Nelson Magazine - March 2022

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MARCH 2022

Lifestyle doctors

TAKING THE PLUNGE INTO THE ARTS

ALL ABOUT EVA

PLUS: Creating a garden from the ashes | What’s On | At Home


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March 2022

What’s inside Features 15 - 17

Lifestyle doctors

18 - 20

All about Eva

22 - 25

Taking the plunge into the arts

27 - 29

Creating a garden paradise from the ashes

27-29 Regular 13

A Day in the Life of…

37

On the Street

18-20

43 - 45 My Home 47 - 51

At Home

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What’s On

66 - 74

Food and drink

77

Health

78

Gardening

59 - 63 Social pages 79 - 82

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You’ve probably heard it before, but committing to a well-balanced diet, with regular exercise and adequate sleep are a few of the things that contribute to a long, happy, healthy life. But, as many of us know, that’s easier said than done. Fortunately, two Nelson physicians are on a mission to help us out. Marissa and Taisia are GPs who are passionate about prescribing lifestyle improvements - rather than medication where possible. Read their story on pages 15 – 17. Continuing with our theme of bettering ourselves, we speak with three people who have taken the plunge into the arts scene later in life. All three have a pretty cool story about how they came to express their creative side and I’m happy to be sharing their achievements with you. Finally, apps are a part of life for most of us now. We use them to pay bills,

communicate with each other, read news, sell stuff, listen to music – we can even use them to drive a car (hello Tesla owners). So, we thought we’d ask a few locals what their favourite apps are this month to inspire you to try something new. Shameless plug incoming… here at Top South Media, we publish the Nelson App. Over the last 30 days the app had more than 1.3 million page views from 48,622 unique users. Nothing compared to the likes of Facebook, Netflix and Spotify, but I find it quite incredible for a small region like ours. The app features local news and sport, property listings, funeral notices, event listings, job listings and other useful information. Download it if you haven’t already. Till next month, stay healthy, stay creative and stay ‘appy.

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I try to include a good balance of exercise, enough sleep and healthy eating. I find this helps my mental health as well as physical.

I make sure my phone doesn’t control me. I always keep it on silent and turn notifications off to social media apps.

My healthy habit is Bodypulse Training. I get more out of 20 mins there than the 1.5 hours I normally would have spent at the gym. As a business owner I’m always pushed for time, so Bodypulse is my go-to.

Lots of water and quality conversations.

Letter to the Editor I read your mag cover to cover on my Originair flight and took it with me to family in Napier. Great to see Nelson being showcased like this. There’s so much to love about Nelson and its environs, of course living in Tasman I’m a little biased. What I particularly enjoyed was reading the feature Wāhine Wisdom. Thank you. Sue Wilson

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Headliners What made news in our region

Saxton street named

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Art for Nelson

The previously unnamed road through the Saxton Field complex has officially been named Kerry Marshall Drive in honour of the former Nelson and Tasman mayor. Tasman mayor Tim King welcomed the gesture as an appropriate memorial, “a road linking the two districts reflects Kerry’s time at the helm of both councils and the joined-up development that occurred during his tenure in both offices.”

The cancellation of Marchfest for the first time in 15 years has seen Nelson locals and craft brewers feel flat. The uncertainty around when large events will be able to proceed meant that the call had to be made. Organisers are looking ahead to next year, with Marchfest planned to be held at Founders Heritage Park on March 4, 2023.

“Nelson was known as the arts centre, but other centres have caught up and overtaken us,” says Judene Edgar, deputy mayor and working group leader of the new Nelson City Arts and Creative Strategy. The welcomed and “long overdue” strategy is set to replenish Nelson’s arts and creative sector, plus boost the economy. The strategy has been met with a lot of excitement for reigniting Nelson’s creative side.

Furry and feathered heroes Just like so many New Zealanders did so when called upon, countless numbers of animals also served their country in times of war. Worldwide 16 million animals were deployed to help in World War 1, with New Zealand sending more than 10,000 horses. Many of these animals did not return home. To honour our animal heroes Purple Poppy Day has been created, Nelson is making plans to unveil a plaque on Purple Poppy Day 2023.

Splash park sinks Despite a plea from the public to include a water play area in the current $3.75m Modellers Pond development, Nelson City Council says the location is “not suitable” for one. The move has been labelled ‘frustrating’, ‘disappointing’ and ‘a missed opportunity’ by some. The project involves transforming the weed-infested pond into a reserve featuring seating, picnic areas, trees, natural play areas, boardwalks, a sheltered lookout for birdwatching, and a proposed shunting yard that will complement the model train tracks.

Volleyball spike in Tasman Local volleyball has not only strived but thrived over the past couple of years, with a staggering 18 per cent increase in player numbers making it the only growth sport in the region. Nelson Bays and Tasman Volleyball have joint forces to create Volleyball Tasman. By adopting the concept of ‘strengthen and adapt’ the association has been able to keep games going throughout this difficult period.

Thin gs we lo ve It’s a blast from the past at the Nelson Classic Car Museum! The museum is building replicas of businesses from around the Nelson region, stretching back into the mid-twentieth century. So far the art-decoinspired Bay View Service Station and an old Four Square have been completed, with more businesses to be recreated throughout the year.

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A Day in the Life Of Rosey Lelo

10.00am 10.45am 12.30pm

Lunch. Today is some almond butter on a sliced up apple and some leftover homemade pizza. Then I go for a quick walk in the last 15 minutes of my break, down the railway reserve.

1.00pm

The afternoon is spent by me taking care of administrative and operational tasks, all while serving our customers and supporting the tour team in their daily tasks too.

3.00pm

The high season has wound up, we’ve reduced our four free tours a day down to our standard three. I manage this on a week by week basis to ensure we can accommodate our customers. I’m hosting one tour today, and my team, Rachel and Claudia, will cover the other two.

The tour is finished. There have been some great chats with my tour group about the amazing things we do at Pic’s. At the end of the tour we clean up and head back downstairs to sell some peanut butter.

Wednesdays are a short day for me at Pic’s Peanut Butter World. Every second Wednesday I help teach a children’s New Zealand Sign Language class. My two girls meet me at the lesson.

5.00pm

I finish up at the gym and head to work where I shower and get ready for my role as the retail manager of Pic’s Peanut Butter World.

We’ve checked everyone in for the 10am tour, I do a really big shout out for everyone to join me on the tour, then we ascend the stairs. I spend the next 45 minutes chatting about peanuts and trying to come up with new witty puns, aka dad jokes, about peanuts.

Home to whip up some dinner. Something easy that pleases everyone, spaghetti bolognese. We get some homework done with the girls and then I run off to another session at the gym, this time it’s boxing. I love this class. Good for the brain, the body and the heart.

9.30pm

A kiss for my husband and girls before I head to CLM gym for my workout. Today is an arms day. My husband Adam is in charge of getting the girls to my mum’s house just down the road by 7:30. We’re lucky to have her so close and she takes them to school and picks them up too.

8.30am

My youngest daughter, Jane (seven), is up and starts to enquire about breakfast. I have made enough scrambled eggs for everyone. Now to rouse Eve, who is nine. For her waking up isn’t as easy as it is for Jane, but we get there.

9.00am

6.30am

My day begins at 5:30am with the alarm. My body is so used to waking at this time, I am often awake before it. As today is a Wednesday I get into my workout gear in preparation for the gym at 7am. For breakfast eggs are on the menu. I like to enjoy breakfast and a coffee with my husband before the hustle of the day begins. It’s also when I look through my emails. I make it a priority to read the emails that come to my business, I’m a celebrant, before my work at Pic’s begins.

6.45am

5.30am

Between weddings, peanut butter and family life there’s never a dull moment in Rosey Lelo’s day. Rosey has become a familiar face in Nelson having been a celebrant for over 300 couples as well as retail manager and tour guide at Pic’s Peanut Butter World. Rosey shares with us her typical Wednesday.

Home and showered, ready for bed and to hit play again in the morning.

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Lifestyle doctors Prescribing more than just medicine, these Nelson doctors are using their knowledge to prescribe lifestyle improvements that improve health. And they’re taking their message from their clinics to the web as Frank Nelson finds out.

JACOB BARROW

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n apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Turns out there’s more than a grain of truth in that well-worn rhyme though it obviously takes more than just one gala or granny smith. According to Nelson physicians Marissa Kelaher and Taisia Cech, a well-balanced, preferably plant-focused, diet is certainly one of the keys to staying healthy. However, the pair also promote other critical elements making up a healthy lifestyle – exercise, sleep, managing stress, positive social connections, and avoiding risky behaviour like smoking or taking drugs. Marissa and Taisia are on a mission to educate and encourage people to adopt all six core wellness values which they say will enable them to live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives. It’s a message they are already spreading through their clinics in Nelson and via Taisia’s website, ‘The Healthstyle Doctor’ and Marissa’s ‘The Simplicity Doctor’; and next month they plan to launch a new, dedicated lifestyle website to attract a broader – potentially worldwide – audience. “We’re the only two doctors doing lifestyle medicine consults in Nelson,” says Marissa, who thinks there are probably only a handful of others around the country. “We’re fairly few and far between.” And although they are following a path less travelled by the vast majority of GPs, they stress that their passion for building healthy lifestyles does not mean turning their backs on mainstream medicine. On the contrary, they regard lifestyle medicine as complementary to conventional primary care, not a replacement. And for certain acute conditions, such as severe mental illness, major infections or heart attacks, they readily agree the best treatment will likely be standard medication or surgery.

Or in other words, a protective fence (built using sturdy lifestyle choices) at the top of the cliff is a better option than an ambulance picking up broken bodies at the bottom. Though she was born in Christchurch and largely grew up in St Arnaud, Taisia Cech’s name hints at some European origins … Czechoslovakia and Germany on her father’s side, and a first name derived from the Russian “Anastasia”. As a young girl she lived for a year in Germany. However, it was while boarding at Nelson College for Girls that she first glimpsed the powerful role lifestyle and diet could play as they helped alleviate her own chronic fatigue and irritable bowel health issues.

Lifestyle medicine is ‘slow medicine’ that aims to prevent and treat issues before they get to the serious/acute stage, and this is where we see its main role and benefit.

However, Marissa cites estimates that up to 80 percent of chronic illness and premature deaths in developed nations, along with around 70 percent of GP visits, are due to lifestyle-related illness.

She spent six years at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, followed by three years hospital training in Wellington and one in Nelson, plus an additional threeyear GP training programme in rural Nelson.

“Lifestyle medicine is ‘slow medicine’ that aims to prevent and treat issues before they get to the serious/ acute stage, and this is where we see its main role and benefit,” she said.

Now in her mid-30s and married with two young boys, Taisia is also certified by the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and has a certificate in plantbased nutrition.

“It’s much faster to write a prescription than it is to sit and talk to someone about their stress or their lifestyle or their diet. And although doctors would fully support lifestyle as a part of health, sadly our current system just doesn’t provide the training or even time to do this most of the time.”

“I think I probably only had about three or fours of nutrition in medical school,” she said. “You learn so much pharmacology and physiology … but not about the basics of exercise, sleep, stress and nutrition.”

She says diabetes is a good example of a fast-growing and expensive-to-treat disease in New Zealand “(which) is largely preventable, and can be vastly improved or even reversed with lifestyle changes.” Taisia says lifestyle medicine uses a holistic approach “incorporating health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management.”

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The “prevention is better than cure” mantra shines through on her website which quotes the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”

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While continuing to work as a GP, Taisia runs her own business, The Healthstyle Doctor, working through her website and holding video consultations while also seeing patients at her clinic on Church Street. Marissa’s background is even more exotic than Taisia’s. She was born in British Columbia to a Canadian mother and an English father, and spent her first 18 months living in a log cabin close to the Rocky Mountains. “My parents were quite alternative,” she says.


Marissa Kelaher and Taisia Cech are passionate about getting people on the right path to wellness.

The family moved to New Zealand and finally settled in Golden Bay where Marissa’s education was split between home schooling and Collingwood Area School.

Marissa thinks it will probably take years for the lifestyle approach to become widely accepted, but she’s encouraged by the “huge amount of interest” already shown by professional colleagues.

She learned classical piano and attended a performing arts school in Auckland for a year before volunteer work in Fiji and her love of science drew her towards a career in medicine.

She was excited to meet Taisia and find someone equally passionate about lifestyle medicine who shares the same goal of prescribing lifestyle improvements — rather than medication — to more and more people, around the country and beyond.

After six years of study at Otago and two years as a house surgeon at Nelson Hospital, her career was put on hold for about four years while she, husband Douglas and his 11-year- old son, travelled overseas. They now have two more children aged seven and 10. Back in Nelson, Marissa, 42, completed her GP training and for the past decade or so has been working here in general practice. During that time she has increasingly focused on lifestyle medicine and completed additional training courses.

The pair hope the new online health course they’re launching next month (yourlifestylemedics.com) will help them achieve that goal. For those new to lifestyle medicine the website could be primarily an education tool; for those more familiar with the topic but who feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of (sometimes conflicting) information, the site should provide guidance, coaching and motivation.

Today she continues to work as a GP but also handles separate lifestyle appointments at the practice. “I found it quite hard to incorporate that into the 15 minutes you get with a GP consult,” she said.

A broad online menu may cover everything from advice on how to change behaviour and habits, to general tips about how to eat well and keep fit on a limited budget. The site will also act as a supportive community resource by enabling people to share information and experiences.

She also promotes lifestyle medicine on social media and says the medical profession is gradually becoming more accepting of this new and different specialty. “It’s all very evidence-based, very sensible. It’s not fringe medicine at all.”

Eventually, says Marissa, they would like to tweak the website to cater for a completely new market — healthcare professionals — as another way of helping weave together the separate strands of lifestyle and mainstream medicine.

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All About Eva For some of us life can be a real drag… in a fun, flowery, fabulous way. Britt Coker investigates.

JEFF TOLAN


I

was 19 when my head was swallowed by Dolly Parton’s bosom. During a long weekend visiting Sydney with my mother, one minute I was watching a drag performance and the next I was part of it. Suddenly all I saw was blue satin as the impersonator’s hand-controlled breasts bounced out and enveloped my head entirely. I eeked and then it was over. I guess we all have our drag show story. Nick Erasmuson has more of them than most of us. When he was a young man growing up in Nelson, he was only Nick. Involved in the Nelson Youth Theatre Company with a great love for performing on stage, he knew he wanted to make a career out of it and this idea was consolidated on a subsequent trip to London with the Young Shakespeare Company. But a couple of years later, settled in Wellington, Nick found himself in an entirely different role. He became manager, publicist, sound technician and make-up artist for a drag queen called Eva Goodcoq. Also, he became Eva. At first thought, it seems like quite a contrast, to go from performing Shakespeare to being a drag queen. But when the Bard of Avon wrote the parts of Juliet, Viola, Ophelia and Beatrice, he knew full well that men would be playing them (female actors weren’t legally allowed to perform on stage until 1661), so it’s not that big a (high heeled) leap really. Back in Wellington and going along to drag shows, Nick realised that with his performance background, watching from the audience wasn’t his only option. And that’s when Eva was born. Just as Athena burst forth from the head of Zeus, fully grown and armoured for battle, Eva sprung out of his head as a glossy-lipped glamazon, ready for anything. Well, ready for anything in about 90 minutes to two hours. Putting on an entirely new face takes time. And where does Nick go when Eva takes the stage? “She’s a bit louder, a bit quicker with her wit, but it is me, just much more dressed up and giving myself permission to be as loud and as extravagant that I can't be all the time.” Despite the cheeky, larger than life characters that audiences see, Nick believes all drag queens present themselves as an honest representation of the person they are when the make-up is not on.

ROC TORIO Eva rocks her latest accessory, the mou’, while performing on stage.

She’s a bit louder, a bit quicker with her wit, but it is me, just much more dressed up and giving myself permission to be as loud and as extravagant that I can’t be all the time.

Nick had already been performing on stage for eight years when Eva stepped into his spotlight four years ago. In 2020, she was part of a show specially designed for kids called The Glitter Garden. Covid delayed production the following season, but The Glitter Garden is returning for another season this June if everything goes to plan. Nick says that children love the show. Perhaps at some level they are just relieved that being an adult doesn’t look like it’s going to quite be so mundane and boring as their parents have made it appear.

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“To them all that they're seeing is something sparkly and glamorous and musical on stage which is everything they love and want as far as entertainment, you know. They see something so remarkable. A beautiful, glittery, flower person and that’s all they care about.” There are similarities too. “We always like to say, drag is just dress up for grownups except we have grown up jobs so we can afford nicer wigs and nicer clothes than what you find in the dress up box at kindy.” I suspect not many parents expect their children will grow up to be drag queens. Most of us probably have the obvious career options come to mind that we had considered when we were kids ourselves. Astronaut, truck driver, ballet dancer, police officer, vet. Cue slightly surprised look on Nick’s parents’ faces. “Right at the very, very beginning my parents were like, ‘Well that’s a bit different’, but after seeing me perform and getting to know this entertainer better, they absolutely love it and love coming to my shows to support me, which is amazing.” Now they introduce themselves to his friends as ‘Mama and Papa Goodcoq’. When life is unaffected by covid traffic lights, Eva performs in theatre shows, hosts quiz shows and karaoke nights. While a lot of drag performers lip synch, Nick’s background in theatre means that Eva can also sing and tap dance. But he is quick to point out that there are no rules and a drag performer can do whatever the hell they like. “It's an art form that gives the performer and the artist the opportunity to express themselves exactly how they choose to without any kind of syllabus or training. There are no guidelines they have to meet. No one has written a Drag 101 on what to do and not do. Everyone just gets into the dress up box and works it out for themselves.” Who makes a good drag queen? “That’s a hard question. Anytime I see any performance I’m always looking at the storytelling behind the song and the number. Having a beginning, middle and end and taking the audience on a journey, even if it’s basic. Being able to captivate them and make them experience a story that they haven’t seen before.” Eva Goodcoq is planning to come to Nelson as one of the performers of, ‘Drag Up your Life’ in late March but there may be a change of plans, pandemic dependent. Nick says the show first came here several years ago, held in a small theatre. It was so successful, they returned again to entertain for larger audiences at the Theatre Royal. Nick loves that Nelson has embraced the show. He admits to being ‘a city girl’ but Nelson is where his love for performing began and he enjoys sharing his journey with the people he used to share the stage with here.

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SUPPLIED Nick, before two hours of hair and makeup, is just as stylish as his performer persona Eva.

I wondered if he’d ever had an inkling back when he performed in Nelson that drag was the gig for him. “There were a couple of theatre shows where I got ‘dragged up’ on stage as an ensemble member just for the fun of it…. It’s sort of a full circle moment coming back to drag and bringing the drag back to Nelson theatre.” He laughs. It’s just a little bit more polished now.” Eva has shown him a couple of things about himself that he may not have discovered otherwise. Firstly, there’s been an adjustment in his wardrobe’s colour palette. “I really love pink”, he says cheerfully. Secondly, Eva looks good with a moustache. An accessory he grew during the 2020 lockdown, the mou’ was all set to go when performances started up over Zoom, but a last-minute reprieve was a good call, according to his friends. So he’s discovered that pink outfits, make up and moustaches coordinate joyfully, but perhaps more importantly, Ms Goodcoq has provided Nick opportunity for personal growth. “I have learnt to be a bit more unapologetically myself when I’m not in drag as well. Being Eva gives me such a confidence and power when I’m in drag and I think that's the same for everybody. The power you feel, getting all dolled up and looking so beautiful. You can take that power with you every day.”

At the time of print the Drag Up Your Life performance in Nelson has been postponed with new dates to be confirmed.



Taking the plunge into art The strike of creative inspiration doesn’t always coincide with a time in life when it can be acted upon. Ian Goode, Judene Edgar and Debbie Brooks have all shown that time need not be a barrier to following a passion. They have all taken the courage to step out and launch into new projects recently. Their stories are an inspiration and show that anyone can take the plunge to have a go at a new creative endeavour, no matter what their age or stage in life.

TESS JAINE

Ian Goode.

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This month Ian Goode will swap his building tools for singing songs and perform on stage for the first time in 45 years.

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ocal builder Ian Goode is about to do something he hasn’t done since he was nine years old. At 54 he is once again going to stand on a stage and sing his heart out. “I have always loved music,” he says, but apart from that early production which was ‘Joseph and his Technicolour Raincoat,’ he has not been anywhere near a stage since. “I can remember a few years after being in ‘Joseph’ I went to the theatre to see a production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and was completely blown away by it but there really wasn’t an opportunity to develop my singing any further so it became something I just did pretty much for myself,” he says. English born and living on the outskirts of Hampshire, 2002 saw newly married Ian with wife Victoria invited by friends to drinks at the local pub. “They dropped a massive bombshell on us and announced that they were emigrating to New Zealand,” he says. “I remember that afterwards Victoria and I got into the car in complete silence before turning to each other and saying ‘we can do that too’.”

It took a bout of depression a few years back to shake my singing voice back out of me. “After carrying out a bit of research and a recommendation from a friend who lived in Christchurch who was relocating to Nelson, we made

the decision that this was the place where we wanted to be too,” he says. Once here he threw himself into work which mostly involved building renovations and restorations. “It took a bout of depression a few years back to shake my singing voice back out of me,” he says. “As I crawled out of my well of misery I realised I had stopped singing altogether and actually needed it in my life for my enjoyment and well-being.” An advertisement for auditions for Nelson Musical Theatre’s ‘Victors, Victims and Villains,’ caught his eye and he went along for fun. “I didn’t think for one minute I’d get a part, I was just going for the experience,” he says. “Since I hadn’t been on a stage in front of anyone since the age of nine, I was extremely nervous. I couldn’t believe it when I got a phone call a few days later to say I had a part in the show.” “Although rehearsals are becoming a regular part of Ian’s week, he still finds them sometimes nerveracking. “I don’t read music so can feel a bit out of my depth and at other times I am completely bamboozled,” he laughs. “Fortunately if I can hear how it is meant to go I can usually sing it.” A supportive cast and crew with a range of ages and experience are giving Ian confidence. “I am becoming a bit more excited now than nervous,” he says. It won’t be long until March 17 when the show’s run of six performances begins and Ian finally returns to the stage after forty-five years, this time even with his own solo, ironically a number from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, the show that first enthralled him as a child so many years ago.

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Judene Edgar.

After finding a passion for performing art later in life, Judene Edgar has once again stretched herself, this time into writing a play. Judene Edgar has worn so many hats in her vibrant and varied life that it is no surprise that at fifty-three she has added another. In addition to currently being the Nelson city’s deputy mayor, and an actor and theatre producer in her “spare time” she has now added writer to her resume, having written a play about well-loved and prolific children’s author, Dr Seuss. “When we were children, my sisters and I lived in a house with big front steps and we loved putting on shows on them,” laughs Judene. “I was always drawing and making crafts, so I guess creativity has always been in me. The idea of writing a play about Dr Seuss actually came to mind about seven years ago when I was acting in a show in the first Nelson Fringe Festival. It is somewhere for people with their creative L-plates on to start out and see if their creativity can grow into something more than an idea. Over the years I’ve also been a volunteer, a contractor, followed by time on the Fringe Trust. It seemed about time to stretch my wings and create a work myself.”

When we were children, my sisters and I lived in a house with big front steps and we loved putting on shows on them. The worldwide controversy that ensued last year when six of Dr Seuss books were withdrawn from publication due to criticism that they contained racist and insensitive imagery was the impetus for Judene

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to finally put pen to paper and ‘Horton Hatches a Controversy’ was born. The Covid lockdowns provided another motivator. “I attended a production at the Theatre Royal after the first lockdown ended and felt that I was ‘back’, that this is the place that centres me. Other people might find that in the bush or walking by the sea, but the theatre is where I really feel at home. It is a magical place where great ideas, talents, and skills come to life and that really excites me.” Judene says that there’s a lot more to Dr Seuss than people realise. “He started as an advertising man, and then during the Second World War he created over four hundred political cartoons; he was very critical of Hitler and Mussolini and those who wouldn’t intervene. He was pro-worker’s rights and railed against those who were anti-Semitic. He did however have a few “blind spots” and, for a time, supported the internment of the Japanese.” “My play is essentially about the controversy surrounding his work,” she explains. “When writing it I had firmly in my head a great quote from the late American poet Maya Angelou: ‘Do the best you can until you know better, then, when you know better, do better’. I actually think Dr Seuss would agree with the decision made to stop publication of some of his books. There is always an opportunity to change for the better and I wanted to address the need to give people a second chance – to learn, grow and change – but of course to acknowledge and apologise for their wrongdoings. Having a story inside you is one thing but taking the plunge and sharing it with the world is scary, but a challenge I’m ready for.”


It was a long, hard journey to motherhood for Debbie Brooks but the experience has led to a creative burst, writing her own children’s book.

Debbie Brooks doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to talking about the birth of her son Joseph. “My husband and I had gone through six years of trying to get pregnant,” she says. “Two rounds of IVF and surgeries for my endometriosis left me with one embryo which was miraculously our son.” The pregnancy was terrible. “I was in and out of hospital and extremely ill,” she says. “Even when he was born I couldn’t be alone with him because of my reduced heart function (PPCM).” The whole experience was an enormous rollercoaster but when Debbie looked at Joseph she realised the experience could be turned into an adventure. It was lift-off time as a writer. Born in Illinois in the Midwest of the United States of America she was the oldest of ten children. “Despite having such a large family my Mom still made time to read to us,” she says. “I became a real bookworm, reading everything I could lay my hands on. Half of us have remained avid readers though and my Dad still regularly sends me book recommendations.”

It is a tale about motherhood, about how I went through huge adventures and battled dragons, swimming through dangerous waters to finally meet our son.

Launching herself into writing however is a brand new experience. “I’ve always liked making up stories and have done creative writing courses as part of my university degrees,” she explains. Soon after university she travelled to South Korea with her best friend to teach English. “It was a huge culture shock,” she says. A Master’s Degree in childhood education however, stood her in good stead and she spent three and a half years teaching there. Part way through she came to New Zealand for a working holiday.

Debbie Brooks.

“I came here and married a local,” she laughs. Working in the couple’s business, Longbrook Landscapes is her day job but the writing has been something that has been tucked away waiting to bloom. Debbie and husband Jeff didn’t know the sex of their child until he was born. “That was like an adventure in itself,” she says. “We had a baby shower and invited everyone to bring a book so we could start his own bookcase. It was the most wonderful thing. We wanted to instil in him right from the start a love for books and reading and he now has his own library filled with a wide range of children’s literature in all manner of styles and subjects.” “I’ve always loved adventure stories and fairy tales and it is finally time to write my own. It is a tale about motherhood, about how I went through huge adventures and battled dragons, swimming through dangerous waters to finally meet our son. It is a really positive story that children from the age of six will be able to understand and enjoy. I’m so glad we pushed through the battle to have him and to see him so full of joy. The book will be a celebration of that experience and after thirty-eight years of reading other people’s stories I will finally be an author of my own.”

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John and Diane's travels have taken them around the world.

Creating a garden paradise from the ashes The McKinnons have a special connection with Nepal. From climbing its mountains with Sir Ed to working in a Nepalese hospital and now creating their own slice of Nepal in their Nelson garden. Frank Nelson speaks to the McKinnons about their incredible life.

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lmost three years after a raging wildfire left their Nelson property a blackened, barren moonscape, John and Diane McKinnon have created a new garden that promises to be even more beautiful than the original. Though it’s still early days for some of the flowers, shrubs, bushes and edibles, there are signs that this prominent Iwa Road site, with its sweeping views over the city and sea, is being transformed into something special. The flames of February 2019 took out about 70 percent of the established Douglas firs planted by the McKinnons to suppress gorse and broom on the upper reaches of their roughly four-hectare block.

From there the fire, which authorities believe was deliberately lit, raced down through about an acre of garden and was threatening the house before aerial fire-fighters saved the day. John, undaunted by the steep terrain and an 84th birthday later this year, still does much of the gardening, however, when it came to starting again almost from scratch, he and Diane turned to Nelsonbased professional garden designer James Wheatley. Together they have created a network of grassy pathways meandering between rhododendrons and daphnes, canna lilies, radermachera, agaves, bird of paradise, pieris, mahonia, azaleas, osmanthus, orangeberry and juniper.

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Further up the hillside is a significant stand of white Himalayan birch and nearby some olive trees that somehow survived the fire. And higher still, above the garden, the remaining Douglas fir trees have been under-planted with manuka. The McKinnons are looking forward to enjoying the fruits of their labour including citrus, quince, plums, blueberries, red currants, figs, grapes, tamarillos, guava and New Zealand cranberries.

For some time he’d been an enthusiastic and adventurous mountaineer, and in 1962, while at Otago University, he joined several climbs in the Mount Cook area which caught the attention of the late Sir Edmund Hillary. Just nine years earlier, Hillary and Nepalese climber Tenzing Norgay became the first to summit Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. Now he invited John and one of his climbing colleagues to join an expedition to Nepal.

The garden includes an elevated sitting space created inside four carved stone pillars shipped from India; climbing up the structure are table grapes and the native flowering vine, tecomanthe. This area, along with a few other intriguing features and the many plants originating in China or the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal, lend this garden a distinctly Asian feel. Which is no accident… John and Diane have deep connections in that part of the world where they lived for two and a half years, have visited many times and plan to return to again next year. John was born in Dunedin and grew up on dairy farms there and in South Canterbury. He went to St. Kevin’s College, Oamaru, but left at 16 not knowing what he wanted to do in life. He worked on the family farm for a few years then as a labourer on the wharf and at a freezing works before, at age 21, going off to medical school and becoming a doctor.

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Diane and John McKinnon in their garden overlooking Nelson. There John was in a group of four that made the first ascent of Mount Thamserku, a 6608 metre peak described as being extremely difficult and technically challenging. Indeed, according to Wikipedia, the route they took has not been completed by anyone else since. John’s twin passions for medicine and mountains fired his fierce affection for the Himalayan people and meant he shared Hillary’s ongoing commitment to improving their often meagre and impoverished lives. “I experienced Sherpa life and enjoyed the Sherpas immensely,” John said. “So when Ed started planning a hospital in that same area and asked if Diane and I would like to be the first couple at the hospital, it was an instantaneous ‘yes’.”

I experienced Sherpa life and enjoyed the Sherpas immensely, so when Ed started planning a hospital in that same area and asked if Diane and I would like to be the first couple at the hospital, it was an instantaneous ‘yes’.

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Evidence of where the fire tore through can be seen in the blackened Douglas fir trees along the hillside.

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John and Diane were married in 1965 and the following year became the first volunteer staff at the new Khunde Hospital. “It was like stepping back into a medieval medical environment,” said John. “There was a lot of serious disease, like tuberculosis, and infection from things like fractures and burns.” “A lot of it was extraordinarily simple stuff really but there was no tradition of adequate medical care.” For example, he said people who had been suffering with severe toothache, perhaps for years, were extremely grateful to have anaesthetic injections and teeth removed. Tuberculosis was extremely prevalent in Nepal. Treatment was a long-term course of injections and pills, and John said people were very compliant because they quickly saw the startling recovery rates. Another common problem was goiter, an enlargement of the thyroid gland which can produce grotesque swelling of the neck. In pregnant women the condition, caused by a lack of iodine, can also cause mental deficiencies in babies. However, a single injection of iodised oil was enough to protect unborn babies while “more amazingly… the very big goiters, some the size of a football, gradually over a few months shrank away. That was magic.” John’s experience in Nepal also led him to complete his training in ophthalmology. “When I worked at Khunde it was very obvious there were a lot of eye problems, particularly cataracts. People were blind, being led around by the hand by their grandchildren.” Once fully qualified, John returned to Nepal every few years throughout the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s to carry out cataract surgery in remote hill villages, helping people he described as “stuck with their blindness by geography”.

John and Diane have long been involved with the Himalayan Trust, Diane is a trust board member, which Hillary and his wife Louise started in the 1960s to administer schools and other aid work. Diane was born in Nelson but grew up in Hokitika. She trained as a teacher in Christchurch, taught in Greymouth, Hokitika and Mosgiel, and also spent about a year as a professional actor. She was first invited to lead a tour to Nepal in the late ‘70s, a role that morphed into the couple establishing their own trekking company, Footprints Tours. Diane has been primarily running the business for about 40 years with the latest planned trip scuttled by Covid two years ago. Over time the company moved into more specialised tours focussing on subjects like textiles (Diane’s specialty), botanicals… and Buddha. John, a practising Zen Buddhist for about 30 years, is the author of "Homeland of the Buddha: A guide to the Buddhist holy places of India and Nepal", which explains the historical significance of the locations where Buddha lived and taught. The couple have two children and three grandchildren. Their son Dorje (a Tibetan name) was born in Katmandu, “the first Kiwi born in Nepal,” said John, and now lives in Lyttelton. Daughter Rebecca lives in Auckland. The last time John and Diane went to Nepal was in 2019 when they escorted (former New Zealand Prime Minister) Helen Clark shortly after she became the trust’s inaugural patron. However, they are planning to return again next year for a very special occasion. The original aluminium school building built for the Sherpa community is being converted into a visitor centre and museum, and is due to open in May 2023… exactly 70 years after Hillary conquered Everest.

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Four carved stone pillars shipped from India create a beautiful place to sit and enjoy the garden from.

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WITH MORRISON SQUARE CENTRE MANAGER ANGELA LEONARD

Community support and encouraging people to back local retailers are important factors in today’s climate. We talk to Morrison Square Center manager, Angela Leonard, about ‘shopping local’ and helping to assist the wider community.

How long have you been in the role of centre manager, tell us a little about your background?

Morrison Square. We are part of the community and want to assist where we can.

I have been in the role at Morrison Square for five years. My background started in the hotel and hospitality industry, then onto export freight forwarding and logistics. My husband and I owned a very successful retail and wholesale seafood business called City Seafood Market in Christchurch. I also have worked in the fashion industry and am a qualified stylist.

Highlights over the past years would be namely our annual fashion show for the Nelson Regional Breast and Gynaecological Cancer Trust. We have raised close to $100K over the last four years for this amazing organisation that supports local breast and gynecological cancer patients and their families throughout the top of the South Island. With use of some of these funds, we also assisted with the purchase of the breast sentinel probe at Nelson Hospital.

How important is the ‘Shop and Support Local’ movement to our smaller retailers? This is extremely important in today’s climate. Without local support your favourite eatery or retailer may not be operational when you pop into town next. Ongoing support will be needed. There is also a necessity to remain positive and thoughtful towards others. We need to get on collectively. Businesses have had to change and adapt especially over the last two years with Covid and think outside the square without fault of their own. Having to rethink business and financial plans, forward planning and staffing changes, numerous businesses have had to make significant changes that have affected them and their staff. I understand giving back to the community is an important element to you, what would be some of the highlights? Giving back and supporting the community is a high priority and something we feel strongly about here at

We also support a number of charities, community groups and schools with sponsorship and donations. Including The Brook Sanctuary and an NCC initiative called Makeshift Spaces and Cultural Conversations, a community-based hub which involves empowering and building relationships with former refugee and migrant communities. What can visitors expect from Morrison Square in the future? We are currently in the process of painting the center and the amenities area. We have just completed the family room which is now a great area for parents to visit with their children. We have just had Flo & Frankie join the center which has been a fantastic addition to the mix we currently have. We look forward to welcoming more businesses into Morrison Square. We hope we can host more fun filled community events here again soon.

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Emma McCashin is looking forward to using her experience with property development and selling home and land packages in her new role at Summit Real Estate.

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ome people exude abundant energy and enthusiasm for life and Emma McCashin is one such individual. Whatever she puts her effort into she does at full throttle. Twelve years ago she and husband Dean arrived in Nelson to help re-establish the McCashin family’s brewery after the lease to Lion Nathan, who purchased the Mac’s brand ten years earlier, ended. A huge task ensued to produce a new generation of beer under the Stoke Beer label and reintroduce the famous Rochdale Cider. It was a substantial undertaking that included re-establishing the bottling line and setting up a café on site. Emma relished being part of the process for nine years but along the way developed a hankering for property. Having trained as a lawyer specialising in property conveyancing, she and Dean initially did a two section subdivision on a block of land they owned themselves. “It was a fantastic opportunity to get experience in all aspects of residential property development and I absolutely loved it,” says Emma. “My legal background helped enormously and I took a hands-on approach to every aspect of the process. I soon realised that people were sometimes being pushed into selling properties without considering the opportunities that subdivision can bring and I realised that I had a real passion for helping them to look at all the options. Currently there is such a shortage of sections and many people just aren’t aware they are sitting on a great opportunity to develop what they have into something much more financially viable than they imagined”.

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“Years ago I had been given advice by a real estate salesperson to sell a property for which the financial rewards would have been far greater had I subdivided it, but I didn’t know where to start in terms of the process so it has become one of my passions to provide potential sellers with easy access to the information they need so that they can make a properly informed decision”, she continues. Recently adding real estate qualifications to her CV, Emma worked previously as a contractor for Mike Greer Homes, selling land and home packages. The experience gleaned from that role has energised her even more with enthusiasm to work in the property field. “I am very familiar with the details of building and resource consents and can guide people calmly through what can otherwise be an overwhelming process”, she says. “I also have a good knowledge of building costs, site development and many of the finer details of buying and selling property and am absolutely loving my new role at Summit Real Estate where all my experience can come together to help both purchasers and sellers.” Emma keeps up her high energy levels and enthusiasm thanks to her passion for cross-fit training in which she is now competing in the Master’s division, and hers and Dean’s three children. “I love getting up in the morning and knowing that everything I am doing at this stage of my life is enjoyable and I am contributing in a positive way to the lives of others too”, she says. E: emma.mccashin@summit.co.nz P: 021 682 787


WHICH APPS MAKE YOU ‘APPY? Apps are a big part of our life and a new app can open up a whole new world. We ask some locals what their favourite app is and why.

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Google Lens

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The Google Lens app has awesome image recognition technology that lets you search the real world using just your camera. The uses are infinite but I use it when I travel to translate anything from signs, to menus in restaurants. If I see a plant or animal that I have not seen before I will use it to find out the specie. I also use it to identify and learn about various landmarks. If I see a product I like the look of I’ll use Lens to scan it and then visit a shop to purchase it. It’s one app I am lost without.

In the IT industry we use plenty of great apps. Top of the list for me would be Microsoft Teams. It allows me to chat and make and receive voice or even video calls and access a lot of our documentation directly on my phone. It also features excellent collaboration features allowing me to work on something with one of the team in the office while I am mobile.

My grandson introduced me to the The Times Crossword app. I do ‘The Mini’ which is usually orientated around American things, but also often includes topical matters. The idea is to get it done as quickly as possible and then when I crack it in under a minute (not often) I can share the results with other family members. It’s a way to stay connected with them.

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Lydia Chadfield and Jess Patterson from Apex Accounting.

Not your traditional accountants

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ydia Chadfield and Jess Patterson are not quite what you think of when imagining traditional accountants studying screens of numbers, filing Inland Revenue tax returns and dealing with people’s financial crises. They do all that but with some extra skills in the mix that are making their clients very happy indeed. Following several years in the accounting section for a legal firm, along with a spell in management and valuation of property, Lydia became a fulltime accountant twelve years ago. “I was born with a natural aptitude for numbers,” she says. “She must be the only person in New Zealand who actually read maths books in bed,” says Jess laughing. “She is a great clean-up person,” Jess continues. “She is the Marie Kondo of the accounting world. She likes to help people tidy up their accounting lives and get them clean and structured.” Jess came to accounting via a different route. For seventeen years she worked in hospitality, noticing along the way that she had an aptitude for identifying the things that could help businesses improve their profitability. A complete change saw her transitioning to the role of dairy farm manager. It was during that time she met her husband to be. Together they developed their own very successful business ‘Total Breeding Services’ based on their Tail-mate® product which provided her with an abundance of practical business experience. The decision to study accountancy felt like the right step to bring all her skills together. “Apex Accounting started over a glass of sauvignon blanc and the ambitious idea to transform NZ business accounting from boring, overwhelming and endlessly

complicated to approachable and stress-free. At the time we thought this was just a crazy dream, but here we are today making that dream a reality,” says Jess. The pair makes a formidable team. With complementary skills across a wide range of business and industry types there is nothing more they love than getting to know how client’s businesses tick so that they can develop strategies to help them improve profitability. “Even in very sound businesses there can be ways to do things more easily and to improve results,” says Lydia. “Every business is different,” says Jess. “There is only so much you can see on paper. The numbers only tell so much of the story and having the opportunity to work with clients to take their businesses to a new level is something we love to do.” They work across the whole of the top of the south from Nelson to Marlborough and even down the West Coast. “It is a tough time for many businesses at the moment,” says Lydia, “and this is when they need sound accountancy support. We can help them find solutions for eliminating waste and generating income along with planning for tax to avoid penalties and liaise with the IRD on their behalf. Mostly we want them to know that with us on their side and sound financial planning, their stresses can be relieved.” With so much practical business and accountancy experience between them, Apex clients are already reaping the benefits of Lydia and Jess’s abundant energy and expertise.

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ON THE STREET Even with ‘ink-covered’ jeans Joshua Thomas is effortlessly stylish. As a tattoo artist and owner of Trafalgar Street Tattoo Joshua is a creative soul influenced by nineties grunge fashion and sustainable shopping, with a little bit of ‘dad’ style for good mix. What are you wearing? My jeans are straights from Rivers, but I found them in an op shop for $6. They’re covered in ink from work. T-shirt is made by my friend’s band Soul Void. And Dr. Martens on the bottom. What are you dressed for today? Making tattoos. What is your style? I don’t really know, but I keep it simple mostly. Nineties grunge/dad maybe? What is most of your wardrobe made up of? Straight denim and plain t-shirts. What are you loving at the moment? Crocs. I know. Where do you buy most of your clothes from? Uniqlo is where I get most of my basics, and the rest I try to get from op shops and markets. What is your approach to shopping? I only go shopping for new clothes when I desperately need something, otherwise I prefer recycled shopping. What is your all-time favourite purchase? I’ve had a shirt in my wardrobe for probably five or six years that’s on constant rotation over summer. It was a XXL long sleeve office shirt I bought from an op shop that I cut into a short sleeve. What is your worst clothing disaster? Years ago, I wore a pair of green pants with a red check shirt to work and someone called me a Christmas tree at a staff meeting. What wardrobe item should everyone invest in? A single pair of shoes you could wear on any day. Do you have a style rule you always obey? If you’re wearing jeans, wear a belt. If you could raid one person’s wardrobe, who would it be? Hands on everything Anderson Paak owns. Finish this sentence – You would never catch me wearing… Flip flops.

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ome of the very best ideas are born out of adversity. Suffering from skin problems for years, local woman Kate Dyer had tried every dermatological treatment imaginable to no avail. “I know I have spent many dollars attempting to solve my skin problems,” she says. Spending several hours breastfeeding a day she decided to use that time to research everything she could about skin and skincare. Having a head start as a microbiologist, albeit in food science, she was well able to make sense of the research and scientific papers she uncovered relating to what leads skin, the biggest organ we have, to become damaged and how skincare is formulated and how specific skincare ingredients work to either help or harm it further.

“Thanks to the resources provided by Callaghan Institute we were able to develop and validate a hurdle technology that utilises an airless vacuum pump bottle that eliminates the need for traditional preservatives so the product that comes out is pure goodness and doesn’t have anti-bacterial ingredients that are harmful to the skin.” Kate and Cindy are excited to be able to incorporate New Zealand ingredients but only those that have survived strict clinical trials. These include Kawa Kawa, traditionally used by Māori for healing, an algae extract from our native red seaweed and leaf extract from the black fern.

“The more I read, the more I realised why the products I had tried previously weren’t working and were in fact causing even more damage to my skin,” says Kate. “I began to understand that our skin is being bombarded daily with pollutants of all kinds and is constantly trying to repair itself, but healthy skin is dependent on the trillions of good bacteria living in our bodies, our microbiome. Most of the skincare products on the market today are based on old scientific thinking that doesn’t take this into account and they are an incompatible pH or include a range of damaging antibacterial ingredients, fragrances and preservatives such as parabens and ethanol, all of which actively work against skin health. While Kate breastfed for a year and a half, accumulating a colossal amount of knowledge, she wasn’t done with her research. In the meantime, she met local entrepreneur Cindy Boote who had experienced similar issues finding skincare that delivered on its promises. They made the decision to team up and create Eunoia. “We are super proud to be bringing a radical new type of skincare to the world based on up-to-date science, ingredients with sound clinical trials and most importantly, to bring real solutions to people like us who have suffered for years with problem skin,” or who are frustrated with products that don’t live up to their marketing claims she says. “As well as working really hard on the actual products we have actually managed to do something that the big skincare companies have said couldn’t be done,” Kate continues.

Kate Dyer and Cindy Boote. Only launched last December, the sky is the limit for Eunoia. “The feedback so far has been really exciting,” says Kate. “We are thrilled to finally see all the research and hard work we have done going to help others like us for whom a healthy skin really helps a positive self-esteem.”

To read more about the science behind Eunoia and enjoy an introductory offer visit: W: eunoiabeauty.com P: 021 244 7727 Eunoia_beauty_nz

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Theres and Hannes live and work off the grid at their property on Neudorf Road. The warm and welcoming home has served them and their family well for 21 years. Although, they spend most of their time outdoors, tending to mushrooms for their business, Neudorf Mushrooms. AIMEE JULES

Where is your home and who lives here? I live here with my husband Hannes. Our home is on Neudorf Road in Upper Moutere, we have lived here since 2001.

What four words would you use to describe your home?

What inspired this look? We love the natural combination of mudbricks and timber.

What do you love about the neighbourhood where you live? We live in a great, creative, rural community well known for art and food.

Cosy, spacious, welcoming and sustainable.

ABOVE: Theres and Hannes with their dog Ringo at their home on Neudorf Road.

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What piece would you never part with? Our kid’s paintings.

What’s your favourite spot in the house? I love my kitchen with the views over to Nelson and Hannes his outdoor cooking space with a barbeque and pizza oven.

Where do you shop for homewares? Mainly second-hand shops.

What’s your decorating style? Rustic with a twist.

What’s next on your interiors list? The floor needs a bit of TLC so it’s time to sand it back and recoat it.

When it comes to homeware, do you save or splurge? It’s always good to find a bargain.

TOP: Being off the grid Theres and Hannes rely on both gas and coal ranges for cooking and heat. LEFT: The barbeque and pizza oven are used all year round and is a favourite spot to entertain. RIGHT: This piece of furniture dates back to the 1820s, it was bought by the couple at an auction in Switzerland 30 years ago. It has a special purpose in the home to showcase an ‘exhibition of treasures.’ OPPOSITE PAGE LEFT: Theres and Hannes designed the home to be open plan with views over Nelson Bay. OPPOSITE PAGE RIGHT: Hannes has a talent for stainless steel sculpture. He has added pieces to compliment the home over the years, including a grapevine up the staircase and fish swimming over the front door.

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Have you done any renovations? The whole house has been an ongoing renovation. We had a builder create the shell and then we did the inside ourselves. Over the years renovations have continued, what was supposed to be the garage has now been turned into the factory with a commercial kitchen for the mushrooms.

What’s your favourite room? Not a room, but the outdoors with all our planted trees. We mainly grow trees for the mushroom production, but we also have a home orchard with various fruit and nut trees.

If money was no object what would you get for your home? A biosphere for our tropical fruit plants. We have many sub-tropical trees already in the home including papaya, pineapple, banana and coffee trees.

What should every home have? A spacious kitchen so everyone can be around while cooking.

Best money spent? Electric water heat pump and the solar panels as we are off the grid.

Best memory in your house? Christmas with the whole family.


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At Home

Hillside masterpiece Words: Adrienne Matthews LUKE MARSHALL IMAGES

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hen builder Steve Marshall spied a site in Vista Heights, Bishopdale with stunning views of Tasman Bay, he knew he wanted to create a masterpiece of a home on it. He and his firm’s project manager Lilly Minnich, with outstanding input and design from Bespoke Architecture, developed a concept that was high spec contemporary, celebrating the views while offering a warm and inviting living space. The house sold off the plans before a sod was turned. Antonieta and Ron van Moorsel had been flying back and forth from Wellington searching for a home in Nelson for months. “It really was our last go,” says Ron, “and a very lucky find by Antonieta indeed.” Difficult sites do not faze Steve Marshall and with many years of experience in building behind him, the complexities involved in the engineering required here were a challenge he approached with his usual calm and measured demeanour. “It was a very technical build,” he says, “but well worth it to achieve the final result.”

The house is built on a Cupolex foundation, an Italian designed system of a series of domes made from environmentally friendly recycled materials that provide strong reinforcement in the foundation. Saving time and money it is almost zero waste and provides excellent insulation. “Insulation is so important to the comfort of a home,” says Steve. “We insulated all the internal walls too. Homeowners love it because of the extra soundproofing and thermal mass it provides.” The floor is a real feature throughout the house. The owners were able to have substantial input into the interior and Ron was determined to have a timber floor. The result is high quality engineered oak that sets the tone for the warm feel of the home. It was laid by Lilly’s husband Gottfried Minnich, who in addition to being the quantity surveyor and business developer for Marshall Builders, is a skilled support to the building team when needed. A secret door to the scullery, a substantial and very user-friendly space, is a fun feature and the owners love the sensor lights that automatically switch on whenever they enter.

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The kitchen is a highly integrated European design. Kapiti Coast interior designer Rachel Steinmetz from Appletree Designs assisted in the design of this and other interior features. A particular favourite of Antioneta’s throughout the house is the hard-tofind gun-metal tapware. “I was determined to have it everywhere because I really love the look,” she says. She also adores the bench tops and splashback in striking Italian marble style porcelain. “It is a wonderful contrast to the black finish of the central island,” she says.

It is a home that is lovely to come home to,” says Antonieta. “It is not only beautifully built, but it has a warm, homely feel which we really enjoy.

Another striking feature is the Italian tiles in the living room, powder room, ensuite and upstairs bathroom. “There were not many made of these,” explains Antonieta. “They are the same pattern but in slightly different shades in the different places to suit the ambience of each. It is lovely to have features like this that won’t be seen in many other places.” “We have so appreciated Steve and Lilly’s attention to detail everywhere,” says Ron. “There is no cutting of corners which makes for such a wonderful finish in both the aspects you can see and all the ones you can’t.” All the doors are sealed with rubber, for example, an extra step to improve soundproofing.

“We are known for being very fussy,” laughs Steve. “Everything has to function the very best it can and even though the owners mostly only see the finish, we make sure that every step of each build or renovation we undertake is to the highest standard it can be. Our motto is ‘do it once, do it right’”.

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Lilly is an important part of the building team and brings a passion for interior design to the role. “I am here to help clients work through the huge range of interior options there are today and to answer questions about every step of the build,” she says. “I really enjoy working alongside people to listen to their ideas and help them bring their home dreams to reality without the usual stress.” The builders went above and beyond to get the house finished in record time. “They are the best builders we have ever worked with,” says Ron. “They worked exceptionally hard to get everything completed to a very high standard. They always gave us their full attention, even on weekends which were the only times we could come to Nelson to keep up with progress. Their communication was top notch and they always did exactly what they said they would.” High praise indeed from a couple who have built houses before and know full well the problems that can arise. “It is a home that is lovely to come home to,” says Antonieta. “It is not only beautifully built, but it has a warm, homely feel which we really enjoy.”

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Keep your family safe Baby on the move stock all sorts of essentials in addition to their wonderful baby and maternity products. Pop in for adults and kids facemasks, hand sanitiser, and non contact thermometers.

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Goulters are Nelson’s very own vinegar specialists. Visit their website and discover fabulous vinegar products including apple cider vinegar capsules, and great all natural non-toxic vinegar products for your family and home. Goulter’s – The vinegar people 122 Tahunanui Dr, Nelson Order online at vinegarpower.co.nz

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Lauren’s work seeks to explore the essence of nature and uncertainty.

Sculpture garden a must visit

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ith over forty years’ experience as a sculptor, Lauren Kitts’ work is well known in international and national circles. Originally from Colorado, she has worked mostly in New Zealand and many of her pieces can be found in public spaces and private collections from one end of the country to the other. Five years ago, she and her husband Ray left the frustrations of living and working in Auckland and moved to a site in Nelson that is the perfect combination of home, gallery and gardens, where her sculptures can be displayed in a setting enhanced by the rolling hills of the Moutere with Tasman Bay in the background. Lauren’s illustrious career began at college when she tried sculpting for the first time. “I was completely mesmerised with what could be created from a block of stone,” she says. A degree in Fine Arts at the University of California cemented her love of the craft, setting her on a lifetime journey exploring the possibilities that the earth’s abundant raw materials provide. “I have worked with many other resources over the years but seem to have a real affinity with stone,” she says. Lauren has found Nelson a wonderful place to be a stone sculptor. “We are surrounded by all manner of material here,” she says. “There is marble from Takaka and Riwaka, river stones from the Motueka River and granite from the Abel Tasman.”

“I love the process of carving away the stone to create something new,” she continues. “I don’t follow a particular style or theme but make things that are pertinent to my current state of mind, whatever I am learning or reading about, or topical events.” Her ‘Melting Iceburgs’, for example, is a statement about climate change, while ‘The Cloud’ celebrates the land and sky she is surrounded by. Creating the sculpture park has been a labour of love. Situated only a few minutes from Mapua at the end of Williams Road in Tasman, ‘Hawk’s Valley Sculpture Gallery’ is named after the magnificent birds that sweep overhead. “They represent guardianship in Māori culture,” says Lauren. “As soon as we saw them we knew it was the right name for this place.” The sculpture garden is open most days and people are welcome to wander around and experience the many different works. As well as pieces made from local stone there are also those in materials from abroad such as Egyptian and Indian marble and Chinese granite. Now is an excellent time to visit as Lauren is preparing for a joint exhibition at the Suter in May with painter Jill Seeney and the garden is full of a great diversity of stunning pieces. Hawks Valley Sculpture Gallery 190 Williams Road, Upper Moutere, Tasman laurenkitts.co.nz 021 267 1127

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DINOSAUR rEVOLUTION Dinosaurs descend on the museum, but not as you know them! Horns, spikes, quills and feathers. The secret is in the skin! An exhibition that gives you a glimpse into the true, bizarre and complex nature of the evolution of the Dinosauria.

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ACROSS TASMAN BAY

Arts Council Nelson proudly presents Raw 22, showcasing works by people from around the country who have no formal art training that express individuality and inventiveness, that are ‘RAW’ – uncooked by cultural and artistic influences.

Paintings by Toss Woollaston. Open Saturdays from 10am to 4pm or by appointment.

Atkins Gallery, Founders Heritage Park

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SHADES OF FEMININE

VICTORS, VICTIMS AND VILLANS

Loosely inspired by the idea of the seven main feminine archetypes - the maiden, the mother, the huntress, the lover, the sage, the mystic, the queen. Sometimes we can identify with one more strongly than the other. At different times and stages in our lives we can embody all of them.

An evening with the best of Broadway’s heroic victors, horrible villains, and the hapless victims caught in their crossfire.

The Red Door Theatre, 95 Atawhai Drive

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Get your friends, family and colleagues together and register your team today. Prizes, food trucks, all welcome.

A national exhibition encouraging fibre and textile artists to challenge perceptions of work traditionally associated with these media.

Neale Park

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STEVE WEBSTER OneFortyOne is a platinum sponsor of the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust.

Supporting our local heroes

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he reassuring beat of the rescue helicopter’s blades through the dense low cloud was a welcome sound.

”I had adrenaline and know how to administer it but I could hear the helicopter coming and knew it would be better if they gave him the shot.

Stranded atop steep terrain between Canvastown and Havelock, a forestry contractor stung by a wasp was at risk of anaphylactic shock.

“He was quite swollen in the face, but he was able to talk and the helicopter was close.

Despite being given antihistamine to help counter the rare allergic reaction, the man’s face continued to swell. As he rushed to the scene, Edridge Contracting Ltd manager John Leslie says the arrival of the distinctive red and white helicopter and its skilled crew was a huge relief.

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“They provide an invaluable service and it’s a great choice, especially when we work so remotely. “You wouldn’t get an ambulance to the places we work; you’d need a four-wheel drive. It would have taken too long,” John says. For the 45 employees and 350 contractors within the OneFortyOne team, the rescue helicopter is a cause close to their hearts.

On site for forestry company OneFortyOne, John witnessed the amazing work of the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust crew first-hand.

To show their support and appreciation, OneFortyOne have announced they’ve become a Platinum and Corporate Friend of the Trust.

If OneFortyOne needed any confirmation they had made the perfect choice supporting the Trust, this was it.

OneFortyOne’s Brent Guild says the Trust has proved to be overwhelmingly important to the whole team, all of whom live and work across the Top of the South.

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“The main driver for us has been our team who love it here; both for work and leisure. The remoteness and isolation of some of our sites means the safety of our employees is a top priority, in a worst-case situation it’s great to know the helicopter can and will be there. “If we can make a difference to even just one person’s life, that’s enough.” OneFortyOne is a long-term investor in the Top of the South, with 80,000 hectares of forestry and Kaituna Mill in Marlborough, making them a large and favoured local employer too. When the business was looking at ways to give back to the community, it was their employees they turned to for guidance. The survey results were clear, with the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust an obvious favourite. With so many people across the business making the most of the great outdoors in their free time, the Trust was a great fit for the company, explains Brent.

Jo Field, Environmental Advisor for OneFortyOne is often out in the forest working remotely and meeting with the community and neighbours.

“Our employees and contractors, the type of people they are, something all of them enjoy is the outdoors and can appreciate what the Trust do on a personal level. “Of course, this love of the outdoors does have a risk to it.” The health and safety of its team are vitally important to OneFortyOne, both while at work and play. For the contractor who was flown to Wairau Hospital last month, the safety systems in place meant he was in good hands. “He was on his own when it happened,” John says. “Luckily he had cell phone reception but we have a great system in place with check-in times. “He’s had stings before but this was the first time he had a reaction like this and we knew we had to call for help.” The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter responds to over 500 missions throughout the Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough and Buller regions every year. The average cost of saving a life per mission is $3500 and with the helicopter averaging 10 missions a week, every dollar counts. As a platinum sponsor, OneFortyOne will have its logo on one of the helicopters. While grateful for the opportunity, Brent says he hopes that no one has cause to see it. “If you’re seeing a logo, it means you need help and we’d rather that wasn’t the case but of course, you couldn’t be in better hands.” Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter general manager Paula Muddle says the sponsorship from OneFortyOne is a wonderful example of the kind of support the Trust so desperately needs.

OneFortyOne’s scholarship students working across the forestry company’s 80,000 hectares in the Top of the South.

“We all come together as a community in the Top of the South. Despite everything we’re going through businesses like OneFortyOne still go out of their way to help. “We have enjoyed a longer-term relationship with them historically and having them acknowledge all we do means a lot. “There have been so many hurdles, yet we all pull through together.

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Food & Drink

House made crunchy golden granola There is a lot to love about this homemade granola recipe which makes a wonderful snack or breakfast. It’s energy boosting, flavourful and it also stores beautifully, so it makes a great homemade gift. Thanks to The Tides for sharing this with us. INGREDIENTS:

METHOD:

750g rolled oats

Preheat oven to 155 degrees

125ml canola oil

Toast the oats, honey and canola oil in a tray until golden.

150ml honey 3 cups shredded coconut 3 cups sliced almonds 3 cups chopped walnuts 2 cups diced dates 2 cups sultanas 2 cups dried diced apricots 2 cups raisins

In a separate tray toast the coconut, almonds and walnuts until golden. Once ingredients are toasted, mix everything together. Can be stored in an airtight container and served with banana, yoghurt and mixed berries or anything else to your liking.

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Ratanui Lodge’s favourite fish soup Situated in the heart of Pohara is one of Golden Bay’s hidden gems, Ratanui Lodge - perfect for a relaxing and refreshing break away or for breakfast or dinner while you are in the bay. Lodge managers, Neil and Katrina share their popular soup recipe using fresh, local kaimoana. FOR THE SOUP BASE: SERVES 6 1 leek 1 onion 1 stalk celery ½ fennel bulb 2 cloves garlic 1 bay leaf 2 thyme stalks 2 parsley stalks

Add stock, tomatoes, and orange zest.

6 strands saffron

Turn down the heat and simmer until flavours come together.

1 small red chili 1 tbsp capers 4 cups (1ltr) fish stock

Remove the bay leaf and stalks. Salt and pepper to taste.

Place soup base in pot with white fish and bring to a simmer. Steam the clams and mussels in white wine until open then add to soup together with the wine stock. Serve topped with chopped coriander. Great with fresh bread, a lemon wedge and chili oil.

2 cups tomatoes peeled, deseeded, and chopped

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1 orange zest

600mls fish soup base

Salt and pepper

8 mussels

Slice leek, onion, celery and fennel and sauté until clear.

12 clams

Add crushed garlic, bay leaf and herb stalks, saffron, chili and capers and saute for 5mins

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MEET YOUR LOCAL SPRIG + FERN TAVERN OWNERS Sprig + Fern Brewing Co. beers and ciders are well known around New Zealand, and Sprig + Fern Taverns are popular in their communities with eight in Nelson Tasman and 14 nationwide. This month we get to know Ben Douglas and Sam Fitzgerald who own Sprig + Fern Tahuna.

What do you do for fun if you ever have spare time between running your business?

If you could only drink one style of beer for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ben: Spending time with my family. My children are two, and five-years-old, and they love coming to “Dads Pub”, and hanging out.

Ben: Classic Pilsner – super cold.

Sam: Usually pretending I’m fit enough to play football with Tahuna Football Club and maybe a few cold ones back at the tavern after.

Ben: The beach vibe, relaxing, long sunshine filled days.

What made you decide to go into business together with Sprig + Fern Tahuna?

Sam: I’d have to go with Pilsner too. What makes your Tahuna tavern special?

Sam: It’s just very chill. You can sit here all day, soak in the sun, enjoy the beers and share some food with mates. Like Ben said, the vibe is just good. Favourite local sports team?

Ben: I love the Sprig + Fern products and branding and Tahuna is such a special place. It all just made sense really.

Ben: Stoke Under 6 Eagles.

Sam: Loved the brand since I first got to Nelson. Sprig + Fern Tahuna came along then, Beach, Sprig + Fern beer. Why wouldn’t you, really?

Favourite National sports team?

Favourite craft beer on tap at your tavern currently? Ben: Chasing Hazy is a stunning beer. Sam: Awesome Mix Vol. 2.

Sam: Such an array of different people coming through the doors keeps life interesting. Maybe the Nelson weather has something to do with it too. Favourite part of owning Sprig + Fern Tahuna? Ben: The people. Seeing the same smiling faces returning to enjoy what we have to offer, and also welcoming first timers and seeing them leave satisfied. Sam: Working with such a fun team and getting to know some great characters over the years.

Sam: The mighty Tahuna FC.

Ben: All Blacks. Sam: All Blacks. What keeps you motivated to own a business in Nelson Tasman? Ben: It’s such an amazing place to do business, so much variety of industry and a great place to live.

Open Mon – Fri from 2pm, Sat and Sun from 12pm. Famous for its sunny beer garden, food offerings, 16 core beers and ciders on tap, and limited release products which are often experimental in style or the hops used. From hazys through to porter, hard seltzer and ciders, there is something on tap for everyone.

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Dining

Mapua Village Bakery

The Indian Café

Come and experience their warm, friendly atmosphere with the delightful aromas of a homestyle bakery and cafe.

With three great locations you can enjoy Indian Cafe’s delicious food no matter where you are. Head in and find out why Indian Café is the favourite choice for anyone looking for the highest quality food and a memorable cuisine experience.

Bring the kids, have your meeting, or just indulge in one of their many delightful food options.Try their gourmet pies, artisan breads or lavish cakes.

The Views Vegetarian Restaurant The Views Vegetarian Restaurant offers more than just stunning views over Kaiteriteri! The chefs use their passion and love of food to create seasonal menus which delight your senses, sourcing produce from their organic garden and excellent local suppliers. Treat yourself and visit them for an enriching culinary experience.

They serve supreme coffee which will add a bounce to your day.

All venues offer intimate restaurant dining and courtyard settings and takeaway options.

68 Aranui Rd, Mapua 03 540 3656 mapuavillagebakery.co.nz

94 Collingwood St, Nelson | 03 548 4089 266 Queen St, Richmond | 03 544 8979 201 Songer St, Stoke | 03 547 0008 theindiancafe.co.nz

Kimi Ora, 99 Martin Farm Road, Kaiteriteri 03 527 8027 kimiora.com

Anchor Restaurant and Bar

Ambrosia Café

McCashin’s Tap Room

Top quality food is best served with amazing ocean views! Blessed with a fantastic spot on the water, you will feel welcomed and won’t want to leave.

As soon as you step inside, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and the delicious daily fare sets your mouth watering.

If you haven’t visited McCashin’s Tap Room in a while, you’ll be impressed at the changes they have made to create their spacious and family friendly outdoor area.

Specialising in local seafood and steaks, there are also delectable choices for non-meat eaters, people with special dietary needs and kids.

Ambrosia Café is licensed, so whether you want a quick coffee and something sweet, brunch, lunch with friends, a business lunch or a glass of wine and a snack, it’s all here. Open every day.

62 Vickerman St, Port Nelson 03 546 6614 anchorrestaurant.co.nz

226 Queen St, Richmond 03 544 0025 ambrosiacafe.co.nz

There’s lots of seating and plenty of grass for the kids to run around on while you sit back and enjoy a cold beverage made right there at McCashins Brewery, and enjoy a delicious meal from the summer menu.

660 Main Rd, Stoke 03 547 0329 mccashins.co.nz


The Mediterranean Foods Wholesale team.

Mediterranean Foods Wholesale celebrates 20 years of food and family

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s a well-known name throughout New Zealand, there’s more to Mediterranean Foods Nelson than olives and artichokes. Though originating from the ‘Mediterranean Foods' group, this locally based business has spent the last 20 years servicing the Nelson Tasman region as its own entity. From humble beginnings operating as a retail store on Halifax Street, the business has expanded its product range and service offering exponentially to become a complete supply partner for nearly 300 wholesale customers throughout the top of the South Island. After six years operating their retail store, Peter Russell and his wife Kathie sold the physical shop after seeing the opportunity to primarily service the hospitality industry, and have been doing so ever since. Twenty years later, there have been three generations of the Russell family working for the business. The majority of staff in key roles today include their children and extended family, and eventually, it’s Peter’s dream to see the grandchildren join the team. Thanks to the support of close friends, John and Gino, who planted the Medi Foods seed in the beginning, the ethos of the wholesale business is all about strong partnerships and delicious products. The origins of Mediterranean Foods has created the opportunity to import unique products from the Mediterranean such as San Marzano tomatoes from Italy and olive oil from Greece; but as a local distributor, the offering of locally made and commodity products has grown into the thousands, enabling the business to compete with other national suppliers. To celebrate the growth of the products now being sourced, this year the company is changing its name

to MF Wholesale Foods. “We want our name to reflect our whole offering.” explains Peter. “Our products, our business and our story have grown beyond key Mediterranean food items, and this name change reflects our growth.” However, a new name doesn’t mean a loss of the imported delicacies. “While we have an ever increasing number of pallets of flour, oat milk and cheese in our warehouse, we’ll always have prosciutto and speciality olive oil!” Despite the challenging times the hospitality industry has faced over the last two years, the positivity, support and unyielding drive from suppliers, customers and their own staff has meant MF Wholesale Foods has weathered the storm, and grown while doing so. The business has expanded its reach from Nelson Tasman to now supply the Marlborough region and has an online-only retail arm called My Pantry, which allows people to purchase wholesale products and have them delivered to their doorstep throughout Aotearoa. “Being a small business means that we know all our customers, and we treat them as part of our family. We pride ourselves on our service. The Nelson Tasman and Marlborough hospitality industry is a team we’re proud to be part of.” As they say, food brings family together, which rings true for those who are lucky enough to be part of this expanding small business.

MF Wholesale Foods mfwholesalefoods.nz mypantry.nz

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TASTE NELSON WINES 2019 Abel Tasman Chardonnay 2019

Blackenbrook Pinot Blanc 2021

Flaxmore Moutere Chardonnay 2020

Fresh, flinty, fine & focused - our expression of Chardonnay grown on the proven soils of the Nelson foothills.

Packed with white peach, jasmine and spice flavours. Multi-layered with an incredible texture, beautifully complemented by a touch of sweetness and a juicy acidity.

An elegant Chardonnay with crushed stone-fruit notes, a hint of citrus and gentle oak barrel influence. Mouthfilling texture, fine acidity and delicious long finish!

$ 29

Buy online: www.flaxmore.co.nz

Hand-picked, gently pressed, handmade. $ 28

$ 29

Buy online: www.abelwine.com

Buy online: www.blackenbrook.co.nz

Old Coach Road Sauvignon Blanc

Moutere Hills Sarau Chardonnay 2019

Kina Beach Vineyard Rosé 2019

Intensely varietal and alive on the nose with hints of melon, lime, and hops. The palate is bright and flavoursome with layers of tropical passionfruit and ripe grapefruit with a long, luscious finish. $ 15 Buy online: www.seifried.co.nz Or at wine retail stores

“Pale gold, it is full-bodied and vigorous, with concentrated, ripe, citrus and stone-fruit flavours, showing good complexity, fresh acidity, and obvious cellaring potential.” -Michael Cooper

A dry rosé made from pinot noir grapes. Showing both fruity and savoury aromas, this characterful rosé is your perfect match for a summer lunch with friends.

Waimea Pinot Noir Rose 2021

Heaphy Pinot Noir 2020

Ripe warm raspberry, cherry, and jasmine floral aromas lead to vibrant fresh strawberries and brambles on the palate - with a silky, yet juicy mouthfeel and elegant finish. $ 23 Buy online: www.waimeaestates.co.nz Or visit: Gravity Winery and Cellar Door, 243 Old Coach Road, Mahana 7173

$ 65 Buy online: www.mouterehills.co.nz Or visit: Forsters Moutere Hills, 42 Eggers Road, Upper Moutere 7173

New Release! A bright Pinot Noir reflecting another successful vintage. Ripe berries with a hint of spice and soft tannins. $ 30 Buy at Heaphy Cellar Door & North Eatery,4 Sunrise Road, Upper Moutere, Tasman.

Or visit: Flaxmore Vineyards, 24 Flaxmore Road, RD2, Upper Moutere, Nelson 7175

$ 20 Buy online: www.kinabeach.co.nz Or visit: Kina Beach Vineyard, 21 Dee Road, Tasman 7173

Look out for the green sticker in stores today or buy direct from your local cellar door. Find out more at tastenelsonwines.nz/love-local


A passion for food and excellent service shines through

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ttracting rave reviews since opening last December, Brick Eatery at Monaco has added a bright new dimension to the Nelson dining scene. Owner operator Shaun Gregory owes his involvement in hospitality to his mother. When he announced at age sixteen that he wanted a motorbike she suggested he went out and got himself a job to pay for it. A career in hospitality followed that has taken him around the world, most recently managing venues in Sydney and on Hamilton Island. Several years working here in top local establishments followed until Shaun saw the restaurant space at Monaco Village become available. “I was immediately excited at the possibilities for a great indoor/outdoor dining establishment,” he says. “Most of the places I have worked have been by the sea and I love the relaxed feel it brings to the dining experience too.” A period of hard work followed transforming the venue into a light, airy and welcoming space complete with fire pit ovens. “I wanted to offer Nelsonians something a little different,” Shaun explains. “There is something raw and back to basics about this way of cooking with the heat providing intense and delicious flavours.” Shaun describes head chef, New Zealand Tongan, Touvai “Tee” Poloniati as a big guy with a gentle soul and the ability to create delicious intricate, elegant dishes using mainly local ingredients. Born in South Auckland, he followed his dream and travelled the world, gaining his chef skills in some of the finest restaurants. Almost everything is made on site including popular sourdough bread and butter and ricotta from local cream. “It is wonderful to have such a calm, happy kitchen,” says Shaun. “I have terrific staff and every day is a pleasure. Tee is very experienced with plant-based recipes too which makes for some really fascinating dishes such as the Wild Mushroom Crackers and Charred Cos complete with fresh corn, charred mandarin and miso which our customers love.” Open for lunch and dinner, there are many menu options to choose from. The Whole Duck dish, flavoured with bee pollen, lavender and spices is very popular as are the mussels smoked in the fire’s embers, exuding gentle flavours from woods such as Manuka and Pohutakawa. The attention to detail is exquisite and each dish can be enhanced by a choice from the carefully selected beverage list that includes many local offerings. The menu at Brick Eatery changes with the seasons and reflects the ingredients available. Some goodies are sourced from other parts of the country such as oysters. The kitchen has a “nose-totail” philosophy which means that nothing is wasted. The recent addition of an outside rotisserie is proving a popular option for weddings and events. Shaun’s and Tee’s passion for food and excellent service shines through everything they do and is best summed up by recent feedback that said the meal “made my taste buds sing with joy.”

30 Quiet Woman Way, Monaco brickeatery.co.nz 03 547 0792 Brickeatery brick.eatery

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Eat & Drink Local

Sprig + Fern Brewing Co.

Solander Gourmet Seafood

Mountain Valley Honey

It’s not summer in Nelson Tasman unless you’ve spent time at a local Sprig + Fern Tavern enjoying a pint of craft beer or cider. Real beer, real people, really local.

The very best seafood available in New Zealand and around the world is now easily accessible to you via online order and home delivery. Select from the finest seafood and other gourmet products on offer to ensure that your summer meals and dining experiences are healthy, delicious, and incredibly well priced. Delivering gourmet seafood direct to your door.

Mountain Valley Honey is locally owned and based in Spring Grove. Their bees naturally forage amongst the valleys of the region resulting in a full-bodied and scrumptiously earthy honey that has become the darling of the range. Red Label Manuka Honey is harvested, packed and distributed locally.

gourmetseafood.co.nz

mountainvalleyhoney.co.nz

Atutahi

The Veggie Guy

Hop Federation

Native leaf drinks made here in sunny Nelson. Kawakawa, Horopito and Kumarahou leaf combined with NZ’s premium fruit and berries, then lightly carbonated. The taste echoes across centuries. Made with deep respect for the land, through the strength of our whanau and the wellbeing of all. Sugar Free options available. See stockists online

Packed with vitamins and nutrients that flush out toxins and keep you hydrated, a big, chilled wedge of watermelon on a hot day is the best treat you can give yourself. Perfect for fruit salads, watermelons are now available at The Veggie Guy.

Hop Federation’s dedication to producing seriously delicious awardwinning ales starts with the way their hops are farmed and it all happens right down the road in Riwaka. It’s quite literally their own team with their hands in the soil.

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Sprig + Fern Milton St, Sprig + Fern Hardy St, Sprig + Fern Tahuna, Sprig + Fern Upper Queen, Sprig + Fern The Meadows Sprig + Fern Brightwater, Sprig + Fern Mapua ,Sprig + Fern Motueka

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Visit their tasting room for a range of beers, wines, and cider sales all year round.

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Health

Good sleep for good health A good night’s sleep is just as important as a healthy diet and regular exercise. With working extra hours, getting hooked on a TV series or scrolling through your phone, it can be easy to stay up late and skip the zzz’s. Dr Marissa Kelaher shares some tips to help you get to sleep faster.

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leep is absolutely vital to health - so much so that lack of sleep can have a massive impact on wellbeing, and even shorten our lifespan.

Try to avoid eating heavy meals a few hours before bedtime.

Get exercise during the day, ideally outdoors.

Over recent decades people are working longer, leading busier lives, and as a result, sleeping less. Often sleep becomes an afterthought and we get used to getting by on very little sleep, then wonder why we're chronically tired, always getting sick, or struggling with weight or food cravings.

Avoid coffee within six hours of bedtime, and alcohol within three hours of bed time.

Try to relax before bed to switch off. Try yoga, breathing exercises, meditation, reading, listening to quiet music, or a warm bath.

Set aside a time each night a few hours before bed as 'worry time', where you write down or talk about the things bothering you. This helps to avoid your mind starting to race when your head hits the pillow.

Keep your bedroom cool and dark and make it a room for sleep and sex only (i.e. don't take work to bed!)

Leave screens out of the bedroom, or put them in flight mode, and have a set time each night you turn them off, at least an hour before bed.

Have a regular bedtime and wake time and avoid 'catching up' too much on the weekend.

Limit day naps to 30 minutes or less. Napping more than this can decrease your body's sleep drive.

Can't sleep? Follow the 25minute rule - if you can't get to sleep after 25 minutes get up and do some quiet activities such as reading, stretching, or having an unsweetened warm drink such as herbal tea. Then wait till you're sleepy before going back to bed.

Most humans need 7-9 hours of sleep per night on a regular basis to stay well. Getting less than six hours of shut-eye per night, long-term, shortens our lifespan (by around 13%), and increases the risk of multiple diseases, including type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart attacks, dementia, and mental illness. It also suppresses our immunity (making us three times more likely to catch a cold) and even slows recovery from injuries. Research shows that we are more likely to overeat and choose high-calorie foods, and less likely to exercise when we’re tired. Lack of sleep also affects our day to day lives and makes it hard to concentrate and impacts on our memory and attention span. This can result in a vicious cycle - when we don't get adequate sleep we increase our unhealthy food intake, exercise less, and, unsurprisingly, begin to gain weight. Then our well-being begins to decline, leading to worsening sleep due to chronic health conditions … and the cycle continues. Focusing on sleep can often be the vital first step if you're trying to improve your health. Here are some tips to sleep better at night: •

Get natural light in the morning to help set your sleep/wake cycle. Dim lights one hour before bed and avoid screen use at this time.

Dr Marissa Kelaher is a GP based at Nelson Family Medicine. Check out Marissa’s blogs and health and wellness tips at thesimplicitydoctor.com or on Facebook and Instagram @thesimplicitydoctor

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Gardening

Gardening advice with Daltons We all need a bit of gardening advice now and then! Daltons gardening experts are here to help. Send in your gardening question and you could win a Daltons gardening prize pack! See entry details below.

I have blueberry plants in pots, and they have produced well the last two years. In spite of fertilising with acid food they have failed to produce berries this season. Why? There are two possible reasons why your blueberries have not produced berries this year. It is quite likely that the plants have become root bound in the pots, causing difficulties in the uptake of nutrients and water. The second reason could simply be insufficient watering. If blueberries become dry early in the season, flowers and young developing berries will fall from the plant. While dryness doesn’t necessarily kill the blueberry growing in a pot, the result is limited or no berries in that season. We recommend repotting the blueberries into larger containers with fresh Garden Time™ Outdoor Container Mix, or plant the blueberries in your garden, in a sunny, sheltered position. You may also find it helpful to read our free How To Grow Guides for more gardening advice: daltons.co.nz/how-to-guides. Congratulations to Marion Trail who has won a Daltons gardening pack with her question.

Win a Daltons Blooming Bulbs pack Top tips for growing successful bulbs include choosing healthy well sized bulbs and purchasing them early in the season when there is a fresh selection. Sow varieties suited to your climate in pots or planters or in the garden with Daltons Premium Bulb Mix. We have Daltons Blooming Bulbs pack worth $80 to giveaway which contains everything you need to grow gorgeous blooms. To enter, email your gardening question to nelsonmag@daltons.co.nz with Daltons prize pack in the subject heading. Giveaway entries must be received by 25 March 2022.

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Nelson & Richmond

MARKET UPDATE WITH

Chris

The data has just been released from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand relating to sales during the month of January. On the surface, the data shows a significant drop in the number of sales in the month, both nationally and locally, but little significant movement in the median values across the country. As with any data, interpretation of the figures can usually be made to support or contradict whatever premise a commentator might have. Over the coming weeks, I suspect much will get made of the drop off in actual sales volumes, and stories will abound that first home buyers have left the market in droves and the inevitable price drops will follow.

Chris Harvey PRINCIPAL

The big question on everyone’s lips going forward is “what is likely to happen for the rest of this year?” The simple answer is nobody knows and, as with many economic and Covid related predictions, the results often vary hugely from the predictions When the February/ March figures start to unfold, we will see a truer picture of what might be in store for us all in the local real estate market. If you are selling, talk to our team who will get you the best possible outcome. That is exactly what Harcourts achieves for our clients.

The reality, I suspect will be quite different. January is always a statistically different month, simply because of the holiday period. This January was no different. Nationally very few offices and even fewer consultants were back into the business of real estate before the 17th of January this year, with a good number being even later. This was partially due to the timing of the Christmas /New Year period and partially because there was simply a need for people, including the owners of houses, to have an extended break because of the manic market everyone experienced the previous year. Everyone just needed a longer break.

What’s happening in your location?


Nelson & Richmond

Takaka 118 Patons Rock Road

12.00Ha

What is Lifestyle if it’s not this?

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On the edge of town is this unique opportunity to create your dream home with some of the best views imaginable, while having the space and privacy of a lifestyle block with future forestry income. Just out of Richmond is this 16Ha (approx.) block of land that recently had the forestry harvested, the vendor will be replanting approx. 15Ha back into forestry for the new owner’s future financial interest. A large building platform is created to enable plenty of room to build a large home and outbuildings. Platinum Blue Limited Licensed Agent REAA 2008

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Toby Randall M 027 233 9170 P 03 548 3034 toby.randall@harcourts.co.nz Sharyn Miller M 021 377 930 P 03 548 3034 sharyn.miller@harcourts.co.nz

Platinum Blue Limited Licensed Agent REAA 2008

Stunning Views While your Investment Grows.

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Deadline Sale (No Prior Sale) Closes 1pm Thursday 17th March View harcourts.co.nz/NN25474

When you think about it, what does a lifestyle block entail… well if 12 Ha of productive flat grazing paddocks, easy lane ways and access, mature trees, established gardens, modern four bedroom well-appointed home, substantial shedding, horse arena and stables, and the fantastic Golden Bay location being a short walk from the stunning Paton’s Rock beach doesn’t define the word, I don’t know what does. For more on this great property, call Toby or Sharyn now.

Hope Hill Street South

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16.0078Ha Deadline Sale (No Prior Sale) Viewings Strictly by Appointment View harcourts.co.nz/NN25473 Toby Randall M 027 233 9170 P 03 548 3034 toby.randall@harcourts.co.nz Sharyn Miller M 021 377 930 P 03 548 3034 sharyn.miller@harcourts.co.nz


Nelson & Richmond

659m2

Stoke

1/86 The Ridgeway

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Price By Negotiation Over $819,000 View: harcourts.co.nz/NN25464

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Atawhai

34 Strathaven Place

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Tender (Unless Sold Prior) Closes 1pm Thursday 10th March View: harcourts.co.nz/NN25465

Peaceful and Private above the Haven!

Easy Living, Superbly Located Wow, you don’t want to miss this one! This property has been fabulously refreshed from top to toe with impeccable presentation throughout. A New Hamptons style kitchen, new ensuite and family bathroom all appointed with quality fixtures and fittings. The house has been fully insulated, double glazed and has a new roof. The master bedroom, dining and living all afford glorious bay views to the West and the Tasman Ranges. Light and bright throughout with open plan living opening seamlessly to the outdoor living.

Look what we found! Situated in desirable Strathaven, this executive home will tick all the boxes! Privately positioned at the end of the drive on an enviable landscaped 5707m2 section, this is your retreat away from the city yet only 10mins to the CBD. Affording Tasman Bay views and a leafy outlook to the hills. This is a mature property that has been well designed to offer an at home lifestyle. There is a large workshop separate to the house, ideal for woodwork and a large room under the house for storage. Plenty of space for a vegetable garden and fruit trees. The wrap around veranda offers excellent indoor/outdoor living.

Caroline Fletcher

Caroline Fletcher

Licensed Agent REAA 2008

Licensed Agent REAA 2008

M 027 453 5885 caroline.fletcher@harcourts.co.nz

M 027 453 5885 caroline.fletcher@harcourts.co.nz

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824m2

Mapua

14 Catherine Road

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Richmond

459 Hill Street

1.00Ha

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Deadline Sale (Unless Sold Prior) Closes 2pm Thursday 10th March View: harcourts.co.nz/RC5946

How would you like to live in the MAPUA Area?

Country Living in Richmond

Here is your opportunity to purchase a 2016, four bedroom home ideal for the family or alternatively for those wanting the perfect home office set up. Open plan living flows out to an indoor/outdoor area with plenty of scope to create a lovely alfresco dining space and the gardens are low maintenance, however there is plenty of room to be creative. The generous master suite consists of a walk-in wardrobe and well-appointed ensuite, while the three additional bedrooms with built in robes provide plenty of rooms to choose from. There is also a roomy family bathroom.

This unique property is one of a kind! Huge potential with 1 Hectare of land and stunning views of the Tasman area. You’ve got the best of both worlds with that country feel in an extremely peaceful rural part of popular Hill Street, yet with Richmond Shopping Centre just 5 minutes away! Providing easy access to a range of amenities and services. The main bedroom includes an ensuite and walk in wardrobe, and there is a separate laundry, and internal access double garage. In addition to this, 2 Skyline garages provide an extra single secure garage, workshop space, plenty of storage, large hobby room, or rumpus area for the children.

Wendy Perry

Debbie Langley

Licensed Agent REAA 2008

Licensed Agent REAA 2008

M 027 249 1701 wendy.perry@harcourts.co.nz

M 027 622 5055 debbie.langley@harcourts.co.nz


Nelson & Richmond

Ngatimoti

20.0087Ha 2

538 Waiwhero Road Beautiful Land Full of Character

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Deadline Sale (No Prior Sale) Closes 1pm Tuesday 15th March View: harcourts.co.nz/NN25472

Tucked away from the rest of the world is this amazing lifestyle property. Not only do you get superb flat grazing and expansive views, but nature lovers will be thrilled by numerous waterways, ponds and wetland. Sunny renovated 2 bedroom character cottage with bespoke kitchen, modern bathroom and wrap around veranda, the ideal space to relax amongst the spectacular gardens. The land is divided into 12 mostly flat grazing paddocks, with numerous established trees for shelter. Two good sized sheds, with 3 phase power. This property is not just paddocks but instead has a great combination of farming and nature.

Toby Randall

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Deadline Sale (Unless Sold Prior) Closes 1pm Wednesday 2nd March View: harcourts.co.nz/RC5959

Stunning Sea Views Available Now!

Located in highly sought after Monaco, this stunning, immaculately presented home with gorgeous unobstructed water views can now be yours. You will love the clever design which maximises the vista from every window in this tastefully upgraded executive home. Entertaining your friends and family comes easy with the well equipped kitchen which flows effortlessly into the dining and lounge area. Further living is provided seamlessly through the ranch sliders to the beautiful private patio where you’ll enjoy reserve and water views along with all day sun. with further off street parking for both the boat and caravan.

Steve Thomas

M 021 377 930

M 021 774 609 steve.thomas@harcourts.co.nz

sharyn.miller@harcourts.co.nz

Licensed Agent REAA 2008

668m2

50 Hoult Crescent

Sharyn Miller

M 027 233 9170

toby.randall@harcourts.co.nz

Monaco

Licensed Agent REAA 2008

Licensed Agent REAA 2008

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Nelson South 17 Totara Street

751m2

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Price by Negotiation View: harcourts.co.nz/NN25359

Everything You Need ... and More

Set on a quiet street and a short walk to town, you will find that this location will make life so much easier with all the local schools only a walk away, and Victory Square just around the corner. The layout is spacious and light with a large living room and homely kitchen and dining area, that flows onto the firm family favourite - an impressive, 57m2 covered entertainment area that has seen every kind of family gathering. The fully fenced section will impress with every storage option on show. Starting with the off-street double garage at the front, it continues with a second double garage, a sleepout and further shed at the back of the section.

Alex Geraghty

M 0275 252 321 alex.geraghty@harcourts.co.nz Licensed Agent REAA 2008

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real estate but not as you know it . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ana Fierek

Client Care & Sales 021 241 0234 ana@susaguhl.co.nz

www.susaguhl.co.nz

Susa Guhl

Lead Agent 0274 969 008 susa@susaguhl.co.nz

Marc Steyn

Sales & Marketing 0274 887722 marc@susaguhl.co.nz

PO Box 1218 | Nelson 7040 | MyPlace Realty Limited | Licensed REA (2008)


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