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The Dowse Art Museum This season’s welcoming and thought-provoking exhibitions make a visit to The Dowse absolutely essential — open daily, 10am–5pm, FREE entry, dowse.org.nz, 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt Bellbird Eatery — After some Dowse inspiration, sink your teeth into local produce at this upmarket gem — bellbirdeatery.co.nz Mine: The Dowse Shop — With a spring clean sale on Sunday 3 September, you can take home a piece of beauty at a great price.
Petone Settlers Museum Te Whare Whakaaro o Pito-one Duck in and learn about Pito-one and its significance to Māori and settlers — FREE entry, open Wed–Sun, 10am–4pm, The Esplanade, Petone, petonesettlers.org.nz
Petone Winter Markets Uncover unique local treasures at this cosy market — Sat 16 September, 10.30am–3pm, Petone Baptist Church, 38 Buick St, Petone, fb.com/petonewintermarkets
Walk in Style Jackson Street Fall in love with fashion, with a Petone guided tour led by stylist Frances Hamilton — bookings: jacksonstreet.co.nz
High Tea at Alfred Coles House Find time for your friends and catch-up over a traditional English High Tea — bookings: settlersmotel.co.nz
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MADE IN WELLINGTON P
erhaps you have noticed that some of our issues have been loosely ‘themed’. Last month it was food. This month we have focused, a bit more than usual, on women. It’s spring and when planning at the beginning of the year, it seemed a good idea. Spring is an especially good month to launch our Capital paper doll, Pipi Mansfield. Thank you to all who on social media suggested the wide range of names for her. Despite being in an election period, the decision making here was not particularly democratic, and not mine. After lots of input and chat, the voting was left in the hands of our design team and its decision is binding. It has been a fun project. Enjoy dressing her. We hope we can expand the concept in the future. Nicola Young, well known for her love of fine things, looks at dress codes for men and women. Nicole Skews-Poole talks about feeling safe as a woman in Wellington and what we can all do to effect change. In a new feature, local lawyer and blogger Megan Blenkarne suggests that clothes choices should involve fun, rather than practicality. ‘Best Friends’ was the starting point for our fashion shoot, ably curated by Laura Pitcher. The delightfully irreverent Tilly Lloyd chats to Sarah Lang about 50 years of Unity Bookshop, and our regular columnist Melody Thomas reflects, in a very timely manner, on the difficulties of families coping on modest incomes. Local composer Natalie Hunt talks to Dan Poynton about the issues in composing music for African American musicians Imani Wind who perform in Wellington this month. And of course our regular features and food columns and much much more. Do make sure you vote this month. And please keep the feedback coming. We are always interested to receive it.
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TALES OF THE CIT Y Jaye Glam Morgan smiles as she glitters through the city
24 CULTURE 28 BABY, BABY
S A F E T Y S A F E LY Feelings of a feminist
WIND IN WELLINGTON
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DEATH OF THE DRESS C ODE R.I.P. to formal-wear
37 BAD-ASS BAT TEN Phoebe Morris illustrates Sky High, the story of Jean Batten
BAO AND BEERS WINE AND WONTONS DINE IN OR TAKEOUT
WEAR SOMETHING WONDERFUL Our new fashion columnist Megan Blenkarne wants wonder in your wardrobe
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SAFE CROSSINGS I have been reading your very good magazine for a long time but felt I needed to make a comment on your choice to publish Wellyworder’s 'Cross Safely' musings on page 15 (#42). I felt the piece was unnecessary, spiteful and not amusing. A publication of your calibre should be behind all those thousands of teachers that cross children safely in every kind of weather many times a week. Let's not let the alleged actions of one colour the great work of the profession. Cathy Hegarty It was a mildly observed happening, not an alleged one. Ed WHAT A LOVELY MAN What a really nice story by Sarah Lang in your August issue (#43, p 30) with Haami Te Whaiti. I did not know all of this treatysettlement activity had been going on. I am now very interested to go and see the exhibition at Aratoi in September. He must be such a lovely man to do all that community work for so long. S Green, Wairarapa CO OLEST GENDER EQUAL CIT Y No doubt you are tiring of the feedback and the negative social media focus on your '12 disciples'
hospo photo showing a lack of gender or ethnic diversity. I must say I was surprised at it when our copy arrived in the mail. But there is nothing like getting on the front foot. Wellington can be the coolest little gender equal city and there is much happening in this space. Capital could be at the forefront. I would be happy to use my networks to share what is happening in Wellington across business, govt and NGO and communities. We have some unique and interesting voices - both men and women - based here that I know will contribute. Jo Cribb (abridged) Thank you for your interest. We always appreciate feedback. Ed
NOT HUNGRY FOR SAUSAGE FEST Just picked up the latest ‘food’ issue of Capital and quickly lost my appetite when I saw the all-male sausage-fest featured as Wellington hospo legends. This article just made the hospitality industry seem even more of an old boys club than I already worried it was. I can’t believe that you couldn’t find even ONE woman to feature!? Surely we don’t need to wait for the ‘she’ issue next month to have some of Welly’s female chefs and hospitality stars shining? Cheers, Roxy Huntington, Wellington
We made an editorial decision to work with that group, and were really pleased with the image. Doesn’t seven pages of food recommendations from four female food writers, or the crusted blue cod recipe from our regular female writers Nikki and Jordan Shearer tempt your appetite? Do keep on tasting. Ed TROLLEY FOLLY Your magazine should not remain silent on this crucial Wellington subject. Beijing is canning its new battery buses, and they’re returning to the trolley system. Many other cities are refurbishing their trolley buses or building them new. They are a cheap version of trams. But for decades GWRC has been pressing to remove them for so-called economies. Their claim that they will need to spend $52M (and talk of $80M) because of substation repairs has not been supported by the many experts I’ve consulted. Their advice is $15M supported by the recent work they did for the trains. The evidence of costs has not been tabled, but should be, before the overhead wires are demolished in October. The system is already in place; how can new battery buses mainly charged by on-board diesel motors be better than our hard-wired overhead cables delivering 85% renewable electricity? Daryl Coburn, Wellington
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A L L A B OA R D Steam Incorporated is running the Daffodil Express between Wellington and the Wairarapa for Carterton’s annual Daffodil Festival on 11 September. The excursion train will be hauled by steam locomotive Ja1271, including vintage carriages, some with open balconies. The daffodil festival features family-friendly activities and, of course, daffodil picking at Gladstone’s historic Middlerun farm. All proceeds go to local charities Plunket and St John.
CAZ A STEELE What led you to get a tattoo? I got my first tattoo when I was about 15, it's on my inner lip and says 'guts'. It was a pretty mindless thing at the time. Nowadays a lot more thought goes behind my tattoos.
BIRDS AND BEES
Rebellion or art? Definitely art. Getting a tattoo to rebel is still conforming to someone else. An anticonformist is still a conformist.
Jill Hemming’s new board game Flight of Pollen is being launched at Mahara Gallery in Waikanae on Saturday 2 September. Teams from Kapanui School will be playing the game from 11am. Hemming, who already has one successful environmental game under her belt, says the game is based on the real behaviour, characteristics and interactions of our many pollinators – birds, bats, insects, geckos and wind – and the peculiarities of 14 native plants. An exhibition which includes Cushla McGaughey’s paintings and illustrations for the game runs at Mahara Gallery until 10 September.
Family – for or against it? Both of my parents are against. It's not a culture either of them grew up around to have an appreciation for, so I understand. They're both medical professionals and although they're both open-minded I think they will always perceive it as their daughter ruining her flesh.
C HAT T E R
WELLY WORDS WICKED WINGS It seems that even the most dedicated foodies among us can’t resist KFC from time to time. A popular young restaurateur was caught grabbing a hot n’ spicy quarter pack for lunch recently. This was directly after your correspondent had been at the restaurant in question for lunch, sampling their Wellington on a Plate burger offering. Which, he thought was much better than anything KFC could offer, although we will admit Wicked Wings on a good day are hard to beat.
BARTER FOR THE MUSIC Overheard at a concert recently was a young (probably around 25yo) punter who addressed the ticket sellers thus: I can’t stay for the whole concert so can I just pay a portion of the ($35) cost. How about $20 boldly said the music lover? To the Wellyworder’s surprise the offer was accepted. Clearly if you don’t ask ...
GENERATION GAP A Wellyworder reported encountering a seal pup on the stairs leading up from Oriental Bay. He took its picture and upon his return showed the office junior. Her response was to note that the seal is called Rocky and has his/her own facebook page! facebook.com/RockyTheWellingtonSeal Clearly during their lunch break Boomers have a lunch time run to see the world, Millennials get it all on Facebook.
IT'S COOL TO KORERO He ihi motuhake ō ngā wāhine. Women have their own special driving force.
YO U K N OW NOTHING Porirua has become the first city in New Zealand to endorse the campaign called ‘Give Nothing to Racism.’ Fronted by Taika Waititi this is a New Zealand Human Rights Commission project. It is the second initiative of an on-going nationwide anti-racism campaign called That’s Us, which was launched September 2016, and has so far reached more than three million people. Mayor Mike Tana says “Porirua is the most multicultural city in New Zealand, so why not take the lead?”
BEST OF THE BEST Finalists for the 2017 Best Design Awards were announced last month and Wellington designers and projects feature prominently. They include the interactive documentary Together We Make a Nation (Rabid Tech/Story Inc) designed by Nanz Nair, and Salted Herring’s Wild Eyes Application created by Paul Stanley Ward and Vicky Pope (see Capital #42, p 49). Massey University’s College of Creative Arts has a number of finalists, including weight scales and line posts in the Non-Consumer section, a machine in the Exhibition & Temporary Structures category and Project Self by Capital staffer Laura Pitcher for Student Moving Image.
SPIN D O CTOR More than half of the staff at the Capital & Coast District Health Board participated in a staff engagement survey and the results are in. A media release from CCDHB joyfully announced, ‘Over two thirds of Capital & Coast District Health Board staff feel positively engaged.’ However, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation has responded to the survey results with ‘Broken funding model leaves nurses feeling unsafe.’ They say that the results show only 19% of nurses and midwives feel safe or supported at CCDHB, and it is a direct result of a decade of underfunding.
TRUST THE MONK
Pete Monk is the newest trustee of the Karori Sanctuary Trust, the board that manages Zealandia Ecosanctuary. Monk has a history of tourism-related marketing and an active interest in nature and conservation. A Wairarapa resident, Monk is also chairman of Toast Martinborough and treasurer of Featherston Booktown. He replaced Pam Fuller, whose service was recognised with a Karori Sanctuary Trust honorary membership.
Wellington’s trolley bus system has been scheduled for removal since 2014 when a plan to transition to hybrid buses was agreed. However former Greater Wellington regional councillor Paul Bruce claims it is a mistake and that the $12 million necessary to transition to hybrid would be better spent upgrading the trolley network. The new hybrid buses will emit nearly two-thirds of the CO2 that a diesel bus does in the first place whereas trolley buses are zero emission and 85% renewable energy. Mr Bruce says to have your say ‘write letters and ring your councillors.’
A nationwide pollution awareness mural tour makes its final stop this month, with the last artwork in the series being executed in Willis St. Tess Sheerin is the artist behind ‘New Zealand’s Worth Loving’. She has already completed murals in Queenstown, Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland to highlight water pollution and its damaging effects on marine life. To coincide with each of the murals, NZWL coordinates and supports clean-up events around waterways, lakes and coastal areas. Wellington’s event, run in collaboration with Sustainable Coastlines, will be held on 29 September.
TICKET TO RIDE Greater Wellington Regional Council is proposing an all-day 25% discount for full-time students and blind and disabled people on the capital's buses and trains. It's also proposing a 25% discount for all customers travelling at off-peak times. Consultation on the changes is open until 18 September. Rory Lenihan-Ikin, president of the Victoria University Students’ Association, says, ‘There was over 90% support for student fares in the last round of consultation, and we expect it to be even stronger this time.’
WATER WATER EVERY WHERE
Polhill Protectors were named the Supreme winners at the Wellington City Community Awards last month. The annual event celebrates volunteering and the contributions made by hundreds of people every year in and around Wellington. Polhill Protectors, who also won the Heritage & Environment section, will join other category winners to represent the city in the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards. Paul Stanley Ward leads the project, which seeks to create harmony between people, pets, and wildlife in Polhill Reserve (see Capital #42, pg 49).
At Wellington Region Business Expo, Andy Clarke, the owner of Wellington company Cloud Edge, will be talking about the rising importance of cloud technologies for preventing disaster at your business, and Alison Howard from Meridian Energy will talk about how to create value from sustainability. They are just two of the more than 130 business stands looking at current issues for business. The event is to be held over two days on 20, 21 September at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington has experienced one of the wettest winters on record, resulting in a large amount of damage including the largest slip in the Ngaio Gorge in many years. According to a new NIWA report on climate change, the Wellington region can expect more extreme rainfall events and more rainfall all year round. A spokesperson for the Greater Wellington Regional Council says that ‘of course climate change may mean flooding and coastal erosion – which will be much harder to manage.’
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Her s peci a l
The September issue of Capital celebrates women in all their winsome womanliness.
Grin and wear it Source: Statistics NZ
shows in the 2017 World of Wearable Arts
fashion creations being paraded on stage
crew and performers
people saw the 2016 incarnation
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Local lady lowdown Source: 2013 census
number of women in Porirua
number of women in The Hutt
number of women in Wellington city
number of women in NZ
98,238 – whole population
190,959 – whole population
51,717 – whole population
The election section
Shall we compare thee? Sources: Daily Mail Australia US National Library of Medicine Statistics NZ
In New Zealand women were given the right to vote in 1893 (the first to see the light).
31% of New Zealand’s parliament is made up of women.
33% of New Zealand City Councillors are women.
13,000 more than men
Women lie three times a day on average. Men? Six times
Women speak about 20,000 words a day
Women blink 19 times a minute on average. Men? 11 times
Women cry between 30 and 64 times a year. Men? 6 and 17 times.
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High p l a t fo r m s WRITTEN BY FRANCESCA EMMS | PHOTOGRAPH BY ANNA BRIGGS
Chloe, Jose (Chihuahuas) & Valentino (Russian Blue cat)
All that glitters is gold with Jaye Glam Morgan.
ou’ve probably spotted Jaye around the city. It’s hard to miss someone so stunning. She’s always immaculately presented and totally glam. ‘My style is very clean and bright. I love gold,’ she says. ‘I have a massive passion for print and boldness.’ She describes her look as feminine but with an androgynous feel, ‘like a cute blouse with a heavy wool knit and loafers, but with the most beautiful pleated skirt to balance it out.’ Working at Goodness, a boutique clothing shop on College St, is perfect for her, ‘because we sell beautifully well-made garments that are feminine but we can still also have that great pair of trousers or a bomber.’ People are drawn to Jaye. She’s not sure if it’s her confidence or her colourful clothes. ‘Some people might find me a bit intimidating, but strangers often come up to me to compliment my style and they find that I’m genuinely nice.’ Long ago Jaye built a wall of happiness, as a way to protect herself. ‘When I was younger I was quite negative, and looking back, I was an easy target for abuse. I didn’t want to blow it off. I couldn’t say ‘oh I don’t care’ because you do care. So my armour is happiness. It’s hard to abuse someone with a smile.’ Jaye has a creative soul and a huge appreciation of culture and the arts. ‘I love Reuben Paterson,’ she says, ‘He's amazing and I've always had a love for glitter and art.’ Jaye had a rare speechless moment when she actually bumped into her ‘true idol’ on the street. ‘I was walking down Willis Street and he stopped me and said he liked my Instagram. I was gobsmacked.’
Jaye often has creative projects on the go: organising fashion shows and events, or styling for designers, photo shoots and films. When she’s not working, her pastimes usually relate to grooming. ‘I love getting my hair and nails done and things like sun beds. Not lots, it's just over winter to get a bit of a tan on my skin.’ Or she’ll walk around the city accompanied by her chihuahuas, Jose and Chloe, who are ‘super spoilt and love cuddles and gourmet food.’ Valentino, the ‘totally posh’ Russian blue cat, is left at home. Originally from Hawke’s Bay, Jaye has lived in Wellington for more than 20 years. ‘It's where I feel safe to be myself and everyone here is super respectful, creative, fashionable, expressive and open.’ Her favourite part of town is Cuba Street. ‘I love how vibrant and crazy yet ever so calm at the same time it can be.’ She also met her husband on Cuba Street, so it has ‘a very special part in my heart.’ When it comes to bars and cafes, ‘I'm a lady of routine and I like to go to places like the Bresolin and Scopa.’ Satay Village is also a favourite. ‘The food has been the same since I was a teenager.’ She likes Laundry bar for its chilled atmosphere and she’s often seen at Prefab during the day, ‘because Bridget and her gang always look after me.’ Outside of New Zealand Jaye has always had a fond love of Italy, ‘I think it heightened once I visited that beautiful place,’ she says. Perhaps it’s not surprising that Jaye’s favourite magazine comes from Italy, ‘Vogue Italia is the most un-commercial Vogue you could read. Just like Italian women, it oozes such grace and elegance.’
S TA N D U P FOR POLITICS As political as he is successful, Wellington comedian James Nokise is one-sixth of The Best Comedy Show on Earth with Best Foods Mayo (St James, 14 September), a comedy-festival showcase taking an encore tour. With the election looming, Nokise and theatre collaborator Anya Tate-Manning decided their recurring political-satire show Public Service Announcements should return. Nokise has written but doesn’t perform in PSA: Stranger Politics (BATS, 12–16 September). This is the 12th in the PSA show series, where local actors play multiple politicians. ‘I’ve toured New Zealand, and everyone cares about how politics affects their lives.’
A MASSIVE INFLUENCE
The Modern Maori Quartet has come a long way since four friends studying at Toi Whakaari began it in 2012 to cover the bills. The ‘Māori Ratpack’ showband has performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, hosted Maori TV show My Party Song, and played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. This month they release their garageparty-themed debut album That's Us with a national tour, stopping into Blenheim (21 September) Featherston (28 September), Otaki (29 September), and Wellington (7 October).
Sam Scott, the artistic director of Auckland’s youth-focused Massive Company, is in town to co-direct The WholeHearted (Hannah Playhouse, 20–23 September): a very physical theatre production about individuals’ interpretation of matters of the heart. She’ll just miss her actor-turned-broadcaster uncle Lloyd Scott, 75. He’s holidaying overseas after retiring in August from his all-nighter hosting gig at Radio NZ, after 53 years there. ‘Lloyd’s been a big influence on me, and on me knowing that performing arts could be a career.’
Moniek Schrijer flies to Xiamen, China in September to spend three months as the 2017 Wellington Asia Residency Exchange artist-in-residence. The Lower Hutt jeweller and object-maker is excited. ‘I’m planning on learning traditional Chinese techniques such as lacquerwork and possibly porcelainmaking.’ Last year she became the first New Zealander to win The Herbert Hofmann Preis, contemporary jewellery’s biggest international prize.
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H E A R S AY Who knew there was a biennial New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival? Sixteen shorts made by deaf filmmakers – half of them by Kiwis – will show free of charge at the Memorial Theatre (8–10 September). Festival chairperson Jared Flitcroft, a long-time Wellingtonian now living in Christchurch, attends a Q&A before the opening-night screening of Tama, the only ticketed film. A collaboration between Flitcroft and hearing director Jack O’Donnell, the award-winning Wellington-filmed short is about a deaf Maori boy learning the haka. Deaf US hip-hop musician Sean Forbes performs at the awards night. Everyone welcome.
Both Wellington Girls College and the New Clarissa Dunn hosts RNZ Concert’s Weekday Zealand School of Dance websites profile highClassics show from 10am to 1pm each day. achieving alumna Shona McCullagh. A dancerShe’s been an NZ Opera chorus member since turned-choreographer for dance, theatre and 2009, after singing in Australia and Europe. film, McCullagh is co-founder and artistic director “The New Zealand Opera is my second family.” of world-touring contemporary troupe the New The company is rehearsing for Kátya Kabanová Zealand Dance Company. She brings its double(St James, 7–14 October), a tragedy born from bill show of two surrealist works, The Absurdity composer Leoš Janáček's unrequited love for a of Humanity, to Wellington’s Opera much-younger married woman. This production (USA)House (20 Valerie Coleman September). ‘The grand old Opera House was ﬂute transports Kátya to 1950s suburban America. Toyin Spellman-Diaz oboe part of my upbringing. I first performed there “Watch out for the mother-in-law from hell, eyeMark Dover clarinet Jeﬀ Scott french horn aged 11 with Deirdre Tarrant Dance Theatre.’ ing Kátya like a snake.” Monica Ellis bassoon
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WHO’S WHO What did a caricature look like in 1645? That’s when Wenceslaus Hollar etched two deformed faces modelled on Leonardo da Vinci’s original caricatures. It’s the first of 100 works on paper exhibited at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Ludicrous Likenesses: The Fine Art of Caricature until 23 October. The 100 portraits include more recent caricatures that have been digitally created or adapted.
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A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN JUST THE GIRL NEXT DOOR Ali Harper brings her highly-acclaimed show to Circa. It’s 1971, and Doris Day is filming her television special. Join Ali as part of the studio audience to celebrate the life and songs of this remarkable and much-loved star. “Effervescent… endearing” Theatreview 16 Sep–14 Oct, Circa Theatre,1 Taranaki St, (04) 801 7992, circa.co.nz
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Free to dream BY M E LO DY T H O M A S
s a child I was fairly certain I would grow up to be a world famous actor or singer, but when I thought about what success would look like it wasn’t huge crowds or film premieres I imagined, rather the act of walking into a shop – any shop – and buying whatever I wanted without thinking of money. I realise now that this speaks to our financial situation in my childhood. I don’t think I could ever say we were poor – we had shoes and warm clothes, and while we envied the contents of other lunch boxes at school ours were not empty. But money was tight enough that I felt anxious every time a letter was sent home regarding school fees or the cost of a trip, and as a preteen I knew asking for Barkers track pants or, really, any new, coveted item was futile. Years later at university I was told about a study that said the number one predictor of your future income is your parents’ – pointing as much to the fact that families with lower incomes have less access to the resources necessary for success, as to the ways our expectations shape our realities. So far my own experience mimics the findings of that study. While for the most part I can buy lunch on a day I forget to pack one or make an appointment at the doctor without too much stress, we are still pretty much constantly in debt and there are months when we need to call in help for grocery bills. I know how lucky we are to have people to call on for this. We also live with a grandparent and with others very close by, so a lot of the weight of childcare is borne by them and without cost, and our rent is comparatively affordable. Every time we find ourselves bobbing just above the breadline I wonder how on earth others are coping. If just getting by is a struggle for us, with both of us working and with all that support, how hard must it be for others? For the solo parents and those on the minimum wage, or those who have to rely
solely on the benefit while the kids are young or while they try to juggle studying because that’s the only way they can see to improve their situation. How did we get to the point where it’s acceptable for mothers to lie to their children that they aren’t hungry, so the kids don’t feel guilty eating the last of the food, or where breastfeeding is cut short because a Mum has to get back to work weeks after the baby arrives, or where families where both parents are working bloody hard still struggle to pay to stay in their homes? While it can be really stressful in those months when we just scrape by, I am grateful that it reminds me to consider how others are doing. That there is no difference between my children and those who bed down at night in cars, except the hand they were dealt randomly at birth. It has helped me to realise that many of those in power who could effect change if they really wanted to, and those who vote to keep those people in power, just have no firsthand experience of what it’s like to struggle under the weight of unrelenting poverty. On optimistic days I imagine to myself that if they could just live it for a day, they might act with more empathy. As an adult I have not been able to rid myself entirely of the envy I feel when friends or colleagues talk about the designer dress they bought on a whim, the music lessons and gymnastics classes their kids attend and the houses they own. There is still that child inside of me who hopes that one day, I might walk into a shop and buy whatever I like without a second thought. But I would happily give up that ridiculous dream if it means that all New Zealanders are afforded the basic human rights of a warm, dry home to sleep in, food to fill their bellies, an education for their children and the respect of those around them. It really does not seem like too much to ask.
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Wind in We l l i n g t o n WRITTEN BY DAN POYNTON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNA BRIGGS
African American classical ensemble Imani Winds is blowing into town this month.
f anybody is still holding on to the prehistoric idea that classical music is best left to white people, their world view is about to be blown sky-high by the African American ensemble Imani Winds, hitting the country this month. Imani means ‘faith’ in Swahili, and it was almost as an act of faith that the Grammy Award-nominated group was formed 20 years ago: They are perhaps the world’s only African – and Latin American classical wind quintet, consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon. ‘Black and brown people in classical music – especially instrumental – is still a rarity,’ Imani’s bassoon player Monica Ellis told Capital by email. ‘A group like ours is needed to show the masses that we exist and exist at the highest level of excellence.’ Black American classical singers are legendary throughout the world – just as New Zealand’s Māori opera stars are. But you don’t often see black American or Māori instrumentalists in the very white and increasingly Asian classical scene. Monica says this is definitely not because ‘black or brown people aren’t inherently drawn to classical music’ or don’t have the talent for it. ‘While it is most certainly an issue of race, it's just as much an issue of classism, economic disparities and general lack of access.’ She says that in the United States people with less means, who are often but not always black, just don’t get a lot of access to classical music, especially with the ongoing governmental cuts to young people’s arts programmes. ‘If the access is not there, the interest is not there,’ she says. ‘I think any person can be drawn to any art form if the opportunity to be exposed to it is there.’ Enter young Wellington composer Natalie Hunt. She has been commissioned to write a piece for Imani’s tour by Chamber Music New Zealand, which is bringing the group to the country.
They couldn’t have made a more fitting choice: Natalie is obviously strongly drawn to explore other cultures, and it was while she was on a seven-country tour of sub-Saharan Africa that she was surprised by a message from CMNZ asking her to write a piece for Imani. She says she straight away knew the piece had to be inspired by what she was experiencing in Africa. But trying to put something of the vast richness of Africa into a little piece of music was daunting. ‘I’m not of African descent, I didn’t grow up in Africa,’ says Natalie. ‘I’ve travelled to Africa for six weeks and that’s it.’ Her solution was her piece Snapshots, three small impressions of various places in Africa from the point of view of a traveller passing through. Natalie seems to be unusually sensitive to cultural appropriation in her work. ‘To write this piece inspired by my experience in Africa I had to be very careful to define what I can say as someone who isn’t a member of the African community,’ she says and notes her natural inclination to dive deeply into the issues surrounding other cultures, which was particularly strong when faced with writing for an ethnically based group such as Imani. ‘It would have been quite easy for me to just be very political and write a piece that reflects slavery and what I think of that but I didn’t feel that was something I could do as someone who’s not African American.’ However Imani doesn’t seem worried about Natalie’s suitability. ‘We're very excited to perform great music by any new composer, but especially by a native daughter whose country we will be experiencing,’ says Monica. Not only does 32-year-old Natalie have a degree in music from Victoria University, but she also has one in political science which has given her the opportunity to look deeply into human rights, development issues and the history of colonisation.
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‘Colonsisation has shaped a large part of the world today, and I think it’s wrong to pretend it didn’t happen,’ she says, drawing attention to New Zealand’s history and the importance of honouring Māori traditions. She says she has been planning to write music inspired by a mysterious Māori foretelling of the coming of the Europeans three years before they arrived. ‘But I can’t tell that story because I’m not Māori and I need permission before I can write that piece,’ Natalie says. ‘White people have already taken so much from other races and we really need to be careful we stop doing that – that’s their taonga.’ Natalie has written a number of pieces inspired by native birds though, and she says she feels comfortable about using these taonga as a source because our ‘birds are shared.’ And she doesn’t let the great classical composers off the hook in such matters either, disapproving of the frequent use of ‘exoticism’ in 19th-century operas such as Aida, despite their consummate beauty. ‘A lot of it’s appropriation written by people who never went to those countries they’re set in,’ she says. ‘I love them but I don’t think it’s right for us to keep doing that in the 21st century.’ And what about the age-old question of how a composer makes a crust? ‘I graduated into a recession – I describe myself as a composer but the truth is I spend a lot of time at my day job,’ says Natalie referring to her work in the public sector. She’s even written a bluesy string quartet about it called Data Entry Groove, which requires the players to do RSI exercises in the middle of the piece. But she’s also worked as a cruise ship youth security officer, florist and pit musician. She’s organised events for wineries, done a variety of admin jobs and sung in operatic choruses. She’s even done some modelling. Actually Natalie seems game for just about anything and she’s trained in ‘Japanese street fighting’ to fend off the dangers of world travel. But for all this, she’s still managed to be the 2009 National Youth Orchestra Composer-in-Residence and win the 2009 NZSO/Todd Young Composer
Award. And just to top it off, she plays sax, clarinet, cello and piano. Natalie writes strikingly colourful and often very funky music which she describes as ‘contemporary classical that’s jazz influenced.’ She says she tries to break down the barriers between different musical genres, and her Snapshots written for Imani has places where the musicians can step off the traditionally rather rigid classical score. ‘I don’t want to restrict people,’ she says. ‘They can improvise, just make it up.’ And when it comes to improvisation and jazz Imani Winds are no slouches. They have played with jazz greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson and Wayne Shorter. And Shorter, who Imani call their ‘guru’, has composed a piece for their Terra Incognita CD – a rare privilege as it’s the only piece Shorter’s ever written for an ensemble other than his own ones, which include the legendary Weather Report. As well as jazz and classical, Imani champion all sorts of exotic non-European contemporary music. This, coupled with their distinctive African/Latin American flavour has meant ‘a wider demographic of audience member comes – be it concerning race as well as age,’ according to Monica. Another great crowd-puller for Imani is that they also put on interactive kids’ concerts with stories, instrument demonstrations, classical and world music gems, and sing-alongs. New Zealand families will be able to enjoy these free of charge. One thing for sure is that Imani won’t let you down in the boundless-energy-and-enthusiasm department. ‘I can't tell you how thrilled we are to perform in your country,’ says Monica. ‘You may be at the end of the world, but isolated you are not. Everybody I tell that I'm going there instantly wishes they were me!’ CMNZ presents Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Piazzolla and other Latin American composers with the premiere of Natalie Hunt’s Snapshots. Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, 26 September, 7.30pm
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Drawing the line By Sarah Lang Why did Kirsty Lillico think ‘oh no’ when she won the $10,000 Parkin Drawing Prize? ‘Because I knew there’d be some controversy.’ Her winning work State Block is an installation of institutional carpet suspended from the ceiling and lapping over the floor. Judge Seraphine Pick chose it from 502 entrants and 84 finalists. Art collector Chris Parkin, who funds the prize, explained that State Block qualifies as a drawing because, when you cut carpet, you actually ‘draw’ a line. State Block, which is based on the floor plan of a one-bedroom, state-owned modernist apartment, questions the liveability of high-density social housing and alludes to the failure to solve the public housing shortage. ‘I’m also interested in the brutalist style and early modernist architecture’s utopian ideas about good design being for everyone. Are those ideas worth revisiting?’ Lillico lives in a low-rise concrete apartment block in Hataitai, designed by Hannah Playhouse architect James Beard. A year ago, Lillico co-established Tory St Studios, a workspace shared by artists and creatives. She’s working on a solo show for Toi Poneke Gallery in November, creating patchwork fabric panels based on Google Earth images of green circles formed by South Island irrigators. ‘Again, it’s about how humans organise space.’
By Sarah Lang Talk about big ‘gets’: British actor Timothy Spall (Harry Potter) and US-based New Zealanders Melanie Lynskey and Lucy Lawless star in supernatural thriller The Changeover, on general release nationwide from 28 September. The film adapts Margaret Mahy’s eponymous young-adult book, written in 1984 and set (presciently) in a post-earthquake Christchurch. Teen Laura (Erana James above) decides to ‘change over’ into a witch to defeat the evil spirit inhabiting her brother. Co-director/screenwriter Stuart McKenzie and his co-director wife Miranda Harcourt got the screen rights after the late Margaret Mahy wrote to ask her publisher on their behalf. It was theatre powerhouse Harcourt’s first time directing a feature. Nabbing the big-name stars wasn’t all that hard, after sending them the script and a clip showing James and the visual style. “We flew to London to meet Timothy. The longest-ever trip to do lunch!” He said yes right away. “People are hungry to come or come back to New Zealand. They don’t get bugged for autographs.” Harcourt’s connections helped. Having been Lynskey’s acting coach on Heavenly Creatures, Harcourt discovered James while teaching drama at Rata Studios, a performing-arts centre at Scots College. ‘And my mum [Dame Kate Harcourt] plays the ancient witch with swag.’
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BA D - AS S B AT T E N Written by Francesca Emms | Photo by Rachel Brandon Just off Cuba St, in a tidy corner of a messy shared space, you’ll find some plants in various stages of life and death, a fish tank, and illustrator Phoebe Morris. Sharing the ‘creatively chaotic’ studio with three other freelancers, she enjoys the focused work environment and appreciates being able to bounce off other artists. ‘It’s good to get someone’s interpretation on an image. Especially if you’ve been staring at something for seven hours and you’re too in it.’ Phoebe’s illustrations are on shop walls, poster bollards, websites, apps and more. She loves it when her projects align with what’s important to her; children’s literacy, gender and minority representation, or the environment and conservation. ‘Some jobs feel like a nine to five. But then there are some where I’m really engaged on a personal level. And I’ll keep thinking about it when I go home. I’ve been really fortunate.’ Over the past couple of years she’s been collaborating with David Hill on a series of non-fiction children’s books about inspiring Kiwis. The third book, which has just come out, is Sky High – the story of Jean Batten. ‘This one, visually, has some stronger pieces than the previous two books,’ she says. ‘It definitely felt like I was learning a lot with the first two, and now I’m getting the hang of it. I’ve developed so much more understanding of technique, colour, lighting and composition.’ As a public figure Batten was reclusive, unlike the subjects of the first two books, Sir Edmund Hillary and Burt Munro. It was much harder for Phoebe to find information about her and what she did find was generally though an out-dated lens, positioning the aviator’s story around her relationships with men. ‘I was really disappointed,’ says Phoebe. ‘In this retelling we’ve done the opposite. It’s just about her and her abilities as a pilot. She was an incredible navigator, determined, doing it at a time when it was generally not accepted for women to do this kind of thing. To me she’s a genius and a bad-ass.’
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Casting an early vote is becoming more popular. The number of early voters more than doubled from 334,558 in 2011, to 717,579 in the 2014 election, according to Electoral Commission statistics. People vote early for a number of reasons. But you don’t need a special reason to vote early. Selected polling booths across the country will be open for advance voting from Monday 11 September.
A group of Wellingtonians have created Policy, a website that collects the policy positions of the main parties and presents them in a clear, accessible and digestible fashion. Created by Victoria University alumni Ollie Neas and Asher Emmanuel, the tool helps voters cast an informed vote in the 2017 General Election. Policy was made by a team of researchers, editors, developers and Wellington designer Racheal Reeves. It is published at policy.thespinoff.co.nz
Election day is Saturday 23 September. Polling stations will be open from 9am–7pm. Preliminary results will be released progressively from 7pm. All election advertising will have ended and election signs taken down at midnight the night before. Under the Electoral Regulations 1996 you cannot attempt to look at someone’s vote or influence or interfere in any way with their vote. Information about where and when to vote, and who you can vote for, is available at elections.org.nz or by calling 0800 36 76 56.
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Wellingtonians are thinking about a number of issues as we head into the 2017 General Election; including immigration, inequality and the environment, but according to a Roy Morgan survey, housing is the number one issue this election. Wellingtonians are worried about house prices, housing affordability, housing shortages and homelessness. All the major parties have policies on housing, which cover social housing, home ownership, renting and healthy housing.
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T H E WOW FA C T O R By Francesca Emms When Daniel Williams was a first-year Performance Design student sitting in the audience at the World of Wearable Arts Show, he realised that putting on this show was his dream. ‘Fast forward fifteen years and here I am’, he says. Daniel is the associate director of this year’s show. Daniel is excited about his role and working alongside good friend Kip Chapman, the show’s director. They have worked together on a number of projects, the first being A Little Dog Laughed at Downstage. Hudson & Halls Live, designed by Daniel and directed by Kip, won Production of the Year at 2016’s Wellington Theatre Awards. The WOW creative team has been working on the show for about a year. After thinking about it for so long Daniel says he’s enjoying seeing it all come together. He and Kip have created a narrative for this year’s show. ‘We really wanted to focus on a story. There’s no dialogue, it’s a visual storyline,’ he says. ‘The show has sections we have to adhere to, but we’ve created a narrative around that, and around one character.’ Now living in Auckland, Daniel lived in Wellington for 13 years. He’s pleased to be back in the capital, ‘I don’t miss Auckland,’ he says, ‘Wellington is a wonderful city and it’s nice to come home.’ He’s busy with meetings and rehearsals but is enjoying getting around on foot and catching up with the city. “There are different shops and cafes, and because of the earthquakes there are holes where buildings used to be. But it still feels the same.” WOW Wearable Arts Awards, from 21 September.
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love Wellington. It gets into your bones and fills you up with a suspicion of anywhere too still or too flat. From my strong calves that carry me up her hills to the hair I have given up on styling, Wellington has shaped every part of me since I entered her from the old Newtown hospital in 1986. When you grow up in the place you later consciously make your home, you carry memories and tidbits about every corner, every park and haunted house. But as a woman much of my knowledge about Wellington is about where I feel safe and where I don’t. It’s not always something I can explain by talking about lighting, accessibility, or openness. Sometimes it’s the uneasy feeling on the road my best friend was chased, aged 18, by two middle aged men until she ran into someone’s yard and hid. She showed up at my house half an hour late, crying. Sometimes it’s a fear of the accessway to my old high school, which I remember being cordoned off by police for two days because a woman was raped on her way through. Sometimes it’s the discomfort in the dairy where a former owner once told me I was beautiful while staring at my boobs. Most recently, it’s caution about when I choose to walk my dog in my local park after a woman was attacked on her morning jog. My road to feminism was through reading
about the lack of safety for women after dark as a ‘curfew.’ I remember vividly stopping on that line and battling with my socialised belief that feminism was something we no longer needed – that our gains had been won and we were equal now – because all the history I’d studied through school taught that putting a population under curfew was a deeply sinister move. It was incredible to sit there, realising in real time, that not only was there a curfew in place for women at night (especially lone women), but that my acceptance of this as the norm under ‘equality’ meant feminism was far from irrelevant to my life living in Wellington. Wellington is no better or worse than any other city in this regard, and it’s important to note that statistically the place where most people experience violence will be in their own home, not while out at night. Wellington is a city of feminism – Family Planning (then known as the ‘Sex Hygiene and Birth Regulation Society) held their first conference in Wellington, the pioneering queer feminist writer Katherine Mansfield was born and raised here, and as of 2017 there are several thriving feminist groups at Wellington high schools. It’s worth mentioning that this is the briefest skim of feminist history and it excludes the uncountable indigenous wahine toa who we may never know the names of thanks
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to the dominant view that this country’s most interesting history started when Pākehā arrived. There’s something sad and frustrating about living in a place which you love deeply but know is off limits to you, for your own safety (or sense of safety), once the sun goes down. Worse still is the knowledge that if you complain about this you’ll often be met with ‘well it’s just common sense’, or a pointed reminder that men sometimes get beaten up, or if you’re really lucky you might get a comparison between a woman’s body and an unlocked car with goods inside. One of my favourite comments about dealing with feeling unsafe (you laugh or you cry, right?) was an email sent to Massey Wellington students by the University after there was a rape near the campus in 2014. It advised students ‘not to wear headphones, to walk confidently, to carry a whistle and torch, and wear running shoes.’ Because moving about your university campus should totally be a light military exercise. Many parts of the central city have been redesigned beautifully with more light, space, and activities to help Wellington after dark feel owned by everyone. But while the Wellington City Council often does a beautiful job of developing these areas, spatial design only goes so far. People are what make the city feel safe (or otherwise), and the most powerful thing to stop people being harassed while moving through this city, is for people to stop harassing them. I’d like to think that this is one of feminism’s most basic and inarguable tenants. Luckily, the people of Wellington have an incredible resource to help prevent, identify and intervene in harassment. The Sexual Abuse
Prevention Network started in Wellington and runs an array of workshops from helping young people to identify unhealthy relationships, to helping minimise alcohol-related harm, to giving hospitality staff the tools to be ethical bystanders. This Prevention Network and the people who use it represent the majority of Wellingtonians – people who care about each other, who love this city, and want everyone in it to feel safe. But this work is massively undervalued and under-resourced. They rely on government funding and the collective pooling of resources from other tiny, underfunded Wellington organisations like Wellington Rape Crisis, HELP and Wellstop. Ultimately, if we care about our city feeling safe and warm (not temperature-wise, mind, we wouldn’t live here if we cared about that) then we need to stand behind the organisations that help address why harassment happens and how to stop it. You don’t need to be a card-carrying feminist to recognise that the work they do is a gift to this city, and we need to ensure they not only stay funded, but are able to grow and reach all the people who need them. In an election year we get to decide what our priorities are and vote with them in mind. If the safety of this city matters to you, it’s important to look beyond band-aids like police and flood lighting, and support parties and candidates that will properly resource organisations addressing the root causes of violence in our communities. This city has a feminist history, and it can and should have a feminist future, starting with the basic premise that women deserve to feel safe at any time, day or night, in their city.
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Death of the dress code WRITTEN BY NICOLA YOUNG
For better or worse, the death of formal dressing seems to be inevitable.
ew Zealanders aren’t noted for snappy dressing; even so, we’ve had ‘some notable sartorial lows’. Remember men’s ‘walk-shorts’? The trend evolved from the baggy shorts worn by our troops serving in the Middle East during WWII; then, in the 1950s, the New Zealand Public Service Association petitioned the State Services Commission to allow workers to wear shorts to work. They were popular in the 60s and 70s: knee-length polyester shorts with matching cloth belt, worn with long socks (sometimes with Roman sandals, but usually with formal lace-ups) and a suit jacket. Understandably, the fashion didn’t go global and the PSA apologises ‘unreservedly’ on its website for its part in the fashion crime. Dress codes have evolved for men, and – less obviously – for women. When I was a young Evening Post reporter back in the mid-70s, the deputy chief reporter (clad in walk-shorts and long socks) felt free to impart his own personal code, ‘there are three types of men: bum men, legs men, and tits men; I’m a legs man, so don’t wear trousers to work’. Almost as soon as we’d forgotten the walk shorts absurdity, Casual Friday arrived, allowing office workers the freedom to abandon suits on the last day of the working week. It was easy for men to swap into chinos and a polo shirt, but women’s wider range of sartorial options sometimes brought a lack of common sense – visible underwear, cropped tops, even shorts. As one female boss said, ‘I’ve told my team that if I can see down it, up it or through it, it’s inappropriate work wear.’
Casual Friday is dying because it got out of control, according to Working Style’s Wellington director Rex Massey-Molloy. ‘People were turning up to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in hoodies and tee-shirts.’ Most corporates now have a clothing policy that applies every day; it’s increasingly less formal, although staff are expected to look professional: long-sleeved shirts with collars and long trousers are usually the minimum requirement for men. These days Wellington’s captains of industry are no longer bankers and financiers; they’re younger, and more likely to work at IT companies like Xero or Weta where hoodies and tee-shirts are almost compulsory. One IT company won’t employ anyone who wears a suit at a job interview, although some think the sector has gone too far. ‘Some people refuse to wear shoes, which I find offensive and it’s not a good look when a client arrives; plus, it’s disgusting to see the dirt on the soles of their feet. It’s just as well that trade fairs, ostensibly for safety reasons, insist on everyone wearing closed shoes’, said my source, who’s requested anonymity. Even the Wellington Club, a bastion of formality, is reviewing its strict dress code, which requires jackets or blazers with ties, except on its more informal sixth floor, where ties haven’t been obligatory for some years. A senior club member said it’s likely the jacket and tie requirement (and equivalent for women) will be lifted, except after 6.30pm in its dining room and bar. Instead, members will probably be allowed
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to wear ‘smart casual’: button-down or polo shirt, trousers or chinos, and tidy shoes. Clothes deemed ‘not smart’ include jandals, shorts, collarless shirts, hoodies, fleeces and tracksuits. Military uniform and national costume will continue to be acceptable, and members and their guests will be asked to respect the sensibilities of the majority of people in the club at the time. Although the club has tried to keep the discussion secret,’ ‘there’s been a lot of consultation, and the changes haven’t been finalised but they look likely’, said my source, who supports the move. Massey-Molloy said he’s noticed a significant drop in the sale of ties; and his store, which specialises in high-end formal men’s clothing, now carries its smallest-ever stock of ties. ‘The demand is everdecreasing, unlike suits which are still popular, but worn with an open-collared shirt’. The demise of ties is mourned by some; it was one of the few ways men could wear colour and demonstrate individuality. Ties are also responsible for another late 80s oddity: the Onassis knot popularised by the Greek shipping magnate better known for his marriage to Jackie Kennedy. The knot – the standard Windsor, but without the final loop – flapped wildly in Wellington’s winds so usually required anchoring with a tie clip. Many Wellington law firms have relaxed their dress codes, and so have the courts; gowns are still worn, but wigs are now optional except for ceremonial occasions. Parliament’s Speaker David Carter is on record supporting male MPs wearing
jackets and ties, unlike Britain’s House of Commons where ties are now optional. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra still requires musicians to wear traditional evening wear for its formal concerts: tails and white ties for men, and long dresses or trousers for women (since 2010 women have been allowed to bare their arms). Freemasons are also slowly relaxing their standards. Tails and white ties were once compulsory for formal occasions, but now a dark suit is the minimum requirement, although dinner jackets with black ties are preferred. Clerics may still dress traditionally (it makes them easier to identify), but not their congregations. Parish priest at St Mary of the Angels, Fr Barry Scannell, says ‘it’s disappointing suits are becoming increasingly rare at weddings and funerals’; and ‘reasonable dress’ is expected from anyone helping at a service – certainly not shorts and tee-shirts. One current fad that seems doomed is the wearing of shoes (including formal leather ones) without socks. ‘Shoes without socks are just silly,’ according to Massey-Molloy. ‘Anyone over the age of 35 doing that must be having a crisis.’ ‘It’s a style sin to see a suited man exposing his ankles or calves. And it’s impractical, because feet have such high moisture levels. It might look cool on the Riviera, or in a fashion spread, but not at Russell McVeagh.’ There’s never a shortage of fads, but the move towards informal dressing looks as if it’s here to stay.
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Wear something wonder ful BY M EGA N B L E N K A R N E
he worst part of winter surely has to be the sensible clothes in sensible colours that we persuade ourselves to buy on the basis that ‘I’ll get so much wear out of it’. The sky is grey, your coat is black, your boots are still a bit damp from walking home in the rain yesterday…blergh. Winter is officially behind us, and it’s a great time to bring out something wonderful to get you in the mood for spring. Step one is to firmly close the wardrobe door on anything you’ve recently worn every day. I know that chunky jumper has seen you through countless cold and blustery days, but if familiarity breeds contempt, then wonderful it is not. Now is the time to dig out some spring prints, or to treat yourself to a particularly gorgeous new something (or borrow something) – even that red lippy you’ve been trying on in front of your bathroom mirror – that’s perfect. Got somewhere fancy to be? Me neither. I am spending most of my waking hours as an adult at work, and not, I am sorry to say, as ‘Alexis Carrington
impersonator’ (obviously the most glam job you could hope to have). No worries! Just reject any secondhand rules of style and do what works for you. If that means you’re wearing a beautiful dress that was once your Nana’s to brunch with friends, perfect. Send your mates a text and let them know you’re feeling fancy – you might well end up with a few wonderful things brightening that breakfast table. Taking control of your look is likely to make you feel a bit awesome, and you’ll probably feel you stand out more than usual. If you feel self-conscious, don’t let a look from a stranger in the street hold you back from enjoying that sensational skirt or the top you bought as an experiment. You wouldn’t let a stranger into your house to pick your outfit, so don’t let their opinions matter. And when you do, you may encourage others to wear something beautiful, special, weird or extravagant. And that can only be good. Imagine a world full of happy people wearing something they think is wonderful…and be brave enough to wear that red lippy to work, just once.
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One in three menstruating university students have skipped class because they didn’t have access to menstrual products. Wā Collective, founded by Wellingtonians Olie Body and Marie Larking, is a social enterprise that provides affordable, accessible and sustainable menstrual products to university students. They work directly with students’ associations and use bulk buying in the fight against ‘period poverty’. Wā Collective have collaborated with Nope Sisters to make a t-shirt with ‘period’ embroidered in bright red across the chest. Proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will help them subsidise the cost of menstrual cups.
Shut Up and Dance has gone from strength to strength. The dancebased exercise class, which started out as a Pop-Up, now has classes all over the capital. Last month they released an app and a new website offering ‘one night stand’, ‘going steady’ and ‘committed’ payment and course options. Founders Lesa, Abby and Clair say that each class is a surprise, and smiling and sweating is guaranteed.
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EYE OF THE TIGER Spotted on celebrities like JLo, and Jessica Alba, Tiger Eye hair colour is the ‘it’ do and has now reached these shores. Treena Albert, of Shape Hair Design, confirms that the trend has arrived in Wellington. ‘The technique is similar to a balayage where the colours are painted on leaving darker roots that fade into lighter ends,’ she says. The aim is to make it look like the sun has naturally lightened parts of the hair, but you don’t get that line as the colour grows out. Albert says the colours need to be customised for each person’s skin tone.
Eleven year old Jayda Lee Fairweather-Ponga has won the Junior Fashion Award at Brother Design Stars, a youth fashion and craft competition. Jayda’s bodysuit and hand dyed tulle skirt, inspired by a rising Phoenix, will be modelled at New Zealand Fashion Week. Along with three other award winners she received VIP status including backstage passes, and front row seats. Jayda also received a sewing machine.
Three Massey graduates featured in the New Zealand Fashion Week Graduate Show. Designs by Wellingtonians Shannen Young, Tess Norquay and Yoshino Maruyama were seen on the runway on 30 August. Young is known for wearable works of art that play on 3D visual prints and 2D silhouette transitions. Norquay is inspired by social media trends treating women’s bodies as products. Maruyama is influenced indirectly by her Japanese heritage, incorporating fabric folding, shiny satin and Oriental-style dragon motifs.
This year's Wearable Arts Show includes 103 finalist garments from 14 countries around the world. Sixteen of the designers in the 2017 awards come from Wellington and most are returning finalists. Fifi Colston of Hataitai, a seven-time award winner, has made the finals for the 24th time. Newbies include Kate Fisher of Mt Cook, Amelia Taverner of Wellington Central and Eleanor Beeden of Petone. All the finalist garments will be seen in the show, running from 21 September to 8 October.
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Groper Name: Groper Māori names: Hāpuku, hapuka, or whapuku Scientific name: Polyprion oxygeneios Looks like: A large, thick-bodied grey fish with a silver-white underbelly, a powerful, square-shaped tail and a protruding lower jaw. The average hāpuku measures between 8cm and 1m long, though they can reach 150cm and weigh 80kg or more. Habitat: Hāpuku are found throughout New Zealand, inhabiting rugged, rocky coastal areas in water ranging from 10m to 800m deep, but generally preferring water deeper than 50m. They will frequent shallower waters where stocks are still abundant (for instance, in the Chatham Islands). They are usually found in cracks and caverns or, in shallower waters, caves. Feeds on: Squid, large crabs, crayfish and other fish including red cod, blue cod, tarakihi and hoki. Catch: You’re going to need a boat – so if you don’t have one, or a mate who does, then a fishing charter is your best bet. Ross Garrod at Pete Lamb Fishing says 13– 18kg groper are commonly caught on their deepwater charters. If you’re going out yourself you want to catch the turn of the tide and you’re going to need a 1kg sinker to maintain contact with the bottom. ‘Bottom bouncing’ is a common technique – where a drifting angler lets a little line out at regular intervals to keep close to the bottom, but once the line angle gets too much (more than –30 degrees) it’s time to wind up and start again (unless your captain can manoeuvre the boat). Hāpuku are
powerful swimmers that will put up a good fight to start – but once you’ve got them closer to the surface their air bladders expand and they float right to the top. Cook: Hāpuku is great to cook with, as the flesh is delicate but can take big flavours, and it retains moisture so doesn’t easily dry out. Kiwi chef Al Brown’s favourite way to cook groper is simply pan-fried. He takes a skin-on steak, scores the flesh and puts it skin-down in a sizzling hot pan, cooks it until golden and crisp before putting it in the oven for a couple of minutes to finish. Add a little butter to the pan and baste the fish with it, then serve with a squeeze of lemon. Did you know? Since 2003, NIWA has been developing groper for aquaculture, with a mind to distribution here and in Australia, Europe and Asia (in Japan hāpuku is a prized sashimi product known as Minamiosuzuki). A market test in 2010 saw the farmed fish tasted and reviewed by top chefs, including seafood chef Steve Hodges who is known as a vocal critic of aquaculture products. Hodges conceded the NIWA groper was ‘the best white-fleshed farmed fish I have seen.’ We contacted NIWA for an update but they declined to comment. If they were human they would be: Sorry to say it, hāpuku, but given the connotations of your English name and the fact you like to lurk around in the dark depths we can’t help but imagine you as an antisocial and slightly pervy gamer who spends way too much time bothering women online in his parent’s basement. At least you taste good.
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REGION OF RÔTISSEURS Local chefs were successful in the national competition of young chefs to find New Zealand’s representative in the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs international jeunes chefs competition. The competition was held at Le Cordon Bleu, where chefs were challenged with a mystery box of food, and in a few hours had to write and produce a three-course menu. Third place went to Douglas Anderson, of the Bolton Hotel. Daniel Baird from Wharekauhau Country Estate took second. The first place winner was Zachariah Meads from UCOL in Palmerston North who will now compete in the international competition in Canada 2018.
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Much loved Wellington café Nikau is releasing a cookbook. Written by head chef and co-owner Kelda Haines, the book is a collection of Nikau classics, some of which have been around for 20 years. For Kelda, cooking always begins in the garden so the focus is on fresh seasonal ingredients. ‘I want to share tips and methods that will stay with our readers, and permanently expand their repertoire.’ There will be an entire chapter dedicated to Nikau’s kedgeree.
Entries for the inaugural New Zealand Chocolate Awards close on 5 September, with results to be released on 18 September. There will be 23 category winners and a supreme winner. The categories include ‘Best Bean to Bar’ and ‘Best NZ-Made Drinking Chocolate.’ The judging panel is headed by chocolate industry professionals Luke Owen Smith from the Chocolate Bar (at the Wellington Underground Market every Saturday) and Tony Robson Burrell from All About Chocolate.
Following in the footsteps of its big brother in Melbourne, QT Hotel Wellington is opening a new bar and restaurant called Hot Sauce. A fusion of Korean and Japanese street food will be accompanied with fresh music and Asianinspired cocktails such as the Swashbuckling Samurai. It is being marketed as a destination ‘perfect for the late-night drinking crowd.’ The opening of Hot Sauce is pencilled in for mid-September.
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C A R N I VOROU SL E S S Meat consumption has been dropping internationally with 28% of people reducing their intake in the past six months alone, according to Mintel, an international research company. The reasons given include links between meat consumption and health issues, as well as concern about animal welfare and global warming. Rates of vegetarianism amongst younger people are highest, with one in five under the age of 25 saying they do not eat red meat or poultry. In the under 25s, concern about the environment is the main reason for their abstinence, suggesting that this trend is likely to grow.
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All Good Organics, who make Karma Cola, have seen karma visit them. Jamie Oliver has decided to stock their sugar-free cola in his restaurants Barbecoa and Italian. This is part of his stance against sugary drinks and the health problems they cause. Karma Cola is ethically sustainable, with a percentage of the proceeds from every bottle sold going back to Boma village in Sierra Leone, where the cola nut is grown. More than $100,000 dollars has been returned to the war-torn village since 2012.
Pak’n Save Petone has again made a strong showing across the board at the 21st annual pie awards where 5,696 pies were entered. They won highly commended awards for both their mince and cheese and mince and gravy, and silver for their steak and cheese. This follows a successful 2016 competition for Pak n’ Save Petone, when they won gold for their potato top and steak and mushroom. Special mention goes to Nada Bakery in Johnsonville who won silver for their chicken and vegetable.
De Nigris is an Italian family brand of artisan vinegar, which has been produced for more than 120 years by three generations out of Naples. Local specialist food outlet Mediterranean Foods recently began to stock their balsamic vinegar ‘pearls,’ a condiment which looks like caviar but delivers a burst of intense vinegar flavour. It is available in black or white pearls. De Nigris suggests using the black pearls as a garnish for tiramisu, although they can be used in savoury dishes too.
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Rose tea and boysenberry cheeseca ke BY N I K K I & J O R DA N S H E A R E R
veryone loves a good cheesecake and this one is ridiculously easy and looks fantastic. We prefer the non-cooked variety and have kept the sugar to a minimum, relying instead on the fruitiness of the tea and the fruit to provide enough sweetness to satisfy.
INGREDIENTS 180g packet of anzac biscuits (we used Chanui) – or any sweet biscuit of your choice 70g butter softened zest of 1 lemon 250g cream cheese (regular not spreadable) 3 Tbsp icing sugar ½ cup cream 1 Tbsp rose garden petal tea (or tea of your choice) 250g cream cheese (regular not spreadable) zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 cup fresh (or pre-thawed frozen) boysenberries 3 Tbsp icing sugar ½ cup thickened cream rose petals or freeze-dried boysenberries to serve
Rose tea has many medicinal benefits and has a light sweet taste similar to a dried cranberry. We source our tea from “Tealyra” and there are so many good flavours to choose from. You can replace the rose tea with whichever is your current favourite and any berry (fresh or frozen) could be used.
Grease and line with baking paper a large muffin tin (preferably with removable bases). 2. In a food processor blitz the biscuits to a breadcrumb consistency. Add the softened butter and lemon zest and pulse until incorporated. 3. Divide crumb mixture between 6 muffin tins, pressing firmly into the bottom of the tin. Chill. 4. To a small saucepan add the cream and rose petal tea. Bring to just below a boil and then remove from heat. Cool, allowing tea to infuse into the cream. Pass cream through a strainer to remove the tea-leaves. 5. Place 250g of the cream cheese into the food processor, and pulse. Add 3 Tbsp icing sugar and blitz until combined. 6. When the infused cream is cold add to the cream cheese mixture and pulse briefly to combine. 7. Spoon a generous tablespoonful onto the cheesecake base, smoothing down with the back of the spoon. Chill. 8. Add the remaining cream cheese to the processor and pulse. Add lemon juice and rind, 3 Tbsp icing sugar and berries, pulsing to combine. 9. Fold in the thickened cream until well incorporated. 10. Ensuring that the tea-infused layer is set, spoon a generous tablespoonful of the berry mix on, smoothing down with the back of the spoon. 11. Chill until ready to serve. 12. Garnish with freeze-dried rose petals or berries.
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Big buttery chardonnay BY J O E L L E T H O M S O N
To say that big buttery chardonnay is on a roll right now is to understate the popularity of the world’s second-most-planted grape, New Zealand’s third-most-planted, and, quite possibly, the most versatile of them all.
n its heyday, between 1980 and 1990, chardonnay quadrupled globally, becoming the most planted grape in North America, South America and Australia to New Zealand. Chardonnay plantings doubled again globally between 1990 and 2010, and the wines were all big, buttery and bold. Then this great white fell from favour, so that many wine drinkers began asking for ABC – ‘Anything but chardonnay.’ In 2001, Chardonnay was eclipsed in this country by the Sauvignon Blanc that has dominated ever since, now accounting for 21,000 of the 28,000 hectares
of white grapes in this country, compared with Chardonnay’s modest 3,211 hectares. If Chardonnay sounds like a bit of an afterthought these days, it’s still important, and it’s becoming big and buttery again, says Marlborough winemaker Sam Smail. At Whitehaven Wines he pumps out high volumes of Sauvignon Blanc and minuscule amounts of Chardonnay, just one percent of the winery’s overall production. It is an important one percent however, because it provides diversity alongside Whitehaven’s heavy focus on Sauvignon.
Smail is a Chardonnay lover who likes the new big buttery Chardonnay trend. He ferments much of his Chardonnay in oak to dial up its creamy flavours. So does fellow winemaker Clive Jones, of Nautilus Wines Marlborough, where Chardonnay is similarly eclipsed by Sauvignon Blanc. ‘We have reduced how much Chardonnay we make, but we are making richer styles that can age for longer and that really impress when sampled’ explains Jones. The Chardonnays were 10 years old and still pale in colour, fresh and buttery in taste. Hawke’s Bay is the centre today to the big and buttery trend. Winemaker Tony Bish has invested heavily in big buttery chardonnays, commissioning an egg-shaped ceramic fermentation tank, specifically designed to accentuate the buttery bells and creamy flavours of his Golden Egg Chardonnay, which sold out in a week when first released. He also makes an under-$15 creamy Chardonnay called Fat ‘n Sassy, which is a voluptuous, low-priced white aimed at cornering the BBC market. His egg-shaped fermenting tank provides more surface area contact between grape juice and yeast cells during fermentation, so that as the yeast cells disintegrate they release proteins
into a higher proportion of the wine, providing those rich flavours that many Chardonnay drinkers have been missing since the BBC heyday of the 1980s. The local industry’s most vocal defender of BBCs is Kingsley Wood, who runs the annual New Zealand International Wine Show and owns an independent wine retail store in Takapuna, Auckland. ‘I’m not interested in restrained Chardonnays. It’s not what wine consumers are looking for. My customers want big buttery Chardonnays and that’s what I want to see awarded at the New Zealand International Wine Show too; it’s what people are willing to pay for,’ says Wood. Church Road winemaker Chris Scott is of a like mind. ‘I’m definitely heading back to big creamy Chardonnays like we made in the ‘80s, but I want to make wines that taste fresher than those wines of the ‘80s and that can age for a few years too, rather than tasting great when first opened and then crashing and burning within a few months,’ says Scott. If you’re a fan of a BBC, there’s no longer a shortage of wines made in this style, but there are many winemakers creating subtler Chardonnays too.
If you like BBCs, try these • • • • • •
Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay Tony Bish Golden Egg Chardonnay Soho Waiheke Carter Chardonnay Dog Point Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay Kumeu River Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay Greywacke Marlborough Chardonnay
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Pegasus Bay Waipara Chardonnay Ata Rangi Craighall Chardonnay Main Divide Waipara Chardonnay Whitehaven Marlborough Chardonnay
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Did he ever think he’d make it this far when he dug a vine into the ground 35 years ago? Clive Paton’s wines do the talking now and this year they officially turned 35 years old with the release of the 2015 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir. The winemaker today is Helen Masters, who says the 2015 Pinot Noir is from the driest season on record since 1998. The new Ata Rangi Pinot Noir costs $75, and trickled onto retail shelves in August.
Kārearea is the te reo Māori name for the New Zealand falcon, in Latin it’s Falco novaeseelandiae. The newest beer released by Parrotdog is their APA, named Falcon. This is an addition to their popular core range, from which the Bitterbitch IPA was named one of the top six overall entries in Capital magazine’s Beer Necessities tasting (see August #43). Parrotdog’s interpretation of the APA has notes of citrus and tropical fruit in a light body.
Martinborough has joined 17 other New Zealand wine regions to apply for an official ‘g’ spot – a Geographic Indication. This country is one of the few with no formal laws defining its geographic production boundaries; but this is set to change under the New Zealand Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act, in force since July this year. The Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand will review the applications, of which there are currently 18.
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B I G DAY AT T H E L I B R A RY Wellington City Library was abuzz in August with the news that local historian Redmer Yska had made a discovery in their archives: the earliest published story by Katherine Mansfield (outside school magazines). Written when she was 11, His Little Friend was published on the Children’s Page in a 1900 edition of New Zealand Graphic magazine. The library displayed the original magazine on the ground floor for a week (an encore, please?). Yska’s book A Strange Beautiful Excitement: Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington 1888–1903 (Otago University Press), reproduces the story in its original form.
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Lauren Keenan, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade foreign-policy officer, has claimed two of three finalist spots for Best Short Story Written in English at the biennial Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers. The awards at the Wharewaka (9 September) also launch HUIA Short Stories12); Keenan wrote seven of the 24 contributions. Last year, she was mentored by Renee Taylor during the six-month Te Papa Tupu Writing Incubator.
Graphic designer Spencer Levine, who works from a Dixon Street studio he shares with his dog Bruno, had a good night at the PANZ Book Design Awards. He won the Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book and the Mary Egan Publishing Award for Best Typography – for his work on Gecko’s Annual (edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris). The children’s annual also won the Hachette NZ People’s Choice Award.
Columnist and journalist Colin Hogg moved to Wellington with his family in 2014. His third road-trip book, The High Road: a journey to the new frontier of cannabis (HarperCollins), launches at Unity Books on 8 September. Bewildered by New Zealand’s laws regarding his drug of choice, Hogg went to check out the American states where cannabis is legal. Have they plunged into moral decline or are they actually benefiting?
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With her encyclopaedic knowledge of books and her distinctive fashion sense, Unity Books’ manager and co-owner Tilly Lloyd is as much an institution as the bookshop that turns 50 this month. She talks to SARAH LANG.
two paintings: Hilary Relvyn Robson’s Mana, of Mana Island, and Steven Hemmens’ Island, of Tapu te Ranga Island (Rat Island) at Island Bay. The original Island hangs in Lloyd’s lounge. The book launch/birthday party is at 6pm on Tuesday 12 September. Is the public invited? ‘Of course,’ Lloyd says, looking at me quizzically. ‘Because how else have we lasted 50 years?’ Expect nibbles, wine and very short speeches, as per Unity tradition. Many traditions have been forged in the half-century since Alan Preston opened Unity in Willis Street’s Empire Building lobby. People often stumbled upon the tiny space without a street frontage but with books you couldn’t find anywhere else, including serious nonfiction and New Zealand fiction. It would be the first of four locations on Willis Street, a central-city route taken by both suits and op-shoppers. In 1989, longtime Wellington staff members Jo McColl and Nigel Cox opened Unity’s only sister branch in Auckland. Lloyd, who had worked as a publishing-house rep and run the now-defunct Women's Bookshop, was hired as Unity’s Wellington buyer in 1990, and has managed it since 1993. Preston worked from the shop until 2004, when he died. To ensure Unity continued, and continued to be itself, Lloyd bought a half-share of both shops from his estate, alongside Jo and Lawrie McColl. How is Unity different now? ‘Double the size, double the people, a thousand times more tech-y, but the same essential ingredients. You’re nothing without the people. And we choose the best books.’ She reads about three-
illy Lloyd likes to keep you on your toes – and doesn’t like to talk about herself. She meets my questions with pensive pauses, with a throaty, rumbling laugh, and with replies that are sometimes answers, sometimes tangents, sometimes quips. She subcontracts some answers to colleagues dashing in and out of Unity’s back office. When my questions get too personal, she shoos me back into line, in an amused, authoritative way. She’s great fun. Lloyd wants to talk about Unity’s 50th birthday – and its first foray into publishing. Unity Books At 50: excerpts by authors/booksellers over half a century of trading ($8) is fairly self-explanatory. It’s an anthology of poems and excerpts from fiction and non-fiction, drawn from the stand-alone books of 16 former and current Unity staffers, including Nigel Cox and Damian Skinner. The project began last year when Lloyd and Marion Castree (Unity’s New Zealand-books buyer) were hunting for a poem to read at the funeral of Coleen Wilkinson, Unity’s book-keeper of two decades. They came upon one by Jenny Bornholdt, one of many poets who’d worked with Wilkinson, and thought why not mark Unity’s 50th with an anthology? ‘Bookshops don’t usually publish books but we thought it would work,’ Lloyd says. Jane Parkin edited the book and Whitireia publishing students handled the production. Lloyd’s introduction to the book is called ‘Islands/ Moutere’. ‘Because the pieces don’t relate to each other, I began thinking of them as islands. Then I realised that two contributors who are also painters had painted islands.’ That sparked her idea for a glossy centrefold of
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and-a-half books a week, sometimes one a day. Recently she read 67 novels in 69 days as a fiction judge for the Ockham NZ Book Awards. ‘I earned just enough for these,’ she says, flashing her blue ankle boots. She’s not interested in the recent survey finding that nearly 400,000 New Zealanders don’t read books, pointing out that’s less than 10%. ‘Our job is to be the best we possibly can for the folks who are crazy about books – or even just mildly interested.’ And Unity has adapted to the times. Selling e-books online is only a small part of the business. But people around the country and the world order hard-copy books through Unity’s website, and staff track down hardto-find books on request. Symbolically, the door is always wide open, even on the chilliest days. Inside, where it’s somehow kept toasty warm, Lloyd is standing behind the counter, below a framed photograph of Alan Preston. She’s hard to miss with her spiky peroxide hair, thick glasses, and all-black outfits. Castree dubs Lloyd’s fashion sense ‘literary industrial,’ to a loud guffaw from her boss. The pair half-joke about failed attempts to leave Unity. ‘It’s like the mafia,’ interjects international-books-buyer Marcus Greville. Lloyd, like every staff member, works the floor. ‘It’s important to get to know customers. We build a memory: perhaps someone buys New Zealand fiction, but their side interest is Japanese biography. Often customers want to be entertained and to entertain us. Sometimes they want to confess something.’ When I’m there, an old man doubles over with laughter while telling Lloyd a story. Lloyd enjoys all that. ‘Every hour provides a vignette. The ones that leap to mind, you just can’t use. They might offend someone. Author Danyl McLauchlan came in recently needing a Nancy Drew for his daughter. But to our disbelief, we were out of all 15 titles. Danyl said, without malevolence, striding manfully towards Arty Bees, “It’s our dirty little secret.”’ There has been many a shop romance. ‘When we’re hiring,’ Lloyd says, po-faced, ‘we think “would anyone on staff fancy this person?”’ ‘We do not!’ Castree interjects. Lloyd laughs. ‘I’m kidding. It’s
lovely when people fall for each other. James Brown and Catherine Hill have been together about 25 years.’ Lloyd has a rule, though. ‘The affair must be invisible on the shop floor, and so must any divorce.’ Lloyd, who has no children, enjoys it when former staff visit with ‘shop babies. We measure their height on the door here. Some shop babies have even worked here. Some of the shop babies are nearly 30!’ Lloyd is evasive about her past, but I don’t buy that it’s as boring as she says. She grew up in 1950s and 1960s Otago, where her parents worked on farms, and she and her two sisters did correspondence school. Did her father’s alcoholism impact her? ‘Yeah, but everyone’s childhood has been impacted by something. We forget people are amazingly resilient.’ She didn’t read for leisure until she discovered feminist books and travelogue, aged 24. ‘Not everyone who works in a bookshop lived in houses full of books.’ She worked briefly as a psychiatric nurse, and as an abortion counsellor at thencontroversial Parkview clinic with Dame Margaret Sparrow. In 2014, Unity’s launch of Sparrow’s book about 19th-century abortion in New Zealand doubled as a Parkview reunion. Lloyd identifies as ‘a lesbian feminist. A market Marxist.’ She and her partner have lived in Mt Victoria for two years, but will eventually return to their rented-out house in Paekakariki. They’re fixing up a big shed with its glasshouse and old grapevines, and go there weekends, sometimes midweek. ‘It’s partly plumbed but we still pee on the lawn. We spend evenings having a whisky by the fire, practising guitar, reading. It's a good balance to the social, busy shop.’ ‘But get back to Unity now. Please mention the spine. The shop’s stock is displayed “spine-out”, we use spine images for marketing, and remembering those images helps us find books faster.’ Will Unity, the spine of Wellington bookshops, turn 100 one day? ‘Wouldn’t that be amazing? The 50th-birthday party is really about the next 50 years. Bookshops will definitely change a lot. But if a bookshop is an oasis for congregation, intellectual sustenance and social warmth, we’ll still need that in the future.’
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eople who often renovate houses fall into categories. There are the serial renovators who move before the paint is dry, and people addicted to renovation who constantly fine-tune their efforts. ‘And then there are those who never quite seem to have finished.’ Anne Scott and her husband Roger Howard slot firmly into the last category. They have been tinkering with their two-storey Newtown villa since they bought it in 1982. ‘We’re almost finished,’ says Anne of their 35-year labour of love. They have completely overhauled the home they purchased after returning from Singapore where Roger, a lawyer in the NZ Army, was serving and Anne was posted to the NZ High Commission. Their home wouldn’t have won any beauty contests when they first laid eyes on it. Built in 1903 for Sarah Jacobson, a local draper, the house was split into three flats in 1942. Although dry and clean, it was basic and in need of modernizing, with disconnected living spaces and the original scrim still on the walls.
But Anne, who has owned the Minerva bookshop in Cuba Street for 10 years, could see past the home’s flaws to its good proportions. The couple were the first outside the Jacobson family to own the property and when they bought it, family and friends questioned their sanity. ‘We’d never owned a home before, let alone done a renovation, but Roger had helped his brother renovate a house. In hindsight, we didn’t really think about the scale of the project, but we were young, we’d just got married and we didn’t have children yet, so we knew we could take our time.’ They rolled up their sleeves straight away, starting with the three Rs – re-piling, rewiring and re-plumbing. Then there came knocking down walls and changing the layout to convert the three flats (one upstairs, two downstairs) into a generous 340sqm family home. The couple did most of the work themselves, not just for budgetary reasons but because they like a challenge. They enjoyed transforming the down-at-heel structure into a family home for themselves and their children Charlotte (now 28 and studying
medicine at Otago University), Izzy (25, working for an art gallery in New York) and eldest son Jack who was serving with the British Army in Afghanistan when he was killed seven years ago. One of the biggest changes was to the rear of the ground floor. Originally. a series of poky rooms housed the kitchen (with non-working coal range), dining room and an external laundry. The couple opened up the space to create a light-filled kitchen/dining area with bi-fold doors, which open out into a sun-splashed garden. Anne is a dedicated foodie who has so many cookbooks she had to have a dedicated floor-to-ceiling bookcase installed in an adjacent alcove. Five years ago, she decided the kitchen needed a refresh. She brought in kitchen designer Frances Hussell, and the result is a lime-wash paint-finish space with a custom-built kitchen island whose marble top is ideal for pastry. Storage was high on Anne’s wish list for the new kitchen, and she has it, including a special drawer above the oven which Roger designed with slots for muffin trays and baking pans. Most of the large blue and white china jars and plates dotted around the kitchen were brought back from Singapore, but several were sourced locally, including one from Anne’s great-grandmother which is estimated to be more than 100 years old.
Across from the kitchen is the main living room, which was a dining room in the original layout. The marble-topped table in the bay window was brought back from Malacca, while the Crown Lynn pottery has been lovingly collected over the years. The blue chairs in front of the open fire were re-covered in fabric Anne bought at Sanderson in London. French doors were added to the northern side of the room, opening it out to a deck. Next door is the TV room, or snug, which features more spoils from their travels, including a large Burmese wall-hanging and a brass gong Anne picked up in Laos on one of her many visits to teach sewing to women with HIV. The wooden sideboard was one of the few items the couple salvaged from the three original flats. Roger has painstakingly brought it back to life, patching up missing boards and installing wine racks. The upstairs flat was accessed by an entrance on the south side. Anne restored the original entrance and porch to the north side. The architrave over the doorway was created from a solid piece of rimu to echo the arched entrance. An engraving dating from 1774, The Field of the Cloth of Gold, given to them by a friend 25 years ago, has pride of place above the velvet-covered sofa in the entrance. ‘The kids loved this engraving when they were small because there’s so much detail,’ says Anne.
The street-facing front room, which previously held a kitchen, bathroom and hallway, was once the HQ for the New Zealand Quilter magazine, which Anne set up 25 years ago. She recently published the final issue, so the sunny space will probably be turned into another living room. Although the entrance and several of the bedrooms feature Laura Ashley, Nina Campbell and Sanderson wallpapers, Anne went for a neutral tone in the rest of the house, importing the British Farrow & Ball paint she loves. It provides the perfect backdrop for the many hand-stitched quilts that adorn the walls. Some are Anne’s work, while others have come from fellow quilters. Walk up the reconfigured staircase and you’ll be greeted with an old school desk, and a chair from the former Canterbury Frozen Meat company, where Roger’s father worked. A white seat in the front garden hails from the same factory. While the configuration of the upstairs space has remained largely unchanged, the rooms have changed in function. For example, the sunny master bedroom used
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The perfection, and the problem, of the waves at Fanning Island is getting to them.
re you going to play surf today?’ calls Beeto Areieta. Brian and I are rolling down the potholed dirt road outside Beeto’s Fanning Island home – a traditional open-air kiekie with a thatched pandanus roof supported by coconut tree beams. We’re pedalling bicycles we ‘hired’ from two locals for three weeks. People can use coconuts to purchase foodstuffs at the store, and coveted items are worth more than cash on this remote atoll, so we paid by trading a casting rod and a Hawaiian sling we never use. Our surfboards bounce along behind us, lashed to an improvised caddy that makes the kids point and giggle and the adults stop and stare. One older woman mutters something that I interpret as “The i-Matang thinks of everything. If an i-Kiribati had that they’d load it up with coconuts.” We are indeed on our way to ‘play surf ’, and by the time we roll up to Whaler’s Right, a wave I want to ride eternally when I die, there’s a posse of spectators lingering in the shade at the beach’s edge and half a dozen little boys stripping to bare skin and snatching up scraps of plywood to bodysurf with in the soft shore combers. Eventually, a teenage boy paddles out into the lineup with us. That’s the sum
total of the competition for the kindest wave I’ve surfed in the South Pacific. And that’s the busy wave. Fanning Left, off the main village on the opposite side of the lagoon pass, sees even fewer local surfers from the island’s population of about 3,000 i-Kiribati, most of whom were resettled there from overpopulated islands elsewhere in the republic. The perfection of Fanning’s waves is well known among travelling surfers. The problem is getting to them, halfway between Tahiti and Hawaii. Probably the easiest and most reliable method is to sail there yourself, which says a lot about the other two options – flying Air Kiribati or booking a passenger berth aboard the Kwai, a 43-metre ketch-rigged steel ship that transports people and supplies to a few ports between Hawaii, the Line Islands, and the Cook Islands. Months ago a keen Kiwi surfer sent his board via the Kwai, but he’s yet to actually arrive on the island, says Bruno deLala, who with his wife Tabeta runs the only guesthouse, A La Belle Etoile. An expat Frenchman who jumped ship from a yacht about 30 years ago, married a local and chanced upon a sweet plot of land, he’s accustomed to the
unexpected arrival of guests and maintains a cluster of artfully constructed traditional kiekies outfitted with Western-style comforts, such as mattresses and mosquito nets. A night’s stay (AU$40) includes three meals of French-inspired local cuisine. When we arrived in April aboard our 41-foot yacht, Bruno was hosting several stranded guests from the capital, Tarawa, as Air Kiribati’s only plane had been grounded on the island for two weeks. The pilot was waiting for a new propeller to arrive from Christmas Island on the Kwai, which was fortunately in the vicinity and had been specially chartered to solve the problem. Departing Fanning, it’s possible your surfboard will be bumped off the plane in favour of local luggage – bananas and pumpkins packed as gifts for family members on Christmas, an island not as agriculturally advanced as Fanning. It’s best to bring a board you can leave behind if you believe, as we do, that kids should grow up surfing their local waves. Beeto Areieta, who has attended coaching clinics 2,000 miles away in Tarawa, has organised about 15 youths into a surf club. He runs skills clinics for the groms and makes sure they share the motley surf gear he’s managed to accumulate, which includes snapped leashes lashed into working order with fishing line, a hodgepodge of fins, and a quiver of boards that ranges from trashed bits of foam to smashed-nose short boards and snapped longboards with their exposed stringers piercing the waves like narwhal horns.
‘My dream is to have the surf competition for the Pacific Games on Fanning Island,’ says the ambitious 30-year-old. The world-class waves are there – the infrastructure is not. That may soon change with the development of two new surf lodges, one to be owned and operated by Beeto, who grew up watching i-Matangs surfing Whaler’s Right. Beeto worked a three-year stint as crew aboard the Kwai and saw with his own eyes the high-rise hotels towering beside crowds of tourists surfing Waikiki. That’s not his vision for Fanning. ‘When I saw that, I thought, I want to go home,’ he says. Expect his Fanning Surf Lodge to include traditional kiekie huts, hammocks slung within sight of the wave, and fresh fish dinners served beachside at sunset. Surfers who have experienced Fanning’s perfection might say don’t leave your board behind or you’ll be competing with too many locals for waves next time, but international surfers have been finding their way to Fanning for decades now and there’s still just a handful of uncommitted kids who ride, and none with the skills to drop in on any pro’s wave. Nor the attitude. One day I was out with two teenage boys when Whaler’s was peaking to both the right and left of the pickup spot. Whenever it came my way, instead of paddling over to scoop it from me, they’d yell, ‘Girl! Girl! Girl!’ making sure I knew it was my wave and then cheering hard when I caught it.
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Electricity was known long before oil. Ancient Egyptians from 2000 BC reported the effects of the electric eel, which they dubbed ‘The Thunderer of the Nile’.
own shapes and colours. There are asymmetrical eccentricities, such as the windscreen wipers being different sizes. The interior has hemp-derived linings with eucalyptus timber trim. In respect of the planet’s problems, this lightweight marvel is 97% recyclable. At home most nights, you charge your electric car overnight exactly as you would your cellphone, at a cost of about eight dollars. On a road trip you have a 20-minute break every 200km at a charging station, where you spend about $12 (plus the coffee). If you are expecting the performance of Postman Pat's van, a golf cart or a lumbering trolley bus, think again: think cut cat. I loved how easy and intuitive it was to drive. I found the i3's acceleration phenomenal for such a small car. Taking your foot off the accelerator to slow for a red light regenerates energy. Clever. With no engine in the front and rear-wheel drive, the turn circle is the tightest of any car I've driven. The base i3BEV model has a 60ah AC battery, giving it a range of 200km.The battery is guaranteed for 100,000 km or 8 years. The i3 REX (range extender) model which I drove uses a little two-cylinder 647cc petrol engine nestled alongside the main motor to top up the battery for a 330km range.This adds $11,200.00 to the pure electric's $75,700.00 pricetag. So pricing and range are the two big issues, but both are changing rapidly. Two years ago New Zealand had no charging stations at all. By the end of 2018 there will be more than 100. With as many charge stations as petrol stations, providing two ways of driving the rear wheels becomes an expensive and unnecessary nonsense. In Nevada Tesla are completing the Giga factory, the world’s largest single-storey building, just for building batteries. They claim that economies of scale and manufacturing efficiencies will reduce costs by 30% Costs are coming down and range is growing. Once these obstacles are solved, as they inevitably will be, children of the future will find it unimaginable that cars once ran on gasoline.
lectricity remained little more than an intellectual curiosity for millennia until 1752, when Benjamin Franklin used a kite in a storm to demonstrate that lightning was electrical. Thenceforth developments in electric power happened exponentially. Thomas Edison produced the first light bulb in 1880, Alessandro Volta created the first battery the next year, and it was followed shortly afterwards by Michael Faraday’s electric motor. In the 19th century electricity replaced gas street lights and was welcomed into our homes along with reliable appliances and brighter lights. Electric chandeliers are a celebration of this revolution. Generating electricity is easy, but storing it for future use is difficult. Lead-acid batteries are heavy, cumbersome and inefficient. The breakthrough alternative was lithium, the lightest of all metals and abundant in the earth’s crust and the oceans. US Patent 7563541for lithium-ion battery storage was filed in the 1970s. If you happen to have a property portfolio, consider an investment in La Paz, Bolivia, with its many high-altitude lakes full of easily harvested lithium, could be the new Dubai. Lithium-ion batteries power all the world’s cellphones. And in cars, they mean that the starter motor can now be the main motor. Propulsion by explosions has been replaced by a clean and powerful energy solution, with hardly any moving parts and no need for a starter motor or even in fact a gearbox. The first application of lithium-ion technology was in hybrid petrol-electric vehicles, of which millions have been produced. Petrol was still there because of the perceived limited range of electric cars. But electricity was and is clearly the future of automotive fuel. Now let me tell you about one the finest examples of this future, which you can already buy today, the BMWi3. As a new sub-species of BMW, the i3 adopts a fresh and adventurous design language. The double-kidney grille is still there to ensure recognition of the brand, but it is blanked off. Ventilation is unnecessary. Within a four-metre length there is seating for four adults and a decent-size boot. A packaging marvel. The body is carbon fibre, pixelated into panels with their
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Admission is free for the 9th German Film Festival, which runs from 13 to 16 September and includes new films from Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Presented by the Goethe-Institut New Zealand, the line-up includes documentaries, drama, comedy, road movies and family films. All films will screen in their original language with English subtitles. Goodbye Berlin, a comedic road movie directed by Faith Akin, is the headliner. It’s the story of a 14-year-old outsider who finds an adventurous way to spend his holiday after being left alone for the summer.
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ll over the world people come together on a Friday night to play Magic the Gathering, a trading-card game set in a fantasy world where Wizards employ spells, artefacts and creatures to defeat each other. Here in Wellington, the most popular spot to play Friday Night Magic (FNM) is Cerberus Games on Dixon St. Keith Labad, who’s been playing Magic since 2010, says, ‘When I was first playing, Magic was just starting to explode in popularity so our eight-person events were starting to grow in numbers. In 2013 Cerberus Games opened with a community focus. Cards were suddenly more affordable and accessible, as we were now able to buy cards individually, and events were cheaper, more frequent and varied. Cerberus started off strong and it got people excited to play Magic.’ Labad jumped at the chance to be Cerberus’ store
manager in 2016 and to be more involved in the game and an ever-growing community of spell-slingers. He became a rules judge for Magic, and now runs the FNM events. On a Friday three tournaments run from 2pm, each lasting about three hours. People sign up on the day and receive prizes for attendance. So why do people keep coming back week after week? Especially when they can now play Magic online or on their smartphones? Labad says, ‘Paper Magic is still very popular because of the social aspect of the game. You get to meet people and play in a game while being conversational, especially at the less competitive level.’ There is also a collection aspect. People can be very proud of their card collections, and playing in person allows them to show others the cards they've collected over the years and ‘their creativity in deck building’.
Keith Labad (standing) chats with regular Magic players at the start of a Friday Night Magic event at Cerberus Games on Dixon St. 104
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