Nelson Magazine - April 2021

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Pilot Sarah Twisleton

Sarah's first memory of wanting to fly was as a child, running around the lawn • in the wind. The dream never faded and by 18 she had gained her private pilot's licence. The step up to commercial level was prompted by the life-changing event of single parenthood. Sarah had two children under the age of five, no income and was suddenly confronted with the burning question of what to do with her life. She says that by a small miracle she managed to gain her commercial pilot's licence in 1990. An instructor rating followed in 1991, which was the foothold into part time work at Southern District Aero Club before full time work at Mainland Air Services Dunedin. She then moved to Whakatane, where she flew a Metroliner for Eagle Airways. Sarah followed the airline's path until its eventual closure, which included a transfer to Gisborne where she was based for a decade, and then on to Blenheim for another 10 years. She then spent two years with Lifeflight in Wellington and now, here she is at Originair. Sarah has more than 14,000 hours flying mostly turboprop aircraft, and when not at work, the Koromiko based pilot assists her husband run a helicopter business, while developing a large section into a food forest. She also has three grandchildren. She says her association with the NZ Association of Women in Aviation has provided her with life-long friends and more recently her involvement with "PAN" - a peer assistance network has introduced her to a great team. "I am loving being part of the family-like organisation of Originair, where I am not just a number but very much part of the team."





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Bowater Toyota has just been jointly crowned 2020 Supreme Winners at the Toyota Awards. We weren’t crazy to believe in ourselves, because we believe in the region, and all of you. 2020 presented us all with a year of complexity and many, many challenges. In fact some would go so far to say that it was a CRAZY year. But like Emirates Team New Zealand, in crazy we believe, and we plowed on headway into the waves, staying true to course. Amongst all of the crazy, we came out on top. Joint winners of the coveted annual Toyota Business Awards top prize. The Toyota Supreme Award is given for overall excellence in all aspects of Toyota store operations, market leadership and facilities. There is fierce competition each year for it among the 64 Toyota and Lexus stores spread across the nation, from Whangarei to Invercargill. The significant ceremony continued for Bowater Toyota, winning the New Car Excellence Cup and being named as finalist in the Presidents Trophy (the Supreme Award for consistent excellence in customer satisfaction), finalist in the Excellence in Leadership Award (the award for outstanding leadership of a team), and finalist in the Parts & Accessories Excellence Cup (the award for overall excellence in Parts operations). The evening was topped off for us with the presentation of the Platinum Award for overall excellence (we have won this several times previously) as well as the Triple Crown Award for market leadership in all 3 sales mix components; passenger, commercial and overall market leader of the Nelson Tasman territory. It was a very successful night! Tony Bowater, CEO of Bowater Toyota was extremely proud and humbled by the evening saying “it was an absolute honour to represent not only the hard working team at Bowater Toyota, but also the Nelson Tasman region. It has been such a challenging year and all of these awards recognise not only a lot of hard work, but also the resilience and tenacity we have as a region. The awards are fiercely competitive and to come out on top yet again is an honour, and very humbling to be recognised for excellence as a part of one of New Zealand’s most trusted brands.” This is not the first time the top honour has been bestowed on Tony and his team. We have won this fantastic trophy 3 previous times in 2014, 2015 & 2016, as well as many other awards multiple times, stretching back to the early days when Derrol Bowater, Tony’s uncle, was in charge of the Bowater Toyota operation. Thank you Nelson Tasman. Your success is ultimately our success!


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April 2021

Contents Features 10–13

The age of influence


Capturing the voice within


Dancing for a Cause


Autumn fashion


Home brew is where the heart is


My foster family saved me


Joinery and Design Awards



Regular 15

A Day in the Life of…


On the Street


My Home


At Home


69 Health


71 Recipe 72

What’s On


Social Pages


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I always start the working month by looking back at that same month’s edition from the previous year, but the April edition was missing because we couldn’t publish it. We were in lock down, trying out new recipes or going for our daily walks around the neighbourhood.



Once again, the year has moved fast and it seems bizarre to think back to that period and the challenges and lessons learned from Covid-19. Without question we’ve had it better than most other parts of the world — another reason to be grateful for where we live. Hopefully the fear of Covid is behind us and as we get vaccinated, and the boarders start to open up again we can

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The age of Influence In the hurly-burly world of social media, how do some rise above the noise? Hard work and dedication (and a paying job on the side) can lead to a career as an influencer. Words: Tracy Neal

Jasmine Melnik says what she likes most about Instagram is having a voice.


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I’ve always been an over-sharer but it’s pretty cool that people are actually listening. It’s empowering and I love that I’ve connected with people all over the world. Jasmine Melnik

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Long, dark hair frames her diamond-cut features, bare feet beneath an almost floor length turquoise skirt and delicate hoop earrings hint at a distant gypsy soul — Ukrainian, she says. A tattoo of the solar system is inscribed neatly on her inner forearm. “I’m really interested in space; I love the planets and stars. “There’s a quote I love: Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity. That’s what I try to do.” Hunter Kawana stands a bronzed 1.8 metres tall. She is a goddess in a bikini, a pouting princess and in conversation with her, she is fresh-faced with a dimpled grin. She is having all the fun she can because she knows how fast it can change. In her 22 years, life has already walloped her with some hard curved balls. These two young Nelson women are burgeoning stars of the social media platform, Instagram — a hotbed of gorgeous people all trying to sell us or tell us something. They are not chisel-cut models paid millions by haute couture labels to tempt only the wealthy and privileged — they are among the league of girls (and boys) next door who like genies, are popping out from our computer or smartphone screens, to grant us our wishes for smooth skin, alluring looks and happy lives. But before you think it is as simple as whipping out your smartphone and the dollars start rolling in, these young women spend many hours each week carefully curating their own brand.

Jasmine, 23 and recently married (she was barefoot that day too) works part time in administration while building her Instagram career. It is an extension of her former role in radio promotions, and her hobby of filming and posting videos of holidays and road trips. “I had no idea what I wanted to do when I left school. Everyone else seemed to know, so I did a year in retail and then fell into a job for MediaWorks doing radio promotions, and I loved it. “It taught me a lot about myself and my strengths and weaknesses.” As if by some premonitory force, Jasmine’s family left Christchurch after the large Darfield earthquake in late 2010, and before the fatal quake of February 2011. “I grew up in Christchurch but after the first earthquake I was struggling. I wasn’t eating or sleeping and didn’t want to go to school. My brother was already here in Nelson, so the family decided to move here. “We got out just in time.” Jasmine says while a career in modelling never really appealed, she had wanted to become an influencer, but before last year she did not have the time needed to develop a profile. “It was during (Covid-19) lockdown I began to put more effort in and researched what was involved. “I was added randomly to a group chat of like-minded girls based in the UK. It was great, they were all supporting each other and that’s what made it take off.” After lockdown she told her stepdad, who is also her employer that she wanted to focus on building her Instagram career and was able to reduce her hours to part time. As of late March she had 4,988 Followers. Jasmine says what she likes most about it, is having a voice. “I’ve always been an over-sharer but it’s pretty cool that people are actually listening. “It’s empowering and I love that I’ve connected with people all over the world.” Jasmine and Hunter each say you need a point of difference to stand out in the increasingly crowded Instagram.


“There are a lot of beautiful people on it, and you have to give some value to your followers,” Jasmine says. She was advised to create a niche within a category — something people could learn from. “I needed to figure out what I could give. It was a bit overwhelming coming out of lockdown, and I stumbled upon guided meditation, so I tried it out and felt amazing. “I’ve been on this journey of mindfulness and meditation and my Instagram has organically become about this.” Social media marketing expert Bea Pole-Bokor says influencer marketing is big and growing all the time. The Hungarian-born former Paris-based diplomat, who immigrated to Nelson with her husband and a young child in 2015, has spent the past few years re-inventing herself. The award-winning social media trainer says it is a powerful tool for business and personal growth. She says it works by brands leveraging off influencers to attract new ones. “It’s kind of a cooperation, word-of-mouth marketing really.” Bea says a lot of influencers are still about beauty and fashion or flash, good-looking things, when influencers can be used for much more. “Think of social media as a re-production of real life, just taken online.

It’s kind of a cooperation, word-of-mouth marketing really. Bea Pole-Bokor, owner, B!Social


Hunter Kawana


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Hunter Kawana, who has almost 9,000 followers on Instagram, says generating a following is broader than beauty — it is about personality and values. The Nelson real estate agent grew up in New Plymouth and went to a Catholic school, but her Ngāi Tahu roots stretch deep into the South Island. She says it was partly the reason her family moved to Nelson in 2019. She began building her profile while at school and then boosted it by studying make up artistry in Auckland. She had wanted to become a model but was put off by the view it was always for “super skinny girls”. “That look is less acceptable now and Instagram has done that. “It gives me a place to be confident in myself, regardless of what anyone else thinks.”

Social media marketing trainer Bea Pole-Bokor.

“Think of a business partnership in real life — if you have cooperative partners who can help you spread the word, and they expand your reach and get new audiences in, it’s the same thing happening here.” Bea says personal branding is important because people buy from people they trust. “People sense if it’s not genuine.” Jasmine says it works best if you — the influencer, believe in the product you are endorsing.

Hunter says it is a platform that gives women control over how they look, which is empowering. She says about 60 per cent of her followers are women in the 18 to late 20s age group, and the feedback is largely supportive. “People have a view that social media is a negative place, but it’s helped me with a lot of things — it’s got me to where I am and helped me grow.” Hunter says that includes climbing out of a difficult situation as a teen, and lately a serious threat to her close-knit family through the illness of her beloved dad. In turn, she has used her profile to help others dealing with troubles afflicting her generation, and to some degree her culture because she understands the impact of racially charged slurs.

“People can tell — it has to be genuine. If I push a product more than another because I like it more, I get a better response.

“I was getting a few vibes when I started out and people were taking the piss thinking I was pretending to be ‘famous’, even though I was just doing what I loved.

“I won’t promote anything I don’t love.”

“Now I have almost a family on Instagram that supports me.”


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Above: Hunter says Instagram has given her a place to feel confident in herself. Above right: Hunter is able to earn money by endorsing various products on Instagram.

People have a view that social media is a negative place, but it’s helped me with a lot of things — it’s got me to where I am and helped me grow. Hunter Kawana

“Some influencers’ profiles are connected to their family or their children. Some feel they have to because it attracts attention, but I would strongly question that. “As parents we have to be responsible, but our kids don’t have a choice to say, ‘yes or no, I want to be there’.” Jasmine says she also has the support of her husband, Sam, who takes many of her photographs and features in some of them. They use an iPhone 11 most of the time, or Jasmine uses a tripod and the self-timer if she is on her own. Sponsored shoots require a more technical approach.

Jasmine says she has learned how to handle the small amount of not-so-nice feedback which has decreased as her profile has grown. “A long time ago I accepted that not everyone is going to like you. The people on my page are a community of like-minded people — it’s not a place for negativity.” Bea Pole-Bokor says success relies upon standing for who you are and being real with yourself. “Because if you know who you are then you can show it to the world and attract the right people.” Attracting the wrong people is unavoidable, but there are things you can do to protect yourself. Bea says the mistake some people make is not knowing how to differentiate between private and personal. “You can put yourself out there and show your personal self because it’s about you, but you don’t have to disclose private information.” She says it is also important not to include any family unless they give their permission.

Jasmine says the attention she and Sam are beginning to attract has sparked a conversation between them about how public they might want their lives to be. She is beginning to earn a part-time income from being an influencer, but her main goal is to be someone who inspires others. Hunter says two years ago she was not making a dime, but she too is now earning the equivalent of a part-time wage, endorsing global and nationwide brands and the clothing and hair products of local retailers and salons. “I would love this to be my fulltime role, and to build my platform enough to be a bigger influence and then start my own business, either a clothing line or active-wear brand.” She imagines that in five years’ time she will be in a bigger city, running her own business with a focus on shining a light on those of her generation — the 20-somethings who will grow up in a post-Covid world with different opportunities, priorities and challenges. Hunter says alongside this, having a happy long-term relationship and then owning a home rank high on her list of ambitions.


A Day in the Life of Rachel Taulelei


Early lunch at The Smoking Barrel, a café we supply with our Tohu wines — they make legendary donuts, which naturally I eat to support the business. Naturally.


Visiting our new māra/garden. And it’s insanely beautiful. A field full of sunflowers, and rows of taewa (potatoes), kūmara, kamokamo, kānga (corn), paukena (pumpkin) and pī (peas). We planted the māra as a way to reconnect whānau with their whenua — and to live ideas of tikanga-led regenerative agriculture. I find one kamokamo hiding in the garden that got missed in the harvest (winning!) and grab a couple of sunflowers. Gorgeous on both fronts.



Off to Motueka — Must. Get. Coffee. Find one at the cart on the main road, where all the real oil on industry happenings gets spilled.

Into Hop Federation now, our craft brewery in Riuwaka. Quick tasting of the new seasonal beers – the Watermelon Sour is off the hook good, so I wangle a couple of riggers direct from the tanks. Insta propaganda follows — so proud of all that our team does so I love a good social shout out.

I drop into the recently reopened and reinvigorated Riwaka Pub — the quintessential country tavern. Awesome food, killer music, great drinks (yes, I am biased), and all community. Quick chat re supporting an upcoming event with some of NZ’s best homegrown musicians.



First check in for the day, the airport. On goes the mask. Why did I put lipstick on this morning?! Fail.

A quick roadside teleconference re our APEC Business Advisory Council work. ABAC is the business voice into APEC and this call is about a digital symposium I’m opening in a couple of weeks — about how we use digital to unlock our economic recovery. The donut sugar high is still real.

Grabbed an actual watermelon from Frasers at the bottom of Tākaka Hill to go with my Watermelon Sour. No idea why — but the Hop Fed guys suggested it and so I did. Felt like they knew something I didn’t which is entirely possible because it was sooo good.


5am 6am

Time to wake my baby — technically a beautiful teenager, but they’re always your baby. She and her dad start the day quietly. Conversely, I like to fly into it noisily and with urgency (I think it drives them crazy) once my feet hit the floor. Common is on LOUD, and since it’s everyone’s lucky day, I bust out an impromptu morning jingle to get her moving. It was amazing…


This is one of my favourite times of the day with space to order thoughts. I flip between that, listening to First Up on RNZ, and thoughts of exercising. Listening wins. I chalk it up to starting the day smarter.


Rachel Taulelei (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Rārua, Ngāti Koata) is CEO of whānau-owned, Māori food and beverage producer Kono. A māmā, founder of sustainable seafood company Yellow Brick Road, director, and Chair of the APEC Business Advisory Council, an advocate for Māori business, our primary industries, and international trade. Rachel lives in Wellington but regularly works from Nelson and Blenheim.

Arrive in beautiful Mōhua Golden Bay — I always feel incredibly tau (calm) when I’m here. There’s something deeply spiritual about this place. Maybe it’s because our tūpuna were here, maybe because it’s so stunning, or that I can see our team harvesting our mussels from here. Perhaps it’s because the light is so particular, or the air is so clear that you can see Taranaki Mounga on a good day. Could be all of the above, but I love it.


Jonathan Moffatt is the voice behind local author Robyn Prokop’s fantasy novel, Taelstone.


Capturing the voice within Words: Charles Anderson

Jonathan Moffatt was trying to record his voice under stairs, face-to-face with sheets and towels and the intermittent thud of footsteps when he decided he needed a new solution.


his was a new move for Jonathan. He had spent his entire career in public service, from working in northern England, and then to central British government, then moving to Tasman District Council and onto Nelson City Council to manage its archives.


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But he had also always enjoyed reading stories to his three girls. He liked doing voices of characters and really drilling into the pacing of books to maximise their enjoyment. Jonathan would also sometimes find himself voicing different characters as he went about his day. People told him he had a nice telephone voice. Then, about three years ago, his eldest daughter, Freya, interrupted him while he was reading to her. “You should do this, Dad. You should be one of those people who do this.” By ‘this’ she meant a voice over artist — someone who lends their skills and manages their vocal range to any number of purposes.

From advertisements, to cartoons, to video games and even to books. “I thought ‘ok’. Maybe I could. What would that look like. What do I do?” He signed up to a weekend course in Auckland that taught him the basics and he came away with his own professional voice reel. He started building up the equipment he might need to do his first gigs. He set himself up under his stairs, next to his hot water cylinder. He started posting his voice reel on websites for people looking for artists. “And I got precisely no responses.” But he kept with it. He got fed up with practising under the stairs so he started

to build himself a little studio in his garage. He started with a pallet and then put some pine panels around it. Jonathan bought some sound inclusion foam to line it with, as well as some cheaper foam bed roll. Pretty soon he had an acoustically dead sound box. He learned all about editing and processing audio files. He had to train his ear to hear the subtleties of adjusting his voice to maintain consistency across sessions. Jonathan got a couple of small gigs under his belt before a serendipitous meeting with a friend led him to a local author who had just released her first fantasy novel. Robyn Prokop’s novel, ‘Taelstone Stones of the Azuri, Book One,’ tells the story of Ash — a kitchen slave who is swept far from his home by fate, and the most mysterious of quests.

One of the hardest things is, if there is a twist, not to give it away in the way you are reading it.

She also wanted an audio book to go with the physical and e-book versions. Jonathan’s friend had been suggested but he was a Kiwi and his voice wasn’t quite right for the fantastical world that Robyn had created. But Jonathan’s subtle Newcastle accent might be.

So, he recorded a passage and sent it to Robyn who loved what she heard. Jonathan was now going to be the voice of Taelstone. But it’s a tricky thing to read a large fantasy book. It was filled with fictional places and names and religions. Jonathan had to learn the correct pronunciation for all of those. He had to mark up where to build tension and how to pace the story.

What ticked boxes for me was helping someone achieve something. Robyn was passionate about these stories and wants people to be able to hear and read them, so it was really nice to help her achieve her aims.

“One of the hardest things is, if there is a twist, not to give it away in the way you are reading it.” But Jonathan got his head around the material and then he got to work. He drank a lot of water and started to read his screen in the studio. If there was a mistake, he would use a dog clicker to show a spike in the sound file that he could go back to and amend. Sometimes he would pause awkwardly in a sentence or record two sessions and they would sound different. It was meticulous, long work. The final novel is 11 hours long. Jonathan says its many multiples of that to get a final result. But then, after many months, he handed in the finished result to Robyn. “What ticked boxes for me was helping someone achieve something. Robyn was passionate about these stories and wants people to be able to hear and read them, so it was really nice to help her achieve her aims.”

And Robyn’s series is a trilogy so there may well be more for Jonathan to do. But for that to happen people need to download it. One demographic who got a free copy was Jonathan’s daughters. His youngest, Iris, became one of his biggest critics. “It was nerve wracking,” he says. It was also quite strange to be walking around the house only to hear his own voice emanating from a room somewhere as she listened to the book. “That embarrassment of hearing your own voice is waning now.” As for what’s next, Jonathan would love to get more voice work but recognises the world of the Taelstone just fell into his lap. “I was very lucky to be in the right place at the right time.”

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Lords and ladies of the dance Words: Tracy Neal

It’s time to get your sparkle on and support eight couples dancing for a good cause at the Trafalgar Centre on May 1.


Ticket Rocket went into liquidation last year, owing more than 1500 creditors more than $8 million. She says while the money lost on tickets sold last year will not be recovered, they will be honoured. But trust chair and a key member of the dance event’s organising team, Emma Silke-French says the show must go on.

ick Smith rates himself among the very few who were grateful for last year’s Covid-induced lockdown. It gained him valuable time to learn how to dance — something he says has not been high on his list of accomplishments.

The contest on May 1 will feature another eight local personalities partnered with a trained ballroom dancer. Each pair will dance in front of a panel of judges in the competition that is also a fundraiser for the hospice.

Nelson’s National MP, who up until last year was our constituent MP but lost the seat to Labour’s Rachel Boyack, joins seven others who are learning to get their sparkle on for next month’s NBS Dancing for a Cause, at the Trafalgar Centre.

Emma chairs the charitable trust board that runs the event. She manages to find the time around being a fulltime mum and having a fulltime job, to teach novice contestants how to dance. She also organises other dancers who will be performing on the night, as well as helping to stage the event.

The inaugural sell-out event in 2018 raised $111,000 for Nelson Tasman Hospice. Attempts to stage a repeat last year were delayed by the global Covid-19 pandemic. A further glitch has emerged with the loss of about $8000 in pre-sold tickets, after the ticketing agent went under.

She shares the coaching with Sally Gordon, who between them must get eight people who have mostly never danced, comfortable waltzing, fox trotting or swaying to samba in front of a crowd of thousands.


Nelson’s National MP Nick Smith is about to add dancing to the list of things he says he does badly.


Emma says it has its challenges, but she has huge admiration for those willing to put up their hand or stick out their foot to have a go. “If someone came to me tomorrow and said, ‘Emma, I want you to sing the national anthem in front of thousands at the Trafalgar Centre’, I’d laugh and say, ‘you’re mad’. “The fact these people have even thought about saying yes is a dream, but yes, trying to teach people to dance from scratch is a very difficult thing. “It’s like trying to teach someone a new language.”


Nick Smith says he rates his dancing skills alongside a list of sporting endeavours he “does badly”. “I am one of those people who tends to enjoy trying everything, but usually quite badly, especially anything in the sports or arts arena. “My wife Linley is a good dancer and I’m hoping to score some brownie points with her by doing this.” Nick says his lack of dancing skills was evidenced by the early selection process. “They got all of us together and told us to do a few moves. They said if you were really good, you’d get to do the fox trot and if you were challenged, you’d get to do the waltz.

The fact these people have even thought about saying yes is a dream, but yes, trying to teach people to dance from scratch is a very difficult thing. Emma Silke-French

“Then they announced I’d be doing the waltz, which pretty much says it all.” Nick says he is enjoying learning something new, with the help of a supportive crew and his dance partner, even though he now has a new one. “I need to say this very carefully otherwise it will come out the wrong way, but my first dance partner…she got pregnant. “Wonderful congratulations to her and her husband, but I now have a new dance partner, Zara Fowler, who is lovely.” Nick says he is aiming to reach a form where he “won’t do a Rodney and drop the Krystal” — reference to an infamous television moment in 2006 when former Act leader Rodney Hide dropped his partner Krystal Stuart at the end of their cha cha. Nelson lawyer Hamish Fletcher is another who is putting his best foot forward for the cause. He has never danced before but has long wanted to learn. “When I’m at weddings I feel embarrassed that I can’t dance and so my wife - who can dance, and I just go around in a circle while I stand on her toes.” Shannon Taylor with dance partner Hamish Fletcher.


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Hamish says he was roped in by Emma Silke-French but did not need much persuading.


If hospice can raise money as part of a celebration of life — which dance is, then to me it just adds to the atmosphere of the whole event. Nick Smith

Hamish was among last year’s original eight to have started training before Covid halted it. “At first I thought, ‘my God I’m never going to learn how to do this’, but through repetition and good coaching and a good dance partner you get to learn the moves.” Ros Pochin and partner Anthony Hewson were the winners of last years Dancing For a Cause.

“I got told by Emma I had to do it, but I didn’t need any convincing because it’s for a great cause.” Nick says the hospice needs to raise over $1 million a year to maintain the service, and while Nelson had been “incredibly generous”, the need for funds is ongoing. “I’ve had two close friends die of cancer and both needed the services of the hospice. They were treated incredibly well.” Hamish says his legal firm has seen up close the service it provides, when visiting clients in the hospice and who are needing wills and powers of attorney signed. Nick says there is certain paradox in doing something as joyous as dancing for an organisation that cares for people at the end of their lives. “There’s an off-contrast with hospice in the way they are dealing with death and yet they celebrate life with amazing causes like this. “If hospice can raise money as part of a celebration of life — which dance is, then to me it just adds to the atmosphere of the whole event.”

The team has changed slightly with the exit of radio personality, Breffni O’Rourke whose other commitments meant she could not continue into this year. The editor of this magazine, Sarah Board, is now set to shimmy across the floor instead. The other contestants include Abbie Cook from NBS, Grant Rosewarne from King Salmon, Al Columbus from Stonewood Homes, breast cancer survivor Lizl Matthewson and ex Nelson Giant Phill Jones. Hamish says he is grateful for the extra time that has allowed him to polish his steps and get the timing right for the music. He will not be doing any fancy lifting but says there is a little bit of catching in the routine over which he is sworn to secrecy. “But I can tell you it’s a bit of a romantic one, however I won’t be challenging for any cups or trophies.” Emma Silke-French says when she first meets the contestants, she tells them that she needs them to look good, so that she looks good. “There’s no point in me making anyone look silly, but I will say there will be some daring lifts and we practice a hell of a lot, so things don’t go wrong. “I guess though, anything can happen on the night.” She says it promises to be a fun, glamorous night out. “There’ll be glamour, lights, sparkles and music. It’s just a great night out to which you can bring your mum, dad, husband and your kids.”


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Lewis Griffiths, Customer Services Officer at Tasman District Council What are you wearing? LEWIS: Button up shirt bought from Cotton On, Richmond, skinny fit trousers from Hallensteins and white Converse Low from Fridge Freezer Icebox. AMY: Wide leg pants from Max,

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AMY: My style changes on a regular basis depending on how I am feeling. I love to delve into bohemian chic style and also more contemporary chic looks.

What is most of your wardrobe made up of? LEWIS: I love an oversized t-shirt with some nice shorts. I am a big shoe fan, so I usually start from the bottom and plan around my shoes. And you will find me in a cap or hat most of the time. AMY: Wide leg pants. That has to be a staple of mine, along with lots of floral, earthy toned coloured and different textured clothing. A bit of everything really.

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LEWIS: NBA singlets, I love the way they fit. They also come in all sorts of bright colours. They’re a perfect style for summer, for exercise or anything! AMY: Going through my wardrobe and finding clothes I haven’t worn often and changing or altering them to create different looks.

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What is your all-time favourite purchase? LEWIS: My fiancée bought me the supporter’s kit from my favourite football team Tottenham. It’s an awesome fit and an awesome colour. I can wear it casually, or as a sports top. AMY: My baby pink boots from Mi Piaci.

I think they’re fun and I feel like whatever colour you wear effects your mood. What wardrobe item should everyone invest in? LEWIS: Some nice casual white trainers are a must in anyone’s wardrobe. They are a great summer shoe, or a tidy neutral piece to tie everything else together. AMY: Shoes and bags. These can make your outfits look chic and finished, if you add a nice sneaker, statement boot or bag that has a pop of colour.


Is there a style rule you always obey? LEWIS: I don’t wear too many colours together. I like to have one focal point on the outfit, a bright top or funky pair of shoes. Blacks and whites are my friend, they help set up all the cool exciting parts of the outfit. AMY: I don’t think there should be rules when it comes to style, wear what you like and wear clothing which accentuates your personality and mood.

If you could raid one person’s wardrobe who would it be? LEWIS: Lebron James. He’s got some wicked style, from feet up, and always looking so fresh on social media. AMY: Hailey Biebers.

Finish this sentence — You would never catch me wearing… LEWIS: Flared jeans. I can’t stand the feeling of the bottom of my jeans flowing around my ankles. AMY: Pattern on pattern. I feel that your should wear one or two things as a statement and then everything else is complimentary. But that’s just me.


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The number of homebrewers in Nelson has skyrocketed in the last few years. Since Level 4 lockdown they have grown even more as locals got out to create their own beers. Charles Anderson meets three such fermentation enthusiasts to find out why they got into the age-old practice.

Gareth went to Briscoes, converted a chilly bin, bought a 50 litre pot, got a friend to weld a tap onto it and started doing his first all grain brewing – where all the malt for the beer is extracted from grain, rather than concentrate. It’s more involved but gives the brewer more control over flavours of their end product. Back in Kinross, Scotland, Gareth was a Tennent’s lager and Strongbow cider man. You bought them in 24 can slabs and it was a “volume game”. Gareth’s exposure to brewing good quality beer changed his outlook. “There is a bit of science behind that and a bit of art. But what got my teeth really into it was when I discovered there were competitions.”

And the wine was bad. It was offensive. But it was fun. Gareth Philips repurposed his garage into his brew station.

Gareth Phillips needed some friends. Ten years ago, the Scottish-native was new to Nelson and looking for a new hobby that might get him an interesting social circle.

“But I didn’t want to mountain bike and coffee’s ok, but I can’t build my personality around it.” Then, he saw a night class advertised to learn how to make wine. He through that sounded like something where he could have a good time. He met some good people. And he made some wine. “And the wine was bad. It was offensive. But it was fun.” At that point, it was decided wine wasn’t for him. Around that time, he started working on a project at his work at NMIT and it turned out the people who were on his team were all interested in home brewing. They talked about it endlessly. So, one of them came round and got him started on learning how to brew beer. “It was cracking day, and it built a friendship that is 10-years-old.”

He and his friend Christian brewed an orange Wit, German style beer for the Richmond A&P specialty beer category. “In my own mind we were carried through the streets of Richmond.” Gareth soon started reading up about beer and it became a way to talk about things. There was a product to drink and equipment to swap. “It was a pretty good social circle.” Gareth accelerated his experimentation and ended up winning some more awards. But then the kids started getting older, he started getting older, house renovations became a priority and time became more of a premium. But he couldn’t bring himself to get rid of the kit. There are still flurries of activity and he still enjoys the social element of the hobby. Only a few weeks ago he had a brew day that saw a handful of friends gather round for a sunny afternoon’s brew. Pretty soon it will be time to taste the results. “I like that it’s a hobby where there is a low barrier to entry. You can go get a fresh wort kit, pitch some yeast, screw the lid on and you will get a beer two weeks later. But then you can go very deep into it.”






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Inside the house is a 320 litre pinot noir wine barrel for ageing his sour beers. One batch will be flavoured with tangelo, another with tomato, basil and hibiscus. “I love tinkering and I love problem solving,” Nick says. “It’s cool to come up with different solutions and tweak your process to get the best result.” That dedication to perfection has led Nick to having a fair few visitors who often drop by for a beer. During lockdown he was known for dropping beers on his front porch so friends could pick up their supplies to survive level 4. “I was pretty much brewing non-stop so there was enough to go around.”

Nick Reeves grows his own hops, lemons and yuzu in his garden especially for his brews.

Down the far end of Nick Reeve’s garden sits his purposebuilt brew shed. It has a repurposed fridge, big enough to store 200 litres of beer. There are repurposed hot water cylinders turned into a brew station. There is an illuminated sign on the front with the logo of his own beer brand ‘Rascal Brewery’. On the inside of the shed is a scribbled note on the wall from his partner. “Don’t forget about your wifey,” it reads.

It’s fair to say that Nick went very deep into his brewing. He always enjoyed learning to cook at secondary school. He liked coming up with his own recipes – tweaking things to his own tastes. There was something about the experimentation that jelled with his personality. So, when he got older, he thought ‘I could do that with beer’. He went right up the curve – jumping to full grain brewing pretty much straight away. Now he even has grown his own hops, lemons and yuzu in his garden – purely for additions to his brews, which seem to get more and more adventurous.

I love tinkering and I love problem solving. It’s cool to come up with different solutions and tweak your process to get the best result.

Before coming to Nelson a few years ago, Nick worked at adventure shops fixing all kinds of gear before starting his own signage business. But now he has landed a role at Eddyline Brewery. While he has toyed with the idea of making Rascal Brewery a commercial operation, just seeing the work that goes into making it a reality gives him pause. “There is so much still to learn.” Next on the agenda is creating more ‘wild beers’ or fermentation that have come about from yeast gathered from nature. “There’s yeast pretty much in everything.” That might see him foraging around the local parks and walkways for the best strains. He has already put a brew down from the yeast collected from wattle flowers. But that will take another 12 months before it’s ready to try. “Just a bit of patience is required.”


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Janice Benson still remembers the smell of her father’s beer bubbling on the stove. It wasn’t pleasant. But he had figured it out on his own. Back then there was no YouTube, no how-to manuals. Janice appreciated that. So, when he came to visit from her native Galway in Ireland two years ago, she asked if he could help get her set up.

“He was old school.” She got a basic brewing kit and set about creating her own beer. It was pretty simple. She would steep grain in lukewarm water to extract the malt from it. Then she would add in readymade malt concentrate to bulk it out. Then she would bring it to a boil and add hops for flavour and bitterness and then pour it all into a big plastic fermenter, add the yeast and let it ferment for about 14 days. “I thought ‘we drink enough of it, so we may as well brew it’.” Jaince went a year just muddling through with basic equipment before she got a few small elements to give her control over the outcome of her beer. With fermentation, any small element can upset the whole process. Maybe your temperature isn’t consistent, or your fermenter isn’t clean.

Janice Benson enjoys improving her home brew, and so does her husband.

As Janice’s gear upgraded, so did her skills. “I got the feeling I was improving somewhat.” So much so that she entered a local beer brewing competition. It was a grapefruit IPA. She came second. “I thought I would enter for a bit of a laugh but getting second was a real confidence boost.”

I thought ‘we drink enough of it, so we may as well brew it’.

It was also happy news for Janice’s husband who became her target market. As she started brewing more, her interest in drinking her own product lessened. Her husband’s interest, however, didn’t. “I drink more wine these days,” says Janice. “It’s like cooking. When you’ve done dinner, you get sick of it, but I like to be able to have people come to dinner and say, ‘don’t bring anything, I’ve got heaps of it’.” But there is one regret she still has. Her dad hasn’t yet tasted her brew. “It’s not really at the stage where I can bottle it and post it. But he will taste it one day.”



Kaycee Eastlake’s life could have been much different if it were not for a loving foster family.

My foster family saved me Kaycee Eastlake was born into a volatile environment. Her mother was a heroin addict and father a violent white supremacist. Subjected to shocking abuse at the hands of her caregivers, thankfully, her neglect ended when at nine-years-old she was adopted by a Māori family whom she credits with saving her life. Kaycee sits down with Jonty Dine to tell her story.

She says she was heartbroken, as she was also forced to say goodbye to her older brother who opted to stay with their parents. The ten-year-old was left to bear the brunt of the abuse. “We were so badly beaten and neglected; her partner would come when we did something he didn’t like. It would be something minor like feeding the cat some of our dinner, and then she would come in after him and lay into us. It was pretty messed up.” Kaycee’s life of pain was about to be put in the past as she was welcomed by her new family.


s a young child Kaycee had always kept her abuse under wraps but one particularly hot summer day at school, she was desperate for a swim. Once in her togs, the scars were revealed, and she was immediately taken aside by a teacher. Standing in the sick bay with the police on the way, all Kaycee could think about was the beating she was going to get for causing such a fuss. Fortunately, this would be the last day she would spend at home. Police escorted the young girl to her house where her mother threw a bag of Kaycee’s belongings at them while screaming “we don’t want her anyway”.


“I remember that very clearly and that night I was in foster care,” Kaycee, now 37 and living in Nelson, says.

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After being fearful at first, Kaycee says she wouldn’t be here today if she had not been fostered. “They taught me how to love, how to communicate and how to be part of a family.”

They taught me how to love, how to communicate and how to be part of a family.

Kaycee’s adopted parents already had four biological children, but were always prepared to take on a child in need. “They have got the biggest hearts in the whole world.” Her stepfather’s racist beliefs were forced on Kaycee who initially struggled to accept her place in a Māori family. “He was very racist, especially when I got visitation, he was covered in swastikas. I didn’t realise how bad it was until I left. They tried to put it in my head that the family I was going to was unsafe.” However, Kaycee quickly learnt this was a lie. “They were so warm and loving, they were a proper family.” She would embrace the Māori culture, leading kapa haka groups and even performing for the Māori queen.

Kaycee with her children, Ben, Hayley and Emma.

Having often gone hungry at her previous home, Kaycee says many of her favourite memories with her new whānau involved food. “My mum’s cooking kicks ass. As a child who was on rations, going to a home where I could eat whatever I wanted was heaven.” She would also develop close relationships with her new siblings.


I will be fostering myself, I have so much love to give and I know I can offer my home and make a difference in someone’s world.

“My younger sister and I are thick as thieves; they treat me like I am part of their family.” Tragedy would soon strike however as Kaycee’s foster father died just 18 months after she arrived. Kaycee sums up her foster father with one word — mana. “He was a traditional Māori man, very loving to take on foster kids. He had an amazing laugh; he reminds me of Billy T James. He was fantastic and so missed.” Following his passing, social welfare offered to take Kaycee back and find her another home. “My foster mum said, ‘no she is ours, you don’t get to take her.’ And nearly 30 years later here we are, she is still my mum. I am very blessed.” Kaycee, who is studying to become a social worker, says she picked up all her best traits from her foster mum.

“I want to be like her, I admire her so much, she didn’t have to love me, but she did.” Kaycee has not been free from trauma in adulthood either. The father of her four children took his own life. She says her mother was an incredible source of strength during that time. “I wouldn’t have got through it without her.” Kaycee says her foster family saved her life, and she hopes to one day return the favour to a child in need. “I will be fostering myself, I have so much love to give and I know I can offer my home and make a difference in someone’s world.”


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Craigs have branches in both Nelson and Blenheim. The Nelson branch opened in September 2019 with local investment advisers, Jason Craig and Tanya McMurtrie, and complements the Blenheim branch and investment advisers, Felix Vavasour and Kent Winstanley. Early this year, Karl Williscroft, Investment Adviser, joined the Nelson branch from the Craigs Wellington team. Karl brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge. “Having previously worked at ANZ bank as a stock market operator I dealt with many financial institutions. Craigs was always the best — that’s why I wanted to become part of the team,” said Karl. Born and bred in Nelson, Karl and his young family have recently moved back to the region. “What I am especially proud of, is that I am coming back home with quite a unique skillset that can really be of help to people.” Craigs specialise in investing solutions

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Craigs also offers a broking service, KiwiSaver, overseas pension transfers and mySTART - a savings solution where investors can build a portfolio from over 190 investment options with as little as $100 a month or a lump sum. Community at the heart of Craigs

Alongside its relationships with clients, Craigs also fosters partnerships within the community, giving back wherever possible. Craigs has recently started a partnership with the Top of the South Community Foundation (TotSCF). TotSCF is a registered charitable trust set up to inspire generosity in the top of the South Island, and provide ongoing support for local charities and community groups. Gavin Larsen, Executive Officer says, “Our goal here at Top of the South is to inspire generosity in our region, and to make a positive difference to our local communities. It is tremendous to have partnered with such a reputable and professional company as Craigs, and we certainly look forward to a long and enduring relationship.” Jason Craig, Investment Adviser adds, “It’s important to us as a business to support the communities we operate and live in. It’s very much the fabric of the culture at Craigs.” Investing is for everyone

The Craigs team are firm believers that investing is for all New Zealanders and will help you plan towards building a secure financial future. “We are focused on helping our clients achieve their financial goals and grow their wealth. We believe that where a client’s financial future is concerned, preparation and understanding are everything,” says adviser Tanya McMurtrie. The Nelson team welcome new clients for a complimentary no-obligation discussion. Disclaimer: This information is general in nature should not be deemed as advice. It does not take into account the investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs of any particular person.

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Edible landscaping Words: Ella Somers

Spice it up

Take your landscaping a step further by giving it an edible twist. A boost for your palate as well as Mother Nature’s, this flavourful endeavour will brighten up any space. Here are Nelson Mag's tips to incorporate edible plants into shaping your outdoor spaces.

Herbs don’t just give recipes an edge – they can give your garden beds one, too. Lavender looks lovely lining any garden or path, and onions, garlic and chives can be planted as edging to protect other edibles from hungry birds and animals. Frutti tutti

Fruit trees look stunning in every landscape. Supposedly nothing tastes better than the fruits of your labour, but just make sure you monitor excess fruit to keep hungry rodents at bay. We especially love the look of an immaculately groomed citrus tree – and not just for the G&Ts. Zealous trellis

If you’re using trellis to adorn a wall or create a pergola or space divider, add interest and function with tasty additions. Runner beans and nasturtiums both have eye-catching blooms and enjoy a climb. The leaves of beans are also more attractive to pests than the veges – win, win! Flower power

Pansies and calendulas make beautiful touches to your landscape and can be added to your own cooking in the way of salads and baked goods. Plant in garden beds, pots of hanging baskets – and then pluck away to garnish your meals.



April 2021

2021 Joinery and Design Awards

Supreme Winner – Best kitchen design, Best use of Timber – Bays Joinery

Stunning joinery showcased at local awards The 2021 Joinery and Design Awards showcased the sublime talents of local joiners.


he awards cover all facets of joinery, from making stairs and benchtops to interior design and the use of colour, to the best kitchens and fitouts. Philip Thompson, association secretary of Nelson-Marlborough Master Joiners, says “It’s about getting local joiners to lift their heads above the parapet and celebrate what they do more.” The awards include 18 categories across a vast range of projects. The categories aptly reflect the work of joinery businesses in the Top of the South and the results were celebrated by more than 120 people at Club Italia last month.

The work was judged by architect Brad Beazley from Redbox Architects, Lyn Russell from Lyn Russell Design and interior designers Fiona McNeil and Kim Lyall. Eight years ago the Joinery and Design Awards attracted 14 entries, followed by 30 entries the next year and from there it grew to 100, this year there were 153 entries. “It’s just got bigger and bigger and is a massive success,” says Phil. To ensure it’s not just about manufacturing, NelsonMarlborough Master Joiners President Myles Sellers and Phil changed it from Regional Master Joiner Awards to the Joinery and Design awards and they say that having the competition helps lift the standard of local joinery, resulting in more local companies being recognised at national awards. “Our joiners work incredibly hard, so the awards not only highlight their work and celebrate their skills, but they also inspire others to enter the industry.”


JADA 2021 award winners Best apprentice – Nazareth Joinery Best stairs – Waimea West Joinery Best bench top – The Sellers Room Best biophilic project – AK Joinery Best apprentice – Nazareth Joinery

Best use of colour – Cooper Webley Emerging designer – Fiona Vidar | Cooper Webley Best interior design – Bays Joinery Best kitchen under 20k – The Sellers Room Best spatial – Waimea West Joinery Best creative lighting – Cooper Webley Best commercial fit out – The Sellers Room Best fitment – Cooper Webley Customer journey award – Cantwell Joinery Best kitchen – Simply Joinery Best kitchen design – Bays Joinery Best use of timber – Bays Joinery Best door or window – Waimea West Joinery Best 20k - 40k kitchen – Custom Space Joinery Supreme Winner – Bays Joinery

Best stairs – Waimea West Joinery

Bays Joinery won the Supreme Award for their kitchen which was part of an extensive renovation of a 100-year-old cottage. Blending into existing timber features, the design brings extra light into the open plan area. The kitchen design by Bays Joinery also won best kitchen design and best use of timber. The final decision on the Supreme Award is made following an assessment of all of the winners, which ones had caught the judges’ eye, stood out and been talking points before announcing what Phil describes as ‘the best of the best of the best.’

Best bench top – The Sellers Room

“What’s evident, is that the cost and value of kitchens has really gone up in the last year and people are investing in their kitchen space.” Reflecting the times, there were fewer entries in the Best Kitchen under 20k award, which went to The Sellers Room. This project was described by the judges as a kitchen using conventional low-cost products, blended with a touch of indulgence. A lot of bang for the buck. The Custom Space were winners of Best 20k - 40k Kitchen at this year’s awards. The judges commented that it was a kitchen that utilised natural materials and timbers but stayed true to the budget. A lovely space that satisfied the brief. The award for best use of colour was won by Cooper Webley and indicated a shift in trends. “Colours tended to be a lot softer this year and there are more combinations of textures – that’s what people are going for,” said Phil.

Judges’ Comments Best apprentice – Liam Geddes | Nazareth Joinery “A high quality of work, mature work from a young apprentice who wanted a challenge. A well-deserved winner.” Best stairs – Waimea West Joinery “To manufacture a spiral staircase for a three-level residential home solely from cross laminated pine would be difficult in Nelson. To manufacture it to the finest detail to be shipped and installed into a Sydney home makes this work of art a category winner.” Best bench top – The Sellers Room “The shark nose edges fabricated to the four sides that then matched level at the top of joinery indicated accuracy and an understanding of product. The benchtop design of contrasting materials required planning and high-quality installation.”



April 2021

2021 Joinery and Design Awards

Best biophilic project – AK Joinery

Best use of colour, Emerging designer – Fiona Vidar | Cooper Webley

Best interior design – Bays Joinery

Best kitchen under 20k – The Sellers Room

Best spatial – Waimea West Joinery

Best creative lighting – Cooper Webley

Best biophilic project – AK Joinery

Best kitchen under 20k – The Sellers Room

“This project exudes the use of natural products and recycled timber from the floor to the doors, from the benchtop to the vanity. Connecting nature to the home.”

“Using conventional low-cost products blended with a touch of indulgence. A lot of bang for the buck.”

Best use of colour – Cooper Webley “Combinations of textures, a soft and embracing colour scheme.” Emerging designer – Fiona Vidar | Cooper Webley

Best spatial – Waimea West Joinery “A functional big boy’s dream. A Formula One joinery piece. Slick, to brief with some cool car related touches.” Best creative lighting– Cooper Webley

“Monk Peterson and Quigley, all maturely and thoughtfully designed. The designs fitted closely to the brief.”

“A ‘Miami Vice’ party house, transforming the kitchen into two different spaces that work for two individual clients with contrasting tastes. Neutral by day - party by night.”

Best interior design – Bays Joinery

Best commercial fit out – The Sellers Room

“The kitchen adds to but also blends with the space, satisfying the challenge to maximise a compact space. Heights, mirrors, materials and colour.”

“Manufacturing to a client brief - shapes texture, homogeneous material choices, make this a very pleasant and innovative fitment.”


Best fitment – Cooper Webley

Customer journey award – Cantwell Joinery

Best kitchen – Simply Joinery

Best kitchen design, Best use of timber – Bays Joinery

Best door or window – Waimea West Joinery

Best 20k–40k kitchen – Custom Space Joinery

Best fitment – Cooper Webley

Perfect fit for the brief. Clear and easy to comprehend plans. A designer who got it.”

“Influenced by an art piece by Brian Strong, joinery was customised to complement and elevate. Functional and clever and terribly annoying to manufacture. The client and designer won this battle.” Customer journey award – Cantwell Joinery “On time, in spec, happy client’s, happy customers. A destination has been created.” Best kitchen – Simply Joinery “Re-positioned, considerate design, principle of biophilic design. Connecting to the outdoors through material and light. Conventional but irregular. Fantastic finishing and detail to a high level.” Best kitchen design – Bays Joinery “Fantastic connection with the overall project. An understanding of the environment and materials around.


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Best use of timber – Bays Joinery “This project used a perfect selection of timber to add to the environment. American White Oak veneer at its finest.” Best door or window – Waimea West Joinery “An architect’s whim turned into a beautiful installation. More art than a door. A door that invites from the outside but secures from within.” Best 20k–40k kitchen – Custom Space Joinery “A kitchen that utilised natural materials and timbers but stayed true to the budget. A lovely space that satisfied the brief. This kitchen is truly the hub of the home.” Supreme Winner – Bays Joinery

Judging the best of the best


Below: Phil and Isaak.

Phil Agnew of Decade Homes will be downing tools this month to judge the ‘best of the best’ in the Master Joiners 2021 National Joinery and Design Awards. Decade Homes is a family affair, involving Master Craftsman, Phil, his wife Maree who is the Creative Director, and their son Isaak who is the builder and craftsman. After losing their home in the Christchurch earthquakes Phil and Maree moved to Nelson where they have discovered a lifestyle they love and built a business they are passionate about. Undertaking a number of contemporary transformations of heritage homes using only sustainable materials, they have an outstanding reputation for quality restoration projects. Decade Homes are nearing the completion of a Nelson historic church-to-residence renovation which is very ‘Grand Designs’. An amazing restoration project, it commands presence and beauty which brings a unique balance of modern and tradition to the local community. The family dynamic at Decade Homes is a strong one. Maree, alongside the client, collaborates with practicality and vision and Phil and Isaak bring these visions to life. At their Platform Gallery Showroom/workshop in Founders Heritage Park they also provide customers with handcrafted

bespoke joinery and furniture, made to order, and shipped all over New Zealand. Phil began his career as a joiner apprentice in the 1970’s with a traditional joinery company that gave him a solid grounding in his craft with wooden joinery. This extensive knowledge and experience has resulted in him being a highly respected master craftsman. Sharing his knowledge and expertise has always been a priority for Phil and in the eighties he started tutoring at Ara Institute of Technology, teaching joinery, furniture making, woodturning, architectural drafting and CAD design, before moving to a role of Executive Director in Business and Development. Phil has also been actively involved with Workskills NZ, representing NZ four times in the International Workskill Competitions (unofficially known as the ‘Trade Olympics’) travelling with teams of top New Zealand joinery students and was honoured to be chosen as a Deputy Chief International Judge. A long-time member of Master Joiners, Phil is the vice president of the local Nelson Association and is staunchly supportive of his fellow craftsmen, both here in Nelson and throughout the country. “It’s a real honour to have been selected to be on the national judging panel this year and I am excited to have the opportunity to see the latest innovative entries and to catch up with a few good mates, too.”


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My Home



A love of preloved furniture and keeping things fresh is the inspiration behind Cherie and Nick’s country home in Mahana. With its quiet setting, Cherie tells Nelson Magazine it’s the perfect place to contemplate life.

What inspired this look? A genuine love for preloved furniture, bits and bobs and re-worked vintage. What do you love about the neighbourhood where you live? We live in the country which is a beautiful setting, surrounded by the sounds of animals and bird life.

Who lives here?

What’s your favourite spot in the house?

My husband Nick and I moved from Richmond to this 1940s built home in Mahana, with our three children. Now that they have flown the nest, it is just the two of us. We have been living here for 14 years.

The deck. It’s a beautiful place to sit and contemplate things with a nice glass of gin.

How would you describe your home? Rustic with a modern twist.

Where do you shop for homewares? Re-store, Kmart, Mapua stores and secondhand shops. I enjoy finding items that are unique and interesting, which are valuable to me and that tell a story.


What piece would you never part with? An amazing set of lockers from a bowling club which I paid around $120 for at an auction house. I love this piece of furniture. They have wheels on them, so they are easy to move when I’m feeling inspired to change things around. What’s next on your interiors list? I would like a utility room that has shelving to cater for large kitchen and laundry items. Have you done any renovations? Over the past 14 years Nick and I have completed a series of renovations over time. We have renovated both en suite bathrooms, and the main bathroom and kitchen, painted walls and knocked down a wall. Added double glazing, bifold doors and re-cladded lineage. The footprint is still the same except for some new decking.

Top left: A picture of Queen Elizabeth from a second hand shop hangs on the lounge wall. Above: A self portrait of Cherie's son Carwyn. Middle: Cross stitch pictures collected from second hand shops decorate the spare bedroom. Right: Lockers on wheels recycled from a bowling club make them easy to move when Cherie decides to change furniture around.


April 2021

My Home

Do not be afraid to buy second hand. Take the time to look around. Be brave and take a risk.

Best seat in the house? This would have to be my open plan seating area and deck. Both areas get a nice fresh breeze and are perfect for entertaining. I enjoy the way the areas can be rearranged for different seasons and different social occasions. Any tips on how to keep your living area orderly? None. I love a lived in feel. Hosting social gatherings or special occasions, gives me inspiration and motivation to ensure it looks nice and orderly. If you had a day to refresh your home what would you do? I would love to spend my day moving my furniture around. Did any of your purchases cause a debate? My husband doesn’t have much input in the furniture decisions. He lets me go for it. I have free license to move things around and change furniture or bring in new items to use or display. Best budget tip? Do not be afraid to buy second hand. Take the time to look around. Be brave and take a risk. Best memory in your house? Any social occasions where it includes my family and friends. Above: The outdoor deck is perfect for entertaining. A corner in the house where Cherie and Nick enjoy reading and listening to music.


At Home

When historic meets modern Exterior: CLICK HOMES

One can only imagine the sense of pride that the original owners felt as they crossed the threshold of their newly built 90m2 villa back in the early 1900’s. Fast forward 110 years and two major renovations later, and the current owners are likely feeling the same way.



ast year, the second stage of this home renovation project was completed and keeping true to the heritage of the home dictated the style that was to be developed further. The original refurbishment was done in 2007 by local builder, Ian Fenemor from BUILDRIGHT, and they were delighted to be invited back to work on the second stage, the goal of which was to achieve a traditional, timeless residence that embraces the past and endures the future. Being approached by the owners to complete the second renovation project was incredibly exciting for BUILDRIGHT owners, Ian and Petrina.



April 2021

At Home

It always feels good to finish a project knowing that you have helped create a home that people love, and the ultimate acknowledgment comes when they ask you to work on their next build. Ian Fenemor


“It always feels good to finish a project knowing that you have helped create a home that people love, and the ultimate acknowledgment comes when they ask you to work on their next build.” It was Ian’s excellent workmanship, relatability, and attitude to building that gave them the confidence to once again contract BUILDRIGHT for their project. Wanting to keep the heritage of the original villa and to keep it consistent throughout, the owners had a rough idea of the layout they wanted. Ian helped them to formulate that, and with the architect, they came up with a set of plans that ticked all the boxes. Architect Andrew Stephenson, co-owner of Bell Stephenson Architects, says they inherited the original drawings from another architect which they adapted for the project. “It was a matter of staying with the language that was already created and utilising what was already there, that would make the most of the new spaces they needed.”


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Prior to starting, professional advice was sought by the owners, collaborating with Christchurch based interior design company, Lume Design. Having worked with Lume Design before, they were confident that they would create an elegant, stylish interior design that worked in with their personality and lifestyle.

As well as creating a stunning kitchen, the owners helped Ian to create the wainscoting — the decorative panelling that adorns the walls. Originally used as insulation and to prevent damage in older homes, it has been used in this home as a beautiful decorative feature and is also a nod to the original heritage of the home.

“They did a fabulous job designing the kitchen and scullery; it’s amazing and very functional. We entertain a lot of guests, so it’s set up really well for that.”

Similarly, the wraparound verandah stays true to the theme of colonial architecture — the ultimate goal of the builders, owners and architects.

With 36 years of building experience in the Tasman region, Ian has undertaken many successful projects. Asked if he prefers major renovations like this one, or new build projects, he says he loves them both. “With new builds, you get to work with a blank canvas. There’s nothing quite like envisioning the completed home and bringing clients dreams to reality. Renovations are just as exciting, providing an opportunity to fit new to old and to see our clients’ visions of how their home can come to life.” The key to any successful project is choosing the right people, and Ian has a trusted team of tradespeople who work with him on every project, interchanging when the distance of the build calls for the practicality of using locally based firms. When you build your support network for any renovation or new build, Ian says it’s important to recognise the most important team members — your clients. “We were incredibly lucky to have a very hands-on owner in this renovation, and they actually took on the completion of the kitchen in their home.” Having worked with the family before, re-establishing trust and communication was easy and that definitely made the whole process much simpler. The owners good understanding of building practice, practical knowledge, and a clear vision of what they hoped to achieve allowed them to build on their previous rapport and deal with any issues that arose.


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When work started on the bathroom, it soon became apparent that a complete rebuild of this area was required. “The bones of the bathroom, the plumbing and pipes were completely out of place for the new design. The best option was to strip it completely and rebuild that area from scratch.” And so, plans were adjusted to suit the new space. The family room is a relaxing, interactive space where the family spend most of their time, while the library is another favourite spot. Perfectly positioned to pick up the afternoon sun, and with its gas fire and traditional hearth, it provides a nice, quiet space for reading or relaxing. Regarded as a standout feature, the kitchen benchtop is a new product from Laminex Group called Laminam. It has a silky-smooth finish with a white marbled effect and is totally heat resistant, so both functional and beautiful.

Creating culinary masterpieces in this home comes with options — do you cook indoors or move outside to enjoy dining in the magnificent outdoor BBQ area? The outdoor space is likely to be the envy of any homeowner and is perfectly suited to this family who regularly entertain. Now resettled into their splendidly remodelled home, gratitude flows for the work that has been done to bring their dreams to life. “BUILDRIGHT did a fantastic job and Ian’s attention to detail exceeded our expectations. The subtrades were excellent; they understood what we were trying to achieve. We were very happy with the outcome and BUILDRIGHT’s workmanship certainly made our job easier.”

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Work out your workout Words: Jess Murray

They say the early bird gets the worm…but sometimes it can be hard to leave the nest in the morning. Maybe you’re struggling to find the motivation for the gym (again) this week. It’s all about working out the workout that best fits you.

The Ministry of Health recommends two and a half hours of moderate (or one and a quarter of vigorous) physical activity spread throughout the week. So, Nelson Mag has come up with a variety of ways for you to hit your weekly move goal.


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Swimming is a great cardiovascular activity that works your whole body. If you’re heading to a pool, a good starting point is three times a week for around 20 minutes. Naturally, it will be easier to get in the water during the warmer months, but indoor pools allow for year-round swimming. The best part? Exercise with no sweat! Ready player one

Whilst it’s always great to exercise outdoors, we’re not going to pretend like lockdown didn’t happen last year. Using a fitness video game can be a fun way to switch it up. Games like Just Dance, Wii Fit and Nike+ Kinect Training. Not to mention it can be an inclusive, hilarious way to get the whole family moving indoors. The greatest showman

It may not be possible for everyone to run away to the circus. But there is a way to live out your Cirque du Soleil fantasy  — ariels arts classes. Whether you opt for silks, hoop or the trapeze, these are all full body workouts that will build strength in your arms, shoulders, upper body and core. Fight club

Fitness boxing is a great way to punch out your weekly recommended physical activity, without having to take the hits from an opponent like in traditional boxing. It improves endurance, strength, gets your heart going and not to mention there is the hidden benefit of learning some form of self-defence.


A matrix for change Our past experiences can allow us to be governed by fear that holds us back from change. We are perpetually shying away from growth opportunities because it doesn't 'feel good'. Change does feel strange and that's OK, as long as you are prepared to push through it and get the reward on the other side, which is improving who you are as a person, ultimately leading to more happiness. Change is inevitable, progress is not. As the world spins around us we are constantly changing, the only problem is when we get stuck in our stagnant day-to-day and don't challenge ourselves to see things in a different way. When you set yourself a path and make the most of change and head towards your goals, you actively progress. Become an agent of change — the one that seeks out the challenges and dives in deep to the uncomfortable feeling when change is all around us. The only thing that stays the same is change. Effective acceptance of change takes personal trust in self. When we are growing up our emotional awareness is formed by the experiences we have. As adults we need to go back and question how much we trust ourselves, and if not, then work out how to build that trust. We no longer need to be governed by the beliefs that we created about ourselves as children. Start setting yourself small goals and set out to achieve them to build trust in yourself.

When chaos hits then these guys are the ones looking for the silver lining. If we take on this mindset, we can look for opportunities that would otherwise be turned down because we were too emotional and not ready for change. The person most able to change will succeed. We all do it, but ask yourself: how could I change my mindset to be more receptive to change and what effects would that have on my life? What would happen if I stayed resistant to change in five years? Our thoughts should be occupied with what we can control and influence. We can only focus our attention on a limited number of things in life, and if you allocate too many of them with worry then you are wasting your energy. The only things you can control are your own actions, thoughts, and beliefs. The rest is not worth stressing over. You need to be the cause of your own happiness. It’s all up to how you focus your attention. Are you always coming up with reasons why you can’t instead of reasons why you can? Where is all your brain power going? Rock this new change attitude with pride and call yourself up on any resistance you feel. Associate change with growth.

Change is not the end, it’s the beginning. Let's face it, we all need an adjustment period when new things happen. We need to wait for it to grow on us, and those of us who see it as an opportunity are the real winners.

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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.

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

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

68 Aranui Rd, Mapua Ph: 03 540 3656

62 Vickerman St, Port Nelson Ph: 03 546 6614

Ambrosia Café

McCashin’s Tap Room

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

Calling all steak lovers! We’ve extended our menu to share the very best and most flavoursome beef steaks.

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.

Choose from dry aged Angus sirloin, T bone, ribeye or sirloin served with your choice of four delectable sauces and your favourite sides. Best served alongside one of our own locally made brews. Open breakfast until late 7 days.

226 Queen St, Richmond Ph: 03 544 0025

660 Main Rd, Stoke Ph: 03 547 0329


April 2021

All venues offer intimate restaurant dining and courtyard settings and takeaway options. 94 Collingwood St, Nelson | Ph: 03 548 4089 266 Queen St, Richmond | Ph: 03 544 8979 201 Songer St, Stoke | Ph: 03 547 0008

Smoked Duck Breast

with Smoked Cream Cheese ‘egg’ with Boysenberry fill

Boysenberries New Zealand announced this dish as the Restaurant winner at their inaugural cuisine awards. Created by Rutherford Hotel Nelson’s Executive Chef, Jeff Scott Foster, it features smoked duck breast and a smoked cream cheese ‘egg’ with boysenberry fill. At the Rutherford they serve it accompanied by boysenberry kimchi, pickled boysenberry and beetroot in a rye and beer tart base.

1. Smoked Duck Breast Duck Breast Brine • 2 duck breasts  • 1/2 L water  • 30gm salt • 12gm sugar  • 1 bay leaf  • 5gm crushed coriander seeds • 5gm crushed fennel seeds

Place all the ingredients except the duck breasts in a saucepan on a low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat once the sugar has dissolved and cool.

Sprinkle the wood chips and twigs in the bottom of your smoker. Place the rack with the duck breasts over the chips and the cream cheese in a foil pouch, secure the lid, then place the smoker over the burners. After seven minutes remove the cream cheese and check the duck breasts, then check every three minutes after that. The breasts should be cooked to medium/medium rare and have a good smoked flavour and colour. Remove and rest.

3. Smoked Cream Cheese Egg with Boysenberry Fill Smoked Cream Cheese Egg

With a sharp knife, score the duck breasts diagonally on the fatty skin side. Place the scored duck in the brine and refrigerate for at least two hours. Remove from the brine, rinse under cold water, then pat completely dry. Keep in the fridge until ready to smoke.

• 10g cream  • Salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste

2. Smoking the duck breasts and cream cheese

• 30ml freshly pressed boysenberry juice  • ¼ tsp icing sugar

• 50g home smoked cream cheese  • 50g crème fraiche

Boysenberry Fill • ¼ tsp xantham gum  • Pinch of salt

• 2 brined duck breasts  • 1 ½ cups manuka chips or sawdust • 50g cream cheese

Cook the duck breasts in a pre-heated pan, skin side down, for five to ten minutes to render as much fat out of the skin as possible. Pour the excess fat from the pan as you go. The skin will begin to brown as the fat draws away. Do not turn. Remove once the skin is golden brown all over.

Blend the cooled smoked cream cheese, add the crème fraiche and blend until smooth, add the cream, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon and pulse blend until mixed thoroughly, then cool. When serving form an egg shape with a hot spoon. For the fill, blend all the ingredients together until it naturally thickens. For serving, using a syringe, fill the egg formed cream cheese with boysenberry filling.


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Boasting more than 60 events, activities, shows, talks and adventures under the Tuku21 umbrella, April is a month to share and explore Nelson’s stories of people and places through its heritage. For a full programme visit

For updated information visit Various sites

1–25 April

1 April–13 June



As part of the world famous Dunedin study, “Slice of Life” offers a nostalgic view on New Zealand over four decades, from the 1970s to the 2000s, as a window into the lives of the 1,000+ most studied people in the world.

Perhaps the most influential collective in New Zealand’s art history. The group were committed to experimental work that looked to the future of art in Aotearoa. Its members grew to include Rita Angus, Olivia Spencer Bower, W H Allen, Doris Lusk, Leo Bensemann, Colin McCahon and one of Nelson’s most famous and influential artists — Toss Woollaston.

Nelson Provincial Museum

The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson

8 April

10 April



Catch this perfect indie-pop pairing featuring two kiwi acts who have been making waves on the international stage. Watch these talented artists who have toured with Agnes Obel, Fly My Pretties and recently graced the Auckland Arts Festival stage. Tickets on the door and from

Enjoy a glass of bubbles, four freshly shucked oysters of different species and a delicious seafood lunch accompanied by a glass of Tohu Albariño wine, followed by dessert. Tickets $120 at Eventfinda.

Fairfield House, Nelson

The Boathouse, Nelson

11 April

22–23 April



A unique chance to tour eight of Nelson’s finest and interesting, privately owned heritage properties. 10am–4pm. Tickets $50 from The Cancer Society, 102 Hardy St or

Various heritage homes and historical sites


April 2021

A solo cellist (Raeul Pierard), a dancer (Bjorn Aslund), and a painter (Ann Braunsteiner) in a choreographed non-verbal conversation onstage. Combining three distinct practices ‘A Song, a Dance and a Painting’ will excite music lovers, the visual art world, and contemporary dance followers. Tickets from State Cinema.

The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson







Club Italia

1. Karen Harlen, Ashleigh Gunstone

and Ben Knight

2. Mel Barlow, Georgina MacMillan

and Elaine Johnson

3. Michelle Hill and Andrew Goodale


4. John Goss and Alan Gibbs


5. Marchella and Johnny Persico 6. Sarah Curtis and Bruce Stilwell 7. Giovanni Southey and Sarah Wallace 8. Jemma Gamble, Helen Bush

and Anna Thomas

9. Dan Watson, John Andrew

and Brook Johnston

10. Jackson Fleming and Caitlyn Scott












Mama Cod

1. John and Karen Pringle 2. Fraye Bruce-Martin and Phil Legge 3. Anne and Raffaele Bandoli 4. Donna Wells and Rebecca Morris 5. Garry Munro and Andy Malcom



6. Charles Anderson and Laura Irish 7. Sarah Steele and Claire Hughes 8. Liz Hands and Anna Bensemann 9. Emily Beard and Summer Hill 10. Kimberly Widley and Julie King-Turner



10 9


April 2021







Refinery ArtSpace

1. Ronnie Martin and Maria Julkunen 2. Ken, Amy and Yoko Couling 3. Leanne Edwards and Catherine Salmon


4. Steve and Shirley Butler


5. Margaret Cable and Jessica Bagge 6. Tania Norfolk and Bethan Fletcher 7. Ryan and Sherril Jennings 8. Judene Edgar and Rachel Boyack 9. Sarah, Miki and Alan Pumphrey 10. Wouna and Gerry Le-Roux












Quiet Dog Gallery

1. Alan and Sarah Pumphrey 2. Jean Hodson, Allen Gasson and Shelagh Noble 3. Gill Starling and Lisa Chandler 4. Alison Abernethy and Annabel Boyes



5. Carol Laidlaw and Anna Wagenvoort 6. Katie and Richard Sellars 7. Troy Stade and Claire Williamson 8. Vivienne and Roy Chandler 9. Amanda Elworthy and Sarah Holman 10. Brian and Lynette Hirst



10 9


April 2021







Rutherford Hotel

1. Lee and Mel Babe 2. Beige Matuszewski, Neil Harding

and Abbi Robinson

3. Gina Gargiulo and Chris Best


4. Kalyssa Rasmussen and Riley Bensemann


5. Bev and Daryn Te Uamairangi 6. Annette Meyer and Michael McMeeken 7. Greg and Rachel Winn 8. Michael and Anne Mokhtar 9. Shane Cameron, Paul Hampton,

Becs Arahanga and Liam Messam

10. Phillipa Kirk, Jill Ewing and Jo Hill












The Suter

1. Elyse Sivyer and Rachel Harris 2. Ange Pope and Rose Askin 3. Jannine Timms and Layne Olsen 4. Victor and Jillian Stewart 5. Veronica Griffiths and Stephen Lewis



6. Sheryl Copeland and Ali Rahsepar 7. Rebecca Pflaum and Ingetje Tadros 8. Raffaele and Anne Bandoli 9. Leah Aekins, Toby and Jill Fleming 10. Glynn and Chrissy Olsen





Gavin Hitchings: Stones of Unknowing 13 March - 23 May 2021


April 2021

Platinum Blue






367 Wakefield-Kohatu Highway

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500m2 Richmond 14 Middlebank Drive This brick home is well-insulated with a heat pump on standby and is sitting waiting for you to make her your own. Laid out nicely on one level, there is a good amount of space for the family or maybe this is the home you have been looking for that future proofs you with retirement in mind.





This property backs onto the Tunnicliffe Forest, popular with horse riders and walkers alike. The rear boundary is planted in mature totara trees creating a tranquil location for a potential new build site. The flat to rolling hillls are currently being used as an Equestrian Stud and Grazing facility. There are 28 paddocks, 17 horses safe, dedicated laneways and most being powered and watered. The purpose built infrastructure includes a large 3 bay hayshed with 3 phase power, two loose boxes, round pen and an all weather arena. Call now to secure your private viewing.

Graham Cook M 027 454 6229

Toby Randall M 027 233 9170

Price by negotiation View by appointment

Thorpe Orinoco






1544 Dovedale Road

Matt Goodman M 027 456 7788

If you are looking for the quiet life of the Country, then you will find it here... This eco friendly home, bathing in all day sun, is perched on an elevated site providing superb Michael Mokhtar views of the surrounding hills and country. The M 027 443 2703 home features 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a Rimu kitchen, underfloor heating, huge open plan living and you can step out onto the quiet private patio where you’ll be surrounded by 50ha of flat pastures (hay producing) and sloping country, while basking in that all day sunshine!

Price by negotiation View by appointment Licensed Agent REAA 2008


Platinum Blue

The Brook 5 Hillside Lane Wow! What a fantastic result for my vendors. Due to circumstances, we required an unconditional offer within a very short timeframe. I negotiated a great offer on this property within hours of the very first viewing and the only Open Home generated multiple buyers wanting to make a back-up offer. This property was sold within 5 working days!





...Coming to the market Easter Weekend

Trudee Clearwater M 021 022 88912

Nelson Spring & Fern Mike Rollo

M 027 435 2927

$700,000 Plus GST (if any) View by appointment


April 2021

- All afford fabulous views - Rarely to market - View from Easter Weekend onwards

Caroline Fletcher

M 027 453 5885

Call Caroline now for a confidential chat.

The Sprig & Fern on Hardy Street would have to be one of the city's top performing hospitality venues, busy from lunch time right through to the evening, then with a bustling late night trade. Located at the centre of the Hardy Street hospitality hub this business enjoys a huge following by both visitors and locals alike. Loyal regulars enjoy an after work drink and chat, free of TV's, videos and pokie machines in an old English pub style atmosphere. An outstanding opportunity to purchase a successful business with the iconic Sprig & Fern Brand.

Port Hills 3 Properties...

Licensed Agent REAA 2008

Platinum Blue

Britannia Heights 11 Crown Terrace






Mapua 47 Brabant Drive


Be prepared to fall in love with this elegant home that showcases a view that will mesmerize and leave you speechless. Giving you the feel of being on top of the world, the uninterrupted splendor Alex Geraghty before you offers the best of Nelson with sea, M 0275 252 321 bush and city views. Intelligently designed to complement this million dollar vista, this 3 bedroom home draws you in with the split level living leading you to the main event. The smart layout will impress with a modern open plan living and designer kitchen and offers a low maintenance, lock up and leave lifestyle.

This is a home you really need to get into to appreciate the expansive views that are on offer here! This delightful family home in a quiet location offers a spacious living area, study and three bedrooms, the main with ensuite and walk-in robe. There is also another generous room with an attached bathroom which could be used as an office or hobby room etc. There is a large internally accessed double garage and also a smaller separate garage suitable for storage or motorbikes. This is an ideal family home. Call Wendy to view!

Deadline Sale closes Tuesday 30th March at 4:00pm (unless sold prior) View by appointment

$1,249,000 View by appointment





Wendy Perry

M 027 249 1701

Market Comment We are certainly experiencing a very active property market, anyone trying to forecast where it will go next must have a pretty good crystal ball. The number of residential properties sold in February across New Zealand increased by 14.6% when compared to the same time last year (from 6,951 to 7,964) – the highest for the month of February in 14 years, according to the latest data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ). For New Zealand excluding Auckland, the number of properties sold increased by 6.1% when compared to the same time last year (from 4,890 to 5,189) In February, 9 out of 16 regions saw annual increases in sales volumes. Bindi Norwell, Chief Executive REINZ comments that...“Even with LVRs coming back into effect in March, we would expect to see sales volumes continue at a solid pace over the next couple of months; but this will in part rely on a steady stream of new listings coming onto the market.” Nelson: was a record equal month for February remaining on the same median price as January 2021 at $710,000, compared to a Median Sales Price one year ago of $575,000, a total 89 sales for the month and a total of 27 median days to sell Richmond: A Median Sales Price of $790,000 for February, compared to a Median Sale Price one year ago of $700,000, a total 22 sales for the month and a total of 27 median days to sell Nearly a third of NZ homes sold by auction in February – highest level of auctions ever. No one can accurately value a property in this market, the market dictates this with the limited stock numbers, Auction is the most open way to obtain fair market value as one of our vendors recently realised with their property selling for well above their desired reserve.


Chris Harvey Principal Licensed Agent REAA 2008


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