The south island lifestyle magazine
I’m YOURS | september 2021
the People. The PLACES. ThE TRENDS.
Life in style
Advice from fashionista
When life gives
"There's always something going on to help
people get together and do things."
Maureen, Myrtle and Sybil, Ryman residents
Visitors to Ryman villages often say they can’t
quite put their finger on it, but it just feels different.
Something to do with the energy of the people
and the way they interact. We know what they’re
talking about. It’s a genuine reflection of the
community that exists in our villages, and one
example of how we’re pioneering a new way
of living for a new retirement generation.
There are 11 Ryman villages throughout the
South Island. To find the village that's right
for you, give us a call on 0800 279 626
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Buy good, live green, speak up, make
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This year, Nudie Jeans became GOTS certified
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chain’s water data and CO2 emissions and invested
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repairs and sales of secondhand products, but even
so, they managed to repair 45,900 pairs in total
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“Fun and incredibly
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Light hearted and funny! Antoinette, a school
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The Abundant Garden has simple, reliable
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Do you know what day it is? If you do, some semblance of
normality must have been restored.
Level 4 lockdown was a Groundhog Day reality in our
household, with little to distinguish one day from the next
– though we did try.
We went for walks, had Zoom meetings, baked biscuits,
watched MasterChef and, then, did it all again.
On one day in particular, though, we made a concerted
effort to mix things up. On August 25, our daughter, Ava,
We cancelled work, skipped home school and ate a doublelayered
lemon cake. Friends sent videos, called and did their
best to virtually be there, while my husband recreated the
crispy duck pancake meal we would have ordered – sides,
entrées and all – at her favourite Chinese restaurant.
It was a fantastic day. It was a Wednesday Ava will
remember, lockdown and all.
In times of such uncertainty, it’s important to take the wins
– every day. And, repeat.
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In this issue
74 WIN WITH STYLE
Designer bag hire & more
21 HAIR TODAY,
Facing up to the issue of
women’s hair loss
27 SUCCESSFUL STILL
Caroline Sills’ fashion brand
is stitched together by family
33 STYLIST WITH A HEART
Lou Heller empowers us to
ditch the self-loathing
46 SCULPTURE BY SEA
A peek at two artworks to
feature on the Peninsula
64 BOOK NOOK
New releases & the winner
of our reader reviews
67 BACK ON DECK
Travel by cruise ship, even
in our changing world
72 SEE BE SEEN
Were you at this soirée?
What did you do during
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60 REGIONAL TREASURES
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36 SPRING LOOK BOOK
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38 RACE DAY RUNWAY
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53 MORE SLEEPIES PLEASE
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62 WE TRIED IT
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The first juniper berry-flavoured sip always goes down nicely.
Regardless of your day’s pursuits, Queenstown’s first
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Having opened a month ago, we hear the hosted tastings,
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It’s exciting to see what Sacha Vee’s SOLE Music Academy (14 Wise
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This spring’s SOLE Speaker Series features tips
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music theory and the music business.
Just in case
Cell phones are slippery and end
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of your handbag, under your car
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mouth. So when Style designer
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recently, she made sure to get a
protective add-on. “I discovered
a cool Karen Walker phone case
which I treated myself to – it’s super
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Coming from the West Coast,
it’s apt that the Little Biddy Gin
– Cask Aged (Port) is a rich gold
colour (thanks to being rested in
an oak cask). Distiller Beth Scott,
of Reefton Distilling Co., is behind
the limited release with its vapour
infusion of 13 botanicals, many
of which are foraged from the
nearby rainforest. We say chinchin
to hints of spiced fruit cake,
maple, citrus, cloves and cinnamon.
Phub (verb): ignore (one’s companion
or companions) in order to pay
attention to one’s phone or other
mobile device. Have you been phubbed?
Well, now you’ve got a name for it.
Our designer Rodney’s sure known a
few phubbers in his time!
“One morning, frozen after netball and in need of sustenance, we
rushed to Grater Goods (105 Orbell Street, Christchurch). I like
that the bistro and its neighbour, Junk & Disorderly, are housed
in a converted old glass factory. We didn’t know it was vegan so,
like visitors to the moon, we trepidatiously sipped hot drinks made
of coconut and oat milk, and marvelled at how the bagel’s shaved
carrot and filling really did look like salmon and cream cheese!
Marco greeted us newbies with a warm smile and seated us on the
mezzanine, where we could people watch to our heart’s content.”
– Anna Wallace, deputy editor
Nice and natural
Most of us have worn a good
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past the Ecoprotect face masks
from Untouched World. Reusing
his pleat face mask ($19.95) from
the last lockdown, Gary says
the merino and organic cotton
fabric makes him “feel and look
nice” when venturing on a big
trip out to the supermarket.
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“Halfway through Level 4 I finished my one library book. Out
of desperation, I found I could access free ebooks on the
Christchurch City Libraries site (my.christchurchcitylibraries.com).
I started on April Ieremia’s April Loses It: Lose 30 Kilos in 30
Weeks. Having eaten my way through each lockdown,
it seemed a good choice. I’m booked in for the Sotheby’s
Queenstown 10km, and it would be nice to run lighter.”
– Anna Wallace, deputy editor
“My mother-in-law, Marie, was the best thing about lockdown
for our clan. Breakfast was served every morning at 8 on
the dot – poached eggs on crumpets with home fries, smoothies,
bacon and pikelets with maple syrup! She did the
chores while we worked and was a great laugh!”
– Gary Condon, account manager
Slice of heaven
“As well as making the crowd-favourite lolly
cake with my two preschoolers (see Style
Instagram), I also decided to give a recipe
shared by All Caked Up by Lisa, a crack.
‘Pinky Bar Slice’ – how could I not?
I’m a huge fan of her work. Lisa makes
amazing cakes (we even had her make
our son George’s 2nd birthday cake).
Baking, it’s good for the soul.”
– Emma Rogers, designer
’Tis our lot
“One Sunday morning in
lockdown, we moved a bunch
of self-sown hebes to make
way for a family vege garden. I
shovelled dirt and my husband
put the digger to good use.
As lockdown extended, so
too did the boxed gardens –
our patch now allotment size!
I’ve sown broccoli, shallots,
rocket, carrots and radishes,
and can’t wait till we can get
more materials to finish the
– Kate Preece, editor
It’s hard to hide from housework
when you’re at home 24/7.
The weeds loved the sunshine
and a dirty oven is hard to ignore
when it’s on the way to the kettle.
So our team got practical on it.
Sales manager Viv Montgomerie
decided she’d fight weeds with...
baking ingredients. “My mum and I
made our own weed spray
with white vinegar, detergent
and baking soda.” Zoe Williams,
marketing manager, was similarly
inspired: “I had a burst of
motivation and cleaned the oven
with baking soda and water, then
left it for a day and washed it off
with white vinegar. It worked!”
b y L ynette McFadden
‘Locked down but looking up’ is
how I’d describe this, our
second national Level 4
What have you made of
it? Did you survive, thrive,
walk daily, bake madly,
online shop gladly, consider
other job prospects, think
about those that are finding
themselves in tremendously
vulnerable positions and, more
importantly, what did you learn
about yourself and the worlds –
personal and professional – that you
I’ve learnt so much about myself and
about the resilience and compassion that
exists around us all. In 2020, when we went
into our first lockdown, my major emotion
was fear. Fear of the unknown, fears for our
business, our family, our friends.
You name it I was scared silly about it.
Strategy, support and structure got me
through – as they probably did for many
others – but this time it’s different. You’re
not as scared when you know a bit, or
should I say a lot, more about what you’re
dealing with. Here’s some of what I’ve
1. Business hasn’t completely stopped.
Auctions were able to be undertaken
utilizing the Zoom platform and this
allowed us to sell unconditionally 20 out
of 22 properties at a full range of prices
and across a myriad of locations. That’s
a massive change from last year and it’s
gone a long way to ensuring confidence
in the market for all participants. For me,
the standouts from the auctions have
included the huge benefit to vendors of
having property videos and floor plans,
the increase in buying without seeing and
the continued strong demand for property
despite everything, as evidenced by
multiple bidders and some bidding wars
between highly motivated parties. People
are calmer, me included. As a business
we have daily (usually six days a week)
meetings which have been proactive and
constructive, training, company meetings,
Q & A, recruitment meetings and team
yoga. This rhythm ensures and engenders
a quiet confidence and has enabled a
different level of leadership effectiveness.
2. Thinking forward to the future has
also been more evident. What if this is an
ongoing part of our reality? What changes
need to keep occurring to remain relevant
and productive? And then processing
these thoughts into an actionable plan.
3. At a personal level, last year’s bubble
was a biggie. Five beautiful members of my
family all together with John and I made
for a noisy, busy time. This time, with only
the two of us, it’s been so different. No
more Warriors reruns, war movies or gentle
walks with my dad, no more ten meals
a day, care of my mum or dance lessons
from our niece. I’ve missed that.
Whatever your lockdown has looked or
felt like, I hope there’s been a quiet lesson
somewhere in it.
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Don’t stop eventing
Motivate yourself with an exercise
goal by joining the Virtual Events Club
(virtualeventsclub.co.nz). Enter a walking,
biking, running or swimming event with
other people from New Zealand and the
world – without even seeing each other!
Log your results from the 20th until the
end of each month. Enter one event or the
whole Series. All profit goes to
Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Skill up Saturdays
DIY workshops run every
weekend. Learn about houseplants
and make stencil art.
178 Cashel Street, Christchurch,
September 18, 25
An exhibition featuring art from the
trio of printmaker Ben Reid, multidisciplinary
artist Hamish Southcott
and painter Tania Bostock.
Works viewable online too.
Little River Gallery, Canterbury,
Until September 22
Toga mo Bolata’ane
This ngatu tā’uli (blackened tapa
cloth), by artist Kulimoe’anga
Stone Maka, tells the story of
the meeting and relationship
between the queens of Tonga
and Britain in the mid 1900s.
Christchurch Art Gallery
Te Puna o Waiwhetū
September 24 –
Eat your way
If you’re visiting another
region, or re-discovering
your own, these area
lists of cafès, bars, tours,
markets, and festivals
will help you to build a
Until September 19 Until September 19
Large-scale film photographs
by Emily Parr (Ngāi Te Rangi,
Moana, Pākehā), whose
practice is orientated by the
ocean and, in particular, whales.
The Physics Room,
The Arts Centre,
Eat. Taste. Central
Local cafés, restaurants
and cellar doors put on a
collective ‘Central Otago
Regional Menu’ that
celebrates the region’s
culinary story and produce.
Details correct at time of printing, but it’s advisable you check for updates online in advance of the event.
20 NOV 2021 to 15 JAN 2022
Book & Lyrics by
Music by ALAN MENKEN
Based on the film by ROGER CORMAN, Screenplay by CHARLES GRIFFITH
Originally produced by WPA THEATRE (KYLE RENICK, PRODUCING DIRECTOR)
By arrangement with Music Theatre International (Australasia)
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Hair for you
Science tells us that women of all ages can experience hair loss, for one of
many reasons. Four Canterbury ladies speak up in the hope of banishing shame
and highlighting the options available.
Words Anna Wallace
Style | Feature 21
22 Style | Feature
Dr Padmaja Redekar,
trichologist and owner,
hairdresser and owner,
If you’ve had that sinking feeling as clumps of hair slide
unceremoniously down the shower drain, you’re not
alone. By 50, around 40 per cent of women will show signs
of hair loss. Christchurch experts, hairdresser Janine Gräter
and trichologist Dr Padmaja Redekar, attest to the growing
frequency of alopecia (the medical name for hair loss) and
In the last decade, salon owner Janine Gräter has seen
a dramatic rise in the number of females experiencing
hair loss, about half of whom are under 30. Yet, common
conditions such as alopecia areata and female-pattern
baldness (or thinning) still remain “taboo subjects” in New
Zealand, she says.
Dr Padmaja Redekar recalls her surprise when, upon
emigrating from India and hoping to work under a local
trichologist (hair and scalp specialist), she found there wasn’t
one. Having set up her own clinic, she’s currently one of two
New Zealand professionals registered with the International
Association of Trichologists. Four years later, she’s still amazed
at how little awareness Kiwis have of female hair loss.
“Many women are in denial, or find the idea of facing up
to it daunting. Shame and low self-esteem are a big part
of it,” Padmaja says. “Hair loss is not just about hair, it’s all
Be it a temporary or permanent condition, hair specialists
like Janine and Padmaja can help to stop further progression,
stimulate regrowth and conceal hair loss. They also
understand – as they’ve both experienced it for themselves.
STYLED FOR YOU
Janine’s frank, authoritative manner is reassuring. It’s born from
over three decades’ hairdressing experience, and knowing
what it feels like to see a different person in the mirror. You
quickly get the sense that her knowledge and passion are of
huge benefit to hair-loss clients visiting Black Hairdressing in
Many years ago, unbeknown to colleagues, the young
hairdresser worked at New Zealand Fashion Week while
wearing a wig.
“No one knew. Because I was a hairdresser, people thought
my attempts to hide it were just me being cool.”
Janine’s alopecia was triggered by cosmetic surgery (surgery
of any kind can put stress on the body).
“It’s gotten better over time and at one point I was in
Causes of hair loss in women
• During life stages such as puberty
and menopause, oestrogen
(female sex hormone) levels
change. Less oestrogen allows
the dihydrotestosterone (DHT)
androgen to dominate, which can
stop or slow hair growth when it
enters the hair follicle and root cells.
• After childbirth, it’s common for
women to shed some of the hair
gained during pregnancy.
• A hysterectomy, endometriosis
and polycystic ovary syndrome can
affect hormone levels too, resulting
in androgen excess.
• Some contraceptive pills can lead
to a hormonal imbalance over time.
• Hereditary hair loss accounts for
the majority of cases.
• In any form, stress produces
hormones that bind with enzymes
to create DHT.
• A shocking event can distress your
body and result in abnormal or
excessive hair shedding.
• Poor diet can cause an imbalance
of nutrients to the hair roots.
Common causes of hair loss
include mineral deficiencies (iron,
vitamin D, zinc and iodine), thyroid
dysfunction and protein deficiency.
• Dramatic weight loss can be
• Chemical hair products, such as
straightening products, can cause
hair to fall out and thin over time.
As can tight hairstyles.
• Even contact with makeup and
sunscreens can affect the frontal
• Severe illness, disease (including
autoimmune and inflammatory
skin diseases), surgery and
chemotherapy can trigger hair
loss, as can heavy medication, such
as steroids or growth hormone
Style | Feature 23
remission, but I now know I’ll always have to deal with the
hair loss coming back.”
Poor hair doesn’t just happen, says Janine. She observes
that unless it’s genetic, the underlying factor is usually
poor health. Her gluten allergy, anaemia and fibroids are
contributing aspects too.
“I had to adjust my diet to manage my symptoms and after
that, my hair did change. I still take B vitamins and iron.”
When the hair loss came back a few years ago, Janine
made a choice.
“I had an opportunity to show everybody what I was going
through. I wanted to help women by showing how hair
pieces can help.”
After 20 years working with hair extensions, Janine could
see the issues clients were experiencing so started designing
her own products.
“I’m a doer; I knew I had to take action to change it.”
Her research led to simple innovations, such as decreasing
the number of extensions, switching from methyl to silicone
material for comfort, and providing more hair than less to
cover the bare bits. Manufactured in China or the US, the
pieces are made from real hair and trialled first.
Black Hairdressing also sells wigs and toppers (an
alternative hair clip, cap or small wig to be worn on top of
the head). Janine says the technology is so advanced now
that wearers can shower, exercise and be intimate without
fear of the piece falling off.
The initial assessment is a chance to answer client
questions and discuss different looks to achieve as natural a
result as possible. Depending on what the hair will support,
products can be tried on. If opting for extensions, they take
1.5–2 hours to apply.
“I know how long it takes to be ready to wear hair, so
we’re a place for people to land when they realise they’ve
got options. I commit to staying with each person on their
journey, as it can be an emotional rollercoaster,” Janine says.
LIVING OUR BEST LIFE
When Nici Clark noticed a gap in the front of her hair
parting, she put it down to a “bad head of foils”. It wasn’t
long after she’d given birth to her son and she figured the
post-partum hair loss would grow back. But it didn’t. For a
while she just put her hair up so that it blended in. About five
years ago, when Nici’s hair got even thinner at the front, she
started looking at options.
“I tried some Nioxin products, traditional ‘remedies’, a
female version of Rogaine – I even rubbed coffee into my
head, on a friend’s advice,” she chuckles. “But about a year
ago I decided I had to address the issue head-on.”
The doctor diagnosed alopecia areata, a genetic
autoimmune disorder that can be triggered by a variety of
factors. Nici recalls her periods stopping around two years
ago in what she thought was peri-menopause (she’s in
her mid-forties), but later discovered was ovarian cancer.
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Surgery to remove the ovaries saved her life, but at around
the same time Nici lost her job and her mum became
very unwell. Stress and hormonal changes are well-known
triggers for hair loss.
In time, Nici started studying for a counselling
qualification, and she spoke with her hairdresser, Janine
Gräter, about options. They decided to try a topper to
cover the patch at the front of her head where there was
nothing to clip onto.
Armed with a medical certificate (as the doctor could
find no hair follicles) Nici, with Janine’s help, was able to
apply for the wigs and hairpieces subsidy available from the
Ministry of Health. It assists those who suffer from serious
hair loss due to a medical condition or certain cancer
therapies. The reduced cost helped, and Nici now has three
hairpieces, covering day and night looks.
“I have curly hair, so Janine perms the piece for me. I love
my topper – it’s thick and blends in. It has a fringe in it – I’ve
never had a fringe before! It’s good as you can’t see the
edges, even when it’s windy.
“Janine cuts the hair, colours it, tones it – she matches it
perfectly to your hair. My partner says they’re natural and
pretty, which is huge. I’m so much more confident wearing
one. I see so many women living with hair loss but it’s still
a taboo subject. I want people to know they have a choice.
You can’t live your best life if you’re not embracing yourself.”
Like many new mums, Padmaja Redekar experienced postpartum
“Hair shedding every day was very daunting and it felt like
I was losing confidence slowly. It took me a while to gain
control over my hair again.”
As a trichologist, Dr Padmaja is energised to meet the
hair and scalp problems women face. Proceedings at her
Hairmantra clinic start with a consultation, where she takes
note of a client’s family history, diet, menstrual cycle and
“By the time they come to me, generally 50 per cent
of the damage is done. Scarring can be quite bad by that
stage,” she explains.
Low-level laser therapy penetrates the scalp to work at the
hair follicle level. This is one of the main treatments Padmaja
offers, with encouraging results.
“Hair grows at about half an inch a month. When I see
reduced swelling and new shoots of hair after a few months
it puts a smile on both our faces – it’s an amazing feeling.”
Lindy Cai, a university student in her early twenties,
experienced female-pattern thinning while still at high school.
“It was very bad… I would always get huge clumps of hair
landing on my clothes.”
Lacking in belief after several failed attempts to find help,
Lindy’s laser treatment sessions with Padmaja “helped with
my confidence and gave me useful advice for my thinning
hair”. She started to see results after two months, and new
hair had emerged within six months.
“The empty gaps were becoming less visible and I could
feel it was thicker than before.”
Lindy encourages others to take note of their health and
lifestyle. “I used to suffer from stress and sleep deprivation; I
knew I wasn’t in good health, but I ignored it.”
Depending on the diagnosis, Padmaja also offers chemicalfree
and anti-DHT treatments, supplements and concealing
nano fibres to temporarily cover gaps and provide a fuller look.
Post-Covid, the trichologist noticed a spike in enquiries and
credits that to the stress many people were under. “Balanced
emotions help keep hair balanced,” she says.
Padmaja hopes that women will talk about this issue more,
and come forward earlier. Janine agrees: “If we can just drop
some of the shame around the issue of women’s hair loss, we
can get to the solution quicker. You don’t have to suffer in
pain – you can have hair.”
ABOVE FROM LEFT: Nici Clark conceals her condition with a topper, designed and styled by Janine
Gräter; Dr Padmaja Redekar assesses the health of a client’s hair and scalp.
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The Sills stable
With youngsters in tow, Caroline Sills grew her fashion label from basement beginnings.
Four decades later, those children now lead key aspects of the iconic retail brand.
Words Juliet Speedy
ABOVE: Caroline Sills is now a fully fledged family business, with daughters
Toni and Christina – and husband Lloyd – on board.
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When I ask fashion legend Caroline Sills what
her role in the business is these days, there’s
a slight pause before she turns to daughter Toni,
who’s in the same room. “Hold on, I’d like to get it
from the horse’s mouth. Toni, what’s my role now?”
Her daughter is handed the phone, “Oh hi – she’s
good at doing that – passing the buck,” Toni laughs.
Toni now has a crucial role in the sales and
marketing of the business, and it’s very clear from
talking with the successful pair that they have a
fabulous relationship in work and life. When we
talk on a winter weekday morning, the two of them
are in the shop together going through the new
collection and all the luxurious cashmere knitwear
that the label is famous for.
FROM BASEMENT TO BOUTIQUE, VIA
The iconic Caroline Sills label is now a fully fledged
family business. Both daughters, Toni and Christina,
work there, as does Caroline’s husband, accountant
Lloyd Sills. The businesswoman started out when
the children were small. A trained nurse, she
needed a new direction that suited her family
better, so she moved into fashion.
It was small to start with, but soon Caroline was
selling in a boutique on Queen Street. “And that
grew like topsy because it was all hand-knitted,
you know, ladies on hand-knitting machines.” The
label’s popularity was unstoppable, all while she was
balancing a young family.
“It just kept growing and growing. I don’t think
I had a meal sitting down for about three years. It
was very intense, we used to work in the basement
of my home,” Caroline recalls.
Her daughter Toni was about three years old
when the Sills brand spread across the country. The
South Island has always been an important market.
Iconic Christchurch fashion store Quinns, which
no longer exists, was the first home for the label. It
was after owner Margaret Quinn died that Caroline
decided to open her own store in Merivale.
“Margaret and I had a really nice relationship
and I sold to her for at least 30 years. She was an
absolute powerhouse, a pocket rocket. When she
died, for such a long time it was a really sad area
for Merivale, because Quinns was such a hub of
influence. So that was when we decided to open up
a shop, to give back on some of that commitment
people had to our product.”
They now own six stores across New Zealand,
the most recent opening in Wānaka just over a
year ago. Wholesaling had become more difficult;
boutiques were closing because it was getting
harder to make money. “I also wanted to display
our own collection and how I felt I wanted it to be
represented. So that’s been the newest evolvement
in our business.”
ABOVE: The first South Island Sills + Co store opened in Merivale, Christchurch, four years ago.
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The label is renowned for its knitwear,
but these days the designs are more
diverse and just as divine. Caroline is
innovative and often the person in the
family pushing most for change.
“I really embrace change, thank
goodness, because it certainly is the
industry that allows you that.”
The ladies in the basement on
hand-knitting machines are a distant
memory, with all their woollens now
made in China.
“We tried a lot of New Zealand
factories but they had more interest
in their own range, so it was just too
hard to meet deadlines for us. We’ve
had a really good relationship with the
same knitter in China for a long time;
their quality is amazing.”
Around 70 per cent of the woven
garments are still New Zealand-made
and they’re always looking for new
ways to be sustainable. “We’re not
making a song and dance about it,
we’re just trying to quietly do the
right thing and not make exaggerated
claims,” Caroline says.
TOP: The label’s fashion and lifestyle range is divinely diverse.
ABOVE: As someone who embraces change, Caroline is always looking for new ways to innovate and be sustainable.
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Toni always knew she’d end up working in
the business as an adult, but she wanted to
get her own experience first. Both she and
Christina spent their school holidays helping
out in the warehouse and were entrenched
in the brand from a young age. Toni studied
and spread her wings, getting experience with
other companies in New Zealand and abroad,
so she could contribute her own skillset to the
Caroline Sills brand.
“I really started full time when I came back
from my OE. I think we had one computer, so
there was a lot that I could add through my
experience of other companies, which I thought
Toni says opening up their own stores has
been a game changer for the label because
people can see the entire range.
“Having our own stores has made us much
more in touch. It keeps us honest about what
sells and what doesn’t sell – what people are
wanting. It’s made us much more astute, having
our ear on the ground, rather than just having
wholesale alone. And hopefully it’s made us
produce better ranges because we feel the pain
of the retail store, because we are the retail store
now too,” says Toni.
When I ask who their market is, Caroline
laughs. “I always used to joke and say it’s anybody
with a credit card.”
Caroline is not so active in designing now and
works more as a consultant, but Toni says her
contribution is still the backbone of the business.
“Her role is very much as a mentor to the
design and the stores. Everyone is very mindful
that it’s Caroline’s name on everything, so she
has a standard that she expects because it’s
her name on the window. She’s very involved
– being in the stores and making sure there’s a
consistency in the aesthetic.”
It’s obviously working. Covid-19 and a more
competitive fashion market hasn’t seen a
slowdown of the Sills empire. Its success and
subsequent workload are punctuated for the
family with regular get-togethers in Waiheke.
Toni and Christina both have their own children,
so the family now consists of three generations.
Toni says they all have their own lanes at work.
Lloyd Sills sits downstairs sorting the money and
Christina focuses on the merchandising. “We all
work well together and have enough respect for
each other, we know each other’s strengths, and
it just works.”
ABOVE: Toni believes having their own stores ensures they’re in touch with what people want.
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Ironically for someone who’s a Cup Day judge, stylist Lou Heller is about
the least judgemental person you’ll meet. Her mission is to empower others
through their own personal style evolution.
Words Anna Wallace
Style | Feature 33
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Of course Lou Heller has opinions and favourites, as
you’d expect of a stylist. She can foretell a fashion
moment, nails a first impression and lives for true design.
“Clothing is my passion; it’s how I speak to the world,”
Yet Lou goes beyond quick fixes – she likes going “deep”
with her clients, beyond the latest silhouette or hue. With
each connection Lou makes, she encourages women to
lean on each other, listen to themselves and allow their soul
to sparkle. Her clients gain personal style awareness that
steers them through the years, not just the next season.
It’s no surprise, then, that empathetic yet on-point Lou
chooses “chameleon” as her style word. Who better to
be judging the looks at the IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup
Day on November 9, than someone who does the tango
between gut instinct and thought-out look for a living?
CONFRONTING THE STYLE SABOTEUR
Lou challenges clients to tune into their self-talk. You know,
the bullying chatterbox in your head that drowns out any
nice comments your friend or partner makes.
Transforming a person’s look is less about waving a style
wand, says Lou, than giving their confidence a shake-up and
that dastardly inner saboteur a good talking to. It only takes
a few minutes of her opening a wardrobe door before the
anxieties appear. We all have them, she assures us.
“As I’ve grown in the role of stylist, I’ve come to
understand it’s not just about clothing. It’s so much deeper
than that – it’s about being heard.”
What was the little girl who ran to the farm letterbox to
fetch her mum’s EziBuy catalogue and cut out the pictures
trying to say?
“Enough with the track pants, let’s turn them into stirrup
pants!” she laughs.
“I’ve been on a massive journey. I had negative selftalk
too. We aren’t born thinking this, but someone else
conditions us or projects their insecurities onto us. You
hear something negative repeated two or three times and
you’re going to believe the story. These wrong words can
cause wounds that last for years.”
She often hears comments like: “I can’t wear that colour
or style”; “I have nothing to wear”; or “I don’t know how to
put an outfit together.”
At times, women and men are too scared to stand out,
says Lou. And that’s what she wants to change. In her talks,
she doesn’t focus on the latest trends; rather, she asks the
audience, “Who are you getting dressed for and why?”
Lou keeps her confidence afloat through positive self-talk.
“The earthquakes really shifted something in me and in
the last few years in particular, I feel like I’ve woken up.
I’ve had to work hard to fall in love with parts of myself
again, as at times I’d let others define who I thought I
needed to be.”
The stylist suggests it’s helpful to focus on one thing at
“I learnt to like my eyes, so I say that to myself now,”
she admits. “Talking differently to yourself makes you dress
better, eat better. Making sure your internal voice is kind
– it’s huge. Words can be powerful, words carry energy.”
“It’s hard to watch with my teen daughter... I tell her to
trust her gut, to spend time on things, experiences and
people that make her feel like ‘her’. I believe this can change
the whole narrative.
“I have a much stronger sense of self now, which helps
me to connect with my clients.”
Lou is in Auckland shopping with clients when we speak.
She’s just been helping a successful businesswoman whose
black-and-white wardrobe is full of the same type of
clothes. Lou is just the person to change things up.
“It’s been a re-education for my client. She lost a parent
when she was 12 – her inner child, her voice, got drowned
out as she was forced to grow up quickly and look after
others. The experience meant she forgot how to have fun,”
says Lou empathetically.
“I’ve been helping her to rediscover the beautiful tones
that suit her so well, to reassure her that she deserves to
The last few years, Lou has seen a change within people.
Her business has “gone gung ho”, perhaps because people
are prioritising themselves more.
Lou plays an active educator role. Focused on equipping
as many people as possible with knowledge, she provides
group sessions, public talks and Instagram videos. In autumn
she held ‘The Style Fundamentals with Lou Heller’ events
across the country.
“I get so frustrated that women are still wedded to
an eighties colour palette! People need to re-learn the
fundamentals, based on their own style.
“I think in the past, stylists imposed a fashion trend
without giving their clients the tools to see what works for
them, without teaching them how to approach decisions
in the future. People just ended up with clothes they don’t
wear. It’s time for them to trust their gut.”
LEAPING INTO THE FASHION FRAY
Teenage Lou was always shopping with and styling her
friends. “I could see things other people couldn’t.”
The career advice she received was to work the store
floor in retail or go to design school, neither of which
appealed. Coming from a horticultural family, creative
Lou first trained as a florist. Ten years ago, while raising
her three kids, she took the leap and started an online
clothing store that sold brands new to our shores (think
Camilla and Marc). It was when working for a designer
retailer that the penny dropped.
“True designers know what their clothes mean to a
person and how it feels to wear that item every day.
However, a lot of stores are packed full of ‘wardrobe-
Style | Feature 35
stuffers’. I could see a massive gap
in the market. We were selling the
same thing each season, items that
appealed to the big spenders, but I
felt something was missing between
what was on offer and what
Thus, a professional stylist was
born, one who sees the power in
“I find it humbling to see women
change – from not being able to
look in the mirror to saying out
loud how amazing they look! I can
read it all over their faces and half
the time we both end up in tears.”
People are keen to learn from
Lou – when she posts a video on
Instagram, she reaches thousands of
viewers, mostly Kiwis and Aussies.
While she can’t get to each
wardrobe, she can encourage
people to learn more about
themselves and listen to their
inner voice. This is a large part of
why she travels, does events and
delivers presentations. That’s why
she’s channelling her energy into
a new education tool available to
“I’m looking at producing a book
as e-modules, teaching customers
how to do the work themselves.”
As for shopping, yes, Lou
does spend much of her time
in Auckland and Christchurch,
helping clients with vastly different
budgets. She’s as much at home
with designers or hunting looks
out around town as she is in a
second-hand shop or reselling her
ensembles on Instagram.
One of Lou’s packages is helping a
client to reorganise their wardrobe.
“There’s power in your
wardrobe and what you can get
out of it, people just need to know
how to pull from it.”
LEFT: For Lou, clothing is how she
“speaks to the world”, sharing her
knowledge at events as well as through
personal styling sessions (see overleaf
for Lou’s spring fashion tips). The stylist
will be a judge at The Crossing Fashion
Starts Here competition at Addington’s
IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day – find her
race day notes on pages 38–39.
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Show some skin in new
and unexpected ways
STYLE TIPS FOR
CUP DAY 2021
Exaggerated sleeves aren’t
Think high rise and
wide leg, with a bit
Stylist Lou Heller shares her
picks for the season.
of last year’s
to shirts, the
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True and blue
As one of the judges presiding over IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day’s
famous ‘The Crossing Fashion Starts Here’ competition, stylist Lou Heller
talks us through the themes – including two new categories.
The iconic Best Dressed Man
and Lady categories remain a
showcase of demure, elegant
refinement and classic lines.
For Lou, these outfits need
“a high level of detail – it’s got to
be a seamless look”.
It’s time to up the stakes – in a modern way.
Lou anticipates seeing a high standard of
fashion, with a twist. “Whether it’s a new-age
vibe, elevated street style or more modern
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will combine the two new categories. “This theme
may feel more casual, but I’d still love to see people
making the effort Cup Day is known for.”
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ABOVE: This Jacks Point home is clad in stone excavated from the building site.
Style | Home 41
More than 200 tonnes of stone
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was used in the home’s cladding, access
road and retaining walls. A massive
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Designed by Rafe Maclean Architects,
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Those owners wanted a home that
was “anchored, strong, earthquakeresilient
and able to be completely off
grid”, Dennis explains.
“It was just as much about building
something that was going to last as
creating something beautiful.”
Spread over 820sqm, the property
includes a “great room”, four en suite
bedrooms, a gym and an indooroutdoor
room with an open fire.
Steel-framed, timber sun shades roll
across the outside of the west-facing
windows, and a wide cantilevered
opening allows the owners to open up
the entire southwest corner of the home.
Serving as a family hub, the “great
room” has space for dining, socialising
at the pool table and lounging in front
of the television. Coffered and recessed
ceilings made of engineered European
oak create zones within this large space
and hide access to air conditioning units
located above the ceiling.
An expanse of glass, 3m tall and nearly
10m long, offers stunning views of Lake
Wakatipu and Cecil Peak.
The property was modelled in the
same way as a passive house, with
60cm external walls providing significant
thermal performance and earthquake
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window frames were used throughout,
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A timber roof reduced the use of
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A 25kW solar array feeds a 20kWh
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the property generates nearly the same
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Marble and glass give the master bedroom en suite a simple but sophisticated feel;
A cantilevered opening allows the southwest corner of the house to be opened up to the deck; Recessed ceilings
delineate different zones within the ‘‘great room’’; The awards recognised the home’s craftsmanship, sustainability, bathrooms
and interior design; Te Toka (The Rock) sits on 4.8ha of land above Lake Wakatipu; The House of the Year judges
described the interior materials as discreet and understated.
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• Air-to-water heat pump
• Underfloor heating.
• Two air ventilation systems.
• Triple-glazed timber joinery.
• The roof is designed to
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• The structural slab is
topped with 80cm
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then 50cm high-strength,
• External and internal walls
are concrete and encased in
polystyrene, with insulation
up to 23.4cm thick.
• Earthquake resistance sits
just below public structure
• The 250sqm of decking is
made from recycled plastic.
• It has a private well and
water reservoir, with the
ability to pump water
from the wetlands into the
holding tank and condition it.
• The home has a back-up
diesel generator, with
4000 litres of on-site diesel
• The thermally treated New
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exterior has a seven-year
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Sculpture on the Peninsula
After two iconic decades, the upcoming exhibition will be the last.
Ady Shannon talks with two of the local artists who’ll feature.
From January 28–30, on the beautiful grounds of
Loudon Farm in Banks Peninsula, a selection of
New Zealand’s best sculptors will vie to impress the
public and the judges.
Organised by the Lombardy Charitable Trust, many
volunteers have been involved since Geoff Swinard
kicked things off in 2000. The event has raised more
than $750,000 for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre
and the committee hopes thousands of attendees will
support this cause in the new year.
ABOVE: Inspired by her vintage mannequin collection and love of family,
Rebecca Stewart’s Till They Have Faces installation features flower stems set in resin arms.
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A LABOUR OF LOVE
Work is underway to renovate an old army barracks in Phillipstown to provide a
fit-for-purpose studio for Papanui High School art teacher, Rebecca Stewart.
Rebecca in her studio.
At the end of this year, Rebecca
is taking a year out from
teaching students to focus on her
own artistic pursuits. Having juggled
the demands of full-time teaching,
parenting and regular exhibitions
for the past 17 years, she is looking
forward to concentrating on her
own art work and spending more
time with her family.
In the meantime, she is working
to complete an installation for
Sculpture on the Peninsula. The
event takes place on a working
farm and participating artists are
encouraged to create site-specific
works. The venue includes grassed
paddocks, hills and ridgelines,
woodland areas, and numerous
barns and outbuildings. Rebecca’s
delighted that she has been
assured of her first pick; the former
“I was really stoked to get that
venue. My installation – flower stems
set in resin arms – reminds me of
arteries, so that resonates in that
For many years, Rebecca has
collected vintage mannequins and
uses the limbs and body forms
in her art. Her event installation
involves 15 individual artworks
made of arm and hand moulds from
female and child mannequins. Each
piece will be suspended on vintage
hooks and pulleys from the ceiling of
the small, cylinder-shaped building.
The title Till They Have Faces is
about family relationships, growth
“Hands are so tactile. The pieces
range in size – representing mothers,
children, family bonds. These are
themes that resonate with me,”
Each piece requires hours of
work. First, Rebecca makes a silicone
mould from a mannequin. This
is embedded with a floral stem
created from assorted colourful
artificial flowers, bamboo shoots
and fern fronds then filled with
resin. Once the mould is removed,
Rebecca painstakingly sands back the
finished product to create a crystalclear
She is reluctant to quantify the
time involved in completing each
work. “Oh my goodness, I try not to
think about that otherwise it simply
wouldn’t be worth it.”
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A MAIDEN VOYAGER
Stories of the sea, shipwrecks and ocean voyages have long
captivated Banks Peninsula artist Anna Dalzell.
Anna Dalzell at work
(photo by Rewa Randall).
RIGHT: The Ship Girl
and Body Post – invisible
women of the sea
by Anna Dalzell.
When Anna was offered an artist’s passage to travel
around the sub-Antarctic islands, she leapt at the rare
opportunity to be part of the Heritage Expeditions voyage.
Memories and images from that trip have inspired her work
for Sculpture on the Peninsula.
Setting off from Bluff in February – along with other
intrepid explorers, artists, scientists, and crew members
– was the culmination of a long-time interest in the
southern seas for Anna.
“I have always been fascinated by the region and the
notorious stories of discovery, survival shipwrecks and
disaster. There is a particular dry-plate glass negative taken
by David De Maus in 1887 of the Derry Castle figurehead
that fascinated me. The vessel was shipwrecked on the
notorious reef surrounding the Auckland Islands with the
figurehead propped up, as if a headstone for the drowned
seafarers,” she explains.
The original image in the Alexander Turnbull Library
shows a makeshift memorial on the coastline, created from
debris that resurfaced from the wrecks. The figurehead and
other relics are now in the Canterbury Museum collection.
That photo, along with her experiences, sketchings and
journal records from the 18-day voyage, are the inspiration
behind the work she is creating, titled The Ship Girl and Body
Post – invisible women of the sea.
This is the third time Anna has participated in the South
Island’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition, and she is excited
by the scale offered by the unique outdoor venue.
“This event provides a good excuse to make something
quite different and specifically for the site. I can be less
constrained and more creative than if I was creating
something for a gallery.”
Her work will take advantage of the event’s lack of size
restrictions, plus the backdrop of Lyttelton Harbour. The
installation features her interpretation of a carved
wooden ship’s bow, topped by a bronze bust figurehead.
Behind the bow, a tall mast pole supports a sail created
from linen, muslin and silk to resemble a deconstructed
The sculpture is also a tribute to Elizabeth Farr, an Irish
convict’s daughter who left the penal colony on Norfolk
Island at the age of 13, to be the captain’s ‘ship girl’ on a
passing vessel, Perseverance. The captain, two crew members
and Elizabeth perished when their rowboat capsized as they
attempted to land at Campbell Island. Her body was buried
in what Anna calls, “a lonely grave at the bottom of the
Anna is keen to see the tale’s false history, romanticised
in early novels, made real. The sail represents the dress
that Elizabeth might have worn, complete with whalebone
corsetry sewn into the ethereal, ghost-like dress design.
Anna’s work-in-progress is coming together “bit by bit” in
time for January.
“The figure in wax is ready to cast, the milled redwood
for the bow is lying on my drive, and I have had a lesson in
how to use a chainsaw.”
Bookings for Friday’s Grand Opening are available from November 21 ($90). Saturday and Sunday tickets
will be sold on the gate 9.30am – 5.00pm ($20 adult, U15 free). sculpturenz.co.nz
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functional outdoor spaces which stand the test of time.
The recent resurgence of COVID in the community and the
resulting nationwide lockdown has brought my memories
of the last lockdown into sharp focus. The first-time round,
the enforced home time highlighted how vital it was to have
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which you wanted to spend time... and now suddenly we find
ourselves back here again!
With two young kids, I spent last lockdown constructing a
climbing tower. Since then, I have installed a Compass Pool
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It is unsurprising that pool installations have soared since
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52 Style | Promotion
Are your eyes feeling dry, blurry or irritated? You could be suffering from
dry eye, a common condition which can be treated.
Affecting 20 per cent of adults in New Zealand and
Australia, dry eye can be frustrating, especially when it
interferes with your day-to-day activities.
Dry eye refers to a range of factors that reduce the
volume of tears in the eye. Tears protect the front of the eye,
providing lubrication and nutrients to the cornea, as well as
creating a smooth surface for clear vision. They consist of a
watery layer to keep the eyes moisturised, with an oily layer
“The oily layer in tears is particularly important for
maintaining consistent vision and preventing excess tear
evaporation,” says OCULA expert Roberta McIlraith.
“Dry eye is often overlooked but tears are our outermost
defence against ocular surface disease and are needed for
Dry eye symptoms include:
• Blurry or fluctuating vision
• Feeling the need to blink more often
• Irritation, stinging or achiness
• Overly watery eyes
• Redness of the eyelids or whites of the eye
• Sensitivity to light.
These sensations can be caused by environmental factors such
as: wind, or air pollution; air conditioning, artificial lighting, using
your computer or smartphone; driving; or wearing contact
lenses. Roberta notes that climate extremes can make things
worse, such as atmospheric dryness in winter and summer, or
the added challenge of allergies in spring.
Dry eye is common with ageing and more frequently
observed in women than men. It is often associated with
medical conditions and certain medications.
Sufferers try an average of four different types of eye
drops before seeing an optometrist. However, drops only
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dysfunction (MGD – where a reduction in the tear layer
may be caused by blocked or poor-performing oil glands). A
thorough eye examination allows an optometrist to find the
underlying issue and provide an effective treatment plan.
Roberta recommends hot compresses with silicon heat
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Style | Wellbeing 53
Catching enough Zs
Time spent in the land of nod affects our appearance, health,
mood and performance. Just because you can survive with less sleep,
doesn’t mean you wouldn’t benefit from more of it,
says naturopath Deanna Copland.
One night without sleep is manageable, but over time the accumulation
of sleep debt can impact the quality of your life.
Lack of sleep can also increase the risk of serious conditions, including chronic pain.
Sleep is restorative and enables your body to re-energise – no other
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54 Style | Wellbeing
Calm the nerves
To be able to fall sleep, your nervous system has to calm
down. This is easier said than done in today’s fast-paced,
‘always-on’ world, where your nervous system is constantly
thrown into overdrive. If you have chronic pain, you already
have a more active nervous system. Here’s some ways you
can support your nervous system before the lights go out.
Breathing properly can support the transition from your
sympathetic nervous system (‘fight or flight’ response) to
your parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic
nervous system is responsible for rest, digestion, hormonal
balance and relaxation. A growing number of studies show
that breathing techniques are effective against anxiety and
Alternate nostril breathing is thought to allow both sides of
your brain to function optimally, which in turn calms the mind.
Use your thumb and fourth finger to do this:
1. Inhale through the left nostril, while closing the right with
your thumb. Hold the breath, covering both nostrils.
Release your right nostril and exhale completely, slowly.
2. Inhale through your right nostril, while closing the left with
your fourth finger. Hold the breath while covering both
nostrils, and then release your left nostril and exhale.
This counts as one round: try to do 6–8 rounds each day and
see if you notice any improvement.
The price of sleep debt
Adults need seven to nine hours of
sleep per night, and it’s estimated that
over 30 per cent of New Zealanders
and Australians get less than this. A
study across four large US companies
found that insufficient sleep costs
almost US$2000 in lost productivity
per employee each year. That amount
rose to over US$3500 in those
suffering a serious lack of sleep.
SLEEP DEPRIVATION CAN
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MINERALS AND HERBS
At a dose of 500mg/day, this supportive mineral has
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of you like the idea
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Feel and operate better by adjusting your sleep
routine. If you get stuck, these tips might help
you fall asleep.
• Avoid alcohol on weeknights – save it for
• Dim the lights after dinner – bright lights
signal to the brain that the sun is still up.
• Read something light (not work-related).
• Listen to a sleep meditation or podcast.
• Diffuse lavender essential oil.
• Use a heat pack to soothe any aches or
pains that may be keeping you awake.
• Write down any thoughts or worries to get
them out of your head.
• Be inspired by the 94% of our Style followers
who practise gratitude at the end of the day.
• Go into another room and do something
relaxing until you feel tired again.
• Make sure your room is an optimal
temperature (16–18 degrees) and free of
clutter, dust and mould.
• Relax with a bedtime ritual, such as a
shower or bath.
Switch off screens
at least one hour
before your bedtime.
of folks don’t do
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Style | Recipe 59
Raw Lemon and Coconut Pie
This pie is a fantastic balance of sweet and zesty,
countered beautifully by the sticky buckwheat crust.
Words and photo Kelsi Boocock
(PLUS SETTING TIME)
• 1 Tbsp coconut oil
• 1 cup ground almonds
• 1 cup desiccated coconut
• ½ cup buckwheat
• 12 medjool dates, pitted
• zest from 3 small lemons
• 1 tsp vanilla essence
• 1 Tbsp maple syrup
• 2 cups cashews, soaked for at
least 3 hours (or overnight)
• 1 ½ cups coconut yoghurt
• zest from 2 lemons
• juice from 3 lemons
• ¼ cup maple syrup
• 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
sliced lemons, shredded coconut
and edible flowers
1. Grease a 20–25cm tart tin with coconut oil.
2. Place all the base ingredients together in a food
processor and blend to a semi-fine texture.
3. Tip the mixture into a tart tin and press down firmly with
your fingers, creating a raised edge around the sides of
the tin. Place in the freezer to set while making the filling.
4. In a food processor or high-powered blender, blend all
the filling ingredients together until smooth.
5. Pour filling on top of the base and spread evenly. Place
back in the freezer for at least 2 hours to set.
6. Remove pie from tart tin and serve topped with sliced
lemons, shredded coconut and edible flowers.
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60 Style | Drink
The four pillars
When it comes to Scotland’s whisky regions, Hayden Preece
says there are only four worth knowing about.
From the west of the Spey River (near Kingussie)
to Buckie and back north up to near Forres.
Number of single malt distilleries:
The Speyside (Strathspey) region is where the
majority of Scotch whisky comes from, be it for
blends or sold as single malt. It’s a region that offers
diversity in style, covering the spectrum from light
to robust, sweet to peated, but each one is a
Staple brands: While the most recognisable would
be Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, if you want a meaty
Speyside that packs a punch go for Aberlour.
The Glenfarclas family casks are phenomenal.
At the southern end of the Mull of Kintyre.
Number of single malt distilleries: 3
Once the ‘whisky capital of the world’, the closure
of a vast number of distilleries sees only Glengyle
(Kilkerran), Springbank and Glen Scotia in production
today. Broad yet distinctive in style, the Scots describe
the Campbeltown character as being ‘foosty’ – as in
musty or earthy.
Staple brands: The most recognisable is Springbank,
with its Longrow Red being phenomenal. Glen Scotia
Victoriana is excellent and great value for money.
In the southern Inner Hebrides.
Number of single malt distilleries: 9
One of the main islands of the Inner Hebrides, Islay
(pronounced eye-la) is known for its heavily peated,
smoky whiskies, as well as being the home to some
of Scotland’s most famous whiskies – Laphroaig,
Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila.
Staple brands: The more discerning palate might
want to try a Lagavulin – the distiller’s edition was
From the Orkney Islands, down to just above Edinburgh
and Glasgow, and including six whisky-producing islands –
the Orkney Islands, Lewis, Mull, Skye, Jura and Arran.
Number of single malt distilleries: 39
Highland is the biggest whisky-producing region in
Scotland, in terms of area. It’s known for a broad
range of flavour profiles, which vary between distillery,
meaning you can have anything from heavy fruit to light
vanilla flavours, and even a hint of salt in coastal blends.
Staple brands: If I could only drink two Highlands,
forever, it would be GlenDronach – my favourite,
which falls right on the Speyside boundary – and
62 Style | Beauty
Tried and tested
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64 Style | Read
The book nook
A place to discover what deserves a spot in your TBR pile.
Still Standing: What I’ve
Learnt from a Life Lived
(Allen & Unwin, $36.99)
This is Jess’s inspirational story of losing her leg to an
aggressive cancer as a nine-year-old and how she’s come
to accept this, channelling her experience into helping
others. As a successful model, social media phenomenon,
and participant on Dancing with the Stars, Jess has become
a spokesperson for body diversity. An advocate for
resilience and normalising different, her messages are hugely
important for us all.
I Laugh Me Broken
Bridget van der Zijpp
(Victoria University of Wellington
Upon learning of a devastating genetic inheritance, Ginny
gains new understanding of her mother’s love and death.
Leaving her fiancé in the dark, Ginny flees to Germany to
research a novel about a maverick sea captain who was
lauded for his courage. Navigating transient, hedonistic
Berlin on her own, she absorbs the city’s tangle of stories as
she tries to gather the strength to face her future.
When the Great War breaks out Thomas Mann is fired up
with patriotism, but his flawed vision signals the start of a
complex relationship with his German homeland and great
conflict within his own troubled family. Although famous as
a writer, Thomas’s inner life is fearful and secretive. Blind to
impending disaster in the Great War, he is forced to rethink
his relationship to Germany as Hitler comes to power. In
exile, he and his wife Katia try to keep their family safe, yet
The Silence Between Us:
A Mother and Daughter’s
Suicide and Into Life
Oceane Campbell with
(Hardie Grant Books, $32.99)
A double memoir tracing a mother and daughter as they
rebuild their relationship after the daughter’s suicide
attempt. Oceane’s story is pieced together through original
records, interspersed with Cécile’s own account. We learn
about the intergenerational trauma that forced their divide,
as well as the sexual assault that pushed Oceane over the
edge. As they attempt to negotiate the mental health and
legal systems, we see the fractures start to mend.
The Silent Patient
(Celadon Books, $25)
If artist Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life, why then
did she shoot her husband five times in the head and never
speak again? Psychotherapist Theo Faber makes it his mission to
get Alicia to talk again. Constant unexpected twists, especially
the ending, make this book a riveting, compelling read.
– Susan Peake
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The Girl Behind the Wall
This historical novel is a heart-warming and sad story of how the
Berlin Wall divided a city, families and friends.
In 1961, the German city of Berlin is divided between West Berlin
and East Berlin. West Berliners work in the East and some East
Berliners work and shop in the West. Then one day, when people
wake up, there’s a barbed wire wall keeping the East Berliners in and
the West Berliners out. Soon, it’s made of concrete.
Two sisters are left divided, with Karin on the wrong side of the
city. Overnight, she’s trapped under Soviet rule in unforgiving East
Berlin and separated from her twin, Jutta. Karin is refused passage
home to the West, so she builds a life in the East, falling in love
One day, Jutta finds a way from West Berlin to East Berlin.
She calls it a “rabbit hole”. Slipping through it, she visits her sister.
It is very dangerous to go through the passage as the Stasi are
everywhere, they even have informers in West Berlin. Her sister
must make a choice: stay in East Berlin or make a desperate escape
to the West and leave the boy she loves behind.
If you enjoyed Mandy Robotham’s other books, The German
Midwife and Berlin Girl, you’ll enjoy this too.
– Robyn Joplin, Piccadilly Bookshop
The Riviera House
(Hachette Australia, $34.99)
Set during the Second World War, this book is
inspired by a true story. Eliane works in the Louvre
Museum and is cataloguing the art that the Nazis
are taking away. They think she can’t understand
German, but they’re wrong. She is carefully recording
the paintings for the Resistance.
Eliane’s pre-war love affair with an Englishman
catches up with her while she is working with the
Nazis at a stunning home on the French Riviera.
In the present day, we find Remy Lang has gone
to her inherited home on the Riviera to forget a
tragedy. She finds a picture in a book – of a painting
that hung on her childhood bedroom wall. The two
stories start to intertwine, making Remy wonder
who her family is.
Few books have woven fact and fiction to such
a fine blend, showing the strain people of the
early 40s had to endure. I highly recommend this
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Back on deck
What does the future hold for those of us yearning to travel the high seas once more?
Ady Shannon discovers how cruise operators are charting a new era.
Pre-pandemic, the growth of the cruise
industry saw ships and their international
guests descend on an increasing number of
ports, rivers, lakes and fiords around the world.
From Italy and the Greek Isles to Scandinavia,
the Caribbean, Asia and even Antarctica, these
floating hotels on picturesque waterways offered
an appealing travel option.
While Covid-19 may have taken the wind out
of the sails for vessels, operators have used the
downtime to renovate, replace and revamp their
ships and the packages on offer.
ABOVE: The Viking Venus entering Valletta’s Grand Harbour. The ship has been cruising there this northern summer.
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“Ocean cruises are now operating again
in the UK, Europe, Iceland, Singapore,
Hong Kong, Alaska and the largest
cruise market, the Caribbean. River
cruises are slowly re-starting in Europe
on regional rivers and also in the USA
on the likes of the Mississippi.”
– Jeff Leckey, House of Travel
A BRIGHT FUTURE
Jeff Leckey, the general manager of cruises for House
of Travel, is excited about the future of the industry.
“The cruise lines have not slowed down. Many
operators have embarked on building newer,
more environmentally friendly ships and a lot took
the opportunity to retire older, less efficient ships
during the shutdown. Right now there is a great
opportunity for guests to enjoy brand new ships
with some fantastic, innovative on-board features.”
Jeff acknowledges there are limited opportunities
in New Zealand currently; however, the rest of the
world is gearing up for the 2022 season.
“Ocean cruises are now operating again in the
UK, Europe, Iceland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Alaska
and the largest cruise market, the Caribbean. River
cruises are slowly re-starting in Europe on regional
rivers and also in the USA on the likes of the
Mississippi,” he says.
Michelle Black, managing director for Viking
Cruises, reiterates Jeff’s enthusiasm for the new style
of cruise holiday on offer.
“The future for cruising is bright and we firmly
believe there will be no safer way to travel. Viking
has a number of exciting new products on the
horizon that will take our guests to new frontiers,”
• In 2019, over 120,000 Kiwis opted for a cruise holiday.
• The South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia made up
60 per cent of the destinations they travelled to.
• This northern summer, the
UK had over 18 different
cruise lines offering
domestic cruises for fully
• Ships are operating at a
reduced capacity to
ensure social distancing
can be maintained.
• Viking is launching two
ships in 2022–23.
• Cruise lines are taking
bookings for 2022 through
• The Oceania
Australia (happening in
December 2023) sold out
in just two days.
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Viking started out in 1997 with four river ships; 24
years on, they’re the world’s largest river cruise line
with a fleet of 70 throughout Europe and Russia. New
ships are launching on the Nile, Mekong and Mississippi
Their first ocean ship, the Viking Star, launched
in 2015. Since then, they have grown to become
the world’s largest small ship cruise line offering
experiences on rivers, oceans and lakes; they even visit
the polar regions.
“It’s very exciting times for Viking. The innovation in
cruising and the diversity of options appeals to guests.
Demand has never been greater, with guests wanting
to experience what they love so much about cruising:
unpacking once, exceptional service and the friendships
formed on board with other like-minded travellers,“
“Our guests are culturally curious, well-travelled
and interested in immersing themselves in their
destination through its history, landscapes, culture
and, of course, food.”
Both Michelle and Jeff are optimistic that demand
for ocean cruises will grow, especially given what we’re
seeing overseas, explains Michelle.
“Viking restarted operations in May for UK guests,
with cruises sailing around England. In June, we
welcomed US guests back on board in Bermuda and
Iceland. This month, we will also launch additional
‘Welcome Back’ sailings in the Mediterranean with
three ocean ships homeported in Valletta, Malta – and
we will restart our European river operations with
select itineraries in Portugal, France and along the
Rhine,” she says.
Jeff is confident that the industry will re-establish
itself back to pre-Covid levels and House of Travel is
gearing up for the anticipated demand.
“Cruise bookings are now open for the majority of
2022 and 2023 sailings, with some lines even opening
up for 2024, due to huge pent-up demand to cruise.
We have seen some world cruises completely sell out
on the first day of sale. Even local cruises, such as the
Oceania circumnavigation of Australia in December
2023, sold out in just two days,” says Jeff.
Operators have introduced well-researched,
comprehensive health and safety protocols to ensure
the safety of guests and crew.
“No part of the travel-and-tourism industry has done
as much as the cruise lines to ensure a safe re-start,”
New protocols include:
• Contactless boarding.
• Enhanced medical services, including non-invasive
saliva PCR tests for all guests and crew.
• On-board laboratories.
• Better use of technology to allow bookings and
contact tracing in restaurants and shows, and for
• Staff service has replaced the traditional buffets
(which some cruise lines had already introduced
• Most cruise lines have fully vaccinated crew.
• In many of the countries that have re-started,
guests must be fully vaccinated.
• Viking is engaging artificial intelligence, with
sanitation robots treating surfaces in public areas,
and every ship has been fitted with new air
LEFT: Admiring the view from a Viking Star lounge.
ABOVE: Sanitation robots are employed in the Viking Venus kitchen.
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“Our 2022 ocean season is almost
sold out. Australian and
New Zealand guests need to
remember that we are feeding into
global stock levels, and the rest of the
world is travelling and booking.”
– Michelle Black, Viking Cruises
GET ON BOARD – QUICK
When asked if she anticipates demand for
bookings to increase, Michelle is unequivocal
in her response.
“Absolutely! There is an element of
demand exceeding supply at present.
We are booking quite far ahead, with the
majority of bookings for travel in 2023.
Our 2022 ocean season is almost sold out.
Australian and New Zealand guests need to
remember that we are feeding into global
stock levels, and the rest of the world is
travelling and booking. Hesitancy will mean
people miss out on their preferred options
when we are able to travel freely again.”
Jeff has similar advice for those considering
future holiday options.
“With the whole world competing for
space on these future cruise holidays, it
has never been more important for Kiwis
to book early to secure their choice of
itinerary and room preference. There are
some fantastic early booking incentives,
including promotions with low deposits, free
drinks packages and free on-board spending
money, plus there are flexible booking
conditions from a lot of cruise lines.”
Around the world in 107 days
Christchurch couple Alice and Murray love
to cruise, and not even an intrepid adventure
pre-Covid-19 has dulled their love of holidaying
by boat. In 2020, they were partway through a
45-day cruise when Covid-19 hit. There followed
19 days straight sailing as they were refused
entry into several Indian Ocean ports. Finally, the
ship turned around and went full steam ahead
for Freemantle. From there, the couple flew to
Melbourne and home to Christchurch on the
last plane out, arriving just 24 hours before New
Zealand went into lockdown.
Alice and Murray, both in their mid-80s, were
not bothered by the experience.
“It was very relaxing actually. I am an avid
reader and there was a very good on-board
gym. Alice loves to walk so she did a lot of that
around the ship,” says Murray.
Long-time intrepid travellers – they have
trekked to Base Camp, visited Cuba and walked
a portion of the Camino trail – Murray admits he
once vowed and declared he would never go on
a cruise. That changed in 2014 when Alice urged
him to give it a go. Their first experience on a
Princess Line cruise from Vancouver to Alaska
concluded with an eight-day tramp. Since then
the couple have enjoyed many cruises, usually
in conjunction with overland excursions and
activities. The vessels have ranged in capacity
from 600 to 4000 guests.
They have already secured a cabin on their
next adventure; in May 2022, the adventurous
couple depart Auckland for a 107-day aroundthe-world
cruise. “Can’t wait,” says Murray.
WESTPAC CHOPPER GALA
AND CHARITY AUCTION
The Westpac Chopper Gala and Charity Auction filled the
Christchurch Town Hall with 250 guests from the business
community on August 5. The event raised more than $90,000
for the Canterbury rescue helicopter service and followed on
from the annual Westpac Chopper Appeal in May (which raised
$1.1 million nationwide).
Photography: Krystle Photography
Whether exploring the local neighbourhood on wheels,
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lockdown in style. We love seeing Style readers in action!
1 “The empty road on my daily walks around Halswell,” Rachel Warren; 2. “Here is our lockdown photo of our two children enjoying some reading time in their
pods on our wee farm,” Rachaelle Stidder; 3 “Keeping lockdown a little bit more stylish,” Hannah Buckby; 4 “This is Bolt, our one-year-old border collie,” Kelly Fay;
5 “Here is a photo of me drawing – working,” Miranda Brown; 6 “I’m pleased to say that amongst sending out Doggone tags to customers around the country, I’ve
actually been taking a lunch break (a new concept for me!) and getting back out on my bike with my husband. It has been wonderful and I was very grateful for the
terrific weather we had at the start of the lockdown. It sure helped!” Tracy Austin; 7. “Lockdown walking,” Chris Korako;
8. “Ted, our black lab, getting to know his new brother,” Lucy Watson; 9. “Photo from lockdown!” Ineke Chan;
10. “Walking our dog,” Marg Foster; 11. “Hanging out in the garden – all dressed up and nowhere to go!” Angela Stone.
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Weaving soundscapes and landscapes together into a haunting multi-sensory
tapestry of music and moving image.
Bridget Douglas, principal flute in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra joins with
Alistair Fraser, renowned taonga pūoro researcher and artist, to weave their two
musical worlds across one magical night. Western flutes and traditional Māori instruments
come together in both celebrated and new pieces by New Zealand composers including
John Psathas, Gillian Whitehead and Gareth Farr.
Rounding out the collaboration, the performance is set against the striking backdrop
of a specially commissioned video work by visual artist Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui,
Ngāi Te Rangi), illustrating our country’s unique landscapes that have literally shaped the
sounds of these instruments over generations.
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