Nelson Magazine - February 2020

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F E AT U R E S 9

OPERA GOES POP Jason Kerrison performs at Nelson’s big show


DATE ME Matt McCrorie discovers what it’s like to be single in Nelson


SINGING FOR FUN The no commitment choir


A WILD LIFE Matt Goodman speaks about documenting spectacular wildlife


SAVING LIVES Heroes of our sea



On The Street


Travel - West Coast


At Home


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Painful, tired, heavy legs? Would you love to wear shorts again?


t seems a bit late to be wishing our readers a happy New Year, but our office shut down over Christmas so our team could enjoy a break, making this is our first edition for 2020. Although work started for me in early January, I still feel like I’m on holiday. The hot nights, weekends filled with beach visits, bike rides, berries and BBQ’s - I wish it would never end.



My family doesn’t venture far over the holiday period because there’s plenty to do on our doorstep, and I love the vibe around the city with all the extra visitors in town. The furthest we travelled was Quinney’s Bush for four nights of camping, alongside hundreds of others. When you actually think about it, camping seems like a weird way to spend a holiday.

We leave our comfortable houses, taking only bare possessions to live in a nylon shell just metres away from everyone else. But the half-inflated airbed, the crying baby somewhere in the distance, having to line up for a five minute shower and walking 50 metres to do your dishes is all made worthwhile by the nights spent around a campfire with a wine in hand, strolling to the swimming hole when you need to cool down, sleeping under the stars, and watching the kids learn independence with their new friends. The Nelson Mag team is looking forward to another year of publishing. 2019 was a massive year for us and we’re excited about making 2020 even better. I hope you enjoy our latest edition.

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don’t get to use it that often. And should I get it right, I’ll come off really stoked.”

Jason Kerrison, ex-front man for Opshop talks to Britt Coker about tiny earth ships, herding cats and milking hemp.


e’s in town this month for Nelson’s biennial Opera in the Park. Backed by the NZSO, why the heck is a guy who used to play in a rock band fronting violins, trumpets and a triangle? “Because it’s not like a band, it’s got its own breath. A band is always playing… if you imagine the beat like a dartboard - we’re generally always going for the bullseye, and of course, it’s all about space and filling that, playing to the tension either side. But an orchestra is another step up from that so that’s why it feels so massive and draggy, because some of it’s pushing and some of it’s pulling all the time and so it’s quite a beast to sing along with.” Jason laughs, “It’s like herding cats, it must be.” It sounds like a challenge. “You’ve got to do these things, don’t you? For the mere nature of being able to stretch yourself more than you would have known yourself to be. But at the same time, when you’ve got an opportunity to play with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, you’ve just got to take it. That doesn’t happen every day so that’s a real treat.” “It’s a different kind of reward from being in a band…I wouldn’t take anything away from that, but it’s an opportunity to develop that muscle that atrophies if you

The crowd will be quite happy about that too, I expect. And of course, the nature of live performance throws additional tension into the mix. “In a studio you can do a thousand takes. On stage it’s all laid bare and what will be, will be, so there is a lot of live adrenaline and the audience brings a lot of that to it and when you’ve got a live orchestra there as well… Much like a band, you can’t go to the top of the verse. It’s like a train, if you’ve missed it, you’re not on it.” He jokes, “I’ll be watching the conductor as much as anyone.” The Kiwi music circuit is a small one. Sure enough, he’s met fellow opera headliner, Tami Neilson before. “I remember playing with Tami about 20 years ago, just past my busking days and I was playing at a backpackers bar and managed to get them to give me a few drinks and a couple of bucks. Tami used to come down too and have a sing. I’m not sure if she remembers, but I haven’t done a gig with her since then, so that’s going to be a highlight for me.” Kerrison has played many times in Nelson before, first in a band ‘causing a raucous and having fun’ and latterly, as a solo artist on tour or doing one-off gigs. We like him. “I don’t know what it is about Nelson but I feel like there is an appetite for what I do. It’s not to everyone’s taste but it seems to work well in Nelson. I played here a couple of times recently so it feels like I’m visiting a bit more often at the moment.” Right now Kerrison is busy on his Kaitaia property building a tiny home - an earth ship - and in the early stages of his next big venture, hemp milk. Hemp milk he says, is high in calcium and protein and has anti-inflammatory properties among

other health benefits. He recommends it as an ideal vegan substitute for coffee drinkers as it doesn’t curdle. After extracting the milk, he plans to process the hemp stalks into cladding for the interior walls of his tiny earth ship. It’s an exciting venture, but he’s always willing to put the tools down for music. More specifically, composing. “I’m lucky enough to have a few songs that people like to hear now and then. I seldom turn them down. It keeps me active but as much as I’m not pursuing it like 10 years ago, I can’t not do it. Next year I might write some songs. I’m constantly writing down phrases I hear or mishear, from someone. I wasn’t interested in being a musician; I was interested in being a writer. He gets together with the other members of Opshop a couple of times a year, (“I always love hanging with those boys”) and looks back on the end of the band with some regret. “I felt one of the reasons we dissolved Opshop - I don’t know, maybe it was a mistake, I’m not sure, but - I just felt that we had almost pinned ourselves into a corner of sounding a certain way or being a certain way. Not only in the band, but probably as individuals. I felt like we were starting to believe our own hype a bit, or I certainly was, and that was a wee bit scary so I had to just back off it a bit.” Kerrison isn’t backing off from the beautiful sounds of the NZSO beast though. Nelson Opera in the Park is on Saturday 15 February at Trafalgar Park.

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It’s complicated...

SARAH BOARD Date me: Matt McCrorie dated ten Nelsonians in a month in his quest to find a summer romance.

Navigating your way through single life in Nelson Newly single Matt McCrorie decides to take up a dare from a friend - 10 dates in a month… in Nelson. What could go wrong?


t was late afternoon, and I was waiting in the car for Sam. I had rushed home from work, changed clothes half a dozen times, checked myself in the mirror a dozen times, and made my way to the address she had given me to pick her up from.

I knew her straight away by the shortcropped blond hair and the squareframed glasses. She also had a rose tattooed on her ankle I’d seen from the pictures on her Tinder profile. I had swiped right on Sam because I thought she was attractive, yes, but that was only a part of my interest. She had a unique job - something that, until then, I’d never really considered had to be done - a food engineer. She dreamed up new recipes and flavours and turned those thoughts into something I would inevitably pick from a supermarket shelf. I was intrigued. What kinds of food do you work with? How do you ‘invent’ a new

flavour? Even waiting for her in the car my questions were boundless. We would have lots to talk about. “I mainly work blending up fish and creating pate’s,” she said, as I took a chunk out of my vegetarian burger from Burger Culture. “Oh yeah,” I threw back, somewhat unsure of how to respond, not wanting to learn much more about the details of grinding up fish 70 times a day. Until then, the date had been propped up by the usual small talk. What we each did for work, how each of our weeks had been, what our plans were for Christmas.

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But the small talk that sustained the first half of the date had run dry, and suddenly the multitude of questions I had about her fascinating job no longer seemed to be an option.

Romantic comedies do a great job of tricking us into thinking dating is worryfree and easy, filled with fun and laughter. Then, of course, you eventually meet the man/woman of your dreams.

To stop myself from learning skills like how to properly grind up a fish, I tried to steer the conversation away from work. What are you reading this summer?

Sadly, the reality can be quite the opposite.

“I don’t really read.” Oh. Heard any good albums recently? “I don’t listen to much music.” Seen anything good on TV recently? By this point, I could have guessed the next answer. Despite the wealth of possibilities that I had seen in her bio, there was no spark. ‘Single summer’ or ‘summer of love’ is what my friends had optimistically been labelling the months ahead of me. The weather started to warm up in early November, not long after I came out of a long-term relationship. Perhaps it was that optimism rubbing off on me which led me to download the dating apps, Tinder and Bumble, after my friends dared me to date 10 different people within a month. There was perhaps a hope of finding the elusive ‘summer fling’ that was out there waiting for me. After being in a relationship for several years, I was eager to see what the dating pool for 20-somethings in Nelson had to offer. And what did being newly single in Nelson over the summer look like? Would I be rushing home from work each night to hastily get ready for another date? However, as many single people may tell you, dating life is not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s hard work.


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For two months or so now I’ve been a part of the Nelson dating scene, getting to know people over drinks and dinner, walks, and the occasional movie. While it was fun, it wasn’t quite what I’d been conditioned to expect from my collection of rom-coms. Before the first date of my ‘summer of love,’ I had been given a disheartening warning by a close friend, who was also recently single. “The first date after a breakup always sucks. No matter what.” This, I decided, was nonsense. I gave it a go anyway. I mean, there has to be a first date. After a few hours of swiping, I had my first match, and what followed was a few days’ worth of fairly casual conversation. “Hey.” “What do you do for work?” “I saw one of your pictures is at the Great Wall of China! Have you travelled much?”

As many single people may tell you, dating life is not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s hard work. I have to admit, at first it was kind of exciting. Was I already proving my friend wrong? Maybe they could be the one after all. Had I hit it out of the park on the first try? Was I that good at dating? Cut to our first meeting. After a drink at the Vic, we were sitting, parked in a blue Mazda 3, on Walter’s Bluff watching the city begin to light up as the sun went down. By all rom-com accounts, this was a great setting for a first date. It was awkward, and any attempt I made to move the conversation beyond small talk came grinding to a halt. Was I bad at this? Were they not interested in me? This was about the furthest thing from the sun-filled, rose-tinted rom-com summer I had been promised. Hindsight allowed me to realise my mistake.

My friend wasn’t wrong when she told me your first date after a long-term relationship sucks. It doesn’t matter how great the other person is. It’s just uncomfortable. Neither of us seemed determined to mask our lack of interest in the other. The thing is, we take how easy it is to have conversations with our significant other for granted. You know each other, and you know what to say, what the other is interested in and comfortable with. Trying to have the same sorts of conversation with someone you know next to nothing about just isn’t the same. It takes time.

While it can be hard to show optimism after the fifth date that just doesn’t click, I encouraged myself to hold on to that giddy enthusiasm that I had the first time I got a match on Tinder. They weren’t all bad though, and my matches spanned a wide range of interesting people who I never would have come across in my day to day life. The girl from Paris, who shared a borderline obsession with bagels, the bartender who had been to 40 different countries by the age of 21, or the music lover who had been to five of the same concerts as me. Paddleboarding, swimming at midnight, learning how to make pasta from scratch - my dates, even when they didn’t click, gave me a wide range of experiences. Sure, navigating your way through single life can be tricky. It’s definitely not all rainbows. As I discovered over my ‘single summer,’ your self-esteem can take a real beating, and sending one risky text can send your anxiety levels through the roof.


And while I used the app for typical reasons, (trying to put myself out there again, maybe even find love) I also came to see the experience as something I hadn’t quite considered. The one thing that stayed with me, despite the awkward chats, occasional misunderstandings and false starts, was how important it is to not forget that feeling of excitement when meeting someone new. While it can be hard to show optimism after the fifth date that just doesn’t click, I encouraged myself to hold on to that giddy enthusiasm that I had the first time I got a match on Tinder. There are plenty of uncomfortable experiences, and you won’t click romantically with every single person that you meet.

However, that excitement, the experience of meeting someone new, is what makes the whole process worth it. I’ve watched the sunset with strangers, heard stories, even learned from other people’s experiences. I’ve made friends and connected with people that I probably never would have encountered in the real world, had we not matched on a dating app. It’s almost a sort of tourism, visiting a foreign place. Even if you don’t find a connection, you take a souvenir with you. What I’ve learned is that the whole process of dating is worthwhile, even the awkward, weird parts. The experience of getting to learn about yourself, as well as a range of other people is invaluable. It’s not always about meeting the person of your dreams right away. That being said, I’m still looking, so if you know of anyone, let me know.


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A visit to Body Wave is an intriguing experience. There are people wearing awesome ‘Matrix-like’ suits with electrodes attached. EMS training causes the muscles to contract at a higher intensity than when done voluntarily, through computerised signals. As the muscles receive additional tension, you do a 20-minute full body workout. “You feel resistance – it’s like moving through water. It’s equivalent to three 45 minute standard strength trainings at the gym.” Body Wave has a range of clients, in their early 20’s right up to their late 70’s. “EMS training complements all other exercise regimes. We have clients who train with us and still go to the gym or do other forms of training. EMS helps activate muscles and enhance your performance. We have a black belt jujitsu teacher who has been training with us for almost two years because of it’s efficiency. Time is precious and we lead busy lives. Some of our clients admit they are quite lazy but still want to look and feel good, so they love that EMS only takes 20 minutes.” Over the Christmas break, Flower and her three young adult children went hydro sliding together. “They were impressed

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Words: Britt Coker

f nothing else, the audition rounds on American Idol have tapped into the insecurities of those of us who sing out of tune and made them worse. But the terrible singers who are convinced they can win the show are different from the average human being who just aspires to sing along to the radio without feeling self-conscious. You may not be the next Kelly Clarkson, it doesn’t mean you should deny yourself the right to murder her songs. Tanya Nock, music and choir teacher, will go one further and tell you that good voice or bad, singing is beneficial for us all, mentally, emotionally and physically. Tanya is the music director behind the Voice Collective. Alongside guitarist, Ryan Beehre, Tanya runs the pop up LILY EMO

Tanya explains. “We call it a singing group with no rules. I always start the session saying if you’re coming for perfect harmonies and a rehearsed, slick performance then you’re in the wrong place.” “The idea is that you come [that month] if you like the song, and the funny thing is that some people come because they like the ‘no commitment’ idea. I’ve got one particular friend who comes for that reason and she’s pretty much made 95% of them,” she laughs. “So when you offer

people no commitment, they are more committed. And I think because we never learn a song again, if you’ve missed it, you’ve missed it.” Tanya splits the song into three parts harmony which takes a bit of preparation beforehand, while Ryan learns how to play it on the guitar. It’s worth the effort, she says, for different reasons. Coming from a classical music upbringing, Tanya loves the eclectic mix of people that assemble each month. From taxi drivers to GPs, teachers and plumbers. But that’s the universal appeal of singing, anyone can do it. Reflected maybe, in the full house she gets at most sessions. Over summer the duo have also been offering al fresco lunch time gatherings in Nelson CBD. It’s a no-excuses option


Ryan Beehre and Tanya Nock of The Voice Collective.


singing group that once a month pops upstairs to the Bridge Street Studios, sings a song for an hour, then pops out again. It’s a no commitment choir that has particular appeal to residents in our small city of many choices.

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Singers gather at Kirby Lane during lunchtime for an informal singalong.

We call it a singing group with no rules. I always start the session saying if you’re coming for perfect harmonies and a rehearsed, slick performance then you’re in the wrong place. Tanya Nock, The Voice Collective for people on short lunchbreaks to get away from the office, give the lungs a 20 minute workout and get a shot of feelgood endorphins to go. Before they gather, Tanya and Ryan begin with a song choice. These are narrowed down to tunes that they both really like (neither want to be sick of a song before the group meets), is often theme orientated and never ever too complex. “We both decided that Bohemian Rhapsody would not be a good choice.” Each month the song changes and with no commitment required, the choir change too. As a result, the dynamic alters, eliminating cliques and creates equality, which in turn, fosters cooperation and a supportive atmosphere. “Each one is so different. That’s what I like about it. You don’t have politics within the group because it’s different people coming each time and I do it because I want to do it, not because I have to do it.” The Voice Collective has no set fees. The duo suggests a donation and trust that if people who can’t afford it are able to come, that someone else is covering their costs. “It’s community supporting

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each other, that’s really important. So it’s not a singing group just for those that can afford it.” Lynley Walters was one of those people who was told she couldn’t sing, so she believed it too. She carried this idea with her for a few years and it was only through Tanya’s encouragement that she came along one night to give public singing a go. A decision she doesn’t regret. “It’s got a lovely vibe, and everybody was very welcoming and it’s just a very non-judgemental environment. There’s a wide variety of abilities so you don’t feel out of place. You always feel like part of a group and everyone’s united for a common goal.” Once averse to singing within earshot of friends, Lynley now sings to strangers. “Since being part of the Voice Collective I’ve been going to some community events, the pop up choirs and I feel much more confident. I recommend it now to everybody, even colleagues from work are starting to come along. If someone has told you that you can’t sing, here’s your chance to let the remark fall on deaf ears, and do it anyway.

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he pain is in my stomach mainly, both sides below my ribs and in my buried abdominal, which is now shaking. As I try to work through this discomfort another drop of sweat makes its way from my forehead, down the bridge of my nose before finally dropping the twenty or so centimetres to the black rubber matting below. “Twenty seconds to go”, proclaims the trainer and my heart sinks. The “surprise” at the end of my first F45 class had been built up by the trainers as something fun. It turned out to be a two minute plank, where you hold your body weight on your forearms in half push-up position, and it wasn’t fun.


Next stop was Raeward Fresh in Richmond for supplies. Although my lunch and dinners were provided by Eats with Ash, I still had to buy ingredients for breakfast and snacks. Two protein powder After those depressingly elongated seconds containers, almond butter, nuts, coconut I collapsed on the rubber matting below yoghurt, almond milk, the list was decent, me and tried not to cry. Why am I here? but hey, it will be worth it right?! The reason was F45 co-owner Mitchell Wilson dared me to do its 8-week challenge, which is a mixture of dieting and exercise which guarantees results.

As I lay on that black rubber mat, I decided it wasn’t worth it.

A few seconds passed though, I pulled myself to my feet and found myself in the F45 started in Australia and has swept the middle of a high five train with a bunch of globe with gyms in most western countries. strangers, which is actually a nice reward Locally, there are gyms in Nelson, at the end of it all. Richmond, Motueka and Blenheim. The exercise is hard and I pushed myself The 45 minute classes are held at each because I felt like I was struggling and gym, six or seven times a day. Each class didn’t want to be the worst in the room. has a minimum of two trainers who But 45 minutes does fly by, I barely had demonstrate each workout and then you time to think of anything other than ‘how move around the room doing various do I do this?’, ‘breathe in’, ‘shit, this hurts’ exercises with little time to rest. F45 is not or ‘I neeeed water’. a place to gossip, you’re either working or The work out was followed by a coconut trying to catch your breath the entire time. yoghurt, protein powder, walnut, banana I agreed to Mitchell’s challenge because, and coconut breakfast and it’s actually well, I could do with losing a few kgs. nice. By mid-morning, I’m not feeling so I’m rather too fond of high-calorie beer, nice. My legs are sore, like really sore. high-sugar wine, high-fat pastry and The chicken salad at lunch and chicken high-carb bread. and vegetables for dinner were ok, Before the challenge started I was weighed, although I’m starting to get a bit sick of chicken and it’s only the first day. given a reading of the various fats in my body and had some before photos taken. My results weren’t flash. I was 90.6kg, 28kg of that was fat. My visceral fat levels were high and that’s not good as that’s the fat that sits around your organs and arteries, you know, the bits that keep you alive. After a very quiet drive home, the feelings of shame were starting to be replaced with feelings of anger and a determination to do better.

On the second day I couldn’t walk and the thought of coconut yoghurt for breakfast again doesn’t hold the same appeal. I have a slight headache from a lack of coffee and my stomach is crying out for food. I cancel my class that night. I can’t walk, let alone work out. That week didn’t get much better. I wasn’t enjoying the food, the exercise was done with sore muscles. I did lose 3kg in the

first week though, more than enough motivation to carry on. By the third week, I felt like I’d gotten into a groove. I’m getting used to the food and picking and choosing the best bits of the menu for me. I haven’t been perfect. I had a couple of glasses of red wine and enjoyed a cheese scone after a busy day around the house on Sunday. But that’s a huge improvement on my previous diet. The fourth week onwards was easy. I mean the workouts were still hard but they were enjoyable. I felt better and had more energy and the results of my final weigh in proved it was a worthwhile exercise. So, how did I do? After eight weeks, 36 classes, 40 protein shakes and 232 sore muscles, I had lost 7cm off my waist, added 5kg of muscle onto my body with 9kg of fat coming off. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

F45’s next eight week challenge is due to start on February 4. For more information call the team at F45 Nelson or Richmond.



Phoebe Moss, student and Melissa Everett, business owner. What are you wearing?

What is most of your wardrobe made up of?

PHOEBE: My t-shirt is the band Lamb

PHOEBE: Oversized t-shirts, black jeans

Of God and it is my partners, my skirt is from Glassons, shoes are second hand Dr Martens from Depop, my Hard Rock Cafe denim jacket is second hand from a friend, earrings are from Gizmos Nelson as well as my piercings and piercing jewellery. My handbag is second hand from an op shop in Motueka.

and lots of hoodies. Hoodies take over my wardrobe.

MELISSA: My Trelise Cooper Curate skirt is from Karen Jordan Style (KJS) and is matched with a cheap white t-shirt from AS Colour. My boots are also from KJS and my bag is from Deadly Ponies. I love the colour, it goes with so much. What is your style?

PHOEBE: I’d say my style is on the more alternative side but I also like to be comfortable. I like to keep things simple unless there’s a day I’m feeling extra good and want to go a bit more out-there.

What are you loving at the moment?

PHOEBE: Mum jeans. Especially now it’s summer. I can still wear jeans but it’s not as hot as it is wearing skinny jeans.

MELISSA: I am loving a bit of animal print. Just a bit - don’t want to go overboard. Where do you buy most of your clothes from?

PHOEBE: I buy a lot of my clothes from Cotton On and Glassons and a lot of my jewellery from Gizmos Nelson, I have also found some wonderful things op shopping. I shop online a lot on ASOS as well as Depop (an app for reselling things).

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mainly, and some lovely tops to wear with them. I have a weakness for summer dresses which I’ve been able to get some good wear from this summer.

MELISSA: I would describe it as classic



MELISSA: I have lots of pairs of jeans - Diesel

Auckland, and have a favourite boutique up there too. I prefer to buy in store rather than online because I like to try things on and to get a feel of the fabric. What is your approach to shopping?

PHOEBE: Depends on the price of things. If I see something I like and it’s on sale I’ll probably grab it, but if something is a bit more pricey I will think it through first, unless it’s something I’m obsessed with straight away I’d probably snag it.

MELISSA: I tend to buy on impulse. But Karen at KJS knows my style and what suits me, so I rely on her to get it right! What is your all time favourite purchase?

PHOEBE: Probably my second-hand purple Dr Martens. They are so beautiful.

MELISSA: My Trelise Cooper short, woollen blazer that I bought about 10 years ago. I pull it out every winter and always get comments on it. What wardrobe item should everyone invest in?

PHOEBE: An oversized denim jacket. It goes with everything and can also make any outfit

more casual or put together, depending on the look you want.

MELISSA: A blazer or jacket that can go over dresses in the summer, or dress up trousers in the winter. Do you have a style rule you always obey?

PHOEBE: As long as you feel good in what you are wearing, then wear whatever you want.

MELISSA: If I put something on and I don’t feel good, I’ll change into something else that will give me confidence. If you could raid one person’s wardrobe who would it be?

PHOEBE: Singer, Billie Eilish. She has some of the coolest hoodies and oversized t-shirts I’ve seen.

MELISSA: Trelise Cooper - she has some amazing dresses. Finish this sentence, you will never catch me wearing...

PHOEBE: Probably a turtle neck, I see people rock them these days but I don’t think I ever could.

MELISSA: A crop top.


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What have you been reading? Relaxing under the summer sun with a book in hand is one of life’s great pleasures. So, Nelson Magazine asked four local bookworms what they were reading this summer and why.

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I’ve just finished the brilliant and engaging Jacinda Ardern: The Story Behind An Extraordinary Leader, by Stuff journalist Michelle Duff. It describes Ardern’s political journey, but its freshest and most energetic content shows how that’s been impacted by society’s inherent misogyny, which affects all women. Duff interviews many others, including politicians like National MP Nikki Kaye as well as ordinary New Zealanders. This is a funny and pacey rip-roaring read that’s spent months on the New Zealand best-seller list and will soon be out in paperback. Don’t miss it.

Marilyn Waring’s The Political Years provides a deeply personal yet forensic examination of the Muldoon era, from the perspective of someone best known for bringing it to an end. Having read this book during interludes at council meetings, it serves as a point of reference for our new political landscape and enables appreciation of how far we have come in some regards (and how little in others).

CEO, Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce One of my favourite summer reads has been The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. At this time of year, I definitely enjoy a bit of escapism, and this fits the bill. The story revolves around the mysterious and magical ‘Cirque des Rêves’ that pops up without warning and is only open at night. Central characters are two young magicians who are fighting a duel that they have been trained for since childhood. Well written and easy to read, this is definitely a book to be read on the beach, in a tent or sitting on the deck.

You will never look at trees the same way again after reading The Overstory by Richard Powers. Five Americans from diverse backgrounds and childhoods come together towards the end of the 1900s to protest the rampant destruction of old growth forest in California. Interweaving through these stories are other lives impacted by trees, wilderness and the desecration of the planet. The Overstory is as majestic and widespread as the Redwoods, encompassing multiple storylines, timelines and characters, while reminding us there is no planet B. The deserving winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.




Mat Goodman is making a name for himself capturing some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife on camera. He speaks to Charles Anderson about his journey from Nelson to the Serengeti and beyond.


at Goodman is booked up for the next five years. When we meet at the Sprig and Fern, he can only just fit me in. The following day he is flying out to Australia to cover the wildfires as part of a documentary on wide-scale animal extinction. Then he is back in New Zealand for only a day before flying to Tanzania to start filming on the next season of a wildlife documentary. He has been to the Arctic circle to film polar bears, to Costa Rica to film turtles, to Alaska to get up close and personal with grizzly bears and even been responsible for documenting, for the first time, New Zealand’s native kea using tools. His work has been shown on BBC and Discovery Channel and even resulted in two Emmy nominations. Mat is a perpetual documenter of animal behaviour. It is a compulsion that drives him from job to job, always ready to drop everything to jump on a plane to head to the next gig. “You realise that there is this huge gap with people’s understanding of animals,” he says. “People often don’t value them or remember that humans aren’t the only things here.” His job, as he sees it, is to change that perception. But he could have so easily been a winemaker. After finishing school, the former Garin College student first signed up for a viticulture course at Lincoln University but looked around and saw that most people were more than a decade older than him. He figured that wine was an older person’s field. Instead he travelled and ended up studying for a Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education at CPIT, now known as Ara. Then he went travelling again and a chance meeting with a friend’s uncle led him to the jungles of New Caledonia.

“They needed to get the birds habituated to people, but it was way up in the mountains.”

He says, especially in the Serengeti, you build up knowledge of what is happening that season.

So off Mat went, by himself, for a couple of weeks up into the jungles of New Caledonia to get birds used to human interaction. It wasn’t so much the isolation but more the speaking French that was the daunting part.

“You know that if a certain pride of lions hasn’t hunted for two days then it’s very likely they will. It becomes very exciting.”

From there he filmed a documentary back in New Zealand for eight months. “I was just learning on the job,” Mat says. “A big part of that was just being available and willing to do whatever.” He then got a call from another production company who had heard about his work in New Caledonia and wondered if he could come along. From there he got another call saying that they were doing a 15-month job in the Serengeti. Did he want to join? “I was a little apprehensive. You agree to stuff and then you start to process it.” It is a “full on” line of work, he says. When it comes to capturing animal behaviour, you have to be on the ball the whole time. “If you do have a day off then you could miss the shot. If you are following a group of animals for a long time and miss it then it’s a clean canvas again. It becomes addictive that you want to stay on and capture it.”


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“You may get hyena come in, or vulture, or a male that sits on the kill and kicks all the females off.” Sometimes they will come back with great footage and other days they might get back to base with nearly nothing. He says there is a certain pressure in that knowing you are out there getting paid to get good footage while respecting the animals and their habitat. “Day to day you have to treat the Serengeti with respect and remember you could step out of a ute and stand on a snake or something.” The result of that shoot was Serengeti – a series that applied a narrative to the animal kingdom. The idea was to give viewers a front row seat to witness how the animal experience isn’t so different from our own. His role in Tanzania was to get as close as possible to the animals and follow their behaviour and the ecosystem they live in.

You can view season 1 of Serengeti which Mat worked on at TVNZ on demand.

He had taken photos before but never been into filmmaking. “It was random,” he says. The uncle happened to work for a documentary production company who was producing a documentary there on its birdlife.

The problem is that lions hunt at night, so often they will capture the tail end of the hunt at 6am.

Mat out on location filming Serengeti.

Day to day you have to treat the Serengeti with respect and remember you could step out of a ute and stand on a snake or something.

Getting up close and personal with a Komodo dragon.

It’s not clear why the kea were doing this. Initially, they thought that they were trying to get the baited egg inside. But there were also examples of juvenile kea setting them off, apparently just to get kicks out of the large bang they produced. Whether it’s thousands of kilometres from anywhere, or closer to home, Mat hopes his work helps bring understanding to the wider public about the importance of our ecosystems. “We can’t survive without it, whether we recognise that or not.”

In Alaska the challenge was getting close to its grizzly bears.

His team used lots of different cameras, technology, remote sensor cameras and other techniques so they can get an intimate perspective on the animals with a real focus on being invisible in order to capture the animal’s normal behaviours. Mat says he has had quite a few experiences behind the camera when he has to pinch himself. Like filming polar bears 20 metres away from a boat. “That’s very close for something that can sniff you and wants to eat you.” His team sailed 3000 nautical miles in 30 days, through the Arctic Circle, breaking through sea ice and looking for bears. “You could go days without getting anything. There is a huge amount of pressure because these operations are very expensive.” The other complicating factor was that, in that part of the world during the summer, it is light all the time. 8pm is the lowest point of light. The sun would dip down along the horizon and then pop back up again. They were on a roster for three

hours each, their job was looking for a yellow dot against the white of the ice. “If you are convinced enough that yellow tinge is a polar bear then you get the boats in the water. But it is notoriously difficult and quite scary. You are a target of theirs and it is completely barren. The sea is black.” He says the light starts to play tricks on you. To wake himself out of it, Mat once jumped into the water which was -1.4C. “You could feel your body shutting down as you entered. That was a moment of ‘wow, we really are out here now’.” Another time he felt privileged to do his job was when he was filming kea. He managed to film them actually using sticks to set off stoat traps. Up until then there was no evidence that any native New Zealand animal could do this. Mat ended up approaching a professor of animal psychology and, between them, they had their research article accepted by the prestigious journal, Nature.

And he also is aware of the curious paradox – that by documenting it he is potentially promoting that area to people who want to visit. However, he says that can be detrimental also. “There is a negative impact of tourism – really, it may be better to leave it as it is and just experience it digitally. It’s usually a lot nicer seeing these things on TV, anyway.” Mat knows that is a privileged perspective – that he gets to see all these amazing places and he is asking others to stay away to protect them. “It’s problematic. Tourism is a big income earner, even for our country but you can see the detrimental impacts if it’s not done right. You are damaging what you have and de valuing it.” When he is home, however, he tries to shut off. He catches up with friends and family. He goes mountain biking or to the beach. Mat reckons most people don’t quite get what he gets up to and that’s fine by him. Because he always has to be prepared to drop everything and jump on a plane to land the next gig. Hence, why he is booked up for the next five years.


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hese long hot summer days beckon us to take short vacations, and ‘nowhere is sweeter solitude than on the West Coast,’ says Lonely Planet. ‘The ‘Coast’ as locals call it, is an untamed natural wilderness of rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. People living in Nelson and Marlborough have a natural affinity with the region and because it’s only a four-and-a-half-hour drive, it’s easy to nip away for a wee holiday. Occupying a narrow strip of land between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea, the sparsely populated region is steeped in history which harks back to its pioneering days, brimming with opportunities to revisit its past, from gold panning and steam


train rides at Shantytown to a walk up Prohibition Hill, the top of New Zealand’s deepest mine shaft.

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The West Coast region is filled with stunning natural attractions. Paparoa National Park is a luxuriant coastal forest, with limestone cliffs and canyons, caves and underground streams, and an absolutely spectacular coastline all packed into one national park. The bizarre ‘pancake-stack’ coastal formations at Pancake Rocks attract many visitors to the area. Along the park’s many walking tracks, it’s delightful to see exotic nikau palms, huge rātā trees, red and silver beech, rimu and forest birds such as

situated in the spectacular Paparoa and

(New Zealand pigeon). Reefton, the coast’s only inland town is Victoria ranges near Victoria Conservation Park. An interesting mix of old and new, the town has preserved its historic charm with the restoration of many of its heritage buildings. Stroll down the main street and enjoy the lovely shops, antique stores, and eateries. Visitors can also learn about the gold and light history of the area, try some gold panning, explore the nearby Lewis Pass area or soak in the scenic surrounds at the natural hot pools at Maruia Springs.

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Nineteenth-century European settlers faced great hardships as fortunes built on gold, coal and timber wavered. A chain of ghost towns and forlorn pioneer cemeteries were left in their wake and only the hardiest remained. Present-day coasters exhibit the same grit, softened with ironic humour and unquestioning hospitality. Time spent in these indomitable communities will have you spinning yarns of the wild West Coast long into the future. Lonely Planet

North-east of Westport, you’ll be enamoured by the small village of Granity which is home to just over 200 people. Once a bustling coal mining town, the population declined as the industry has waned. Dotted with quaint shops, Granity is holding its own while neighbouring towns such as Denniston have become virtual ghost towns.

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Just 10 kilometres south of Greymouth, families will love Shantytown where they can pour over thousands of old photos and objects from 1850 to 1940, pan for gold, ride the steam train, experience the sawmill and discover Chinatown. The Buller Gorge Swingbridge and Heritage Park is another must-see tourism destination located in the Upper Buller Gorge. An exciting place of adventure, visitors can feel the rush of the high speed

For more exhilaration, a long-forgotten gold miner’s road has been revived as a mountain biking and tramping trail, connecting the old dray road in the Lyell (Upper Buller Gorge) to the mighty Mokihinui River. The 85-kilometre Old Ghost Road traverses majestic native forest, open tussock tops, river flats and forgotten valleys. Keen mountain-bikers can also embark on a four- day journey across the West

Coast Wilderness Trail where you will wind your way through ancient rainforests, along glacial rivers, around moody lakes and across wonderful wetlands. You will cycle early bush tram lines and water races passing former goldmining towns, workings and historic bridges. If time isn’t on your side, why not take a day trip? Either way it’s a spectacular way to journey through alpine forests to the rugged Tasman sea. With so many reasons to visit the West Coast, now is the perfect time to start planning your vacation. If you are looking for guidance on the best places to visit, the travel experts at i-Site can offer advice and will take care of bookings for you. There’s one in almost every town, so drop in and have a chat about how to make the most of your time on the Coast.



Joe Crick, Neville Shields, Peter Herrick and Darren Cox.

SAVING LIVES ON OUR SEA The dedicated crew of Coastguard Nelson are the public’s port of call when things go awry on the water. But they are also all volunteers who manage saving lives between their day jobs. Charles Anderson meets the team.



e knew they were coming. As Wattie Mortimer tied his surfboard onto the inflatable boat off the coast of Rabbit Island, he knew they were coming. He had seen the two girls get blown offshore and knew that he had to go after them. But by the time Wattie reached them, he was exhausted. All he could do was hold on and wait for help to arrive. Help was coming. That was Nelson Coastguard, who are the region’s eyes on the water when things don’t go to plan. When people get into water and into trouble, the 28 volunteers are alerted. Simultaneously, their cell phones will ring,


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and they will respond. Regardless of what they are doing, they will start heading into the Nelson headquarters on Wakefield Quay. Joe Crick comes in from his home in Stoke, builder Darren Cox will drop tools, marine engineer Neville Shields will head over, bank manager Peter Herrick will see if he can wrap up his work. From there they will get the brief on the situation. Sometimes information will be patchy, other times they will know clearly what the plan is. Either way they do a risk assessment of what the weather is looking like. Then with a skipper and four crew they will jump on their 8.5 metre vessel.

“There is information coming in all the time,” says Coastguard president Pete Kara. “You have to be really multitasking to sort out the clutter from what really needs to happen.” That is often Geoff Eban’s job. The former emergency manager for airports up and down the country thought he would settle into retirement. But then he found this job, helping run the incident management team. “What goes through the mind is ‘what do we know about a scenario?’ Is the boat upside down, what is the weather doing, is the boat drifting, what sort of speed do we need to be going to get there?”

Darren Cox and Neville Shields out in the Haven.

It is all hands-on deck to get to a rescue. For Darren Cox the first one of those came four years ago, while he was still a trainee. He was called out to help two men who were found sitting on their upturned boat and had been there for 11 hours. “To go out and actually save people was such an adrenaline rush,” Darren says. “It’s like a natural high.” More recently they were called out to Okuri Bay in the Sounds, where a man and a woman had got into trouble. The man had walked five hours from their stricken yacht to raise the alarm. The crew battled through horrific conditions to get to the woman. Two hours later they learned that the yacht had blown off its anchor and hit the rocks. “That could have easily been a different story,” Darren says. The Coastguard crew are all volunteers. Pete, who is also the president of the central region, is a volunteer. But he has two full-time and two part-time staff that he administers. The Government gives only 10 per cent of its operational costs. The rest comes from fundraising. “It’s a huge ask,” Pete says. “When these guys aren’t out saving lives, they are selling raffle tickets.”

Joe Crick.

Even outfitting a new crewman costs $3500 for a lifejacket, personal locater beacon, wet weather gear, training and boots.

It would also be cheaper to run and maintain, moving from a twinengine petrol unit, which uses in excess of 70 litres per hour, to a twin diesel jet unit.

But the big-ticket item now is to buy the organisation’s first ever new boat. It will be the first time it has a purpose-built vessel.

It will have seats, and a toilet. “No more having to use a black bucket,” Pete says.

Their current boat cannot go out in some conditions. On bad days, when the swell is two metres out at sea, it can be four metres going through The Cut. When they headed to the Okuri Bay job they described the boat as becoming a “submarine” as waves crashed over it while they headed out, even seeing fish at eye level. “It’s time for a new boat, with the amount of jobs we have and the region we cover,” Pete says. Coastguard is responsible for the area all the way from Westhaven on the West Coast to the bottom half of Stephen’s Passage, in the Marlborough Sounds. “That’s our patch, in that little boat, and we have been to the extremes of our area on several occasions,” says Pete. Their new boat will be fitted with state-ofthe art-technology, with a fully enclosed cab, along with sheltered areas where victims could be given first aid.

It also has a sink with hot water. On some rescues, which have taken 14-16 hours, the ability to have a hot rehydrated meal can make all the difference. When Coastguard finally reached Wattie Mortimer, they hauled him and the girls aboard. That was four years ago. They were tired and cold, but they were ok. Joe Crick wrapped the girls in a blanket to get them warm. They were safe. “I knew you were coming,” Wattie told the crew. “I just hung on. Pete says that sentiment is a huge amount of responsibility. “That’s why we do the training because the public expects us to be there.”

You can donate to Coastguard Nelson’s new boat by visiting or learn more about the organisation at



Birthdays & Weddings Parties & celebrations Cocktails & sit down eats Social gatherings Corporate & community events Receptions & festive occasions

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On-site catering services by PC Eatery.

On-site catering services by PC Eatery.


LIVING AND SEW IT BEGINS Take your projects to the next level with a new sewing machine! Cushla’s, Nelson’s dedicated Janome dealer and specialist fabric store, has an extensive range of sewing machines suitable for all experience levels.

Cushla’s Village Fabrics 136 Aranui Rd, Mapua Ph: 03 540 2011

THE CAPSULE COLLECTION Porter’s Paints are passionate about creating beautiful colour for the home, and this collection of 32 original colours has been cleverly designed to stand alone or to team elegantly together.

Por ters Eggshell Acr ylic / Hailstorm

Guthrie Bowron 45 Vanguard St, Nelson | Ph: 03 548 1114

SOUVENIRS, TRAVEL GIFTS AND HOMEWARES From coasters to coin purses, tea towels to beach bags, you will find a perfect gift solution in our Designed by Leonard range. Light enough to post or tuck in your bag, gorgeous enough to keep!

Simply New Zealand Millers Acre, by the I Site. 39 Halifax St, Nelson Ph: 03 545 7501

HOP FARM BREWERY CRAFT BEERS – NOW ON TAP Hop Farm beers are a satisfying beverage when you’re a bit on the dry side. Totara Gold, Drovers Draught, After Dark, Kahurangi Pilsner available now, with an exciting new seasonal batch coming soon.

PIANO WITHOUT THE BULK Experience the incredible piano performance of the Yamaha P-125 compact digital piano. Easily portable, extremely accessible, with a user-friendly minimalistic design.

Beggs Music Works 264 Hardy Street, Nelson | Ph: 03 548 8699

EXQUISITE NZ YARNS AND FIBRES Boutique New Zealand and international knitting yarns, cross stitch, embroidery, fabrics, needlepoint and craft supplies.

Broomfields & Co. Saltwater Eating and Bar 23 Beach Road, Tahunanui Ph: 03 548 6466

42a Halifax St, Nelson Ph: 03 548 0903 broomfieldsandco

KITCHEN TRANSFORMATION EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS Nelson couple Karen and Carl Perkin own a beautiful house on Panorama Drive and were close to finishing their renovations. To make their home feel complete they were keen to do up their ‘most important room’ – the kitchen.


e contacted quite a few different kitchen companies and decided to go with Andy and the team at DSK because we found them so easy to communicate with,” says Karen. “They understood what we wanted and had lots of ideas and items in their showroom we hadn’t seen anywhere else.” Karen and Carl were also impressed by the quote for the work. “It was the best we’d had from anyone – we felt it was value for what we were getting.” The couple wanted to have a kitchen that wasn’t at the lower end of the market, and one that would look good for years to come. “We wanted a functional, stylish kitchen that wasn’t just a fashion statement of the time. What we have now is wonderful to work in; it has plenty of bench space and we like the way the cupboards are designed with a pull-out pantry. It all works so well – we love it.” In keeping with their adjacent rooms, Karen and Carl chose classic colours for their new kitchen – a pale, pearly white with a gorgeous Caesarstone benchtop.

A smooth process, a pleasing outcome “It all went very smoothly,” says Karen. “Andy, George and Henry were so easy to deal with. Any questions we had they answered fully. Their personalities were great; we just felt really comfortable with them.” ADVERTORIAL

Karen and Carl are delighted with the end result. “We love the overall look of the kitchen. When our friends come around who knew the old kitchen and then see the new one, they are very impressed with the transformation.” Because there was enough room, the pair were able to have a metre-wide island bench with a lot of storage in it. “The kitchen has turned out beautifully.We couldn’t have expected anything better – we’re really happy with Andy and his team.”

Functional, modern, designer kitchen “Designing and building the kitchen for Karen and Carl was pretty straightforward,” says Andy Dumville, who co-owns DSK Kitchens with Mark Forbes. “Together we nutted out the plans and the couple have ended up with a modern, designer kitchen complete with a large island unit, that’s open plan and is great for entertaining.”

All of the kitchen and cabinetry was created by the experienced, qualified design and joinery team onsite at the factory on Tahunanui Drive, and the benchtop was made by Granite Design. A modern kitchen is the hub of a home. As well as being functional, you also want it to look great. People often renovate their existing home to maximise a nice view, create an open plan dining area, upgrade it for entertainment purposes or resale, or have it redesigned because it’s outdated. Whether you are renovating or building, instead of a ‘cookie cutter’ option, you can choose to have a bespoke, high quality designer kitchen created by DSK. “There’s no limits to kitchen planning and designing – you are only limited by your imagination,” says Andy. “Come into our showroom and see what’s possible.”

For more information, visit the DSK showroom at 104 Tahunanui Drive, Nelson or visit


Kakano Lane, Richmond



Words: Joya Devine


“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.” Charles R. Swindoll


or one local couple, this quote rings true and when you think of how far they have brought their business and how many awards they’ve won, it’s undoubtedly a recipe for success. Russell and Tanya Campbell have been in the building trade since 1987. Russell’s previous training as a joiner gave him an eye for quality and attention to detail and that has been invaluable in his hands-on approach to their building business – InHaus Developments Ltd. Tanya’s flair for interior design combined

with Russell’s building expertise and knowledge, make them a powerhouse in the sector. Russell and Tanya are especially proud that their son Shaun joined the business, and soon discovered that he had the same meticulous eye as his dad. This was endorsed by judges who awarded him National Apprentice of the Year in 2015. “Shaun’s always had a passion for building from day dot,” says Russell. “He grew up around our sites and that’s where he picked up what he’s got.”



Playing the winning hand Being its own brand, boutique building company InHaus cover a broad range of homes from stylish suburban townhouses to multi-million dollar holiday homes at Kaiteriteri Beach. “All jobs get the same level of attention and detail regardless of size.”

To date, all InHaus homes entered in the Registered Master Builders House of the Year awards have won an award. In 2019, InHaus not only took out the Marlborough-Nelson-West Coast Supreme Award, but it also scooped the National Category Award and Gold Award for New Homes ($600,000 - $750,000) for a beautifully crafted home in Kakano Lane, a unique local subdivision owned by InHaus. In relation to the supreme award, the judges were full of praise: ‘This exquisite home has been built with a fine eye for precision. The incredible detailing is testament to the high level of workmanship. The home has beautifully crafted interior subdividers throughout, and the cedar weatherboarding frames the impressive views to the surrounding landscape. All these features set this

home well above the competition. The level of perfection shown throughout makes InHaus more than deserving of the supreme award.’ Every year the Registered Master Builders House of the Year fraternity acknowledges the achievements of its members, presenting gold, silver and bronze awards to entrants throughout New Zealand. The awards are a tangible stamp to demonstrate the high quality of workmanship and status as an awardwinning builder or contractor. Each entry is judged and marked out of a possible 2000 points. “It’s great to have won another national award,” says Russell. “We have six national awards now, which recognises the fifth home built by us. The sixth one is a sustainable award, and it’s our third local supreme.


Kakano – ‘New beginnings’

It was only last year that InHaus first introduced its newly completed subdivision, Kakano Lane, to potential home buyers. The subdivision quickly attracted interest and is now filled to capacity, with just two sections left and a luxury townhouse for sale. The site, with stunning views of the Richmond Hills, is where berry fields once famously thrived, and its name Kakano aptly means ‘new beginnings.’ When Russell and Tanya first bought the land, they lived there for a while to gauge its potential. “We wanted something a bit unique and upmarket,” says Russell. “It’s got its own little lane with individual driveway access to each property and a special wee plaza which is a nice central space the homeowners can use - great for street barbeques.” Russell says it hasn’t been difficult to sell the sections and although the development wasn’t overly covenanted, InHaus did have a few building stipulations which have sat well with the home buyers. “We’ve tried to keep open spaces and skylines free; that’s why none of the houses have got massive roofs and the houses are designed so they work together,” says Russell. You see some subdivisions where they have just put a ‘hat’ on top because it’s what fits, but we try not to do that.” Russell says the material palette they chose included plaster, aluminium vertical cladding and cedar; materials they love to work with. “There have been many times we’ve looked at other subdivisions and been disappointed because of someone else’s interpretation, or someone has just picked up a standard plan and built it next door, whereas everything at Kokano Lane has been well thought through.” InHaus are now working on a new development in Richmond, with around 20 sites available next year. “We intend to be doing similar to what we’ve done at Kakano Lane.”


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Fresh, modern, Scandi-inspired The owners of the gorgeous threebedroom home in Kakano Lane were looking to downsize from a rural lifestyle property, reducing their workload with an easier to care for section in town. A move to Richmond would allow them to be closer to their children’s schools and, being a sporting family, driving back and forth to Richmond two or three times a day was getting tiresome. They were attracted to the Kakano Lane area because of its proximity to schools, easy access to the airport and the Nelson CBD, and friends living close by. After initially looking at an Inhaus property that wasn’t the right fit, Russell mentioned he was starting the Kakano development and had house and land packages available.

“The multi award-winning home we built in Kakano Lane is another really good example of following the client’s brief,” says Russell. “We created what they wanted and the house is put together of joinery standard, which is what we strive for. Over the years our team have come to understand what’s required, and the necessary attention to detail. The guys in our team genuinely enjoy the challenge of stepping up to, and exceeding standards, and if it’s not right, it’s done again. There’s a lot of care and attention and pride involved, and the guys are really proud of the brand we’ve got.”

After undertaking online research and asking around, they discovered InHaus had a good reputation for building quality homes which were just a bit different, as well as producing many awardwinning homes. The couple liked the look of the Kakano Lane development. It was different to other subdivisions with a plaza at the end of the street, upmarket landscaping and streetscape, and homes that weren’t cheap, cookie-cutter styles. They also liked that they could work with Russell to modify the existing section plan to suit their specific needs. The pair were offered first choice of sections, settling on the corner site because it was the largest and gave the most privacy from the road. High on their wish-list were a few key aspects: A light, bright and modern home with clean lines, no curves, a mono roof, plus cedar and dark aluminium cladding. A large deck was another priority, together with a BBQ entertaining area providing great indoor-outdoor flow. Having a large driveway for off-street parking was

Russell says winning came down to several factors. “The choice of materials matters obviously. The house has some nice features and our attention to detail with things like soffits with negative detailing really sets it apart. We don’t randomly nail things up. Everything is purposeful and deliberate.” He says when you’ve got a limited budget category, it’s all about what you do within that budget and executing it well. “The home reflects the client’s tastes, and they had input into many aspects including the trimming, the ply linings, plus they designed their own kitchen.”

another key consideration, and room for a caravan. The couple also needed a comfy, practical home office suitable for running a business from home. A unique feature in the house is the Russian Birch plywood feature wall with negative detail that features in each of the bedrooms, eliminating the all too common boring bedrooms they’d noticed in other houses. The master bedroom has a spacious walk-in wardrobe, ensuite bathroom and large sliding doors opening onto the deck. The same negative detailed Russian Birch ply was used to surround a double-sided glass fireplace that sits between the living and dining room. Bathroom vanities were custom built by Prestige Joinery using the same benchtop that features in the kitchen and the Russian Birch ply for the cabinetry. The sinks are round, black bowls from Tondo with black tapware, a theme repeated throughout the home.




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Cedar cladding with flaxpod coloured aluminium The kitchen, with warm white melamine cabinetry and grey splash back tiles are complemented by the composite white stone benchtop. A key feature in this space is the butler’s pantry with a separate sink and ample storage. The louvres installed over the deck area are a firm favourite with the owners. They can be opened and closed as required for sun or shade, and the LED strip lighting and radiant heater fixed to the louvres provides light and warmth, allowing for extended time outside in the evenings. A custom designed gate created by Adam Styles was installed to allow access to the side street and to more parking if needed. With so many options available for flooring, their choice of Quick Step

laminate has worked exceptionally well, providing hard-wearing durability in an attractive light grey concrete colour. The couple spent a lot of time researching online to find the right fittings and fixtures and love the final result – a modern, scandi-inspired home with a predominantly white (and occasionally grey) colour scheme. While there’s so much to admire about this home, the standout features for the couple were the overall look from the outside, the cedar and aluminium cladding, the large deck, al fresco dining which is ideal for entertaining, and the double-sided fireplace.


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So why choose to build with InHaus? Perfect builderarchitect collaboration InHaus was born at a time when there was a real opportunity for design and build housing in the Nelson market. “The majority of residential housing companies build from standard plans, but we take pride in specifically tailoring your new home,” says Russell. “We will sit down with you and find out what your lifestyle requirements are and take the design forward from there. For the design, I have an architect called Hugh who predominantly works for us,” says Russell. “It’s been a long relationship. He’s been doing our work for about 25 years. We’ve got a good understanding, and what we bring to the table is my building knowledge and his architectural expertise. It’s a good collaboration. We do also work with other architects from time to time.” So, with regards to point of difference, if you are looking at InHaus, they are the total package of builder, architect, client from the get-go. “It’s the collaboration of understanding, right through to completion.”

Stylish townhouses, upmarket holiday homes There’s no limit to what kind of homes InHaus can build, from luxury townhouses to upmarket holiday homes. “Lately, we’ve been doing a number of holiday homes around the region and it’s something we get a lot of enjoyment out of,” says Russell. “In fact, a number of our national awards have been for holiday homes, predominantly built with cedar, which we like to use.”

Long hot days, ice cold beers Russell says InHaus has a great team spirit. “We typically work together from 7.30am to 6pm and often have a beer together socially, which is pretty cool. All of the team are qualified, experienced tradesmen who are all capable of achieving impressive detail. They all have strengths and weaknesses which is quite neat. It’s a matter of building on their strengths and helping them to improve any areas of weakness.” Right now, Russell feels the business is a comfortable size and is enjoyable where

it is. “Going forward, I’d be happy to keep the status quo – the same old, same old.” Not a bad philosophy when the same old is award winningly good.

Clients become good friends “When people choose to build with InHaus, they don’t have to deal with layers of people, they deal directly with us,” says Russell. “Our clients become good friends.” If you would like to view their show home, InHaus doesn’t have one. “Our work speaks for itself and our clients speak for our work.”

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Liam Sloan, Chief Executive of NMIT talks to Nelson Mag about why now is the best time to undertake tertiary education options, and why the Nelson Marlborough regions are the best place to do it.


he Nelson Marlborough regions provide a unique environment, not just for the lifestyle we enjoy, but also for the unique vocational opportunities on offer as a result of our landscape and location. Surrounded by the ocean on several sides and productive arable land and large chunks of the DOC estate on the other, combined with the fact that several employment sectors have chosen to make our region their vocational home, we really do have advantages over other areas. NMIT has committed to maximise the advantages that our location presents. We provide qualifications and courses we know are best delivered in our region and we also deliver more general courses. For example, in 2019 NMIT, the Bragato Research Institute and the Marlborough Research Centre (MRC) announced a new collaboration in New Zealand’s wine sector. The national Research Winery at the Marlborough Research Centre on the NMIT campus in Blenheim is on track for an official opening in late February


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with first grapes delivered in March and destined for the 2020 vintage. The Research Winery will trial winery equipment and technologies, winemaking processes and sustainable winemaking and winery operations. It will also provide commercial research winemaking services to suppliers and industry. This collaboration provides NMIT and our learners with some significant opportunities. It will increase apprenticeship numbers and professional development and training of the existing workforce, and its location on the NMIT Budge Street campus in Blenheim means we can provide students with a truly integrated vocational experience. This venture adds to other exclusive learning opportunities that have developed because of our unique location. These include adventure tourism, aquaculture, conservation and aviation engineering. NMIT is also home to the International Maritime Institute of NZ and is a leading provider of training for the fishing, maritime transport and

maritime tourism industries. We have world class facilities providing real world experience that is not available at every campus. I constantly tell prospective students that there has never been a better time to study. Whether it’s as a school leaver or an older student honing their skill base, now really is the perfect time to enhance skills ADVERTORIAL

Kick start your career a ranking on how well tertiary providers are helping their learners achieve. The course completion indicator shows the proportion of courses that were successfully completed in a given year. It indicates how successful a provider is in helping their students to complete courses.

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The result clearly demonstrates that learners are receiving the support they need to obtain knowledge and skills and to contribute towards completion of a qualification. and qualifications and not just because of the impressive range of courses on offer. In 2018 the Government implemented the fees free scheme which provides fee free courses for the first year of tertiary study for domestic students that qualify. NMIT also offers a significant number of scholarships which can help reduce costs even further. The icing on the NMIT study cake though must be the recognition that the team at NMIT received from the 2018 Tertiary Education Commission performance results. NMIT was placed first for course completion rates for all learners in the 2018 year. The Institute was also placed first for completion rates for both Māori and Pasifika learners during 2018. These rankings are produced following assessment against performance of all sixteen Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs). Education Performance indicators, or EPIs, are produced annually by the Tertiary Education Commission providing

There is no escaping the fact that the tertiary vocational sector is undergoing change. We are hearing anecdotal reports that learners are anxious about what this might mean for them and I want to provide complete reassurance around this aspect. The change has been signalled for some time and while it will bring administrative change, what it won’t do is change the landscape for our learners. There is no doubt that NMIT contributes significantly to our region. This is our home and we are an essential part of Nelson and Marlborough. We are the second largest employer, but more importantly, we are delivering vocational training that is relevant and reflects the uniqueness of our region. No one else can deliver the range of courses and qualifications we have on offer. We will continue to do this throughout 2020 and beyond. My message to school leavers and others contemplating undertaking study in 2020 is to take the plunge and select an institute that delivers quality learning and that reflects our region’s unique offering.


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This year is finally the year that you get on top of your finances, right? If that was one of your resolutions at the start of the year, here are a few tips to help. WORK OUT YOUR INCOME AND EXPENSES Sounds simple, but really the key to getting ahead is figuring out how much money comes in every week and how much goes out. Importantly, you need to make sure more comes in than goes out. A good method is to review the last three months of spending and create some form of budget. Keep it simple and make sure there is enough ‘lifestyle budget’ or you’ll not keep to it.

as reducing debt, a holiday or retirement. Having a realistic goal provides a lot of certainty for many people and allows them to feel more in control of their financial situation.

REVIEW YOUR EXPENSES It is a good idea to once a year review household utility providers such as power, internet and home and car insurance, and make sure you are getting good value still (watch out for contracts you may be locked into).

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

MAKE REALISTIC GOALS Many people don’t feel in control of their finances or are just plodding along. By working out if you have a surplus each week, or month, after expenses you can start planning towards some goals such


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GET ADVICE Get advice and direction on what you don’t understand. The more you know, the more comfortable you will be making decisions to move you and your family towards those goals.

Mark Sheehan is an award winning Certified Financial Planner and Authorised Advisor offering impartial advice in Nelson since 2008. Ph 03 548 2752 Advice is of a general nature and not intended as personalised advice. Disclosure statement available on request and free of charge.


SZECHUAN TASMAN BAY SNAPPER with Sweet and Sour Sauce Cooking whole fish can seem daunting but it’s surprisingly simple. The ideal sized snapper is 40 to 50 cm and currently being caught in Tasman Bay daily. The beauty of fish cooked on the bone is the extra sweetness. This combined with crispy skin and the visual impact makes it the perfect evening dinner with friends. INGREDIENTS


Whole snapper (approx. 500g)

Prepare the snapper by scaling and trimming the fins and tail with kitchen scissors. Cut slices into the flesh - this helps with even cooking.

Szechuan seasoning 50g spring onion 30g ginger

30ml vegetable oil

Rub the snapper with Szechuan seasoning and leave to marinate in the fridge for 30 mins.

5ml sesame oil

Prepare the sauce.

20g garlic

30ml chinese rice wine 30ml rice vinegar 15ml soy sauce 100ml tomato puree 50g palm sugar

Cut spring onion, garlic and ginger into thin strips. Heat the oils and fry until fragrant. Add wine, vinegar, soy sauce and palm sugar and allow to simmer. Add the tomato puree and simmer further until the sauce comes together. Remove snapper from the fridge, dredge in flour and deep fry. A wok is handy for this and you can spoon the hot oil over the top before turning fish completely.

Fry for approx. 5-8 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. Drain fish on absorbent towel. Serve on a beautiful large platter with the sauce and a salad of your choice. We used fresh greens from the NMIT kitchen garden. CHEF’S TIP The really big snapper (the one we wish we had caught), are generally too big to cook in oil and are better baked.

NMIT’s innovative Production and Catering chef, Rhys Van de Waardt, provided and cooked up this recipe. This year’s lucky level 4 culinary arts students will get a chance to cook this as part of their course and to work one-on-one with chef Rhys.



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. The cafe is licensed, so whether you want a quick coffee and something sweet, brunch, lunch with friends, a business lunch or a glass of wine and a snack, it’s all here! Open every day. Ambrosia Café 226 Queen St, Richmond | Ph: 03 544 0025

World famous in Nelson!

Now in Nelson, Richmond and Stoke

Indian Café has now opened in Stoke, which We believe top quality food is best served with amazing ocean views! We are blessed means you can enjoy their delicious food no matter where you are. Head in and find with a fantastic spot right on the water in Port Nelson, and we cannot wait to out why Indian Café is the favourite choice welcome you into our friendly, comfortable for both locals and visitors looking for the restaurant. Specialising in local seafood and highest quality food and a memorable steaks, we also offer delectable choices cuisine experience. All venues offer intimate for non-meat eaters, people with special restaurant dining and courtyard settings, dietary needs and kids! as well as takeaway options. Anchor Restaurant and Bar 62 Vickerman Street, Port Nelson Ph: 03 546 6614

Saltwater Eating and Bar

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

Baking at its best in Mapua

Dine free on your birthday

Nelson’s only dedicated burger joint

Come and experience our warm friendly atmosphere with the delightful aromas of a homestyle bakery and cafe.  Bring the kids, have your meeting or just indulge in one of our many delightful food options. Try our gourmet pies, artisan breads or lavish cakes.  We serve supreme coffee which will add a bounce to your day.

What’s better than going out for dinner with friends on your birthday? Getting your meal for free! Book a table and celebrate with us. Minimum booking of four people, photo id required. T’s & C’s apply. Not your birthday? Come in anyway and enjoy a bite to eat with a cold drink, all just a hop, skip and a jump away from the beach. Hop Farm Brewery Beers and Peckham’s Cider on tap. We also do takeaway options and home deliveries.

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!

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

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

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


February 2020

1–22 February




Sculptural journey of Taurapa, iconic public artwork, as catalyst to Whanaungatanga within community by strengthening ‘common unity’.


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

A photo album of sorts that plays with real, imagined and self-portraits combining text and image. Refinery ArtSpace, 3 Halifax Street East

6 February

8 February



The annual International Kai Festival is on again this Waitangi Day. Come along and try a range on traditional and international foods priced at $5 or $10. 10:30am–3:30pm with Pōwhiri at 11am. Koha entry.

The best of Asia in the top of the south #TANFF2020. Mouth-watering food, live entertainment, music, lanterns and great family vibes. FREE eco-friendly event for the whole community. BYO plate/ blanket. 4pm to 9pm

Washbourn Gardens Oxford Street, Richmond

Whakatu Marae & Founders Heritage Park

16 February

16 February



Hold onto your holiday groove, grab a friend and head to the Richmond Showgrounds for all-day entertainment and a showcase of Nelson wines, craft beers, ciders and juices. Family friendly event. Tickets available from TicketDirect. 12 years and under free. 11am–5pm.

The Adam Summer School returns to Nelson to enthral audiences with two spectacular Finale Concerts, 3:30pm and 8:00pm, showcasing New Zealand’s talented string and piano students in performance. Tickets $5-$20 from Ticket Rocket (service fees will apply).

Richmond Park Showgrounds, 358 Lower Queen St, Richmond

NCMA, Nelson

18 February

23 February



Baroque music concert performed by Southern Baroque Ensemble, professional period-instrument specialists from New Zealand and abroad featuring world renowned harpsichord player, Edita Keglerova from the Czech Republic. Music by Handel, Corelli, Sammartini, Telemann, Vivaldi and Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto. 7:45pm. Tickets from Eventfinda or at the door (cash only).

With a formidable reputation as a live act, MY BABY’s roots-driven hypnotic dance music has taken the world by storm. My Baby’s sound is informed by gospel and blues with ancient folk melodies. Added to that is the rawness of 70s funk, African desert blues, Moroccan gnawa, Indian raga and a touch of EDM. It’s all live instrumentation without a computer or sample in sight! Tickets via Ticketmaster.

Christ Church Cathedral, Nelson

Motueka Memorial Hall, Motueka


Wonderful ice cream begins with wonderful milk. Meet the Appleby Cows. On March 1st, 2020, we’re participating in Open Farms Day – a national initiative reconnecting Kiwis with food, the land and farmers. We’re opening Kingsway Farms in Appleby and giving you the chance to meet the cows that produce the wonderful milk we use in our ice cream. Owners Murray & Sarah King and the team will be on hand to answer any questions you have and we’ll tell you all about our cow-to-cone process. The best part … we’ll be scooping Appleby Farms ice cream all day. Register to visit the farm at







Queens Gardens 1. Caitlin Shaw and Yeni Choi 2. Michael Hingston and Ben Per 3. Robin Atherton and Sarah Cantor 4. Edgar Laverde and Patricia Ramos



5. Pauline Cunniffe and Dorothy Starling 6. Susan Schiff and Val Mayes 7. Julia, Alina and Dmitry Romanenko 8. Teresa Young and Annik Ohlson-Smith 9. Cassandra Greenfield, Trinity Canham

and Tashi Wallace

10. Kelly and Phoebe Huang, Trista Chen

and Emma Hingston





Can’t get

March better than this










Tahunanui Beach 1. Adam, Arlo and Justine Lucas 2. Miki D, Sylis Djukanovic and Jasmine Grew 3. Celia Hall, Eilish Kennedy and Keayla Kerslake 4. Carolyn Griffith and Janette Jackett 5. Garry and Rita Furness



6. Ophelia and Emily MacRitchie 7. Phillip Staikopoulos and Jessica Sturrock 8. Alex, Flynn and Bridge Smith 9. John Paul Perkin, Jonah Perkin and

Serena Elstone

10. Dominic Koch, Rose McGruddy and


Matt Howse






February 2020







Richmond Park Showgrounds 1. Christine Guy and Helen Hones 2. Andrea Gardiner, Kate Barrell and


Katelyn Gardiner

3. James Blacklaws and Paul Shuker


4. Alexandra Haddon and Dhugal Riddoch 5. Dave and Nat Robinson 6. Duncan and Michelle Bain 7. Robbie Swarbrick and Karen Douglas 8. Lindsay McKenzie, Mary Clifford

and Elizabeth McKenzie

9. Brendan Dodd, Craig Stewart and

Rebecca McMahon

10. Belinda Chamberlain, Mandy Pearcy,


Jayna Woodsworth and Faye Woodhead JONTY DINE



Jazz on the

Village Green

19 January - 12 April • $2 entry • Check for details


What’s on 8 February Good People Festival Black Seeds, Laughton Kora, Sunshine Sound System+

22 February Kapa Haka Regional Championships

28 March Tactix Netball

For more info and tickets visit:



Words: Tracey Edwardes


To really harness the most of summer, we need the energy to play, socialise, and relish those long, hot heady summer days. Apart from our glorious energy-giving natural sunshine, we look at five of the best ways to supplement our natural vigour.

Vitamin D Yes, we used to think this came in buckets in summertime, but as we are all lathering on the suntan lotion and seeking the cool shade, we don’t get as much as we think in Aotearoa. Proximity to the equator is also a factor. Functioning as a hormone, every cell in the body has a receptor for it. Even a mild vitamin D deficiency, which is very common, can cause fatigue and tiredness.

Support your muscles Supplements to support muscles while enjoying summer sports and activities, can help stave off fatigue and injury – summer is no fun with sore hamstrings.

Sujon’s Blackcurrant Powder harnesses the active ingredients such as anthocyanins in blackcurrants to aid muscle recovery. The Blackcurrant Powder is a perfect addition to cereals or smoothies, and it is also available in convenient capsule form.

Vitamin C Vitamin C is essential all year round, but in summer it can help the body manage heat so there is more energy to keep going on long, hot days. It can also help ward off heat stroke and rashes, especially the prickly heat type. Energy-zapping summer colds are easy to catch too, so keep up the Vitamin C, which our body needs regularly and consistently.

Vitamin B A good B-complex supplement every day, can certainly amp up the energy levels. Also, handy summer tip: Thiamine, vitamin B1 - which is usually in a decent dosage 50 to 100mg) in B-vitamin supplements – taken at least 10 days before and during exposure, can be a deterrent for those pesky, biting insects.

Hormonal help Menopausal symptoms, PMS and fluctuating hormones sure can cramp your style during summer holiday season. A good supplement, recommended by a health practitioner, to keep hormones in check can work in synergy with a healthy lifestyle.



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Keeping things cool IN T H E S U M M E R GA R D E N

During these hotter months water becomes vital, especially for your vegetables. They have a high percentage of water, so they need plenty! If you have a bumper summer crop consider freezing, preserving or sharing your harvest so it doesn’t go to waste. When watering, do it less often but more thoroughly, and in the early morning or early evening to reduce water loss due to evaporation. Use water retention products in pots to help keep them moist and replace mulch in the garden where necessary. When spraying for pests, spray in the evening when the bees have gone home.

Kitchen Garden If pests have become a problem, use an environmentally friendly spray around your vegetables. Stay on top of weeds as they compete for water and nutrients and give pests a place to hide. Sow seeds: cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, Brussels sprouts, silverbeet, spinach and leeks. It should be warm enough in most areas now to sow directly in to the garden, water often as they dry out quickly.

Plant seedlings: cabbage, beetroot, cauliflower, leeks, celery, pak choi, spinach, silverbeet, and parsley. To encourage tomatoes to ripen remove any leaves that are shading the fruit. Remove any damaged fruit straight away to prevent disease spreading, keep plants well-watered and fed. Check the stakes are holding the weight as the plants become heavy with fruit. Harvest garlic when tops have flowered then turned yellow and lower leaves have started to turn brown. Start harvesting fruit trees as they become ready, check their readiness by tasting. Remove any fruit that has fallen to the ground to help break the life cycle of bugs. Check codling moth traps and change if necessary. Check all fruit trees for overly heavy branches and remove some fruit early if necessary, to protect the whole branch. Keep plenty of water on passionfruit and tamarillos as they get close to harvest. Trim away leaves covering grapes to expose fruit to ripen with the sun and protect with bird netting.

Garden Colour Start planting spring bulbs: anemones, daffodils, freesias, sparaxis, ranunculus and ixias. Prepare the soil with compost and add a handful of bulb food. Bulbs do well in pots, use a quality mix, and add a handful of bulb food to the soil. Sow seeds: cosmos, impatiens, lobelia, calendula, pansies, poppies, salvia. Most areas are warm enough for sowing directly in to the garden, stay on top of the watering they will dry out quickly. Sow seedlings: calendula, polyanthus, violas, primula, pansies, snapdragons, flowering kale, gazania, poppies. Rosemary and lavender can be planted. Remove finished flowers on perennials to extend the flowering.

Trees and Shrubs In humid areas watch for mildews, black spot and other diseases that thrive in this environment. Watch out for insects and spray if necessary.

Lawn Raise the cutting height on your lawn mower. Longer grass shades the roots and helps them retain moisture which keeps the lawn green.


for people while they wait. My assistant designer and production manager, Sarah Haynes, has been with me from the start. She has excellent design skills and a degree in ceramics. We’ve had big growth in staff, going from just me and Sarah to welcoming jewellers Dennah and Liz, and sales staff Katie, Tegan, and my mum Rachel. My husband Martin also works on all the nuts and bolts behind the scenes. When was your passion born?

LOUISE DOUGLAS Jeweller and owner of Louise Douglas Jewellery What’s unique about Louise Douglas Jewellery? My name is Louise Douglas. I’ve been making jewellery in Nelson for 10 years and selling throughout New Zealand. We create our unique signature and latest MOD ranges all here in our Nelson workshop, which is quite rare these days. Lately, we’ve been focussing on our new retail space where people are able to meet the jewellery designers and see where it’s made. We can even fit and customise items


Ph 545 9997 117 Hardy St (Montgomery Arcade)


February 2020

I was always ‘crafty.’ At 18 I started making jewellery in Wellington and wearing it around, then a store saw it and asked if I could make it for them. I was studying at the time, but I became hooked on creating jewellery. I went on to have a career in New York designing for fashion labels and have sold my work to many exclusive boutiques. The rest is history… Tell us about the production side of things… There’s a lot of love that goes into the jewellery and the process of making it. When you are carving it out of wax, it’s always going to have your mark on it – it’s like a miniature sculpture. Our jewellery is not mass produced but created in small batches with high attention to detail and quality. It’s made to last.

What’s happening in 2020? All of our jewellery is nature-inspired and not ‘run of the mill.’ Going forward, we can’t wait to offer new collections; we’ve got lots of ideas, and aim to offer more alternative wedding rings and fine jewellery later in the year…so ‘watch this space.’ Plus, do keep an eye on our social media or join our mailing list for upcoming specials. Instore, we’re really focused on continuing to provide a high level of personal service to our new and regular customers. We are excited about being on Hardy Street which is becoming even more ‘boutiquey’ and feel positive about the future of shopping in Nelson’s CBD.

LOUISE’S JEWELLERY CARE TIPS: •  Oils can affect metal, so put cosmetics on before your jewellery •  Store in fabric bags or a jewellery box with a piece of chalk or a silica gel packet to absorb moisture •  To help your jewellery last longer don’t exercise, swim or sleep in your jewellery

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