Nelson Magazine - December 2019

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The sweetness of summer SUMMER 2019/2020

RENOVATION ROYALTY Local home given The Block treatment




Nelson’s top picks

Why we are eating less meat







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CONTENTS F E AT U R E S 11–13 MELANOMA How the love of the outdoors turned deadly for one loving father 16–17

ONE NIGHT IN A ROCK HUT An overnight hike and a four year old, what could go wrong?


ICE CREAM The sweetness of summer on a cone


CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS It’s Christmas, but not as you know it


ALICE AND CALEB Renovation royalty turn their skills to local home


BEAUTY ON THE ROAD One man’s drive to bring classic cars back to life


NO MEAT, NO PROBLEM More of us are eating less meat. Is it a fad or a wider trend?



REGULAR 21 Fashion 24–25

On The Street


Things To Do


At Home


59 Recipe 62–63

What’s On


Social Pages

68 Gardening 69 Health

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love watching The Block NZ, and like the idea of renovating a house. So when we bought a home that needed a decent amount of work done to it seven years ago, I was pretty excited. It was my chance to feel like I was on The Block NZ. And it did, apart from the fact it took seven years to complete instead of seven weeks.



Cooking on a camp cooker when the kitchen was gutted, showering at friends down the road or at the gym when the shower was ripped out of the bathroom and hours spent pulling ivy or painting walls were all part of the fun. But now our home is completed (and actually sold last month for someone else to enjoy) I’m not that interested in doing it all over again, which is why I marvel at former The Block NZ winners, Alice and Caleb.

Not only are they doing it again, they haven’t stopped since appearing on The Block NZ, doing it several times over, visiting various regions up and down the country and renovating the homes they buy. They’ve just finished a villa in Richmond which went on the market at the end of November. We spoke to them about their journey and where they were heading next. Another highlight this month is our homage to one of summer’s ultimate treats – ice creams. I hope this magazine finds you in the very best of summer spirits. From the whole team at Nelson Magazine we wish you all a happy Christmas and healthy New Year.

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Sweetness of summer: Beaches, sun and… ice creams. They go hand in hand with summer in Nelson and this month we take a look at our favourite iced treat. Read the story on page 19.

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If you had people visiting Nelson Tasman, what is one thing you would recommend they do while here?

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Get amongst the beautiful outdoors which are all around us. Barnicoat Walkway is a must do with great views.

I like to take visitors to the South Street precinct then for a coffee at the Saturday market, or out for a craft beer.

When I have visitors, I take them to Golden Bay. If they’re lucky they get to hang in a harness halfway up a rock wall.

I’d take them on the walk from The Glenn to Cable Bay and then have a picnic at the beach at the end (and a quick dip in the sea).

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Danyell and Pete had just started a family when a shock melanoma threw their world upside down. Danyell speaks to Charles Anderson about living without Pete and why we all need to be more careful of the sun.


he walk up to Pete Adam’s bench is a thin, dusty track that winds through the back hills of Richmond. In the early summer, the sun flickers through branches, laying a dappled light on the path in front of Danyell Dixon and her three-year-old daughter, Charlize. Far ahead is Charlize’s ‘furry brothers’, Jake and Zeb, who don’t take her command that she wants to be out in front, leading the pack.

“She has a pretty strong will,” says Danyell. “She treats them just like siblings.” Danyell just calls them “her boys”. We are on this particular track, that starts from Easby Park and drifts up the hillside, because it is where Danyell used to walk with Pete. Even when he got sick, the pair would walk up here, taking in the air, and making use of the short distance from their home to the start of the track.

It was only nine months after his diagnosis when he collapsed and Danyell’s world turned on its head. But after Pete got sick, he found the walk harder and harder. It was only nine months after his diagnosis when he collapsed and Danyell’s world turned on its head. The ambulance was called and the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter came to transfer Pete to Christchurch. “It all happened so quickly,” Danyell says. She didn’t even have a chance to bring her wallet with her. Charlize was only two. In hospital, Pete deteriorated rapidly. He was there, and then he wasn’t. Danyell can still remember his last breath. It was short, strained and final. He was cremated in Christchurch and brought back up to Nelson. At the packed memorial service, Danyell asked that people did not bring any flowers but instead encouraged donations to melanoma research. “Sometimes it’s all so hard,” she says, keeping a strained eye out for Charlize who has bounded around a corner. “But I have to stay strong for her. She keeps me strong.”


Besides, that is what Pete would have wanted. He was only 43-years-old.

Pete, Jake, Charlize, Zeb and Danyell before Pete passed away from Melanoma last year.



CHARLES ANDERSON Danyell and Charlize at the seat that was installed to remember Pete Adams.

It was only a mole. A small, discoloured circle that appeared on Pete’s calf. At first, doctors didn’t diagnose it as anything serious. But Danyell and Pete thought, to be safe, they should get it removed. Pete was of fair skin. He was the kind of kid that played outside when he was young, when the dangers of the sun weren’t fully appreciated. Then, he grew into the kind of adult that also loved playing outside. He loved hunting, riding his mountain bike and the great outdoors. He loved life.

Fair skin is a risk factor, but so is a family history of it. Sunburn at any age increases risk of melanoma in later life and there is a greater risk of it with high doses of sun exposure, like during the summer holiday months. “He fought,” says Danyell. “He tried so hard. He tried to not show us how much pain he was in, but it was there, every day.” Occasionally, he would have a good day and he would gush to Danyell about how he was feeling. Perhaps this was the turning point, they hoped.

Danyell says he would do anything for anyone. Some of his mates called him “perfect Pete”.

At the top of the walk, Charlize is hungry. She gestures to the seat.

Those years must have taken their toll on his skin. Because, when he was finally diagnosed correctly, doctors found that cancer had spread throughout his body. The outlook wasn’t good but Pete did not want to give up.

Danyell pulls out a banana, some biscuits, some seaweed and the three-year-old plonks herself on her daddy’s seat and gets through her well-deserved meal.

“This is daddy’s seat,” she says.

Pete’s workmates at Waimea West made it. Danyell isn’t sure what spurred her to

Over 4000 people are diagnosed with melanoma every year in New Zealand – that’s around 13 every day. The disease accounts for nearly 80 per cent of all skin cancer deaths and New Zealand’s melanoma incidence rate is the world’s highest.


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get it done, but she felt Pete would have appreciated it. The view looks out through a valley. It’s the sort of view, she says, that he might have come across when he was hunting. You can barely see the ocean. You are surrounded on all sides by thick trees and green. “This was the sort of place he would like to be.” It is where she comes too. She misses talking to him. On the bench is a plaque that reads: “May this bench bring strength to those in times of need.” She thinks that Charlize was so much easier with him around. He was calm. She was calm. He had a way about him, a way to defuse the tension that can come with raising a small, strong-willed child. Life can get overwhelming at times, but she takes solace in the things she does for herself, like playing catchball or soccer. Her friends have also rallied around her. Danyell apologises for talking so much. She says that’s just her way. She makes friends easily and, while it is hard, she won’t shy away from telling Pete’s story. It needs to be told, she says. Because melanoma is something she does not wish on any person or any family.

He doesn’t look that unwell. He looks bright-eyed, alongside Danyell, their daughter and two dogs. She has another one for Charlize – of memories of her and her dad. “It’s important she remembers him, even if she is so young,” Danyell says. “I hope she will look back on those and it will be helpful for her.” They have talked about death. About how other kids have daddies. How she doesn’t have one here, but really, she will always have one. Recently, in broad daylight, Charlize looked up at the sky and said: “Look, a shooting star. Daddy sent that for us.” Danyell doesn’t know what Charlize saw that day, but it brought her peace knowing that she thinks of him like that - like the kind of dad who would send a shooting star for her daughter, even in the bright light of day.


“If it means one more person is more aware of it, and does something to get checked or prevent it, that’s what it’s all about.”

Protect your skin against UV radiation:

There is so much to do. Danyell’s house is turned upside down. She has taken it upon herself to finish the renovations to their home. It is work that Pete wanted to do himself, and did a fair chunk of, even when he was sick.

•  Slop on sunscreen (at least SPF30, broad spectrum and water resistant)

“It doesn’t matter to me so much, but I thought it would be good to get it done for Pete.”


“This is what he looked like, even when he was sick.”

Danyell, fishes through some boxes that are under some other boxes. She finds a photo album and starts flicking through it.

•  Slip on a long sleeved, collared shirt •  Slip into the shade

•  Slap on a broad brimmed hat that shades the face, neck and ears •  Wrap on close fitting sunglasses •  Protect your skin during the time of the day when UV radiation is highest. This is between 10am and 4pm during daylight saving months •  Don’t use a sunbed









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The team at Benjamin Black Goldsmiths, Renee DeGroot, Amy Cunningham, Benjamin Clark and Joel Fitzwell.


alking through the pristine glass doors into Benjamin Black Goldsmiths on Bridge Street, it’s near impossible to acquaint the stylish local jewellery house with its humble beginnings. And yet, it was just seven years ago that the acclaimed jeweller was emerging (quite literally) from a tiny shed perched on a rental property in Nelson’s Brook Street. Founders Benjamin Clark and Amy Cunningham had fallen in love. Not only with each other, but with a vision to bring a new, fresh approach to the age-old industry they had both come to adore. And so it was from that poky wooden workshop that Benjamin and Amy’s love story began. Original designs were born from a period of passionate dedication to their vision. Designs such as the Cirrus Ring, Infinity Ring and Ribbon Earrings are still sought after today - and it’s easy to see why. The designs displayed within the beautifully curated interior are unique yet wearable. Cabinets are tastefully adorned with carefully selected pieces, allowing visitors to appreciate the beauty, form and craftsmanship of each creation.


From engagement and wedding rings, to signet rings, earrings, pendants - the range of works is astonishing and the distinctive style is evident. From the studio the workshop is visible, which is where the real magic takes place. The trade certified jewellers, Benjamin Clark and Joel Fitzwell, can be seen (if not heard), hammering and forging their magnificent creations into being. The creative energy of the dynamic team is palpable - and with so much happening for this local jeweller, it’s easy to see why. “Over the years we have evolved from manufacturing and retailing jewellery, to also wholesaling and making for brands,” says Benjamin. Recently Benjamin Black Goldsmiths purchased a laser engraver, enabling them to add family crests, monograms and logos to signet rings, lapel pins and pendants. Having recently created lines for F45 gyms and other organisations, it’s a fantastic way for businesses (and families) to recognise and reward their people. Benjamin Black recently received a national retail award, in addition to a Deloitte Fast 50 accolade - not to mention Young Business Person of the Year 2018. It’s easy to see why our locally loved jeweller has become a household name throughout New Zealand.

The nationally stocked fashion jewellery brand, Black Matter, also sits under the Benjamin Black umbrella. The pieces from this bold and beautiful collection are all on display at 176 Bridge Street, with some excellent options for Christmas stockings in store. The gleaming finishes, colourful gemstones and clever combination of both yellow and white gold, make for a striking range that is easy to fall in love with. “We want people to find something they will wear and treasure now and for years to come. That’s why we do what we do, it’s all about love and longevity,” says Amy.

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ONE NIGHT IN A ROCK HUT The Nelson region is home to some amazing short trips for families. Here Charles Anderson takes his four-year-old on her first overnight tramp and lives to tell the tale…just.


e were only about 15 minutes into our journey when Ivie decided she didn’t want to walk any more. This was to be her first overnight tramp. It was to be her first overnight in a proper hut. It was to be a powerful experience of her connecting with our great outdoors, which was available right on our doorstep. She was getting older - four-years-old now. I thought it was the perfect time for us all to connect together, myself and her now 11-year-old brother, Elijah. It would be a beautiful weekend full of spotting birds, roasting marshmallows and telling stories by torchlight. “I’m tired,” Ivie whined. We had hardly even left the Flora Carpark, a 20-minute drive from Motueka, at the fringes of the Kahurangi National Park. I had been meticulous about our planning. Any possible event had been considered. My canvas Katmandu pack, which had served me well for almost 15 years, was packed to the brim with three sleeping bags, food, cooker, crockery and clothes for myriad weather scenarios. And a large bottle of red wine.



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It was heavy but I was focused. But then, there we were - trudging up the subtle gradient towards the Flora Hut, when Ivie decided that this wasn’t for her. “I don’t want to walk anymore.” It was a strong declaration, and one that threatened to derail the trip. After all, walking was a significant part of an overnight hut expedition. My actions now could dictate the outcome of the rest of the journey. “Just a bit longer,” I lied. The truth is I hadn’t really calculated how long the walk to the Gridiron Hut might be. The last time I had walked it was years ago with a group of friends, hell bent on completing the three-night Table Lands circuit on a long weekend. Back then we had arrived in the dark. But I was sure it wasn’t that far though, right? We sputtered to Flora Hut, me coaxing Ivie on with promises of chocolate and lollies. When we arrived we found a group of people busily stringing up sacks off the back of a ute. “Are you staying here,” a woman asked. “No, we are pressing on to Gridiron Hut,” I replied. “Oh, good because we are about to have a helicopter come in here.” Ah. I had managed to also plan our trip around the early stages of a poison drop. It wasn’t an issue but would provoke an interesting ethical discussion about the merits of killing animals to save animals. “Are we here now,” Ivie asked. We weren’t. I had promised her a rock hut – a tall ladder to climb up into a special place for us to sleep. It was going to be awesome, I told her. This wasn’t that. But I looked at her miserable little face and knew that if we were to make it there

then I would have to carry her. At fouryears-old, she had filled out. It was getting harder and harder to cradle her for long periods of time in my arms. That ability, like all parents of toddlers, had been built up over years of carrying around knackered and clingy kids. But looking at the distance sign at Flora Hut, I knew this was going to be a different sort of beast. It was supposedly going to take another hour and a half. We loaded up on crackers and cheese and chocolate. Then I handed Ivie’s pink Hello Kitty backpack to her brother, which he slung on his front like a trooper. Then I hauled Ivie up over my head in the most inelegant way and plopped her on my shoulders. This is going to be a terrible idea, I thought. But we made good headway. As we left the Flora Hut site, the helicopter came in and landed before taking back off over our heads. It made an exciting diversion to Ivie’s general boredom and my growing discomfort. Elijah and I swapped carrying her occasionally and, before long, we spotted our first weka – two of them and a baby. We spotted other birds too, tui and piwakawaka. We crossed a swing bridge over a river. This was pretty great, I thought. But the pain started to grow in the final 30 minutes. Ivie’s bum, perfectly positioned on the top of my neck, was forcing me into a sad, Quasimodolike hunch. By this stage my face likely resembled him too. But then, signpost after signpost, our confidence grew. We were on the right track. We were almost there. And then finally, on the final corner we saw it. Never have I been so happy to see a giant rockface with plastic covered mattresses thrown upon a deck built into the landscape. The kids clambered up the ladder and into the sleeping area. It was smaller than I remembered, and rather more precarious.

It was fun, but soon I realised that trying to sleep, toilet, eat and navigate ourselves up and down from here might be too much of an undertaking. So, I thought it might be a better option to go to the Upper Gridiron Hut, a short journey back up the track. It was still a hut built into the rockface. But here was a much more satisfying fire pit and sleeping arrangement. We fired up the cooker and made up some noodles. I pulled out a bottle of red wine and tried to drown my pain. Then we roasted marshmallows. The vision I had hoped for was eventuating. As darkness fell, the torches came on. We read stories and Ivie wanted to do a ghost story with a torch illuminating her face. It was about a witch that wanted to eat people with peanut butter. It was a sprawling tale featuring drama and “Jim the giant eagle” sprinkled with plenty of “wa ha haaa” evil laughs. Spoiler alert: the witch turned into a snake and flew to the moon. “Theeeee end.” Ivie sort of slept, but more wriggled around all night, sliding up and down the bed. We awoke to the sound of foreboding rain on the roof. The dreaded return journey. We ate breakfast and packed up. I would have to suck it up and get us back to the car as soon as possible. Ivie walking in the rain wasn’t going to be much of a good tone to end the trip on. So, I did something stupid – I carried her on my shoulders all the way back to the car. When we finally stumbled down that last stretch, the rain had subsided. I had since numbed myself to the pain. But then I lifted her up into her car seat and, ‘ping’, something twinged. Wa ha haa. Who was I fooling? “What’s wrong daddy?” “Nothing,” I lied through clenched teeth. Just that I was getting older too.

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Best Scoops


A good ice cream is synonymous with summer in Nelson. Matt McCrorie takes a look around the region to uncover the best scoop.

s summer finally begins, what better way is there to celebrate than paying homage to our favourite frozen treat? Stopping at a dairy during a long road trip, enjoying a delicious fruity ice cream at a berry farm, cooling down after a long day at the beach – a good ice cream is more than just a treat, it’s an essential part of summertime in our region. One of the best places to be during a summer in New Zealand, it’s no surprise that Nelson serves up a great scoop when it comes to ice cream. Purely in the name of research, I decided to spend a week eating ice cream and finding out what Nelson has to offer. From traditional ice cream to real fruit and gelato, here’s a short guide of what to try over summer. Penguino’s is the place to go if you’re wanting to try something a bit different.

While their classic flavours like chocolate and caramel are always great, with over 250 flavours, there’s sure to be something for the more adventurous. From beetroot sorbet to salted lychee or blackcurrant wine, there’s no shortage of creative combinations. Despite the wide range, the winner here was an unexpected delight, salted chilli pineapple, tangy and fresh, but with a bit of a kick. I can not rave about gelato enough. After recently spending a month in Italy, I’ve become hooked on the stuff. You can imagine my delight when I came across Gelato Roma. Made locally in Annesbrook, and served at Flock Café on Church St, these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to authentic Italian Gelato. I recommend their peanut butter gelato. Made with Pic’s peanut butter, it’s a great local spin on an Italian invention.

There are also a few great options here for the vegans in Nelson. Where better to stop on the way to a day at the beach than at Greenwood Park, on Appleby Highway? When I ordered my blueberry real fruit ice cream, the server told me that they don’t skimp, “we’re generous here.” He wasn’t lying. For $4.50, the creamy blend of blueberries and ice cream was gargantuan. One for good value, it was well worth it in my books. For those wanting to take advantage of summer fruits, make sure you check out Templemore real fruit ice creams (on Salisbury Rd, Richmond) While mixed berry is the most popular, I was intrigued by the range. With options like mango, passionfruit and feijoa, this is somewhere for the real fruit connoisseurs. Can’t decide? Mix and match till your heart’s content.




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TRENDING TASSELS They’re hard to miss when they’re hanging off most earlobes these days. Your colour options are basically that of the colour wheel… endless. They’ll always add a bit of personality to any outfit. A fun way to incorporate them into your outfit is by matching them with the colour of your shoes.


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eeanne Hobbs is a breath of fresh air in the world of fashion. For over twenty years she has been encouraging women of all sizes to feel good about how they look by designing clothes that flatter the NZ figure in ways that many imported clothes just don’t. “NZ women are shaped differently,” she says. “I am all about celebrating individuality and my techniques have been refined over many years to create garments that flatter and enhance a woman’s personality”. “Clothes are the primary means we use to show off who we are”, she continues. “I aim to make my garments comfortable enough for everyday wear but interesting enough to be worn for any occasion”.


Deeanne has always had a deep love for fashion. A flair for colour led to her establishing a very successful business painting her designs on platters and vases that were sold throughout the country. “I always had a hankering to turn my artwork into something that would enhance the NZ fashion scene and be completely different from anything else,” she says, so in 2008 the first Jellicoe collection was produced. “Essentially it was art wear, and I was thrilled at how it took off”. These days Deeanne creates eight ranges a year which are sold through the Jellicoe store and in many other clothing stores throughout the country. Her artistic skills are often put to good use designing fabrics that will enhance

her quirky style. Garments from her “Deeanne Hobbs” range are made onsite. Jellicoe is very much a family affair. Deeanne’s husband, Gareth has always been actively involved in the business and has just released his own range of designer shirts under the Sir Hobbs label. Daughter Brieanna helps out whenever she is able and Jellicoe mascots “Wilson” and “Coco Chanel” lend their paws as required. The Jellicoe store in the Whakatu Estate is not only a showcase for Deeanne’s designs, it also has a fabulous range of fabrics and the best range of exquisite trims in Nelson.



Jenny Tyne, executive assistant to the mayor at Nelson City Council What are you wearing?

JENNY: My dress is ‘Madly Sweetly’ from Hartleys. I love the colours. My shoes are Minx from the Minx shop in Hanmer Springs. My leather shoulder bag is from Tangos Shoes in Richmond. My necklace is from Sassy’s in Richmond and my gold bracelet and earrings I bought at the gold souk in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

GRANT: I am wearing a red leather jacket bought in America, my vivid paisley print shirt was bought online, black chinos are from Hallensteins and shoes are from Hannahs. My Maui hook is carved whale bone. What is your style?

JENNY: I’d say classic, feminine and elegant.

GRANT: An ecletic mix of masculine metrosexual, vibrant, tight, torn and textured gear. What is most of your wardrobe made up of?

GRANT: Lots of slim-fit shirts, tight t-shirts, textured and torn jeans, chinos and jackets. What are you loving at the moment?

JENNY: I’m loving the new summer range which is full of so much colour. There are lots of beautiful dresses and the jumpsuits are fun.

GRANT: I love the transformation that a jacket, either formal or leather, can create in an instant. Where do you buy most of your clothes from?

JENNY: I buy locally and also when I’m away on holiday. Locally I buy mainly from Trouble and Fox, Beetees, Karen Jordan, Sassy’s and Taylors Shoes. I don’t buy online except I do have a favourite shop I used to buy from when I lived in London. I do still buy the occasional item online from them as I know they will fit perfectly and no one else will be wearing the same thing here.

GRANT: In Nelson - Hallensteins, Barkers, Farmers and Hannahs. I also shop online and when I visit the USA.

JENNY: A lot of dresses and I confess

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season. But I know what I like and what suits me so sometimes I may buy something that I hadn’t been specifically looking for but jumps out at me.

GRANT: Must be masculine and metrosexual fitted.

GRANT: I enjoy exploring new styles

JENNY: Kate Middleton. She always looks

and ideas on a Saturday morning but consider each purchase and I am not opposed to a good bargain. What is your all-time favourite purchase?

JENNY: A black and white autumn/winter coat I bought in Canada which has some embroidery detail on it. It always attracts admiring comments.

GRANT: My montage black and white Marilyn Monroe dress shirt with contrasting red lip stick (on the shirt). What wardrobe item should everyone invest in?

JENNY: A great black leather jacket which can take you from daytime to evening.

If you could raid one person’s wardrobe who would it be? stylish and chic no matter what she is wearing.

GRANT: A combination of gear from James Dean and James Bond. Finish this sentence – You would never catch me wearing…

JENNY: Crocs. I love shoes but I could never bring myself to wear crocs – not even in the garden!

GRANT: Baggy pants where the crutch is down to the knees. Who’s style do you admire and why?

JENNY: I admire the way Mayor Reese dresses – she always looks classy and elegant.

GRANT: A blue leather jacket. Do you have a style rule you always obey?

JENNY: If it doesn’t make you feel confident, don’t buy it or wear it.

GRANT: Garry Munro from Trailways has an avant-garde style. I particularly like his flamboyant shirts, and he wears heaps of bling – more than I can get away with!




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or two years, Dragonfly by Mariposa has delighted locals and visitors to Takaka with their beautiful range of divine jewels and heavenly gifts. In early December, Dragonfly will join sister stores Soul and Mariposa in Hardy Street, Nelson. The space between the two stores has a wonderful old-wordly feel, a perfect

backdrop to showcase a treasure-trove of hand-selected jewellery, fabulous artworks, bold bronze statues and intricate wooden carvings. Mariposa was created 25 years ago by Tracey Brignole and her husband in Texas. They sourced and imported fabulous items from Guatemala, Mexico and Bali, selling at the famous medieval themed Renaissance Festival. Mariposa offered a range of earthy, tribal clothing and handcrafted wooden instruments. In time, a second site at the festival became available, and Dragonfly was born, giving Tracey an opportunity to delve further into her passion for jewellery, with a range of beautiful and affordable pieces. After returning to New Zealand with her husband in 2004, Tracey created the New Zealand version of Mariposa and opened her first clothing store in Takaka, followed by Mariposa Nelson in 2005. The stores sold fabulously funky frocks and several years later, shoes and boots were added to the mix, and Soul by Mariposa was born. “We started when the very colourful crocs were around; although we had very few styles, they were doing really well”, says Tracey. “So we expanded a bit more of the shoe range and moved the garments into a bigger store, keeping the smaller one as Soul, which is still going strong today.” Soul by Mariposa’s incredible range of unique, comfortable


footwear complements Mariposa’s colourful ethnic streetwear, and features world famous brands. In 2017 opportunity once more saw Dragonfly created, this time in Takaka. Tracey’s vision of beautiful rusticinspired, turquoisy furniture and glass cabinets blended perfectly to showcase Dragonfly’s stunning range of sterling silver, semi-precious stones and decorative items, creating a relaxed and calming space for customers to browse the treasures. Tracey loves the creative side of things. “I love sourcing and putting the ranges together, and creating beautiful spaces and atmospheres. And this is enhanced by our wonderful staff who will help you find just what you are looking for, even if you are not sure what that might be!” Now the owner of six stores and their popular online store, Tracey enjoys the challenges of keeping them all stocked with beautiful products while juggling life with her family and seven-year-old daughter. Of the later she says “It’s about being present in her life, so fortunately living in Golden Bay gives you time to smell the roses.” This philosophy is reflected in Dragonfly, creating the perfect atmosphere to pause and drink in the beauty surrounding you.




Blanca Iliya Portillo, Jose Jaime Diaz, Karol Diaz, Yonier Osorio and Sebastian Diaz are all getting ready for the Christmas season.

“I remember flying in very clearly,” he says. “I looked out from the plane and could see the whole city. We were excited but anxious.” “It was new, everything was new. We didn’t even know where we would be living.”

Nelson is home to thousands of people who come from other cultures with their own way of celebrating Christmas. Charles Anderson meets one family, who fled Colombia as refugees, to see how they plan on bringing a bit of their homeland to their new home.


hen Christmas comes around each year, Jose Jaime Diaz always feels a mix of emotions. He and his family moved to Nelson from Colombia almost three years ago.


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“It was very exciting but also we were nervous,” he says. “We didn’t know what to expect.” The Christmas decorations are already up in their Stoke home and plans are being made for the big day. That’s because Christmas in Colombia is a very big deal. Jose made the decision to move from South America after enduring years of threats of violence from the myriad of gangs and paramilitary groups that operate in parts of Colombia. His family spent years in Ecuador before signing up to become refugees. They were then allocated to come to New Zealand, and then, to Nelson.

Their fears were put to rest, however, with the help of Red Cross volunteers who assisted them settling into their new life. But they, and the 50 other Colombian families in Nelson, are keen to keep their traditions alive. So come Christmas, the Diaz home will be full of lights and colour. “For Colombians, Christmas is very important,” Jose says. “There are always lights strung up through the cities, there are trees and presents. But most importantly it brings families together.” From December 16 until Christmas Eve, many Colombians take part in ‘novenas’. These are special times when family, friends and neighbours come together to pray in the days leading up to Christmas. They are known as the ‘Novena de

Aguinaldos’ and often a different house hosts a meeting every night. As well as the prayers, people sing carols and eat lots of yummy foods. Jose says his family will make sweets from things like lemon and nuts to share with those neighbours. People like to decorate their homes with Christmas trees and other decorations. It’s very common for there to be candles and other lights displayed in windows or on balconies. Another very important Christmas decoration in Colombia is a nativity scene or ‘el pesebre’. In early December, children write a ‘Carta al Niño Dios’ or a letter to the baby Jesus asking for what presents they would like. The letter is placed in the pesebre. They hope that Jesus will bring them presents on Christmas Eve. “It’s very important because many Colombians live overseas but they come back for this time,” Jose says. Which is why it is also hard. While Jose brought his wife and two children with him, he had to leave one of his other children behind as he was already married himself.

Christmas in Colombian villages like Villa de Leyva are always full of lights.

A very popular Christmas dessert is ‘Natilla’ which is a set custard. “Everyone seems to be happy, but it is not always what you see,” he says. “You are thinking about family and what you have left behind.”

“We have mixed feelings. We are here but we have lost something also. There is this feeling that we always have someone gone.”

After the Christmas meal, many people will go to a midnight mass church service. Some people stay up all night, so Christmas Day is a day for relaxing and eating up leftovers.

So, they flood their home with fun. On December 24 they will gather the whole extended family around and have a midnight meal filled with food and drink. Then they will dance and laugh to the early hours. This is the main Christmas meal which is called ‘Cena de Navidad’.

On December 28 people celebrate Innocents Day, which is like April Fool’s Day, with lots of jokes and fun.

The dishes often include ‘lechona’ (pork stuffed with rice and peas), ham, turkey or a chicken soup called ‘Ajiaco Bogotano’. Other popular foods around Christmas are ‘Buñuelos’ (cheesy fritters), arepas (a thick dish made from corn) and ‘hojuelas’ (a fried pastry with sugar and jam).

He says Christmas is a time when many different emotions come up – you are happy, but you are sad. “You remember everything you have and everything you left behind. Then you start missing family and friends, people who you used to spend time with.” However, he takes solace in the community of Colombians who have settled in Nelson. They too understand as they all share a similar story of uprooting their lives.

But Jose, who works as a painter in Nelson, says, above all, Christmas is a time for celebrating what you have.

There are around 100 Colombians living in Nelson, all of whom came to the city as refugees fleeing the fallout of the long-running civil war.

“It was a hard choice to decide to leave our home but really it was the only choice we had,” he says. “It’s what we needed to happen.”

They all try to get together and have an event over Christmas to make sure that their new home in New Zealand feels a little more special at Christmas time.

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ARTISTIC FAMILY SHARES PASSION FOR MAKING THINGS For the dedicated artist, success often pales in comparison with the joy they get from designing, creating and finishing their work.


uch is the life for one Nelson family, whose love of glassblowing has not only spanned three generations, but has taken them on a journey that has allowed them to follow their dreams and their hearts. Ola Höglund and Marie Simberg-Höglund have worked together for almost five decades now, creating stunning glass artwork that has earned them global praise with pieces that are highly collectible and can complement any home or special place. “We are a small family business,” says Ola. “Our two sons are also glassblowers. Oliver is creating his designer lighting – SØKTAS, in Australia, and Ossian, who is also a trained glassblower, works at our Appleby Studio. With our two grandchildren now at primary school, our daughter-in law Annabel has now joined us too, and is training to become a glass artist.” The Höglunds make a wide variety of unique glass which is distinctively bold and beautiful; from vibrant vases and goblets, pretty paperweights and perfume bottles, to colourful platters and bowls and lovely fused


glass jewellery. “Now that Ola and I are approaching retirement age we will be splitting our time between our studio in Central Otago and our Lansdowne Road studio. We just all really enjoy making things whether its glass, jewellery, painting, sewing, cooking, baking, it doesn’t matter- it’s the act of making which is important to us,” says Marie. The Höglund’s incredible journey began many years ago when a man called Erik Höglund who worked for the famous Boda Glassworks, revolutionised the art of glass in Sweden. His innate talent and love of the craft has been carried through the generations. Ola and Marie first met while glass training at Kosta Boda and Orrefors Glassworks then went to Eswatini in Africa and started Ngwenya Glass in 1978. The couple then explored New Zealand and fell in love with the South Island, setting up their first glass studio at Craft Habitat in Nelson in 1984. Upon moving to their current Appleby studio, with a purpose-built glass furnace and larger studio, they were able to expand their range and make glass in all colours imaginable.

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Gallery filled with unique glass gift ideas Visitors and locals love to visit the Höglund’s vibrant gallery-showroom on the outskirts of Richmond, with its lovely rural aspect. It is filled with lots of new, unique art glass which make fabulous Christmas gifts, birthday presents for friends and family, or statement pieces for a new or existing home or business. They are also great end-of-year ‘thank you’ gifts. “We make glass in all sizes and shapes, priced from $49,” says Marie. “We offer wrapping and gift boxes to make Christmas shopping easier for customers.”

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Renown for its golden beaches, stunning natural landscapes and thriving arts and crafts scene, the Nelson-Tasman region at the top of the South Island, is bursting with activities for locals and visitors alike.


ith so much to see and do, it’s hard to know where to begin. Everyone loves to explore the three stunning National Parks, see the crystalclear waters at Te Waikoropupu Springs or head to Cape Farewell to enjoy scenic views, the beautiful birdlife and playful seals basking on the rocks. Nelson-Tasman is bursting with artistic talent– discover local art with painters, sculptors, glassblowers and jewellers and visit some of the many galleries or studios and perhaps buy a lovely work to take home and treasure. Nelson’s iconic Saturday Market can’t be missed. If you don’t have time to travel around the entire region, here’s where you will find a fantastic representation of the best on offer. From cheesemakers, bakeries and butchers through to artworks, homewares and clever crafts, make sure you take a couple of good sized bags as it’s a challenge to leave without making a purchase or two.


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If you can’t get to the Saturday market, don’t despair. Motueka holds its market every Sunday, and Mapua and Marahau have one each in early January. Our region, home to all of New Zealand’s hops, has become known as the craftbrewing capital and was even named ‘Top Cider City’ by National Geographic. With an abundance of brews made right here, it would be a shame to let the summer holidays go by without sampling a few. Nelson also produces some of the world’s best wines with many of the local vineyards offering you the opportunity to call in and taste their wares. Take the time to explore the Abel Tasman which is accessible by walking, cruiseboat or kayak – watch the seals and dolphins along the way. Or go by land and enjoy the spectacular Abel Tasman

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Murchison offers a dose of adventure where the thrill of white-water rafting and kayaking await, and where you can experience world class fly fishing or jetboat through the spectacular Buller Canyon. Find out why people flock to Mapua every summer. There’s a wide range of retail outlets and places to eat, both in the village itself and at the Mapua Wharf. Any local will tell you that no summer holiday can be considered complete unless you’ve taken a leap off the Mapua Wharf.

ANATOKI SALMON FARM If you are headed over the hill to Golden Bay and you are looking for a fun activity, don’t go past Anatoki Salmon Farm. Situated just minutes out of Takaka on the banks of the Anatoki River, you’ll find a magical spot where you can cast your line and land your lunch. No experience is required for this fishing activity, it’s suitable for all ages and they provide you with the use of their fishing gear at no charge. Watch salmon back-flip out of the water, listen as they splash on the surface, keep

While on your travels, be sure to visit Motueka. It’s the home base to many adventures in the Abel Tasman region, as well as a mecca for anyone looking to enjoy a retail experience beyond compare. The main street boasts a wide range of locally owned businesses that promise shopping like it used to be, complemented by some truly fantastic options for a bite to eat. With so many delectable restaurants and cafès dotted around the NelsonTasman region, you will be spoilt for

choice deciding where to eat. Most of them stock treasures from the local breweries and vineyards, so provide a perfect opportunity to taste the very best food and drinks. Then, afterwards you can always take a wander around the myriad boutique shops or stroll through one of Nelson’s many beautiful parks like Queen’s Gardens, Isel Park, Miyazu Japanese Gardens, Gardens of the World in Richmond or Pethybridge Rose Garden in Motueka.

your eye out for the big one, and feel the thrill as the salmon teases your line with nibbles just before you reel it in and land it with delight. Enjoy your freshly caught salmon prepared hot smoked and ready to eat in the cafe or take it away fresh for the BBQ. If you have a house full of guests staying over the holidays, Anatoki Salmon Farm ticks a lot of boxes. Not only can you treat them to an experience they won’t forget, you’ll have delicious salmon to feed them when you get back home. Anatoki Salmon farm is open 7 days a week, year-round.

QUINNEY’S BUSH CAMP If your idea of a camping spot is a predetermined few square metres of space in which you need to squeeze in your tent, car and camping paraphernalia, then you are in for a real surprise when you visit Quinney’s Bush. This popular back to basics adventure camp, set in spacious grounds of 10 hectares with native trees and safe river swimming, has been a firm favourite for local families for generations. Just 52 kms from Nelson, it’s a place where you’ll want to go back to time and time again. Quinney’s Bush provides the perfect setting for just your family, and an even better one if you like to camp with

extended family and friends. Tents can be set up together, so you form your own little community within the camp. It is pure heaven for the kids with children’s programs and go-karting during peak season, water slides, flying foxes, skate parks and bike tracks. Don’t be surprised if they take off on their bikes in the morning and you don’t see them again until they’re hungry. Being proudly wi-fi free, Quinney’s Bush gives the opportunity to really step back and rediscover the good old-fashioned alternatives to screen time. On the practical side, there’s communal kitchens, toilets and showers, a camp store and BBQ’s. If you are looking for true Kiwi Camping that’s close to home, and a holiday that is like no other, head to Quinney’s Bush.


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Whether you can spare five minutes or a few hours, they’ll be well spent with us. Feel the rush of the Cometline ride, experience the thrill of the Jet boat, walk the heights of NZ’s longest swingbridge, pan for abundant gold treasure, or simply enjoy one of the many nature walks.

Buller Canyon Jets have won Trip Advisor’s excellence awards 7 times in a row, Lonely Planet rates them highly, and they have won NZ Rankers best jet boat NZ award. Your trip includes access across New Zealand’s longest swingbridge and 40 thrilling minutes on the water. It’s an adventure that the whole family will enjoy. Be prepared to get wet!

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Chill out at Nayland Pool

Fairfield Heritage House & Woodland

What to do on a hot, sunny day? Head our way for a swim! Nayland Pool is a summer favourite, offering Family Fundays at the Day Raves, and also the Chillout Holiday and Afterschool Programmes. The kids love our dive well and inflatables, and adults appreciate the heated outdoor pool, and also the places to relax with an ice-cream between dips.

Nestled in seven acres of beautiful woodlands and gardens, Fairfield House with its spacious verandahs and unique observation tower has gracefully overlooked Nelson city since 1872. Enjoy the regular concerts and theatre or hire Fairfield for your very own celebration.

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MARUIA RIVER RETREAT Just a two-hour drive from Nelson, right by the Maruia River, The Maruia River Retreat is the newest stunning boutique lodge where guests are invited to disconnect and reconnect, rest and relax, and explore and celebrate. Seven luxury villas, all self-contained, are nestled within a 500-acre nature estate, guests are welcomed with a sense of being far away from the clutter of everyday life and invited to find shelter at the core of what is truly beautiful and peaceful. The ultimate venue to foster healing, relaxation and personal growth,

complimentary yoga classes are offered to all guests. Guests also have access to a wide variety of relaxation and rejuvenation treatments at their Wellness Spa, which has a built-in sauna to unwind and detox. After a day exploring the extensive natural estate encompassing a pristine native Beech forest, long-established gardens and walking trails, unwind with a drink in the bar before dinner. Maruia River Retreat showcases beautiful food and produce from in and around the Tasman region true NZ pastoral cuisine. Offering different packages and specials throughout the year, keep an eye on their facebook page for one that suits you.

The Maruia River Retreat villas look out over the river and lush native bush.

ACROMODERNLAB WORKSHOP A workshop with flare, featuring international performers from the largest show business companies in the world, is coming to Nelson from January 27-31, 2020. The five-day AcroModernLab workshop features performers from Cirque du Soleil, Franco Dragone and Notre Dame de Paris and is open to all kids who love to move, especially dancers, acrobats, athletes and performers. AcroModernLab is an international project committed to sharing their experience and passion for modern-contemporary dance and floor acrobatic through their workshop programme. For more info visit Left: Cirque du Soleil performer, Alberto Poli will be one of the expert instructors at the AcroModernLab workshop at the end of January.

You are clearly spoilt for choice for things to do in the Nelson-Tasman region. So ‘happy holidays’ – it’s going to be blast!



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GIVE AN EVENING OF SUMMER MUSIC DELIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS Some of the finest opera and contemporary singers in NZ. NZSO with Tami Neilson, Jason Kerrison, Joel Amosa and Eliza Boom. 15 Feb, Trafalgar Park, Nelson.

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A Nelson home is getting ‘The Block’ renovation treatment from the TV show’s 2013 winners, Alice and Caleb Pearson. Nelson Mag spoke to them about their year-long “renovation road trip” where they plan to “renovate, travel and explore” at the same time. What inspired you to take a renovation road trip? Our whole lives we have been Aucklanders. We never had a problem admitting that…until we moved to the South Island! We’ve had the most experience in the Auckland property market, both in our personal renovation projects and within Caleb’s career as a development manager. We always wanted to travel as a family but the challenge was Caleb and I are very different. Caleb would be happy exploring all day, every day. He is an active relaxer and is wired for adventure! He’s been wanting to try and live overseas for the past 10 years now. I’m not made for suitcase living, I need a home base. Two weeks is enough for me - holidaying with nothing to do but sunbathing and sipping cocktails and then get me back to a project, so we came up with ‘The Renovation Road Trip.’ It is kind of like an OE but exploring our own big backyard of New Zealand, just doing it differently. Sort of a compromise... but when we think of it, really it’s the best of both worlds. Our first stop on our road trip was a 1910’s Mudbrick home in Alexandra, Central Otago which was named our Charmer in Alexandra. A lot of people asked how we made the choice to move to there... it helped it was the first offer that got accepted after putting over 10 offers on other houses in Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Alexandra, Napier, Wanaka and Queenstown. We thought the house was something special - the heritage, the style and layout - we saw a lot of potential. And after finding out more about Alexandra - we realised the location was perfect for us. It was in the centre of so many places we wanted to explore and the market seemed strong.


How long will you live in Nelson for? We moved to Nelson in May and started the renovation in June. The plan was also to finish the renovation by 2019 and move back to Auckland in 2020, so that our oldest child can start school there. How much of the ‘Diamond in Richmond’ renovation did you do yourself? After years of doing renovations in weekends and weeknights – this house has had our full attention and DIY skill set. I singlehandedly hung most of the wallpaper in the house, did all the painting and took charge of the interior design and planning. Caleb did the majority of the building work, including installing the kitchen, building wardrobes and feature doors, tiling, floor sanding, paving and installing the deck. How did you find this house? Picking our next location was a lot easier the second time around. Before we left Auckland we had already spent a lot of time researching, making offers and getting familiar online with different towns. We actually knew the Nelson region was one spot we definitely wanted to get to - even though neither of us had spent any time there. Why? Initially it was all anecdotal, hearing comments from people we know who rave about the area and what’s on offer. This alone was compelling enough. Once we decided on Nelson as a location, we found the listing and it was the first house we decided to put an offer in on a deadline sale and we ended up being the only ones! The owner was keen to sell and accepted our offer. As Caleb likes to say with property “don’t rush, act quickly”. Caleb did plenty of research on the area and house prices but put in the offer again without seeing it. Caleb then flew to Nelson to see the house before we went unconditional – the kids and I saw it for the first time the day we moved in.

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We spent about a month planning this renovation before we started – that is the key to getting things done – plan the work, work the plan. What do you enjoy most about renovating? The challenge of renovating – having to problem solve, make creative decisions and make it work within a budget. It is a lot of work – but also very satisfying at the end of it. What advice would you give to first time renovators? Don’t rush. Don’t rush making decisions or getting started. Make sure you allow plenty of time to have a plan you are happy with; find the right products you want to add and hire the right team to work with you. We spent about a month planning this renovation before we started – that is the key to getting things done-plan the work, work the plan.

Had you had much renovation experience before appearing on the Block? We had actually done 3 renovations before The Block – I applied for us to be on the show because I figured our lives already were like The Block, so we would feel right at home! Which was the case – we don’t mind living in a construction site. And turns out our kids don’t mind it either (or just don’t know any different.)

Secondly, don’t rush the process. Don’t take short cuts and don’t compromise on quality over time. It is easy to just want to get it done but it always seems to be the same story when it comes to renovations – everything takes longer than you expect. So expect it will take a while, and just enjoy the DIY ride!

Being on the show obviously didn’t put you off renovating? Not at all, it made us love it more so we haven’t stopped – this is our 10th renovation! Once this house is finished what do you plan to do with it? We are selling our house. This will be the 5th house we have sold after renovating – but this by far will be the hardest to leave. We really have given this house so much TLC – it is truly a diamond. Where did you get your design inspiration from for this house? I get my inspiration from the original house design and style. I love the heritage of a home and enhancing it, while still adding my own style. What has been your worst experience during a renovation? It’s hasn’t just been The Block where we have had late nights renovating, sometimes to keep to schedule, or to spend time with the kids during the day, we will work quite late at night. Caleb holds the record for this renovation, staying up until 3.30am one night adding new plasterboard to the walls and then plastering.

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As you walk along the fern-lined boardwalk to the entranceway, you’ll notice a glass panel front door which when open, throws light across polished concrete floors in the 2.7m stud living areas. The incredible kitchen has features or those who are considering to burn, including a pyrolytic oven and building, this pavilion-style induction hob, stone benchtops with Design and Build home is a must see. Its Jarrah trim and features that tie back to expansive glass and skylights bring in the surrounding landscape and the 100% cedar a floating mahogany wall-cabinet in the living room. The splashback is a window cladding and trim is beautiful. At 228m2, that looks out to native bush on the with three large bedrooms and separate 800m2 site, while a cornerless kitchen living areas, there is more than enough wall opens up to possibly the best Kwilla room for the family to spread out and enjoy this stunning home. patio and portico in Richmond.


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A pizza oven enhances the indoor-outdoor living space, where you can entertain or relax bathed in late evening sun. The huge windows and stackers are all thermally broken with Low E glass to give added warmth and natural light to the bathrooms, lounge and living areas. Bold tile choices in the bathroom and ensuite provide a talking point and inspiration to get more adventurous when building a new home. Open the bi-fold doors and sit among native flora full of pungas and ferns while you take a bath. Simply stunning. For more info, visit


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our years ago, when a couple with two young children were living in Nelson they fell in love with the region and its climate, so they decided to one day return here. Nigel Houareau and Monique Stravens had grown tired of the hustle and bustle of big city living, so they began searching for jobs in Nelson and as soon as one came up, they were ready to make the move. After shifting here last year, Monique, who is a doctor, began her new role at Nelson Hospital and Nigel continued his career as a quantity surveyor. The couple are also busy raising Olivier (7yrs) and Dominic (5 yrs). “We always knew that one day we would buy our own home, so for a long time we have been putting ideas down on paper of what we would like,” says Nigel. “But we couldn’t find anything we wanted for the amount of money we could afford, so we waited for around 6 months, then the section we decided to buy came up with Signature Homes. So, we thought, why don’t we try something new and build our own place, using our own ideas?” Initially the couple looked at Signature’s pre-designed plans but decided to go for something completely fresh using their ‘Design and Build’ option to get what they really wanted. Nigel says the location of their section was dictated by the need for Monique to promptly attend medical emergencies, so they had to live within a 15-minute radius of the hospital. Fortunately, the section they found is not only central, but it comes with lovely views of the lush green hills beyond.




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Open plan living with indoor-outdoor connection Monique and Nigel wanted their first house to have a modern, open-plan design. “Being quite a young family, what we realised after renting for 12 years was that we spend a lot of time around the kitchen, living and dining area. So that was the focal point, where the kids can do their own thing – you can be in the kitchen and sit and eat and someone can be in the living room and you can still feel connected from a distance.”

Architectural elements add interest Monique and Nigel’s choice of architectural features has given the house its modern feel including its American Ash staircase which is framed by striking vertical timber. “We love the openness from the downstairs to the upstairs which makes the house look bigger,” says Nigel.

Nigel says Signature did a really good job of working open plan and functionality into the design. “Outside there is lots of space for the kids to play and there is a huge Kwilla deck area. All of the windows are bifold, like around the sink. You can actually bring the outside in and viceversa – everything just opens up. The design really suits us because we are warm weather people – it’s why we came to Nelson.” On the upper level are the bedrooms, study and kid’s area, with central heating being a major priority for warmth during the cooler months.

Other great features include the honed concrete block walls at the entrance way and window seat for reading and relaxing in the open plan living area. The home’s luxurious bathrooms are the perfect place to retreat and rejuvenate; in particular the master ensuite with its freestanding bath next to a very large window with lovely views to the bush-clad hills. The walk-in black and white tiled shower is also a stand-out feature. The indoor-outdoor connection is perfect for the family during summer, and in the winter, large-sized windows capture the lovely view and maximise the sunlight. The home has a fabulous exterior - vertical timber cladding which is paired with black panels, and together with a black garage door and blackframed glazing, it has created a stylish, contemporary finish.



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The process and overcoming challenges “Because we already had ideas in our head, it was about conveying to Signature what we wanted to achieve,” says Nigel. “Although the build process had its challenges, Signature had enough resources and tools to make it work and we were really happy with the end result. The duration of the build was exactly what we wanted; the building work began in September 2018 and we moved in at the end of May this year. Keeping on top of our budget was one of our main challenges, all of which weren’t related to the builder. If the engineer says the foundations aren’t good enough and it’s something that needs to be redone, you can’t walk away from it. There was a lot of engineering along the way plus numerous changes, so staying within our budget was definitely challenging. The Signature team put a lot of effort into building our home and ultimately, it’s the perfect outcome for our family.”

Plenty of build options at Signature Homes At Signature Homes, clients can choose from a variety of existing plans, changing anything to suit their preferences. They can work with in-house designers to create an entirely unique plan from their own vision. They can bring in their own architect or designer to collaborate with Signature Homes and create their ideal home. They can knock down and rebuild, subdivide, or choose a house and land package. Whatever method the client chooses, all homes come with Signature’s comprehensive guarantees – “The best in the country.”




Mike Wilson can see a future where classic cars are rebuilt with electric engines. But before then he has some restoring to do. Charles Anderson speaks to the man who once designed office furniture but now creates Nelson’s automobile dreams.


ut the back of the WOW Museum, Mark Wilson and his Cartel team are busy trying to get the most beautiful car in the world ready for summer. The man who founded Ferrari gave it that label. But right now, the 1965 Series 1 Jaguar E-Type doesn’t look anything like that. Its distinctive nose has been torn off, leaving it stunted and naked. However, it does reveal a six-cylinder engine that looks almost brand new, with parts that shine. This car has been sitting in Mark’s garage for three years. “That is actually how long a full restoration takes,” he says. “You see TV programmes where they do it in a week. But that’s not a restoration, that’s a tart up.” His local Nelson client, who is particularly private, now wants it to drive around in the Top of the South sun. He bought it off someone who had purchased it in the United States. It came into New Zealand in bits and a rusty shell. When it is finally done, it will be a labour of love, and an investment. Fully refurbished E-Types like this can go for between $250,000 and $300,000 on the open market. Mark used to design office chairs, tents and backpacks. As an industrial designer in New Zealand, he tried his hand at

anything. But he also grew up in a petrol head family. His father was a jeweller who seriously dabbled in tuning up cars, and his uncle was a race car driver. For Mike, that turned into a passion for cars. “I love form,” he says, eyeing up a Citroen DS. “Like this one,” he says of the curious French creation that graced the roads in the 1950s. “You either love it or you hate it. I love it. It has character.” Out the back of the Cartel garage is the larger collection that belongs to the WOW Classic Car Museum. There are 150 classics here in total and Cartel has the contract to upkeep them all. Mike has a goal to get WOFs for each and every one of them – from the 1916 Locomobile Speedster and 1908 Renault AX, all the way up to a Porsche Speedster. “Cars are emotional things,” he says. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a classic like these or the family wagon, you have an emotional connection to it. People come in here and they say, ‘that’s the car I learned to drive in’ or ‘that’s the car I lost my virginity in’.” Mike has an emotional connection to cars too. When he bought the business three years ago, he had a vision to create replica cars that were built as nicely as the originals but worth only a fraction of the cost.

Cars are emotional things. It doesn’t matter if it’s a classic like these or the family wagon, you have an emotional connection to it. Mike Wilson

The one he is pointing to now is a replica of the one James Dean died in, a Porsche 550 Spyder. “A real one could set you back $5 million,” he says. So, Mark has a vision of turning Cartel into a company that builds high quality replicas that might only cost $80,000. “That’s much more affordable for someone. We want to do that with lots of classics.” He also thinks that, the way things are going, it won’t be long before people are bringing in their E-Types to be converted into electric vehicles. “You have to stay ahead of the times.” But before that happens, he has a long line of restorations to get through. Including the E-Type, which needs to become the most beautiful car in the world, just in time for summer.


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DIETS ON THE RISE IN NELSON New Zealanders are among the biggest meat eaters in the world, but new research suggests that’s changing, thanks to a new range of options hitting our shores and shelves.

Words: Matt McCrorie

No meat? No problem. Gone are the days of lazy side salads dressed up as a ‘vegetarian option.’ It’s 2019, and meatless diets are on the rise around the world, with the terms ‘flexitarian’ or ‘flexible vegetarian’ becoming increasingly popular for those who want a more balanced diet but don’t quite want to give up their meat. And it’s not just trending overseas. New research shows that 1 in 3 New Zealanders are actively reducing their meat intake or have cut it out of their diet entirely. The new study, conducted by Colmar Brunton, found that 31 per cent of New Zealanders could be classed as ‘flexitarians’ or people eating less meat in favour of more vegetarian options, while 3 per cent consider themselves vegetarian or vegan.


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There are many arguments for a meatless diet. Health reports often link red meat to a range of diseases, welfare groups advocate to end cruelty towards animals, and then there’s climate change. Environmental groups continue to argue that reducing our meat consumption is essential if we want to reduce carbon emissions. But why are a growing number of people reducing their meat intake without becoming vegetarian or vegan? While we’re still big meat eaters, the demand for more plant-based foods has soared in the last year, with an 18 per cent increase in those whose diets were categorised as flexitarian in the last year. So, what has changed?

Most people are keen to give it a go because good food is just good food. – Tejas Arn, East St Vegan Café

Tejas Arn, owner of East St Vegan Café in Nelson, says that this can be attributed to a boom in more meatless options and overall better quality of plant-based food. “There have been mock meats around for years, but a lot of the new meatless options that we’re getting, Sunfed Chicken, Beyond Burgers, are new to New Zealand and are becoming hugely popular.” Burger Culture, who have recently been experimenting with more meatfree meals, says the demand for more meatless options in Nelson is consistently growing. This year they launched the ‘Beyond Burger’ – a beef substitute made from soy protein, potato protein, coconut oil, sunflower oil and heme, that mimics the taste and texture of meat. It was a huge success, selling out six weeks before their next shipment was due to arrive in the country. “We had people ringing us every day, asking if we had it back. Most of those customers were meat-eaters,” says operations manager Zoe Williams. While they had expected the new meatfree option to do well among vegetarians and vegans, Zoe said that the demand from non-vegetarians was huge. From June-August 2019 they observed a 36 per cent increase in sales of vegetarian burgers compared to the same period in 2018. Out of the 392 vegetarian burgers they sold, 307 were Beyond Meat. “We’ve seen so many of our regular customers cut down on meat simply because there are more options now. I think having more of a choice makes it easier. Five of our staff members have stopped eating meat simply because there are more options out there.” According to market watch, 95 per cent of people who order vegetarian burgers when eating out aren’t even vegetarians, and while vegetarians and vegans are contributing to the growth in the plantbased trend, they still make up such a small percentage of the population for

them to be the main factor when it comes to more and more meat-free diets. Tejas, from East St says that they’ve had a similar experience. As the only solely vegetarian café in Nelson (recently gone vegan) Tejas says that they’ve seen a shift in attitudes over the last 10 years since they first opened their doors and that in part, it’s about having good food on the table. “When I first opened East St, I trusted that non-vegetarians would love our food. Most people are keen to give it a go because good food is just good food.” Salads, lentil soups and plain omelettes – all meals that characterised vegetarianism in the past, are out the window now, in part thanks to the rise of foodie culture and celebrity chefs – like Nadia Lim, and her new ‘Vegful’ cookbook, which have helped making the transition to a meatfree diet a little easier. Even the most faithful carnivores will happily cook a Nadia Lim recipe, or choose to spend their Friday night at a funky vegetarian café like East St. With only 3 per cent of the population eating a completely vegetarian or vegan diet, Tejas says there’s no way their business would have been running for nearly 10 years if they only served vegetarians and vegans. “I think now people are starting to see that there are so many other options. People seem to be appreciative; they love having somewhere they can come for a meat-free option, and they know it’s fresh, good food.” Attitudes about eating less meat have also changed, Tejas says. “It used to be a real hippie thing, to be a vegetarian or vegan. I used to hate those words. But now suddenly it’s popular.” A lot of young people are getting involved, and becoming more socially conscious, Tejas says. “I think it goes to show that you can still enjoy food, good food, without having to eat meat all the time.”

Effortless Entertaining Not surprisingly, you want to be the ‘hostess with the mostest’. So rather than spending excessive amounts of your time scrolling through the internet to find quirky ways to arrange your cheese on a platter, we’ve pulled together some of our top tips to keep the guests out of your ear and the entertaining effortless. Words: Jess Murray


Summer lovin’: we can’t change the weather, but we can try our best to plan around it. Despite it seeming like an obvious tip, make sure you’re prepared for four seasons in one day. There’s nothing worse than hosting an outdoor party and the weather turns. If you’re well prepared, executing plan B will be much less stressful then having to wing it on the day.

You’re in luck: just because you’re hosting the event doesn’t mean that you should do all of the heavy lifting. Having a potluck styled event allows for some of the work to be shared around. Not only that, but people who have food allergies or preferences could bring a dish that they’ll be able to both eat and enjoy.

(Not so) fine China: while grandma’s china that has been passed down for generations, usually makes an appearance at these sorts of events, it’s not the be all and end all of your gatherings. Paper plates and cutlery are a much cheaper, more practical option with zero dishes and won’t break hearts if it’s accidentally dropped on floor; the same can’t be said about the china. Grandma will understand.

Quality not quantity: decorations are a nice touch but it’s unnecessary to attempt to transport your guests into a new world. Something as simple as flowers or a mason jar filled with fairy lights are an easy way to make a space look like you’ve slaved over it for hours. Besides, isn’t it more about the company than the presentation?

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CRAB, PRAWN & PEA RISOTTO It’s always good to have a go-to recipe — one that’s quick and easy enough to eat every day but has such a delicious blend of flavours that you can proudly serve when you have special guests to impress. This month Helen Murphy, head chef at Cod and Lobster Brasserie, has shared one of her favourites. We hope you enjoy it!

Serves 4



20g butter

Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter, olive oil, onion & celery and cook for 6-8 minutes until soft.

Season with some of the parmesan, parsley, lemon zest & juice and salt & pepper.

Meanwhile place the stock in a separate sauce pan and bring to a slow simmer.

Serve over 4 bowls and sprinkle with remaining parmesan.

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, finely diced 1 stick of celery, finely diced 1 cup white wine 4 1/2 cups fish stock 2 cups arborio rice 200g crab meat 200g prawns, cut into pieces 100g peas 1 lemon, zest & juice 1/2 cup grated parmesan 1/4 parsley, finely chopped Sea salt & cracked black pepper

Add the rice to the onion & celery mixture, stirring over a medium heat for 2 minutes or until the rice becomes translucent. Add the wine and let this reduce. Then add the hot stock, 1 cup at a time, stirring continuously, until each cup is absorbed and the rice is al dente. This should take around 20 minutes. Lastly, add the peas and crab & prawn meat.

Cod & Lobster Brasserie is a seafood restaurant and cocktail bar located in the heart of Nelson. Enjoy the best seafood from around New Zealand, meticulously mixed cocktails and fresh, regional fare — including beef, lamb and venison. Open for brunch, lunch, dinner and tapas.



Freshly Brewed Coffee & Delicious Daily Fare Our relaxing atmosphere engages you as soon as you step inside. Immediately, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and the delicious daily fare sets your mouth watering.

Xmas is here!

Speak to one of our staff about your Christmas function at one of our venues. We can offer a range of options to suit most budgets and both our venues are fully licensed. Whether you prefer the outdoor setting of our park kiosk or would rather have a sit down meal at our cafe site, we can make planning your function stress free and enjoyable.

The cafe is licensed, so whether you want a quick coffee and something sweet, brunch, lunch with friends, a business lunch The Garden Window Kiosk – Isel House, or a glass of wine and a snack, it’s all here! Isel Park, Stoke (weather dependent) Open every day except Christmas Day. Ambrosia Café 226 Queen St, Richmond | Ph: 03 544 0025

The Garden Window Café – Greenmeadows Complex, 491 Main Rd, Stoke Ph: 03 265 6514

Nelson’s only dedicated burger joint

World Famous in Nelson!

Our entire menu is made with love, and it shows. Here’s why we are Nelson’s Best Restaurant – as voted by Nelson: We bake our burger buns in-house, every morning; our beef patties are hand minced on-site; we’ve got freshly fried donuts, Nelson’s best sodas and milkshakes with original flavours; we use local, ethical produce and suppliers; proudly partnered with local beeroes, Hop Federation and our burgers are delicious!

We believe top quality food is best served with amazing ocean views! We are blessed with a fantastic spot right on the water in Port Nelson, and we cannot wait to welcome you into our friendly, comfortable restaurant. Specialising in local seafood and steaks, we also offer delectable choices for non-meat eaters, people with special dietary needs and kids!

Burger Culture 279 Trafalgar St, Nelson | Ph: 03 546 9020


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Anchor Restaurant and Bar 62 Vickerman Street, Port Nelson Ph: 03 546 6614

Now in Nelson, Richmond and Stoke Indian Café has now opened in Stoke, which means you can enjoy their delicious food no matter where you are. Head in and find out why Indian Café is the favourite choice for both locals and visitors looking for the highest quality food and a memorable cuisine experience. All venues offer intimate restaurant dining and courtyard settings as well as takeaway options. The Indian Cafe 94 Collingwood St, Nelson | Ph: 03 548 4089 266 Queen St, Richmond | Ph: 03 544 8979 201 Songer St, Stoke | Ph: 03 547 0008

ATUTAHI – NZ’s new low sugar alternative thirst quencher Kiwi Kai’s wonderful drink ATUTAHI uses one of the most important healing herbs used by Maori. Named after our great grandfather, ATUTAHI is made from handpicked Kawakawa lemon lime syrup and water. Kawakawa’s stimulating and rejuvenating properties make it an excellent tasty tonic. No preservatives, added colours or flavours – pure NZ. Kiwi Kai Nelson 41 Halifax Street, Nelson | Ph: 03 546 8118

Saltwater Eating and Bar


Gluten Free Goodness

Christmas lunch at the beach

Making veges sexy since 2010

Well known as a destination for delicious food in a warm, friendly atmosphere with the delightful aromas of a homestyle bakery and café, we’ve also got dedicated customers who return time after time for our huge selection of gluten free goodies. Bring the kids, catch up with friends or just indulge in our gourmet pies, artisan breads or lavish cakes. We serve supreme coffee which will add a bounce to your day.

Can’t decide between staying home for Christmas lunch or going to the beach? Let us sort that for you! Our Christmas Buffet Lunch on Christmas Day from 11am to 3pm has three courses for just $70pp. Places are limited so be sure to book.

Here at East St we are 100% vegan and 99% gluten free! We’re all about hearty food, yummy drinks and a great atmosphere. All our food is made fresh each day with local produce. We are kid friendly and just love things a bit different.

Open all through the holidays, call in for a bite to eat with a cold drink, all just a hop, skip and a jump away from the beach. We also do takeaway options and home deliveries.

Come on down for some tasty food, craft beers, ciders, local wines and sodas. We also host weekly and monthly gigs and live music events.

Mapua Village Bakery 68 Aranui Road, Mapua Ph: 03 540 3656

Saltwater Eating And Bar 23 Beach Rd, Tāhunanui | Ph: 03 548 6466

East St Eats and Bar 8 Church Street, Nelson Ph: 03 970 0575

Beautifully crafted seasonal dishes

Gourmet Pizza and Fresh Pasta

Indulge your crew at Smugglers

A quiet drink after a day exploring or a meal with friends, family or work colleagues – whatever the occasion, it can be enjoyed at Flames on Forty Restaurant & Bar. Our seasonal and locally focused menu offers the very best that the Nelson region has to offer. If you are organising your Christmas function, give us a call. We’ll make it one to remember.

We’ve been serving award-winning gourmet pizza and pasta since 2002. Excite your tastebuds with our authentic wood-fired pizzas, fresh home-made pastas and salads. We use the freshest local ingredients and serve the best local wines and beers our region has to offer. Be entertained by our lively atmosphere and treat yourself to a great night at The Hot Rock, or order our delicious fare to take home. Perfect for sharing with friends.

We are famous for our hearty meals served in a unique old-world atmosphere.

Flames on 40 - Restaurant Bar The Hotel Nelson 40 Waimea Rd, Nelson Ph: 03 548 2089

Hot Rock Gourmet Pizza Pasta Bar 8 Tāhunanui Drive | Ph: 03 546 4421

Our foaming craft ales, local wines and meals are available all day and into the evening from our gourmet style menu. We cater for couples, families and the whole crew. Our popular $20 seniors lunch meal is available 7 days (to anyone over 50). Smugglers Pub and Café 8 Muritai St, Tāhunanui Ph: 03 546 4084





Multicultural Nelson Tasman and the Latino Community invites you to join the celebration of Latino and Spanish culture. Enjoy traditional food and drinks, clothes, arts and crafts, music, dance, kids zone, games and more. Tell your ‘compadres’ and friends! 4pm to 9pm, first Friday of each month. Free entry.

For full information, and a complete list of events in our region, visit

Kirby Lane, Bridge St, Nelson

6 December

6–8 December


EMPIRE DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS - TRANS4M A dance show like never before, showcasing local talent in a fun, vibrant, upbeat extravaganza! With all dance genres including ballet, hip hop and tap there will be something for everyone at this year’s show. Tickets from Theatre Royal or TicketDirect.

Heralding the start of the Christmas season, this beloved Christmas parade is renowned for its large number of floats and considered by many to be the best parade in the Top of the South. Enjoy street entertainment from 5pm. Parade starts at 7pm.

High St, Motueka

Theatre Royal, Nelson

8 December

9 Dec–18 Jan



Come and hear the great sound of the Nelson Male Voice Choir under the baton of Nigel Weeks QSM accompanied by Pauline Boyd and Louis Lucas-Perry on the keyboard. The Choir will be singing songs from some well-known shows, a few wellloved male voice choir arrangements plus a couple of Christmas numbers.

The Refinery ArtSpace shows a diverse programme of engaging communitydriven and/or contemporary exhibitions, projects and events. Also exhibiting during this period are works from Dunedin based painter Dii Moffat who considers movement as a metaphor for change.

NCMA, Nelson

Refinery ArtSpace, 3 Halifax St, Nelson

22 December

30 December



All your favourite Christmas tunes will be sung and celebrated in true festive spirit. Pack a picnic, bring some warm clothing and share in the Christmas tradition that has been spreading Christmas joy in Richmond for over 20 years. Gypsy Pickers will play for you from 6.30pm, carols from 8pm.

Shopping, fun, music and entertainment for all the family at the biggest market in the Top of the South!

Washbourn Gardens, Richmond

Queen Street & Sundial Square, Richmond


December 2019

With an outstanding array of food options, fresh summer produce, local artisan products plus free activities for the kids, it’s all there! 9am–3pm




Artisan market with a local focus on handmade products which are 99% designed and made right here in NZ. Jewellery, art and crafts, homewares, food, and more. 10am-3pm.

For full information, and a complete list of events in our region, visit

In the field next to R & R Kayaks, 279 Sandy Bay, Marahau Road, Marahau

9 & 10 January

5–18 January



The dynamic duo rides again! Tim Shadbolt is New Zealand’s longest serving politician and is still mayor of Invercargill. Gary McCormick is a surfer, poet and funny man and current host of the New Zealand wide More FM Breakfast show. The funniest yarns you have heard in ages. Dancing afterwards with DJ Murderer. $40 two course gourmet buffet, or $30 show only.

Your chance to show off your skate, BMX and scootering skills and compete against other contestants. Seven competitions are scheduled across Nelson Tasman skateparks, with cool prizes on offer. Check out Tasmanskate Facebook page for more info. The tour is visiting Takaka, Mapua, Motueka, Tapawera, Brightwater, Richmond and Nelson.

The Playhouse, Mapua

11 & 18 January

17 & 18 January



Live music returns to Tahunanui Beach with local musicians performing across two stages. Complementing the live music is a dedicated youth and family zone, with a heap of ‘have a go’ beach themed sports, games and interactive challenges on offer. Kick back, relax and enjoy the sounds of summer by the beach at this familyfriendly festival. 6pm-9pm

Landslide present an amazing night of the Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks hits. These guys are a full live band with some of New Zealand’s best musicians bringing all the best from one of the longest enduring bands in history. Tickets via Eventfinda.

Tahuna Recreation Reserve

The Playhouse, Mapua

18 January

30 Jan–2 Feb



Wood chopping, horse jumping, sheep shearing, baking, flowers, handcrafts, photography, art and craft, large machinery, local merchandise, music and sideshows. All day free kids stuff at the entertainment hub. 8am-5pm. $10 pre-show tickets from NBS Takaka or $15 gate sales. Under 15 free.

Award-winning street performers from around the world come to our beautiful city for four days of action-packed shows! Trafalgar Street performances are during the day and the Church Steps evening shows are family-friendly and free to attend (but do bring some cash to show your appreciation for the performers). The Thursday and Friday evening cabaret shows at The Boathouse are R16 and are ticketed.

Recreation Park, Takaka Valley Highway, Golden Bay

Church Steps, top of Trafalgar Street, The Boathouse, Nelson








Trafalgar Centre, Nelson 1. Chiara Gonzulez and Trina Zimmerman 2. Breffni O’Rourke, Danielle Brown


and Jacquie Waters


3. Gill Ireland and Richard Butler 4. Jessie Creedmore and Russell Dannefaerd 5. Libby Brown and Tom Butler 6. Reni Gargiulo and Bronwyn Monopoli 7. Rosie Seek and Penny Royal 8. Rachel Boyack, Paul Hampton and Kim Meyer 9. Geoff Snowsill, Crystel and Paul Burt

and Adrian Lawson

10. Rochelle Dudley, Meegan Riley and


Louise Staite





December 2019







Marist Clubrooms 1. Kirsten Allison and Happy Aquarian 2. NYP Committee - Caleb Hill, Amanda Burggraff,


Jamie Harvey, Courtney Hoffschneider, Ana Paterson, Rachel Eggers, Renee Wilson and Jen Webb-Bowen

3. Sam Johnson and Matt Johnson


4. Renee Wilson and Aaron Shields 5. Michael Younghusband and Bridget McCormick 6. Brent Frampton – Band “The Kick” 7. Leo Olverson and Laura Jones 8. Bridgette O’Connor and Jessie Renton 9. Cindy Crasborn, Courtney Hoffschneider


and Ana Paterson

10. Emma Kittelty and James Sandston KALEB JOHNSTON










Annesbrook Church, Nelson 1. Narelle Baird-Booth and Rosa Binns 2. Nicki Peacey, Louise Currin, Mel Beattie,

Jonelle McKay and Lauren Lesser

3. Hayley Whiting, Nicole van Zyl, Sarah Bates

and Janelle Cochrane

4. Tarsh Newport and Kelly Russell



5. Marie Ching and Karla Mackay 6. Louise Wallace, Pam Irvine and Jamie Hayes 7. Salena and Sarah Goodfellow 8. Chris Garner, Nicola Hodges, Charlie Johnson

and Jodie Colvin

9. Jen Hobbs, Anna Shone, Claire Van Der

Merwe and Julia Noble

10. Tracey Peterson, Megan Gibbons and


Cheryl Bell





December 2019







Nelson Tasman Hospice 1. Al and Carolyn Colombus 2. Ros and John Paul Pochin 3. Sandra Maxfield and Joel Scott 4. Ross Benbow and Jane Baken



5. Sharron Wetere and Julius Tyukodi 6. John Everett and Angela Miller 7. Brooke Silke-Atkins and Sally Thomas 8. Josh Fogden, Phillipa Pattison and Abbie Cook 9. Toni Lane, Hudson Dodd and Emma Silke-French

10. Kat and Phil Jones





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Summertime BRING ON

Kitchen Garden

Water less often but more thoroughly. Water in the early morning or early evening to reduce evaporation. If you are going to be away, harvest as much as you can. Weed, feed and water well before you go, and ask neighbours to water and harvest while you are away. Sow seeds. In most areas seeds can be planted directly in to the garden: beetroot, beans, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, radish, spinach and silverbeet. Plant seedlings: beans, pumpkin, courgettes, capsicum, eggplant, melons and spring onions should be planted in December while broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach. carrots, beetroot, radish, leeks and silverbeet can be planted during January. Plant grapes, kiwifruit, tamarillos, rhubarb, passionfruit, strawberries and summerberries during December. Plant avocados during December, they need a very well drained position, insert the stake at the time of planting. Feed tomatoes every fortnight. Ensure they are firmly staked, well-watered and remove the laterals (side growth) when they are small.


December 2019

Key points for the holidays • As strawberries ripen, protect them from birds and ensure they get plenty of water • Keep planting summer salad crops and harvest as they become ready • Protect vegetable crops from slugs, snails, white butterfly and insects

• Roses will need maintaining: dead-head and spray if insects or mildew is present • Early crops of garlic can be harvested in January • Plant swan plants to attract butterflies into the garden

• Continue to plant colour in pots and the garden for summer displays

Tomatoes are ready to harvest when they are fully coloured and firm to the touch.

gaillardia alyssum, rosemary and lavender.

Mound up the soil around your potatoes and side dress with blood and bone. Harvest as they become ready, use any damaged ones first and store the rest.

Sow seeds: In most areas seeds can be planted directly in to the garden: aster, cosmos, cornflowers, petunia, marigold, phlox, portulaca, and verbena. In January sow impatiens. Lobelia, calendula, pansies, poppies and salvie.

Spray copper oxychloride again in December on citrus fruit and passionfruit. Harvest garlic in January when tops have flowered, turned yellow and the lower leaves have started to turn brown. Corn is ready to harvest when it is still at the milky stage and the silk will be brown and dry. Check by pulling back the leaves and pushing your fingernail in the cob.

Garden Colour Keep your pots well-watered, they will dry out quickly. Add a water retention product to the soil to help retain moisture. Plant for bees: pineapple sage, bergamot, lemon balm, blue salvia, coreopsis,

Plant seedlings: aquilegias, aster, chrysanthemum, cosmos, dahlia, dianthus, nasturtium, marigolds, petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, verbena, viscaria and zinnia. Plant perennials, keep new plantings well-watered.

Trees and Shrubs Keep an eye out for mildew, black spot and other diseases as well as insects and pests and use appropriate sprays once the bees have gone home.

Take a dip


Jane McCready undergoes cold water therapy by taking a dip in Lake Pukaki during winter.

The use of warm water spas to treat various ailments is well established but immersing oneself in cold water is a lesser known therapy.

You know you’re alive. That’s the feeling Nelson local Jane McCready has when she walks out of Lake Rotoiti after a five minute swim in its sub-8 degree celsius waters. “I feel bright, full of life and so switched on,” she says. “I’m just about jumping out of my skin.” Jane, who co-owns real estate photography company The Property Pilots, became interested in cold water immersion therapy to help deal with her auto-immune condition Graves disease. “I was getting sicker and sicker after 10 years and out of sheer desperation, I was pretty much trying anything that had some merits to it.” Alongside conventional medicine, she says she’s tried everything from cupping and colonics to mindfulness meditation.

She now considers herself a self-professed “bio-hacker”. The things that have ended up working best are mindfulness meditation, breathing and cold water immersion. She takes a three to five minute cold shower every day, frequent ice baths (in a wheelie bin as her house does not have a bath) and drives to St Arnaud as often as possible. The theory behind cold water immersion is that cold is a physiological stressor that humans have experienced throughout our history (such as by bathing in a cold lake) and one that’s mostly lacking in modern life. Exposure to cold is known to activate the sympathetic nervous system. It increases blood levels of certain hormones. Some even suggest the hyperstimulation from all the cold receptors in the skin can have an anti-depressive effect. Dutch extreme athlete Wim Hof is probably one of the best known proponents of cold therapy. His feats include scaling Mt Everest in only tramping boots and shorts (he didn’t quite reach the summit), staying in a tub of ice for just under two hours, and

running a half-marathon barefoot on ice and snow. He says humans are too cocooned in comfort and estranged from nature, including challenging conditions. Hof believes that conditions such as arthritis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis and depression are a result of our neglected biochemistry, and that the biochemistry can be corrected through breathing exercises, meditation and cold therapy. Some researchers have concluded that Hof overstates the effects of his methods, giving false hope to people with serious conditions. In studies, he was able to alter his immune response, but the mechanism is not conclusively understood. Most of us are probably not able - or willing - to access a daily polar plunge but preliminary research does back up the benefits of dropping the shower temperature to 20 degrees celsius for two to three minutes. If nothing else, it’ll wake you up. Jane McCready swears by it. And it doesn’t cost a cent.


to tweak it a bit to being more in line with what we envisioned a great local magazine should be. Once we were happy with it, we were prepared to put our name, and ultimately your name on it, with our new title of Nelson Magazine. How did you come up with the new name?

SUE DAVIES Advertising Consultant, Nelson Magazine What do you love about your job? Undoubtedly the people. Every day I get to talk with the fabulous people whose local businesses help make our town the best in the country. When did Nelson Magazine start? We took over an existing magazine in Feb 2018 and took a couple of months


Ph 545 9997 117 Hardy St (Montgomery Arcade)


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When it came down to it, Nelson Magazine was the perfect choice. It sums us up. We’re all about Nelson! And it links in nicely with our other products, Nelson Weekly newspaper and The Nelson App. Plus, we are the only glossy magazine in town that is locally owned and totally focused on Nelson. It was a no-brainer in the end. Who reads Nelson Magazine? Our target audience is women in the 30+ age bracket. Apparently, they are the ones who make most of the buying decisions in a household. Interestingly though, it seems like everyone reads Nelson Magazine. We’ve been humbled by how well the Nelson public have responded, and we’ve increasingly had to print more and more copies to make sure that the stands don’t empty out before people have had a chance to pick up the latest issue.

What kind of stories do you cover? We share the stories of Nelson, our people, and events happening in town. Almost always it is spreading good news, although sometimes we have quite heartbreaking ones. But even the sad stories tell the tale of bravery, tenacity and human spirit, while raising awareness and encouraging people to be proactive. We hope that people will pick up a copy and enjoy it over a cup of coffee or a moment of down time. What’s the hardest part of your job? Finding time to get it all done. Anyone who knows me, knows I love to chat. And after talking with my clients, I get back to the office and actually have to get their ads sorted. But getting to know them better gives me a good insight into the story behind their businesses which I think helps in deciding the best way to market them. Any messages to your readers? Thank you! Thanks for reading our mag, thanks for the great feedback we get each month. And don’t forget to support our advertisers – it’s thanks to them that you get this wonderful magazine for free.

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