Style: April 01, 2021


APRIL 2021

APRIL 2021

the lifestyle magazine

the lifestyle magazine

Award-winning design

At home in WĀnaka

Geared to snow

The Kingswood skis story

Kitchen fans

Means for extraction

The collecTive

The Crywolf collection is a favourite for the kids this season!

With their gumboots, fully adjustable Rain Overalls and jackets - made using recycled materials and

waterproof to keep little ones dry. Babynosie is home to the original wooden percussion toys since 2017.

Creative play for your little ones or beautiful wooden décor display items.


Make sure you out

in your pre order

for the HUFFER

Double Down

21 designs.

nordic chill

Nordic Chill’s

gorgeous printed

cushion covers

that can easily

be mixed and

matched with

other cushions

and used in the

lounge, bedroom

or anywhere that

needs that touch

of softness.

The collecTive

The Gingham Pleat Skirt

in a Lime Gingham print,

by The Others is based off the

all time favourite sunray

pleat skirt featuring a self ruffle

at the waist over a contrast

ribbed inset elastic waistband

and a contrast waist tie.


Sollos is an artisan homewares and

gift store, featuring ethically-sourced

products from Aotearoa New Zealand

and beyond – now moved from The

Welder to The Colombo, celebrating the

beautiful and useful. Adjoining the shop,

the working artisan studio hosts creative

workshops and classes, perfect for

individuals or groups.


New sale Items at

ISSIMO from brands

like New Balance,

Puma, Reebok,

Rebecca Balducci,

LK Bennett, Mara

Bini, Oxitaly,

Kathryn Wilson,

Saben, SKA, Ivy Lee

Zoe Kratzmann,

Woden, Dr Martens,


The colombo


Thomas Pakenham is an

Anglo-Irish historian and

arborist who has published

many books on diverse

subjects, including trees. In

Meetings with Remarkable

Trees he divides his

selection into fascinating

five groupings that hint at

the joys to be had: Natives,

Travellers, Shrines, Fantasies

and Survivors.


A tailored leg

with a subtle

flare towards the

hem. This pant

works with all of

Repertoires blazers

and jackets and

teams with the

Martini top for

a jumpsuit look.

It suits all figure

types but especially

loves pear shapes.

Flattering and


AcAdemy Gold cinemA

My plan was to die before the money ran out,” says

60-year-old penniless Manhattan socialite Frances

Price (Michelle Pfeiffer), but things didn’t go as

planned. Her husband Franklin has been dead for 12

years and with his vast inheritance gone, she cashes

in the last of her possessions and resolves to live

out her twilight days anonymously in a borrowed

apartment in Paris, accompanied by her directionless

son Malcolm (Lucas Hedges) and a cat named Small

Frank—who may or may not embody the spirit of

Frances’s dead husband.

A note to you


Charlotte Smith-Smulders

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Kate Preece


There is a chill in the air and the trees are freely rubbing

shoulders in a manner far removed from our Covidaltered

instincts. There are school holidays on the horizon and

whether that means Easter hunts at home or roadies extended

by Mondayised reflections, a break in normality is on April’s

cards – and we’ve got your back.

You don’t have to be a parent to be affected by the school

holidays, nor do you need children to be the ‘excuse’ for a

little indulgence of the chocolate kind. The traffic will be easier

or more congested, depending on where you point your

wheels, and the chocolate wrappers will add a glitter garnish to

your wheelie bin. (For naturopath Deanna Copland’s advice on

healthy moderation, see page 56.)

For those with little ones, we have roads trip they will

love – filled with wildlife and sandy beaches (p. 68). There’s a

recipe (p. 60) and a book (p. 64) that already have stamps of

approval from a couple of tweens, too.

Those hanging out for the long weekends can finesse their

Wānaka itinerary (p. 21) or check whether their ski gear needs

an update ahead of the 2021 season. If you’re anything like

Alex Herbert, it’s bespoke fat skis all the way (p. 17).

Perhaps you’ll finally order that new rangehood (p. 41) or

luxuriate in the discovery of the new season’s fashions to put

the cosy in the cool (p. 54). Heck, you might even find a new

favourite drink (p. 62).

However your mid-autumn plans play out, we hope you

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Next time you’re out for a ride, come by

and check out the newly reopened and purpose

built showroom and service centre for

CMG Motorcycles; back at their original location

of 122 Saint Asaph Street. It really is


It’s now an expansive light-filled space that

houses and displays their flagship brands,

along with riding apparel and OEM parts

and accessories. It has to be the South Islands

biggest range of Indian and Triumph


The new showroom is only part of the story.

Upstairs in the Collectors Lounge you’ll find

one of the best collections in the world of

Bimota Super Bikes and Motorcycles. Back

downstairs there’s a Display Workshop for

those really special projects. Well worth a

look at any time.

The custom built service centre with a tyre

machine, new hoists, mobile tool chests and

cabinetry is every mechanics dream. Your

bike will receive 5 star treatment every time.

CMG Motorcycles are really excited about

their new showroom and invite you to drop

by and experience a new level of motorcycle

sales and service in Christchurch.


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In this issue




Boots, pearl lace earrings

& more!



New releases & the winner of

our reader reviews



Guess this mystery location


Were you at this

month’s soirées?



Meet the creator who put fat

skis on Kiwi slopes


A retreat that highlights the

best of Wānaka


We are schooled in the ways

of authentic Mexican cuisine


Road trippin’ around Otago











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emerging in the vibrant communities from Canterbury down to the Southern Lakes. Be assured, the

best of lifestyle, home and fashion will always be in Style.


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Revamp your forlorn lawn to

become centre-stage worthy


It’s not sexy but a rangehood is a

kitchen necessity


Bathing in style

Fashion & Wellbeing


We take the latest skincare

products for a whirl


Burrow into cosy knits


Turn too much into just enough

Food & Drink


From Roots to a single table

dining experience



The perfect recipe to make these

school holidays


Explorations into the world of gin

Our cover

This stunning Wānaka house has been

designed to capture all the best aspects of

its surroundings (page 29).

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Photo: Onsen Hot Pool Facebook


Believe the hype – Onsen Hot Pools (162

Arthurs Point Road, Queenstown) is an incredible

experience. This mum-of-two was more than ready

for a little pampering. The experience began as soon

as I walked into the lounge gallery, where scented

candles filled the room and soothing music played as

I gazed out to the hills. Once you have chosen your

spa package, you are served a drink and snack of

choice – wine and chocolate for me. It was bliss! It

was such an amazingly serene experience to be in a

hot pool while overlooking the Shotover River – can

I go back now, please?

Style designer Emma Rogers

Festival alert

We feel this is a suitably epic way to start compensating

for the year 2020 that wasn’t. Europe’s biggest music

festival Snowboxx, in collaboration with Rhythm & Alps,

is making its southern hemisphere debut right in our

own backyards. Cardrona Alpine Resort (Cardrona

Valley Road) will play host from September 7–14 to DJs,

parties and pistes. We reckon you better get planning

now because it’s time to party like it’s 2021.

What the word?

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Churros cheer

You have to check out Gatto’s Churros along Queenstown’s waterfront

(21 Marine Parade). It’s in the cutest little retro trailer. I tried one of the dulce

de leche churros and was in absolute heaven. The owner is super lovely, too, so

go on and support local.

Style designer Emma Rogers

In other news...

Here are some days to mark in your calendar, which are reportedly

actual things. We feel the second one is particularly poignant.

April 6: New Beer’s Eve

April 7: National No Housework Day

April 17: Blah, Blah, Blah Day


Wānaka bookworms are

enjoying the arrival of

The Next Chapter, an

independent bookshop

that’s popped up at 72

Brownston Street. With its

own book club and author

events, it’s a hub for literary


Have you found yourself

lost in Christchurch’s

Stranges Lane? It’s all

different – Capa, Strange

& Co and Orleans are no

more. Instead, find café and

cocktail/wine bar Rascal

(225a High Street), cocktail

bar Cascade (219 High

Street) and its courtyard

A Little Strange, and

restaurant Soul Quarter.

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The best jeans?

You can call off the search. Our

advertising executive Janine Oldfield

thinks she has finally found the

perfect pair of jeans. She has been

raving about IVY Copenhagen jeans

and she is one of those fashionistas

who does it all so effortlessly that we

trust her when it comes to all things

threads-related. She found hers at

Fashion Society in Christchurch but,

for our readers further south, they

are also available from the DEVàL

Boutique in Wānaka.

Float away

We know. The school holidays have rolled around again and that jolly

autumn chill is creasing your brow. Try floating your troubles away.

The doors have opened at City Cave Queenstown (Remarkables

Park Town Centre, 12 Hawthorne Drive). Its float pools are filled with

1000 litres of water and 400kg of Epsom salts, in rooms (not enclosed

floatation tanks) heated by infrared panels and offering the sensory

deprivation that triggers deep relaxation.

New arrival

With the right mix of raw beauty

and tough femininity, Aje has

found a place in our fashion hearts.

Fortunately for us, Lynn Woods (182

Papanui Road) now has this label in

store and online, which means our

wardrobes are going to need a bit of

Marie Kondo-ing to make room.

for a unique engagement ring or a

special piece for your mum or partner

Marc Bendall

is the place to go

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one else has owned or worn before. Even if it’s

just a little different than a ring you’ve seen at

the store, it still has your own unique input and

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is engagement rings and wedding bands.

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creating a ring for your loved one.

cost effective: Yes, you read that

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extensively to cover their costs. Work with

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Every week in our auction rooms I get

to see a huge range of emotions playing

out. I’m often very moved by the drama

that a competitive process can create for

attendees and my heart goes out to them.

There are tears about missing a muchwanted

but very sought-after property,

there’s elation at successfully purchasing,

there’s a genuine pride at finally getting on

the property ladder and, for some parents,

there’s the realisation that without them

the purchase would not have been possible.

These are tears that I can definitely relate to.

It seems more and more parents are seeing

withdrawals from the trusty, rusty or even

crusty ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ and as we

personally get a little bit nearer to that time

ourselves, I thought I’d take a closer look.

Obtaining funds from family is not a new

phenomenon, but it is a very important

one for some first-home buyers – and with

lofty deposits often required, it can involve

big numbers. It’s essential parents are

aware of this and that’s why we will often

see parents not just on auction day but

throughout the whole process, including

open home attendances, and second and

third visits. Being part of a very close family,

I imagine that I’d want to do this as well

and whilst some real estate professionals

struggle with large family viewings – and

even larger post-visit family debates – best

you get used to it!

During my research, I’ve also discovered that

providing funds is not as straightforward as

it once was.

Originally the main means of assisting

were, firstly, contributing to the deposit,

to a level the lender was happy with, and,

secondly, supplementing additional funds

to ensure the debt-servicing criteria were

met. It’s often referred to as a guarantee.

This second method needs to be carefully

thought through by parents, as a default by

their son or daughter (and much as we don’t

like to imagine it, this can happen) could

see them shouldering the responsibility

for the loan themselves. This can become

extremely uncomfortable, especially if they

have their own financial commitments

and pending retirement. To address this,

there have been changes to the legislation

deeming that any and all guarantors to

a loan need to demonstrate the ability

to meet the required loan payments to

avoid the worst from happening.

As much as we all love our families, if you

are considering helping in this particular

way it’s essential to get independent advice.

So, what are these purchasers buying?

It seems they are trying everything.

First-home buyers with limited budgets

are thinking outside the square and in

some cases the market is giving them a

robust education in looking at properties

that buyers might have had the luxury of

excluding in the past.

Varied locations, new subdivisions made

infinitely more desirable due to improved

motorway access, new schools and

communities, are all hugely popular.

We are also encountering parents looking

on behalf of overseas offspring with British

Pounds and American Dollars burning a

hole in their pockets and those budgets are

extraordinary when compared with what

was once considered necessary for making

a purchase in our local market.

So much of what we achieve as human

beings relates to how we have helped or

been helped by others, and I imagine one

day I’ll be in an auction room helping one

of our family members make a withdrawal

from the trusty bank of Mum and Dad too!

So, to all those parents in the same position,

well done, without you a whole generation

wouldn’t get to enjoy what we thought of as

a right – and that’s home ownership.

Lynette McFadden

Harcourts gold Business Owner

027 432 0447

Whangaia ka tupu, ka puawai.

That which is nurtured, blossoms then grows.

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Style | Feature 17

King craftsman

Had Kingswood Skis’ Alex Herbert not experienced disappointment as

an 18-year-old, it may have taken him longer to find his true passion.

Words Shelley Robinson

ABOVE: Alex Herbert turned his love of snow into a career creating bespoke skis.

18 Style | Feature

You can imagine it in your mind as Alex Herbert

describes the scene. His three-year-old face

forlornly pressed up to the back of the car window

as his parents drove away from the snow. They were

in Europe, Alex can’t remember exactly where, but

he does remember the feeling that came with his first

experience with snow.

“I was so amazed by it [the snow]. We didn’t have

any gear with us or anything, so I slid around on my

tummy and on my back. It was probably only a really

small patch of snow and seeing it through kids’ eyes

made it bigger, but I think that’s what triggered my

desire to chase the snow. I remember it having a

profound effect on me – when we were driving away

I was looking out the window back at it,” he chuckles

from his Lyttelton home.

And he has turned it into one heck of a relationship.

Alex is the owner and creator behind Kingswood Skis,

where you won’t get a factory-created pair of skis, but

custom fat skis created by Alex’s own hands.

It was disappointment as an 18-year-old that actually

sent him into the industry of ski repairs and then ski

creation. After spending time each year in Austria,

where his mum Heidi Herbert is from, Alex was more

than a bit handy on the old skis. In Austria, he says,

skiing is the national sport, with people popping out in

their lunch break to have a play. In spite of this, when

Alex went to get a coveted gig as a ski instructor at

Thredbo, a ski and resort village in Australia, he didn’t

make the grade. So, he had to do something – it was

either washing dishes or ski repair.

He chose the latter and it turns out that things really

do happen for a reason.

“It was a pivotal point in my life. I really got into ski

repair and learned that I’m better using my hands,”

he says.

Alex worked in Austria, Canada and Australia,

honing and developing his skills. He did insurance

work; damaged snowboards would be replaced with

new boards. But this gave him an opportunity to

develop his repair skills.

“Even if it was pretty minor, they’d throw it in the

bin. So, I started taking it out of the bin and fixing it

up,” he says.

“It was really good gear, so I’d ride on it. When I left,

I just gave it all back.”

While the pinnacle of tuning and repair work is

considered to be out on the competitive circuit with

professional teams, that life didn’t appeal to Alex. He

wanted something different and so went about quietly

developing his own way of doing things, evolving his

skills with what he learned on the way.

Fast forward to 1996, when Alex was competing

in the World Heli Challenge in Wānaka and was a

touch frustrated at how the United States team was

“blitzing” his team on their “fat skis” – a wider ski than

New Zealanders had at the time.

Alex couldn’t find fat skis anywhere and wholesalers

told him there wasn’t a market for them in New

Zealand. So in the summer of 2002, he sourced the

material to make a pair. Then, it was off to the Broken

River skifield to test them.

ABOVE & OPPOSITE: The tools of the trade. Each pair of Kingswood Skis takes about 10 hours to make,

with Alex at the helm for most of the process.

Style | Feature 19

“It was off-piste, no groomers. I tested them out by

going skiing with my mates – it wasn’t a clinical test.

And then I could see why the US team was blitzing

us – the skis really made a difference. I was like, ‘No

wonder they had the upper hand!’”

Alex’s mates asked for a pair and word spread. So

much so, Alex’s wife Kris suggested it might be time he

started charging for them.

Things evolved from there. Along with his ski repair

shop, Ski & Snowboard Surgery, Alex now crafts

custom fat skis under his Kingswood Skis brand. It

takes between 10 to 12 hours for him to create a pair

of skis.

“It is quite a meticulous job and can be quite boring,

but I get a real buzz when I peel off the protective

layer – as long as I still get that buzz, I’ll keep doing it.”

With success, it would be easy to get caught up, as

some do, in that need to go “bigger”. But Alex wants

to keep his business in a model that is authentic to him.

“I‘ve seen businesses where they start out with a few

guys and got bigger and bigger and they said the best days

were actually the early days, when they had spare time to

do their own thing. I’m acutely aware of that,” he says.

So, he wants to keep it just him because that is

what brings him the joy – though he feels a “bit

guilty” for not employing anyone and “giving back to

the community”. But he does in a way, because he

outsources the screen-printing and shaping of the cores

to local businesses.

Alex spends his days working away in the factory, on

the lower storey of his family home, which used to be

the Lyttelton Rugby Club’s rooms, creating bespoke

skis for people like him who love to look up at the

mountains and see them blanketed in snow.

And with that, it’s time for him to finish chatting

because his coffee is finished and he has a factory full

of materials waiting patiently to be crafted into skis.

The slopes are beckoning.

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Style | Feature 21

The homestead

It looks like an overseas ski lodge, but it is very much in our own backyard and

has the history of Wānaka woven into its architecture.

ABOVE: Built on part of the historic Wānaka Station is the picture-perfect Wānaka Homestead.

Photo: Oscar Hetherington

22 Style | Feature

Kaalene Shale may have been from Auckland, but she

was a South Islander at heart. All she wanted was a

ute, two dogs and a gravel driveway that crunched to let

you know your children had made it home safely at night.

It is apt, then, that she and her Scottish husband, Allan

McAndie, found themselves the owners and operators of

Wānaka Homestead Lodge and Cottages.

It is a beautiful sprawling getaway built on Wānaka

Station – a former sheep station that once covered the

south side of Lake Wānaka before the township was even

a twinkle in the eye of developers.

The lodge at the homestead is like something straight

out of those ski brochures you had on the kitchen bench

before you turfed them out because of Covid-19. With

rustic schist stonework combined with earthy timbers

on the exterior, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had

inadvertently wandered into a Hallmark Christmas special.

Inside, soaring exposed rafters and wrought-iron light

fixtures continue the ambience, while a sense of replete

luxury is brought in with soothing colour hues. If that

wasn’t enough, there are also two delightful self-contained

cottages: Ruby and Lismore.

The journey to this idyllic slice of Wānaka life was equal

parts Hallmark and hard work for this duo.

Kaalene and Allan met when he lived next door to her

sister in Muscat, Oman. Kaalene had popped over to visit

her sister from where she was teaching in London. They

became good friends but it appeared as though their

family had other ideas for the duo. They were made the

godparents of Kaalene’s sister’s second child, Henrik – all

part of their cunning plan, laughs Kaalene.

“We call it an arranged marriage, because our family

were adamant that we should be together!”

But it worked. The couple married in the Bombay Hills

while still living in the Middle East, where Kaalene taught at

a British International School and Allan worked in oil and

gas. Fast-forward a few years and along came twin boys

– and a certain feeling from Allan.

“He got this look on his face, like, ‘I need to figure out

where we are going to land, where we are going to be

and where our littlies will grow,’” says Kaalene.

So Allan began the hunt. His family had operated a

guest house in St Andrew’s, Scotland, around the corner

from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. He shared

Kaalene’s dream of a simple, small-town home where their

boys could grow up running around, perhaps getting up

to a delightful amount of mischief. In other words, New

Zealand was beckoning.

There were two options on Trade Me – a Hawke’s Bay

property and the Wānaka Homestead.

“He fell in love with Wānaka and we literally bought it

online, subject to seeing it. He flew out from Dubai when

the boys were five months while my mum was with me

and came here for a week,” says Kaalene.

A few days later she got a phone call: “Kaalene, I think

this is it, this feels like home.” And so it was.

ABOVE: Allan and Kaalene with their twins, Joe and Gabe.

Photo: Stephanie Hamilton

Style | Feature 23

Homestead beginnings

Local builder Phil Beaufoy was going about the business

of building a house, when a man suddenly appeared in

front of him. He told him that he liked the look of what

he was building and was after the same kind of thing,

but across the road. Was the builder free?

That man was Roger North, who along with his

wife Shonagh, are the original owners of the Wānaka

Homestead. As it turns out the builder was free, so he

walked across the road and began building in 2003.

The homestead is built on the site where Wānaka

Station’s sheds, barn and outbuildings once were.

The buildings had fallen into disrepair, but instead

of consigning them to landfill, Roger chose to have

history preserved by weaving the beech and rimu

timbers into furnishings, the stairway and fences on

the homestead.

Kaalene and Allan are grateful Roger embraced the

heritage of the site.

“He made sure he kept some of the history in

alignment with the area – he was really specific about

keeping these elements which connect the homestead

to the past very much alive and the property as

sustainable as possible, with solar power, for example.

Very forward thinking. There are parts of Wānaka

that are very new and a lot has been let go, but there

are people working within the community who try to

keep it alive,” says Kaalene.

So, Kaalene and Allan became the owners of a

beautiful piece of Wānaka history, with Wānaka Station

Park right across the road in their ‘backyard’. With its

soaring redwoods, it also has an orchard where people

can pluck fruit from the trees, while children play in

the park or people stop to smell the heritage roses.

Then, they can wander down to the lakefront and the

infamous Wānaka Tree – a willow that has become

rather Instagram-famous for growing in Lake Wānaka.

The couple put a manager in place until they

came home in July 2019, when they began operating

it themselves.

For Kaalene and Allan, the building is only part of the

experience. They wanted to create a home away from

home for people. And, after chatting to Kaalene, you

sense this is something that comes naturally to them –

an amazing couple who seem able to make people feel

instantly at ease and know their needs before they do.

And if you are anything like us when you pop away

for your winter skifield escape, you want to know, first,

where to get the best coffee and, second, where to

find some brews that you haven’t tried before – and

Kaalene and Allan have ample knowledge on both.

It is the part Kaalene loves most.

“The building is the building, the place is the place.

But it’s about the people, the connection to them.

Our guests come to our ‘home away from home’ to

experience Wānaka – they want to know what life is

like in the area. They want to experience it and talk

about it... Everything we do is about connection – and

we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

ABOVE FROM LEFT: There are also two cottages on the homestead, two-bedroom Ruby (pictured) and three-bedroom Lismore;

The beautiful exposed beams add to the warmth of the lodge’s interior. Photos: Oscar Hetherington

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Kaalene & Allan’s degustation

guide to Wānaka


Florence’s Foodstore & Café (corner Cardrona Valley and

Orchard roads) serves up Atomic Coffee. Their barista,

Keighley, gives a hug when it is needed (and allowed!) and

makes a mean flat white.

For Allpress coffee, head to Pembroke Patisserie

(20 Alison Avenue, Albert Town). You’ll be hard pressed to

resist a pastry… or two. The almond croissant is sublime!

If you want Supreme coffee, visit Kai Whakapai

(121 Ardmore Street). Look for Cam on the machine, he

works some serious magic with those beans.

Talented Bonnie at The Coffee Shack (75 Brownston

Street) will serve up some delicious Flight Coffee, extracted

to perfection!


For such a small place, we are full of


For cafés, Federal Diner (47

Helwick Street), Relishes Café (1/99

Ardmore Street), Ritual Espresso

Café (18 Helwick Street), Urban

Grind (72 Ardmore Street), Big Fig

(105 Ardmore Street) and Alchemy

(151 Ardmore Street) each offer

something a little different, but all

serve great food with a friendly smile

– and, later in the day, a brew or two.

If you are talking restaurants, KIKA

(2 Dunmore Street) has good, fresh,

original food – they just consistently

deliver and it would be our guests’

number one pick, as it is ours. Make

sure to book in advance.

The food is amazing at Ode (Post

Office Lane, 33 Ardmore Street)

too. We highly recommend their

‘test kitchen’ nights, at which you

can provide feedback on their new

experimental dishes. Certainly worth

making a reservation for.

Photo: Nanny Goat Vineyard Facebook


We’re a bit partial to the Super Nanny Pinot Noir, from Nanny

Goat Vineyard (68 Queensberry Terrace, Queensberry). It’s a

superstar in the making. We advise guests to go there because

it is a bit different. It is about a 10- to 15-minute drive to get

there, plus the winemaker is awesome and is usually there to

tell a story.

A lot of guests also go to Rippon winery (246 Wānaka-

Mount Aspiring Road) for breathtaking views while tasting the

fruits of local labour.

Of course, you have the Maude Tasting Room (76 Golf

Course Road), which is a lovely wee spot to have an awardwinning


Aitken’s Folly Vineyard (246 Riverbank Road) has lovely

wines and a great little rosé, if you’re quick enough to get it!


Rhyme and Reason Brewery

(17 Gordon Road), Ground Up

Brewing (4 Gordon Road), Wanaka

Beerworks (891 Wānaka-Luggate

Highway) and b.effect brewing co.

(60 Anderson Road) provide great

tasting experiences and personalities

that speak to the flavour of where

we live.

Notable mention: the diverse

tastings and platters at Pembroke

Wines & Spirits (24 Dungarvon

Street). Sam’s expertise about the

area’s beverages is impressive and

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The real


Kate Preece’s taste

buds journeyed to

Mexico via a food

trail led by Citlalli

Fernandez Anaya.

Photos Catherine


In a Wigram kitchen, Citlalli ‘Ally’

Fernandez Anaya tells tales of a

childhood in Mexico City, where food

has its place in the heart of the home.

Her six-person audience has come

together to absorb the lessons she

learnt alongside her grandmother,

mother and sister (now a Le Cordon

Bleu chef), and gain an understanding

of what authentic Mexican food is

really like.

“I cannot remember a time I have

not been in love with food,” says

Ally. “From the time I could reach my

grandmother’s and mother’s apron I

was on a stool in the kitchen making

masa [maize dough] for tortillas, an

everyday staple.”

Ally created Kahlo, her Mexican

cooking school, to pass on her

culinary secrets, off the back of

some rather successful Mexican

Independence Day celebrations.

Ally would spend days preparing

food in the kitchen in the leadup

to the annual event, which

saw her friends treated to a feast

that commemorated Mexico’s

independence from Spain. Being

able to present an evolving range

of dishes to households around

Christchurch seemed just the way to

extend the party.

With Mexican ingredients more

available than ever before, a good

supermarket is a Kiwi’s pantry for a

favourable range of dried and tinned

chillies, and the tomatillo that’s key to

a true salsa verde. Alongside frozen

chillies found at Asian supermarkets,

we have little excuse not to follow

Ally’s lead.

While Ally no longer feels the need

to bring food-filled suitcases back with

her from Mexico, she is very specific

about which ingredients are used –

particularly in the Tacos Al Pastor she

creates for us. If you haven’t found

achiote paste (a Mexican condiment

made from annatto seeds), do not

even consider making the pork

marinade that’s essential for this

recipe. Another sin would be to skip

topping the taco with pineapple.

Authenticity is key to what Kahlo is

all about. Ally’s classes offer a chance

to learn about the staples of Mexican

cuisine (chillies, lemon, lime, salt and

garlic) and how they work together

– not to create the Tex-Mex recipes

we are more used to consuming at

our ‘Mexican’ restaurants.

Take, for example, Ally’s signature

guacamole. It includes no tomato

or red onion. There is white onion

in the recipe, but it’s blended, not

diced, into a smooth dip that has

extra silkiness due to its milk content.

We can all attest to its taste – chips

were constantly diving into the

moreish green mix as the rest of the

menu unfolded over the course of

the evening.

My favourite dish was the grand

finale to our night of Mexican street

food. Corn cobs were boiled in a

mix of herbs and spices, before being

coated in lashings of mayonnaise,

rolled in grated white cheese, and

sprinkled with cayenne pepper. It was

not only delicious, but brought to life

Ally’s anecdotes – the real seasoning

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With a view that could be gazed at all day, Pete Barham wanted to make sure

this was actually possible – from any room in the house.

Words Shelley Robinson Photos Simon Larkin Photography

ABOVE: The holiday home has an expansive view of Lake Wānaka, including

Ruby Island and the mountains, which is visible from most rooms.

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A perfect design for a holiday home,

where the lure of the water

will prove to be too much to leave

those kayaks in storage over winter.

ABOVE: In Wānaka, views come with wind. The house wraps around the central courtyard to enable outdoor living all year round.

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t was a build led by the view. The expanse of

Lake Wānaka beckoned from the north, with

Ruby Island beautifully picture-framed by the

distant mountains. It would have been a shame

for those who dwelt within the house not to be

able to see it from every room, so architectural

designer Pete Barham made it happen.

Where traditionally there may have been

walls, Pete and the client decided there

needed to be three-metre floor-to-ceiling

windows in order to encapsulate the view.

This means there is a bit of wizardry going

on – you can see right through the dwelling,

from the hidden lounge area at the back of the

house through to the central courtyard and

the front living room, out to the stage that is

Lake Wānaka.

It’s a marvel for the unlearned, but, according

to Pete, it makes good architectural common


“You don’t want to be hidden from it

[the view]; you want to arrange the building

around these things in order to have the view

throughout. The east, west and south views are

nondescript, with large retaining walls and other

houses, so you have to do what you can to

look out to that north view,” he says.

“A lot of structure and work has gone into

the front elevation to make sure it’s totally

glazed so every room and every space within

the house can see the view.”

The external use of materials also seems

to build on that view. The cold, solid metal

exterior alludes to the mountains and the

stillness of the lake, while the cedar timber

cladding brings in the warmth of the natural

environment. The cedar softens the places

where you may engage with the building: the

central courtyard and the battens near the front


“The battens to the entry tie it into the

ground and create a bit of separation from the

outdoor living,” says Pete.

A perfect design for a holiday home, where

the lure of the water will prove to be too much

to leave those kayaks in storage over winter.

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Pete Barham of Open Architecture


Christie Brothers Building


Nigel Harwood, Engineering Consultant




304m² – four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two

lounge areas, hallway and dining area.


Otago/Southland ADNZ Resene Architectural

Design Awards 2020 highly commended


“A corridor runs the length of the house, north to

south, with a full height window at the northern

end of it. The intent was for that window to pick up

Ruby Island front and centre. It is not until you get a

timber frame on site and scaffolding down that you

can really assess that and make sure you’ve got what

you want.

“And I really enjoyed the process of working

with the clients and builders. Ideas were challenged

– we bounced off each other and that saw the

thinking grow. At the early concept stage, you want

engagement; you don’t want someone to say yes if

they don’t mean it.”


“Though it is a large site, the developers had built

schist retaining walls to the north of this site and

the south, which dictated the driveway position and

reduced the buildable area. Ultimately we were

working with a tight building platform. What we have

built is quite an achievement.”

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OPPOSITE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Pete designed the home so the view could be seen even from the hidden rear lounge area, by placing

ceiling-to-floor windows through three areas; The hallway was designed to have a view of Ruby Island; The view from the front living room.

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The answer to this is: do you want

nature to help you out with seed

germination? Yes. Of course you do, so

autumn, with its rain showers, is going

to be the best time.

The two things that grass seeds

need to germinate are warmth and

moisture. You want rainwater rather

than a baking sun that will dry out the

seeds and soil, but you don’t want it

to be too cold. Now is, on balance,

the best time.

Turf it

You can also lay an instant turf lawn,

often called ready lawn. As with

seeds, these huge rolls of turf come

in different varieties. Some use coarse

grasses, which could be great if you just

want to mow a strip for the kids to kick

balls around on. Look for a fine fescue

or a browntop if you want to lie on the

lawn in summer with a long drink.


Don’t mow your new lawn as soon

as you see that green glow where once

there was just soil. Wait until it has grown

to at least 5cm so the root system has

had time to develop. After that, use

sharp blades and set your mower to

the highest level. You can gradually lower

this level as the grass settles in.

Don’t walk on the new lawn until

the grass is well established.

This includes dogs. How do you teach

them this? I don’t know.


Perfectionists will have started their lawn

planning in summer by spraying the area

thoroughly. After waiting patiently for the weeds

to die off and regrow, another spray takes place.

That way they are ensuring a good start to a

weed-free lawn. If you missed the memo to do

this, you can get busy spraying now. It takes two

to three weeks for the weeds to die off.

Raking and rolling is the name of the game here.

Remove the dead plants then rotary hoe or just

rake the area (depending on the lawn’s size) to

smooth the soil out. Then, compact the ground

with a roller or your boots. Water the soil.


Sow seed on a fine day at the rate set out on the pack.

Scatter seed by swinging your arm in one direction, then

turn 90 degrees and repeat. That way you should get an

even distribution.

At this point you can scatter lawn mix or lawn builder

lightly on top. Rake the bed lightly to make sure the seed

is covered. Then, it’s a matter of watering. Often. Regularly.

Keep the soil moist on a daily basis during the crucial

germination period. Try to avoid making puddles with the

water from your hose or sprinkler as this can move the lawn

seed around.

Moist soil brings up the worms. Worms attract blackbirds.

Blackbirds seem to encourage sparrows. Watch out for

these birds eating your precious seeds. I put a net over the

seed, raised up on posts so the birds can’t reach the seed.

You’ll need this net and posts if you have a cat, too.


The idea is to make sure your patch of soon-to-be-lawn

doesn’t dry out until the grass has become established. After

the seed has germinated, you can water less frequently. But

now you have to water for longer each time. Think of the

roots growing. At first you wanted water on the surface

to encourage germination of the seed, but now you want

the roots to grow down in search of moisture, making for

longer, stronger, deeper roots.


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What’s your extraction?

With delivery of whiteware taking as long as six months due to Covid-19,

now is the time to get ordering. Interior designer Michelle Laming takes a look at

extraction systems to help guide your buying.

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In the kitchen, most of us know

how we like to cook – be it gas or

induction. We also know what oven

size and design of refrigeration we

are expecting to install. Remember

that at the end of the day, a kitchen

is a kitchen and it will encompass the

typical elements – no matter how

elaborate the design.

Extraction systems are sometimes

the least alluring but one of the most

important elements in a kitchen.


The supply of whiteware and

kitchenware is at an all-time low due

to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

It is now commonplace to wait

six months or so for goods, as

manufacturing has been severely

impacted due to problems with

sourcing supplies from overseas. I

would highly recommend ordering as

soon as possible.

Air extraction or recirculation?

The air extraction system (ducting) uses aluminium filters

to absorb all the grease, which can be washed in warm

soapy water when cleaning is required. If you are just using

aluminium filters then you will need a ducting kit for the

cooker canopy to send the air outside.

The air recirculation method also uses aluminium filters

to absorb the grease, but the air is then passed through a

carbon/charcoal filter to clean it before the clean air is then

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The canopy fits neatly on

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They come in a wide range

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Integrated cooker hoods attach to

the front of the hood unit, while built-in

models have the chimney

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Hide it away

If you don’t have space for a traditional option or simply

don’t like the sight of them, there are solutions available.

A downdraft extractor slots into your kitchen worktop,

rising up at the touch of a button, as and when it’s required.

It is ventilated through the wall to an outdoor zone.

Updraft extractors are mounted flush to the ceiling and

controlled remotely. They are visually effective for those

who don’t like anything above the benchtop.

Going big

Kitchen island hoods are big in

size and in cost. But if you have

the space for a kitchen island and

you are planning on doing all the

cooking on it, then you are going

to need an island hood.

Cylinder wall and island hoods

are quite streamlined and look

rather attractive – some of them

feature built-in lights to give your

kitchen some ambience once the

cooking is complete.

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52 Style | Beauty

Tried and tested

The Style team trial the latest beauty products.






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I found this was a light and

refreshing spritz to freshen

up my face and body. It was

especially helpful after I’d been

for my lunchtime walk and

needed to freshen up. The

fragrance came through ever

so slightly but not enough to

be overpowering. A handy

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Bulldog Original Stubble Moisturiser 100ml

A stubble moisturiser is not something I would have ever thought

I needed, but as it turns out, it has been an excellent product to

use, especially post-shave when my skin feels raw and sensitive. The

ingredients include camelina oil, green tea and aloe vera, which all

work in unison to soothe the skin without the common side-effects

of dryness or flakiness.

I don’t tend to grow my beard particularly long, but what’s there is

left soft to the touch with no sticky residue and with a natural, nonoverpowering

scent. A little goes a long way and it’s super-quick to

apply so it’s unlikely to add time or hassle to your daily routine.

Even my hands feel comfortable and moisturised after use. A

welcome bonus.

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LuluRose Cosmetics

Clio – Peachy Nude Lipstick

Now, I know what you’re thinking

– coral is a shade that sparks fear, and

I’ll admit to feeling a bit of trepidation.

But this shade was very complementary

to my skin tone and didn’t scream ‘nana

at the family wedding’ (where you’re left

with an apricot hue smeared on your

cheek from a big smooch).

This formula is so silky and moistening

to the lips that it’s delightful to apply.

Admittedly, the wear is like a sheer

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around the office – with a quick

reapplication, you’re good to go.

I also value that this product is

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is experiencing a re-established

relationship with Kiwi brands and

actively looking to support local.

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Bondi Sands Pure Self

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Well, here’s a game changer – for me

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(To be honest, I haven’t mastered

the art of applying a foaming solution

to my face without it looking like I’ve

been in a mud bath.) But then this

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56 Style | Wellbeing


It may all turn into a bit of an indulgence haze this month – two long

weekends plus the school holidays. But naturopath Deanna Copland

has it in hand for you with these tips.

It’s that time of the year.

We have two long

weekends, with Easter

(cue chocolate) and then

Anzac Day, where we not

only observe the holiday

but tend to luxuriate and

treat ourselves. And then

come the school holidays.

Phew. So you may find

yourself in a bit of an

indulgence haze over the

next month. Here are

some tips to help you

keep the balance.

Chocolate that satisfies

If, like me, you love chocolate,

choose something that is really

good quality, perhaps a dark

option. Dark chocolate is an

acquired taste, but it satisfies you

much sooner without the need

to overindulge. Ideally, something

with at least 70 per cent dark

cocoa is great because it has the

added bonus of antioxidants.

Higher levels of cocoa have also

been shown to lower blood

pressure. As a rule, never eat

chocolate on an empty stomach

as this will cause havoc with your

blood sugar levels for the rest of

the day. And remember, ultimately

everything is fine in moderation.

Style | Wellbeing 57

Back to the table

If reaching or maintaining a healthy

weight is something on your mind,

here are a few tips to stay on track.

The conditions will never be perfect

– there will always be busy periods,

trips away, and so on – so making

good choices the majority of the time

pays off. Just remember the tale of

the tortoise and the hare: slow and

steady wins the race.

Television is so distracting that

it makes it harder to realise when

we’re actually satiated – in addition

to commercials of unhealthy food

and drinks increasing our cravings.

A study in The American Journal of

Clinical Nutrition says paying attention

while eating can aid weight loss

efforts, while distracted eating can

lead to a long-term increase in food

consumption. Try to go back to

basics and sit at a dining table or

breakfast bar to make the mealtime

about the meal. Sitting upright with

a long spine also helps your digestive

organs to function properly.

Hard to ignore

Buy a fruit bowl and place it in a prominent spot on your

benchtop. You’re more likely to grab fruits and veges over less

healthy options if they’re ready to eat and in sight. We know that

eating seven to nine servings of fresh fruit and veges daily helps to

reduce the waistline and meet our daily fibre requirements. Keep

washed and prepared veges like cucumbers, celery sticks, peppers,

sugar snap peas and carrots in the front of the fridge so they aren’t

overlooked. Bananas, apples, pears, oranges and cherry tomatoes

fare well as sweet snacks and should be kept on the counter

where everyone can see them. Aim to have about two pieces of

fresh fruit each day and then as many veges as desired.

Be boring

Repetition builds rhythm. Be boring. Those on a successful weight

loss journey have just a couple of go-to healthy breakfasts or

snacks. This might be a smoothie with plant protein powder,

frozen berries, baby spinach and almond milk; scrambled eggs with

mushrooms and tomato; or perhaps overnight oats soaked with

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58 Style | Wellbeing

Flat or fizz it?

Choose to drink water little and often, and avoid

juice and fizzy drinks. A study published in the

journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice aimed

to see whether it could be the carbonation in

soft drinks, rather than the sugar, that explains

the link between soft drinks and obesity.

Overall, the study found that rats which drank

diet or regular fizzy drinks ate more and gained

more weight over six months than rats that

drank flat soft drinks or water. The weight gain

was associated with increased production of the

appetite hormone ghrelin, which is produced by

both rodents and humans.

The researchers then looked at the effects of

carbonated drinks in young men and found they

also had higher blood ghrelin levels after drinking

fizzy drinks than after flat soda or water.

Obesity is caused by multiple environmental,

social and lifestyle factors (rather than

carbonation on its own), but this is one factor

we can address by easily switching fizzy drinks

to water.

Homemade Fruit

and Nut Chocolate


½ cup coconut oil, melted

2 Tbsp cacao butter * , melted

¼ cup nut butter, such as almond butter

cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped

cup raisins

3 Tbsp cacao powder

2 Tbsp maple syrup/rice malt syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

small pinch of salt


1. Mix all ingredients together and pour into a tin

lined with baking paper.

2. Pop into the fridge for at least one hour to set.


Cacao butter is optional but helps it to set better

Quad it

Move your body, especially when you have

some time. Interestingly, low thigh muscle mass

(quadriceps) is linked with insulin resistance, so

activities like hill walking, swimming, lunges and

squats are particularly beneficial for improving

diabetes risk factors, as well as the waistline.

Style | Promotion 59

It seems you have been creating something from the

heart of late. Tell us about your latest offering, Mapu.

Yes, it takes time and a lot of courage to start something

very, very different. But it pays off. I had that when I

opened Roots – you need to be very persistent with

what you are doing.

I was looking at opening a bigger restaurant after

Roots, but Covid happened and I’m glad I didn’t. It was

also becoming obvious to me the restaurant system was

not working because it is dependent on so many things.

You can have passion and will, but still be dependent on

the landlord giving you a good price, on produce prices,

staff, customers and tourists – too many things. I didn’t

want to do anything like that anymore, but I knew there

were still people in Christchurch who love to go out

and eat.

Photo: Charlotte Clements

A different


After closing his award-winning

Lyttelton restaurant Roots, Giulio

Sturla decided to pare everything right

back to a new style of dining that

embraces what he loves – without

giving him a ‘headache’.

See Giulio Sturla at The Christchurch Food Show

April 9-11, Christchurch Arena.

So, you started exploring other ways of operating?

Yes, I asked, ‘Why are we being so dependent on all

this? Why do we continue to have this headache?’ We

know things will not change, so we need to change the

mentality around it – it was as simple as that. So I created

Mapu with a totally different mentality, but still centred

on making people happy and giving them an incredible

experience and incredible product. Mapu is a six-person

restaurant, but I call it a ‘test kitchen’. It is one table so

it is very different to what people think a restaurant is

– even the word doesn’t fit what I am doing. It is more

of a private experience in the kitchen with one person

operating it.

You seem to have a real connection to the

environment and ingredients around you?

The ingredients are one thing, but the people who

look after the ingredients are the important part. I love

relationships with people – if there is anything that

will save you when things are bad, it is sharing a good

conversation and cup of coffee with someone.

I’m using 100 per cent New Zealand ingredients. I

make my food with whatever I have here. We can’t

go anywhere else so let’s enjoy what we have here

– elevate it to the point of being a superstar. It is

about celebrating what we have here, and this is the

opportunity we have been presented with Covid.

What have you been experimenting with lately?

I’m focusing a lot on fermentation. I love to study the

chemistry and science behind cooking. For me, soy sauce

is very important and so I looked into how I can make

my own. I love creating flavour – looking at all cultures

but creating flavour with New Zealand products, using

pāua, clams, kina, crayfish; things that nobody thought

could be done. And that is the uniqueness of my menu.

What can we expect to see from you at The

Christchurch Food Show?

I want to create a few dishes that are very simple with

local produce, but will create such a memory that it stays

in your mind. I don’t want you to tell me this is good; I

want you to tell me you will never forget this flavour.

60 Style | Food

Photo: Sarah Burtscher

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Lemon Mistakes Cookies

To help you out these school holidays when your children look like they

are ready to utter the ‘b’ word, Sarah Burtscher and her daughter

Edie share a recipe they developed together.

When mum was developing her cookbook project

during last year’s Level 4 Covid-19 lockdown, I

decided I wanted to do some baking, too.

I thought we had plenty of cornflakes to get through

and decided that making Afghan biscuits would be

yum. Mum pretty much said, “Go for it,” and then

went to hang out the washing or something.

But as I was creaming the butter, I realised we had

no cornflakes or cocoa powder left, as well as no

walnuts for the decoration on top! I thought, ‘Uh oh.’

But mum came back in and said, “Don’t worry; we’ll

just make something up.”

I made the biscuit base and we added in extra

flour to make up for the cocoa powder, and then we

made the icing using lemon juice. I was a little sceptical

at first, but it turns out they are super tasty with a

delicious and zesty lemon crunch.

– Edie Burtscher, 12

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200g butter

½ cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 Weet-Bix, crushed

(or 1½ cups cornflakes)

1¼ cups plain flour


1 cup icing sugar

1 lemon (juice and zest)

1 tsp water (approx.)


1. Preheat oven to 180°C.

2. Cream butter and sugar

until it is light and fluffy.

3. Beat in vanilla essence.

4. Stir in flour.

5. Gently fold in the Weet-

Bix (or cornflakes).

6. Place spoonfuls of the

mixture onto a greased

or lined oven tray, and

press down gently with

a fork.

7. Bake for 15 minutes

or until set.

8. Wait until the cookies are

cold before icing. Mix all

icing ingredients in a bowl,

being careful not to add

too much water. It needs

to be spreadable, but

not runny.

9. Ice the cookies – we put

on lots of icing!

62 Style | Drink

Treat me

Kate Preece enjoys the spoils

from her birthday, and a glass

from someone else’s.

must say, 2021 was a good birthday year

I for me. No, it wasn’t a significant number,

but it was just one of those wonderful days

different enough to mark it as the special

day it deserves to be. And, of course, who

can complain when the end result sees

more gin to enjoy.

Kelp me

I first tried the Isle of Harris gin at the Christchurch

Gindulgence festival some years ago, and it was a winner

from the first sip. Distilled in Tarbert, on Scotland’s Outer

Hebrides, it’s the locally sourced, hand-picked sugar kelp

seaweed that will pique a gin fancier’s interest.

Smooth and balanced, the citrus notes don’t dominate

this dry gin. I didn’t have a grapefruit to hand, but I

appreciate it would be a good way to drink it.

For those who like a good-looking bottle, it gets the

tick, with enough finesse to garner a reaction simply by

putting it on the table.

Hold the lime, caller

An established Tanqueray fan, I was unsure

messing with this recipe could be a good

thing, even with a high-roller ingredient such

as lime. I imagined that Tanqueray Rangpur

had an injection of fake lime essence, which

isn’t exactly fair, and instead I found myself

going back for more.

The drop takes its name from the rangpur

lime – a mandarin-orange-citron hybrid that

looks like a mandarin but is as zesty as a lime.

The result? It’s going to give you more of a hit

than a slice of lime in your glass, yet it boosts

the taste like the real deal.

No. 3 revisited

This one has me slightly baffled. I have tried the No. 3

before, but it arrived in a different bottle – and what’s

inside seems a cut above. Today’s bottle is clear (not

green), still brandishes the stuck-on key and comes with

a bevy of awards – the ‘world’s best’ four times at the

International Spirits Challenge, with the distiller, Dr David

Clutton, described as the “only man to hold a PhD in gin”.

When poured today, I can appreciate its accolades and

know anyone after a classic drop will find this smooth,

uncomplicated and satisfying.




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64 Style | Read

The book nook

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



Half Life

Jillian Cantor

(Simon & Schuster, $35)

A sliding-doors reimagining of the passionate life of the

first woman to win the Nobel Prize – and the life Marie

Curie might have led if she had chosen love over science.

In 1891, Marie Curie was engaged to mathematician,

Kazimierz Zorawski. But when his mother insisted she

was too poor and not good enough, he broke off the

engagement. Eventually, Marie Curie would go on to

change the course of science forever. But what if Marie

had married Kazimierz and never attended the Sorbonne

or discovered radium?

Two Shakes of

a Lamb’s Tail:

The Diary of a Country Vet

Danielle Hawkins

(HarperCollins, $37.99)

The funny, illuminating diary of a year

in the life of a New Zealand farm vet. From calving cows

to constipated dogs, weddings to weaning lambs, each

season brings new challenges and delights. Sometimes it’s

exhausting – but it’s almost always a lot of fun.


Carl Hiaasen

(Pan Macmillan, $18)

Roy Eberhardt despised having to move

to Florida. New school. New friends. New

bullies. Dana Matherson, the biggest bully in

Florida, constantly has a bone to pick with

Roy and will do anything to snag a pack of


One Monday morning, Dana ambushes

Roy on the bus and smooshes Roy’s face

into the window. There Roy sees a boy, but

no ordinary boy. This boy has no shoes, no

backpack, and if this boy was going to school

he’d probably be sent back home to change.

Roy couldn’t stop thinking about the

running boy all day. He had to investigate.

Along with Beatrice Leep, Roy uncovers more

secrets about the boy than you’d think.

My favourite character is Beatrice Leep,

because she’s a bit like a Cadbury Dairy

Milk Caramello in some ways – hard on the

outside and soft on the inside; strong and

tough, as well as kind-hearted and friendly.

– Ava Preece, age 10





The Husband’s Secret

Liane Moriarty (Pan Macmillan)

This is a good book to start you reading again.

Between busy schedules, children and housework,

the story is captivating enough to make you find

time to read. Discover the husband’s secret,

which unfolds from a letter that wasn’t supposed

to be read until after he died.

– Sandra Tuckwell

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Land: How the Hunger

for Ownership Shaped

the Modern World

Simon Winchester

(HarperCollins, $39.99)

This is a fascinating view of how we are attached to

land and how societies have accepted the concept of

land ownership.

Bestselling author Simon Winchester takes us

across the globe, from the transition of communal

land to individual ownership – changes brought

about by kings, queens, invaders, colonisers and

governments. The effects of mass appropriation

of land, former and current relocation of peoples,

pollution and climate change are considered – and,

with particular relevance for New Zealanders, it

looks at “Māori approaches to the guardianship and

preservation of land”.

– Neville Templeton, Piccadilly Bookshop

Perfection: The Life and

Times of Sir William


Earle Brown and

Michael F. Klaassen

(Mary Egan Publishing, $39.99)

Sir William ‘Bill’ Manchester was born and raised in

Waimate and trained in medicine at the University

of Otago. After graduating, he volunteered with

the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps

during World War II and undertook further training

in England. After the war he was instrumental in

establishing plastic surgery units at Burwood and

Middlemore, developing a world-wide reputation.

This biography will appeal to members of the

medical profession and defence forces, past and

present – and particularly those interested in plastic

surgery and the setting up of units at Burwood and

Middlemore. A good local history for those with

Canterbury and Otago connections.

– Helen Templeton, Piccadilly Bookshop


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66 Style | Travel

Where in the world?

We can’t help but think of faraway places, planning for travels yet to come.

Do you know the destination we’re dreaming about this month?


• Traditional fare includes

apple dessert Gâche Mélée

(pronounced Gosh Mel-are),

and Ormer Casserole – a dish

made from abalone found on

its shores.

• Known for its beach resorts

and stunning soaring coastal

cliffs, it is a self-governing

British Crown dependency.

• On the island there is a place

called Le Creux ès Faies – a

megalithic passage tomb dated

between 3000 and 2500BC. It

is affectionately known as the

entrance to the fairy kingdom

in island folklore.

ANSWER: Guernsey

68 Style | Travel

The wild road trip

Pristine beaches alongside incredible coastal scenery and penguin watching

makes Otago Harbour a memorable school holiday road trip.

Words Peter Janssen

In recent years the

Otago Peninsula

has gained a

reputation as one of

New Zealand’s best

and more accessible

areas in which to

see wildlife such as

penguins, seals and

seabirds. However,

the peninsula and

the harbour are an

area of outstanding

natural beauty in their

own right, and all

within a short drive of

Dunedin city.

Getting there

Both sides of the harbour

are easily accessible from

central Dunedin. However,

the peninsula is hilly and steep,

and the roads correspondingly

winding and often very narrow.

Sealed for the most part, some

roads around the Hoopers and

Papanui inlets are gravel. The

road out to the albatross colony

can, at times, be very busy.

ABOVE: View from Mount Cargill, showing Otago Harbour and Otago Peninsula.

Style | Travel 69

Mount Cargill and the Organ Pipes

To drive to the top of Mount Cargill from the city

centre, travel north on Great King Street and follow

Pine Hill Road to Cowan Road, which then continues

to the top; a distance of 10km. This last section of

road is very rough.

Looming over Dunedin from the north, 676-metre

Mount Cargill is very exposed and often shrouded

in cloud, creating a unique subalpine environment

on the summit just a short drive away from the

city. While there is a road to the top (very rough

on the final section), the best way to experience

Mount Cargill is by foot via the Organ Pipes. This

two-hour return walk is not difficult (most of the

climbing is in the first 15 minutes) and the track

winds through fine bush, ferns and mosses. What

look like carefully shaped steps are in fact natural

formations of broken rock from the Organ Pipes.

The mountain is part of the rim of a volcano

and the Pipes are basalt rocks that have been

shaped into very precise geometric forms during

the cooling process. The views from the top

are superb. If you want to walk to the top then

follow North Road in the North East Valley until

it eventually morphs into Mount Cargill Road, a

distance of 8km. The car park is 3km from here on

the left, but there is very limited parking space.

Sunset over Port Chalmers and Mount Cargill.


From the city centre take SH 88 to

Port Chalmers and then continue

following the coast on the Aramoana

Road to the end; a distance of 25km.

Essentially, Aramoana is a large

sandbar protecting the sheltered

waters of the Otago Harbour from

the open sea. Facing the ocean

is a wide sweep of white sand

broken by the long breakwater,

constructed to stop the harbour

channel from silting up. Directly

opposite Taiaroa Head, Aramoana

is a good spot to watch albatross

in flight (binoculars will come in

very handy), and fur seals and

blue penguins are not uncommon

on the beach. Just inside the

breakwater, a track and boardwalk

lead through the wide tidal salt

marshes, home to numerous

wading birds including godwits in

the summer months.

Aramoana Beach and Heyward Point.

70 Style | Travel

Royal Albatross, Taiaroa Head Reserve

From Dunedin take the Portobello Road 19km east; at

Portobello, continue east for a further 12km on Harington

Point Road to the very end.

The site of an unusual mainland colony of northern

royal albatross, there are albatross at Taiaroa Head all

year round, although numbers vary considerably. There

is also a blue penguin colony at the centre. The best

time to view the birds is from December to February,

and you are more likely to see them on the wing when

the weather is rough and windy. The only access to the

colony is by guided tour, and bookings are recommended

as this is a very popular spot to visit. While the albatross

are the undoubted stars of the show, the reserve is home

to another 11 bird species, including the rare Stewart

Island shag.

Views from the Royal Albatross Centre.

Otago Peninsula

Like Banks Peninsula in Canterbury, Otago Harbour is the

drowned crater of a large ancient volcano formed during the

Miocene epoch between 13 and 10 million years ago. The

rugged peaks surrounding the harbour are the relics of the

old crater rim, and the basalt columns at the Organ Pipes

on Mount Cargill and the Pyramids in the Okia Reserve are

graphic reminders of this region’s turbulent geological past.

On the peninsula itself, the highest peak is Mount Charles

(408 metres) near Allans Beach and on the mainland Mount

Cargill reaches over 600 metres. Two shallow inlets on the

southern side of the peninsula are a haven for aquatic birds,

while the undeveloped beaches are famed for wildlife such

as seals and penguins.

The Penguin Place

The Penguin Place is 1km from the albatross

colony on Harington Point Road.

Otago Peninsula is home to both blue and

yellow-eyed/hoiho penguins, but in recent

years the popularity of penguin watching

has placed undue stress on the birds with

visitors unintentionally diminishing the

very wildlife they come to see. There

is a viewing hide at Sandfly Bay near

Sandymount, and little blues come ashore

at Pilots Beach just below the albatross

colony. However, an alternative is to visit

the Penguin Place. A working farm with a

colony of rare yellow-eyed penguins as well

as some blues, the Penguin Place offers a

one-and-a-half-hour tour of the breeding

colony, with specially constructed hides

that permit very close viewing of these

stand-offish birds that prefer to keep their

distance from neighbours by nesting in thick

scrub. The Penguin Place has substantially

replanted the dunes, and while the

replanting takes hold, they have provided

private nesting boxes for the birds. Groups

comprise no more than 15 people, and if

there are no penguins the tours don’t go.

Only afternoon and early evening viewings

are available in winter, with all-day tours

from October to Easter; chicks can be seen

November to February.

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Okia Reserve, Victory Beach

Return towards Portobello village and after 9km

turn left into Weir Road. Follow this road, which

is gravel but in reasonable condition, 5km to

the end.

This large coastal reserve comprises an

extensive area of dune, wetland and a pristine

beach, wide open to the Southern Ocean

and about as wild as it gets on the Otago

Peninsula. The dunes behind the beach are

nesting grounds for both hoiho and little blue

penguins and a resting area for Hooker’s

sea lions. Easily camouflaged in the scrubcovered

dunes, be aware that the sea lions

can be quite aggressive and dangerous when

disturbed. The volcanic origin of the Pyramids,

two aptly named small hills guarding the

approach to the coast, is evidenced by the

geometric basalt columns on the seaward side

of the smaller pyramid (similar to the Organ

Pipes on Mount Cargill). There is a short

scramble to the top of the smaller pyramid

that gives a lovely view over the dune country.


Return to Portobello village, but instead of heading back

to Dunedin along the coast veer left into Highcliff Road,

which runs along the spine of the peninsula. After 5km

turn left into Sandymount Road and continue 4km to the

car park. Watch for loose sand over the road.

As the name suggests, Sandymount consists of windblown

sand driven up from Sandfly Bay to cover the

rocky summit that rises to 319 metres. A rough track

leads up from the car park to the top, with spectacular

views south to Nugget Point and north to Moeraki

and a glimpse of Dunedin city. However, the area is

best known for the Chasm and Lover’s Leap, dramatic

coastal cliffs over 200 metres high, both reached by

a short easy walk. The Chasm is a huge slash in the

hillside dropping to a rock base and beyond that to

the sea, while at Lover’s Leap a sheer cliff face plunges

to a large sea arch. From both lookout points the

views along the high cliffs on the southern coast of the

peninsula are fantastic, but in windy weather it can be

very exposed so come prepared.

Karetai Trig Lookout

Continue west along Highcliff Road towards Dunedin and

after 5.5km turn left into Centre Road. Follow Centre Road

for 3km and turn left into Tomahawk Road. The track to

the trig starts at the end of Tomahawk Road.

A steady uphill trudge through farmland leads to a

clifftop trig with excellent views west over the city

beaches: Smaills, Tomahawk, St Kilda and St Clair. Far to

the south lies Nugget Point, and to the east along the

coast dramatic sheer-faced cliffs descend into a rugged

sea. This is a good spot to watch seabirds wheeling far

below along the wave-lashed cliffs, while offshore is the

tiny and appropriately named Bird Island.

Sandfly Bay

Return to Highcliff Road and turn left, and

after 1km turn left again into Seal Point Road

and continue 2km to the very end.

Taking its name not from the bloodsucking

insect but from the exposed nature of

the coast that has driven sand high on to

Sandymount, this beautiful, wide, white-sand

beach is flanked by steep cliffs at either end,

while offshore lie several small rock stacks.

Yellow-eyed penguins nest in the extensive

dunes and seals are common on the beach.

You can also walk from Sandymount to

Sandfly Bay (pictured) in under an hour.

Extract from A New

Zealander’s Guide

to Touring Natural

New Zealand: 47

Spectacular Road

Trips by Peter

Janssen, photography

by Andrew Fear,

published by New

Holland Publishers

New Zealand, out

now. RRP $39.99.






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