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21 Years as Canterbury’s No.1 Lifestyle Magazine

8. HER HOME, HER CASTLE

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16. LONG LIVE A LONG LIFE!

We caught up with up with Karen Walker about her February 2019 collection, Bad Apple and what the New Year has in store for one of the country’s most beloved designers – pg. 10

19. STREET-STYLE EATS BACK

FASHION & HEALTH 28. EATING BEAUTIFUL 34. GREEN MACHINE 36. ACTIVE IN YOUR ACTIVEWEAR

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HOME 58. BOLD BLACK BATHROOMS 62. GOING DUTCH

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S A highperformance rebuild One of the most highly respected vehicle brands globally, Porsche has long represented luxury in its high-performance sports cars.

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o not surprising then that Archibalds Motors would seek to capture these same elements in its new Porsche showroom in the city, the delivery of which was tasked to award-winning Map Architects and construction company Hanham & Philp. They have definitely delivered on that. The luxury vehicles that come under the Porsche marquee are certainly at home in their new flagship dealership on the corner of Tuam and Antigua Streets, where the floor

space covers some 1500 square metres and is framed by steel and floor to ceiling glass. Plans for the new development – which opened in November – have been on the drawing board for 10 years, with the post-quake need to rebuild its site and the area around it being rezoned as the Health Precinct ramping up a longheld vision for an innovative mixed-use building. Today the exceptional twolevel high curved façade stands just 200 metres from where Alex Archibald founded his family’s Christchurch motor company a century ago. Topped with three floors of medical tenancies, including the Christchurch Clinical Studies Trust on the top floor, the building covers a total of some 6700 square metres. Much like the top of the range vehicles are right at home in the new surroundings, the exceptional space of the new Archibalds Porsche showroom is right at home in the rebuilding city. After all, what better fit than a worldleading marquee in a worldleading CBD?


“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you” Oprah Winfrey

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Her home, her castle By Céline Gibson

As a child, she dreamed of living in her very own castle. Some fifty plus years later, after decades of hard toil, Dot Smith, Queen of Riverstone Castle in Oamaru, finally realised that dream.

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Who helped bring your castle to life? Sarah Scott was my architect and, along with UK staff member Jenny, who knew loads about castles, we designed the castle from aspects of several different castles that I liked. What difficulties did you face during the build? Mainly rules and regulations. At the time of building, the law stated we could have five guests and build as a private house. As we’ve four ensuite rooms, I applied for eight guests. That put me into a hotel category. The firedoors and regulations were extremely costly. How did you overcome these obstacles? Once the project was underway, there was no turning back. I worked with builder Mike Spier on every aspect, and was always there to watch progress and provide innovative ideas when problems arose. Describe sleeping in your castle We’ve a beautiful bedroom. At night we turn the main lights out and switch the star lights on. Watching the stars twinkling on our ceiling is pretty special. Very different from our farm cottage of 35 years.

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Do you ever have ‘pinch me!’ moments? Yes, with the changing moods of weather. On still nights, the sunsets reflect a mirror image of the lake. On misty mornings, the castle appears like a ghost through the mist. That’s when I think how lucky I am to look at such a beautiful building. What landscaping remains to be completed? A bridge is to be built across to the island, so that eventually the castle will stand alone, surrounded entirely by a lake. What gives the Chatelaine of Riverstone Castle her happiest moments? Showing visitors around the castle makes me very proud. People nowadays build open plan homes, whereas I love rooms that aren’t the same. Every room is different here – some traditional, some modern, some extravagantly decorated and some relaxing. What’s your vision for the Castle and Riverstone 20-30 years from now? Neil and I will be getting our telegram from the King! The castle’s been built to last hundreds of years, so I hope it will always be known as Granny Smith’s Castle. Eventually it will become a guest B&B; that way we’ll meet interesting people who will hopefully keep us young. The Riverstone complex grows every year. This year we have to do major renovations to bring the main shop up to fire and building regulations. We will build a farm shop selling our own and other local farmers’ produce. The future of Riverstone is ever changing.

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When did you decide to fulfil your childhood dream of having your own castle? The day I turned 60 – February 19, 2008. I thought if we were serious about building the castle, we’d better get started and I was right.


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Gets the sartorial edge Karen Walker designs have always had a bit of edge. Described once as the “consummate collision of attitude and aptitude”, Walker has added a more literal edge to her latest collection, Bad Apple.

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nspired by a day at an orchard in Upstate New York, the new ready-towear collection is marked by apple tree references, but in classic Walker style, there’s a wry twist; look closely and you’ll see that medieval apple tree print has a small serpent concealed within its branches. We caught up with up with Walker to discuss the collection and what the New Year has in store for one of the country’s most beloved designers. Can you tell us a bit about your new readyto-wear collection Bad Apple? It’s preppy dressing for people who want to misbehave with lots of print and tailoring and denim.

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What does the collection mean to you and what are your favourite pieces? I love the apple tree with the hidden snake print especially and also the denim suit (featured on the cover) which we’re thrilled to have had to release early after Mrs Obama wore it on her recent book tour. What do your upcoming collections have in store for us? Our March 2019 collection pays homage to two great female chess players. You’re in a high-paced creative role, how do you unwind and prevent burnout? Handstands on my yoga mat, chess with my daughter (she’s yet to beat me), reading,


one on one playing piano and playing tennis are, I find, all pretty good ways to unwind. Also, I do find myself anxiously waiting through autumn until there’s enough snow on Coronet Peak to get the snowboard out and I’ve also recently taken up running (thanks to my new Adidas UltraBoost runners!) and I find I love it. I do also love a history podcast, especially the BBC’s In Our Time. Also, Glenn Gould playing absolutely anything but especially his first version of the Goldberg Variations. What’s your design philosophy? Does it make me smile? Where do you draw your inspiration from? Anywhere and everywhere. What does personal success mean to you? Waking up looking forward to and excited by my day.

It’s preppy dressing for people who want to misbehave.”

What are your New Year’s resolutions? I don’t do New Year resolutions. I try to go into every day of the year with focus, clarity and passion. What are you most looking forward to over the next 12 months? We’ve got some very exciting projects in place for 2019 and I’m looking forward to pulling them together and seeing what we can create.

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it back, relax and explore Christchurch, say Caroline and Murray of Caroline’s Kombi tours, who would like to wish everyone a happy New Year Tau Hou Hari. “To see our city continuing to grow makes us feel proud to be Cantabrians. There are new things opening all the time and many visitors, particularly the older generations, would enjoy a city tour to see what’s happening.” One of Christchurch’s many attractions is the amazing, world-renowned street art – from sculptures by famous artists, to the woven maps of welcome – Ngā Whāriki Manaaki – and the street lamps in the solidarity grid, as well as the art galleries promoting local artists including Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Toi Moroki CoCA, The Central Art Gallery, PG Gallery 192, and many more. “With the regeneration of the city, the arts have been very much involved in the healing and given positive strength to rebuild to our

city again.” One of the most prestigious examples of street art is of the late Parihaka elder, Whero O Te Tangi Bailey, known to many as Poppy. This amazing woman has been painted on the side of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Christchurch. The mural is painted by Canadian street artist Kevin Ledo and based on a photo taken by New Zealand photographer Stu Robertson, as part of his Peace in 10,000 Hands project to renew the conversation for peace. Art is a huge part of our culture without us being aware of it, Caroline says. “I read a lovely quote from a woman that I wanted to share, who said that art is important as a way of exploring and understanding the world around us. She said, ‘we are not art experts but whether it’s creating our own art, visiting museums and galleries or finding beauty in the world around us, I value these special moments as a family’.” Along with Super Senior tours and Food tours, tailored tours for special events

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or corporate outings are also available. Caroline and Murray provide a fun-filled experience, sharing wonderful stories and fun facts, along with their extensive local knowledge. “We enjoy meeting new people and would love to take your family, visitors or grandparents on a journey to showcase the arts, but of course we also have other tours available. We take great pride in providing our customers the best possible experience.” Visit www.cktours.nz to book a tour or for more information call/email Caroline on 027 600 4502, caroline@cktours.nz.

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assistants who can attend to your legal requirements. Staff are available in both offices for personal and small business client services, including residential sales and purchases, family law, wills and enduring powers of attorney, trusts and estates. On May 1, 2015, Pegasus Bay Law merged with longestablished Christchurch law firm Thompson & Morgan and in July the same year, they acquired the business of Kaiapoi lawyer, Ian McNish. Now well established in both locations, in the past year they’ve been joined by solicitors Jess Voysey, in the Christchurch office and Anneliese Muldoon, in the Kaiapoi office. Pegasus Bay Law offers a free, no obligation consultation to enable you to meet with a legal professional and chat about how they can assist you. If you cannot travel, they offer a mobile service and are happy to come to meet you at your home or workplace. Phone the Christchurch office today on 03 386 2211, the Kaiapoi branch on 03 928 1215 and, for more information, visit www.pegasusbaylaw.co.nz.

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Long Live a Long Life!

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Move: Move naturally – as Blue Zones people do. Their lifestyles see them physically moving on average every 20 minutes. These people don’t belong to gyms because they don’t need to.

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Reduce stress: Take a walk. Eat meals with friends or family. Take time out to meditate.

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It was a packed and attentive audience that gathered to hear Tony Buettner, Blue Zones National Spokesperson, give his second presentation at Alpine View Lifestyle Village, courtesy of their TRILife Talks Wellness Programme.

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ony shared remarkable stories of five diverse places in the world, known as the Blue Zones, where the populations have one thing in common – their longevity. The five Blue Zones are: Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Lorna Linda, California; Nicoya, Costa Rica, and Ikaria, Greece. On average, the inhabitants of Blue Zones live ten years longer than the rest of us. It was in 2004 that Tony’s explorer and researcher brother Dan, along with National Geographic and longevity experts, began looking into regions where people lived to very ripe old ages. Dan’s findings were published in National

Geographic’s November 2005 issue, The Secrets of Living Longer. The research has continued on these regions of centenarians for more than three decades from his Minnesotabased company Blue Zones. For those of us who have been led to believe that longevity is down to good genes, think again. Buettner’s research shows the link between longevity and genes is only 20 percent; at 80 percent, it’s lifestyle that is our roadmap for longevity. Tony spoke of The Nine Commonalities, or as he calls them, “The Power Nine lessons of living a longer, happy life,” that Blue Zones people share.

Have a sense of purpose: It has been proved that those who have a sense of purpose live seven years longer than those who don’t.

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Drink in moderation: By all means enjoy your glass of wine, but make it only a couple, like the Sardinians.

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Eat less red meat: Follow the Mediterranean diet of vegetables, beans, olive oils and fruits; 95 percent of the Blue Zone populations consume a plant-based whole grain diet.

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Eat less: As the Okinawans do, stop eating when you feel 80 percent full. Try the Blue Zoners rule: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.

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Faith: Attending a faith-based community four times a month will see you living 14 years longer than those who don’t.

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Street-style eats back The eagerly anticipated Night Noodle Markets will once again transform North Hagley Park into a bustling Asian street food festival this Waitangi Day as it hits the city for 12 delicious nights from 6 -17 February.

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oinciding with the Chinese New Year, Cantabrians can embark of a vibrant flavour journey through Asia, with a mouthwatering line-up of more than 20 sizzling hawker-style stalls and live entertainment recreating the hustle and bustle of an authentic pop-up Asian Night Market. Popular local eatery and 2018’s crowd-favourite, Sister Kong, is returning with a new menu as ‘Bang Bang Street Eats’; ever-popular Hoy Pinoy is back and serving up tasty new items; Little Kyoto is debuting in Christchurch all the way from Japan; and a wealth of Canterbury favourites are coming to the party, including newcomer Mumbaiwala. Recently nominated for Best Sustainable Event at the 2018 NZEA Event Awards, this year’s markets

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We Will Rock You It will be “Another One Bites The Dust” as I tick another great show off my bucket list with We Will Rock You in March.

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Christchurch since its return to the rebuilt Isaac Theatre Royal in 2015, Showbiz manager Michael Bayly says. “Showbiz is at a pinnacle of our 80 year history. We are so delighted that we are able to create these major premieres here in Christchurch with local performers and crew so the city can enjoy these massive shows without the need to travel to Melbourne, London or New York.” Timing is a wonderful thing and it could not be more perfect for We Will Rock You, with the world going crazy for the awardwinning movie Bohemian Rhapsody which tells the story of Queen and its legendary front-man Freddie Mercury. “From planning a musical season, through

design, build and rehearsals, up till opening night is normally a four year journey for a major show, so the timing of Bohemian Rhapsody is fantastic good fortune,” Bayly says. “It must be the spirit of Freddie, guiding our hand.” Well I for one loved the movie and can’t wait for the show. I will be sitting in my ‘Killer Queen’ seat on opening night, March 29, with autographed programme in hand and show memorabilia to add to my collection. See the Showbiz Christchurch season yourself at the Isaac Theatre Royal. The season is limited so don’t miss out by booking at www.Ticketek.co.nz/showbiz. Metropol January 31, 2019 21


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for Wigram’s Satelite Craft Beer Filleries at Shirley and Hoonhay. So, if the plethora of craft beer labels on offer in supermarkets and bottle stores has got your head spinning and your beer-buds drooping, fly by Wigram’s Craft Beer Fillery for tap tastings, brewer’s beer wisdom and even a friendly crack at some food matching advice. Check out the Friday and Saturday

When it comes to Kiwi success stories, entrepreneurial Englishman Jack Bristow and his Russian wife Sabina SabirovaBristow are leading lights.

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hey emigrated from Russia five years ago and, within a short time, introduced us to Brod Kvas, New Zealand’s first and only kvas, brewed right here in Christchurch. “Kvas has been part of Slavic culture for 2000 years,” Sabina says. “We’re proud of not only being first to produce kvas in New Zealand, but that it’s also achieved international recognition. We started shipping our

kvas to Hong Kong last year and now there’s more international news to come this year!” Kvas is a natural, probiotic fermented beverage based on rye bread flavoured with coriander seed and sultanas. With a low-sugar content of only 3 percent, it’s great news for our teeth and bodies! Jack does the brewing and, apart from the traditional Russian style kvas flavourings such as Original Rye and Lemon, he’s also created uniquely crafted non-traditional flavourings not found anywhere else in the world. Thanks to Jack, Kiwis and internationals can now quaff his glass-bottled Brod Kvas range of Rosé (rosebuds and cardamom); Brown (cold-brewed Hummingbird coffee, cinnamon and cloves – Jack’s favourite), and Ruby (beetroot, ginger and turmeric), announced recently as winner of The Fermented Food category for the 2019 Healthy Food Guide Awards. “It’s fantastic that premium kvas can now be enjoyed in New Zealand,” Sabina says. “And what an honour to produce it for our city, country and the rest of the world!” Phone 027 777 8976 or visit www.thekvascompany.co.nz. Metropol January 31, 2019 25


EDITOR’S PICKS

There are sartorial treasures hidden throughout the city. We’ve hunted out our favourites.

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THE JEWELLERY BAR Bring the sunshine to any outfit. LUXE LAYERED TASSEL EARRINGS, www.thejewellerybar.co.nz

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Seeing Red By Melinda Collins

Cherry red is adding a powerful punch to our wardrobes this sartorial season, most popularly paired with more muted tones of warm beige and deep whisky browns that are tiptoeing into consumer consciousness for 2019.

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herry red is a “full-bodied” colour, which Vogue describes as ideal to enhance velvet, tulle and satin, recreating elegant, retro-feel looks. It’s hot property for those wanting to add that ‘little something’ missing from an otherwise low key outfit and it’s getting us all fired up about the possibilities in store for our wardrobes. It’s time to roll out the red carpet.

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Eating Beautiful

We’ve long treated our skin and hair externally, as we seek to become younger, more beautiful versions of ourselves.

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ut there’s an increasing movement towards the recognition of the intricate connection between what we eat and our external appearance. Rather than all the lotions and potions at our disposal, consuming the

most nutritionally amped-up superfoods might actually be the key to looking your best. So what do we need to grab at the supermarket on the way home to get the glow of goodness? We’ve picked out some of our faves.

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Awesome Avos Avocados are loaded with antioxidants that help protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays and essential fatty acids which help lock in your skin’s natural moisture.

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Ode to Oysters Oysters contain zinc, which boosts collagen production, speeds up the healing process and helps improve acne by regulating oil production.

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Culinary cure-all Kale is jam-packed with a host of vitamins, including Vitamin A, which is vital for a dazzling white smile, while its omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation

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Repair oil With the ability to repair the skin, coconut oil is a great addition to smoothies, in cooking and on the skin.

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Seedy disposition Packed with B vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fatty oils, pumpkin seeds are your ticket to clear and glowing skin.

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Turmeric treats Turmeric is well known for its ability to purify blood which is essential for clear skin.

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Macadamia magic The macadamia nut’s overall combination of fatty acids and zinc makes it a wonderful skin beautifier.

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Clever Cacao Dark 70 percent Cacao Chocolate has flavonoids which improve the texture and hydration of the skin, while battling damaging UV rays.

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Berry-licious Loaded with Vitamin C, berries are a beauty powerhouse, with Vitamin C linked to less wrinkles.

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Coffee craving Caffeine addicts rejoice because coffee is absolutely loaded with antioxidants essential for healthy skin.

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A sweet option Sweet potatoes are bursting with beta-carotene, which improves the integrity of your hair and nails.

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Almond action Almonds contain a large amount of catalase – an enzyme that impedes the graying process by limiting the build-up of hydrogen peroxide in your hair follicles.

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Into the Wild

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Animal print is leading the pack this season, as designers tap into their wild side.

eopard, tiger, zebra and even snakeskin have been seen prowling the streets in 2018 and now they’re set to make their impact known even more as we enter 2019. Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors are just some of the designers who have been indulging their animal instinct and transforming the catwalk into an urban jungle. Despite an otherwise intricate pattern, animal print has a muted colour palette which has seen it pegged as 2019’s equivalent to a neutral, with a chic, almost understated elegance (note, we said ‘almost’).

It’s exceptional teamed with an otherwise all-black ensemble and striking teamed with an all-white outfit, or why not get wild with some serious power clashing? However you choose to wear it, it’s officially a reliable print that can be paired with just about any look. Christian Dior famously wrote in his 1954 manual, The Little Dictionary of Fashion that “to wear leopard you must have a kind of femininity which is a little bit sophisticated. If you are fair and sweet, don’t wear it.” Since then, it’s always been a little bit sexy, a little bit raunchy, a little bit daring and a little bit wild.

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How sweet it is Although we wholeheartedly support the notion of honouring our significant others on a daily basis, Valentine’s Day is a chance to do that little something special for someone to show you care.

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Green Machine By Melinda Collins

Green is the colour most closely associated with envy and when it comes to the field of fashion, the green-eyed monster in us is running rampant. After all, with so many things to covet and collect in this space, there’s always something bigger and better to fix our aspirational eyes on.

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his season we’re going green with envy in a much more literal sense as designers use the colours of nature to bring fashion to life and new crops of clothing take to the sartorial street. Green is fast becoming the seasonal go-to, with Kelly Green making its mark. A colour concept which is believed to have originated in Ireland, this happy hue is highly saturated, leaning more towards yellow than emerald green. Brighter than emerald, deeper than lime and more intense than forest green, this shade chameleon manages to be both cool and warm at the same time, enabling its rich, bold beauty to work for all seasons. The colour of nature, it represents growth, nature and fertility and, when it comes to colour psychology, it adds visual credence to the ‘green movement, with its reported ability to improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings. As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side and we’re looking forward to adding the lush palette to our wardrobes.


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GETTING ACTIVE IN YOUR

By Tracey Edwardes

Activewear has yet to be pushed off the popularity perch, as function increasingly competes with form and we find ourselves attracted to comfort.

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ften literally running from one commitment to another, there’s no time to change into comfy clothes – and back again. This must be the most practical – and wholeheartedly embraced – trend ever. Chic and sporty attire is now a go-to wardrobe staple. Sportswear brands, such as New Zealand-made Lululemon and Australia’s Lorna Jane, are too gorgeous to keep behind gym walls. Activewear has gone from suburban footpaths to international catwalks, as designers re-energise tradition.

Yoga tops and leggings are now streetwear staples, as the lifestyle look becomes mainstream. It doesn’t need to be slinky either, as the loose-fitting crop-tops are flattering for most. Yoga-style pants can be a feminine change from our casual track-pant culture. Although even ‘trackies’ with the iconic stripes, are now invited into the boardroom, looking a little more luxe. And high-waisted plain black and coloured leggings are also a flattering staple to go with everything, compared to past lowrise trends. No matter whether your sport of choice is on the dancefloor,

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the beach or the court, it’s now easier than ever to skip the changing rooms and have fun with layering. Street-wear tracksuit tops come in a new silky, feminine form. Over skirts and dresses, it exudes a laid-back persona. The activewear trend definitely has a non-crease, time-saving bonus. Olivia Newton John’s single ‘Let’s get Physical’ springs to mind with that sporty ’80s fashion. Practicalities of this decade have jogged back in, topped with a sun-visor. Lycra bike pants have gone full cycle – team them with a long t-shirt or shirt, cute hoody, or even dressy tops and jackets. They are far more practical than a pencil miniskirt. Just add a bum bag and it’s a hands-free run from office, to lunch, to pick up the kids, to the gym. Although they didn’t have smartwatch fitnesstrackers back then – these are becoming the new Rolex as technology accelerates. With big, floaty and puffy sleeves and shirts becoming a fashion fixture of 2019, activewear’s black figure-hugging pants balance this look beautifully. It’s all about mixing it up – and feeling super comfortable. And if the sporty sneaker is OK for Louis Vuitton, then there’s no need to keep a pair of court shoes in the car (although heels and bike shorts are now a thing!) Spicing up the sports gear also means shimmery metallics can come along for the ride too.

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With so many exercise choices available, how do you know which is best? The best exercise is the one you enjoy. Our minds are wired to seek pleasure. If you choose an exercise that you detest simply because you’ve been told it is good for you then you are relying on willpower. Choose an exercise your body loves and feels great doing and your brain will naturally seek more of it.

Keeping well in 2019 While many New Year’s resolutions give rise to celebration-worthy accomplishment, staying the course is for most of us, something that requires the total focus of heart and mind. There’s no harm in getting some advice from the experts to make the journey a more palatable one. Metropol gets some hot tips from Cath Julius Clinical Director at Freedom Health Physiotherapy & Pilates.

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Why do so many people fail to get results from their exercise or diet routines? Patience. Results take time, but in this world where everything is instant, if we don’t see change quickly we think “this isn’t working” and stop. Remember it’s a long game and consistency and patience win over quick results every time. What are your key tips for keeping well year round? Keeping healthy and fit is a long term investment, not a 6 or 12 week programme. No magic pill can replace the common sense things we already know – drink more water, drink less alcohol, move more, sit less, eat more vegetables, eat less takeaways. Start with these basics and you may be surprised how simple being fit and healthy really is.

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This time of year, many are setting healthy New Year’s Resolutions. How do we make goals that set us up for success? I think a lot of people make ‘what’ goals that focus on what they want to achieve – run a certain distance, be a certain dress size or weigh a certain number. We are emotional beings so our brain cares about how we feel. Rather than ‘what do I want to achieve?’ ask yourself ‘how do I want to feel?’ Confident? Strong? Healthy? Use those feelings to guide your decisions. When you’re faced with a choice between the couch or exercise, remind yourself what you want to feel and decide which action will help you move closer to that feeling.


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The gall with gallstones A four-inch, pear-shaped organ tucked comfortably away below your liver, the gallbladder is a handy organ to have on your side. But when things get tense, it can cause a lot of problems – and pain.

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he main job of the gallbladder is to store bile until the body needs it to help digest fatty food. “When we eat, the gallbladder contracts and squeezes out bile, which acts like detergent – it breaks up what we’ve eaten so it can be dissolved and absorbed,” Christchurch surgeon Ross Roberts from The Endoscopy Clinic explains. However, sometimes crystal-like deposits that can range in size from as small as a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball can wreak absolute havoc on this organ and it’s not a lot of fun for the body housing them. Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the centre or upper right portion of your abdomen, back pain between your shoulder blades, pain in your right shoulder and nausea or vomiting can all be symptoms of gallstones. About 70 percent of gallstones are cholesterol stones, formed when the bile contains too much cholesterol. As many as 20 percent of people

produce gallstones however, not all develop symptoms. There are genetics links to gallstones and being older, female and overweight increases your risk. Pregnant women and those who have had weightloss surgery are also at higher risk, with evidence suggesting that yo-yo dieting may also play a part. Some gallstone problems only flare up occasionally, when they get lodged against the narrow neck of the gallbladder once it starts contracting to release bile after a large or fatty meal, with pain subsiding once the gallbladder relaxes again. Other gallstones get forced out of the gallbladder and into the ducts that carry bile from the liver to the small intestine, where they can cause further debilitating complications. Sometimes gallstones pass through the liver, into the digestive system and eventually out of the body, naturally. However, it’s not a straightforward journey and they can cause a lot of pain and

damage on the way. In fact, even if your body gets rid of one gallstone, that’s unlikely to be the end of the matter. “In most people, gallstones are not just singular – there are usually more gallstones left in the gallbladder,” Ross says. For those who experience symptoms, the gallbladder generally needs to be removed using keyhole surgery. In most cases this is a straightforward operation that requires a one-night hospital stay and a two-week recovery period. With our livers generally capable of producing enough bile to deal with even the fattiest meals and any extra able to be stored in the bile ducts, we can survive – quite comfortably – without a gallbladder. “If you don’t have a gallbladder you can digest food perfectly well. It’s a luxury, not a necessity.” “I say to people that there’s no point in picking up the eggs – you have to get rid of the chicken,” Ross says. “The gallbladder here is laying the gallstones.”

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Wild for Weddings By Liesl Johnstone

Weddings and all customs related are completely addictive. It’s probably because they’re an excuse to indulge in an otherworldly, fabulous day and because planning the details is an excuse to obsess about the finer points of glamour, of etiquette, of, in fact, anything awe-inspiring and delicious, which prettily overrides the strict necessities of life.

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aybe we’ve entered a new romantic period in history. Blame social media. But this is a good thing, right? People want their photos in noteworthy locations; on the tops of things, sometimes involving helicopters, or trailing in the tide, so that the dress will have to be sold online with a salt-encrusted warning attached. Whatever; silence the naysayers and make a list of some cool ideas which might just be able to come to fruition. Maybe you want your photos somewhere gritty and dilapidated; somewhere characterful looking, like a filmbackdrop. Ditto with the music

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(actually, the music is one very important facet of your day which might work heaps on the general atmosphere of the occasion, without involving too much extra depth of pocket. Unless you hire the actual musicians, which is an inspired idea too). Bride-or-groom-zillas can, during the whole run up to the day, become overly worried about minor points of style. At some stage you’ll probably need to be aided to chill out. That’s where your attendants come in handy. What’s going to be important in ten years? This line of questioning might or might not go down a treat, but it’s a good thought-provoker nevertheless.

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In general, do you like to go elaborate/no expense spared, or would you be happy with stripped-back and sincere? Time of day could contribute to the type of occasion, too. Shabby-chic, bohemian weddings are still a thing. After all, heritage-infused maximalism seems to be replacing minimalism in fashion shoots everywhere. Do you like things ‘shockingly simple’ and if so, how does that translate to the catering? If you want every guest to the ceremony to receive something immediately afterward, would you prefer that to be a glass of champagne, a mocktail, or an ice-cream? Solemnity is still required for the ‘I take you..’ part of the ceremony. There isn’t much solemnity in daily life, so this bit is superlatively memorable. Think carefully about the wording of the vows. Do whatever you can to make the day a personalised celebration where guests are comfortable and catered-to. But save a little energy for the honeymoon!


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A floral feast By Tracey Edwardes

A romantic richness has adorned the wedding day in boldly coloured bridal bouquets and reception floral arrangements.

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ollowing on from the flowery feast we are enjoying in fashion, this vivacious trend will embellish weddings in 2019. After the last few years of white and muted blooms, brides will be choosing pretty pinks through to deep-indigo hues. The wild, freshly picked look is perfect with this exciting trend. A collage of colour, such as rich-scarlet garden roses, or large-petalled poppies, can really complement a bride’s ruby red lipstick – and look so photogenic against even the simplest white dress. Plush burgundy peonies will be magical for those getting married later in the year. Greenery still graces the celebratory tables and the

reception areas. However, those white stems now make way for more vibrant blooms amongst the leaves. Interesting structural foliage and loud flowers will enchant dresses and tablecloths. Even magenta bougainvillea is a flush of vibrancy to drape amidst the celebration. In fact, vivid violet, and all renditions of the colour purple, is a hot palette trend that’s invited to the wedding. Hydrangeas, sweet peas, dahlias and purple daisies are set to bedazzle on the big day. Whereas the gentle meandering blooms such as larkspur, delphiniums and sweet peas add a romantic whimsy. We will also see more colourful floral crowns, as a change from the tiara. Metropol January 31, 2019 43


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A leafy elixir By Tracey Edwardes

The “meet up for coffee?” might soon be replaced here with a very-British “how about we talk over a cup of tea?” – if the increasing tea trend strengthens.

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pice traders first seduced Brits with the leafy elixir in the 1700s. However, it has increasingly crept onto café countertops here, as real competition to coffee. Tea has a comforting aroma and uplifting health properties, as quality blends seduce hot-drink addicts. The caffeine amount in tea varies with brew and blend, but it is around a third to half that of a cup of coffee. The question then arises, black, green or white? Black tea has been reinvented by the industry, boutique New Zealand businesses included, by blending additional ingredients – which read like poetry. Rosebuds and black tea is marriage in a teapot. Green tea can be infused with the likes of orange or mint to seduce newcomers to its natural benefits. White tea comes from young, minimally processed leaves. China White is a Christchurch company that jazzes up this delicate flavour with ginger or jasmine. Some specialist teas are of unique origins, such as Darjeeling from West Bengal or Oolong from China. Try a sip first, before adding milk and sugar. To convert the traditional ‘gumboot’ tea drinker, offer the fancier stuff and they’ll likely ask for a second cup. Cafés often present a loose-leaf in a teapot experience – and it’s all about presentation. Tea cups of fine-white bone china or gilded vintage floral, make an afternoon tea gathering quite something. Meanwhile, chilled fruitinfused tea is beautiful served in a wine glass. The nice thing about meeting up over a pot of tea for two, is that a pot lasts longer than a fast-cooling flat white – and so then can the conversation.

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What does a chef eat in his/her time off? Do you ever fast? What’s your summer fave? I love steamed Dim Sum! I purchase it from Church Corner in Christchurch – pork buns, prawn and chive dumplings… it’s my go to dinner when neither my wife nor I want to cook. Fasting? No. But I do crave vegetables and drop meat from a couple of meals a week. In summer I love fresh fruit and vegetables, grilled asparagus or broccolini, roast figs and of course, lovely fresh fish!

Metropol catches up with Crowne Plaza Executive Chef Hamish Watt to discuss his tips of the trade, the most exciting dish he’s turned his hand to recently and what’s up his culinary sleeve for 2019.

It must be a high-stress, exacting sort of thing being an executive chef. What secret can you share to making cooking easier for the general population cooking dinner for the family? Planning, planning, planning! You can never over-plan a dinner or a big event. The biggest trick is to get every dish as close to being ready as possible without spoiling the ingredients. For example, blanch and refresh your vegetables so they’re still crisp and only need two minutes to finish off. Make all your sauces and dressings ahead of time so they just need to be heated. Finally, I learned the hard way to always make garnishes first because they are the first thing to suffer when something goes wrong (and it always does!)

Do you see any particular food or drink trends which are sweeping through the developed world? Or are you trying to create any? Buying directly from the farm is only getting more popular! We all love to know where our food comes from. What is the most exciting dish you’ve been cooking lately? And who typically loves it? Whitebait cakes with cauliflower puree and tarragon dressing. I wouldn’t call it groundbreaking but it’s a simple dish with great texture and flavour. It’s a take on an English fish cake but using local, fresh New Zealand whitebait. Tourists always want to try whitebait and locals go nuts for it too! What’s your pick of holiday destinations and holiday style, if money was no object? I love travelling and exploring what gastronomy treasures a region or country has to offer. Sitting in one spot for a week would send me stir crazy! Jumping in a camper and hitting the open road is my idea of heaven. Since being in New Zealand, my wife and I have clocked up a lot of kilometres exploring the South Island! What’s your favourite dining destination anywhere in the world, the first place on the itinerary if you could be whisked there tomorrow? Some of my most memorable meals were unforeseen! Europe in summer is just special; there’s a buzz in the air, sitting outside in a medieval courtyard in France or Italy eating local specialties. I once stumbled across a monastery in Austria with a hidden beer garden, serving only one beer and a grand array of local meats, cheeses pickles and breads. What’s up your culinary sleeve for 2019? We have a new menu coming out in March with a selection of dishes which feature ingredients all sourced from within 70 kilometres – talk about local!

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Are the same menu items popular across the globe? Are we in Christchurch, or the visitors to Christchurch, any different in our tastes than people in Surrey Hills Sydney, for instance, or in London? As a rule, trends always lie in location – there’s usually a local element. In New Zealand whitebait often features, the UK features wild mushrooms and you’ll find a lot of rock oysters in Sydney. Because of cooking shows like Masterchef, many food trends have gone global. For example, you now see a formula for plating in restaurants emerging: protein on puree, a side of veg and a sauce.


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INGREDIENTS 1 cup caster sugar 1 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup butter 3/4 cup chocolate dots 1/4 cup cocoa powder 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup sugar 1 cup white flour 1 cup chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans or almonds Coarse salt to taste Vanilla ice cream

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In a saucepan, melt the caster sugar, add the heavy cream and stir constantly until a smooth caramel is formed. Set the caramel aside to cool.

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The Perfect Pairing At The Monday Room, cuisine is about so much more than food – it’s an experience.

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eavily influenced by her Finnish background, Head Chef Eeva Torvinen uses techniques that include curing, brining and pickling, while Finnish flavours such as berries, buttermilk, liquorice, rye and malt bring flavour to the ingredients. “I want to create dishes that make people talk while they dine.” Metropol talks to Eeva about the dish and Wine Consultant at Wine Sentience, Stephen Wong finds its perfect pairing.

Wine Match: Bellbird Spring Home Block White 2015 - Waipara, North Canterbury According to Wine Consultant at Wine Sentience, Stephen Wong, the earthy, yet sweet flavours are an interesting combination. “At first glance, they suggest a red wine, but for the summer season, exaggerating a dry, earthy and dense flavour profile doesn’t make sense.” He has opted instead to frame the earthiness through contrast, choosing to complement the acidity, the almonds,

brioche and the curded yolk with something fruity, sweet, slightly chilled and white. Inspired by the concept of forest foraging, Wong has selected Guy Porter’s field blended white, the Bellbird Spring Home Block White 2015. Four aromatic varieties come together in this wine - Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat and Gewürztraminer. Together they combine the lifted floral scented smells of summer with the savoury richness and texture derived from Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. “The honeyed character it displays works perfectly with a buttery brioche and the intensity of egg yolk. The savoury, aged characters resonate with the mushroomy base of the dish and highlight its inherent sweetness through contrast (think of how salted caramel and savoury desserts work).”

Meal: Into the Woods “This dish is a story of my childhood. We spent a lot of time in the forest picking mushrooms and berries with my parents. This dish is an enchanted reminder of my childhood.” An earthy umami flavour from the forest floor, it features a creamy mushroom pate and curded egg yolk; salty, rich and unctuous, intensifying the flavour of the yolk. The raisin almond oil adds a sweet, dense crunchy texture. The cranberry pearls are sour; exploding with a burst of flavour in your mouth. All is set on the soft and buttery richness of the brioche. 161 High Street, Christchurch Ph: 03 377 5262 Book Online @ www.themondayroom.nz Metropol January 31, 2019 53


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Ugly Food

By Tracey Edwardes

The ugly food movement – this decade’s term to describe fruit and vegetables of the knotted, gnarly and spotty kind –is taking over our soils.

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that would not otherwise make the grade. Until wild and interesting becomes the new normal, they sport a cheaper price tag – a great way to save money. In many remote parts of the world, living off the land correlates to longevity. Food in its heirloom ancient form is unrecognisable to many of our purposely bred next-gen varieties and those pumped with chemicals to increase shelf-life and aesthetic value. Thankfully, in many a home vege garden in New Zealand, it’s often taste before beauty. It is at the retail stores where we often have our aestheticappeal radars out. Carrots spring to mind in the funny deformity stakes – the Frankensteins of the vege world. The tangled multi-limbed vegetable has simply just struck a pebble or stick while growing, then branched out to save itself. Capsicums come a close second in hilarious, but harmless, renditions. Strawberries and tomatoes can split or fuse together or sprout extra ‘bits’. Share your comical food photos on Instagram, support farmers’ markets and ask for their more aesthetically challenged items, grow your own and shop for what’s on the inside – not the outside. There is in fact a fruit called Ugly Fruit, which interestingly has exotic-food status. This bulbous oddity is a hybridised Jamaican grapefruit, tangelo and orange mix. It might be a while until we see Master Chef: the ugly edition, or warty root vegetables in Michelin Star dishes – but watch this space.

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Region’s recreational heart It’s the season for resolutions, so if you’re looking for some new goals and aspirations, look no further than Canterbury’s recreational heart – Hanmer Springs.

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Hanmer 4 Square Half Marathon Saturday, 4 May Location: Hanmer Domain One of the longest running half marathons in the South Island, this iconic half marathon will begin at the Hanmer Domain. Suitable for walkers, runners and mountain buggies.

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The Old Forest Hanmer 100 Friday 17 May and Saturday 18 May Location: Woodland Walk Recreation Reserve Jollies Pass Rd Set on a 10.12km loop track on the stunning forest tracks within the heritage area of Hanmer Forest, it’s a great course for those wanting to try off road/trail running or to step up to these distances. www.facebook.com/StJamesYeti/

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Bold black bathrooms By Tracey Edwardes

The spa-inspired bathroom trend has officially returned – back to the spa, that is. These days it’s all about bold, dark, sultry bathroom designs that evoke an indulgent high-end experience.

Fresh new house plans out now. Our already huge range of house plan designs is growing, meaning you have even more choice. Simply choose a plan and go with it, or use one as a starting point and customise it to suit. The choice is yours. Get inspired at orangehomes.co.nz

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athrooms are often south-side windowless rooms, so take a walk on the dark side and enhance the cosiness. Black fixtures are now a mainstay in most bathroom ranges. They create a feature out of the functional, such as matte black shower surrounds and tapware. And finger marks won’t show. Spa baths have lost popularity to the free-standing bath, which can be a focal feature in black. Add a black chandelier and candles to elevate to movie-star status. Monochromatic bathroom wallpapers look striking in geometrics, metallics or vintage prints. Black-tiling combined with black-painted walls is effective, particularly with 1920s-style pedestal basins. Black makes a statement around the edges in cornices, framing, mirrors and

shelving. A dark vanity in a corner stands out, where white would otherwise just blend. Black ceilings are inviting, especially if the room is small with a tall ceiling. And against black aluminium windows, a black and white theme is a classic. Marble blends magnificently against ebony surrounds – instant five-star luxury in white with grey marbling, or black with white marbling. Incorporate dark woods and wrought iron features. Other opulent bathrooms hues include dark cherry, burgundy, chocolate brown or inky blue, which come alive with metallic fixtures. Charcoal walls and tiles add depth against natural stone. A Persian rug adds the sensuality of a Turkish spa. And you can’t dispute the practicalities of a fluffy oversized black spa towel.


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“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you” PRINCESS DIANA

Let’s enjoy 2019!

aware that for some individuals this is a positive choice. In business, however, this approach could see you falter. Things change, markets move either up or down, client expectations grow, technology progresses and expectations get bigger year on year.

and be a little more green and mindful

A New Year gives you the chance to really take stock, to review where you’ve been – I always do this with someone I trust implicitly – and then work out where you want to go. You can consider the challenges, the game-changers, the small wins and the larger victories. They will all be there and each of these will provide great insights as to what comes next. That’s where the resolutions come in … or, at least, they do for me. Statistically, the most common resolutions involve: weight loss (been there) and, let’s face it, who hasn’t? Eat healthier (another tick), exercise, read more, make more, save more, it’s always something more. Bill Gates once said, “most people overestimate what they can do in a year and underestimate what they can do in ten.” This year, personally and in business, I’m mindful of the word and nature of ‘less’.

Happy 2019! I’ve learnt that most people fit into one of two camps when it comes to acknowledging a New Year and the concept of setting New Year’s resolutions. They either embrace them and jump in with the zeal of someone slightly demented (I’m probably in that camp) or they side-line the opportunity, comfortable in the belief that the year will be what it will be and that no amount of forced change, good intent or actions can be carried out for 12 whole months on a wish alone. In fact, an American survey conducted in 2018 found that up to 32% of people don’t set any form of resolution at all, seeing little value in the process and no likelihood of an outcome. I’ve never been able to see things through the lens of ‘relax, breathe, then wait and see’, but I’m

As a company, it’s got us focused on some of the finer aspects of less. Less paper, less waste, less stress. Which means more community involvement and more mindfulness. I’m looking forward to it and I’m heartened by the fact all of us are aware of the need to be kinder to ourselves, our community and our planet. So those are some of my resolutions. I couldn’t go into 2019 without some of the old favourites as well (which I’ll keep to myself ) but I will finally give up on backing a trailer, or worse, the boat!! No amount of intention will change the fact that I’m terrible! Whatever school you subscribe to, all the best for 2019. It will be no surprise that the year will be whatever you expect it to be!

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If you’re all about comfort and cosiness, then congratulations, for your beautiful compulsion has a name – Gezellig.

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Building new Grant and Kelly Irving know a thing or two about building high-end architectural houses. Their company, GI Builders Ltd has been doing it for more than ten years. Director, Grant has been building in Christchurch all of his adult life and brings that vast amount of experience to every project, whether renovation of a heritage villa, the complexity required in multi-unit builds, or the design and build of a bespoke family home.

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rant and his team of licensed building practitioners and apprentices have a deep pool of experience and a broad network of quality contractors and suppliers. With Co-Director Kelly on admin and Quantity Surveyor, Mark Shaw, they all pride themselves on being a team small enough to care, but also big enough to deliver. It makes sense, then, that when Grant and Kelly decided to build their new home, they contracted the best to do it - their own team! The benefits of building new are well established. There is no feeling quite like moving into a brand new, clean, modern house. There are far fewer maintenance costs in the first several years or longer and, if you decide to sell it, newer, wellbuilt homes are generally more attractive to prospective buyers. The number one reason many people choose to build however, is that being

involved in the design process, you get exactly what you want. From the number and orientation of rooms to the style of tapware and light switches, you can completely customise your new home to suit your circumstances and lifestyle. Grant will work with you in the design phase, ensuring personalised service that accommodates your budget and expectations. From the big decisions to the small details, your project is managed expertly in a timely and efficient manner. “For me,” Kelly says, “with having kids I really thought about high traffic wall areas and using products that were going to be durable, so that’s why we did the concrete wall up the stairwell. “And we’ve done ply in the kids’ playroom.” The concrete/ply theme features throughout the ground floor. Practical, durable and attractive, building new gave Kelly and Grant the opportunity to

consider these things and more to suit their family long term. “People are thinking more about the long term,” Mark Shaw says. Any initial extra costs of, for example, increased insulation, factored into things such as wider framing, and the use of solar energies are more than offset with reduced power consumption and use of resources, which is good for the environment, too. Features such as underfloor ducted heating can be installed easily when building new. As with all GI Builders’ projects, Grant and Kelly’s house has been completed on time and on budget. Building new gave them the chance to customise their living environment to suit their family’s needs, such as an office space that easily converts to a guest bedroom. Grant and the team take pride in delivering superior craftsmanship on every project. See more at www.gibuilders.co.nz. Metropol January 31, 2019 67


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riginating as a craft in the ’60s, and common on walls by the ’70s, the fashion faded until recently. Now handmade, woven art style is recreating the fabric of our homes. With interior design focus toward natural woods and stoneware, this decor trend is a natural match. A hands-on craft involving manually knotting, twining, plaiting, coiling, pleating, lashing and interlacing, materials range from tough jute, rattan and rope to finer wool, cotton or silk. Although traditionally reserved for natural materials, acrylics also feature. Art can be hung by invisible fishing tackle, string and wooden rods, or framed on canvas, or boxed for structure. Fibre art is everywhere, especially in the bedroom. A macramé woven wall hanging

in lieu of a headboard is pure cosiness. There’s a softening natural effect of fibre art against a stark gibbed wall. Beading or fabric is sometimes woven into the mix. Incorporating seashells such as paua and using flax, is a Kiwi version of a dreamcatcher! Plants have now snuck back inside as oxygen-producing adornments and they’re now seen dangling from the rafters in creative macramé hangers. The textiles in fibre art can be beautiful, with raw, or natural dyes creating interesting aesthetics. A colourful ethnic tapestry above the mantle in the lounge is a refreshing change from framed art and a woven rug on the bathroom floor is a step up from the common acrylic bath math.

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ire the right architectural firm and a house becomes far more than accommodation. Similarly with a commercial building. Basic requirements will be superseded; unspoken wishes fulfilled. When it comes to enhancing the exterior look and feel of a dwelling or building, Robert Weir believes in the efficacy of a mixture of materials, textures and varied roof lines. The Weir architectural team designs each home individually to a client’s brief, providing spaces which manage to both provoke and reward its residents. “As founding members of the NZ Green Build, we’re strong believers that incorporating green principles and creating highly thermally rated building

envelopes to minimise energy usage are fundamental aspects of excellent design,” Robert says. This holds true for both residential and commercial projects, regardless of the attendant levels of innovation and complexity. The Weir team, working closely with award-winning master builders, has itself picked up many national and local awards. Currently working on projects throughout the South Island, Robert says he’s looking to grow the business in Wanaka and other central Otago areas. Find out more by emailing info@weirarchitcture.nz or call into 226 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch to peruse and discuss design options. Phone 03 377 4900 or 021 239 6052.


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CHAMPS ELYSEES VIP DIAMOND CLUB EVENT VIP Diamond Club guests enjoyed a very entertaining evening making and sampling delicious cocktails at The Parlour in O.G.B. 1. Angela Rewha, Briar Smyth, Raenna Chan 2. Kate Gatonyi, Veronica Armstrong 3. Myf Colvin, Ben Edwards, Anna Chapman 4. Myf Colvin, Mandy Pickering, Angela Rewha 5. Mandy Pickering, Briar Smyth Photos by Jane Wyles Photography. For copies email: janewylesphotos@gmail.com Check Facebook for more from this event.

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Post-quake, Christchurch has continued to attract global attention for creativity and innovation. Innovation is at the heart of a new fund, which is helping finance a food rescue service in Christchurch, a tool library in Lyttelton and a pest control initiative in Little River.

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“Through the Innovation and Sustainability Fund we have given out $860,000 worth of grants to a wide range of projects that are making a difference in our communities and in our environment.’’ Projects that have received funding include: City Harvest Food Rescue – A food rescue service that takes quality surplus food and redistributes it through agencies to families and individuals in need. Lyttelton Library of Tools & Things – a library of community tools and a platform for workshops Little River Trap Library – provides traps free of charge for three months with mentorship on use LiteClub Christchurch – supports 10 local sports clubs to improve their resource efficiency and carbon footprint Project Sea Change – an app to help the community monitor the location, amount and type of plastic litter Applications from community organisations, social enterprises, education and business groups are welcomed at www.ccc.govt. nz/innovatefund.


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ur city has become such a dynamic place to live, work and visit, with a real sense of excitement in the air. Our visitor economy remains the growth market for the city and region, with guest nights and visitor spending well surpassing pre-earthquake levels. This positive trend is likely to continue over the next few months, as our city plays host to events for locals and visitors alike. The Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival, which is just winding down, was even better than ever, with an amazing lineup of over 520 performances. There is the much-loved annual Sparks concert in February, as well as the Night Noodle Markets. I’m also looking forward to the Holi Festival and the South Island Lantern Festival – two family events that really showcase our region’s diversity and community spirit. The events calendar will be boosted by the staged re-opening of the Christchurch Town Hall – a key milestone in the regeneration of our city and a very welcome world-class venue. This will join other developments, such as the newly opened central city library Tūranga and entertainment complex EntX, in helping to bring thousands of visitors into the heart of the city. We are also heartened to see that earthworks have started on the Metro Sports Facility, site preparation works have begun on the Cathedral site, and they are making headway on the Riverside Farmers’ Market site, which is set to become an impressive complex with a focus on local produce. It’s a great to see our regenerated – and rejuvenated – city really taking shape.

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s we head into our second year of office, it’s been great to be able to take some time over the summer break and reflect on a very busy 2018. There have been some significant changes to make sure that people are able to get their homes fixed and get on with their lives, and I have been thrilled to see some of the results that we’ve achieved. A big step was the Independent Ministerial Advisor’s report in June, which demonstrated the need for a wide range of reforms to speed up the resolution of outstanding EQC claims. It was clear there was a lot of work to do to get those claims moving but some critical changes were made to ensure faster resolution. As of the end of November 2018, there are only 2,337 EQC claims outstanding, with 72 percent of claims that were on hand at 30 June 2018 resolved. In addition, the launch of the Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service (GCCRS) in October was met with a great response and has made a difference for many people. This year is shaping up to be just as busy. The Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal will be established and the inquiry into the EQC will provide an interim report back by the end of June, but our major focus for 2019 will continue to be ensuring that people are getting their claims resolved as quickly as possible and are able to move on with their lives.

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f one of your New Year’s resolutions is to finally launch that dream startup and fulfil your goals and ambitions, then 2019 is a great year to make it happen. Startup fever has gripped the globe for at least a decade now - mostly powered by the disruptive nature of digital technology. And – according to the 2018 Startup Genome Report – New Zealand is right in there with about 500 startups across multiple verticals. So, why do startups matter for Christchurch? Startups disrupt markets and are, to coin a phrase from John O’Hara, Chair of the Angel Association NZ, the “speedboats of the new economy” able to innovate and positively transform their local economies and communities. And of all the major cities of NZ, Christchurch is the one that presents the most attractive opportunity for future entrepreneurs with city leadership actively positioning Christchurch as a ‘City of Opportunity and Exploration’. If you’re a would-be entrepreneur looking for an idea, a business partner, some support, or some inspiration – there’s no better place to begin than with the Ministry of Awesome and coming along to Coffee and Jam. C+J is Christchurch’s longest running meetup for startups, innovators, and entrepreneurs and it all started again on Tuesday, 22 January at EPIC on Manchester Street. No need to book, just turn up every Tuesday 12:30-1:30 and meet your new tribe. For more info, just Google ‘Coffee and Jam’ and make 2019 your year.

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t’s hard to believe that the xmas break is over and we are already well into the New Year. As a business owner, the start of a New Year is a good time to step back and to reflect on the past business year and set some goals for the year to come. It is easy, when we are busy, to fall into the trap of working in the business rather than working on the business. Having a break gives us the opportunity to step back from the business and to have a critical look at it. This year is shaping to be another busy one for Fraser Thomas Ltd. We moved into our new office late last year, which is much more suitable for our expanding workforce. We are working with some inspirational clients, who are challenging our engineering ingenuity and will ensure that we are exposed to some exciting engineering challenges this year. That being said, this year my goal is to try and make more time in my busy schedule, to ensure that I have more time for my wife and kids and also for myself. Success in business typically takes a lot of time and effort, but we also need to try and prioritise working on ourselves, in order to enable us to maintain our health and focus (which ultimately will help to improve our businesses).

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or Ōtākaro, 2019 is going to be a year where we go up rather than out. Having opened the City Promenade, completed the bulk of the South Frame and finished almost all of our roading projects, we’re largely out of your way on the streets. So, you will be seeing activity ramp up on both the Te Pae and Metro Sports Facility sites. Te Pae is over a quarter of the way through construction and on track to start holding conventions and exhibitions from late 2020. The most obvious change you will see this year is the construction of the 3600m2 exhibition hall, to the south of the well-advanced auditorium. It effectively doubles the size of the building on the site. At the peak of construction, you will see more than 400 people working on Te Pae. Around May, the last of the 7000 or so in-ground stone columns will be installed on the Metro Sports Facility site between Moorhouse Ave and St Asaph St. This is one of the largest ground improvement projects of its kind in New Zealand and will help mitigate liquefaction risks or damage to pools and courts in any future earthquakes. We are working on reaching an agreement with a Main Works contractor that will see work on the building start when groundworks finish. These are large facilities that will have a positive impact for everyone, from kids learning to swim through to the operators of the South Island’s largest tourism ventures. It’s an exciting time to be watching the Christchurch skyline.

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offer. Thanks to some great weather, and multiple events and festivals, thousands and thousands of happy visitors – both

domestic and international – enjoyed the freedom to roam our inner-city. The Hagley Oval hosted the Black Caps’ match against Sri Lanka and the newly-revitalised World Buskers’ Festival attracted both young and old to its spectacular events. We’ve also been treated to some awesome concerts at Hagley Park, with the likes of Fat Freddy’s Drop, as well as ‘A Summer’s Day Live’, which featured international guests, Dragon, TOTO, and Jefferson Starship. What better way to spend a spectacular Canterbury day than with a concert and picnic in the park? Elsewhere, retailers and hospitality workers were kept happy – and very busy – with a welcome Christmas boost, thanks to late-night shopping, and bars, cafés and restaurants were open for business. Of course, the great weather helped, too. It’s also been interesting to see many of the new central city anchor projects starting to become a reality and it’s exciting to watch their progress. I really enjoyed exploring the city over the summer break and seeing so many smiles and families having fun. Well done to the council and all parties involved in presenting our inner-city to the world. Have you checked out your new backyard? Take a look around Christchurch - you might just be surprised with what you discover.

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the look they’re after and guide them through the process, all while sticking to budget. “We aim for a more personalised approach,” Paul says. “We don’t tailor our customers to suit our mould; we mould to suit our customers. “Everyone who comes through the door has different criteria they want to work to and different personalities… some customers want to sit on the sidelines and watch; others literally want to be there swinging a hammer. We pride ourselves on being able to work in and allow them to be as involved as they want to be, ensuring their project is an enjoyable personal investment.” Paul says part of their success has to do with a strong teamwork ethic and long-standing relationships with local subcontractors. If you’re looking to start a renovation, new build, or earthquake repair in the New Year, the Selwyn-based team looks forward to helping you out and making sure the process is as straightforward and transparent as possible. “We keep everything open-book. Everyone’s on the same page; we pride ourselves on being upfront.” From architectural builds and commercial construction, through to outdoor living design and construction, the team can handle all aspects of your project.


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ure, there are some large holes to still be filled, and a few spaces and broken facades to be decided on and reinvigorated. And, while some of the city’s

most iconic buildings sit in ruin with many gone forever, all but the most pessimistic can take heart that some have been and are being restored, with some beautiful new

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If you have driven or walked along any of the main city routes and wondered what is in that shiny new building, you are not alone. Naming rights offers some indication, but more often than not, there are gems inside that may not be so obvious. For example, Grant Thornton House on Oxford Terrace is not only the striking new home of the global accounting giant, it also houses Amaterrace Teppanyaki Japanese Steak House and, on the street level, the newly opened (early Jan) Chiwahwah Mexican Cantina and Bar. Across the river is 93 Cambridge Terrace, a four-storey black-glass, nondescript building called Iwikau. Inside are Aurecon and EY. On the ground floor, West End Pharmacy, West End Expressmart, and West End Stories Café. But Iwikau’s surprise lies on the opposite side of the building, invisible from the busy thoroughfare. It is Ngā Mara a Te Wera, The Gardens of Te Wera. Te Wera was a Ngāi Tahu warrior chief and had a long association with the area that came also to be occupied by the King Edward Barracks. It is a beautiful, quiet, shared seating space that respects its deep Maori and European histories. You can read more about it on the storyboard in the garden.

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STRUCTURAL STRENGTHENING While the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes were not New Zealand’s largest seismic events in recent years, they resulted in the most damage and loss of life. The Canterbury sequence also put a renewed community focus on earthquake engineering and the strengthening of structures.

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he Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 (EPBA) was introduced on 1 July 2017, coinciding with the updated New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering assessment guidelines. The EPBA provides leadership and

direction regarding risks to public safety posed by existing buildings, and brought major changes to the way earthquake-prone buildings are identified and managed under the Building Act. It also educates building owners and tenants about seismic performance and risk.


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The past two years has seen growing awareness about the interaction between building structures and soil during an earthquake. While the EPBA and %NBS has created a growing market for earthquake strengthening, encompassing architects, engineers, builders and developers, earthquake strengthening of existing buildings has historically focused only on bracing or stiffening the visible structure, rather than modifying the ground or footings. The design methods typically considered include FRP wrapping, concrete jacketing, additional bracing or damping, selective weakening, base isolation, foundation widening or stiffening, piling, and ground improvement.

REMEDIATION SOLUTIONS Apart from ground improvement, the strengthening solutions are structural approaches that seek to either increase flexibility or strength, or decrease deformation and displacement of the building, without addressing the behaviour of the soil. For building owners seeking to achieve a higher %NBS, it is recommended to engage both geotechnical and structural engineers when considering the best approach. Photos from the 1964 Niigata earthquake, with buildings lying on their sides, demonstrated structures strong enough to withstand the impact of an earthquake on poor ground.

It is important to remember that much of the damage observed in Canterbury was due to poor performance of the ground rather than the strength of the buildings. Since the Canterbury earthquakes, ground improvement research trials have shown that resin injection can demonstrably improve the density and stiffness of earthquake affected ground and increase the resistance of soils to liquefaction. The full research report is now available on the New Zealand Geotechnical Society online library, and is included in MBIE Module 5: Ground Improvement of Soils Prone to Liquefaction.

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NEW BUILDING STANDARD The EPBA categorises New Zealand into three seismic risk categories under the New Building Standard (NBS) and sets timeframes for building owners to identify and take action to strengthen or remove earthquake-prone buildings. The lowest performing structures (33 percent NBS or less) are deemed earthquake prone and will most likely be demolished. For intermediate risk (33 percent – 67 percent NBS), building owners are required to strengthen the building to meet 67 percent NBS. The challenge for building owners undertaking earthquake strengthening works to existing buildings is to consider both ground strength and building behaviour so that the most cost effective and long-lasting solution can be identified to improve the %NBS.


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Moving closer to chlorine-free It has been a year since the council voted to temporarily add chlorine to the city’s drinking water supply in response to advice from the Canterbury Medical Officer of Health. With the clock ticking on the council’s self-imposed deadline to end temporary chlorination, Water Supply Improvement Programme Manager Helen Beaumont provides an update on how the work is tracking.

ver the past few months we have made significant progress on upgrading the wells that supply our water.” To date 25 percent of our wells – by volume of water produced – have been upgraded. A water conservation campaign has resulted in average water use well below summer averages. “If that keeps up we should be able to continue with the well remediation work as planned,” Helen says. Council is confident that seven of the nine city supply zones will be chlorine free by May this year, collectively providing more than 60 percent of the city’s water supply. However, even after doing this work, providing chlorine-free water to everyone in every part of the city remains a challenge. “We are also looking at how we can reduce the amount of chlorine in the water,” Helen says. At some pump stations, doses of chlorine have been able to be halved, with work ongoing to lower chlorine levels in other areas. “We all want the chlorine out of our water and we are working hard to ensure we can have an unchlorinated water supply as soon as possible.”

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he experienced Christchurch-based team prides itself on top-quality workmanship and went to great lengths to ensure this property was finished to their precise standards. Attached to the airplane hangar, the house has its own private runway, is fully off-grid and generates all its own power from solar panels and battery storage. Built to the 75sqm limit for the secondary occupiable dwelling on a property, there’s still room to build a larger main house in the future. Inside, they’ve thought of everything, including high-level windows for cooling down the

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house in summer via thermal syphon effect, and a rainwater collection tank and filtration to take care of the owner’s water needs. A wood-fired stove takes pride of place, acting as both the perfect appliance to cook up a hearty winter meal, all while heating water through a wetback system. Director Nathan Roberts describes the home as being modern with rustic flair and uses energy efficient appliances throughout. “The addition of floating shelves, a freestanding bath, a custom heatshield behind the wood-fired cooker, full-width coloured glass splash-back and stone benchtops, are just a few of the features that complement the home,” he says. Outside, the cladding is a mix of Siberian Larch, which is oiled to give a natural feel, and textured ply and battens stained in a darker colour make the Larch and oiled grooved ply soffits really stand out. The patio area is equipped with speakers in the soffits and a clever lighting design maximises the home’s outdoor living. To top it all off, the waste water is run to a worm farm septic system – with no need for added power – so the worms take care of all the waste. This home proves they really have thought of everything. The NKR team works on a wide variety of projects, including design, project management, new builds, renovations and alterations, decks, fences and retaining walls, home repairs and maintenance, shop fit-outs, kitchen and bathroom remodels, as well as house inspections. So, whether you’re planning a big project, or need some expert assistance on some smaller tasks this year, NKR certainly has you covered. Visit www.nkr.co.nz.

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BLACK BEAUTY A NATIONAL WINNER Firmly focused on striving for excellence in all that they do has paid off handsomely for Keane Building, firstly netting them a Gold Award in the 2018 Canterbury Master Builders House of the Year in the up to $450,000 category and going on to become a Gold Reserve Finalist in the National Competition – amongst the top 100 entrants from across the country. At the National competition, Keane Building did Canterbury proud by winning the New Zealand-wide award for the home up to $450k category.

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wners of Keane Building, Chris and Beth Keane, are passionate about bespoke and architectural homes. “We believe homes should reflect the individuals that inhabit them and no two should be the same,” Beth says. Indeed, this striking North Canterbury home is clean and classic following barnstyle lines, yet it is unlike any other, with an injection of sophisticated drama provided via black Coloursteel cladding on both the external walls and the roof, which is stunningly complemented with cedar shiplap and splendidly deep gable ends. Relatively compact at 131sqm, the L-shaped footprint hosts a spacious interior comprising three bedrooms and

two bathrooms and is described by Judges as “a family home punching above its weight”. Matt Keane, foreman and brother of Chris created the concept for the home, and the plans were drawn by Donna Inwood. Standout features internally include the plywood geometric bulkhead in the kitchen, polished concrete floors and benchtop, and the monochromatic mosaic tiles in the bathroom. Chris Keane established Keane Building in 2009, after completing his apprenticeship with his father, a local builder who serviced the Hurunui District for more than 30 years. Today Chris manages a team of six builders, who all

love a challenge. “In the complexities of hills and in the intricacies of architectural design, there is never a dull moment. We are a pretty competitive bunch so we are always challenging ourselves and making sure we are the best we can be.” Chris and Beth provide a personal one-on-one service, with exceptional communication and dedication to every project. “We really pride ourselves on the relationships with our clients,” Chris says. “We want to understand our clients’ vision and love to be involved right from the beginning of the design process. The collaboration between client, architect and builder is vital to ensuring a successful outcome for the client.”

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nspired by a New England ‘village-style’ concept, The Oaks Village features four mixed-use commercial buildings, for 10 tenancies. The existing earthquakedamaged property had two tenants, a pharmacy and a women’s gym, so the development was designed and built around them as they continued trading before moving the two businesses into stage 1. The 1830sqm complex features Cape Cod tiled roofing and weatherboard shiplap cladding to create the village-style effect, say Drew Murray and Alan Cowie of Design Team, an architectural,

commercial interiors and project management company, who worked with developers Roger Bridge Suburban Centres Ltd on the 10-month project. “With two street frontages, the buildings are wrapped around the various pedestrian entries into the complex, with an abundance of carparking spaces in between.” A restaurant and bar will also play an important role in the development, along with new tenants at The Oaks Village which include a bottle store, chemist, convenience store, an Indian restaurant Tandoori Flame and Domino’s Pizza. There are currently

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build two tenancies still available, providing a fantastic opportunity for a business to join the ever-flourishing Halswell area. “The Oaks Village will cater to the under-serviced and constantly expanding areas of Halswell, Oaklands, Wigram, Aidanfield and Longhurst,” explains Aaron Pero from Harcourts Halswell who is handling the leasing and sales of the units. “We are seeing a lot of people moving into these areas but we need more businesses and food outlets to keep up with the growth. “The developer, Suburban Centres, wanted to build something that had

a village feel to it and completed the community and I think the architect’s approach has created something that fits the brief very well.” Developer Roger Bridge says the vision was to create a complex that blended well into the community and lifts the surrounding area. “I wanted a complex designed with architectural flair that not only looks great but people enjoy visiting, or retailers want to be a part of. I’m really pleased with the design, the tenant mix, and the positive community support – they have responded really well.” Roger says a bakery or coffee

shop and another restaurant would be ideal to complete the full suite of tenancies. Another unique feature of the development includes 11 storage units at the rear of the complex, available for sale or lease, catering to the lack of storage spaces in the area. Roger Bridge Suburban Centres Ltd and Design Team have a long relationship and the complex follows on from a successful recent development together, on Musgrove Place in Wigram. “We know the area very well and believe The Oaks Village will be a popular addition,” Drew and Alan explain.

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A New Project for a New Year

Excited to begin a New Year after a fantastic summer break, our team has returned refreshed and ready to recommence many new and exciting building projects for 2019. 2018 saw our team of expert tradespeople complete many complex architectural projects, including new homes, hill sites and alterations. We celebrate the vision and detail that has gone into these wonderful projects. The on time delivery of high quality retail and entertainment fit-outs is one of our specialties and we want to congratulate all of our 2018 clients on their new openings. If you need design or engineering, we have a comprehensive team of experts ready to develop your ideas. If you want confidence of experience, quality and a Master Builder, you can trust us to complete your 2019 project. New Year’s resolutions are great when fulfilled. The team at Whyte Construction can tailor your project to make the process easy for you. For professional building solutions call David on 027 457 0365 or 0800 333 360.

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