, beaten<br />

Neutral oil for frying<br />

½ cup mayonnaise<br />

1–2 tablespoons Thai sweet chilli sauce<br />

Chilli flakes<br />

Cut paneer in sticks, lengthways, about 2cm thick.<br />

In a bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, parmesan,<br />

salt and pepper.<br />

Dip each paneer stick into the beaten egg then coat<br />

in the crumb mix. Set aside.<br />

Heat a frying pan with just enough oil to cover the<br />

base. You want to shallow-fry the sticks until golden<br />

all over, turning with tongs.<br />

To make the dipping sauce, simply mix the<br />

mayonnaise in a small bowl with chilli sauce.<br />

Once all of the paneer sticks are fried, place them<br />

in a bowl with the chilli dipping sauce on the side.<br />

Sprinkle with chilli flakes and extra salt.

Recipe | <strong>Magazine</strong> 63<br />


Originally from North Africa, shakshuka is essentially a vegetarian dish, but<br />

I have given it a twist by using mince. Growing up we often had lamb or<br />

beef mince curry with potatoes and peas served with fried eggs and roti for<br />

the perfect Sunday brunch. This is my fusion version of those two wonderful<br />

dishes, combining the spicy tomatoes, mince and eggs.<br />

Serves 4–6<br />

1 tablespoon oil<br />

1 medium onion, finely sliced<br />

2–3 cloves garlic, crushed<br />

1 teaspoon salt<br />

500g lamb mince<br />

400g can diced tomato<br />

1 tablespoon tomato paste<br />

1 teaspoon chilli powder<br />

1 teaspoon ground paprika<br />

1 teaspoon ground coriander<br />

½ teaspoon ground cumin<br />

¼ teaspoon ground turmeric<br />

½ teaspoon rose harissa or harissa<br />

2 small potatoes (200g), diced<br />

½ cup frozen peas<br />

4–6 eggs<br />

Handful of chopped fresh coriander<br />

Heat the oil in a large lidded pan over a medium heat. Cook<br />

onion until translucent, then add garlic, salt and the mince.<br />

Fry the mince until browned, then add the tomato, tomato<br />

paste, spices and diced potatoes. Cook for a further 20<br />

minutes over a low heat. Add the peas. If you need more<br />

sauce, add ¼ cup water.<br />

Cook for a further 10 minutes until the sauce thickens<br />

and the potatoes are cooked.<br />

Make 4–6 wells in the sauce and break an egg into each.<br />

Pop the lid on and cook the egg to your liking.<br />

Sprinkle with a handful of chopped coriander and serve<br />

with kesra bread or naan.<br />

TIP<br />

To make this dish vegetarian, swap the mince for a mix<br />

of butternut squash and diced mixed coloured capsicums<br />

(500–600g combined). You can also swap the peas for red<br />

kidney beans and swap the coriander for parsley.

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




Nothing beats the flavours of a gorgeous<br />

baklava – think orange, saffron, honey<br />

and pistachios. Imagine the perfection of<br />

combining those flavours with a creamy<br />

baked cheesecake. A Middle Easterninspired<br />

treat, perfect for a celebration.<br />

Serves 8–10<br />


250g pistachios<br />

200g mixed nuts (e.g. almonds,<br />

walnuts, hazelnuts)<br />

¼ cup sugar<br />

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon<br />

½ teaspoon ground cardamom<br />

12 sheets store-bought filo pastry<br />

125g butter, melted<br />


450g cream cheese, at room<br />

temperature<br />

120g sugar<br />

15g plain flour<br />

3 eggs<br />

75g double cream<br />



½ cup honey<br />

½ cup water<br />

½ cup sugar<br />

2 teaspoons rose water<br />

2 teaspoons orange blossom water<br />

Pinch of saffron (optional)<br />

Dried rose petals, fresh rose petals<br />

and extra pistachios, to garnish<br />

Extracted from The<br />

Laden Table: Recipes to<br />

share, infused with spice<br />

by Ashia Ismail-Singer,<br />

photography by Lottie<br />

Hedley. Published<br />

by Bateman Books,<br />

RRP$60.<br />

Preheat the oven to 160°C fan bake.<br />

Grease a 22cm loose-bottomed cake tin.<br />

FOR THE BASE: Place the nuts in a food processor and<br />

whizz until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl, add the<br />

sugar and the spices and stir to combine.<br />

Place a sheet of filo pastry in the cake tin and brush with<br />

melted butter. Cover with one more layer of filo brushed<br />

with butter – the sheets will hang over the edge. Sprinkle<br />

a layer of spiced nuts over top. Butter 2 more filo sheets<br />

and place them on top of the first layer of pastry and nuts.<br />

Repeat the process with the remaining filo pastry and nut<br />

mixture, ending with a layer of filo.<br />

FOR THE FILLING: Using an electric beater or stand<br />

mixer, whisk the cream cheese with the sugar until fluffy,<br />

about 2 minutes. Add the flour, eggs and double cream and<br />

whisk until just combined. Pour onto the prepared filo base.<br />

Cut the overhanging filo around the edge of the cake tin.<br />

FOR THE SYRUP: In a saucepan, combine the honey, water<br />

and sugar over a medium–high heat, stirring until the sugar<br />

dissolves. Cook until the syrup thickens, then remove from<br />

the heat. Add the rose water, orange blossom water and<br />

saffron (if using). Stir to combine and set aside.<br />

Bake the cheesecake for 45 minutes, then carefully remove<br />

the sides of the cake tin and bake for a further 20–25<br />

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completely and then serve with dried rose petals, fresh rose<br />

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The art of seating<br />

A fascinating new exhibition arriving at Objectspace this month will<br />

have Christchurch saying “chairs”. We spoke to curator and gallery<br />

director Kim Paton about The Chair, which showcases a select group of<br />

singular seating from a project collating 110 chairs made across 170 years,<br />

each piece chosen for its expression of design and making in Aotearoa.<br />


Arts | <strong>Magazine</strong> 67<br />

Kim, what sparked the idea for this exhibition?<br />

It all began with a desire to take a single object form, one<br />

that was recognisable and broadly relatable, and consider<br />

it over an extended timeframe. We were curious about<br />

how one object could express something about material<br />

culture in Aotearoa – what stories and insights might<br />

emerge. The chair was an easy choice. As a design object,<br />

the form jumps across disciplines, speaking strongly to<br />

craft-based practice as well as design and architecture.<br />

It’s also a particular object in terms of how<br />

democratically it is used throughout domestic, public,<br />

and professional contexts – it’s ubiquitous, although<br />

holding a body in a seated position at a particular height<br />

is no easy design task!<br />

For many reasons, chairs remain sought-after and<br />

well-loved objects.<br />

Tell us a little about your personal chair history…<br />

The chairs I remember from my childhood came in<br />

suites. Tightly stuffed armchairs that belonged to a<br />

three‐part set, upright and plump with a pleated fabric<br />

fringe that hovered off the ground. The steel-tube-lines of<br />

the chairs and Formica table in the kitchen. The original<br />

chairs from my grandparents’ Oamaru farmhouse with a<br />

red-chequered seat – these are still used every day by my<br />

children, the tiny matching table long since delegated to<br />

the sewing room.<br />

The most memorable single chair I remember<br />

encountering is the La-Z-Boy. My grandparents each had<br />

one: in prime position by the fire and with a clear line to<br />

the television, the two objects dictated the hierarchies<br />

of the lounge. They were luxurious and costly for the<br />

time; under no circumstances were they to be sat on<br />

by grandchildren.<br />

“Chairs have come from<br />

all across the country<br />

– spotting something<br />

familiar is highly likely!”<br />

The Objectspace website states of the exhibition,<br />

“This is not the definitive history of chair design and<br />

making in Aotearoa. Instead, it is a story of ad hoc<br />

research and discovery that begins and ends with<br />

an evocative whalebone chair that resides today in<br />

Auckland Museum” – could you talk to this a little bit,<br />

and tell us about that chair?<br />

One of the first chairs that made it to the list for The<br />

Chair is the Whalebone chair that resides today in<br />

Auckland Museum. Found in Russell in 1944, it’s thought<br />

to date to before 1880.<br />

Composed of a whale vertebra, with three bones<br />

inserted for legs, the chair is a product of necessity, made<br />

by a whaler needing something to sit on. It’s an evocative<br />

thing, bringing to life a time of early colonial settlement<br />

and the unpalatable conditions of the whaling industry.<br />

Not many of us have seen the Whalebone chair in<br />

real life (myself included) and yet it’s one of the few<br />

pieces of historical New Zealand furniture that have been<br />

documented and written about with some frequency.

Arts | <strong>Magazine</strong> 69<br />

The 1800s whalebone chair is not in the exhibition –<br />

it’s too fragile to be loaned. Instead, a one-to-one replica<br />

is in its place. Made with the benefit of contemporary<br />

three-dimensional printing technologies, the 2023 model<br />

is both one of the oldest and newest chairs on display.<br />

How did you decide what to include/omit?<br />

The research process culminated in a long list of around<br />

300 chairs. Some we couldn’t locate or get access to.<br />

Despite this it was difficult to narrow it down – first to<br />

110 chairs for the Auckland showing, and then harder still<br />

to select a group of chairs to travel to Christchurch for<br />

exhibition in our modestly sized satellite space.<br />

Ultimately each chair was chosen as it offered an<br />

interesting and purposeful reflection on design and<br />

making in Aotearoa – because its story contributes<br />

something meaningful to our material culture.<br />

How did you source so many chairs, and how long did<br />

it take to come together?<br />

It began with the collections of major cultural institutions,<br />

quickly evolved into a series of conversations and<br />

interviews, and ended with a public call-out and hundreds<br />

of suggestions submitted to our tip line. One chair led<br />

to another. Spreadsheets and paperwork grew and grew,<br />

and eventually chairs from across the country (and the<br />

years) were brought together – around a year after our<br />

research began.<br />

Any particularly challenging chairs to source?<br />

There are many chairs missing from historical records<br />

and from this project: we had institutional loan requests<br />

declined, and chairs that we searched for but couldn’t<br />

find. We met many people who no longer design or<br />

make, most of whom shifted course in their careers with<br />

little lasting record of their own work.<br />

PAGE 66 & LEFT: Installation views of The<br />

Chair: a story of design and making in Aotearoa at<br />

Objectspace, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.<br />

Endaxi Design’s ‘Ena’ suite of sofa and chairs from<br />

1988 was commissioned for an Auckland tanning salon<br />

and subsequently ordered by Bev Smaill for her home.<br />

Smaill’s three-piece now resides in museum collections,<br />

split between Te Papa and Auckland Museum. With<br />

its bright-orange ball and cone feet, tubular steel and<br />

excessively bolstered upholstery (the sofa resembles the<br />

back seat of a car), Ena is a stand-alone example of the<br />

Memphis style designed and made in New Zealand.<br />

We were extremely disappointed at not being<br />

permitted to loan an Ena chair from one of our public<br />

collections and couldn’t locate any in private hands. We<br />

decided to include the chair in the publication despite it<br />

not featuring in the show – I’d love to see the suite in the<br />

flesh one day.<br />

Tell us a bit about a few of the chairs travelling<br />

to Christchurch?<br />

The set of chairs en route to Christchurch are diverse –<br />

with the earliest made in the 1870s and the most recent<br />

finished last year. One of the most electrifying objects I<br />

encountered researching The Chair is included – a chair<br />

made around 1890–1910 and attributed to a woman<br />

maker (a rare thing in any decade of the exhibition).<br />

Its base form follows an 18th-century British design,<br />

and it is adorned with intricate chip-carving. Imagining a<br />

woman undertaking the spectacular surface treatment<br />

at this time is awe-inspiring and made me rethink my<br />

assumptions about life in the late 1800s in New Zealand.<br />

The group also includes a significant chair<br />

by Humphrey Ikin, one of our most important<br />

contemporary furniture makers who is often cited<br />

as the forefather of Pacific minimalism or late Pacific<br />

modernism. His singular approach to materials is striking<br />

– he composes furniture to reveal the making process,<br />

resulting in a kind of material intuition.

One of David Haig’s Monogram rocking chairs is<br />

also included. Nelson-based David has a successful<br />

career as a studio woodworker and has made a<br />

significant contribution to craft education. His design<br />

for this rocking chair is a spectacle – to imagine its<br />

making is a marvel and a mystery – David jokingly<br />

laments that this chair is both his most commercially<br />

successful and his most challenging design to make.<br />

Do you have a favourite/s, and why?<br />

They’re all brilliant for their own reasons. I’m often<br />

drawn back to the Studio Furniture movement in the<br />

1980s and ’90s and chairs by Gary Hunt and Marilyn<br />

Sainty that will feature in the Christchurch exhibition<br />

speak to the ferocious energy of this time. Both<br />

chairs originate from significant exhibitions in the late<br />

1980s, and possess the attitude and spirit of this era<br />

– probably the most energetic and interesting single<br />

timeframe in New Zealand furniture history.<br />

Any that have South Island origins/connections that<br />

you know of?<br />

Pre-eminent colonial furniture expert William<br />

Cottrell contributed knowledge and expertise to<br />

the exhibition from the early research stages and is<br />

Canterbury-based. One of the chairs William kindly<br />

lent us will exhibit in Christchurch: a superb rimu hall<br />

chair originally made for William Larnach’s ‘castle’ on<br />

Otago Peninsula, which we hear William intends to<br />

donate back to the house at the close of the show.<br />

Chairs have come from all across the country –<br />

spotting something familiar is highly likely!<br />

“The original chairs from<br />

my grandparents’ Oamaru<br />

farmhouse with a red-chequered<br />

seat – these are still used every<br />

day by my children.”<br />

TOP LEFT: Marilyn Sainty, Cocktail Chair, original<br />

1988; remade 2020, courtesy of Marilyn Sainty.<br />

LEFT: Dunedin Iron and Woodware Company<br />

Ltd, Aesthetic Movement Hall Chair, 1873–74,<br />

collection of Dr William Cottrell.<br />

RIGHT: Carin Wilson, Kura Kōwhatu Chair, 1991,<br />

courtesy of Carin Wilson.

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