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Mahé Drysdale's Future Focus

TEAM PLAYERS The people and stories behind our business (and yours)



Yes, even Mahé needs a navigator.

Not on the water of course.

But when it comes to looking after and growing my finances, I need a partner that can chart a unique course just for me: a company that has the skill and resources to navigate the hazards and take advantage of a tailwind. For me, there’s only one choice — Hobson Wealth Partners.

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WELCOME Hello and welcome to the very first edition of Navigator from Hobson Wealth Partners. Navigator is quite different from most publications you will receive from your bank, insurance company or other financial services providers. It is not the typical booklet full of economic jargon, interest rates and other market data that is usually outdated by the time you receive it (and oftentimes rather boring!). Navigator is more of a lifestyle magazine with a nod to private wealth financial services, of course, from our perspective. You will see articles from many different, interesting contributors across a wide range of topics that we hope you will enjoy. My good friend, Kirsty Cameron, is a very successful career publisher and has coordinated all aspects of the production of Navigator with us right from the very start. Kirsty has assembled a team of excellent journalists and photographers who have contributed to Navigator. Thank you Kirsty. You’ll also read about the interesting hobbies and pastimes of some of our team members in Auckland, as well as some thoughts on Hobson Wealth Partners and the services it provides from clients of our Christchurch office. We’ve been Hobson Wealth Partners for two years now and what a wonderful two years it has been. We now have a larger business and we look after more clients then we did two years ago. We have more people in the business — up to 72 at the time of writing — and we are continuing to expand. We have just opened a new office in Tauranga and are building up a strong team there to look after our growing client base in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. If you’re reading this

from that lovely part of New Zealand, please stop by The Vault at 53 Spring St and have a tea or coffee with one of the guys there. We recently moved into our new state-of-the-art premises in Wellington (more later) and in mid-2019 we relocate the Auckland office to a beautiful heritage building in the Britomart precinct. We wrote to you a couple of months ago advising that Hobson Wealth Partners has become a Trading and Clearing Participant of the New Zealand Exchange, the first addition for around 10 years. What this means is that we now handle transactions in financial securities on your behalf for the New Zealand market. We have formed strong relationships with offshore brokers to do the same in international markets. We will continue to do more and more investment administration for you where we believe we can do that better than outsourcing to third parties. Increasing team numbers, opening new offices and increasing our investment in what we do for you signifies our strong commitment to the New Zealand market and private wealth. We will be developing more services over the coming years to further improve your experience with us, and we will be extending services to attract a wider range of investors. I look forward to sharing our progress with you. Thank you for your ongoing support, especially over the past two years as we have transitioned into our new ownership structure. Enjoy Navigator and please let me or your adviser know what you think about it so we can make the next edition even better.

Warren Couillault Managing Director

Editor: Kirsty Cameron Publisher: Hobson Wealth Partners Ltd Art Direction: Principals Ltd Design & Production: Stephen Penny Subeditor: Fiona Wilson

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Writers: Sue Allison, Kirsty Cameron, Warren Couillault, Ed Glennie, Claire McCall, Hélène Ravlich, Wayne Thompson, Justine Williams Photographers: Juliette Drysdale, Todd Eyre, Stephen Goodenough, Francesca Jago, Thomas Seear-Budd, Nic Staveley

Cover: Olympic gold medallist Mahé Drysdale, photographed at his Cambridge home for Navigator by Juliette Drysdale

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Victoria Carter, former local body politican and PR dynamo, is the f irst woman president of Auckland’s Northern Club. She talks about her own inf luences.



On and of f the f inancial f ield, members of the Hobson Wealth Partners Auckland team truly do sing for their supper.

GOLD FUTURES Gold medallist rower Mahé Drysdale invites us to his Cambridge home to talk about what comes next.





Best-selling New Zealand-based author Stacy Gregg travels to Iceland to research her latest pony tale.

In Christchurch, the Hobson Wealth Partners team pride themselves on long-term relationships.





C A PITA L BA S E Hobson Wealth Partners celebrates a new home in Wellington’s smartest, greenest, CBD development. By Claire McCall. PHOTOGR APHY BY THOMAS SEEAR-BUDD

Building in a dress-circle location has its obligations. In a ‘see and be seen’ position, it’s important to get the give-and-take balance right. At 20 Customhouse Quay, a new commercial development on the Wellington waterfront, the Studio of Pacific Architecture team was well aware of this. “We were very conscious that the site was on the front row to the harbour,” says Marc Woodbury, senior principle at the firm and project leader. “It’s part of the wall that forms the edge of the city.”

Rather than a mute faÇade, it gives back to the harbour.

While aesthetics, then, were paramount so too of course were seismic considerations. It is out of this engineered solution that the design vision grew. The building is base isolated and has a diagrid structure which gives it the resilience to survive a 1-in-500 year earthquake event. The geometry of this triangulated framework sets up towering steel X’s that extend from the ground level, where they are like giant legs walking over the concourse, through the storeys as strong, sculptural features on the edge of column-free floorplates to the very top of the 14 levels. “The diagrid is part of the building’s DNA and as architects we wanted to express that structure on the façade,” says Marc. The result is a glazed skin that is flexed with a subtle curve. “It really pops the geometry which makes it animated; rather than a mute façade, it gives back to the harbour.” Reflections off the water and the shifting shadows of the day bring movement to the façade, while high-performance glazing and fixed solar shading to the north and west elevations ensure comfortable temperatures for tenants.

Views of 20 Customhouse Quay from differing perspectives in central Wellington.

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The property, a joint-venture investment managed by Newcrest, goes a small way to plugging a gap in the A-grade office market of the capital, so when Warren

Couillault, managing director of Hobson Wealth Partners, heard about it, he was excited. The company has had a presence in Wellington for 15 years (formerly as Macquarie Private Wealth) but their office in the Todd Tower was no longer fit for purpose. “Our interest was piqued because here was a brand new building and you don’t get many of those in Wellington,” says Warren. The appeal of the premium-quality space was three-fold: it was way beyond requirements for earthquake standards, already had signed-up tenants in related industries (Deloitte, IAG and Kiwibank) and there was the appeal of operational efficiency. “As a company, we are increasingly aware of our obligation to be as careful as possible with our energy consumption,” says Warren. “Plus there were great end-of-journey facilities that weren’t focused on the car – cycling racks and storage lockers, showers and change rooms – which you just don’t get in older buildings.” It wasn’t tough to sign on the dotted line and make the move to this new home in premises with a 5-star green building rating. At the same time, Hobson Wealth Partners took the opportunity to craft a better user experience for both staff and clients, and to reinforce brand ideals. “We pride ourselves on partnering with each other and our clients to work with them to achieve financial needs and objectives. This partnership approach extends to our financial services market. When we are not good at something, we will partner with a specialist,” says Warren. Which is why the company worked closely with Catalyst (an architecture practice focused on clients’ business objectives), to make the 230m2 space warm and inviting. American-oak wall and ceiling panelling, a striking, light9


vein quartz leaner and Italian tiling welcomes visitors. Plenty of natural light keeps the mood contemporary and brand-identity colours in the soft, teal-toned feature walls, lampshades and accent fabric on the leaners in the bar area, tie into the scheme. The enriched environment will be a drawcard for prospective employees – a cunning plan that keys into the business’s plans for growth. Says Warren, “Five staff members are onboard in Wellington at the moment but another two will join shortly


and we are looking to build that up as good people come along. The office accommodation has a flexible floorplate which is futureproofed for this expansion.” In late July, HWP took up residence in their waterfront office on the 12th floor. “Our previous space looked out over other buildings but I like to see space and the horizon. Not only is it a sensational view to enjoy every day, but it’s uplifting and aligns far better with the company outlook.”





HWP HOUSEWARMING Warren Couillault and the Wellington office welcomed guests to the opening of the new capital HQ. PHOTOGR APHY BY FR ANCESCA JAGO











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LE S S E N I N G YO U R R I S K , B E IT EGG S O R S TE E L What is best — a basket of eggs, or eggs in baskets? Hobson Wealth Partners Investment Strategist Ed Glennie argues that a diversified portfolio better suits the average investor. Andrew Carnegie, the ScottishAmerican industrialist, led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century and is often regarded as one of the wealthiest people of all time. He became a leading philanthropist and, in the latter years of his life, he is believed to have given away almost 90 per cent of his fortune. In doing so he stimulated a wave of large scale philanthropy across the US and Europe, in particular giving to local libraries. In a speech to a group of students in Pittsburgh in June 1885, he famously said to his audience: “put all your eggs in one basket, and then watch that basket”. When it comes to investing we are often taught to diversify in order to reduce risk. In simple terms, diversification is about not having all your eggs in one basket but rather spreading them across a number of baskets. By spreading out your eggs there is less chance that one bad egg, or one dropped basket, will ruin all of your eggs. Andrew Carnegie didn’t like people who scattered their capital, which in his mind meant “that they have scattered their brains also”. The steel magnate benefited first-hand from concentration and made sure to keep a close eye on his business interests. In modern day New Zealand we too have seen evidence of this, and a quick glance at the NBR Rich List would show that many of the country’s wealthiest have


made their money from concentrating their efforts and energy on one investment or in one sector, and that strategy has been the key driver of their wealth creation. For the average investor however, the same is unlikely to be applicable. Having a single concentrated investment suffers from greater volatility, leads to more sleepless

A well-diversified portfolio is designed to be more resilient in market environments.

nights and runs the risk of losing it all should that particular “egg” break. The principle of diversification is easy to understand and in most cases offers important benefits for investors who do diversify. By having a mix of investments in different asset classes, like fixed interest and shares, you reduce the risk that all of your investments will suffer if one investment or one specific asset class is not performing well. Spreading your risk between more than one asset or asset class(es) gives you the potential for varying returns from each asset or asset class, as each in turn contains a different level of risk. Fixed

interest investments are typically lower risk and provide income, while shares offer equity ownership and arguably more upside but with that comes the risk of your return fluctuating in line with the fundamental performance of the underlying asset. At a portfolio level, diversification reduces the risk that one rotten egg or poor performer could undermine your entire savings. By spreading your eggs among a variety of options, you can reduce the effect of one negative result on your whole portfolio which lowers the overall investment risk. A well-diversified portfolio is designed to be more resilient in more market environments. One of the key trade-offs facing every investor is that of risk versus return. At Hobson Wealth Partners we construct client portfolios that seek to maximize the expected return based on a given level of risk, and to do this we rely heavily on a diversification approach. Andrew Carnegie would not have achieved the great successes in his life had he not been a believer in concentration. In effect, he was taking more risk by concentrating everything in steel but in doing so he achieved a far greater return. For most of us however diversifying investments is a way to reduce the risk of a tumble in markets, and losing what we have worked hard to save.


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S PE E D M E I NTO TH E FU T U R E Author, qualified architect and academic, Tommy Honey is a popular commentator on the built environment around us. Here, he considers the changes electric vehicles will bring. If your children are under the age of five, chances are they will never learn to drive. Or so we are told, as the perfect storm of electrically-powered, autonomous vehicles; smaller, cheaper batteries with greater capacity, artificial intelligence and the Blockchain, approach on the horizon as foreboding thunderhead. Or, as a gentle glistening mist, bringing with it several radiant rainbows. It all depends on your point of view and which crystal ball you use.

The sustainable view of the future has a network of autonomous vehicles (AVs) that turn up on demand, and take you to where you want to go, quickly and efficiently, possibly sharing the ride with other users. The AV will then go on to pick up someone else, getting greater utility of a single vehicle than you do from your car, that can sit idle for 22 hours a day. Which would be fine if the two hours that you needed to travel weren’t the same hours as everyone else.

KPMG surveyed 953 global auto executives recently and 62 per cent of them believe electric vehicles are a fool’s errand that will eventually be overtaken by FCEVs (Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicles). Well, they would say that wouldn’t they . . . FCEVs will require fuel stations to distribute the hydrogen needed for them to operate, and if the oil companies and their buddies, the auto-makers, can retain the ownership of the distribution, they will control the system.

Our current patterns of work dictate that the highest demand for AVs will be at the beginning and end of the working day. Either we will need to have enough cars to meet this demand – many of which will be idle for the other 22 hours per day (where have I seen this number before . . ? Oh yeah) – or there will be an undersupply and you’ll have to queue for one (like a taxi).

You can get your electricity by plugging in at home, or at work – or, eventually – from the sun, bypassing the need for the massive infrastructure of the supply network. The better the batteries get, the greater distance between charging, and the less dependence on public infrastructure. And this infrastructure, when developed, will be built by power companies, not oil barons, and will be smaller, cleaner and more flexible than current petrol stations. In the future, petrol stations might be as hard to find as a camera shop that will develop your analogue film, and those current gas stations will be redeveloped as apartments, complete with fallout shelters built from converted underground gas storage tanks.


When New York introduced a bike share system, there was a wave of cycles coming in from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens each morning, followed by convoys of trucks that would pick up the bikes and return them to their starting points for the next tranche of cycling commuters. In the evening, the process was reversed. The very nature of commuting means that once a single commute has been completed, the vehicle – bike, AV – is already in the wrong place. AVs will simply turn around and head back to the suburbs to collect another – waiting – commuter and will most likely be empty. The AV then will travel twice as many kilometres per completed commute than the current owner/ driver who parks at work. Therefore the AV will have to be twice as efficient — carrying more than two people per ride shorter following distances — before we see any significant drop in congestion.

This reduction could be hastened through congestion charging or surge pricing. If there aren’t enough AVs on the road, then demand will be satisfied by short-term increases in price for those willing to pay; those who aren’t, will be tempted to dust off their petrol car and add it to the queue trying to get on the motorway at the Greenlane roundabout. The image currently gaining traction may never arrive — those little Jetsonslike driverless cars, wandering the sparsely occupied roads, with happy citizens hopping on and off at their leisure. As we approach Easter, keep an eye out for the extensive media coverage of the traffic trying to escape the city. In the future, will we all set off in AVs for the Coromandel or Piha? If we all go at once, will there be enough cars? And, if there are, will the roads be just as congested? When we get to our destination, what will happen to the car? Will it sit and wait for us, or head off to pick up another family? If it does leave, how will we get to the beach 5km away? The fish and chip shop the next bay over? The pub to watch the cricket? Does an AV even know how to go on a road trip? Perhaps we’ll keep a car in the garage for these longer trips. We’ll join a throng of others who only drive three times each year, a little rusty, a little tired and a little more prone to having an accident. Expect the holiday road toll to go up in the future, not down.


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W H E N B EI N G YO U N G WA S FU N Sandy Burgham is a leadership coach with a special interest in transformational change in midlife. Here, she considers the pressures that would seem to kick in earlier, and earlier. I was both intrigued and a little saddened to hear that the most popular course, ever, at Yale is a recent addition to their curriculum. “Psychology and the Good Life” is a basic happiness course that teaches young ones how to be happy and flourish. Around a quarter of the student body has enrolled in it. It seems that rather than focusing on having a good time — surely the whole point of being young — students at the elite university have been putting happiness on the back burner, in order to give their all to gain admission to the school. Closer to home, I observe this kind of angst-ridden earnestness in our young people as well, except of course in our household, where I feel that our extremely laidback 17-year-old could do with a dose of blind ambition now and then. Those late-teen and early 20-something years were traditionally dubbed the “best years of your life,” but now, with Gen Y and millennials forecast to be the first generation that will end up poorer than their parents, societal messaging is being readjusted. Life seems to be tougher for this lot than “back in my day”. For starters, they are forced to endure tedious career expos, making random calls on who they want to be, before they can even cook a meal. So many teenagers and young adults are saddled with anxiety issues, I wonder if our own ambitions as parents are to blame. Certainly, I’ve had to wake up to the fact that I’ve been operating a double standard. While my kids only know me as being personally driven, overcommitted and with high expectations of myself, I have


never shared the more decadent parts of my young years with them, in case they too decided it was a good idea to spend their youth smoking “pot” in spa pools jam-packed with writhing bodies, listening to Pink Floyd. (Yep, they really were the best years of my life). I had no actual plans. I remember one girl left school at 16 and got a job on reception at an insurance office in Tauranga. I remember thinking, “wow, cool . . . hmmm, I better get a job at some point”.

We have a responsibility to live life like we would want our children to.

It was only later that I became a career snob. Somehow, I muddled through with no pressure from my parents, just an unspoken social norm that once you left school, you got on with things. I stumbled into a “career” and didn’t earn a lot for years, but I guess I felt free of any parental expectation to do, or be, bigger and better. Sure, things were different back then; we got a free tertiary education for starters. But there seemed to be a distinct lack of competitiveness. Now just muddling along is not good enough, as characterised by the binary thinking of the leader of the free world, who puts people into two camps – winners and losers. And no one wants to be a loser.

So many still assume that winners go to university and losers don’t, even though we know that it’s the tradies who will have jobs for life and not necessarily the lawyers, doctors and accountants. I remember when my son was around 12, he came home and asked what a hedge fund manager was. Some poor, misguided child in his class had announced that’s what he wanted to be when he grew up. God, how awful. What happened to wanting to be an astronaut or a pop star? What happened to being young? A friend observed that his wife starts every conversation about their kids with the phrase, “I’m worried that . . .” And I realised that even if I don’t verbalise it, it’s an underlying motivator – keeping them safe. So this year, my mantra for parenting is about easing up on the helpful tips that risk coming across as strong directives. Those of us who have survived to live a second act have a responsibility to live life like we would want our children to. Surely we want them to listen to their hearts, ignore the dreams of others, keep trying, experiment with new ideas, and if they fail, do it openly and wholeheartedly. Above all else, they need to learn to enjoy themselves. I think that’s what our wonderful son, who knows how to cook a meal and enjoy himself, has been trying to get though to me. He’s got it sorted.


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A winner by a country mile — Olympian Mahé Drysdale at home in Cambridge, with Oslo the golden retriever.




2020 V I S IO N Placid lake waters and a quiet, tree-lined country road, mask the intense endeavour going on at the High Performance Centre for elite rowers at Karapiro, Cambridge. None has revelled in this supercharged atmosphere for training hard with boat and bike more than Mahé Drysdale, who made the lake his workplace and launching pad for a successful international career nearly 20 years ago. In this special interview for Navigator, the Olympic champion in the single sculls in 2012 and 2016 — and Hobson Wealth Partners brand ambassador — talks about new horizons and his desire for a third gold medal in 2020. By Wayne Thompson.


After taking a year-long breather from top-level sport to be with his young family, Mahé Drysdale is making up lost ground on the comeback trail. It’s not been easy. Used to tackling a brutal training programme of up to 1000 hours a year — evenly split between rowing and cycling — focusing on caring for a then-toddler daughter and a newborn son squeezed the training opportunities to three hours a week. Returning to full-time rowing this year was tough, Mahé says. “I was in the worst physical shape of my life. It’s been a battle. I was finishing fifth and sixth over summer at our national racing.” By July he was in Europe, winning his sixth Diamond Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta and then, as a member of Rowing New Zealand’s team, contesting a gruelling series of 2km races in the Rowing World Cup regattas. Each race brought him closer to his goal of making the final of the World Cup III event in Lucerne, Switzerland. The final was important to his international comeback campaign because it had become the qualifying race for selection as New Zealand’s single sculls representative at the World Championships in Bulgaria in September. His rival for selection was 28-year-old Robbie Manson, who had moved from the elite double sculls to the single during 2017 and surpassed Mahé’s world record time. Manson won the final and consequently the only New Zealand single sculls spot in the world championships. Mahé, despite the pain of a rib stress fracture, finished in fourth place behind his old rivals, Oliver Zeidler of Germany and Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic. His response was to let the New Zealand selectors I S S U E 01

know that though he had not given up hope of regaining the No 1 single spot, he was available for the four-crew Mens Quad contesting the world championships. A week later, at his home, two minutes’ bike ride along a country lane from the rowing centre, Mahé looks out his kitchen window. Fixing his blue eyes on Lake Karapiro, he makes it clear that he will strain every muscle in his 2m frame to win back not only the right to wear the black singlet, but also to win his third single sculls Olympic gold medal in Tokyo in 2020. Stubborness, determination and work ethic have rewarded the athlete in the past, and during the next two years these qualities will combine natural advantages of exceptional lung capacity and ability to utilise oxygen, with a wily veteran’s racing experience and mental toughness. “Coming back has taken longer to get competitive than I hoped it would,” he says. “It has been a battle. But this trip to Europe has been a breakthrough for me just to put a marker out there to say ‘I’m back’ though I still have work to do to get back to No 1.” He has a new coach, Calvin Ferguson, since the man who helped him to win two Olympic golds, Richard “Dick” Tonks, quit Rowing NZ and is head coach of the Canadian senior men’s team. Calvin Ferguson describes his charge as “self-managed.” Asked what that means, Mahé explains that coaches set the programmes and manage rowers’ training on the water. “The athlete is responsible for doing it to the best of their ability and the mental side of it. They look after themselves so 19

I did a lot of thinking after Rio about what did I want to do, where did I see my life going.

off the water they are in the best shape so they can push themselves. Through my experience I know how to do that well and when I show up for training, I am ready to perform well and hopefully, if I can perform well in training, I can in racing.” His former coach was a stickler for athletes training hard. Mahé says he trusted Dick Tonks’ advice because he had produced multiple Olympic champions. “He was the biggest influence in my career with his pushing my limits, teaching me that I was capable of lots more than I thought. His training programme was brutal and at times I wondered whether it was good for us, but get through those sessions and you are mentally tougher. You appreciate that when you are in the hard part of the race. I have won because of that hard training and putting myself through the wringer.” The conversation gets round to why Mahé, at 39-years-old and knowing what you do to be world champion, would want to put himself through the wringer again, instead of say becoming a coach himself and thus extending the life of his sports career. “It’s about sitting and watching the Tokyo Olympics, wondering if I could be there at the front of that race,” he says. “I did a lot of


thinking after Rio about what did I want to do, and where did I see my life going. But it came down to that love of doing what I’m doing now, which is rowing, and the realisation that I had one more crack at it, the realisation that ‘I can do this’, that I can win another gold medal. But if I am not the best man for the job and get passed by youngsters coming through, I’d prefer to go out that way than thinking I should have put in the work and be at Tokyo.” There is a further reason, one that shows a change in his view of where his life should be going. Competing at the top level, takes him overseas for three months a year but Karapiro training days, which start as soon as the fog lifts from the lake, finish early enough to allow time with his wife Juliette, their daughter Brontë, now 3, and 18-month-old Boston. If he were to quit rowing and launch into a ‘real job’, he says, he would be so driven to succeed that family time would be limited. “I am better to do something that I love that is able to pay the bills and give a great life with my family. Whatever I do post rowing, I want to do the best I can, but I will be mindful of my family being my priority.”



Mahé’s break from rowing allowed him to do more than acknowledge the importance of family. “It’s selfish being a sportsperson in that everything revolves around me. Juliette is incredibly supportive. She is an ex-rower [Juliette, née Haigh, was a bronze medallist in the New Zealand pairs at the 2012 London Olympics] so she knows what it takes and when I come home knackered she understands that I’m not going to be up to much. It was nice in that year off that I went from number one priority to being behind Juliette and the kids and could give back to thank them. And I got an appreciation of how hard it is to be a full-time, at-home parent.” He does not see rowing as the career for the rest of his life. “Tokyo will mean 20 years fulltime in the sport and that will be the end. I will be 42 … a good age to do something else. Rowing is all I know and I prefer to get a broader view of the world and be open to other ideas.” Mahé’s taking up a fiercely competitive and repetitive career like rowing was surprising, given his primary education at a Steiner school in England, where his father Alan trained as a Steiner teacher before returning to Tauranga. “They didn’t encourage sport or competitiveness, they catered for your creative side. I learned how to knit and sew and a lot of wonderful things. I’m an uncreative person.” After Tauranga Boys’ College, Mahé studied at the University of Auckland Business School, where he started rowing, stopping for a period to complete his studies and qualify as an accountant. He says a great influence was his grandfather, Bob — Sir Robert — Owens, founder of Owens Group, a chairman of Air New Zealand and mayor of Tauranga and Mt Maunganui. “He was a completely self-made businessman and that was instilled in me … that if you put in the work the rewards were there.” Mahé dedicated his 2012 gold medal to his grandmother, Joy Owens, who was a staunch supporter, not only of Mahé, but also of developing talented young rowers. Sponsors are incredibly important to athletes’ being able to focus on achieving their goals, says Mahé. His associations include being brand ambassador for Hobson Wealth Partners (and a client). “I’m appreciative and see it as a two-way street. My sponsors understand there are certain times of the year when I’m focused on winning, but between September and December I am more available and sponsors’ requests have priority.” Balanced against the business side of professional sport is his philanthropic work. He supports the work of charities including Duffy Books in Homes, which engages him to go into low-decile schools, give books out and tell the children a story. “I like seeing the smile on their faces. They like to see my gold medal.” He is also an ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation. Its advice helped him to manage the osteo-arthritis in his back which was diagnosed in 2011 and left him struggling to row. His stubbornness kicked in, and creative solutions followed. “I made a dramatic change in the way I train by doing half of it on the bike but it has enabled me to keep doing what I love.”

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Gold medal Dad. Mahé with daughter Brontë, 3, and 18-month-old son, Boston.

MAHÉ DRYSDALE Born 1978 Melbourne Started rowing 1997 West End Rowing Club, Avondale Coaches Richard Tonks, Calvin Ferguson 2018 Henley Royal Regatta, winner Diamond Challenge single sculls 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2012 London Olympic Games - Gold, men’s single World Rowing Championships - Gold, men’s single in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011 2009 Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to rowing 2008 Beijing Olympic Games - Bronze, men’s single and NZ flag bearer


A WOM A N O F I N FLU E N C E In May of this year, Victoria Carter ONZM was elected president of Auckland’s Northern Club, the first woman to hold the role in the private club’s almost-150-year history. An entrepreneurial businesswoman, she has served as councillor on the former Auckland City Council, and holds multiple independent directorships across a range of commercial and charitable enterprises. Victoria Carter spoke to Kirsty Cameron about the people who have shaped her journey so far. PHOTOGR APHY BY NIC STAVELEY

Victoria and her brother, James, migrated to NZ from Hong Kong as young children with their mother, newspaper columnist Valerie Davies, after their parents’ marriage ended. Valerie was a formative influence, as were the characters who populated their Parnell neighbourhood. I’ve had a lot of women influences in my life. There’s no one person, but the older I get, the more I look at my behaviour and characteristics, and notice that some of them are quite like what my mother did, and was. I always describe her as one of the bravest and most courageous woman that I know. She came to New Zealand in August 1970, and she knew nobody apart from a friend of a friend, who loaned us his flat in Hillsborough. We were there for two weeks. Within that time, she found a flat at 24 Domain Dr in Parnell, next door to the tennis court. And she bought a car, a Vauxhall Victor, BU277, and she got a job at the Auckland Star where she met my future stepfather, Pat Booth. Valerie is really brave. She’s very kind. I learned a lot about my duty to help my neighbour from her. I had a really eclectic collection of adult acquaintances and friends, such as Lady Barker, who I discovered lived right behind us. She always had her door latched, but I was a skinny little six-year-old, and I slipped through the gate once and knocked on the door to find out who lived there. I used to sit and natter to Lady Barker while she taught me how to play Patience. She was very strange, a bit of a recluse, and it’s


possible, apart from her son, I was her only companionship. When I look back on it, I think I was possibly spreading a little bit of joy around the neighbourhood, but I was really just entertaining myself. There was the doctor’s wife too. I don’t know how I managed to get to know her, but I would pop in and she’d have a sherry and give a lemonade to me. I gave her a painting once because I liked her so much, and she told me that she put it in her laundry, and I thought that was pretty cool. But Valerie told me, years later, that she was always really cross that Dr Andre’s wife put my painting in the laundry! Another Parnell local who became a close, lifelong friend to the Davies was Oi (pronounced O-ee) Gummer, the wife of architect William Gummer. Oi used to get me to help her bake for prisoners. She sort of ran an open house with so many people — she was a really generous spirit. And she would meditate twice a day. So I meditate as a daily habit, and my husband will tell you that he’s sure it’s what keeps me sane, and where I get all my energy from! And of course, her stepfather, journalist Pat Booth, who campaigned on behalf of Arthur Allen Thomas, and would later lead the reporting on the Mr Asia drug syndicate. I think one of the most valuable things that living with Pat gave me was the encouragement about the need to speak up for those who can’t speak for

Victoria Carter in the Wintergarden dining room of central Auckland's Northern Club (and over, in the Ivy bar). Her plans for the venerable club include attracting more women to join — currently the membership is about 15 per cent female. Women were permitted to join the club in 1991.



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themselves. And he was so good at that. Every night around the dinner table, I heard him tell us the stories of the people who didn’t have a voice, and how he gave them a voice, so it was really interesting. And it was interesting when I was at school, at Baradene. When you’re at school, you do want to fit in, and I did want to fit in, but I just couldn’t help myself because — and we all do it, I think, unconsciously — we do echo our parents. So I’m listening to all these girls echoing their wealthy parents talking about things, and I’ve got to echo what I’m hearing around my dinner table, which is completely opposite to what they’re saying. I did usually argue the “other side”. After school, Victoria studied law at the University of Auckland. But a summer job at a law practice unsettled her, and made her question her direction. At Pat’s suggestion, she instead worked in public relations, which she loved, and returned to after going back to university for a year to complete her degree — “I was sick of telling people I had three-quarters of a law degree”. She joined a PR consultancy, was headhunted to McConnell Dowell, but then made redundant at 23, after the 1987 stockmarket crash. A lifeline was thrown by 24

one of her PR clients, realtor John Bayley, whom she nominates as another influence. He just said, “Hey, we’ve got this role. Really interested in you doing it” — he possibly didn’t even know that I’d been made redundant. “Would you be interested?” First decision I had to make — was I going to have a BMW or a Mercedes? It was a crazy time! About 18 months on, the stockmarket crash had really affected a lot of clients. I could see they were trying to restructure and rationalise, and there probably wasn’t enough work for me. I was doing a lot of PR work for a lot of the big property companies in Auckland, giving them marketing ideas as part of our Bayleys’ service. John said, “You should really set up your own PR business, and I’ll help you.” I thought about it, and I went back to him, and I said I was really grateful that he would back me that much, but I didn’t think I wanted to have a partner. I would do it by myself. And that’s how I started my own PR firm, Davies-Booth Associates (she had adopted her stepfather’s name). In 1998, Victoria won the then-Hobson ward seat and became an Auckland City

Councillor. She says John Bayley once joked years before that she “should run for mayor” but it was having a young family that inadvertently tipped her into politics — she and husband John Carter, a lawyer, have two now-adult sons, Ben and Cameron. But it was the boys in their strollers that opened Victoria’s eyes. It was when Ben was a baby, and the council introduced giant wheelie bins, and I used to see them when I was walking around with his pushchair, as well as noticing too how rubbish the pavements were. And that started to make me take a little bit more interest in who was making these decisions, because I don’t think a woman would be making a decision that we should be putting out more rubbish! I know I didn’t actively go out looking to get into politics, I would just think ‘there’s something not right here, this isn’t making the city a better place’. On Council, we were able to form a lot of common ground and get some extraordinary things done. I describe the three As as my proudest achievements when I was on that Council — there was getting the first public/private partnership off the N AV I G ATO R B Y H O B S O N W E A LT H PA R T N E R S

ground for the development of Vector Arena, now Spark Arena. Then, a Council officer came to me and said they really believed we needed an Auckland arts festival. I backed them and supported them and championed the Auckland Arts Festival, for which I was chair for many, many years. I think it’s been a wonderful addition to Auckland.


And the third A was the Auckland ambassadors programme. I’d read about a programme in New York where homeless people were assigned a little part of the street, and the shopkeepers would give them extra food and give them a bit of money, and it stopped a lot of graffiti and it stopped a lot of crime and it kept the street a bit safer. I suggested we do something slightly similar, not with homeless people, but we had quite a big unemployment problem at the time. We were inundated with applicants.

Not long ago, I heard three inspiring women, including feminist leader Gloria Steinem, Kiwi tech entrepreneur Claudia Batten, and executive leader Stephanie Christopher speak in the same week. Their learnings could be applied to life. Claudia taught me that, like her, I’m a squiggler and squiggling is good. My career has not been linear but full, varied and covered so many fields – it’s meant continual learning and being open to opportunities. Here’s what I took away from my thought-provoking week.

I got a whole lot of corporate sponsorship from places like Sky City, and Work and Income did a programme with us. We got some extraordinary people to keep an eye on Queen St. It was when the Volvo and America’s Cup were on, and so we had a huge influx of visitors and [the ambassadors] became the friendly face of Auckland. The most moving thing was that many of them were new migrants. They were more passionate about our city, and being its friendly faces, than you could’ve imagined. It was amazing. I was so proud of them.

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Victoria Carter has lately realised her career, from law graduate to PR practitioner to politician to entrepreneur (sometimes at the same time) is a “squiggle”. Here, she writes of the glory of squiggling and lessons learned.

Business needs to encourage squiggly instead of the traditional linear path Claudia talked of the rapid change we’re seeing and we’ve seen in business. Look at the way the music industry has transformed, the advances in cellphone technology, the impact of the sharing economy, the future of cars, robots, digital disruption, and the massive impact some of this change will have on employment.

Victoria Carter was appointed an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit in 2016 for services to the arts, business and the community. She is the co-founder of Cityhop, NZ’s first car sharing business. She also holds the roles of president of the Northern Club; deputy chair, NZ Thoroughbred Racing; director of Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board and Tax Management NZ; Patron, Christie Marceau Charitable Trust. Her previous roles have included two terms as an Auckland City Councillor, a director of the Auckland Racing Club, directorships of JUCY Group, Turners Auctions and Kidicorp; and 15 years as chair of the Auckland Arts Festival.

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Lesson 4 What To Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn) This is the title of one of entrepreneur Seth Godin’s books. Its cover photo has the wonderful face of Anna Kenney, a mill worker and suffragette who bravely stepped up. It reminds me that every day we have a chance to make a difference, to step up and however small an act — like smiling and saying hello to more strangers — it can make a difference. Lesson 5 Being disruptive or different doesn’t stop you from being part of the team and working beautifully together

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In Seth’s book is the story of the ‘fifth hammer’. Pythagoras watched a blacksmith; four of his hammers made a harmonious sound, but the fifth hammer didn’t. Pythagoras studied the hammers to try and understand this, and according to the fable, threw the fifth away. ‘The fifth hammer didn’t contribute beauty and magic by fitting in, it made a difference by standing out’. And Gloria Steinem reminded us of something very important – what are we doing with our lives? She read aloud the incredible dedication in her recent book, naming the brave doctor who gave her an abortion and then asked her to do go and ‘do something with her life’. She observed she had done the best she could with her life. What a massive understatement!

Don’t wait or waste time

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At a dinner hosted by The Executive Connection’s Stephanie Christopher, she challenged us to answer the question: “Before I die I want to . . .” I wrote the obvious — ‘do one of New Zealand’s amazing walks.’ And then I thought, hmm this is my life we are talking

It’s a good question we should all ask: “Am I doing the best I can with my life?”

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about, so I went a little deeper and wrote something bigger! Then as the evening wore on I realised there was something much bigger I still want to do! It was like giving a voice to our deepest part — and being reminded not to waste time.

Be adaptable, develop more resilience, be open to possibilities and stay curious Companies and boardrooms need more people who are adaptable, and willing to explore new ways of doing things. They need people who are comfortable with change, can problem solve, people who are flexible. And sometimes this may require people who can see innovation (which sometimes means disrupting the old way of doing things!). A common thread in most entrepreneurs is that they are brave, willing to take risks and they embrace change. They keep on learning.

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TE A M PL AY ER S Everyone has a story to tell, and the people at Hobson Wealth Partners are no different. Chat for a few minutes with the Auckland office’s Tarsha Ganley, Edward Porter or Kirsty Shiach, and it doesn’t take long to discover their passions beyond the office, as Hélène Ravlich found. PHOTOGR APH BY NIC STAVELEY

From left, Investment Adviser Kirsty Shiach, Onboarding Specialist Tarsha Ganley, Investment Adviser Ed Porter.




Tarsha Ganley on the rugby field. Photo courtesy of Tarsha.

TARSHA GANLEY At Work: Hobson Wealth Partners Onboarding Specialist Outside of Work: Premier Grade Rugby Referee The last few years have been a significant time for women in rugby, and Tarsha Ganley couldn’t be happier about it. The passionate 26-year-old rugby fan has seen 28 Black Ferns awarded professional contracts, and the appointment of New Zealand’s first female Super Rugby play-by-play commentator. Tarsha herself was one of two female referees to have been selected into New Zealand Rugby’s high performance referees’ national squad. The national squad referees officiate at the Mitre 10 Cup, the Heartland Championship and the Farah Palmer Cup, and the job has seen her travel far and wide. As well as refereeing during club season and rep season, Tarsha has also been called up for games in Hong Kong and Fiji. Tarsha has always worked in financial services, and joined Hobson Wealth Partners a year ago. “Hobson Wealth is such an amazing team to be a part of, everyone is just so kind and motivated I S S U E 01

and I wake up every day so excited to come to work”. She also loves her weekends, when you’ll find her mostly outdoors, whistle around her neck, on the rugby field. Tarsha took up refereeing nine years ago. She grew up in Whangarei, playing rugby alongside her brothers, encouraged by their dad, Paul, a passionate fan of the sport. “But when I got to be about 12-years-old there just weren’t any teams I could go into. Women’s rugby just wasn’t a happening thing back then, so I fell into refereeing as a way to stay really close to my dad throughout high school”. Tarsha has watched more and more women entering the sport, and the quality of their game just rise and rise. Last year, the number of adult men playing rugby decreased, but there was an 11 per cent growth in female registrations. Women’s rugby has exploded globally since its inclusion in the Olympics, which has had a flow-on effect in referee development. “I love that women’s rugby is now a career path to aspire to,” says Tarsha, “rather than just a hobby that can take you to some cool places.”

Could she have pursued a career as a player? “No way,” she laughs. “I stopped playing when I was 12 and I’m getting a bit old now! There is also so much contact these days that you need to have been raised to not be afraid of that, and to have the skills to manage it”. Refereeing is enough of a physical challenge, with Tarsha training most nights, agility and speed key to a ref ’s skill set. “When you’re developing your refereeing skills you have coaches who guide you as to where’s the best place to stand, and you need to have a real presence to get the outcome that you’re wanting.” On the mental side, reviewing footage, law exams and additional training also feature, “so you know you’re showing up knowing exactly what you’re looking for and adhering to the rules correctly”. Has she ever had any moments when a player or supporter has disagreed loudly with her decision? “Oh always, but that’s just part of the job. You’ve just got to recognise the difference between something being said in a heated moment and actual abuse – and most of it is definitely the former. I’ve been doing it so long that I think I’ve developed great selective hearing!” 27


The Auckland Choral Society and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, "Beethoven and Beyond", Auckland Town Hall, July 2018. Photograph by Joanne Bremner, reproduced with permission.

EDWARD PORTER At Work: Hobson Wealth Partners Investment Adviser

a performance, the first of mine being in July of this year.”

with a laugh, “they make me shut the door!”

Outside of Work: Bass in the Auckland Choral Society choir

Apart from singing Kenny Rogers’ “Lady” to Anna at their wedding, Ed’s first time with the choir was also his first public performance, and he loved every minute. “It was quite daunting and there was a lot to think about,” he says with a smile, “but you can’t really see the audience because of the lights which is probably a good thing!” It was also the first time he had sung with an orchestra. “There was a lot to take in and I didn’t have time to get nervous”.

A choral event that Ed is very much looking forward to is playing a role in “Messiah 100”, a very special performance of Handel’s iconic work that will be taking place in December at the Auckland Town Hall. Every performance of Handel’s Messiah is a special event, and Auckland Choral’s 2018 performance will be extra special, as it is the choir’s 100th consecutive Messiah. Since the choir’s founding in 1855 there have only been two times it has missed this performance – the outbreak of World War I, and the flu epidemic of 1918. To celebrate this momentous century of Messiahs, the choir will be joined by visiting singers from choral groups near and far, and a stunning line-up of soloists will lead the performance.

Ed Porter’s been helping families and individuals make the most of their financial assets for many years, and has also for a long time enjoyed choral music. At the end of last year he attended an Auckland Choral performance of Handel’s Messiah. It moved him so much he turned to his wife Anna, and said: “I’d like to do that one day”. Just a week later he decided that no time was quite like the present, and contacted the 160-year-old Auckland Choral Society, New Zealand's oldest surviving arts organisation and Auckland’s only symphonic-scale choir. By the end of the summer, he was rehearsing with them on an ad hoc basis. “After a few weeks of that I was invited to do a provisional audition,” he explains, “which is a reasonably intense experience. If you make it through that you are then asked to join the choir for 28

Before joining the choir Ed had never taken a singing lesson in his life, but now sees a singing teacher regularly. “The choir really do encourage you to advance things on your own terms,” he says, “and as a dad of three young children that does cut into a chunk of my time. Luckily my singing teacher is just at the University of Auckland’s School of Music, so I can pop up in lunchtime hours, and my wife is hugely supportive.” He also uses choral software for learning his own individual parts, and plays the piano to accompany himself at home. Do his children like to listen to him practice? “Oh no,” he says

“It is just such an exciting prospect for me, and everyone in the choir,” Ed says. “The fact that we are all amateurs means there is a real care factor around everything that we do. You’re not being paid to be there and it’s a huge commitment, so I know that every person there loves this as much as I do.” N AV I G ATO R B Y H O B S O N W E A LT H PA R T N E R S

KIRSTY SHIACH At Work: Hobson Wealth Partners Investment Adviser Outside of Work: Green-fingered Gardener One of Hobson Wealth Partners’ most experienced team members, Kirsty Shiach is as well known for tending to her garden as she is for tending to the needs of her loyal clients. Kirsty’s work revolves around advising clients on how to best structure their portfolios, as well as managing their affairs on a daily basis. It’s a role she’s relished for 30 years, and as a consequence, many of her clients are older people looking at how to use their investments to fund their retirement. Outside of the office, Kirsty can be found in her garden, a small-but-perfectly-formed space that borders a pretty green park in the Auckland suburb of Remuera. Each of the five apartments in her boutique block come with courtyard gardens opening onto the reserve, and its immediate proximity has informed the way she has moulded her outdoor space over the last six years. “From the minute we moved in I decided that I wanted to borrow the view from the park, and bring it into the garden,” says Kirsty, who loves the fact that established trees have become a key part of her backyard greenscape. “It’s not a sea view,” she says with a smile, “but if you’re into greenery it’s a pretty special spot.” When the family first moved into their home, it came with planting that had been designed by a landscape gardener, which she immediately set about replacing. “I would describe myself as a real ‘plant junkie’ in terms of being quite specific about what I like. I was quite purposeful in knowing exactly what I wanted in the space.” She salvaged as many of the original plants as she could and shared them with a gardening group that she belongs to, then set about creating her dream space. Kirsty focuses strongly on seasonality in her garden, choosing plants that “change with the seasons so you are always conscious of the season you’re in. I always like to ensure that you’re surrounded by colour all year round, even in winter when so many gardens are devoid of colour of any sort”. She also goes for fragrant flowers, “and I’m very aware of the plight of bees and plant with them in mind whenever I can”. The courtyard space isn’t quite sunny enough to bring any vegetable seedlings to harvest, but an abundance of herbs can always be found. She sources her plants from all sorts of places, including garden centres nearby and via specialist growers online. “Old roses are a I S S U E 01

Views of Kirsty Shiach's Remuera courtyard garden. Photos courtesy of Kirsty Shiach.

particular interest of mine, and these days the best and rarest ones can only be found online.” Kirsty says she loves seeing small children picking her flowers from the park, “as so many of them have never seen those kinds of flowers outside of a florist, or haven’t grown up with a garden themselves”. With the structure and planting now well established, Kirsty says it only requires an hour or two a week to keep things looking good. “We have a holiday home in Northland so I’m away a lot of weekends, and I’m working full-time so just don’t have the time to be spending long days in the garden. It has actually been one of the joys of downsizing from a large garden to one this size, knowing that I am spending time out there because I enjoy it, rather than it being a chore.”





K E E PI N G O N TH E TR AC K ‘Team Orca’ at Hobson Wealth Partners’ Christchurch office prove great stayers over a distance. By Sue Allison. PHOTOGR APHY BY STEPHEN GOODENOUGH

Good things take time, be it the growth of sound investments or that of firm friendships, and Hobson Wealth Christchurch director Kerry Porter and clients Bill and Helen Bishop are reaping the rewards of both. The Bishops are both veterinarians with a passion for horses. Bill, an equine surgeon, developed the Canterbury Equine Clinic, a specialist hospital in Prebbleton where animals come from around the South Island for procedures ranging from keyhole surgery to nuclear scintigraphy. “I was introduced to Bill in the late ‘80s through his brother, Andy, who was in financial services,” says Kerry Porter. Sadly Andy passed away not long after that introduction but it seeded a business relationship and friendship that now spans three decades. “Trust is built up over time, and we’ve shared a lot of things over the years.” Rather than acting as individual advisers, Kerry works with Erica Nash and Rowan Davis as a team. They are collectively known as “Orca”, a term they coined because they work in a pod. “While one of us will have a key relationship with a client, we all engage with them and make collective decisions,” says Kerry. Three heads are better than one and pod power also allows continuity of service both in the short and long term. Erica, who has two young sons, works a four-day week. “Clients like the fact that they’ve given me that flexibility, and know that Kerry and Rowan will be there on Fridays when I’m not,” she says. Top, Kerry Porter, on left, and Bill Bishop at the Bishops' former practice, Canterbury Equine Clinic. Left, Helen and Bill Bishop.

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Over the years, older clients get to know the younger partners and many of their children — as with the Bishops’ three daughters — later come to the team for

advice. “I’ve known Bill and Helen since I first started in a junior role as assistant to Kerry in 2005 and it’s just carried on,” says Erica Nash. “Older clients introduce us to their children as they know that will be the next step. It’s that real trust that develops over time.” Rowan Davis, who made up the Orca trio seven years ago with 16 years’ experience under his belt at home and abroad, likens the process to a journey. “Typically clients come onboard as transactional clients and as their demand for advice increases and we get to know more about them and their goals, they become what we call personalised clients,” he says.

When we were in practice, a lot of our best friends were our clients and it's the same relationship we have with these people.

“Ever since I arrived at the company, Bill has been there. He’s always looking for the next good idea in terms of investments, and always arrives with a smile on his face.” Bill is also a regular at the company’s Thursday soirées, when clients are invited to the Cambridge Tce offices to hear presentations by business leaders and catch up over a glass of wine. When you’re swimming with a congenial pod it stands to reason that you might have a whale of a time, and Bill is baffled that people would advise otherwise. 31


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“People say you can’t mix business with pleasure but I think it’s exactly the opposite,” says Bill, who was one of Kerry’s best men at his wedding 10 years ago. “When we were in practice, a lot of our best friends were our clients and it’s the same relationship we have with these people. We’ve developed a really strong friendship with Kerry, and more recently made new friends in Erica and Rowan.” The constant dialogue of this convivial working relationship is at the heart of its success. “Over time, we build partnerships with our clients so we understand what their requirements are and can structure their affairs to meet them,” says Kerry. “A lot of people think they can’t talk to us because they haven’t got enough money, but you don’t need a lot of pennies. Our game’s a long game and the sooner it starts, the better.” He emphasises the importance of advice, especially in the increasingly complex world of finance, quoting that astute American statesman, Abraham Lincoln, who said: “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” Bill, who admits to being “a bit impetuous”, is no fool. “Bill’s very good at picking people’s brains, and we’ve always had wonderful advice,” says Helen Bishop. “When Kerry does things, we know he’s acting in our best interests.” With their own future and that of their family secure, the couple devote more time and energy to helping those less fortunate. “Bill combines his professional skill and love of horses to do good things,” says Kerry. “He and Helen give a lot back to society.” 32


A shared vision: Bill Bishop, Helen Bishop, Erica Nash, Rowan Davis, Kerry Porter.

One of the most heart-warming tales of their philanthropy concerns a horse called Spirit Eclipse, a pacer who suffered a nasty broken leg while training in 2014. It was an injury that would commonly end in euthanasia, but Bill saw something courageous in the 6-year-old, despite the fact that he was no track star. Given the considerable costs of surgical repair, the owners were happy to at least give the horse a chance at life by putting him in the capable hands of the Canterbury Equine Clinic, who sponsored the horse, covering all costs associated with his surgery and ongoing care. “Ninety wonderful people, from clients and friends to acquaintances and strangers, donated money towards his I S S U E 01

training and funded a syndicate to race him,” says Bill. One of them was Kerry Porter. When Spirit Eclipse defied all odds and won Race 4 on harness racing’s biggest outing, NZ Cup Day, his supporters were over the moon. “Terry McDonald came storming out of the grandstand to say he hadn’t been so excited since his horse won the Melbourne Cup,” says Bill. But in a gesture that went far beyond the racetrack, the syndicate made a commitment to donate all the pacer’s earnings to Ronald McDonald House South Island. Spirit Eclipse is now enjoying retirement as a riding hack after contributing more than $28,000 to the charity, which supports the families of seriously ill children.

As a bonus, Spirit Eclipse’s story has stimulated similar charitable initiatives to be developed in the racing industry, says Bill. “He’s been much more than a racehorse.” Bill himself retired two years ago and is enjoying the next phase of life, which includes interests in harness racing, presenting veterinary papers and a role as trustee of a charitable foundation that supports good works in Canterbury. “We’ve been lucky to have worked in a profession we both really enjoy and Kerry has made sure we have invested in something sound.”


A SO N G FO R C ATH Y Broadcaster Andrew Dickens is well known for both his afternoon program on Newstalk ZB, and for his love of music. Here, he shares a deeply personal musical journey.

My mother has died in my arms, at 8.20pm, on a Sunday. My mother. The daughter of a Tuakau chook farmer. A woman who ironed Frank Sinatra’s underpants — that’s another story — and became a ski instructor in Austria in the late 1950s. A wife who met her English husband in Wimbledon, and returned to New Zealand with a family. Who dedicated her life to teaching new entrants until well into her 70s, at tough old schools like Flatbush and Panmure Bridge. She even taught me for one horrific term at Victoria Avenue Primary in Remuera. Mum. Cathy Dickens, née Williamson. So, this freezing, blue sky morning, I’m waiting for the funeral director to arrive to discuss details. It’s Mark Graham. When we were kids we used to swim together at the Tuakau Centenary Pool, when I stayed summers with my grandmother. His dad, Bruce, is still alive and used to live on the same street as Mum. The Grahams have buried all my family. They’ll take Mum back to Tuakau, where we’ll lay her to rest with her husband — my father — and her parents at the family plot just beside the Tuakau Redoubt, the old fort that looks over the tail of the Waikato River. Beck’s record Morning Phase is playing. It’s a beautiful album. Today I’ll call it Mourning Phase. I’m going through old photos, and putting them on a stick for a display that will try to encapsulate 81 years of a life well-lived. It’s impossible. The funeral director will ask us what music we want playing at Mum’s funeral. Choosing that music is either one of the easiest, or most difficult, tasks you can have.


When my partner Helen’s mum died, we were spoiled for choice. We put “Girl from Ipanema” on the playlist first. Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child” was quickly added. Edith Piaf ’s “Non, je ne regrette rien” also made the cut. It was all perfect. When Dad died 22 years ago last June, it was also an easy choice. Dad had his generation’s tastes in music. Our home rang with the sound of Acker Bilk, The Beatles, Val Doonican and Roger Whittaker. It was obvious that “New World in the Morning” wasn’t going to make it, or that whistling boat song thing. Thankfully Dad was a big Neil Diamond fan, and he particularly loved the book and film of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, for which Neil did the soundtrack. My dad, Richard, was a born-again runner who ran his first marathon in Rotorua in 1977, at the age of 40. A series of strokes took him, the last the most cruel. It left him paralysed and mute. He loved the freedom of Jonathan Livingston, and the seeking of perfection through movement and effort. The epitaph on his headstone says “Free to Run Again”. So, it was a no brainer to include the song “Skybird” from the Jonathan Livingston Seagull soundtrack. But at the end of the soundtrack is the song “Dear Father”, a piano and string beauty combined with a driving full orchestral movement. I’m listening to it now on YouTube while typing this, and there’s chills going up my spine, taking me back to the service as it rang out with gusto. Not some sad dirge, but a big old three-act play with Neil belting out “Dear Father . . . we dream, while we may . . . while we wait”.

By the way, I interviewed Neil a few years ago and told him that story. He was very touched and told me he has thought about that song for his day. Which brings me to my day and what I’d like. I have no idea, because my tastes are so broad. Part of me wants Miles Davis’ “So What”, because I know it would sound so damn cool in a church. Another part of me wants “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole, but that was already stolen by a mate for his wedding. Split Enz’s “Stuff and Nonsense” is a runner, but I suggested that one for my friend Chris’s funeral. It sounded great. Another part of me wants The Smiths’ “How Soon is Now”. But then I come back to my view that funerals are for the living, not the dead, so I’ll leave that decision for my sons. Good luck boys. Don’t screw it up. Mark, the funeral director, is due here in two hours, and I need to figure Mum’s music out. I have very little idea because my mother, while musical, had no music of her own. I’ve never seen her own or play a record, or even hum a tune. I’m short of choices. But every night she would sing me a lullaby. Not a typical lullaby either. Maybe it was her time in Austria teaching people to ski. She would sing me and my brother “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music. “Small and white, clean and bright, you look happy to meet me. Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow . . .” Bless my mother forever.

Need a moment.



Vale Cathy and Richard Dickens, much loved, much missed.

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Natalie Procter in her Karangahape Rd studio, a shared space with several other young creatives.




WATCH TH I S N A M E Natalie Procter’s ethical fashion label, Mina, celebrates NZ workmanship and classic design, and is the antithesis of fast, disposable fashion, as she tells Hélène Ravlich. PHOTOGR APH BY TODD EYRE

Quiet and unassuming but clearly preternaturally talented, Natalie Procter founded Auckland-based womenswear label Mina at the end of 2017.

of positives as well, which came in the form of organisations and businesses forging ahead to ensure that ethical practices were afforded the correct degree of respect.

In just a short period of time word has spread about the label’s beautifully crafted collections, which the designer describes as “refined and effortless staples for the understated, modern woman”. Each piece is designed with the desire for less. “I genuinely believe if you buy something with a clean timeless silhouette, with good quality fabric and you feel great in it, the garment will last a lifetime,” says Natalie.

Returning to New Zealand, she set out to work with several of the textile factories she had made contact with in India. But the reality of dealing with small businesses on the other side of the world proved difficult for the fledgling designer, and her vision shifted in response. “I came home determined to work with the communities I had interacted with over there,” explains Natalie, “but it was so hard communication-wise and fashion is such a fast industry that I couldn’t afford to sit back and wait two weeks for emails to be returned.” The upside was that she decided to commit to being 100 per cent locally produced, and has been ever since.

Speaking over coffee at Daily Daily – the small but perfectly formed coffee outlet below her showroom on Auckland’s central cool strip, Karangahape Rd — she talks of the gradual organic growth of Mina, which is she is happy to build upon slowly. After graduating in 2016 with a degree in fashion design from Massey University’s Wellington campus, it was a trip to India that truly cemented Procter’s vision for what she wanted the label to be. “Launching my own label had always been a dream for me,” she explains, “but it wasn’t until I was selected to go on an ethical and sustainable fashion trip to India, that I got really passionate about the direction I wanted to take.” Over six weeks in India, she was exposed to many of the negatives that come with the creation of fast fashion, an unfamiliar and overwhelming side to the industry that the average consumer tries not to think about. It served to cement Procter’s commitment to sustainability, and placing a human element at the heart of everything she creates. “I think it’s important to always keep in mind the process that goes into the creation of a piece of clothing, knowing that there was a person – or group of people – responsible for making it come to life.” Whilst in India she did see plenty I S S U E 01

I love that I've been able to create personal connections with my entire supply chain.

One of the few designers still left in New Zealand that do craft their wares within their home country, she is proud to work with individuals locally who are at the top of their game when it comes to craftsmanship. To the designer, a human connection is vital at every touch-point, and she hopes that the women who buy Mina hold a similar point of view. “As a young designer I believe it is just so important to support the industry here in New Zealand in any way you can,” she says. “I love that I have been able to create personal connections with my entire supply chain and that my fabric suppliers are looking out for me, I think that I’m starting off on the right foot for sure.” 37


Designs from Natalie's Winter 2018 collection, photographed by Luke FM. Photography. See minaforher.com

She calls her evolution as a designer an ethical journey, “as I can’t call myself 100 per cent ethical yet because I don’t get to travel to places like India every few months and personally source my own fabrics. That is the end goal, but financially it’s just not possible right now”. Although tough at times, Natalie says that she thinks her commitment to all-local production has meant that she has been afforded a considerable degree of respect as a young up-and-comer, “and I am just so happy to be working here with the amazing people that I do”. When she first started out with Mina — named for her beloved grandmother, Wilhelmina and also her own middle name — Natalie applied to the government mentorship programme, asking to hopefully be paired with someone within the fashion world. That 38

wasn’t to be however, with the young designer assigned an accountant as her sounding board. It’s proved a practical pairing. “She is fantastic,” says Natalie, “and having help with the money side of my business is definitely a huge help for a creative. I still have so many questions around how the fashion industry works, but I’m trying to figure out the answers to those myself.” Also key to her business are her parents, with mum Michelle an active business partner managing all things production, and dad Brent – an Investment Adviser at Hobson Wealth Partners – cheering enthusiastically from the sidelines. Being based at the western end of the iconic K Rd strip has proved to be valuable, with the recent arrival of

Tesla bringing a whole new customer to the design and art-focused businesses so close to Ponsonby Rd. Natalie welcomes potential customers to visit her showroom and try on current collections, and also wholesales select pieces through key boutiques in other main centres. With an evolving business plan that will see her manage growth slowly and eventually enter the Australian market, the young designer is dedicated to making decisions that will continue to keep ‘people’ central to Mina’s business model as it grows and evolves. Every sign is there that this quiet achiever will eventually go on to make some major noise. minaforher.com





e-Bikes are the coolest thing on two wheels. The Moustache Samedi 27 Xroad LowStep has all the bells and whistles for a joyful ride. $5595 from e-Bike Studio at the Hilton, Queenstown, ebikestudio.co.nc

Now with access to an NZ online store, you can shop Gucci from your chair and have it delivered from Kaitaia to Bluf f. Patchwork Scarves Kaftan, $6110, g ucci.com/nz

NICELY TIMED The Tambour Moon collection from Louis Vuitton pays tribute to the house’s f irst timepieces. Tambour Moon Blue Watch, $7900, louisvuitton.com


HEY RIKI Hawke’s Bay-based artist Fane Flaws creates his Little Riki Tiki works from found materials and recycled timber, making each one unique. This Riki is $350. In a variety of sizes, they’re available at poiroom.co.nz

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FLORIBUNDA In Dunedin? Don’t miss the “Flora” exhibition at Milford Galleries Dunedin, featuring new botanic works from artists including Karl Maughan (above), Paul Dibble and Reuben Paterson. From October 6-31, milfordgalleries.co.nz

Enjoy a break cocooned within the 9ha of gardens at Huka Lodge, Taupo, with a Garden Lovers Package, available from now until the end of November. and then again in April. Garden tours, superlative food and of course, accommodation is included. See hukalodge.co.nz


ICE ICE BA BY The hottest place to go right now is somewhere very cold. Author Stacy Gregg takes a tour of beauty in Iceland.

As an author, it’s always perplexed me that Elizabeth Knox wrote her bestselling novel The Vintner’s Luck without ever actually setting foot in France. I find this baffling for two reasons. Firstly, I simply cannot fathom the idea of writing a book set in a country that I haven’t been to. Secondly – duh – it’s a tax deductible business expense. Elizabeth, go stay in a chateau and drink some wine for Pete’s sake! So far my books have taken me to Jordan, Spain, Italy and Russia. All of it, ahem-cough, for research purposes of course. And now, Iceland. Because I like to set my novels somewhere deeply obscure where no one else would ever think of going. “Oh Iceland!” My publisher at HarperCollins says when I stop by the London office for drinks. “How marvellous! Everyone is going there. It’s very hot right now.” I blithely pretend that I’m being intentionally zeitgeisty rather than admitting that Iceland’s newfound


popularity is a bit gutting. It is hot right now, it’s true. I blame the Americans – they’ve taken to offering a free stopover in Iceland with most European flights. And of course I blame Game of Thrones. Season seven was heavy on white walker scenes and all of those are shot in Iceland. Reykjavik is the new Hobbiton. Most of the Game of Thrones scenes are shot at Iceland’s national park, Thingvellir, which is about an hour to the south of Reykjavik. But really the film crew could have saved themselves the trip and just set up their cameras on the side of the road as they left the airport. Even the immediate landscape in that one hour bus ride between Keflavik International and downtown Reykjavik is incredible and otherwordly, a snowy moonscape of spectacular nothingness. The nothingness stems from the fact that there are only 345,000 people in Iceland (if you don’t count the tourist hordes) and a third of them live in Reykjavik. Like, imagine the North Island being populated by only the people of Christchurch and you get the

idea of how much space there is left. You’ll want to spend two days in Reykjavik. You don’t need any more than that as the city has the size and sprawl of the suburb of Parnell. You can walk your way around all the sights comfortably on your first day. Take your pick between the penis museum (the Icelandic Phallological Museum has the world’s largest display of the male animals’ thing) and the punk museum, browse some very Spinal Tap-inspired Viking trinkets, buy a street-cred ski beanie at North 66, and you’re pretty much done. Food and drink is pricey here – even one of the famed Icelandic hotdogs and a soda will set you back over $20. But splash out! Have dinner at the excellent Fish Company on Ingolfur Square where they serve up Icelandic seafood prepared in both traditional and international ways, with a good wine list. And since you are here for a good time, not a long time, go luxe with your digs. Architecturally, Reykjavik is a strange blend of Tyrolean and Eastern Bloc, and most of the accommodation is underwhelming. So my extremely firm recommendation is that you stay at the



Icelandic horses, the indigenous breed which drew Stacy Gregg to Iceland. Photo courtesy of horsesoficeland.is Opposite: Writer Stacy Gregg in Thingvellir national park.

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Sandhotel. With the rooms built above Reykjavik’s yummiest artisanal bakery and chicest menswear retailer, the hotel is truly my perfect boutique hotel. Classic and understated, the rooms are spacious and indulgent in subtle ways with velvet chairs, plush beds, marble tubs and parquet floors. There’s a brilliant bistro downstairs that does real Icelandic cuisine with a modern twist (you want kimchi with that crowberry?) without playing into the tourist gambits of serving up puffins or fermented shark. The Sandhotel bistro prices are good too and we spent our happiest hours in the city sitting on the moss green velvet banquettes by the windows watching the snow fall on the main street right outside, drinking the house speciality of white mulled wine and planning our itinerary. You are really missing a trick if you plan a trip that doesn’t involve hiring a car and getting out of Reykjavik and into the countryside. The epic splendour of the landscape is really what Iceland is all about and you don’t have to go far to find it. Less than an hour and a half ’s drive from downtown Reykjavik is Thingvellir – the national park that features as the main location in Game of Thrones. It also features as the main location in my new book, The Fire Stallion.

Top, the city of Reykjavik. Below, the city's chic boutique hotel, Sandhotel.


Standing on the Law Rock at Thingvellir, where Iceland’s Viking tribes met to hold what amounted to their AGM over a thousand years ago, I feel the pieces of the puzzle that is my book coming together. N AV I G ATO R B Y H O B S O N W E A LT H PA R T N E R S

Right, the Hotel Ranga is popular for guests viewing the aurora borealis. It features globally-themed suites and an in-house polar bear, Hrammur. Photos supplied.

From there we drive to the South, through dramatic mountains and heathered volcanic plains that rival our South Island’s West Coast in terms of epic grandeur, heading for the coast. The Southern coast is the best place to see the Northern Lights if you are hunting them, and the very best place of all, according to the guides, is the Hotel Ranga. And that’s where we’re heading now. At the Hotel Ranga we kick back in one of the upstairs themed suites, the Japanese Room. It’s the one Kourtney Kardashian chose when she stayed for her birthday. She got kicked out of the hot tub during her stay for being noisy and bothering the other guests. We are much better behaved, and we brave the snow in our togs to leap in with glasses of wine, our faces going numb in the icy wind that blows in off the mountains nearby. The upstairs suites are all themed to different countries and the next night we move to Antarctica. It has life-size emperor penguin figurines in the living room standing sentry at the bathtub, and full 360-degree picture windows so you can see the Northern Lights without leaving your bed. If you fancy something more Scandibasic, the downstairs rooms are woody and chic. In the hotel restaurant we dine on langoustines and reindeer carpaccio, and salmon caught from the river that runs outside our door. We take day trips to snow-mobile across volcanoes and go clambering down into the ice caves. And we ride horses of course, the famous Icelandic horse, the country’s own equine breed. They may look like adorable furballs on the ground, but when you climb onboard they are powerful, spirited and sure of hoof, with their distinctive extra gait, the tölt, a fast trot where the rider doesn’t rise from the saddle. Draconian biosecurity controls mean that the breed has remained isolated and pure blooded. These are literally the horses the Vikings rode, although it’s hard to imagine a strapping Viking onboard an Icelandic horse because size-wise they are not much bigger than a child’s pony. Being onboard at a mad tölt as we cross the endless tussock plains, I get a feel for how it must have been for my book’s Viking heroine, Brunhilda, a thousand years ago. And that, I guess, is the reason I came.

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Stacy Gregg was a guest of the Sandhotel, Reykjavik, sandhotel.is/en/forsida; and in southern Iceland, the Hotel Ranga, hotelranga.is. Both properties are part of the “independently minded” Small Luxury Hotels group, slh.com For more information on Icelandic horses and places to book a ride, visit horsesof iceland.is Stacy Gregg is the internationally-published author of 22 books for 8-12 year-olds, all of them about horses and many recognised with awards. A former fashion journalist, she lives in Auckland and shares an Arabian horse, the impossibly handsome Cam, with her 18-year-old daughter, Isadora.


Amber Rose in her Matakana garden. Photo by Claire Mossong.




W I LDLY DE LICIO U S An expat comes home to put down her roots, and cook from her heart.

MINESTR A VERDISSIMA (A very green soup)

This is such a bright, vivid-green soup, bursting with fresh garden goodness. It can be made any time from spring right through to autumn. You can substitute the peas and/or courgettes for other greens you may find at the markets or in the garden, such as broad beans, fennel or asparagus. This makes a lovely light starter, or a light main with the addition of some freshly toasted sourdough and a sprinkle of Parmesan shavings. SERVES 6–10 DAIRY-FREE (USING OIL), GLUTEN-FREE

Amber Rose has always been around good food, and its sources. Her mother, Kaye Baxter, is a lauded organic gardener who established the Koanga Institute, dedicated to saving New Zealand’s heritage food seed stock. After leaving NZ for what became an extended OE that saw her cooking in cafes and restaurants, and as a personal chef (including feeding the London household of actors Jude Law and Sadie Frost), Amber returned two years ago and set up home — and garden — near Matakana, just north of Auckland. Wild Delicious, with its subtitle Nourishing, Simple, Satisfying, reflects not only Amber’s passion for good food, but also her approach to living: her food is as much about caring for the soul as it is about healthy, seasonal eating. “This is a story of recipes, family, travel and coming home,” she writes in the introduction to Wild Delicious. “This is a story of balance and learning to find it. Balance in life and balance with food. You can’t have one without the other.”

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extra virgin olive oil or butter 200g rocket, washed 200g spinach, washed 100g baby kale 1 onion, diced 1 large leek, washed and finely diced 2 sticks celery, washed and finely diced 2 medium courgettes, diced 200g green beans, trimmed and cut into 1cm lengths 9 cups chicken stock or bone broth (or vegetable stock to make it vegetarian) sprig of parsley sprig of thyme 1 bay leaf 200g shelled fresh peas sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar TO SERVE extra virgin olive oil plenty of chopped fresh herbs, such as chervil, basil or parsley

Divided in sections including “the garden”, “the sea”, “the farm” and “the dairy”, Amber’s recipes are sugarfree and nutrient-dense, but there’s also decadent desserts and slow-cooked meat dishes to savour. Her food suits a variety of occasions but is always served with a good dollop of aroha.

Start by warming a little olive oil or butter in a large saucepan or stovetop-safe casserole over a low to medium heat. Add the rocket, spinach and baby kale and gently cook for 1–2 minutes, until they have wilted down nicely. Tip the greens into a colander and set aside to drain and cool. When they are cool enough to handle, chop them roughly.

Reprinted with permission, here are two spring-inspired recipes from Wild Delicious to inspire you.

Using the same pan, add another splash of oil or knob of butter, then the onion, leek and celery. Gently fry, 45


stirring frequently, for 5–6 minutes or until tender and translucent. Add the courgettes and beans, season with salt and continue to fry gently for another minute or two. Add the stock or bone broth. Tie the parsley, thyme and bay leaf firmly together with kitchen string, add to the pan and bring to a gentle simmer.

When the leeks, courgettes and beans are about halfway cooked (after about 5 minutes), add the peas. Remove from the heat when the vegetables are just cooked – from the initial simmering point, this shouldn’t take more than 10–12 minutes in total. If you cook it for too long, it will lose all its green vibrancy. Remove and discard the herb bundle, then stir in the chopped wilted greens. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding

salt and ground black pepper to taste. Now add the lemon juice or vinegar. Using a stick blender, blend the broth and vegetables together until you have a smooth and very bright green soup. Taste one last time, and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve hot with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a good sprinkling of herbs.

Above, Minnestra Verdissima, photo by Greta Kenyon. Right, Rhubarb Fool, photo by Claire Mossong.



R H U B A R B FOO L W IT H O R A N G E S H O R T B R E A D This recipe takes me back to my days living in the UK, where fools were a regular feature on the dessert menu. Gooseberry fools are also wonderfully delicious; gooseberries and rhubarb make the best fools because of their tart yet sweet flavour profiles. Combine that with silky custard and cream, and you have heaven in a pudding bowl. This fool is so incredibly creamy and softly unctuous that it needs a bit of crunch and texture to balance it – hence the orange-scented shortbread. SERVES 6 OR ANGE SHORTBREAD 125g unsalted butter, softened ½ cup unrefined icing sugar 1 cup plain (standard) flour or spelt flour, plus a little extra ¼ cup cornflour ¼ cup ground almonds zest of 1 orange 1 egg white, lightly beaten (optional) edible flowers (optional) 2 tbsp caster sugar (optional) RHUBARB FOOL 350g tender spring rhubarb 50g raw sugar juice of 1 orange water as needed TO ASSEMBLE 150ml cream, whipped 300ml home-made custard, or goodquality store-bought handful of roughly chopped pistachios dried spray-free rose petals (optional) To make the orange shortbread, cream the butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy. Sift the flour and cornflour into the creamed mixture, add the ground almonds and orange zest, and mix with a spoon to bring it together as much as you can. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead to bring it together completely to form a smooth dough. Roll the dough into a log, wrap in cling film, and pop into the fridge until firm, about 30 minutes. You can vary the size of the log to get the size of cookie you want. I like to roll mine to a diameter of about 6cm. I S S U E 01

Preheat your oven to 130°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Unwrap the chilled dough, slice into thin rounds and pop onto the prepared baking tray. Bake for 12–15 minutes, until pale and golden. You can leave the biscuits as they are, or brush them with egg white, place little edible flowers on top, brush with a little more egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake for a further 3–4 minutes to set the egg white, then remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool. To make the fool, place the rhubarb, sugar and orange juice in a mediumsized saucepan and add enough water to cover the rhubarb. Bring to a rapid boil over a high heat, then turn down immediately until just barely simmering, and cook until the rhubarb is soft. This only takes about 10 minutes, no longer. Set aside to cool.

When you are ready to assemble the fool, spoon layers of rhubarb, cream and custard into serving glasses, top with chopped pistachios and rose petals (if using), and serve the shortbread biscuits on the side. The biscuits will keep in an airtight container for one week, while any extra stewed rhubarb will last for a week in the fridge. The fool is best eaten on the day it is made. Wild Delicious by Amber Rose is published by Random House NZ, RRP $55 and available at all good booksellers. Photography by Greta Kenyon and Claire Mossong wilddelicious.com Instagram: @wild_delicious



Colombo St, Christchurch, from 7.30pm, with drag shows on the hour at 9, 10 and 11pm. Tickets from eventfinda.co.nz

A WOW moment onstage, WOW 2017.

3 1 -2 J A N Roll up, roll up! The Extravaganza Fair is free, fun and family oriented. Market stalls, food, music, circus shows, ‘old school’ fair games and more. Waihi Beach Community Centre, Beach Road, Waihi Beach, free entry, see extravaganza.co.nz for other dates and venues this summer J A N UA RY 5 Every Saturday afternoon over summer relax amongst the vines while listening to great musicians. Streetfood vendors, drinks, antipasto platters, just bring your picnic rug. Te Whai Bay Wines, 367 King Rd, Mangawhai, 4.30-7.30pm O C TO B E R 4 -14 Not just a design awards show, WOW is a journey; a place of reflection, dreams and wonder, an experience. And this year The World of Wearable Arts awards show is celebrating its 30th anniversary, so leave your world behind and enter theirs. TSB Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington. Tickets and show info at worldofwearableart.com 6 -13 The inaugural Palmy Fringe Festival sees the crème de la crème of New Zealand’s comedic talent descending on the Manawatu. See palmyfringe.nz for all festival events and venues around Palmerston North 7 Whether you are a breast cancer survivor, or a woman supporter of a survivor, CanSurvive Dragon Boat Team wants you! Get all the benefits of support and fitness, in a


social sport environment. Whairepo Lagoon, Frank Kitts Park, Wellington Waterfront, 9-11am. Gear provided, just wear warm clothing. Register at cansurvive.co.nz. Free

14 Hers was a life cut short at 34, but Katherine Mansfield’s legacy continues to influence. The KM130 Festival marks 130 years since the author’s birth wtih events around Wellington, and today, talks and cake at Katherine Mansfield House & Garden in Tinakori Rd. See katherinemansfield.com/ KM130 N OV E M B E R 6 An evening of drinks and nibbles with the stars is a celestial way to spend date night. Enjoy an extended viewing of the popular Night Sky show in a relaxed environment at the Stardome Observatory and Planetarium, 670

Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill, Auckland, 8-10pm, stardome.org.nz. R18

6 Inspired by the B-movie genre, the storyline of Attack of the Killer B-Movie is shaped by movie titles given to the cast by you, the audience, for a new and different adventure each time. Most Saturdays, 8.30pm, $10, Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre, 100 Courtenay Pl, Wellington, tickets from eventfinda.co.nz 10 Perfume Playground is a sensory experience, the perfect blend of scent, soul and science. Create your own signature scent using ethically sourced, best-quality seasonal ingredients. 10.30-2.30pm, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, cnr Kitchener and Wellesley streets, Auckland. Tickets from eventfinda.co.nz 16 An NZV8 Hot Lap will give you a taste of life

in the fast lane. Meet the V8 team, get kitted out in a race suit then take the ride of your life in a fully modified 400kw, 6000cc V8 beast. 10am-5pm, from $249, Pukekohe Park Raceway, Pukekohe. Tickets/info at nzv8hotlaps.co.nz

DECEMB ER 1 The original farmers’ market, Black Barn Growers’ Market is open from 9am till noon every Saturday of summer. New season’s fruit and veges, fresh bread, locally roasted coffee, flowers, meat, pickles and oils. Black Barn Vineyards, Black Barn Rd, Havelock North 14 It’s going to be in-tents! CAMP! is back after a sold-out debut in July. A truly campy good time, the show is MC’d by scout leader Hugo Grrrl, and starring some of NZ’s most sparkling drag talent. A Rolling Stone, 579

9 -13 It will be a rock trifecta at A Summer’s Day Live when US rockers Toto, Kiwi favourites Dragon and a third, yet-to-confirmed act play around the country. Catch the show at ASB Baypark Mount Maunganui, Church Road Winery Napier, TSB Bowl of Brooklands New Plymouth, and Hagley Park Christchurch. From devastation can come beauty. The Kaikoura Heli-geo Aftershock Adventure tour showcases nature’s force and the geological and environmental changes to Kaikoura’s coastal areas, mountain ranges, rivers and infrastructure, after the earthquake in 2016. Included is a landing site in an area recreated by the quake, overlooking the Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary and Hikurangi Marine Reserve. Every Saturday 2-2.40pm, see southpacificwhales.co.nz to book.



This edition of Navigator has been supported by: ART+OBJECT ART+OBJECT is an auction house with a difference, offering specialist sales of New Zealand contemporary art and international decorative arts. Founded in 2007 with the goal to bring a more contemporary voice to the Australasian auction scene, A+O has pioneered the presentation of contemporary art and objects in an auction context. The team also has over thirty years’ experience providing valuation advice to NZ’s leading institutions, public galleries, museums and libraries as well as private collectors and estates. Founded by collectors for collectors, Art+Object is New Zealand’s leading auction house for private and corporate collections. artandobject.co.nz 3 Abbey St, Newton, Auckland 0800 80 60 01 (09) 354 4646 info@artandobject.co.nz FINE WINE DELIVERY COMPANY We are completely and utterly devoted to good taste, whether it’s wine, food, craft beer, whisky, rum . . . we firmly believe that eating and drinking well is an essential part of a life well-lived, and also that it’s possible on almost any budget. You just have to know where to look. Our website is a great place to start, or come into either of our Purple SuperStores for the full tasting experience! finewinedelivery.co.nz 42 Lunn Ave, Mt Wellington, 60 Constellation Dr, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0800 FINE WINE (346 394) HARTFIELD JEWELLERS Hartfield Jewellers has been catering to the top end of jewellery in New Zealand for almost 40 years. The Parnell boutique carries the latest collections from leading European jewellery brands Pasquale Bruni, Milan, and Chaumet, Paris. Hartfield offers a wide range of Chaumet

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feature 3 to 3.2m internal ceiling heights and luxurious, contemporary fittings. With a range of amenities more commonly found in a six-star hotel, it is a residence for those expecting the best. theinternational.co.nz sanctuarygroup.co.nz info@sg1.co.nz (09) 309 4722 WORKING STYLE At the heart of Working Style is experience; after thirty years in the game we have a strong sense of who we are. Our roots are in contemporary, tailored European styling with a twist, sharp and full of character. Impeccably curated with a focus on the highest quality product sourced from around the world, we offer both made-to-measure tailoring as well as seasonal ready-to-wear collections. workingstyle.co.nz Auckland: 523 Parnell Rd, 33 Shortland St, 186A Ponsonby Rd Wellington: 8 Woodward St Christchurch: 242 Papanui Rd, Merivale WINGER MASER ATI Winger Maserati are the exclusive North Island dealer for Maserati. As one of New Zealand’s oldest car dealer groups, Winger is a brand synonymous with excellent customer service and client care. The iconic Maserati marque became part of the Winger line-up in 2016 and it’s been an exciting two years for the Italian supercar brand in its new Auckland home. The Winger team welcomes visitors to the purpose-built Winger Maserati dealership which showcases the new Maserati range on the ground floor and a wide array of premium European vehicles on the second level. winger.co.nz 21 Great South Rd, Newmarket, Auckland (09) 520 1588



TH E FI N A N CI A L A DV I S E R Why an independent adviser is one of the wisest investment choices you will make. By Warren Couillault. When you’re unwell, you visit your doctor. You meet with a lawyer if you have a legal issue, and when you need to borrow money, you go to your bank. So when you need financial advice, you should seek it from a top-notch financial adviser. A financial adviser is a professional who provides financial guidance to clients based on their needs and goals. In the NZ context, they typically provide clients with access to various investment products and services, planning or advice related to retirement, mortgages, estate planning, taxes and more. Financial advisers are required to meet a fiduciary standard and must always place client interests ahead of their own. They will take a holistic approach in making recommendations independent of outside influences and make recommendations based on reasonable discovery of the client’s investment objectives. This means they need to know when you will need to use your money, and for what you will use it. They must gather certain personal and financial data about you and take the time to understand your tolerance for risk, your expectations regarding investment returns, and your financial capacity to incur any investment losses. An independent adviser will use this data to analyse any and all of your existing investments, and make recommendations about what you should do into the future. This financial adviser will tell you what to invest in (securities, index or active funds and/or direct assets including real estate), what risks are associated with each investment, what expected return you might receive from your investment


portfolio, what income if any your investments will generate and, among other things, what taxes you might incur. All in the context of what’s best for you, your circumstances, investment objectives and attitude towards risk. And of course, this is a constantly moving landscape that your adviser will monitor on an ongoing basis. Providing solid financial advice takes a lot of work and there is much involved. The term “legwork” could be

contact with your adviser can ensure your portfolio is optimised as things change. The truly independent financial adviser is impartial, unbiased and as unconflicted as possible. They shouldn’t really be affiliated with a product manufacturer (usually a bank, insurance or investment company) as they would typically be paid to “sell” you one or more of their companies’ products.

The truly independent financial adviser is impartial, unbiased and as unconflicted as possible.

used to describe the large amount of research, distillation and distribution of information and paperwork. To get great investment and wealth management results, your adviser will do all of this for you as part of the service and for the fees you pay. All good advisers will bring any relevant changes to their client’s attention, highlighting any value potential, having analysed the options. Yes, much of the “legwork” involves providing advice on suitable securities, investment products, funds, risk, asset allocation etc, but there is also a lot of work required to keep on top of everything that surrounds the advice. Only close

After all, if an adviser recommending a product to you works for the company manufacturing that product, are you really sure that that is the best product for you, your circumstances and your objectives? I don’t think so. Just as you want a doctor who will provide an objective diagnosis and make the best recommendations, so too do you want an independent financial adviser with your best interests at heart. Hobson Wealth Partners prides itself on its independence. We partner with you to grow your wealth, whatever that may be.


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